EastVillage22 on Citysearch
12 years ago
07/23/2009, 14:33 PM
I think it's interesting that a lot of people who post negative reviews speak very generally. A lot of the positive reviews are from people who have specific stories and experiences.
Here is my story. I wanted a French Bulldog for years. I did everything right. I contacted breeders. I did so much research. Then I walked into Parrots and Pups and fell in love with a puppy. After a lot of debate....(Am I doing the right/wrong thing? What if he is from a puppy mill? Is he sick?)...I took him home. The guilt was unbearable. I just felt so badly for supporting a pet store. I told myself I knew better. Then I decided to do my own research. I found his breeder. I emailed her immediately. And she put all my fears to rest. It is true that she is from the midwest, but she is NOT a puppy mill. She sent me pictures of my pup's mom and dad, as well as pictures of his grandparents. She told me all about his litter, what he was like as a puppy, etc. She let me ask a million questions about her dogs as well as her human family. In the end, I got everything I would have gotten had I gone through a breeder.
On that note, it's just as dangerous to go through a breeder over the Internet. For some reason, people think it's more reputable to purchase a puppy online because they are from a "breeder," not a pet store. Just because they call themselves a breeder does not make them safe, reputable, honest, etc.
Even though I felt better about my pup's background, I was still skeptical of taking him to the vet the pet store is affiliated with, so I took him to a vet who specializes in bulldogs. Without telling him where I got him, the vet complemented my pup's great build and health. He did have a very common and easily treatable parasite, but the vet assured me it's something ALL puppies are prone to, not just pet store pups. Overall, the vet said he was a happy, healthy puppy.
I've now met about 8 people (coworkers, friends, and neighbors) who have dogs from Parrots and Pups. Not one of us has had a bad experience.
So in the end, would I recommend Parrots and Pups? Yes. Am I a pet store advocate? No. You have to trust your gut. You should do your research. You should know the breed you are buying. You should know what to expect in terms of health. You are just as responsible as the pet store the minute you walk outside with your puppy. It's up to you to provide your puppy with a good life.
Don't just stereotype this pet store. It's been in business for a long time for a reason.