An update: Thank you to everyone for your support, your emails and your phone calls. As of now, both the website and the Facebook page of this person are down, which is pretty much the best we could hope for – and faster than I’d expected, too. She’s crying about how it was ‘all a mistake’, but we all know that’s just code for “it sucks that I got caught”.
Lesson learned – do not underestimate the power of social media. It can definitely be used for good.
Again, thanks for everyone’s support. Now I can tell Sean he doesn’t have to drive to Peterborough with a baseball bat after all, and we can spend the lawyer’s fees on a nice celebratory dinner.
In 21 years of breeding French Bulldogs, I do not think I have ever been as angry as I am at this moment.
I have had photos stolen off of my website before, but NEVER to the blatant extent that these conniving, conning scam artists have done.
Visit this page: http://kairosfrenchbulldogs.weebly.com/our-dogs–puppies.html
Better yet, don’t give them the traffic, and just have a look at this screen cap –
Anything look familiar? It should, because EVERY SINGLE photo except for the one photo circled in red is of my dogs (and even more infuriatingly, four of them are now deceased).
That’s my couch. My basement. My yard. My whelping room. My dogs.
The cream in the next photo? My lovely Mae, who I held last week as I watched the vet relieve her suffering.
The little puppy with the stick? That’s Maggie M’s Sushi.
On the couch? Sushi’s sister, Penelope, along side Ellie and Sailor.
The dog with the monkey in its mouth? That’s Sailor, with Mr. Monkey, her ‘honorary third puppy’.
Actions really do speak louder than words, and this is no ‘accidental borrowing’ of a few photos – the claim that most thieves make when caught in the act. These scammers INTENTIONALLY stole my photos, re named the dogs in them, and claimed them as their own.
If their ethics are so lacking in this respect, what does that say about the rest of their behavior?
I will be posted this EVERYPLACE, and I’ve already contacted both their web host, and my lawyer. If you’re in the Toronto area, these con men have a ‘partner’ on the French Bulldog board who has been pimping their puppies for them, and they’re apparently also all over Kijiji.