Hello, my intro!
I figure that I'd intro myself, I'm J, married to my hubby of 12 years, we have 4 kids together (4 in 5 years.. 2 boys, 2 girls.. b/g sets close in age with a 3yr gap btw them!!) I've been "lurking" and reading for a while getting to know everyone and some opinions on things. I want to commend the one poster who opened her heart and home to an irresponsible owner who let her female out to wander and get pregnant, but Sweet Pea and her Pups have found a wonderful place where they were warm and loved!
Unlike most of you, I didn't adopt all my babies.. they were all bought from wonderful reputable breeders whom I have a wonderful working/friendly relationships with! My older dogs went to Rainbow Bridge either from old age (we had a 15yr old & 13yr old set of GSD's), and we had 2 shelter doggies lab/shepard mixes who were litter mates we got 10 years ago (just family pets who were spayed/neutered).. 1 got cancer and no matter what we did to fix him he passed in his sleep, and she missed him so badly a week later we found her forever asleep too! We also have our *retired* 5yr old Golden, and his female mates also retired that are both 4.5yrs old!
You may not like me and tell me how horrible we are, but we're NOT a horrifyingly awful puppy mill, my doggies are my family and live with us(not in a Kennel outside, they're family, my babies and belong in the home where we are!), and am certainly not a BYB!! My family has been in the breeding business for 40 years (Toy Poodles and then made a huge switch to Great Danes , and hubby's has bred GSD's for 55yr's and hubby and I have been together for 15 years, married 12. We don't do it for "our kids to see the miracle of life!"
The Pups we buy to eventually add to the breeding stock are from lineage that are certified, AKC champion lines, eyes,hips, and elbows all certified, and AKC listed with good DNA lineage, and we completely certify/clear ours to the best of our abilities and hope for the best litter possible and luckily we've had good litters so far! We now breed Shiba Inu's (small litters (usually 1-3 pups) from small Japanese Dogs), and Golden Retriever's (not much, they have big litters and I don't want to push limits!) We don't make our females breed, breed, breed.. we have maybe one litter a year of each if we feel she's ready, otherwise we skip and keep her penned up except for walks with her "chastity belt" on (read up on it!!) Vet's checking them throughout making sure all is going alright, etc! Those who say they're gonna "get in it for the $$" certainly haven't a CLUE what goes into producing a GOOD, healthy, and VET VERIFIED (not doing it yourself b/c it's cheaper junk!) Puppies that are sold either SHOW or PET.. no breeding rights are given!
So, that's us! I'm sure some won't be happy with me.. but it is what it is! I figured I could pretend who I was to you all but what good would it do! I put it all out there and should someone choose not to speak or be angry with me, based on previous lurking to posts. I am what I am, an honest, true, breeder who loves their babies and would do ANYTHING for them.. including fixing them should our Vet say it was better for that Pup! I'm looking forward to chatting with you all and sharing whatever knowledge and gaining knowledge from those of you willing to share! Try to keep the flames to a minimal, I've not got my fire extinguisher on hand right now!
Thank you... *~ J ~*