The depths to where some dog show people will go to hurt other people, in order to promote themselves, never ceases to amaze me. Dog show bitches have taken back stabbing, even libel and slander to a perverted, artform level.
It came to my attention tonight, that a certain person within the Sussex Spaniel Club of America was slandering and libeling one of my dogs, saying untrue things about health issues he has thrown.
FOR THE RECORD: Last year, I had a Sussex litter of FIVE. One itty- bitty, bean sized guy quickly died from being a RUNT, one died the following week, when Faith snatched and bit into her when I was picking her up from a pile of blankets. Neither died from bad hearts or any other health related issue, as this person is proclaiming. All three survivors were fully vetted by eye and heart SPECIALISTS. All three passed eye exams, 2 of the 3 passed heart checks with a CARDIOLOGIST, one had a low grade murmur that even the cardiologist wasn't that concerned over, but yes, I certainly was bummed they all weren't perfect...because I like perfect. I kept her. We checked her every couple of weeks to see if it would get worse, it didn't. It entirely disappeared around week 16, maybe week 20, I forget. As some of you with good memories may recall, I posted it all on FACEBOOK. NO murmur. None. I've used several vets over the last 18 months, all with the same conclusions. NORMAL.
I'm a very fast learner, and one thing is for certain within the Sussex Spaniel "Community": Sharing important breed info with mean, clueless women who have a tiny fraction of my 20 years of hands on, in the trenches, breeding experience, is like preaching to a choir of bloated whoopee cushions.
Most importantly, MY dog is fully health tested, and was before he was ever bred. SEE? His daughters will be fully health screened before they are ever bred.
Bottomline: Don't point fingers at other people, especially in writing, when we all know your own house is dirty as fuck.
From the perspective of a high performance breed, like field springers, the breeding ethics within the Sussex "community" are deplorable - it is riddled with more dirty little secrets than any other breed I can think of. From breeding dogs with overt, even life threatening, health issues, horrible temperaments, breeding young bitches barely out of diapers, to heavy inbreeding of full siblings, with 99-100% COI, I've seen it all done over the last few years. And then there is the dysfunctional infighting and breed politics... it's pathetic. I am satisfied to utterly REJECT it.