PIPER THE ENGLISH BULLDOG was a crown-wearing, one-of-a-kind diva who changed and brightened many lives. To continue Piper’s charity work and legacy, I created a Bulldog rescue with a unique name and theme fit for royal Piper. The rescue and Piper's legacy mean everything to me!
LIES AND BULLYING:
I was shocked and devastated to discover a stranger stole the Rags To Royals name, theme and more to profit and deceive. She even had the nerve to launch her rescue with a dog she named PIPER! Robin conducts herself in a vulgar and classless way as she misrepresents and tarnishes the rescue's reputation and mine. She publicly curses at and bullies anyone who disagrees with her, catches her in one of her many lies, or challenges her in any way. I had no choice but to hire an attorney and notify Facebook of the deliberate confusion and stolen name and registered trademark. Robin and her gullible followers immediately harmed and harassed me for protecting Piper's rescue. They made threatening comments, like “choke a b---h" and “b---h doesn't know who she's messing with." They bragged about harassing me and submitting false reports to harm everything Piper and I worked so hard to accomplish.
On the day my beloved dog Miyagi died, one of Robin's bullies emailed me, “There’s a special place in hell for you.” Who knew that hiring an attorney saves you a place in hell? As I grieve, I'm overwhelmed with sadness and guilt about spending Miyagi's last months stressed, depressed and overworked from the infringement and harm. He deserved better! I have let games and hate take away happiness and precious time from my family and friends. Yet, I have never contacted Robin or her followers. I have never lashed out to harm their work or reputations, which would be very easy to do. I hired an attorney to offer a free and peaceful resolution of no longer using or harming the Rags To Royals name. This offer has been provided for months, but Robin is obsessed with harming me and proving that no one can tell her no. She vilifies me and creates drama and lies to receive sympathy and donations. Robin continues to lie about the entire case and her actions. Robin herself would rather lose money on attorney fees than give up an opportunity to cry wolf and hurt me. She disgraces people with disabilities and illnesses by using illness to get away with deception and harm. She blames all of her preexisting conditions and problems on me as she’s harming me and others.
Robin told her first attorney she never mentioned the rescue's name or mine on social media. Robin and her representative shared Rags To Royals' name and page as Robin encouraged and praised people about their harassing comments. Even though these people are proud of their public comments, I blurred names and faces. I also blurred some of the curse words.
These despicable trolls are even writing defaming and vulgar comments under posts and comments about Miyagi dying and posts where I'm selling my own creations to use my own income to pay the legal fees.
Example of how Robin conducts herself online with others in the rescue community.
In many comments, Robin and her trolls claimed I hurt and killed dogs by contacting Facebook and Facebook disabling Robin's page for a week. But, Robin has numerous Facebook pages, including other dog-related pages. Robin and her followers could have utilized all of the adoption websites and their pages, just as other rescues do, but they would rather harass and create drama . How many of Robin's followers from that one page actually adopted from her that week?
FUNDRAISING LIES: The donors from Robin's fundraiser are helping her harm others and commit crimes. They are paying for the legal fees she created through theft and deception. Robin’s fundraising story below is just more lies. She has never complied with changing the name. Rags To Royalty is still being used with the IRS and on Guidestar. Rags To Royalty remains in Robin's about information, as her email and all over social media. Robin chose to have attorney fees by rejecting a resolution for half a year. We kept giving her more and more time to respond whenever she claimed to be too sick, close to death or needing open heart surgery. Robin had only days to live all the way back in January. She can’t type in new account names, but she can upload selfie after selfie as she enjoys motorcycle rides and road trips. If Robin did actually adopt out 200 dogs with an adoption fee of $200, then that would be $40,000 just in adoption fees. That doesn't include thousands in donations. So, we're supposed to believe she has spent over $50,000 in medical bills and doesn't have any funds for the legal fees she created? If most of Robin's dogs are pulled from shelters, the shelters pay part of the medical bills.
Robin thought she would show me by submitting a fraudulent trademark application for Rags To Royalty and falsely signing no knowledge of infringement, confusion or a similar mark. Fortunately, the US Patent and Trademark Office refused Robin's application and provided my registered mark and some variations and definitions of the word "royal." Her uneducated followers were convinced I would "eat crow" and had no case.
PROOF OF CONFUSION:
Robin allowed Rags To Royals to be tagged as HER being at an event. She loved and shared the post on at least two pages.
Because of Robin’s nearly six months of games and lies, Rags To Royals has around $10,000 in attorney fees. I cannot save another dog with disabilities or one in desperate need of medical care without help. All of my own personal income from my artwork and creations is going towards the attorney fees. Even with all of my jobs, I had to borrow $6,000 so far.
It's a shame that I'm having to reveal all of this negativity, instead of keeping the focus on the beauty of rescue dogs. This is just a small portion of the hate, drama, greed, and lies. I'm incredibly grateful for any product purchase of donation amount! If you would like to donate directly to the McGuire Wood and Bissette law firm, there is a Pay Invoice link at the top right of their page. Be sure to write in the Reference field that the money is for Rags To Royals' attorney fees. If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation through PayPal, the rescue's link is paypal.me/ragstoroyals. If you would like to read about Piper from our site, go to RagsToRoyals.org . I created this as a personal fundraiser because the transaction fees are significantly less and the funds are available faster.
If squishy Bulldog faces make you smile, you'll enjoy following Rags To Royals on Facebook and Instagram!
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