• Report: #1349114
Complaint Review:

Denise Curren

  • Submitted: Wed, January 11, 2017
  • Updated: Wed, January 11, 2017

  • Reported By: Jessica — Fredericksburg Indiana USA
Denise Curren
1420 Pumpkin Hill Rd Millerton, Pennsylvania USA

Denise Curren, Denise with the Bernese, My Little Ones Bernese Mountain Dog Breeder Millerton Pennsylvania

*Consumer Comment: Denise Curren is a reputable breeder

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Here are the "TEXTS"

*Consumer Comment:  Denise Curren is a caring and responsible breeder.

*General Comment: I am denise currens vet

*General Comment: Denise...The Real Desl

*Consumer Comment: Denise is an incredibly responsible and dedicated breeder

*Consumer Comment: Must be more to the story

*Consumer Comment: Denise is a wonderful breeder

*Consumer Comment: Great Breeder

*Consumer Comment: Denise is a great dog breeder

*Consumer Comment: Happy, Loved, Cared for Dogs by Denise with the Bernese

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Shame on you Jessica

*Consumer Comment: Denise Curren does not operate a puppy mill

*General Comment: Denise Curren

*Consumer Comment: Denise is responsible and caring

*General Comment: Denise is not running a puppy mill.

*Consumer Comment: Denise the Bernese Lady

*Consumer Comment: Denise is an excellent breeder

*Consumer Comment: Denise with Bernese ( Denise Curren)

*Consumer Comment: Denise is none of the characteristics describe by Jessica......

*Consumer Comment: Denise Curren is a Responsible Breeder

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 On 12/28/16 I made contact with Denise Curren regarding an ad posted on puppyfind.com listing retired breeding dogs. 12/29 Denise called me and we discussed in detail the type of pet I was looking for, I explained I have 2 young children and we ride horses and camp a lot and I was looking for a dog I would be able to take along on the trail and camping with us, a house dog, a farm dog etc. Denise said she had several to choose from and she would text me pictures. So I chose a dog I liked the looks of by the name of Dumping, her exact words were "She is very sweet and gentle. I told her I would make arrangements to come that weekend to get her.

She then calls me back and tells me to bring a lunge line because she doesn't know how to walk on a leash, she had just never had to, no big deal, odd that a 3 yr old dog had never been on a leash but she'll learn. 12/31 I make the 10.5 hr drive from Southern Indiana to Northern Pennsylvania and arrive at Denise's place. She takes us into the barn where it sounds like hundreds of dogs are barking and the smell of dog urine and crap is overwhelming, she asks us to wait there. At this point I realize this is a puppy mill. A few minutes later she has me come back where Dumplin is running frantically around looking for a corner to hide in, I call the dog, she calls the dog, the dog finally finds a place to lay up next to the wall away from. I approach her and she's shaking scared to death. Denise made lots of excuses as to why she was acting like that and I thought " well she'll be better off out of this environment " so I agreed to take her and paid the $500 fee.. [continued below]....


I'm responsible for this just as well because I should have left the dog where she was but I had told my kid we were getting her and we'd just driven so far. During this week the dog has done nothing but sit in the same spot in the corner and shake(same thing she did there), when I put her on the tie out she bites it and runs from one side to the other trying to break loose, she pees when you touch her about 50% of the time, I tried walking her by the collar to get the leash and she's tried to bite me. This dog is totally unsocial and is not a pet, she's as close to Feral as I've ever seen. Please keep in mind I used to raise, train and show dogs so I have vast experience, for this reason I knew better. However, Denise should be ashamed of herself for placing her as a pet because I was very clear what I was looking for.....she was nothing near what I wanted and she described her as "very sweet and gentle" 1/4/17 Denise text asking how she was doing.

My response was about the same. I've yet to see her eat or drink, no response. 1/8/17 I text Denise saying: So as of today Dumplin has be here a week and I see absolutely no change in her. I'm honestly shocked you placed her as a pet. Her response was we just must not be clicking.....bull**** this dog won't click with anyone 1/10/17 I open the door to let my other dog out and she runs past me like a wild animal, probably won't ever see her again and I'm certain if she's found by anyone they won't be able to get their hands on her. I've searched for hours and she's no where to be found. I text Denise to let her know since her microchip is still in her name, no response......BUYER BEWARE......I'm now out $500 cost of the dog $500 rental car/fuel/food/hotel and the DOG because she thinks it's okay to sell Feral dogs as family pets!

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#1 Consumer Comment

Denise Curren is a reputable breeder

AUTHOR: Meris - (USA)

I purchased my Berner puppy 8 years ago from Denise. She was extremely professional and has stayed in touch with us over the years to give us helpful hints along the way. The pups grow up in a loving farm environment. Denise and her husband Jack are very professional and provide a loving home for their pups.

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#2 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Here are the "TEXTS"


 I had a new puppy person contact me about getting a puppy from me on March 3,2017. He asked if I was aware of the Ripoff report about me. I said, "No". I looked it up while we are talking on the phone. He said he didn't care about the report. He just wanted to make sure I knew about it. He had heard nothing but good things about me. As I'm reading the report, my heart is breaking. I can't believe Jessica treated Dumplin that way. I tell everyone the three most important things you need to earn is your dog's love, trust and respect. Jessica was not doing that by strong arming Dumplin. Dumplin has never been treated that way. When Jessica said Dumplin "tried to bite me". Dumplin was telling Jessica to be nice. Just like a dog would do to another dog that was being mean to them. I started crying when I got to the part about Dumplin being "no where to be found" after she "runs past" Jessica. Dumplin chose the flight mode. That was on January 10, 2017. Almost two months ago. I'm heartbroken. My poor baby. Here are the texts between Jessica and I. I also left voice messages on her phone. I was trying to help her and Dumplin.

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#3 Consumer Comment

 Denise Curren is a caring and responsible breeder.

AUTHOR: Tank - (USA)

 I purchased Tank from her almost eight years ago and could not be happier. Her dogs are well cared for and are treated as members of her family. When I went to pick up Tank, I did not see any of the negative things listed in the complaint. I only saw dogs that were happy and healthy. Even after all these years, I am still in contact with Denise. We share photos and she is always available if you have any questions. I have and will continue to recommend Denise as a breeder, and would not think twice about getting a dog from her in the future.

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#4 General Comment

I am denise currens vet

AUTHOR: Dr k - (USA)

 Ive been denise currens vet for 10 years..she takes better care of her dogs than most people take care of their kids I see many of her pups that other clients have purchased And they are all very happy

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#5 General Comment

Denise...The Real Desl

AUTHOR: Cindy - (USA)

 With some reservations, I first contacted Denise in May 2016 just days after the passing of my second berner. Needless to say, my guard was up. Afterall, I was still fill with such devastation and undeniable void. Within minutes of our conversation, my choice became very clear. Denise was the breeder for me. Not only was she very knowledgeable and striving to produce happy, healthy dogs, she was also very compassionate. Upon acquainting ourselves even further, Denise, at this point, knew how fitting it would be for me to come meet a 5 month old male that she had available while I wait on a puppy that wouldn't be ready until July. I was skeptical at first but she assured me that I'd be under no

obligation to take the dog. She also stressed the fact that we would have to be a good match in order for her to allow me to take him home. With that opportunity, my husband and I made the 5 hour drive to meet Denise, her dogs, and see her facility. I did not know if I'd be coming home with or without a dog and our time or expense would not matter. Upon arrival, we pulled up to what appeared to be a dairy barn and there stood Denise in jeans and muck boots. I did not judge the book by it's cover. We were taken into a room and required to first sanitize our feet before entering the dog area. A first for me and I was most impressed by this. Denise could sense my enthusiasm, gave us a short briefing and off we

went to meet the crew. Almost instantly my spirit was lifted. I was in Berner heaven. They were everywhere, puppies, teenagers, adults and they all wanted to say hello. I was so amazed. So many dogs yet they were all so well behaved, so well taken care of, their home clean and accommodating. Clearly this was no puppy mill. These dogs were genuinely loved and without a doubt, it was evident that Denise was very committed to them. Our visit lasted for several hours. I met many of the dogs, if not all of them. We played, they played. Some even barked for no apparent reason but they're dogs, dogs bark, wouldn't seem right to condemn them for that. Some were simply just content being lazy and lounging.

Not one showed any signs of aggression. I must however add, that I've never had so many dogs sniff my butt at one time. After awhile, I was officially introduced to the male that I originally went to meet. Totally unaware that this was one of the dogs that I had already seemed to bond with. Turns out his mother, Dumplin, was another one that I connected with. Her only flaw, she likes to shower you with kisses. By now, Denise felt certain that me and her boy were a match and the choice was mine to make. I knew getting an older puppy would have its uncertainties, there'd be trials and tribulations, possibly require more time, effort and patience but it was a chance that I was eager to take. Not only would

he be going home with me but I'd be leaving a deposit to reserve my spot for a July puppy. Denise definitely had a satisfied customer and I would be a "repeat". Before leaving I was given a signed contract, shot records, a health guarantee and tons of reading material. There was also a verbal agreement, that if for any reason, if things didn't work out, if I no longer wanted the dog, if I could no longer care for the dog, Denise would take it back, all I'd have to do is call her. Simply put, Denise is the real deal and life with my "boy's" has been so worthwhile. The breed itself is so smart, loving, loyal and deserving of responsible pet owners. Perhaps Jessica should do some soul searching before she goes around pointing fingers.

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#6 Consumer Comment

Denise is an incredibly responsible and dedicated breeder

AUTHOR: Knovitsky - (USA)

 My husband and I purchased a Bernese Mountain dog from this breeder a little more than a year ago. We had just lost our beloved boy and I wasn't sure I was ready for another dog. Upon my husband's insistence, we made the drive to Denise's place. We couldn't have been more impressed with Denise's dedication to the breed and her commitment to making sure her dogs went to excellent homes. She was upfront and honest about all the dogs we inquired about. We fell in love with many, but based on her suggestions ended up with a beautiful little girl we absolutely adore. I would highly recommend her if you are looking for a Bernese.

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#7 Consumer Comment

Must be more to the story

AUTHOR: Jennifer - (USA)

i meet denise and her dogs 6 1/2 years ago when i purchased my first puppy from her.  the dogs and puppys were all running around and seemed happy.  2 of my boys played with several of the dogs.  we meet our puppies mom and dad.  we spent a few hours there.

i fell in love with a mt mastiff named sophia.  denise told me when she was ready to retire she would let us know.  a year later we wanted to get another dog to play with bauer.  sophia was not ready to retire.  bauer's dad Ivan was.  we picked ivan up on a saturday.  again we spent hours at the farm playing with the pups and dogs.

when we arrived home ivan and bauer were playing and ivan opened the gate of the fence and took off.  i spent hours chasing him. the boys and my husband too.  we would see him but when we got close he took off.  we tried treats bones etc nothing worked.  sunday am i called denise.  she told me to sit on the lawn with bauer and dont chase him let him come to me.  she asked for my address and said she was on her way.  I live over 4 hours away.


4 hours later i heard her screaming ivans name and a few minutes later she was at my house with Ivan.  denise and her husband stayed at my house for 2 hours to make sure ivan was comfortable -she didnt want to leave him unless she felt  he was ok with us. her concern was for him not us.  we kept him on a rope for 2 weeks and he didnt eat much the first week.  yes it took time for him to adjust but that is normal.  ivan became my shadow and was the sweetest - most loyal dog i have ever owned.  ivan died from tonsil cancer 2 months ago and even the day he died he was by my side. denise was my support system when he got sick.  she cried with me when he died. 

to say these things about denise is terrible.  i have had the total opposite experience.  she treats these puppie and dogs like her children.

on another note we also adopted sophia when she retired.  she adjusted much faster then ivan did but ever dog is different.



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#8 Consumer Comment

Denise is a wonderful breeder

AUTHOR: Corey - (USA)

We were lucky enough to get our Bernese Mountain Dog from Denise several years ago. She was nothing but professional and caring. This woman cares for these dogs as if they're her own and wants nothing but the best for them. Our dog was in perfect health and was the absolute best dog anyone could have dreamed up. She lives a full life with us, free of any behavioral and health problems until she was 7 years old, at which point she very peacefully passed away from cancer. I always have, and continue to, recommend Denise and her dogs to anyone who is looking for a companion.

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#9 Consumer Comment

Great Breeder

AUTHOR: Maureen - (USA)

 Jessica seems to be angry that the dog didn't take to her. Denise is a wonderful dog breeder, all of her dogs are happy, healthy and socialized. I have one of her dogs he's 7 yrs old. I never had a problem with Denise or my dog. She is always available for help and advise. This is not a puppy mill. More like a so called trainer/buyer that didn't like that the dog didn't take to her strong armed ways. Clearly the dog was afraid of Jessica from the start.

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#10 Consumer Comment

Denise is a great dog breeder

AUTHOR: Amanda - (USA)

 Denise is nothing but wonderful to her dogs. She raises and loves each and every one of them as her own and carefully matches her pups with people she feels as though would be good owners. I have been to Denise's barn multiple times and each time it is clean and filled with happy dogs wagging their tails. The dogs are always running around playing with each other and I am always amazed at how well they Listen. I would not hesitate for one second to buy a dog from Denise.

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#11 Consumer Comment

Happy, Loved, Cared for Dogs by Denise with the Bernese

AUTHOR: Kelly - (USA)

 I bought a puppy from Denise at the end of October 2016. I was allowed in to see all the dogs, including the adults. They were so overwhelming friendly that they were nearly knocking me off my feet, and they all knew their name and came when called. They were all well cared for and the place was clean and bright. The dogs are allowed to live with freedom, lots of room inside and out. She mentioned that they get to come inside the house, go for rides in the car, etc. This is NO puppy mill. My rambunctious, friendly pup was unsure of his new home with us at first (of course, he just left his family and everything he ever knew), and soon after brightened up and became one of us! What triggered me to go to Denise for this puppy is because I had gotten one from her 11 years ago, and wanted a pup with a relation. Her farm and breeding facility has come miles from 11 years ago! It was clean and cared for then as an old cow farm, but I was impressed with the transformation all these years later! She's put a lot of time, money, and attention into the place, and it's very clear how much she loves these dogs.

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#12 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Shame on you Jessica

AUTHOR: Julia - (USA)

Denise provided our family with the most loving, well-behaved, and wonderful dog we have ever had. She has raised her Berners beautifully, and we traveled 8 hours because we know she's the best. We've had our pup for over a month now, and he is the best thing that has ever happened to us, and we have Denise to thank for that. Beautiful pedigree, beautiful upbringing on the farm, and beautiful dog. Denise gave us the dog of our Dreams. We went to her farm to pick up our pup, and it was a doggy wonderland and haven for all the dogs. Not what your lies described it as. Shame on you Jessica for spinning it around on her or otherwise, when it was YOU who covered the intentions with purchasing Dumpling in the first place. You do not deserve any dog, and poor Dumping, who was smart running away from a horrible dog owner like you, wasn’t even reported! SICKENING! I feel sick thinking it, and Poor Dumpling who will now have a better life without you.  I hope SPCA makes a report on you for such negligence. Shame on you!

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#13 Consumer Comment

Denise Curren does not operate a puppy mill

AUTHOR: Cheryl - (USA)

 I've gotten three dogs from Denise Curren. Two of them were puppies at 8 weeks and one of them was a retired "Mom" who was 9. All three of them are truly the best dogs I've ever had the pleasure of owning. Denise loves her animals as if each of them were house pets. It's disappointing to hear what happened to Dumpling but Denise does not deserve to be called a puppy mill.

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#14 General Comment

Denise Curren

AUTHOR: soprano5266 - (USA)

I purchased a Bernese from Denise and went to her kennel to pick up our dog. Denese was awesome. Her dogs were all friendly and running around free. I know why her dogs have never been on leases because they all run free on a beautiful fenced in area. We purchases a beautiful female puppy and she is doing very well. She is very smart. She was potty trained in less than a week, comes when called and sits on command. We already have a second dog reserved for us when he is retired from breeding. Denise is an awesome breeder. She sent over 40 e-mails to us with information on the breed, what to feed her, what foods are on recall, and a wealth of very good information. We are looking forward to going back to the kennel and picking up our second Bernese.

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#15 Consumer Comment

Denise is responsible and caring

AUTHOR: Marykay - (USA)

I have gotten 3 Bernese Mountain Dogs from Denise and would never go anywhere else.  When we went to go pick up our first Berner we were so impressed with how Denise handled her dogs and how she raised them.  You can see right off the bat how she cares about these dogs.  They aren't just dogs to her they are her children.  Even after they go to their forever homes she still considers them her children.

I have contacted Denise many times with questions and she has always gotten right back to me and has always given me the best advice and information.  When picking up our 3rd Berner from her my children were amazed at how all she has to do is whistle and the dogs that she has all come running.  Where she raises the dogs was very clean and neat and all the dogs were so incredibly happy.  I often say I wish I could live there. 

My Berners are absolutely wonderful.  I got a Berner from Denise that was 3 years old when we got him.  He is the absolute best dog ever.  She does such a fantastic job raising these dogs.  They are all very well socialized and loving. 

Bereners will always be in our family and I will always get them from Denise.   

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#16 General Comment

Denise is not running a puppy mill.


 I have received two dogs from Denise, a mastiff and a mastiff/Bernese mix. Both dogs had been returned to her because they weren't a good fit for the people who took them. Some dogs just aren't right for people. This person should not have taken the dog. I'm sorry you think it's Denise's fault because you didn't care for her rural setting. They are running a farm also. Puppy mills breed their dogs to death. Denise doesn't. Dumpling knew right away you weren't for her. I hope she can find a forever home. If you have so much experience with dogs, you chose poorly with this one.

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#17 Consumer Comment

Denise the Bernese Lady

AUTHOR: Michelle - (USA)

 My husband and I fell in love with the Berner breed when we were first married. When the time came to find a reputable breeder imagine our shock that one lived 20 miles away. We made contact with Denise, she interviewed us over the phone and invited us to visit her home. We were blown away by the facilities, and the care her "children" get day in and day out. She asked us to come back with our 3 children to make sure that we all could handle a dog of this size. We purchased a male at 10 weeks old and Bernie has been the absolute best companion and friend I've ever had. He is 8 years old and healthy thanks to Denise's guidance and expertise. We became Facebook friends so I could see her cute videos of her "children." Through that connection , she was impressed with the life we have showered Bernie with and his adventures that he goes on with us. She messaged me to see if I was interested in adopting a retired female. It was a quick yes!! She didn't just drop her off...she requested to bring her by to see how the fit would be. Turns out, Bernie needed a little care that I didn't realize. She helped me get him back on track by changing his diet and gave me very valuable advise. She wouldn't leave the other dog there until Bernie was feeling 100%. She came back with Katie, but Katie was pretty shy. It was obvious, that leaving Denise was going to be stressful for her so it wasn't a good fit. A month goes by, and she contacts me again about another female, Diana. Well...that has been 3 years and we couldn't be happier! There was an adjustment period. Diana came from a barn environment with other dogs and 1 owner. She was shy and didn't know how to walk on a leash. There is no reason to have a leash on her dogs at her farm. They have free reign in a spacious enclosed field. Denise encouraged us to use a large rope to teach Diana. That did the trick after a few weeks. Now, she goes out and can't wait to come back in with her family. I can see how the writers new dog was scared about being on a leash and nervous being in a new environment. But, I completely disagree with the statements made about Denise's facility. This is not a puppy mill by any means. Her children are loved, and cared for better than some real children unfortunately. My son even is planning on working for her someday. What a dream job! I tell everyone I know about Denise and will continue to do so.

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#18 Consumer Comment

Denise is an excellent breeder

AUTHOR: Amanda - (USA)

 I have been to Denise's farm twice. I have been in her barn twice. Both times I was there to pick up a dog. The first time we picked up an eight week old puppy. The second time a 6 month old puppy. They were both the loveliest dogs that I have ever met. I could bring them anywhere. Loving from the very first day. Neither one ever walks by a child. They have to say hello. ;) The barn. Sooo clean. No bad smells. The dogs were free to come and go outside. No one in cages, although there were enormous stalls that some dogs were resting in. The doors of the stalls were open. There was plenty of food and clean water and a nice heater. The barn is brand new. I had to teach the 6 month old to walk on a leash, because when you are free to roam a beautiful farm, a leash is not necessary. My family and I encountered server all dog's while on the farm. They would casually come up and lean on us to say hello. I did not see one nervous dog while I was there. When we were there to pick up each dog, we met their parents. I got a kick out of how each dog knew their name because when she called for the parents they came. It just shows how much time she spends individually with that they know their names. Any time I had questions about my dog, Denise was excellent about getting back to me. She gave me advice about food, coat care, vet questions everything. I really can't say enough good things about Denise, her husband, her dogs and her farm. The above compliant is absolutely the opposite of both of the experiences that I have had, and in my opinion very unfair.

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#19 Consumer Comment

Denise with Bernese ( Denise Curren)

AUTHOR: Bill - (USA)

 I have visited this Breeders facilities announced and unannounced the facility has always been very clean and the dogs always appear to be well taken care of. I have visited 3 other breeders and found that this facility the best the best by far! I witnessed several BMD s with more freedom than any other facility. I have also had several questions about the dog I purchased from her and she was always willing to help. These retired breeding dogs should not be expected to be leash trained they are breeding dogs if they were leash trained and were trained with the 7 essential commands they would be far more expensive. Any animal that is relocated is going to require a time of adjustment and time to develop trust it's not automatic . In this rip off report I am happy to see you admit your gut level feeling about the prospect and leaving it, but your decision was flawed by your promise to your child and allowing you to except this long term adoption. To me it's not about the money the time the miles it should of been about that gut feeling you had and you should have opted out and been honest with your child. I have 13 grandchildren and my BMD is excellent with all, after weeks well deserved training. My wife has difficulty walking due to MS and that to was a hurdle that was overcome and now they are best of friends and not to mention my wife walked the facility surrounded by more than 15 BMDs . My BMD gets along with horses all other dogs and most important children with extensive dedication. He's timid sometimes shy which is a trait of the BMD. You really should have done your homework. To describe her facility as ferral, feces and urine lined puppy mill is totally unacceptable, just because your angry and and unwilling to seek training or sacrifice your time to develop trust, love and training. I'm asking as a satisfied consumer and love for all animals that you will consider removing this ripoff report. "Totally unnecessary "

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#20 Consumer Comment

Denise is none of the characteristics describe by Jessica......


 As owners of two Bernese Mt. Dogs from Denise, our experience was wonderful. We currently have TWO BMD's who are " Dumplins" sisters and were purchased on the same weekend Dumplin was.( end of Dec 2016) . Our girls are 4 and 6 years old. We are familiar with Dumplin and have met her. She has the same characteristics as our girls do, sweet , funny, shy, and loving. Growing up as farms dogs, their leash experience is very limited except for Dr. visits and car rides. So when she gave us collars and told us to go buy a lunge leash , it made sense. A day or two on the lunge leash in the back yard, they learned to understand how leashes work. These girls now walk all over town and love to go for rides. NEVER have we tied them out on a line in the yard. In fact, the humane society recommends against it. http://m.humanesociety.org/issues/chaining_tethering/facts/chaining_tethering_facts.html Bernese are a sensible, sensitive breed that need loving attention. If met with any AGRESSION, the will cower. We have owned 5 . Our 13 year old passed away two weeks ago, we currently have 3. We am aware of the situation with Dumplin , Jessica , and Denise. We have read the texts and Denise texted Jessica numerous times with NO RESPONSE. It took her 4 days to respond to Denise's text. Denise would have refunded Jessica's $500 and would have traveled to pick up Dumplin if she would have responded. There are many more people in our area with Bernese from Denise. They are very satisfied customers and would vouche that Denise is NOT a puppy mill. She has a great facility for her dogs and puppies . All pens are clean and all dogs are socialized. She has a protocol when people come into her facility. It starts with cleaning the bottom of your shoes with a sanizing solution . Then she a briefs you about how the dogs with sniff, rub, and possibly jump when they see you. If you stand calmly for one minute they will sniff and leave. If they jump please tell them to stay down. It is a wonderful experience to see. All the older dogs have free reign ( it's a HUGE barn and acres of fenced in outside area to roam) and the puppies are with their moms in huge clean pens. She has many videos on YouTube to back this up. She knows all their names and it's amazing to watch the dogs come when called individually from their pack. We saw Dumplin the day before and she was not as Jessica describes. She was happy and playing with her sisters. She was snuggling up to us and the only reason we did not take her was because Denise had promised her to Jessica. How many puppy mills chip their dogs? Both of Dumplins sisters are chipped as is Dumplin. Denise's dogs are like her children. She has lost sleep over this. More communication would have benefited Dumplin. The issues described are more indicative of an inexperienced or impatient dog owner and not someone who has bred high energy dogs such as Border Collies. There are also two sides to every story as evidenced by a report filed on this same website against Jessica in 2010. http://m.ripoffreport.com/reports/dog-breeders/olde-bull-kennels-a/olde-bull-kennels-a-mutt-breed-589217 Anyone having questions about the quality of dog Denise breeds is welcome to look at our dogs or any number of her dogs in our area, they are all wonderful family pets. Stable and loving. Dumplin is welcome in our home any time. In fact, if Jessica or whoever currently has Dumplin would agree to re-homing her I will be glad to travel and pick her up. I will also reimburse the $500 purchase price paid for her. I would voluntarily allow a humane society representative to inspect our home if anyone has any concerns. Our dogs are well cared for, they receive veterinary care at Wellsboro Small Animal Hospital and at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals in Ithaca NY. Both would provide references for us. Dumplin deserves a happy home and Denise certainly does not deserve a character assasination. I personally know them both to be wonderful.

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#21 Consumer Comment

Denise Curren is a Responsible Breeder

AUTHOR: Alyssa - (USA)

 I would like to comment on behalf of my friend, Denise, and also as a voice for the dogs. All too much, people jump to conclusions about dogs and their breeders. Know the situation, know the past, and know the facts before 1. Choosing a breeder and 2. Purchasing a dog. Denise has been breeding her family of Bernese Mountain Dogs for over 10 years. She has experience, she knows facts you cannot find with a simple Google search, and most of all, her dogs' health and best interest is her number one priority. These dogs are her family, and what people need to understand is that having more than say three dogs for breeding purposes, does not categorize someone as running a "puppy mill." If one would spend more than a few hours at the facility, he or she would know that Denise has completely revamped her old cattle barn as a high tech, climate controlled home for her dogs. There are security cameras, electronic locks, a coal stove, fans, and heating pads for the dogs. Not to mention 24/7 access to water, and a particular brand of dog food that over 10 years of experience has been the only food that doesn't make her dogs sick. The dogs are litter trained. They aren't forced to hold their bowels until a certain time every day. Forcing them to hold it can cause internal damage to the dogs body. The dogs run free during the day. They play and socialize together for hours every day. They are disciplined, and never with force. There is not a single dog there that has ever been touched by an angry human hand, or any object with the same intent. Denise spends more time with her dogs than she does her own husband. The barn is cleaned and sanitized at a minimum of twice daily. Every dog is vaccinated and microchipped. For the exact purpose of Denise being alerted when a dog she sold is missing or has been found by a shelter. Another thing I would like to point out is that if you are searching for an older dog, with specific requirements, you should not choose that dog based on its look. Another thing Denise offers that other breeders refuse, is the the option to return a dog. If for any reason at all a person isn't satisfied with their choice in a dog, they have the opportunity to come back to the home they know and not end up in a shelter. Dumpling is a very very shy dog, as was her mother, and also her own litter of puppies. The thing is, these dogs never had to be on a leash because they respond and listen to voice commands. I've had personal experience with Dumplin. Denise asks me to bring one dog home every now and then to "foster" for a weekend. To prepare him or her for their future home. The dogs are never forced on a lead line tied outside. Dumplin has stayed with me, in a house full of young visiting nieces (four of them ages 3-6). I have four cats that she has been socialized with. She's even been to a softball game with groups of people and other dogs she's never seen before. She is SHY. When a dog is forced into an uncomfortable situation, they can become agressive. I have never seen Dumplin ever agressive. Ever. Yes, she shakes and is nervous. But once you break that barrier she comes to you and wants attention. Like any other dog.

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