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Stores are still crowded as holiday nears.

The crowds were out in force Sunday at Walt Whitman Shops and nearby stores, looking for last-minute deals, visiting Santa with varying amounts of confidence and trying out electronic entertainment.

Are you done shopping? Have you managed to do everything you wanted? And are you buying more or less than last year? Please tell us in the comments.

Kristie M December 23, 2012 at 10:54 PM
No pet store puppies, please! You are not only supporting animal cruelty, the odds are at least 50/50 your new puppy will be sick within the first year or two as a direct result of the breeding conditions, including cogenital defects from inbreeding. If you can't meet the mother, don't buy it. Google puppy mills and either adopt or go to REPUTABLE breeder where you can meet the puppy parents.
Ron December 24, 2012 at 12:30 AM
We bought our first dog at Canine Corral and he gave us 15 healthy years of love and joy before we put him down in September. We later went out and purchased a new girl at Shake A Paw and she has been a joy. Define "reputable" to me.
Kristie M December 24, 2012 at 12:58 AM
No reputable breeder, much less decent human being, ships puppies like canned goods to be bought by total strangers with cash or a credit card. If they do not care who buys the "product," you can be sure they do not care about the breeding parents that created it. Honestly, please Google puppy mills and/or visit http://www.milldogrescue.org/ . Your dogs are okay, but see where their parents are. You can also get the breeder name from the store and search online to find the USDA violations. In most cases your hair will stand on end. Worse, they inspect less than 200 of the 6400+ licensed mills for lack of staff. The unlicensed are not regulated at all - Google Wallkill Rottweiler Rescue to see how bad those are. Reputable breeders do not breed the female at every cycle, their dogs do not spend their lives in wire cages without ever touching solid ground, they would not cut their food with sawdust and watch their noses slide off for lack of bone. They would provide veterinary care, interview potential buyers, check references, retire the females after a few litters, etc.
Kristie M December 24, 2012 at 01:08 AM
http://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/shakeapaw.html Not sure which location you bought from or if there is another new store...

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