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"Couch Potatoes #2: Dog Leasing" by Brett Matthew West

(Dog leasing does occur. For more information about this company, and its practices, research their website. The one given is theirs. (
Dog leasing is rather bizarre if you want my honest opinion.)

Dog Leasing


Zach Bryan: Welcome to Couch Potatoes. Our guests today are Mitchell and Lisa Holcomb and their leased maltese, Ginger.

(The Holcombs sit down. Lisa Holcomb holds up a piece of cut-out cardboard with black marker lettering written on it in dark letters)

Lisa Holcomb: Cameraman, make sure you get a real good close up of this website. I want the whole world to see it!

(The website reads Mitchell Holcomb holds up another sign. His reads "CT Corporation System, 3800 North Central Avenue, Suite 460, Phoenix, Arizona. 85012)

Zack Bryan: You two seem a little miffed off.

Lisa Holcomb: You don't know what we've been through, Zack.

Mitchell Holcomb: We're like everybody else out there trying to make ends meet. All we wanted to do is get a new puppy, Ginger who you see here, for our son, Bobby. So, we went to the mall. You know, to one of those puppy mill stores, and we found this dog. Then, we looked at the price tag on her cage.

Zack Bryan: Go on with the rest of your story, Mitchell. I'm not sure how many of our viewers have any idea what you're about to tell them even happens. Oh but, believe me folks, it does, and probably more often than most of you are aware of.

Mitchell Holcomb: It was Bobby's birthday and we wanted to get him Ginger. So, we go into this pet store and look at the price tag they had on her. Twelve hundred dollars! We couldn't ever afford anything like that for a dog. So, we started to leave the place.

Lisa Holcomb: That's when the salesclerk stopped us and told us about Wags Lending. She said they had a way we might be able to get Ginger after all.

Mitchell Holcomb: This clerk told us it was a popular "business practice" that many people are doing all around the United States. Their claim is "Wags Lending is especially for pet loving people." It's more like a rip-off, if you ask me!

Zack Bryan: A rip-off?

Mitchell Holcomb: Yes, a rip-off.

Zack Bryan: For those of you who don't know, Wags Lending has developed a lease as an alternate financing option to allow buyers to purchase a new pet. This is a six page application document and the process takes just a few minutes. In return for filling this paperwork out, you can make monthly payments on that new puppy. But here is the catch. You don't own the pet.

Lisa Holcomb: That's not all there is either.

Zack Bryan: You're right, Lisa, because the buyer may also opt to select a health insurance policy to cover any vet bills required for the life of the lease, which they are liable for. And, if you miss a monthly payment, the puppy is repossessed.

Mitchell Holcomb: And, perhaps the saddest thing of all about this lease agreement is that at the end of the lease we have to return Ginger back to the pet store we purchased her from. That's going to break Bobby's heart. He's seven years old and thinks Ginger is his.

Lisa Holcomb: And, that's only at the store's option of taking her back, of course.

Zack Bryan: If the store refuses to accept the leased dog back, the owner is obligated to surrender their beloved pet to a no-kill shelter they must find on their own.

Mitchell Holcomb: How does a parent explain to a young child the dog they love, and think for three years, is theirs, when in fact it is not?

Lisa Holcomb: Pets are not cars or apartments, and leases are not simple alternative financing tools.

Zack Bryan: New York, California, and Nevada have banned pet leasing as illegal or predatory.

Mitchell Holcomb (Shakes his head in disbelief): You know what, Zack? That's almost funny. The state Wags Lending is located in bans dog leasing, and yet, and yet, this company gets to keep operating out of it. That's a crock!

Zack Bryan: On October 1, 2018, the Humane Society of the United States, and the animal advocate organization Animal League Defense Fund, sent the Federal Trade Commission a complaint that urged them to take action on pet leasing under federal law. The complaint asked the FTC to investigate Wags Lending and pet stores associated with them for deceptive practices that mislead buyers into believing they have purchased the pets they sign leases for. It also asked the FTC to investigate Monterey Financial Services, who collects the lease payments from Wags Lending customers.

(Zack Bryan holds up a piece of paper and reads a quote)

Zack Bryan: Pet leasing is a growing industry that dupes unsuspecting people into paying thousands of dollars or risk losing a beloved family member. The Federal Trade Commission should take swift action to protect Americans from these unethical businesses. Stephen Wells, Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director.

(He holds up another piece of paper and reads)

Zack Bryan: Pet leasing is the latest scam from the same pet stores that sell puppy mill dogs to unsuspecting families. It's time for the Federal Trade Commission to hold the pet industry to a higher standard. John Goodwin, Senior Director of the Stop Puppy Mills Campaign at the Humane Society of the United States.

(He pauses)

Zack Bryan: You can contact the Animal Legal Defense Fund at And, the Humane Society of the United States can be contacted at Until the next time, I'm Zack Bryan and this is Couch Potatoes. Get me out of here!


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Buddy, by cleo85, selected to complement my script.

So, thanks cleo85, for the use of your picture. It goes so nicely with my script.
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