I have wanted to write about this for quite some time. As most of you know, I am an animal lover. When I was young I wanted to become a Marine Biologist. Somewhere along the way I changed the gears to computers and the rest is history. As a kid I had ant farms and just loved to interact with the animal kingdom. I am telling you all of this just to give you a background of where this post is coming from.
Pets in Latin American countries (as I am sure a lot of places in the world) are not at the same level as pets are here in the United States. Pets in the US are not only considered part of the family but to some people they are the only family they have. Many people love their pets as much as they would love a child, in some cases, I would venture to say even more.
At first I thought that putting pets at that level was somewhat crazy. But when I thought about it and rationalized it, I came to the conclusion that follows: If, We as humans, want to take an animal out of their natural habitat, we acquire a responsibility to care for them on every level. I respect everyone’s positions on this argument, I am just stating mine.
I am going to center my post around dogs because there is a problem that I am trying to address or better yet inform people that are not aware of it. Due to the level that pets take in this society, unscrupulous individuals start trying to make a buck of off these poor little creatures. (Enter “Puppy Mills.”) If you search the Internet, you will see plenty of articles about “Puppy Mills. ” It is best defined as a place, it could even be a backyard, where people over-breed animals, and keep them in an unsafe, inhumane area. A lot of these backyard breeders are the primary suppliers to your nearby pet stores. These puppies can usually be found at a dirt-cheap price, and are likely suffering from congenital problems due to the lack or quality bloodlines.
So where should you get a puppy from then? If you want to bring a bundle of joy into your family, the first thing you should do is some homework. See what dog breed will not only fit your environment but also your family lifestyle. The right dog can bring a lot of happiness into your life, but the wrong dog can definitely turn into a problem for both you and the puppy.
Once you have found the breed that fits you, find a reputable breeder within your area. In your research, you might have found a message board of e-mail listings for this specific dog breed. Use that and ask lots of questions. These people have a lot of experience with this breed and would likely be all too happy to provide you with vast array of answers. They may even be able to direct you to a reputable breeder.