2020 was such an unforgiving year for the world – a global pandemic, a national shortage of goods, business closures across the nation, financial hardships for all, and to top it, having to express your love and care for others by simply ‘staying away’. The uncertainty of things started to make me lose purpose. Anxiety consumed me and I felt I was losing myself to grief.
I took an even harder turn during the COVID-19 year, when I had an unexpected loss of my 4-month baby Harlequin Great Dane, Brooklyn on October 16. The vet declared her death as an ‘act of god’ unfortunate circumstance, with inclusive test results based on her autopsy. It took me countless months of therapy, disciplined coping, and the start of my sobriety journey to open my heart up to this life again.
I had thought I might have been ready to try again 3 months later. Then, I connected with a breeder who had available puppies ready for their forever homes on Christmas. I paid my deposit and completed the standard background check weeks prior. Come to find out, I waited outside for hours on a transport that was never arranged. Unfortunately, I was scammed. I was a victim like many others who had been taken advantage of trying to get a “Covid Puppy” for the holidays. I was devastated. This ultimately broke me.
Be it timing or the powers that be, the universe somehow directed me towards Antry Danes. I shared my experience with Meredith and fast forward I found myself following the birth and the growth journey of my new Harlequin baby, Tegan Janelle Patterson. I don’t think I’ll ever have the right words to express my deepest gratitude towards Meredith and Bill. They both have contributed to and impacted my life in such a huge way. I will never forget their warm hearts, constant reassurance, patience, and above all else, simply being a human being. Bill and Meredith didn’t just provide an amazing service as a professional breeder. The Antry’s embody humility, kindness, and patience and even go so far as to do the ‘extra’ personable measures to make you feel like family. Their puppies are a reflection of them.
Meredith and Bill, I know my testimonial is a bit long-winded here. However, I hope to share with others how incredible and trustworthy breeders you are. Tegan is my world. But better yet, adopting the both of us into your lives. I welcome any questions to share my personal experience with the Antry family. May Brooklyn rest in peace and for Miss Tegan to remain healthy and happy for as long as I live (Tegan and LJ Patterson, 5/25/2021). Antry Danes | European Great Dane Puppies
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