I have something on my heart and mind, that I want to write about today. It started with seeing this in my news feed.
|Their web page. How about a few "likes" for them? :)|
The owner of Lotus is a very dear friend of mine, Jovana. Her dog, is a sibling to my own dog. Here is that story, if you want to read about our pups, who are now almost two years old!.-----> Our Eighteen Thousand Dollar Dogs....
Here are some pics you can check out, while we wait for them to catch up...
|Alex and Jovana at +Dyess AFB while visiting us. Alex had his dream crushed of becoming an Air Force pilot, when he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, which is an autoimmune disease that attacks the pancreas very suddenly. Here, he is checking his blood sugar. This moment broke my heart, but I knew it needed to be captured.|
|Lotus and Perseus. Siblings.|
|Alex, Lotus, Jovana, (Ex-Warren trainer)Phoebe Bault, Tanya Hall (current Warren client), her daughter and their dog, Bently.|
Ok moving on...
As I have already been bullied by Warren Retrievers, I will attempt to remain factual, even though I never really receive facts from them. You can see how that could be tricky.
Before we received our own dog, we found out about the price. (Well, the first one, anyway, but that is a whole other story.) Naturally, our first question was "What if we can't pay it all within two years, will you come repossess our dog?"
The answer was a chuckle from Dan Warren , and a resounding "NO! We are not in it for the money. We have families who take care of each other, and will continue fundraising long after their own dogs have been paid off, in order to help others who are struggling."
As we got closer to getting our dog, we were placed in a private group that was only for the families, who were using the organization. When I got in there, there was a lady talking about a fundraiser being put together for a female with the same name as my daughter. I was thinking to myself, "Holy Shit, they are helping me already!" of course, that furthered our believe that fundraising was not going to be a big deal.
Thankfully, our family ended up fully finished with fundraising, a little after our dog came into our home.
Others, were not so lucky. Others were not finished before Dan warren started being exposed, putting them into a difficult situation.
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We were forced to choose sides. Either delete people who were against Dan Warren, or be bullied and threatened into losing our dogs, by somehow breaching contract (as the company would attest to in court.)
We were told by head Warren families, (Percella Scarpinato and Lorrie Rin(gis), that Satan was working against Dan and to please pray for him. He was doing God's work and evil forces were trying to unravel his work. As a former Catholic, I was down with that.
But the stories kept coming.
And then a new Facebook page came out. This is the current version.
There came a point, where some families could no longer deny the truth about this company. After we let it be known publicly that we were not OK with this, we started getting mass deleted by people. Some stood by us, but most did not. Some, I deleted myself, because I was tired of hearing them sing Warren's praises publicly, while writing us for help on the side. It was recruiting more families to this mess, and it was draining.
|Google Search of Warren's old slogan "Until there is a cure, there is a dog."|
Jovana Flores and I stuck together through it all. We had met in person and our sibling dogs got to meet up again. Now, she and a slew of other families are fighting in court, to save their dogs from repossession. They were not able to fundraise, for whatever reasons (Doesn't matter, they were told this would never happen), and they are in nightmares situations.
Service dogs develop deep bonds with "their person." Even if some of them never alerted, they went through bonding activities with her new families and they were with them 24/7. pet owners will attest to how much they love their animals, amplify that... times 100. These were dogs that "would save our kids lives," from various chronic diseases and disabilities.
On October 4th 2013, in Henrico County Court, Virginia.,there will be a start to the beginning of a harsh game changer.. Either the legal process will begin , possibly forcing scared dogs from the hands of crying children, and weeping adults......OR Dan Warren will find out quickly, that he can't win by bullying. Please keep these precious families and canines in your thoughts and prayers. If you think you have something that may help them, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to support the families and send well-wishes, please comment at the end of this blog. They will see your notes.
Some of the affected families. This time around...
|Krissy Dollar with her daughter's Warren Retriever, who may be taken from them soon.|
|Amazon, the Hollinger Family's dog who is part of the court case, and may possibly be taken from them.|
|Miller family dog, Daizee-Grace. Court, Oct 4 2013|
|Chris True's Dog, Brody. Another at-risk of repossession, dog.|
|Chewy and Evan. Chewy actually is for two people who need help. The other person, being Evan''s mommy, Jeana Spizzirri.|
UPDATE: THE FAMILIES WILL BE GOING TO TRIAL DECEMBER 6TH. PLEASE KEEP THEM IN YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. GO TO Stop The Scammers FOR MORE INFO AND BREAKING NEWS.