Imagine if you bought a purebred Toy Poodle at a rock-bottom price only to discover it was really a giant ferret pumped up on steroids. That would never happen, would it?
Welcome to La Salado, Argentina’s largest bazaar. Here, you will find a wonderful selection of gorgeous Toy Poodles that are not Toy Poodles at all. They are ferrets on steroids, groomed into Poodle-ness by masters of the blow dryer. They sell for $150 each. What a world. (This reminds us of our story last month, about the Capybara who fosters orphaned puppies.)
Back in Argentina, The Daily Mail reports, a retired man from Catamarca became suspicious when he realized that the two Poodles he bought started to look like the infamous “Brazilian rat” — which is what some people in the area call ferrets. When he brought his lovely dogs to the vet for the vaccinations like a responsible dog owner, he discovered he really owned two giant ferrets who had been fed steroids since birth.
Don’t you hate it when that happens?
And the man is not alone. Another woman said she bought a ferret that was sold to her as a Chihuahua. Perhaps she had never seen a Chihuahua. Or a dog.
The man and the woman declined to file complaints. Maybe they love their ferrets?
Should you ever be in the position of suspecting own a ferret pumped up on steroids instead of a Poodle, the Daily Mail offers a handy guide outlining some differences between the two. We recommend printing it and keeping it by your bedside:
Via the Daily Mail