Tuesday, 6 July 2021

No pups

We went into town yesterday and looking for a place to park we went down a side street. Yes, it really is busy again in the town centre and it's good to see businesses welcoming customers back after so many months of lockdowns. Anyway I don't know if this is a new business or not but I have never heard of the like before, mating assistance, really?

           
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It's reminded me that one sister-in-law has asked me twice now if we will be letting Tilly have a litter of pups and the answer is an emphatic no. I couldn't cope with pups and I wouldn't be able to let them go not at any price. I'm still looking forward to taking Tilly to puppy life skills classes and it was good to read on the registration form that bitches in season or dogs that are unwell should not attend but owners are encouraged to attend anyway. I've been thinking it'd be just my luck for Tilly to be in season. Once Tilly has had her first season she'll be off to the vets to be spayed, there'll be no pups here thank you very much.

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  1. I had no idea those sort of places existed! When does Tilly start her socialising classes? Is she still pulling on the lead or has the new collar rectified that issue?

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    1. I had no idea these businesses existed either. The classes start the beginning of next month and as far as I can tell from the confirmation email there will just be eight pups there. The Gencon nose collar has made such a difference but when I put her on an ordinary lead she pulled like a train so it's definitely needed.

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  2. I often think to myself just how difficult it must be to hand puppies over to their new owners. I'd probably finish up keeping them all :)

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    1. Me too Jules. I know I wouldn't be able to let the pups go unless I knew the new owners personally and even then I'd want to keep checking up on the pups progress :)

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  3. Hmmm......I thought those things would be part of a local vet's practice. Oh well it takes all kinds. Good to hear the new lead works well. That top word has reminded me mine is due this month so had better make an appointment soon. Thanks, take care & hugs.

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    1. My thoughts too Susan especially the ultrasound scanning and micro chipping.
      The lead works well and I was shocked when I put her on her regular lead and she reverted to pulling. I was hoping the nose collar would be a short term fix but seems not to be. Oh yes, don't forget your checkup they are so important. Take care.

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  4. My goodness haven't times changed. Puppies are big business now. I remember when newsagents notice boards were full of free puppies when I was a child. I know exactly what you mean we could never part with any puppies either so make sure it never happens.

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    1. I'm glad times have changed and pups aren't given away or sold in pet shops anymore. It certainly is big business now. I'm embarrassed to say how much we paid for Tilly and from a litter of seven pups they made an eye watering amount of money. Having always had rescue dogs and happy to be home checked we really weren't comfortable with paying for a pup but we did and we love her. I just hope that many pups bought during lockdown don't now end up in rescues or worse. You're absolutely right about not breeding, something we have never done yet we have always had bitches.

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  5. I could never part with the puppies either. Dog breeding is big business these days, especially with all the new cross breeds which often sell for more than pedigrees.

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    1. I can vouch for that Jo. My sister bought a pedigree Welsh Terrier puppy about twelve months ago for less than we paid for Tilly who is a cross breed. I wanted to buy local and desperate for a dog having being without a dog for eleven months. I can’t justify the stupid amount of money we paid for her though.

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  6. From Ann via Bloglovin'
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    What!? Never heard the like either. 🧐

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    1. Me neither Ann, I couldn't believe what I was seeing!

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  7. I've never seen anything like it either, and I am afraid the horrid cynic in me thinks it is part of the horrendous cashing-in on dog breeding and puppy sales that has skyrocketed since the pandemic started.

    I agree with Susan - these things belong at a vet clinic.

    I met someone during my last holiday (on the campsite) who volunteers at her local dog rescue and she says that numbers of young dogs being handed in is starting to rise hugely. I guess now they're not sweet little puppies any more and the novelty has worn off, this will be the fate of so many innocent ones.

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    1. I had an idea the rescues would start filling up with young unwanted dogs. Another reason could be because people are now returning to the workplace after furlough or working from home and they have no time for the poor dog, it's a very sad situation. I don't know anything about that business but not something i would ever consider using. My last dog Annie was spayed before we had her from rescue and that's the only sensible way to stop any more unwanted dogs.

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  8. I've never heard of anything like this place and I agree with Jayne's and Susan's comments about it - and don't get me started on the ridiculous prices some people (and not all of them breeders) have been charging for dogs and puppies. It took me over seven months from losing Sophie to getting Snowy - I could have got another dog much sooner but at an average of £1,500 I wasn't prepared to pay the price for something which, pre-pandemic, would have cost less than £400. I guess I was lucky to get Snowy at the price I did. One thing I did notice last year even before I got her - several people selling young pups because they had already gone back to work, on a couple of adverts these people had only had the pups for a week! I dread to think how many will be, or already are, in rescue because people have gone back to work and/or have no time for them :(

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    1. I'll own up and say we did pay a stupid amount of money for Tilly but she came from a family home and not a breeder. We had gone eleven months not having a dog, the longest time we'd ever been without one. Hubby and I grew up with dogs and have always had at least one, two and we've even had three dogs at home during our married life. Of course we got Tilly during the pandemic and lockdowns so we bought locally observing the stay local rules in place at the time. I would have preferred to go to a rescue but it wasn't possible at the time. Of course we waited as I'd also needed to fully recover from the treatments I'd been receiving over many months. It breaks my heart to think of all the young dogs being given up but getting without one after just one week, poor pup hasn't been given a chance. I won't lie, Tilly has been hard work but we persevered and have come to love her no matter what.

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    2. If someone is giving up on a pup after just one week then thank goodness they have - because they're definitely not the right people to condemn a poor dog to be with for years and years.🤬 😡 🤯

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    3. I totally agree with you Jayne. They probably don’t realise pups pee and poo or cry because they’ve been taken away from their mother and siblings and put into a strange environment.

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