Puppy Mill Puppy
Keachy was found in a petstore in Ontario one day when I was looking for
cat food. She was 8 weeks old and the only puppy in a 2x2 cage. She was
VERY VERBAL & actually sounded like she was in pain. That’s what got my
attention. I had never seen or heard of a Miniature Pinscher before & it
was love at first sight.
The medical problems started less than a week later when she got kennel
cough. We also found out that she was horribly over vaccinated. When the
Vet looked at her ‘papers’ he told me she was from one of the worst states
in the US for Puppy Mills. We were told we should return her but we just
couldn’t. She’d already found her place in our hearts. My research started
& I found more than I ever wanted to know about what a Puppy Mill was!
A few years later she started to fall over when walking & was diagnosed
with luxating patella. A condition where the kneecap slips out of joint
and the leg can not support the dogs weight. She also had bad arthritis
and walking was so painful that eventually she stopped trying. I had to
carry her to her food bowl and to go out to potty. A life changing visit
to a vet saved her life and she was reasonably comfortable for quite a few
years. Then the seizures started. Luckily they were rare but it was still
one more problem that could have been avoided. I was really beginning to
worry that I’d have to put her to sleep but I thought that I’d know when
the time was right & she was still a happy dog. She still played & tried
to chase her ball & went everywhere I went.
One day I got a call at work from my son who said that he’d found Keachy
on the floor, frog-legged and she couldn’t walk. I got home in less than
half the amount of time it usually took me, scooped her up and ran off to
the 24 hour hospital. The news was not good. She’d had a huge seizure and
her whole right side was not working. I knew it was time and made the sad
decision to have her put down. I didn’t know what I’d do without her! I’d
had her in my life longer than I’d had my son.
She was the sweetest most gentle and easygoing dog I’ve ever known. She
had a difficult and pain filled life and still never once was aggressive.
We all miss her terribly!