On the way back from the store today, we stopped at an informal swapmeet. One of the women there was selling husky puppies. SO wanted to buy one ($250).
I explained (out of the woman's hearing) the concept of back-yard breeders, how a responsible breeder would have the parents available, or at have their certifications (and NOT be selling at a swap meet!!), and how there was no guarantee of the health of the puppies.
I also said that we'd likely be able to get just as good a puppy from a shelter or rescue group, and that it'd be (a) neutered, (b) less expensive, and (c) saving a life.
We left puppyless.
It helped that we found our last two dogs abandoned in the desert, and they're great dogs -- at least I didn't have to battle the "shelter dogs are rejects because they're problem dogs" attitude.
But man, those puppies were adorable....