A Community of Labradoodle & Goldendoodle Lovers
Okay, I realize that I'm fairly new to this forum and I certainly don't want to be a traitor to this community because I'm eternally grateful for the opportunity to participate in a world driven by some Dood lovin'; however, I was slightly taken aback when I started researching the conditions surrounding becoming a "recommended breeder" for this website. I respect all of the requirements surrounding the actual back-end operations side of things, I also appreciate the strict adherence to the quality of the puppies' health for each breeder, but I practically fell out of my chair when I read that there's a $650 (Canadian)/year! Don't misunderstand me, I'm not completely naive and understand the importance of funding when you're trying to support a "free forum." I just disagree with presenting the "Preferred Breeders" list as being based SOLELY on the recommendations of Dood owners, health criteria of pups, and breeder professionalism.
The reason this blog post came about was simply because my husband and I believe that our baby, Buttercup, came from an absolutely wonderful breeder (Lil Doods and Dazzle Doodles) so I was really looking forward to sharing her information. If someone provides an amazing service or in this case, presents my family and I with a gift like our 15 pound Miniature, I want to share it with others. You can imagine my excitement when I discovered this Doodle kinship had a recommended breeder list...I thought to myself, what a perfect opportunity to send referrals to Dazzle Doodles and give others the opportunity that I had only to discover that there's an annual fee required to participate. And not just any fee, but an outrageous one at that!
Now, allow me to clarify my position to some degree: I am not here to critique the business practices of others. Obviously my ignorance runs fairly deep in terms of the "behind the scenes" maintenance associated with a forum as extensive as this one. I suppose what I'm searching for is an explanation...or someone to shine light on the situation because it is my opinion that if there is a fee required to join, the "Owner recommends" page should be changed to reflect the fee to become a sponsored breeder instead of the marketing currently revolving around suggestions based on member opinion alone. I've included links below for reference and please let me reiterate, I am looking for information regarding this topic; perhaps something I don't see. Please, share your thoughts with me.
Angie, Chad, and Buttercup