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If you have a blog like mine, you know that there will be a lot of spam comments. Most of them get filtered out by WordPress, but every once in a while, I’ll find someone advertising something on my blog. Most of the time, I don’t mind too much, but last week, Molly and I saw a comment that made us both very angry. So, we wanted to remind readers to be careful when reading or posting content online.
My Blog Will NEVER Advertise Puppies!
The incident I’m referring to was a comment from an online puppy seller. They commented on my home page, asking if anyone wanted poodle mix puppies, and then they linked to their website. Now, I have no problem with people advertising something related to my blog, such as a rescue or shelter, but this is the complete opposite of what Molly stands for.
We deleted the comment as soon as we saw it and removed the poster from our follower list. But in case anyone saw it, I just wanted to make it clear that I will never advertise puppies for sale on my site. Maybe adoptable puppies, but never from a sketchy online site like that one.
After deleting the comment, we looked closer at the page. It claimed to be a breeder, but everything about it screamed puppy mill. Here were a few things that concerned us:
- The puppies were being sold online. Reputable breeders will allow you to meet the puppy’s parents and home in person.
- They were selling a wide range of breeds. Reputable breeders only sell one or two dog breeds at a time.
- They had very little information on the site. Reputable breeders will be extremely knowledgeable about the dogs they’re selling.
If you know anything about puppy mills, you’ll know that these are all major warning signs. Of course, I recommend adopting over buying any puppies, but puppy mills are the worst possible option that someone could choose. So, I’d like to use this experience as a reminder to always do your research. Don’t buy a puppy off a website or from a pet store just because it’s more convenient.
Don’t Believe Everything You Read
I’m heartbroken that a puppy selling site tried to advertise on my blog. But it’s all the more reason to keep fighting for dogs in need. It’s important not to believe everything you read or hear because a lot of breeders will lie about where their dogs come from just to make a profit. So, be careful when reading and posting online, especially when dealing with questionable comments.
If you’re looking for a dog, please be mindful of where the dog is coming from. Rescues and shelters truly care about dogs, and they’re fighting to make sure dogs don’t have to keep dying to save space. So, instead of falling for puppy sites like the one I saw, please choose to adopt instead. Many puppies are found at rescues, so there’s no excuse. Plus, I’m a rescue dog, and I think I’m pretty awesome!
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