After a lot of talking with my husband and kids we decided to get a puppy. I did a lot of research, spending hours online trying to find the best puppy for us. we went from big to small and from small to big, pure bred, crossbred. it was so frustrating and hard, especially with kids wanting the dog here and now. we even rang and put a deposit for a puppy but he wasn’t ready for a few weeks. so one day i went online and saw an add for a beautiful border collie cross golden retriever puppy and just fell in love with him. They were backyard breeders but we convinced ourselves that it will be OK as our previous(the best dog ever) dog was from a farm and nothing fancy. so we jumped in the car with the kids and 10 hours later brought our puppy home. Everyone were so happy, he was beautiful, funny, playful and just perfect, but then a few days later he started limping. so we took him to the vet who said our puppy has a genetic hip problems, they rang other vet who looked after all the puppies in the litter as well as mum and dad, and guess what they all have problems. none of this was mentioned when we picked the pup or on the papers, we asked this question but were told that everything was perfect. our vet advised to take the pup back as in 2 or 3 years time the dog would need painkillers, operations or worst put down. my husband and i felt so stupid and ripped off but we made a choice to take the pup back while he was relatively new to our kids as I could not imagine telling them in 3 year that their pet in so much pain that he has to go to sleep.

that was a month ago, we still have very upset kids and they do ask everyday about Ruffy. it makes me so angry at myself for not making the right choice, but most of all at those people who breed sick dog and not taking any responsibility for welfare of the animals. So no dogs for us for a while, and next time it will be a responsible breeder.

Posted by delta30, 15th April 2013

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  • I suggest you try an animal shelter such as the Animal Welfare Leaue or RSPCA. Their dogs (and cats) are vet checked, immunised, wormed and desexed before you are allowed to buy and take them. You may think what they charge is high but think of what treatment they have already had. With the RSPCA I’m not sure whether they are already desexed or whether you have to take them back to them to be done. They also check the temperament of the dog, whether it is suitable to be re-housed.


  • We all need to check the origins of our pets before taking them hone. Too many are from puppy farms where the dogs live in abhorrent conditions as the focus is purely on selling the puppies and making money


  • dog for 5 days


  • How devastating for you but don’t be put off. I love our dog so much. She was my first baby and still thinks she is. It is endless the love a dog gives you.


  • Timely advise. We are about to go looking for our perfect pet!


  • We chose our pet dog from the RSPCA and our family have no complaints to date. I would avoid breeders etc for all the nasty stories I hear about them. My recommendation would be to try the RSPCA for the next time.


  • What a story and yes the back yard puppy farms are not good at all as this is what can happen.


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