I’m incredibly disappointed at the moment. After the talk AMP and I had, I really got into the idea of getting a puppy. Perhaps it’ll take the edge of the baby obsession, or distract me long enough to give my dear husband some more time. So, I turned my attention to researching puppies – how big they get, temperament, how much they shed and bark, etc.
Originally I wanted a Chocolate Labrador Retriever, but AMP had Labs and Retrievers growing up and wanted something different. My other picks were a Rottweiler, a German Shepherd, a Beagle, or Border Collie. Each had their pros and cons. I spent a few hours on the local Buy & Sell, and well, found my dream dog – a black Shiba Inu. We adopted a 7-year-old red one when I was 12, and he passed seven years later of old age. I love their temperament, they are so stinking cute, and I was so excited to find one on the Buy & Sell.
And, he was only $150.00! Clearly, there’s a reason when things seem too good to be true.
It was a scam. As have a few other puppy ads I emailed from the same site. They are all “we live in Timbuktu and please adopt our beloved puppy and we don’t want any money except for transportation costs, and we will send you your puppy after you’ve paid for delivery.”
Clearly, I’m not going to send some random stranger money. Plus I want to see and pick out my puppy in person.
But, we can’t afford breeder prices – which are usually in the $800 to $1500 range.
So, now I have a decision to make… Am I willing to just get any puppy, non-purebred that is in our price range, or am I going to scrap the puppy idea completely?