I love me some Australian Shepherds, let me tell you. I've written about them a few times on here, largely because our two most recent dogs have been Aussie mixes, who frequently wind up as rescues since people buy them because they are "cute," not realizing they are also a handful. Today we have a gorgeous blue merle Aussie named Luna.
Regular readers of the blog know that I caution against getting a pet through Craigslist or the newspaper. A lot of people blanche at paying a rescue group’s or shelter’s price but when you buy a dog from them usually (if it’s a legitimate place) you’re paying for its shots, its vetting, and its spaying or neutering.
Some rescue groups actually watch the papers for “free” puppies, especially if they’re pit bulls, and go get the dogs. Often these puppies are from litters born to dog-fighters, and these are the cast-offs who won’t be good fighters. If you need another good reason not to get your dog through Craigslist, read the story of Hercules righthere. You’ll be amazed at how unethical his sale was.
She made lots of phone calls, looking for a medium-sized dog, and eventually made plans to meet a woman from another town. When she got there, the woman opened a crate full of pee and poop and pulled out a little shivering dog.
Sammie was never more certain of anything than she was at that moment: that dog was not going home with that woman.
So how does a pedigreed, vetted dog with papers wind up in that bad of shape? Simply put, it was a scam. The veterinarian informed Samantha he didn’t think any of the paperwork was real, and to prove it he called the number on the veterinary paperwork. It went to a loud recording saying “Unknown Number.”
Together over the past year they have become an inseparable pair.
Luna helped her family (including Ranger) get through the loss of Saber, who at 12 years old crossed the rainbow bridge.
If Sammie is crying, especially after watching Pit Bulls and Parolees, Luna comes to her and gives her paw until Sammie high fives her back.
Luna has inspired Samantha to do everything she can to make the world a better place for animals, and thus she has changed her major from nursing to pre-veterinary science.