Dear past and future puppy owners-
I loved them first. I thought of you years before you even realized. I planned for and cared about your baby long before you started thinking of adding to your family. I worried about your future with that puppy before you knew there would be one.
There were hours upon hours spent researching lines for the parents of your puppies. Going over breeder after breeder, choosing not only my pet but looking for a dog that will make you your pet. Worrying if you’d be happy, if I had chosen correctly and your puppy would grow up healthy and happy. Going over puppy after puppy with fellow breeders, running over my program with as many knowledgeable breeders as I can, determined to not miss anything. Tracing lines back as far as I could, learning the ins and outs not only for my knowledge but so that I was informed, prepared to go over every detail with you, to answer the questions that sometimes you don’t even ask.
Then there’s years of watching your puppies parents grow. Loving them and enjoying them as part of my family. Taking them every where I can, training them, socializing them, watching how they fill out. Asking myself had I made the right choice in both of them. Scrutinizing their conformation, how they move, and their temperament. There was the stress of health testing. Praying not only that my babies were healthy but that they had the genes to make your baby healthy.
Finally came the time to put your puppies parents together. For the next 63 days I worried, I obsessed, I grew excited. I watched your puppies mom like a hawk. Making sure my baby was okay, monitoring her diet better than I do my own. Concerned that she was getting enough of the right nutrients and that your growing baby was getting the best start possible. I spent hours on the couch, floor, and dog bed with her watching her tummy grow and anxiously waiting. As your baby and mine grew I laid my hands on her tummy and felt the first movements of your puppy. As the time grew close I spent every night with her. Making sure she didn’t go into labor without me knowing, in case something went wrong and one of our babies needed help. When labor started my whole life stopped. I never left her. Your baby was born into my hands and I held my breath as I cleaned them up, cleared noses and mouths, checked them over, and wondered if you’d love them as much as I already did. I helped your babies brother when mom got tired and he was stuck. I cried when your babies sister didn’t make it despite my best efforts, despite pleading with God to spare her and leave her with me to cherish.
For the first 8 weeks most of my life was filled with your baby. Watching them grow and making sure I was doing everything possible to make sure they started their lives the right way. Making sure each one was getting enough to eat, enough socialization time, that they were dewormed and given their shots. I was the first person they saw when they opened their eyes. I spent my weeks playing with them and keeping them safe.
I searched for you and interviewed you. As you spoke I tried to read your character. Would you love them as much as I do? Would you bring them in as part of your family? Would you care for this tiny life that I brought into this world that I am responsible for? Some of you were turned away but some of you were welcomed into our family. The day you took your baby home was harder than I’d ever let on. I was excited for you but I was also terrified. Had I chosen correctly? Were you who you seemed to be?
My love and worry didn’t end there. I thought about your baby regularly, saddened when I didn’t get updates, ecstatic when I did. I hoped you were caring for your baby the way I care for mine. I answered your questions happily and answered them again just as happily to your babies siblings new parents. Just as I will be here and answer them for you for their entire lives. When your puppies sister ate a couch I stayed up that night she was at the vets, waiting to hear that she was okay. When their brothers parents decided he no longer fit in their life I welcomed him home, sorry that I had chosen wrong for him and promised him it would never happen again as I had let him down.
I loved your baby first and I will never stop.
~I am a dog breeder. I spend a lifetime learning pedigrees, going over dogs, talking, and learning from those in my breed and those outside it. I raise each litter as if I gave birth to them and spend an equal amount of time finding them loving forever homes. I only bring puppies into this world that I think will be the healthiest (mentally and physically) and best examples of their breed. I support each family who chooses one of my puppies and let them know they are now a part of our extended family. I treat them all well.
I am there if one needs to come back and will aggressively pursue the return of one of my dogs if it’s in the wrong place. I support my breed in rescue and education. I hold them when they arrive and leave this world. I share my knowledge and socialize my dogs so that they will be the advertisement for my dedication. I don’t keep track of the money and time I put in to my love of dogs, it would not be a true measure of how I feel.
The price I charge for my puppies is never profit, but investment in the next generation. I am not ashamed of who I am… I work hard at being a good dog breeder and encouraging others. I am a breeder and I am proud of it.
Benefits of Early Neurological Stimulation
There is a small window of time from Day 3-16 days of life that I can impact your puppy’s entire life.
Five benefits have been observed in canines that were exposed to the Bio Sensor stimulation exercises. The benefits noted were:
1. Improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate)
2. Stronger heart beats
3. Stronger adrenal glands
4. More tolerance to stress
5. Greater resistance to disease.
We know through recent studies that the brain of a puppy grows to approximately 50% the size of an adult dog’s brain by the time a pup is 8 weeks of age. This time frame occurs while pups are with the breeder and prior to their “world experience”! Using sound desensitization during this period gives puppies the ability to get a head start on their life experiences before a fearful association can be made. I use Dean Lake”s Puppy Sounds CD to introduce every day noises to your puppy. Airplane sounds, traffic sounds, train sounds, skateboard sounds, baby crying sounds, geese and ducks sounds, sheep sounds, thunderstorm sounds, fireworks sounds, and many more.
I also, have a calming music CD that I play at night or while I’m out. This helps transition your puppy to his new home. Playing it in the car on the ride home, helps him to settle and fall asleep.I include this in your puppy pack. Also, as part of your puppy pack, I include a blanket that has your puppy’s litter mate’s scent along with the dam’s scent and mine. A puppy toy and a small container of the puppy food that your puppy is on, a seat belt strap to keep your puppy safe while riding in the car, and your puppy health record are all included in your puppy pack.
I will send you weekly pictures and videos of your puppy. Also, random cute pictures of your puppy at play with their mom and littermates.
I will immunize your puppy with the Distemper and Parvo vaccine before they leave here, they will also have age appropriate dewormings.
Your puppy will have it’s dew claws removed and be microchipped.
Your puppy will be have a one year health guarantee.
Your puppy’s parents are AKC registered but your puppy will be pet only no papers with a spay and neuter contract.
Puppies are handled and socialized from the very beginning. They come preloved.Raised in a Smoke Free environment. Adventure box, balancing board, tunnels and many toys are introduced to your puppy to stimulate his mind and body! Pad training is started at 3 1/2 weeks, weather permitting they follow their dam outside and start eliminating outside.
I always tell families, NEVER use collars, my friend’s son just lost his beloved Lexi because a friend was watching her while they moved and he took Lexie’s harness off and put a collar on her, she tried to jump the fence after a squirrel, the collar caught on the fence and snapped her neck, PLEASE USE HARNESSES, NOT COLLARS on your pets!!! We love and miss you sweet Lexi
We also Microchip your puppy . I believe that it’s an important tool to reuniting you and your pet should he/she ever become lost. This will be done at no cost to you.
If for whatever reason you decide not to keep your dog or puppy, he will be returned to us. We never want to see one of our Knightz Joy puppies at a shelter.
Choosing a Knightz Joy Dachshund will bring you many years of enjoyment and unconditional love from a wonderful life long companion.