June 26, 2014
by Sam Bourne

Hawaii Woman Tries to Flip Rescue Dog for Profit

flip a rescue dog

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Not one hour after Sally Mae’s adoption, employees at the Hawaiian Humane Society found a Craigslist post for the rescue dog, asking for twice her original adoption fee.

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In the post, the seller claimed that her and her boyfriend were no longer able to care for the dog. Did they somehow become overburdened between the time they adopted the dog and when they got home?

No — she was just looking to make some easy money.

Flipping Rescue Dogs

However, due to the legal grey area in which this practice exists, the humane society is at a loss for how to proceed. Nothing technically illegal took place. Yet we can all agree that this kind of behavior is inappropriate and needs to be prevented.

The business of adopting and reselling dogs for profit has becoming a growing problem in some areas – and the fact that there is no legal recourse against it makes it that much worse.

flip a rescue dog

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In the case of Sally Mae, there may be hope for retribution. While she is actually 10-years-old, the craigslist post advertised her as five. This could be viewed as attempting to defraud a potential buyer. Whether that is enough to have the slimy salesperson tried in court has yet to be determined. But we do know that the amount of outrage stirred up by this unseemly deed will help put an end to reselling rescue dogs.

In fact, the Humane Society is working on drawing up a bill that makes the act of dog flipping illegal. For the time being, however, they are encouraging people to take caution whenever they agree to adopt a dog through any channel that isn’t an official animal rescue.

So, if you are looking to adopt, make sure you go through a reputable source so as to not encourage this kind of unscrupulous behavior.

And if you want to learn a little more about Sally Mae, watch this video!

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June 25, 2014
by Sam Bourne
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Meet Peanut: The World’s Ugliest Dog

Say ‘hi’ to Peanut, the World’s Ugliest Dog.


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It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But when it comes to the World’s Ugliest Dog competition, the eye of the beholder can take the day off.

Sure, the contestants are kind and loving dogs, but the reason they came is not their pleasant disposition. These dogs are downright UGLY.

Ugliest Dog

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And at the front of the pack is the grim-visaged Peanut, who recently took home the title of World’s Ugliest Dog.


Now in its 26th year, the Worlds Ugliest Dog contest is not just some dog and pony show (although it is a dog show…).  It is a serious competition where the ugliest dogs from across the globe come to take a shot at the title.

Before the show, all the dogs are examined by vets to make sure that their unique looks are naturally cultivated and not the result of some kind of condition. Odd though it may be, this is one competition in which a bad case of mange or a bulbous tumor could actually be seen as a leg up.

Poor Peanut - World's Ugliest Dog

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Once vetted, there is a panel of three judges grade the entrants on various characteristics, such as special or unusual attributes, their overall personality, and “natural ugliness.” After the voting process, a winner is selected to bear the title of “World’s Ugliest Dog.”

This year, that honor went to Peanut.



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A two-year old shih-tzu chihuahua cross, Peanut did not always have such unfortunate looks.

He became disfigured as a puppy after suffering a serious burn. As it happens, many of the entrants in this pageant have a similar back story — the victims of abuse or burning to the point of disfigurement.

As for Peanut, his injuries resulted in his trademark deformed eyelids, patchy fur, and toothy grin.

However, in an unlikely turn of events, it is those selfsame injuries that earned Peanut a blue ribbon, $1,500, and international acclaim.


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To help prevent the future mistreatment of dogs, his handler, Holly Chandler, has promised to put the winnings towards paying for the vet bills of pets in need.

Also, as much of this contest is aimed at building awareness of canine abuse, Holly hopes that Peanut can one day become a poster child for how abused dogs can overcome their adversity.

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June 24, 2014
by Sam Bourne

“I Have Your Dog and You Can’t Have Her Back”: A Message to Dog Abusers Everywhere


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“I have your dog and you can’t have her back,” is the general sentiment of Brandi Glaske’s Craigslist ad. While in most settings a phrase like that would be downright incriminating, given the unique circumstances surrounding this message, Brandi is far from overstepping her bounds.

Her post is in reference to her newly adopted pup, a paraplegic pit bull named Honey, and is aimed at the dog abusers that beat her puppy to the point of disability and left her for dead.

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Honey’s Story

Adopted from the Montcalm County Animal Shelter when she was just four months old, Honey was already abused and crippled. But that did not stop Brandi Glaske from taking her in and giving her a home. And from the moment Honey got into the Glaske car to head home, she has been living up to her name, constantly snuggling with the children of the family. She is especially fond of the youngest, and 18-month-old that is now constantly being showered with puppy kisses.

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And while the Glaske family was incredibly glad to have been given the opportunity to bond with such a special creature, Brandi still could not get over the fact that someone could be so callous as to abuse such a loving pup. And then to leave her alone out in the cold? These dog abusers had another thing coming.

The Famous Letter

Brandi took it upon herself to send a message to these anonymous abusers, posting a long letter on Craigslist detailing how well Honey is doing now. Not only does Brandi mention that Honey is in a loving home now, but she also makes a point of wishing some small evils on the people that did this to her beloved pup — “I hope that you have trouble sleeping at night and that her sweet face and loving eyes haunt you daily.” Harsh, but not undeserved.

What makes this story even sweeter, beyond the fact that Honey has finally found a loving home, vets believe that — with some strenuous physical therapy and no small amount of luck — she could eventually walk on her own again.


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While it would be great for Honey to regain full mobility, even if it never happens (vets give it a relatively low chance of success) she is still an incredibly lucky pup with a family that loves her. Doesn’t get much better than that.

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June 20, 2014
by Sam Bourne

US Soldier Gets Dog Back After Sold on Craigslist by Ex



While serving his country in Afghanistan, US soldier Robert Gabbert left his ex-girlfriend in charge of his dog, Baxter. However, instead of taking care of the adorable Shiba Inu, she sold him to another family on Craigslist.

That’s right – she sold a deployed soldier’s dog on Craigslist.

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And, as if that wasn’t enough, when the family that responded to the Craigslist ad was told about the underhanded circumstance surrounding the transaction, they resisted giving back the dog. To their defense, the people that adopted Baxter have two young children that quickly formed a bond with the dog. Very quickly, in fact, having only had the dog one week.

While it is sad that the children have to part with their new pal, the fact remains that the dog’s rightful owner did not want to sell his dog on Craigslist. Imagine if a babysitter put a child under their care up for adoption — the fact that the adoptive family got attached to the new baby isn’t grounds for them keeping it.

Thankfully for Robert, multiple news outlets and a large internet presence agreed.



After the news went viral, a dedicated support group was formed, their sole purpose to ensure that Baxter find his way back to his rightful owner. Nancy Wallace, a member of the support group, told ABC News “We are not going to stop until we have the dog in our hands.”

And it worked! Thanks to the fundraising efforts of Robert’s support group, along with the assistance of The Colorado Shiba Inu Rescue, the adoptive family has agreed to give back Baxter. In return for their cooperation, the family received considerable monetary compensation and the assistance of the shelter to help find them a similar dog.

Now when Robert finally does make it home from Afghanistan, he will be greeted by EVERY member of his family.

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June 17, 2014
by Sam Bourne

PET MIRACLE: Maltipoo Survives 15-Story Fall, No Major Injuries


After plummeting 15 stories down an air vent, the fact that Susie – a 4-year-old Maltese/Poodle  mix (or Maltipoo) – survived is nothing short of a miracle. However, for a dog like Susie, one miracle simply is not enough. The fact that she fell over 100 feet without suffering any broken bones or internal bleeding is positively, by all accounts, unfathomable.

That’s right — Susie is quite possibly the luckiest unlucky dog on Earth.



The incident occurred on Friday, when Elaine Caralis, Susie’s owner, took her over to a friend’s 16th floor high-rise apartment in Fort Lauderdale. After wandering off into a closet, Susie fell into an open exhaust shaft, falling down the narrow, dark chute. Eventually getting stuck after falling some 15 stories, first response “cut holes above and below the second floor to try to get (to her),” said Timothy Heiser of the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.

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At 68-years old with no kids,  Susie is — in many ways — Caralis’ baby. Throughout the ordeal, Caralis was inconsolable, thinking that her precious baby was dead. Luckily, the fire crew that responded to the call was able to act quickly and remove her dog before any serious damage was done. When they finally got Susie out of the wall, what the EMT’s saw was simply unbelievable.



After being freed from the wall, rescuers were shocked to see the condition Susie was in — or, more accurately, the lack of condition. Her attending veterinarian, who was expecting to see a dog in critical condition, was downright shocked with how minimal Susie’s injuries were. In fact, despite some  bruises, Susie is expected to make a full recovery.

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Both a story about the heroic efforts of the rescuing party, and the unbelievable luck of a dog that, by all accounts, should have been gravely injured, Susie’s tale will go down as one of the most unlikely outcomes to a potentially tragic situation.

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