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Gratitude Farms / No refund of deposit

3 East Bethel, MN, United States Review updated:

We contracted with Gratitude Farms in May of 2011 to acquire a South African Boerboel puppy that had yet to be born. They required a $250 refundable deposit in order for us to reserve a puppy. They cashed my check, #6012, on May 10, 2011. Several months later we were contacted by Gratitude Farms. They indicated that the female dog had gone into labor. They then told us that only one puppy had been born. A day later they called us back to say that this single puppy had not survived. We had initially agreed to leave the contract in place in the hopes of acquiring a different puppy from Gratitude Farms. When it became clear that Gratitude Farms had no plans to offer another breeding in the near future, we asked that our $250 deposit be refunded. To this point in time, we have not received our refund. Phone calls and emails are not returned. We have since purchased the same breed of dog from another breeder. And so we have no need for a puppy from Gratitude Farms. All we require is for our $250 deposit to be returned to us, along with interest.

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  • St
      1st of Mar, 2012
    +2 Votes

    They also refused to refund my deposit. I initially reserved a puppy from a litter that was already on the ground in Dec 2011. I later requested that my deposit be transferred to the next litter. I was told that the next litter would occur in Jan 2012. In the fall of 2011 I contacted Tammy to inquire on the status of the breeding and was told that the breeding did not take but another one was planned for early 2012. I became concerned when the second of their two females was listed on their web site as being for sale as the other one had been listed previously. Tammy informed me that either the second female would be sold with puppies back or one of their co owned females would be used. I was not comfortable with this and requested my deposit be returned. This was denied. I also was never informed of the Summer breeding or even the possibility of one despite being on the waiting list longer than the original poster

  • Th
      17th of Mar, 2012
    +1 Votes

    That sounds like a very shady operation. They sound completely unprofessional. I hope you get your money back. Try sending a certified letter demanding your refund. If that doesn't work, try small claims court. You can sue them for more than your $250 for your time and inconvenience. Don't let them get you.

  • Mi
      23rd of Jan, 2013
    +2 Votes

    Consider yourself lucky. We have had 2 ### dogs (pardon my language) from her. First one was 10 months old and scared out of his mind at everything. Sweetheart, but we took him on the road with us and he wouldn't get out of the car for 2 days. Our replacement puppy is now 7 months old ( we got him at 7.5 weeks) and is dog aggressive and now people aggressive. I've had 3 extremely well known breeders tell me they wouldn't tust the dog at all nd I should consider putting it down. Oh, and when i contacted herbshe said she could evaluate him for $30/ day.
    And as for having ICCF certificate, ask for it...she never gave us papers, said she still needed to file. Maybe she has by now, but when we called she wasn't a registered breeder. I can suggest some wonderful breeders I've met if you'd like. Email if you want info.

  • Ma
      30th of May, 2017
    0 Votes

    @Mistymae very familiar...You do not get your registration papers from this breeder. Your damn lucky if you get a copy of your contract.
    She will lie and tell you
    a. Her printers broke or
    b. Theres no more copys-she will mail you one.
    She takes your dog, if you breed it.
    She takes the puppys SHE WANTS.
    or hides the puppys and tells you the momma layed on them and killed them...she might pick a few crappy ones and let you keep those..
    (only to find your dogs whole litter on line..she sold behind your back).

  • Ju
      20th of Aug, 2013
    +4 Votes

    I'm so glad I went on line to check out "Gratitude Farms" . My Husband and I Fell In Love with the Italian Mastiff, King Corso, and Cane Corso Breeds. While I was at work yesterday on my lunch break, I seen a Cane Corso in a car, and started talking to the owner . She then told me were she got her dog. He was Beautiful, and was Very Friendly,
    But, I don't think that I'll be going thru " Gratitude Farms " to get a dog . I like to know that the Breeders are " Good People" and " Stand Behind Thier Word " . Thank You So Much for posting about your problems with this Breeder, I'm sure I'll find a Breeder that has Better Reputation .

  • Ko
      19th of Mar, 2014
    -3 Votes

    Well I'm not sure what you guys did to piss her off. I bought a cane corso from her April 2013. He has been then most well mannered dog I've ever met. If you're dog is scared or aggressive towards you it's for a reason. I've never had a problem with Tammy. I've gotten advice, help, training, food samples all for free. She has been a great breeder to work. I'll buy from her again any day. I highly recommend her.

  • Cl
      21st of Apr, 2015
    0 Votes

    This breeder puts on a good front. Smiles, flirts, sweet as pie as long as she gets what SHE wants. RUTHLESS!!
    Tammy Gimple is dishonest, greedy, withholds your dogs papers..FORCES you to pay her off, for the life of your dog, if you use your dog for a "breeding" or show quality dog??? She takes 1/2 your litter. SHE welps out your female..she cares for the litters, picks the best, and you get the left overs..AND YOU GET THE HEFTY BILL for all that care.
    Used another Breeders , Did NOT acknowledge that Breeders Kennel, in association with the and tacked HER Kennel name on to that litter... took 3/4 of the litter and billed the owner, and completely took advantage of this mans kindness and lack of knowledge.
    I bought a blue cane corso, who had mange( a genetic flaw, breeding blue on blue)... paid hundred to treat it. Spend thousands on "Handler" fees( HER personal handler was used of course)She insists you "SHOW your dog, if you purchase her show quality. and if you dont?? She comes back and TAKES your dog, claiming you BREACHED your contract. Then She will NOT give any money back, EVER. She never finished my dog, stole her from me, broke the heart of my children!!! ( claiming I was refusing to "show" her_FLAT OUT LIE), and is now in the process of using my Baloo for a breeding in her breeding program.
    This is a despicable Breeder, and an embarrassment. Tammy Gimple has beautiful dogs, but because they are tied to her? They are worthless.

  • Gr
      1st of Sep, 2015
    -2 Votes

    Wow, I didn't realize this site even people can make up pretend names and lie about what they buy and try and ruin someones good reputation and they just post it all...very nice!! If anyone truly wants to know about me (Tammy Gimpl) and my kennel (Gratitude Farms) feel free to stop out. Too bad there are so many haters out there!!

  • Co
      19th of Jul, 2016
    -1 Votes

    Will this breeder take cane corso puppies no questions asked, if one of her dogs was purchased without breeding rights unintentionally impregnated another full bred cane corso and that person is having a hard time finding homes for the puppies?

  • Yo
      2nd of Dec, 2017
    Best Best Advice +7 Votes

    File a complaint with the city. This lady is a lt fire chief too in the community and is also animal control although she doesn't have that listed on her business. She doesn't try to find the owners of the dogs she "finds at large" she's a crook. The city's page said she's suppose to notify animal humane society, Craigslist and fb when she finds a pet and it has been discovered that she does not do that and once that was brought up to her "somebody" went on the the city of east bethels page and changed it to that she only had to post with Facebook when she finds a pet. And when she post to fb she only puts them on her personal business page and doesn't post with lost dogs mn which is a widely used database that she is aware of and has said she notifies them when she picks up dogs but that is also untrue. She charged families various outrageous prices from 150 for one night to 110 for a few hours when she has picked up family dogs.

  • Sh
      7th of Dec, 2017
    +2 Votes

    @YouSuck!! Well said, unfortunately the city employees are very incompetent in their own right, so I don't think much will get done.

  • Li
      12th of Apr, 2018
    -1 Votes

    Crazy Christine which one of these sucks is you? I know you are out there honey, attacking with no facts. Prices are in line with other impounds, you have way too much time on your hands. Maybe if you would stop going to council meetings and yelling at people, and talking over people you might be heard.

  • Ch
      19th of May, 2018
    +2 Votes

    @Liars Sucks I am not your "honey" and no these are not my posts. If you think your hiding behind anonymous posts or unsigned hate mail, is going to stop me from speaking the truth you are sadly mistaken. You are the one who did not follow your contract with the city of East Bethel. You are one who hid Duke from it's owners for your own greed. You are the one who had allowed your permits to expire, you are the one running an illegal boarding facility. You are the one who lied to the property accesser. You are the one who put gun threats on your FB page. You are the one who publicly berated a family who could not afford your fees. You are the one who charges what ever price you feel like charging. You are the one who only post on FB. You are the one who did not respond to the law suit filed against you. For someone who has been in court over 20 times why is this? Oh maybe because in MN a dog is considered property and you claim to know where Duke is. If you are found to have taken this dog illegally the judge could order you to return him. If you are so sure you did everything according to the law and your contract what possible other reason could there be? As far as the city of Ham Lake (where I live) there is a proposal from your competition, that would have saved the tax payer a min. of $3, 000 a year. I have the proposal if you would like to see it? Is this why you or someone you know forged 6 of our names on false complaints filed with the MN Attorney Generals office? Just how did they get the copy of the East Bethel sign up sheet for speaking at public comment? This is the only place all of our names, addresses, and signature were on one page, and the city manager takes that form before the meeting starts. Unlike you I put my name on everything I have brought forward. Cowards hide and you are a coward. What is up with dogs from Bethel? How come you don't have that city listed as one of your contract cities? Just a few things that me go hummm.

  • Mi
      15th of Jun, 2018
    -1 Votes

    @Christine Fiore Dahlman Tammy... love your compassion for the dogs...this Christine chick is just jealous that you are successful...and she apparently is not...and thank you for your service as a rock!!!

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