I'm clueless about all this, the puppy isn't for me, it's actually for my mil as a birthday present. I asked about the puppy because location wise it was only an hour away from mils, so not too stressful for the pup.
But now the seller has said she is in Scotland, 500 miles away from mil (I told her where mil lived) but has mentioned "shipping" the puppy. I don't know anything about puppy breeders but is that usual practise?? Seems a bit odd to me, since the puppy is a) pedigree and b) supposedly free, that she would encourage us to arrange a 13 hour road trip for the puppy.
Am I missing something? is this normal practise, or what? Why did she say she was an hour away from mils in the advert if she's 500 miles away? Feels weird.
lulu, yes she definitely does, she's been talking about getting one for a while, it's her birthday coming up, we thought it would make a nice present for her as she's lonely and not picking up since her dd died suddenly.
Yeh this sounds very fishy to me too. I was surprised to see a pedigree puppy advertised as free. To be honest we're not bothered about it being pedigree, we wanted to adopt a rescue dog for her rather than buy a dog from a breeder, but saw this advert and responded.
Think we will avoid, something about it doesn't feel right, I agree with whoever said no animal lover would put their puppy through such a long journey. I wouldn't.
More to the point perhaps someone should be investigating this officially. Consider calling the RSPCA and reporting them. If the conditions are bad then you will help the puppies/dogs that are there, and if not, well at least you have peace of mind that things are ok after all. Unless they are "shipping" via an official courier then it all sounds very concerning to me re welfare.
She specifically was looking for a puppy or young dog. She has nothing to occupy her time right now as she's retired and her old dog died recently, a couple of weeks before her dd. I've spoken to her other daughter, her nephew, my dp, everyone is in agreement that she would love a puppy or young small dog. I'm just doing the searching because we are the only ones with internet access.
Have you looked on gumtree? I've often seen dogs looking for new homes there, but again you'd have to vet them very careful - go and see mum (and dad if poss) if pups, and to check out the dog on its home grown if its an adult
Haven't tried gumtree, just ukclassifieds and some dog rescue sites. Will look now! There's a pup advertised nearby who I have asked about, hopefully I'll be able to see it at home first and meet its mum etc.