Thorp, a Chinese Crested
Powder Puff was rescued from the March 12, 2008 Auction at the age of 4-1/2
His rescuer had no intention
of buying a dog -- she and a friend had only attended the auction to see what
it was really like, if it were as bad as they'd heard. She found out it was
In her words: "[He] was
the oldest and most pathetic dog at the auction. He was listed as a Chinese
Crested and with all the matted hair, obviously a Powder Puff. ..[During the
auction], Margie and I never moved from our seats. Frozen in fear and horror,
it was all we could do not to throw-up or scream or cry in outrage. After three
hours, I could see them take [my dog] out of his cage.
"So, I started the
bidding at $20.00 and with determination and not a lot of interest from anyone
there I won him for $60.00. It still breaks my heart."
Thorp suffered from terrible
teeth, an infection, struvite crystals in his bladder, and more. "Thorp
was so matted at the auction you could not even feel his skin. The groomer had
to remove his entire coat all in one piece. Some pieces so bad that part of his
skin was removed. (I still have his fur in a bag).
"Mentally, Thorp was a
mess, too. He shook constantly and was petrified of anything new."
With Thorp, came his AKC
registration papers. His new "Mom" tracked down his breeders to let
them know where he had ended up. They were shocked -- they had thought they
were selling him to be a show dog!
Click here to read the entire story of Thorp's rescuer's Dog
Auction experience .
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