The dictionary on my iMac includes the following definitions for flipping:
turn over or cause to turn over, move, push, throw or toss something with a sudden sharp movement, buy and sell property quickly and profitably using fraudulent methods or scheme.
Yesterday I added a new definition to my vocabulary; people who misrepresent themselves and their motives in the process of obtaining a dog from an individual or family – only to turn around and sell the dog for profit, aka Flipping Dogs or Dog-Flipper.
My mother used to tell me “wanting something to be true doesn’t make it true” oh how right you are, Mama. I am literally in a mild state of shock from reading the information and watching the videos available online pertaining to Dog-Flippers and the Flipping of Dogs. Until yesterday I was completely unaware of this phenomenon, that it existed in the community of animal adoption and rescue or how prevalent it has become on Craigslist.
I’ve been posting ads on Craigslist about Tenzing because I know if more people see his photos and read his story my chances of finding him increase exponentially. Yesterday morning I included information in my post about the potential abuse in re-homing dogs. I did not use the term Flipping or Dog Flipper because I hadn’t learned the vernacular. I couldn’t understand why the posts were repeatedly flagged until I received an email from a compassionate woman explaining that the person I had re-homed Tenzing to was probably a Dog-Flipper.
What to do? For a start I’d like the Cyber-Gods at Craigslist to consider this:
I know I’m going to upset quite a few people with this suggestion and my opinions regarding Craigslists responsibility for its content and usage may not be shared by anyone other than myself. I’m sure there are many people reading this Blog that will assume I used Craigslist in re-homing Tenzing and I’m lashing out at Craigslist because my posts were flagged instead of taking responsibility for my mistake. Just for the sake of clarity – I did not use Craigslist in any way shape or form while seeking a new home for Tenzing and I don’t give a flip about flagged posts on Craigslist.
I hope there are thousands of successful adoptions taking place on Craigslist but I ask you this, is it worth the potential risk to expose an untold population of Dogs that have no representation and no voice to the abuse of a Dog-Flipper? Perhaps it’s time to organize, maybe create a National Dog-Flipper Registry Web-Site, we register Sex-Offenders why not Dog-Flippers, it’s the least we can do for Man’s Best Friend . . .
Have you seen Tenzing Norgay? I haven’t, and by the way, yes I’m flipping mad but I’m not rolling over . . .