I know it may not be my place to say anything here but some people see pet stores as their only choice. Some breeders are extremely picky about who they place their puppies with and some just never even respond. I contacted so many breeders and brat in my search for a b. I never heard anything back from brat and I only heard back from two b breeders, if its impossible to get one from a responsible breeder what do these people do? Unfortunately turn to pet stores that sell puppies.
That is true…some people wouldn't qualify for a puppy from a responsible breeder, or rescue...but they can still buy one from a store. I don't particularly mean you, parkersmom....but if someone doesn't want to have their pet spayed or neutered, or they insist that they won't put up a fence, or keep their Basenji on a leash...they won't be able get a dog from the more responsible people.
And it is true, that sometimes it is hard to get a breeder to respond. Sometimes their waiting list is already full, or they aren't breeding a litter this year, or they aren't sure what they are doing this year. But, I agree, it is wrong not to give a call or email back just to let the person know you are interested in them. But I recommend you keep trying, if you find one that you want to deal with! Sometimes we are very busy with life, just like everybody else or computers crash or spouses take bad phone messages