Our mission at Maltese Angel Babies is to create the very best Maltese puppies in the world and to find appropriate, loving homes for each one of them. This post will discuss various placement issues that come up around the conflicting needs of parents vs those of the puppy. We want people to understand that we do all we can to ensure that everyone is happy in the end. Of course, that's not always possible but we try!
1. MEETING THE NEEDS OF PARENT/S AND PUPPY
We initially match parents with a puppy at birth to suite their male or female preference. After the initial placement to the parents sometimes the puppy will develop specific needs that also must be taken into consideration. What are some situations that may necessitate a change in placement? Here are a couple of situations:
a timid puppy that needs outside encouragement
failure to thrive puppy that needs a lot of direction and encouragement
puppy that needs outside prompting to eat
In each of the cases above there is a puppy that needs close attention or close observation that we could not have anticipated. If a puppy had been placed in a loving home with loving parents but the puppy needed more than they could provide a change in parents will be needed. This is not a personal decision against the original parents. This is the breeders showing love to the puppy by providing what it needs.
We know that a situation like this is bound to be painful but it must be done. We do all we can to mitigate the situation as best we can. The parents would be offered another puppy or a refund after the situation was explained to them.
There are times when prospective parent gets past the approval process but issues come up later that have to be dealt with for the safety of a puppy. We have been made painfully aware that abuse happens even to these tiny, beautiful babies that only want to love their parents.
We have had some pretty bad situations come up unexpecedly. Here are a few:
Parents who opened their trunk and threw the puppy in and were going to drive away after placement.
repeated drunkeness or drugging while waiting for their puppy.
address given as their residence but no house on it just bare land.
one spouse claims the other is unfit to parent.
found out that they were going to gift the puppy to a young child!
prospective parents were abusive to each other in our presence!
communication issues where we were unable to reach parents and they failed to return our calls.
and much, much more...
Thank you for your understanding of the complicated things we need to keep in mind when making dificult decisions. We hope you respect that we take full responsibility for the lives we create.
Steve & Sally