Runzbarrel Posted January 31, 2012 Report Share Posted January 31, 2012 First off, Hello from rainy Seattle! I can finally post after stalking for a week and waiting for my approval to go thru. I am in search of my next BC. I am wanting to get into agility and maybe some sheep herding for fun. I've owned BC's in the past so I'm familiar with the breed. I'm also a horse person but after losing 3 horses in less than 3 years with my last one being last month (long story) I have decided to sell my last barrel horse and get out of horses for awhile. It's a weird transition for me as I've always competed and had horses since I was a teenager. All of this is starting to sink in and I realized that I can't just be a SAHM, I need to do something! So I've decided to dive into the agility world so I can feed my need to compete Now I don't necessarily need a puppy, but I'm pretty good with puppies so that's what I've been looking for. However I did fill out an adoption application for a real cute girl named 'Paige' that's between 1-2yo and is labeled as a BC cross. She looks full blooded to me but it was hard to tell from the pics. So we'll see. My frustration lies in finding a reputable breeder of working quality dogs. I started off with a few places I found that were going to be having puppies in March and then I did some digging here only to read they were not recommended and were labeled puppy mills. Then I thought I found a decent small breeder and noticed her stud went back to a few of Richard Swaffords dogs in TN I bought a puppy from that man once back in 2008 and she died 3 days later from Parvo and he promised a refund which of course we never saw. So that place was out just for that fact. Then I found a place here in WA that I thought was the one, but then read here on the boards today about dogs having horrible aggression issue's and going blind! No thanks. So then I went back to a breeder that I felt bred a higher drive dog than what I thought would be suited for me only to find out she only has AKC dogs now. Grrrrrr! Now there is one breeder in TX that I can't seem to find any info on and I'm curious about him. Mill Iron S Ranch, Steve Wight. I've emailed him but I haven't heard anything back in a week. He has a couple litters on the way in March. Maybe that's a flag in itself. Then I contacted another breeder in BC but they didn't have anything but they referred me to Diane Gauthier of Keen Eye Stockdogs. She had a litter in October so not sure any of those are even available now. Anyone have any input on either of these breeders? It's so easy to get sucked up into the pretty websites with gorgeous dogs plastered all over them! I guess I should be thankful I'm smart enough to do some research. I know what I want, why is it so hard to find? I look forward to getting to know all of you here and learning about the great world of agility and showing off my new member of the family (hopefully in the next few months) and all of our great accomplishments P.S. I've already read READ THIS FIRST and all the other stickies at the top. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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