Extremely Displeased with Nash's breeders...
Hey folks - this is more for me to vent than anything, but, I figured maybe it could spark someone else to not have the same problem we do - so worth the effort in that regard.
We were loosely looking for a new pup. Not really breed specific, but we did tend to be leaning towards GSD's. Again, just a family member - not planning to train for IPO, etc. We, honestly, did not even want to go with a pure bred - but a local post happened to show up with a few GSD pups, and we took interest. Long story short, we checked out the pup, mom, dad, litter mates and did some basic background work on the owners and mom/dad. All seemed on the up and up and we took home who eventually would become named "Nash". (I referred to him as "Mr Brown Legs" until we come up with the name that fit him.)
Again, we are not pro's, we are not trainers, we are not breeders...we're just a couple with room for a new pup. We did raise a beautiful Bloodhound "Beau" from 3 months to 11 years, and have had dogs in our lives constantly. So, not completely unaware, just a normal couple with a pup. Anywho - we pick up Nash Dec 1. He's been outside or in an unheated garage w/ Mom/Dad and the siblings. Perfectly fine, and not really anything to do with the displeasure - just explaining the situation. Naturally, he's a filthy thing when we meet him - but, after seeing the temperament and behaviors of mom and dad as well as him and the litter mates - we agree to a (what I consider fairly good) price, and take him.
It was below freezing that day, and we were cold so cranked up the heat in the car. After a few mins of lots of heat and curvy roads, we had a sick pup. He never vomited but hacked a couple of times... we pulled over, cooled things off and gave him a chance to recover. He did so fairly quickly, and we were off again - he was fine henceforth. We decided to stop at Petsmart on the way home and let him get primped up since he was semi-filthy (it was a wet and rainy/snowy day). According to the groomers, he did great. We loaded up and went home. All is well. (and still is - this isn't one of "those" stories just to be clear)
He does all of the normal pup things, except he is burning up. And I don't mean excited panting, or puppy exuberance - I mean this pup is flat out roasting at 70 degrees. He loves it outside, and then we have that "doh" moment. He has NEVER been inside. The last couple of weeks have been very very cold. He's acclimated to freezing outdoor temps, and we have him inside. So we believe hes just too hot.
We let Beau sleep on the bed...and with a pup, sure it's a risk - but we are going to take that risk and just start how we want his lifestyle to be and train our way though the rough spots. So, we let him on the bed for bedtime. We cooled down the temp to about 68 and turn on a fan (which is normal for me anyway). He gets hotter and hotter. We turn on the ceiling fan. He's still getting hotter. Finally, his breathing is so rapid I begin to think something is badly wrong. It was over 100 breaths per min, totally resting. I get him up and we go outside, he's acting perfectly fine. Come back in and all is seems well. He's cooled down and even when hot a happy pup. Long story short with this -- we have been freezing our tails off inside since then to help let him acclimate to being inside. He is slowly starting to handle it better, but we still do lots of window opening / fan running / etc. Like 64 degrees in the living room cool... brrrrrrrr.
Now for the displeasure --- I looked over the papers we had for his shots, and I noticed only one round. But one of the owners said they took him to a different town than what the papers had - so I assumed they just didn't give us all of the shot records. No biggie. I'll call the vet and see what they have, and if not - call the "breeders" and get the name of the other vet. I use "breeders" loosely as I don't consider them actual breeders, rather folks with dogs who bred. So, I call the vet. Nope. Only one round. 10/10. Missing 10/31 and 11/28 shots. Contact breeders to find the other vet. "Oh sorry, we missed the second round..." and begins to explain how and why they forgot etc.
Immediately I get very unhappy. Not rude, but very upset. We've had the pup for 5 days, have introduced him to people with dogs and worst of all, to the groomers in Petsmart. All with shots from 10/10 which at this point are basically useless. I could have tolerated being behind on shots - but you have to freaking tell me that! Zero chance I would have ever taken him into Petsmart being behind two rounds of shots!
Breeders first response when I called him out on the shots... "Well bring him back and we will give you a refund." OH HECK NO, you are not getting NASH!
Now to be fair to the "breeders" they have agreed to cover the cost of all 3 rounds which should have happened... we just have to hope he didn't pick up anything recently. Yeah... lesson learned with a local buy from a local guy...