It was a darling tiny little pup, very much wanting to chew anything it could get into its little mouth full of pointed baby teeth. It had lovely markings, picture book markings for a Jack Russell dog. He was happily bounding around on an area of grass at the feet of the girl holding his lead.
One girl in the group with the pup did not know what kind of dog it was, the other did not know how old it was, another youngster plucked an age out of thin air and so it went on. Another girl arrived who knew a bit more. The puppy was born on a local farm, he was one of six. The pup arrived with them two weeks ago aged six weeks. She thought he ate about three times a day puppy meals from a sachet. As for inoculations, what would they be for.....rather than go into it, I gently suggested the pup not be allowed to run around too much on the grass and not to go for walks for now, explaining her puppy might become ill without have had protective injections first.
A year ago, I saw a family with a four weeks old Labrador puppy in a park. It had been with these people a week already. The adults were very coy in talking to me about it and no wonder, they knew fine well the dog was too young to have been taken away from its mum.
There are, without a doubt, some disreputable people breeding animals. They have no care about early separations, no care about what kind of home an animal is going to, nor about what kind of care it will receive.