I no longer allow "puppy shoppers" to come to my property to look at puppies as we are not a pet store, rather this is our home. If you have a deposit in with me and are on the waiting list for puppies, you are welcome to come by (an appointment is necessary) to see available puppies after the ones spoken for have left for their new homes (or to pick up your puppy if you have chosen one). I feel this way, families have a vested interest in my puppies and are not just out "puppy shopping". I'm sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but many are stopping at other breeders homes, pet stores, or other places along the way and that can pose a risk to my puppies and the puppies that already have loving homes waiting for them. I rarely have puppies available after the 8 week mark, but may on a rare occasion. This is not only for the safety of my puppies/dogs from outside contaminants, but also due to the rise of dog/puppy theft and/or harm to the families. It is a sad world we live in when we have to worry about such things happening, but they do.
Due to the high risk for Parvo and other viruses, I am no longer allowing families to come in and visit the puppies prior to them being ready to go home. This has been a difficult decision for me to make because I have always enjoyed having families come play with the puppies. But, truly, in the short time that a family sees the puppies, at the age of 4 weeks, they really don't get to see their full personality. I am with my puppies every day and can better observe their personalities as they grow. I will assist in the picking process by pictures/videos and personality traits that you may or may not be looking for in a puppy, I have been successfully assisting families with this for years as many have lived too far to come in person to pick their puppy.
Parvo can literally kill an entire litter in a matter of 24 hours or less. Since most of my puppies are spoken for before they are even born, I am not only protecting your puppy but the puppies of so many other families!! Parvo can be carried in on shoes, clothing and hands of people or on the feet of other animals. It lives in the ground (grass/concrete/dirt,etc) for a very long time....sometimes up to a year! If someone were to walk over the ground where a Parvo infected dog had defecated, possibly even months prior, they could walk into my nursery and unknowingly infect my puppies. The end result of a Parvo infected litter is usually death in all or most of the puppies. I have never been hit by Parvo at my house in the past and am doing everything in my power to avoid getting it....Parvo can be very difficult to get rid of!! I have several friends who have had to deal with Parvo in their homes/kennels and have lost a lot of puppies as a result. This is not only devastating to the families waiting for their puppies, but imagine the devastation of the breeder and the mom of the puppies who must watch them die. There are more illnesses then just Parvo that can make puppies sick, but Parvo is my biggest concern.
I am taking precautions as best I can to keep your puppy safe and healthy! My Vets, Dr. "Jack" Laurie Jackowiak, and Dr. Joann Greenfield come to my home to do health checks on my puppies so that I don't have to take them out and unnecessarily expose them to illness......gotta love my Vets! They are the best:)
For more information about Dr. Jack, Dr. Greenfield and the wonderful staff at Alpena Veterinary Clinic click on the link below!!
If there is any concern about the conditions my puppies are being raised in, I can surely provide references from families who have been to my house in the past.
I am providing a link to some good information on Parvo so that you can better understand it. Also, there is a ton of information about it on the internet if you google it!