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The bill requires pet stores to put information about the animal on its cage in the store. That includes the animal’s medical history, the name of the breeder and any congenital disorders.

Customers could get other information, including the address and size of the breeding operation, upon request or when they buy an animal.
To see an article written on this click here

****WWC Note*****
My Experience with 2 Pet Shop Corgis

I wrote this back in July 2009 to try and make more people aware of pet shop puppies and why one should not buy a pet shop pup or at least be more aware of the breed your looking to purchase.

This started when on 2 occasions I had puppy buyers inquire on my pups because they fell in love with a Corgi pup at a pet store. The first pet store was at the corner of Lorain Rd. and Rocky River Dr. in Cleveland. The other was a franchise in North Olmsted. I was asked to look these puppies over and give my honest opinion. I warned these people that I do not condone the selling of pups in stores, specially when buyers are not screened and impulse buying is promoted.

In Cleveland, the pups were not on wire but well bedded clean large pens with other pups for socialization. Regularly the pups were allowed out to roam the store. The owner of the store was friendly and more then willing to answer my questions and show me paperwork. This Corgi pup on the other hand didn’t seem healthy. He was not very social for a 3-4 mo old puppy, pot bellied, and skinny. The quality of this pup was lacking. The price was more reasonable then most pet store pups with discounts on many additional needs the pup would need for $650.00. BUT….I was told the pup was AKC and came from a reputable breeder. After that being said I asked to see the paperwork to learn this pup wasn’t AKC and came from Missouri. I am in noway suggesting that Missouri only homes puppy mills but when a pup travels this far with no AKC paperwork to a pet store, well if it walks and quacks like a duck…then I see it as a duck.

The franchise pet store in North Olmsted earns a big fat F. They are misleading, deceiving, and in noway screen buyers anymore then the credit they hold by promoting puppy sales and monthly payment plans. Considering the price of this Corgi pup on sale for $1299.00, I would say they’d need to offer a payment plan for most impulsive pet buyers. The pups were kept on wire bottoms with smaller breeds having their paws slipping through. Even with being on wire bottoms to keep pups out of feces, the pups hair coat was grimmey and a lot of shedding which tells me they are not groomed or bathed regularly. His weight was good, nails short, good bite, eyes clean, but horrible docking job. Very happy pup that was out of control with biting anything his mouth could be laid on without any concern of retaliation that they learn from litter mates or their mother. He had no idea how to behave amongst humans and had been allowed this behavior and fear that someone who is a novice or has a young child is not going to be a good combination. When walking away he seemed cow hocked and weak in the back legs for a 12 week old pup but with the small limited space provided for viewing and the slippery service and overly excited pup it was hard to evaluate.

I asked if he was AKC registered and was told he was. Was also told he had Champions in his pedigree and when asked to see his pedigree was denied not once but several times. I asked where the pup came from and who was the reputable breeder and was denied over and over again as well. WHY??? This is my right!!!

If I’m going to buy this pup for $1299.00, I want to see the paperwork. I wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it, seeing the title, or having a carfax report. The blond who was trying to keep her cool with me went in the back to get me some of the information I was persistently requesting to only come back with vet records and to say she learned the pup had no AKC papers, only ACA and no Champions but still failed to tell me this reputable breeder. OH WAIT..that’s right, pet stores feel USDA approved kennels are reputable. We all know whats been found in some of these USDA approved kennels. If not, open your eyes and google for some links on these so called reputable approved USDA kennels. You be the judge.

She then tried to sell the pup by saying they guarantee the pup against diseases for 3 yrs. They will pay all vet bills. Such a guarantee when they know nothing on the pedigree and no testing on parents but for $1299.00, I guess they could afford some vet bills. The question is, what hoops do you need to jump through for them to approve the diagnosis and receive payment? Puppies have died just days after going to their forever homes to have the pet store turn their backs. Not a guarantee I’d trust. Needless to say, with them hiding information that I am rightfully to know and misleading some of the information, they are hiding something and this pup is not worth no where near $1299.00.

This is where you as the buyer need to learn more about the breed you are purchasing and be patient to wait for the right pet puppy from someone who has the sire and dam and can easily be reached for the life of that pup to answer your questions and guide you when something is troubling you or the pup. Talk to other breeders and compile the information but don’t buy pet store dogs. Your only helping the problem to persist in the long run. Your not saving all the other pups who will follow because you felt you needed to save this one.

~Wendy Wendt & The Low Riders

Here is another article on the pet store bill that could fish out substandard kennels

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Thanks to recent national media coverage, much has been done to expose the cruel and inhumane conditions at puppy mills. Puppy mills are generally defined as places that breed large numbers of puppies for sale to pet stores or over the Internet. When one hears the term “puppy mill” rarely does one think of their neighbor next door raising litters of dogs that are emotionally and/or physically unsound. And yet, the line between irresponsible “backyard breeding” and those who raise dogs as a commodity for profit, as in a puppy mill, is a very fine one.

In reality, responsible breeding of purebred dogs, when done properly, takes hard work, time, money and involves many steps on the part of the breeder. Good breeders always “breed to improve.” Here are some key facts to keep in mind if considering purchasing a puppy from a breeder or looking to breed your own purebred dog.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) and the United Kennel Club (UKC) are the only two legitimate kennel clubs in the U.S. Beware of other registries (sometimes called “toilet paper” registries since their paperwork has no merit). Many have official sounding names and acronyms similar to the AKC and UKC. Unfortunately, these registries are often used as “proof of paperwork” by pet shops, backyard breeders and puppy mills. Most people don’t know the difference and are easily misled. Several registries will even register mixed breeds (such as maltepoos, labradoodles, puggles, etc.) which is a “joke” according to reputable breeders.

In other words, merely having a dog examined by a veterinarian before he or she is bred is simply not adequate; that’s just the starting point. Just because you think your pet is “loving” (to you), cute and “seems healthy and the vet couldn’t find anything wrong” does not mean she should be bred.

Good breeders also abide by a ‘code of ethics,’ which includes having a sales contract with those who purchase a puppy. The contract includes a medical guarantee/warranty by the breeder that they would either refund the money and/or take the dog back should it develop a congenital medical issue later on. The contract also states what the breeder would do if the buyer ever decided they no longer wanted the dog. Reputable breeders either guarantee to take the dog back or they actively work with the owners to place it in another good home. Good breeders tend to stay in touch with “their” puppies and tend to treat them as extended family.

Read the full article to be more aware of reputable breeders.

WWC Note: No reputable breeder who takes pride in their dogs and care of their puppies well being will sell to pet shops, brokers, or merely off e-mails. A person who is out for the best interest of their dogs will interview you just as much as you would interview them. It’s not as easy as cash exchanging hands.

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PLEASE MAKE THE CALL
PETA is lobbying the USA Network to drop its coverage of Westminster, citing the BBC‘s decision to drop its coverage of Crufts. It is imperative  that each of us take a minute to contact USA Network and let them know how much we appreciate their coverage of Westminster.

Take a minute to help support our sport.
Phone #: 212-664-4444

Call the NBC switchboard at 212-664-4444, and ask to leave a message
on the USA Network Viewer Hotline.
Please note that we are not able to return any calls.

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Sometimes a dog’s behavior and actions can leave us completely baffled. This is especially true for new dog owners. So, here is a little guide to help you figure out why your dog might be doing the weird things that he does.

1. Why does my dog keep eating the cat’s poop out of the litter box?
While this particular dog behavior seems to be among the most bizarre, there really is a simple explanation for it. Your cat’s diet consists mostly of protein, so his stool has a high protein content as well. Many dogs simply crave the protein located there. Try using a litter box with a cover or one that automatically scoops litter after each use.

2. Why does my dog try to eat pantyhose and socks?
Most likely, your dog starts chewing these items from boredom, frustration or anxiety. Then, once the chewing starts, his natural instinct is to continue the process by swallowing the object. In other words, it might just be a mistake. Once you know which clothing items of yours are your dog’s favorites, keep those and similar items tucked away in a drawer.

3. Why does my dog love to chew up my shoes?
Your dog chews your shoes up for one of two reasons: your dog is a puppy who is teething or he just loves the attention that such an act brings. If you have a teething puppy on your hands, provide him with some appropriate alternatives in the form of store-bought chew toys. If your dog is an adult, try not to react by chasing him around or making a big scene. This is exactly what your dog wants (your attention) and doing so will simply reinforce the behavior. Keep your shoes in a safe place and give your dog more of the good attention that he obviously craves.

4. Why does my dog like to dig holes in my yard?
Digging is an instinctual act for dogs, especially among certain breeds. The dog could also be trying to bury something or could simply be trying to reach the cooler soil beneath. If you determine that your dog is simply digging for no apparent reason, you can train him to dig in a designated spot in your yard instead of all over. Do this by spraying protected areas with a non-toxic dog repellant.

5. Why does my dog jump up on anyone who walks through the front door?
Your dog is simply attempting to affectionately greet you and your visitors. Puppies do it all the time, but they are hardly ever corrected because the animal is so small and the behavior, especially for a tiny puppy, can be pretty cute and endearing. Once the animal grows up, however, the behavior can be uncomfortable and threatening to both children and adults. The best thing to do is to train your dog not to jump up on people from the time he is a puppy.

6. Why does my dog like to ride with his head sticking out of the car window?
Your dog likes to stick his head out of the car window for the fresh air and the inundation of new smells and sights. While this behavior seems harmless enough, the potential for road debris to cost your dog an eye or head injury is fairly great. For your dog’s safety, keep the windows rolled up and the air conditioner on.

7. Why is my dog afraid of thunder?
Many dogs that are normally brave and outgoing creatures will cower and whimper at the first crack of thunder. The most likely reason for this behavior is the dog’s feeling that he cannot escape the looming danger that thunder (or any loud noise) represents. Their first instinct is to run from the danger (which would explain why so many dogs run away in reaction to July 4th fireworks); however, if they are confined, distress at their inability to escape can take the form of pacing, whimpering, howling and crying.

8. Why does my dog like to roll in the smelly dirt?
Your dog likes to roll in the dirt, especially after a bath, in order to mask his scent. This is an instinctual behavior that no amount of training is likely to change.

9. Why does my dog chase his tail?
A little tail chasing every once in a while is a perfectly normal dog behavior. If the tail chasing becomes excessive, however, it could be that your dog is craving your attention. If you laugh out loud, clap, or show other positive reactions whenever your dog chases his tail, then you may be encouraging him to repeat the action over and over again. Give your dog attention in other ways and make sure that if he does start chasing his tail, he is in no danger of injuring himself.

10. Why does my dog eat grass?
Eating grass is normal for a dog. Some dogs just develop a taste for it no matter what the effect is on their digestive system (i.e. vomiting, diarrhea). If you can’t dissuade your dog from eating grass by offering him treats, make sure that the grass and plant matter to which he has access are not toxic to animals.

Dog Article courtesy of I-Love-Dogs.com

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Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. The 2009 Corgi Calendar is now available for order and we will start shipping on the 23rd.

100% of the profit will go to Corgi Rescue.

You may purchase the calendar here:

http://www.mycorgi.com/page/1150197:Page:223963

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Wendt Worth Corgis made the month of April. We are thrilled! Congratulations to all of the winners!

Please order yours today…it goes for a wonderful cause for such a beautiful dog.

Let’s not forget to thank MyCorgi.com for their hard work in putting this all together for a great cause.

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Have you seen the news out of Knoxville, TN, about a groomer who has had several dogs die in his care?  Most recently, Moxie, a five-year old Beagle, died after being bathed at Happy Tails Grooming.   While the groomer says the dog had a seizure, an autopsy showed heat exhaustion as well as broken ribs and a punctured liver.

According to the groomer, Moxie was always difficult to care for, and she bit the groomer when he attempted to lift her out of the tub.  He denies flinging the dog, saying, “I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t love these [pets].”  The groomer also denies using cage dryers, which in the past have been associated with heat exhaustion.  He states that the establishment uses only handheld units.

To read the full article click on the link below

http://doggies.com/blog/2008/12/04/do-you-trust-your-dog-groomer/

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In training your dog there are a few major downfalls that you are sure to encounter. Knowing them before you reach this point is very helpful to avoiding stressful situations later. The biggest mistake most people make is also the easiest for new trainers to fall victim to. This is the danger of expecting too much.

Dogs are very intelligent creatures and, by and large, very trainable. Thus when you visit the park with your untrained dog and the person next to you is playing Frisbee with their German Shepherd and the Poodle down the way is sitting patiently rather than attacking picnic goers, it is easy to think your dog should know these behaviors from birth. We often times forget the many hours of training that have been put into these wonderful dogs. Your dog can learn these very same antics but it will take time for these lessons to be instilled. Do not expect your dog to learn all of these routines over night. This would merely set you up for downfall number two.

The second problem people encounter is losing their temper. This usually results in an out of breath owner who is yelling at the top of the vocal capacity, a frightened dog and possibly a visit from the local animal welfare department depending on how the individual vents their frustrations. To avoid this downfall, make a conscious effort never to yell at your pet and hitting is always wrong. Raising your voice to your pet will do little to correct their errant behavior and do much harm to your relationship with the animal. It will result in a nervous animal that cowers from you rather than obeys your commands.

The third thing to avoid falls at the other end of the spectrum. These people let the dog become the master. This is equally detrimental to your relationship with the animal as the animal has no control to its behaviors and can quickly become a danger to itself and others. Dogs are pack animals and quickly decide who the leader is and who follows. If you do not take the leadership role from the beginning, you can rest assured that your pet will. A dog without a master will run amok and will quickly get into trouble chasing cars and people, destroying property and making a nuisance of itself. This mistake is tantamount to animal abuse and is very nearly as bad as the previous one.

Fourth in line of things to avoid is the mistake of giving up. Many a dog owner has a pet that has never reached its full potential due to the owner losing interest in their training. Dogs love to learn, especially when the owner rewards well learned behavior traits. Many owners, lacking the time or perhaps the patience, will be quite happy to have a pet that merely answers to its name and stops barking when repeatedly shouted at. Please do not let yourself fall into this trap. Your pet is a highly intelligent animal and is capable of learning so much more. Occasionally, dogs have even been known to develop neuroses due to boredom from not being challenged enough. This results in an unhealthy animal that can be poorly socialized and destructive of furnishings or even its own body. Your dog can and will respond to your training efforts if given the time to do so.

A fifth point that we keep reiterating (and well we should) is people’s failure to be consistent. If you tell the dog to sit and your pet doesn’t do it, stick with it until they do. Always use the same command words and enforce the same action each and every time. Manually enforce the command if it is necessary to get the desired reaction and reward the animal with some play time or some verbal praise for properly performing the routine. Consistency is the major key to training your pet. Repetitive lessons taught on a regular basis with consistent rewards are necessary to the effective training of your pet.

Knowing these five downfalls ahead of time will save you many frustrations while training your pet and will result in a much a healthier and happier relationship with your pet.

Dog Article courtesy of I-Love-Dogs.com

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