On very rare occasions we draw attention to one of Little Rascals’ blinkered supporters, and only then if they appear particularly ignorant and thoughtless.
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 in her messages she made it very clear that she cares nothing about the breeding parents of the puppies she and her husband have 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 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 (and childish) 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? What kind of life do these people think the breeding parents have, or is it that they just don’t care?
It makes you wonder who is more to blame that licensed dog breeders like Little Rascals are allowed to exist in the first place.
Are unprincipled people like the Swindells and Dickens solely responsible, dog breeders who treat their animals as commodities, forking out the least amount of money on the welfare of their dogs and puppies to ensure maximum profit; people who blatantly and arrogantly break EU and UK laws to achieve that goal? [Imported Puppy Fraud]
Or should we be pressuring the local authority (North Kesteven) to query all the negative evidence stacked up against Little Rascals, whether it’s been reported directly to the council or not?
We should certainly question the credentials of North Kesteven‘s dog breeding license inspectors, who are rarely qualified to make judgements on animal welfare. They’re more likely to have inspected a restaurant under Health and Safety regulations prior to visiting a dog breeding establishment (a visit pre-arranged with the dog breeder).
The method of licence inspection is a ‘tick box’ system and no matter how many buildings exist on the premises, unless the dog breeders have declared them as part of the business, they won’t be investigated.
Then again, it’s possible the local authority are well aware of Little Rascals‘ illegal practices. It’s certainly true that if you contact North Kesteven or Lincolnshire Trading Standards they each give conflicting accounts.
On the one hand North Kesteven claim they do not have the funds or staff to monitor Little Rascals and all the puppies going in and out of that sordid business, and on the other hand Trading Standards claim that they do in fact monitor each and every one.
Someone is telling porkies, but which one?
But in reality it’s all down to the buyers.
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 (and chasing them around a barn just for ‘fun‘ – Bridgett Dickens).
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 to buy a cheap puppy, available as soon as possible, 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.
It’s people like Graham and Vivienne Nelson who refuse to acknowledge or couldn’t care less about lousy reviews and testimonials for Little Rascals because they can justify ignoring negative facts by saying they don’t believe them. Very convenient.
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” – it’s impossible to give a 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 opinion of Little Rascals. It’s certainly not unusual for 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.
Even without a crystal ball and inside knowledge, we can guarantee that on the three occasions Graham Nelson has acquired a puppy from Little Rascals he did not see both parents (probably neither) and quite possibly didn’t even ask to see them.
We can guarantee he has never been asked questions about his suitability to buy from Little Rascals with a view to refusing to sell him a puppy if he doesn’t pass the grade. As with all Little Rascals’ customers, he would have been able to take a puppy home, there and then.
We can also guarantee he either did not ask or was unable to see where the 200 breeding bitches 50+ stud dogs are kept and spend their lives.
So his review is defunct.
For the benefit of Gordon and Vivienne Nelson
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.
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?