, Salem, MA


February 1, 2013

Jealous terrier won't warm up to co-owner


If you can afford a doggy day care, take your new dog there. Puppies need love no matter where they come from, a puppy mill or a pet store.

A: Pet shops wouldn’t exist if people ignored those doggies in the window. The pups can’t help where they come from, and, as you point out, all pups need good homes. A classified advertisement led Dog Lady to her own puppy many years ago. Let’s agree that however a pet comes into your life, it’s a sweet thing.

However, we do have some control over these matters, and we have to be responsible about acquiring a dog. Dogs from puppy mills can have terrible health and behavior problems caused by inbreeding. They need patient owners.

And time is crucial. Why get a puppy if you are never home to walk it, train it or enjoy it? Dog walkers and doggy day care ventures — as good as they are — require an investment that has nothing to do with personal connection between you and your puppy.


Monica Collins offers advice on dogs, life and love. Follow the “Ask Dog Lady” fan page on Facebook; Twitter at @askdoglady. Email questions to

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