Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won’t buy the wag of his tail. ~Henry Wheeler Shaw, American humorist
As those of you who regularly read my posts know, my soul-dog Dallas went to the Rainbow Bridge as March 2020 ushered in the COVID pandemic.
At first, I didn’t want a new pup. Didn’t want to look at puppy pictures, didn’t want to reach out to ask breeders questions.
I was grieving, and I knew I needed time to do that properly.
But Domer kept sending me photos of cute dogs he’d see online, and a childhood friend sent me pictures of the new pup she got after her older dog died (reminding me of Baby Dallas and what I was missing).
As the pandemic wore on, it became obvious that only another pup would heal the hurt in my heart, so I tentatively tested the waters.
I was starting from scratch — didn’t even know which breed I wanted.
I browsed the Internet, checked the local classified ads, even looked over dog rescue sites.
Nothing seemed to click.
Perhaps it was too soon, I decided, and stopped searching for a while.
Gradually I’ve returned, but what I’m seeing now terrifies me:
Wait lists full. Puppies sold before they’re born. Breeders who won’t respond to messages.
And puppies that cost at least 100 percent more than they did merely six months ago!
And the unscrupulous are seemingly everywhere, scamming the lonely during a time when buyers can’t actually visit breeders, see the pups, and look over their surroundings.
What breaks my heart is the fear of what’s going to happen to these “pandemic puppies” once the virus resolves, adult humans return to work, and the kids go back to school.
What becomes of a pup suddenly left home alone for hours on end?
How many people, deciding Fido is too much trouble and expense, will simply drop him off at a shelter, or dump him beside a country road to fend for himself?
A puppy isn’t for a pandemic (or for Christmas); it’s for a lifetime! And it’s tragic when those of us who are ready to make that commitment are shut out by circumstances beyond our control.
Upwards of $2,000 for a companion puppy, not a show dog??
Sorry, that’s nuts!