“3 month old Border Collie needs room to run. Re-homing fee of $175 includes food and toys.”
This was the newspaper ad that led to the unveiling of a sad story with a good ending.
A Border Collie intake coordinator that works with Glen Highland Farm in Morris, NY saw the ad and went to answer it. What she found was a very shy 12-13 week old puppy crated in a garage, covered in her own feces and urine. She would not make eye contact and turned away when touched. 12 weeks old!
The owners, a middle class family living in a nice house in a respectable neighborhood, were looking to sell their puppy because she wasn’t their first pick and she’s “not even pretty”.
Apparently the breeder wouldn’t sell them the puppy they really wanted because he said that pup had too much drive and would not be a good family pet. So, they ended up with one they didn’t want and because she was shy, didn’t like to ride in the car and didn’t like new people, they were mad and put her in the garage.
There are a several things that struck me about this story.
On the one hand, score one for the breeder who recognized that at least some of his dogs needed a job and wouldn’t fit into a suburban family life. On the other hand, the breeder loses that point for selling a shy puppy to a family that was not prepared to give her the support she needed to blossom. And clearly the breeder didn’t do any nurturing either!
As for the suburban family – there’s no excuse for their actions toward this poor puppy. The situation is a classic illustration of people who get puppies without having done any research as to the breed that would be most suitable for their family, how to evaluate a puppy’s personality and an understanding of what it takes to support a new puppy.
No matter how you look at it, puppies are terribly cute and an incredible amount of work. But by doing advance homework, being honest about what you can and can’t accommodate in your lifestyle and being as prepared as possible, raising a puppy can be the beginning of a bond that lasts a lifetime.