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What Is a Puppy Mill?

A puppy mill is a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs. Unlike responsible breeders, who place the utmost importance on producing the healthiest puppies possible, breeding at puppy mills is performed without consideration of genetic quality. This results in generations of dogs with unchecked hereditary defects. SWEETSHIMAS, REFUSES TO INBREED OR BREED ANY BIRTH DEFECTS INTO OUR STOCK.  IF A PUPPY HAS ANY BIRTH DEFECTS THE MOTHER IS PLACED IN A RETIREMENT HOME, AND NEVER USED AGAIN.  WE GUARANTEE IT.  YOU CAN FIND THEM FOR PLACEMENT,  UNDER RESCUE DOGS IN OUR WEB SIGHT.

 

Puppy mill puppies are typically sold to pet shopsand marketed as young as eight weeks of age. The lineage records of puppy mill dogs are often falsified.  PET STORES CALL US ALL THE TIME ASKING TO SELL OUR PUPPIES.  SHIMAS ARE THE #1 SELLING DOG IN THE NORTHWEST.  AND THE PET STORES KNOW IT.  WE SELL OUR OWN PUPPIES, WE WANT TO KNOW WHERE THEY ARE GOING, AND WE WANT TO BE PART OF THEIR LIVES IN THE FUTURE IF YOU WILL LET US, THAT IS.

THINGS TO ASK YOURSELF!  ANY RED FLAGS?

DOES THE BREEDER LET YOU COME TO THEIR HOME AND SEE THEIR FACILITIES??? (OR DO THEY TRY TO MEET YOU SOMEWHERE ON THE STREETS?) BIGGEST RED FLAG OF ALL!   WE LOVE YOU TO COME TO OUR HOMES.  ALL THE GRANDPARENTS LOVE TO BE PART OF THE PUPPIES LIVES.  SEND PICTURES, CALL AND TELL US STORIES.  LET US LAUGH WITH YOU.

DOES THE BREEDER GIVE  THE PUPPY ITS SHOTS UP TILL THE PUPPY LEAVES.   (SHOTS SHOULD START AT 6 WEEKS, AND A SERIES OF 4 MUST BE GIVEN IN REGIMENTED INTERVALS.) BREEDERS THAT DO NOT GIVE SHOTS OR ONLY GIVE ONE, ARE INTO IT FOR THE MONEY.  RED FLAG   SWEETSHIMAS KEEPS GIVING SHOTS TILL THE PUPPY LEAVES.  USUALLY 3 OR ALL 4 OF THE PARVO SHOTS ARE GIVEN. TWO KENNEL COUGH SHOTS AND AT LEAST 2 WORMING, BEFORE THEY ARE ALLOWED TO LEAVE US.  WE WANT TO BE SURE OUR DOGS ARE IMMUNE TO ALL DISEASES BEFORE THEY LEAVE US.  THIS GIVES THEM THE BEST CHANCE OF SURVIVAL.

DOES THE BREEDER OFFER YOU SHOT AND HEALTH RECORDS?  SWEETSHIMAS DOES.

SMALL BREED DOGS SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN OUT OF THE HOME UNTIL 10 TO 12 WEEKS OF AGE.  IF A BREEDER IS SENDING THEIR PUPPIES OUT BETWEEN 6 AND 8 WEEKS OLD.   RUN DO NOT WALK AWAY FROM THIS BREEDER, BECAUSE THEY ARE ONLY INTO IT FOR THE MONEY.) HUGH RED FLAG!  SWEETSHIMAS WILL KEEP THE PUPPY FOR AS LONG AS WE CAN.  WE LOVE OUR PUPPIES.

DOES THE BREEDER HAVE MORE THAN 3 KINDS OF DOG BREEDS AT ONE LOCATION???  BIG RED FLAG!!!  SWEETSHIMAS ONLY SELL SHIMAS. OCCASIONALLY WE WILL HELP OUT FRIENDS THAT ARE GOING OUT OF BUSINESS, OR TO HELP A DOG GET OUT OF A PUPPY MILL SITUATION, WE WILL SELL A NON SHIMA.

ARE THE DOGS IN CAGES?  EVEN IF THE BREEDER SAYS THE PUPPIES ARE RAISED IN THEIR HOME, WHERE ARE THE PARENTS??? (USUALLY IN CAGES) SWEETSHIMAS RESTING PARENTS ARE IN HUGH 24X24 FOOT YARDS, WITH DOG DOORS, SO THEY CAN GO IN AND OUT AT WILL.  OUR RESTING PARENTS ALWAYS SLEEP IN OUR HOME AT NIGHT.

ASK TO KNOW THEIR VETERINARIAN'S NAME AND #.   AND CALL THEM!!  THIS IS IMPORTANT SO BE SURE TO FOLLOW THROUGH. SWEETSHIMAS USES DEER PARK VET CLINIC IN DEER PARK, WA 509-276-5091 ASK TO TALK TO DR. LARRY.

DOES THE BREEDER GIVE A WARRANTY FOR THE DOGS HEALTH?

HAS ANY OF THE TRAINING BEEN STARTED?  (POTTY PADS, DOG DOORS, COLLAR, KENNEL, ANY VERBAL COMMANDS.) SWEETSHIMAS DOES ALL OF THIS FOR YOU. SOME OF THE GRAND PARENTS EVEN TEACH THE PUPPIES TO TELL YOU, WHEN IT NEEDS TO GO OUTSIDE.

IS THE BREEDER LICENSED AND REGISTERED AS A BREEDER?  OR IS THIS A FLY BY NIGHT BREEDER?  WILL THE GUARANTEE BE VIABLE IN 2 YEARS? (THE LICENSE SHOULD BE HANGING ON THE WALL, VISIBLE FOR ALL TO SEE.) SWEETSHIMAS IS LICENSED AND REGISTERED, and WE ARE THE ONLY PREFERRED BREEDER BY CKC IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON. THERE ARE ONLY 12 OF US IN THE USA.   AND PROUD OF IT.  WE ALSO PAY OUR B&O TAXES, AND SALES TAX.  WE ARE CONTRIBUTING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY.

SWEETSHIMAS IS 22 GRANDPARENTS STRONG.  WE WANT TO BE PART OF YOUR LIFE, ASK TO MEET THE GRANDPARENT THAT RAISED YOUR PUPPY, SHE/HE WILL BE OVERJOYED TO COME MEET YOU. (YEP WE HAVE MEN HELPING TO PROPAGATE THIS NEW BREED TOO.)

 

PROTECT YOUR POTENTIAL NEW PUPPY.

IF YOU GO TO A BREEDERS HOME, DO THEY ASK YOU TO TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES, AND WASH YOUR HANDS??  OR IS IT A FREE FOR ALL, ANYONE CAN COME AND TOUCH YOUR POTENTIAL PUPPY?  SWEETSHIMAS NEVER LETS ANYONE INTO THE PUPPY VIEWING AREA WITH STREET SHOES ON.   WE PROVIDE YOU WITH SHOES WHEN YOU ARRIVE, TO CHANGE INTO. 

DO NOT GO DOOR TO DOOR LOOKING AT PUPPIES.  ONLY GO TO ONE BREEDERS HOME A DAY,  AND WHEN YOU GO TO YOUR HOME TAKE YOUR SHOES OFF AT THE DOOR.  YOU DO NOT WANT TO TRACK ANY DISEASES OR ILLNESSES OR PARASITES INTO YOUR HOME.  THIS COULD HARM YOUR POTENTIAL NEW PUPPY.

DO NOT USE THE SAME SHOES TO GO TO ANOTHER BREEDERS HOME.  THIS IS HOW PARVO IS PASSED.  CHANGE YOUR SHOES,  WASH THE ALREADY USED SHOES IN A LIGHT CLOROX SOLUTION.  THE PUPPY YOU SAVE MAY BE YOUR OWN.  

 

BREEDER BEWARE

A truly responsible and professional breeder cares where his puppies will grow up. He will keep any puppies he cannot place in suitable homes and will question prospective buyers closely to determine if this buyer really needs one of his precious puppies.

Good breeders ask some or all of the following questions:  SWEETSHIMAS ASKS LOTS OF QUESTION, AND WE LISTEN TO YOU WHEN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOURSELVES.  USUALLY IN OUR FIRST CONVERSATION. 

Have you ever had a dog before? If so, what type of dog? How long did you have it? Some breeds are not suitable for first-time dog owners, and some are just what the doctor ordered for neophytes.  IF YOU HAVE NEVER HAD A DOG BEFORE OR NEVER HAD A SMALL DOG BEFORE, NO QUESTION IS TO SMALL.  PLEASE ASK US AS MANY QUESTIONS AS YOU NEED TO, IN ORDER TO FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH YOUR NEW PUPPY,   WE WILL BE GLAD TO HELP.

Are there children in the family? How many? What ages? Some breeds are good with children, some prefer older, considerate children, and some don't get along with children at all.  99% OF ALL SHIMAS ARE GREAT WITH CHILDREN.  BUT PLEASE LET US KNOW THERE ARE CHILDREN IN THE HOME, OR IF CHILDREN VISIT YOU OFTEN, SO WE CAN TELL YOU IF THE PUPPY IS APPROPRIATE OR NOT.   ONCE IN A WHILE WE GET A CRANKY PUPPY. HELP US MAKE THIS PLACEMENT A PERMANENT ONE.  (CRANKY PUPPIES GO TO ELDERLY OR SINGLE PERSONS NEVER TO HOMES WITH CHILDREN.)
 

Do you live in a house or apartment? If an apartment, does the landlord allow dogs? Some breeds do quite well in confined spaces, while others need room to stretch and wander.  SHIMAS NEED VERY LITTLE SPACE, THEY ARE GREAT HOUSE DOGS.

Do you have other pets? Some breeds are naturally aggressive to other animals, including dogs and cats, and some get along very well with all God's critters.

Do you have a fenced yard? No dog should be left outside unattended, and no dog-aggressive or guardian breed should be confined by only an electronic fence. These fences may keep the dog in but they do not keep trespassing children or other dogs out.

What do you do for exercise? High energy breeds such as Dalmatians, retrievers, Border Collies, and Australian Shepherds need a brisk daily walk or jog of a mile or more to satisfy their physical and psychological need for exercise.  SHIMAS DO GREAT IN THE HOME, BUT LOVE TO GO FOR WALKS.

Do you know the dog laws in your community? No responsible breeder wants to sell a puppy to a buyer who does not plan to obey leash and confinement laws.

Do you plan to obedience train this puppy? This is a crucial question for breeders of guardian dogs such as Akitas, Rottweilers, Boxers, German Shepherds, Dobermans, etc. An untrained guardian dog can easily become a domineering pet with severe behavior problems.  SHIMAS DO NOT. THEY ARE VERY CALM AND EASY TO TRAIN.

Are you aware of the costs involved in veterinary care, including spaying and neutering, purchasing a good quality dog food, boarding the dog when you are away, annual license fees, etc.? SWEETSHIMAS PAYS MOST OF THE VET BILLS BEFORE YOU PICK UP YOUR PUPPY. USUALLY ABOUT $280.00 OF THEM ON EACH PUPPY.  USUALLY YOU WILL HAVE ONLY ONE SHOT AND THE RABIES TO GIVE.  WE DO THE REST FOR YOU.  

WE ALWAYS ASK IF YOU ARE GOING TO BREED THE PUPPY.  THAT IS A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE.  WE WANT ONLY OUR VERY BEST PUPPIES BREEDING.  SO IF YOU INTEND TO BREED, PLEASE LET US KNOW, SO WE CAN HELP YOU PICK OUT THE VERY BEST POTENTIAL BREEDING STOCK. 

Are you aware that you are taking on the responsibility of another living creature who will, for the rest of its life, be dependent upon you?

If you can answer these questions in a positive manner, you are a good prospect for one of the breeder's puppies. Remember though, the really good breeders have a sixth sense about people. They will scrutinize your behavior with their dogs, the dogs' behavior with you, and the behavior and attitudes of your children. If the children are rowdy and disobedient, chances are your dog will be too, and the breeder may not want one of her dogs going to your home.  CHILDREN COMING INTO SWEETSHIMAS ARE USUALLY EXCITED, BUT THEY SETTLE DOWN IF WE JUST SIT AND TALK TO THEM FOR A WHILE.  WE HAVE STRICT RULES ON HANDLING PUPPIES, FOR CHILDREN AND PARENTS ALIKE.   IN 25 YEARS WE HAVE NEVER HAD A CHILD DROP A PUPPY, BUT WE HAVE HAD MANY ADULTS DROP THEM.  GO FIGURE.

Norma Bennett Woolf AND CORDIA BERNAL

 

What Problems Are Common to Puppy Mill Dogs?

Illness, disease, fearful behavior and lack of socialization with humans and other animals are common characteristics of dogs from puppy mills. Because puppy mill operators fail to apply proper husbandry practices that would remove sick dogs from their breeding pools, puppies from puppy mills are prone to congenital and hereditary conditions. These can include:

  • Epilepsy
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Musculoskeletal disorders (hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, etc.)
  • Endocrine disorders (diabetes, hyperthyroidism)
  • Blood disorders (anemia, Von Willebrand disease)
  • Deafness
  • Eye problems (cataracts, glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy, etc.)
  • Respiratory disorders

On top of that, puppies often arrive in pet stores—and their new homes—with diseases or infirmities. These can include:

  • Giardia  ( AMOEBAS )
  • Parvovirus
  • Distemper
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Kennel cough
  • Pneumonia
  • Mange
  • Fleas
  • Ticks
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Heartworm
  • Chronic diarrhea

How Are Animals Treated at Puppy Mills?

Puppy mills usually house dogs in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, without adequate veterinary care, food, water and socialization. Puppy mill dogs do not get to experience treats, toys, exercise or basic grooming. To minimize waste cleanup, dogs are often kept in cages with wire flooring that injures their paws and legs—and it is not unusual for cages to be stacked up in columns. Breeder dogs at mills might spend their entire lives outdoors, exposed to the elements—or crammed inside filthy structures where they never get the chance to feel the sun or a gust of fresh air on their faces. 
* SWEETSHIMAS, HAS OUR RESTING DAMS AND SIRES IN HUGH INDOOR YARDS (10X15 FEET) AND WHEN THEY GO OUTSIDE VIA THEIR DOG DOOR, THEY ENTER INTO A COVERED 20X20 YARD.  THE SUMMER YARDS ARE A 25X25 ADDED ON YARD, OPEN TO THEM ALL SUMMER. NO MORE THEN 3 OR 4 DOGS TO EACH HUGH YARD AT A TIME. OUR KENNELS ARE SCRUBBED OUT EVERY SATURDAY, WITH NEW BLANKETS, AND FRESH FOOD AND WATER.   (METAL FREE FLOW FEEDERS)
*BONNIE OUR GROOMER IS IN OUR KENNELS 5 DAYS A WEEK.  OUR PUPPIES ARE BATHED EVERY THURSDAY.  OUR ADULTS ARE KEPT CLEAN AND GROOMED.  BONNIE HAS BEEN A PROFESSIONAL GROOMER FOR OVER 30 YEARS.  OUR DOGS LOVE HER TO DEATH.  509-599-2066  CALL HER IF YOU NEED HER.  SHE IS GREAT.

How Often Are Dogs Bred in Puppy Mills?

In order to maximize profits, female dogs are bred at every opportunity with little to no recovery time between litters. When, after a few years, they are physically depleted to the point that they no longer can reproduce, breeding females are often killed. The mom and dad of the puppy in the pet store window are unlikely to make it out of the mill alive—and neither will the many puppies born with overt physical problems that make them unsalable to pet stores.  SWEETSHIMAS BREEDS A FEMALE THEN FINDS THEM WONDERFUL HOMES, USUALLY TWO TO THREE MONTHS AFTER THEY BIRTH THEIR LAST LITTER. OUR RESCUE SHIMAS ARE SHARP EYED, FAT AND PLAYFUL?

When and Why Did Puppy Mills Begin?

Puppy mills began sprouting up after World War II. In response to widespread crop failures in the Midwest, the United States Department of Agriculture began promoting purebred puppies as a fool-proof “cash” crop. It is easy to see why this might have appealed to farmers facing hard times—breeding dogs does not require the intense physical labor that it takes to produce edible crops, nor are dogs as vulnerable to unfavorable weather. Chicken coops and rabbit hutches were re-purposed for dogs, and the retail pet industry—pet stores large and small—boomed with the increasing supply of puppies from the new "mills." Today, Missouri is considered the largest puppy mill state in the country.

Seeking a puppy supply source on the East Coast, puppy brokers—the middlemen who deliver the dogs from mills to pet stores—convinced many of Pennsylvania’s Amish farmers in the 1970's that puppies were the cash crop of the future. Brokers conducted seminars to teach farmers how to operate their own breeding facilities. Thirty years later, Lancaster County, PA, has the highest concentration of puppy mills of any county in the nation and has earned the dubious nickname of “Puppy Mill Capital of the East.”

How Can I Help Fight Puppy Mills?

There are many ways you can fight puppy mills, starting with refusing to patronize the stores and websites that sell their dogs.

  • Do not buy a puppy from a pet store—in fact, do not buy a puppy from any place that does not allow you to see its entire facility and meet the mother dog. This includes websites that sell pets online. Anyone can put up a great-looking website boasting the highest standards of breeding and care, but you really have no way of knowing if such businesses are what they claim. Truly responsible breeders want to meet you before selling you one of their prized pups to be sure that he or she is going to a good home.
     
  • You can also take a more active role in fighting puppy mills by working with the ASPCA to pass legislation that ensures that all animals bred to be pets are raised in healthy conditions. Stay up-to-date about current legislation to ban puppy mills by joining the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade .
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