I know that this is of topic and i am probably going to start a war here but i just thought that i would express my feelings on something a lot of people in this thread have been saying.
To generalize about pet stores is not fair, i will be the first to tell you that most pet stores are ridiculous in that they will sell you anything just to sell something. Some will tell you a male is a female and so forth, and alot will tell you that breeding pigs is super easy and will encourage you to do it.
Heres the but, I happen to work in a pet store that prides itself on not doing ANY of those things. The owners wife breeds all of our pigs, and each pet quality pig comes with a little birth certificate/care package with all of the animals information and such. They also come with an agreement to not breed your pet quality pig, the person must sign it and agree to the terms before we will sell them a pig. We keep one or two show quality pigs in the store at given times and they too come with all of the same information as the pet qualitys but the people do not have to sign an agreement. We do not sell show quality cavies to kids or people that do not know what they are doing. We are like this with all of our animals. For instance kids that come in to buy hamsters are given an information booklet and are told to come back in a week. Any kids that are serious read the booklet and are back, and the ones who were just doing a spur of the moment "mommy i want that" never show.
I think the generalization about pet stores hurt my feelings. I am a pet store worker and i pride myself on only selling pets to deserving people and not selling pets to people that do no seem like proper owners. Our store is the only one that remains in our town because none of the others had these principles. We like to keep our customers coming back, it is never about selling something right now but setting these people up so that they come back and succeed in their pet keeping.
Not all pet store employees are brainless buttheads trying to push product, some of us care too much about the pets to be that way. I for one will not serve people that try to buy rats for snakes, and my boss doesnt mind, he will not ask me to compromise my beliefs in order to sell something.
We do not cater to customers looking for disposible pets because it is wrong and unfair to the animal and also because they dont come back. By focusing on the people who are serious and informed we have better customers and a better store.
Pleas do not generalize, it hurts those who are trying to make a difference.
By the way, I am completly capable of telling the sex of any pet in our store that is able to be sexed, i dont think that i should be made to feel ashamed for working in a pet store. Some, but not all of your posts were derogitory towards pet store employees, painting a picture of stupid brainless pet pushers, and it made me sad...
To Mods: I know that this is completly off topic and i apoligize, i just had to be sure that the people responding to this thread got to read my post.
Last edited by Phawn; 09-05-2005 at 10:21 PM.