I adopted Halo from Chicago! She is about 17 months old, spayed, and 100% puppy. I was fortunate to see Halo's mom listing on here, and my sister travelled to Illinois and fostered her until they could fly to sunny Florida.
This is Halo's third Forever Home, and she is surely a pack of unbundled energy. My older dog, Joker, is trying to teach her the ropes, and I'm sure it's only a matter of time until they bond. She is affectionate and loving, but when I say "loving", I should follow that with lover of table tops, garbage cans, plastic bags, and yes, hugs.
My question is about Halo's registration. She started her life in Steve and Susan Steele's puppy mill, aka Heritage Breeder, out of Lake Mills, Iowa… and was sold to Petland.
So, when I looked on the http://www.pedigrees.zandebasenjis.com/ website, I was surprised to see Halo's information:
Black Tan & White
23 Dec 2008
Red Willow Decker
HP000220/08 - B04ZADG33273T USA
1 Jan 2002
Black Tan & White
HM935379/02 - B06AXDG37761T USA
27 Dec 2000
What do the registration numbers mean…. that Red Willow and Betsy Decker were her parents, and they were raised in a puppy mill? Or do you think he found someone local (the Deckers?) that had a litter of basenjis that he bought and sold to Petland?
I found an organization that does research on puppy mills, and they sent me the following information on Susan and Steve Steele.... before I received this report, I assumed that Susan and Steve were nice mom and pop folks, in the heartland of Iowa, who enjoy the simple farming life of pigs, cattle... or perhaps corn? No, these people have over 1,000 dogs on their property! And the conditions described are shocking to say the least... Unbelievable. :mad:
Anyway, if someone can enlighten me on the registration numbers, I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks.