Chihuahua/Mixed Breed
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Sex: Male   Weight: 11-25 lbs

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   Leave a bone for Rupert

Rupey, Rupe-Rupe, Uncle Rupert, Handsome

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

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Quick Bio:
-dog rescue

February 3rd 1995

Napping with his tongue sticking out. Getting kisses.

People who don't take proper care of their pets.

Favorite Toy:
His bed and his blanket.

Favorite Food:
Science Diet -- softened with water.

Favorite Walk:
The Farmer's Market Walking Trail.

Best Tricks:
Being sweet, getting kisses, hearing secrets and "swimming" in the grass.

Arrival Story:
Hello! My name is Rupert. My story doesn't start off so good -- but don't worry, it ends great. I was a family pet that was mauled by another animal and my skin was really ripped apart. My family didn't want to pay for my vet bills so they left me in that condition for 10 days. A neighbor boy saw me hiding under their kitchen table in pain and told his parents who contacted the police. The police came and gave my family three options; 1.) Get me properly vetted, 2.) Have me euthanized, or 3.) Turn me over to animal control. I guess option 3 was the least expensive so off I went to the pound. But I still didn't get the medical care I needed until LL Dog Rescue found out about me and took me in. They had me vetted and sent me to Pawd'ners Rescue Ranch & Dog Hospice outside of Topeka, Kansas where I could get the ongoing care and medical attention I needed. My body was in shock from gang-green and I required a lot of special baths and tender cleanings to get my wounds and system flushed of all the toxins. The mending process was a long one but they were very gentle with me on my road to recovery. Eventually I was patched together. I had a few spots of missing fur but you couldn't see most of my scars unless you petted my coat against the grain of my fur. Then you could see where I had been stitched back together. My future dad had just lost Snappy and the woman at Pawd'ners asked him if he would foster me. She said I would have a better shot of getting adopted if he would take me in and bring me to the Adopt-A-Pets where someone might see me and want to give me a home. He did take me home -- and that is where I stayed for the rest of my good life.

FROM RUPERT'S DAD: Rupert was such a good boy and the last few years of his life with us were great ones. Sadly, the toll the attack and medical treatments took on him effected his heart and he passed from congestive heart failure in June of 2006. He was a happy, funny, little guy and passed knowing he was well-loved. We miss our handsome Uncle Rupert.

Forums Motto:
Pee on it.

A shout out to::
Pawd'ners Rescue Ranch & Dog Hospice and LL Dog Rescue.

Please help:
There are far more dogs than there are people to take care of them. Please pick an area shelter or rescue group and show your support by donating your time, energy, talents, services, goods or funds. It is very important and they need your help.

Consider adoption:
If you are thinking of getting a pet, please consider adoption. You can save a life.

Spay and Neuter:
Please spay and neuter your pets. The pros far out way the cons -- it's better for the animals and a step to diminish the number of future unwanted pets.

I've Been On Dogster Since:
February 22nd 2009 More than 7 years!

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For the love of Rupert:

Pet Overpopulation: It's All About the Math

February 22nd 2009 1:48 pm
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Are you part of the solution or adding to the problem?

Last year, 2.7 million dogs were euthanized because there are more dogs in the world than there are people to give them homes. This figure should not be acceptable to any member of the human race. Please make sure that your actions are not inadvertently adding to the number of homeless pets. These animals are destined to be killed simply because there is no where for them to go. Act responsibly.

Understand that any offspring from your dog will fall into one of two catagories; 1.) They, themselves, will eventually be euthanized or 2.) They will be taking a home away from another dog who will be killed due to the pre-existing (and growing) number of homeless pets. It’s all about the math -- and last year alone, that total added up to 2.7 million unfortunate dogs being euthanized.

Every dog that is adopted opens a vacancy in a shelter or rescue group for another animal to come in and be saved. The adoption of one dog actually helps to save two lives. Dogs wind up homeless through no fault of their own. Somewhere along the way, it was a human who let them down. Will you be the human to step in, save them and let them know they count? Can you keep them temporarily or financially support them until they find their forever home?

Buying a dog from a pet store encourages the breeding of more puppies coming into a world already overcrowded with homeless pets. Very likely, your dollars are going to financially support the continued abuse and neglect of the dogs used as breeding stock. These breeder dogs are sentenced to a miserable existence (churning out countless liters of pups for human profit) in one of the many deplorable puppy mills scattered across this nation. Do you really want your hard earned dollars lining the pockets of people who make their living by breeding future unwanted pets? Are you willing to be the financial backer for the ongoing neglect and abuse of these breeder dogs terminally stuck in puppy mill hell? Do not buy dogs from pet stores. Period.

The same is true of family breeders. While the conditions of a home environment are plush compared to that of a puppy mill -- family, home or back yard breeders are also contributing to the pet overpopulation problem in a similar way. Again, just based on math alone, these pups will fall into one of the two categories listed above. Why? Because there are more dogs than there are people to give them homes.

Do not support businesses who profit from the sale of puppies and kittens. Most of the major pet store chains no longer sell dogs and cats. Instead, they invite rescue groups into their stores to assist the plight of homeless pets. This type of responsible action deserves to be rewarded and these are the businesses that deserve our financial support. Any money spent with a business who chooses to sell puppies and kittens is money going to help perpetuate the existence of puppy mills and backyard breeders -- and consequently, the inevitable euthanization of future pets.

Understand that getting a pet is a lifelong commitment and it is your responsibility to provide them with humane care for their ENTIRE life. Not just as long as they amuse you or your circumstances allow it. Not just as long as they are well-behaved or their health is good and vet costs low. Every dog that is euthanized or lands in a shelter is there because some human didn’t act responsibly. They didn't make a lifelong commitment to their pet. Any dog you put back into the system is taking a home away from another animal.

These groups are usually not-for-profit, volunteer-run, organizations and they are overwhelmed by the sheer number of pets in need of help. Their resources are limited. Please help them help these dogs who have fallen on hard times at the hand of man. You can foster a dog in your home until they are able to be adopted. You can donate your time, talents or services to the cause. You can help defray operational costs by donating money, pet supplies, cleaning supplies or office supplies. Call a group in your area and ask them for a copy of their wish list. They can provide you a list of the things they need and let you know how you can be of greatest assistance. Please, please do something.

Share your thoughts on breeding facilities, animal neglect and abuse and the insufficient penalties for offenders with your elected public officials. After all, they work for you. And be vocal with your family, coworkers and friends about the items mentioned above. Often times, people are not acting out of cruelty, rather ignorance. Plant a seed and change the way the people in your life view pets and pet ownership. It's all about the math. Be a part of the solution.

Uncle Rupert -- The Land of the Misfit Dogs

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