Its been a difficult week for me as I have been unwell and I've also had my mother unwell, so Ive spent a lot of time with her, sorting out hospital, doctors etc. With also feeling poorly myself. I am her main carer, as she has no-one else to care for her. She takes priority when she is not well over me replying to emails, texts etc.
If I dont update Instagram, Darryl does for me. Darryl may also take over this week talking to people as my mum is really coming to the end of her life as she is frail. We hope the new lot of medication will keep her going. She has perked up in the last two days, so lets hope she has more years to come. But its very difficult for me as she has been my best friend all my life, and I'm finding it difficult to deal with. My emotions are all over the place.
I haven't made collars or leads for people, like I usually do because I haven't felt like it. I have made things for the Frenchie puppies, and if anyone has a last order I will get something made for you as soon as I can so it goes off with the puppy. But ask early in the week not late.
I am getting ready now for the final week of having our French bulldog puppies. They are absolutely beautiful and such wonderful characters, we will miss them. They have been a joy to me in a difficult time, as you cant help but smile when you watch them play.
We are so pleased with the mating that we can see how well it worked in front of our eyes. I am getting French bulldog enquires every single day. I only had the two dogs to breed from and the mum of this current litter will be spayed now in 2021. She had two litters in total. We will hopefully breed Cookie when she comes into season. We are unsure yet which dog to use on her, but they will be health tested, and from recognised colours and show bloodlines.
Cookie should be in season November time, so I had better make my mind up what Im doing. I really loved what Barney rubble gave us, so I may go back to him on Cookie. Then it will be a 2-3 year break before we have another Frenchie litter. As we have kept Frooti from Bubbles.
Sassy is absolutely huge, and I mean like the size of a bus. I really hope she gets on with it today as she is so big. They do not always come on first day of mating, and as she was mated over a week she could be end of this week before she has them. But I can not see that happening as she is the size of a bus and she cant hold onto them much longer. I saw her shiver a little while ago and thought hmm tonight could be it. But we shall see.
Ive sat down today and answered all emails. But I think I shall have to make a weekly point of answering because Im still busy with mum and with everything else I have to do it makes it impossible to email everyone back straight away. In the middle of all this looking after the dogs, So be patient everyone please. I can not just text you straight back.
I must stress dog breeding isn't a shop with opening hours. For us its our family home, and we breed dogs. It is personal and family run, and we are all huge dog lovers.
Lots of emails are of concerns now at the prices on Hungarian Vizsla puppies on a certain sales website. Ive sat down and tried to reply to them all this morning.
I have had to sit and think about it some more. Someone we know well in the breeding and showing world put a post the other day which made me think. He said its nothing to do with anyone except the seller and the buyer on what they want to charge or pay for the dog. I really thought about it, and read all the comments.
Their was also another post a week before from another well known breeder whom I have great respect for who was also saying the same thing. Its given us all lots to think about.
I think a lot of us are realising now that we are totally under valuing our dogs from the top blood lines world wide. The Vizsla used to be sold for £1300-£1500.
Suddenly Vizsla that were £1300-£1500 were £2500-£4000. When looking at the adverts they were pet Vizsla parents, not k c reg, and no licenses, no showing done, so how could they justify £4000? we all said! None of us could believe our eyes when it all first happened. I counted 9 adverts for puppies the other day of £2500 upwards for a Vizsla. Everyone is following suit.
Some adverts state the dog has show potential yet they don't show the parents, and the pups aren't even KC registered, so false advertising to sound like they can justify the prices.
Some of these breeders have been breeding their bitch twice in a year to get as much out of her as they can do, and charging high prices. Its actually cruel to breed a bitch twice in a year. The body must go back and it takes some time to recover from a pregnancy, and they shouldn't be used as farmland animals. Some argue that dogs in the wild would fall pregnant every season, yes they would, but they prob have 2 puppies, not 10!
All breeders that show dogs sell mainly to pet homes. Because their are not enough people in the UK who wish to take up the hobby of showing. But we all breed from dogs which are health tested, shown to prove they are a good specimen of the breed to then produce healthy well balanced puppies. I saw an advert yesterday and the puppy was so poor even my sons Fiancee couldn't believe it was a Vizsla. Yes and you guessed it the puppy was sold for a lot of money. So I am sighing even readying this article back on whats happening in dog breeding.
Two alerts went on facebook yesterday of poodles for sale which didnt exist and the banks now notify you if you pay a deposit to one account. Its a sales scam. Take £400 deposit and no puppies has been born, or exists. They can not locate who it is but police do know about it. This is happening in single adverts also. Their has been one highlighted Vizsla which may not exist. So be careful if you are going to buy off these websites.
I was lucky enough to meet a researcher into Boas who is a vet of course. She asked me how much are your Vizsla and I told her. She said thats ridiculous, you are undervaluing your dogs. You spend all this money on health testing all your dogs and producing great dogs, why are you under valuing them? I didn't know what to say. How much are you charging for Pugs she asked? I told her, "ridiculous she said". My friend also told her how much she charged. She said you are both under charging for your dogs. She said are you really aware of what prices are out there now. We said yes we were aware, then why on earth are you undervaluing yourself she asked. We both felt like we couldn't answer. I suppose when I think about it, it is because I was raised in an time when the cross breed was £10 and you paid £100 for a pedigree. I remember as a kid we didn't pay an awful lot for dogs. Of course things have changed so much in 50 years.
We are going to have a family discussion this week on what we should be doing. I think its fair to say Im conflicted now.
Mrs Rachel Savage