I adopted a puppy from Alena last year (2008) and I noticed that he was was a little ill the day after bringing him home. The puppy became progressively sick over the next few days until I decided to rush him to an emergency clinic in the middle of the night, on the fourth day of having him in my care. My puppy had to be admitted, and spent days hooked-up to an I.V. and given powerful antibiotics until finally being released to me with special instructions from the vet.
I contacted Alena several times about the condition of the puppy and she down-played the situation, telling me to change the food and then just ignoring me all together. I have talked to other people who have bought puppies from this breeder and they have been through the same thing. They purchased a puppy from her that became deathly ill within days of taking it home. Alena treated these concerned owners the same way that she treated me - casual indifference and excuses.
Our vets were never able to find the direct cause of our dog's illness, but they did say that it was obviously something that was contracted before we purchased our puppy (due to the stage of the illness). Today, our dog still has a highly sensitive digestive system and has to eat medically formulated food from the vet.
*It is my strong opinion that this is not a responsible breeder.* She changes the name of her operation and the name of her website to avoid having customers connect complaints about her to her business -- and if you look at other rip off reports she has plenty of complaints against her name. Unfortunately, I didn't see them until it was too late.
This has been my unpleasant and heartbreaking experience with this breeder, my only hope is that my story helps others to avoid the same situation.
Please visit the Canadian Kennel Club's Website (or the AKC in the US) to find accredited breeders - or go to the SPCA if you want a mixed breed.
Victoria, British Columbia