We have two dogs from this breeder. A two year old male named Bo and a 10 month old Dakota.
We just took Dakota to the vet as she was limping on her right back leg. We got xrays and were directed to go see a specialist for hip dysplasia!!!! After meeting with the surgeon it was confirmed that she has hip dysplasia (severe) in both hips and will need surgery soon. 4900 per hip!!!.
We called Vicki and asked her why a dog this young would have hip dysplasia? We told her that hip dysplasia is GENETIC and that this is not cause by environmental issues. We asked her to refund us the cost of the dog but she refused. She said that you shouldn't spend that much on a dog...These two dogs are a part of my family, something she doesnt understand. She doesn't see her dogs as family (only as $$$$$). Go figure. She said she would give us a new dog but not a refund. This is the last time i will ever deal with a breeder like her. She has not "hip" guarantee in her dogs...FALSE ADVERTISING.
First of all, you were NOT refused a refund. You were asked to fulfill a very simple and reasonable request, which was to send us vet documentation and x-rays so that we could see them before making a decision. Do you honestly expect someone to simply send you a refund based on your word alone that there's a problem? Considering you never sent the requested documentation, and chose to spam this forum instead, it's blatantly obvious that you're the one who is refusing to work with us.
Hip dysplaysia is not a purely genetic issue, as CarolinaCasey already pointed out (after your wife was told such on the phone the other day when the request for X-Rays and such was originally requested). Also, certain conditions may sometimes be mistaken for hip dysplasia, such as panosteitis, which is painful and can cause dogs to limp and not want to move around a whole lot. This is why we request x-rays and other vet documentation BEFORE offering a refund.
She doesn't see her dogs as family (only as $$$$$). Go figure.
That is just insulting and you know it. Your wife called us and acted as if your puppy was so dysplastic that they couldn't walk, and needed immediate surgery to correct a severe issue. Under that context, spending nearly $10,000 to extend a dog's suffering is, in our opinion, far more cruel than if you were to simply put the dog to sleep.
Alternatively, you make this post and state that your dog was merely limping, and not in the condition we were lead to believe over the phone. Which one is it?
Your family has adopted FOUR
of our puppies. Your father has two, and now you have two. We were good enough for your family to return to us THREE
times after the first. And instead of working with us to resolve the issue, you decide to act like a raving lunatic on a public forum instead?
Not to mention, we received a very interesting email today... which Hotmail identified as coming from you, but is signed in the name of your brother, Matt.
So, either this email is genuine, and your family is looking to adopt a 5th puppy from us (I highly doubt it), or you're playing some other game.
dont buy, hip issues.
do not buy from alzimm kennels
alzimm kennels are the worst do not buy
Alzimm kennels are bad.
Alzimm kennels are liars, dogs have a history of hip issues
Alzimm kennels bad lineage
A bit of life advice...
Throwing a temper tantrum is not a very good way of resolving circumstances in ways that are favorable for you. Most people are far less willing to work with those that resort to libel as opposed to constructive communication.
Mbaiko, I would inquire about puppy lemon laws (yes, some states do have them) in your state. I believe they apply to dogs less than one year of age who develop a serious medical condition that can be traced back to the breeder (I would think genetics would count). In CA I think the Seller has to pay 1.5 times the purchase price for these dogs if the owner decides to keep it, but I'm not aware if current law has changed or not. Anyhow it would be worth looking into.
There are no such laws in Ohio, unfortunately. Though they are currently petitioning for them to be enacted, which would be a good thing. Though they would not help in a situation where someone refuses to even provide documentation supporting their own assertions anyway.
After all the posts about this kennel, I went and looked...
who in the world would consider a breeder who breeds not only all their bitches to the same dog, but also to the German Shepherds they own? Golden Sheps? Crazy.
I too read their clearances as done by their vet. Not clearances, just a vet who is probably not aware their own integrity is being impaired by their client.
You are well within your rights to form whatever opinion you wish, just remember that those opinions are your own, and likely inaccurate without possessing all relevant facts.