Last week, I very excitedly made plans to have a friend drive us out to a breeder west of Roskilde to pick out a puppy. My husband had called and made an appointment and everything.
He mentioned, however, that part of what made the conversation difficult was that there were loads of dogs barking in the background. This worried me a little bit, as did the number of dogs they appeared to have on this farm in the pictures on the website. So, I did some googling.
While opinions of the place varied really widely, and a few people seemed perfectly happy with the puppies they'd picked out, there were far too many negative reviews to make me comfortable. People saying that they'd bought dogs from there that got sick within the first year or two and died, or dogs that had genetic issues that the breeder had never bothered testing for. Plus, several reports that this woman has somewhere between 75 and 100 dogs that are kept in unhealthy conditions.
As much as it kills me that I can't go and rescue every single one of them, I just can't bring myself to support a puppy mill like that.
So, we shifted our thinking a bit, and did some looking at breeders approved by the Danish Kennel Club.
Readers, it looks like I'll be picking up this gorgeous little man next week:
He's a papillon, and will be 8 weeks old when I pick him up on Tuesday. His name is still under consideration, and we are open to suggestions.