11 July 2021
- Apollo. Looking devilishly handsome.
01 July 2021
- Our graduate.
What an expression he's got!
30 May 2021
- Mr Chest))
Check out his bone!
30 May 2021
- Mr Chest))
Check out his bone!
10 January 2021
- Ghost sent an update. He is quite a looker.
10 November 2020
- Our graduates sending updates:
10 November 2020
- Thank you to all the new puppy owners :)
06 November 2020
- All SOLD.
03 November 2020
- Our breeding masterpiece. SOLD.
31 October 2020
- Our breeding. #qualitydoberman Stunners. ADOPTED.
31 October 2020
- Stunning boy #ourbreeding. SOLD.
23 October 2020
- Daily fun!
20 October 2020
- Can you get any sweeter than that?!!
10 September 2020
- Pups turned out gorgeous.
02 September 2020
- Another one of ours made it to 10!
27 August 2020
26 August 2020
- Palu at 9.6 yo!!!
20 August 2020
- Always delighted to see products of our breeding - especially when they are over 10 years old and doing fine.
26 July 2020
- Striking Atlas
24 July 2020
- Night treats for the doggies
23 July 2020
- She is an unreal beauty!
28 June 2020
- Pretty Beatris.
27 June 2020
16 May 2020
- Dorky Uma.
30 April 2020
- Palu at 9.3 years young.
14 April 2020
- My gorgeous Ella.
20 March 2020
- Izzy waiting for the ball.
05 March 2020
- My Queen, aging more and more. Ella.
24 February 2020
23 February 2020
14 February 2020
- Palu, turning 9 next month.
10 February 2020
- Condolences to the Murray family. Ozzy passed away at the ripe age of 10.5. RIP
04 January 2020
- Ranger at a dog school.
30 December 2019
- My guys in Colorado.
15 December 2019
- How can a human create such perfection!
16 October 2019
- Some dogs stick around by chance. Ella was kind of the case. She had a very appealing head piece and expression, so she stayed with us. Years passed
and started falling for her. Here is my greying Ella. Kind of sad to see the testament of time on her face now :(
21 September 2019
- Outside fun
17 September 2019
- Happy buyers = happy breeder
10 September 2019
- Royal is his name.
10 September 2019
- Our breeding
15 August 2019
- Someone had fun )) what am I gonna do...
10 August 2019
- Gorgeous crop
24 July 2019
17 May 2019
- Spot a butterfly.
02 May 2019
- I AM A BREEDER...
My food receipts for a family of 6 and my dog food bills match. My electric has trippled, I have more whelping supplies than I do medicine and first aid supplies.
I have vaccines in my fridge, oxygen tanks on hand, my vet on speed dial and multiple puppy pens in my living room.
I am a Breeder, who when my fridge quit, saved the dog meds and let the food go bad. My feet find the way to the puppy pens before I have even ate breakfast in the morning and the puppy pens are my last stop before bed.
While my friends are on a cruise to the Bahamas and my family meets for Christmas I am home delivering or hand feeding puppies. I haven't had a real vacation in a while but maybe soon.
All plans are made around heat dates, whelp dates, puppies going to their new homes and vet dates.
I am a Breeder, who has been covered in more bodily fluids from my dogs on more occasions than I care to admit. Bleach is my favorite cleaning product and my home typically smells like a community pool.
Most of the time my conversations with friends revolves around my dogs. When I get exhausted and feel like I can't do another sleepless night hand feeding a puppy around the clock every 2 hours I remind myself religiously that the hand feeding is only temporary and the reward is coming.
I am breeder who sacrifices my own comfort to sleep on the floor next to a whelping pen so I can hear every time a puppy makes a squeak or to jump up in a panic making sure I didn't over sleep and not hear my alarm for the next 2 hour puppy feeding. Many people wouldn't understand how it feels to have invested hours and hours in a weak puppy to ultimately lose it and how it can feel the same as loosing a child or the joy I feel when all the invested hours have paid off in one that lives.
I am a Breeder, who has bottle fed, syringe and even sponge fed a puppy doing whatever it takes feeding every 2 hours and it taking 45 minutes to do it for weeks at a time to ensure it's survival. I have learned to be proficient at vaccinations, sub- q fluids, syringe feeding, warm water enemas, temperature taking and formulated and perfected my own puppy formula. My Vet knows me by my first name, knows my children, and has witnessed me cry countless times.
I am a Breeder, to me that 63 days takes on new meaning still excited by every new life. I am right there when all my pups are born, towels and heating pads on ready, happiness and sadness sometimes intermingled. It is I who has breathed the first breath of life into a puppy who has refused to take that first breath. Even though it increases my work load, I look forward to the 14 day stage when eyes open, and puppies begin to emerge from the helplessness of newborns.Puppy breath, a first bark, and a heart of exploration. I am a conscientious lover of animals and I have found my niche.
I am a Breeder, and I am not cruel, dumb, uncaring or criminal. I take great responsibility for every life I bring into this world and ensure it goes to a wonderful, loving and perfect home an extension of the same love and care they received while in my own home. I am not raking in money while sitting on my butt. Every penny I make I earn through blood, sweat, hard work and tears. My greatest joy is a healthy puppy and a wonderful home. The card of thanks and the pictures of my puppies with their new families are the fringe benefits of my efforts.
I am an animal lover, nurse, midwife, heavy laborer, customer service representative and marketer and PROUDLY I AM A BREEDER!
01 March 2019
Many people think we make a killing off these cats and are "only in it for the money". When the reality is, it's so much more work than I ever thought it would be and I definitely "earn" my money. As my mom likes to say "you scoop poop for a living". Such a glamorus job! My fellow breeder friend Trish Savannahs just posted an eye opening article she wrote of what it's REALLY like to be a breeder. She says it way better than I can so I'm sharing her writings. I couldn't agree more with everything she wrote. Regardless of the down sides, my passion keeps me going. And the help of my amazing children, spouse and breeder friends make all the difference.
"Why YOU Should Be a Breeder
Let's flip the script a bit and talk about why you should become a breeder. You've found the breed of your dreams, you love it (dog or cat) and you simply want to produce adorable squishy faced babies to sell.
Alright. We all begin somewhere, so instead of discussing why you shouldn't become a breeder-let's talk about all of the perks about being one.
First, we are going to cover money. Because everyone loves money-and money makes the world go round!
Now, I'm not going to say there's no ability to make a profit with breeding and doing it responsibly. Instead let's walk through a good yearЕ You produce four litters this year of five babies each. You sell these kittens or puppies for $2000. What a great year-- you just netted $40,000!
But waitЕ Out of that $40,000-you spent $300 a month on quality food. You spent $200 a month on various routine vet visits (vaccines, checkups, etc.). You spent $1000 on health testing because both the mom and dad needed various health checks before breeding. You spent $5000 on emergency vet appointments because trust me-babies like to keep you on your toes! You are out $1500 on basic supplies (new kennels, enclosures, litter, etc) and $1000 on toys because you can't have babies running around with nothing to play with! If you practice early spay and neuter (most dog breeders don't, but a lot of cat breeders do)-we can estimate $100 per baby for alter surgeries so that is $2000 out of pocket.
Well, that's not too bad, right? Now your $40,000 is $23,500. Oh wait-you also went to a few cat or dog shows because a reputable breeder likes to ensure they are on the top of their game. That's about $2000 more out the door, but we will stop there. Let's say in the end-you net $20,000 because you had an amazing year breeding and produced 4 litters.
Now take that $20,000 and divide it by 365 days a year--- you're still doing great! You are making $54 a day! However that $54 a day is 24/7 work. It's clean up, it's midwife duty, it's midnight vet runs and trips to the pet store. It's talking to other breeders to maintain breed education, it's skipping vacations because your pregnant dog or cat is due right on that day. It's missing school performances because a newborn is sick and it's staying up all night for weeks on end hand feeding an infant that cannot get the hang of nursing. So $54 a day divided by 24 hours is $2.25 an hour.
I mean-not chump change, right? It's at least some kind of profit for your passion and who doesn't want to profit from something they love?
Just remember-this is a hypothetical good year. A lot of breeders never see this hypothetical good year. They see a lot of vet bills, they see a lot of struggle, they see a lot of debt-but what they don't see is this profitable good year and the one time they might see it-it passes quickly into another year filled with high vet bills and loss.
Okay, okay, but I am trying to convince you to breed-not to run away from the thought screaming. So how about all of the happiness involved in raising newborns? How about holding babies when they are just born and getting to kiss puppies and kittens all day long? That has to be a positive aspect of breeding every breeder gets to experience!
Not so fast, not so fast. There are people who have invested into breeding-good reputable want-to-be breeders who have paired up their animals, done the health testing and never seen a single litter. There are breeders who have done the same and held premature dead or dying babies in their hands as tears stream down their face. So breeding-as silly as it might seem-does not guarantee kittens or puppies.
But let's go with another good year. Let's say that yes, you have babies and they are born healthy. Now it's ensuring mom is nursing them, it's weighing them daily, it's trying to give mom a nice quiet place that mom likes to raise her family, it's keeping the house pristine to ensure no random virus enters the household (have you ever tried to keep a house medically sterile while still going to the vet and going to cat or dog shows and I mean going shopping or to school?)
If you are lucky-you have a healthy litter that encounters no bumps or bruises along the way. Meanwhile, you are committed to maintaining a clean environment (this means sweeping/mopping/cleaning 24-7 whether it's puppies or kittens because babies love stepping in poop and then just keep going!). It means you are committed to being there even when your family may need you elsewhere. It means devoting yourself to this litter for at least ten weeks for puppies to 12-16 weeks for kittens.
But hey, at least you get the joy of cuddling a kitten or puppy when you aren't busy cleaning up after them!
Again-this is a good year. Because guess what? Oh yes-the bad years are going to come too. And those bad years involve a lot of loss. They involve a lot of second guessing. Midnight vet runs. Constant discussion with your vet, other breeders, woulda/shoulda/couldasЕ There will be years where nothing goes right.
HmmmЕ Okay, okay-this all seems rather discouraging. So why not talk about potential pet homes and the joy of finding new homes? That can be rather uplifting-when things go right.
Of course, you are going to deal with dozens of tire kickers, the occasional crazy person, and drama long the way, but eventually, you will find amazing buyers for your babies. At least-you hope they are amazing.
For the most part, if you are diligent, they will be the best of homes, but when you misjudgeЕ When you misjudge a home, it can turn into a nightmare situation, but let's just not talk about that.
SighЕ Apparently I'm not doing the best at convincing you that breeding is worth it. How about owning unaltered pets? Isn't that a joy?
Um- yeah, that one I simply can't put a single positive spin on. Unaltered cats pee everywhere. They pee on their beds, their hammocks, their cat wheels, the walls and in their water and food bowls. They caterwaul in heat, out of heat, when they feel like it-why? Hormones. That's why. Unaltered dogs lift their legs, get possessive, fight, can be moodier than your average spayed/neutered pet. Again-- hormones.
Do we love them? Of course, we do, but you know what? I would love them more if I wasn't spending my days scrubbing pee from every surface.
So why do we breed? Because we are passionate about the breeds we work with. Because we believe someone has to do this responsibly and because we are good at animal husbandry.
For myself, I cut my teeth working with rescues for over a decade before choosing to have a litter of my own. I also worked as a vet tech. I educated myself for years and continue to educate myself. I use my mentors even a decade later for advice and talk to newer breeders for a fresh point of view.
Breeding simply isn't for the faint of heart. It isn't for people who cannot take loss, criticism or advice from others. Breeding can break you. It can take the toughest person out there and simply snap their heart in two-and it will do it time and time again. I'm not talking from a lofty pedestal-I am just as capable of breaking as the next person and have found myself literally on my knees with tears streaming down my face more than once in this business/hobby/passion.
If you want to do this-go into it with your eyes wide open. Accept criticism. Accept harsh advice because guess what? In the middle of the night when you are trying to hold death back, that person giving you that advice may also be the person willing to stay up with you and hold your hand throughout the long dark hours.
And know-it's not rainbows and unicorns. It's f***** hard. Harder than you will ever imagine from the outside and some days, it's totally worth it. But realize there will be dark days where it's notЕ And we have lost more amazing respectable breeders to those dark days than I can count."
18 February 2019
- Beautiful crop.
18 February 2019
- Nice crop.
13 February 2019
- Someone is a happy momma now.
- When you persistently ask your parents for a Doberman year after year after year...and then finally it happens!
07 February 2019
- Our mini girl waiting to go see her new mom.
04 January 2019
- I'm coming to the conclusion that the environment does play a big role in the overall dog health.
We are on the well water, plus country living, little pollution, the Kennel is in the mountains in the middle of a national forest, plus decent food, raw eggs - it will be 12 years this spring since I lost a dog to DCM (not counting the German import we only had for 4 months), and currently have 7 veteran dogs.
Baron and Jake, loved and spoiled with raw beef bones by Karen :)
06 December 2018
05 December 2018
- Did a lot of research. List of some of the recommended veterinarians who still crop ears:
- TX. OТConnor road animal hospital.
- DE. Dr. Brittany M Faison.
- PA, $200 Ebensburgh, Dr. James Takacs.
- WA. Dr Victoria Peterson. GRANITE Falls WA. $300/500
- TX. Ear Trim in Houston.
- Warrensville animal center
- Oregon mid-valley veterinary clinic
- PA. Sidman. Dr. Hamady.
- FL Wildwood, Leigh McBride. Sumter County Animal Hospital.
- FL. MidCounty Vet, Palm beach.
- FL. 4Paws in Lakeland FL. $350
- FL. Dr Ricci newtampavet.com - Douglasville animal hospital.
- GA. Dr Steele in chatsworth.
- Kaitlyn Shea Martin. Murray county veterinarian service.
- Quailwood Animal Hospital in Tifton.
- OH. Anne Midgarden in Wapokoneta.
- CA. 675 South Sacramento pet hospital.
- IA. Dr Jodi Strohbehn in Council Bluff, Iowa.
- CA. Riverside Animal Hospital. Dr Jezberra.
- CA. Dr. Zaralli in Seal Beach.
- GA. Dr. Bassham in Georgia! Bassham Vet Hospital.
- Rutherford Road & Hwy 400 Animal Hospital (Dr. Kahlon).
- GA. Dr. Walker at Highlands Animal Hospital in Augusta.
- MI. Dr Main. Alagan, Michigan.
- IN. Dr. Yerk. Remington Indiana.
- IN. Southway vet clinic in Marion Indiana.
- MI. Dr Joel Parraghi in Crosswell.
- Blackhorse animal hospital $430.
- NJ. Millstone animal hospital. Freehold.
- CA. American pet hospital Modesto.
- Dr Zaralli in Seal Beach.
04 December 2018
- They grow too fast. Ruger 5mo.
02 December 2018
- Our breeding.
02 December 2018
- Waiting for and meeting the new mommy.
12 October 2018
- And again about DCM.
Many buyers have read on various websites or forums the magic formula on how to avoid DCM:
1. tested parents
2. older parents
3. 3 generations DCM-free.
All this sounds great but...
1. tested parents don't guarantee which genes are passed: healthy or mutated. There are plenty of examples of long-lived parents producing DCM offspring.
2. Older males tend to not reproduce well. The older they get, the higher chance of reproduction issues (they can become sterile with age). Older females also may have breeding and delivering issues. No guarantee they will be capable of any of that either.
3. I wish I could find DCM pedigrees. And not just one. In breeding you need a variety of them so you don't end up inbreeding or out of options.
Studying pedigrees is a great tool in breeding. Here is an example of how this formula doesn't work.
* https://doberbase.ru/index.php...Heredity - all looks great, no noted DCM deaths in the background, tested parents, tested dog, decent longevity. BUT scroll down and you will this dog's sibling already dead of DCM.
There many more cases like this.
Here is one more: Ardens Izumrud
Although there are DCM dogs in the pedigree - this dog is still alive and well at 11yo.
As you see, finding one healthy dog is quite a task, not only for a buyer but for a breeder too.
4 October 2018
- One of many reasons why I try to stay away from selling our puppies for breeding.
3 October 2018
- DCM can strike at any age. No one is safe. Although, if that's the case, what's left to breed?????????
3 October 2018
- Check out Onyx' muscles.
I "love" how some Doberman owners boast having a 100-110-120 pound Doberman but he is not fat, just all muscle... surrrrre! :) #ourbreeding
1 October 2018
- Long-awaited puppies.
30 September 2018
- Our Iris.
30 September 2018
- Got a hello from Ruger, 3mo. Mr. Feet!!! #ourbreeding
27 September 2018
- Dimetra. Health scare. Noticed a round belly for a few days, suspected a growing tumor, mentally said good-bye to her. Well, 5 days of vet stay and $800 later, apparently she is in great health, just has a big spleen. 9 years 3 months old and counting.
P.S. US veterinary bills can't stop amazing me...
23 September 2018
- My girl.
18 September 2018
- Nice ears! #ourbreeding
17 September 2018
- My guys. Finally one dry day after too much rain.
14 September 2018
06 September 2018
- Apollo and his son Emidius. Cropped or natural?
28 July 2018
- Proof how tricky DCM is:
How could a dog with such a pedigree live to 12???? Not only does it have lots of Royal Bell, Irinus (DCM), it is also inbred on Gino. And the dog lives past 12!!! I know that I don't know what makes it work and fail anymore. My imported puppy from tested older parents drops dead of DCM at 8 months and here is a dog with lots of questionable ancestors that lived so long! How????
25 July 2018
- Any one else wonders while I'm against little kids and a new puppy scenario?
15 July 2018
- I can't stop talking about DCM. The problem is so serious and doesn't seem to have a solution. With all available information and diagnostics, there is still no answer when this is going to be fixed.
Not too long ago there was a post on Facebook from a Spanish breeder, kudos to him for speaking up!
1. DCM is everywhere. How can it not be if the affected rate is at 50-60%?
2. Some breeders breed and analyze their results, and if DCM pops up - they try to adjust their program.
3. Some breeders breed what sells and wins titles, no matter when the dogs die.
4. Some breeders care.
5. Some don't give a hoot.
#2 and #4 cannot be blamed. They didn't create the problem and usually they don't contribute to its spreading.
#3 and #5 are the ones who make it worse and worse.
Note: the current DCM testing by DNA is USELESS.
14 July 2018
- It's extremely sad where the breeding in the USA is heading... The availability of dogs that can be used in breeding without minimal oversight is shocking. Anyone can breed anything they want. Land of freedom... I always put "No breeders" or "limited registration" in my ads. And I know that this means some business loss: a large chunk of buyers is left out because "full papers" are not available. And those who sell their cheap and often times poorly bred puppies with full rights use this as a selling advantage as if breeding rights become the biggest selling advantage of a particular puppy or litter... very-very sad...
13 July 2018
- Too often has this come up in discussions with the buyers. This is a ridiculous myth!!!!
13 July 2018
- Some buyers can be quite delusional. 4th notch? You can't even find one on a day old puppy! Non-smoker breeder? Oh my.
Some buyers complain of dealing with breeders. Same applies to the buyers.
12 July 2018
- Pups at the vet. All our pups are vet checked prior to going to new homes.
01 July 2018
- What you get is what you pay for.
Compare the quality.
26 June 2018
- Finally got the results of the DNA testing from the Doberman genetic diversity project, but in fact it's just a DNA panel. The only useful info for $130 I got was the genetic diversity %. Everything else (vwd and useless DM or DCM) could have been tested for less $. And I didn't get the DNA markup to show the inbred alleles, like in the advertising photos. :(
And not sure what to do with this genetic diversity % now without the explanation.
25 June 2018
- Our Delux' baby, Yarby Yara. Almost 10 years old!
27 May 2018
- Highly enriching reading on inbreeding.
"Inbreeding in dogs has real consequences. Research in the Boyko Lab has shown that a 10% increase in inbreeding can lead to a 6% reduction in adult size (poor growth) and a six- to ten-month reduction in lifespan. Reduced litter size and fertility are also likely."
15 May 2018
- Medical Screening: Responsible Breeding or the Road to Extinction?
Jim Engel, December 2007
5 May 2018
- Poop business.
An excellent way to stay on top of your dogТs health is to monitor what comes out of him, otherwise known as feces/stool/poop. ItТs important to know your dogТs УnormalФ when it comes to poop
The most obvious symptom of a health problem in dogs is diarrhea, which has several characteristics that vary depending on the cause
There are several potential causes of diarrhea in dogs, ranging from a change in diet to cancer
ItТs time to call the veterinarian if the diarrhea doesnТt resolve on its own in a day or so, or if your dog is showing other signs of illness
By Dr. Becker. What's 'Normal' Poop for Your Dog? (Word with photo)
30 April 2018
- Today's rant.
Probably many of you have heard about the new Doberman Diversity Project. I found it quite intriguing.
The biggest problem with the offered genetic test is the cost and the diseases screened by it. Since it's a new project, most of the breeding dogs worldwide have already been tested for the diseases (DCM1,2, vWD) offered at the cost of $130-135.
I'm not interested in retesting all my dogs all over again just to get their genetic diversity profile - that's the only thing I find useful to me.
Retesting 10 dogs just to get their genetic diversity graph will run around $1350 while they can offer a separate DNA test just for that for $40-50. Big difference, right?
Hope the lab can offer a separate test just for those who have already run other DNA tests on their dogs. I guarantee there will be a lot more people interested.
As of right now I don't think it's reasonable to retest my dogs just for one graph.
P.S. I ordered one test for one of my dogs that hasn't been vWD and DCM tested. It's been exactly 3 weeks - no test...
14 April 2018
- Goofy Don.
14 April 2018
- Oldie but goodie. Delberta is 8.5 yo.
07 April 2018
- Our weekends. Pups being affectionate with the visitors.
Puppy pick up day
02 April 2018
- Real Dober-men have two balls!
30 March 2018
- Our big and very sweet puppy, Cash, at the vet, getting ready for his trip to his new home :) he was very curious about this unfamiliar dog.
17 March 2018
- Our breeding. Nice ear crops. It's a lot of hard work to get them to stand up. And there are times when they don't.
6 March 2018
- This is a prime example of how unpredictable DCM is:
http://doberbase.ru/index.php...Anubis+v.d.+Wartburgstadt A large litter out of a long-lived dad (but not DCM clear ancestry) and an allegedly DCM-linked mom. This combo ended up in 4 DCM deaths and 6 long lived dogs.
What a riddle this disease is!
3 March 2018
- 7y.o. Mina (P-litter) came for a visit and to find a new friend.
20 February 2018
- Me ranting:
I have joined a Facebook page where Dobe puppies are advertised for sale. One group decided to impose "Stricter" rules: breeders have to perform at least the necessary DNA tests for the betterment of the breed (which are very few - not much help for the breed). Numerous breeders advertise: DM, DCM1, VWD - clear or carrier.
DM testing for this breed is useless. This is not a Doberman-typical disease. You should request hip certification which is more spread than DM. In my 25 years with the breed I haven't seen a single case. DNA testing is cheap. But DNA testing and Hip certification PLUS at least a cardio ECHO - that's what will weed out BYB's. This simple and not very expensive DNA test won't. DCM 1 is a highly questionable test. There are too many negative dogs still dying of DCM. A much better alternative is an echo study. The full testing panel vs a one-time DNA swab will show a potential buyer who is more invested in the breed. Most of my dogs are DCM1 negative and ALL are DCM2 negative, which means, based on the 50-60% disease rate, this testing is highly unreliable. Thus I usually do not advertise the results as they do not guarantee the absence of DCM, what I do mention is that the dogs are ECHO'ed. The cost of the "real" tests (the ones that are really needed) far exceeds what most BYB's or whatever you call amateur breeders can afford and accept paying for, so they supplement this with a number of nice-looking abbreviations like vWD, DM, DCM blah-blah clear, and it's a much higher chance for your dog to get Wobbler's than this DM, or real DCM than this DCM1 and DCM2 tests can prove.
16 January 2018
I. Show/utility breeders - breeding for a purpose.
a) caring, friendly, respectful.
b) opposite to a).
c) know what they are doing,
d) opposite to c).
II. Other breeders.
a) one-timers - for "the health of the dog", for "the fun of it", "to witness the miracle of birth". Usually have one dog.
b) serial one-timers - same as a), just more often. Can have two dogs, or one dog and keep its progeny.
c) breeding for a purpose that is not a purpose - "I breed the total dobe!"
d) just because I can'ers
e) self-sustained breeding - have a male and female, nothing's needed.
g) fluffers: they put a lot of fluff into their breeding reasoning and advertising, i.e. both dogs weight over 100 lbs and stand at 30", or proudly stating that they don't breed Z-dogs, or my dogs have an awesome temperament - as if these are valid points for justifying breeding.
h) one step closer to or one step behind I. - those who do health testing but still not at the level of I. breeders, and no show/utility.
All backyard breeders fall into category II.
I love seeing how people recommend a backyard breeder they got a puppy from just because the whelping pen was clean, pups were cute and breeder friendly. That's how it's supposed to be no matter what category you are in, but if you are one of Category II - you are a backyard breeder. Difference is some are nice and some are nasty.
And most people substitute professionalism with a personal attitude. Being friendly with a buyer doesn't make you a professional and knowledgeable breeder you are supposed to be. Sales skills do not "=" good breeding.
13 January 2018
- From Northrop Grumman ad. Cyber Doberman.
12 January 2018
- In 2012 it became clear that we needed a new professionally built kennel. We started working with the zoning office to obtain all necessary paperwork to build it. All paperwork was filed and we were getting ready to finalize the process with the zoning board when one Saturday morning an unknown person appeared at the door saying she was from the local humane foundation and was a humane investigator and she was there to help us prepare for the zoning board.
Some will find this stupid, I have conflicting feelings about my actions that day, but I let her in - she sounded too official and too willing to help. All seemed to go well. She made some suggestions which, in essence, were unnecessary because the purpose of the whole process was to build a new professional facility and whatever wasn't up to her liking would have been resolved any way.
4 days before my zoning board I receive a packed with all my documentation. It looked too big than my original package so I looked through. As I start looking through it, I discover a 6-page report authored by this person. What I read was as if I was reading a horror kennel story of someone else but not me, not our dogs. My world was crushed. The next blow came within an hour of me getting this in the mail. "Someone" released it online. And there it went...
What happened after is similar to a nuclear explosion of your life. It divided it into "before" and "after". I couldn't believe someone I trusted could do this. There were no signs or indication that there was something wrong. This snake, this nasty creature, I can't call this person a human, has apparently been a serial breeder harasser. A person who so willingly and easily walks over another person's life, privacy and dignity can't be called a human.
The online post went viral and upset the community who flooded the zoning hearing with all their outcries of doing something bad to me. And I stood there not comprehending how my plan to build a good facility turned into so much bullying.
I stood there, strong, in pain, resilient and alone. I did nothing wrong. Nothing wrong. But no one listened to me. Husband suggested changing the kennel name, closing the website, changing everything. My answer was always the same: "Why? I did nothing wrong to deserve this".
The authorities were inundated with emails and calls and were not happy a simple kennel permit turned into a witch hunt. They'd come to my house unannounced: just to talk, as they said. They tried to explain that that person didn't mean it, didn't expect it to go so bad, said some things weren't written the right way in that report. I didn't care any more. I was so crushed the emotional pain went physical. Who've been extensively bullied knows the feeling. You hurt inside so much it hurts your whole body. I didn't know where to hide, how to run away from it. I stopped eating. I got paranoid because of all these friendly visits from law enforcement. I got depressed and needed help.
I lost the kennel permit, of course. Neighbors wouldn't want it close to their properties although we all have large properties. But the stories they told where shameful. I wasn't ashamed of myself, I was ashamed of what adults can lie about to get what they want.
My case opened up a few tumors.
I find it ridiculous, and I'm not a native born, so I can't justify why a kennel operator in this county needs:
1. zoning permit
2. kennel permit
3. dealer's permit
4. business license
Just for one business! Gov-t overreach? I've had a kennel permit all along but that wasn't enough. Gov-t screw up my fault?
Filing a lawsuit was a fantastic blow to the county and local hot heads who can't use logic and believe everything that's written. And everybody quickly left me alone. Lawyers DO help. Unfortunately the judge, who saw a huge conflict of interest of a humane investigator going house to house and taking animals for the shelter this investigator owned, gave this person immunity and we couldn't proceed (I suspect multi-millionaire mommy-dearest was involved).
Here I'd like to point out that the only official report there is states: "No violation of animal law." So concise and so true. And such a start difference from all the huff and puff of what caused this ridiculous nightmare.
I have built a kennel. In a different area. To begin with, the only goal I had was to build a facility and what the officials made out of a seemingly simple process is on their conscience now. Everyone will answer for their doings. The author of the report has. The county quickly denounced any doings with this person. No one hears or deals with this being any more. And the county passed a regulation forbidding people like her to enter people's premises and/or to take their animals. No more. It's been a long time coming! A decade for sure. Maybe I was meant to happen in this county - like a bump on the road that throws the driver's car off, and then someone finally does something about it. People like this person are cancerous tumors that only take away the resources from their hosts. I have a kennel, I offer services, I create, I build, I pay taxes and salaries, thus putting bread on several family's plates. And that person only lives off the work of others, not producing anything positive or creative, just living off of pain.
My new kennel was a mount Everest for a broken climber, my depression therapy, a story of resilience and survival against all odds.
Old kennel New kennel
As you see in the photos, absolutely nothing, no ground, no reason to cause the mass hysteria.
The Roberts Law firm handled the initial case. The Prados Law is the firm that guards our interests nowadays.
I want everyone to know this: I was never accused of animal cruelty and neglect yet I still get angry emails like "burn in hell". They don't hurt me, not any more. Ugly words don't hit the target. If I survived what an ordinary kennel wouldn't - I must be really good at what I'm doing. What an animal radical wrote online years ago - that's in the past. That fall didn't define me but how I managed it, what good came out of that horrible experience - that's the real deal.
I want everyone to know that our kennel is legally protected. And we will fight anyone who confuses freedom of speech with freedom of insult.
And this is my story. And I stay strong.
10 January 2018
- A little more about the ears and tails.
Everybody who has ever owner a cropped dog knows what a pain it is to post the ears. Some are lucky and ears stand up fast. But most aren't so lucky and it takes them months and meters of tape. And there is a great deal of cropped dog owners who have tried unsuccessfully.
What to do then?
Now, this is some advice to those who couldn't get the ears to stand. I don't want any bashing about how this is cruel - we are in the US.
I'm OK with cropped and natural ears, I have both kinds, and with long tails as well as docked tails. I'm OK with all that.
I personally don't like failed cropped ears.
I've tried a few options.
Here is one I discovered a couple years ago. Not all vets do this. But this has worked in 90% of corrective surgeries on my dogs.
It doesn't work on ears that fold over or are bent in. And not always on very long ear crops.
Here is a cartilage repair. The cuts are done at the base of the ear. Cartilage is moved up and adjusted.
P.S. This is done by an experienced vet!!!
Note: Scars will remain. I've had people ask me about the scars. Funny people. You want the ears standing, right?
On black dogs well-healed incisions won't be very visible.