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A LITTLE ABOUT ME & MY POLICIES


1) Info about Me
2) Visitation
2) Testimonials
3) Things I've Learned...





For a "dog breeder," I am ancient! A number of years ago, AKC statistics showed the average lifespan of a BREEDER is 5 years. I bred my first litter when I was in high school... and I GRADUATED in 1961. I am happy to report my dogs, mixes as well as purebred, tend to be long lived too!




I don't have a kennel. I believe dogs are happiest when around their people. All my dogs are housedogs. Puppies are born and raised in the tv room, the bedroom, the kitchen... whichever room has the most room at the time. My pups grow up hearing normal household sounds and being around both larger and smaller puppies and dogs. They are handled several times a day... simply because I love puppies and find myself playing with them when I should be doing other things... and they quickly become accepting of and eager for human contact. They are wormed regularly, starting around 3 weeks of age and get their first shot at 8 weeks, the second at 12 weeks; the third in is generally given by YOUR vet 3-4 weeks later. Puppies can go to their new homes after 12 weeks, depending on the individual pup's maturity AND the buyer's experience raising puppies. ALL pups must be picked up.





I offer a 2 year warranty on my puppies and references are available upon request. But think about it... would I (or ANYONE) put you in touch with someone who was going to give a bad report?

Please note that I allow NO visitation on my property. Other breeders have listed all the various reasons, but for me, the main reasons are health considerations for my puppies and dogs and my own personal safety. I am old and live by myself, well off the beaten path, with no near neighbors. I live on a "private road" which means it is unpaved, unmaintained and unmarked. It is dirt with some gravel, heavily rutted, about a full lane wide with no bare space on either side... trees and heavy brush or drop off... that goes straight up to the top of the ridge. There are little paths every now and then that could be driveways but more often are just trails that go about 50 yards into the woods and just stop. With no way to turn around. I have lived here 15 years and have made it from my place to the top of the ridge maybe a half dozen times... most of those when I was looking for my lost dogs 2 years ago and was willing to go to the moon if that was what it took to get them back. Since people can't find me... nothing is marked although MY place has a sign with the number on it, people usually give up or get lost before making it this far... it is just easier and less time consuming to meet at their motel or in a public place near the interstate.




What People Say (Testimonials)

I received this email 7/26/14 from one of Emy and Boon's January 2014 puppies. She was "Bunny" when she was here and became Gunny in her new home (just in case you want to look up her pictures.)

Things to know about me (Gunny):

1.) I am an expert "Bell Ringer"--I ring the bell on the door when the stray cat walks by, when I want to play in my pool, when I want to go for a walk, when there is a fun bird/squirrel/bug to chase, when my Daddy is outside, when my little boy is outside, when that other doggie is outside, or when I am bored. (Especially when I am bored). If I have to go potty I just lean quietly up against the door. Going potty is not 'urgent'. Chasing the cat is.

2.) I am a blanket hog. I have no less than five in my bedtime crate at any time, which must be pushed shoved and rearranged into pillow like formations. Sometimes I bury our head under them. Sometimes I'm upside on top of them. If you've left a blanket on the couch, it is now mine. So is your stuffed animal. More specifically, its nose. All noses must be promptly pulled off and properly disposed of. Then I may crush the animal with my head as I proceed to nap.

3.) That little dog knows the secret to getting the really good people food. I raptly follow the little dog around during meal times. But no matter how closely I watch (bird! cat! strange bug flying through the house!), I always seem to miss it. I make up for it by licking that little dog's face. She moans and complains, but I don't really see the problem.

4.) Car rides are the BEST thing ever. You may not leave the house without a dog. If you are leaving without a dog, it better be Brownie, because I fully intend on sticking my nose out the window. This window. No that window. Nope the other one. The one in the front? The only thing that would make itv better is if the giant window in the back would open. Don't worry, if I lick it enough it'll one day roll down. I'm sure of it.

5.) Sleepy times are sacred. I will not sleep when my people suggest it. I will not sleep on the giant pillows they have provided me with. I will sleep behind the chair, on your foot, under the table, in the middle of the kitchen, on the stairs and on top of that little dog. The growling makes for a soothing vibration. And she'll just flop back over. I will not get up for you calling my name, petting me, or attempting to physically move me. I will get up for the UPS truck, the cat, and the cabinet door.

6.) I am secretly learning to fly. Or I'm a gymnast. Or a flying gymnast. I can somersault off the couch, jump from the top of the steps to the landing, and perform 360s in midair. I also can run really fast from the front window to the back ones. That little dog is a gymnast too. She makes a wonderful spotter when I jump off the couch, the stairs, through mid air. I now can walk over her without touching and stop. She shoots out like a cannon from my backside! What a great trick. But the best is when I'm running from the front window to the back. She's always in the way and generally gets sent flying up in the air. Just when she turns around to tell me off, I'm generally blowing back through. It can continue this way until someone picks the little doggie up. Boy, she can fly really high when you help her.

7.) I went to the doctor on Wednesday, and they did this thing to me that made me all sleepy. (The one time I actually used that pillow). Don't worry, within 24 hours I was once again a super puppy. Even if I have to wear this ridiculous shirt for the next two weeks. I convinced the little one to help me get it off, but she got told off when she got caught tugging on it. Oh well.

8.) I am most definitely Irish. Since I'm in an Irish family, they appreciate my tenacity and my ability to consider whether or not a command is really that, or more of a suggestion. I'm also a very good grudge holder. A dog in the neighborhood once barked at me and the little one on our walk. I now like to stop across the street, sit very primly, and stare innocently at that dog. Kasey says that I'm just like my Mommy that way. That we're both Irish through and through. It makes Mommy smile. It's something my Daddy appreciates--he and I are BEST friends now. We water the plants together, play in the pool together, knock over end tables run through the house and tickle/nip/tackle the little boy together. We dig giant muddy holes in the yard, and when he says 'puppy puppy' I go running as fast as I can and jump up in his arms. Did I mention I'm a really good jumper?

9.) I am winning over that little dog. She's very sensitive about playing 'choo-choo train'. You know, she's the engine and I'm the caboose. She sits on her butt and makes unpleasant noises that usually just cause me to bounce around her really fast. I've convinced her to play tug of war with me a couple of times, and to nap with me. Brownie is a good napper. She doesn't appreciate me sitting on her, but I'm sure she'll come around. When it is time to go for a walk I chase her around to the door, and if another dog tries to bark at me on the walk she tells them off while I hide behind her. I'm pretty sure they can't see me. When she squeaks her toys she cries and sings. So now I squeak them when she's napping. She cries and sings and then can't help but play. Now if I could just convince her that being tackled is fun….

10.) I am spoiled rotten. Kasey is making me homemade dog treats and doggie ice cream. I get at least two walks a day. I'm very rarely ever home alone. And if I am the people feel so guilty that they bring me things. I hate baths--but they give me one any way. I have my very own pool. I get to go outside whenever I ring the bell. Even if it was just thirty seconds ago that I was out. I have TWO crates (one upstairs for bedtime and one downstairs for me to nap in when I feel like it). I have taken all of the other doggie's toys. I know how to slam my body against the cabinet door and help myself to treats. I have my very own chauffeur to take me on wonderful rides. And a family who isn't quite sure how they got on without me for so long.

Tell everyone that I'm enjoying my life here! I suggest all doggies find a home like this.

Best,
Gunny



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I just want to make sure you really feel it deep down. You breed and raise incredible dogs. I know you say it on your website. But!!!'You should feel such pride in the job you do and the dogs you breed. I have never seen anything like this.
Marcy

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Hi Sherry!
What a weekend we had! Samantha's birthday was Friday. She had her drivers license test at 10am. She passed! She was so delighted - shot out of a cannon. We spent the next 4 hours in the motor vehicle office to get the paperwork done ( this is the NJ way!) We went out to lunch and I gave her a box with pink leash, collar, toy, pink sweater and puppy biscuits - she was so confused ... what? what? and in the bottom of the box, I wrapped a frame (I love my dog) with pictures of the puppies! She was speechless - we had to tell her over and over because she could not believe it! Now we are tossing around names!
It is just the happiness I was looking for - Thank you so much!
Pat

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Wed, 7 Oct 2009 1:18 AM
From "Lundeen" lundeen@mabe-ethanol.com
To mountainsummit@fastmail.fm
Subject Inquiry about Whoodles
How dare you take a fabulous dog as the Wheaten and make another breed out
of him..have you nothing better to do????

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Hi Sherry,
I keep meaning to e-mail you and tell you how much we love this puppy! He has the perfect temperment ... just enough "puppy" behavior that you know he's not too good to be real! He's a real snuggler (which my older daughter and I love) and he loves to run and play (which my boys love). Sara (my 4 year old) has done a good job training him not to nip at her by yelping, turning her back on him and crossing her arms when he gets too rowdy with her (which isn't often). Patch has done a marvelous job adapting to the chaotic life with a family of six humans!
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I guess I've droned on long enough, but I wanted to let you know how happy we were with Patch. For all my worrying about doing this online and sight unseen, etc., this has turned out to be a great decision. Compared to what I have heard friends say about the headaches of training a puppy, Patch has been a breeze ... of course, I prepared myself for the worst!
Pam

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Hi Sherri
Cooper is now 2 today and here are a couple of pictures. Two taken today and one two weeks ago before his haircut. We love him sooooo much and so does everyone in the neighborhood
Hope you are doing well
Skip & Carolyn Atlanta GA

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I spent the last few hours outside planting flowers (in very little soil and a whole lot of rock). Anyway, that's another story, but wanted you to know how good Mr. B is...He either lays on the grass or hangs out on the porch while I'm working. What a great dog! I have never had one that would do that so willingly. When Ray is out of town Baxter thinks he's the protector....Jumps up on my chair to sit ON me and wants to sleep in the bed with me. He never sleeps with us anymore. We have a big bed on the floor just at the foot of our bed that he spends most of the night in. Sometimes he goes in and lays on the tile in the bathroom.
Anyway as you know we could not be happier with him.....Unless.........do they make a dog that either doesn't poop or will clean up their own. That would make me happier...
Hugs, Teri

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SHERRY:
OUR CHECK WAS RETURNED TO US TODAY ALONG WITH YOUR REJECTION STATEMENT. TO SAY WE ARE UNHAPPY WOULD BE A GROSS UNDERSTATEMENT. I SIMPLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE WAY YOU DO BUSINESS. YOU INSISTED WE OVERNIGHT YOU THE PAYMENT BUT WHEN I EMAILED TO BE SURE YOU GOT IT YOU SAID YOU HADN'T EVEN GONE TO PICK IT UP. AND THE NEXT DAY YOUR EXCUSE FOR NOT HAVING IT WAS YOU HAD TO SIGN FOR IT AND THE POST OFFICE WAS CLOSED. YES ONCE YOU POINTED IT OUT I COULD SEE IN YOUR INSTRUCTIONS THAT I WAS SUPPOSED TO 'WAIVE' YOUR SIGNATURE BUT I MISSED THAT IN MY HURRY TO MAKE A CLAIM ON A PUPPY. I DON'T THINK YOU APPRECIATE THAT WE ARE VERY BUSY PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE. IF YOU HAD AGREED TO WORK THROUGH MY SECRETARY EVERY THING WOULD HAVE GONE SMOOTHLY. YOUR NOT SELLING THROUGH A 'THIRD PARTY' IS A WASTE OF TIME FOR BUSY PROFESSIONALS LIKE MYSELF AND MY WIFE. WE DO NOT HAVE TIME TO READ THROUGH ALL THE INFORMATION ON YOUR WEBSITE AND WE HAD PLANNED ON HIRING THE PROPER PEOPLE TO TRAIN THE PUPPY FOR US. WE WERE PREPARED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO PICK OUT OUR PUPPY AND BRING IT TO US AND ARE AT A LOSS AS TO WHY WE DO WOULD NOT GET TO CHOOSE THE ONE WE WANT. I UNDERSTAND THAT ALL BUT ONE WERE SOLD WHEN WE CONTACTED YOU BUT WE WERE WILLING TO PAY EXTRA. ASTUTE BUSINESS PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THESE THINGS. NEEDLESS TO SAY WE WILL NOT BE CONTACTING YOU IN THE FUTURE.
P. A. S. (NJ)

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Steve just came in about an hour ago with the pups. As usual, these new babies are wonderful! A little scared and tired from their long trip (and I really appreciate all your efforts in getting them routed as quickly as possible.) They've already had a big drink of water and grabbed a couple mouths of food before retreating to a corner to chew on each other while keeping their eyes on the activity around them. I got a few licks on my nose from the male... the little girl wasn't as enthused with me. Yet. She is just beautiful... can't decide if I like her coloring or the male's more.

I want to know exactly what you think you are doing to me? Do you have the idea that I am made of money? These 2 make 5 I've bought from you and I see on your website that you have another litter coming and this one will have partis in it! Sherry, you've got to stop! I don't "need" any more dogs!

Once again, thanks. You are appreciated!
J

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Sherry,
Just so you know, we absolutely love our Molly. She has been a grate puppy on the whole. A few accidents in the house, some chewing, but over all really ok. She went through the 8 weks of puppy training and did fine. Her instructor loved how smart she was. However, we have just found out that she has fleas and some kind of worm because of that. I thought you might need to know that because you have other dogs and they might be inffected as well. The vet gave us some stuff to put on her and said we had to use it every month. Also, a pill for the worm. Other than that, she is wonderful.
Barb and Joe N (Ohio)

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I just had to tell you how smart this puppy is! He's been here two weeks and has not had a single accident in the house. He's already walking on a lead like a show dog and he learned how to play "fetch" in just one session. (Teaching him to give me the ball is taking a little longer... he really likes playing "catch me if you can"!) Thank you so much for letting us have this boy. And I am so happy you didn't let our inexperience get in the way! I bet you've had quite a few chuckles from our questions and doubts. Just so you know, I visit the website often and give out the address to everyone!
Love from all of us!

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Hey Sherry!
We're absolutely DELIGHTED with Stoney!
Here is a copy of the vet's invoice to show that we had our first appointment.
Thanks for our dog!
Kariss

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Zoe (that's her name) had a great vet checkup today. The whole staff is so intrigued by a "whoodle" . They never had one before. I told them that she is such a star that everyone is going to want one. After her check-up the vet said "she's a sweet puppy if she becomes a monster you can only blame yourself (meaning me..I knew that).
Kelly

Zoe continues to be the apple of my eye. She has been to school and our family has been back for 2 lessons. She is such a quick learner and such a good girl! At the first lesson the one trainer said "all dogs are nice, some dogs are sweet and she is very sweet!" At the next lesson a different trainer said "I'm not usually a fan of poodle mixes, but I really like her she is so fricking (she used that word) cute!
Thanks again for making such a great pup!
Kelly

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Hi Sherry,
Just wanted to let you know that Hershey is doing great! He yacked one more time in the car and drooled for a while, then he settled down. He spent the next 3 hours in mine and Ambre's laps. When we got him home, he was a little overwhelmed by the kids, but it wasn't bad. And the kids absolutely LOVE him!!!! They were so excited when I brought him up with me to wake them up this morning. He gave them all kisses. I think he figured out that Tess is the big time doggie person out of the three. This morning he sat in her lap and started licking her face until she laid back and then he really went to town with the kisses. It's so cute to watch.
Thanks so much for such a sweet puppy!!!!
Ann-Marie

Hi Sherry,
So I'm completely in love with Hershey, as is everyone who meets him --
Ann-Marie

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HA!!! just talked to sharon. she sends enormous hugs to you.. told me over and over how amazing you are! she said she got your message but didnt have your number to get back to you. and she LOVEDS max patch.. and his pups. the sister has him... im trying to talk them into an ai.... since they wont part with him or his daughter. but apparently courtnea might not be up for that. but either way she adores you and made me promise to tell you that!!!!
cathy

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Sherry
Pook is doing great. She is growing like a weed and is really smart. She has a really sweet disposition as you said and she loves to play. .... She has already met our 9 month old granddaughter and the two get along very well. She has been a great pup and we expect she'll get better with age.
Dan





Things I've Learned in Almost 50 Years of Dog Breeding

1) There is no such thing as an accidental breeding. Dogs do it on purpose.

2) The best way to breed 2 dogs is to lock them in a room together and tell them "No."

3) There are some really nice people out there.

4) When it comes to a dog deal, you can't trust anyone, especially family and friends.

5) Puppies poop. Get over it.

6) The worse litter ever will come from the breeding that looks the best on paper.

7) Don't sell puppies to people you don't like.

8) God has a weird sense of humor.

9) No matter what you expect in a litter, something else will happen.

10) The people who sound the poorest when talking to you about buying a puppy will show up in a new BMW.

11) The people who say they've done the most research on your breed don't know it comes in only one color.

12) The people who want a tiny puppy for their 2 year old son to carry around aren't smart enough to have children much less puppies.

13) Puppies are hard to housebreak if they are left alone 10 hours a day.

14) The trick to successful puppy placement is to find buyers smarter than the puppy.

15) If there is a single pile of poop in the pen the entire litter will wallow in it.

16) If you have a special event you must attend, the dog will start whelping as soon as you're dressed to go.

17) When buyers come to pick a puppy, hide the best so if you're stuck with one, it's the one you want.

18) Cash is better than personal checks.

19) Contracts are only as good as the people who sign them.

20) A puppy is the best way to teach children to keep their homework, favorite toys, CDs, and good clothes off the floor.

21) The new dog will attach itself to the person who wanted it least.

22) Dogs tend to live up to their names.

23) People who say they want a dog for protection mean they want one who barks a lot.

24) People who REALLY want a dog for protection need to find it elsewhere.

25) "I'll get back to you tonight" has as much truth in it as "The check's in the mail."

26) Buyers who say they want you best puppy but aren't interested in breeding, are liars.

27) Keep it (or buy it) the first time you see it because it's likely you'll never see it again even if the same dogs are bred to each other 10 times.

28) If you have black, they'll want white; if you have white, they'll want red; if you have red, they'll want green; if they come in green, you'll never have them.

29) No matter how many times you put down clean newspaper there will always be a puppy just waiting for you to put down clean newspaper.

30) The best time to get up in the morning is when the dogs start barking to go out.

31) The books and articles about how to pick a breeder and how to pick a puppy are written by people who are neither.

32) The only thing sacred to a dog is you.