Cutest pair of Havanese ever, my friend imported all the way from Australia!
Super tamed and doesn’t bark at all, just like Duchess!!!
These babies are only 3 months old :D
Madly manja~ Also, spot the unique multi-coloured paw paw!
PS: A note to those of you looking to get a puppy, please be extra wary of the stupid online scams out there.
While I was actively searching to adopt a sweet doggy, I managed to go through a whole list of scamming posts all over the forums. My thorough researches also brought me to the victims’ complaints; most of which being corresponding.
These con-men puts up cute pictures of different puppies’ breeds, selling them from a common range of $200 – $400.
Information from ASPCA.org (Fight animal cruelty):
Puppy Scams & Cons
An informal online survey conducted by the ASPCA reveals that just as many are now purchasing their dogs over the Internet as buying from pet stores. That said, according to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, hundreds of complaints are filed every year from victims who were scammed when buying a dog online. Here are some of the most common scam scenarios predators use on consumers:
- The Bait and Switch
In this classic scam, the website depicts dozens of photos of cute and cuddly, happy and healthy puppies. What the consumer doesn’t realize is that these are stock photos taken from a clip-art file—or simply stolen from other websites. In this scam, virtually all contact is done via email, and the puppy is typically shipped without the buyer ever seeing the dog in person. The scam is revealed when the dog is delivered and the buyer is faced not with the adorable puppy from the photos, but a sickly dog, often of a different color or with different markings. Scammers count on people feeling guilty or compassionate and choosing not to send the puppy back.
- Free to Good Home
Internet scammers don’t just use cute photos to lure potential puppy buyers. They also resort to verbal deceit. With the “free to good home” scam, the perpetrator will often post a sad story of having to find homes for his purebred puppies immediately—he just lost his wife, they must be placed for a dying relative, he is going to Africa to be a missionary, etc. Victims are offered a puppy free of charge, and asked only to pay the shipping fee—usually about $400. Buyers are asked to send all payments via a Western Union wire transfer or money order. These methods are favourites among scam artists because they are the equivalent of sending cash—the money can’t be recovered by the victim. This scam is particularly heart-breaking because there is no real dog involved! Victims usually arrive at the airport to pick up their new puppy, only to find that they have been scammed.
- Sanctuaries or Scamtuaries?
Unfortunately, this next scam preys on animal lovers who want to help dogs in need. In this scenario, the puppy mill will actually set up its website as a “rescue group” or “sanctuary,” offering purebred puppies who have been rescued from shelters, bad breeders, even from puppy mills! The scam is revealed by the price tag—the “adoption fees” for these dogs often exceed $1,000! Breed rescue groups charge nominal fees—usually no more than a few hundred dollars—because their goal is not to make money, but to find wonderful homes for their rescues.
How Can I Avoid Being Scammed?
The best way to avoid being scammed is to simply never buy a dog you haven’t met in person. Please also keep in mind that adoption is still the best option, even if you have your heart set on a purebred dog. There are thousands of dogs waiting for good homes at local animal shelters, including purebreds! Keep an eye on your local shelter, as purebreds turn up more often than people think. There are also a number of reputable breed rescue groups passionate about finding great homes for purebred dogs who have been abandoned, abused or surrendered to shelters.
- Always check references, including others who have purchased pets from this breeder and the veterinarian the breeder works with.
- Be sure to deal directly with a breeder, not a broker.
- Never send Western Union or money order payments.
- Always visit. Reputable breeders and rescue groups will be more than happy to offer you a tour.
- If you are told that there will be no refunds for a sick puppy, you are most probably dealing with a puppy mill. A reputable breeder or rescue group will always take the puppy back, regardless of the reason.
- Always pick your puppy up at the kennel. Do not have the puppy shipped or meet at a random location.
It’s also important to note that the Internet is a very valuable tool for finding reputable breeders and breed rescue groups in your area. When looking for your puppy online, just make sure you follow these simple tips:
My friend actually went all the way to Perth to hand-pick his loved ones.
Meet the first of his choice: Gigantic cotton-candy-like Labradoodle!
(If you had followed me on instagram: @Thydowager
you would have seen this: “The one that stole a kiss on me!”)
Take your time, look around.
Just like love- Search for a doggy which you can find connection between you both before committing :)
Hopefully this post helps. Don’t fall into the trap of animal-abusers, in one way or another!