Ahhh, back home again from my week in Santa Cruz. Time to get back in gear just in time for some upcoming shows. Although there is something in the background that I feel I need to confront again. I have a skeleton in my closet that I think it’s time I face. Because it involves a certain cardigan corgi, I’d like to ask the advice of my blog friends.
Some of you know that I have had a bad experience with a backyard breeder back in December, well in many ways it’s still unresolved. I’ll try to keep to the short version.
I had been looking for a cardigan puppy to add to my family for a while and I of course was being very particular. I really wanted a blue male with blue eyes- Certainly now I would add with a good temperament and highly socialized with dogs, kids, ect. There is a guy here locally who has cardigans and sometimes has litters. He was due to have 2 litters in November and it turned out that neither of his bitches took. I was bummed, probably not as bummed as him but regardless my time was running out as I am returning to school late August and I wanted the winter and spring to work with the puppy to bring him up to par. So I did what I’ll obviously never do again, I googled CWC and I found a woman who lived in California, only about 4 hours away from me so I sent her an email inquiring about puppies. She said she didn’t have any litters on the ground but that she had a blue boy with blue eyes who was 5 months old- all housebroken and everything. His name was Chip and she raved about how smart and outgoing he was. I was truly on the fence about whether I wanted an older puppy; I really wanted to start from scratch with a younger pup. So she gave me an offer that I thought sounded pretty good and that was that I could have him for a trial period and if things didn’t work out I could bring him back. So I went for it. We met halfway at some rest stop in Corning, CA. I noticed that Chip had some missing patches of hair on him and the woman said that it was from his sister pulling him around. The dog was very friendly and pretty looking, so I took him back home with me. That was mistake number two. Mistake number one was that I gave her the asking price in cash before I left the rest area. BAD ME!
The events that happened in the following few weeks were hellish. The first thing Chip did when I brought him home was mark all over my entire house. I thought, “ Hmm that’s strange for a 5 month puppy to do.” Soon I learned that he was also food aggressive and had separation anxiety. When in a crate he would bark incessantly. I tried to put him in a small enclosure and he would FREAK OUT! He would claw at everything around him; jump and body slam into the door all while barking. I did everything the training books said to do and nothing worked. It was so bad that he would urinate and salivate all over himself while left alone.
I took him to the vet soon after having him and it was then that I found out that Chip was more like 8 – 9 months old. He weighed in at 33 pounds, so I suppose he could have been even older and that the missing fur patches were actually mange. I knew I had been deceived at this point, but I went ahead and began treating the mange and tried really hard to make it work for 2 weeks. All awhile I was calling and sending emails to the woman whom he came from and she was suddenly MIA. I knew I couldn’t keep Chip, he wasn’t what I bargained for, and now that I have Ash I realize how truly ill tempered Chip was. I ended up getting a hold of Cardigan Rescue because I didn’t want to just place Chip in another home- he needed rehabilitation and I wasn’t up for it. I worked with Sherilyn who finally was able to get a hold of Chip’s breeder and explained to her that it was in Chip’s best interest and her moral responsibility as a breeder for her to take him back. After 3 weeks she again met me in a rest stop this time bringing her husband along. Thankfully she did the right thing by taking him back, but she claimed the money had been spent and that she would just give me a puppy from her next litter in exchange. I countered this by stating that I just wanted my money back and she said that wasn’t how she does things. Bullshit right?
At the time I had no other choice, the rescue people said that because this woman wasn’t a CWCCA member she couldn’t be cited and that I probably didn’t have much of a chance in court, so I was just so glad to be rid of Chip that at the time it was almost worth a slap in the face ad losing the money.
Well that all happened 6 months ago and Ash has been keeping me happy, but now I’m beginning to feel like maybe I should open the can of worms again and try to get my money back, or at the very least warn others about her. What can I do? The local cardi guy has said that I should write a letter to the AKC, but Sherilyn said that they couldn’t do anything. Is the only way to get my money back is to really take a pup from her and then sell it to someone else?? Or is that just counter effective? Perhaps it’s just a hard lesson to learn that involved losing a lot of cash. Perhaps it’s just a slap in the face for trusting a stranger, who by the way is in law enforcement. I had never bought a purebred anything before- I should have been more patient and done more homework. Shoulda, woulda, coulda… Do I just lay it to rest or do I go after this terrible, terrible woman who is giving a bad reputation to our loved little breed?