This Woman Thought She Bought A New Puppy, But The Real Truth Could Surprise You

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This Woman Thought She Bought A New Puppy, But What is The Real Truth?


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Meet the Dog’s Owner

Meet the Dog’s Owner
Let’s meet the dog’s new owner: Mrs Wang from Jinzhong, a city in the Shanxi province, China. For a long time, she had been living on her own and was looking for a furry companion she could look after and would keep her company. Preferably, a special kind of breed called the Japanese Spitz. Why? Well, she just loved the personality of these kinds of dogs. Was this a good idea? She would soon find out…



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Would She Give Up?

Would She Give Up?
Mrs Wang visited several animal shelters and had a lot of contact with breeders during her search for the perfect puppy. She certainly saw some puppies that were cute and well cared for, but until now she had not met a dog she really liked and felt a connection with. Mrs Wang was about to give up hope, until she got a tip from one of her friends. This just seemed too good to be true.



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Unique Pet Shop

Unique Pet Shop
When Mrs Wang was on the phone with her friend, she told her about a unique pet shop that specialises in finding owners for the Japanese Spitz. In Asia, the Japanese Spitz is one of the most popular breeds. The dogs are known to be very intelligent and loyal to their owners, which sounded perfect to Ms Wang. However, the dogs are very rare and expensive. So if she wanted one, her only change was to buy it from this unique shop.



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She Had Never Felt this Way Before

She Had Never Felt this Way Before
At first, Mrs Wang was pleasantly surprised when she heard about this unique pet shop. This dog breed was quite rare – and as it was one of her favourites – she knew this could be her only change. To find out more about the pet shop, she looked it up online. While scrolling through different pictures, Mrs Wang immediately saw a puppy that excited her. Without hesitation, she decided to meet him in real life. While visiting the pet shop, she knew that this could be her new friend. The feeling she got from this little one was something she had never felt before.



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This Was the One

This Was the One
Filled with enthusiasm, Mrs Wang went to the shop to meet the puppy. Although she had not planned to buy a puppy today, it was love at first sight when she walked in. The puppy had stolen her heart and she knew it had to be this way. There was something special about this little thing. Not only was it more adorable than any puppy she had ever seen, but it kept eye contact with her. Could this be an omen for the drama to come? Read on quickly and find out.



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They Were Inseparable

They Were Inseparable
As soon as Wang arrived, the puppy came running to her, and from that moment on they were inseparable. Out of enthusiasm, she took many pictures and sent it to her friends to find out what they thought. She immediately knew that she had to take him home and that they belonged together. As these dogs are very rare, she expected a high price tag. But when Wang asked the shopkeeper about the price, he gave a price she had never expected. Eventually, Mrs Wang would understand why this little one was so cheap.



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She Was a Bit Shocked

She Was a Bit Shocked
Mrs Wang had already done some research on the average price of this breed, and most purebred dogs like this have a high price tag. Knowing this, she was actually a bit shocked by the amount she was told she had to pay. The more popular the dog is, the more expensive it gets. During her research on the website, All Things Dogs, Mrs Wang had found that this dog would cost between $1000 and $2500. How could this amount be so different?



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What to Believe?

What to Believe?
Because All Things Dogs was specialised in dog care, breeding and health, Mrs. Wang believed the website rather than this pet shop, looking at the price tag. After reading all the information on this website, she could not believe that the shopkeeper told her that the puppy would cost only $190. She began to doubt everything, but since this pet shop was recommended by a friend, she thought the shop could be trusted. Mrs Wang decided not to worry.



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Take the Puppy Home

Take the Puppy Home
Despite the doubts, she decided to buy the puppy and take it home immediately. They say that love is blind and in this case it is true, and from that moment on, she enjoyed every moment with her new furry friend. But after a few weeks, when she was spending the day with her friends, they started to notice strange behavior about the puppy. Mrs. Wang was so overjoyed with her new companion that she didn’t even notice, but what was going on..?



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The Dog Looked Weird

The Dog Looked Weird
During the social gathering with her friends, one of her best friends told her that the dog looked a bit weird and had the appearance of a wild dog. Mrs Wang thought this was an inappropriate comment about her beloved dog and dismissed the argument with the fact that Japanese Spitze are known for their unconventional looks. Although the first weeks and months went well, she soon noticed that her little dog had some strange peculiarities… Could her friend have been right all along?



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Strange Behaviour

Strange Behavior
During the first period of the puppy phase, there was nothing unusual going on with the little guy, looking at its behavior or appearance. In time, however, she began to notice some peculiarities. The first noticeable difference was that he never barked, she had not thought about this before and she assumed he was just a quiet pup. Yet the Japanese Spitz was known for his frequent barking, so she began to wonder what was going on.



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Scared of The Dog

Scared of The Dog
Not quite trusting it, she began to gather information about this type of dog. The dog appeared to be similar to Pomeranians and Samoyeds, both of which are also considered yappers. Apart from the lack of barking, she noticed that many dogs were afraid of her dog, even though it had such a cute appearance. From this moment on, she discovered even more peculiar things about her beloved pup that shocked her.



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Extraordinary Characteristic

Extraordinary Characteristic
One of the most special and adorable characteristics of Japanese Spitzes is that they have a beautiful white coat. Although in some cases the coat is very fluffy, it always remains quite light and white. But Mrs. Wang’s dog was a special case. Her dog also had a fluffy coat, but this one was thick and heavy, which should not be the case with this kind of dog. Was this the reason why he was cheap? She began to doubt everything, whether this was a Japanese Spitz, looking at his characteristics.



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She Ignored It 

She Ignored It 
The ‘strange’ coat had been mentioned earlier, but because the puppy was still young, she assumed that the coat would change after a few weeks. But the older the dog got, the thicker the coat became. Mrs. Wang could not explain why, but she suspected that this was just the way it was supposed to be with this dog. After a while, somehow, his tail also became longer and his nose more and more pointed. The next discovery shocked her…



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The Shocking Memory

The Shocking Memory
At this moment, Mrs Wang made a shocking discovery that would change everything. Suddenly she remembered the fact that at the beginning of his stay with Wang, the dog ate ordinary dog food. After a few weeks, this all abruptly changed and her dog no longer wanted to eat dog food and left his bowl completely full every day. The puppy would rather starve than eat the food she gave him every day.



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She Needed Help

She Needed Help
The fact that he did not want to eat dog food any more was remarkable to her and at first she did not know what to do. Of course, it was strange that his taste had suddenly changed but she assumed it was because he had outgrown the puppy food and was ready for adult dog food. Surprisingly enough, he started to refuse this as well. When this happened, she realised she needed professional help for her puppy as she did not understand what could be going on.



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To the Vet

To the Vet
Mrs Wang immediately made an appointment with the local vet, she expected him to be able to help her. She told the vet about the dog’s peculiarities and the reason why she was worried. At first, she could convince herself that she had a normal dog, but now she could not believe it anymore and wanted to know what was wrong. At the end of the day, the vet made a shocking discovery that no one had ever expected.



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Could This Be Dangerous?

Could This Be Dangerous?
As soon as the vet saw the dog for the first time, he knew immediately what was wrong. He was glad that Mrs Wang had visited him in time, if she had waited a few more weeks, she could have ended up in a dangerous situation with the ‘dog’. The vet made the decision not to call Mrs. Wang immediately, but first ran some more tests to find out if he really was right. She never expected what the vet would tell her next.



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An Expert

An Expert
To be sure of his suspicion, they took the puppy for some tests. The tests indeed proved the vet’s suspicion. However, he wanted to be even more certain and decided to call in an expert. He told them about the dog’s characteristics and appearance and the expert would be able to get to the bottom of the dog’s strange behaviour. Even the expert had never expected to see this, and the vet had been right from the start.



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Was He Dangerous?

Was He Dangerous?
After determining what was wrong with the dog with the help of the expert, the vet decided to call the local zoo. From the moment they heard about this particular case, they immediately got the help they needed. The zoo employee was well informed about different animal species, that he could say with certainty what kind of animal it was. The moment he walked into the clinic, he could immediately see that it definitely wasn’t a dog, and what it had to be. Has it been dangerous all this time?



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The Hard Truth

The Hard Truth
The vet and the animal keeper decided to inform Mrs Wang of their extraordinary discovery and to tell her the whole truth. They knew that she would be shocked because her dog was very beloved by her. The shocking truth was that her dog was not a Japanese Keeshond at all. In fact, her little puppy wasn’t even a dog! Mrs Wang could not understand this, but what they told her next she simply could not believe.



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What Was it Then?

What Was it Then?
When they explained that her puppy was not a dog at all, she was totally confused, especially when they told her that it did belong to the dog family. She did not understand this, because which breed of dog simply refuses to eat its dog food? And besides, which dog never barks at other dogs or when someone comes near his property? The beautiful Japanese Spitz that had stolen Mrs Wang’s heart at first sight was not a puppy at all. She wanted to know immediately what it was.



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It Was a Fox

It Was a Fox
It took some time to process the information, because Wang was told that her beloved dog was actually a fox! She was in shock, which is of course understandable, as she had been raising a baby fox for a few months instead of a dog. At that moment everything became clear to her, the strange characteristics and the behavior of the dog. Still, she couldn’t help wondering how this little fox had ended up in the puppy pen of the pet shop. She had to find out.



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She Still Loved Him

She Still Loved Him
Despite the fact that it turned out to be a fox, she still loved him. However, she wanted to find out the truth about how her little friend could end up in a group of Japanese Spitzes. The zookeeper told her that her situation was not as unique as she thought, this would be due to shady breeders in Asia who want to make a quick buck. They usually do this by adding the foxes to a litter of purebred dogs to earn extra money. Often, they will specifically target a litter of Japanese Spitz puppies, read on to find the special reason why.



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Dishonest Breeders

Dishonest Breeders
The reason that breeders use Japanese Spitzes is because this breed is extremely popular all over the world. Since dishonest breeders want to make a quick buck, they use a few fox cubs because the purebred Spitz dogs can bring in a lot of money. The breed is compact, cute and the pups happen to look a lot like fox cubs, so in the first months no one will be able to tell the difference. The fox cubs are offered cheaply so that people think they are getting a great deal, but in the end they are tricked.



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Identical to The Dog Breed

Identical to The Dog Breed
In the first days of life, a fox cub looks almost identical to a dog. However, within a month, the cubs begin to develop characteristics that are drastically different from a dog. The difference between the fox and the dog is that they get slanted eyes, develop thick fur and have a pointed nose. Often, fox cubs even develop a unique scent, which is exactly what the zookeeper told her.



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The Fox

The Fox
Mrs Wang was glad that she went to the vet in time and asked for professional help. After all, when the little fox would get older, he could be dangerous for her in some situations. Besides that, he also told her that a fox has a certain smell in its body that can get stronger as it gets older. He assured her that she was lucky she never had to experience that smell herself, it can be very intense and unpleasant.



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A Dilemma

A Dilemma
With all the information and advice from the vet, Mrs. Wang now faced an important decision: she had to decide what to do with the animal. The zookeeper indicated that it would be wise to give the animal away, for herself and for the fox. She was completely confused by all the information and of course she would like to keep him with her because she loved him so much. The moment came closer and closer that she had to make a painful decision.



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She Kept Him at Home

She Kept Him at Home
Against the advice of the professionals, Mrs. Wang decided to keep the little fox because she loved it so much. However, she was worried whether the little fox would be happy in her home because it was so small, but she did not want to lose it. As the fox grew bigger and bigger, she began to realise that this could not continue and that caring for a fox was much more difficult than she had thought. She had to think of another plan.



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She Could Not Take Care Of It Any More

She Could Not Take Care Of It Any More
As the fox grew bigger and older, it got much more energy and started to break more and more things in and around the house. Normal dogs can also break things but a fox is basically a wild animal and cannot be raised and tamed like a dog. In the end, Mrs Wang had to make a horrible decision about her furry friend. Although she did not want to, she did it anyway.



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The Fox Changed

The Fox Changed
As the animal’s behaviour changed, she finally realised that she could not give the fox the life she wanted and which he deserved. At the very least, the fox needed more room to live and run around, in order to expend his energy. Besides that he also deserved to be able to play with other foxes. He did not get along with the dogs he met in town and most of them were even afraid of him.



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Her Heart Was Broken

Her Heart Was Broken
The more Mrs Wang wondered about his situation, the more she realised that he would never be able to live his life to the full. However, she knew exactly where to take the fox. With pain in her heart, she took him for a walk for the last time and brought him to the local zoo. After some research she found out that he could not go back into the wild, as he was used to living with someone and being taken care of. So the best place was the zoo.



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She Was Worried

She Was Worried
Although Mrs Wang was worried about the possibilities of the zoo, it was actually the perfect place for the little guy. He would have enough space to run around and get to know other foxes. Still, they had to keep a close eye on the fox, because the transition from a comfortable home to a zoo can be a big change for an animal. No one could predict how this fox would cope in its new environment, they would soon find out.



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In Tears

In Tears
Most of the time, the first year in a zoo can be hard for little foxes, because they want the love and attention of their old owner. For her, saying goodbye was not without a flow of tears. However, Mrs Wang soon discovered that this would not be the last time she would see her fox friend. The zookeeper told her that she could come and see the fox whenever she wanted. But how did it end with the fox?



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Quarantine

Quarantine
The fox could not be taken immediately to the enclosure where it would live with all the other foxes, he first had to be examined and inspected very thoroughly. The fox had to spend several weeks in quarantine to rule out any diseases or infections. Many of the vets’ concerns were due to the way the woman had raised him and how he had lived. The fox had to pass all tests before he was allowed to go to his new family.



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The Problems

Although the woman had obviously taken good care of her little friend, he had been raised like a dog, which could eventually cause problems. The dog food was the main problem for the animal keepers and this worried them, this is because foxes need a diet rich in protein and vegetables, not kibble. As the fox sat in his isolated cage, no one knew what the future held for him. Would he ever be able to live happily among the other foxes?



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The Fox Has a Happy Life

The Fox Has a Happy Life
Eventually, they tested the fox’s health and fortunately the dog food did not cause any damage. To this day, the little fox has made a good living at the local Jinzhong Zoo. He is safe, gets a good diet of protein and vegetables and is free to play around with some of his fox friends. He also continues to receive occasional visits from his lovely owner, Mrs Wang, who is also happy that the fox is doing so well and that she can still see him.