A Bunch of Boring Information!
Jessi and I work very hard to offer you health, happy well socialized puppies. Our dogs are our family. It is very important to us that you are happy and well educated about us and our policies. If you are happy then we know you will love our puppies and welcome into your homes. Please take the time to read all of the information on the pages of our website. I know that there is a lot of print and much of it has been repeated on many pages. We want to make sure that you are well informed and have no questions about us or your new puppy. Our "Home", "Dogs" and "Puppies For Sale" pages as well as this page all have information that is important for you to read and understand.
It's a Red or Blue Heeler... not a Healer.... they are called "heelers" because they work behind stock.... they are not doctors... they don't heal.... we understand if you are not familiar with our breed that the spelling of the name is confusing... everyone makes mistakes.
Our Dog Food
If you get a puppy from us we suggest that you get the same dog food that we use at least to start with. We buy our dog food at Tractor Supply We use their High Protein food. It has 27% protein and 15% fat (same as Purina Puppy Chow). It is basically the same as Ol'Roy High Performance in the dark brown bag, we feed 500 lbs of dog food a week and they always have enough in stock and load it in the truck for us at Tractor Supply. All of our dogs and puppies get the same food. Everyone has free choice food 24 hours a day. Our adult dogs have bulk feeders that keep their food clean and dry. Our moms and puppies have 2 dishes of food available to them all of the time, one is our food dry and one is our food moistened in water, it is soft but not soupy. This encourages our puppies to start eating as soon as their eyes are open and helps keep good weight on our moms while they are nursing. Their soaked food is taken out both morning and night and replaced with fresh, that way it doesn't get dirty or spoiled.
We would like to give a warning to everyone about vaccines.
Any shot that contains the carona virus in it is dangerous for your dogs. You may be one of the lucky ones that won't lose your pet after you give the shot or you could not be so lucky. There has been a lot of research about using carona virus in canine vaccines and it is really not a good way to go. The 7 way shot and some 5 way shots contains carona virus.
Here is a question for you....... "My puppy/dog is itching or scratches all of the time"
Our puppy parents are as a whole very careful with their puppies and if anything may over do some treatments. Once you are sure that your puppy does not have fleas (I have to say though we am VERY proud of the jobs that you guys are doing taking care of your babies), over treating their skin with several different products will actually make them itch more.... that "loving them too much" thing. We use a really good product called "Calm Coat" It is great for any kind of itching or skin irritation; hot spots, rashes, dry flaky skin, you name it this stuff is great. Calm Coat also repels all kinds of insects. It works great on your horses too. The second product we use is Shapleys MTG, it actually is supposed to make hair grow 3 inches in 1 month, I don't know if that is true but, we use it on hotspots and it is great for dry, flakey, itchy skin. Like Calm Coat it is kind of oily. If one does not fix an itchy puppy or dog the other one usually will. We use both of these products on ourselves. We don't get anything for endorsing either of these product but we sure think you will like them. If that does not work, our boy Poncho gets an allergy shot every month, it has been a life saver for him.
Here is a another question for you....... "My puppy's ear or ears have not stood up yet ..... what do I do?"
To start with please try not to handle your new puppy's ears and encourage your children not to play with their ears. If it's ears are not up in a couple of weeks (or as soon as you get your puppy) then get some athletic tape, we find the wider is better and hold the ear up and put a circle of tape around the ear right where it bends. Puppies play very hard here before they leave and at your home after you get them. We will often have a 2 or 3 litters together in the same puppy pen and they will knock each others ears down, back up they will come.... down they go.... up they come...... Here are some examples of taping their ears;
Thanks Marcia for sharing photos of pretty Callie and her "Double D Ears"!! Callie's mom is Abby and her dad is Cowboy.
Ryder's mom found a great way to get his ears to stay up online using soft hair rollers that she bought at Wal-Mart. It took 3-4 weeks but she said they stayed in his ears much better than the tape alone. Here is the link to the info if she found: http://www.wikihow.com/Tape-up-Those-Stubborn-German-Shepherd-Puppy-Ears I know we are going to try this the next time we have stubborn puppy ears! (Ryder's parents are Chili Pepper and Rowdy)
Here is another question for you....... "I bought a male puppy from you 9 months ago and now he is barking at the neighbors and running at our yard fence at strangers.... what do I do?"
Our first question for you is did you have him neutered? When your answer is no you have not (which it will be) we are going to remind you that he is a male and old enough now to be protecting "his" territory. As a pet owner YOU have to be a responsible for the care of your pets. If you are not going to use your male puppy for breeding, have him neutered early. We will help you rehome our puppies, but don't make us sorry that we sold you one of them because you did not do your part. Cattle Dogs are wonderful smart dogs that are the BEST companions. But, because they are such smart, great dogs they will protect their home if they feel like it is their job AND if you are NOT the boss they will be. Take your puppy to puppy classes, socialize him or her well and you will be thrilled with your new friend.
For all of those people that call and want a blue eyed Cattle Dog/Heeler puppy.......
PUREBRED AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOGS DO NOT HAVE BLUE EYES. However an Australian Shepard can have blue eyes. If you have seen a dog that "looked" like a Blue Heeler that had blue eyes it most likely was part Australian Shepard. That does not mean that the blue eyed dog it is not a great dog, it just isn't a purebred Blue Heeler.
What Breeds Make Up the Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler?
So what breeds were used to come up with a Blue or Red Heeler, Australian Cattle Dog or Queensland Heeler (all the same dog by the way)? The list is a lot longer than you might think! If you start from the beginning the first dog was called a Smithfield, it had heavy hair, floppy ears, a bob tail with a dark body and a white ring around it's neck, that dog was crossed with a Native Australian Dingo, the resulting dog was crossed with a Rough Coated Collie. This dog was then crossed with a Blue Smooth Highland Collie, the resulting dog was crossed back on the Dingo again. These dogs then had some Bull Terrier added to them (about 1870), to calm this little fighter down they then added Dalmation into the mix to make a more devoted loyal dog (oops! Excuse the "mix" pun!). In case you wondered the Australian Cattle Dog was not recognized by the American Kennel Club as a purebred breed until 1980. With that in mind...... can a Heeler have spots? Can they be pure white? Can they have a natural bob tail? Can they have curly hair? Can they be brindle? .... Sure they can... it's all in the genes!
What about the Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler being a Miniature Dog? We realized many years ago that people naturally gravitated towards our smaller puppies, the smaller they were the better they liked them. We set out to keep our highest quality dogs to use in our breeding program that were smallest in size. Through the years we were able to get a smaller and smaller Cattle Dog/Heeler. They are 100% Heelers with no other breed used besides a Heeler..... just years and years of selection and breeding to get a smaller maturing dog.
Our goal is to produce healthy well socialized puppies. To accomplish our goal our adult dogs are kept current on their shots, wormed regularly, provided with free choice good quality high protein food. They have fresh food and water available to them 24 hours a day. Their feeding schedule is when ever they are hungry. Our mommas come into the house 2-4 weeks before they are expected to have their puppies. This is their calming down time. We will worm them several times after they get in the house and before they have their puppies. We make sure that they are free from any fleas and really eating good. That way they are strong and ready to have healthy puppies and are able to make plenty of milk for them. As soon as they have their puppies we put our mommas on Amoxicillin caps morning and night for the first week. Having puppies is stressful on their bodies and we want to make sure they are healthy and recover well from giving birth. We put Sulmet in their water and after the puppies go outside at four weeks old we soak their food as well as give them dry food, their food is top dressed with Tetracycline until they leave here. We worm our puppies every week to two weeks with Pyrantel Pamoate, at 6 weeks they get their first 5 way puppy shot, are wormed with Parantel again and also given a tapeworm tablet and a half of a Capstar pill. Before they leave they are tapewormed again, get another half of a Capstar pill and one more treatment of Pyrantel. Why do we put this huge investment into our mommas and their puppies? BECAUSE WHEN YOU GET A PUPPY FROM US IT IS HEALTHY. We have a quarantined facility, our puppies have never been exposed to kennel cough, parvo or any other transmittable disease. If you have bought or reserved a puppy from us and while it is still with us if we have a uneasy feeling about a litter or puppy, instead of sending the puppy home with you or shipping it we will contact you and suggest you pick another puppy. The litter may have gotten loose stool , we may be treating them and their mother with antibiotics, they may not be eating as aggressively as we think they should or they may be a really fussy litter of puppies. What ever the reason, if this happens and you refuse to pick a different puppy you will be taking your fist pick puppy at your own risk without a 1 year health guarantee. If we make this suggestion to you it is because we are trying to protect you and your family from being disappointed, not because we want your puppy for ourselves. Believe me, we can keep any puppy we want to before we make the litter available. We have plenty of then, we don't need yours.
Our dogs are not registered with AKC, we do not buy nor do we raise show dogs. I was USING Blue and Red Heelers to work cattle WAY before AKC or any other dog registry in the United States even recognized them as a breed. We have no interest in making our dogs conform to someone else's opinion of a Cattle Dog. We have raised, loved and worked these dogs for more years than I want to count. To register your puppy you will use a CKC registration application, fill out the owner and witness portion of the application and send in three photos of your puppy.
We have worked very hard to provide you with very healthy puppies. Our males and females are selected for several different things. They first have to be healthy and genetically sound. Our dogs are free from genetic disease. How do we know this? Because we have been breeding Cattle Dogs for years. Our females we use now are the result of several generations of breeding. With many of these girls we can tell what their sisters, mothers, aunts and grandmothers have produced. We have purchased some of our males. None of them have come from show breeders or kennels. They have come from working ranches all over the country. All of our adult dogs go to stock. Most of our puppies never see a horse or cow after they leave us. They live in homes with their families. They are all over the United States and Canada; hiking in the mountains, playing on every beach that this country has to offer, they play in parks and make loving companions! The personality of our puppies is huge in who we decide to breed each of our girls to. If you want a stock dog we can tell our best cross! If you want a family dog that will accept the children in your neighborhood we can also tell you which momma will produce that as well.
Our dogs do not live in kennels, cages or little pens. They live in and out of our house, in big pens with groups of their friends, they play and run continually. The high light of their day is playing fetch in the afternoons with us and barking at the our horses every chance they get. They have children's pools that they play in all day and they live happy lives. Jessi and I spend our days caring for these dogs, they are our family. We play in every pen everyday. Because of the environment that they live in they are exposed to a variety of parasites. That is just part of animals living outside in Oklahoma. We battle fleas, ticks and worms constantly. This may be a horrible thought to you. But, it is the honest truth. If we kept them in cages inside and they lived miserable lives we could send you puppies free from parasites. That isn't the way our dogs live. We worm our puppies every two weeks from birth until they leave here. They get a flea bath the night before they ship, we use Capstar pills to kill any fleas they have on them and they are treated for tapeworms before they leave. Does that mean you won't have to worm them or treat them for fleas? No you will have to.
Many of you ask us why do we dock our puppies tails? We have been told that a Cattle Dog with a docked tail does not have good balance... well... I hate to burst that bubble but that's a crock! I really like the new thing I keep hearing "the Australian Cattle Dog uses his tail as a rudder and needs it for balance"... Sorry! They are dogs not BOATS!.... a rudder..... who comes up with this stuff? If you want a long tail on a Heeler, there is nothing wrong with that... however lets be honest. Saying something that isn't true does not make it the truth just because someone said it. Making up a lie to try to convince or force people to do something just because you want it that way is ridiculous. Many of our Cattle Dog puppies are born with natural stumpy tails, that means that they either have no tail at all at birth or a very short one. If you would like a puppy with a long natural tail we can direct you to our upcoming litters that will have natural long tails. You are welcome to take first or second pick from any litter and keep a natural tail on your puppy.
We have a one year guarantee on our puppies from their date of birth until one year old. It would give you equal credit for the purchase price only of your puppy towards any other puppy or first pick from any other litter coming up. It is a guarantee against life threatening/terminal genetic disease. Anything else is out of our control once the puppy leaves our possession. There are a few things you have to do: 1) you have to take your puppy to have a vet check after you get it. Every puppy goes to our vet and has a complete health check before it ships. If something isn't right in that check, that puppy isn't going anywhere. So when you have a health check for your puppy after you get it then we all start off on the same page. 2) you have to keep it up on it's shots and take care of your puppy's health. 3) you have to keep your puppy. If you don't see that your puppy receives it's shots and is wormed appropriately, if you don't take it to your vet after you get it or if you give it away or resell it (big no no .... HUGE!) it's guarantee is void.
Why have I put all of this boring print on many of these pages you may ask... providing you have read it! It is very simple; we don't want you to be surprised disappointed or confused. We aren't going to try and force you to purchase one of our puppies. It is crucial to us that our puppies are loved and well cared for. If we all understand what we expect from each other, then if you decide that you would like to bring one of our puppies into your home, we are confident that you will be happy with it and love it. We want you to feel as if we are part of this puppy's family. We are always so excited to be included with emails and photos of it's graduation, birthdays and your family vacation, holidays and experiences.
If you have bought a puppy from us and it is still here and for any reason we get the feeling that you are not the right person for one of our puppies, we will do a return to your credit card and then notify you. Once again, we have to be comfortable that you want one of our babies and plan on loving it. If something feels wrong to us we will return your money. It is very simple, we are not desperate to sell you a puppy. Everyone has to have a good feeling at the end of the day. Then we can all be friends and everything is good.