- “Everyone thinks they have the best dog, and none of them are wrong.” – Unknown
we are NOT allowing on-site visits during the duration of the pandemic.
If you are local to me, and have a reservation fee placed, all visits will be done at a meeting location I choose, outdoors, weather permitting. Social distancing and masks are required. This is for your safety as well as ours.
We raise our puppies inside our home because we strongly believe that home raising puppies is both ethically the right thing to do, as well as producing the most well-adjusted puppies. The downside to this is we can't have nice things (haha) and we do not have an office or kennel outside of our home that people can visit.
The health and safety of our dogs and puppies is very important to us, so we take every precaution to protect them. After much trial and error, we have implemented the following visitation policy that has been very successful. We appreciate your understanding of our commitment to the safety of our puppies, dogs, and selves.
There is a very high demand for a Toy Aussies puppy from us due to our good reputation, dedication, and above and beyond efforts to rear puppies in the most advantageous way possible. We get approximately 6 - 12 calls and email inquiries a day. At LEAST half of those, if not more, want to visit, and spend a few hours with us, and play with the puppies. Most say “We might want a puppy years in the future and are interviewing breeders now”, or “We think we might want a Toy Aussie but have never actually met one”, or "We are trying to see which breed is right for us", so they want to come visit our dogs to decide if they really like Toy Australian Shepherds. We can understand why someone would want to do this and it is very wise before deciding on a breed or breeder. However, we simply can't accommodate the high volume of requests and must streamline. This is our home and not a store front or kennel facility, so please be understanding. The best place to figure out the answers to these types of questions is by meeting many dogs and breeders at a Dog Show. We can also direct you to Upcoming Dog Shows, and Events, if you're still in the research phase and undecided about the breed. We will also be happy to help you learn all about the breed and answer any questions via email, text and phone.
Many don't realize there are countless things to consider as a breeder of home raised puppies. The dangers of exposing young puppies to communicable disease is very serious and can be detrimental to a breeding program and the welfare of our dogs. Visitors can (of course unknowingly) bring diseases onto the property on their feet, hands etc. The mothers are also being protective of their 'den' (impending litter/pups) during this sensitive time. This is not a good time to assess the mother's temperament and will cause her stress and unease with a number of visitors coming and going while she is preparing for delivery or has a litter of pups.
Young and newborn puppies don’t have fully developed immune systems and are susceptible to life threatening illnesses, including Parvovirus, Canine Influenza, Pneumonia, Canine Herpes Virus, Kennel Cough, etc. They will have maternal antibodies built up as they grow and get stronger, but are never totally immune. Therefore, precautions must be taken to ensure their safety. They are not old enough to vaccinate as it interferes with their maternal antibodies building and their own immune system coming on board and hurts more than it helps when administered too young. When diseases like Parvo strike, they can kill a whole litter in a matter of hours and can stay in the carpet and soil for years which would be devastating to our breeding program and property for many years to come. Disease can be carried on people’s clothing, hands, shoes, etc. and can live for years in the soil, pet stores, carpet, dog parks, training facilities, kennels, vet offices, rest stops, etc. (anywhere dogs go) and unknowingly be tracked in. Litters of purebred puppies are also a high target for theft, dog flipping, and animal rights extremists. Therefore, we strictly limit access to who comes onto our property and visits our dogs and litters.
In the meantime, we ask that you 'visit' us online on our website, via email, Facebook, Instagram, and on our YouTube Channel rather than in person until the appropriate time, so that you may see our dogs and watch our puppies grow. We photograph and video our puppies regularly, and post the photos on our Facebook and Instagram pages daily. You will have plenty of opportunity to see how and where the litter is raised, socialized, growing, milestones, personalities and development. You can also view our past litter photos in our Furever Homes section on our Website as a testament to how our puppies are reared. Most of our buyers have become what we consider to be friends and often send us updated photos and we always post them on Facebook and Instagram so you can continue to watch each puppy mature.
If someone wants assurance that we actually exist, are reputable, that the dogs are in fact purebred, and that we take the best possible care of them, our vets and prior puppy families are more than happy to give recommendations and confirm our reputation. Simply ask us for their contact info.
This is our policy for visiting the litter....there is NO exceptions to this. Please be respectful and do not ask otherwise.
We allow visitors ONLY if they have been approved AND have placed a non-refundable reservation fee.
- Visits are by appointment only and will run no longer than 30 minutes. We do not allow walk-ins. We try to schedule visits as our time permits which many not always be the most convenient for you.
- Our priority, however, is the raising of our puppies and keeping them safe so visits are ONLY permitted one time between 6-7 weeks old.
- Visits are limited to immediate family residing in the household. All visitors must be declared to us prior to arrival. We reserve the right to deny entry to unknown and unscheduled people.
- Children must remain under your control at all times. Please be sure to explain to them that they're visiting baby puppies and for the puppy's safety they need to be on their best, quietest behavior.
- In effort to minimize exposure of our puppies to contagious diseases/viruses you will only be permitted to meet the pups that are available at the time of your visit.
- I ask that visitors do not visit us after previously visiting with another breeder, dog park, vet, pet store etc. on the same day.
- Due to disease risks, no outside pets/animals will be allowed onto our property.
We consider these concerns as indicative of our reputability as a breeder -- the safety of our puppies, dogs, and ourselves will always be placed above a potential sale.
Please Arrive on Time.
Just because we work from home, doesn't mean we aren't on a strict schedule. On the day of your visit, we still have to care for, feed, and train our dogs and puppies. Additionally, we may have other folks coming the same day, so please respect their schedule as well.
We schedule appointments so we that we have enough time to care for our dogs and puppies in between appointments. If you're more than a few minutes late (or early), that can mean that we may not have time to care for the puppies or to prepare for the arrival of the next family. Because of this, we may have to reschedule your visit. We know that many of our families travel from a distance and we more than appreciate the time and effort that takes. We understand that there are times when travel delays happen. Please text if you're delayed in your trip more than 15 minutes and we will try our very best to accommodate that time difference in our schedule.