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post #21 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-27-2012, 04:17 PM
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This is an old thread but... Are you talking about StepNStone Farm in Rochester, MA? The website by this breeder makes no mention of health clearances on any of their Goldens or Labrador Retrievers or Poodles or Doodles.

Anyone who is searching for a puppy from a breeder needs to ask for proof that clearances are done by a certified practitioner on the parents of any Golden Retriever litter for Heart, Hips, Elbows and Eyes. Eye clearances must be done yearly. I'm pretty sure those are necessary for a Lab also and you certainly wouldn't want to purchase a doodle from anyone who hasn't cleared the parents.


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She has all clearances,like I said before you need to call and talk to the breeders most don't post all of this info on their sites.
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Even if they do do all of their clearances (which is only the very beginning of a responsible breeding program)...they are breaking the code of ethics of BOTH the Golden Retriever Club of America and Poodle Club of America....
IMHO.... not behavior to support...

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Please listen to the advice of these members...look how much experience you are getting in a page of posts. I thought I did my research, the web page looked BEAUTIFUL but found out later that this breeder had major issues (not for the good). My guy has been OK but I worry about possible health issues. I should have done more investigating. This is a life long decision you are making.
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She has all clearances,like I said before you need to call and talk to the breeders most don't post all of this info on their sites.
Sorry, but jeeze! Here we go again. MOST REPUTABLE BREEDERS DO! And you don't really have a choice, because if they actually pass their clearances, they are automatically posted on the OFA website, unless you might have some strange messed up way of not posting, but no one does that. So actually you should really get your facts straight before leading someone on a public forum astray. There are hundreds of experts on this website, and if you actually heed their advice you might learn something.

Also as a side question, is it logical a breeder wouldn't post the specifics of a health clearance? Wouldn't that be something someone trying to find buyers for puppies would want to show? Unless the clearances were never done that is!
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Just reread my post...was a bit unclear. I was speaking about a different breeder. I have no experience with the breeder in question. Didn't want to miss lead you.
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Stepping Stone Farms over promise and under deliver

Melinda may just be over extended with lots of puppies, family obligations and multiple business ventures. She and her husband talk a good game, and charge top dollar, they were very disorganized keeping paperwork and agreements, and one the sale is done, they are noware to be found. The pupply I got came with had tape worm, ear mites, and HPV. It is hard to believe a vet examined the puppy a few days before I picked her up. I wrote several emails to Melinda with no relpy.

They have beautiful dogs and our puppy is now a happy and healthy 6 month old.

Not what I expected from a professional breeder. I have been asked by at least 20 people for the name of a breeder. I have not been able to recommend Stepping Stone for the reasons mentioned.
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My pup came from StepNStone. I really should have done better research.

The day I picked Simba up, I was sent home with a folder the contained my contract, his vet history, a catalog of pet products, and basic training procedures. Put the folder aside when we got home. We picked Simba up on Saturday morning, noticed on Saturday night that he had worms in his stool. Sunday night he had blood in his stool. I took him to the vet on Tuesday and spent $200 to find out he has giardia. I had brought the folder of paperwork to the vet with me and as I began looking through it, I found a print out about giardia. And that's the part that infuriates me. it was like Melinda knew the puppy had it when she sold him to me. I've tried to call her multiple times to express my discontent and have been unsuccessful in reaching her. There isn't even a voicemail set up. Very unprofessional and inconsiderate.


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Probably because they are bad breeders to begin with. If they have Doodles, STAY AWAY!!! I'm so sorry for your pup going through this.

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