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  1. 1. Is it ever ok to buy a dog from a back yard breedeer, even if you like the dog and want to keep if for yourself. (DivineOblivion19, I'm going to use you as an example, great example of the reasons educated people buy from BYBs.) The only exception I can see (this is even stretching it) is in a case like Divina- pup was already there to be killed, she just gave the lady a few bucks to claim the pup. (for Bostons, 40 bucks is pretty much nothing). You didn't ask to be in the situation where you decided life and death for a puppy- you just ended up there by chance. I know that feeling a
  2. Very cute! Love the blue eye. I know a pit/heeler who looks a lot like her- fun dog!
  3. When your dog has a litter, you are a breeder. Calling someone anything else removes the responsibility. Rather it was planned or not, when a dog in your care has puppies you are responsible for those lives (and in most cases the deaths they cause). As for the planned or not, I believe that all litters are planned on some level. If they weren't, then why wouldn't the bitch be spayed? (rather the right male got to her or rather it was on the right heat is irrevelant- a litter was still planned, and there it is!) (obviously, if you take in a dog that is about to whelp the term breeder
  4. Well said HorseFeathers. As for the breeders on petfinder, no kidding! Luckily, they're usually pretty obvious though (the fact that the pups aren't fixed and there are no adult dogs avaliable :roll:) Raising the adoption fee also gives 'average' dogs a chance. When someone is looking for a big puppy and you have a litter of black GSD mixes and these flashy Newfs, Average Pet Owner will want the pretty purebreds rather it is the right choice or not. The fee helps them make the decision, gives the less desirable pups a chance and prevents a flood of inappropriate applications on the Newf
  5. Those are the prettiest Newfies I've ever seen! They are very lucky to have found their way into a good rescue. As for the adoption fee, why the anger? Any dedicated Newfie seeker would tell you that 500 dollars is nothing for a fully vetted baby. (Vets charge by size for spay/neuter- if you think getting your dog fixed was expensive!). Plus, if a potential owner cannot pay that upfront, they are not ready for the vet bills. (newfiemom, I'm sure you have stories!) Ideally, adoption fees should be equal and cheap. Let's be honest though- there will be a line of people who will gladl
  6. Thanks Malamum and HF for clearing that up for everyone. I would NEVER suggest dishonesty with an adopter. Ever. As for the selection process, please don't judge until you've been there. No rescuer can save everyone. The comments about rather having a pit than a poodle may hold true at your house, but they certainly are not the general opinions of the pet owning public. The group took in a pit mix pup almost 3 years ago. Despite a crazy number of obedience classes, advertising (T.V., radio, newspaper) and adoption events, the group still has him. We will probably always have him.
  7. I trust that most of you are active in rescue, so you are not shocked by anything anymore. Sometimes I forget that not everyone is accustomed to the things we hear every day and I'm not sure how much to tell people. For example, when at adoption events, people often ask for a dogs history, and if it is a puppy they want to know if we saw mom and dad, etc. Often, we honestly don't know, the pup just came out of the shelter. Sometimes, we know what happened to mom and dad but we're not sure if they want to hear it (mom and dad were so torn up that there was nothing we could do, mom, dad a
  8. I honestly would pass on this breeder. The contracts are.. unsettling. Certainly not the kind of support I would want when making such a huge and important purchase! 1 year for Hip Displaysia? Wow.. that's helpful. And they'll only help by replacing your pup once you kill it. No help with surgery costs or anything- how much faith do you think they have in their breeding stock with a contract like this? Are you really looking to pay a small fortune for a dog, and in two years pay another for hip surgery and rehab? The reccomend obedience classes. If I was placing dogs like that (let's b
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