This is in response to Kristen Jordan’s comment. There is a major backstory to Jordan‘s comments. I feel somewhat responsible as I was the one who unknowingly motivated her interest in Jim Hatten‘s Giant Schnauzers. I found her on the Internet in 2013 and drove from Ohio to her property to purchase one of her puppies. The irony is everything she claims about Jim is true of her.
The dog she sold us died in April on good Friday while at the vet having his ears cropped. The vet contributed it to an underdeveloped heart and other internal issues. We will never forget that day. Conrad has a grave stone in our backyard. She sold us the dog when he was under 8 weeks old.
The day we picked him up it was in the 30’s and he was outside, the smallest of the litter, shivering with a runny nose. We returned home to a round of anabiotic’s etc. The conditions of the property were deplorable at best. Her adult male dog was out of control. Her warranty was a joke.
I was so devastated I never thought I could purchase another dog.
However, my family insisted that another puppy would help relieve the ache in our hearts. That is when I began hours and weeks of research determined not to make the same mistake I made the first time. Up until then I did not even know what the phrase “puppy mill” meant. Through research one name kept coming to the top of the pack - Jim Hatten. Long story short we reached out and found the greatest dog for our family. When I first saw Bentley I could not believe he was a Giant Schnauzer. He was three times the size of Conrad (The dog we had purchased from Jordan.). Very alert and playful. He honestly looked like a different breed compared to Conrad. The rest is beautiful history...Bentley can perform over 12 difficult tricks - today he runs off leash beside me stops on command goes on command and opens all the doors in our house. A regular king of the castle. He is the best friend we have ever had.
Unfortunately for Jim - I was so amazed by Bentley (having something to compare Conrad to) I imediately called Jordan telling her of our amazing dog and how I realized more than ever what a disservice she had done to the breed, not to mention the pain she had caused for Conrad.
At that point, three months after Conrad’s death, she offered to give me another dog. I emphatically explained I would not take one of her dogs if she paid me. Jim’s dogs all look like twins and not just in the same litter but from year to year. On the other hand not one of her dogs looked consistent. I’ll never forget my first conversation with Jim. I asked him what he did with the runt of the litter’s. He said, ”what do you mean runt?” “I have no runts.” Then and there I recieved my first lesson in careful, conscientious breeding. I was amazed when he sent me the pictures to prove it. As a result of me telling Jordan about Jim’s dogs she apparently has lashed out at Jim. She tried to purchase one of Jim’s dogs but would not agree to Jim’s constraints.
After six years I can still say Jim and Kim are great people and have just the right amount of love and knowledge to consistently bring about Giant Schnauzers who exceed all expectations! I have seen both Jim and Kim in the ring and traveling with their dogs. They love their Giants. It pains me that Kristen would stoop so low as to fabricate when she has so miserably misrepresented what it means to be a breeder and pet lover. One last thing. I had friends and clients that laughed when I told them I was buying a Giant guaranteed to champion. Kristine scoffed and laughed saying that was an impossible guarantee. At six months Bentley took first place best-of-breed and second place best of show in Missouri. Neither one of us had ever been to a dog show or seen a dog show. Jim’s Giants are the best.
The proof is in the beautiful friendship Bentley so cheerfully gives to his family every day. Please call me at 513-404-**** if you would like the full story in more detail. I have all my paperwork from Kristen and all my pictures of Bentley. There are pictures of Bentley winning on Jim’s website. Please make your own decision, I have already made mine. When I have to buy another giant I will not be doing any more research just picking up the phone and calling one number - the number for Jim Hatten.
Reason of review: Good customer service.
Location: 1712 Angle St, Rock Falls, IL 61071
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