My apologies that I have been hard to get hold of recently. I’m trying to squeeze in 2 more triathlons and one more half marathon in the next 3 weeks, so am trying to juggle work, dogs, and training. The good news though: I have allocated the whole of Saturday and Sunday the 12th and 13th of December for visits. We are 90 mins north of Melbourne (allow 2 hours). Each appointment will be with one family, starting sharply on the hour and lasting up to 45 mins. If you’d like to see our fantastic facility and meet our great dogs, this will be the time. The only caveat, is if the weather is horrendously hot and/or with northerly winds, we will re-evaluate. Email me at: email@example.com letting me know a bit about you and we can go from there.
It’s important to us that you visit us to get a better understanding of the breed, and just as importantly identify if we’re the right breeder for you.
We’re about 90 mins north of Melbourne on a large property which we set up specifically for the Portuguese Water Dog – the only one of its type in Australia, and one of very few in the world.
Please wear old clothes. You can have the opportunity to see a lot of dogs, or a handful – which suits most. We will show you energetic dogs, and not the ones that are trained within an inch of their life – it’s important I show you the real dog, not one that is on its best behaviour and sits meekly at your feet for an hour, because that’s not a realistic picture of the breed.
You will get the opportunity to see the breed in action, and see how I exercise them. You will get to see in person if this is the energy level you want. Most love an energetic dog – but it’s not the breed for everyone.
We will talk about how they need to be trained, and if you want to impress me further, you can tell me about the local dog training school in your area and which night/day of the week you can attend their training sessions.
We can talk in depth about health issues, and I can talk about the very small number of genetic diseases we’re able to screen for, and those that no test exists for. We can talk about dog insurance schemes and why they are important.
These sorts of activities below are what I want you to see – these are my dogs working at my place and having a wonderful time:
Please note: during summer if you’re booked to come and see us and the weather is over 30 degrees, we’re likely to ask for a re-schedule. We do not allow our dogs out in the heat of the day, even for a swim. Their safety is important to us, as you’d expect.
This means also when you visit in summer, not only wear old clothes, but wear a hat. And make sure your kids have hats too. And sunscreen. And perhaps even their water bottles. We want to make this fun, not have issues afterwards because of the heat.
Also, if we’ve had a lot of rain, we may ask to re-schedule. We tend to have a lot of rain or nothing, which makes the roads impassable at times, but also means getting around our property an issue. And I don’t want to be standing out in the rain for an hour talking to you, and I’m sure, you don’t want that either. You may even want to wear your gum boots – you know those really cute ones you bought that you thought you’d use and you never have – now here’s your opportunity! We can see who has the best boots!
So feel free to ask me questions about weather. We live in the country. We are obsessed by weather.
And please, don’t wear white clothes. Sometimes we have people arrive in the most gorgeous assortment of expensive white clothes with that special white knitted cardigan, and those gorgeous shoes best suited to dining beside the Yarra in a posh restaurant sipping a lovely sav blanc – don’t wear them here. I will laugh if you do. Sorry, I’m like that. <g>
And finally – I have a thing about hours. I run a small boarding kennel where my hours are restricted under our permit. This means there are things I can only do during those times, and outside of those times, my times are usually very scheduled. So just because you’re coming to a rural area, don’t think we’re sitting back under the gum trees all day waiting for people to pop in for tea and scones (feel free to make and bring some though). Often my entire week is scheduled from one hour to the next. I also have a number of clients who have medical conditions, and I am on call to pick up their pets at any given moment if they are admitted to hospital.
We can schedule appointments during the work week or on the weekend. 10am is often a good time, particularly on a Saturday or Sunday morning in summer. Afternoons in summer often don’t work because of the heat. In the cooler months there is often some flexibility. Saturday afternoons are usually off limits due to the fact that I work 7 days a year, and average less than 6 days off per year (including weekends), so I need a little time to spend with my family and/or snooze without the phone ringing.
That being said, I absolutely want you to visit. And if you have kids with allergies, I will insist that you visit to make sure this is the right breed for you.