You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs, or so the cliche says. Actually I just can't make an omelette full stop or much else edible, which as we've got six people round for dinner table tonight is unfortunate.
I had thought Puppy Contracts would unite us all, that no one would be grumpy about them, but there's always one - isn't there. And if there's one who comments anonymously there might be 10 more at home all going, "it'll never work".
So for those who missed the comment on the last blog - here it is again with my reply. It does probably all seem too good to be true, too shiny and new, but please dog lovers, just for a moment open your heart and start to believe this might just be a very good idea!
Puppy contract cant work, as no cross breeds/mongrels would ever use them, the vast majority of show breeders already use a form of (or even better type) of puppy contract. Where it will fail is that none of the vets will want to set themselves up to be sued if they give a signature on a form to say the dog will never get ill, after all HD is only 25 hereditary and can be as a result of many other factors ie diet, over exercise, injury. Indeed even if its parents have 0/0 scores it still can end up with hip dysplasia. The same can happen in many other conditions. The puppy contract will end up like a cars MOT and mean its only valid and statement of condition for that puppy on the DAY it is sold. Anonymous
Oh anonymous, you really are a glass half full person aren't you!
The Puppy Contract is already working perfectly well in Sweden. Every niggle you can think of to make it not worth even trying has already been chewed over and overcome.
The puppy contract would apply to everyone, Labradoodles, pedigrees, mongrels - anyone selling a pup. It puts the power in the hands of the consumer and ignites existing legislation.
The contract will be thoroughly legalled and will be a fair contract between puppy buyer and puppy seller, the contracts used at the moment by the TINY number of show breeders compared to the general dog population are all individually written and unlikely to stand up in court if challenged as they don't protect both sides in the sale. They protect the breeder not the buyer.
And the attitude that says we're not interested in ALL dogs, 'we're already doing something else and we're happy with what we do back off' is incredibly short sighted. If there are 10.5 million dogs in Britain - the KC only register 250,000 a year. There are millions of dogs being bred outside their jurisdiction.
Puppy Contract would be for EVERY transaction, not just the elite.
The vet doesn't sign it, either!
It's a transaction between the breeder and the puppy buyer.
It is elegantly simple but beautifully effective - and someone else has thankfully trialled it and ironed out the problems.
Time for all standing behind something that changes the way dogs are bred in this country.
Unite don't fight!
If a breeder has done all they can to avoid a problem they have nothing to fear. Plus the insurance world will have a product for good breeders just like they do in Sweden.
It will just make breeders responsible for producing poor quality pups that run up massive vet bills - and that responsibility will make running a puppy farm or selling dogs in a pet shop simply uneconomic.
It will also make pet owners perfectly aware of what's expected from them, too.
Impulse purchasing from dodgy outlets should become a dim and distant memory.
Which dog lover would not support this?
To address the latest comments about not wanting too much litigation and that we're all adults etc and we should just stop being so silly, the puppy contract is unlikely to see a vast amount of people going to court. And sadly at the moment after years and years of education, puppy retail outlets are getter bigger rather than smaller!
It's the threat of court that will dissuade people from trading in misery. After one or two precedent cases I think we will see things calm down and people choosing other less stressy ways to make money.
We will never get any political party to outlaw the sale of pets in pet stores, everyone has tried - but they'll no do something that stops someone trading. But give the power to the consumer to insist on higher standards and the pet trade has a clear choice, reform or change jobs.
In Sweden there are very, very few dogs in rescue. Passive ownership and passive breeding seems to stop when you make it obvious there are consequences and responsibilities. Yes there are probably are some people who object to the Swedish system, it's a free country, but I'd love to be living somewhere you only have to bitch about the tiny little details that you think need a tweak! Let's hear from Swedes - I've yet to find someone who doesn't support the puppy contract in Sweden.
The puppy contract here would merely extend the normal consumer laws to the trade in dogs, nothing extra. Just tightens up some of the loopholes that have made bad breeders able to side step their reponsibilities. If you like, this is like an extended warranty just like you'd get on your car or your fridge.
If you sell something that is defective it is obvious you should pay to repair it.