BYU student begins puppy renting business in Provo


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  • HotGlobe SAN RAFAEL, CA
    Dec. 18, 2012 7:24 a.m.

    I'm against it but I'm wrong. I mean I agree with them, but they shouldn't be doing it. Hmmm, this is a tough one. Their cute puppyhood could be used up by exploiters and then it is too late for them to find a home. So far, maybe not, but that is what this could slip into and probably will if there is some real money to be made.

  • Spikey Layton, UT
    Dec. 16, 2012 3:16 p.m.

    I am no animal rights activist, but I am a professional pet groomer, who works with dogs day in, and day out. One thing I can say I am an 'expert' at is knowing the difference between stable and unstable dogs. The stable dogs are groomed frequently, and on a routine at home and at my salon.

    Dogs who do not have routine, but whose lives are filled with chaos, who are not on a routine of any kind, are the dogs who really struggle with grooming---and with so many other things. Routine is very good for dogs, and taking them from home to home, well, I don't know about that. I do agree it would help with socialization. I work with show dogs and the dogs that have gone on to travel with handlers are the BEST to hang out with---so very social, happy, and they don't care if you're "mom" or somebody else, they like you regardless. But they are still on a routine lifestyle.

  • jill17 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 16, 2012 11:47 a.m.

    Nice work des news getting your quotes from abc 4. Its not hard to track. Online mail article states it got it from abc 2, and abc 2 got it frm its sister station abc 4 in salt lake from a week ago. ...I understand an outlet overseas copying a quote, bu you're a local paper. You couldn't call carl arky and jenna yourself to get a fresh story and quotes? Very unethical.

  • SLC gal Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 14, 2012 11:16 a.m.

    I'm glad there are actual adoptions forming from this because guess what? Puppies grow into dogs!What happens in the event of a dog that nobody wants? I find this business somewhat appalling.

  • Sophie 62 spring city, UT
    Dec. 14, 2012 10:58 a.m.

    Kind of looks like the people who are opposed to this idea did not read the whole article.
    The only negative I can see is that the business owner loses control of the puppies for the time they're rented and cannot predict that the renters will know what to do with a fractious puppy.
    However, that is true of anyone who sells or rents out an animal. Otherwise it looks like a really creative way to place puppies in homes that they might not otherwise have and socialize them at the same time.
    I am in favor of animal rights and I'm also practical. Too many puppies, not enough homes.
    If this is a kind way to help solve that problem, I'm in favor of it.
    Charging a little rent helps cover the cost of keeping these little dogs, feeding, shots, and shelter. I think it's great, as long as the renters treat the little guys right.

  • rnoble Pendleton, OR
    Dec. 14, 2012 8:24 a.m.

    Some might say that what the "Humane" society does is abuse. All those operations to prevent additional procreation.

    My experience with pets from the farm at home was that those pets that had a lot of handling as babies were much more friendly as adults with one exception. That one had been truly abused by a toddler and the experience ended the interaction for her with humans of all ages and genders. She became world class mean and nasty.

  • Just saying 7 BLOOMINGTON, IN
    Dec. 14, 2012 7:17 a.m.

    One concern I have is that this business needs to breed dogs to have puppies old enough to play with during finals. What happens to the puppies after finals? And people, just because a puppy is physically mature to be homed at 8 weeks, staying with mom until 16 weeks is best for socialization. Reputable breeders won't let you have their AKC pups before then. After 8 weeks is when puppies just begin to comprehend disciplining that dog moms do best. So many discipline issues with dogs arise because puppies are homed too early. Dog mom did not have a chance to teach them right from wrong dog behavior.

  • BGuy Falls Church, VA
    Dec. 13, 2012 6:44 p.m.

    So what is the Humane Society's idea then? Let the puppies live in a kennel at the humane society until they get put down?

  • chinss minneapolis, MN
    Dec. 13, 2012 5:22 p.m.

    two questions people should ask; 1. Is she buying these returned puppies from breeders or puppy sellers? If so, she is helping over-breeding pet breeders therefore contributing to the homeless dog problems. 2. Why is it called adoption when the business is for profit? In that case, aren't all pet sales to consumers called adoption?

  • Down under Pullman, WA
    Dec. 13, 2012 5:21 p.m.

    I disagree with the Humans Society. Puppies and even mature dogs adjust very to a loving home even if it is for a short time. I have adopted several dogs of all ages and within a day or so they are right at home.

    Let's give some credit to a person that had a great idea and is also helping put people and pets together.

  • LindonMan Lindon, UT
    Dec. 13, 2012 12:41 p.m.

    Puppies in my living room for a couple of hours? And it angers the Animal "Rights" people? Sounds like a win-win situation to me!

  • SoCalChris Riverside, CA
    Dec. 13, 2012 12:39 p.m.

    Someone would actually rent a puppy for an hour for $15?? I have to admit, puppies were a great way to meet girls when I was single, but still . . .

  • Carl Arky Murray, UT
    Dec. 13, 2012 12:17 p.m.

    What has the Humane Society of Utah done lately? As a non-profit organization which receives no funding from tax payers and turns no animal away, the HSU finds homes for more than 7,000 animals a year. Our vets perform 11,000 spay & neuter surgeries per year and administer 60,000 vaccinations. But the crux of this matter is the practice of "renting" puppies ... a for profit enterprise which seems to place a higher priority on making money than ensuring the health, safety & well being of animals. Placing puppies in the care of numerous people during a formative stage of life when they need a stable environment and are highly susceptible to illness is not in the best interest of these animals. Everything possible should be done to keep them out of harms way. The potential risk for abuse is far too great. They are not inanimate objects to be passed around and used as a play toy...but living creatures who need to be cared for. For anyone who truly wishes to learn about owning a dog, it costs nothing to volunteer at a shelter and help dogs who truly need your time and attention.

  • runnerchris Southern, UT
    Dec. 13, 2012 11:56 a.m.

    I think this is a great entrepreneurial idea. College students always could use a few extra bucks. The humane society has some valid concerns though. But as someone who knows Jenna personally, these puppies will be well taken care of and not exploited. Its no different than visiting the animal shelter and helping them out. The humane society is just worried because they don't have control of the situation.

  • WillTheWolf SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 13, 2012 10:48 a.m.

    This is neither a new nor novel business idea. There have been many similar ventures or proposals in cities from New York to Los Angeles but usually the proprietor doesn't get a business license approved primarily due to the exploitation of the puppies and the possible issue of what to do with the puppies once they are no longer cute & adorable. My friend and I tried to open up this same business 10 years ago in Chicago and were denied the required business license because of that explanation. From an immoral, capitalist perspective, its a great idea . . . but once you step away from the purely money-making part of the idea and see that this country has an enormous problem trying to place unwanted & abandoned animals in homes . .. then you really see why this business is just wrong.

    Also . . . I agree with Screwdriver that someone will try to start renting out babies soon, & that idea will also be shut-down in most places but who knows, Utah may approve of it.

  • Brother Wolf Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 13, 2012 9:12 a.m.

    RE: arand

    Is your name short for Ayn Rand? Probably since you admire starting businesses, and since you live in Huntsville, World Capital for Business.

  • arand Huntsville, u
    Dec. 13, 2012 8:48 a.m.

    Great idea. Don't listen to all of the naysayers, they are just jealous and probably too lazy to start a business anyway. As for the Humane Society?----What have they done lately?

  • The old nag Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 13, 2012 8:46 a.m.

    I too have to agree with the Humane Society. This isn't good for the puppies. They are at an age when they need to establish their own bonds and to be constantly shoveled from person to person is really not good for their development. Good that this girl wants
    to be progressive and start her own business, but it shouldn't be done exploiting these
    little dogs....look for something else to do.

  • Evets Eagle Mountain, UT
    Dec. 13, 2012 7:56 a.m.

    Wonderful idea. Students often don't have transportation or time to go to the local Humane Society to play with the puppies. Here they are delivered and picked up. It adds flexibility too. What if the puppy were part of a plan for a date, like picnic in the park or something. Sounds like the puppies are well cared for and they are finding homes for them. As long as this does not turn in to a puppy mill outlet I am for it. I am glad that students are still finding ways to start businesses.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Dec. 13, 2012 7:37 a.m.

    Lame idea.
    It will never work.
    And it's just to much work for that amount of money...

  • Max Charlotte, NC
    Dec. 13, 2012 6:24 a.m.

    At first I didn't like the idea but as I read further into the article I liked it more and more. Living on a farm isn't a bad place to be until adopted.

  • Gosh-DUH Burlington, CT
    Dec. 13, 2012 6:15 a.m.

    If students need or want time with a dog or puppy, why not volunteer at a local humane society or animal shelter? the dogs there would appreciate the human contact time, going for walks, and playing with the student. and it wouldn't cost the student anything but time. I think a rent a pup concept is weird.

  • Bill Shakespeare Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 13, 2012 4:43 a.m.

    Good to see these wealthy young geniuses can now study AND have their way with a couple puppies for an hour to put a smile on their face. And then what? Its "shoo, shoo" to the doggies. Anything for a quick buck, I guess. Poor puppies. Good thing they're not renting older dogs. Who wants them, anyway.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Dec. 13, 2012 4:42 a.m.

    No, I'm going to use the conservative slippery slope argument and contend that there will be people wanting to rent babies by next year.

    Insert moral depravty ect ect cats marrying dogs, mayhem insues.

    I'll call my oppositiion affront propsition 9.

  • junkgeek Agua Dulce, TX
    Dec. 13, 2012 2:05 a.m.

    A business owner not worried about if experts have concerns? Typical.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Dec. 12, 2012 11:25 p.m.

    I would never rent a puppy because I deem it to be a foolish waste of money. Others don't feel that way. The puppies are well cared for and they are finding good homes that really want them. Good for them.

    Renting a puppy is a better use of money than buying a pet rock. I didn't buy one of those either.

  • Kyle loves BYU/Jazz Provo, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 11:17 p.m.

    I would think the Humane society would support it. It's giving people a chance to know how much work it is to have a puppy before they adopt or buy one and decide they don't have enough time or money for it. It sounds like she has had an awful lot of success so far with taking good care of them and finding good homes.

  • Juan Figuroa Seattle, WA
    Dec. 12, 2012 9:31 p.m.

    Things that are not the same: Puppies, Babies.

    Puppies never know their fathers, and leave their mommies at eight weeks without anyone blinking an eye.

    This may surprise the dog-obsessed, but babies don't actually leave home until they're 18 years old. And then, only if their parents are lucky.

    This is a brilliant undertaking, the dogs are being well socialized, and stop comparing dogs to babies. Sheesh.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Dec. 12, 2012 9:22 p.m.

    Eeeeh, sounds good at first but would you rent out a baby like that?

    How about just going to a pet store or animal shelter and playing with one of those dogs for a little while? There's just already a lot of animals that need it. Or borrow a puppy to take to a hospital to help patients. Rent? No.

    This just seems like another ridiculous thing Americans would do and people in Ghana wouldn't believe.

  • Scouter Midvale, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 9:12 p.m.

    I have to agree with the Utah Humane Society on this one. I find it disturbing and unhealthy for the puppies.