I purchased a Bichon Frise for my Mom for Christmas as my youngest brother was leaving for college and thought the puppy would be some company for her. I should have followed my gut instinct and walked out of Debcha Kennels the minute I walked in.
Deb was extremely over-bearing and insisted no breeders in the area were as selective with their breeding as she was. I put down a non-refundable deposit on a puppy for a future litter so my mom could have first pick of the litter.
We went back when the pups were four weeks old to pick one out and I was appalled at what we experienced. Upon opening our car doors in the parking lot, we could smell urine feces. When we opened the door to the shop the stench about knocked us over. Keep in mind, this was in January, and she was not boarding any dogs outside. What we smelled exiting the car had to have escaped from inside the building.
When bringing out the pups for us to choose from, she briefly opened the door to go back and get the dogs. What I caught a glimpse of broke my heart. The dogs in thier 'cages' were some of the dirtiest dogs I had ever seen. When she entered the room, the dogs started barking and snarling at her, some lunging at their cage doors. I say cages loosely as their was barely room for the dogs to turn around and no food or water bowls from what I could see.
After bringing out the puppies, we picked ours out and asked to see the parents. Her response was that the mother was still a little messy from giving birth...the puppies were four weeks old at this point. If I had already paid for the dog, which is non-refundable, we would've told her to shove it immediately. We were given no excuse as to why we couldn't see the father, just a simple no.
When the time came to pick up Maggie, someone had given the puppies a bath and taken off their ID tags, so there was no way of telling which one was ours. We had to pick from the litter again and when the brought the dogs out, they scattered into the corner and were terrified and shaking. They didn't want to be picked up and tried to get away from us when we did. They were not playfull and huddled together in fear when we put them down.
After bringing Maggie home and taking her to the vet, they informed us that she had an extreme case of ear mites. When Maggie was two, she had to have surgery on her patella as it was slipping. (Something that is common in Yorkies Deb later told me). At three Maggie had surgery for kidney stones, a genetic disorder. She has had several urinary tract infections and now at five is scheduled for her second kidney stone surgery and will have to have another leg operated for the patella in the next few months.
At five years old, this poor dog is about to undergo her fourth surgery and has her fifth scheduled for later this year. Can you imagine your child going through this many operations? Maggie is a member of our family, not just a dog.
I have contacted Debcha Kennels inquiring about the problems we've experienced with Maggie and she hung up on me on more than one occasion. She did tell me that she did not believe the patella problems because in her experience that only occures with Yorkies.
Don't be fooled by this scam artist. Since purchasing a dog at Debcha Kennels I have heard of more stories like mine. I don't know of anyone who purchased a dog there who was healthy for the first few years they had it. Co-workers and vets also tell me that she also sells some dogs out of and her sister's home because her bad reputation is preceeding her with potential buyers.
You are much better off spending more money with a reputable breeder. The vet bills alone are costing my mom a fortune, not to mention the pain and suffering Maggie has had to go through, which no amount of money can take away. If you hear of anyone thinking of buying a dog from Debcha Kennels, please please tell them to do their research first. I wish I did.