Wednesday, June 27, 2012

1800 mile puppy quest–part 2

Saturday morning dawned bright and sunny…and so were our spirits.  Just a couple of hours more and we would have our new puppy.  We were like two children at Christmas and the wait was killing us.

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We went for a leisurely breakfast then stopped at a pet shop to pick up a crate for the new addition to our family.  We had given Mac’s crate away many years ago, never thinking that we might possibly need it again.

I don’t know how many times we looked at our watches but the time seemed to be standing still.  We decided to take a slow drive to the address where we were to pick up the puppy.

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We arrived at 11am, an hour early. 

The first words out of Mr. Painted Quilt’s mouth were, “I don’t like the looks of this” and if the truth be known, neither did I.  The house was kinda shabby looking but being the eternal optimist that I am replied, “Let’s not judge this book by it’s cover”.

Mr. PQ is a retired police officer and he immediately knew that something was amiss.

It took three knocks before the ‘gentleman’ of the house came to the door.  He was dressed in baggy pants…you know the kind that hangs halfway down the butt…no shirt and a woollen tuque pulled down over his ears.  His words of greeting to us were, “We were expecting you a little later”.

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If you’ve read this far then you have probably guessed that our 1800 mile quest for a puppy does not have a happy ending. 

In short, the puppy that was handed over to us was NOT a pure bred Westie, the mother was NOT on the premises, the vet certificate was NOT real and was obviously forged because there were things crossed out, dates were changed and the veterinary clinic sticker was missing.

Without going into all the sordid details, what we uncovered was a fence for a puppy mill which supposedly are a real problem in Quebec.

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We were devastated.

Forget the fact that we had already driven 900 miles to find out that we had been taken and that the $200 deposit that I had e-transferred to them was as good as gone.  Our concern was for the poor little puppy. 

As soon as Mr. PQ identified himself as a retired police officer and that our next stop when we left there would be the local police station, they became very belligerent and defensive and started coming out with contradictory stories, different from the ones that were told to me during our two telephone conversations prior to making the trip. 

At that point we were going to leave with the puppy when they started to sing a different tune and offered to give us our money back if we would “just forget about it”.  After showering us with insults, they reluctantly returned our money and we left….directly to the police station. 

Since returning home, we’ve been told that this operation has been ‘closed down’, the couple has been arrested and they will not be operating from these premises any longer.  The puppy and several kittens were seized and are now being cared for at a local shelter.

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I want to say that I am sorry if I led you to believe that our story had a happy ending and that we came home with a new puppy.  That was not my intention.  I just wanted to share with you the fact that it is so easy to be fooled by misguided people who obviously have no conscience.

It was an emotional and expensive lesson but the one thing that Mr. PQ and I have learned is that if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is.  We also learned that unless you know the people personally who are offering “pure bred” dogs for sale, pay a little more and purchase your pet from a registered breeder.

That’s what we are going to do.

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97 comments:

Susan said...

I know you are heartbroken, but you did a good thing and probably saved a lot of animals and other people heartbreak!!! Try to look at the good that came from your "adventure".

I am getting a new westie puppy next week, so know how excited you are.

Kris said...

Oh, Kaaren - I am so sorry for you and for those sweet little animals!! It's sad to say that the puppy business can be a bad thing!! Good luck on getting your new pup!! xoxoxox

hope said...

Oh Kaaren, I am so sorry. I am just so glad that the two of you left the house safely to return home. Hopefully you can find another Westie soon.

Stephanie said...

The bright side is that you helped shut down a puppy scam. The right dog is out there for you.

GerryART said...

Cripes!
Good people know about 'this kind of human' but it's not often we cross their paths.
I feel your disappointment.
And, look forward to a more positive outcome next time out.
YOUR new puppy will be there waggin' tail his while he awaits your arrival.
I'm keeping 'Positive Thoughts' toward this end, Kaaren.
love & hugs

MoeWest said...

How disappointing for both of you! And for me... no cute puppy pic fix at the end of your post. You must be happy that you got those people shut down and arrested. That is the happy ending to this story.

Monica said...

Major bummer! Puppy mills are horrible and detestable.

I hope your new puppy finds y'all soon 'cause I'm needing some cute puppy pictures stat...wink.

julieQ said...

I am so sorry for your experience. That is a long trip to,end in such a disappointment. We had a similar experience. puppies for sale, "pure bred" The lady said she would meet us halfway in between our home and theirs. We saw the dogs and they were obviously not pure bred, but we went ahead and took the agreed upon dog. Who had diarrhea constantly until we took him to the vet and spent big $. So we decided to go and see where the puppies came from, and saw the most disgusting, horrible cramped cages, and all those babies living in filth. I know you will find a darling baby that you can love...and I am glad that place is now closed down!

Tina said...

Oh my gosh!!! I am so sorry this happened to you! I was on pins and needles waiting for today's post to see a picture of your new puppy and I am shocked to say the least! I can't believe people! You must be heartbroken. But THANK GOODNESS you called the police and got the puppies and kittens taken out of that situation - I pray that they find a good home and that these rotten people will have to be accountable. I look forward to you guys finding a Westie soon that will become a wonderful part of your family. You and your husband deserve a gold star for turning those awful people in to the police!!!

Maria said...

Kaaren I am sorry to read you did not get the puppy you wished for but pleased you help put those people out of their dodgie business.
After we lost our beloved pet it took 18mths before we finally got our new baby from a proper breeder. Lacy is well worth the wait as your new puppy will be too.

Phyllis said...

So sorry that this happened but good to know that the "puppy mill" is closed. So many bad people in this world. There is a sweet little Westie waiting for you. Best wishes.

Mary said...

So sorry to hear of your experience. It is hard to realize there are people like them. Good that your husband was there and able to do the right thing. You saved some precious animals. Good luck in your search for your puppy. Not all people are bad, thank heaven!

B J Elder said...

I'm so sorry that it turned out this way. The great news is that because of you more people will not be duped by these people and the animals they had will be cared for. It was a sad and hard lesson, but good did come of it and for that I am thankful. Thank you for having the courage to share the story. I applaud you and your DH!

anneke said...

what a disappointment. I hadn't read the first entry about it (I'm sorry but reading in another language takes more time, so I can't read it all). Any good that has come from it is that the puppys and kittens were removed from that house later.

Juicybear said...

I am so sad for you and I hope you will find your dreampuppy.
Greetz Anneke

Lynn said...

Oooh, I know that you were ready for another dog in your lives. We just got one after losing our dog last year.
But your story of facing these people and helping to shut them down is remarkable. Think of all the animals and people you've saved from their neglect and scam. Like superheros traveling across the country bringing justice to people and animals alike!!

Dianne in the country said...

Hi Kaaren,

So sorry to hear about your experience.
It is sad to know that so many illegal puppy mills exsist.
We appreciate your story and hope you will be able to find a breeder on your next search.
We were lucky with our "Honey". We found her at a rescue home where we received all her history and a note from the previous owners about her and all her likes and dislikes. That was over six years ago and we have all settled in to be a happy family and have even adopted a kitten who joined our family three years ago.
So take heart and all the best on our search.
Dianne

Darlene said...

Oh no!!! Oh no!!! I am so sorry to read about the very unhappy ending. My heart hurts for you and Mr PQ. Lots of hugs!!!

jayne said...

So sorry, but glad you got your money back and closed the puppy mill down. It is hard to fathom how people can be so cruel to animals. You will find the perfect puppy for your home.
Jaynect

Sharon said...

My heart aches for you, but in the end, your story does have a heartwarming ending. You and Mr PQ did the right thing and saved not only this, but future dogs and cats from these creeps! Geez. I believe animals choose us, your's just hasn't found you yet. Big hugs

Stephanie said...

Oh dear. Sorry for your heartache but super sorry for animals in puppy mills. It's a sordid operation and very prevalent in Ohio's Amish communities as well.

Pat said...

So sorry to hear this sad story. It is nice to hear that you did what should have been done by going to the police department. I hope you find a new Westie soon. Daisy, a Westie, says woof woof and gives you a lick.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Kaaren, I'm so sorry this happened to you two. I know you had your heart set on a new addition to your family. If nothing else, you can know you did a good thing by turning those rats into the authorities. Your little sweetheart is out there waiting for you somewhere, I just feel confident it is!

Cathy said...

I am so sorry for what you had to go through. The right puppy is out there waiting for you. Best of luck!

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Oh dear, Kaaren I can understand your disappointment! Thankgoodness you were able to tell the police and that they followed through by shutting the puppy scam down.

The right little one will come to you soon I hope!

xxx, Carolyn

laurie in texas said...

WOW - didn't see that one coming - I am as humble as you and Mr. PQ are :( What an ordeal - expensive and heartbreaking. What came to me though at the end of the story was that a puppy somewhere is being born and you went through this difficult ordeal to wait for him/her. It will make this new pup even more special - I'm thinking of all the turmoil we went through when we adopted our children. Not that children are equal to pups, but the heartbreak and emotional roller coaster rides can be the same. Hang in there Kaaren - the best is yet to come!!

Charlsey said...

Kaaren, Your story did have a happy ending ~ you helped close down an unscrupulous puppy mill. I know the perfect puppy is awaiting you.

sewprimitive karen said...

Oh no, those poor little animals that they have been victimizing. Thank goodness you reported them and that something was done. Phew, 900 extra miles. I hope you can find a new little Westie soon.

Candace said...

My gosh, my heart goes out to not only you and Sam, but the poor little animals that had the misfortune to be brought into this world in a place like that. I'm so glad you went to the police and the place is shut now. I wish you the best in your quest for that new puppy. I know the right one will come to you!
Cheers!

Susannah said...

I am so sorry, Kaaren! Glad you got your money returned and you left safely! Somewhere there is a darling little puppy just waiting for you and your husband! Sorry you went throught this disappointment.

shawkl said...

When your puppy does arrive...he/she will just be even more special! Yes, we all have those "live and learn" moments...
Kathy

Janet-Olde Crow Primitives said...

How sad. I guess you just can't trust anyone nowadays. It is too bad you drove all that way. I am sure you will find another dog that needs your love very soon.
Janet

ria vogelzang said...

I'm so sorry to hear your trip was such a hearbreaking experience....!
But you did the right thing! I really hope those people will never be succesful in the animal-business again!!!!!!!
Hopefully sometime soon you will hold your puppy in your arms! I'm looking foward to hear about that love-story.... :)
Love, Ria.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Oh Kaaren I can't believe it...though sadly I'm not surprised. I had a weird feeling when I read your initial post, but didn't click through to see the update....too afraid to read if the whole thing fell through. 1800 miles is a hell of a journey, but just think if you didn't those animals would still be in the hands of the wrong people. The right dog at the right time will come into your lives when it is time.

Sheila said...

Suck wicked people...I wish they would be locked away and the key thrown away.
But you have saved the puppies and kittens and hopefully they will go on to live good lives with nice people.
Your own little puppy is waiting somewhere for you :)

Rebecca said...

So sorry it did not have a happy ending..
but very glad that you where in a position of knowladge and experiance to "close it down"
Others might not have known all the ins and outs and what to do

Sandra Henderson said...

terrible!~ Just so sad. I'm so glad that you shared the story like you did though. My belief is that if you have a bad experience like this, at least try to save someone else the grief... you did the right thing. XO

Colleen said...

I know this was disheartening for you. But I believe your guardian angel Max was helping to right some wrongs and enable you to give out good information to those who dont know. Your right puppy will be out there somewhere.

Loris said...

Whoa...I am so sorry you had to go through this. Thank you for taking the time to follow through and getting at least this spot of scam stopped. Dogs hold such a special place in our hearts. I hope that you will be able to find the right pup for your family soon.
We just lost our second dog this year and have welcomed in another rescue dog that is sure helping our heartache.

Patty said...

Your story broke my heart. Tears don't express all that I am feeling right now. I just don't understand how people can be so cruel. In hard times we are supposed to pull together, not feed off each other like vulchers. You did a wonderful thing by turning them in, it was God's plan for sure, he just needed a couple of angels to do his work. Hugs to you both.

Deb said...

Oh, how absolutely heartbreaking. I'm so sorry that you had to go all through that, but happy that the place has been closed down. I think that there are too many places like that around!

i'm sure that the right puppy will show up soon. ((Hugs))

Cathi said...

Oh, Kaaren -- how sad! I'm so glad you took the steps to help shut them down. I'm sure the perfect puppy is just around the corner.

Teresa F. said...

I'm so sorry for you and Mr. PQ. On the other hand I'm happy you finished a "dirtY" puppy scam. Those two won't be back in business. Hopefully you will get your pure breed Westie from a certified breeder and everything will turn out fine. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
Hugs,
Teresa

Trish said...

How upsetting. I just don't get it. How can they be so cruel to animals. Hopefully the puppies pulled from that site will find homes! I'll be watching and waiting for your new family member to arrive. They are out there somewhere waiting for you too!

Shelley said...

So sorry no new puppy at this time but BRAVO for you and Mr. PQ!

Janet O. said...

This breaks my heart--for you and the animals that came from the "mill". What a long journey for such a tough experience, but I'm glad you took action. May you find your puppy soon!

barcord said...

You both did the right thing. Not a lot of comfort in that, but now your minds are on finding a little guy to share your (and Frankie's) love you will surely find him. I know you're sad. Love and best wishes for the onward search x x

Siobhán said...

Awwww, big hugs, Kaaren! I'm so sorry that you got taken like that, knowing how much it hurt to lose Mac and then open your heart to the thought of another pup. Then--to go into that--oh gosh. :( I don't know how I'd handle that. Best of luck on your quest!

Claddaughquilting said...

Oh how awful! You must be so disappointed, but you did the right thing. I have a lovely 5 year old Westie that I got from a reputable breeder in Quebec, not far from Montreal. Her dogs are all on site and treated like members of the family. My dog has a wonderful personality, and I would be happy to give you her name. In addition, we adopted a rescue dog just last weekend, a westie mix. Not sure exactly what she is, maybe a Westie-poo, but she is an angel. It took a few days for my "girls" to get along, but it was well worth it. You will find the right dog for you and Mr. PQ, take your time. So sorry for your horrible experience in Quebec!

marina said...

It wasn't such a bad ending Kaaren. You guys did a big thing by reporting them and the rescued animals will be better off. Hopefully they will think not start up again elsewhere. These sort of people are disgusting.
Your dream pup will be still waiting for you, and it will be worth the wait.

Joy said...

Hats off to you and Mr PQ Kaaren. You did the right thing and now that puppy and many others who could have travelled the same path are saved. People like them sicken me, I'm so glad you exposed them to the police - good for you.
I'm sorry your story didn't have a happy ending for you ... but for the puppy it did, and you can be consoled with that knowledge.
I'm sure (I hope) you and Mr PQ will find your puppy soon.
Love n hugs,
Joy xxx

WoolenSails said...

That is so sad, but maybe it was meant to be, you knew what they were doing was wrong and you were able to shut them down. If you hadn't have gone, maybe they would still be doing it.

Debbie

Heather said...

So sorry to read the sad ending to your story. When i got my last dog, a Pomeranian, I truly felt I was paying to rescue a dog. She was a purebred dog and the mother was on the premises but the conditions were awful. She had fleas, ear mites and a tapeworm all discovered by my vet, but she turned out to be a beautiful delightful dog. I almost didn't take her but somehow we bonded and she remains my favorite dog ever!

linny said...

What a blessing it was that you & Mr P.Q reported these dreadful people to the authorities & they have since closed them down. Puppy mills are terrible places for animals to be. I know you will soon find the right puppy for you. I'm just sorry you had to go through all of this.
lyn.robyn.smith@gmail.com

Merilyn said...

I'm was very sorry to hear how your trip turned out, but one shining light in all of this is that your trip uncovered and shut down a pit of agony for animals bred in such horrendous conditions. It may have been 900miles, but every mile worth it because of what you found and had the guts to follow this through and report it to the authorities. It was disappointing for you, but maybe it had to take the two of you to do this, the universe works in very mysterious ways Kaaren, at least you had a hand in stopping some of the suffering out there.
Your new little puppy is still waiting for you to discover it, I hope you all don't have to wait too long to be together!!!!

Carrie P. said...

OH! how horrible for you. I am so glad you two stood your ground and turned those bad people into the police.

Needled Mom said...

Oh no! At least it is good that you were able to close the place down and prevent abuse to any other little critters. I am so sorry that it did not have a happy ending.

Janet said...

Oh how sickening to have gone through that ordeal. I'm so glad that good came out of it in the end for these poor dogs. It breaks the heart to think of these puppy mills. I bet you'll be looking for registered breeders and one that has a web site so you can put your name down for a pup.

Carol said...

Oh....that's too bad. I do wish your story would have had a happy ending. I guess you're right, if it seems to good to be true it most probably is. I hope you find another puppy soon.

Janet said...

Oh my gosh, Kaaren, I was all hyped up for a wonderful story. I'm sorry that you were now ready and so excited to get a new family member and that it didn't work out. Sounds like you are better off even though you went to great expense and lengths. It wasn't meant to be for now; however, you'll locate another soon. Chin up and I'm glad you and Mr. PQ are okay.

Bev said...

Dear Kaaren and Mr. P.Q,

What a sad story for you both. How terrible for all those animals in the puppy mill. I am so sorry for you both because Mac was in such a loving home and I am sure you new puppy is waiting for you somewhere. Good luck on your quest. Thank you for reporting these horrible people and may they get their just reward.


Bev

Taryn said...

I am not going to lie, I was really looking forward to the puppy picture at the end of the story and was sorely disappointed it wasn't there. BUT, you had me glued to every word and I am now referring to it as the PQ Puppy Quest. I hope the story eventually ends with a cute bundle of fur for you. In the meantime, I have to chuckle at the bad guys getting caught by the retired police officer and am very happy the animals have been removed from the premises.

Patty said...

Sorry that things didn't work out but at least you saved some poor helpless creatures. Hopefully you will eventually find that special puppy and all will be well.

Sandi said...

Kaaren, what an adventure to share with us all. I'm so glad that Mr. PQ was a former police officer and his skills of observation, thanks to you these people will not be doing this to other innocent pets for a hopeful long time.

Mac will guide you to the right puppy hopefully sooner than later.

Just think of all the wonderful sights you enjoyed during your time away.

You both are heroes in my view.

taylorsoutback said...

Such a sad state of affairs and from what we hear on the news - all too common. But you handled things correctly and at least one puppy mill is closed. Hopefully the outcome will be brighter for those poor little pooches - they are all ready better off out of those awful surroundings.
Wishing you a more positive experience waiting on the horizon.

lynneUSA said...

Wow, good job you didn't go on your own. As you said it is a salutary lesson but at least you were able to recue those poor animals

Polly said...

Kaaren, I'm so sorry you did not find your puppy as promised! I am glad you were jot there alone!! Scary!! I'm glad you and hubby have closed that mill down. I'm relieved the puppies there are being cared for appropriately now, thanks to you two! I believe in things happen for the best, so somewhere there is a puppy waiting just for you!!

Lesley said...

Kaaren, so glad that you were able to get the authorities involved and that they took some action so quickly. I'm sure there will be opportunities coming your way that will bring another lilttle 4-footed friend to your home, and I'm especially glad you were able to leave that situation safely!

Julie said...

Hi Kaaren, Gosh I have just caught up with your story - I am sooo sorry this was your outcome. Like you I just love my dogs - so sorry this had to be the end result.
Over here in N.Z. my friend had a very similar experience buying a poodle (not the distances travelled of course) - I hope you end up getting another little Westie eventually with a happy ending for you all.
Thanks for sharing this experience - I am sure you new little 4-legged friend is out there somewhere for you. I really enjoy your blog and your posts & find it very inspiring.
Very kind regards, Julie :-)

Gmama Jane said...

You and Mr. PQ were divine agents sent to shut down that illegal operation even though FOR NOW it seems as though you came home empty handed. God hasn't said NO, He's only said, NOT NOW...WAIT...your puppy is coming at the very RIGHT time!
Blessings
Gmama Jane

Teri said...

I am so sorry about the new puppy....I understand what you are going through we just had to put our 12 year old yellow lab to sleep....it was the hardest thing we had to do......

Elzaan said...

Wow! That is a story to remember. Luckily Mr. PQ was "awake" and saved those puppies and kittens. Just sorry for you not having a new puppy, but I still think you are the heroes in this story!

Ali said...

Sorry to hear that the story ended sadly. But at least you saved the animals that were there and stopped them continuing their illegal business. Hopefully you'll find the right puppy soon. Ali x

JCnNC said...

My heart hurts for you and Mr PQ - and all the animals that are subjected to these puppy mills - I cannot even see dogs that have been abondoned on TV. It is not right - when there are so many of us who would love and care for all of them if we could. I am so sorry Kaaren - one door shut, but be sure another one will come along. My prayers to you. JudyC

conny's quilts said...

What a bad luck you had...hope someday you find the dog you want! (and well done that you went to the police who could end these practices!)

Diane said...

what an awful heartbreak for you. Our first westie was from such a situation, unfortunately the 'seller' also had a ligit business and we were naive, my gut was giving me doubts but we went ahead anyway. Chloe was a purebred westie, but a sick one and one week after we got her (and had fallen in love) she went into seizures on the kitchen floor and died while I was on the phone with the veterinarian. We luckily got our $ back (my husband and his partner showed up in uniform. We found a breeder a few months later. She did have the parents on premises and flat out ordered us to take our new puppy to our vets and have a thorough exam and only after hearing from us that all was ok would she cash our check.
Tough lessons learned. I wish you good luck in finding a good breeder. Once you have a Westie it's difficult to go without one!

Woolly Bits said...

I agree that it was good to have those people closed down - but I'd have taken the puppy anyway, because it needs a new, caring home, too!

Louise said...

You wrote the words I was going to say "if it seems to good to be true" I am so sorry for this experience you and your husband have gone through. If any good came out of it, it was the message to others alerting them that there are dishonest, unscrupulous people out there. My husband is retired as well from of law enforcement, 35 years.

paulette said...

Ohhh Kaaren!!
This is terrible...so disappointing!! We have done this three times over the last 25 years...and have had happy outcomes so please don't be tarnished by all this!! This one was not meant to be!! And look at all the good you and your hubby did by rescuing those dogs!! Good for you!! Hang in there and you will get the puppy meant for YOU!
Big HUG!!
P

Diane H said...

There are rescues for specific breeds who are trying to find homes for perfectly good dogs who by no fault of their own need new homes. Perhaps this is something you could look into.

Beverley said...

So sorry. Hugs. I am sure you will get a puppy soon, and am glad you closed them down.
Bev

Kathleen said...

I think you told the story the correct way. It really shows the emotions involved with puppy mills. I'm sooooo glad you turned them in and I hope they are closed for good. That said, I hope your heart heals and 'your' puppy is just around the corner.

Anne said...

Oh my gosh...I'm heartbroken for you! Good for you and Mr PQ for telling the authorities and shutting these scum bags down! Think how many other people have been harmed by their greed! The right puppy is just waiting for your love!

Doodlebug Gail said...

OMG - I'm heartbroken for you and Mr PQ but on the other hand, I am so happy that you helped shut down a puppy mill! Good for you and Mr PQ.

I'll look forward to hearing about your new baby whenever he/she comes into your lives.

Trace4J said...

I am so sorry Friend
But what a wonderful thing you were able to do.
But disappointment sure stinks.
Hugs to you
Trace


www.grannytracescrapsandsquares.com

Phyllis said...

Hi,

I'm sorry for your disappoinment but very glad you uncovered yet another puppy mill. They are all over the place and you are right - the people involved have no conscience whatsoever.

Thank you for going to the police and thanks for posting this story. The internet is full of animals for sale and most of them are less than reputable.

Please look into Westie rescue. Every breed has rescues and while puppies are the first to get adopted, there are so many others that will melt your heart.

Take care,
Phyllis

Deb said...

So sorry for your disappointment! I know that we love our doxies like they were our children, you must be heartbroken! Hang in there you'll get a new puppy sooner or later!

quiltgrammy said...

So sorry for you and Mr.P.Q, I know this ordeal really had to hurt, but so glad that another one of these awful places are shut down. The right puppy for your family will come just be patient and have faith.

Amy R said...

I'd say you and Mr. PQ were ment to go on that journey and there was a certain someone looking down on you barking and wagging his tail saying Job well done!

Janet said...

You know, I almost didn't blog about the new puppy because I had a feeling and then I thought "no" it's going to happen. I should have gone with my gut.
I am so sorry it didn't work out but as we know things happen for a reason, I just hope that reason comes along soon in a form of a new pet.
You do have a wonderful flair of drawing a person into your post. I love it.
Janet

Jeanne Gwin said...

Kaaren,
My heart and eyes are weeping for you. I know the heartache you have for losing your dog and then the opportunity to bring a new love into your home and heart. If I were with you, I would hug you so hard and long in hopes of giving you some comfort. If I had Westies, I would put one on an airplane to you immediately. Please stay strong and get out there and find that baby who needs you as much as you need him/her. Hugs and tears, jeannne

Karen said...

Oh my goodness Kaaren - I'm so sorry that you were lead astray like that. That had to be a bit of a scary and maddening situation. On the plus side you were able to shut down a terrible scam. I hope your road to find your puppy is a fast one. It had to be hard to walk away from the puppy that you did see. Hugs

Sandy said...

How sad for you two! I certainly hope that your next attempt to add a puppy to your family turns out way better! Chin up!

OneOldGoat said...

I'm glad I came to this post a little late and have read your most recent post. But thank you and your husband for having the guts to go to the police about these people! It's easy to just 'forget about it' but the world's a better place because you both did the right thing!

God bless you and your new little puppy!

Beth

Stephanie Davison said...

SOOO glad you shut them down! I wonder what would have been different if you'd shown up an hour later, as planned. You may not have uncovered this scheme, and those puppies would have never been rescued.

Kudos to both of you!

Pen Pen said...

Wow, good for you !!! I'm sure someone will adopt those little puppies and be good to them. :-(

Dawnmarie's Life said...

I'm so sorry you had to go through that. In the states we have breed specific rescue groups, so that if you want a specific breed sometimes that can be a great way to find a new family member. Of course, they rarely get puppies. My latest pug came from SE Pug Rescue, she was 9.5 when we got her and I wasn't sure about an older dog after losing my 11 year old pug to pneumonia. But she stole my heart and has fit our family perfectly. Good luck in finding your new family member whether you find a reputable breeder or a rescue group, I know you'll find the right little westie for you.