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First, I want to make it very clear I don’t discriminate. I love rescue dogs and a lot of my family and friends have rescues. Rescue pets are amazing and need love just as much as purebred dogs.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are my favorite breed. It’s not just because Bebe is a Berners but, because they are such gentle giants and I adore them. A lot of times I get asked about breeders. Knowing the breeder of your dog is a very important part of having a purebred dog. Why? I love knowing the breeder of my dog. It comes in handy when I have concerns or questions about my dog’s health and heredity. It’s important to research where and who you’re getting your purebred dog from. Reputable breeders are not puppy mills.
A good resource to answering your questions is the American Kennel Club (AKC). https://www.apps.akc.org/apps/contact/answer_center/faq_findabreeder.cfm .
Listed below are a few frequently asked questions people have asked. You can find the answers on the AKC website.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- I am interested in purchasing a puppy. How can I locate a breeder?
- In the past, I bought an AKC dog from a breeder. How can I find the contact information for my breeder?
- I want to contact a specific breeder. Can you give me their phone number or address?
- I am looking for a breed of dog that does not shed.
- I am looking for a breed of dog that does not bother my allergies.
- What type of agreement should the buyer and seller enter into upon the sale of a puppy?
My favorite Bernese mountain dog breeder in the Midwest is Catchfly Acres. Check out their website and face book page.http://www.catchflyacres.com/home.html and https://www.facebook.com/CatchflyAcres/?ref=br_rs
Catchfly Acres not only has Bernese mountain dogs but they have amazing German Shephard’s. I have received both of my berners from Stephanie. Her family cares or their dogs in such a loving manner it’s amazing. Stephanie and he family have been well trained and educated in the caring of all their dogs. I highly recommend them if you are looking for either of these two breeds. Another cool thing about Catchfly Acres is the different programs that they work with. They have Working Bernese Mountain Dogs and German Shepherds helping match up Veterans with their service dogs. It’s an amazing service Catchfly Acres is affiliated with.
Do research before you decide on a breed and a breeder. Like I said earlier you may find that you want to adopt a lovable rescue.
Best of Luck!
Trick and Treats
It’s Halloween! It can be a stressful time for dogs. The doorbell was ringing, strangers come to the door. There are chocolate treats and anticipation. the dogs love Halloween they look forward to seeing friends.
Mona tries to get candy by following me around the kitchen. Hoping I will drop some kind of treat for her. Bebe follows because she likes to follow what Mona is doing. Two dogs with me in the kitchen don’t mix.
Carving the pumpkins
My husband decided to carve the large pumpkins we got from a local farmer. A mess was all over the kitchen counter. Power tools were plugged into the kitchen island. I watched in horror. Pumpkin flesh was being thrown all over the counter and floor.
I volunteered to go to the local store to pick up candles for the pumpkins. I returned home and my daughter was dressed in her costume. My husband finished the pumpkins. I began cleaning and picking up the mess. What a mess! The best part of the evening was I got a ton of pumpkin seeds to roast. They are were fabulous!
Mona and Bebe stayed home and handing out juice boxes with me. The kids rang the door bell. Mona and Bebe ran to the door. Charging the front door.
The kids on the outside were surprised how different the dogs were from each other. Tiny and extra large. Some kids adored the dogs. Others were scared. It was funny. One girl asked me if Bebes name was Beethoven. I giggled and replied “no.”
My husband and daughter returned home. We threw all their Halloween goodies in a bowl. Checking out the cool stuff they received. The dogs were jumping up and down eager to see for themselves.
My daughter had received a pair of crazy eyeball glasses. We put them on Mona. She looked hilarious! The night was a successful candy collection.
Halloween can be really fun for humans but for dogs it’s a lot like forth of July. It can be stressful, give anxiety, and fear.
Here are some things to ensure you have a safe future holiday.
- Skip the sweet treats. It can be dangerous to feed your pets chocolate and anything sweetened with xylitol.
- No human food. Dogs don’t need the extra human calories.
- Secure your pet in a safe, escape-proof area where they feel safe, and cannot be hurt.
- Remember your pet wants to have fun. Constant door bells and new smells from guests can be overwhelming and stressful.
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Early this evening as I was finishing the last of the dinner clean up. I caught my daughter screaming and yelling at Bebe. I went up the stairs to see what was wrong. She informed me that Bebe was ruining her life! I was caught off guard and had a blank look on my face and I started laughing. Immediately the tears came and she dramatically threw her hands up. According to her she didn’t find it funny. I apologized and asked her what happened.
She found her favorite bedazzled notebook chewed on the corner and completely damaged. Now, this was no ordinary blinged out notebook. It had a huge monogram S on it and the S lit up. She had received this gift from her Grandma Nene for Christmas.
I told her it was a notebook and she needed to put her things away and close her bedroom door. She was angrier and proceeded to tell me that the dog was ruining her life. All this from an eight year old who had begged me to get another Bernese Mountain dog!
Bebe is still getting some of her adult teeth. Chewing for her seems like the normal thing to do. I can’t blame her. Although she does have her own chews and toys. I completely agree with my daughter. The dog shouldn’t be grabbing my daughters stuff. All dogs find anything and everything to chew. It doesn’t seem to matter what we give her. She likes it for a while but there is always something that’s more tempting like my daughters stuff.
This week it was the notebook. Last week it was a pair of her nice dress shoes that her friend forgot to put away after dress up. A few weeks back I found out she had chewed the corner of the bench to my dining room table! Than it was a pair of flip flops or a stuff animal. It’s hard to keep eyes on this extra-large pup. Thank goodness for Bitter Apple Spray. It works wonders. There is only one problem with the spray. I can’t spray my entire house or keep enough on hand.
Below I have listed some of my facts and solutions that have worked for me.
-teething is from 8mos to 1 year.
-put away anything that may be dangerous for a dog to eat or swallow
-invest in bitter apple spray
-put all shoes away, remotes, cell phones, socks, soccer balls, dolls, you name it
-get the dog their own toys
-try frozen treats
-keep the dog busy and exercised
-don’t let your dog get bored
-use a treat bowl to make them work and stay busy like this one of my favorites
-be careful of any house plants that may be dangerous or toxic to a dog
-crate train your dog
-train with your dog on commands and signals for short periods of time and reward them for good behavior.
Now, I am implementing these fabulous ideas and solutions in my household. We still have accidents once in a while like today don’t get me wrong.
Be like me. Put the dog outside in a safe designated area and close your eyes and count backwards from ten. Remember it’s only temporary. Than smile and have some coffee and if you like put some Baileys in it.