Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Re-homing our breeding Adults

The other day I received this email from a customer who has adopted a Cockapoo Puppy from us:

I have a quick question regarding something my sister asked me. She was wondering if you guys ever needed great homes for your Poodles after they are retired from breeding? My grandfather had an older Yorkie which recently passed away, and we don't think he has the time to start new with a puppy.

I answered back that it was a great question because, at that moment, we did have a few females ready to be retired and I was very happy that they were willing to give an adult dog a chance at a new life!
We are just a small, family breeder raising Cockapoo puppies and we only breed our females until middle age and then we retire them to "pet only" homes where the dog will be spayed and kept for life as a family pet. I cringe at the though of puppy mills who keep their dogs pregnant for life and basically go by the concept "bred until they're dead," that is not our style, and even though it's hard to give up our girls and boys, it's great that they get to live long, happy lives with new families.
Re-homing adults isn't always the easiest thing to do, the dogs are used to living their lives with us, are used to certain people, a certain way of life, and have lots of friends here, etc. so moving to a new family is sometimes like taking them from Earth to planet Mars, they need some time to settle in, get used to the new people they are living with, and learn a new set of rules so I like to stress to the people adopting adults that they need to have an open mind, some patience, and willingness to work with the new dog and give them some time to make the adjustments to their new life.
If you, or anyone you know of, is looking to adopt a dog and are open to getting an adult don't hesitate to contact a breeder, they may have exactly what you are looking for! Shelters and Rescues are often in need of new homes for adult dogs as well since they are sometimes harder to find homes for.
We raise first generation Cockapoos so we have purebred Miniature Poodles and purebred American Cocker Spaniels that will eventually need homes to retire to so feel free to contact us if interested in either breed.
I am happy to say the person who had sent me that email did end up adopting a wonderful Poodle from us for his grandfather! I have attached a photo he sent me of "Francy" cruising the streets of Alaska with her new owner: