Thursday, March 15, 2012

Puppies for sale

I saw an article today outlining how the Trading Post was teaming up with the RSPCA to help rehome shelter animals. Awwwwwe, I thought. So, I went onto the website and was disappointed to see images like this, complete with the statement 'sorry, we do not ship puppies'. Apparently they're really hard to fit into those poster tubes.



I feel very sad for this poor pup being held up to the camera with a pair of rubber gloves in some dirty back room at 'Puppy World'. I mean serioulsy, puppy world WTF. Why, do people continue to want these 'pure bred' puppies from puppy factories. Do they think that if the pup comes with 'papers' it'll be able to program the DVD player or get in to ANU? I wonder if the git who buys this poor, sad looking pup (for $800 no less) knows that it's likely to have the genetic defect syringomyelia - where the dogs skull is too small to accommodate all of the brain’s cerebellum du to inbreeding.

If you want a puppy there are hundreds of perfectly good ones at the RSPCA, short ones, big ones, cute ones, sad ones. Places like Puppy World are total bullshit, why anyone would shop for the lifelong companion there, I do not know.


3 comments:

Tracey said...

That photo is so disturbing ... that poor puppy. I have no idea why / how puppy factories still exist. RSPCA have the best pets! (I know my furry kiddies bought from there would agree).

Kylie C said...

Amen to that!

Littlemissairgap said...

We've just recently got a puppy, pure bred with papers, but unlike the Puppy World ones (and I too say WTF? to that name) our puppy has had the love and attention of a "responsible breeder" & has been bred with love. Having spent a lot of time in the "pure bred dog world" I'd never buy a pup from a pet store because they're perpetuating the need for what I'd say are "designer" dogs, not pure bred ones. I'd also say that there are really very few puppy farms. The problem lies with what I'd call "backyard breeders" who buy two dogs & breed & breed & breed to supply these pet stores. No planning, no genetic testing, no temperament testing, just a quick buck. We have a Puppy Palace near us and let me tell you, it's no palace on a hot summer's day for those puppies in their enclosures.

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