Our Guardian/Family Care Home Programme:
This programme offers an excellent opportunity for families who have the love and time to devote to the care of one of our Miniature Schnauzers, but perhaps cannot afford to buy a puppy in the usual manner, or alternatively for those families who like to go on holiday(s) a few weeks a year and for various reasons are unable to bring their dog along.
Our decision to introduce this programme has been thought through very carefully and is based on our genuine belief that every dog deserves to have a family and a home that they can call their very own: A place where they are cared for to the highest of standards, while receiving lots of exercise, love and affection and are each allowed to be a true member of the family.
As conscientious and caring breeders, we continually strive to develop and improve the miniature Schnauzer breed: But in order to do this successfully, we require a number of dogs in our breeding programme. We do not kennel our dogs and under NO circumstances are we prepared to kennel our babies as we are NOT willing to sacrifice our beloved companions and valued members of the family by subjecting them to an inferior life style!! However, under our current circumstances it would be unrealistic for us and unfair on our Mini’s, to have as many dogs as we need in order to fulfill our goal to perfect the breed and see our dogs prove themselves in the show world as well as to have reliable, sound and 'perfect' companion :)
In Sweden (and the USA, along with some other countries) this kind of Guardianship/Care Home Programme has already been successfully in place for a long time, having many of the top show/pet breeders participating to date.
What led us to reach this decision?
On the 18th of October 2012, Derrick suffered a major stroke and our lives were literally turned upside down.
The following four months were spent mainly in the acute stroke ward/intensive care units of Withybush Hospital during which time we were told by Doctors & specialists to expect the worst and on four different occasions we nearly did lose him. Fortunately it seems a lucky star was shining over him and he slowly started to improve. However, the stroke left behind a lot of damage and Derrick now requires 24 hours of care.
Consequently I no longer have the same amount of time to devote to our four legged friends and this in turn has led us to reach the decision to offer some of our lovely females to local families under a 'Guardian/Care Home Programme'. Placing our girls into new, permanent homes under this programme will be better for them since it will give each individual the one-to-one attention that they so deserve, while at the same time ensuring that we don't loose track of them or the blood lines and types that we have worked so hard to establish. Taking on a girl under this scheme means that you get a really nice puppy/dog free of charge, while we retain the breeding rights. Below you can read a little bit more about our 'Guardianship' and what it entails.
How does it Work?
As opposed to paying the expected purcahse price for a pet puppy, a local family takes on a ‘pick of litter’ puppy (sometimes we may also have young adults available), chosen by us, at no purchasing cost to themselves. In legal terms, she will remain in our ownership, but the family care home is expected to treat her as if she was their own dog. We lay out some guidelines with regards to feeding, health care and grooming which must be followed (because each situation is slightly different we prefer to work out specific details with each family on an individual basis).
If we decide not to breed from her, we request that you have her spayed and once we have proof that this has been done we will transfer the legal ownership into your name and this will terminate our Guardian/Care Home contract. This scenario occurs very rarely.
If we decide that we would like to breed from her, she comes back to us to be bred, whelp and raise her litter before returning to her Family Care Home. Our new contract now states that we will only ever breed one litter from anyone female being placed in a 'Guardian Home'.
Our Guardian/Family Care Home girls are family pets first and foremost, and they spend the vast majority of their time living with their respective families. However, they will spend an approx 12-14 weeks with us here at Cloverbud, as, when and if we decide to breed from her. Once she has whelped her litter and she goes permanently back home to her 'Care Home', we request that she is spayed, at her 'carers' expense, prior to us handing over full ownership to her Care Family, where she will live as a family pet for the rest of her life. We find that the dogs are very relaxed throughout the entire process and are equally comfortable with us in their ‘home’ away from home
Pictured above is Cloverbud Mary Poppins, who has already been sold to a wonderful, loving home (Exported to Sweden). We are however hoping to keep a white female just like her in the future so if you would like to be considered as a suitable Guardian/Care Family then please register your interest.
What Are the Main Advantages?
What Are the Main Disadvantages?
The only down-sides are that the dog does need to spend approx. 12-14 weeks with us (first for associated honeymooning and then to come back to us in order to whelp/raise her puppies,) although family carers are welcome to visit during this period!
We agree to your requirements and feel that we can provide a safe and loving home, does that mean that we are Eligible?
We assess each potential Guardian/Care home Family on a case by case basis.
If You are interested in finding out more about this programme, or would like to register an interest in a current/future puppy/adult then please do not hesitate to telephone me on 01437-776 707 or 0796-098 47 78.
The four pictures below is of Cloverbud Shining Moment (aka 'Florence') Florence is out of Paris and by our George and has won and been place at many local and championship shows. She will be attending CRUFTS in March 2014 with her owner/handler Val who bought Florence as a little puppy.
WE ARE REPEATING THIS VERY SUCCESSFUL BREEDING IN SPRING 2014 AND IF ALL GOES WELL WE WILL HOPEFULLY HAVE A PEPPER & SALT and/or BLACK & SILVER FEMALE JUST LIKE FLORENCE THAT WE HOPE TO FIND A SUITABLE LOCAL GUARDIAN/CARE FAMILY TO PLACE HER WITH.
If you are interested and would like to be considered for a puppy like this then please register your interest with us