Malli wrote:I didn't get enough time to read the entire thread but I also think you are doing what's best.
I got Oscar from a BYB. Now these were our friends, the mum and the puppies all recieved vet care, but there was no health testing etc. I also made a mistake. I had no idea BYB's even existed at that time. We LOVED his mom and thought how wonderful it would be to have a baby from her. I knew nothing about the breed when I got him, he was my first dog, and luckily I have perserveered enough and he has been patient enough that it has worked.
Both of us has made mistakes and learned from them. It is definately not irresponsible to look out for the dog's best interests, we have both done that in different ways, though yours will be filled with many more tears then mine *hug*
I feel the same way. Many people are just in the dark about all this breeder and over population stuff. When we began looking for a dog I looked both at shelters and in the paper. I had no idea about what a BYB was. When I was a kid people gave away puppies at the front of the grocery store. Thats how you got a dog. THe average person getting a dog for the first time does not know anything about BYB or how to even find a breeder if you like a particular type of dog. Most will just go to someone locally(for any breed) and think nothing wrong.
She has enough on her shoulders to make her feel bad about something she felt was right or meant to be. It is what it is.
Bless your family. Best wishes during your husbands deployment.