13 Days Old!

They’re 13 days old and some exciting developments! Several of them have eyes, Popcorn (just like Demi, who was the smallest in the A litter) is the first to have two eyes almost all the way open, but they all have at least squinty openings. AND! Popcorn, Frito and Orson have all been seen STANDING UP on all four legs!

Frito standing up (sort of)!

Popcorn eyeballs!

The Fab Five 13 days old

Ruffles in a milk coma

Popcorn has eyes!





I wanted to take a moment to get on a soapbox, please feel free to stop reading if that bothers you. A throwaway comment by a client at work yesterday cut deep. She said, when she found out that I had a litter of puppies that I (dared to) breed ON PURPOSE, that I must be “in it for the money”. I am SO tired of the hateful, brainwashed rhetoric out there against breeders. Are there bad breeders? Sure. But most of us do this to preserve our breed, to produce dogs with predictable temperament, appearance, health and tendencies. And the shitty breeders out there should not be the standard by which all should be judged (not that it’s anyone’s business to judge me anyway).

If you do it right, you’re lucky if you break even. Purebred dogs are pieces of history. I’ve had rescue dogs, I think rescue is a wonderful and noble thing. But it is NOT the only way to ethically obtain a dog, and I am sick to death of hearing “adopt don’t shop” and that sort of shit. Dogs end up in shelters overwhelmingly because their OWNERS give them up.

I breed very, very rarely (the last litter I bred was the one in which the now-5 year old mother of THIS litter was born). I do NOTHING else when I have a litter of puppies, I lose money on missing time at work to care for them. I put a TON of work into my puppies, from training, testing and trialing the mother, to researching pedigrees, to breeding the litter, to not sleeping for 72 hours trying to keep a puppy alive, to clicker training, socializing, enriching and stimulating them in the hopes of setting them up to have the best possible lives. I screen homes carefully and agonize over that. I care about every single one of my puppies, I take responsibility for them for their entire lives, and I love each and every one of them. And this litter especially….I won’t even come CLOSE to breaking even on, this litter had cost me thousands of dollars (stud fee, progesterone testing, shipping semen, artificial insemination, ultrasound) before I had a single puppy on the ground, because the first litter was resorbed. And now that I have five beautiful puppies, they cost me thousands MORE to get them here (consult with a specialist, driving to pick up the stud, housing him for nearly 6 months then driving him back, progesterone testing, ultrasounds, more consults, medication, emergency cesarean section to save the last puppy (that surgery alone was one puppy’s purchase price), vet care and medication for Zhora afterwards when she was sick, special food, special feeding supplies, subcutaneous fluids and supplements for Popcorn to keep her alive until she could make it on her own, etc. etc. etc.) and that’s all WITHOUT taking my time into account, or the expenses yet to come. I don’t dare add it up. I assure you, it’s not about the money, that’s just laughable. It’s about love for this breed and these dogs. My dogs sleep on my bed and snooze on the couch, they want for nothing, they are beloved pets first and foremost.

So think what you want, but I would suggest that if you blithely wander around spewing hateful things about breeders, you’re truly ignorant of what ethical breeders do, and why they do it, and it might benefit you to learn a bit before you parrot the rhetoric.

4 Responses to “13 Days Old!”

  1. Stephanie Says:

    Thank you for all that you do in keeping Zhora, her puppies and the breed healthy and happy. I am sorry that person was so rude. People can be so frustrating…

  2. E Says:

    we all appreciate your hard work soooo much!

    I’m so tired of people’s willingness to loudly opine on stuff they know NOTHING about!!! you live your life and let us live ours pal!

  3. Maenad Says:

    I am so grateful for people like you who have the knowledge and make the sacrifice to raise the wonderful dogs I have had as part of my family over the years. Reading your blog because I am investigating this breed as a possibility for my next dog (I do mostly performance). I couldn’t enjoy my love of training nearly as much if there weren’t people out there breeding sound, healthy, confident puppies for me to enjoy training and spending time with. There are plenty of breeders out there doing it the right way, and I salute your passion.

  4. Alexandra Bern Says:

    Don’t let anyone get to you. Especially when you have such transparency with your blog and website and live video footage. There is no question that what you do is completely ethical and honorable. I have immense respect for breeders like you. People are ignorant which really just means they’ve never been taught about everything that goes into this process. I used to be that way until I fell in love with this breed and began looking into where to find one. Of all the USA breeders, you are the most transparent online which is why I love reading everything you post and keeping up to date with this litter. With your online presence and how known and respected you are as a breeder, I’m sure you already have a long wait list of perfect homes to match up with this litter. Of course, if this isn’t true then please let me know so you can assess whether or not my lifestyle matches with one of these pups!

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