KONA POODLES PUPPY CONTRACT
Fifteen years ago, Sandra Scarr bought a coffee farm and decided to breed Labrador retrievers. Earlier in her professional life, as a university professor, she had occasionally bred Burmese cats, Samoyeds, and Papillons, and raised four children. Retirement to Hawaii gave her opportunities to have land for dogs to run, a spacious kennel area, time to select great dogs, to raise and care for them, and to breed sound, beautiful companion dogs that make people very happy.
In January 2010. Joslyn Kabalis and Sandra Scarr decided to add standard Poodles to the kennel. We imported puppies from fine breeding stock from Australia (Stuartlea, Tanah, and Shertonah kennels in Victoria) and the US mainland (Simplyreds in Montana). We had the first litter of gorgeous puppies in March 2011. Our second litter was born on February 14, 2012. Our third litter was born on January 26, 2013. The latest litter was born January 6, 2015. We aim to breed sound, companion dogs that are a credit to the breed and to make sure that all puppies find excellent homes.
Before breeding, dogs’ eyes are examined by a veterinary ophthalmologist and certified by CERF (Canine Eye Research Foundation). Parents’ hip and elbow joints are x-rayed and certified by OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) or by the Penn-Hip procedure. All of ourdogs are negative for PRA (progressive retinal atrophy) and have no history of heart disorders or epilepsy in their ancestry. All dogs are registered with the American Kennel Club, and litters are preregistered with the AKC. Poodles are tested for common Poodle disorders, including von Wildebrand’s Disease – Type 1, Neonatal Encephalophy, and Degenerative Myelopathy. All tests on Kona Poodles have been negative, meaning they are not carriers of these common Poodle disorders.
Recently, we tested for Renal Disease and found that our dogs (and 80-90% of poodles), carry this gene. RD is considered a dominant gene with very low penetrance, meaning that very few (2 or 3%) of dogs which carry the gene develop any renal symptoms.
Puppy Care, Feeding, and Socialization
We socialize our puppies to be calm, happy, playful family companions. Puppies spend their first three to four weeks in a whelping box in the house, where their mother and we make sure they are well fed, warm, and loved. WeI handle them every day. After their eyes and ears open in the third week, they get up on their feet to explore their world. From the third week until they leave, puppies get used to household and farm noises, lots of different people’s voices and touches, and they meet some other animals.
In the fourth week, puppies begin solid foods (the mothers look so grateful). Puppies are fed a raw meaty mush of ground beef and beef heart, raw eggs, and a vitamin/mineral supplement. As they get teeth in the fifth week, their meaty mush starts to have more chewy lumps in it, and they gradually transition to consuming raw chicken wings (meat and bones) and beef chunks by 6 weeks of age. Before puppies leave here, they are crunching up chicken drumsticks and tearing meaty chunks off beef bones like the little carnivores they are. Their mothers still nurse them a couple of times a day, more for motherly love and immunities than for significant nourishment, because by 8 weeks of age puppies weigh 8 to 12 pounds each – a total body mass that usually exceeds their mother’s.
When puppies climb out of the whelping box, around 4 weeks of age, they go outside to the puppy yard, where they have a puppy pool, a puppy house, and lots of room to run and play. By instinct, it seems they eliminate in the grass and keep their house clean. Their mother comes in to nurse them. Children, friends, and family all come to play with the puppies. When they leave their birth home, they are ready to join new families and to be family members.
Sound parents are the best health guarantee we can offer. Of course, if a puppy is later found to have a genetic defect that limits his suitability as a family companion, we will replace the puppy. If within the first week after taking your puppy home, you have concerns about the puppy’s health, take the puppy to your veterinarian. If your veterinarian concludes they puppy is a poor health risk, notify us within 24 hours of the vet visit, and we will take the puppy back and replace him/her with a similar puppy from a future litter.
Some problems, such as hip and elbow dysplasia, are strongly influenced by care and feeding in the puppy’s first year of life. A good early diet, from their nursing mother and from raw meaty bones, strengthens their bones, joints, and muscles. We protect them from falls and injuries. Puppies need continued protection and care for the first year of life. If their joints are protected from injury in the first 12 months, they will have no joint problems ever after.
At 8 weeks of age, puppies get their first inoculations against parvovirus and other serious diseases. They will need two more inoculations at 12 and 16 weeks to complete their immunity. In Hawaii, they also need protection against leptospirosis (a vaccine) and heartworm (a monthly treatment). At 8 weeks, puppies receive a thorough veterinary examination for heart, lungs, eyes, joints, dentition and bite. Any concerns will be reported to you.
Because puppies are not fully immunized against parvovirus, a major killer of puppies, until 18 weeks of age – two weeks after their final inoculation – it is not advisable to take them to public places where non-immunized dogs have been, until they are fully protected. Non-immunized adult dogs can be carriers of parvovirus, which is shed in their feces and can remain active for 5 or 6 months after they pooped there. Public places to avoid unfortunately include beaches and public parks. It is probably safe to take the puppy to places where you know the dogs are immunized, such as friends’ homes, puppy classes, and private pools. After final inoculations, you and the puppy are free to travel anywhere.
Our Right to Re-home the Dog
Our goal is for you to have a puppy you will cherish for his entire lifetime. We all know, however, that unforeseen circumstances can arise that require people to give up a dog. If you must relinquish this dog at any future time, we retain the right to take the dog back to re-home him. We never want a single one of our puppies to end up in a Rescue or Humane Society shelter. By accepting this puppy, you promise to inform us first of any need to relinquish him at any point in his lifetime.
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