Where to buy a German shepherd dog
This writing pertains to all dogs, not just german shepherds, but I will focus my story on the german shepherd since that’s what I have.
So you want a puppy. They’re cute, smell great, and you want a companion. Well, after you get that dog home, the newness wears off pretty quick. That next morning when there’s pee on your floor and you need to feed them and aren’t quite sure what you’re doing, reality sets in really fast. Want to stay out later with your friends? Nope, you have to get home to your baby. Puppies can only hold it for as many hours as they are old. So, a 4 month old puppy can hold it for 4 hours, if you’re lucky.
Anyway, this has to do with puppies and where to get them. There are SO MANY places to get puppies. The biggest that comes to mind is a pet store. This is where I got both my cairn terriers, Roxy and Jack. Roxy lived a great life and I miss her so much. She lived until the age of 14 and passed away 10/5/2016…one of the worst days of my life. Jack grew up with her and is 12 and doing well (except for the diabetes that made him blind. He is on insulin shots daily.)
More than likely, my dogs came from a puppy mill… my cairn terriers I got from the pet store. Puppy mills are cheap places to get dogs so the pet stores make more money. Pet stores will say they didn’t get their dogs from a puppy mill. Either they don’t know or they’re lying.
Our 4 month old german shepherd – Leia
This is one story I must tell. It’s heartbreaking to read about these complaints, I know. I do not intend to bash anyone in this writing, but just wanted to let you know what I found. There is a dog breeder known as mittelwest in IL. I first checked out mittelwest in 2007 and had a bad feeling about the place right away. Not a really bad feeling, but just a feeling. Walking up to the property, we were greeted by a crazy caged full-grown german shepherd who was crammed in a smaller than should be cage. If that door was opened, I’d have a serious problem. Julie, the owner, took time to speak with us and was nice. There was a 1-year-old dog on site who I fell in love with and wanted. He was a sweet boy, but too expensive. I have met 4 people who purchased dogs from them over the last 10 years and each time, the dogs to me, look a little off. They look too bulky or bigger head or something. We were at a dog park yesterday and a 6 month shepherd showed up…from mittelwest. The owner said the dog had issues. Not eating much, diarrhea, on special meds, and they aren’t sure what’s wrong. This dog is only 6 months old. This other dog I met while in a waiting room at the vet a few years back, also from mittelwest, just would not listen to the owner at all. I realize this is the owner’s fault, to an extent, BUT, a lot of it is the actual dog and genetics.
Our GSD puppy of 4 months is perfect around kids, listens when we talk, constantly watches us, comes when called, and we never trained her to do it. Her genetics are awesome. We didn’t get her from a backyard breeder. We got her from a family who had both parents on site.
If you are looking for a dog, of any breed, look to the shelters. I have seen many shelter dogs that I love, come home to live with friends of mine. They are so happy and loving. As another resort, maybe check out Craigslist and see what is out there. Listen to the person’s story. One lady had to sell her 1-year-old shepherd due to her never being home due to a job change. That’s sad but it happens.
One last thing, don’t ever buy a dog online. You need to see what you’re buying. My brother lost his maltese dog to old age and was devastated, as we all are. He found a deal on a maltese online. He paid the $500 for the dog and went to the airport later that week to pick it up. The dog never showed up. It was a scam site called Maltese Kingdom. I found two other families that got ripped off as well, from the same person. I researched and found the website was up and running for only 2 months. The site had photos of happy families who bought from this guy. WRONG.
Do not buy from maltese kingdom. Their phone number was (571) 350-0477
I searched the web and do not see them at this time. I’m sure the site was taken down. I reported them to their hosting company…the place that houses the website.
There are bad people out there, looking to make a profit off those desperate, and they do not care.
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