We knew Chloe needed a buddy, to keep from being lonely in the yard when we were away from the house. We had planned to get her a companion, but were waiting until my summer vacation. But that storm came along in the spring, and we never got the chance to get a buddy for Chloe.
The night that Chloe died, we cried all night. But the very next morning, I grabbed the Dallas Morning News classifieds and found an ad that said "Siberian Husky pups for sale!" We went and looked at a litter of 9 and picked out the two meant for us- Zoe and Scout.
They weren't ever lonely, like Chloe had been. And they both lived long and very happy lives.
Now that I'm beginning to think about getting puppies again 15 years later, it seems things have gotten more complicated.
From lots of reading, and visiting a nearby dog park, and asking around, we're pretty sure we know what breed of puppies we want. (Australian Shepherds, in case you're wondering.)
But these days, the newspaper doesn't run nearly as many ads. Now there's Craigslist, and eBay, and an internet full of breeders. Many of the breeders ask for deposits before a litter is even born! Or even conceived! That seems crazy.
Zoe and Scout didn't have "papers". And we didn't get them from a professional breeder. Just a sweet family that happened to breed their husky so they could experience what it was like to have a litter of puppies. I think we paid a couple hundred bucks for each of them. Now that I've read so much on the internet, the warnings of buying a dog from someone other than a reputable breeder are just scary. "You get what you pay for", I've read over and over. Reading that stuff can make you believe that you'll end up with a sickly, troubled mess if you don't pay top dollar to a top breeder.
Sometimes, I start to buy into it. But then, I remember where Zoe and Scout came from. And how healthy, happy and sweet they were. As the Visa commerial says...