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#1 Sep 6, 2006
I saw the old Kreate Your own Furniture has a new sign--PUPPIES>?? So now there is going to be a store selling puppy mill dogs right here in Warrenville? I suggest everyone boycott this store.
Robyn Schlie


#2 Sep 6, 2006
What a shame, anyone buying from this store and stores like this are supporting puppymills.


#3 Sep 6, 2006
We have a dog that bred for these places. She was a mess when we got her and 2 years later, she will never be normal; though she has a good home. Our dog is a spokesdog for these kind of stores. It isn't the cute puppies you are saving; it is the need for dogs to breed in horrible conditions to supply them with puppies to sell. This is so sad and I hope people will stomp out petstores. Good luck with the boycott.


#4 Sep 6, 2006
I will definetly boycott this store. No reputable breeder ever brokers their puppies out to petstores, they all come from puppy mills no matter what the seller says. Beware!


#5 Sep 7, 2006
No matter what the pet store owner may claim, the supply of the puppies are from the puppy mills. I would avoid these stores like the plague and buy a puppy from a reputable breeder. There are also rescue organizations to be considered as they screen the dogs they rescue and habilitate them to be rehomed in good homes

Wheaton, IL

#6 Oct 17, 2006
This is frightening. I've been spending time trying to decide about a dog here. Do you have proof that these are puppy mill puppies, a website?
Big deal

Aurora, IL

#7 Nov 1, 2006
What is the big deal,it's a dog,if you can't control and dedicate the time for the animal it won't matter where you've got it/
Warrenville Resident

Chicago, IL

#8 Nov 6, 2006
all puppies sold in pet stores are gotten from puppy mills

and YES it is a VERY big deal.

It's a Huge deal when bnarking dogs in puppy mills are silenced by having a pipe rammed down their throat to destroy their vocal chords.

Anyone who thinks that this is OK to do is very disturbed.

Schaumburg, IL

#9 Nov 6, 2006
One of their primary suppliers is Steve Kruse from Iowa. Research "Happiness is Pets" and Puppymill on the internet or the same name with Steve Kruse. Also, see my links below. You'll find more than enough horror stories. I just finished extensively researching them and some of their sources. All the way around they are bad news for puppies. Please contact your local Warrenville city council person and let them know that you do NOT want this store in Warrenville. Also, write letters to the editor for both of our local papers. There was a long stretch of complaint letters and they have since dropped off. It would be nice to see them appear again.

These links should be more than enough to prove both their source and the puppy mill link.

They get almost all of their puppies from Steve Kruse in Iowa:

Here's my report on the store in Arlington Heights:

Here's the one in Downer's Grove:

And Orland Park:

And Lombard:

And Naperville:
CAPS stand for Companion Animal Protection Society. This is their entry on one of the primary suppliers for Happiness is Pets.
Warrenville Animal Rights

Glen Ellyn, IL

#10 Nov 6, 2006
I attended the Warrenville City Hall meeting tonight, where a young man stood up and respectfully requested that the council enact an ordinance to ban the Happiness is Pets store in our town. He had a packet of information that he handed out to all the council members and press. He really did his research! Puppy mills are definitely supplying the puppies that are being sold in this towns store )o: I would NEVER buy a puppy from them!
Warrenville Animal Rights

Glen Ellyn, IL

#11 Nov 7, 2006
Wow! The Daily Herald had made the meeting it's headline news! "No puppy love over new store in Warrenville" The story was done so professionally. It seems that many citizens of this town don't want this chain "puppy mill-supplied" store within it's city limits. This is great that the public is getting heard about this matter. It's even more fanatastic that they made headlines on election day! That had to be a very important story to top election day headlines!

Schaumburg, IL

#12 Nov 10, 2006
I think it's good that it made it in the Herald DuPage County edition. While all the Warrenville citizens I've talked to are against the store, I'm sure people from the surrounding communities are also going there. Since the letters in the local paper have helped to inform the citizens of Warrenville, the DuPage edition of the Herald might help to inform the other communities of why they should not support this store.
Warrenville Animal Rights

Glen Ellyn, IL

#13 Nov 10, 2006
The 2 local Warrenville papers dropped the ball on this and did not give good press to this event. How sad is that? I would hope that our local news reporters would report on serious matters and not just "how to grow a pretty garden". Especially if they had prior knowledge to the meeting and intent, which they did because they had been sent a press release.

San Jose, CA

#14 Nov 11, 2006
Bunny wrote:
This is frightening. I've been spending time trying to decide about a dog here. Do you have proof that these are puppy mill puppies, a website?
YES! if you look at the dogs "papers" it comes with it will either say Missouri or another state that protects these puppymillers. Might say the breeder is the Heinz corperation which is a puppymill distributer. Any reputable breeder wants to know where the dog goes and DOES NOT give their prized puppies to petstores

Hinsdale, IL

#15 Nov 14, 2006
I bought a dog from a reputable trainer...the dog died six months later from a seizer disorder. So much for reputable trainers.

I bought a dog from Happiness Is Pets. The dog is the friendliest, healthiest, best behaved dog I have ever owned!

Aurora, IL

#16 Nov 15, 2006
Horror stories about Steve Kruse, the Iowa puppy miller that supplies all of the Happiness is Pets stores with their dogs abound on the Internet. If Steve Kruse is a puppy miller and everyone seems to know it - why hasn't his operation been shut down? If Happiness is Pets is known to acquire puppies from puppy mills - why are they in business? What does one have to do to put an end to both of these businesses?
Warrenville Animal Rights

Glen Ellyn, IL

#17 Nov 17, 2006
Jeri: Getting puppy mills shut down seems to be a monumental task, but one that my husband, myself and members of our town are curently dedicated in doing. Our first goal (we are starting locally), is to have the happiness is pets store shut down in our town of Warrenville. It just opened up 2 months ago and already there have been numorous reports by residents in this town, in the local papers, against this store being here. The members of city council have been presented with a full packet of information about puppy mills and this particular chain, happiness is pets, and their puppy mill suppliers.
In answer to your question "What does one have to do to put an end to both of these businesses?"
A unified, intelligent front and small steps.
We are holdind a peaceful protest in front of the happiness is pets in warrenville on the SW corner of Rt, 59 and Batavia (by McDonalds) on
can you come? will you help us help the dogs doomed in puppymills throughout the country?
We can do it. We can make a difference.
Thank you.

Glen Ellyn, IL

#18 Nov 18, 2006
Jeri, USDA inspects puppy mills however this is along with farms and producers of food that we eat. Given their limited resources, I'm sure you can guess where their priorities are. The Animal Welfare Act, as enforced by the USDA has some minimum levels but that's about it. Many conditions that would be considered inhumane are not covered by the act and it's up to individual states to pass more restrictive laws... and then come up with the resources to enforce those laws. Some puppy mill breeders continue to operate even with USDA violations. You can search on google with +"puppy mills" +USDA and you'll get a bunch of links, many of which will give you more information on the holes in the system. The easiest way to stop the puppy mills is to stop buying from them. This means either directly or from the stores that they supply.

Sharon, you said you bought a dog from a reputable trainer... but you did not mention who the breeder of the puppy was. The trainer might have been very good but if they got an inbred dog from a questionable source (puppy mill) that could account for the seizure episode. I'm sorry for your loss.


#19 Nov 30, 2006
I was unable to come back here for quite a bit--so I missed the protest--I would have been there otherwise. And Sharon--you buy a dog from a reputable breeder-not trainer.IF indeed the breeder was reputable---they would have worked something out with you.And you bought a puppy mill dog from Happiness is Pets.Our Bullmastiff breeder will take ours back at any age--for any reason and find him a good home--IF that was ever needed.Any pet stores out there doing that? And their health guarantee is only 14 DAYS.How good is that?


#20 Nov 30, 2006
Big deal wrote:
What is the big deal,it's a dog,if you can't control and dedicate the time for the animal it won't matter where you've got it/
Oh how wrong you are. Health and temperament plays a huge part of how a dog acts.It indeed matters so much---people like you are the ones whom buy from Pet stores.

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