If your reading this you must think coming to visit is a good idea.
I'm never really sure what people think I do. Do you think I am a zoo where you come and spend the afternoon feeding the dogs
treats and playing with puppies as a fun outing with the children over march break? If you said yes, please just toss my number
in the garbage and move on :)
Do you think I am like a petsmart where you can just show up when you want and leave when you'd like using your scheduled
time as a very loose guide line or telling me the "afternoon" would be good?
I have a news flash for everyone who is thinking about visiting. THIS IS MY HOME!
Yup you heard that right, home, as in house, place where myself and my family live .I DO NOT run a kennel, I do not have a barn
or building where the dogs are kept like livestock, they are in the same house I live in just like your dog will live in your home with
you and your family. These are my family pets first and foremost.
Next shocker, I also have a family, big shocker I know. My life is not 100% dogs.
Visiting with us in our home is a privilege NOT YOUR RIGHT. I do not have to allow you to visit, just like you do not have to allow
me into your home. I allow visitors out of the kindness of my heart but some people put that kindness to the test and force me to
write this article and lay down strict regulations.
We used to enjoy visitors and used to welcome people into our home to meet us, the dogs, and just chat. Sadly far too many people
have taken advantage of that kindness over the years, have wasted our time, brought germs into our home by visiting other breeders
and shelters prior to coming here resulting in puppies getting sick and expensive vet bills.
We now only allow committed buyers to visit and at specific scheduled times.
ONLY PAID APPLICANT MAY VISIT. NO EXCEPTIONS!
If you do not wish to commit to us without meeting us and coming to the house to play, then please stop right here and go find another
breeder. I know there are a lot of "advice" groups on social media who say you need to meet the parents and see where the puppies
were born etc. That is a fairy tale set up and is very unsafe for the puppies. Remember these are babies who do not yet have immunity.
Your vet will tell you to keep your puppy at home until it is fully vaccinated, and yet you want to bring all the outside germs that you have
been exposed to from day to day life, into my home and handle my puppies exposing them to things, without even knowing if you want
to buy a puppy from me. Not happening. Sorry. The puppies welfare is my number 1 priority.
If you wish to meet us and learn about the breed we are at 4 pet expos a year in Mississauga and at various other activities with the
adult dogs that you are welcome to attend. If you need to know about the breed ready the website, it has all the information you could
really want. If you really don't know much about the breed and have never interacted with one but you know they are pretty, I can pretty
much tell you this is not the breed for you. You do not need to meet me for me to figure that out. This is not an entry level dog meaning
you should have a good amount of dog experience and exposure to the breed if you are thinking of getting one.
My time is precious. I have spent a LONG time putting as much information on this website as possible, I work on it every day for one
reason or another. If you are trying to decide if this is the breed for you, read the web site. If you need to know the difference in males
and females Read the website. If you are curious what to feed, or grooming, or about allergies, Read the website. Seriously sit down
and read this web site from one end to the other, it will answer your questions. If you actually READ the website it will tell you how we
sell puppies, prices, availability and upcoming plans. It has absolutely everything you could ever need to decide if this is the breed for
you and if I am the breeder for you. My contracts are all on the website. Read them.
And I'll say it again, because typing it on each page is never enough. The website is up to date with everything we have available for
sale. If it says it is available, it is. If you do not see it, it does not exist. So please do not email me as ask if I have puppies.
LOOK on the puppies page. Please do not email me and ask if so and so is available, LOOK on the puppies page and read what
it says! It is up to date and won't change by visiting.
If you just want to stop in and say hi, then I'm busy with other things to do. Sorry. If you just want to see what the dogs are like in person,
go hang out at a dog park. I don't have time to just let you play with the dogs. I actually have a very busy life.
If I have puppies and you want to come and meet them so you can choose. Sorry we simply don't do that. We tell YOU which puppy
you will be getting, you DO NOT dictate to me which puppy you will be getting. That's not the way I work. You need to convince me that
YOU can meet the needs of my puppies and I will decide which puppy would be happiest in your home. Period.
We restrict puppy visits until puppies are around 6 weeks old, by which time they are typically all pre sold. Puppies and their mom's
do not need the stress of strangers and the risk of germs before 6 weeks, even then it is risky.
When puppies get to be 6 weeks old we then sometimes allow paid applicants to meet them BUT those visiting hours are dedicated
ONLY to those who have paid applications in with us and are committed to buying one of our puppies. If you do not have an paid
application in with us, then you don't get to visit at any time for any reason.
So lets set up a few guidelines.
#1. If you would like to visit us then we would like to know our time is not being wasted by someone who is visiting lots of other
breeders. We want you to make sure you are 100% committed to us and only us as breeders BEFORE you contact us about any type
of visit. That means please print the application contract, fill it out with signatures, scan it and email it back to us along with the $500
THEN you may contact us about what we have available if anything, or upcoming litters and when we reserve you a spot in a specific
litter, if we are able to do a visit for that litter you will be invited to come at a certain day and certain time. If you can not make it, you
don't get to visit. We schedule 1 visit maximum per litter, usually Saturday of the 6 week mark around 11am until 1pm.
During Covid and possibly into the future all visits are suspended for health and safety. If I get sick breeding stop and adult dogs needs
to be placed. So to protect everyone until the pandemic is over we are not doing visits. Sorry.
#2 Visits start at either 10 or 11am unless otherwise noted:
We START our visits at 10am in group format Yes you read that right. 10am unless otherwise stated. That means if you live 2 hours
away you are leaving your home no later than 8 am. If the visit is important enough to you, I guess your getting up early! I'm up at 5-6 am
with the dogs so I don't sympathize with you for having to get up early. Sorry. We do not allow visitors before 10am. I really like to be able
to get up, make a tea, put dogs out to potty, bring them in to eat, clean up after puppies, feed and water the rabbits and maybe even load
the dishwasher and washing machine if I'm lucky all before you arrive.
If your here at 9 am I'm the one who has to be up at 4 am to get all of that done. News flash, your not important enough for me to get up
at 4 am. We get up before 6am every day all year long and our morning chores take no less than 3 hours to do. Animals are a LOT of work.
Some days I'm hard pressed to be ready for you by 10. I'm certainly not going to rush my morning for you. So mark 10 on your calendar as
the average visit time and occasionally we will move it to 11 if we need more time. If you live quite the distance, you can grab a hotel for the
night, or skip the visit. We will NOT make special arrangements.
Visits are in group format. You are coming to visit the puppy you have reserved with us so you will be here with everyone else from your
litter if they can make it. If we have more than one litter the same average age, we may do them all at the same time. We schedule about
2 hours for the visit, but this does not mean you can show up at 11 or 12, it means if the visit starts at 10am, show up on time at 10am and
you may stay for up to 2 hours. At 12 noon I want to see my property empty of ALL visitors.
If we happen to have a lot of puppies and a lot of families who want to visit their puppies we may do 2 group visits, but this is not typical
and you may not have the option of when your litter is receiving visitors. I will plan it on my end and you can either make it or you can not.
If we have really bad weather on my end, I may opt to cancel the visit and/or change the day and time, but that is for everyone as a group.
You can not just sneak in on your own. It doesn't work that way. And if the weather is bad and I have to cancel for safety purposes, there
is no guarantee I will have time to reschedule. Again I have a very busy schedule myself and we try and plan visit and pick up days about
4 months in advance as we are breeding the girls and we make other plans around those target dates. I may already have other things
I have to do and may not be able to fit in another visit.
I'm in cottage country. In the summer you are likely going to hit cottage country traffic, factor it in.
In the winter your likely going to hit a snow storm, factor that in too, we have a LOT more snow than the GTA and surrounding areas.
Give yourself LOTS of time to get here.
Yes things happen, there are accidents to contend with, vehicles break down. I understand that and I try to be accommodating within reason,
but I know I have driven in crazy weather to make important appointments, so I expect no less from you.
Remember when I said I wasn't a zoo. I've looked for the signs and I simply can't find one that says Welcome to Stoverly's petting zoo and
day care. That sign doesn't exist. If you want to come visit, please leave your children at home. Yes I said it, leave the kids home. Your
children are not the ones buying the puppy, they are not the ones who are going to be taking care of the puppy, no matter how much you
want to try and convince yourself they are, trust me, they are not. Children are just that, children, they have very short attention spans.
They will play with the puppy and love which ever one you bring home. But once they are teenagers they are going to have boyfriends and
girl friends, then they move on to high school and school activities, then there is college, university, and jobs. The puppy is not ever going
to be their full responsibility, so they really do not need to be a part of the question and answer sessions. Having them here and pulling
at your pant legs, interrupting our conversation, telling you they are bored, hungry and have to potty is all a waste of my time and yours.
I have better things to do than to continue to tell your children to put puppies down, to not throw toys into the puppy pen, to stay out of things
that are not theirs to touch. I have 4 children, I love children, but there are times and places for children and when we are trying to talk
and ask/answer some very important questions about a living breathing animal, then children are just a distraction. You won't find my
children hanging around when I have clients here so it would be nice if your children were left at home so we could handle this as an
adult business transaction.
No I do not honestly care which puppy your kids like best, like I said I'm not selling the puppy to the kids.
The visit WILL be restricted to 2 adults over the age of 18, and those adults must be the actual buyers.
While I do not ask for ID to prove I can tell an 8 year old from an adult, so adults only.
Remember when I said I wasn't a zoo. Your friends and family can meet your puppy when you bring it home. They do not need to come
to the puppy meetings, they do not need to come with you to pick up the puppy. Unless they are coming with $500 in their pocket
accompanied by the application paperwork and the intent to also purchase a puppy, you do not need to bring your whole extended family.
Contrary to popular belief I really don't care to meet your cousins, in-laws and friends from work. They have nothing to do with our
transaction as buyer and seller so please leave them home.
All visits should be limited to 2 adults, the 2 adults who will be the main care givers to the puppy you are purchasing. No one else needs
to be here. If you are single you come alone. If you are not mature enough to travel and show up for visit and pick up alone, you are not
a buyer we wish to deal with.
You know what else I am not. I'm not a dog park.
DO NOT, I repeat. DO NOT BRING YOUR DOG ONTO MY PROPERTY. Period. Exclamation point.
Your dog does not need to meet the puppy to make sure they get along. If you are not sure if your dog is going to get along with the puppy,
why on earth would you bring it here to possibly injure an entire litter of puppies? Please go put someone else's puppy at risk and call me
later with the results. Do you really think that my intact, hormone filled, puppy protecting, breeding dogs want your strange dog in their face
and on their property?
I can guarantee with 100% accuracy the outcome, blood, stitches and vet bills. Not mine, but yours. My dogs will attack your dog.
Your dog is an intruder. My dogs have puppies they are protecting, your dog is a threat. You try and explain to a momma bear that
your not a threat to her cubs and let me know how that conversation goes. Dogs are animals with animal instincts. When they have
puppies they don't like you, they don't like your children and they sure as heck don't like your strange dog. Leave your dog at home,
it's safer for everyone involved. Also your dog has germs, it just does. It has been out in public mingling with strange dogs and is likely
carrying many things my puppies have never been exposed to. I do not need strange dogs accidentally bringing germs onto the property
that could kill puppies with immature immune systems.
DO NOT BRING THE DOG TO LEAVE IT IN THE CAR. Common sense people. If you bring your dog and leave it in the car, specially
in the summer, please consider the transaction cancelled.
Your application fee is forfeit, your a dumb ass, I'm not selling you a puppy, have a nice day. If your dumb enough to leave your dog in
the car I hope you do not have children because you are clearly not responsible enough to care for another living being. If that insults
you, I'm not the breeder for you and you should go find someone else who will sooth your bruised ego for making dumb decisions and
for me calling you out. Leave your dog at home. Coming from the cottage and have the dog with you. Simply skip the visit. We do not
want your dog on our property even if it is staying in your car. Leave it at home.
If you have not yet done so, read the website, commit to me as a breeder by sending the paperwork and payment in. Lets find a litter
or a puppy for you and THEN we can attempt to arrange a visit for you to meet YOUR puppy when it is old enough for visits.
Leave small children, friends and relatives at home, bring the buyer and the buyers partner.
Write down your questions so you can ask them when you get here.
And by all means, if you really want to proceed, grab a coffee and read this website from one end to the other. It's here for a reason,
so you know if this is the breed for you before you call me and you can decide if I'm the breeder for you or if you need to find a breeder
you can work with who meets your needs as a buyer in a better capacity.
You should have read this website and had 90% of your questions answered before contacting me.
Really, it's easier on both of us if you have a basic understanding of me and the dogs before you call :)
Do your homework from the comfort of your home and if you still have questions email me or call. It really is easier on both of us.
If you still want to proceed and I haven't totally offended you with my harsh reality, get the paperwork going, give me a call if you have
questions, we'd love to talk to you if you have serious intelligent questions for us!