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Big Block Kennels/Maltipoo puppy / Sick Puppy sold to us

1 Houston, TX, United States Review updated:
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I ordered a pedigree Maltipoo puppy from this business, Big Block Kennel, and they provided a one year health guarantee. I picked the puppy up from them in Houston in mid-August, 2008. When we got the puppy home we took it to the vet to be checked out and discovered the puppy had "kennel cough, " which is associated with poor breeding/kennel conditions. We treated the puppy for this condition, but the puppy just got worse and ultimately died within 3 weeks of having received her in Houston. We had an autopsy performed and the explanation for death was a metabolic birth defect that was set off by a compromised immune system (from the kennel cough). We paid $700 plus airfare transportation for this puppy. Then another $500 in vet bills and supplies. We contacted the breeder when we first discovered the kennel cough and they agreed to pay the vet bill for the kennel cough by sending a check to us. However, the check NEVER arrived. Then we contacted them again when the puppy died and told them we wanted our money back. (We considered getting a replacement puppy for a moment, but our vet advised against this since it was obvious that the kennel had poor conditions for good health. In addition, and about at the same time we were going thru our loss, we started to see unhappy customer complaints online about this breeder, so we knew we were not alone in receiving sick puppies.) We were able to reach an agreement with the breeder for a $1000 refund. We agreed to payments starting in December for $50 per month for 20 months. We received the first payment in December and no payments since. The breeder now does not return our phone calls or emails so we don't expect to see any more money. What is MOST important to us at this point is shutting this business down, though we would also like them to make good on their financial committment to us.

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Do
  26th of Mar, 2009
+1 Votes

This doesn't excuse them, but didn't you think it was a bit odd that you were getting a pedigreed mixed breed dog?

I am sorry for your loss.

Tl
  30th of Mar, 2009
0 Votes

While I agree that what you have been through is inexcuseable behaviour by the breeder/seller, and should be looked into further by the governing organizations for animal welfare, I am still left perplexed.
I am amazed that with millions of animals euthanized in shelters every year, many of them due to individuals who have purchased them from "reputable breeders" and then for one reason or another are unable to to keep them, why people keep buying them and then end up asking "why" when it all goes wrong. You have to have heard somewhere along the way that this practice of animal breeding/selling is largely responsible for our over crowded shelters and abandoned, abused animals!
What on earth is wrong with going to your local SPCA or shelter and providing a loving and caring forever home for an animal that desperately needs one? Why the need for a "purebreed"? In this case I cannot even say that is true. as it seems as though you were getting a mixed breed?!
If we do not change our attitudes about these so-called breeders, how can we expect these less than acceptable conditions of animals kept in horrific circumstances and for the sole purpose of making money to be shut down permanently?
By continuing to buy from these types of services, we are only perpetuating the grief and hurt of the most defenseless...those of our furry 4-legged friends who only want to give unconditonal love and be there for us when no one else will !!!
Please...Please...STOP!

An
  5th of Apr, 2009
0 Votes

First of all I am very sorry for your loss. It doesn't matter where your puppy came from it is hard to watch a poor puppy die. But any time you want a puppy weather from a breeder or a rescue you must see the puppy and the conditions the puppy lives in. Never feel like you are getting a puppy to get it out of there, because the conditions were so bad. Also the term Breeder is used to much by "puppy Mills" no one states on papers that they are a "puppy Mill" no reputable breeder would ever have a puppy in a shelter or rescue they take them back. Please do not group all breeders together. There are many that have their dogs and puppies best interest at heart. They breed to provide purebred dogs with a set of definite traits for people who seek those traits.You are being taken, No Doodle mixes as a lot of us call these dogs are Pure bred. THEY DO NOT COME WITH REGISTRATION PAPERS. THESE ARE DOGS MIXED WITH POODLES" unscrupulous people that have only one thing in mind making money selling dogs. They are also called "designer dogs". THESE ARE ALSO PUGLES, (BEAGLE AND PUGS). There are many more! For a list of AKC registered breeds go to www.akc.org. Also only 25% of all dogs in shelters are pure bred dogs! Most dogs in shelters are accidental breedings by people not responsible enough to spay and neuter there dogs. And dogs that have come from pet stores which get there dogs from large commercial breeders. Puppy Mills. You should not be breeding any dogs with out the knowledge of their specific inherent health risks. Each breed comes with problems. Which are tracked and a reputable breeder will eliminate the dogs that posses these problems from breeding. Also don't think that mixed breeds don't come with health problems. They just aren't tracked like
pure breeds! Also rescuing a dog is a wonderful thing but not everyone can handle a rescue dog. These dogs are usually dogs that some one else didn't do their job with. They were not socialized or trained and now that they are big and a problem they are dumped in a shelter. It is very sad to see a puppy or adult dog that has so much potential that some one has given up on. If you rescue or buy a dog from a reputable breeder you must be willing to give it all it needs. All dogs need training. You must go seek out a professional obedience trainer and "GO TO CLASS" TRAIN YOUR DOGS!!! We send our kids to school. Our dogs need school too! Please don't buy your puppies from a pet store. Go to a breeder or a shelter. A reputable breeder is one that has only a few litters a year. Their dogs aren't a business but their life. They compete in Conformation, agility, herding, hunting, lure chasing, fly ball, and many other sports. When you meet one you will know. Many states have
A federation for pure breed dogs. Example NJ federation of dog breeders. These breeders follow a code of ethics,
They must belong to a club that promotes the ethical breeding and competing of dogs! My message to you all is
RESEARCH YOUR PUPPY! DO NOT JUST GO BUY A CUTE PUPPY FROM THE STORE OR ON LINE.
And thee is no need to ship a pet puppy! A well bred dog will cost the same amount as a puppy that has been shipped. About $1000 to start for most breeds. You also get a breeder to turn to when you have any questions.
The 16 year old at the pet store has no idea what to do. That can not represent any breeds.
There are also many reputable breeders on line.Just do your homework. You can also go to a Dog Show and see
many breeds.You can talk to people and breeders and see what type of dog you want. There are usually rescues
at the dog shows too! you can find dog shows in your area by going on line to www.akc.org and look up events!
they go by state. some are conformation and some are agility or obedience! Puppy a puppy should be a well thought out decision! I am not trying to promote AKC however they do have a lot of use full information on their site.

Ye
  8th of Aug, 2009
0 Votes

I am having marital problems, dont know where to start but I have a 1yr old maltipoo. She is need of a home, she has a ll vet paper work and she is well cared for. I just cant afford to care for her any longer. She is loving, loyal and gets along with cats, if anyone knows of a place that finds good homes for maltipoos please email me at spaceyme2@aol.com. She is very healthy, loves to swim and great with kids. She is an apricot in color and loves hikes and being around the family. I love her very much! and will continue to she is also kennal trained.

Thank You
Lisa

Do
  11th of Jun, 2010
0 Votes

Thanks for sharing. But, you should have known better. Shame on you for giving money away to these people without doing your research.

BUYER BEWARE:
Any breeder who lists more than two breeds with more than one or two litters at a time is likely pretty shady. Also note that on these web sites there are about often 20 types of dogs being advertised for sale, not all of whom are "purebred". Also - why don't they ever list the exact weight of mom and dad or post pictures of them? Because they are listing a range of what normal adult dogs of that breed typically weigh, because they are not in touch with the mom and dad of the litter - a common clue that the dogs are not being treated well or even being watched over by the puppy mill owner or so called breeder ("commercial breederrs" fyi are puppy mill owners). and treat them terrible.

If you want an AKC registered puppy that is for sure not going to have any problems, go to AKC.com and look under their recommended Breed Clubs to find reputable and responsible breeders who love and care for these dogs as their own.

PLEASE IN THE FUTURE! GO TO :
http://www.akc.org/breederinfo/breeder_search.cfm

IF YOU TELL ONE OF THESE BREEDERS THAT YOUR DOG WILL BE A PET THAT IS FIXED AND NOT USED TO BREED OR SHOW THEY WILL OFTEN KNOCK DOWN THE PRICE BY SEVERAL HUNDRED DOLLARS. YOU WILL SAVE IN THE LONG RUN ON HEALTH COSTS AS WELL, AS YOU CAN SEE FROM UNLIMITED STORIES ON THIS PAGE. AND FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DO NOT BUY FROM PET STORES!!! THANKS ALL FOR LISTENING, er READING.


DOG IS GOOD.
FOR THE LOVE OF DOG. . . do your research!

St
  21st of Dec, 2010
0 Votes

Why do you people care so much about people buying mixed breeds. Who freaking cares. Some people don't want purebred breeds. And the breeder should have an idea of the size of the dogs cause of it's parents size. I could careless if its a puredbred or not as long as it's cute.

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