I post this for other potential clients who are looking for a Balinese or Siamese kitten. It's not written for MyBaliSi or other already clients, or even other breeders who, undoubtedly, will flock to the post, lambast my character or myself, and defend fellow breeder (mark my words, see it happen within a month). This is the typical pattern that happens when someone posts against a cattery.
This is what we deal with in the cat world. There are few breeders who have shown the capability to practice unbiased professionalism, and among them I can say are Louis (WA), Marie (WA), and now Laurabell (MI). Laurabell demonstrated her professionalism and social finesse in her response to my original post (linked below).
As a potential future client looking for a Siamese or Balinese, you can read and make your own judgments on each of these catteries and their professionalism. Personally, I pay attention to how a breeder cavorts online and offline. I prefer less acerbic and in-your-face-ness whether directed at me or others. So, it's actually useful when breeders do respond to posts and do post their cattery name, as any client who types in that cattery name can see the breeder's online interactions with others--whether that be their client, a potential client, or even just a random person.
Again, this is for other potential clients; you can form your own judgments whether the response was appropriate or not. It doesn't matter to me if I'm attacked by a community of Siamese breeders. I care for helping other clients see a 360 degree view of their potential breeder far more than avoiding breeders' online attacks.
My post was on another breeder's professionalism and explicitly stated that it is not an attack or judgment on the quality or health of her cats, as I said, "they could be fantastic." Yet, MyBaliSi glazed over the main point and instead chose to attest to the quality and health of TiaMaria's cats as well as attack my character and expertise of the law.
MyBaliSi's comment below:
"Wow! I was stunned at the over reaction of this person who went to Maria for advice. I have been to Maria’s house and find her cats very affectionate to strangers and very clean. Maria, herself was also very accommodating.
I question the fact that this person decided to get advice from a breeder she did not get the kitten from. It makes me wonder if there was a problem between her and the original breeder she purchased the kitten from. Maybe that’s why she sought advice elsewhere.
I have read and re-read this post and wondered why she was offended. The only thing I can come up with is that she did not like to be called out over her ignorance at showering the kitten before it had time to adjust! Stress on stress! The other cats sensed it and reacted.
At the very least her lawyer friends could have advised her to search out her concern on the internet without bothering someone, only to trash them later.
Of course she is no authority on who to recommend unless she has talked to all the Balinese breeders in the US. I know 5 breeders that she has never been acquainted with…and that’s just my little world. Louis and Marie are long time breeders and very well known…so…why didn’t she go to them for advice??? Hmmmm
By the way…did her lawyer friends warn you against posting a private e-mail without permission???
Too many questions, not enough answers."
First, legalities should be dealt with first. My "lawyer friends" as well as my own legal expertise see no conflict with my post. Emails are not private, as subpoenas will demonstrate. Emails are wonderful, as they are everything an individual writes on their own accord in a perfect recorded medium that can easily be subpoena-ed. In this case, there is no penalty for re-posting something an individual actually stated, particularly in written form. It only gets a little tricky when it's a verbal statement converted into written form, but that isn't the case for this interaction. Now, if that was a bank statement I had stolen and posted online, that is a different story. Any hope of a "perjury" case would be thrown out.
Now, asides from legalities, as this post was written FOR potential clients, and not breeders or other already-clients themselves, I ask other potential clients seeing this post to consider 4 main bullet points:
1) Would you like a breeder who makes pointed assumptions, instead of asking them as questions?
MyBaliSi Cattery assumed that I only asked TiaMaria's advice on the situation and only posted a complaint about her response. That is not the factual case. I sought out help from a number of different breeders, as one who seeks advice should. One should always consult various attorneys, doctors, psychiatrists, etc for a professional opinion, and pool those opinions to form their own.
2) Would you like a breeder to ever point to someone as "ignorant, " particularly when they do admit they are seeking help to better a situation and do not know what to do?
In MyBaliSi's verbal treatment of another who is seeking behavioral help for their kitten, she referred to my "lack of knowledge" as "ignorance." I ask you as other potential clients--would you like a breeder to ever point this word at you? What if you did this to a cat you bought from MyBaliSi, and she responded in such a way? You can ask yourselves and form your own judgments. If she can say this to someone else's client and/or potential client, then she could have the capacity to say it to you. And if MyBaliSi says, "I would say it to TwitterCat, but not my own clients"--what does that say? Is there something to be read about personal character or professionalism there? Only the potential clients reading this post can form that answer.
3) As clients, do you believe we must have "an authority to complain"? There is no right to complain UNLESS one knows "EVERY" other breeder in the Balinese community?
I can tell you there is no law or general rule that one must know ALL to be able to comment. In that case, are clients or potential clients not allowed to show dissatisfaction? I ask you as potential customers, do you want to deal with a breeder like this?
Further, one does not need to know only Balinese breeders to be able to comment on the treatment from a breeder. It could be any breed. Balinese and Siamese breeders are registered to the same various registries as other breeds, and there is no exclusive Balinese/Siamese breeder traits rendering those breeders significantly different in nature than others.
Again, this was posted in response to MyBaliSi's attacking of my character, my "ignorance, " and of whether someone has "the authority to complain."
I do not know who this breeder is, nor did I incite her in any way. Yet, she responded as such on her own accord, perhaps as a favor to a friend, or perhaps because she randomly felt like it.
Regardless, you as potential clients can make your own judgments :)
I do believe she and perhaps a posse of breeders may respond to this post, at which you can also read those at your leisure. And if so, I guess it's just more fodder and evidence for you as potential clients to sift through and form judgments about. I hope they respond professionally.