Frequently asked questions
HOW MUCH FOR A PUPPY?
Let me say a few words to you, yes you, the person who writes an email to simply ask the price.
The person who calls and after hearing a price states: “I can buy a cheaper pup elsewhere”. I also address you; the person who doesn’t care about papers because I want “just a pet”.
No dog is “just a pet”.
Behind every purebred puppy/dog is a BREEDER.
I’m using capital letters to differentiate a breeder from a pet factory or mill. A reputable breeder does not breed dogs without papers, that does not protect the integrity of the breed. Registration (papers) are records of lineage that document bloodline and allow one to research any possible health issues present in the lineage. When you tell a Breeder you don’t care about papers what you’re really telling them is you couldn’t care less about the health of the puppy you just want the cheapest thing you can find! When you select to buy a puppy from a reputable and quality breeder, this breeder is responsible for the health of every pup ; both dogs owned and every pup they’ve sold for its lifetime. This breeder will skip holidays, miss sleeping, and most of their personal house space has been turned into space for their dogs . The truly passionate breeder who loves what they breed, puts their whole heart and soul into it. Not only in puppies that are sold, but also in each client who owns a piece of their heart and now is a member of their extended family. This does not take into account any puppy/dog who might get sick or need extra help to thrive. Breeders worry about their babies after they leave and will take one back without question.
A breeder will get their hands dirty, often covered in everything accompanied with birthing. Because that’s what life is about...In the middle of birth and death is life. The wheel that keeps turning. A breeder will do tests, echos, xrays, analysis, emergency c sections, vaccinations, register litters, research pedigrees, deworm, as well as microchip their puppies and get them evaluated by specialists.
Last but by no means least, a breeder CHOOSES the family lucky enough to have one of their puppies. Yes, you read that right. A true breeder chooses who they sell to because they are not making money off the sale. There is no compensation that can offset the investment a Breeder has made so they need to be confident its the right fit. Many times saying more no’s then yes...A good Breeder will have different criteria for those wanting to carry on their bloodline, why? Because breeding is not a responsibility to ever be taken lightly, it’s a lifestyle choice set aside for ONLY the few devoted people willing to sacrifice.
Because a dog is never “just a pet” it’s the Breeder’s legacy, a little boy’s best friend, a little girls protector, an elderly persons therapy, a member of the family, someone’s whole world!!!
This is a recent article I came across from another breeder............
LONG POST. I would like to share my experience with parvo and hope to educate anyone who is reading this. I raised healthy and happy golden retriever puppies. I dewormed every 2 weeks and I vaccinated at 6 weeks old. Health check by the vet at 7 weeks old on August 23rd. I usually let the pups go around 8 weeks old, but the vet reminded me about the fear stage approaching. He ok'd my litter to start leaving. The pups started leaving that evening. 1 left on Thursday. 1 left Friday. 1 left Saturday. 2 left Sunday afternoon. 3 left Sunday evening. 1 left Monday. 1 left Wednesday. I broke down the days for a reason. There is a particular buyer that I'm going to focus on, let's call him buyer #9. He visited the pups when they were around 3 weeks old. Everyone is informed not to visit other litters, shelters or dog parks prior to coming over, and instructed not to visit other litters after leaving my home. Buyer #9 came into my home at 4:45 PM to pick up his pup. He did not go into my backyard where I had the puppies kenneled. After he left, I took dinner out to my babies, picked up poop, and played with them. Other buyers picked up 2 pups an hour later. I continued picking up poo about every hr or so until bed time. I sing or hum to my babies until they wind down and go to sleep. Over the next few days other buyers took their pups home. Come Thursday Aug 30th, my girl started vomiting and having diarrhea. I checked in on every puppy, everyone said pups are great. I got a text from buyer #9 saying his pup was just tested and parvo positive. He called me back and I offered a refund. He said I didn't have to and later added that it would be helpful. I quickly notified every family. 4 other families noticed parvo signs within a day or 2. The pups were hospitalized. I started giving my girl fluids to keep her hydrated. This has been a living nightmare, I could not apologize enough to everyone. I checked in on everyone everyday. A few days later I noticed buyer #9 wasn't giving me the same details as before. At first, he had 1 roommate with a dog and later discovered 3 roommates each with dogs and a visiting puppy. There was a pic of this pup with my pup, has now disappeared from his FB page. I asked about this other puppy and buyer #9 said pup is fine. He told me he made everyone test their dogs for parvo. I asked for proof repeatedly, he didn't send me any documentation. Changed his story again that the questionable pup will be tested after Labor Day. He sent me a close up pic of a Snap Test, no date no time stamp no name. A negative test result would be proudly and quickly produced. I later found out that buyer #9's pup didn't show parvo signs yet, he showed signs the next day. I believe he unknowingly brought parvo in my home. The first 5 pups that left by Sunday afternoon have been well. All the 5 pups that left Sunday evening through Wednesday and 1 that was staying with me forever were infected. My girl lost her fight with parvo, suffocating on her vomit. 2 more pups have passed away. 2 have been released to go home. I continued checking with Buyer #9 about his pup and only said the pup is still fighting. He is no longer responding to my inquiries, I feel it's bad news. This silent killer showed signs between 4-6 days. I have not refunded him because I believe he was the parvo source, he knew he was around another sick dog and came into my home. I am not sure if I will breed anymore. I am trying to spread awareness. Rethink and update your prevention protocols
When do you allow visitors to view puppies ? And if so what all is involved.....................
I do not allow people into my home for many reasons.... Years ago lost a whole litter of puppies to parvo. That someone had brought in on their shoes. Young puppies have very limited immunity.
Not only do I have children but It’s a very scary world we live in ...
If someone is really persistent wanting to see a puppy and videos and pics are not enough I will meet them in a public place with the puppy they have chosen or a couple even if they need to choose between a few but not until after 6 weeks old.
They do not touch the ground unless I lay a mat down . Most buyers though are perfectly content with weekly videos of the puppies playing and pictures as well.