IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT US
TRACEY OWENS, 201 SIMSTOWN RD, EVENING SHADE, AR 72532 ** Dennis and I have been married since 1993. Between us we have 4 kids and 11 grandkids!! My son is disabled Army, my son in law is active duty Air Force. Each have seen many tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, etc... serving our country. We're very proud of them! We live on 30 wooded acres in the Ozark Foothills of Northeast Arkansas, our house overlooks the scenic Strawberry River just north of Evening Shade. It's a great place to vacation while picking up your puppy! Lots of antique & craft malls within thirty miles on either side of us, lots of clear lakes and rivers for water sports and fishing, lots of woods for deer hunting, etc.. The Strawberry River below our home is a really fun shallow river great for swimming, tubing, canoeing, and fishing! We'd be glad to show you around if we are able!
I had raised a few litters of pups off and on for over 32 years while holding down full time office jobs in a factory and several banks. We started raising westies over 20 years ago. I finally quit my job at the bank, and have been raising Westies full time ever since. We showed papillons and westies in AKC conformation for awhile, but it was not for us. I still sell for pet or show, our dogs are out of exceptional champion lines! We usually have around 10-12 breeding age female dogs at any given time. Our housepet is a Dogue De Bordeau named Sig, a Rottweiler named Boss, and a chihuahua named Samantha. Our "puppy nursery" is a large converted walk-in closet and bathroom off the ground level master bedroom (our dogs have the master suite, we sleep in the loft! The kennel is 42x22 concrete slab with insulated dog houses and 10x10x6 pens, 1-2 dogs housed per pen to avoid overcrowding.
REGISTRATION: Our breeding dogs are all AKC registered. All our westies are AT LEAST champion grandsired. WE DO NOT SELL TO PET SHOPS, DOG BROKERS, ETC.... 99% OF OUR PUPS SELL TO PET HOMES WITH LIMITED AKC, we ocassionally sell with full breeding/showing rights to approved breeders.
GENETIC TESTING: Our dogs have general health and patella's vet checked prior to breeding. Our stud males are all DNA tested in complaince with AKC rules. Any dog found to have any heriditary defect is immediately retired from our breeding program. We do NOT do extensive genetic testing. **** We're inspected by AKC on usually a bi-yearly basis, we have always been found in complete compliance in all areas. If you need to check on us, you can call AKC and ask for John Thomas to ask about our complaince reports.. OUR GROWN DOGS ARE OUTSIDE, NOT KEPT IN CAGES (except for nursing mothers and on deeply cold nights)! I prefer to let dogs be dogs and run as much as possible on the ground. Most of the time they stay in large chain link pens on concrete, but the girls often run loose in our very large yard to play (when not in heat). *** our puppies are born and raised in the house. All expectant dams are brought into the house 3 weeks prior to delivery and stay near me until the puppies are born (sleeping in their crate next to my bed, etc...). About five days after birth, dam and pups are moved into the nursery. Because of the way we keep pregnant and nursing dogs in the house, when we retire one of our girls, they adjust very quickly to their new homes. **** Our dogs are NOT kept in show coats, I groom them for function, not show.
SHOTS: We give our own shots (only shots recommended by our vet), at 7, 10, and 14 weeks.
RESCUES & HUMANE SOCIETIES: Be very careful when "adopting" from a rescue or humane society! There are many good ones and just as many bad ones. Look for any complaints online, etc... you don't want to deal with one that doesn't have the dog's welfare as the basis for what they do. Do your research or pay the price!**** I'm not bashing all rescues by any means but do your homework before you use one! I have had run ins with several breed rescues and humane societies as well as the experience of family members when they adopted from breed rescues..
MICROCHIPS:We microchip ALL our pups and WE personally register each pup's chip in their new owner's name. We found out the hard way that if we don't do it ourself, it often doesn't get done. We use AKC Reunite chips and we charge the buyer $25 for the chip and registration of the chip into buyer's name.
We highly recommend NuVet Plus Vitamins for our puppy buyers and all our puppies are on this vitamin! Go to www.nuvet.com/45641 to order or if you just want to learn more about them!
WE FEED TASTE OF THE WILD HIGH PRAIRIE PUPPY AND ADULT DRY FOOD. READ THE INGREDIENTS LABEL!! Steer clear of corn, wheat, soy... make sure first ingredient is meat. PLEASE DO NOT FEED YOUR PUPPY A LOT OF COMMERCIALLY MADE DOG TREATS until after the guarantee expires at one year of age. IF YOU WANT TO TREAT A DOG, GIVE THEM HOMEMADE FROZEN BEEF LIVER TREATS or dehydrated sweet potato chips.... SUPER EASY TO MAKE, ask for recipe!