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“Cash Cow” Prized Puppy Gets Undercover Rescue

“Cash Cow” Prized Puppy Gets Undercover Rescue


Written by Cathy McCarthy of North Carolina

Two years ago, I had the privilege of playing a small part in the rescue of a very special dog. Neejee, which means friend in the Ojibwa language, is a rare breed called the Peruvian Inca Orchid. These dogs are reputed to be healers in the Native world who have special powers that cheer your heart when you feel down. They are hairless mutations and must be carefully bred to be healthy.

Neejee’s story starts when his former owner put him up for sale on Craigslist. Neejee was a male puppy worth a lot of money to anyone devious enough to run a puppy mill. As a non-altered rare breed, he represented a cash cow. He was in danger of spending his life in a small cage populating the USA with dogs that would be unhealthy and probably so badly mutated that their short lives would be nothing but suffering and pain.

Luckily, a woman who rescues whippets saw the ad and decided to buy him undercover. This is where I enter the picture. As a person of native background, and the grandaughter of a Mide-healer in the Ojibwa tradition, I knew someday one would come my way. I did not want to buy one from a breeder as I would not encourage the breeding of these delicate angels. I read a notice about Neejee in the rescue pages. The whippet rescuer would not let Neejee go with just anyone because of his special needs and was keen to find a home that included another dog (Neejee is very pack-oriented and insecure.)  She was also looking for someone who would keep him warm in the winter and keep him protected from sunburn in the summer.

I Drove 36 Hours Roundtrip To Save Him the Trauma of the Airplane Flight

After much back and forth, the rescuer consented to letting me have him. My husband drove me 18 hours one way to pick him up as a plane ride would have traumatized him. He was hesitant but very playful when I first met him. He hated leaving his buddies at the rescue but consented to the long drive home.

What a difference a rescuer can make. Each of us has the power to save a life.

Two years later, Neejee is a delight. He spends his day with my Maquis, my other rescue dog (an Aussie shepherd mix). I am careful to tend to his need for warmth and a peaceful setting. He truly is a healer as he naturally cuddles close with his warm body to soothe my arthritic legs and gives unconditional support when I am feeling blue.  See all the photos here.

Brought to you by The Great Animal Rescue Chase


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9:32AM PDT on Apr 30, 2014

love this story

5:13AM PDT on Apr 29, 2014

More lucky ones, please

4:43PM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

noted ty . they give us all

5:40PM PDT on Apr 19, 2014

Many people would have been relieved for this dog that he found a loving and understanding home. Thank you

8:12PM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

I'm so glad that little Neejee found is real home with the family he should have had in the beginning. Craig's list seems to be turning into a crime enabler so how lucky that Neejee had a guardian angel.

11:58PM PDT on Apr 17, 2014

Thank God for those who go the EXTREEM Miles to SAVE and RESCUE Animals in Need ! Without People like this ,so many Innocent lives would be Lost ! Every Animal Deserves Love and Care from Humans! It's OUR Job to make sure we Care for all the creatures God gave Us ! Do No Harm! A little Compassion works Wonders ! :) Thank you for Saving this baby from a Horrible life !

11:41AM PDT on Apr 17, 2014

What a wonderful story. God bless the women who rescued this dog from a life of misery.

9:11AM PDT on Apr 17, 2014

Bless the original woman who bought the dog "undercover" and made sure it went to a good home. Also the wonderful native lady who is now caring for it.

3:14AM PDT on Apr 17, 2014

thank you.

3:43PM PDT on Apr 16, 2014

Thanks for the nice rescue story!

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