Don’t Buy The Lies- New Design Kennels

Hello, All! As you know, at Bailing Out Benji we are dedicated to helping puppy mill dogs in various ways…. One of which is by outing puppy mills and the pet stores they sell to. If you have been following our educational efforts at all, you will have seen that we have been protesting one pet store, Dyvig’s Pet Shoppe, in Ames, Iowa for almost 4 years now. Dyvig’s has admitted to buying puppies from two puppy mills here in Iowa. While we have a presence in front of the store every Saturday and Sunday (with surprise weekday protests sprinkled in), we have stepped up our game for Puppy Mill Awareness Month. Our #ThirtyDaysThirtyProtests campaign is back for the month of September and we have been able to reach a lot of new people with our message. Most days, it is hard to see the direct fruits of our efforts… But other days, we are given the best “thanks”. Today is that day.

z8Bailing Out Benji receives dozens of emails and private messages every day, not to mention all of the comments of support and shares. Tonight, however, we received a very special message. A woman, who unknowingly supported a puppy mill, by purchasing from New Design Kennels. After the first puppy she purchased from NDK died after only 7 months from an intestinal disease, her boyfriend purchased a second one. For $100 off the normal price, for their inconvenience of losing the first one. Sadly, the second dog wasn’t much healthier. He had to undergo a very expensive surgery for IVDD, a genetic disorder in which trauma to the spinal cord results from hardening of the spinal disks. Because of this woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, we were given a link to the blog written by the owner of New Design Kennels, Nancy Carlson, and we are SO excited to be sharing her words with you tonight.

Her full blog can be read here, but we thought a point by point breakdown of her arguments was a little more fitting because, as you all know, the facts don’t lie. So here we go! “Sex, Lies, and New Design Kennel” (Screenshots have been taken directly from her blog. 

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Well, let’s be real. Nancy Carlson and I have been in the room together at least three times. The first time she was auctioning off her dogs. Dogs that were missing eyes, limbs and were visibly ill. She transported them to the auction in a trailer meant for a car. It was truly one of the most horrifying experiences I have ever had. The second time, I had the pleasure of defending our puppy mill awareness PSA against her, Rob Hurd and the owner of Dyvig’s Pet Shoppe, Dale Dyvig. She embarrassed herself in front of a room full of businessmen by claiming that I have invisible drones that fly over her property and that I threaten to rape her in the same cages that she rapes her dogs in (her words…. because… yuck.) And the final time, Nancy was- again- at a puppy mill auction. This time, buying more dogs to breed.

Also, Bailing Out Benji started long before I ever had the pleasure of coming in contact with Nancy Carlson.

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In the many years of operating the kennel, I am the ONLY person who has ever complained. Really? Can anyone name a business that has 100% customer satisfaction anywhere? Then I will consider myself very lucky that the very first person that ever bought a sick puppy from New Design Kennels (bought two) and contacted me! Sadly, this just isn’t the case, and it isn’t even believable. And I am just going to put this here Not only does Nancy Carlson operate New Design Kennels, but she runs a separate breeding website called “Illusion Japanese Chin” and even reputable breeders/ show breeders /breed enthusiasts know that something very shady is going on there. What kind of reputable breeder needs more than one name?! 

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Hmmm…. Not only have I personally helped rescue dogs in horrid conditions that came straight out of puppy mills, but we have ALL seen those photos. Dogs that are completely matted, dogs that are too old, dogs with open wounds… These conditions have all been backed up by USDA inspections in which the inspectors cite these violations. Those dogs are all still breeding. Being “in the mood” doesn’t matter to animals when they are in heat. You can see some of those reports here, thanks to the 2015 Horrible Hundred Puppy Mill List

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As Nancy said in her own blog earlier, ” a set of predator-drone flyover photos of our property several years ago”. The photos that Bailing Out Benji has of New Design Kennels ARE of their property, she admitted it in her own blog. Never once did we say that the cages were too small, sadly, they are more spacious than some puppy mills, but the dogs are forced to live on wire their entire lives. I will let you see those photos for yourself… And you can decide. 

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So…. Again…. Do YOU think that New Design Kennels is a puppy mill? 

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There ya have it, everyone! And that’s the truth! 

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Animal Shelter Adoption Program

ANIMAL SHELTER ADOPTION PROGRAM

…Or ASAP, as one branch of Petland is calling it. Puppies and kittens from commercial breeders are no longer  sold at ONE  Petland branch located in East Liberty, Pennsylvania. This store, that had been regularly picketed by animal advocates, has finally agreed that the profit is not worth the torture that the parents back at the mill go through each day.

For many pet stores,  that “puppy (and kitty) in the window” is now coming from the local shelter or rescue. PetSmart and Petco are among the list of retailers that have adoption as their only option for dogs and cats. More recently, Jack’s Pets, a midwest pet store, has decided to cut ties with commercial breeders and join the club! Starting 2012 that will be starting their own Animal Shelter Adoption Program.

Far too many rescue groups these days are purely volunteer based, so the animals are often in the homes of said volunteers. This leaves them without a place to show off their own adorable adoptables! Since more and more cities are banning the sale of puppies and kitties in stores within their city limits, hosting the adoptables is quickly becoming the only option for having them in their store!

Many people wonder just how pet stores can adapt to this  business model- so here are a few of my suggestions!

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The store that is selling the dogs and cats already has room for the animals. So the first step is to find out what size and breed of dog (cat) they can have in their store and the number the cages can hold. Once they have this rough number in their mind, they need to find rescues to partner with. Notice I said RESCUES. I suggest having more than one (preferably five) rescues that you are constantly getting pets from. Sadly, the adoption rates are much higher within the pet stores than at a shelter- so the turnover will be greater! Having more rescues that you partner with will ensure that you will always have animals on hand. The Pet store should seek out animal shelters and other rescue groups that are well-organized, offer ongoing support and are able to help expedite the adoption process. By “expedite”, I do not mean sell to the highest bidder. But by having a quicker adoption process helps the rate that animals are placed into their forever homes! Having adoption applications on hand also helps, because then they potential adopter can take the application over OR the store can fax the information over quickly.

Since the pets are coming fully vetted, the customer will already feel safer adopting it! They will know that the money being spent has already gone to their new family member. So, when choosing a rescue, try to pick ones that have fully vetted pets! Having the pet completely ready to go is another great incentive!

The next crucial step is to determine just who will be caring for the pets! Seeing as the pet store was already caring for the pets, this may not be an issue. However, it would sweeten the deal if the rescue had a volunteer or two helping out in the store! Either way, clear communication is VERY important in this arrangement. If this step isn’t clearly discussed, then it can make the who ordeal a very messy one. The rescue should also give the pet store an emergency contact number, in case one of the animals is sick or in distress. Keeping the animal’s best interest in mind is the most important part of this.

When picking the animals, the rescue needs to consider temperament, age, and size. The pet store will be getting a lot more traffic, so the animals need to be okay with being “on display” and being handled. The friendlier the pet, the more likely the adoption! As for age, the younger animals usually get adopted out faster, but that is something that needs to be determined by both parties. If the store still wants to focus on puppies and kitties, then, once again, CLEAR communication needs to happen. All of this needs to be thoroughly discussed before the animals actually enter the store. The time frame that the animals spend in the store should also be a topic of discussion. It isn’t fair to the animal’s well-being to be kept on display for weeks at a time-but again, that is up to the partnership to decide! Lastly, size is a factor. As I mentioned before, the store already has the cages set up! So making the pets as comfortable as possible within those cages is crucial!

“The Partnership” should also discuss matters such as supplies! Talk about who will be providing the food, kitty litter and toys. One option is deciding that one side will provide the volunteers to clean the cages and care for the animals and the other side will provide the supplies.

Most rescues have a return-policy in place already (well, the good ones do, anyway!) If, for some reason, the pet cannot be kept within the home, they usually request that the animal comes back so it can be placed into an approved home. This is another discussion topic for the partnership to discuss! Questions will come up like: Does this return policy have a refund or not?

Which brings me to my next point. The adoption fee… While I think that the money should go straight back to the rescue, the pet store may feel differently. Cooperation and compromise will be needed from both parties in order for a deal to happen. If you need to add a few dollars to the fee to cover the cost of the pet store’s help, then so be it! Always keep the best interest of the animal in mind!

Adoption Promotion is another important factor that is often overlooked. By hanging a short, easy to read paragraph about the pet right on the cage  can help adoption drastically. Whether your write the facts, or a creative story- you are more likely to get people to stop and read.  This might reveal where the pet came from, why it is available for adoption – for example, the owner got divorced or passed away – and the pet’s special features, such as if it is declawed. It is also important to include information about personality traits, so the potential adopter knows exactly what they are getting!

My last bit of advice is to write out a well-written contract, have both parties sign and give copies to each. This will ensure that each side knows exactly what is expected of them in this deal!

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Most of my readers know exactly why I felt the need to write this post. This article is an example of the business model that I want Dyvigs Pet Shoppe in Ames, Iowa to follow. For me, having dogs and cats in a store is never an option. I think that this is a HUGE downfall for many decent pet stores that could honestly be great!  

 Please feel free to share this with friends and pet store owners! More and more people are starting to picket pet stores that actually sell dogs. Not only is this bad press, but it is awful the business. With the pet overpopulation being at an all-time high, all pet lovers would agree that the “adopt, don’t shop” business model is a great one!

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–Mindi

Designer Dogs = Expensive Mutts

Cavachons, Dorkies, Yorkipoos, Buggles, Goldendoodles, Cockapoos, Bowzers, Porkies, Baskimos, Puggles.

What do they all have in common?  

They are all mutts… Really really really expensive mutts. By slapping the “designer dog” label on them, unscrupulous dog breeders and puppy mills are able to sell them at outrageous prices so the consumer feels like they are getting something “special” and “new”. When really, they are getting a high-priced mutt, that more than likely isn’t recognized by the AKC.

Some even tell buyers that these new “breeds” like yorkiepoos, buggles or  jugs will be recognized by the AKC some day very soon. But people in the market for a new puppy  need to realize that a cute name doesn’t turn a mongrel into a  purebred. If you fall for the hype, you could pay more for a mutt than you would  for a registered, guaranteed purebred.

Creating a New Breed Using Existing Dog Breeds

Ever heard of a Chusky? Yeah, me neither, not until I started doing research for this article. According to many sites, I own an expensive “designer dog”. My beautiful dog Zeppelin is a 100% purebred Chusky (sarcasm very much intended) and I got him for the low, low sale price of $0.  Had his previous, abusive owners known that, they wouldn’t have surrendered him into my care at no cost! This beautiful Chow-Husky mix is absolutely one of a kind, and he is just that… One of a kind. Which is why most designer breeds haven’t been accepted by the AKC. When two purebred dogs are put together, you don’t always know what is going to come out the other end. You can’t know which traits it is going to get! It is like breeding two people. You can’t possibly know if it is going to get dad’s work ethic, or mom’s artistic abilities.

Doodles are another hot, new breed — except they aren’t a breed, either. They are  a mix of Poodles and Labradors or Golden Retrievers. Most doodles you see for  sale are just first generation crosses of retriever to Poodle. They are mixed  breeds! There is a puppy mill owner in Altoona, Iowa that will sell you a “GoldenDoodle” for $400, while the shelter down the road will adopt it to the right family for less than $100.

Another fun fact: The “oodles” of Poodle mixes like yorkiepoos, pekapoos, schnoodles (and so on)  have absolutely no breeding standards, no club, no standardized breeding records, and no plan  for the future–which means no AKC acceptance letters for these doggies. So what is the point? Why go to a pet store and spend $1000 on a designer mutt, when you can go to your local shelter or www.petfinder.com and find something that is just as adorable, SO much cheaper, and that is going home with all (or most) of its vet work done?

Here is my thought for the day… If rescues and shelters started putting these designer labels on their dogs, would they be adopted more quickly? I am really curious about what you think!

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–Mindi

And as I always say… “Don’t Shop, Adopt!”  

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Shelter dogs aren’t broken!.

How much is that doggie in the window?.

Dyvig’s Pet Shoppe, Ames, Iowa… A store NOTORIOUS for selling Puppy Mill puppies.

How much is that doggie in the window?

How many of you have walked by the pet store and saw the adorable puppy with big eyes and a wagging tail? The puppy that is just pawing at the glass for your attention. All of us animal lovers have such a hard time just walking away because we want to save them all.. Out comes the money, and there you have it- another pet store puppy is sold to the first person with $600.

While it is partly true that we saved this dog from a life unknown, at the same time,  we have  just supported a puppy mill. Almost every time someone buys a dog from a pet store or online, the dog has come from a home in which the parents are merely thought of as property.

The  fact is that in the US there are almost 10,000 puppy mills operating today. This means that there are hundreds of thousands of dogs bred in conditions that are completely appalling. These unfortunate dogs receive no human contact, no exercise or veterinary care and are often kept in tiny wire cages trapped in their own filth. Many of them, once rescued, are unable to walk properly when removed from their cage and placed on solid ground. The only concern of the puppy mill breeders is the bottom line profit they can make at the expense of the health, safety and disposition of their “product”. These mills do not have heat or air conditioning, so in the winters many of the dogs freeze to death, and in the summers, the dogs die from heat stroke.

Even more alarming is the fact that the ASPCA (who did a survey of 800 U.S. adults from across the US), the “vast majority of people surveyed -78% of them- told interviewers that they believe that puppies sold in pet stores come from such places as shelters, or private owners whose pet had litters, or they really had no idea where these animals came from.” That is just appalling to me! I can’t imagine that 78% of Americans have NO IDEA what a puppy mill is. This has got to change!

My goal with this post is not to use scare tactics to educate people. I just want to lay out the facts so I can raise awareness for the Pet Store/ Puppy mill connection. Education is the key. When people stop buying puppies in pet stores or through online internet ads, the puppy mill industry will no longer be in demand and the misery will end. Please join me in this fight.

How can you help right now?

NEVER EVER buy a dog. Whether it is directly from a breeder or online. You are putting money into the pockets of people who are helping the high numbers of euthanized pets each year in shelters.  Do you want a purebred dog? Well statistics show that 33% of dogs in shelters are actually purebred. AND most backyard breeders aren’t selling purebred puppies! You are dishing out $600 for an adorable APRI registered dog, and that means nothing! APRI is a national registry that only has the breeder send in a photo of the dog and they take a look at the face and body. Then they decide whether or not it is purebred. There are no blood tests done. APRI also doesn’t ask that you screen the dogs for genetic defects. ANY DECENT BREEDER always wants to know exactly where the dog is going. They will want references and proof that you can have the dog where you live.

ALWAYS ADOPT from an animal shelter or rescue. These pets are not “broken” or damaged. They are simply hearts that need to be loved. I have heard so many people say that they are worried about the behavioral problems and training of a shelter dog. This frustrates me. Who is going to need more training than an 8 week old puppy?

NEVER GIVE YOUR MONEY TO A PET STORE THAT SELLS PUPPIES OR KITTENS.  Not for an animal, not even for food, treats or toys. By giving this store your business and time, it is letting the owner believe that he is successful. It is important to let the owner know that you are offended that he/ she sells these animals and that your  money will never go to his business. I suggest that you write a letter (make sure it is decently respectful) that explains your reasoning for not going to their store anymore. If they feel as though their business is being threatened, they might just back down!

ALWAYS try to educate. If someone you know wants to buy a dog, please tell them what their money is really going to. Even if you “do the research” and you have “seen the parents”, you likely haven’t. So many mills today have adult dogs set aside that look pretty and healthy, so buyers are relieved to see where their puppies come from. What you aren’t seeing are the dogs stashed away in that barn 100 ft. to your left. IF you are hell-bent on getting a purebred dog, go to petfinder.com. You can search for any kind of dog and it won’t cost you nearly as much to adopt him/her as it would to buy.

**I want it to be said, again, that I do not hate all breeders. If you have a small operation and you take great care of your dogs, then I am happy to see you around. It isn’t my intention to make enemies with this. I am just trying to get the world to see that by purchasing a dog from a pet store, then you are aiding in the suffering of its parents. NOT ALL BREEDERS ARE THIS WAY. But the great breeders do not sell to pet stores. I strongly suggest you look at the USDA reports for the Hunte Corporation in Missouri and the Kruse family in West Point, Iowa. These are the breeders that need to be stopped. These are the ones that clearly put profit over the welfare of the animal. **

Again, thank you friends for always reading what I have to say. I always love to read your feedback (whether it is negative or positive). And please PLEASE share with your friends! It is so important to get this information out there! Email it to family, coworkers, facebook it, tweet it… I don’t care! I just want to someday live in a world where we “Adopt, Don’t Shop!” and where people never ask, “What is a puppy mill?”

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Dyvig’s Pet Shoppe Ames, Iowa http://wp.me/p1xvZr-2w

–Mindi

“The purity of a person’s heart can be quickly measured by how they regard animals”