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!
There are varying views on pet ownership, how it should happen, and just who should provide those pets. As you can plainly see, we are in the business of bringing you quality pets at competitive prices, backed by decades of experience, and are founded on the principal that a quality pet comes from a quality source. To that end, we source the pets we offer from the very best breeders, and would have it no other way.
BUT: There is a battle going on between animal rights groups, those who oppose the "production" of pets for sale to the public, and breeders and pet retailers. These misguided activists believe that pets should not come from professional breeders, or, as these groups phrase it, "puppy mills." Activists practice on a variety of levels, ranging from those who are genuinely concerned for the welfare of pets (a sentiment that we, of course, share), to those who, at the very bottom line, believe that there should be no pet ownership whatsoever, and that animals should enjoy the same rights and priveleges that humans do.
Unfortunately, new and increasingly millitant efforts by these groups have left some in the pet industry wondering just how far the "Rescue and Adoption" machine will go in advancing their agenda. Recent actions by these organizations have resulted in misdirected protests, a campaign of misinformation, and even terroristic threats against professionals who are in business to provide you with healthy, well-adjusted puppies and kittens.
We have been a leader in the pet industry for decades; far, far longer than most rescue or similar organizations. Our experience has shown us (and our customers) who the good players are, and revealed those who aren't.
If our store was supplied by puppy mills, the poor quality would have long ago bankrupted us. Because we are truly animal-lovers, nothing is more important to us then the puppies and where they come from, in order to provide the service we do. If the filth-covered, chicken-wire, matted fur images you commonly see were our only option, we'd not be in this business, but leading the fight to shut them down.
Here, we would like to devote some space to keeping the information balanced, debunking some myths, and representing the best in our industry. We thank you for looking further into these issues as you make your decision about adding a new member to your family.
Time4Dogs is a blog administered by a registered nurse in California. Her handle is "Liberty Belle." Little else is known about her other than that she speaks with authority on animal issues, and we are in agreement with much that she posts. This is very interesting and informative reading, and we recommend you take a look through Liberty's posts for more on the hypocricy in the "rescue and adoption" industry. Because that's just what it is, a money-generating industry.
From the NAIA Blog:
The ideal thing would be for No Kill to find some way to co-opt the industry – to make sure there is a big enough supply of shelter dogs for community No Kill shelters to be able to maximize their market share. The most obvious way to do this would be to start importing homeless dogs from overseas.
Another way to tackle the problem would be for volunteers to breed litters which would then be donated to their local shelter for placement.
What? What… What?!?
On one hand, the author talks about dogs not being widgets… on the other, about shelters keeping or growing their market share. The argument for shelters breeding and placing puppies is one long advertising pitch!
Here’s a novel idea: if there is a shortage of dogs in shelters, rejoice! Then refocus on cats and other pets… and when that problem is solved, be thankful for all the amazing hard work you, big-hearted pet-owners, breeders, and lawmakers have put into creating a world where pets are no longer euthanized for space — and put a “closed” sign on the front door. READ MORE
NAIA represents a broad spectrum of animal owners and endorses the development and advancement of high standards of care for pets, livestock, lab animals, and animals used in sport, recreation, and education. NAIA also promotes scientifically-based wildlife management, sustainable development and use of resources, and agricultural practices that consider humans and livestock as an integral part of the environment.
NAIA opposes animal cruelty, abuse and other practices associated with irresponsible animal ownership and use. NAIA is a moderate organization that supports the rule of law and opposes illegal acts whether committed by animal abusers or animal rights extremists. NAIA also opposes so-called educational campaigns that use "consciousness-raising" exercises that depend on sensationalism or misrepresentation of facts about animal issues. Such misrepresentations cause widespread misunderstandings of critical issues that ultimately harm people, animals and society.
NAIA draws a distinction between animal welfare and animal rights and presents these policy statements to make our position clear: we exist and operate to acknowledge the human-animal bond and to support the humane and responsible care and treatment of animals in the settings where they are kept, raised and responsibly used. NAIA supports reasonable legal protections for animals, not legal rights for animals.
People for Pet OWNership claims that their mission is "Restoring logic and reasoning to America's views of pet OWNership." As with any organization, we have points on which we disagree, but we have found that this page represents, fairly, those in the pet industry who are "under fire" for doing business legally and ethically, and for that, we applaud them. PFPO has exposed several shady dealings, and consistantly puts abusers' feet to the fire.
See their introductory video here, and, if interested,
Sometimes, non-governmental organizations can also become so powerful that they stop being responsive to the people they’re supposed to serve.
And even charities with the best reputations aren’t immune to making mistakes. In the wake of 9/11, local Red Cross chapters kept buckets of cash instead of earmarking the funds for Ground Zero and Pentagon recovery efforts. Heads rolled. And the former chief executive of the United Way’s Washington, DC chapter went to prison in 2004 following an accounting scandal.
There are groups today that keep watch over government agencies (OMBWatch and the National Taxpayers Union, for instance); over the press (Media Matters and the Media Research Center); and over universities (Accuracy in Academia and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education).
Obviously, this list could go on and on. And most of these groups are partisan to some extent. But they all shine priceless sunlight on things that gargantuan institutions would rather keep hidden.
The dog-watchers at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) need their own watchdog too. HSUS now has an annual budget around the size of an NFL payroll. It has become too big and too unaccountable. Someone has to pay closer attention.
Worth magazine has called HSUS both one of the “worst-managed” U.S. charities, and one of America’s “most fiscally responsible.” Who are you supposed to believe?
Although we, again, do not agree with all of their views, Humane Watch serves an important purpose. If you'd like to learn more about them, and what's going on at the Humane Society of the United States,
Protect the Harvest was instrumental in the production of a fascinating film, "The Wrong Side of Right," in which a passionate animal rights activist goes undercover at a dog breeding facility suspected of animal abuse.
To view the trailer for this film, click here.
The animal rights movement in America, led by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), has evolved into a wealthy and successful attack group determined to end the consumption of meat, threaten consumer access to affordable food, eliminate hunting, outlaw rodeos and circuses, and even ban animal ownership.
Protect The Harvest was created to fight back and defend American families, farmers, sportsmen and animal owners from the growing threat posed by the radical animal rights movement. Protect The Harvest has three objectives:
1) INFORM America’s consumers, businesses and decision-makers about the true nature and reach of animal rights groups like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the potential consequences of their agenda,
2) PROTECT our freedoms and way of life by creating lasting legal safeguards for farmers, sportsmen and animal owners,
3) RESPOND to the activities of radical groups like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) by opposing their efforts to pass laws or enact regulations that would restrict the rights and freedoms of farmers, sportsmen and animal owners.
To find out more,
According to The Cavalry Group, "Animal owners and animal related businesses are under attack by those who seek to eliminate animal ownership and eliminate animal enterprise in America.
Powerful, organized interests are using bully tactics or the force of government to push their radical animal rights agenda on law abiding animal owners and animal related businesses.
Since 2012, The Cavalry Group has been advocating for animal owners and animal related businesses in addition to providing 24/7 access to legal defense to protect the Constitutional and private property rights of law abiding animal owners, animal related businesses, outdoor sportsmen, and animal agriculture interests nationwide against the onslaught of animal rights activism and government overreach at the local, state, and federal levels."
We know the people at Cavalry Group to be passionate defenders of those of us in the pet industry, as they have stood beside our partners time and again. To see more of what they're about,
Real Animal Welfare is an organization that believes the best way to defeat the animal rights movements lies and mistruths is to show the world what’s REAL and what’s propaganda.
Definition of WELFARE: Availability of resources and presence of conditions required for reasonably comfortable, healthy, and secure living.