Okay, okay, okay.... I just HAVE to share this little "story" with you guys -- mainly to vent, secondly to get your thoughts! There is a lady at work (Diane) that has the "puppy bug" bad! Of course, I'm pushing her all the way... hehe... well to start the story another lady brought in her 9 week old shihtzu puppy today (I swear I was going to steal him! he was frrrrrrreakin adorable) and Diane just wimpered cuz she wants a new baby too. WELL..... so we heard about a lady in town that has about TWENTY PUPPIES (various!) in her home! Well the rumor has it that the county has gotten involved and told her that she needs to get rid of all her puppies. (I'm not sure on details, cuz I would have THUNKED they would have taken them)......and the other friend was there over the weekend and she was selling her puppies for $100 (which I can understand to cover vet bills). SOOOOOOO, we went to her house today at lunch. GRANTED it was a very nice home -- the place didn't look over ran, but there were dogs EVERYWHERE. Well, we tell her what we're looking for and she is veryyyyyy cautious about letting us "SEE" the puppies. Now, I actually explain to my friends about how that's a good thing because she doesn't allow people to touch the dogs!! So she brings out two shihtzu maltese puppies --- way way CUUUUUUUUTE!! They are only 6 weeks and she says "I'm willing to sell them to you NOW (HELLO?? 6 weeks??) for $500." (Now, we don't mention anything about how we heard she's being "shut down" but I did say that I heard she was selling them for $100, which she said wasn't true) Well, my friend doesn't want to pay that kind of money and the good news is these puppies don't particularily steal her heart....So, the lady goes back in to get two more - one is a full breed maltese for $600 (WHO I WOULD HAVE SNAGGGGGGGED!!) and the other is what she refers to as "A MISTAKE"... it was a pug/maltese mix. Now, he was a VERYYYYY CUTE PUPPY! But, she proceeds to tell us he was a mistake... unplanned, didn't know the mom was even pregnant, blah blah blah etc. She then says "I'll let you have him for $300"...... Now, at this point, I'm curious what you guys think about that. My friend did NOT end up getting the puppy at this time because she still wanted to talk to her son..... and, of course, I leave with this incredibly uneasy feeling. She asked me what I thought.... and I pretty much told her that my gut did NOT like this woman, and surely did not agree with her "attempting" to charge that price for what she kept referring to as a mistake. NOWWWW I did tell her if your heart tells you that you have just got to have him, then the price tag shouldn't matter (if you can afford it, obviously), but if your gut tells you no... then it's a NO! Now we originally went to this ladies house feeling more like this was a "rescue" because she was supposedly told she had to get rid of her dogs. And, I did check with the local shelter and there are no "small" breed puppies. So tell me... what do you guys think about this???