I started my search for a French Bulldog and had decided between two breeders, one that was closer to home but the price was a little too unbelievable, and this woman. When I called her for information, she told me that all her dogs were AKC certified, weren't imported, and that if I chose to buy a dog from her, I would be able to contact her about the puppy I choose and would be able to get pictures and videos.
After hearing that, I chose her. My mistake. I put down the deposit on Feb. 19, 2011 and right after that, she started flaking. I would call and she wouldn't answer, and if she did she would say she's too busy to talk. I would e-mail her and ask for photos or videos, and it would take her two weeks to send anything back. She would only send anything at all because I felt like I had to force her into it. When the photos finally came into my inbox is when I noticed something strange. [continued below]....
The dog in the pictures was the same one that she had posted on her website, one from a past litter. I didn't say anything, because I thought maybe I as being paranoid, until I saw that she had erased the original pictures off of her website. When I found that, I looked at the pictures she sent closer and found that it was a boy, not the little girl I had chose. When I confronted her about it, she said she sent the wrong photos by accident, but all the photos I got after that were still of the same dog.
At the time, I was making payments to her while the puppy was growing up, and I had never missed or was late with a payment, and it seemed like every time I would send a payment, she would get more and more distant. By the time it came to taking the trip to pick up my puppy, I had to call multiple times in order to arrange my pick up. Instead of picking up my puppy at her house, like she had originally promised, we had to meet her at her vet's office where one of her dogs was supposedly giving birth.
I agreed, but only because I wanted to meet my little pup so bad. So when I made my long journey and finally met her, I did fall in love instantly with the puppy. My problem, Kristen was supposed to bring her AKC papers with her so I could register them. She told me that she would send them to me once I signed the contract, then she got in her car and drove away, even though she had said that she had one of her dogs giving birth inside.
So when I brought her home, I took her to our vet to get a wellness check-up and they said everything was fine, so I sent the contract to Kristen so that I could get her AKC papers. A few days later, my puppy started not acting right. She wouldn't eat after a while, was lethargic and had really runny stool. So I took her to the vet again with a stool sample, I found out she had Giardia and Coccidia. To be fair, she warned me that she may have it, but it wouldn't be that serious. Well it was pretty serious.
My vet had to give her sub-q fluids before she left and started her on medicine and I had to buy special cleaner to clean up after her stools, since normal cleaners wont kill Giardia. When I contacted Kristen about this, she got really short with me and told me that it wasn't serious at all, despite what my own vet told me, and that she would send me medicine for it. She never sent it. I called her again, because by this time, it had been 4 weeks since I sent the contract to her, but I still hadn't received my AKC papers.
She told us that her assistant, whom I had never met nor heard of before, must have forgotten to send them and that she would send them out as soon as possible. It was another 4 weeks later and still nothing. When I tried to call again, she wouldn't answer. When I tried to e-mail, she wouldn't respond. So finally, I called AKC myself to ask about it. They had no record of my puppy being born, so her litter wasn't registered. My puppy cost $2400 so that it would be included with AKC, but she isn't.
So even now I still try to contact her, but she still won't give me the time of day. Our contract stated that my puppy had a one year health guarantee, but didn't include things like Giardia and the like. Well, my puppy is going to be a year old in Feb. of 2012 and no matter how many medicines and how long she has been on them, she still has Giardia. My vet told me that she probably came from a line with Giardia and was born with it. Personally, I think that since this woman already broke the contract by selling me a dog that, even on the contract, said it was AKC but wasn't, I think that she should be paying for these vet bills for the Giardia since it was her fault that she was born with it and we can't get rid of it.
As of today (12/21/2011), my puppy has accumulated over $1000 in vet bills with this Giardia and still counting. I even tried contacting her stepmother, who also owns her own Frenchie breeding business, and she couldn't get a hold of Kristen either. To this day, we still can't get her to respond to us. I love my little Frenchie, with all of my heart, and I feel bad that she has to live with this.
So if you were thinking about going through Kristen Dawson at Las Vegas Frenchies, I would think again if you want a healthy puppy and someone trustworthy, not a con artist.