Dogs: they're man's best friend. Ferrets: they are not. So you can imagine the surprise when an Argentinian retiree took his two newly purchased toy poodles for their first checkup and the vet was all, "These are f***in' ferrets, bro." I guess that's what happens when you buy two dogs that normally cost $1,000-apiece for $150/pair. Dude probably should have dropped the $150 on new eyeglasses instead.
Because since more traditional toy poodles (of the canine variety) can go for upwards of $1,000, one merchant at Argentina's largest bazaar got the brilliant, nightmare-inducing idea to pump a few of what Argentinians refer to as "Brazilian rats" (otherwise known as ferrets) full of 'roids and hair product, pass them off as warped, perhaps inbred poodles, and turn a handsome profit in the process. His creations were apparently at least somewhat convincing, since the man didn't even know anything was awry until his first trip to the vet.
Apparently it's not the first time it's happened either. Which makes me wonder: are dogs so rare in Argentina that people don't know what they look like? I feel like they should know what they look like. What about exotic cats? Because if my roommate's cats gets any fatter we could probably paint it and sell it as a baby tiger. Tell you what -- I'll get to work on that, you start making chicken-parrots.
Hit the jump for a closeup of an Argentinian toy poodle.
Thanks to Pyrblaze and Michelle, who know whats dogs look like and are pretty sure there were a couple miniature deer posing as canines at the Westminster Dog Show this year.