Edition 12

Pup ya' collar

Harriet GoodingsComment

In total 41% of people who bought a puppy in the last year did not see the puppy with its mother and 53% did not see its breeding environment, meaning those puppies are highly likely to have been bred by puppy farmers and sold by third parties (2014 Kennel Club PAW survey). Source: kennelclub.org.uk

Is it just me or when someone announces they’re getting a new puppy, part of me is excited for them.. it’s a puppy! and the ‘sensible, animal welfare, vegetarian’ part of me has a dreaded feeling it might be another puppy farming victim?

I personally know of two people who have bought puppies without seeing their mother, thankfully their dogs are ok now, but neither were without illness at the beginning of their lives.

I just googled ‘puppy’ (I bloody love google, see my last blog post) and 30 ads are showing pups available in Norwich, I’m sure some really are legit and that’s great, but when one ad in particular uses the word ‘designer’, ‘can deliver nationwide’ and has a hefty price tag, it rings some loud alarm bells to me.

I still remember on a work trip to New York a few years ago walking past puppies in the window of a pet store. I couldn’t stop thinking about it as it’s just not something I’ve personally witnessed, but it’s basically the same thing.. just in view of the public. They were so teeny tiny but I couldn’t help thinking how mis-informed the new owners were about the history and welfare of the puppies.

 The image I took in New York 4 years ago. It annoys me that the little girls looking in the window will grow up thinking this is ok.

The image I took in New York 4 years ago. It annoys me that the little girls looking in the window will grow up thinking this is ok.

(Also, I didn’t go in the store, so I can’t say for certain if this was the case, but this was the impression I got from the outside).

In light of the recent ban on third party sales of puppies and kittens in England, what does this mean for the future of dog breeding? As of today (1st October 2018) puppies and kittens can only be purchased from the breeder or from a rehoming shelter. Some really helpful advice can be found at the link below if you are considering buying a puppy:

https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/help-advice/advice-for-owners/buying-a-dog/buying-a-dog

Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, said:

A ban on third party sales will ensure the nation’s much-loved pets get the right start in life. I pay tribute to the Lucy’s Law campaign, spearheaded by PupAid, Care And Respect Includes All Dogs (CARIAD), and Canine Action UK, who have fought tirelessly for this step.

People who have a complete disregard for pet welfare will no longer be able to profit from this miserable trade.

So, I’ve googled (obvs) ‘Dogs Trust Snetterton’ and wanted to help a dog find a home. This is Bessie, she is a German Wirehair Pointer who is 8 yrs+, she loves treats and polite canines. Why not offer her a puppicino and a spot in front of the telly?

 This is Bessie. She’s looking for a home.

This is Bessie. She’s looking for a home.

Harriet and the gang xx

Also.. unless stated, all views/ opinions are my own.