How Much is that Doggy in the Window?

Hamilton, OH – I never thought I’d be able to ask, literally, “How much is that doggy in the window?”

But it’s exactly what I did while in Hamilton, OH, last week. Here I met Cheri Dalton, owner of Cheri’s Preferred Puppies, who has owned the Main Street shop since 1986. Her inventory was low. Two Boxer, pups. A Chihuaha. A pair of Poodle mixes. Then the dogs in the window, whose pedigrees are unclear.

None of the dogs come from Humane Societies or rescues, but rather local breeders she didn’t want to identify for proprietary reasons. “They’re wonderful breeders,” Cheri told me, which is, according to the literature, the canned line one can expect from a pet shop owner. Odds are, the dogs come from commercial breeders that don’t flip for the genetic testing necessary to ensure the animals aren’t predisposed to hip dysplasia, eye diseases or heart defects.

But I must say, the puppies were adorable.

I asked Cheri if I could take pictures of the puppies. “You’re not from PETA or some group like that are you?” she half-joked.

“Nope,” I said.

“Go ahead,” she said. “The Boxers are $500 each. The Chihauha was $850, but I’ve marked him down to $550.”

The Poodle mixes were $550 each, as well.

Those doggies in the window.

I can’t recall what breed the doggies in the window were, but they were expensive as well.

“Do you screen buyers like they do at the Humane Society,” I asked.

Cheri laughed. “I don’t do that here. I don’t think anyone is going to pay good money for a dog just to hurt it.”

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