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    Great idea....i hadn't thought of that!!

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by mydogau View Post
    It is very sad that pet shops like this give ALL pet shops a bad name. I have nothing against pet shops but ones in those shopping complex areas are one type where animals don't belong. You most likely wouldn't see the owner of the shop, and because rent is phenominally high they hire juniors regardless of experience, so they can keep wages cheap. Customers expect the staff to know everything and juniors don't like to look dumb so have to do the best they can think of.

    How they even get approval to put in a pet shop selling animals in places like that, is questionable for me. I use to own a pet store and was refused a shop in our local plaza due to health regulations with food stores around. I am pretty sure that those glass enclosures are compulsory in plaza shops but having that many puppies is not Those poor little things should have been in my store. I'll be bias. Almost every animal keeper hate pet shops but I gained a good reputation but sadly wasn't enough to keep my doors open. During the day they had a puppy run, walked outside and almost always being carried around or in someone's lap. At night time my puppies came home with me and slept in our beds much to the delight of my children. I guess my love for the animals sent me broke but I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason and was not sad to lose it. If I had to compromise my animals well being because of money then I sold them cheap, or gave them away. No business can survive on that. I opened my shop for the love of the animals but learnt that animals and business just don't have any business together. My vet who came to me for needles and medicines was also a member of our local Animal Welfare and was always happy with how we looked after our animals.

    I am surprised that the breeders of the puppies at Myer will allow the shops to take them while they already have plenty. I had a limit of 4 and would not take anymore until I had one left - puppies like company.
    I agree with the majority of this post to a huge extent.

    Many/most pet shops suck, hire kids who haven't got a clue and don't care a rat's bum about the puppies and kittens (or anything else for that matter) and certainly don't tell ppl the truth about what they are purchasing.

    However, like I've stated months ago in other threads, I've known some damned good pet shop proprietors who DID care - A LOT.
    They looked after any puppies in a similar way to MyDog and would be VERY careful about who they allowed to buy the puppies. A fair percentage (but not all) of the puppies came from the local refuge whom pet shop owners worked in unison with to help find decent homes.

    I realise that most pet shops are not great, but not all of them deserve to be tarred with the same brush. I have met some proprietors who I can honestly state care more for the welfare of those pups than many registered and allgedly 'reputable' breeders I have met or known over the years.

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    My parents owned a pet shop when I was young. We would source dogs and cats for clients and put them in touch with the breeder for a small percentage. This was back in the days when your local pet shop was where you got all your dog/cat/bird needs.

    What I object to most is the ones where they are displayed in the window. Tempting impulse buying and then the total lack of knowledge. The incorrect labeling eg: miniature maltese, non-shedding coat etc.

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    I was not saying that all pet shops are bad, the one i usually go to doesn't sell pups, but he can point people in the right direction, he had heaps of info about diet, well being and anything else you ask him. He was the one who suggested that if all i want is a pet to go get a hand me down!!

    I have also seen him give people food and little extras, when a friend of mine lost her job, she went in to get some dog food but when she didn't get the usual extras he asked why, she said she lost her job and couldn't afford them right now, so a bone and some other extras fell into the bag.

    He has also been great with our bird, he is always asking how every one is, i truly believe he cares for his clients and tier pets, but i wish there was some way of making people understand that the people selling you the dog dont always have the best intentions and that you should do your own homework. I would like to see a 48 hr colling off, but then i guess that would not stop the people who are set on doing the wrong thing!

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    Ooh I didn't think of that angle. The pet shop with the puppies is in the myer centre basement - with the food court. Less than great.

    Next time I'm that way, I think I will take photos and send in the email to centre management.

    The more of us do it the more likely we are to get rid of them. Those kinds of shopping centres are really sensitive to customer needs. The food court is also extremely popular with students, so I could maybe ask any Animal Welfare activists at the Uni across the road to see if they can't educate the patrons and organise mass complaints. Woo hoo.

    Though a lot of the students are asian, they might not see it the same as the rest of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PEPSI View Post
    ......I have also seen him give people food and little extras, when a friend of mine lost her job, she went in to get some dog food but when she didn't get the usual extras he asked why, she said she lost her job and couldn't afford them right now, so a bone and some other extras fell into the bag. .....!
    That is fantastic. He sounds like a great guy. He deserves to do well and sounds like he is. Good on him.

    I, too, use to give "Puppy Packs" to all who bought puppies, and accounts for ppl who I knew would be honest. I got stung a few times, but I didn't let the dishonest stop me helping out those who really cared for their animals. My puppy packs were added to the cost of the puppy - but only the wholesale value $30 worth, not the retail value. Included Advance Puppy Dry Food, a tin of Advance puppy food, bowl, brush and their worm tablets they needed every two weeks until they went onto 3monthly dosage. My price also included their next vaccination, not just the one they needed in the shop.

    I hope I don't sound like I am trying to big note myself. Just offering some tips what I did to perhaps offer you some suggestions to take back to the pet stores that could use some friendly advice. I accepted advice from my customers all the time. There is always something new to learn. So long as it don't send them broke.


    DA ppl mostly came to me wanting to give away unwanted litters that shouldn't have happened. I took some "designer breeds" on consignment but not very often. I liked getting the unwanted ones. They were always riddled with fleas and worms and filthy dirty. I had a hydrobath and dryer. First thing puppies got was CAPSTAR for the fleas, into the bath, then a wormer later in day (vet advised me not all at once but separated by a few hours was fine). I wish I thought of before and after photos back then. They came up a looking like shining stars and were spoilt rotten. I had one customer abuse me because I spoilt them too much. She took a puppy and brought it back next day. Couldn't stand the crying and gave me her mind for teaching it to sleep with us. I didn't change. I enjoyed the way I looked after them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Ooh I didn't think of that angle. The pet shop with the puppies is in the myer centre basement - with the food court. Less than great.

    Next time I'm that way, I think I will take photos and send in the email to centre management.

    The more of us do it the more likely we are to get rid of them. Those kinds of shopping centres are really sensitive to customer needs. The food court is also extremely popular with students, so I could maybe ask any Animal Welfare activists at the Uni across the road to see if they can't educate the patrons and organise mass complaints. Woo hoo.

    Though a lot of the students are asian, they might not see it the same as the rest of us.
    you've got the pet shop!!!

    I have written a letter to centre management and to the pet store, i dont know if it will change anything but i was so angry....I can imagine thats what happened with Pepsi, she was bought from a pet store on false pretences and when she grew up she was not cute or too much work, so she ended up dumped and with a complex!

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    I saw Dalmatian crosses for $600 a couple of weeks ago!
    Education not Legislation

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    I saw Staffy X Boxer for $900

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    Absolutely ridiculous!
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