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Naturally Reared English Shepherds

Month: October 2017

Mary: Snorkeling in the Pool

Mary is playing with leaves and snorkeling in the pool, while Ceallaigh, Breannan, and Áine wrestle in the background. The rest of the litter sought out shade and are sleeping on this hot September day.

Why Buy a Naturally Reared (“NR”) Pup?

The importance of buying a naturally reared pup versus buying a pup and then naturally rearing them is concisely addressed in the post below. With a NR pup, you’re investing in the long-term health of your new companion. You can’t put a price tag on that.

I’ve done both. While I don’t go into that in this post, I make some points that will hopefully get you thinking. I will not purchase an animal that has not been raised as nature intended. Well, I should mention a bit about my Golden, who I raised on a raw food diet (not quite NR). It didn’t go so well. By the time he was 18 months, I noticed problems that were brewing, which would have started before it was obvious…him showing symptoms. He passed a couple of weeks after his 8th Birthday. That’s not fair! His life was way too short! I did and tried everything I could to help him. To back up and fill in the gaps a bit. The next 6½ years we worked with herbs and diet, every day. He was happy and had a decent to excellent quality of life, but it was one that I had to be vigilant with providing him the necessary care to maintain. The last 2 months were awful for both him and us. I am not going to lie, I did get weary. Wishing I didn’t have to do any of it. The Veterinarians should have had their licenses taken away. What he had to endure and the time and money wasted on non-sense. During the last 3 years of his life, I decided I could not be a part of that world anymore. I went searching for breeders who were raising their dogs and puppies holistically, organically, green, whatever words I could think of to describe what I believed in. I knew there had to be someone out there that felt the same way I did. Sure enough, I stumbled upon natural rearing and have not looked back. Shortly after, I bought my first English Shepherd, Ula, who is 2nd-generation naturally reared. Eventually, Laddie followed, who is 4th-generation NR.

My litter of pups are 3rd-generation naturally reared. My breeding practices are strict, perhaps stricter than other NR breeders. This stems from my determination of not having a family and their dog suffer the way we did. It was horrible! Even now as I think about it, it breaks my heart. My poor boy didn’t deserve that. Can I prevent everything, no, but I can sure try.  My goal is to be conscientious and thoughtful in every decision I make. There is a reason behind everything I do. The more generations of natural rearing, clearing toxins, and building immunity that are behind them, the better. To a long, healthy, enjoyable life with your new puppy. Cheers!

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