- American Sentinel Bandog
When I started our program, I had a vision, worked on my goals, and put my goals to paper. I refined this list for years, spending countless hours and tremendous resources as I advanced both my education and experience. Nearly a decade after I worked on our program, I was notified that Andante kennel stole many of my writings as well as our list of breed requirements for dogs used in our program, and then tried to present the material as if it was their own work and idea. Links to the stolen materials were sent to me via email. Below you can see some of the information they stole from my website, as I wrote the goals of our program, goals which that they tried to present on their website as if it was their own material. Failing to define one's own goals is not only just lazy, but copying someone else's goals without consent and then presenting said goals and purpose as their own is also theft and dishonest.
The information was stolen straight from our old website/URL, from our "About Chimera Kennels" page, and was plagiarized without our permission. They simply copied it directly, removed my visible references to "Chimera Kennels," however, they mistakenly did not remove the links to our website hidden in the coding. They simply replaced our old name with their Andante Bandog kennel name, and replaced the word "dogs" with "bandogs." They had also stolen my write up about the Swinford Bandog program and put it on their website...but that is not all.
When I confronted them on the matter, they deny they did it, and tried to suggest that my work was their own and claimed it just coincidentally matched, which of course is ludicrous. Upon receiving the blatant dishonest denial, I sent them screen shots that revealed links to my own page that were hidden in the html codes.
Upon sending the screenshots of the "view source" page to revealed the hidden Chimera Kennels hyperlinks within the text on their own website, only then did they admit it was my work and immediately took all the plagiarized information down. While this form of theft may seem minor to some, this was my work. Not only did they steal, they also tried to lie about it. When I confronted them again, they then tried to threaten me for not allowing them to steal my content. Such action is dishonorable and should be a major red flag to anyone looking for a bandog breeder.
The "icing on the cake" was they even copied our slogan, "to produce the finest family companion guardian K9 in existence today for civilian use," which describes the goal of our protection dog program. They tried to suggest that they wrote that themselves, which they did not. It is rather clear that their real goal is to steal the work of others (but not get caught in the process).
As a result, I saved a copy their dishonest actions so others can view it for themselves before doing business with them. I would be very careful about trusting Andante Bandogs. Thieves and liars cannot to be trusted. I have heard reports of them altering pedigrees as well as not taking care of their clients; however, feel free to dismiss that as hearsay if you wish.
As a person that believes in protecting what is his property, I am not going to sit idle and let someone steal my work and try to falsely present it as if it is their own because I believe in both referencing those that come before us, as well as holding dishonest thieves accountable for their unethical practices. Before doing business with a company owned and managed by such a dishonest person, I suggest you consider yourself forewarned, and do not be surprised if they are also dishonest to you as well. A fancy website does not equate to professionalism or ethical practices. Be careful...
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