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From: near Seattle, WA
Registered: 01/11/05
Posts: 7
Date Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2005, 01:38:35 PM     view kkb profile  reply to this message  send private message to kkb 

Hello everyone  - I just received my puppy last week, and it was love at first sight!   She is an absolute delight!  Unfortunately, I received some very bad news when I took her to the Vet as she has a serious heart murmur.   We don't know exactly what is in store for her - she may outgrow it, need surgery, medication, or die young.  She will need to have some tests run in the future to see what our options are.  For sure, we know that we cannot breed her as I had hoped to as we wouldn't want to pass on this major defect.   l am really, really sad about the whole thing.  I just wanted to ask for your support because I know that most of you went through the same process in selecting and waiting for a puppy to come from halfway across the world.  I know that Anna is doing all she can to try to work something out for me,  but Russian laws and culture are significantly different than ours and I may have no recourse.  If you already have your pup and he/she has been cleared by the vet, you obviously have nothing to worry about.  And those of you that are looking to import will likely have nothing to worry about because I believe the RSC will now be requiring a more thorough vet check than  is required by the U.S. importation laws.  I wouldn't wish this on anyone else, but it sure stinks that out of the dozens of puppies that have been brought into the U.S. via RSC, mine was the first to have had a serious problem.  My friends have given me a little grief for having gone to such lengths to get the ‘perfect dog’, so I am just asking for some encouragement as I'm sure a few of you had skeptical friends also.  Thanks in advance. 


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From: new jersey
Registered: 02/16/05
Posts: 8
Date Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2005, 10:56:29 PM     view tatiana profile  reply to this message  send private message to tatiana 

Hello! I have not gotten my puppy from Russia yet. She is with my relatives in Moscow now. My husband is to bring her home next week. I have been a nerve rack for a long time now. Calling Anna almost every day and calling my relatives in Russia every day. It is like having your first baby. And I am a pro with that having 4 kids. I am also a physician. For humans not dogs. And I perfectly understand what are you going through now. Echo is the test to do now. It might be expensive but it will provide you with the information you need. There is nothing worth then not knowing. When you know what's wrong , you will be able to consider your options. Hopefully she will be fine. If she is not a candidate for breeding and you want to breed a spaniel, I am pretty sure Anna will find you a second dog. You will have a bigger dog family. And by the way, bying the dog in this country does not guarrantee you anything too. We've been there too. Don't despare. If I can be of any help you can e-mail me.



From: Houston, TX
Registered: 01/09/05
Posts: 59
Date Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2005, 09:57:00 AM     view Anna profile  reply to this message  send private message to Anna 

Kellie, again, I'm so sorry about poor Leksi! I've talked to your vet and he explained what he knows about her condition. He recommended doing EKG or ultrasound to determine the seriousness of it and prognosis for her future. I have been told by a few people already that because her growth and development has not been affected, she will probably live out her normal time span. The only way to confirm it is to have the testing done. Breeding her is not an option though.

None of my recommendations and apologies change the fact that this shouldn't have happened. Now, every pup gets examined by a vet-tech before leaving the breeder. But as they say "hind sight is always 20-20"...

I also have an idea... because there is almost nothing we can do to get $ back from breeders in Russia, maybe we can establish a fund. If something unforeseen is found in one of the imported puppies, RSC would use that fund to (at least partially) assist with treatment or purchase of another puppy. There are enough success import stories in RSC, so even if half of these happy dog owners chip in, we would have a nice safety fund. What do you all think?


From: near Seattle, WA
Registered: 01/11/05
Posts: 7
Date Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2005, 05:57:25 PM     view kkb profile  reply to this message  send private message to kkb 

Tatiana & Anna - thank you for your kind words.  I know that in the scheme of life, there are more important things than a dog.  But my first baby was my dog, Jake, who is now nearly 12, so it is similar to bringing a baby into the family.  In addition,  I had researched dog breeds for more than a year, and Leksi was my belated birthday present from my husband.  After selecting her in January, it was a long wait until March.  So I definitely had high expectations - especially going to such great lengths & expense to import a dog from Russia!  I think that is why the disappointment is so great.  Thank you for listening to my pity party and lending support.  Leksi will go back to the vet in another week or two, and we'll see where we go from there.


From: Maryland
Registered: 01/08/05
Posts: 4
Date Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2005, 07:58:23 PM     view kevdel profile  reply to this message  send private message to kevdel 

I'm real sorry to hear of the problems your having with your new arrival.  I just wanted to let you know that you're in our prayers that everything will turn out alright. 

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Registered: 02/10/05
Posts: 15
Date Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2005, 05:03:01 PM     view CraftyChris profile  reply to this message  send private message to CraftyChris 

I saw your post yesterday and started to write an email, but wasn't sure what to say. I can only imagine how you are feeling. It IS like bringing a new baby into your family and finding out that she may not be with you very long. I just want to say that I'm thinking about you and I'll keep you in my prayers too and hope all will turn out well. Don't let your friends give you any grief. I would import again in a heartbeat even knowing what happened to you! I know that Anna and the RSC do their best to make sure that quality dogs reach all of us. Please know that I sympathize with you and keep us informed of her progress.

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From: albuquerque nm
Registered: 01/21/05
Posts: 10
Date Posted: Friday, March 25, 2005, 11:41:59 AM     view Louie's-Mom profile  reply to this message  send private message to Louie's-Mom 

God Bless You and Leksi. Thank god she will be able to live out her coming years. My heart and prayers go out to you!


From: CT
Registered: 01/17/05
Posts: 1
Date Posted: Saturday, March 26, 2005, 11:03:28 AM     view rfk profile  reply to this message  send private message to rfk 

Hello KKB

Sorry to hear about your little on. Lets all hope everything works out for the two of you.  Don't feel bad, everyone laughed at me when I told them how I was getting my dog .When I finally picked up Ivar at the airport, it was love at first site. I could not be more happy with him.Even after hearing about your situation if I were to get another dog I would not even hesitate to do it again.        

Ivars family


From: near Seattle, WA
Registered: 01/11/05
Posts: 7
Date Posted: Friday, May 27, 2005, 12:52:26 PM     view kkb profile  reply to this message  send private message to kkb 

Hello all,

It's been a while since I first posted about Leksi so I wanted to give an update.  I will be taking her to see a cardiologist next month as she needs to have a thorough exam before she gets spayed.

I just wanted to let you know that Leksi is doing extremely well.  I am taking her to obedience classes now and she is catching on extremely fast considering that she still has all of that puppy energy!  She has incredible balance, and walks on her back feet almost as much as on all 4, it seems!  She is very confident and sweet, and tolerates my rough 3 yr old very well.

Anyway, I just wanted to share with you all since I was filled with sadness when I last posted.  Thanks again for all of the support.  I hope you all are doing equally well.


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