120 Northtown Drive
Blaine, MN 55434
(In the Northtown Mall - click for map)
(763) 786-0139 (Voice)
(763) 786-0309 (FAX)
families since 1972
Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm
Monday - Friday: 10 am - 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 8 pm
We currently have the widest selection of
quality puppies we've seen in years.
It's a great time to come in and visit.
Take advantage of this selection, and
great sale prices, too!
Morning means... PLAYTIME!
If you are part of the estimated 20% of Americans that have been misled into believing that "PET STORE PUPPIES = PUPPY MILL PUPPIES," and you are interested in our puppies, please take a minute to read this. We do not support substandard breeders of any kind.
1) Licensed Commercial breeders are NOT “puppy mills”. Pet stores are required by law to acquire their pups from licensed breeders.
2) Passing misguided laws to outlaw “puppy mills” will not solve any problem. Substandard breeders are already illegal, unlicensed, in violation of existing laws and don’t care. New, stricter laws will only affect those who are already following the laws. The only way to have any effect is to provide the funds and manpower to enforce the laws that are already on the books. Prohibition has never worked out well.
3) What is a "puppy mill"? "Puppy mill" is not a legally or officially defined term, it is a catch-phrase invented by the animal rights extremists to denigrate any and all breeders -- small or large, standard or substandard. The term has been promoted in the media by the animal rights movement. It is now applied indiscriminately to anyone who breeds dogs. Did you “adopt” a dog? If you paid money, it is a sale. Softening the description doesn't change the reality.
4) In our modern-day world of instant access to information, it is almost impossible for anyone to raise dogs without being under scrutiny. Look for a license. Those horrendous chicken-wire photos you see in commercials for the Humane Society or ASPCA show illegal, outdated, from "kennels" in third-world countries and are intended to shock and horrify you into giving money. Be skeptical, look for the agenda behind the photo.
5) All the breeders in this country cannot currently produce enough puppies to meet the demands of the American market. Recent changes in laws are NOT stopping substandard kennels from continuing; these breeders are already illegal. The new laws are closing down reputable breeders who work very hard to produce healthy, purebred puppies by making it more difficult and expensive for them to continue.
6) Irresponsible owners are responsible for the presence of dogs in shelters, not pet store puppies. Education is the key to changing attitudes. The American Kennel Club is a REGISTRY. They have no police powers to regulate kennels. The Humane Society of the United States owns and operates NO shelters, has NO police powers and is not part of the federal government. They are a political lobbying organization opposed to ALL breeding of ALL animals.
7) It has been PROVEN there is NO PET OVERPOPULATION. With three decades of spay/neuter, local animal shelters now have an underpopulation problem. In Minnesota, we import tens of thousands the dogs from southern states every year. According to the USDA, more than 300,000 dogs were imported in 2013 from foreign countries by shelters. If the current rate of decline continues, and within 20 years your only source for a puppy may be a shelter “mutt” from Mexico, China or Puerto Rico. http://www.shelterproject.naiaonline.org.
8) There are three types of breeders: Commercial, Pet and Hobby/show breeders. Any one of these could be a substandard breeder. Commercial kennels are subject to inspections and oversight. Quality is about the standard of care, NOT the numbers. Most commercial breeders have state-of-the-art kennels that surpass USDA standards and the standards of their state laws. They are inspected at least yearly and must meet or exceed 143 pages of stringent rules, far higher than those expected of the average hobby breeder.
9) A puppy or dog is not for every family. Pet store puppies need training and care. Shelter dogs do as well, but may come with baggage that can require an experienced owner. Obtaining a dog should be a time for thoughtful, rational decision making--not an excuse for moral preening. Please take the time to choose.
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