Puppy Search 9: Finding a Dog with a Healthy Future
by John F. Dvorak
The last time I was in the San Francisco Bay Area I had my heart set on getting one of those puppies from Puppy Search. They were offering them at $400 each and they looked like they would make great companions for me and my other two Golden Retrievers, Lucy and Violet.
I didn’t really think much of it at the time because I figured I could just take them back to New York and sell them there. But then I got sick and missed out on that opportunity so after spending some time looking around for another place to live, I decided to try Craigslist. There were several ads for Golden Retrievers but none of them seemed right for me since they all sounded too expensive.
Then I saw an ad for a pup named “Ricky” for sale for $200. That’s when I knew this was going to be the perfect pet!
So I emailed Ricky and he agreed to meet up in Oakland. When we met, he told me that he lived in California and had been working as a courier for UPS (United Parcel Service) since he was eight years old. He told me that he wanted to get an apartment with his girlfriend but was having trouble affording the place on his own so he figured that selling the dog would help him out a lot.
I looked at the dog and saw that it was purebred and only about three months old.
So we made the exchange and I had my new pet! He was a little smaller than I thought he would be but I knew he would grow and be big enough to help me do the heavy lifting around the house. The next day I made a sign advertising that I had another purebred Golden Retriever for sale and took some pictures of the dog.
As soon as I put the sign in my front yard, I got a call from a man named Tom who wanted to meet me out on the corner of my street. I didn’t like this idea since it was out of the way for me, so I told him that we could meet at a store that was closer to my house. He agreed and we set up a time and place.
When we met he introduced himself as Tom and looked over the dog. When I asked him if he wanted to take him for a walk or something he just said “It’s not necessary” and pulled out a wad of cash and gave me the $200.
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