This is the weirdest thing...

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  1. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    I actually want to swing by to take a look, but only because I can't believe this is actually a thing.

    I think "WHYYY?!???" covers it pretty well, actually. I love what the local humane societies do with their "rent-a-pup" fundraiser, where they bring dogs to college campuses and students pay by 10 - 30 minute increments to play and walk with the dogs... but an actual business where dogs are leased for extended periods of time just doesn't sound like a good idea.

    I had a terrible case of new dog fever for the longest time. I signed up to volunteer at the humane society and walked neighbors' dogs. You know, that sort of ingenious, hard to come by solution.
     
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    Coming from a brief look, to me, it doesn't sound like it's a "rent a puppy" type thing. It's basically a pet store that's giving you a trial and allowing you to easily return the pet if it doesn't work out -- instead of selling it online and such.

    Iunno, from who I read it, doesn't seem like a bad idea. I sure as hell hope people were able to have a trial period for a ferret before buying it from the pet store, it would cut the numbers in rescue down quite a bit.
     
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    Read the whole article, it's freaking creepy.
     
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    Its Portland.

    Therefore, it is strange.
     
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    Very odd. Not sure what to think. I did enjoy the picture of Hannah and her farm collie/English Shepherd type pup though - nice dog!
     
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    I read through it, it's not really like a lease in that it's not intended as a way for someone to have a temporary pet. It's an interesting idea, I don't really see anything wrong with it and can certainly see where there is a market in the pet owning public for this sort of program. It's like having a dog on an all inclusive plan - you pay them for the dog and they bring you food, cover vet bills, etc. They also offer an option to buy the dog off of them if you no longer want to participate in the program. It isn't something I would do but like I said, I can see where there could be a market for this.
     
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    I think it's incredibly creepy and shady. I also wonder where they are getting all their dogs. They all seem to be purebred and designer breed puppies.

    This part of the FAQ:

    And this one:

    How convenient.
     
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    It says they get them from shelters, rescues and private people rehoming dogs. They also mention they hope to work out a deal to place service dog washouts. One could easily find plenty of dogs in my area to take and rehome in this manner. Especially with popular breeds and mixes.
     
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    “They’re my new religion, that’s what I tell people,” Skeen, 44, says.


    Ummm... Renting dogs is your new religion...?
     
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    3 month toy and designer dog puppies? Almost every dog on their site is some sort of desirable breed puppy.
     
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    What sent her running, Shenteal says, was what happened when she asked whether she would still be bound to the contract if a Chihuahua died.

    “You can mail the carcass back to us, and then you can get out of the contract,” Shenteal recalls staff telling her.
     
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    It's certainly something different. I think the concept is unique and possibly a great idea. I can see where the execution could make it a horrible idea. I think it could be a great idea for families. Instead of getting a lab mix puppy for you children for Christmas, only to find out it's an ill-suited match, you get to test run the dog to make sure you can handle it. If they do just take dogs from shelters/rescues/similar organizations then that's also another plus. Besides the legal jargon, what are the concerns? Is it the way this company has it set up or is the idea in general?


    A concern I have would be the happiness of the dogs. Some breeds/dogs never really make good impressions. I would hope the dog wouldn't be a 'loaner' forever. Or people may not want to work with a dog because they don't have to try. If Gwen was in a situation like this, I doubt she would find a home for a while. Her anxiety issues cost quite a bit of time and money. I didn't read through all FAQs but I'm hoping the 'owners' would have some kind of screening as well as the dog. Make sure they know how to take care of the dog (general dog info), mandatory training sessions, etc. The guy does seem a bit creepy, though. (And I get that he wants to honor his mom, but reading the article and the dogs constantly being referred to as "Hannah Pet's" is annoying.)
     
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    There's a rescue here like that, they buy puppies from dog auctions. Controversial for sure but it is what it is. There's quite a few breed specific rescues that do that as well around here. I wouldn't be surprised if Hannah isn't getting puppies from breeders too though. Still, it's a bit of an improvement on the typical pet store selling puppies in that they stay involved in the puppy's life and take them back if they don't work out.
     
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    Given the guy who started it, this is intended as a profit making venture. He wouldn't be involved otherwise. And I'm really skeptical about the claims of getting the dogs from shelters, so the thing seems pretty shady.
     
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    You can do the exact same thing for free.

    It's called fostering.
     
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    The inability to dictate medical treatments is scary.

    The guy sounds like most master businessmen I've known, ruthless and smart with an ample amount of shady and selfish thrown in.

    I'll have to check this out for intrigue sake.
     
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    I think it could be a really good idea (it honestly doesn't sound all that much different than foster-to-adopt) for me: but this specific business/organization/whatever seems super sketchy.

    I don't think it's weird that they have a lot of small breed puppies. There are tons of them in rescue around here. People breed them all the time thinking they'll sell fast because they're cute, can't sell them because everyone's breeding them, can't handle raising six 7 week old pups, and dump the entire little of shipoo chicav morkie whatevers at the shelter.

    Plus, there are puppy mill busts all the time, and they're selling mostly toy breeds and toy mixes - the bigger no kill shelters here often get trucks of 20-50 pomeranian/chihuahua/papillons/shih tzus/small terriers from down south. Like probably 2 or 3x a year it happens.
     
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    Exactly.
     

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