Your advice is good about doing research before selecting a breeder to buy a puppy from, not only for your own final results, but also in fairness to the dogs being used for breeding. No one should be supporting a puppy mill breeder, which is what you describe here. That said, hindsight is 20/20 and it makes no sense to rant and rave for having hooked up with someone who NOW does not meet your standards. What you wanted at age 16 was, first and foremost, a companion who would help heal your heart and fill your emotional needs. That you got. Stop looking back and trust that the Universe delivered to you just what you needed at the time. When you get another dog, you will add "good breeder" to your list of requirements. Such is life! Snickers had a big job to do and you will always cherish him papers or not.
The Amish puppy mills are really bad news. Unusual for puppy mills to keep the large breeds, sorry to hear about the Bernese....
until recently yes. Sadly, they have grown in popularity, and they can chafe in upwards of 1200 dollars a puppy. they can get 2000+ for Newfie's, 700 for St. Bernard's and 600 for great Pyrs... they could make between 10,000 to 18,000 per Newfie litter, that equates to roughly 30,000 a year. and could get well over 150,000 dollars over the corse of the dogs lifetime... the larger dogs have large litters and have a lot of inherent problems so if they have health gaurentees at all they have loophole after loophole, or require ridiculous things from the owner. :( There have been studies that say within the next ten years we could lose a good portion of our dog breeds because of the gene pool being shrunk so dramatically and health problems will make owning certain breeds almost asking for heartbreak.
SHAME on THE A.K.C. As the largest registering body, they have the power to set humane standards for breeders and enforce them, as well asto address problems of guarantees, loopholes etc. Instead, they just sit by and make money from litter registrations and individual puppy registrations from the likes of the people you talk about, giving an aura of respectability to these people who sell these poor dogs "with AKC papers".
yeah :( its sad. and someday humans will see this, but who's to say it won't be to late? its human nature to not accept something until it has gotten so bad its almost irreversible. well keep destroying the genetics of our beloved breeds and someday when we need a dog to herd, or hunt or farm, we won't have one.
Several years ago I rescued 4 PWC from a puppy mill! The owner had to give up 30 dogs...I have no clue how many Corgis she actually had. You might be able to check out the Iowa Castaways...as they were called. I did a private rescue and so mine weren't in the 1st 10. I can only imagine the conditions these dogs were in BUT the 4 I got are/were wonderful dogs and 2 have gone to other homes(one is Jackson, Jennifer Markley's dog who belongs to this site) and I kept Teddy and Wiley as I believe along with the vet that they were the most neglected. I am thankful everyday for such wonderful rescues I am able to live with and I think they know they are lucky too.
It's sad to think that there are people out there that don't care about anything but money! Anna is correct...Snickers came into your life for a reason and to fulfill a dream:) Work on getting her trained for a Therapy Dog...it's not only rewarding for you but for others too:)
Snickers is sadly not a good candidate for therapy work. She does not like to be touched very much. my new addition, a Bernese Mountain Dog, will be trained for this. Snickers has shown promise in the field of search and rescue. My mom lost her dog, ginger at my dads property while walking with us (Ginger is obsessed with water and had gone in search of a creek) i told snickers to "go find ginger" and she waited until i was following, then rushed to a spot, stopped and growled. there was ginger, laying in the creek just drinking the water lol. Snickers is my baby and is a great dog in so many ways. she can be off leash and not run away, she can do tricks but she is not affectionate, nor does she play nicely with dogs who are not extremely submissive. right now we are doing training to ignore all other dogs since she can't play nicely she can't play at all. :)
Pure or not, I love her all the same. She gave me hope when I had none and showed me even when the world seems dark you can always find a smile in a corgi.
By the way, you have excellent taste in dog names.