I went to a pet shop last Sunday to buy some supplies for my puppy. I noticed there a 6 month old Havanese for sale. She cought my eye, as my puppy is also Havanese. I could not believe how neglected she looked! She had a dirty, sticky hair, and lots of tear stains under her big scared eyes filled with pus. She was very skinny and small (my puppy is over 2 months younger, and looks bigger). She was sitting in a tiny, filty cage. Although I did not want another dog, I decided to buy her bacuse I could not stand seeing her suffer. When I brought her home, there were more surprises. This puppy (I named her Maya) barely eats, walks or moves at all. Her limbs and paws are going outwards from being in a small cage. She tries to play with my puppy a little, but when a human aproaches her, she lays down and crawls backwards to the corner of the room. She is sooo scared of people! I just keep crying and crying! She has an appointment with a vet in 2 days. I hope she will be ok soon. Can anyone tell me whether she will ever fully recover from this trauma? Also, Can I report this pet shop somewhere? There are many more puppies just like my Maya at that horrible place!
***Edited By: Bajka on 9/20/2006 12:45:35 PM*** Reason: misspeling
The best thing you could have done was NOT buy her. You, sadly have supported a puppy mill, for every one they sell the puppy millers will buy one to replace her.
I understand your good intentions and have a mill rescue dog myself (NOT from a pet store, directly from the mill) You are in for a lifetime of sad medical problems as well as many behavioral issues. Good luck with housebreaking. My own boy has Hip Dysplacia, Entropian (corrected via surgery) and spent his first 6 months with me biting me.
I'm not sure where you could report this pet store, maybe rip off report.com.I am sure it must be hard to see puppies suffering in petshops, thats why I would never go near one, buying puppies from pet stores only keep puppy mills going strong, its so sad.
Your new puppy will hopefully get better as time goes on and once she realizes that you aren't going to hurt her. Lots of positive reinforcement, like treats and talking in a quiet voice to her will help. Her limbs bowing out may be a permanent unfixable problem depending on how bad it is. That is caused by the pups standing on a wire cage and not being able to move around and exercise. Good luck with her, keep us updated!
Maya is lucky to have you as her owner. I agree a lot of treats and patience will do a lot for this little girl. It will take time but I think she will overcome her shyness. The vet should be able to tell you about her walk and her paws and all. I would also suggest getting her in obedience class as soon as possible, this will help her shyness also, it will socialize her with other dogs and other people. Good luck and post pics when you can and keep us updated.
Bajka hang in there. I have three Havanese and they all had a real bad start. The first one, Sophie was 6 months old when my husband bought her from a nasty back yard breeder. He said he just couldn't leave her there. Sophie was filthy matted, didn't have shots and was terrified of people. She just curled up and hid her head. I was so upset, I didn't know what to do. Sophie didn't have a clue how to play. The vet advised me to have tons of patience and it took about 6 months to get her to trust us enough to come to us and gradually she started to play with an old sock with a knot in it. Eight months after we got Sophie, I decided because we are at work all day we should get another so Sophie isn't alone all the time. This time we looked into HALO Havanese rescue. We ended up with Emma, 2 years old and from a mill. She was at an auction and they had her off to the side because she is missing a back foot and she was going to be destroyed. Emma was filthy, matted to the skin and had holes eaten in her ears from flies, she had been abused and was terrified. The only way anyone could get near her was to lay on the ground flat on your back, have a treat and with much coaxing she would come to you. Well her ears are healed and she is the most beautiful little girl. The missing foot doesn't even slow her down. It took about 3 months before we could see a change. Again patience. Four months after that we got Oscar. He was starved nearly to death, we are sure he was taken from his mom way to soon. He was very sick and the woman from HALo that nursed him back to health should get a medal for the work she put into him to save him. Because he was so young when they aquired him he has no memory of his neglect. Oscar is a happy healthy little boy and he LOVES everybody. My advise is to be as kind and patient as you can be and bribe with lots of good food and treats. I'm sure your vet will have help for you too. The first time your little one shows signs of improvement you will be thrilled. And yea, I bought a puppy from a pet shop once too, same thing as you, I felt so bad for the puppy. It turned out okay. Please keep us posted on your progress. If you want to you can email me at email@example.com my name is Nancy.
Thank you Codys Mom for the words of encouragement. They are really helpful, as I do not know anyone who had a personal experience with a mistreated dog. I will post some pictures of Maya as soon as she gets (and looks) better.
To Wandering Spirit and Corsomom: It is definetly not my intention to support such pet stores or puppy mills, but when I saw Maya, I just did not think in those terms. I "froze" a front of her cage. I just could not leave her there. When the sales guy finally handed her to me, I broke out in tears. My sensitivity took over the rational thinking (but I have no regrets).
NANCY: Thank you so much for your touching post and support. I am so happy that the world has such good people like you! Your doggies are so lucky to have you. I am writing from work right now (in a little spare time that I have), but I will definetly e-mail you from home soon.
P.S. Maya's limbs seem not bow out as much when she takes her walks outsite. I guess she was kneeling down and gave me the impression that there might be something wrong with her limbs.
I did leave Maya twice to eat alone. Once she did eat, the other time did not. Then again, one time when she did not want to eat, I gently handed her food on my fingertips little by little and it worked. Also, I do mix tiny bits of canned food (Caesar - puppy) with her dry food to please her taste and encourage her to eat. She likes Caesar. I am not sure whether I should do that though, because I am in a process of gradually switching from her old dry food (Eukanuba) to the one my other puppy is using (Royal Canin). Maybe I am mixing everything too much, because she got a diarrhea today. Daisy, my other puppy, is doing very well on Royal Canin though. All of this is a learning experience to me, becasue Daisy is a happy and heathy puppy and never suffered a day in her life. I just have so many questions this time around, I could be on this forum forever.