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“Cash Cow” Prized Puppy Gets Undercover Rescue

“Cash Cow” Prized Puppy Gets Undercover Rescue

Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 Favorite. It was originally published on March 10, 2012. Enjoy!

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.

Brought to you by The Great Animal Rescue Chase


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12:49AM PST on Dec 17, 2014

Thank you

9:31AM PDT on Oct 28, 2014

Thank you for helping him!

8:50AM PDT on Oct 27, 2014

Not sure what agenda Claire J has. Apparently she is an uninformed person who doesn't know the horrors of puppy mills. There are thousands of dogs who do not have a home, why breed one to make more? I am happy this lovely dog found a home that he will not be subjected to the life of a puppy mill. And who cares if it is a "reputable" breeder? For every one puppy that goes to a good home, there are a thousand who do not.

9:11AM PDT on Oct 25, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

1:00PM PDT on Oct 22, 2014

Sweet story, Thanks.

11:04PM PDT on Oct 21, 2014

Thank you for sharing!!!

9:33PM PDT on Oct 21, 2014

Thanks to all involved in the rescue.

8:24PM PDT on Oct 21, 2014

It is wonderful that Neejee was rescued. One of the many dangers of selling pets over Craig's List is that one often doesn't know who the person on the other end happens to be. The pet could end up in a research lab for all one knows, or someone involved in a puppy or kitten mill. There are some people who don't bother to check out who is obtaining a pet.

It is simply annoying that people still carelessly sell animals or even give them away via Craig's List.

7:44PM PDT on Oct 21, 2014

No hay nada como ADOPTAR !! Que alegria verlo tan bien!!

7:31PM PDT on Oct 21, 2014

Claire J., you are utterly and completely wrong. The human animal is the only one with a sex life. All the rest, including domestic pets, mate as a biological imperative. Take away the hormones driving that imperative and they no longer feel the need, nor do they feel deprived. The only "wanted" puppies are wanted by the humans responsible for breeding them for money: animals don't reproduce out of a deep emotional longing to be parents.

What's creepy is your delusional belief that "reputable breeders" have the right to use animals to generate income and that the animals are somehow appreciative of this largess because it means they get to screw.

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