Little Giant/Homestead (Roslindale, MA) — Dog breeder - puppies
I'm writing to add a complaint about Albina Degtiariov from Little Giant French bulldogs in Roslindale, MA. You may also know her by Irina Deresh, Alexandra Shur or Ira Brook or the company as Homestead or Blue Panther. (Addresses: 1720 Beacon st., Brookline and 27 Harrison st. apt E Roslindale MA)
This woman is manipulative and is a puppy mill breeder. DO NOT GO TO HER OR SUPPORT THIS BUSINESS. She's listed on the AKC marketplace, so she seemed ‘legitimate' to me. Please, please, please do your research though!! I went to see "Albina" to look at a dog a few years ago. She gave me the address of her work at a dental office (without prior warning, so I really thought I was going to see her apartment where she kept the dogs). So right away, I was a little sketched out. She then brought out two French bulldog puppies. One of them, the male, was significantly older than the other one who was female. The male was quiet and laid in our laps to snuggle while the other one kept trying to eat our shoelaces. We chose the male, but I did try and tell Albina that I didn't have cash or a check as she wanted me to take the puppy right away. She said she was going away that weekend for her sons tennis match in Florida, so I needed to decide now. I ‘panic-bought' the male puppy with a credit card at the dentist office. My puppy is now 3 years old and is healthy and doing well. That being said, he did have a TON of digestive issues prior... he had worms when we brought him home from her place (which we knew immediately from the constant diarrhea) and needed antibiotics, which can generally cause a lot of stomach issues in dogs when antibiotics are taken at such a young age. Anyways, my point is, we really lucked out. We have a great dog, but even after getting him I freaked out the next evening after reading so many stories out there about her other name "Irina Deresh". After reading the stories I did attempt to contact the breeder multiple times to tell her about my dogs digestive issues and to ask for the AKC papers after he was neutered and did not hear a word back from her.
Moral of the story: Please do your research on any breeder you are considering. Make sure you are able to see the puppies living conditions. Make sure you can meet the parents of the puppy. Make sure you get the correct paperwork. And lastly, make sure it's a trusted breeder and that you feel GREAT about leaving there... if you see any red flags, RUN and don't look back.