The Daily Dog: Whalley
Urban Dog and Onpets Giveaway Winner
Whalley’s mom was living in Whalley, a District of Surrey, British Columbia, in the summer of 2011 when she found out someone was trying to “get rid of” two 15-week old toy poodle puppies because she was going on a trip. The owner brought the two pups to Whalley’s mom, told her she had a prospect for the second puppy and offered to leave Whalley, the runt of the litter. Whalley’s mom quickly realized how bad his condition was, with matted hair, a flea infestation, and no shots, or veterinary check-up.
Shockingly, three months later, the original owner returned and demanded payment for Whalley, stating that she wanted him back if payment was not made. Whalley was now healthy and happy and, as far as he was concerned, in his forever home so his mom refused the demands. The original owner tried to break into Whalley’s house, assaulted his mom in the process, and, within a week started telling people in her neighborhood that she was missing a dog looking just like Whalley! At some point, someone reported the original owner to the SPCA and it turns out she was running a puppy mill. She has since been shut down but Whalley’s mom told us she is “forever grateful our paths crossed at the time they did, despite the trouble.”
Whalley now loves to watch TV and his favorite movies are Sea Biscuit and 8 Below. He also loves his walks and he likes to dance along with his mom. When Whalley was a puppy his most quirky characteristic was putting his toys away, but unfortunately he’s since grown out of that. Teenage rebellion maybe? As an adult, Whalley is pretty human-like with a big personality and he walks on his hind legs a lot, loves to dance and talk. He’s still working on his ability to give kisses though because his idea of a kiss is apparently snorting in his mom’s face!
Whalley’s mom told us that “Getting a rescue animal has been the most unexpected and rewarding experience ever. From the moment I got Whalley he has been my best friend. Finding out how he was treated and how many other animals were brought into this world without proper attention and love breaks my heart and there are much worse scenarios out there. More people should adopt or rescue instead of finding breeders. There are so many pets in need of homes and the fact people keep adding to the crisis is sad!”
When asked if she had any parting advice for people thinking about adding a four-legged family member, she said “If you don’t think animals are like children who can’t speak, perhaps a pet isn’t for you. I think it’s important to know that every pet has its own needs and care plan, so please do the research on how to care for the type of pet you might be interested in before you get one, to ensure the longest lasting relationship.”
Today’s Daily Dog is one of the winners of the “Onpets Giveaway.”
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