I have a friend who recently lost her old dog, and she’s in the market for a puppy.
And she’s set on it being a puppy- doesn’t have to be a tiny baby puppy, but no older than say four, maybe five months maximum. Ideally she wants another Weimaraner (her remaining old dog is a Weim), but I’m pretty sure she’d be flexible here. She wants a big dog for certain, but breed and purity thereof isn’t of primary concern.
The catch? Well bred Weims from what I consider to be “good” breeders are prohibitively expensive. She won’t spend that much money to buy a dog. Not to say that she won’t spend money on a dog- she didn’t blink before plunking down her credit card at the oncologist’s for diagnostics and chemotherapy. But she’s not the type of person who is willing to plunk down $1000+ on a dog who is “just” to be a pet.
And I can’t say I really blame her. I wouldn’t either.
But I’m open to an adult shelter or rescue dog, where she isn’t. She’s not comfortable bringing an unknown adult dog home from a shelter to be with her two young kids. I can understand that. A shelter puppy is a potential option, if we actually had puppies in the shelters around here. They’re something akin to hen’s teeth and really you have to be in the right place at the right time if you want to actually get one.
Rescues have them- they import them from down south where puppies are being slaughtered by the litter in some shelters. Yeah, good luck adopting any dog, much less a high energy large breed puppy, from a rescue when you have two small children and no fence.
It’s frustrating. She wants to do the right thing, but it seems impossible. She can’t get what she wants without going to a breeder, but the only real option breeder-wise is a casual, yes, BYBer. Someone who is breeding their “nice” but unproven dogs, not for money, but not to better the breed, either. Someone who is just out to produce nice pets.
And that’s currently labeled “wrong” and “bad”. Don’t support irresponsible breeding! Is it irresponsible to be breeding nice pet dogs when it’s nice pet dogs that are what people are looking for? My friend doesn’t care if her dog is from prime hunting stock or winning showring stock. She just wants a dog who is going to be a good companion.
What’s a person in search of a nice family pet puppy supposed to do?