For the past year, I have been looking to adopt a dog or puppy through an animal rescue centre. I have had countless rejected applications. I insisted on a dog that was sociable and good around children, but there is a scarcity of such dogs. So, with a heavy heart, I have decided to buy a puppy. That should be easy; right?
Now, there are many, many dogs and puppies for sale. The problem I faced was finding a registered breeder, making sure the puppy is healthy, has all the vaccinations, worm treatment, etc, and has the correct family history recorded on the puppy certificate. I don’t want to buy a puppy that is not in a proper condition or has been trafficked which has resulted in a traumatic start to its life. I have been lucky in that I was able to come across a registered breeder who had high standards. The cost, I must admit, was pretty steep, but I understand the work they do and the lengths they go to, to ensure the puppies and parents are well cared for.
Here are some things that can help you with your search
I researched as if I was on a dating site. I read the profiles and reviews carefully. Then I
· checked the contact number on Google to see who it belonged to and if the breeder details came up.
· copied the advertising description on Google to see if the same breeder came up
· checked the puppy’s pictures with Facebook photos to see if it was a match
· contacted the breeder to see if they sent me the same information
· discussed the price for the one I wanted to see if I could afford it (even with a discount}
· checked to see if there was an alternative
· make sure the puppy was vaccinated
· make sure the breeder is registered with the council where the premises are located
· make sure they are also registered with the Kennel Club
In the end, I decided not to go ahead with the purchase of the cockapoo puppy. The £850 was to purchase puppy or dog was too much for my bank balance. But if you can afford one cockapooi hear their are amazing breed to own.
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