all too often around here we get stories of byb and puppy millers, designer dogs, ignorant people, morons who for some odd reason think Caeser Milan is a miracle worker, irresponsiblity, etc. Let's have a thread for good stories. You know, when you run into a decent, educated or willing-to-be-educated dog owner? Yesterday at the bookstore i was glancing through dog books, and there was a man with two children (about 7 & 8). They were picking out all kinds of books on training, puppies, etc. I asked if they were getting a dog, and the man said a St. Bernard puppy, but he was five weeks old so they had a while to wait. He sounded very responsible and like he had done his research, not only about raising a puppy but before he picked one out. Also, this is a conversation i had a while back with my cousin, age 8. He was terrified of dogs for the longest time but is starting to warm up to them. Cousin - "did you get Milo and Benji from the dog shelter?" Me - "No" *silently pleading please don't ask and make me admit he's from a petstore* Cousin - "oh. Well did you get them from a petstore, then?" Me - *writhing in embarrasment and ICK* "Yes." Cousin - "oh. Well i hope they didn't come from a puppy mill. Because a lot of puppies in pet stores come from puppy mills.* Me - "I know, it's a bad idea to get a puppy from a petstore. You should adopt one or get one from a good breeder" A few minutes pass. Cousin - "i don't think Milo came from a puppy mill." Me - "why not?" Cousin - "because if he came from a puppy mill, he probably would have gotten sick and maybe died. I'm really glad he didn't get sick." It was SOOOOoo cute. Then he told me about how his teacher got a maltese puppy from Puppy Palace or something, and she really loved the dog but it got sick and died, and then she found out she should get one from a breeder so she went to a breeder and got another puppy and it's healthy.