The Blacklist was intended to keep dogs out of hands of people who would legitimately harm them. Its also (and I feel more frequently used) to 'settle' disagreements between breeders/fanciers.
Have I made mistakes? Have I fallen flat on my face? Yes, yes I have. I have also picked myself up, made changes in my life (big changes) and have dusted myself off vowing to never let the situation that I had lived through (survived more like it) EVER happen again. I will not let that situation define me as an owner, breeder, fancier of my breed.
Over the years I also developed "extremist" views of wanting to maintain a functional representation of our breed that still maintained the appearance of a Siberian. As such I started looking for other mentors, even being outside of the area, to help me navigate how to get there. This was also used as a massive red flag to bar me from the community.
Because of these atrocities, some breeders in the community took it upon themselves to fabricate reasons to Blacklist me. Reasons that were so laughable it was hard to imaging them sticking. I had members of the parent club testifying as being my neighbor to how my dogs were housed. However this member had never been to my house and lived 11mi away and over a mountain pass. Yet these lies prevailed.
I'm not the only one who has ever ended up in a bad situation. But when I needed help, when my dogs and I needed our breed community, we were ignored. I feel maliciously- to watch me fail - to give them more cause to say 'see we told you so'. To justify their actions and accusations they had originally laid against me. Now, I do not entirely fault these people. After all, you cannot understand nor truly have compassion for a situation that is so far outside of anything that can be grasped for you. So for that I'm grateful that these people have had lives that have afforded them the luxury of not having to survive situations that were dangerous and unhealthy for all involved.
So I ask, in a thought that will probably ruffle more than a few feathers....Even if the act of blacklisting IS appropriate and animals ARE in fact being harmed or in danger - what good does it do to cast these people away than help them get proper care and dare offer a bit of compassion? Is ignoring the calls for help justified in order to take a more self-righteous road of rumor mill justice? Hurting more people to make ourselves feel better about our situation? Lets break that cycle of hurt people creating more hurt people for a change. I know this may enrage more than a few people who read this post. To them- shame on you. Shame on you for thinking it better to play these hateful shadow games over actually doing anything or even talking to the parties involved. Do better.
To the breeders, friends, and fellow fanciers who did not discard me like trash when I needed you the most- thank you. To the women who let me cry, vent, and fought for me to not give up - thank you.
I also want to thank the original poster from I Love Responsible Dog Breeders for being brave enough to share their story and for igniting a growing ember that I had within me.