A little education about Amish millers. They breed dogs for profit only. They are a cash crop to them no more than cows, sheep or horses. Often one member of the family will breed the pups in a mill barn. Many times this barn is way out in the country, no neighbors to complain. Then the puppies are distributed to family members to sell. This is how they get away with it with the new puppy mill laws. The appearance that the puppies are "family and house raised" is just a scam. Often times, the adult dogs are not the sire or dam of those puppies. Could be an aunt or uncle or previous litter. They breed their bitches every heat, often starting at their first. They do register their puppies (AKC, ACA), but if you look at the family lineage, almost if not all dogs have an amish last name. A sure sign that it's a puppy milled dog.
AKC really is of no more value than the paper it's printed on. It is a registry only. No regulations other than both parents must be registered and the fee paid. Over 1/2 of dogs in shelters are registered and that doesn't do a thing when they are on the table to be euthanized. Amish generally don't care where their pups go. Any unsuspecting buyer can pick one up as they spot the sign "puppies for sale".
I made this same mistake with my first boxer, Lily. She has some health issues, but no where near what others have experienced. I love her dearly, but now advocate against puppy mills and bad breeders. I have since rescued 4 dogs of my own and fostered many others in hopes to erase the mistake I had originally made. I will only rescue and adopt my dogs from here on out. It's something that every mill dog buyer should commit to when they educate themselves on puppy mills and BYB's.
So don't feel bad about your decisions - up to today! From today on......educate yourself and speak out for the voiceless. Prevent others from making the same mistake and feeding into the business, purpetuating shelter overcrowding and unneccessary euthanization.
LISA ~ Lily LaRue - 4/07 boxer; Buster McDoogle - adptd 6/07 Vizsla/Besenji mix; Annabella Kanicki - 5/08-7/09 staffy; Mr. Smiley - 4/10 Boxer/pibble mix; Fozzy Bear - 5/10 Red Heeler/pibble mix