Mesa--Just wanted to send you some
. Honestly, everything you're thinking...she switched the dog for the vet, or any of that...it's likely correct. I've known all sorts of stuff like that, seen it happen to people I've worked with before. I've actually known someone who I used to work with who had a DIFFERENT animal shipped to them (same color, obviously different animal, she had pictures as she had met the cat at a show previously). It's one of the reasons why new people who have moral integrity have difficulty with sustainability in the fancy. When you do encounter these situations it's so disappointing and disheartening on multiple levels.
If it were me, I would definitely go get him in person. But then again, I also wouldn't be surprised if they would find a way to get out of that as well.
A breeder of integrity is going to assume that as part of breeding there will be times when they will sell an animal that turns out to be better than ones they chose to keep. That is just part of breeding. They accept it, grieve their 'mistake', follow through with their contract/obligations and then move on.
I've even had a breeder backtrack on me as well, on a cat that I had a contract to purchase. It was a tortie girl, well interestingly enough shortly before I was to drive accross a couple states and pick her up she "died"...mysteriously. Then, of course later that year the breeder had a tortie out that had been born only a couple weeks from the one I was purchasing that she was campaigning. Of course, that girl had IDENTICAL markings to the tortie that I had bought.