There are so many scenarios. Often times puppy mill dogs end up in shelters
because they were surrendered by owners that originally bought them either
directly from the mill itself, or through an iffy transaction online by meeting
some guy at some Mcdonalds, etc. Other times rescue organizations seize
puppy mill dogs from the unethical mill breeders then put them up for adoption
so you end up adopting a rescue. I definitely agree that if you are paying the
unethical breeder for the dog then you are supporting unethical breeding. If you
are looking to save a life/make a difference, then best thing to do is either adopt
from a shelter/rescue, or take in an unwanted dog that someone is getting rid of
for whatever reason.
I have puppy mill dogs, and their issues range from temperamental to physical.
Behavior wise they each have issues that require constant work, and even
with our 4 long daily walks and daily training some things are simply embedded
in who they are due to very irresponsible breeding, so we keep on keeping
them mentally and physically stimulated to the max in order to help manage
those issues. As for health, we've battled things since their first day here,
from allergies to skin conditions, to eye sight and hearing, to kidney problems,
to bone malformation, etc. Right now things are under control, but each one
is on a specific diet regimen and even a tiniest change triggers symptoms.
We know that there are many things still to come and are prepared for it.
We are basically living a life based around our dogs' needs. Which works for
us, it is a choice, we don't have perfect dogs, but to us they are perfect, we
love them and consider it an honor to have them in our lives, all 4 of them.
Last edited by ~LS~; 11-28-2012 at 08:49 PM.