Nicely edited websites, puppies always available, many cute puppy pictures, and friendly people! Too good to be true, right? Here we explain how these who claim to be Tamaskan Dog breeders are not really so.
We encourage you to research what is explained here.
www . blustagtamaskan . com
blustagtamaskan . org
www . tamaskanbreeders . com
yadkinwolfden . com
www . myshiba . com
www . facebook . com/lovingpupresort
You're probably wondering, why so many names? They are actually all the same kennel located in Salisbury, North Carolina.
Once known as Right Puppy Kennel (RPK) that claimed to sell Tamaskans, wolf hybrids, and Shiba Inus. They originally started out with 3 Tamaskan Dogs they had obtained from Icewind Farms, a Shiba Inu breeder. When the Tamaskan Dog Register (TDR) had discovered in late 2007 that RPK had obtained the dogs and that the 2 Tamaskan sisters, Tasha and Tundra, were pregnant, RPK claimed it was an accidental mating and that no health testing had yet been done, it was asked that RPK does health testing to ensure healthy puppies and to be able to register the puppies with the TDR. However, RPK never did do any health testing and kept breeding the dogs on every heat, they would not adhere to the strict guidelines and health requirements and refused to work with the USTDC (at the time known as the National Tamaskan Club of America, NTCA).
Right Puppy Kennel/ Blustag Tamaskan/ Yadkin Wolf Den/ My Shiba/ Loving Pup Resort and Spa
Here is a list of the Puppy Mills, the Backyard Breeders, and their associated Clubs.
Tamaskan Club of America (TCA)
tamaskan-dog . us
www . tamaskan . com
www . tamaskanforum . com
This club is made to confuse future customers and claims to be the official registration body for all American Tamaskan and represent all Tamaskan breeders of North America.
But one must question, why does it only list 2 breeders when there are more in Tamaskan Dog breeders in the United States?
The TCA also has a habit of copying and pasting what they find from other breeder pages (such as their "Buyer Beware" page for example), and even Wikipedia to describe the breed.
Tamaskan Dog puppy compared to a Blustag puppy
Since then, RPK's breeding stock expanded with 4 unknown mixed breed dogs, and some of the offspring of the original 3. They then started calling their dogs "Tamaskan Wolfdogs" and since they needed their own registy, since no one would register unhealth tested dogs that were bred too often and too young, they created the Tamaskan Club of America.
The dogs of RPK at this point were not Tamaskan Dogs after being bred with their additional breeding stock. The dogs started looking very different from Tamaskan Dogs and soon RPK started calling them "American Tamaskan". Most of their dogs do not fit their breed standard.
Soon there were complaints of people getting an underweight puppy as light as 3 pounds when a Tamaskan Dog puppy usually weighs around 20 pounds at 8 weeks of age. Others have complained that their young dogs had developed Hip Dysplasia, had stomach issues, or a puppy that was sick with giardia, some even reported their dog to having Epilepsy.
Right Puppy Kennel would write fake testimonials not only on their website, but also on Yelp.com and deny of any of their dogs ever being sick and claiming to have very clean kennels.
In February of 2013, charges were filed to Right Puppy Kennel due to selling sick puppies and falsifying health certificates. After this appearing on the news such as and that they then had to shut down their Right Puppy Kennel website and go by Blustag Tamaskan to hide from the bad reputaion that is now with the name Right Puppy Kennel. They use the name Blustag Tamaskan, because Blustag is the name of one of the breed founders.
Links to the News Articles
Visiting all the listed websites, you will notice they have striking resemblance to each other. Yadkin Wolf Den and Blustag both will have very similar image galleries. They even list some of the same dogs under different names. Under the Information tab in Yadkin Wolf Den, some of the information talks about Tamaskans, yet the site sells Wolf Hybrids.
You may notice back in their affiliated club website at the bottom, it mentions, "Beware of backyard or hobby breeders; especially those from Elizabeth City North Carolina." The only breeder located in Elizabeth City is Tarheel Tamaskan, a breeder that RPK has considered their competition. However, recently the domain to Tarheel Tamaskan's original website was bought out from under them. A quick search by typing in a site called who.is will show who now owns that domain. Not only look at the registered address, but also take a look at the phone number listed next to "Registrant phone" and "Admin phone".
Search that phone number (with hyphens included) in your web browser, the results may surprise you.
Yadkin Wolf Den compared to Blustag Tamaskan
Puppies by Ratliff
www . puppiesbyratliff . com
Ratliff obtained their dogs from Right Puppy Kennel (now known as Blustag). They are located in Shell Knob, Missouri, affiliated with the Tamaskan Club of America and continue to work with Blustag in using each other's dogs for breeding. They claim that they care about their dogs and the homes they go to, they even seem happy to receive updates from their puppies adopted families.
Tamaskan Dog that was wrongfully obtained
Blustag Arctic Breeds, Blufawn,
and Poachers Farm
tamaskan-dog . com/Blustag
www . facebook . com/pages/Blufawn/164380073621917
www . facebook . com/PoachersFarm
A mother and daughter team, they were 2 of the 4 founding breeders of the Tamaskan Dog breed, located in Lincolnshire, United Kingdom. Together they began the Tamaskan Dog Register (TDR) in 2006. How can you not trust someone that helped found the breed and claim to be experienced breeders? Many did, and bought puppies from them. At first they seem like loving breeders who cared for the breed and their pack of dogs.
Soon though, people started asking questions, about health, temperaments, and even wolf content. An honest breeder would have no problem answering questions, however, anyone who questioned them were publicly bashed, and if they persisted enough, banned from the forum they ran, all while still not answering the questions. In 2009, an acquaintance of Blustag had approached some breeders and revealed information about lies that Blustag had told. These breeders soon left the TDR, gathered and researched all they can into the foundation dogs that were used to create the Tamaskan Dog breed. A weblog was soon made called “The No Wolf Tamaskan Fable”.
Many paid no heed to the weblog, Blustag would keep saying it was made by disgruntled breeders who were trying to draw attention away from the TDR to sell their own dogs.
The same dog with different litters.
Nevada x Skye
"Foxy" x Skye
They even had tested a couple of their dogs hips. However, those test results showed the dogs to have bad hips, yet they still breed from them anyways.
Since the dogs they have were not truely Tamaskan Dogs, but rather mixed breeds, they have tried to go to Tamaskan Dog breeders hoping to adopt a Tamaskan Dog puppy so they can sell dogs that look closer to the breed standard. With them remaining affiliated with Blustag, no one would sell them a puppy.
Ratliff did manage to get their hands on a Tamaskan Dog, dishonestly, and now use him as a stud to their stock, named Darwin.
The breeder of Darwin was contacted by a woman who said she wanted a puppy as an anniversary and Christmas gift for her husband. Before sending the puppy out, the breeder had asked that the woman call her to let her know he made it safely, to which she did by cell phone. For a while, the breeder got regular updates saying the puppy was doing well, after a while the updates stopped.
When the breeder of Darwin had found out that he was listed on Ratliff's page, she called the woman to find out what had happened. She recieved no answer so she had to look up her home phone number, which the husband had answered. The husband had informed the breeder that the puppy never went to their home, only that he knew that his wife at that time was collecting a puppy from the airport to deliver to the Ratliffs. He also said that he never had a use for such a puppy that he could not use for hunting or hearding. The woman who acted as the adopting family is actually a close friend of the Ratliffs.
Then, there were odd things about certain litters that later came to light. One of these litters was out of “Foxy” and Skye. But who was Foxy? Why has no one heard of this dog until she had a litter? Why did she look strikingly like Nevada, aka Blustag Bindaree, in the one photo that was posted of the litter with the dam? It was later discovered through DNA Parentage Analysis, that “Foxy” was a made up dog to cover up the “accidental back-to-back” breeding of Nevada, who was the real dam of the litter.
After the TDR had received DNA results of 3 dogs from a Heidi x Jackal mating known as the Rose litter, they compared the DNA markers to both the dam and the sire. They all matched 100% to their dam, Heidi, but they did not match with the claimed sire, Jackal. The DNA markers were then compared to other breeding males in the Tamaskan DNA database and it was found that all 3 matched with Rann (Shadow of Yakama), who before then was a stud previously thought to have not had any successful matings yet.
There were families reporting that their puppies from Blustag had failing hips, to the point of Hip Dysplasia, some having hips so badly, they had to be put down. Blustag claimed their dogs had passing scores and that the pups must have developed bad hips from the environment they lived in and not from inheriting them from the parents. One breeder who still trusted Blustag, came to them about their female dog’s radiograph that showed bad hips. Blustag told them to submit the score under “Husky mix” so not to bring down the Tamaskan Dog breed’s average.
Some of the dogs found at Hardey and Saxbys kennels in East Heckington.
Blustag still kept having back-to-back litters (a female being bred on each heat), some of their Tamaskans were mated with their Malamutes and Huskies without permission, usually with the excuse of them being “accidental matings”. Why so many accidents for someone who claims to be experienced? For a breeder who claims to have so much experience, you would think they would know how to stop a dog fight, or how to keep their pack well fed. These were just a few more accidents, though saddening.
While trying to break up a dog fight between Jackal and Skye, Blustag unintentionally killed Skye as a result of sticking a hosepipe down his throat (thinking that filling Skye's mouth with water would get him to let go of Jackal - instead, the water went into his lungs and he drowned). One breeder had noted during one of the UK Tamaskan Dog Shows how Blustag’s dogs seemed a little timid and skinny. One day while away, Jackal had gotten into the food for all the dogs and basically ate himself to death, he died of bloat.
Blufawn had announced on the forum that they were resigning from the TDR. The TDR after gathering up all the evidence of the lies, fake pedigrees and dogs, realized that the TDR needed restructuring and a more balanced and equal control. They had approached Blustag and asked that they either step down or resign. Blustag then made a new forum and claimed that they are the TDR. Blufawn joined with Blustag and claimed to never have left the TDR but was kicked out and that the TDR was stolen from them.
In December 2012 a male Canadian Eskimo Dog (CED) named Riker was rehomed by Jennie Saxby (Blufawn). When he arrived at his new home, the family that adopted him was so shocked by his extremely poor condition that they immediately took him to their vet for urgent care. He was severely emaciated and crawling with fleas; his white fur was stained yellow from lying in urine over a long period of time and he reeked of urie.
When his new family complained about Riker’s poor condition, Jennie Saxby demanded that they return Riker to her and she sent them a letterthreatening legal action if he was not returned. She then reported Riker as “stolen” on the Doglost website: http://www.doglost.co.uk/dog_blog.php?dogId=46406
Differences between logos
Fake TDR Logo
Real TDR Logo
As of late April, 2014, they have started a new Facebook page calling themselves Loving Pup Resort and Spa. Most dogs seen in the photos enjoying their "spa" are their dogs. Also abother look at some of their photos, you can barely read on the girl's black shirt "Right Puppy". Would you trust leaving your dogs at a kennel that is overrun with their own dogs and many call a puppy mill?
A petition on Change.org has been made in hopes of shutting down the large puppy mill. Please visit the site to sign and for more information about Right Puppy Kennel/ Blustag Tamaskan/ My Shiba/ Yadkin Wolfden in Salisbury, NC.
"Right Puppy" T-shirt worn by kennel associate
Ratliff will say that they had bought Darwin from the family because the husband had to deploy and they no longer could keep the dog. The husband never had deployed anywhere.
Ratliff has been found to lie to some of their adopters saying they will retire one of their females after a litter, yet they still kept breeding more litters out of the female.
Ratliff also claims that they are not assosiated with Blustag or the Tamaskan Club of America, yet they still remain listed on the site as registered breeders. Blustag had also recently aquired puppies from Ratliff out of Darwin to be added to their breeding stock.
An adult male CED should weigh between 34-38kg; Riker weighed only 22kg. Jennie Saxby claimed that he was so thin due to “allergies” – however, in just under a week at his new home, he gained over 5kg in bodyweight. With plenty of loving care, Riker began to make a good recovery and, as a result, Riker’s new family refused to return him to the place where he had been so cruelly neglected. Jennie Saxby then contacted police for “an update on the theft of her dog” who informed her that “as she drove the dog to someone's house to rehome the dog and that person who now owns the dog has not reported it stolen, then it is not a matter for the police.” Shortly afterward, an official investigation into Animal Neglect was started by the RSPCA and Jennie Saxby (Blufawn) was subsequently convicted (out of court) for animal neglect, for which she received a three year behavioral order.
This animal neglect case also relates to the Tamaskan breeding program: Winnie, a Black Grey Tamaskan, was the result of an accidental mating between Zuul, a registered Tamaskan, and Riker, the Canadian Eskimo Dog (CED) – while he was still living with Jennie Saxby (Blufawn).
Upon DNA confirmation of parentage, it was decided by the TDR Committee that Winnie would be evaluated at the age of 1 year old for possible registration as a Tamaskan Foundation Dog (outcross). However the TDR Secretary at that time, Jennie Saxby (Blufawn), who was also the breeder/owner of Winnie, went ahead and registered Winnie as a 1st generation Tamaskan without prior consent of the rest of the TDR committee and mated her with Jackal, a registered Tamaskan. As Jennie Saxby (Blufawn) wanted to hide the true identity of Winnie's sire, claiming that she would be hassled by the Canadian Eskimo Dog (CED) community for crossbreeding, she had listed Riker with the name of 'Brown Wolf' on Winnie's pedigree, registration documents and health test certificates. The rest of the TDR committee did not consent to this and, as a result, refused to register Winnie as a Tamaskan Foundation Dog (outcross) unless the true name of her sire would be put on the official documentation. Jennie Saxby (Blufawn) did not accept these terms and Winnie's registration with the TDR was subsequently revoked; Winnie was then put up for rehoming: http://www.tamaskan-forum.com/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=2836
They now continue in their forum, still removing posts where anyone asks questions and banning those that persist. They list themselves and some of their extended family as 4 different breeders, Blustag Arctic Breeds, Blufawn, Sugalba, and Poacher’s Farm, with a few dogs apiece and together use each other’s dogs and sell litters from the same communal location in Lincolnshire, UK with the profits being split among themselves as their primary income. All of their breeding dogs and multiple litters are housed, bred, and produced on the same shared property.
Today they still fraudulently claim that the TDR is theirs and sell their Tamaskan puppies as TDR registered dogs with fake TDR paperwork. Their dogs at this point are no longer Tamaskan Dogs as they can only use their other dogs, such as their Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Huskies, to breed with. They also breed and sell other dog breeds and in total combined own dozens of adult breeding dogs. These breeds include Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies, Canadian Eskimo Dogs, Irish Wolfhounds, Border Collies, and Lhasa Apsos. They operate as commercial breeders but while producing so many litters, they do not have an official Breeding License which is required in the UK. They have been prosecuted for unlawfully breeding dogs.
In January 2014, Jennifer Saxby (Blufawn) and her mother Lynn Hardey (Blustag) were found guilty of breeding dogs without the required breeding license. As a result of the number of complaints and welfare concerns expressed by people worldwide who had purchased Tamaskan puppies from the pair, the North Kesteven District Council raised the prosecution for the unlicensed breeding of dogs. The law requires that anyone breeding five or more litters in a 12-month period must have a breeding licence. The District Council will sometimes check up, even if numbers are less than this, to ensure the welfare of the animals. A raid at their property took place in January 2013. The Council searched the premises with police and RSPCA support on January 11, 2013 in response to a series of complaints from customers who had bought or considered buying dogs, specifically with regard to firsthand witness statements about the filthy and cramped living conditions of their adult dogs and puppies.
“When it comes to the welfare of animals we have to be extremely vigilant in upholding and enforcing standards and procedures. What these ladies were doing was far from acceptable in our eyes and we now expect that should they wish to consider breeding dogs on this scale, they legitimise their operation and bring it under the regulation required of the proper licence,” said Cllr Wright. District Judge John Stobbart concluded that because the women were ‘conjoined’ in their operation, with ‘cross-fertilisation’ between dogs, operating from the same location and had delivered more than five litters in a year between them, they should be considered under the 1973 Breeding of Dogs Act to be carrying out a business of breeding. They were fined a total of £400 with a costs order totalling £1,600 plus £20 victim surcharge each. They would have been fined more but they claimed that they were poor (despite selling dozens of puppies per year with a price tag of over £1000 per puppy) and the court agreed that they had limited ability to pay higher fees.
Links to the News Article
South Mountain Tamaskan
www . facebook . com/profile . php?id=100008872514643
Small breeder located in Gardners, Pennsylvania. The dogs produced by them are husky mixes, falsely advertised as Tamaskans, from the lines of Right Puppy Kennel (currently known as Blustag). There has been no mention or proof of any kind of health testing, nor any mention of being affiliated with any clubs or registries.
www . tamaskanalley . com
www . facebook . com/groups/776692035768063
Currently a small scale breeder, located in Pineville, Missouri. Tamaskan Alley bought their female from Puppies by Ratliff, and their male, a dog from Blustag (previously known as Right Puppy Kennel), from an individual in Texas. This means that neither dogs of Tamaskan Alley are Tamaskan Dogs, as both Puppies by Ratliff and Blustag of North Carolina breed mixed breeds that are falsely advertised as Tamaskan Dogs. Names of either dogs are unknown as they are referred to as the male and female. There has not been any health testing of any kind conducted, such as hips and elbows testing or Degenerative Mylopathy testing, on either dogs, nor does Tamaskan Alley have any information on either dogs' pedigree or ancestry.
Tamaskan Alley also has no mentions of being affiliated with any club or registries, but still sells puppies at registered Tamaskan Dog prices and asks for a 50% non-refundable deposit, which is lost if puppy is not picked up by 9 weeks of age and the puppy will be put back on market. Tamaskan Alley's guarantee is also very similar to the same Health Guarantee that is posted on the Blustag (previously known as Right Puppy Kennel) website.
Originally, Tamaskan Alley had planned to breed AKC registered Rhodesian Ridgebacks, but sold their planned breeding pair, at not even a year old, once they bought their Husky mixes (falsely advertised as Tamaskan Dogs).
*multiple listings on puppy sale sites, no current website
Small breeder located in Cheyenne, WY, United States. Their first litter was bred from an 6 year old Husky mix by the name of Askal, who was originally obtained from Right Puppy Kennel (currently known as Blustag) and a 2.5 year old Tamaskan male, Stark, from an unregistered Tamaskan breeder known as J&J Kennels. Neither dam nor sire have undergone health testing such as hips and elbows x-rays, or eye examinations. Instead, they only have their dogs examined by a veterinarian, who can only tell what is their current health status. Puppies born were advertised on various puppy sale sites, claimed to be pedigreed and registered and sold for $1,500.00. Trm Kennel has since repeated the mating, back-to-back from the last, with both dam and stud still unhealth tested.
Trm Kennel is not registered with any registry, this including American Kennel Club (AKC), Tamaskan Dog Register (TDR), and American Rare Breed Association (ARBA). Tamaskans are not recognized by the AKC. Trm Kennel has falsely claimed that their dogs are registered with the ARBA. To register any Tamaskan with ARBA, the registry requires proof of pedigree with the TDR, and if they find anything suspicious, ARBA will contact the TDR to verify registration.