We thought a puppy share would be a good idea… we were wrong.
We posted ride shares on craigslist before leaving in order to help alleviate gas costs. We got a number of responses back, some that fell through and some that were just strange, including some guy that asked Kyle to send him a picture of me and what the seating arrangements were… We didn’t bother to respond. Then we received an email from a breeder wondering if we would transport a eight week old blue heeler puppy to Vegas for us. We didn’t hesitate. We couldn’t think of anything better then being paid to transport a puppy to Vegas. It wasn’t a person so we didn’t have to keep it entertained or talk to it, it was just going to sit in the back seat and look cute. Or so we hoped.
So then we got our puppy share and I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that the reason it wasn’t a good idea was because the puppy puked all over the place, whined the whole way to Vegas, didn’t sleep all night, pooped in her crate, ect, ect. Quite the contrary, she didn’t whine at all, she only puke twice (my fault for feeding her too much), she consistently went to the bathroom outside, she came when she was called, and she even slept through the night cuddled up to me on our friend Kirsten’s couch. She was a great pup and there in lies the problem. She was cute, she was cuddly, she ran up to you when you crouched down and flopped on your feet, begging for belly rubs. She fell asleep while you were holding her with her head on your shoulder. She was a dream. We got attached. I actually cried when we handed her over to the buyer.
So be forewarned, puppy shares may seem like a great idea but there are two ways it can go. You can have a horribly behaved puppy that tires you out and is actually more work then a human ride share would have been or you get stuck in our situation. In love with a puppy you can’t keep. Heartbroken in Vegas watching the cutest furriest face you’ve ever seen drive away from you. The only thing we were left with was a standard by which to judge all future potential puppies.