[/QUOTE]Originally posted by MomtwoMaltmuffins@May 3 2005, 07:04 PM
I am only going to say this once, but it is on my mind so I am going to say it. I for one am getting sick and tired of those that ALWAYS belittle and downplay all BYB. Digby came from a pet store, before I knew any better, and no I would never buy from a pet store again. So far, she is now 7 years old, she is healthy except for a trachea problem, but I am unsure if she was born that way or it happened when she was very young and practically pulled my arm out of socket when she saw a rabbit for the very first time and yanked so hard to get to it. Also Casper we dont really know the background of his Mom and Dad entirely. So far he is healthy.
My point is that health issues can crop up in any breed from any breeder. No doubt about it though that pups from a pet store most likely have a poor start in life especially if they came from a puppy mill. Not every single pet sold in a pet store comes from a puppy mill, some might come from a loving home where oops two dogs got together and ooops made puppies. I am not promoting pet stores by any means.
It is just that those of us who have bought from so called scrupulous breeders etc and our pets are healthy keep getting bashed and bashed and bashed and I am really tired of it.
That is all I have to say, and now I will get off my soapbox.
I know this is a sensitive issue for you, but I respectfully disagree. Those who may warn of the possible health issues with BYB, Puppymills, Pet Stores, etc. are not stating a personal opinion, but rather the unfortunate facts. They are not speaking just to those of us who have Malts already but to the many people who come to SM looking for information before purchasing a puppy.
Here is what happens.... a pet store sells a puppy who develops a genetically based disease. Since the breeder and owner have no connection with each other, the breeder doesn't find out about the disease and so keeps breeding even though this genetic disease keeps getting passed on to more puppies. And sometimes the puppymiller does find out about the genetic disease, but because they are in it for the money, they just keep on breeding, as we learned from Adora Bella on SM regarding Sonshine.
I bought my first Maltese, Rosebud, and Kallie from a BYBs. They were both wonderful ladies. The puppies were lovingly raised in their beautiful homes. The problem, however, was that each were breeding two pet store dogs. They had not a clue about genetic diseases nor how to care for the dogs. Kallie's sire and dam were running in and out of the house in to an unfenced yard. Who knows what sort of diseases they could have brought in to the puppies that were in the house. It is a miracle she didn't get parvo or who knows what. The nice lady just didn't know any better... not did I, at the time.
In the past I had heard of people breeding champion dogs and thought to myself, "why in the world do I need a puppy with champion parents; I only want a pet." The very idea of such a thing was totally foreign, and even repulsive, to me. But now that I have learned so much about breeding, my views have changed. I think that is part of having an open mind. As we are exposed to new information, sometimes it means that we need to re-think old assumptions and open up to new truths that come our way.