LOL this is a really important convo to be having! I'm honored that it takes place on my thread 😆 and yes, I absolutely agree with the points y'all are making.
People do need to know where their pups are coming from and whether they were responsibly bred. To think of it coldly, I wouldn't buy a house without looking into its history and possible problems, or I might face ridiculous stress, expense, and emotional trauma from subsequent issues that come up later. As a consumer, one should do their homework not only on the breed but on the breeder.
A breeder who produces puppies carelessly is basically a horrible human being in my book. It was a huge, thoroughly thought out moral decision for me not to adopt but to buy a purebred puppy, as I've worked with rescues before. I took this step with the possible goal of being a custodian. If a breeder is irresponsible in all the aforementioned ways, not only are they producing dogs with a higher possibility of suffering, muddying this ancient breed, and swindling people, they are needlessly taking potential homes away from dogs that need one AND frequently causing dogs to be abandoned! If there weren't any PMs or BYBs, imagine how many people would get schooled by rescue folk and responsible breeders into taking dog-parenting seriously before they ever took one home!
Sorry for the rant; I COMPLETELY understand the internal screaming that happens within some of you when you find out a pup is from a mill or crap breeder. If people like you and I keep yelling about it, we will change a few minds, which make all the difference to a few dogs which is better than no dogs 🙂
Hello from Colorado!
We are a young couple, both full-time workers and part-time students.
Juniper is a brindle female we were blessed to receive from TarSha Basenjis in Arizona.
She is now 5 months old. Fanconi tested normal but she started her first heat two weeks ago so that has been interesting…
Fishing story; "It was THIS big" - 12 weeks
Squirrels aren't accustomed to tree-climbing dogs - 14 weeks
Hiking - 15 weeks
Just the other day
Note for mods: I already submitted basically this same thread but it never got posted after the "review" by mods (since I'm a brand new member, I guess). Hope this one actually makes it through!
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