Join Date: Jun 2019
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Thanked 25 Times in 14 Posts
Sorry, I think you need to look at this a little more objectively, I apologize if this comes across as unsympathetic, as I just do not understand why you don’t admit that you made a mistake and move on.
It does not sound like the pup was going to die if it didn’t have the surgery the day the vet diagnosed? You should have contacted the breeder immediately, before the surgery. That way you would have avoided all of that inconvenience and money out of pocket.
You could have returned the pup and continued with your life a happier person.
It is ok to admit you misjudged the work and investment, emotionally, physically, financially. You all would be better for it.
When Tessa was diagnosed with kidney disease at age 15 weeks, it was clear she had that at birth. My issue was the refusal of the breeder to support us and talk to us. Or return my email and voice mail when I called to let her know that Tessa died.
Yes the puppy purchase price would have been very appreciated, and I have had enough feedback to suggest most breeders would have offered at least that or taking the puppy back.
I believe it was another $11,000 or so between sept 20, 2018 and her death at age 1 on June 4, 2019. Plus the $ to the breeder, and all the training classes and misc stuff at home.
Just like you chose to do the hernia surgery, I chose to love and care for Tessa no matter what, until the pain and inability to eat on top of sky high bloodwork for bun, creatine etc, made it clear that we were not getting another year together.
I cry to think a hernia surgery is the breaking point - I have a cat who had 2 surgeries for a sarcoma, a cat who had exploratory surgery for IBS and remains on pricey “duck” and “rabbit” protein food to avoid a reoccurrence. But the kitties are now 8, and doing ok. They are family, and that means you stick through the hard stuff.
Pets are also a choice, not a new dishwasher that broke down.
So I say you are lucky you have realized this NOW and hope you are honest and ask the breeder to take the pup back - not ask for $700.
What will you do when the dog gets a torn acl or gets sick, or when you spay/neuter? You have another golden, do you just not take it to the vet for anything?
Worth every penny to me share those 9 months with a truly special pup. Not $ sitting around, but a dip into when I can retire...
I am sure glad that my Tessa and I found each other - I hate to think she could have gone to a home where what the breeder paid for would have impacted her future and her chance for an awesome 9 months of loving and being cherished.