|Barked: Thu Aug 23, '12 11:05pm PST |
|What's a full time job to them? Meaning, how many hours?
Please reinforce that puppies, especially young ones, really shouldn't be left alone for 8+ hours a day. Especially not small ones from small breeds, who honestly need to be eating 3-4 times a day for the first 6 months or so to ensure they don't become hypoglycemic. Puppies cost more in vetting and and require a larger financial and physical investment than a nice older dog.
She doesn't have to get a senior, there are many wonderful young adults in rescue. And small breed rescue is just as booming as its ever been... puppy mills still being what they are and all.
On that note, please enforce the IMPORTANCE of going to an incredibly ethical breeder when dealing with small breeds especially, as many many many of them are simply millers or fools selling cute puppies at a high price. Well bred dogs are not cheap, and the 1500+ she will spend on a well bred puppy sure could buy a heck of a lot of dog food, toys, vetting, and training for a nice rescue dog who's already past house training, teething, etc.
Not trying to dissuade you from recommending a particular breed to her, but being as how she works full time, has absolutely no experience and doesn't really have any specific requirements (the vast majority of small dogs are perfectly capable watchdogs, and frankly, you have a better chance of picking one up from rescue who you KNOW isn't a nuisance barker, rather than having a person with no training experience try to prevent it in a puppy), a rescue really is the logical choice here.
GMO, of course.
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