Beyonce, JLo and Fergie all live in my house full time and that means that they spend a lot of time with me and even sleep in our bed. In addition to everything else I have going on, I spend time working on training each of them to sit, stay, down, leave it, walk off leash, etc. There are only so many hours in the day and when I want to spend time working with each girl individually and take her out to the Mill Creek Town Center to be around other people, it can end up taking me several hours for just my 3 girls here full time and if you did not know I also have a full time job (working from home but it is FT). Also, it is really too emotionally difficult to have that 24/7 connection and then rehome a dog after she is done having puppies for us. It feels like she isn’t being appreciated and that isn’t how I feel at all. But I also can’t have more than 3 dogs here full time AND have my Mommies come back here to have puppies, it just gets to be too crazy and that isn’t good for anyone. The way to work around this issue is a guardian program.
Being a guardian is a great opportunity to get one of my dogs that, at the end of the contract, is a free dog and additionally puts some extra money in your pocket. I’m looking for a family or two… ok maybe even 3 families that live close to 98012. I need to be able to get to my dogs from my house in 20-30 mins max, even if there is traffic so Seattle/West Seattle is too far. Bothell, Everett, Kirkland, Lynnwood would be great. This is a 4 year commitment and you do pay a deposit equal to the price of a dog however you receive your deposit back in payments each time she has a litter. By the end of the contract your money is refunded and you will have made some money as well. She will come back to our house to have 3 litters and then “retire” which means she is spayed, which I pay for, and then “my dog” becomes 100% your dog. She should retire around 3 years old, 4 at the latest so you will still plenty of years with her as your family pet. Our breeding dogs are all fully health tested and I pay for all of the costs associated with breeding. Routine care is your responsibility.
The girls need to return to our house for short visits, an overnight stay every 3-4 months just to stay comfortable here with the girls in the house and also feel comfortable with me. She is going to return here to have her puppies. This means that for 3 litters the dog will be staying with us for about 7 weeks. I have found that a lot of initial reactions are that this would be too long to go without their dog however my experience has shown my guardian families usually take this time to vacation or get a little break from having to rush home to take care of the dog and they go to more movies after work or more social events and actually find the time that they aren’t providing the care and training allows them to care for themselves and kind of “recharges their batteries.” When they want a puppy fix they can come over and hang out in my puppy room for as long as they want.
I do have a contract and my dogs are required to eat a raw food diet. This mean no kibble and no exceptions. No dog parks and I do expect my families to spend time training the dog just as I would my pet owners – come when they are called, sit, stay, down, leave it are some basics. If you have the time to do even more training that is wonderful. These are very smart dogs and they really enjoy training.
Please contact me if you think you could be a good fit! I have opportunities for girls that are over 1 year old and for a family willing to take an 8 week old puppy. Again, must be close to 98012