Hi. My name is Leah.
My husband and I have been married for 4 years (together for 7.5) and we have a 7 month old daughter. We also have 2 doggies. Trixie (pekapoo) is very well trained and will be 6 in November. Lucas (yorkiepoo) is not at all trained and is 4 months (born May 15).
We got Lucas to keep Trixie company after we had our other dog put to sleep (She had severe pulmonic stenosis which caused a backwash of blood to fill her stomach and leak constantly from her bowels. She could no longer eat.
Initially, we wanted to get an adult dog, closer to Trixie's age, but we live in a very rural area, and there are no local shelters. We were willing to drive 2 hours one-way to a couple of shelters, but when we called them, they said that they did not have anything under 30 lbs, and we wanted a toy size. Here is Lucas' story:
We browsed trader papers and websites until we discovered an ad for a yorkiepoo. The lady advertized that they were selling him due to illness, so we called, even though he is a puppy, besides, we thought that our daughter could sort of "grow up" with him. The lady said that she wanted to sell him for $150 to get some of her money back because he is CKC registered and she just paid $300 for him. She said that she just couldn't keep him because her husband was just diagnosed with a serious illness and had to be hospitalized and she is also selling furniture and other things to help afford his medical bills. We felt sorry for her, and she sounded so sweet on the phone.
She asked where we were located, said that she was about an hour from us, but that she would drive to meet us in a location that we know better and is actually only 25 minutes away. She emailed us photos of him, and we decided to meet her the next day.
After we bought him, we took him home, and he had bloody loose stools with mucas.
We freaked. We called her immediately. At first, she did not answer the phone, so I left a message. I knew if I was rude, she would not call me back, so I told her that I was having some trouble reading the shot record that she gave us, and I wanted to know exactly when he was due another puppy shot. She called back immediately. Once I had her on the phone, I discussed the shot record, then mentioned the problem. She said that she had well water and that probably the switch in his water caused it. I knew she was lying. Then, I heard her husband telling her that the puppies under the tarp needed water! I was furious. I knew I had just bought a pup from a puppy mill.
My first reaction was to take him back and get my money out of her hands, but my husband and I agreed to keep him because we did like him, he was sick and needed help, and actually, she can't have made much profit because his shot record is legit (I called the vet who was 1.5 hours away) and she did take him to the vet to get his tail docked and dew claws removed, and he is CKC registered.
Anyway, I knew I had to find out what was wrong with him first. So, I took him to the vet. He was diagnosed with hookworms and coccidia. (He's better now.
) I called to let her know. I also asked her to be honest with me so that I could know about his previous living conditions and so that I could understand some of his issues. She actually stayed on the phone for over an hour.
Now, she says that her husband is an outpatient, but that they breed poodles, yorkies, chihuahuas, and rotties to help with the costs. She said that the rotties are outside in a kennel with a tarp over the top of it, but that they are working on a shed with a doggie door and air conditioning/ heat.
She said that all of the other dogs are indoors and are kept in crates for half of the day, then let out of the crates, but kept indoors because she wants to keep them from getting diseases from outside.
She asked which vet I took him to, I told her, and she said that she would go there that same day to get the medicine for her dogs. I asked why she doesn't go somewhere closer to her, and she gave me 2 reasons: I had already gotten the diagnosis from there, so she could get the meds for all of her dogs without taking them in so it was cheaper... & she actually lives only 2 minutes from the place where she first met us! She just didn't want us to see her home!
I asked her why she took him to a vet that far away, and she said that she used to live in that area years ago, and she likes that vet better. This is a rural area, so that vet is the next closest one to her.
We are very upset, but we love our Lucas and we are trying to put this all behind us and move forward.
Anyway, sorry that was so long. Please do not criticize us. We never would have done this intentionally. We joined the forum to help us with some of Lucas' issues, like housetraining. Any advice or constructive criticism you have is appreciated.
Oh & I think I should give you all some insight to his home now:
Trixie and Lucas have a fenced backyard that is partly flat and part hillside. There are no dogs on either side of us, but further down the hill, they can hear some neighboorhood dogs barking occassionally. They have a doggie door, so they spend much of their time inside. We have a baby gate which keeps them separate from our daughter when we are not constantly supervising, but we let Trixie out a lot. We will let him out when he is housetrained. On the dogs' side of the babygate is the kitchen and the landry room, so they have plenty of space (and attention when we are in the kitchen). They can also see us when we are in the livingroom and dining room. They are fed twice a day, but that is just to keep their food fresh because they eat dry food a little at a time throughout the day. Trixie is very well trained. She knows basic commands and other words. Her vocab is actually amazing. Lucas is learning. He knows his name. And we didn't have to teach him "sit" because when you talk to him, he sits down and just stares at you. He seems very smart. He knows "stay" and "come" and we have only had him for a couple of weeks. Our issues are with housetraining, but that is something you can read about in the other thread. When he is a little older (6 months), we are getting him fixed.
I will post pics of them soon.