"My mother said white-footed dogs bring back luck to my
business. Since I purchased this Boxer puppy, I had some
business set backs. The cheque from the this Puppy Seller
who bought some goods from me bounced. I got his puppy as a
compensation. Now your groomer Mr Lee is asking for $800 to
care for this puppy for one month. Two other financial set
backs in my business had happened. What do you think Doc?"
"Yes, many older Singaporeans have this belief that the dogs
with white feet would bring bad luck", I replied. "We could
find another home for this Boxer but nobody would want it
presently. You would need to get it treated."
There was a lot of work involved in this case. Some
medication and injections would not solve this problem
caused by lots of bacteria and mites attacking almost all
parts of the body.
The Boxer had
mutilated its face by incessant scratching. You could see
the deep lines of wounds, as if a scalpel blade had made
many incisions. There is a big hole just below the nose on
the right side of the face. Worms or maggots crawled out of
the hole to breathe.
A strong stench of decaying skin, green pus and clumps of
hair matted together. The belly area had thousands of
pimples. Those on the face had been scratched forcefully
away by the claws, leaving horizontal lines, which gave the
puppy a whiskered-look on its face. The legs were all full
of pimples and rashes.
The puppy was bought for $500. The groomer wanted $800 for
nursing care. It was always dollars and cents for many
Singapore dog owners. Groomer Lee reduced his charges.
$500 was all right with the owner.
"But all Boxers have white feet!" exclaimed the Owner. Does
that mean that all Boxer Owners suffer financial ruin in
their businesses and career?
Would the Boxer be put to sleep? Euthanasia was an option
since the cost of treatment would be high due to several