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**VIDEO ABOUT THE BOSTON TERRIER BREED on youtube--
**Video of a c-section!!! http://www.boston-terriers.com/csection.htm
Our puppies are born in our living room or hallway (when we do not have to run to the vet clinic for a c-section - and we have an absolute awesome vet!!). After about two weeks, they are
moved to the bedroom until they are 8 weeks old. We have a baby monitor with them at all times so we can hear if something is "off". They are socialized with my grand-kids as well as other "teenage" or adult dogs.
They are used to being bathed, having their nails clipped, being played with by adults and kids, and often spend time relaxing in the living room at the end
of the day with me. They are in x-large whelping crates (3w x 4'l x 3'h) and have large area to play (ex-pens) and learn to use the potty papers or litter box. As weather permits, they become accustomed to playing in the
back yard and usually have a start on their potty training by 6-7 weeks. We do not let the puppies leave to new homes prior to 8 wks.
We breed and show because we enjoy it, and we believe in dealing honesty with people we
meet along the way. We do not sell our puppies to brokers or pet shops and do not believe in puppies being purchased online via a "shopping cart".
Every new owner MUST be approved, every sale MUST be face to face at puppy pick up (or the new owner must have seen the puppy prior to pick up/receiving it), and every puppy is placed in a home we are comfortable with. We include a clause that if someone is unable to keep
the dog for any reason, the dog would need to be returned to Painted Bostons to eliminate the possibility of any of our dogs EVER ending up in a shelter or
rescue situation. This isn't done because we have a burning desire to be a control freak... it's done so that, regardless of the
circumstances, we can be sure our babies never set foot in a shelter or ever experience not having a home.
There are differences in puppy mills and reputable breeders, and reputable breeders go to all ends to produce high quality and well socialized puppies...not have puppies jammed into small crates in a dark barn where they hardly ever see humans except for food and water. Here are the/our differences....
A breeding to a nice quality stud that's a champion pedigreed or finished champion isn't cheap... nor is purchasing a nice pedigreed male or showing/finishing one of your own. That's just the first step.
Why? does it matter that the parents have nice or impressive show pedigrees when you are buying just a pet? It's simply that those who breed for better quality and to preserve their bloodlines and not just for puppies, most breeders do some
health tests on their dogs prior to breeding them and have screened out hereditary health issues. Many generations of dogs who have never had
any type of health screening increases your chance for health issues many times over. So YES, even in pets, pedigrees do matter.
Vet expenses can add up quickly, especially if there's an emergency c-section involved. A scheduled c-section is a few hundred dollars, an emergency
is more. Heaven forbid anything goes badly and you walk out of the vet's office at 5 am with a
spayed female and no puppies. There's also final checkups just prior to going to their new homes.
This doesn't even include the nights spent without sleep, caring for the litter or bottle feeding a puppy that may have had a rough start. It doesn't
include the heartbreak of losing a puppy. It doesn't include doggie doo-doo duty for several weeks or the regular carpet or furniture cleaning and/or replacement when
your female decides to start having her puppies on your bedroom floor or favorite chair. Don't forget puppy food, supplements, potty pads or litter
box pellets. There are registration fees of the litter and all the time you spend preparing all the paperwork to send with the puppies to their new homes, and for your own record-keeping.
Once putting all of the time, money and effort into the puppies, there's the matter of guaranteeing them against pre-existing health issues or
hereditary defects, offering your support, taking the time to find the right homes, opening yourself up to taking dogs back if the owner can't keep
them, etc. All of these things you do NOT (normally) receive with a $300 puppy.
Our puppies start at $1600, and on up for show/breeding prospects. We DO require an approved Puppy Application/interview- phone/emails prior to placing a puppy a new home. We MUST meet the new families and will bring the puppy part way for gas fee to meet you if needed or desired or even fly your puppy to you (at buyer expense).
Breeding Boston Terriers is something that shouldn't be taken lightly. If you are considering breeding Bostons, be prepared to spend money, time,
sleep, and just a little bit of sanity. If you are a true Boston Terrier lover, you won't mind a bit :)
I thoroughly love and enjoy raising Boston Terriers and making other families happy with new fur-family members, as I am with mine!!
No matter where you get your puppy, make sure it is from HEALTH TESTED PARENTS!!!! Buying a puppy without health testing of the parents is like winking in the dark.....no one has a clue...
Dear past and future puppy owners,
I loved them first. I thought of you years before you even realized. I planned for and cared about your baby long before you started thinking of adding to your family. I worried about your future with that puppy before you knew there would be one.
There were hours upon hours spent researching lines for the parents of your puppies. Going over breeder after breeder, choosing not only my pet but looking for a dog that will make you your pet. Worrying if you'd be happy, if I had chosen correctly and your puppy would grow up healthy and happy. Going over puppy after puppy with fellow breeders, running over my program with as many knowledgeable breeders as I can, determined to not miss anything. Tracing lines back as far as I could, learning the ins and outs not only for my knowledge but so that I was informed, prepared to go over every detail with you, to answer the questions that sometimes you don't even ask.
Then there's years of watching your puppies parents grow. Loving them and enjoying them as part of my family. Taking them every where I can, training them, socializing them, watching how they fill out. Asking myself I had made the right choice in both of them. Scrutinizing their confirmation, how they move, and their temperament. There was the stress of health testing. Praying not only that my babies were healthy but that they had the genes to make your baby healthy.
Finally came the time to put your puppies parents together. For the next 63 days I worried, I obsessed, I grew excited. I watched your puppies mom like a hawk. Making sure my baby was ok, monitoring her diet better than I do my own. Concerned that she was getting enough of the right nutrients and that your growing baby was getting the best start possible. I spent hours on the couch, floor, and dog bed with her watching her tummy grow and anxiously waiting. As your baby and mine grew I laid my hands on her tummy and felt the first movements of your puppy. As the time grew close I spent most nights in the nursery with her. Making sure she didn't go into labor without me knowing, in case something went wrong and one of our babies needed help. When labor started my whole life stopped. I spent every second with her. Your baby was born into my hands and I held my breath as I cleaned them up, watching for movement and breathing, cleaning them up, checking them over, and wondering if you'd love them as much as I already did. I helped your babies brother when mom got tired and he was stuck. I cried when your babies sister didn't make it.
For the first 8 weeks most of my life was filled with your baby. Watching them grow and making sure I was doing everything possible to make sure they started their lives the right way. Making sure each one was getting enough to eat, enough socialization time, that they were de-wormed and given their shots. I was the first person they saw when they opened their eyes. I spent my weeks playing with them and keeping them safe.
I searched for you and interviewed you. As you spoke I tried to read your character. Would you love them as much as I do? Would you bring them in as part of your family? Would you care for this tiny life that I brought into this world that I am responsible for? Some of you were turned away but some of you were welcomed into our family. The day you took your baby home was harder than I'd ever let on. I was excited for you but I was also terrified. Had I chosen correctly? Were you who you seemed to be?
My love and worry didn't end there. I thought about your baby regularly, saddened when I didn't get updates, ecstatic when I did. I hoped you were caring for your baby the way I care for mine. I answered your questions happily and answered them again just as happily to your babies siblings new parents. When your puppies sister ate a couch I stayed up that night she was at the vets, waiting to hear that she was ok. When their brothers parents decided he no longer fit in their life I welcomed him home, sorry that I had chosen wrong for him and promised him it wouldn't happen again.
I loved your baby first and I will never stop.