January 3rd, 2005


Anyone involved with rescues/adopting out dogs/etc. PLEASE READ AND CROSS POST!


Collapse )</i< I just wanted to share a very sad holiday story about a puppy purchase gone bad. My 22 year old niece's live in boyfriend decided to buy her the puppy that she has been wanting. She contacted me for advise on where to look and said that she wanted a medium size lab type mix young under a year, and as they were on a fairly tight budget it couldn't cost a lot.I advised her to check out Petfinders and promised to check around for a suitable rescue.A week or so later I had a few shelter prospects and a list for her of contact numbers. Meanwhile her boyfriend decided to surprise her and arranged to purchase a puppy from an Uncle Henry's (Maine's for sale publication) source. He had already contacted this breeder and agreed to buy a chocolate lab mix 8 week old puppy for $100. I advised her against it as she mentioned that this lady had several breeds of puppy for sale. Puppy mill fired in my mind! Her boyfriend not being educated about this sort of thing insisted on this particular puppy.The week prior to Christmas they drove up to Mt Blue, Maine an 6 hour round trip for them and picked up the little darling. He was adorable..the lady provided vet papers stating that he had his puppy shots and first worming with the bundle of paperwork and the puppy that they named Berenstein Bear they headed home. We all met Berry on Christmas day.We all played with him and so did some of our dogs(there are a lot of dogs in our extended family!!!) They were falling more and more in love with the sweet little thing. On Tues. night my niece phoned me frantically at about 11:30 pm Berry was having a seizure.I asked about all the obvious things-something he ate, injuries etc. We couldn't come up with anything. She contacted the emergency vet and took him into Lewiston. They couldn't find anything wrong either.He kept on seizing all night and in the morning although still alive was almost rigid and just drooling. My niece was devastated...He was transferred to her vet up in West Paris and continued to go down hill. They euthanized him yesterday morning...he was only 10 weeks old.Rabies is suspected & my niece will be starting her rabies shots on Monday at Stephens Memorial Hospital. Her boyfriend will start his on next Wednesday. The puppy's body has been sent to the State lab. The "lady" puppy mill owner has a disconnected phone number (it was good 2 weeks ago!) The animal control officer in Mt. Blue has been alerted and the vet that supposedly administered to this litter of puppies has never even heard of this lady and never saw any chocolate lab mix puppies in his office..the paperwork was forged. Cost to my niece and her boyfriend: puppy-$100 gas $34, emergency vets $427, vet's $150 eutanization- $40 transport to Augusta lab- $32 lesson learned, pain and suffering, rabies shot co-pays she is still sobbing everytime I talk to and it isn't over yet. </lj-cut? CROSS POSTED, PLEASE DO THE SAME!
  • vishus

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I have been searching forever for a toy that Kong can't destroy and has fun playing with. So far nothing has worked. I am sick of paying almost $10 for toys that he destroys in less than 10 minutes. This was a skunk made by Fat Cat inc. dog toys. It promised to be near indestructible. Kong tore it's tail off in about 5 minutes.

I wrote a complaint to the company and have not heard a word back from them. So last night I am at Walmart and come across a bin of those huge balls for $2.50. I figured it was worth a shot.


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lucy saying oh

Imagine for 2005


Recall the things that have held you back. And imagine how
you now can get beyond them.

Think of the problems that have frustrated you so. And
imagine how you can now rise above them.

Look at how far you've come. And imagine how far you can now

Think of all that you've learned. And imagine what you can
now do with that knowledge.

Consider all you've done in the past year. And imagine what
you'll now be able to do.

You're now in a better position than ever to imagine the
very best. And what you can imagine will lead to what you
can be.

Happy New Year! *: )