A reader wrote to remind the Scottie News that no matter how glad everyone is that the Seattle-area stolen Scottish Terrier puppy was found, pet store dogs are very often from puppy mills.
It just makes me crazy when I see the deplorable conditions those puppies come from. I rescued a westie from a shelter in NM last week and traced his microchip to a pet store in Vegas and then to a puppy mill in missouri, the “breeder” has 58 dogs. I can imagine what life is like there.
Any time I can get a word in I do. I live in Durango Colorado. I go to a shelter in Aztec NM and pull dogs, rehab them and get them adopted. The population in and around Aztec for the most part is poor and uneducated. Many backyard breeders. Many purebred dogs end up in this shelter as a result, upwards of 1,000 dogs a month come in in the summer. I only take 1-2 litters, or 1-2 adult dogs a month to rescue. I house train them, give them love and 100%, then find them their perfect home. So barely a drop in the bucket. But I do make a difference for those few at least. 🙂
I fell in love with a Scottie posted on a Scottie rescue web site in Nashville TN and convinced the woman to adopt to someone(me) out of state and my life was changed forever! How I love this little dog. He is a brindle scottie and his name is Sarge. He came from a puppy mill rescue in KY. He has his own booster seat in my truck and even recently traveled with me on a plane in cabin to NC, I have attached a picture. He was shaved when rescued because he was so matted. I was told he was afraid of sunlight…well he’s not afraid of anything anymore! I subscribed to your newsletter after getting Sarge and I am a feverent supporter of all things Scottie. Thank you for the wonderful videos and stories on these wonderful dogs.
Please include a note on puppies in pet stores and their origin. We must change this. These dogs must be protected from people who mistreat and neglect them, breed them and force them to live terrible lives in cages. No dog should ever live in a cage. Awareness and education, don’t ever buy a puppy from a pet store.