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Thanks for the heads up! :lol: I've been hoping for forever that Oprah would do a show on dog welfare/rescue. She has such a big audience and there's so much that people don't know.
Boy, I'd better stock up on kleenex! I can't even watch the Pedigree tv ads because I get so sad. :(
 

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thanks for sharing. I love Oprah, if I can get the tv from the boys I will have to watch. Thanks.
 

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Puppy mills are legal in Quebec. There are large disgusting farms that fill up trucks full of little puppies and drive down the 401 and dop off puppies in all the pet stores all the way to Windsor. I got the dish from a local one here in Kingston. They pay about 200$ per dog and sell them from 800-1200$. We have quite the heated discussion. :evil:
 

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Megan, I agree that the show wasn't nearly as good as the advertising that they did before it.

My niece works as as a producer on Oprah, so my MIL is a huge fan and usually alerts me to shows she thinks I should see. Most of the time they're worth watching... this one just missed the boat. There was too much left unsaid and glossed over. I didn't feel I learned anything I didn't already know and I'm certainly no authority!
 

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I'm aware that Oprah was doing this topic, but it's been done so many times before. I would never voluntarily watch Oprah to begin with, but I can't imagine that she would do a better job of exposing the puppy mill industry than the various powerful documentaries I've seen over the past 3 decades.

Now, interviewing the world's first pregnant man is more her strong suit.
 

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Megan said:
2. dogs should be adopted from shelters only
Even Oprah said she would not buy from anywhere but a shelter from now on as all breeds are available (1/3 pure bred).
I was hoping Oprah would have the integrity to say that she has found reputable breeders herself, for her dogs and that there ARE reputable trustworthy breeders who care. "From now on" is so convenient now that she's already got her beatiful well-bred dogs!

I have it on tape but haven't seen it yet, so these are just my comments on your review.

I didn't have a big amount of hope for her doing a better job, but I DO hope that her coverage and popularity will help spread the awful word about puppies being mistreated and sold as a 'crop'.

thank you, Megan for flagging and posting about this show. :D
 

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One of the guests on the show did say that there are reputable breeders who treat their dogs well, you just have to do your research to find them. They did make it sound though like buying a pup on the Internet was akin to buying from a pet store and that most were probably puppy mills... which I really don't believe is a fair statement.
 

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I saw the first 15 min of the show...I was in NYC for a conference and turned on the tv in my hotel room...bad move. They show the video of her and her dog who died recently and I'm practically crying. Anyway, I only saw a small bit of their trip to a puppy mill. They stated that over 90% of puppies in pet stores are from puppy mills.
 

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They stated that over 90% of puppies in pet stores are from puppy mills.
I would guess that 90% is at least as much as the amount that come from puppy mills, in Pet stores. I have never heard of any personal, responsible breeders selling to a pet store in the 20 yrs I've dabbled in puppies and breeding.

I'm going to watch the taped copy of it I saved later today. I'm looking forward to seeing it for myself - yet, not. If you know what I mean.
 

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Yeah I think the % they said was closer to upper 90s, but I didn't want to overstate anything :)

Even if she got the message to people to not buy from petstores I think the show could be considered sucessful. Anytime I hear of someone looking for a puppy I say "are you getting one from a shelter or a breeder" hoping they choose one (and don't say petstore)!
 

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there r so many gr8 breeders here. if not from them the shelters r great. i think of all the awesome usuals like jac and maureen and the rest
 

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I'm jumping in a little late here, just saw the show late last night, but I have to say I think it did a GREAT job of exposing puppy mills and pet stores for what they really are. We have to remember that just because we all know the HORROR that pet store puppies ALWAYS come from, I'd guess most of the general population has no idea. Oprah has a global platform and I'm always happy to see her show a part of life that I bet most of her viewers are sadly unaware of.

As for their comment about buying puppies online, I think they were asking the public from staying away from generic Online Pet Stores, not reputable breeders who sell online. I got Uma from a great breeder who I found online. They mentioned on the show things to look for: 1. A breeder who will stand behind the health of the puppy he's selling (health guarantee) and 2. A breeder who will ALWAYS prefer to take the puppy back if things don't work out, even if it's been years.

I'm happy to say Uma's breeder was all those things and more and I'm confident my "Internet Puppy" wasn't from a puppy mill, but a loving first home.

OK...enough rambling. Have a good night. Give your pup and kiss. I know Uma got tons while I was watching the show last night.
 
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