The Ethical Responsible puppy BuyerWritten by Pixiedust Papillons & Phalenes
The responsible, ethical BUYER We certainly hear and read multitudes of opinions of what makes a responsible papillon or phalene dog breeder (and many times those opinions are biased by writers' backgrounds in papillons or phalenes). Rarely do you see any articles on what makes a responsible BUYER of papillons or phalenes. Many buyers complain that they never hear back from a papillon or phalene breeder, when buyer inquires about buying a papillon or phalene puppy for a pet. Good papillon and phalene breeders spend massive amounts of time learning about their breed, their bloodlines and host of other things in order to breed best papillons and phalenes. So what does a quality breeder of papillons and phalenes expect from potential buyers? A buyer should never write and state " do you have papillon or phalene puppies for sale now and how much are they"? The breeder will not have a papillon or phalene puppy for this buyer, since buyer has given no indication of what they are looking for in a papillon or phalene puppy. Most breeders have so many requests, that they really will not waste time to reply with a list of questions that they need answered in order to properly respond to buyer's request--especially when most breeder's websites already carry a list of those questions papillon or phalene breeder needs to have answered by buyer. Breeders of quality papillons and phalenes will usually avoid a buyer who enthusiastically states that they are eager to learn and "have hundreds of questions". If you have that many questions about papillon or phalene dogs and puppies, then you have not done enough research--because there are a host of websites, books and videos available to help answer most of those questions. Some breeders, like here at Pixiedust Papillons and Phalenes, go to a great deal of time and trouble to provide a website to help answer questions new buyers may have. And responsible buyers will have done this research before asking a breeder for one of their puppies. A papillon or phalene breeder is just that--a breeder. They will be spending time with their dogs, shows, competitions, seminars and even building large website just to answer questions, they will not have time or even ability to give a potential buyer all their accumulated knowledge in an email. If buyer is too lazy to learn a few things on their own, they will most likely not be a candidate for a well bred puppy. As breeder will perceive such a buyer as one also too lazy to take proper time and care of a papillon or phalene puppy. Ethical papillon and phalene puppy breeders are expected to take responsibility for every puppy they produce by providing a "lifetime return policy" if buyer cannot keep puppy for what ever reason. It is time for BUYERS to be ethical and responsible and to make a lifetime commitment to papillon or phalene puppy that they buy. NO good breeder wants to sell a puppy to a person who wants to dodge their responsibility as pet owner. It does not matter if you have difficulty training dog, have to move or get a new job or have a divorce--as a buyer, YOU have a responsibility to care for pet you bought. The breeder did not 'rent' puppy to you--you bought dog! Only under most extreme circumstances should a buyer ever have to ask breeder to take back a puppy.
Does Your Dog Have Allergies?Written by Mike Nalbone
Many people donít realize that their dogs, just like human beings, can suffer from allergies. In fact, about twenty percent of dogs in United States alone suffer from one allergy or another, with flea allergy dermatitis being most common form of allergies in dogs. Other types include atopic dermatitis, food allergies, and inhalant allergies.
Signs and symptoms of dog allergies may vary but are often marked by persistent itching and discoloration of skin (most common in skin allergies), coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and mucus discharge (most common in inhalant allergies), and nausea, lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea (common to food allergies and other ailments.)
Over-the-counter preparations and treatments for common dog allergies exist and may be purchased at any good pet supply store, but care should be taken when choosing such treatments. Consultation with a vet is best first course of action for several reasons. First of all, what you think is an allergic reaction may actually be signs of a more serious ailment and a vet should be one to determine whether that is case. Secondly, if allergy is severe enough, over-the-counter treatments may not be sufficient to treat symptoms and a prescription strength treatment may be required. There is also chance that dog does not have an allergy at all. The last thing you want to do is medicate your pet unnecessarily.