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Declan is available $1500 - (Guardian Home) Non Neuter Guardian Contract

For more information and pictures please visit his page "Declan" under "Parents" Tab 

Declan is obedience trained, 4 years old active, playful and lives in our home as a pet. Contact us if you'd be interested in Declan and our Guardian Program.

The Basics of our Guardian Program

We believe that parent breeding dogs deserve a great home and a great life.  Sometimes our program requires us to have more dogs than we can lovingly keep in our home, so our answer is to allow some of our breeding dogs to leave us and become part of another family’s life and home.  Later they then return to us for breeding, and for females, again when it’s time to give birth to the puppies.

The parent dog gets to be a companion/pet and have the happiness of being part of a family and home – and great puppies get raised. This breeding/parent dog lives in their forever home, grows up, is trained, is well socialized, loved and cared for and is part of the family. What could be better? The Guardian Family has the opportunity to have a truly wonderful dog at a very low cost, in exchange for working with us for a limited number of litters.  It’s a total “win” for everyone, the parent dog, the Guardian Family, and Storybrooke Golden’s! 

This plan is used by many breeders and is often called a foster or “Guardian Home” program.  Summarized – the breeding dog lives with their adoptive family and returns to us for breeding as needed.  Females will return when in season, then again to deliver the puppies. The female stays with us for 10-14 days during her heat cycle, to be bred. Then, she returns to whelp (deliver) the puppies a week before they are due, staying with us until the puppies are weaned (about 8-9 weeks total). Males return when a female that he is needed for stud is in heat.  We work with our Guardian Homes using a simple contract and we provide support and guidance all along the way, staying in contact through the year. At the end of the Guardian Home Family contract, the dogs belong 100% to the Guardian Family. 

Please note that we are very selective and only highly qualified families will be approved to foster our breeding dogs.  We will conduct a telephone interview and will conduct a home visit. Our breeding program depends on the quality of care provided by our guardian families – we expect the best home life possible for our dogs. 

Guardian Home families must live in Virginia, and/or within 2 hours of Stafford, Va, and the family must be willing to meet us half-way driving to get the dog to and from our house during breeding and whelping periods.

Qualifying to be a Guardian Home:

  • Guardians must have previous dog experience

  • Guardians must own and live in a home with a fully fenced yard

  • Guardians must keep the dog on a leash or in a fenced area

  • Guardians must be willing to train the dog the very basic obedience commands (off, down, sit, back, leave it, crate) and attend classes as agreed upon with breeder.

  • Guardians must allow breeder to show the dog as breeder wants.

  • Guardians must be willing to continue pet therapy visits, and become an approved handler for the dog. Breeder will help them navigate this process.

  • Guardians must ensure, if they are taking a puppy, that the puppy is socialized to adults, children and other animals – SUPER IMPORTANT

  • Guardians must provide appropriate veterinary or emergency care when needed

  • Guardians must feed the dog a diet approved by the breeder.

  • Guardians must be able and willing to identify and notify us immediately when a female begins her heat cycle

  • Guardians must not allow a female in heat near intact males

  • Guardians must not allow a male guardian to breed with unapproved females

  • Guardians must live within a reasonable driving distance from Stafford, Va.

  • Guardians must communicate, cooperate and coordinate with the breeder regarding testing, mating, whelping, and other breeding related activities

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