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As some of you may know, I had recently acquired Remy from a former landlord. Well, after spending roughly $80.00 on necessities for her, the landlord called me and informed me that his son wanted the dog back. Turns out the son was never informed of his dog being given away after years of neglect. :/ After refusing and telling him that Remy was already getting settled with me and my kids, Hank (the landlord), took it upon himself to get the cops involved. Needless to say, I was being threatened to be taken to court. Half of me was wanting to keep Remy and hope that the lawsuit didn't come to fruition, while the other morale half felt bad for the son and his situation, while at the same time concerned that Remy would be put back in the same situation she was taken out of; backyard 24/7 with 5 min. of attention a day, maximum. I decided to avoid the problems with the law, and returned Remy to her previous owner with a heavy heart, stressing to her son that the breed needs to be exercised and fed right, as well as loved day in and out. The son was happy to have his dog back, and hopefully learned his lesson.

After a few days of debating on how I should proceed, I discovered a lady online getting rid of the last few pups from her litter of 13. The lil guy was still a baby, trainable, and caught my eye right away. So with an uplifted heart, (and a receipt and copy of shots), I introduce Duke of Earl.






Mom and Dad were on site, both were blue in color and in great condition. He came out a fawn color along with a few others from the litter. The owner said he's pure, though I didn't ask for papers as I'm mainly looking for a companion. So far the little guy's doing great. I'm more than ecstatic for this lil' guys future in the family, while learning a valuable lesson at the same time. God will have to strike me down before I give this guy up, as he's here to stay.

So....lesson learned. Whenever acquiring a new family member, ask for documentation showing new ownership. That way you can avoid the drama.
 

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OK, mate, I'm going to get the preachiness out of the way first so I hope you don't take offence. I'd rather you didn't get a dog from a BYB because it encourages that kind of behaviour. A puppy from a shelter would have been a better idea.

Having said that, I'm glad you've got a new family member. I'm sure you'll take great care of him and that he'll be very happy in your care. He is a cute little guy.

Edit: If I've misunderstood your post please feel free to set me straight.
 

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That is really sad. I don't think I could give a dog back to the same person who mistreated it. Kind of bittersweet I guess. I feel bad for Remy but happy that you have a new baby to help mend your heart. He is a cutie :) I just wish you went and adopted from a shelter rather than buy from a BYB. But, whats done is done.
 

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@MeganC: Thanks, and yeah i held out for a week. But in the event that I lost the lawsuit I wouldn't have been able to afford court fees and she would've went back anyway. Trust me i did ALOT of weighing of options. I'm sure she'll be ok, and I can always check up on her as I have the son's phone number now ;)

@Aus & Blue: I def. understand your guys' concern, as I had checked the local adoption shelter here in Clovis prior to searching online. I know BYB's are frowned upon here and wherever APBT enthusiasts can be found. When I contacted the seller, she stressed that she had to turn down potential buyers as she didn't feel they would take care of her pups. Is there anyway that I could confirm that she's a reputable breeder and not a BYB? I didn't get the feeling that she was just in it for the money, and she said the dog was purebred....though I didn't even bring up papers as I was looking for a loyal follower in the first place. Any input is appreciated, and not taken offensively. ;)
 

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awww absolutely adorable. if your happy then thats all that matters im sure this pup is lucky to have a home like yours.
 

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To answer your question there are many BYBs who have the best intentions and aren't strictly in it for the money. That doesn't change the fact that they are BYBs. Some do it as a hobby or because they simply have a nice looking pair of dogs.

People will have differing ideas on what makes a reputable breeder as there are breeders to suit different needs whether they be show or working kennels or sometimes both. This is a good thread related to the subject that was posted recently by pitbullmamanatl http://www.gopitbull.com/general-discussion/36991-breeding-backyard-hobby.html.

Of course, not everyone will want to have dog for showing or working purposes (I no longer show my dogs for instance and although they are very active dogs they are by no means working dogs) and a good breeder should still be able to match a dog to a pet owner's household.

My general rule of thumb is that the best breeders are the ones who don't want to sell you a dog.
 

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People will have differing ideas on what makes a reputable breeder as there are breeders to suit different needs whether they be show or working kennels or sometimes both. This is a good thread related to the subject that was posted recently by pitbullmamanatl http://www.gopitbull.com/general-discussion/36991-breeding-backyard-hobby.html.
Thanks for the link Aus, i'll be sure to look over it. My personal reason for picking the guy up was to have a new family member thats as loyal and beautiful as I know pitbulls can be.

@angel: Thanks, that means alot. I have nothing but the best intentions for this dog and the breed. I'll put in 110% just like I have before. And I'll def. keep you guys posted on any positive or negative progress, or any questions or concerns I have along the way.

@Izzo: Thanks for the compliment, I'll be sure to post pics of him turning into a handsome man. lol.
 

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Thanks for the link Aus, i'll be sure to look over it. My personal reason for picking the guy up was to have a new family member thats as loyal and beautiful as I know pitbulls can be.
That's all that matters, mate and like I said, I'm sure he'll fill that role beautifully.:thumbsup:
 

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Your new dog is cute,however I would have fought for Remy. She gave him to you. I really don't think they would have won that court case.
How long did you have Remy though?
 

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Your new dog is cute,however I would have fought for Remy. She gave him to you. I really don't think they would have won that court case.
How long did you have Remy though?
Thanks for the compliment. And Remy? No more than 1 1/2 weeks :( The son told the cops I was 'dogsitting'. Yes, it's possible I could've won, but the son kept harrassing my dad trying to get to me. Plus I didn't want any problems here at the house. Needless to say, I felt worse for Remy than I did the owner. But what goes around comes around I suppose...
 

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Sad story but cute pup! And sorry if you already know this but the trainer in me cannot help it! I hope you do not leave that slip chain on the pup, they can strangle and there is no need to have one on such a young puppy. K sorry I just had to say that ;)

Oh the law would have been on your side with the dog. If they gave the dog to you, you were the legal owner, possession of the dog is a big deal and you would have probably won with no legal battle.
 

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Sad story but cute pup! And sorry if you already know this but the trainer in me cannot help it! I hope you do not leave that slip chain on the pup, they can strangle and there is no need to have one on such a young puppy. K sorry I just had to say that ;)

Oh the law would have been on your side with the dog. If they gave the dog to you, you were the legal owner, possession of the dog is a big deal and you would have probably won with no legal battle.
Lol, no your ok, it's not staying on, just thought I'd leave it on for the pic. And yeah in regards to the legal battle....what a headache for sure. What's also bad is the whole situation left me on bad terms with my former landlord, also a family friend. Grrr....
 

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Such a cute guy! I hope Remy will be OK and I don;t blame you for not wanting the drama , and glad you found Earl :)
 

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Possession is 9/10 of the law :cop: I dont think they would have made you give remy back . But I get were your coming from you could have lost your house, they were harassing your dad , sometimes you just have to let it play its course . Im sure if you were ment to have her she will make her way back to you :angel:
 

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Such a cute guy! I hope Remy will be OK and I don;t blame you for not wanting the drama , and glad you found Earl :)
Thanks ames. Yeah I'm more than grateful for lil Duke. He's very playful and attentive, plus a stud to boot. lol.

Possession is 9/10 of the law I dont think they would have made you give remy back . But I get were your coming from you could have lost your house, they were harassing your dad , sometimes you just have to let it play its course . Im sure if you were ment to have her she will make her way back to you
Very nicely put izzo, I couldn't have said it better myself. :goodpost:
 
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