Complaints Against Blue Rose (Real & Imagined)
Knowing we have, most likely, ruffled some feathers...
“You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can't please all the people all of the time”
(Poet John Lydgate as made famous by Abraham Lincoln).
...we would like to put ourselves in the position of the "other side" and image what complaints people may have about us.
1. Sometimes they are slow to respond, or they don't respond at all!
Yes, this true. Between work schedules, Cavalier Spaniel care, and various family appointments for a large family, we are sometimes slow to respond. Thus, we try to give a "heads up" by encouraging persistence. If we don't respond at all, we're very sorry. That is a big mistake on our part. :( We apologize sincerely if this has happened to you.
2. They won't provide AKC paperwork until the Cavalier Spaniel we get has been altered.
This is due to the fraud we've been faced with. We have nothing against hybrids, per se. (They are not "mutts" if they have a pedigree. ...and we have nothing against a lovable mutt, either!) Our issue is that people breed registered dogs for hybrid puppies using our thoroughly health tested Cavalier Spaniels without permission. Then they register the puppies with an other-than-AKC-club using the AKC registration numbers from the Cavalier they obtained from us. This is taboo.
3. They breed dogs that are not AKC registered.
Every single one of our Cavalier Spaniels is AKC registered or are eligible to be AND will be AKC registered by the time you get your Cavalier Spaniel altered. Also, see answer #1. :-P Thus, if you get a puppy who has a parent that is registered with FCI and not with AKC yet, please rest assured that this parent can and will be AKC registered by the time your baby is 6 months old.
For example, our foreign-born dogs that are AKC registered, so far:
You can check the OFA webpages of these Cavalier Spaniels and see that they have both an AKC number and a foreign number. Of course, we have zero control over what's on the OFA website so this is legitimate proof.
4. They are sometimes slow with the paperwork
Yes, we are, unhappily, slow with paperwork at times. :( We're not slow to torture you, honest! Please see answer #1. :-P However, please remember that being occasionally slow is different that not getting the job done!
5. Our latest complaint: They don't follow the CKCSC Club's breeding guidelines.
This is a highly deceptive statement. There is a huge difference between "guidelines" and rules! The truth is, IF we were members of the respected CKCSC-USA, we would have broken or violated ZERO ethics/rules. Period! Besides, guidelines are not etched in stone for a good reason which every breeder is aware of: Varying circumstances.
The recent, rude exchange was an attack, made by a pet owner who called herself an advocate for CKCSC, over breeding a girl who was 18 months old rather than waiting until she turned 2 per CKCSC's "guidelines." This girl I bred has health-cleared parents and grandparents! I had no hesitation when breeding her after she had her own health clearances plus exhibited proper soundness and maturity.
Additionally, this lady would automatically fill in the blanks on details that I may have not explained thoroughly. Rather than asking for clarification, which is the best way to communicate, she automatically assumed and inserted the worst-case scenario so she could tell me how absurd I was! This makes evident her goal was to find fault, not communicate.
Also, on occasion, we take a female to a GP rather than a certified cardiologist. My response to her claims of our health clearances being inadequate:
"We always take our Cavaliers to certified cardiologists. Once in a blue moon, due to the girls' cycles, we take them to a GP for the time being, but not very often. We do not breed them before they have been checked by a cardiologist. Were you even aware that you're not supposed to get heart clearances when a girl is in heat, pregnant, or nursing? For a check-up that needs to be done every single year, this can limit the time when a dam is clear to have her heart listened to. When we have girls who miss their clinic due to these issues, we take them to a GP as soon as they wean their puppies then pick back up with a cardiologist at the next clinic. That makes us irresponsible?"
Personally, I believe this lady simply wants everyone to purchase a puppy from a CKCSC breeder so she puts a deceptive spin on details using half-truths. I repeat that she is not a breeder herself but still considers herself an authority. I do not, in any way, shape, or form, hold the CKCSC breeders responsible. I'll be the first to proclaim they are respected and, in general, they have earned that respect.
If you feel you have a health problem with your Cavalier, our hands are tied without full medical records. If you breach the contract, again, our hands are tied. Either of these situations could easily cause complaints to fly - all based on partial truths, which are partial lies. If you slander us, our hands are not tied.
Final thoughts: So, what you can gather from this is that we feel very badly about sometimes being slower to get things done (paperwork) than we would like to be.
From another breeder's viewpoint - AND THEIR ASSOCIATES - I would guess they might want to find something about us to cast doubt on our legitimacy and commitment, not to mention our love for our fur family. Sadly, this 2% of unscrupulous breeders and their associates can wreak far too much havoc for the rest of the breeders who are being as ethical as possible. Why would a small percentage of breeders want to cause problems for us? We can only guess. Jealousy? Money? Perhaps they're upset because we point out the need for hip clearances in order to be honestly involved in AKC's Bred With Heart and Breeder Of Merit programs. Thankfully, most breeders are honest, but there are unsavory people in every group you can imagine.
We sincerely ask that if you hear something negative, kindly check with us and hear the story straight from the proverbial horse's mouth - the whole story - please and thank you!
So, that's all we have for now. We're praying it gets better! :-)