Why is Everyone Talking about Lemons????

Updated: Dec 13, 2019

Am I a lemon? Is it because I'm still too small for my life jacket?

In two days I had to go to the doctor to get my first puppy check-up. Everybody there was so nice and really liked me. They even took a picture of me . The floor was stone. It was cold and made me go to the bathroom. I always pee whenever someone loves on me. I couldn't help it. I'm a velcro dog. Mom knew. She had an Aussie before, and he was just like me. He had a tail, too(they're usually docked in America) and was a tricolor, only he was a red one, and I'm a black one. Very submissive and loving. Dad was sure I was a Border Collie, because he had two of them. He said I did the "Border Crouch". Mom said I army crawled. All I know is that everyone thought I was cute and they loved me.

They weighed me. I was a whopping 4.8 pounds. Dad called me a little spud. Then they took me away and trimmed my nails. I didn't like that. Then my doctor came in. He thought I should be a Border Collie. He said I looked like one. They're supposed to be the smartest dogs. He kept poking me, checking my ears, eyes and mouth. Then he asked for my health certificate. Mom and Dad didn't know what that was, because they came from Colorado before this, and didn't need one there. He explained they have "Lemon Laws" in Florida for puppies. He gave me a health certificate so I was legal. He also gave me some dewormer, heartworm medication, and flea and tick killer. Those medicines should help my diarrhea go away, too. He said I probably have some kind of parasite. In a few days, Mom is supposed to bring them a stool sample to be tested to see if I was free of them. I was happy to go home.

Is it because I go splat, like this?

"Lemon Laws" are supposed to protect the buyer, like Mom and Dad. In a of couple months it will be Christmas(I'll figure that out pretty soon),and people give puppies and kitties as presents. What if after they buy one of those and then they get really sick? Well, here in Florida, they have laws that are supposed to prevent that from happening. Some of the strictest in the country. It is called Florida Statutes § 828.29 - Florida's Pet Lemon law. The people that took care of my biological Mom and Dad seemed like farmers, and probably did their own vaccines. That's why a doctor wasn't listed. If they were from another state, they might not know either. It requires that the animals have examinations, like I had later, and vaccinations by a real veterinarian before selling them. One is to receive a certificate of veterinary inspection with each dog or cat purchased from a pet dealer. A pet dealer may not knowingly misrepresent the breed, sex, or health of any dog or cat offered for sale within Florida. The definition of a pet dealer is defined as anyone, who sells more than 2 litters or 20 dogs per year, whichever is greater. It includes breeders that do it as a hobby, too. The certificate has to list all the vaccines and deworming medications given to the animal and must state that the animal has been examined by a Florida-licensed veterinarian. The doctor has to certify that, to the best of his or her knowledge, the animal was found to have been healthy at the time of the examination. Humans, like Mom and Dad, have 14 days to document contagious or infectious disease and a full year to document congenital or hereditary defects. This Pet Lemon Law provides for replacement plus reimbursement for veterinary expenses related to certifying the illness, up to the price of the dog. The buyer must notify the pet dealer within 2 business days of the veterinarian's determination that the animal was unfit, subject to the right of the dealer to have the animal examined by a different veterinarian. You can get a copy of that "Lemon Law" here.

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