• Report: #718231

Complaint Review: Jessica Mellin

  • Submitted: Fri, April 15, 2011
  • Updated: Tue, September 24, 2013

  • Reported By: Deamma — Beloit Wisconsin U.S.A.
Jessica Mellin
Southfield, Michigan United States of America

Jessica Mellin Legends Farm & Kennel AKC Staffordshire - BEWARE - PLEASE READ!! Southfield, Michigan

*Consumer Comment: Matter RESOLVED regarding Presa puppy King.

*Consumer Comment: PUPPY STEALERS!

*General Comment: our bundle of joy

*Consumer Comment: I have personal done business with Jessica for almost 10 years..

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: In Response to Deanna... again

*Author of original report: NEW INFO

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: I am Jessica Mellin

*General Comment: I am Melissa and you need meds

*Consumer Comment: you look looney

*Consumer Comment: Legend's Farm and Kennel Puppies

*General Comment: paranoid much?

*Consumer Comment: In reguards to jessica

*Author of original report: Jessica Mellin is Dishonest & nothing but a money hungry liar

*Consumer Comment: in reguards to Jessica

*Consumer Comment: over reacting

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First let me start by saying I would have rather had two healthy puppies than experience what we have and had to take these steps to prevent it from happening to other people. We are hoping to find our puppies siblings or anyone who has bought from Jessica to warn them of the potential parasite or other illness/disease their dog may have. We are just warning people to use caution and if you have one of her dogs get him/her tested. Below is our story:



We contacted Jessica via Hoobly.com on 3-7-11. She responded telling us about the three female puppies she had available. Over the next few days we emailed and texted back and forth both asking & answering questions.

To us everything seemed good so we set up a day & time to make the trip to MI from WI on March 11, 2011.



During our conversations we expressed how we wanted to be able to choose from the three females and that we may choose two. Two days prior to us leaving to make the trip Jessica informed us that someone was coming that Saturday to purchase one of the females we were interested in. I told Jessica that we would not be coming as I had expressed how we wanted to choose from the three. Jessica told me well since your coming on Friday youll get here before the other family anyway. (I should have saw that as a red flag!) So traveling the 7 hrs to get there in the horrific traffic we arrived at Jessicas home where we visited with Jessica, her family, the parents and puppies. While bringing each puppy out separately (we were expecting 3) Jessica informs us that the family came the night before and bought the other female we were interested in so they added a female they were going to keep so we would still have three to choose from, yet this is not the puppy we were interested in prior. And we received no phone call, text or email informing us of this change prior to driving this distance. Jessica knew if she told us we would not come.



Although disappointed my husband and kids still wanted to see the puppies. After doing temperament testing we decided on two puppies. One of which was larger than the other and had quite the belly on her. Jessica told us she was just chubby. We stayed in a hotel that night and the puppies did very well except their stools were soft. Not runny or anything just a little soft. I know this can be due to stress so I didnt think anything of it. After getting them home on Saturday everything seemed normal. They were active, ate well in fact acted like they were starving all the time. I took them to our vet that day to have them checked. He looked them over and examined them and said they looked good. After a couple of weeks we noticed that one of the puppies was looking thin and the larger one was loosing weight also. I took them back to our vet and took in stool samples to find out that they did not have worms but there was a lot on undigested food in the stools. Also in the records Jessica had given us she had dewormed them 5 times within a 7 week time frame. And also had
treated them with Metronidazole & Amoxicillin. During all of our conversations, texting and even while at her home nothing was said about this treatment. This drew a red flag for my vet. First he said these puppies were dewormed too many times and that on top of the Metronidazole & amoxicillin treatment was too much for little puppies that is caused ulcers in their digestive tract and their bodies were not able to get the nutrients from the food that it was just passing right through them. He advised me to put them on a bland diet and once the stools were firm bring in a sample and he would run a Giardia test as that is what Metronidazole is used to treat. They also both had urinary tract infections. Jessica had given the puppies baths right before we got there - now I know why. Later that day I called Jessicas vet she had listed to inquire about what they were treated for. The lady on the other end of the phone asked for a last name in which I gave her Jessica Mellin. She proceeded to ask about what the puppies names were so I gave her the names she had given them while they were with her. She then proceeded to tell me about the 3rd set of vaccines they supposedly had (which couldnt have as they were with us on that date). When I questioned her and called out to my husband to ask him she then proceeded to say Oh is this Deanna and when I said yes she stated This is Jessica. We had no idea she worked at her vets office and why the cover-up when inquiring about the care our puppies had had. We then found out that the puppies were never seen by the vet - Jessica is self diagnosing & treating these dogs without a vet license. When I confronted Jessica about the treatment she stated we had a lot of standing water in our backyard so I treated everyone as a precaution As the conversation went on and Jessicas story changed I became so frustrated that I hung up on her. Within 15 minutes I started receiving text messages from Jessica. One stating that her husband had bought a pet store puppy who had Giardia so she treated the puppies to be safe. Ok - another story - what is the truth? I was extremely upset because Jessica knew we had kids and the kids had been playing with the puppies and letting them lick them, etc. When I expressed that to Jessica her response was that it was not her responsibility to tell me the info, I should have looked at the records and asked. Also that my kids would have to eat the puppies poop to get Giardia. No they do not and this shows Jessicas lack of knowledge. Giardia can be transferred via mouth if the puppies had eaten the poop or if they step on it and then touch an open wound. There are several ways to get Giardia. In another text she stated that Giardia is a common problem and is easily treated. In 20 yrs of showing and breeding I have NEVER had Giardia nor known anyone that has.

Then the mother of all text messages came when Jessica called me crazy and said You act like this is brucellosis or something. Giardia is a parasite, not a disease. Im not denying they have it. I just treated my dogs for it. Another text - I did share. Thats why I handed you the records for each puppy. It is the buyers responsibility to look at it before buying. I didnt find out that ugly westie had it til he had been gone a month. Then the whining text messages came like I hope youll open your heart when this all blows over. Is she kidding me??? I have two puppies with ulcers in their digestive tracts, urinary tract infections, and possibly Giardia.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Matter RESOLVED regarding Presa puppy King.

AUTHOR: Anonymous - ()

This matter has been successfully resolved to both parties' satisfaction. There was a misunderstanding regarding the Presa puppy "King", but the matter has since been addressed and resolved and the puppy has been returned to it's owner.

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#2 Consumer Comment

PUPPY STEALERS!

AUTHOR: Andre E. - (United States of America)

Buyers Beware! Eric Clayton and Jessica Mellin-Clayton have stolen my puppy!

I was contacted by a mutual friend of Eric's and mine who said that he and
Eric wanted to come and see my puppy from a litter I had. Eric really
liked my puppy King, a Perro de Presa Canario, and asked if I would be
willing to sell him. He told me that he was interested in purchasing the
dog, but wanted to first show his wife, who was pregnant at the time.

Because our mutual friend vouched for him, I agreed to let him take the
puppy to show his wife and kids. After a couple of days, I contacted
Eric to see what his wife thought and he said that they loved King and
told me that he would meet with me to pay for King. He never did!

After constant texts and phone calls, each time that Eric did answer, he would
give excuses about why he couldn't pay me at that time. I eventually
had to call the police who informed me that because he had agreed to pay
me, this was considered a civil matter!!

I AM WARNING ANY POTENTIAL BUYER to NOT deal with these two.
After reading about the unscrupulous behaviour that his wife Jessica has shown to
other consumers, I am not shocked, but only angry and saddened that
THEY WILL NOT RETURN MY PUPPY!

They still have my puppy and I am sure they will try to falsify King's paperwork in order
to try to breed and sell puppies! I have notified the UKC and AKC that
he has been stolen so that King can never be registered!! King is
brindle with dark and light streaks through his fur with a black mask
and a white streak down his nose. He has white markings on his chest,
throat, and all of his toes. He still has his ears but they may crop
them. He has light brown eyes.

UPDATE:
JUST discovered through MY VET, after describing my puppy to them, that they had
the audacity to take my puppy there and had his ears cropped LAST WEDNESDAY!


THERE IS A PENDING LAWSUIT AGAINST ERIC CLAYTON AND JESSICA MELLIN-CLAYTON!
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#3 General Comment

our bundle of joy

AUTHOR: Lauren&Dmitry - (United States of America)

My boyfriend and I were looking for a dog for a while, and didn't have any luck. I had met Jessica only a couple times through a mutual friend, and the first thing i'm sure everyone notices about Jessica is how much she loves ALL animals..  it's definitely the first thing I noticed about her, being an animal lover myself :). Jessica called my boyfriend and I one night when we happened to be at Meijer and asked if we wanted a dog, it was perfect timing! I was so excited that we went straight there! We walked into her house and Jessica let Layla out and she ran right up to me, a very excited, beautiful, fit and healthy, four year old AmStaff. Jessica began explaining that Layla is prone to having hip problems (which was genetic) so all we would have to do is keep her at a healthy weight. After some some general conversation, Jessica showed us Layla's pedigree which she had going back to the early 1900's if I remember correctly (something she didn't have to do). Then Jessica suggested we "see if she is the right dog for you and you guys are the right people for her" by taking Layla home for a week and if all goes well we'd keep her, and if not, she (Jessica) would gladly take her back. I MUST add, Jessica gave Layla to us for free (that doesn't sound like a money hungry breeder to me). The first night Layla slept right at the foot of our bed the entire night, and has, every single night since then. We knew by the end of the first day we wanted to keep her.
In regards to training, Layla could sit, stay, lay down, shake, and could walk perfectly on a leash. Layla is a very smart dog and I wanted to try to teach her a couple new tricks, and have taught her to roll over, sit pretty, catch treats when I toss them to her or catch them off her nose, and I even taught her when I point my finger at her and yell "bang!" she lays down and rolls over onto her side and plays dead. 
I take her for at least one walk a day, sometimes 2 or 3 and even if we walk by a dog that is barking its head off trying to get us, Layla just keeps walking by, doesn't bark or act aggressive back! (which is probably my favorite thing about her.) Health-wise, Layla got whip-worm a couple months after we got her and I took her to the vet (which gave her a clean bill of health otherwise.) Layla got shots, I gave her some medicine for a few days and that was it, no more whip-worm. That was the only health problem she has had in the year+ since we got her. 

 If we decide to get another dog in the future, Jessica is undoubtedly our first choice and we would highly recommend her to anyone! We thank Jessica all the time for giving us Layla, she's the best dog we could ask for. (thank you again) :)

P.S. In regards to the 'Original Report' AND with all due respect, Lets start with the traffic you experienced on the drive down to see Jessica (Jessica has no control over the traffic) completely irrelevant... Next, as someone stated in another rebuttal, if you were serious about three dogs in particular, discuss some kind of agreement or deposit. After all, dog breeding is a business.. Also, if Jessica sold one of the dogs that you were planning to buy and those 3 in particular were the whole reason you were driving to MI in the first place, you weren't obligated to stay or better yet BUY the puppies. YOU chose to buy them!  Moving On, The Soft stool, acting like they were starved at feeding time, and hard bellies are ALL typical for PUPPIES!!!! Stop nit-picking. You yourself said after getting to the hotel the puppies did "very well" and when you got home "everything seemed normal" and even your personal vet "looked them over and...said they looked good" at this point, i'm beginning to think the problem wasn't Jessica, its just you.
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#4 Consumer Comment

I have personal done business with Jessica for almost 10 years..

AUTHOR: msmith0048 - (United States of America)

I met Jessica Mellin back in early summer of 2001. I met Jessica and her family when they moved to my home town and have done business with Jessica for years before we became room mates back in 2006 and have been really good friends since.

Jessica is the most HONEST, RESPONSIBLE, and EASY TO WORK WITH person you will ever meet! She has just as much knowledge with horses and dogs as any vet I have ever met. She has ALWAYS stood behind her animals and I goes above and beyond to make everyone happy. I can truthfully say that any time I have anything going on with one of my animals, she is the FIRST and ONLY person I call to ask advice from!

I feel that your "attacking" her online when she has clearly offered to make things right with you (even though the puppy could've gotten sick while in your care) is grounds for a lawsuit. You have gone to multiple sites and attempted to drag her name through the mud even though she is following along behind you (and has been for a while now) offering to make things right. YOU are walking an EXTREMELY thin line.

So tell me, ma'am, since she has offered you on SEVERAL occasions to compensate you why do you keep ignoring her and blasting your BS all over the internet???????????
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#5 REBUTTAL Owner of company

In Response to Deanna... again

AUTHOR: 48075 - (United States of America)

These are friends I've made through selling the dogs Deanna. Your a very bitter woman that has no reason to be angry at me. Look up puppy contracts. Most of them include that breeders are not responsible for giardia or coccidia as it is COMMON. I've tried buying back the dogs, trading you puppies, all I ask is for proper vet documentation to back up your claims. You won't provide them... because they don't exsist. Give me your vets number... I'll talk to him/her, I'll have my vet talk to him. Oh... my the way... my vet gave me the doesage for the puppies and told me what to give them. Nothing you say holds water. Sorry. Get that attorney... I"m sooooo ready!
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#6 Author of original report

NEW INFO

AUTHOR: Sandy - (U.S.A.)

Well I have had the pleasure of speaking to several members of the animal community who have filled me in on having DEALINGS with Jessica before.  There can be as many friends or family members posting rebuttals as Jessica can get but the facts remain the same & I do have proof in the form of paperwork which has been given to the proper authorities.  Jessica sold sick puppies that he had diagnosed and treated herself NOT a vet.  She did not tell us about this because she wouldn't "make a sale".  Post as many rebuttals as you would like but in time the TRUTH about Jessica will come out & will be posted everywhere!  Jessica has no business owning animals let alone breeding them.
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#7 REBUTTAL Owner of company

I am Jessica Mellin

AUTHOR: 48075 - (United States of America)

Deanna, You are the only person who has had a problem with me and my dogs. I texted you multiple times after you got the dogs home to check on them and see how they were doing. You started ignoring me after the first week. Anyone else who saw something they questioned would have at least called or texted and asked me instead of blasting me on the internet and to my face. I paid for Whiskeys medication and would have paid for yours had you not called me a lying b#$%h. I also offered to trade you dogs or buy her back. You make all of this so difficult. I'm anxiously awaiting to hear from your attorney. The sooner this gets started the better... or drag it out. I'm not interested in fighting. As far as Pieper being a pit bull. Did you not see her mother?? She's 4o pounds and tight muscle and tight skin, the way an AmStaff is supposed to be! Thats why Pieper was priced higher, because she's what I was breeding for. Harley was not, she is what is called a "throwback". Her genetics threwback to her great grandparents.. Taralines Check My Fly Zone, who was an over sized AmStaff. I get an oversized puppy in every litter, only one and they are not what I consider breeding or show quality. If I remember correctly I didn't even give you limited registration on her even though I didn' care for her look. You paid $300 for that dog with FULL papers! I gave you the $200 off you asked for because you came so far and wanted two. I think I was more than reasonable. I tried going over their paperwork and medical records with you on the couch and you weren't interested. You started packing up and saying it was late and you wanted to get back to the hotel because you had a long drive ahead of you.

I"m very sorry you didn't like your experience with me, but I"m afraid it's because you don't want to have a good experience. You told me you wanted them for pets. You didn't mention you were a breeder that bred for 20, 30 or 40 years... you've told me about 3 different timelines on that. If you were a breeder than you should have asked questions that you felt were important. I did the best I could, given the circumdtances. Your children were loud and rolling around squealing on the floor and you were not listening to what I was telling you while you were at the house. Because I was talking to you and you were not hearing me. This is my rebuttal, Jessica Mellin. Anyone with any questions regarding this may contact me at [email protected] Thank you! 
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#8 General Comment

I am Melissa and you need meds

AUTHOR: 49663 - (United States of America)

I have nothing to hide my full name is Melissa Shead look me up on Facebook phone # 231-920-5686, i'm going public with this as i fell this lady is mental.
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#9 Consumer Comment

you look looney

AUTHOR: dog lover - (USA)

I'm am Mrs. H, I am not jessica Mellin. I purchased the female puppy that the women in wisconsin is upset about. my post earlier "over reaction" is truthful. Jessica never sold me a puppy under false pretenses. Parasites are common, and the Jessica was not aware of the puppies having any possible parasites when she sold them. She sold them having the knowledge they were healthy. the gestation period for Giardia is 5 days... . The women in wisconsin said that the first check -up was clean.. it was two weeks after that they were diagnosed with giardia. so she had owned the puppies for 2.5-3 weeks already when they were diagnosed.  this tells me that the puppies got giardia from somewhere other then jessica mellins property. i have also read all the post the women has on other websites. her story is inconsistant. I have no doubt the Jessica told the women everything and that the wisconsin lady was to upset about not getting a puppy that she wasn't interested to listen to what was said. NO DEPOSIT was made to hold her. IF/when this goes into court i would be happy to stand with Jessica Mellin and show my healthy happy puppy that I bought from her.
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#10 Consumer Comment

Legend's Farm and Kennel Puppies

AUTHOR: bozmarkie - (United States of America)

My name is Sarah and i can confirm that the first 2 rebuttals are infact NOT Jessica. Actually, we have a small group of people who currently own puppies from Jess's litters and we all work on training together and are learning more about different types of showing. i know from personal experience that Jessica is VERY thorough with her dogs. I currently have a 3 year old female from her first litter and i must say that this dog is hands down, the best dog i have ever owned. She knows no stranger. Everyone who meets her falls in love with her. She never ceases to amaze me and she gets it all from her daddy :) (Jess's stud).  Currently, she is working on her training for her CGC and hopefully, for her Therapy Dog certification in the near future. I have never had an issue with the dog being sick (other than if she eats too many table scraps, her stomach disagrees due to the fact that i was never big on exposing her to that.). Jessica has been nothing but helpful in her training and the training of the other siblings in our small group. She takes great care if her dogs and addresses problems immediately. From personal experience, she is easy to work with and is professional when dealing with her pride-and-joys!

You say the pups were "acting like they were starving". Every dog in my family (3 westies, 1 Amstaff, 1 Black Lab, 1 Pit Bull) whenever they are eating around each other, in a new environment, or around unfamiliar dogs, they all eat faster. It's a race so they can be done first and check out everyone else's bowl.  This links, in part, to their competitive and dominance drive. It's not really anything to be concerned about but if it gets to the point of concern, they have bowls to help slow down their eating habits at any Target, Meijer, Kmart, Walmart or specialty pet store but i know for a fact, they are fed an appropriate amount of food.

I'm sorry feel your experience was less than satisfying with her but you have to understand, breeding is a business. First come, first serve is usually the way it goes unless there is a down payment. As for her bringing out that puppies individually, its better to do it that way so you can individually bond with each pup. If you wanted to see how they interacted, im sure you could have asked to see 2 at a time. Miscommunication can make instances such as yours very difficult.

From what you are saying, it sounds like the pup(s) contracted Giardia from your place if it didnt show up immediately from the vet. Yes, Jessica treated the puppies as a precaution. Thus the puppy should have been fine upon arrival to your home. The fact that it showed up weeks after the fact means it came from your residence. You started off saying that your vet said they looked fine upon arrival to your residence. A COUPLE WEEKS later (what, 2 weeks? 3 weeks? More?), they were looking "thinner" - maybe you were feeding them smaller portions then Jess does, maybe the puppies were being more active. Many different factors here. "Also in the records Jessica had given us she had dewormed them 5 times within a 7 week time frame. And also had treated them with Metronidazole & Amoxicillin. During all of our conversations, texting and even while at her home nothing was said about this treatment." (your words)These sentences crack me up because they contradict themselves. If the information is in the records, you should have noticed it! Come on, i assume you typed the complaint, you should be able to read the records given to you. If it was a concern, why didnt you just text Jess or call Jess and ask her about it?

And just to be clear here, i know you didnt type it in your "warning" complaint full of slander for anyone with a computer to see, but you said in a phone call that you are intending on euthanizing these poor puppies because you dont feel like putting forth the effort into making them healthy again. Thats just wrong. You are going to kill 2 pups over having to put them on medication and a bland diet for a couple weeks? Maybe the diet would be a couple months but really?! Thats crazy. I wouldnt be able to live with myself. But, im a TRUE animal lover.

Hopefully, one of these will work but this is my baby that i had gotten from Jessica. For anyone interested, remember it's Legend's Farm and Kennels and they produce beautiful HEALTHY dogs :)

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#11 General Comment

paranoid much?

AUTHOR: 49663 - (United States of America)

My name is Melissa and not Jessica, this lady refuses to hear the truth. Jessica is not responding to any of these! It boggles my mind that we stand for the truth and for Jessica, and this Lady is loosing sleep by constantly slandering MS. Jessica Mellin.            Sincerely Melissa (((ROR redacted)))


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#12 Consumer Comment

In reguards to jessica

AUTHOR: amstaff lover - (United States of America)

I have know jessica for years and have boarded my dogs with her when I left. They have always been taken care of excellent. The only person I trust with my dogs is jessica. My dogs have never came back with parasites. Our dogs are on there montly heart guard which contains pyrantel to help prevent parasites. Parasites are common and are treated easily. As a breeder we worm our puppies and have stool samples done to prevent any parasites. I have never had a puppy in over 13yrs that have not had some sort of parasite. On the note of garidia if research is done, it is common. They can even get it from drinking from a puddle of water. Can easily be picked up. The buyer of the puppies is over reacting. Its not like they had parvo. Its a parasite that can be cured in 7 days with metronidiazole and probiotics. I have asked jessica what went on. She even said offered to buy the puppies back, pay for the medication and even drive to pick them up. In my book that is an excellent breeder. Now a days who really stands behind there puppies like that. Even when transporting a puppy they get stressed out and can even get coccidia or can pick things up in transport. On the note of the 3rd puppy not being there. That is what DEPOSITS are for. If you wanted the puppies should have sent a deposit on 2 puppies and then the breeder would have know the purchaser to be serious. My note to the purchaser is get them to the vet to be treated. Even your own vet said they looked good when brought them in. 2wks late showed up the giardia. So really who did it come from. Quit the blame game and be happy with the new bundles of joy that you have.
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#13 Author of original report

Jessica Mellin is Dishonest & nothing but a money hungry liar

AUTHOR: Sandy - (U.S.A.)

It doesn't take a genius to know that the two rebuttals on here are Jessica.  All of the statements made were definatly not anything remotely close to what we experienced.  I have SEVERAL emails & text messages from Jessica - one being of the pet store puppy which I wasn't informed of until April 11th.  Kind of funny how she supposidly told one person right away but didn't tell us until April 11th - have the text to proove it.  And the statement that it's the buyers responsibility to understand vet records etc.  You need to read up on the law - it is against the law to sell animals with ANY parasite or disease.  And a breeder falls under the merchant laws in which selling a sick animal is illegal.  To sum it up - if you want to find out the truth about Jessica I will be happy to email you all the emails and text messages but you could just call Animal Control like I did to find out that they have had several run ins & problems with Jessica.  They know her name well.  Does that sound like an honest or good breeder?  Think not!  The truth will all come out.
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#14 Consumer Comment

in reguards to Jessica

AUTHOR: 49663 - (United States of America)

My name is Melissa and last year i purchased a puppy from Jessica, i have been a dog groomer for more than 20 years and decided to settle on a short coated breed. LOL! My puppy was in outstanding condition, and health was phenomenal, so when i heard of this next litter of course i jumped at the chance to purchase another, as i was looking into showing this lovely breed. I was given first pick of this litter. I picked up my puppy when she turned about 8 weeks the 6th of March, vet checked cleared and fat and healthy. I have never had any health issues with either of my puppies and both my females did their first AKC sanctioned show at the end of March with my older female placing First and my Younger placing Fourth. Thank you Jessica for making this possible. Now back to Jessica's honesty. Jessica never held anything back from me, she explained the rescue dog and a pet store puppy that her husband brought home, i helped Jessica place the pet store puppy and after 4 weeks he was finally placed into a wonderful home. about a week later the gentleman that adopted the the pet store puppy called me to let me know his puppy had runny stools, and a touch of blood. I told him it could be colitis the first vet check showed colitis was the first problem, but then the puppy wasn't improving so i sent him back to the vet, second vet check showed it was Giardia. The vet explained it was common and puppy probably picked it up from some wet snow or water source. So i called Jessica because she had all those precious puppies and they may or may not have been exposed, as the puppies were only a couple weeks old. So as a pre-cautionary she treated all her dogs, no harm done. I have been breeding dogs for over 16 years and i always did a round of metronidazole on all my puppies before leaving as i know Giardia is so common and covers at least 30% percent of the dog population mostly puppies and i wanted them to have a head start before leaving my farm, so the last 5 days of Metronidazole would have been finished by the new owner. Giardia is not anything to get panicked over as medical studies show at least 60% humans have come in contact with this icky bug at least once in their life in the USA alone by contaminated water. Giardia is not a routine test, its a requested test when all other parasite treatments fail. Though during the wet months i feel it should be a routine test. The only reason why this lady knows about the Giardia is because Jessica is honest and records everything she does with her puppies and obviously the vet noticed the Metronidazole treatment and ran the test. This is not saying the parasite came from Jessica as i'm more than positive it didn't, i'm stating facts. Jessica keeps her puppies clean her yard clean and is very health aware of her dogs. ( She works at a vets office) Also she dewormed with Panacure and treated with Metronidazole this kills Giardia, so this must mean puppies were re exposed after leaving Jessica's home. I would recommend Jessica to anyone as a knowledgeable breeder and trainer as well as dog loving person. I am so very Happy with my girls they are flawless. Thank You Jessica Mellin! Keep up the good work!
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#15 Consumer Comment

over reacting

AUTHOR: dog lover - (USA)

I purchased a puppy from jessica mellin. She provided all the vet records and walked me through all of the paper work. Jessica and I talked for about two hours at her home while I observed all the puppies interacting with her children, cats, and litter mates. All the puppies appeared in good health and were very active and alert.  I was informed of the other dogs that had come through the property that were ill. i was told about the standing water in the back yard at the time of visit and observed her putting the puppies in a clean dry place to go potty. I was told that all the puppies were available because no (holding) down deposit was made on any of them. From my understanding if no payments were made on a puppy in advance all are available to the first person who has full payment for them. I picked a female that was social and had no fear of people, children, even her parents.  I took the puppy to the vet the very next day for a mandatory check-up (good to take a puppy to the vet within 72 hours of purchase) the vet looked at her vet records and approved all of her vaccines and dewormers. My vet specified that they were all legit and applied at the appropriate times. He took a fecal sample to test. She had tested positive for a mild parasite.  Every dog i have owned has tested positive for a parasite from a vet after i purchased them.  I asked  my vet how common it is. He said that parasites a common in puppies and older dogs due to a weak immune system.  I notified Jessica and she payed for the medications to treat the parasite. My puppy never lost weight from the parasite and never lost activity levels. My puppy never had a UTI or ulcers from giving a preventative medication. Jessica also notified me that another buyer had her puppied diagnosed with Giardia. i researched giardia and found that it's a naturally occuring parasite that can be contracted from sitting water, well water, or if another animal contaminated the water source that flowed on the property.Giardia can live in the ground for months after the infected dog dropped a stool there or infected water was in the area. as long as the ground is damp the parasite can live without a host in a protective shell. I also found that it's spread through direct contacted with an infected source. Giardia is the most common human parasite and is usually contracted from well water or drinking from a natural spring. at no time did i keep my puppy quarantined because of a parasite infection. puppies that do not have lots of social interaction with people and other dogs and animals have temperment problems and obedience issues.  I find Jessica Mellin an honest and acceptable breeder. she notified all the buyers of a potential outbreak of a parasite and payed for the treatment. She is resonible and took resposibity for all the dogs on and off her property that came in contact with the parasite. She didn't keep any secrets about the health of the puppy and offered to pay for the treatment. The buyer is responsible for looking over the health records and asking questions before purchasing a puppy. the buyer is also responsible for looking over the property before purchasing also. I have no complaint about Jessica and i would recommend her to anyone who is looking to buy an Amstaff.   Ater reading the complaint form the women in wisconsin it appears that she is more upset about not getting a specified puppy (that wasn't paid for or had a holding fee) then the dogs being sick. to the best of my knowledge the breeder agreed to pay for the medication upon request of the vet document stating that the puppy needed to be treated. If anything the breeder said that made the women in wisconsin wary then she shouldn't have purchesed a puppy in the first place. Jessica Mellin was honest and told me that a person was comming to purchase three puppies that weekend. I made arrangements for a baby sitter and was able to come earlier to pick up the puppy that i had discussed with Jessica. She had showed me all the available puppies and i picked one that i liked. I was excited and wanted to bring my new family member home. MY puppy has been nothing but a joy. There has been nothing unlawful done and the breeder offered to take responsibility for the puppies sold that had a parasite. Jessica also didn't sell the puppies with a guarantee that the puppies were %100 clean. she informed me that i should have her vet checked just to make sure all the worms were taken care of. that sometimes the puppies need an extra dewormer to get rid of the worms that didn't get expelled or were reinfected.  At no time was the puppy sold under false pretenses. I have no complaint about Jessica. She is an honest breeder that listens to the people that buys her puppies and does what ever she can to come to an agreement with a buyer that had a complaint or constructive critisism.
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