Ann has contacted Farms of Shame with the story of her puppy Bella which she bought from Jandaz Cockapoos. Thank you Ann for your courage.
Here is Bella, according to her pedigree she is supposed to be a first generation Cockapoo. I have made enquiries of the UK Kennel Club and corrected the names on the Jandaz pedigree which now tells me that the sire is an English Cocker Spaniel, Chanpamar Freckled Fancy (prcd PRA Clear )and the dam is a brown Miniature Poodle called Jandaz Queen born 11th April 2006 (no health tests). Bella is small and lightly built and was born on the 14th of May 2012 and she looks very much like a poodle with her colour presumably coming from the cocker ?
Bella’s Story as told by Ann to Farms of Shame
I bought Bella from Janice Griffiths for £775 cash on Friday 3rd August 2012 (I did not sign a contract); she appeared to be a happy and healthy puppy. The first problem occurred when I started to socialize her. She would whine and shake when I took her out in public in my arms as she had not had her last injection. I’m not an experienced dog owner and didn’t realise this was unusual but when she was allowed to go out on a lead the real problems started with her pulling hard to go home and terrified if approached by people, although she was not scared of other dogs. This continued for several weeks and Bella’s fear became more extreme, shaking and whining if approached.
I tried to contact Janice twice by telephone, leaving messages (these telephone calls were logged on my bill) but she did not ring me back. I also emailed her once but again there was no response. My whole aim was to make life easier for Bella and I wanted to get help from the breeder who had promised lifetime backup on her website.
I got no help and Bella and I were becoming very stressed with her fear of strangers, in fact she was only at ease with myself and my husband and she was even fearful of other members of the family. The situation was impacting on my health so I grabbed for the only lifeline that I could find and phoned The Cockapoo Club of GB which offers help to any owners and Cockapoos in need. We made the decision to take Bella to Lincolnshire and leave her with Stephen and Julia Charlton who had kindly offered me respite. I took her back a month later as I had got a referral to a therapist and Bella had been well socialised by the Charltons with their dogs and they had tried to take her into town. The Charltons reported that Bella would pace back and forwards at the end of the lead, trying to find an opportunity to flee the space, if put within about 1.5 meters of any stranger.
I sent Janice a courtesy email to inform her that I had placed Bella in the hands of The Cockapoo Club of GB and within an hour I got a call back, wanting her returned with an offer of a full refund. I didn’t feel that was the best course of action for Bella. This was the email I got back from Jandaz!
I took her to a reputable behaviourist who said that Bella was a very anxious dog and recommended that she was not walked near my house as it is in a built up area, and not to walk in woods as that made her panic, also I had to avoid paths and confined spaces. Essentially I felt that the therapist had understood Bella very well but I was left confounded as to how I could exercise my very lively puppy without panicking her, as every time she felt afraid it would stop her improving and would make her even more anxious. I felt that I was left with no other choice but to try to rehome her, possibly as a dog kept on the grounds of a substantial country property . I asked Stephen urgently for help again and we drove the 5 1/2 hours to his home, and from then on she has stayed with Stephen and Julia who are still working with her and trying to find the perfect home for my Bella.
The emotional distress this as all caused has been bad for my health and I want my story told as I do not want anyone else to go through this torment.