Picabo Goldens / Dog breeder (Golden Retrievers)
I purchased a Golden Retriver from Picabo Goldens in 2012 and it quickly became a horror story. At 6 months he stopped growing. At 2 he was diagnosed with dwarfism, failing kidneys, heart malformation and brain atrophy. He passed away shortly after his third birthday. The many specialists who treated him were unanimous: no one had every seen a dog with so many congenital malformations and diseases. In spite of the impeccable lineage Barbara Govan guarantees at Picabo Goldens, her breeding is shady and totally dishonest. The experts I spoke to through this ordeal said it was unlikely that such a sick dog was born from the parents with great pedigrees that B.Govan claimed. He probably came from somewhere else completely. She belongs in the puppy mill category. As an individual B. Govan turned out to be totally unethical, shamefully showing no interest in my dog's ailments. She of course never sent the refund she said she would, although she did write it in a letter to my lawyer. I am still waiting for her to face up to her responsibility.