Monday, January 26, 2009

The beauty of a healthy puppy

It seems that all we ever hear about in rescue, and in the news are stories about puppies that have died or are near death and we have to spend thousands of dollars on in order to nurse back to health because of the greed of puppy brokers or pet stores.
But there are actually puppies out there who are healthy, beautiful, small and perfect that not only do not come from puppy brokers or pet stores - they also have come from rescue
These are photos of Maximo - a puppy that is part of a litter that came over from Newfoundland a few days ago - a breed called "Newfoundland Crackies" that are really a mixed breed of terriers that are sort of like benji dogs that don't end up too big, but are just shaggy medium size dogs.
But these photos prove that healthy puppies do come into rescue - you just have to be patient, and when they arrive - accept them the moment you get the call.
I suppose though that it all depends on the owner of the puppies parents too - because people like Gail Benoit troll for these puppies - and this puppy's parents owner has to be cognizant of the fact that there's people like her - because puppy brokers live for litters like this - "oops litters" that they can make $1,000 off or so.

But luckily this family did the right thing and handed them over to rescue - and hopefully got the parent's spayed and neutered - and now we have some puppies that will all be spayed and neutered - and some happy people with some lovely puppies who are healthy and happy.

These puppies look exactly like the photos that we see from the puppy brokers - but they are SO different - they'll have long happy lives with responsible owners. Isn't that great?

This is Maximus's new sister, Pickle

And this is his new sister, Ursa - they're so beautiful I had to include a photos of them too.

Here is a slideshow of some of the photos I took today - Maximus is a beautiful puppy


  1. What an adorable puppy.

    A terrier mix like the "Newfoundland Crackies" is exactly what I'm looking for for my next adopted four legged child.

  2. Anonymous10:14 AM

    The shelter should offer to spay/neuter the parents in return for receiving these puppies which will probably be easily adopted. This policy might reduce the "free to good home" ads at least for dogs.At least they can be certain that these puppies would be "fixed" before adoption where as in free to good home ads these puppies will add to the future pet over population problem because they probably would not be fixed RG

  3. Joan, you've hit the nail right on the head. People have no idea how many great healthy puppies are available through rescue because they "don't sit on the shelf" for very long ...if at all. I know I sound like a stuck record, I truly believe in getting preapproved adoptions anyway, but if one wants a puppy its the only way to go : ))))

  4. Anonymous9:21 PM

    If people are looking for puppies, put an app in for pre-approval, mark "Puppy" on the top, cause the Metro Shelter will have puppies next week!

  5. Anonymous4:56 PM

    Cute! Crackie is the newfoundland/labrador word for a small mixed breed dog(any origin)

  6. What's the difference between a puppy mill dog from NS and one from Newfoundland?
    Are you guys short of dogs that need adopting? If so, we have about 20,000 per year here in L.A. that are killed because people want cute puppy mill puppies.

  7. I don't think you quite understand, Jeff - unless you believe that all puppies come from puppy mills. This puppy did not come from a puppy mill. This puppy came from a home where the owners did not spay the mother and she had a litter of puppies. What some would call an "oops" litter. The dog was not bred on purpose, the owner does not have multiple breeds of dogs that are kept in horrific conditions and gives the breeder dogs no healthcare or standard of living. The mother of these puppies is a normal house dog that was unspayed.

    Do you understand now, Jeff? Does no one in California have "oops" litters? Or do you either have puppy mills and ever other dog is spayed or neutered?