I think i was visited by a tree-hugger...
I know you get some strange customers but, this was way out there. My friend who has been doing this forever said I did everything wrong, but I am not sure what I should have done differently save talk to her a lot longer and just not let her come over.
Anyway, I had a couple of groups of people coming over yesterday to visit their pups, one to select their pup and discuss the temperament test results. One group was scheduled for 1pm and the other for 4pm. At 11 am, someone called and said she would like to come and see the pups. I was cleaning kennels, and had to shower, but was pretty good with time, so I told her fine, she was local and could be there in an hour.
I directed them by cell phone to my home, had the pups in their pen up front, put Jenna on a lead and walked to the road so they could see us and pull in. The first thing out of the woman's mouth was "How's the temperament, does he bite?" Uh oh! Then she said, "Oh that's the mother." I told her the temperament was good. Jenna went up the guy, and started to investigate the woman, and she asked again about biting. I told her she has never bitten anyone. She said, "oh good, because if she would, she will bite me."
I told her I would put her in the back yard. She immediately asked if there was a problem. I said no, but she was nervous so I would put her away. Uh, why does she want to look at shepherd puppies if she is afraid of shepherds???
I put Jenna in her kennel, and showed them the puppies. I discussed the training and certifications that I have on my dog, they made a comment about intact dogs, and I brought Rushie out, and explained that he is a therapy dog. Well, they went on a bit about how skinny he is. They would put 20 pounds on him. According to my vet, he is right where he ought to be. I feed him 4 1/2 cups of Canidae, and he weighs 78 pounds. I can see a rib or two, but he is not starving.
The do not seem afraid of him.
We talk about the pups. They ask to buy the one bitch pup. I told them she was sold. They (I say they, but the man could have been a mute) ask why if she is sold is she still there, and how much would I charge to sell her to them. I told them she was not ready yet, and that she has been sold since she was three weeks old. They ask how much I want for the pups, and I tell them, they say that was out of their range. Fine.
Then they ask how the puppies drink out of that big bucket. (The bucket inside Jenna's x-pen. I explain that is for the mother. They look for the pups water and spot the Lexit bottles I am using. I did not get a chance to explain that they ensure fresh clean water, but whatever. That kind of freaked them out. They then asked if they sleep there, and said, oh, they see the little houses. This was an intermediate size crate that I put down in halves to get them used the crates. I told them the puppies come inside the house at night and have their own kennel attached to the house. I took them in the back where the puppy pen, Ninja's pen, and Heidi's pen are in line. I showed them how Babs and the puppy pen have access to the house.
They said, "oh this is a regular business." And they asked how many dogs I have.
We moved away from back yard and back to the pups, my 1 oclock people came and these people started talking about how they would let the pup in the kitchen at first and then it would be outside. They aren't worried about it roaming because they live in the country, they asked if it was ok to have it outside, because I was just nodding my head at this point.
I told them, "well actually, they need to be in with the family." They finally left and my 1 oclock group, looked puzzled. I said, there is no way they are getting one of my dogs, they laughed and said they were scarey.
I must agree.
But my friend said that they were probably AR people looking for something to blow the whistle on.
My set up is clean, my pups are healthy, I have health records, and nothing to hide, I was more worried about them coming while I am not home and trying to steal the pups.
My friend said I should have never had them come into my back yard.
With all the anti-breeding sentiment, I am getting worried now.
Any thoughts in how to deal with and recognize this sort of thing?
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