Elisabeth B.

Vancouver, Canada

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Myka's story,
This note is especially important to people looking for a reputable Shih Tzu breeder.

Our research lead us to contact a Shih Tzu breeder in Stony Plain, Alberta Canada and on November
16,2019 I flew to Edmonton, Alberta – close to Stony Plain – to purchase my lovely sweet 2 ½ months old Myka from "My Dream Shih Tzu" breeder *.

Almost a year later Myka became extremely ill and was diagnosed with a congenital liver disease, requiring urgent and life-threatening major surgery. I rushed her to the specialty veterinary hospital in Vancouver and Myka survived the surgery although even now she still suffers from medical issues.

The breeder was "devastated" with the news as there is a potential genetic problem with the dogs she breeds. I exchanged several medical reports with her. She offered a replacement puppy (when one becomes available) as per the two-year health guarantee against life threatening genetic defects clause in the sales contract. I declined as after caring and loving Myka for a year she has become part of the family and is not a commodity you return because it turned out to be defective.

Had I taken her up on a replacement puppy, the breeder would have had to forego the revenue generated from the sale of that puppy. By now my vet bills have added up to $9,000 and I asked * to at least reimburse me for the purchase price of Myka. At that point all communication was blocked by *.

I was finally able to have a telephone conversation with her and we mutually agreed that she would reimburse me the $1,800 paid for Myka and I would sign off on the balance of the health guarantee.
However... three days later I received an email whereby she reneged on this agreement as she had offered me a replacement puppy (when available). Case closed!

I will leave it up to the individual reader to form their own opinion about this unethical behavior, but must caution people when searching for a reliable Shih Tzu breeder. You know who NOT to buy from. BUYER BEWARE.

Please feel free to share this far and wide.

*Personal information redacted by admin

Tip for consumers:
Please read my puppy's story "Myka" especially if researching a breeder.

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I purchased a Shih Tzu puppy.

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