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Mark

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Feb 8, 2009
 
Good dogs die when you breed or buy. Shelter adoption saves a life.
Little Dog Lover

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We bought a cute puppy at Bark Works in Mission Viejo over Christmas. Within 5 days of purchase, our cute puppy came down with Kennel Cough! We called the 24 hour vet that we were referred to by Bark Works for all medical needs.(Bark Works suggest you go that Doctor and will pay for any medical issues up to a year) Unfortunately they open at 8:00 AM. Our family was catching a plane at 9:00 AM and our puppy needed to be seen ASAP. The operator answering exchange for the doctor who Bark Works recommended we see, suggested that we take the dog to urgent care since they weren't open till 8:00 and the dog needed to be seen ASAP because we were leaving town... Needless to say, this store wouldn't reimburse us for the out of pocket medical care that we needed because we had to go outside their recommend doctor! Their Doctor wasn't available to help us when our sick puppy needed to be seen. What's up with this?? They would still have to pay for medical treatment anyway! This is bad business!!
Sara

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It's almost been a year since we brought our sweet little Boston Terrier. He has been diagnosed with a severe case of demodex(skin disease) & we've been treating for the past 7mos. The vet that works with Bark Works missed diagnosed him on 2 different occasions and wanted to claim it was allergies. By the time we took him for a second opinion the demodex was really out of control. My poor puppie now has to see a special dermatologist. On top of everything else he has developed a secondary staph infection that is resisitant to most antibiotics. We've spent close $2000 already with no end insight. Bark Works is responsible for his vet bills up to 150% of the cost of the dog- We've already hit this mark. Bark Works has only reimbursed us $400!!! Are you kidding?! Now, its gotten to the point that there's nothing we can do about it & we just need to give him up but, we've become so attached; how is this right. I just wish that Bark Works had higher standards for choosing breeders because this is a genetic disorder that caused the Demodex. Be warry people!!!
Dog Lover

Pasadena, CA

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Oct 28, 2009
 

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Why would you ever buy a puppy if you were going on a plane in 5 days. Puppies need time to transition and are full of stress. That was probably what led to the weakened immune system and the Kennel Cough. It is not responsible and it does not make sense at all that you would do that. You should have better timed it so you could spend the time that was needed with your puppy. Shame on you.
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We bought a cute puppy at Bark Works in Mission Viejo over Christmas. Within 5 days of purchase, our cute puppy came down with Kennel Cough! We called the 24 hour vet that we were referred to by Bark Works for all medical needs.(Bark Works suggest you go that Doctor and will pay for any medical issues up to a year) Unfortunately they open at 8:00 AM. Our family was catching a plane at 9:00 AM and our puppy needed to be seen ASAP. The operator answering exchange for the doctor who Bark Works recommended we see, suggested that we take the dog to urgent care since they weren't open till 8:00 and the dog needed to be seen ASAP because we were leaving town... Needless to say, this store wouldn't reimburse us for the out of pocket medical care that we needed because we had to go outside their recommend doctor! Their Doctor wasn't available to help us when our sick puppy needed to be seen. What's up with this?? They would still have to pay for medical treatment anyway! This is bad business!!
Dog Lover

Pasadena, CA

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Oct 28, 2009
 
This is a very common thing... my dog had it as well, and was from one of the top breeders. It is from the mother and will go away. At least you got 150% back, it is not their fault you paid such a low cost for the dog. The breeder did nothing, just said they could replace my dog. I had him for months. Be thankful.
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It's almost been a year since we brought our sweet little Boston Terrier. He has been diagnosed with a severe case of demodex(skin disease) & we've been treating for the past 7mos. The vet that works with Bark Works missed diagnosed him on 2 different occasions and wanted to claim it was allergies. By the time we took him for a second opinion the demodex was really out of control. My poor puppie now has to see a special dermatologist. On top of everything else he has developed a secondary staph infection that is resisitant to most antibiotics. We've spent close $2000 already with no end insight. Bark Works is responsible for his vet bills up to 150% of the cost of the dog- We've already hit this mark. Bark Works has only reimbursed us $400!!! Are you kidding?! Now, its gotten to the point that there's nothing we can do about it & we just need to give him up but, we've become so attached; how is this right. I just wish that Bark Works had higher standards for choosing breeders because this is a genetic disorder that caused the Demodex. Be warry people!!!
Teala

Laguna Niguel, CA

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Nov 7, 2009
 

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I bought a little morkie puppy in August. I took her to a vet..not the one that they suggested. my puppy also had kennel cough but my vet says anytime you get a puppy anywhere and they are around other dogs they can get this. The fact is that if you can't afford to pay for a dog you shouldn't get one. She is a a beautiful, energetic puppy..now I don't agree with the puppy mills but someone has to take these dogs just because they come from a mill doesn't mean they don't need love too...also, get a mixed breed if you don't want major problems..the pure breeds get sick a lot they are for people that can afford that.
JP V

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Dec 18, 2009
 
I bought my White Boxer from the Barkworks in Westminster and she had Demodex too aswell, and now she has Lymphoma, Barkworks needs to go down! They sell sick puppies! Bastards.
Sara wrote:
It's almost been a year since we brought our sweet little Boston Terrier. He has been diagnosed with a severe case of demodex(skin disease) & we've been treating for the past 7mos. The vet that works with Bark Works missed diagnosed him on 2 different occasions and wanted to claim it was allergies. By the time we took him for a second opinion the demodex was really out of control. My poor puppie now has to see a special dermatologist. On top of everything else he has developed a secondary staph infection that is resisitant to most antibiotics. We've spent close $2000 already with no end insight. Bark Works is responsible for his vet bills up to 150% of the cost of the dog- We've already hit this mark. Bark Works has only reimbursed us $400!!! Are you kidding?! Now, its gotten to the point that there's nothing we can do about it & we just need to give him up but, we've become so attached; how is this right. I just wish that Bark Works had higher standards for choosing breeders because this is a genetic disorder that caused the Demodex. Be warry people!!!
katie

San Clemente, CA

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Jan 19, 2010
 
I bought a pomeranian from the barkworks store in mission viejo on 12/18/09. When I picked him up Julia told me that he had a cough. He coughed all night so we took him to the "free" vet the next day. Cost me over $100.00. The "free" vet was very far away so when he still wasn't over his "cold" which i could tell was kennel cough I had to take him to my local vet and paid more money for checkup and medicine. It has been a month since I bought the dog for $1,300 plus (they make u purchase a kennel) and my puppy is still coughing and sneezing! I have been giving him medicine every day since I bought him. Now I have to take him back because he is not well.....
paige

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I bought a yorkie at Barkworks, he is in perfect health. He is the happiest puppy ever. Plus if they are "mill" dogs, they need love too. Though I love my dog rescued at the pound, all my dogs are great. No matter wher3 they're from.
B tobias

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Go to suebarkworks.com also look at ur paperwork there is nothing in writing that says they will not reimburse if u take the puppy to another vet. And if ur puppy is still couching and sneezing he or she has distemper I just bought a dog from them 4/2/10 and he has distemper not kennel cough he will die and we are very upset he is only 9 weeks old, a class action lawsuit is in the works for this place
Jim

Newport Beach, CA

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For those of you who commented about puppy mill dogs saying "someone needs to take them" or "they need love too". Purchasing a dog that was bred in a puppy mill makes the problem worse not better.

When you purchased that puppy mill puppy, the store and the breeder were financially rewarded. Your purchase incentivizes them to continue breeding and selling more puppies. Puppy mills will not go away as long as people purchase their puppies. It doesn’t matter what your motivation is, the results are the same - Another poor momma dog locked up in a cage for her entire miserable life, breed until she is euthanized because you financially supported the breeder’s operation.

I understand that your hearts are in the right places, and I am not saying you are bad people, but your actions perpetuate the problem.
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I find this entertaining.
Purchasing a dog from a store does not perpetuate the problem, buying a dog anywhere perpetuates the problem. Breeders "over-bread" essentially, they just want money. I feel that "puppy mill dogs do need love". It is a thing that will never go away and people need to succumb to that idea. My dog was purchased from Barkworks, all my dogs were purchased from pet stores and they all are amazing.
I hear about people rescuing dogs but "HELLO!", the majority of those dogs were purchased from pet stores by owners who were buying based on an emotional attachment. Essentially you are adopting a dog from a pet store so that $50 adoption fee is once again "supporting' the mills.
Jim wrote:
For those of you who commented about puppy mill dogs saying "someone needs to take them" or "they need love too". Purchasing a dog that was bred in a puppy mill makes the problem worse not better.
When you purchased that puppy mill puppy, the store and the breeder were financially rewarded. Your purchase incentivizes them to continue breeding and selling more puppies. Puppy mills will not go away as long as people purchase their puppies. It doesn’t matter what your motivation is, the results are the same - Another poor momma dog locked up in a cage for her entire miserable life, breed until she is euthanized because you financially supported the breeder’s operation.
I understand that your hearts are in the right places, and I am not saying you are bad people, but your actions perpetuate the problem.
MLS

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If there were an option for negative stars this "company" would get a -10. The sale of sick and neglected dogs is truly disturbing and anyone associated with this business should be arrested and fined. I recently rescued a 6 month old male Havanese from Barkworks at the Galleria in Riverside, Ca. I say rescue because I know this dog would not be living today otherwise. This poor neglected puppy was in a small glass cage chewing on himself like crazy. He was listed as on "sale" which is another word for sick. Originally priced at $1200, he was now "only $599". Out of the cage the extent of his neglect was stomach turning. The matting was the worst I have EVER seen. The mats were pulling his skin so tight that he could not fully extend his legs and stand. He had horrible hairless patches of raw skin on his hind legs. His skin was bright pink, warm and sticky which screamed fungus infection to me. The "sick puppy dealer" made it hard for me to get a really good look at him but swore to me that all their dogs are groomed. Every time I brought up the problems that were clearly visible I was given the brush off and told he just needed to be shaved down and he'd be fine. After seeing that they were not going to budge on the health issues, I negotiated a price and finally got the puppy for $200. I hated giving them money, but I couldnt leave him there. They should've just given him to me for free in order to save his life, but to Barkworks the dollar sign is worth the suffering of defenseless puppies.(We are paying them to neglet and mistreat puppies!) I took him straight to my vet where he was diagnosed with the following:
*1. Giardia (An intestinal parasite present in unsanitary water)
*2. Coccidia (An intestinal parasite present in unsanitary conditions)
3. Upper respitory infection
4. Double ear infections
5. Skin infection
6. Fungus/yeast on the skin
*7. Sarcoptic mites (yes that's scabies ladies and gentlemen! Mites that burrow in the skin and lay eggs)
*Numbers 1,2, and 7 are all highly contagious not only to other pets but humans too. My entire household including my two other dogs and my sister's two dogs all had to be treated.
This is just the start. He on multiple anit-biotics, special shampoos, steroids and anti-itch meds. He is progressing positively and only time will tell. Just think about all the other dogs who will not be rescued from this hell. If you have the means please do what you can to help. PLEASE DO NOT SUPPORT BARKWORKS. YOU ARE BEING DECIEVED. THE BUSINESS OF DEALING SICK PUPPIES NEEDS TO BE STOPPED.
~Instead, if you are looking to purchase a pet please visit your local animal shelter and adopt a heathly loving pet who needs a home~
Kate

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Nov 1, 2010
 
DO NOT buy a puppy from Barkworks, or any other pet store. If you want a dog, go to a shelter. If you want a puppy, go to a breeder, and actually GO to their house, check out the mother and the father, and all the other puppies, and ask to see papers.

I just bought a puppy from Barkworks. I know all about puppy mills and their link to pet stores, and have always been against it. I promised myself, no matter how cute the dog, I would never buy a puppy from a pet store. I was promised by family members who had also bought puppies from Barkworks that they do not come from puppy mills, after all, their two dogs are healthy. Well, they got lucky, besides that my mother's yorkiepoo is bowlegged.

The St. Bernard puppy I got a few days ago was diagnosed with parvovirus only 14 days before I got her, I was told she was no longer contagious. Not true. I was also told she was otherwise healthy, also not true. She has bronchitis. I'm having to board my other three dogs to avoid them getting the bronchitis, luckily they're immune to the parvovirus because of they're age. So far this has costed me an extra $2,000 but I'm not willing to give this puppy back because of her sweet demeanor and I know she wouldn't stand a chance if I took her back. I truly will never buy a dog from a pet store ever again, no matter what anyone says, and I hope at least one other person can learn a lesson the easy way from me learning it the hard way.

STAY AWAY FROM BARKWORKS & ALL OTHER PET STORES. GO TO A SHELTER OR REPUTABLE BREEDER!
Kathy

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Dec 28, 2011
 
paige wrote:
I bought a yorkie at Barkworks, he is in perfect health. He is the happiest puppy ever. Plus if they are "mill" dogs, they need love too. Though I love my dog rescued at the pound, all my dogs are great. No matter wher3 they're from.
You are still supporting puppy mills!
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Well HELLO!!!! RE REad what you wrote and see if it makes sense people who bought this dogs are at the shelter because they were cute puppies once. Youve obviously have not been at an animal shelter. Because of you and people who still buys dogs you guys support the death of so many animals euthanized everyday at shelters. There are no excuse for this action. And how does adopting the dogs from the shelter support puppy mills? The adoption covers their spay and neuter and it helps thousands of dogs by keeping the shelter open. EVERYONE IN THIS THREAD WHO BOUGHT A DOG PLEASE EDUCATE YOURSELF AND DONT THINK THAT BUYING A DOG Is THE SAME THING AS RESCUING A DOG!!!
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I find this entertaining.
Purchasing a dog from a store does not perpetuate the problem, buying a dog anywhere perpetuates the problem. Breeders "over-bread" essentially, they just want money. I feel that "puppy mill dogs do need love". It is a thing that will never go away and people need to succumb to that idea. My dog was purchased from Barkworks, all my dogs were purchased from pet stores and they all are amazing.
I hear about people rescuing dogs but "HELLO!", the majority of those dogs were purchased from pet stores by owners who were buying based on an emotional attachment. Essentially you are adopting a dog from a pet store so that $50 adoption fee is once again "supporting' the mills.
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Feb 20, 2012
 
Dog Lover wrote:
This is a very common thing... my dog had it as well, and was from one of the top breeders. It is from the mother and will go away. At least you got 150% back, it is not their fault you paid such a low cost for the dog. The breeder did nothing, just said they could replace my dog. I had him for months. Be thankful.
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BE WARNED - DOG LOVER WORKS FOR OR IS IN COHORTS WITH BARKWORKS - As if you couldn't tell already!!!!

Bottom line is this....(I sincerely suggest you watch this expose on Barkworks to see what you are REALLY getting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch...

Such a shame.....
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Feb 20, 2012
 
PetStores wrote:
I find this entertaining.
Purchasing a dog from a store does not perpetuate the problem, buying a dog anywhere perpetuates the problem. Breeders "over-bread" essentially, they just want money. I feel that "puppy mill dogs do need love". It is a thing that will never go away and people need to succumb to that idea. My dog was purchased from Barkworks, all my dogs were purchased from pet stores and they all are amazing.
I hear about people rescuing dogs but "HELLO!", the majority of those dogs were purchased from pet stores by owners who were buying based on an emotional attachment. Essentially you are adopting a dog from a pet store so that $50 adoption fee is once again "supporting' the mills.
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Petstores....WOW talk about desperately trying to protect your "investment" ...Have to say that it was a pathetic attempt. Over 50% of dogs arrive at petstores sick or end up sick as a result of being bred in a puppy mill.... when the owner can no longer afford or take care of it THAT is when they end up in a rescue center...the $50 adoption fee gives the dog a chance in life which it NEVER had under your "watch"...why?... Because you just don't care!

Here's the facts.... Puppies are good businesss because they are sold by the stores for the most part, based on emotional impulses from the customers. You manipulate that to move the puppy on as quickly as possible.

A puppy is bought for between $300-500 and sold for up to $1500 sometimes more. GREAT overheads...and even better...returned puppies come out of the staffs wages.. SO PURE PUPPY PROFIT FOR THE COMPANY.

Of course PET STORES is gonna say anything it can to keep this "Good business" working....

What a load of Vile, pathetic, heartless, RIDICULOUS S**T
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paige wrote:
I bought a yorkie at Barkworks, he is in perfect health. He is the happiest puppy ever. Plus if they are "mill" dogs, they need love too. Though I love my dog rescued at the pound, all my dogs are great. No matter wher3 they're from.
You are seriously one of the lucky minority! Congratulations on our purchase.

That is a Purchase. Just to be clear a good purchase is "those Shoes" you know the ones you can't get out of your head, or a new car that you desperately needed, Food, clothes....puppies from a puppy mill that ultimately means that thousands of puppies die from illness and poor treatment based on in store commissions....yeah .... real proud moment!
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Jan 13, 2013
 
"I am posting this (and it is long) because I think our society needs a huge wake-up call."As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all-a view from the inside, if you will. Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would change your mind about breeding and selling to people you don't even know - that puppy you just sold will most likely end up in my shelter when it's not a cute little puppy anymore.How would you feel if you knew that there's about a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at - purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are "owner surrenders" or "strays" that come into my shelter are purebred dogs.No shortage of excusesThe most common excuses I hear are:We are moving and we can't take our dog (or cat).Really? Where are you moving to that doesn't allow pets?The dog got bigger than we thought it would.How big did you think a German Shepherd would get?We don't have time for her.Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs!She's tearing up our yard.How about bringing her inside, making her a part of your family?They always tell me: We just don't want to have to stress about finding a place for her. We know she'll get adopted-she's a good dog. Odds are your pet won't get adopted, and how stressful do you think being in a shelter is?Well, let me tell you. Dead pet walking!Your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off, sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn't full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy.If it sniffles, it dies.Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with about 25 other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it.If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers that day to take him/her for a walk. If I don't, your pet won't get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose.If your dog is big, black or any of the "bully" breeds (pit bull, rottweiler, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door. Those dogs just don't get adopted.If your dog doesn't get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed.If the shelter isn't full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed, it may get a stay of execution, though not for long. Most pets get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment.If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles, chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed because shelters just don't have the funds to pay for even a $100 treatment.The grim reaper.Here's a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being "put-down".First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash. They always look like they think they are going for a walk - happy, wagging their tails.

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