Finding a BreederWritten by Pixiedust Papillons and Phalenes
Finding a breeder if you are looking for a Papillon or Phalene puppy for sale Much has been written on how to find a reputable breeder. All in an attempt to put a stop to pet mills and abandoned dogs. But too many prospective puppy buyers are just as irresponsible as some breeders. So now, serious, quality breeders, have taken steps to protect both their dogs and their privacy. Times have changed a great deal, so have puppy buyers and breeders. More people live in apartments or have small yards. As population ages and there are more `empty nests', demands for companion pets have changed. Small dogs that are easy to keep inside and dogs that require less exercise room are becoming more desirable. So why should looking for a Papillon or Phalene puppy for sale be any different than looking for some of more common, large breed dogs? Let's go step by step with an explanation from breeder's point of view. Pick of litter. This comes from large litters that big dogs can have. Large dogs can have 10 or more pups, while Papillons and Phalenes may have 1 to 4 puppies in a litter. Large litters usually have a couple of large puppies and maybe a smaller "runt". The smallest puppy in a Papillon or Phalene litter is usually small because of careful breeding, not weakness usually thought of in "runts", These are also most sought after. If breeder has a waiting list, best Papillon or Phalene puppy will go to someone wanting a show Papillon or Phalene. A person wanting a pet Papillon or Phalene and only paying pet price will not get to "pick" show Papillon or Phalene puppy. A direct quote from Cornell University's DOG WATCH Newsletter, Vol.1, No. 8, Oct 97, states "No one has yet been able to find a direct correlation between a dog's behavior at seven weeks and at two years." Good breeders try to match person with puppy buyer desires. Another quote from same source states " good breeders who know their dogs and how to interview prospective owners often can do a better job of picking right pup than prospective owners themselves." Seeing parents. Many times only mother of Phalene or Papillon puppy is available for buyer to see. Good breeders often go to someone with a superior male to improve quality of their Phalenes and Papillons. Buyers should not be discouraged to see only one parent of puppy. Buyers may not understand toll that having puppies takes on mother. If she is a long-haired breed, she may have been clipped by owner for her comfort and for good of pups. She will not look ready for show ring at time pups are ready to go. These things need to be considered when seeing parents of a Phalene or Papillon puppy. Viewing kennel or home. This is where greatest change is taking place today. Papillons and Phalenes are more popular than ever. A buyer usually does not realize number of calls a breeder who has Phalene or Papillon puppies for sale can get every day from people who just want to see what Papillons or Phalenes look like, with no intention of buying a puppy. Directly related stories and personal experiences of breeders indicate that potential buyers and "window shoppers" abuse this piece of advice most! Breeders have outside jobs, family obligations and , of course, Papillons and Phalenes. They are rarely sitting around for sole convenience of visitors! Here are just a few ways that words "kennel inspection" have been interpreted and abused by some claiming to be looking for Papillon puppies for sale:: they are on vacation and in your town. They phone and want to see your Phalene or Papillon puppies (in next 15 minutes)---only because you happen to be nearby when they run out of sights to see! OR a family or friend are visiting for weekend, so looking at your puppies would be a good way to pass time. OR, grandkids are visiting and it is time to take them out for a while! None of these people called to make an appointment. None had any desire to buy a Papillon or Phalene. They used "kennel inspection " excuse to treat breeder like a free petting zoo, there to entertain them when they have nothing else to do. Now add to this number of people who are truly doing their beat to find right Phalene or Papillon puppy for sale for them.. Breeders have other things to worry about in addition to inconsiderate, bored window shoppers. Puppy diseases are easily spread by even most casual contact. The best breeders will not allow their puppies to be seen or handled until puppy has had it's first shots, usually not before 5 weeks old. By this time, breeder may have deposits on the Papillon or Phalene puppies from people who are more familiar with breed and breeder's pedigrees. This can be frustrating to pet buyer who is taking advice usually printed about finding a breeder with Phalene or Papillon puppies for sale. Buyers should not be offended if breeder suggests a first meeting at a dog show or other place. This gives breeder time to meet potential owner of one of their precious babies, and gives buyer chance to see other Papillons and Phalenes.
Flea Control in dogs and catsWritten by Niall Kennedy
Flea control can be a very hard thing to do especially if you live in areas where fleas are largely populated. Weather has a lot to do with fleas and trying to keep them outdoors and off of your pets can be very changeling.
You can try many of products available to rid your pets of fleas and then find that you still have problem. Fleas will lay their eggs in your carpet and on furniture and bedding that your pet happens to lie on.
The first step in flea control is to rid your pet of these blood sucking pests. Talk with your veterinarian to find out best products available. You can have your pet dipped; buy flea collars, and other products that will eliminate fleas from your pet.
Now, that your pet is flea free, how do you get rid of fleas inside your home? You should now vacuum your entire home including any furniture that your pet has laid on. Once you vacuumed, be sure to throw vacuum cleaner bag out immediately. The bag is probably full of fleas and you do not want to take chance of them somehow finding their way out of vacuum. If your pet has a pet bed, wash it completely or discard it and buy a new one. Any other bedding, towels, and rugs that your pet has been on also need to be cleaned.