Read this entire page to get an understanding on how and why i operate the way I do.
When I first started with the Labradors, I went to visit several very well known breeders. They would NEVER
allow me in their puppy houses OR their kennel area, and I couldn’t understand why and was honestly offended at first.
They would leave me outside at a certain area and wait for my puppy. Or theyd meet me at a public place with my dog/puppy.
However, after having my own kennel, I knew EXACTLY why they had their “off limits” policy.. No one took the time
to explain to me why these rules were set, SO I’ll explain it to you, so no one will be offended or think they are being
singled out on a visit.. I truly appreciate a breeder that is careful with visitors around their kennel and their puppies
and “my puppy”. You will find that many breeders, ones that truly care, will have some kind of visitation policy.
All reputable breeders make it a priority to protect their Labradors.
In the best interest
of our puppies and adult Labradors, we are very careful about preventing the transmission of diseases to them.
Knock on wood, I have been blessed that my policies and procedures below have worked.. Ive never lost any puppies
or adults to any deadly diseases since I bought my first lab, 27 years ago.
We take every precaution that we can to make sure that our puppies are not exposed to any kinds of disease that you may
carry on your shoes or even on your hands. These diseases can be picked up and carried on your shoes for DAYS, anywhere a
dog has been, parks, pet stores, REST STOPS, parking lots, ANYWHERE. Pet stores that allow pets inside for shopping could mean
disaster. You can track parvo and other diseases on your shoes, car tires, so many ways! Therefore as a precaution no one
is allowed to touch or handle or visit while unvaccinated puppies are on the premises.
We love meeting new people.
However, We do not allow visitors inside our puppy house at any time or no visits with your puppy while unvaccinated puppies
are on the premises. No Exceptions. This house is where current litters and future litters will live and we do not want anything
carried in on the puppies or premises. (this rule even applies to my family and friends, its simply off limits. Very few are
allowed in the puppy house). If you have a deposit down on a Heringo puppy, photos of the puppies will be emailed to you until
your able to see your new puppy..
We do not go around our dogs with our
street clothes and shoes on, and the rest of our family lives by the same rules. Its just way to risky as we have no idea
what we have stepped in along the way that we couldn’t even see, such saliva, urine, or feces from an infected dog OR
off someone else’s shoes from an infected dog,
We hope that all of our families have the comfort of knowing that
their puppies have the best possible care and protection that they can get.
how you would you feel if you applied a deposit on a puppy, waiting, so excited to get your puppy, had kids waiting,
etc, and I had to call you with news your puppy is sick or passed because i was careless and allowed visitors to YOUR puppy.
Yes, things can happen but if it ever does here, it wont be because I didnt give it my all!
Also we NEVER allow any other dogs or animals around our kennels. PLEASE leave your other animals at home, As they will
not be allowed our of your vehicle. Just Another precaution for our dogs and puppies.
Visits are not allowed to those “just looking” as they have been “just looking” around other kennels
also and the risk is to high to allow this. Unless i know you or a family that you know or you have applied a deposit, we
will not setup a visit for you, for one thing, the world has changed and its not only a safety issue for my dogs but for myself.
If you arent settled on a breed or when, etc. please move on to another breeder. This is my home, not a petting zoo. My puppies
place by word of mouth, wonderful repeat families, friends of friends and I am forever thankful for all the referrals from
With all this being said, if I can meet you with your puppy, that
is best. No i dont have anything to hide at all but if you visit, please know the adults are off limits besides the parents.
also any other puppies besides yours. Theres no need for you to handle all the puppies and yours already picked out.
I will give you information on one horrible puppy virus and one that can
be carried in easily if one isn’t VERY careful…
Parvo- (parvovirus), A breeder’s worst fear..
I’ve never had this at my kennel/ labbies and I pray I never do..Canine Parvovirus , commonly referred to as parvo,
is a very serious viral disease in dogs. This illness first appeared in the late 70’s and there was a widespread epidemic
in dogs of all ages. As no dogs had been exposed or vaccinated at that time, dogs of all ages died from this horrible virus.
Parvo has adapted over time and new strains have appeared.
The most common form of Parvo is intestinal and most
commonly seen today. It causes extreme damage to the lining of the digestive tract. Parvo likes to grow in rapidly dividing
cells and the intestinal lining has the biggest concentration of rapidly dividing cells in a puppy’s body. The virus
attacks and destroys certain portions of the intestinal tract. . And, even with this form of Parvo, heart muscle damage may
Symptoms: Loss of appetite, Vomiting ,Lethargy, High Fever, Diarrhea, often bloody, Foul smelling, liquid
Parvovirus causes severe life-threatening illness, through dehydration, acid-base imbalance, infection
and shock. If you suspect your pet may be infected, it is an emergency and you should contact your veterinarian immediately.
This is critical!!
How is it transmitted?
Parvo is carried by dogs. Adult dogs may be infected carriers and not
show signs. Dogs with the typical symptoms and diarrhea, shed the virus perhaps for as long as 7 days after the symptoms have
ended. Generally, it takes 3 to 10 days from the time of exposure for symptoms to appear and for your dog or pup to test positive.
The onset of clinical signs is usually sudden, within 12 hours, or even less.
The Parvovirus is particularly long-lived
in the environment, lasting anywhere from 1 to 7 months, or even a year. Due to the large amounts of virus particles shed
in the feces of an infected dog and the ability of the virus to survive, complete eradication of the virus is often impossible.
Parvo may be brought home to your pup on shoes, hands, and even your vehicle tires. It is not an airborne illness. So, even
if your dog or pup does not leave your yard, they may get this disease if precautions arent taken.
STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT PARVO CAN STAY IN THE STOOL OF ‘PARVO SURVIVORS’ FOR UP TO 6 MONTHS,
WITH THE PUPPY/DOG SHOWING NO SIGNS OF PARVO.
Taking precautions should
NEVER stop here, you need and should do the same when your puppy is home and until all vaccines are completed..
you will see a wonderful link describing parvo..
Parvo in the enviroment