dolores

Blakeslee, PA

#22 Jun 19, 2011
There are many purebred puppies and dogs at shelters.I would rather go there and save a life knowing that they put them to death for lack of space.It is like being in jail for these poor animals,it isn't fair!Please think about getting your puppy or dog from a shelter.
Dane Grate

Emmaus, PA

#24 Jun 20, 2011
I like getting the puppies from the shelters and dropping them off bridges or chaining them to a homemade boat, with a note, and float them down the Delaware to see if they make it to Philly.
Sam - Frelinghuysen NJ

Newton, NJ

#26 Sep 2, 2011
I have a championship dog from a world-class breeder - who cost more than my car is worth. I have taken him to the most highly-recommended vets for 6 years, at a cost that has always exceeded my own healthcare cost (before my health insurance kicked-in). But two years ago, he developed a skin condition that was costing me at least $200 plus standard vet visit costs TWICE A MONTH...with little or no improvement - much less anything close to a "cure." Just a perpetual $5K per year treatment program.
On a friend's recommendation, I contacted Portland Pet Shop. They contacted my last two vets to find out what "dip" medication they recommended (which was the same in both cases), ordered the medication for me, and dipped and groomed my dog for less than the cost of a vet visit alone. Immediately my dog's skin and coat began to improve. I have continued to take my dog back to Portland Pets to be dipped and groomed for nearly a year and he continues to improve every visit - though even my own son (who is a Certified Veterinary Technician for a highly respected vet practice, says is probably an incurable condition that will require lifetime treatment.
I felt so comfortable with the kind and caring people at Portland Pet Shop that - when there was a family emergency that meant everyone would be out-of-town for a week, I boarded my dog with Portland Pets (at a much better weekly rate than any of the kennels in my area offered) and confidently left him in their good hands. When I picked him up a week later, he was healthy, happy, and freshly dipped and groomed - looked and acted great - relaxed, happy, and affectionate to the good folks at Portland Pets (and he's VERY picky about people, so I know that they befriended him and treated him well while I was away.
I have nothing but the highest praise for the owners and staff. As someone else has noted, they gladly provide a cell-phone number for after-hours contact, and are good folks with whom to have an on-going relationship. They stock first-rate pet-care products, know what they're doing, and have taken consistently great care of my dog for a couple of years. I always check first with my son when any issue arises about my dog...and the good folks at Portland Pets have always either agreed with my son or come up with an even better recommendation. Prices are fair and favorable, and I like them as people as well as care-givers to my dogs. Too bad some folks have had negative experiences with their pets and lay blame at the wrong door.
Obviously I don't have any first-hand knowledge about anyone else's situation, but I would gladly be a character witness in court that I don't believe Portland Pets are in the least negligent or greedy - they certainly have never shown either of those characteristics to me. I drive an extra half hour just to be sure I get their quality of care / service.
Courtney

Gulfport, MS

#27 Dec 23, 2011
I've had many friends buy their puppies at Portland Pets. Portland Pets is a great family shop. To the woman who first posted this, shame on you for driving by a family business and deciding to slam them on the internet because of something you saw on Oprah. While puppy mills are a horrible, terrible thing just because a pet store sells puppies does not mean they are from a mill. If you go inside Portland Pets you can see this is not your typical mall pet store. I'm sure you will find the owners to very nice and helpful people. Assuming as they say, makes an ass of you and me. Do your research and back up your opinions with facts not Oprah factoids.
Old fart

Cape Coral, FL

#28 Dec 27, 2011
Courtney wrote:
I've had many friends buy their puppies at Portland Pets. Portland Pets is a great family shop. To the woman who first posted this, shame on you for driving by a family business and deciding to slam them on the internet because of something you saw on Oprah. While puppy mills are a horrible, terrible thing just because a pet store sells puppies does not mean they are from a mill. If you go inside Portland Pets you can see this is not your typical mall pet store. I'm sure you will find the owners to very nice and helpful people. Assuming as they say, makes an ass of you and me. Do your research and back up your opinions with facts not Oprah factoids.
Now pay attention here you filthy koont!Pet shops sell puppy mill bred dogs!! Hands down , no chit, you phqng imbecile.I think your parents should have aborted you!
KateS

Coopersburg, PA

#29 Nov 23, 2012
I believe that Portland Pets is a very professional and heartwarming shop. It is family owned, and I know this because I am a regular customer and know each and every one of them. I think that they do awesome running a store with just a little amount of help. Do anyone of you know how hard it is to run a business? Dealing with live animals? I will tell you, it is anything but easy....I myself have bought 3 dogs from there. When I purchased my first companion, I had no clue about anything! They explained everything and taught me all of the info there is to know. If i had any further questions, I simpily called the owner and she knew exactly what to do. Now, I have 3 healthy friends to keep me company. I think they do wonderfully!!!
Tom

Emmaus, PA

#30 Dec 19, 2012
I purchased two dogs from Portland Pets 5 years ago and they never had any problems, in fact my vet asked where i got them because she wanted ones like them, because they were perfect specimens for their breeds. Two different breeds, two separate purchase dates and two different breeders as indicated on the paperwork they give to you. I even called the out of state breeders to verify them and say the dogs turned out to be absolutely perfect without any negative problems. Shelter dogs are unpredictable and i have had them too. If you are looking for that "particular" breed, you may not always get one in a shelter. Most previous owners are to blame unfortunately if shelter dogs exhibit behavior problems, and this minimizes their chances for a home. It is clear in people's responses that those misspelling many words are the uneducated. You know who you are. I know that they offer a return guarantee and everything is easily investigated with the info on the contract. Animals like anything else get sick. Just have a good vet who can spot potential issues. I am all for getting a shelter dog first, but sometimes a persons personal situation calls for a pet store puppy.
loose stool

Brooklyn, NY

#31 Dec 22, 2012
Tom wrote:
I purchased two dogs from Portland Pets 5 years ago and they never had any problems, in fact my vet asked where i got them because she wanted ones like them, because they were perfect specimens for their breeds. Two different breeds, two separate purchase dates and two different breeders as indicated on the paperwork they give to you. I even called the out of state breeders to verify them and say the dogs turned out to be absolutely perfect without any negative problems. Shelter dogs are unpredictable and i have had them too. If you are looking for that "particular" breed, you may not always get one in a shelter. Most previous owners are to blame unfortunately if shelter dogs exhibit behavior problems, and this minimizes their chances for a home. It is clear in people's responses that those misspelling many words are the uneducated. You know who you are. I know that they offer a return guarantee and everything is easily investigated with the info on the contract. Animals like anything else get sick. Just have a good vet who can spot potential issues. I am all for getting a shelter dog first, but sometimes a persons personal situation calls for a pet store puppy.
OK already! You can stop blowing smoke up our collective ass!
carol

East Orange, NJ

#32 Dec 26, 2012
purchased a cavachon from portland pets. My puppy is healthy, well socialized, and a very wonderful dog. My experience at this place was a good one. I would go there in the future. As far as amish or any kind of puppy mill, they are everywhere. Where do people think the rescue dogs come from ? And who can afford to pay the ridiculous high prices the breeders want ? Anyway, i would recommend portland pets. It was a good experience but more important I have a great new companion and my labrador enjoys his new friend
Dina

Bushkill, PA

#33 Jan 11, 2013
I also purchased a female Chihiahua from there who we love dearly. She is healthy and we have had no problems other than as she got older we noticed her ears did not stand up. When looking into this further it was told to us that this could be 1 of 2 reasons. She is not pure breed or it is bad breeding which the breeder should have know floppy ears are in their genes and will always be passed on. Either way I contacted Portland Pets via email and they never did respond. I never intended on returning the puppy but a response would have been nice. I plan on having a DNA test done on her cause if it is due to her not being pure breed I will take further action cause I would not have paid that price for a mixed breed. If it is due to poor breeding it would have been nice if Portland Pets responded to my letter saying they are looking into this matter further or that they would not be using this breeder again. I will not be recommending this place to any of my friends.
Lee

East Stroudsburg, PA

#34 Feb 14, 2013
Some of the comments on this board are deflamatory to Portland Pets. It's not a good idea to make comments claiming the dogs/puppies come from a puppy mill without hard evidence. Also there is a big difference between out of state and Amish county. It's making the deflamer look rather ignorant. Pet buy is just like anyother purchase, except that pets are much closer to our hearts. One person can buy a car at a certain dealer and wind up with a lemon. Another person can buy a car at the same dealer and wind up with the best car ever. Also there are many more factors to take into concideration when purchasing a pet. They can catch disease from other animals in your home or letting them use the bedding, toys, and bowls of a former pet that had died. Pets are very much like babies. When you bring your new born home, you make sure you wash the baby's clothing in special soap and separate from the rest of the family. When I got my dog from the PSPCA, he was only in there for less than 12 hours. I was surprised they let us have him, since they usually hold the dogs for 24-48 hours. His owner had died, so that might have been the difference. I can't blame the PSPCA for any of his conditions. He was an older dog. He was skinny and had worms. I took him to the vet and my $75 dog cost me an additional $345.00. I didn't get mad at the PSPCA, because they gave me the most wonderful dog I could have ever hoped for. It's my responsibility to take care of him once I signed those adoption papers. Sure I could have taken him back, but I figured I wouldn't do that if he were a human child I had adopted. The stuff that was "wrong" with him came from his owner's inablity to take care of him and not the PSPCA. Later on he did develop ear mites, which can happen to any dog. I treated them with baby oil and witch hazel. Guess I got lucky, because they cleared right up. Today you would never recognize the dog I got from the PSPCA, because he looks different. Yes, I'm guilty. He is slightly over weight. He is very fluffy and has hair where he had none. He is a happy, healthy dog with a great love for our family. The point is...don't get so upset that you become blind. Either ask to make sure you can take the pooch you are purchasing for a test drive,(Keep him for a week or 2 and have a vet check him out) or love him unconditionally. If it is true...that you did somehow get a puppy from a puppy mill, remember puppy mill puppys need a home and love too. Saying that your new puppy shouldn't be sick and that this store should be closed down is like saying you've got a lemon and want your money back or else.
Lee

East Stroudsburg, PA

#35 Feb 14, 2013
Correction: It should be "Amish country" and not "Amish county." Sorry for the typo.
Daughter of pet store

Bangor, PA

#36 Jun 2, 2013
Mary ann Muller wrote:
I get very concerned everytime I pass Portland Pets in Portland PA. I do not think everyone knows what this pet shop is all about. Number one no breeder sells the puppies to pet shop and if that was the case they would have to know a hell of alot of breeders. They sell their puppies cheap and claim they can get whatever kind of puppy you want. Its crazy b/c PA is the number one state for puppy mills in the USA. This was even seen on OPRAH. I just feel as if there are so many issues that everyone doesnt take a look at. These puppies are breed with their own familes which 1/2 of them come home with illnesses and birth defects which can be very costly on the owner. These are not healthy dogs. The conditions they life in are sickly and not maintained. I am just asking for everyone to investigate this issue and do not give business to people who dont care about you b/c they really just want to sell you a puppy that could be sick and not well breed.
I am the daughter of the owners of the pet store. I promise that we don't get our dogs from puppy mills. We get them from a local breeder. And no, he doesn't breed dogs over and over, he breeds them one time and then cares for them until they are ready to be sold. I went there 2 times. And yes, he is Amish, but he would never, never, have a puppy mill. He is a wonderful man. He owns a pet shop and he sells dogs from his SHELTER, to pet stores in all different states. We have 5 dogs and got them all from him. They have no promlems, and never did. The dogs that leave there, and our pet store are healthy. It's what you do you the dog, that makes him sick. Whether it is bring him in the grass. There is a chance that he/she could get ear mites. So I promise, even swear that we don't get our dogs from puppy mills. We even have a pet store officer that comes in 2 times a year and checks the dogs, and the pet store. So don't be concerned, please.
l. stool

Brooklyn, NY

#37 Jun 2, 2013
Daughter of pet store wrote:
<quoted text>I am the daughter of the owners of the pet store. I promise that we don't get our dogs from puppy mills. We get them from a local breeder. And no, he doesn't breed dogs over and over, he breeds them one time and then cares for them until they are ready to be sold. I went there 2 times. And yes, he is Amish, but he would never, never, have a puppy mill. He is a wonderful man. He owns a pet shop and he sells dogs from his SHELTER, to pet stores in all different states. We have 5 dogs and got them all from him. They have no promlems, and never did. The dogs that leave there, and our pet store are healthy. It's what you do you the dog, that makes him sick. Whether it is bring him in the grass. There is a chance that he/she could get ear mites. So I promise, even swear that we don't get our dogs from puppy mills. We even have a pet store officer that comes in 2 times a year and checks the dogs, and the pet store. So don't be concerned, please.
I is more concerned about yins edumacation.
Elizabeth

Reston, VA

#39 Sep 11, 2013
I bought my dog there a few years ago and he's always been in excellent health. Not only is his health stellar, he also has the sweetest disposition! He was at the store for a few weeks when we bought him and he was already a little trained (the owner even asked us to bring him back when he was full grown so she could see him again.) I think Portland Pets is fantastic and if it weren't for them I would never have met my sweet boy. He also came to us with the breeders' info and he is NOT from Amish country, he's actually from where I currently live in the DC area (and there are no Amish puppy mills in or near DC.) I not only recommend Portland Pets but it's the only place I would get my next puppy!
HarleyGirl

Andover, NJ

#40 Jan 4, 2014
I wanted to breed my Yorkie that I bought from Portland Pets. I wanted to make sure my dog met the best standards for breeding. So I started to research.
But, I too was fooled and lied to. I went into the store, he advised that it was from a local breeder they work with. Yes, it is a very clean store, they are very nice etc.
I did go home, took the dog to the vet, etc. So far I have no health issues yet.
So I started to research where my dog came from. Well it WAS NOT a local breeder. In fact it is from a puppy mill.
The owner...DELILAH JEAN KNEPP Here is the link of a petition that was going around to shut down this puppy mill. http://www.change.org/petitions/shut-down-del...
It makes me ill knowing that I was lied to. I would never have supported a puppy mill.
I love our dog. I hope he stays healthy. But I will not breed him.
Portland Pets should be ashamed that they say its a local breeder, but it has been known that Delilah Knepp is a puppymill for YEARS!!!
I will never buy another puppy from them.
I would advise everyone to start looking at who is the registration papers and google it!! Feeling sad I was duped. I fell for the local guy petstore who said it was a reputable local breeder.
Puppylover29

Clifton, NJ

#41 Dec 31, 2014
Mary ann Muller wrote:
I get very concerned everytime I pass Portland Pets in Portland PA. I do not think everyone knows what this pet shop is all about. Number one no breeder sells the puppies to pet shop and if that was the case they would have to know a hell of alot of breeders. They sell their puppies cheap and claim they can get whatever kind of puppy you want. Its crazy b/c PA is the number one state for puppy mills in the USA. This was even seen on OPRAH. I just feel as if there are so many issues that everyone doesnt take a look at. These puppies are breed with their own familes which 1/2 of them come home with illnesses and birth defects which can be very costly on the owner. These are not healthy dogs. The conditions they life in are sickly and not maintained. I am just asking for everyone to investigate this issue and do not give business to people who dont care about you b/c they really just want to sell you a puppy that could be sick and not well breed.
I wanted to comment on this because I have purchased two puppies from this location and my dogs are very healthy and are so beautiful one Yorkie female and a shipoo male never had any problems with Health issues at all .
whitey

Hazleton, PA

#42 Jan 2, 2015
I purchased three kneegers from this pet shop and they were awful. They would sleep all day and stay up all night, keeping me awake.. They weren't house broken and had a bad temperament. They weren't spade or neutered and the females and my neighbors daughters got pregnant from the male. They were chipped however. Luckily they stole my car and were located at a pound in Ferguson, Missouri. I decided that the pound could have them destroyed.
whitey

Hazleton, PA

#43 Jan 2, 2015
whitey wrote:
I purchased three kneegers from this pet shop and they were awful. They would sleep all day and stay up all night, keeping me awake.. They weren't house broken and had a bad temperament. They weren't spade or neutered and the females and my neighbors daughters got pregnant from the male. They were chipped however. Luckily they stole my car and were located at a pound in Ferguson, Missouri. I decided that the pound could have them destroyed.
I believe an Amish kneeger mill is working with Portland Pets.
whitey

Hazleton, PA

#44 Jan 2, 2015
Lee wrote:
Some of the comments on this board are deflamatory to Portland Pets. It's not a good idea to make comments claiming the dogs/puppies come from a puppy mill without hard evidence. Also there is a big difference between out of state and Amish county. It's making the deflamer look rather ignorant. Pet buy is just like anyother purchase, except that pets are much closer to our hearts. One person can buy a car at a certain dealer and wind up with a lemon. Another person can buy a car at the same dealer and wind up with the best car ever. Also there are many more factors to take into concideration when purchasing a pet. They can catch disease from other animals in your home or letting them use the bedding, toys, and bowls of a former pet that had died. Pets are very much like babies. When you bring your new born home, you make sure you wash the baby's clothing in special soap and separate from the rest of the family. When I got my dog from the PSPCA, he was only in there for less than 12 hours. I was surprised they let us have him, since they usually hold the dogs for 24-48 hours. His owner had died, so that might have been the difference. I can't blame the PSPCA for any of his conditions. He was an older dog. He was skinny and had worms. I took him to the vet and my $75 dog cost me an additional $345.00. I didn't get mad at the PSPCA, because they gave me the most wonderful dog I could have ever hoped for. It's my responsibility to take care of him once I signed those adoption papers. Sure I could have taken him back, but I figured I wouldn't do that if he were a human child I had adopted. The stuff that was "wrong" with him came from his owner's inablity to take care of him and not the PSPCA. Later on he did develop ear mites, which can happen to any dog. I treated them with baby oil and witch hazel. Guess I got lucky, because they cleared right up. Today you would never recognize the dog I got from the PSPCA, because he looks different. Yes, I'm guilty. He is slightly over weight. He is very fluffy and has hair where he had none. He is a happy, healthy dog with a great love for our family. The point is...don't get so upset that you become blind. Either ask to make sure you can take the pooch you are purchasing for a test drive,(Keep him for a week or 2 and have a vet check him out) or love him unconditionally. If it is true...that you did somehow get a puppy from a puppy mill, remember puppy mill puppys need a home and love too. Saying that your new puppy shouldn't be sick and that this store should be closed down is like saying you've got a lemon and want your money back or else.
Portland Pets sold me defective kneegers probably from an Amish kneeger mill. I would have been better of posting bail at a kneeger pound in Philly for rescue kneegers.

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