My family of humans and hounds live on a farm in the mountains of West Virginia. My youngest son Dylan, Pa and Myself are the hound and puppy wranglers around here.
My hounds are truly my service dogs and I would be lost without them. They bring so much joy and purpose to my world and a feeling of self fulfillment knowing that I am creating such wonderfully beautiful creatures. I have been a lover of hounds all of my life and have been raising Puppies for over 25 years. Only now it's on a bit grander scale because I have a few more than the 2 dogs that I always had before lol.
I have over the years fallen in love with European hounds look and personality and have imported and am importing still to create my own lines. My Breeding Program consists of Large Type European Hounds and Standard Size European Hounds. There are also coats of many colors, I joke with my husband telling him that one of these days I will have one of every color.
Our guys and gals have come to us via extreme road trips, imports from other countries and of course a home grown hound or two. We do our very best to keep our hounds healthy and happy and everyone is fully vetted and a lot because none of our hounds are kept in Kennels or runs and they are always into something. They have full run of 10 acres of fields, creeks, mountains, porches etc. They are inside the house and out. They are kept as comfortable as we are, they are warm in the winter and cool in the summer. They are spoiled rotten and no expense is spared to keep them healthy and happy.
We have several litters a year as my passion and hobby needs to be self sustaining. So whether you are looking for someone to keep your lap warm, keep you company in the great outdoors or someone to take to the show ring you can find your perfect sidekick here. We Breed for the love of these Beautiful creatures and the betterment of the breed.
Once our puppies are born they are under our watchful eyes with 24/7 supervision for the first week or so. They are born in our nursery which affords the opportunity for mom to settle into her new role with less distraction from our busy, noisy house. In the nursery the puppies are raised in a home environment and will stay in their whelping box till 3 to 4 weeks of age and then the madness begins lol. We start feeding solids at 3 to 4 weeks which is a mixture of wet puppy food, goats milk, yogurt and NuVet powder.
Soon after we start pee pad training and getting them exposed to as much as we can in the few weeks that we have for training. Vacuums, loud noises, bigger dogs, crates, leashes and collars, being in a home environment, riding in a car, not biting and much more.. All of our babies are handled daily, they get accustomed to being bathed, having their ears cleaned and having their nails trimmed. We work very hard to ensure that your new sidekick is ready to live their best life with you and we hope it shows.
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