On very rare occasions we draw attention to one of Little Rascals’ ignorant supporters to illustrate a point, and only then if they are particularly selfish and thoughtless when it comes to buying a puppy.
Graham Nelson’s recent 5 star Google review of Little Rascals:
“Just come back from Little Rascals, after purchasing a 2nd furbaby friend for our Schnauzer, Gavi. Fantastic customer service and advice, once again. This is our 3 purchase from them in 3 years. We bought a Chihuahua for our mum 3 years ago, our Gavi boy and now a husky/Samoyed cross. Would highly recommend and feel so sad that licenced breeders seem to get so much bad press. They are completely more honest and helpful than the recue centres. Keep up the fantastic work LR and look forward to collecting our boy on the 2nd. Thank you 🙂“
We received a few threatening messages from Graham Nelson’s wife, Vivienne Nelson, demanding this blog post be removed, and she made it very clear that she cares nothing about the breeding parents of the puppies purchased from Little Rascals.
It was pointed out to her that she was buying a cheap, readily available puppy from puppy farmers. Her reply to that was this ridiculous infantile remark:
“Whether the puppy is £500 or £1000 is not a consideration to me!!! Money is plentiful and never been a reason to buy. Good night “
What more can be done to get through to selfish, narrow-minded puppy buyers like these, and appeal to any trace of moral standards they might have?
The Internet is awash with information about the ethics of dog breeding. Just how much stuff does there need to be out there to convince people that buying from mass breeders of puppies is self-centred and cruel? They obviously don’t give a second thought to the kind of life the breeding parents endure.
It’s all down to the buyers
In many ways, customers like the Nelsons are really to blame for licensed dog breeders like Little Rascals being allowed to exist in the first place. Without their demands for instantly available cheap ‘designer’ and fake ‘pedigree’ puppies, and with none of those awkward questions a responsible breeder would ask, it is the buyers who are keeping every single puppy farm and irresponsible breeder in business.
Without the buyers, dishonest and amoral dog breeders like Little Rascals would cease to exist. They’d have to go back to farming pigs or starting up suspect companies.
It is puppy buyers like Graham and Vivienne Nelson who ensure the breeding parents of the puppies are incarcerated for life. Very few are lucky enough to be passed to a Rescue, and most of them are unsocialised and unused to human kindness.
It’s people like Graham and Vivienne Nelson who want a cheap puppy, preferably right now. It’s people like them who are obviously no stranger to Google searches and finding information online so they can have absolutely NO EXCUSE to plead ignorance about the rights and wrongs of buying a puppy.
These are the kind of buyers who are giving puppy farmers everywhere a life of luxury at the expense of captive dogs.
As for Graham Nelson’s ridiculous comment that Little Rascals are “are completely more honest and helpful than the rescue centres” – there is no civilised response!
But it’s quite possible Graham Nelson’s disparaging remark about ‘rescue centres‘ is based on his own experience, if he has tried to adopt a dog and been refused.
The criteria for adopting from most dog rescues is high, and their standards and ethics would be beyond Mr Nelson’s understanding, judging by his high opinion of Little Rascals. It’s certainly not unusual for disgruntled people to make defamatory comments about an animal rescue when they’ve been rejected as unsuitable because they don’t meet the standards set for adoption. Sour grapes.
Its highly doubtful the Nelsons saw either breeding parent on the three occasions they acquired a puppy from Little Rascals and more than likely didn’t even ask to see them.
Its even more doubtful these two asked to see where the 200 breeding bitches 50+ stud dogs are kept and spend their lives.
Graham Nelson’s review and opinions are inaccurate, untruthful and pointless
The RSPCA guide to buying a puppy [link]:
Always make sure you see mum and her pups together, and never buy a puppy if you have doubts about the breeder or situation – buying the puppy will only fund their illegal or unethical operation.
Before you visit a puppy, it’s recommended to phone and ask some questions first. Here are some examples of questions to ask a puppy breeder:
- Did they breed the puppy? If not, is the puppy imported?
- Are the puppies kept where they were bred?
- How many puppies are/were in the litter?
- Have the puppies or their parents had any health problems?
- Have the puppies been treated for worms or other parasites?
- Have, or will, the puppies be given their first vaccinations before going to their new homes?
- Have the parents been screened for any inherited problems known to be a problem in that breed?
- Do the puppies have any form of identification, such as microchips?
- Do the puppies come with EU Pet Passports (i.e. imported)?
When you meet the puppies:
- Make sure you see the puppies’ mum and she is healthy, bright and active.
- Look for clues that the puppy was actually born there.
- Ask to see certificates of screening for problem diseases, vaccination and microchipping records.
- Check for any signs of illness.
When it comes to choosing your puppy spend plenty of time with the dog and don’t feel rushed and never buy on the first visit. A genuine breeder will expect nothing less!
Puppies should only be purchased from a breeder who invites the buyer into his/her own home.
Puppies should be seen interacting with the mother who the breeder genuinely treats as a family pet living inside the home, and not stuck outside in a kennel or another part of the property.
- A responsible breeder will ask a buyer lifestyle and suitability questions and expect questions in return.
- A responsible breeder will reserve the right to refuse a sale if he/she considers a buyer unsuitable.
- A responsible breeder does not import or export dogs and puppies.
- A responsible breeder does not have an endless supply of puppies.
- A responsible breeder does not sell sick puppies.
Puppies bought from breeders like Little Rascals are not being ‘rescued‘; there is no such thing. It just condemns a puppy’s parents to a life of incarceration, mindless boredom and, very often, physical and mental pain. Who would want that for any dog?