Hey everyone. As most of you know, our Digit was hit by a car not too long ago, and we were all set to get a new girl before that event occured. Well, after seeing how Dozer reacted to being alone (not eating much not very energetic, nervous at the same time), we decided that we would get the pup on March 17th. I was online yesterday morning, just looking at ads on Puppyfind for a good time, and came across an ad, with no picture for an older female Newf. This person also had multiple other listings with other breeds of dogs...uh oh. I called the number to find out 1.) why this older girl was being sold, 2.) why for so cheap, and 3.) why they had so many different breeds of dogs. My answers consisted of that they were getting rid of all thier "big dogs" (Newfs and Labs) to keep the little ones because people buy more of the little dogs. She also said that if she didn't sell her by the end of the week, she was going to take her to the pound. I nearly puked when I heard this. I immediately asked what the temperment was on this dog, health problems, etc. She gave me the registered name, microchip number etc. The owner gave me some half-a$$ answers, so I punched in their address to Mapquest and drove over 2 hours to see this dog. When I got there, OMG! She was a disgusting muddy-poop ball mess with mats all over,smelling like old urine, she hadn't been brushed in God knows how long, and she was in a horse stall with another grown male Newf. The smell in the "kennel" was atrocious. Not like a Humane Society where it smells like pee, but you can tell it's been cleaned. Like, you walked in this place and it took your breath away. There were dead rats and mice EVERYWHERE and one in a water bucket of a stall not being used. They lived on a farm, she said that was "farm life" about the dead rats. Now, my husband grew up on a cattle farm, and I know that farms can be organized chaos, but this was just disgusting, She didn't want me to see the kennel either, but I insisted. She didn't have a collar on, or any form of ID, and she was a little nervous when I first walked up. Once I got her out of the stall though, she warmed up to me and let me pet her. She is beautiful with big brown eyes and a white patch on her chest, good conformation, good temperment from what I've seen so far, weighs about 130. I rolled her on her back to look at her belly, and her ENTIRE belly/peri area was full of poop mats! Under her legs, poop mats, tail is just one big ball of mud/poop. I was so pissed off. I asked her how often she let these dogs out of thier stall to run. She answered "Oh, a couple hours a day, that's all they need." There was 3 Newfs all together, her, a brown male, and a female Landseer. Male was also somewhat friendly, not typical Newf though. Landseer cowered when you got close to her. I was so pissed, I was literally seeing red! The other dogs in the kennel consisted of beagles, pugs, pekingnese (sp?), a hound dog of some sort (I'm not sure what), and labs. She said the little dogs went into heat more often, so they could make more money of them. I said I'd take her, and give me the papers. She hesitated and said, "Well, she might be pregnant, I don't know, ". That really sent me over the edge! All this time, the dog sat by my side nuzzling my hand, whimpering to be petted and loved. I pointed out numerous infractions from a kennel standpoint ( I don't have a kennel just had 2 dogs, but I've learned alot on here, as well as researched it!), as well as AKC. She didn't bat an eye, signed the papers over, and helped me load her in the back of my car. She climbed right in, layed down, and nuzzled to squeaky monkey toy I brought her. I got in the car and didn't look back, cried until I got to I-75 about the dogs I had left behind. Called DH to let him know what I did, he also was pissed about the whole situation. She was good the whole way home. That's the bulk of my story, sorry so long. She goes to the vet today, is getting along well with Dozer (limited supervized visits), and is adjusting pretty well. So far, she doesn't like brooms or black coats, she runs and hides! She follows me around though, very well mannered, but still nervous. She let me groom and cut mats out of her of over an hour yesterday and I still need to go at it again. I didn't want to be too overwhelming the first night. We've named her Deeogee, a play on (D O G), since it sounds like Dozer, she'll follow him until she learns her name. She didn't respond to her given name. I'll post pics as soon as I can. I'll post more info as I can. Thanks everyone.
It's so good that you'll be able to give her the loving home she so obviously deserves. That woman deserves to have to spend a few nights in the conditions she has her dogs live in!! Let us know how the new baby makes out at the vet.
Good for you. There are some that would have shyed away from a dog raised in those conditions and especially pregnant. (if she is) She will have such a good home for the rest of her life. I am so happy for you and her. I know it must have been heart wrenching to have to leave the others. Maybe getting the right people to check it out might close her little dog hoarding farm down. Bless you and your new girl. Hope her vet visit turns out with good news.
Oh that is so sad.Im glad you got ehr though and I hope the others will be saved.I love Newfies so much.They are very close to my heart.I have always wanted one.Plz do post some pictures.Where are you located? Im missed your post about Digit.Im sorry about your loss.
just finished another groom session...I pulled off enough fur to make a puppy! I went to TSC and got a curry comb like what you use for cattle to pull off some more fur! I haven't done her belly too much, need some extra hands, she's really sensitive. Getting ready to go to the vet...going to get the whole workup- heartworm, pregnancy, hopefully clean her teeth (tartar is disgusting!)she's starting to smell a little better, will be much better when DH gets home to help finish her grooming & give a bath....mwahahaha (evil laugh), he hates giving the dogs a bath 'cause he gets one, too! I usually just put on my bathing suit & get in the shower with them...it's easier that way!
To answer questions: She is almost 4 yrs old. I have contacted the county humane society, as well as the Newf Rescue. I live in Ohio.