HI, I am Barbara Laing, I am an in home hobbyist breeder of Dachshunds. I live in the small town of West Newton, PA located just an hour south of Pittsburgh in the South Western part of Pennsylvania. My females and males all live our in home with us, not in an outdoor kennel. I take pride in hands on care of my girls and their puppies. My females receive the best of care during their pregnancy. They never whelp their puppies by themselves. I am right there with them, even if it means staying up all night. I sleep in the puppy room with mom and the new pups for the first week and a half to two weeks. I like to make sure that mom doesn't accidentally lay on any of her babies. These little sweeties can weigh, at birth, any where from 5 to 8 ounces. After they are big enough and I feel they are safe with mom, I still use a baby monitor to listen through the night in case of any problems. As the puppies grow they are handled to make sure that they are well socialized. My grandsons live next door and come over to spend time playing with the puppies to assure some socialization with children. It is my goal to see that my customers receive a happy, healthy, well socialized puppy. My pups are given the best nutrition starting to be fed slowly at three weeks old, gradually increasing their food over the next few weeks as to make mom's weaning time easier for her. Puppies may be visited after they are four weeks old. This is to protect them from illness that could be brought in accidentally, as their immune systems are not as strong for the first few weeks. I have had 100% satisfaction with customers. In the web site you can see the reviews from past customer along with some emails. It would be my pleasure to provide you with your special puppy when you are ready for a new addition to your family. Every puppy is special here and receives a lot of TLC.
I have been raising dachshunds for seven years now. My first experience with a dachshund was with one my Father had adopted at the Humane Society. She was a black & tan short haired female named Molly. She was very smart and had a wonderful temperament. My dad had her for quite awhile. She became ill and had to be put to sleep. Molly had won my dad's heart for the dachshund breed. Years passed and my Dad became ill and had to move in with my husband and me, as he needed some one to take care of him. One day I had gone to the bank and on the bulletin board was an ad for dachshund puppies along with a picture. Remembering how much my dad loved Molly, when I got home I told him about the pups for sale. He said,"No, you have enough on your hands taking care of me and the house." At the time I was also working a part time job. The next morning I was sitting at my computer, checking my emails and my dad came out in his scooter chair and just sat there looking at me. I ask him if everything was alright? "Well", he said, " I didn't sleep well last night". I asked him why? He said all he could think of was the puppy, all night, that I had told him about. You guessed it, we got the puppy. He named her after Molly, but spelling it Mollie this time. Mollie was a fantastic puppy with him. She stayed in his room with him. He spent a lot of time in his room watching TV, playing games on an old computer we had and now he had Mollie to play with. She did a lot to lift his spirits. At first she used the puddle pads to do her thing. It was winter when we got her and when the time came as the weather changed and warmed up, I was wondering how she would be able to let me know when she had to go out. She stayed in the room with my dad to keep him company. Well, she did fantastic. As I started to take her outside to go, she got the idea quickly. She would come to his bedroom door which was down the hall from our living room and stick her nose under the door and whine for me. She did great with the house breaking thing. Eventually my dad's illness progressively got worse and needed round the clock care, so I left my job. Little Mollie could no longer stay in with my dad and I had a lot going on caring for him. My sister came and took Mollie home with her for awhile. My dad passed away and Mollie had adjusted to being with her, so I felt it was unfair to her to keep moving her around. So Mollie now resides with my sister and I get to visit her occasionally.
I became friends with the lady I bought Mollie from. She asked me if I thought I would like to start breeding the dachshunds. My husband & I talked about it and I gave it a lot of thought. I had always loved dogs. So I said yes. She helped me get started and provided me with my first few females. I paid her for stud service for my girls. We worked and advertised together for the about four years. Then we talked and decided to advertise separately and I would go under a new name and she would keep the name we advertised under before. I am now in my seventh year of breeding dachshunds and have had several beautiful litters. See my past litter page for pictures.
I am State Licensed. My place was last inspected by a Pennsylvania State Dog Warden on August 8, 2013 and found to be in compliance with all of Pennsylvania State Laws. My dogs are up to date with their shots, licensed and in good condition. Most of my dogs are micro chipped. Pennsylvania has become one of the few states to have tightened up their laws on breeders to help stop puppy mills. I personally agree that this is something that needs to be done to protect innocent dogs & puppies. I give a lot of credit to the dog wardens who do this job as they see some pretty awful things and do a wonderful job at protecting and rescuing these helpless pets. As a breeder I take pride in my dogs and puppies and treat them as part of my family. I will do whatever is necessary to provide my Dachshunds with the proper care and give them the love they so much deserve.
I also had my AKC records and my dogs inspected May 31, 2013 by their Executive Field Agent Mr. Robert A. James and found to be in total compliance with AKC Regulations.
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The American Kennel Club takes pride in what they do. They expect people who breed dogs to keep good records for the breeding of their dogs and litter records for the puppies. They reserve the right to inspect these records of breeders for the privilege of belonging to the AKC. They reserve the right to revoke your privilege if they find that you are not following AKC regulations. Therefore you cannot have any AKC paperwork for your puppies if you are not found in compliance. They also inspect your dogs for identification, cleanliness and signs of parasite infestation, neglect, wounds and any weight problems that may be detrimental to the health of the dog. They check to make sure the dogs are housed adequately, their living conditions are clean, there is absences of orders, that they have fresh air, light and plenty of room for safe exercise.
Many times people ask , "Why should I buy an AKC registered dog". This is why, you can be sure that if they are inspected and found that all areas are in compliance with the regulations of AKC that your puppy, as well as it's parents, have had excellent care.