Must Love Pekes is a blog for those who love Pekingese, their looks, their antics, their personalities. It is written by me, Linda, and I have been rescuing Pekingese for 14 years. Lots of them have gone through our home. We have loved them all.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Rufus is an 11 week old puppy-- he was purchased at a pet store. A friend of mine bought him-- and now she knows all about these places. You see, Rufus has been with her for a week and she has spent a fortune on him to save him. Rufus was neutered and had hernia repair at 8 weeks and was "deemed healthy" the next day and shipped to a puppy store. He became seriously ill, but instead of isolating him, he was put with all the other puppies, who would have, most likely, become sick also. Pet stores do not care if their dogs are exposed to illness-- they are in it for profit. They get their puppies from back yard breeders and puppy mills-- but they tell you they get them from good places. Not true! One of these puppy stores opened in my area, and the people there to protest was amazing. After languishing in the pet store for 3 weeks, my friend bought Rufus, not knowing how sick he was.
My friend now knows the truth, which we in rescue have been trying to teach others for a long time. Puppy mills need to go-- stores that sell puppies need to go. There are good, reputable breeders if you want a purebred-- but a pet store is not where these dogs are. My friend has now made it her mission to educate others, to contact: the American Veterinary Medical Association, the owner of the pet store chain. She has contacted news people in hopes that more exposure can be brought to these sick dogs and hopefully prevent them being shipped and sold like hers was. She did not realize the magnitude of this. Rufus now has a chance of a good life, but only because someone cared enough to spend a lot of money on him. It's only because he landed safely in a home that cared. Many don't. I'll keep you updated on Rufus-- he is one lucky Peke.