Dog parlour mix up: The other dog’s tale.

2016-01-15 15:13
Cherene de Wet's mother Belinda after reuniting with Lulu. (Supplied to News24)

Cherene de Wet's mother Belinda after reuniting with Lulu. (Supplied to News24)

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Johannesburg - Family members of the woman who accidentally took the wrong dog from a dog parlour in Bedfordview have written a blog to explain why they did not immediately realise the mistake. 

On Wednesday, News24 reported on the apparent mix up that took place after Cherene de Wet went to fetch her Maltese Yorkie, Lulu, and it turned out she wasn't the dog De Wet had dropped off.

Lulu, was, in fact, mistaken for Zoey, another Maltese Yorkie. Now, the family of the woman who mistakenly took Lulu, has come out in defence of their parents, on the blog, in an entry titled "Our parents... setting the record straight... it's a dog's life".

"We’d just come back from an amazing December festive break, which we will let you know about in a future post… Our mom explained that the new family dog, Zoey, had come back from the parlour on Thursday last week and was acting rather strange, very scared, not eating and just generally unfamiliar in her surroundings."

Zoey is apparently a rescue dog that was brought into the family a few months ago and took a while to adjust to her new family.

According to the post it was a series of events leading up to that faithful day.

"In December our father had to go in for surgery on a fractured ankle that rendered him to limited time on his feet and the majority of time in bed. Our mother, who works half a day, had to take care of our dad, the house and naturally our furry family member Zoey.

"In the midst of all this she took the dog to the parlour, the parlour that we have used for the longest time was very busy and they did not take our mom’s details [our dad usually does the drop offs]. When she came to pick Zoey up she realised that something was not right, given that all Zoey’s hair was cut-off for this first time since we rescued her, she obviously looked completely different."

One of the family members, simply referred to as Tee, thought that this new doggy was behaving rather different than usual.

"Tee was convinced that we had received the wrong dog but given that we always go to this parlour, we thought maybe... given Zoey’s initial jittery personality that something traumatic may have happened. We Googled this and saw articles on dogs who had been to the parlour and had suffered a similar fate..."

They stumbled across the articles of News24 about the dog swop; and Zoey and Lulu were returned to their rightful owners.

Comments on social media about the article have upset the family, according to the blog entry.

"What has irked me on social media is 'how could they not know?' – a rescue dog has a generally jittery personality and is untrusting of people, shaving 6cm’s of hair off of any dog is going to change their appearance – so thanks for your judgement... Plus, no mention of our poor Zoey in any article – poor girl."

Another News24 user, Theodorus Nel, has come out in the defence of the parlour, saying he had only received good service from them.

“During her [the dog’s] pamper sessions she is relaxed and treated like royalty. The amount of extra care and attention given by Lucky Dogs is beyond the call of duty. Not once has she returned with the smallest cut from the clippers, which is something I will not be able to say about other parlours,” Nel says.

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