I have always been a firm believer in allowing people to come to my home, to view and choose their new Fur-baby. Several events over the last few years have caused me to change my thinking and my policy on home visits. I understand my new policy may upset some people, however, through experience this is the best way I can manage my time and peace of mind when it comes to my Daughter and dogs safety.
First of all, you must understand, I am not running a “business”; I am just a small, hobby breeder. I have decided to not allow strangers into my home anymore, for the sake of privacy and safety, for my family, my dogs, and myself. This is not just an excuse, because I have something to “hide”. I certainly have heard that before, but in fact I have many good reasons for this decision.
A buyer usually does not realize the number of inquiries a breeder, who has puppies for sale, can get every day. Some people just want to see what the puppies look like, with no intention of buying a puppy. Breeders have outside jobs, family obligations and, of course, the dogs. Some people, after getting the breeder’s address, will just show up with no warning. They do not seem to understand that they are in a breeders HOME, and do not respect the breeder’s privacy. There are also some people who do not know when to leave. The breeder may have to go to work, cook supper, answer the phone or any number of life’s activities.
Then there is the breeder’s biggest nightmare – thieves and/or other criminals! Breeders have had puppies stolen from their home when they went to answer the phone while the “prospective” buyers were looking at the puppies. Others have lost puppies after showing the puppies, only to have the “buyer” return when the owner was not home, to break in and steal all the puppies. Even more disturbing, some have had their home robbed of personal property several days after showing the puppies. I’ve had friends that have been assaulted or worse, all because they had a puppy for sale and allowed someone to
come to their home. On 1/17/17 a family came into my home to view a litter of puppies we had available, they decided to not get one of the puppies. A week later on 1/29/17 my phone notified me of my home alarm going off. I was shocked to see the man who came the week prior to view a puppy now trying to enter my home. I could only think what if my child was there, what if he didn’t flee and had gotten into the house to take our dogs or possessions? I post my puppies on multiple sites- Puppyfind, Craigslist, Facebook… so I do not know what type of people are trying to enter my home. On 7/8/17 a woman and her 3 year old came to our home to view a litter we had available, without my knowledge and went into the puppy nursery and got to the puppies, squeezed, and smacked one. Children have been known to wander around the breeder’s home, peering into kitchen cabinets, even attempting to enter bedrooms, basements and garages! Careless parents have handed small puppies to a child, only to have the child drop the puppy and break it’s leg! I’ve had people get angry with me and refuse to buy a puppy from me because I wouldn’t bring a litter of 5-week-old puppies out for their 2-year-old child to play with and choose the one “he liked best”. I was shocked that somebody could even think of something so ludicrous, let alone expect me to do it. I was very relieved that one of my puppies would not be going to that kind of home.
THIS HAPPENS MORE THAN YOU THINK! IT’S NOT WORTH IT TO ME; I’D RATHER LOSE A SALE THAN LOSE MY DOGS OR MY CHILDS LIFE. I MEET ALL MY CUSTOMERS AT A SAFE PLACE, IN NORTH HIGHLANDS; CA. Pictures of the home is what you will get. There are NO EXCEPTIONS, to ANY of my policies, regardless of who you are, what articles you may have read warning against breeders not showing you the environment their puppies are raised in, or how far you have to
drive, so please don’t ask.
Although some people may not agree with my policy on this issue, I hope they can at least understand my reasons for making this decision. I am VERY protective of my animals and child when it comes to their health and well-being and will not risk their health and safety, nor my own, for any reason.