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Currently looking for an artist for my Transformers story, Working Dogs.

If interested, please contact me via note or reply here.

Would really like to find someone to illustrate my story.
Last month I thought about starting a crowd funding page to do a documentary about pet theft. There's a lot of people who don't know that dogs are being stolen and then resold to someone else.

I know people who it's happened to, including me.

Although it's been reported in the news, it's not as widely known as it needs to be. Some investigations have shown fake animal rescues will even go as far as stealing dogs in order to sell them. Some even charge different fees like $350, $400, $600, etc...for dogs. Many dog owners have had to file lawsuits that get their pets back.

It's really sad and cruel.

Long story short, would you support crowd funding for a documentary like this to be produced?
Currently looking for someone to possibly illustrate my Transformers story, Working Dogs.

Please send a note or reply here if interested.
Hi all,

I apologize for the lack of updates.

One major reason is because I moved (again). The place downstairs from me was available so it worked out. Same neighborhood, just on the ground floor I have no complaints about it, walking up and down stairs can be a good workout but by the same token exhausting.


I've been finding out more and more about people who have had bad experiences with animal rescue groups.

It's gotten so bad now anytime I see something related to adopting a pet I roll my eyes.

Believe me, I'm not writing this to offend anyone who chooses to get their pet from a shelter or elsewhere.  A person has a right to choose, and the only ones I'll ever recommend is the Humane Society or ASPCA for anyone looking to adopt a pet... but independent rescues and shelters...I'm sorry but after my personal experience and reading about others, I would never give anyone a referral.



The reason why I said that is because Rescue groups and Animal shelters today are NOT the same as the ones I grew up hearing about.

Years ago, these people worked with breeders and organizations like the American kennel club but in the last decade, they changed and began portraying the American Kennel club and dog breeders as cruel people who are only interested in dogs for profit.

There's all sorts of things wrong with that. The ones who make those statements only say it because they see dog breeders and pet stores as competition. Unlike fake rescue groups and shelters, breeders and pet stores have every legal right to sell pets where many rescues and shelters don't even have the licenses or permits to show they are legit. Every year, many breeders have their kennels inspected to make sure they are following regulation guidelines... rescues and animal shelters...not so much.

Some even literally sell dogs out of the trunk of a car. No really, I have actually seen a guy at a parking lot selling puppies, the dogs are often sick and their paperwork is fake. Rescue groups have done this too, how I know is because I've seen ads online.

The sad part is although many of these people have been reported, there's a lot of them still out there.

One group I've heard of before got busted last month because of the way the dogs were treated and the person running it owed people money for training, housing and medical care for said dogs.

It's really messed up but I'm glad some people feel the need for rescue groups and shelters to be regulated.

Unless I can get someone to take me seriously, I've strongly considered starting a crowd funding page for the production of a documentary on pet flipping and fake animal rescues.



The biggest complaints I've seen on blogs is the fees some of these groups charge and people going home with pets that are sick or have behavior problems. Some groups are charging $250 to even $1,000 for dogs. According to pet legal experts any re-homing fee above $250 or charging different prices for different breeds is brokering and the 'rescue' or shelter in question would be considered a pet store. Also, by law it IS illegal to adopt about a dog that is aggressive.

I remember one itme when I went to Petco some group was out there with some dogs they were trying to get adopted. The handlers didn't have on shirts or anyhing identifying who they were. The dogs they had looked sick and didn't seem used to being around people that much because some would run any time a person tried to pet them. I overheard one onlooker as how much was the fee to adopt a puppy, soon as I heard the woman say $350 I thought 'You're selling these dogs'


My first dog was a rescue case and she was my best friend but she had some trust issues.

Still, for $350 I can put that towards puppy from a breeder and know that he or she is healthy, has no behavior problems and isn't stolen.

Although I've always been one for helping animals, I could NEVER support the wrongdoing a lot of these people commit.


It's really sad that Animal rescues and shelters were once reliable and ran by honest  people but now many can't be trusted because have criminals turned it into an enterprise they can make easy money off of. Many even steal dogs.

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I hope my case has the same ending as this one

Owner gets back lost dog after Rescue operator lies, adopts out to to South Carolina family

www.kptv.com/story/27490363/ow…


Other articles that back up everything I've researched...

Do you think $600 is a reasonable adoption fee for a dog?


www.dogster.com/lifestyle/adop…


Has a Dog Rescue found you 'unfit' to adopt?

www.dogster.com/lifestyle/lets…

Rescue gone wrong?

www.jrn.com/ktnv/news/contact-…


Part 2: Following the money trail

www.jrn.com/ktnv/news/contact-…

Have you ever questioned a Rescue's adoption fees?

www.dogster.com/lifestyle/resc…

Dog theft case goes to trial

www.examiner.com/article/dog-t…

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I'm not throwing in the towel on my search for Rudy but going to court to get back what's rightfully mine is pretty much the only way I can get this mess finally resolved.

I had one person who chewed me out ask me if I got her back, when I replied I asked if she knew where Rudy was and didn't get any reply.

But I'm not letting them off, just last Wednesday it's been three years since that I trusted the staff of that forsaken place to care for my dog.

I also have some plans to make it harder for these people to dupe other innocent animal lovers and dog owners out of their hard earned money and pets.

Just last month they tried to pull a fast one by holding a charity event at TGI Fridays. Basically it was that when customers  came in between 5 to 10pm twenty percent of their bill would be donated to the exact same people who sold my dog!

  Found out the flyer they used advertising the event was a fake!

How so? well, when they got to the restuerant and handed the flyer to the waiter, at first he thought it was a coupon but after being told what it was he took the flyer to the manager and explained the situation. Well, the manager went to their table and told them he was going to honor it but changed his mind and told them they could NOT hand out flyers to other customers.

Finally! someone caught on and their rip off stunt failed.

If they continue, I strongly believe they'll fold permanently because they are running out of sources to get money.


There's a shopping plaza not far from me where I plan to leave flyers with Rudy's photos.

In other news, I entered a story about Cooper, Rudy's cousin in a writing contest. The winning story will be posted on Nicolas Sparks' website and the pet in the story will be a character in his next book!

The winner won't be announced until January.

Aside from that, I'm looking forward to going back to doing the things I once enjoyed and getting my life back together.

I've really had it rough and feel that I deserve to experience the joy and happiness that was lacking in my life.

I plan to use the last two weeks of December( winter break) to get my act together so that by January, I'll have my art and writing projects squared away.

I appreciate all the continued support and kind words.

This year may have started out differently than what I hoped but it looks like things are turning around in a good way for once. :)
  • Mood: Optimism

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I'm a female African American writer and artist.

Been using polymer clay since 1997 and writing since 2000.

I also love animals and am a fan of traditional and stop motion animation.

I eventually would like my Hooked on Mutts project to become an animated series. At some point, I hope to have my other stories published, made into a mini series or movies, whether it's a feature film in theaters or something shown on TV.



Current Residence: Henderson,NV
Favourite genre of music: Smooth Jazz
Favourite photographer: Ansel Adams and Rachael Hale
Favourite style of art: Traditional animation art
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MP3 player of choice: Ipods are nice.
Shell of choice: Turtle shell
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Favourite cartoon character: Snoopy the beagle
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