|Barked: Sat Sep 1, '12 9:41pm PST |
|Thanks for all of the replies and the well wishes. Allie is doing great - she's not dehydrated, has been drinking and eating just fine, thankfully, and is just as active as a puppy should be. Her stools are still abnormal but they're getting better. We were given the go-ahead to start her on the hook worm treatment, which she hates, but I think she's going to be fine (and our vet agrees).
All this being said, YES, we got Allie from what most consider a "BYB". It was an individual that had a litter of puppies by "accident" (meaning they irresponsibly allowed their family pair of boxers to breed and then said, "Oops!") I really should have known better - I know that it's not legitimate and I myself have stated many, many times that I'd never get a puppy from one but when my husband showed me Allie's picture, something about her tugged at me (and her specifically, not really the litter as a whole).
So no, Allie was NOT rescued. However, I do have a "rescued" boy, BoBo, that we adopted from the shelter and we also have a Shih Tzu, Wicket, that we brought home from a breeder (and not a BYB). So now we've experienced pretty much every side of the spectrum (breeder, then rescue and now BYB...). I love my little Allie but I can say that I will never EVER consider it again after what we've gone through in this short amount of time. It was definitely an "I told you so" moment, a real eye-opener, on why no one should do what we did. I don't regret bringing Allie home simply becauase she got help and I'm glad that we can be with her to support her as she gets healthy but at the same time, I should have known better from the get-go and let my heart do the talking over my brain.
It still angers me that she never received ANY shots or worming. Totally irresponsible (although I can't be casting stones because technically, me bringing Allie home wasn't the most responsible choice, supporting BYB's and all...so I recognize that we all - including Allie - paid the price for dealing with a BYB instead of a reputable breeder or by simply rescuing).
As for Wicket and BoBo...they are fully vaccinated and are on monthly Interceptor for heartworm & fleas but our vet recommended a booster "just in case" and sent me home with a shot for each, which I gave to them immediately.
I just wanted to clear up the confusion about whether Allie was "rescued or from a BYB" because I didn't make it clear in the beginning. I really do appreciate all of the kind words, though, and regardless of how Allie came home, we love her and are so thankful that she pulled through and didn't suffer too badly (or as badly as it could have been) and that she's on her way to becoming a healthy and overly-active puppy. She goes back to the vet on the 18th for a checkup and her next round of boosters but I think she's done remarkably well, all things considered.
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