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In lieu of all the recent activity about taking in a new pup.. rescues or adopted, I have yet another rescue, a little male chihuahua.  Of course he had the right clothes on, black and tan.  He was bought by some people at a flea market by some people that my daughter knows for their granddaughter because she wanted him and they can't say no to her...ugh...My daughter intervened because she's savvy and knew how young this pup was and that I would know how and would take care of it, and the people that this puppy was with wouldn't have.  THIS PUPPY WAS SOLD AT A FLEA MARKET FOR $40.  HE DIDN'T EVEN HAVE HIS TEETH THROUGH YET! So, what, about 2 1/2 weeks old?  I was absolutely LIVID about this.  There is a law in California that puppies cannot be sold until 8 weeks old.  I talked to my vet's office about this,  they told me there's a puppy mill in a few towns over that does this.  The Animal Control for the county has been out there 3 times and shut them down, but yet the keep doing this. Anyway, he's, to my estimation, 8 weeks old now. I have been up at 2 am every night since he's come here but I digress.. My reason for posting this is to the people that are taking on more puppies than they can manage.  I stay at home all day, at it's all I can do to manage this situation.  I have now 2 female dogs, a neutered male 2 yr old minpin (who has made friends with the pup) and this little guy. One of the females, another rescue, I don't trust for a second with him, and Fancy loves him but she's just too big. Please please think about taking on more pups than you can manage!!

His name is Jaden, when we first got him.

Fancy meeting him..

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Ugh, a flea market?  I can't believe it!  I wish I could see the pictures, but my work blocks photosharing sites like photobucket.

Thanks for this post.  You make a very good point.

Good luck with your doggie zoo!

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Wendy~ I just love the photos you've posted of Jaden and of course Miss Fancy-Pants herself. I've 'been with you' through this entire process, but would like to 'publicly' thank you for the rescue work you do.. It's amazing to me how you cope with everything that's going on..

Angels like you have a special place in heaven.. a place where all the doggies, scritch ( it's a word) YOU behind your ears, peel YOU grapes and bring You nice warm meals several times a day.. They cover YOU up at night and check on YOU throughout the night to make sure your covers have stayed on and that you're comfortable..

I remember when you got Mystic.. and I thought "WOW!! Three ( and Fancy was a lot younger then) Jaden showed up and there really wasn't much of a choice, well there was,( there always is,) but you took the leap of faith and dug down deep and made sure this tiny creature had a chance at life.

You are a very special lady and I am proud to be your friend.

Katie

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Wendy, bless you for taking such good care of all these sweet doggies.  I know all too well about 'flea market pups'.  A dog that we had for 10 years before he passed away was a flea market pup.  We were walking through an outdoor flea mkt and a couple in front of us were having a big fight...word fight, not physical.  She had just bought a puppy from someone there, and he didnt want it.  They fought for about 5 minutes, then she said "Well, FINE!" and threw the pup down on the ground and they BOTH WALKED AWAY!  They got in a car and left.  WTH????  The puppy ran around like crazy trying to figure out where he was supposed to be...and ended up running out onto the highway that was adjacent to the flea mkt area.  The traffic cop there caught him and said she would have to lock him up in one of the storage sheds until Animal Control could come and get him the next day.  OH NO YOU DONT.....my wife and I told her we would take the puppy and find it a home, but please dont lock it up in a storage shed overnight, alone.  So we took him home and, like I said, we had him for 10 years.  I wish there was a way to stop people from selling dogs at flea markets, pet shops, and out of the trunk of their cars.

Jaden is a sweet little guy.  I agree with you wholeheartedly, though....people act on impulse and get a puppy when they really dont have the time or energy to take proper care of them too many times.

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Lady Kate, Paul, thank you for your kind words.  You both know me well enough now to know that I really didn't have a choice.  My husband, NOT a dog lover until Buster came into our lives, caught Mystic and brought her home.  She was nearly starved to death and totally feral.  When I showed him Jaden, he saw the look in my eye and knew he couldn't object. Jaden is going through the land shark stage and has a big attitude as chi's do but Buster's teaching him the ropes.  I have to rotate dogs all day so Jaden can get out safely to play.  hehehe "who wants bacon" and it's a race to the back door and they stay outside for a while.  You'd think Fancy was dying out there with her complaining...but they're getting used to it. 

I just don't get it with people, flea markets?  At this flea market they also sell fighting rooster cocks, and I'm sure there's lots of pit bull dogs fights around here too.  There are so many bullies and chihuahuas in the pounds now it makes me sick.  People just breed and breed.  There's even is an organization that spay and neuters pits for free.  The Animal Control has their hands tied about the fighting unless it is reported WHEN IT'S HAPPENING and then they'll go arrest, etc.

At the feed store that I get the dogs' food, I mentioned Jaden and how I came about getting him, and the owner of the store told me that a lady came in to get supplies for a pup with the exact same story.  She bought him because she knew she could take care of him.  So at least I know that one of Jaden's littermates is safe.  I almost lost Jaden the first night due to probable hypoglycemia.  I hope his littermates survived.  He was so loaded with roundworms.  Ugh, I'll stop ranting.  Dogs aren't novelties or toys to be taken out and played with occasionally.  They are a commitment.  When Jaden sees me he runs so fast on those little 2 inch legs to get to me.....ahhhh

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Sounds like the same mill Harley is from.  I did some research and he was from the Central Valley (saw pictures).  When I finally got him home he was only 6 weeks.  So if I back-track what I know about his history.  He spent week 5 at someone's home.  Week 3-4 at the pet store.  Isn't that terrible??  It makes me sick that they are taken away so young from their mothers.  Bless you for taking this little guy in. 

Thank god they don't allow dogs to be sold at pet stores anymore.  Is the flea market still legal in California?  If I saw that, I would call the cops right away. 

Harley was in bad shape too... no worms, but holes in his fur and way way way too skinny.  Poor babies.  Do you know of anyway we can close down the mill?  Write a letter to the govenor or something?

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Where in the central valley?  The county authorites have been out to this puppy mill and closed them down 3 times.  Apparantly they just get more dogs (chihuahuas run rampant around here) and start up again.  It really makes me wonder how many dogs they have given that the toy breeds only have a few pups, and they're selling them for $40! Hard to survive on that... I look at Craig's List for the central valley and I see one guy that is a horrible doberman BYB, shows pictures of his dogs in run down kennels..it's just creepy!, but no obvious doberman puppy mills.

I didn't get Jaden from the flea market, or believe me if I saw that I'd be on the phone on the spot.  My daughter's friend's parents (very elderly)bought him for their granddaughter, and my daughter intercepted.

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Oh no, I read that.. wasn't accusing you of getting him from there!  I am just SO happy that he is in good hands with you!  Bless you!  I was just saying that if I happen to be at the flea market (which I have only been once) and I saw that I would be on the phone too!  I cannot imagine it still being legal.  Back in the day when they still allowed dogs at pet stores, I wouldn't even by merchandise because I didn't want to give them any of my money.

I have the papers that came with Harley.  Can I post the address he came from here?  I looked up the address on goggle earth and it was so NOT pretty.  Makes me sad to think Harley's parents are still there.  They must of been handsome, because Harley is growing up into a good looking boy (but how could he not, being a doberman?).  The first few nights he suckled on blankets, probably looking for milk.  And I slept on the floor with him because I was worried about him getting cold. 

Anyone who reads this... do not buy animals from petstores or fleamarkets.  You are not saving them.... just helping them continue what they are doing!  Think about their parents! 

Jayden is so bless to have you and your daughter in his life!

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PM me the address.  And I didn't take what you said in anyway negative.

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Just saw the pictures!  What a cutie!


 

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He is a cutie and I am not a fan of Chihuahuas, but also bless you for what you have done for him. I agree with Kate, there is a special reward waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge.

Taking on a dog is a committment that too many just sluff off. But making the full effort has it's rewards in the unconditional love and affection we get back.

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God bless you for taking on this little guy, he's safe now though.   Such a wee cutie.