A PUPPY'S BILL OF RIGHTS
Barbara J. Galasso
A puppy has a right to have a responsible breeder who studied his pedigree and parents and has made sure they have good hips and temperament before they consummated the breeding.
A puppy has a right to be bred by a breeder that researched pedigrees before the breeding has taken place to ensure that his health won’t be compromised by many genetic faults.
A puppy has a right to have a mother who is healthy and strong and up to date on her shots, worming, and is checked by a veterinarian before she is bred.
A puppy has a right to have a mother who is properly fed a high quality diet, given clean water, and supplemented with vitamins to ensure the health of her babies.
A puppy has a right to have a mother who has proper shelter, who is kept out of the cold or the heat and has a place to nest.
A puppy has the right to have a breeder know how to whelp a litter by experience, or reading books about the procedure and to have a veterinarian on call in case of an emergency.
A puppy has a right to be fed a high quality puppy food and supplements right up to the time he goes to his new home.
A puppy has the right to be up to date on his vaccinations and worming and checked by a veterinarian before he leaves his breeder’s house.
A puppy has a right to have toys and balls and bones to chew on to stimulate his desire for curiosity.
A puppy has a right to be socialized, touched, played with and trained so he develops character and has the right start in life.
Puppies have a right to be groomed, bathed and have his nails clipped to ensure that he looks and feels clean.
A puppy has the right to expect that his breeder will do everything in his power to find the most loving and responsible home that he can.
A puppy has the right to have a breeder who will stand behind his sales contract and make sure that he is safe and wanted by his new owner and if need be take him back or find him another home to ensure that he is.
A puppy has a right to have a breeder look out for his welfare for the rest of his life by taking him back to where he was born no matter how old he is.
A puppy has a right to have a breeder that micro-chips his litter to make sure if he is ever lost that there is a way to help him find his way back home again.
A puppy has a right to be socialized and loved by people so he develops confidence in this big old world that he was born into.
A puppy has a right not to be born into this world if the above criteria are not, or can not be met.
My rating: responsible breeders: (4), backyard breeders: (1)