We follow the AKC (American Kennel Club, the main governing body of dogs in the USA) Code of Ethics. It is important to us that we are accountable to our current and future pet owners and so we like to maintain contact for the lifetime of the dog. This also helps us greatly in our breeding program as many puppies are cute, but the real proof in the pudding is what that pup matures into. We try to screen both puppy and potential owner for the best match to ensure that our Precious babies do not have to change homes more than once.
All of our puppies are sold by contract with a 10-year guarantee against any life-threatening genetic faults. Before puppies leave, they have already had a full vet check by a qualified vet as well as given at least their first and second set of puppy shots and deworming. All our dogs (pups and breeding dogs) go thru a vet exam and specifically checked for patella luxation, heart health, fontanelle, teeth, and eyes and ears. Puppies will have their litter registration with AKC registration upon transfer of Puppies are sent home with a puppy care package which includes Royal Canin Food, Feeding Info, etc. vet records and info on puppy care. I never sell my babies with breeding rights.
I am a breeder.....
My food receipts, for a family of 4, are less than my dog expenses each month. My water bill has doubled. My electricity bill has tripled.
My days start and end with my animals. Their needs always come before my own needs. My feet find the way to the dog room before I have even grabbed a cup of coffee in the morning and the dog room is my last stop before bed. I am a breeder.
While my friends are on a cruise to the Bahamas and my family meets for Christmas, I am home delivering puppies. I haven't had a real vacation in 7 years, but maybe soon. All plans are made around heat dates, whelp dates, shows, and vet dates.
I shower and 10 minutes later I smell like a dog and am covered in paw prints and hair. My clothes are often stained, and already fresh out of the laundry are already pre-haired.
I do not have any small children, and yet my house is as baby-proofed as can be imagined.
Only another dog breeder (or in my case, my MOM) could understand my life.
Who else can you call at 3 am for support? Who else has the experience I sometimes need, the meds I sometimes need, or just an uplifting word I sometimes need?
Who else would understand how it feels to have invested hours and hours in a weak puppy to lose it? Or the joy in investing hours in one that lives?
I have slept on the floor beside a litter until the crucial 2 weeks have passed. I have bottle fed puppies every two hours, yes even in the middle of the night. It takes an hour to feed them, so after an hour break; I start feeding again, for a total of four weeks. I have also bottle-fed kittens and bunnies because they were orphaned. I am a breeder because I love animals, all animals. I will care for the sick and orphaned even when it costs me money to help them.
I have learned to be proficient at walking 10 dogs at a time, breeding, delivering puppies, resuscitating puppies, micro chipping, vaccinations, fluids, bottle feeding and tube feeding. My vet knows me by first name.
63 days takes on new meaning, still excited by every new life. Every birth feels like Christmas to me. It is I who delivers all my pups, towels and heat lamps on ready - happiness and sadness sometimes intermingled.
Even though it increases my work load, I look forward to the 10 day stage when eyes open, and puppies begin to emerge from the helplessness of newborns. Puppy breath, a first bark, the wagging tail when they hear my voice, gives me so much joy.
I am not uneducated, illiterate or lazy as some Animal Rights folks would imply of breeders. I am also not crazy as others would say, because I live with so many dogs. I am a conscientious lover of animals and I have found my niche. I am a breeder.
I am not raking in money while sitting on my butt. Every penny I make I earn through blood, sweat and tears. There is much joy, but there is also many tears. At times that money is spent for the care of a puppy and it is not recovered through the sale. There are often more losses than gains.
My biggest stressor is when it comes time to find new families for my little ones. They are weaned and healthy, and now it is my huge responsibility to find them the best forever homes I can. Both my greatest joy and my greatest sorrow are when I see a puppy going to its new home and out my door for the last time. The joy comes after the tears when I see how much joy both the puppy has given a new family, and how much he is getting from them in return. The cards of thanks and the pictures of my puppy with its new family is the fringe benefits of my efforts.
I am an animal lover, nurse, midwife, laborer, photographer, website designer, secretary, marketer…
I am a breeder.
Did I also mention that I am a wife, a mother to human children and I am a Nana!