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Puppy Love

ccc.jpgI had been thinking about getting another dog for quite some time. Initially, I thought it would be a good idea to help Clover with her anxiety issues. But really? It was for me, too. I went to adoption events sponsored by local rescue groups, including the local Lab Rescue. I came “this close” to adopting a “really cute lab mix pup” from a group in West Virginia. This little guy had been found in a ditch near the golf course and the lady trying to place him said he was absolutely the cutest thing in the world. (Aren’t they all?) Kind of glad I was not able to get up to West Virginia that weekend, because that cute “little” lab mix turned out to be a full-blooded Newfoundland Dog. I heard later that at 6 months he weighed almost 80 lbs! Don’t get me wrong, I think Newfies are wonderful dogs, but I just don’t have the space for a dog that big.

I found Cosmo on Craigslist over the Christmas/New Year Holiday. It appeared to me right off that the woman who placed the ad was totally clueless about dogs/puppies. She told me that she had purchased the puppy for $300 as a gift for her little girl for Christmas (Hello! Big Mistake!) and that over the holidays she had to move into a new apartment that didn’t take pets. The second time I talked with her she told me her little boy was allergic to the dog. Third time I talked to her she told me she wanted to recoup the price she paid for him and would “give” him to me for $300. It was obvious to me that there was a whole lot of lies being told, but each time I talked with the woman, she sounded more frantic. The thing is, I kept thinking that this woman was scamming me somehow. Did she have a basement full of puppies that she was trying to unload? or did she steal it? Or, was she as totally clueless as she appeared?  

I told the woman on the phone that I had no intention of giving her any money for the puppy, and I was very surprised when she said I could just have him. “Well, you don’t take him, I’ll just dump him at the Pound.” I agreed. My first thought was to get a good look at it and see if it was healthy and help find it another home (yeah, right). We agreed to meet and within minutes Clover and I were off to look at the little guy. The woman pulled into the parking lot in a very beat up Ford station wagon that looked like it was held together by some spit and a whole lot of prayers. She practically jumped out of the car, reached into the back seat, took out a small animal carrier, opened it, and grabbed this cute little black puppy and thrust him at me. The pup was only 6 weeks old and he weighed about 7 pounds. He felt like a little bony thing, and his coat was very lackluster. But the cutest face! I was hooked.

She was very surprised when I reached into my pocketbook and handed her $80. She jumped back in the car, hit the gas and took off for places unknown. I took the puppy straight to the veterinarian.

The rest is history.

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6 thoughts on “Puppy Love

  1. Looks like you got the best of the deal. Cosmo is a little love. How does Clover get along with him?

    When I first got Tinky at 7 weeks old, my two older dogs didn’t want anything to do with her. They had scowls on their faces for weeks, and ran from her. They were 5 years old and didn’t want any frisky puppy anywhere near them.

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  2. Thanks! He really is a wonderful dog. Clover really didn’t want to have anything to do with him at first. She “tolerated” him at best. One good thing was that when I wasn’t home, she could go upstaris and sleep on the bed or in the closet, and he was in the crate downstairs. So, he wasn’t bothering her when I wasn’t there to supervise. He followed her around “nose to tail” … still does … but now after two years, I can’t imagine separating them.

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  3. I have another couple of videos .. I’ll upload later on … one of them is Clover chasing him around the house … and then later as he gets bigger … he’s chasing her!!

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  5. I am happy to hear how you rescued that dog,.who knows what would have happened if you didn’t. You should make sure to get him socialized alot around other dogs because he was removed early from his mom and litter mates.

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  6. Anthony – thanks for your comment. Cosmo is 2 1/2 years old now and one of the best dogs I have ever known. He loves to play with other dogs and is very social since we spend lots of time at the dog park and at Doggy Daycare, too.

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