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Jun 17, 2007 Garcia Loves Me
AW adorable!!
Jun 17, 2007 subarugirl06
Aurgh! So close to being the first one! 11 biscuits anyway, so cute!
Jun 17, 2007 javamom
She is adorable! Love those great big big eyes. Have a great time with Ginger :)
Jun 17, 2007 GOLDENPUP
[color=blue] Aww what a cute girl!!! she is so adorable! i love her name so much!![/color]
Jun 17, 2007 skadi13
http://www.stoppuppy mills.org
Pet store dogs come from back yard breeders and puppy mills. These places over breed and abuse animals. Every time you buy from a pet store you 1)open up a free space for another dog born from an over bred mother. 2) you are supporting an industry that abuses dogs for profit.
I pray your adorable puppy remains healthy and you were lucky enough to get a puppy who came from a mother who was not too over bred. She is just adorable.
Jun 17, 2007 puppyluvr
Ginger is a doll. She looks as though she aquired the best of all 3 breeds!!! CUTE CUTE CUTE!!! Hugs and kisses to her.
Jun 17, 2007 sneezy and dach
What a hair do! And she's so tiny. Absolutely adorable.
Jun 17, 2007 ckporter73
She is darling!!
Jun 17, 2007 harlequinguy
If it were necessary to explain why dogs can be so addictive, photos 1 and 3 are all the evidence we'd need. She's adorable.
Jun 17, 2007 allgodscritters
What a truly adorable baby! Too cute to be real :)

Skadi13, I agree with your concern about pet store dogs, but I also have to wonder, if someone doesn't take these babies, what happens to them? For the time being, at least, it is legal for pet stores to sell these babies :( I would like to see more widespread education on puppymills and retailers who support them, as well as tougher laws to punish ALL irresponsible breeders - large and small - as it is a subject about which I am passionate. In the meantime, my concern is that these furkids go to loving homes, and it appears that Ginger struck gold.

God bless you for loving this extremely precious pup and may you have many years of joy together.
Jun 17, 2007 allgodscritters
p.s.: Eleventeen-million, gajillion biscuits for Ginger!
Jun 17, 2007 caraschotch
I would love to leave a comment about this unbelievably adorable bit of fluff and sweetness called Ginger, but I cannot because I JUST DIED OF CUTE.
Jun 17, 2007 madziajk
Ginger is wonderful! What a playful puppy! So cute! I love her!
Jun 17, 2007 sue
shes adoreable
Jun 17, 2007 Gusiruli
what a cute eyes!!she's so adorable and little...i want one too!!
Jun 17, 2007 BeckersUNC
Aw, I want one! Mom, can I have one? Pretty please? :-D
Jun 17, 2007 feltlabbit
cute....beyond.....words........... .......*aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw*
Jun 17, 2007 llt214
Look at that face....precious!!!!! I think I'm in love with this fluffy little ball of fur!!! Smooches to Ginger!
Jun 17, 2007 tazjt
She is absolutely adorable!
Jun 17, 2007 JaxMom
Look at that baby...how adorable is that? No matter where you got her, she is undoubtedly loved. Hugs and Kisses to Ginger!!! 11 bisquits on the way!
Jun 17, 2007 savon19
OK - Acute CUTE attack!!! Is she real?? Maybe she's really a stuffed toy that you 'posed'?

Ohhh to cuddle her - what joy that must be!

Many happy years to you all (I think it would be Impossible to feel sad looking at her sweetness!).
Jun 17, 2007 luvmyLexie
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THOSE BIG SOULFUL EYES!!!!!!!! HER COAT IS WONDERFUL!!!
Jun 17, 2007 DogMom
Lovely little girl! Her eyes are amazing. She would get away with anything around me with those eyes. Enjoy your very precious bundle of fluff!
Jun 17, 2007 bopeep
I see mischief written all over Ginger's adorable face. What a cutie. Hugs and kisses.
Jun 17, 2007 slickscaler
Oh my goodness Ginger just made my day she is the most adorable puppy I have seen!!! I love mixed breeds they are the best and have the best qualities. I could never deny anything to this little bundle. Enjoy her....belly rubs!!!
Jun 17, 2007 dogsrus
Cute. Shih Tzu, Maltese, Yorkie. So she is a Shmorkie? Or a Shimmie? Either way she is too cute!
Jun 17, 2007 scobig
Oh my! Ginger looks like a stuffed animal! So cute and those Shih Tzu eyes get me every time!

Pet store? Man, those creepy puppymillers dont even have to try anymore, they just throw a bunch of small dogs in a cage and sell whatever comes out of it. I just assumed being a tri-mix she was a rescue. So many in rescue. She is adorable though. Kisses to Ginger!
Jun 17, 2007 rozee9893
Aw. How cute! I realized that Shih-Tzus are so cute!
Jun 17, 2007 allpupsRperfect
I've never been to a pet store that sold mixed breeds like this little bundle of cute. However it came to be, this little sweetheart nuzzled her way into a lot of hearts today! She is truly heaven-sent --- but you are her angel for giving her such a loving home. May God bless and watch over all of you.
Jun 17, 2007 Terry C
WHY do people have to PREACH on these boards?

I bought my first Boston Terrier back in 1990 in a pet store. He lived for 15 years and was healthy till he contracted cancer in the last year of his life.

There always has to be a Debbie Downer to bring people down!

Your Ginger is adorable; don't let some naysayer pour cold water on your joy!
Jun 17, 2007 Boo's Mom
I agree with Terry C....a cute little doll is a cute little doll....lets leave it at that! Enjoy your fluffy little ball of fun....may you have many happy,healthy years together!!
Jun 17, 2007 doggieaunt
First and foremost, Ginger's coloring is lovely; she's very well named. Second, her eyes really could melt almost anyone's heart.

Third, those eyes go a long way toward explaining why, even though we all know that pet store puppies can come from puppy mills, and it's important not to encourage puppy mills, etc., why sometimes ya just gotta have that doggie in the window!!! (I, too, have found myself thinking about what would happen to pet store puppies if no one bought them!)

Anyway, much cuteness!
Jun 17, 2007 BrightRedScream
Beautiful little baby...
But please remember - for every puppy you take from a pet store - you're putting another young dog through hell by making her pump out more babies.
You want to know what happens to the puppies who don't get purchased from pet shops? They get sent back to enter that life.
What about the dogs who are going to spend their entire life IN that life? Please stop feeding the cycle.

I've been on a puppy mill raid with the shelter I volunteer with.
I've helped clean up the victims of this cruelty.
I've seen how many dogs and PUPPIES get put to sleep as a result of this....please, please stop supporting pet stores!
Jun 17, 2007 FRITZY
Ginger is very, very, very cute!!!!!!!:)
Jun 17, 2007 Lily'smom
Well here is another Debbie Downer, but I absolutely echo what skadi13 said. The puppy is cute, but the horrible conditions in puppy mills and the abuse these dogs endure should be enough to keep anyone from ever buying a pet store puppy. You should do your homework and only buy from reputable breeders. Every time you buy a puppy from a pet store you are supporting these horrible puppy mills. The puppy is adorable, but DO YOUR HOMEWORK, PLEASE!
Jun 17, 2007 Sandra
Hey, can't y'all just be happy that Ginger has a good home? Ginger is a darling on top of the cute scale, only to be outdone by my 9 lb Bichon who is at the very top of the scale. Ginger will bring you many years of love and companionship.
Jun 17, 2007 shawn b
SHES SO CUTE!!!!!!! I LOVE HER IT LOOKS LIKE SHES SMILEING !!!!!!!!!
Jun 17, 2007 Lily'smom
Sandra...You miss the point. We are happy that Ginger has a good home, but what of the others in her litter. If they were not so lucky as to be bought by a kind and loving family, they will be sent back to the mill and be breed till there is no life left in them and kept in horrible cages for the rest of their life, or which is probably a blessing for these poor babies, euthanized. At least then they will never experience the misery of living in a puppy mill for the rest of their lives.. If people would STOP buying from pet stores, the puppy mills would go out of business eventually. As long as people continue to buy from pet stores, this horrible cycle will continue. Google puppy mills, and I bet you would never want to encourage this disgrace, but every time someone buys from a pet store they are helping it to continue. We all need to spread the word.
Jun 17, 2007 Roz
Love that baby face! What a sweetie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jun 17, 2007 mountainfamily
What an adorable little ANGEL!
Uh, Lily's mom... I understand what you're saying about the cruelty of pet stores, but if no one bought dogs from there like you suggest, what do you think would happen to all the puppies that were left there, homeless? I think that Ginger's family did a good deed to take her from the pet store. Imagine just LEAVING her there?!?!
Very cute mix dog... MUTTS RULE!
Jun 17, 2007 pauleenm
she's a cutie. I agree about the puppymill conditions though.
Jun 17, 2007 horsez214
so cute
Jun 17, 2007 sandrahender
[b][=red]Ok, I just have to put my two cents in here too. First of all, all puppies NEED to find a good, safe, loving home. If you completely ignore the puppies in a puppy mill, they will end up getting re-cycled back to breeding at another mill. Or, as I was told by a pet shop, the employees have the option of buying "left over" pups that they can't sell at a greatly reduced rate. Pet store pups are extremely high priced compared to buying directly from a breeder. I had a cockapoo from a petshop many years ago. She was "on her way out" according to the sign. She was getting too old; no one wanted her. So I took her. She was 5 months old when I got her. Then after she died, I found a Shih-Tzu in the newspaper. I had NO IDEA at the time I was talking to a "Back yard breeder". But she got my suspicions up when she told me I had to come immediately(it was 10pm at NIGHT) to pick her up, OR she would "be destroyed" in the morning. I broke the speed limit getting out there. The place was not close by. It was about 20 miles away. I walked into a home that contained about 30 Tzu's. Some were pregnant, some were lactating. There were 6 pups in the corner. I was only allowed to look at ONE. She had an 'umbilical hernia", that they claimed was done by the mom when she chewed off the cord. I knew better as I know dogs. The hernia was way too large to be caused by the mom. It was a defect in the breed. I confronted them with this. They told me if I would take her with no questions asked, I could have her for a third off the price. I wanted to get her out of there so I took her home. The next day, I reported them to the humane sociiety and to animal control. So, it seems to me that by refusing to buy from a pet store is only going to cause the unsold dogs into the horrible life their moms lived, yet by buying from them, you are supporting the mills. So what is the answer? Get a LAW passed that pet shops only be allowed to sell supplies, and maybe fish. It would take a long time and a lot of work, but it could be done with enough people fighting for it.[/b][/color]
Jun 17, 2007 sandrahender
[b][color=red] Haha...I always screw up with codes. Anyway, I forgot to add that Ginger is a precious, beautiful baby, and I think her mom was wonderful to give her a home, or she may have ended up going back to the mill for breeding. I also wish that people who breed...even reputable breeders would stop breeding dogs altogether, to help the dogs that are in shelters waiting for a home. I took a 6 yo rescue Springer just about a year ago. She is a beautiful dog. I also took a Brittany out of the SPCA a number of years ago. These dogs are waiting for homes and it breaks my heart and makes me cry when I think of them in these horrible places. There are a LOT of good, loving dogs out there in shelters. They deserve to be placed in a good home just as any other dog or puppy. All they need is a person who is willing to take them and love them, and not care taht they are not a cute six week old puppy. These dogs end up getting destroyed if no one takes them and it just rips my heart out; I can't stand to even think about it. There is an organization called "Best Friends" that is a no kill shelter. They keep all dogs...for life if necessary. It is run by volunteers and is a wonderful place. I wish all shelters would do as the Best Friends shelter does.[/b][/red]
Jun 17, 2007 Lily'smom
Exactly Sandra.... We all need to push for laws to abolish puppy mills. While I have never bought from a pet store, I did buy my Lhasa from a BYB before I knew better. I just lost her this past January at 13 years old. She was the love of my life, but plagued with health issues and a very bad temperament. Even though the BYB was not a mass breeder, she obviously did not breed for the health and temperament of the breed, as most BYB don't. Am I sorry I bought her, no. She had the best life possible and thousands of dollars spent in treating her many illnesses through the years. I'm glad that I got her and not someone who would not have had the money or the compassion to enable her to have a good life. Would I ever buy from a BYB again. NO. I just bought a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel from a reputable breeder and even though I know the many health concerns with this breed I know the breeder tested the sire and the dam for the health issues associated with the breed. All I am saying is when we know better we do better. If we don't try to educate people about the horrors of puppy mills, and BYB, we allow it to perpetuate. Buying these little babies is not the answer, it only keeps the mills pumping out more of these poor little animals.
Jun 17, 2007 rozee9893
aw! So sweet! I'm her mom! not Lily'sMom!!! She's a liar!
(lol)
Jun 17, 2007 eslapin
Wow, quite a heated comment board! I feel like I need to throw in my two cents. First off, Ginger is a doll, she is absolutely adorable, and she's so lucky to have found such a great home. Secondly, I completely agree with everyone trying to EDUCATE about puppy mills. I don't think they are preaching, but the only way to stop puppy mills is to EDUCATE the consumer. I agree that stronger legislation would be fantastic, but the reality of that happening is slim to nil in most areas of the country. The only way to stop puppy mills is to NOT BUY pets from pet stores. Those big eyes are captivating, but for every pair of big, sappy, puppy eyes there is mom with a pair of sad, hollow, lonely, eyes who has been kept in a cage, over-bred, and is most likely half-starved. As far as what would happen to those pets if no one bought them? They might end up at a shelter, might go back to a puppy mill, or might be euthanized. I agree that every dog deserves a good home, but there are MILLIONS of dogs (and puppies) euthanized in shelters every year. The fact that pet store dogs need a good home isn't a good enough reason to buy them and support such a disgusting industry. Go to your local SPCA, all those dogs need good homes too, and if they don't find one they WILL be euthanized.
Jun 17, 2007 TessiesMum
Gingers a cutie.....Just remember not every pet store is part of this 'puppy mill' scheme (can't say I've heard any of these running in NZ) however, ften they just help find homes for homeless pets. Our cat had 3 kittens once, just before I had her spayed, my sister adopted one, my mother the other and our local pet shop found the third a lovely home!!!
Jun 17, 2007 Darlene
she is a realy doll I have one also they give us great confort in manys ways
keep up the love mom she will give it back in more ways then one
Jun 17, 2007 slickscaler
I have to agree with those against the puppy mills, thank goodness that Ginger was saved. But what about her sibblings?? If you keep buying from the puppy millers, they keep making money and more dogs get bred for this purpose. If they do not make money then what is the point to keep breeding these dogs. I would probably try the shelters, there are lots of dogs there that need love and you probably don't have to pay as much. And you would really feel good that you saved a dog and not encouraged the mills. I think that Ginger's mom meant well but there are other places that are better. Enjoy this little darling because she is sooo cute.
Jun 17, 2007 marybootsma
that is the cutest dog ever! i would love to see Beanie too.
Jun 17, 2007 Lizanne
Ginger is a beautiful little baby with adorable big dark eyes. She can have all the biscuits she wants.

Elizabeth & Miss Katie =O)
Jun 17, 2007 Loizhanne
[color=red][B]GINGER IS THE MOST ADORABLE SMORKIE I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!![/color][/B]
Jun 17, 2007 Lily'smom
Thanks Eslapin. Very well said!!!!!

TessiesMum...We are not talking about pet stores that have rescues and shelter dogs and cats for adoption, like Petsmart, Petco or Pet Supplies Plus, but stores that SELL pure bred and so called "designer dogs" for ridiculously high prices from puppy mills.

Eslapin is right, the chance of getting legislation passed is slim to none. Not buying pet store animals is something we can all to help stop this disgraceful treatment of animals.
Jun 17, 2007 postiemayer
Giner IS adorable and I ususally don't like little yapper types (okay so like my Westie isn't a yapper) but I just want to say lighten up on the folks that couldn't resist those eyes and brought that precious baby home. You see, long before we knew about puppy mills or back yard breeding, we bought my Westie from a very toney pet store in La jolla, CA. 14 years later she is still the light of our lives, and pretty healthy. We will never buy from a pet store again, and our next Westie will be from a rescue group, but we were ignorant, and very much in love with her at the time. Ginger has a good home and the point has been made. Unfortunately, the way I see it, unless there is some major legislation brought down, puppy mills will continue to exsist.
ENJOY your beautiful Ginger.
Jun 17, 2007 Bobbie
Somewhere above my comment someone asked what happens if the puppies aren't sold and go home. Well, I don't know about pet store pups, but as for racing greyhounds, we were told about one breeder who was looking for something "special" in a puppy that would grow up into a special racer and we were told that he had something close to 30 puppies destroyed, because none of them met his "requirements" So while everyone is wanting to get rid of puppy mills, how about we get rid of dog racing too? I have a male who's poor tail was broke in the same 2 inch area at least three times from being slammed in the crate and or starting box door! I have a female who's left ear has a split in it from being abused by some handler. Their lives are pure hell and anyone who has ever adopted a retired racer or even one who never even made the grade, knows exactly what I am talking about. Nope, don't like horse racing either! As for this precious little package of love, well, where ever she came from, she is now in a loving and protecting home. Maybe buying them from a pet store is bad, but who can look at this face and say, it was a bad thing to do! Glad you rescued your little bundle and enjoy her for as long as God lets you. He sends them to us, to make our lives more pleasant and to give us the most devoted love imaginable. bjs4550@yahoo,com
Jun 17, 2007 liz
The dog is adorable and I can understand wanting to save her from a bad life. I still don't think anyone should give people incentive ($) to keep doing this to dogs though. Perpetuating it is much more of a "downer" than giving your opinion (on a dog site where lots of dog-related issues are bound to come up - not just how cute they are).
Jun 17, 2007 Chloe's Mom
Ginger is adorable, that face just makes you smile. Enjoy......
Jun 17, 2007 grace2you
love her! What a doll.
Jun 17, 2007 lotsapets
Ginger is a marvelous, well-loved little dog, BUT..........I agree with all the comments about "back yard breeders " and puppy mills. You should have gone to an animal shelter FIRST, as there are sooo many homeless ones there that need to be rescued, and I don't mean that they should not be rescued from the breeders and mills environments, but when they are, that just keeps the breeders in business. I am a full time volunteer at our local NO-KILL animal shelter, and I see the sadness in the animals eyes until they are adopted to loving families. Most of them that come in there have come from abusers and disfunctional families, and their life changes to the better when they are rescued and come to stay with us until they are adopted. Ginger is one of the fortunate ones................!!
Jun 17, 2007 sylvanbliss
I love the Daily Puppy!

Ginger, you are precious. You look like the drawings I made as a child of what a dog should look like. Shmalorkie! Too dang cute. I wish you a lifetime of happiness!

It has been a nagging thought (of mine) that the Daily Puppy could be contributing to the puppy mill/overflowing shelters problem. We gaze upon these fresh, shiny faces and wiggly tails each day. We dream of how it would be if that puppy were our own.

I come here to forget my troubles and adore another puppy. You can be sure there are some who fall in love with the looks of a dog without giving it's breed idiosyncrasies a second thought. How many cute puppies get too big for the apartment? Where do they go? (I know)

Please think about what has been said here, about the puppy business...on sweet little Ginger's page. She's the lucky one.

If my house weren't full, where would I go after seeing Ginger and the desire for button eyes she's filled me with? The newspapers, on-line adds, pet stores, all could be supplied from puppy mills. Rescue groups, shelters, foster care...the first places I'd look.

We don't have dogs in our pet stores where I live. Shelters bring animals on special adoption days. (so hard to resist) When there is still dog fighting and dog racing going on in the US, we are a long way from being civilized. A civilization is judged by how it treats it's animals.

Puppies aren't here just to be cute. They grow up, they chew things, dig and bark, they get sick or injured and cost plenty. Chaining them up in the yard isn't any kind of life, either. I like to think that if you're looking at puppies here, you know what it means to look after these heaven sent creatures. As well as how they came to be in this mixed up world.

I just spent a week with my parents and their puppy mill rescue, Momma dog. She was nearly crippled, her feet spred from standing on a wire cage floor 24/7. Her belly used to touch the ground from the low quality food she was given and her swollen glands. It breaks my heart that she won't allow me or even my parents to get close or pet her. She is frightened all the time. All because she's an exotic breed, and was made to have two litters a year for six years. This dog will live the rest of her days protected and cared for. The bad people that ruined her were raided, their dogs taken and put into foster care, then adopted by qualified homes. I wonder if they opened another puppy factory, in another state?

We are not here to judge. We love dogs, each and every one of us. Educate yourself and do your research. Sometimes, the eyes see into our hearts and we take them home anyway.
Jun 18, 2007 cdevlin147
It is a shame people are using this website as their own personal soapbox. My daughter posted these pictures and story so that she could tell you of the wonderful day Ginger came into our lives. To share with everyone how cute our little "Gingie" is.

It was love at first sight for my mom (aka "Nana") when she held Ginger in her arms. Yes, they were destined to be together. You could see it in my mom's eyes.

Ginger has brought great joy in Nana and JD's life with absolutely no regrets. JD calls her his Canadian Husky, as she was born in Canada (I don't think they make 6 lb Husky's but that's ok).

Please feel free to post any nice comments on Ginger's pictures for my daughter to view. We hope to some day send some pic's on Ginger's best bud "Beanie".
Jun 18, 2007 thepoetcalliope
I love those expressive eyes! She's an absolute doll.
Jun 18, 2007 Lucysmom
This soapbox will help save dogs lives. You should be happy that cute little Ginger, in all her cuteness, has sparked this educational exchange. Thank you for sharing her pictures and her story. I too hope she is one of the lucky ones that will escape major health and temperment problems.
Jun 18, 2007 nusi'smom
As puppy lovers I think we can all agree what a beautiful baby you have.
I don't think that educating animal lovers on how to protect these precious babies is a downer - protecting puppies is a positive thing! If you really love puppies then you care that their mommies are treated well.
Unfortunately it is really difficult to get laws passed preventing puppy mills because the farm lobby works against them because they fear that if the law requires dogs to be treated humanely it might be extended to chickens, cows, and other animals.
The best way we can prevent puppy mills is to not give our money to this industry. If selling puppies in petshops becomes unprofitable then people who hurt dogs and breed them purely for profit will get out of the business. Every time you pay top dollar for a puppy in a petshop they buy another one to put in that cage in the window.
The Daily Puppy always brightens my day, but the thought of the moms of these puppies being abused in puppy mills breaks my heart. The only reason I haven't posted my own puppy's baby pictures because she is an uncommon breed that is rapidly becoming popular and I'm afraid that the more popular the breed becomes the more likely they will end up being abused and inbred in puppy mills.

This site is a great place to coo over cute puppies and encourage people to adopt their new family members from shelters or conscientious breeders.
Jun 18, 2007 roscoeroxypepper
JUST ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!
Jun 18, 2007 doglovernvegas
What a sweetie!!!!!!! I love her!!!!!!! The face, the fluff, the eyes...I just want to snuggle her up!!!!!
Jun 18, 2007 Desert Gypsy
First, I'd like to say that, while I can appreciate many of you wanting to "educate" us on things we may not already know, I don't remember ANYWHERE in Ginger's "sister's" original story (about how this sweet baby came to be in their lives), where it said that the pet store had animals from puppy mills or BYBs. MANY pet stores I've been in have animals that are rescues, or "babies" from people that had too many from their own litters to place any other way.
That said........GINGER IS PRECIOUS!!! Who said that only dynamite comes in small packages???? Beauty, mischief, sweetness and L O V E, etc. does, too! I know she has a loving home and that you'll
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Jun 18, 2007 BTLabs
Ginger is an adorable little dog and I am so gald that she is bringing her family so much joy. I am sure that they probably weren't aware of the issues invovled with purchasing a dog from a pet store. Those of us who do know would be remiss however if we did not take this opportunity to let them know the truth. Yes, it is a downer but ignoring it won't make it go away. Whenever I hear that someone bought a puppy from a pet store I think of the hell my cousin went through with her first Lab. They got her a pet store and she ended up having horrible seizures and had to be euthanized. The pet store refered them back to the breeder and their experience dealing him him was not good. So there was a lot of heartbreak invovled, all due to bad breeding. I am so glad that this is not the case with Ginger and I wish you many happy and healthy years with her.
Jun 18, 2007 BTLabs
oops...not gald...glad!
Jun 18, 2007 dottiejean28
I agree that GInger is very tooth achingly cavity inducing sweet cuteness...but...i have a coment to all the soap box people here...sometimes, you get a breeder or two that is almost as bad as a puppy mill....I got my wonderful 15 month old purebred shih tzu dottie jean from a breeder in Pennsylvania...this woman was nice enough but the house was deplorable...moldy food in the kitchen...trash on the porch....the dogs were beautifully kept though...(go figure that one out) and dottie has had no health problems...you may wonder why i went with this breeder, but i had no idea what the house was like til the day i got Dottie....I live in New Jersey...to her defense the woman was in a wheel chair bound state at the time...
Jun 18, 2007 javamom
Ginger is a sweetie pie. And I wish you many years with her, and hope that she remains healthy. She looks like a fun loving bundle of fluff!

As far as the pet store issue goes... I undertand the premise behind not buying from them & thus perpetuating & supporting puppy mill breeding- however,I feel these poor animals deserve a loving caring home just as much as any other pup. And a true animal lover could not just walk away from the pleading eyes & glass kisses of a needy pup.

Having said that- by all means spread the word about pet stores/ puppy mills so that those who choose to "rescue" a puppy from the pet store will be making an informed choice.

The place to make changes lies in the legal system & regulatory agencies to oversee & check these places. Contact your ggovernment representatives, and let them know this IS an issue!
Jun 18, 2007 BTLabs
<<<however,I feel these poor animals deserve a loving caring home just as much as any other pup. And a true animal lover could not just walk away from the pleading eyes & glass kisses of a needy pup.>>>

It is hard...terribly hard...but unless there is some meaningful legislative action or pet stores stop creating a demand by selling pets this is the only option. It doesn't make me less of an animal lover. I just don't go in those places anymore. Of course it makes me sad to think of those little faces but it also makes me sad to think of all the mother dogs, bred until they are no longer "useful" and then discarded. It's all about supply and demand. We have to turn off the demand and then these people will go find some other way to make a buck. And as for the so called good breeders that supply pet stores, well they aren't so great if they can just send their puppies off without knowing what kind of home they are getting. Our Boston Terrier breeder was a real stickler on not selling to just anyone. We were at her house several times before we brought Penny home. And we also had to agree to return Penny to her if we ever felt we no longer wanted her. As I said in my other post, I am not dissing Ginger's family at all by being a "soap box person" as someone called us. I never had a clue about this myself until someone educated me. I also never knew that Boston Terrier Rescue exsisted or else I would have gotten my BTs from them. I never dreamed someone would pay big bucks for a purebred then get rid of it.
Jun 18, 2007 vllybllstar
ILY ginger so much! she has wonderfully beautiful eyes..... :D
i do agree with BTLabs and javamom, by that rescuesare the best places to get a puppy
but pet store puppies don't have a choice; they are just put there
i got my dog from a rescue and we almost got a puppy from a pet store. we named her emma and she had one blue eye and one brown eye. she was adorable and the whole family fell in love with her. she was a jack russel mix and so cute! we wanted her so much but the only problem was that she was 700 dollars. we were devastated and i was teary when we left the store. i am even teary whenever i think of her, like now. the other reason was that we didn't get her was that we weren't sure that our other dog would be too jealous or not. we went to the store a few months later and she was gone. either someone bought her or.... i won't think about that
im just glad that you actually went through and got her and you wouldn't have to part with a puppy that you fell in love with.
many years to you and ginger!
Jun 19, 2007 ruk
Ironically, I just received this email from the Humane Society of the United States. Perhaps this will be the beginning of good things to come. God Bless YOU and beautiful GINGER.

https://community.hs us.org/...
Jun 19, 2007 HaleyDinamo
I fell in love with the pup I just want to hold it in my hands
Jun 19, 2007 HaleyDinamo
I fell in love with the pup I just want to hold it in my hands
Jun 19, 2007 piobaire
Adorable eyes! What a sweetie pie!
Jun 20, 2007 abbyandcat
Ginger is adorable to the 11th biscuit power!

I have to weigh in on the pet store debate -- first let me put on my flame retardent underwear -- okay, not EVERY pet store is buying from a puppy mill. There is nothing wrong with pedigreed dogs from reputable breeders but people have to understand what a reputable breeder is --- and they aren't advertising in the Pennysaver. Good breeders work very hard to maintain their lines, protect their animals, love their animals and improve the breed. They don't have 15 litters a year -- they have maybe two because they have more than one bitch...but not 6 or 7.

A good pet store will only work with breeders they have investigated. They will avoid Hunte and Lambriar. They will hold any new arrival for at least 7 days before anyone in the store other than those staff members who only care for them can see them. They will not keep them in individual cages, they will put them in playpens so they can snuggle and socialize. They will be concerned with the mental and physical health of their puppies. And finally, they won't let you come in and walk out with a pup the same day -- puppies are not an impulse buy (Hello Paris Hilton!!).

So, before you jump on a bandwagon to vilify everyone -- take the time to get educated. I only know of three pet stores in the US that maintain this standard. If you want to help shut down puppymills, pass laws, pressure the USDA who supposedly "inspects" breeders' facilities, report bad pet stores and backyard breeders to the local enforcement agencies AND FOLLOW THROUGH to find out what they did. It's going to take a concerted, unrelenting effort from all of us to turn the sorry state of pet overpopulation and irresponsible, money-grubbing deviants around.

And -- anytime you hear someone talk about "how fun it would be to have a litter of puppies" smack them upside the head -- HARD! They are not breeders who know what they are doing and they are contributing to the problem. And for God's sake people -- spay and neuter!!

Now, I'll step off my soap box and print a photo of Ginger. It's a delight to see such an adorable face!
Jun 20, 2007 Lily'smom
I agree with most of what you said. But you are wrong that all pet stores do not buy from puppy mills or BYB. Reputable breeders would NEVER sell their puppies to a pet store. So with that said, from where do they come?
Jun 21, 2007 abbyandcat
Sorry Lily'smom but breeders who do their due diligence and ARE reputable breeders don't have a problem with the three stores I know of that meet the standard. Those three stores are working to set standards and a model for the pet industry and the breeders that have worked with them are thrilled to be in partnership with them. NEVER just isn't true -- sorry. That said though -- they are more the exception than rule CURRENTLY. But rather than leave people deluded -- let's all get smarter!

It takes EVERYONE being on their toes -- as it should be since lives are at stake here -- good breeders need to do their homework whether it be general public adopters or top-notch pet stores, good pet stores need to make the proper investment of time, money and protocols, potential pet owners need to ask thorny questions and get the right answers, and we need to have laws that carry hefty consequences in a swift and unrelenting fashion for those that backyard breed, have puppy mills, and generally let their irresponsible behavior create misery for dogs. There's a role for everyone and the animals benefit if we each do our job.
Jun 21, 2007 Nahnahnah
I was here a few nights ago and saw Ginger and the comments so far. I'm glad to see you all have not let up. In 2007, there is no excuse at all to buy a puppy from a pet store. None whatsoever. This little dog is freaking adorable, but again, no one should be buying puppies in pet shops. I'm always hearing how we need to educate the public and I think this is a great way to do that, even if it only makes one person reconsider getting a puppy from a store.

And to those who refer to Debbie Downers, I have a proposition for you: go volunteer at a kill shelter or with an animal rescue for a week. Believe me, you will soon turn into Debbie Downers yourselves the next time a pet store puppy is posted.
Jun 21, 2007 Lily'smom
Nahnahnah..........AMEN!!!!!!
Jun 21, 2007 wolfgirl
I also saw this website and asked my mom to let me put our dog Yoshina on here (her nick name is Yoshi). Your dog is so cute. I LOVE IT!
Jun 21, 2007 CBinID
Another "me too"

This baby could rule the world if cuteness meant power! Sounds like she has a extended family that appreciates her to the max.

Some of the best supporters of the "stop puppy mill" group are those who unwittingly participated in the system, and now working to stop it. Maybe you can help to get Ginger's mommy, where ever she is, into a home as good as your Ginger has.

Hop on board, Ginger's family. We welcome you and love your little treasure. Give her a snuggle for me.

CB
Jun 22, 2007 sylvanbliss
Ginger, you are still cute as a bug!

Since this sweet lil' puppy sparked such a lively debate, I notice that the Daily Puppy Home page has an ad for the Humane Society, Take Action: You Can Help Stop Puppy Mills. pledge page. So, sign it if you really care and learn steps you can take to help. Be sure to watch the video of the DOG AUCTION...it will open your eyes.

I'm guessing our patron Saint Michael posted the "Does this puppy look sick?" ad. Thank you.
Jun 22, 2007 sheron
California is trying to pass a all pets must be fixed Law.. : ) I wish it were everywhere too! That said... GINGER your adorable Kisses to you!!!
Jun 22, 2007 rkincaide
Ginger is so cute. It's just ashamed hearing about the puppy mills.
Jun 23, 2007 hermia
What a cutie! She is totally adorable!
Jun 26, 2007 mountainfamily
This is my last comment on here, and I just wanted to say, that: yes, maybe "puppy mills" aren't good - I agree. But, like I read up there somewhere, if the puppies aren't bought, they are euthanized. Is that what we want? To lead a sort of revolt about these shops by not buying their wares (puppies) only to have a great number of them killed anyhow?
One other idea, is that, I'm not saying that what they do at these mills is good, but from buying clothing for people's dogs, "not liking" children and instead having dogs, making special little rooms for your pups, etc, etc, this has gotten out of hand. Dogs are smart, I know, but they are not equal to people, and should not be treated as though they were our children. This is why I don't agree with the "Lily's mom," some other puppy's "dad," another puppy's "sister" on this site... They are owners, not adoptive parents.
That was my two cents, and that's all I'm going to add here. Lily's mom, say want you want -I'm ready to retort to your comment if you do...
Jun 26, 2007 Lily'smom
For mountianfamily....FYI.....I also have a rescue. Your comment "maybe puppy mills aren't good". There is no "maybe" about it. They are horrible. You are never going to get it, but here goes one more time. If you buy puppy mill dogs, you are keeping puppy mills in business. Period!. Yes, it is very hard to walk away from a cute sweet puppy in a pet store. The way to avoid this is to JUST NOT GO TO A PET STORE THAT SELLS PUPPIES. As far as your other comments about people who dress up their dogs, etc. What does that have to do with puppy mills? It has nothing to do with what we are talking about. Do some research on puppy mills, volunteer at a shelter, or rescue that has dogs from puppy mills then let me know what you think.
Jun 26, 2007 Smitty
[b]mountainfamily[/b] - I understand that the desire to "rescue" a puppy from a pet store is very strong, but the problem is that by purchasing from a pet store people are just putting money back into the puppymill industry where millions are suffering. They are perpetuating the cycle and condemning more animals to a life of misery and death.

Puppymills conditions are not merely "not good," they are revolting. The breeding dogs are often debarked so that the millers don't have the inconvenience of having to listem to them barking and crying. They are kept in wire cages and receive little to no vet care. Dogs have been documented with broken backs, ingrown collars (meaning the collars were put on and never adjusted for growth, so the skin just grows over the collars often causing oozing infected sores), you name it. Dogs have ripped eyes on pieces of wire, but they don't need eyes to breed so why bother to fix it?

They are often fed just enough to keep them alive and breeding. As [b]Lily's mom[/b] said, google "puppy mills" - better yet, click on the google images link, then try to justfy putting money back into the puppymill industry. The Human Society and the ASPCA will both tell you the same thing - Do Not buy from pet stores.

To those who have bought from pet stores, I am not trying to vilify you, I completely understand the desire to get those adorable puppies out of those cages and give them a home. But the only way to stop the industry is to not put money into it, to inform others of the horrors of the industry, and to make sure our political leaders know how we feel. Many people who buy from pet stores just don't realize what's going on.
Jun 27, 2007 mountainfamily
Why I had mentioned the dog's clothing, etc, is because it DOES in fact have something to do with this subject. People are completely obsessed with dogs as if they were children, and as such, they are overreacting about this dog "mill" thing.
I am not saying that the puppy mills are not horrible. But, everything is backwards.
Poeple love dogs and think that puppy mills are awful, terrible, atrocious, etc, but think that abortion is perfectly fine and understandable. Shouldn't we be more concerned about the killing of innocent babies than the mis-treatment of dogs?
Also, buying or not buying puppies from the shops is not going to save said dogs. They will either be bought to give money to the "mills" or will be left there to be euthanized. The fact is, is that these stores are legal, and there isn't much that a few chatters on "the daily puppy" can do about this circumstance.
Jun 27, 2007 Lily'smom
Educating the public, who may not be aware that pet store puppies come from puppy mills, on forums like these, is the first step in stopping puppy mills. It is something we can all do. Not buying pet store puppies is something we can all do. It is one step at a time, little by little.

As far a people being obsessed with their dogs and your statement about abortion, I am missing the correlation there. One does not make the other o.k. This is a forum about dogs, not abortion. Therefore, people on this forum love dogs and the dialog is about dogs. Perhaps you should find a forum on abortion and discuss that topic on the appropriate forum.
Jun 27, 2007 mountainfamily
Lily’s Mom, YOU are the one who’s missing the point here. Even if no one ever set foot in a dog shop again, those many thousands of dogs that would still be living in these kennels would be killed.
I believe that you have an admirable passion for what you feel is right.
Oh, and I’m sorry if you didn’t understand my emphasis about the overreaction about dogs instead of people.
This “Daily Puppy Commenting Page” was originally made so that people could say things such as, “Oh, how CUTE! :)” or, “love that dog’s eyes!” instead of opening up a huge debate about buying or not buying dogs from “puppy mills.”
I very much agree that better care SHOULD be taken of these poor puppies (not to mention rabbits and cats) but arguing in a page made for people to view cute dogs is not going to help. I’ll bet that the owners of Ginger are regretting ever entering their dog into this page, because the likes of you telling them that they never should have bought her. I question whether you really know what you are saying… if Ginger’s owners never took her from the kennel, and you had your way about not buying from these stores, this adorable puppy would have most likely been euthanized by now.
Maybe I’m missing the correlation about this dog store thing. If this was set up merely to talk about how cute the dog is, maybe no one such as yourself should be on here, warning and fuming about these shops. Maybe YOU should find a forum about the evils of dog stores, instead of, "The Daily Puppy."
Jun 28, 2007 Lily'smom
[i]"If this was set up merely to talk about how cute the dog is, maybe no one such as yourself should be on here, warning and fuming about these shops. Maybe YOU should find a forum about the evils of dog stores, instead of, "The Daily Puppy." [/i]

Yet here you are debating me, and talking about abortion on a "cute puppy" page. I was one of many on this page who tried to educate people about pet store puppies. We are trying to bring awareness to people who may not know, not to make anyone feel bad. The sad part is, you say you know, yet you say we are "overreacting". I find that very sad. You obviously DON'T know, but if you do, and you think it is "overreacting", then you simply don't care. I will use any outlet available to me to warn of the horrors of puppy mills. This is how you educate people, one person at a time. Why do you care if I state the truth about puppy mills. Are you a miller? It should not bother you if you have no interest in puppy mills. I will comment on any open forum I choose. Who are you to tell me not to respond on this page? Do you even have dogs. By most of your comments, I think not.
Jun 28, 2007 mountainfamily
I do in fact have a dog, and I do in fact care. But, maybe you should just leave it with the fact that they HAVE put up a puppy mill awareness icon on this site.
No, I am NOT an owner of a puppy mill. I love dogs, and I really thought that this site was set up just to say so, instead of speechify about where this puppy was bought.
Jun 28, 2007 mountainfamily
LILY’S MOM: A few comments ago, I stated that this was my LAST remark, only to go on and answer some of your interpretations, warnings, criticism, etc.
This argument could go on indefinitely and, as such, I am going to end it now. Both of us think completely differently about this matter – for instance, I think that I am right, and that you are wrong, and mutually, you feel that YOU are right and I am wrong.
Neither of us, as we put our points forward, are going to change the minds of each other who, at this time are adversaries. I do agree, however, that “puppy mills” are horrific and appalling. If you want, go ahead and write to the government about this, and plead that “puppy mill” owners and operators should be arrested… I’m sure they’ll listen politely, and you may even receive a letter in response…
Let us now end this debate in order to go on and write short, complimentary articles about other “Daily Puppies” that are to be shown in the near future, and to only visit poor little speechified Ginger the Shih Tzu Mix when we want to see her cute face again, instead of to check on how our positions are being challenged.
With that, I wish you a good day and a wonderful Independence Day.
Jun 28, 2007 Lily'smom
Agreed....And I bid you a good day as well.
Jun 29, 2007 baby11193
I agree. BUT she is so cute
Jun 30, 2007 V-W7
I find myself in agreement with mountainfamily... I think that all they were arguing with Lily's Mom about was the way of GOING ABOUT stopping Puppy Mill owners and operators. I mean, buying or not buying puppies would still result in the deaths of thousands of puppies. Isn't there a better way to end these cruel businesses? Going on a site such as, "Daily Puppy" and harassing the saviors of the sweet Ginger the Shih Tzu Mix is NOT the way to do it...

ADORABLE DOG! (by the way)
Jul 16, 2007 Yankee-7
Wow... what a big debate... :D
What a beautiful dog, though... ;)
Jul 16, 2007 nash5081
Too bad all your comments and opinions ruined the purpose of this special place, and spoiled it for Ginger and her new family. Nobody cares what you think !!!!! Go find some place else to have your "little debate"!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 17, 2007 Yankee-7
nash, I agree. Daily Puppy should just be for people saying, "How Cute!" I think that one or the other of these users got their back up over their specific opinion, or that mountianfamily felt that the way of going about stopping puppy mills, (like VW_7 said) was wrong, and had to stand up for what they believed.
Adorable dog!
Jul 18, 2007 mmmkkk0406
She looks like doll, she's so cute!
Jul 20, 2007 geegeexx
OK, I agree with all of you talking about puppy mills. But, again. (I'm only 11, so this may sound a bit idiotic and not adult-like.) Tbe only way to stop puppy mills, is with law. Not by telling people to not by them. That's why people usually buy them. Because they feel sorry for the little puppies in a puppy mill. Yes, it's bad to buy from puppy mills, but not buying just makes it worse then buying.
You be the judge!
Jul 21, 2007 Yankee-7
Exactly, geegeexx. Lily's Mom had a weird idea of things, huh?
Jul 22, 2007 DogMom
Beautiful puppy!!!!
Jan 6, 2008 Mellimuffin
I love your sweet puppy.
My puppy is Abigial-Eve. She is a mini daushund.
She was the daily puppy on August 4, 2007.
http://dailypuppy.co m/index...
I'm sorry that these grown-ups had to ruin your day. I had a sort-of negative comment too and it really made me feel sad.
Your dog is so cute. I voted 11 biscuits.
Jan 31, 2008 pomtzu
Ginger is an absolute doll baby. I'm Mom to a ShihTzu and they are wonderful little dogs and I wish you many, many years of happiness with her.
I'm actually glad I missed all the "talk" on the original date. Such a shame to turn this site into a place for people to spout off.
My guy Sparky sends a big doggie kiss and tail wag to Ginger. xoxoxoxo
Jul 5, 2008 CDAartlady
How cute! .This pic reminds me of those little stuffed dogs for kids that would wag and bark.
Jul 25, 2008 WillDave
Your little Ginger is so Beautiful! We just had a littler of Shmorkies on July 22, we sure hope they turn out like Ginger! William
Sep 18, 2008 mypepper
she is gorgeous...I just lost my Pepper this Monday, who has a great resemblance to yours. I have a 2 1/2 old daughter that has been looking for her and she does not understand anything about death yet. I was wondering if you can direct me to where you got your dog, maybe she has siblings or she came from a breeder...something, it breaks my heart to see my daughter calling out Pepper's name everyday. Please let me know...
Nov 15, 2008 georgia04
Baby Ginger is a beautiful, precious little angel. One look at her sweet face and you know that miracles are real! She chose you that day at the pet shop, and I can tell you right now, if I saw this precious baby at the story, I'd walk out of there with her too. Don't let naysayers ruin your joy, puppies need good homes regardless of whether they come from shelter, breeder or shop.
Feb 17, 2010 yes2mi
I love your photos of Ginger. We bred our Shorky (Shih Tzu/Yorkie) w/ a very handsome little Maltese. Yesterday, the vet confirmed we've 4 (and possibly 5!) puppies on the way. We're so excited! I hope they're as adorable as your pup. We've promised one puppy to my niece and we'd like to keep one for ourselves. We plan to name him/her (?) "Keeper."  0;Actually, at first I'd picked out the name "Trinket," but my husband says he refuses to go around calling a dog named Trinket. LOL Silly boy.
Mar 16, 2010 dustyndottie
What an adorable little bundle of fur. Glad you adopted her. I could have never left her behind. For those who felt it was necessary to educate the rest of us regarding puppy mills.......we already know. Do your part and get involved with getting the laws changed, I am and I believe that it is making a difference. Ginger is a very sweet looking dog. Enjoy her!!!!
Dec 21, 2010 pelligrino
I can certainly understand how Ginger won you all over! She is just about the cutest little girl ever! Lots of hugs, kisses and belly rubs to sweet little Ginger. Great name too.
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