Join Date: Oct 2011
Dogs Name: Toby the Dobe, Russell the Andalucian Terrier, Reina the Pointador. Sasha & Jack at the Bridge
Titles: Yep, loads, but none printable. lol
Dogs Age: 7th Nov 2010 -
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My old Majorcan Mastif was a champion, her owner had shown her in countries as far afield as Poland, UK and Spain and had won just about everything you could ever think of in relation to her breed. On the surface he appeared to be all that you could wish for when it came to a reputable breeder. He health tested. He attended, won countless shows as I have said and well he talked the talk and walked the walk.
Yet her owner, the big 'I am the best thing to happen to Majorcan Mastifs ever' was nothing but a fraud. In the case of my old girls health tests, fact is he hid the truth. In effect he told lies, falsified Vet reports to make her look like she was indeed the best thing to happen to the M.M community and folk bought it. (well why wouldnt they). Sad thing is by doing this he condemned both my old girl and her pups to a life of pain and suffering and all in the name of the big bucks.
My old girl (may she rest in peace) was diagnosed when we got her as suffering from severe spondalocis, hip and elbow dysplasia and was Leishmania positive. Facts which my vet told us the greeder had to know about yet despite this at just over 3 years old she had started having litters of pups for him from her first season aged 9 months and was pregnant again when we took her home.
In total she gave birth 4 times the first time it was to 5 pups, the last time 13, (4 of which died). Now when you consider M.M's are priced around 2500-3000 euros a pup she was in fact nothing but a glorified cash cow to her old owner.
So how did we come into possesion of her, well there is the story.
The greeder who owned her had placed her in kennels and left her there with 2 of her pups whilst he returned to England. He was supposed to have returned within 2 weeks, but 2 months later (having only paid for 2 weeks) he hadnt shown up, neither had he made contact, so the kennels (as they are allowed here to do) claimed the dogs and in the case of the pups sold them off whilst the mum was given to us.
We registered her with the authorities as being ours the moment we got her paperwork. (you have to leave the dogs documentation with the kennels here when you leave them with them) followed by took her straight to the vets. He told us then that she was in pup and that in his opinion she shouldnt be allowed to have them as she would undoubtedly pass on the spondalocis, elbow and hip dysplasia to her pups but also the Leishmania, in effect if she managed somehow to survive the ordeal of birth etc, she wouldnt likely survive raising the pups and the pups would end up as bad off as she was genetically/healthwise. So we had the pups aborted. (we never, ever intended to breed with her anyway) and had her spayed at the same time.
Some 2 months later up rolls her old owner, demanding his prize girl be returned to him, plus her pups and or the money we had made from them.
He got neither our girl or the pups/money however, he did get a flea in his ear.
Some months after we got our old girl we met someone who had bought a pup off her greeder.
They told us how they thought they had gone to a reputable breeder, how having seen the trophies and ribbons our girl had won thought they had bought a pup from a healthy mum etc, etc.
Their dog had spondalocis, elbow and hip dysplasia and was Leishmania positive and wasnt expected to live beyond 5 years of age. They were devastated as were we for them.