I bought a Boxer puppy on the Internet from Billy Thomas and Angie Lopez a little over two months ago. The early pictures of the puppy looked great, he was a fawn colored puppy with a lot of white markings, he looked a little skinny, but Mr. Thomas told me that was because he was under stress from being treated for worms.
I paid the entire amount up front $1500 for this puppy, it was agreed that if something happened and I couldn't have the puppy I would be refunded the whole amount.
When it was almost time to pick up the puppy, on the third of January, I called Mr. Thomas. He was not available, instead I got Ms. Lopez, who was at first confused as to who I was, and then being very rude to me told me it would be another two weeks before I could come and pick up my puppy. When I asked why, she couldn't tell me and asked me to call back later when Billy was there. Later that evening, when I called back, Mr. Thomas explained that my puppy needed to stay the additional two weeks for weaning from his mother.
After the two weeks went by it was finally time to pick up my puppy, I hadn't seen a picture of him since he was four weeks old, but I had memorized every detail over the six weeks, after looking forward to having him come home for so long.
When I went to Mr. Thomas' house on a Saturday to pick up my puppy he was 10 weeks old, I didn't recognize him from the pictures I had studied so much, in my anticipation! His white markings were so different than in the picture, it didn't look at all like him! He was very thin and had a lot of fuzzy long hair; his coat was dull and not shiny. I asked Mr. Thomas if I could see his parents, he took me outside behind his house and showed me his kennel. His Boxers were all living outside in a small kennel with only simple dog houses for shelter. It was very muddy then and the dogs were
covered in mud and feces. I couldn't get near any of them because they were trying to jump all over me. It was a very sad experience to see these dogs living outside in the middle of winter, in the mud, and completely lonely and starved for attention. Mr. Thomas didn't have a lot of dogs,
maybe 10 or 12, but to me his back yard looked like a puppy mill. The type of place where sweet and innocent dogs are exploited as commodities for a persons financial gain.
I told Mr. Thomas that I didn't think the puppy was very healthy looking, and I wasn't sure he was the same one I had picked from the photos. He assured me that he was the puppy I had paid for and that I would be happy with him. After his persistent arguing that the puppy would be a good pet, I eventually gave in and accepted the puppy.
After we got home and unloaded Sam (we decided to name him that) I noticed that he had been sick and had several very loose stools in his crate, Mr. Thomas had assured me that he was crate trained at eight weeks of age, so I became concerned. He was almost lifeless and seemed to be scrunched up like he had a sever stomach ache. We could tell that he felt very bad. The next day, on Monday, we went to the vet to have him checked out, the news was not good. The veterinarian found Giardia and Roundworms active in the stool sample. He also told me that Giardia is contagious for people too; fortunately our children hadn't been allowed to play with the puppy because he felt ill! The veterinarian also noted a heart murmur; he said it was grade two, but not life threatening when puppies are young. Since then every time I have called Billy and Angie to tell them about Sam I dont get an answer, so I emailed them, and still have not had any reply. My puppy is doing better now after the medication the veterinarian prescribed. We love Sam dearly, but I feel that for the price I paid, and the conditions I saw in Mr. Thomas kennel, I was cheated. I am worried that the heart condition will worsen and become a major health issue as Sam gets older. I feel as though I paid $1500 for a puppy that was of the same quality as the $300 puppy mill Boxer dogs advertised in my local newspaper classified ads.