Thursday, April 10, 2008

The obligatory cutest puppy ever post

Apparently, there's an unwritten rule in the blogosphere that we must all do a cute puppy post. OK, I just made that up because I want to show you my cutest puppy. May I present Miss Katharine Hepburn:










In the manner of a true star, she will only answer to Katharine Hepburn. Not Katharine, not puppy, not damn you stupid dog. Only Katharine Hepburn. She is a very dainty 9 month old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who (whom?) I rescued from a puppy mill. Oprah's got nothing on me! I got her when she was four months old and I believe she had been marked to be kept as a breeder. I won't go into gruesome detail here because I don't want to cry and you don't either. Suffice it to say that she is one lucky pup and the horrors of what I saw there will haunt my mind forever.

I had been looking for a tri-colored female CKCS for three years. The tri-colored are very hard to find. When I was lucky enough to find a reputable breeder who had one, they inevitably wanted between $1300 and $1850 depending on the lineage. Yeah, that's what I said! I have a friend who does search and rescue with her Shepherds who knew I was looking. She asked if I wanted to go with her group on a raid. While I am forever grateful that she thought of me, and for this happy little dog, I wish with all my heart I had never gone to that place. We saved 283 dogs that night. Twenty six were too far gone to help. The others are either placed in forever homes or being fostered. And that's all I have to say about that.

Katharine Hepburn is still a little timid. She is not aggressive at all. Actually, she's too submissive, but we're working on that. Given the abuse she has no doubt suffered, I think she's coming along magnificently and we're lucky to have her.

12 comments:

Vanessa said...

First, what an adorable little puppy! You are such a good person for providing the forever home for her.

Second, my mother recently lost a dog. He was old and had a good life, but it was his time. She has decided she would really like a Cavalier but is not up for paying the price. Should you ever come across another in need, please think of me. My mother and I are both into rescue and she owns a grooming spa (yes, SPA) and this dog would have a wonderful home.

Kate said...

Ohhh, she's beautiful! And yes, sad story that does not need to be told, but probably just remembered. My sister does rescued Greyhounds. They don't last long, but she loves and loves and loves them while she has them. Katharine Hepburn will be loved, I'm sure.

Ree said...

She's beautiful.

Christine said...

Well, first I was going to get all up in your grill because I thought MY puppy was the Cutest Puppy Ever in the blogosphere. Then I read about your Kathryn Hepburn and I see so much beauty in her eyes, and I must concede that she just might be the Cutest Puppy Ever.

Rima said...

Honest to Pete, that is the cutest dang dog I have ever seen!

flutter said...

She is a doll, and you? An angel for rescuing her

Candy said...

She's adorable!

I have friends who breed them, and they get around 2 grand per puppy. They're retiring off the proceeds. It kills me.

moo said...

what a sweet face!

Puppy Mills are horrible. I won't even shop at pet stores that sell dogs or cats in cages ... those stores should be SHUT DOWN.

But 1K for a DOG is outrageous, too.

carrie said...

OMG!!!! She is the absoulte cutest thing I have ever laid eyes on.

I really, really wanted a CKCS until Charlotte got one on Sex and the City and then they were too trendy -- which has now worn off and I'm stuck with this crazy Australian Sheperd who I love but c'mon, he's no lady that's for sure!

Congratulations on being her new mommy. I'm sorry you saw terrible things, but it looks like it was worth it in the end. She is beautiful.

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