Sacred Heart
"Puppy Visitation Policy"
I have always been a firm believer in allowing people to come to my home, to view
and choose their new 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 dogs.
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 myself and my dogs. 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. Puppy diseases are easily spread by even
the most casual contact. The best breeders will not allow their puppies to be seen or
handled until the puppy has had it's first shots, usually not before 6 weeks of age. This
is a very good reason for meeting at another location, as good breeders must do
everything in their power to keep their home disease free. Unless the breeder is also
a public groomer or boarding kennel, they may not carry the type of insurance that
would protect them from minor lawsuits. This can be a problem when people insist
on bringing a small child or their current dog to see the puppies. 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. 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. THIS HAPPENS MORE THAN YOU THINK! The AKC has
just recently, published an article warning that  "Breeders need to be aware of home
visits by potential puppy buyers".   Last, but not least, don’t forget poor Bobbie Jo
Stinnett, the girl in Missouri that was murdered in 2004, and had her unborn child cut
out of her womb, all because she allowed some woman to come to her home to see a
puppy she had for sale. And more recently, the Yorkie puppies that were stolen at
gunpoint, from a home in Los Angeles on 3/3/07.   IT’S NOT WORTH IT TO ME, I’
D RATHER LOSE A SALE THAN LOSE MY DOGS OR MY LIFE.  I MEET ALL
MY CUSTOMERS AT A SAFE PLACE, IN LE GRAND, CA. I bring the puppies
only, not my adult breeding stock, as I do not want them exposed to outside germs and
then returned to my home, where I have younger, unvaccinated babies. This may not
be the best scenario, as the puppy isn't in their home environment, and pictures have
to suffice rather than viewing the parents in person, but it is the best I can do under
current day circumstances. 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 when it comes to their health and well being and will not risk their health and
safety, nor my own, for any reason.
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