Our Visitation Policy
Our puppies are raised in our home because we feel that this is the ethical thing to do and raises the best puppies.
We do not allow visits from people that are not on our reservation list for a number of reasons.
Our number one concern is for the health of our puppies as their delicate immune systems are still developing and are not mature. They have not yet had vaccinations. Many unsuspecting visitors to other breeders have brought disease (parvovirus, distemper, etc) with them when visiting pups, the result of which is the death of the entire litter. Contracting parvo is of greatest concern. You can read about it HERE. We wish to avoid this kind of painful and heart breaking disaster.
Stressed out Moms create stressed out pups. A new mother is emotionally charged and in hyper protective mode. When a stranger comes to visit, Mom becomes stressed causing her body to create cortisol, which goes into the milk. The puppies consume this cortisol rich milk and become stressed themselves.
Panicked Moms unintentionally hurt pups. When a stranger comes to visit, Mom’s state of mind changes rapidly. She feels threatened and moves quickly to assess the threat. Many Moms have unintentionally stepped on or crushed a pup in their urgency to get out of the whelping box to assess the threat.
People that email me are strangers. I don’t know anything about you other than the fact you emailed me with basic information (which may or may not be true) about yourself and your family. I am inviting you, a stranger, into my home. This creates a threat to the safety of my dogs and my family. Unfortunately puppy theft is a growing problem so by allowing people into our home opens us up to our house and situation being cased as well as our dogs and puppies. We are not going to open ourselves up to that potential.
We are a family and this is our private home where we live our daily life. We want it to be the relaxed, safe place it normally is.
I don’t ‘own’ the pups. All the pups are sold to families. I am simply the guardian. However, I have been entrusted with the care of these pups for the first critical weeks of their lives. As guardian of other peoples’ dogs, I must do everything I can to protect them. If one of the pups was yours, I’m certain you would expect me to do that for your pup.
Time spent with visitors is time not spent with my family, pups and dogs. Raising puppies and dogs is a very demanding 24/7 job. Every minute I spend with visitors is time not spent working with and caring for your pup so that you have the best pup possible or enjoying and caring for my own dogs, which is why I breed to begin with.
We are not a petting zoo. Some people think visiting pups is a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon. I will not compromise the health and safety of my pups, my dogs and my family so someone can snuggle with pups.
So, how can we help you have confidence we aren’t a puppy mill or a fake website asking for your $500 deposit? We post pictures and videos frequently on our website under "Puppy Blog" and on Facebook. These should give you a very good look at the puppies as well as the environment they are being raised in. I am very transparent about how this process works in our house. We invite you to view these videos and ask any questions you may have. We are happy to offer references.
We are always happy to have our committed buyers visit.
We thank you for your understanding that we will not compromise on the health and safety of our pups and hope you see this as a positive quality of a reputable breeder.
We appreciate your understanding our commitment to our puppies, dogs and our
Visiting Policy for Families with Puppy Reservations
We always welcome visits from families with Puppy Reservations. We look forward to them visiting in person to pick out their puppy starting at six weeks of age. We will contact our families to make appointments in advance at a time that is convenient for both of us.
Visits are limited to members of the immediate family residing in the household. Please do not show up with your cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, neighbors, friends, etc.. We reserve the right to deny entry to any additional visitors. Children must remain under control at all times. Please explain to them in advance that these are baby puppies and that the children need to be at their quietest and best behavior.
Due to disease risk, no outside pets will be allowed onto the property.