Here’s a picture of me with my new family! Don’t we look GREAT???? My new Mom is Cherie and she came from Dallas with my new human brother and sister to get me. And, I have a Shih Tzu brother named Zammy who came along for the ride. We are going to have a great life!!!
I have my furever home!!! And, I have a new name. My new name is Hannah and I REALLY like it! My new Mom and Dad are Debbie and Joe and I REALLY love them!!!! Here’s a picture of me with my new Mom. Dad and Mom fell in love with me at the Natural Paws Meet and Greet at Vintage Park. They just KNEW I was the one for them!! I have a Shih Tzu brother named Cooper and a Chihuahua sister named Lola. And to make it even better, I have a “human sister” named Alexandra. We are such a happy family!!!!
I have a new home, a new Mom, and a new haircut!!! I am so excited! My new Mom is Malini and she is the sister of my foster Mom! So I will REALLY be a part of the family and will be able to see my foster Mom all the time. This is a pictrue of me – hopefully I will have a picture with my new mom soon. Life is good for me!
Leigh Ann Maxwell is a new "rescuer" in Houston with a group called AARF. She is confused about what happened in the situation with two adorable little dogs, Junior and Precious.
So, because she is a bit obsessed with Lone Star Shih Tzu & Lhasa Apso rescue and the diligence with which we conduct our business, the facts are documented here.
On April 19, 2013, I received the following message:
"I found two shihtzu’s in a McDonald’s parking lot. I have posted flyers all around the McDonald’s and cannot keep them because I have a blue heeler who is aggressive. If I cannot find the owner I will have to take them to a shelter. Do you have any suggestions or can they be taken by your organization?"
With the level of parvo and distemper rampant in the shelters today, we try to take in as many strays as possible. Any time unvaccinated dogs go into the shelter, they are exposed to these two very fatal diseasees and, frankly, we just don’t want to go through another "Bonnie Rosenberg."
Well, after seeing this photo – a picture of a gorgeous brown and cream lhasa and as gorgeous brown and cream shih tzu, we said yes.
Took them in, checked their teeth – horrible – both of them have severe tarter buildup, gave them DHPP, bordetella and Rabies and named them Clay and Sofia. The little boy, Clay, is intact and weighs about 20 pounds. The little girl weighs about 13 pounds. They were on the list to be spayed and neutered in about 4 weeks.
I checked Craigslist and the Houston SPCA daily and saw no lost dog postings that matched these dogs.
The good samaritan that found the dogs checked the area for lost dog signs and, as of this date, saw none.
On Sunday afternoon, we received this email "I think my dogs have been rescued? They have been missing since Friday when our pool man let them out on accident."
I didn’t even ask why the dogs were in the back yard for the pool man to let out. But, I did ask for her to send photos and a veterinary record that shows ownership of these two dogs.
Sunday night, she sent these pictures.
So, at this point, I’m thinking, ok, there are two cream/brown dogs. But then, I looked at the vet records she sent. I’ve redacted the address for privacy purposes.
The records sent for "Junior," the male, are for an 8 pound shih tzu not a 20 pound lhasa. Note that the records are as of July 2012. This did not seem to be the record for that gorgeous lhasa boy.
The records sent for "Precious" are for a black and white female. Again, this record does not match the dog.
I contacted the good samaritan to see if she had seen any lost dog flyers in the area. She sent me this "Lost Dog" flyer.
Note that it is for two Blk/Wht (black and white) shih tzu. This is Veronica’s phone number – the one in her emails.
I asked Veronica why the poster was for two black and white dogs when the ones she is claiming are brown /cream. Her response was that it matched the vet records.
This story just continued to get more and more confusing.
The good samaritan had posted "FOUND DOG" flyers throughout the area.
Next thing I know, the following "LOST DOG" flyer was posted on one of our lost and found pets page.
Ok, now can it get any more suspicious? The person claiming the dogs is now using a FOUND DOG photo on her LOST DOG flyer.
Now, generally, it is not unusual for someone claiming dogs illegally to use just any vet records – they know that most good samaritans are overjoyed to find the "owners" of lost dogs and typically don’t even ask for proof.
We follow the protocol that they need to have photos for identification and a vet record that matches the description of the dog. With this mess, I was very concerned that someone was trying to fraudulently claim these dogs.
We had quite a discussion on the lost and found pets page about this and thanks to Xio Rodriguez, made a plan to meet at a vet and let the vet examine the records and verify that the dogs matched the records.
On Friday, Veronica posted this photo on the lost and found pets page.
I wish Veronica had sent me this photo originally since it is a much better photo of the two dogs. And, note the distinctive pool in the background. I used google earth to verify the pool structure in the yard of the home on the vet records. At this point, I concluded that the dogs likely were Veronica’s even if the vet records don’t match, it is clear that these two dogs lived at that house.
I emailed Veronica and made a plan to meet her on Friday. We did meet up – she was happy to see the dogs. The little boy got into a fight with the other black and white dog, but that’s just what dogs do. I was happy.
End of story.
We will always verify ownership of dogs. One friend we’ve made through this page has been missing her shih tzu for three months. I suspect he was picked up, perhaps as a found dog, and sold in another city.
I hope this all makes send to you.
PS. Veronica and her mom were both very sweet people, so please do not criticize them.
I have a new family and I am going to be living in Round Rock! That’s me with my Mom Jill and the rest of the crew!!! My foster Mom says that I am one lucky pup being a part of this great family! Oh, and did I tell you my new name is Gracie? Cool!
I went to the Vintage Park Meet and Greet and found my new furever Mom Terri. We are going to be so happy together!!! We’ve both got smiles on our faces!!!
I have a new forever Mom, Charlise! Don’t we look great together! I am so grateful to have my very own family. Thanks Lone Star!
Here’s a picture of me with my new Mom, Stacy. Don’t we look great together? I was at the Meet and Greet and we found one another. I am so lucky to have my very own furever home!!!
I went to the Meet and Greet and found my furever Dad and Mom, Mark and Tamara. I am so excited to have my very own family to love!!!!
I went to the Wagathon in Austin and I am so glad that I did!!! I was adopted by my new Mom, Brenda, who has adopted from Lone Star before. I will have a fur sister named Athena and we are all going to be so happy together. What a great life I have in store for me!!!!