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So you want a puppy?

We were a 2 dog family before and wanted to return to that number.
Some non dog people think that you can easily replace a dog - well could they easily replace their child?
I don't think so.
We had looked into a rescue dog.
Decided that we liked the nature of Cavaliers - so considered a rescue cavalier.

From most accounts they are not a good breed to re home, so we have discounted this.
Would like to hear from those of you with good and bad experiences of adopting an adult cavalier. Goto rescue cavalier blog
Anyway, when we were ready - we found that epupz was an excellent way of locating a suitable breader.
The breeder for Willow can be found here. Excellent service, and he really cares for his dogs.

Some questions to ask breeders, if you are looking for a puppy.
Here are some things that we were interested in, some of which we were prompted by epupz.
  • We wanted to see the mother of our puppy.
  • Asked about any health problems with bloodline. The breeders of Willow and Bailey are careful who they breed with. As they do not have any heart problems in their line, they are trying to keep it that way.
  • Look at cleanliness of the house
  • epupz is a good resource as breeders can be rated. So bad experiences can be recorded and perhaps kick them off the site
  • see how the breeder is with their own dogs
  • where are they kept - have a look
  • check for regular handling of the puppy's - are they used to human contact

PUPPIES' RULES (Thought you might like me to share this with you)

  1. If I like it, it's mine.
  2. If it's in my mouth, it's mine.
  3. If I can take it from you, it's mine.
  4. If you are playing with it and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.
  5. If I've chewed it, slobbered over it and I'm bored with it, it's yours - until I want it back.