Our puppies, like all of our dogs, live in the house. I spend a great deal of time in the whelping box, handling the puppies right from day one. Puppies are introduced to new sights, sounds, different surfaces, stairs, wobble board, tunnels and a wide variety of toys. We invite friends and family over to interact with puppies so they get lots of hands on interaction with both adults and children. All of these things help create a confident, social and outgoing puppy that will have an easier time accepting new things and transitioning into a new home.
Our specially designed set up, both inside and out, make puppy raising a breeze. We have multiple bedrooms set up just for the puppies. One is the 'nursery' room with a separate pen for each dam and her litter. We also have a 'toddler' room with a much larger pen for puppies to play and interact with each other once they are weaned. Then we have even bigger play pens in the living room and outdoors for the puppies to explore, learn how to do stairs, and run around. Our house in Burlington was specifically selected for how well set up it is for the dogs. Truly, the house was purchased for the dogs.
We start taking deposits when puppies are at least a couple weeks old and can see how many we have, gender, color, coat type, and make sure everyone is thriving. Puppies go to their new homes at a minimum of 9 weeks of age, prior to which they will be microchipped, vet checked, dewormed and vaccinated. We screen buyers carefully to make sure our puppies are going to the best possible homes. We offer limited AKC registration only. Puppies come with a one year guarantee. Shipping is available with a flight nanny within the continental US for approximately $500-$600. We offer lifetime breeder support and are able to take back any dog at any time, should the need arise.
Growing up on a small horse farm, I have always been passionate about animals. I graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor degree in Zoology. After a short stint caring for exotic animals at the Miami Metrozoo in Florida, I realized that my passion is canines. While living in Michigan, I owned and operated and all breed dog boarding facility to care for other family's pets while they are on vacation. My facility also offer daycare and grooming. Now that I living in North Carolina, I work part time at a Veterinary Clinic both as a customers service representative and as a veterinary assistant. Caring for dogs is what I do best!
I have lots of training experience and have competed in agility, rally obedience, dock diving, Schutzhund, and conformation. In addition to training and breeding, I also support rescue. I started and ran Southwest Michigan German Shepherd Rescue for about four years. In that time, I adopted out over 350 dogs! Most were shepherds or shepherd mixes, and many were seniors, heartworm positive, or had other health/behavioral concerns. My focus has been dachshunds since 2014. So while I've only been in this breed about seven years, I have about 15 years of professional animal care behind me.
For me, one of the most important things to remember is that when someone is counting on an animal to reproduce to pay the bills, the best interest of the animal is no longer at the forefront. When a puppy has to sell to put groceries on the table, the focus shifts from finding the best home for the dog to selling to the first person that comes along with enough cash. That is why I only breed, train and show dogs as a hobby. I focus on quality over quantity, and make sure all my dogs and the puppies I produce have the best lives possible. I stand behind the dogs I produce 100%.