We live on 30 wooded acres in the Ozark Foothills of Northeast Arkansas, our house overlooks the scenic Strawberry River. It's a great place to vacation to pick up your puppy... Lots of antique & craft malls nearby, clear water lakes and rivers for water sports and fishing, lots of woods for deer hunting, etc.. Our home overlooks the Strawberry River which is really fun slow shallow river for tubing, canoeing, and fishing!
I had raised a few litters of pups off and on for over 25 years while holding down full time office jobs in factories, banks, etc.. I finally quit my last job at a bank and have been raising Westies full time for over 12 years. I raised and showed papillons for awhile but now we just raise champion grandsired westie pups. We have 12 breeding age westies. Our housepets are a Dogue DeBordeau named Sig, a Belgian Malinois puppy name Shiloh, and a champion sired westie named Fergus. Our "nursery" is a large converted walk-in closet off the ground level master bedroom.
REGISTRATION: Our breeding dogs are all AKC registered. All our AKC dogs have excellant champion bloodlines. Pedigrees emailed upon request.
WE DO NOT SELL TO PET SHOPS, DOG BROKERS, ETC.... OUR PUPS SELL MAINLY TO PET HOMES, with many of our dogs we are under contract and cannot sell their offspring to breeders even should we want to!
GENETIC TESTING: Our dogs have patella's vet checked prior to breeding. Our stud males are all DNA tested. Any dog found to have any heriditary defect is immediately retired from our breeding program.********We're inspected by AKC on at least a bi-yearly basis, last inspection by John Thomas was 3/20/09, we have always been found in complete compliance in all areas. If you need to check on us, I'm sure Mr Thomas would be glad to answer your questions about our dogs and facilities. His email is email@example.com, his number is 318-547-3154.
OUR GROWN DOGS ARE NOT KEPT IN CAGES (except for nursing mothers and sometimes on cold cold nights)! I prefer to let dogs be dogs and run as much as possible on solid ground. Most of the time they stay in large chain link pens on large driveway gravel, but they also often run loose in our very large yard to run and play (when not in heat). ********ALL our puppies are born and raised in the house. All expectant dams are brought into the house 3 weeks prior to delivery and stay near me until the puppies are born (sleeping in their crate next to my bed, etc...). When pups arrive, they're moved with their puppies into the nursery. Because of this, when we retire one of our girls, they tend to adjust very quickly to their new homes! ***********Most of our dogs are NOT kept in show coats, I groom them for function, not show. The handler is the one that keeps our ocassional show dog in proper coat. We don't do much showing, generally having only one dog showing at a time and sometimes not even that. We don't enjoy showing so we hire a professional handler and we usually stay home. My nerves can't take the shows! LOL!
SHOTS: We give our own shots (using only a vet recommended brand), at 6, 9, and 12 weeks. If your puppy must have shots through a certified vet, you'll need to request that in advance and you'll need to pay for all expenses associated with that. Any pup over 3 months of age will have their rabies through our vet before shipping. If picking up pup in person, it depends upon the situation as to whether pup has had time to have a vet check and rabies before the sale, so be sure to ask!
FOOD & GROOMING: We feed Diamond NATURALS (both made by Diamond), the adults are on D.N. Small Breed Chicken and Rice, the pups on D N Small Breed Puppy, www.diamondpet.com. For grooming, we use ISLE OF DOG products, WWW.IODOGS.COM They have formulas for any coat type and many top show breeders use their products on their show dogs. Breeders can join their breeder program to get free shampoo packs for their puppy buyers and earn coupons for money off their next purchase. Vitamins are NuVet www.nuvet.com/45641 I give out samples to tide the puppy over for a few days (when I can) but I recommend you have them pre-ordered so that your puppy can continue on them uninterrupted. I don't require them, but I do recommend them.
RESCUES & HUMANE SOCIETIES: Be very careful when buying from a rescue or humane society! There are many good ones and just as many bad ones, I've seen both firsthand.**********Recently in AR a "Rescue" run by an elderly woman was shut down and dogs confiscated, with way over 100 dogs on her premises in poor condition (some dead and dying)! And she was affiliated with her local humane society, they sent dogs to her to foster! ***********My daughter bought a great dane from a breed rescue, they told her zilch about the dog's cancer diagnosis and her other numerous medical and temperament problems and to this day the rescue has never inquired about the welfare of the dog****** I sold a champion sired papillon puppy to a woman that turned it over to a big humane society in Florida because it "cried" the first two nights in it's new home! I tried to get the pup back (my uncle in Orlando was going to pick him up for me), the shelter told me they "had no use for breeders" and had already rehomed him the same day!***** We have local "shelters" that are notorious for taking anything purebred and selling it up north. So be careful and check out any rescue or humane society THOROUGHLY. Look for any complaints online, etc... Some are good and some are bad, you don't want to deal with one that doesn't have the dog's welfare as the basis for what they do. Do your research or pay the price!**********Having said that, I've found several very good westie and shih tzu rescues over the years! So I'm not bashing all rescues by any means!
MICROCHIPS: We microchip ALL our pups and supply the buyer with the information to have the chip activated in their name. All puppy buyers are REQUIRED to have the pup's microchip activated within 1 MONTH of purchase! We found out the hard way that if the owner can't EASILY be found, many pounds and humane societies will go ahead and sell or rehome purebred animals immediately.