Shocking Discovery

My heart is still pounding as I write this post.

Sadie is doing so well.  This is not a post on her.  More adorable pictures & stories tomorrow.

This is about Daisy’s breeder.

I was throwing out all of Daisy’s medical records and filing Sadie’s current records.  Marcus says I have “hoarding” tendencies… I hate when he says that… it makes me throw stuff out!  🙂

Instead of just throwing out Daisy’s papers, I decided to read them… don’t know why.

The last sheet was the purchase agreement from her breeder.  I had forgotten their name over the years.  It’s a result of live, learn and move on.  I was tempted to Google their name to see if they were still selling puppies.  I’m not sure what my next plans were if I located them… I hadn’t thought that far.

What I discovered makes me want to cry.

I remember the husband telling us that he was ready to leave Michigan because the local authorities were “harassing” them about the dogs they had on their property.  He was talking about moving south.  At the time I hadn’t thought much of it.  They had a number of dogs, but not puppy mill crazy.  Of course, we later learned they were not breeding for the right reasons.

I was shocked to learn they moved to Missouri!  And then this article blew me away.

http://network.bestfriends.org/10197/news.aspx

Yes, that was the breeder we used to buy Daisy.  I double checked.  It’s him.  We had no idea.  Clearly they had bigger plans and Michigan would not allow them to turn into a puppy mill. Unfortunately, Missouri used to have very liberal laws regarding puppy mills.

I am happy to report that Missouri just passed a proposition to end puppy mills in 2010.

and the English Springer Spaniel Rescue Organization stepped in and helped save all 100 Springers.

http://www.tailsinc.com/2010/11/puppy-mill-cruelty-prevention-act-passes/

http://www.springerrescue.org/sponsor/specialneeds/MO.html

I take comfort in knowing they are not breeding any longer.

I’m going to go play with my puppy and appreciate her health and happiness.

{My soap box: Find a responsible breeder – know what to look for and what to ask}

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Live & Learn

Daisy's first day home

We brought Daisy home on a Saturday.  She was a tiny 2 1/2 pounds and only 6 weeks old.  For those of you who know about bringing home a puppy – you are surprised.  Only 6 weeks old!?!  Yes.  I cringe when I say it, but it is the truth.

Marcus and I did our best to educate ourselves on choosing the best breed for our lifestyle, buying the right toys, crate and dog food.  Somehow, we missed the literature on choosing a reputable breeder.  Big ops.

We knew to stay away from pet stores and puppy mills, but we did not know about the differences between breeders.

In the end, we unknowingly went with a “backyard” breeder that was more interested in profits than the dogs.  Puppies should not leave their mothers until they are at least 8 weeks old.  Daisy was one of 13 puppies and I think the breeder was looking to get rid of the puppies as quickly as possible.  She bred multiple dogs and a few different breeds.  She had a revolving door of puppies.  I now know, all bad signs.

We learned a few weeks after we brought Daisy home that one of her siblings had neurological issues.  The family that had that puppy contacted us, and told us to be cautious about the health of Daisy, based on what their vet had told them.  Daisy seemed fine and we loved her.  I wasn’t worried.

Life was normal for a while. Well, as normal as life with a young puppy can be!  🙂

My first bath.

Her first stuffed animal was the same size she was.

Watch out world, here I come!

I may be little, but I'm tough!

Live and learn.  Daisy was a wonderful dog and we loved her deeply!  But, moving forward, I was MUCH more selective in a breeder for our next puppy.

I found these helpful resources while searching for a breeder for our new puppy.

http://www.essfta.org/

http://www.essfta.org/Spaniel%20Manual/spanmanl05.htm