Blizzard needed a rabies vaccine and I saw no reason to pay the outrageous office visit just to get that vaccine done. So I took him today to get that vaccine. Low cost vaccine clinics are a great way to go if you have healthy dogs and just need something done without having to step into a vet’s office. They are by no means a replacement to regular vet care but in some cases they just make sense.
Needless to say, the line was LONG and I had to wait about an hour. While in line I had an experience that really turned my stomach (my ears were already turned by the guy in line with the dog that had the shrillest bark I’ve ever heard and barked non-stop without this guy blinking or even once telling his dog to stop – as a matter of fact when I corrected Blizzard for something he shot me the look of death). Anyways, this particular stomach turning event prompted me to write the below email to Petco:
I attended the vaccine clinic in the store on July 16th. One of the groomers was going up and down the line talking with people, giving treats and discussing grooming services. She had with her a brown, long coat Chihuahua (who was a great behaved and good looking dog). However, I was appalled when she asked the woman in front of me about her Chihuahua’s and if she wanted to breed. She said “My puppy is AKC registered and has papers…I really want puppies…just let me know if you ever want babies.” I observed her doing this to another woman with a Chihuahua later on in the store.
I find this extremely unprofessional and appalling for anyone to do but an absolute shame for a Petco worker (who had her Petco branded grooming outfit on) to be doing to random people.
I myself own a purebred and have no problem with people wanting to buy, own and breed purebred dogs. HOWEVER, asking random people in line at a vaccine clinic is pretty low. She would be considered a BYB (back yard breeder) by any standard. You breed to BETTER the breed, make sure they are a good specimen and are healthy. I know this isn’t Petco’s stance on breeding (I should certainly hope not) but when representing Petco as a worker she represents your brand and I’m certain that’s not the image you want.
Seriously….shame on that groomer for asking random strangers in line at a low cost vaccine clinic. If you’re going to breed, for the love of all dogs everywhere, breed responsibly!