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.

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.

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}