There seems to be an influx of unwanted litters of kittens in the Brooklyn area lately. We dropped by our local pet shop to pick up a codfish skin stick (more on that later!) and there was a small basket of kittens who were only a few weeks old.
I walked by a pet shop in our neighborhood and saw a Shiba in the window. Went in and asked about the price.
Me: "How much for the Shiba?"
Pet Store Guy: "She is 1450 'randomly' discounted from 1650."
Pet Store Guy: "She's got a knee problem. Her knee..."
Me (interrupting): "Luxating patella?"
Pet Store Guy: "Oh! You know what it is! Well she isn't discounted because of this problem. It's not that bad, very minor. Level 1."
Pet Store Guy: "You just need to give her the right foods and vitamins..."
Me: "You are knowingly trying to sell a Shiba with a genetic breed defect?"
Pet Store Guy: "It doesn't affect her at all. She's in great condition..."
Me: *walks out of the store*
I'm always curious about the Shibas that arrive in pet stores and the breeders that they come from. I guess this conversation satisfies my curiosity. Breaks my heart to see this.