What, No Puppies?









I just added the text below to the “Available Puppies” page on my web site because I won’t have pups till the Fall. Potential puppy “people” clicking on our available pages are really seriously looking. They need their next step to be a click away – preferably in the right direction! I added the URL’s directly for the breeder’s directories ( not the home page) of clubs I am associated with, so clients don’t get frustrated wading through the club news and event calendars that we often feature most prominently. I don’t want to lose them back to Google and a broker… 

Feel free to use this on your sites if it appeals…

Finding a good, ethical breeder can be confusing and frustrating in today’s instant satisfaction culture.  Online multi-breed web sites abound, promising the world, willing to ship tomorrow and accepting a myriad of credit cards. Obtuse, hollow guarantees of health, love and loyalty pepper their pages. If it reads like a come on ad for used cars or miracle weight loss, it’s likely a puppy mill in disguise. The internet is a valuable source of information in your puppy search but is not a substitute for good old-fashioned, real-time, human connection.

AVOID BROKERS. GO LOCAL and DIRECT. You want a puppy DIRECTLY from a  breeder you have been able to develop a relationship with, who will work to get to know you so a successful match is most likely. You want a puppy whose relatives you have met, whose early environment you’ve seen with your own eyes and which feels like good preparation for life in yours. You want a puppy from a breeder willing to offer “tech support” whenever you have questions, problems or just a proud moment to share ( no one else cares as much!). You want, ideally, a puppy from a breeder within driving distance – even if you have to wait ( you know – good things come to those who wait!).

LOOK FOR A LIFETIME SAFETY NET.  You want  breeders so committed to their animals that in the unlikely event you can’t keep that pup, they’ll guarantee to provide a  home for the life of the pup. And since you’ve developed a relationship with them, that idea wouldn’t horrify you! No ethical breeder’s puppies should ever end up in a shelter.

You may want to check the breeder’s directories on the  web sites listed below for a local, visit-able and ethical breeder. Visit the web sites that appeal to you, make phone calls – talking to someone always gives you the best sense about potential fit. Next, schedule visits to those breeders that you enjoyed connecting with and see how you feel the puppy’s first home may or may not prepare him/her for life with you. This all matters. Take your time.

5 thoughts on “What, No Puppies?

  1. my first relationship with an animal was with a kitten when I was 8, I

    was so traumatized by waching it die I could never have an animal again.

    The measure of support and sense of mutual commitment you have is

    very reassuring to me.

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