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Old 07-11-2008, 08:04 AM
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Unhappy Puppies from Julie Mills - Golden Rtrvr. Breeder, Dog Trainer in Richmond Minnesota

Two weeks ago, we purchased a Golden Retriever puppy from a woman named Julie Mills. Julie lives on a farm in Richmond, Minnesota, which is near St. Cloud. Her family owns and runs the Gold Meadows Hunting Preserve.

We were very picky when picking a breeder, although Julie's credentials seemed to be very impressive - breeder, trainer, runs the hunting preserve. Things looked great, although we were wrong. Last week our little puppy Kona was rushed to the emergency room. She was in ICU for 4 nights, hooked up to an IV because of coccidia and roundworm parasites, along with several ulcers.

If our little puppy Kona had these parasites, the rest of the litter had them as well. The parasites may have been transfered from the mother, Mazy, or were contracted after birth because of Julie's unsanitary kennel facilities.
Somewhere out there, there are 12 other golden retriever puppies with these viruses. We know that Julie sold puppies to pet owners throughout Minnesota and North Dakota. The roundworms should be taken care of with their next deworming, but the coccidia may not appear for sometime, but eventually the puppy may become very, very ill. In Kona's case - facing death. Kona is finally home from the hospital, but will require routine blood tests for sometime. We're hoping there's no other serious problems due to the parasites.

If anyone else purchased a puppy, born on May 11th 2008, from Julie Mills, please contact me. After having gone through the horrible experience, my husband and I may be able to help. Unfortunately, now that Julie received payment for our puppy, she won't return any of our phone calls and wants nothing to do with us, even though there are 12 other at-risk puppies out there. She doesn't care. Her uncaring nature makes us strongly question her as a breeder, a trainer, and a dog educator.

Reconsider, or take EXTRA, EXTRA caution when purchasing a puppy from or bringing your dog to any training program involved with Julie Mills or her family in Richmond, Minnesota.
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Old 07-11-2008, 08:11 AM
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I do hope your pup is doing better & well on the road to being completely healthy.
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Old 07-11-2008, 08:13 AM
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Frankly many puppies come with worms. Sometimes coccidia shows up. Heck, sometimes pups contract parvo. But to me that doesn't alone mean that the breeder is bad.

Do you have any other evidence of unsanitary conditions? I'm not saying that this person is or isn't a bad breeder, but to me you can't freak out over some common doggy ailments, I prefer a more solid piece of evidence.

My other question is: what's the deal with the ulcers? What kind of ulcers? That's a very general term . . .
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Old 07-11-2008, 08:22 AM
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You're right - many puppies have parasites. Almost 95% of the them are born with worms. It's almost inevitable. And, you're right, that doesn't mean the breeder is bad.... BUT, in my opinion, a bad breeder is one who doesn't care enough to answer your calls and ignores all other correspondence, especially when she knows there are other at-risk puppies out there. I really just want to warn the other 12 owners of the litter, if they happen to be out there searching for answers, experiencing the same thing.
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Old 07-11-2008, 08:37 AM
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I am glad your puppy is going to recover, HOWEVER:

Caveat Emptor.

There are also 2 sides to EVERY story. One should educate themselves enough to know the right questions to ask a breeder, and see the vet records before purchasing a puppy.

Coccidia is different from roundworms. Neither is a virus. Coccidia are small one celled protozoans that multiply in the digestive tract and cause diarrhea. In my area, coccidia in puppies is almost a given the moment they are given access to grass or earth. It is the rule rather than the exception with puppies. It is fairly easily eliminated assuming it is recognized and treated.

Roundworms occur in almost EVERY litter, as they encapsulate themselves in the tissue of adult dogs, and come out only during the reproductive cycle. When a bitch is in whelp, the roundworms will come out, and cross the placenta, infecting the puppies before birth. This is why we deworm puppies starting at age 2 weeks, and several times more before 10 weeks of age.

With all the information out there on the net about how to research and find a responsible breeder, the BUYER bears no small responsibility if they get sucked in to someone who is in it for the bucks and not taking proper care of their puppies before placement.

Running down a breeder by name on a public bulletin board says just as much about the motives and ethics of the person doing it as it does about the possibly questionable breeder from whom YOU made the decision to buy a puppy.

JMO as always.

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Old 07-11-2008, 08:55 AM
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I'm so sorry that you are going through this . I hope that you don't get into trouble flaming the Breeder on line . I guess I was very lucky ....I never had wormy puppies .
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Old 07-11-2008, 10:05 AM
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I have to say this should be handled privately IMO. You are only hurting yourself because good breeders, read these things...and think "wow I'd never sell these people a pup...who knows if it sneezes a bit then I get dragged thru the mud on a public forum, too". You are only hurting yourself most times.

Seek your legal remedy...if that doesn't pan out speak with people as they happen to come into your life that want a Golden puppy about your experience. But random posts on the net...kinda puts you in a bad light, too. All MO, of course.
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Old 07-11-2008, 01:37 PM
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Stryder had coccidia when he came home. If you bring your pup anywheres other dogs are there's a chance of them getting it too.
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Old 07-11-2008, 04:20 PM
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Catch 22 if you state "unsanitary conditions of kennel"
THen why buy a pup? If you saw bad conditions.

Did the pup have a vet check up and u given proof of it ?
All pups go to the Vet 2-3 days before pick up and proof should be provided.

Did the breeder give you a record of shots and dewormings?
All should provide u with the intervals and dosage and next due date

Did the breeder call to check up on the pup?

If the answer to all 3 is YES then it was just bad luck vs bad breeder.

Mind we I had one litter that got coccadia when my hubby mucked out the barn and chicken coop wearing the same boots in the pup pen.
Mind you me took the 3 sick pups to the Vet 1 2x and treated the whole litter with Albion and would NEVEr let a pup go if it has mud piles as poops.
Vet said I freaked out for nothing but better to be over cautious.
Since they NO one is allowed in the house with shoes on and they have to use a spray on for their hands before they come in.
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Old 07-11-2008, 07:46 PM
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I have dealt with a similar problem , in a puppy from a VERY highly respected breeder with well kept, clean kennels and home. It happens, she gets hit every now and again after dealing with it once in a puppy she brought home from another breeder... It was an easy fix, and I never held it against her, she was totally co-operative and even offered to pay for the vet care.

Just out of curiosity, Did you do a vet check in the first few days after getting the puppy? I always advised and in my contacts required a vet/stool check in the first few days, though I think Cocci can be harder to se ein stool early on?

Anyhow.... Best wishes, I hope you dog gets well. (((((Hugs)))) to Kona

I don't want people to assume that these things only happen in dirty kennels though, thats simply not true. It's how they are handled after that really matters.
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