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    Are there any breeders on here ??

    How do you cope giving up the puppies ?

    I know from even from having foster dogs that I used to cry after giving them away after 2 weeks....
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    Fuzzie, I'd never be able to give up the puppies either. My idea of heaven is a house FULL of Cavaliers LOL

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    First to Maxxs Mummy: Be careful what you wish for . My wife and I have 9 and it's a LOT of work.

    As for coping with letting the puppies go, where can I begin??? First off, taking care of the puppies for 3 months til they're ready to go is plenty of time to get attached, and we definately do get attached! That's why we are very picky about who we sell a puppy to. It's so much fun to see the personalities go from basically a lump when they are born to a full-fledged cavalier.

    To help cope with letting them go, we do everything we can to be sure the puppies will be well taken care of annd loved.

    We start by "requiring" that the local people we sell to start visitting their puppy at about 4 weeks old. That means the puppy begins to get to know their future family. It also gives us a chance to talk to them about the proper care of their puppy, what to watch for with the health issues, etc., etc. We encourage them to call us with any questions at all after the puppy is home; and we make it very clear to them that this is like us giving up one of our children.

    All our puppies are microchipped (included in our puppy cost) when they leave, with us listed as the second contact. Our contract also requires that the people contact us at least once a year with a photo and a short note on how the puppy is doing. The puppies go home with a "care package" that has food, toys, a DVD on training, and just a lot of miscellaneous stuff that we know the puppy will like. The last week that we have the puppy, we ask that the puppies crate be dropped off at our house with bedding so we can start the puppy out with crate training in it's own crate. That way puppy has something familiar to go to when it gets to it's new home.

    Having said all that, how do we cope? Sometimes good, sometimes not as well. I have always said that the day the puppies leave is both the best and worst part of breeding. The best because of the happy, excited people who are finally getting to take their puppy home and the worst because the puppy is leaving us. It's seldom that there is a dry eye in our house when they go. The one thing that helps is when we decide to keep a puppy out of one of our litters.

    One of the things we really hope for is that the families will contact us for dog-sitting or a play date. We dog-sit as much as possible for our puppy buyers and a lot of them call for that. It's so much fun seeing the puppies grow into adults.

    I guess this got a little long winded, Fuzzie Bear, you hit on something that my wife and I have to deal with every time we have a litter.

    Bruce
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    Bruce, that's so interesting to hear the breeder POV on this (thanks for the question FB)! I would think it hard to let them go; but also pleasureable when you knwo they are going to a good home (that's how I feel about fosters, dogs or cats/kittens). Sure sounds like they come with a great puppy 'package' too.

    I have a wholecolour on my mind these days... . Maybe a puppy when I get a new house which is probably sometime in the coming 9 months.
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    Only 9 Bruce???? LOL That sounds like heaven to me I have three here at the minute and it's wonderful - except they got me all tangled up in their leads last night and we were laughing so much I couldn't get untangled!

    Thank goodness for breeders like you and your wife - not too many around :cry: I'm still in touch with maxx's first human mummy and he's six now I cried as much as she did when she lost a litter of pups the other week. all she could say was "I'm so sorry, I've lost your new baby" . She did her very best but it wasn't meant to be. I was more upset for her bitch :cry:

    I really don't know how I personally would cope if I ever did breed. I get very emotional if I have to leave Maxx at the Vets - he's more like a baby than a dog


    Saying that, he's not spoiled in any way or anything

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    We have been very lucky in that we have never lost an entire litter, but we have lost 1 out of a litter a couple times. Very, very sad. The hardest puppy we ever had to let go was one that was born quite small (4.5 ounces) and had a difficult time getting started. My wife spent the better part of 2 weeks getting up every 2 hours to put him on the best nipple and making sure he was hydrated, etc. When that boy went, my wife didn't just cry, she sobbed. I wasn't far behind her. He went to a wonderful retired couple not far from here and we hear from them about every 3 or 4 months, with pictures. He is very healthy at 8 months old and, based on the pictures we've seen of him, my wife is now saying she should have kept him.

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    I swear I'm driving to Bruce's house if I ever get another!! I wish more breeders had your attitude and care. You go the extra mile and I am so glad you do!
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    I don't know that Kris and I are all that unique. I know of a couple other breeders (1 local and 1 a couple hundred miles from us) that do just about everything we do. We recommend them all the time to people who are looking for puppies when we don't have anything available.

    One of the side benefits of all this is the wonderful people we have met; we've developed a couple very close friends through our breeding hobby.

    Bruce
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    I am totally with Cathy T, Bruce!!!! I would drive to Minneapolis for my next pup!!! When it is time I will contact you!!!

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    Wondering would you be able to help me out . I am looking for a breeder around the Sligo area . Some one who is reasonably priced i am a mother of three not alot of spare cash lying around.

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