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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