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Gossip is in Labor

Our sweet Gossip is in labor and doing well. With Sarge as the daddy we expect to see parti and tri parti puppies. As soon as all the puppies are on the ground we’ll update the website with information and images.

Acquired 4 Puppies from a Louisiana Breeder

I have had numerous inquiries lately asking if I had “ready to go home” puppies available. Since I only breed select females once a year I don’t always have puppies available in the time-frame some people would like. To fill our current puppy void I have acquired four puppies (two black and two chocolate) from a very reputable breeder in Louisiana which I have been dealing with for more than 25 years. Her breeding bloodlines are very similar to our Rockhaven ones, so getting one of her puppies is like getting one of our own. As a matter of fact, the dame of the two black puppies is our Tucker’s sister and the sire is our Maddie’s brother. For additional information don’t hesitate to contact me.

Interests in Maddie’s Litter

There has been quite a bit of interest in Maddie’s two puppy litter and a number of people have filled out and submitted reservation request forms. Please be advised that in order to reserve a puppy I require a 50% deposit that is applied on a first come first serve basis. If you have any additional questions don’t hesitate to email or call me.

Tammie Baker – Breeder

Canine Mythbusters

Your AKC
Myth Buster

We’ve all heard common dog myths – dog mouths are cleaner than humans, or one human year is equal to seven dog years. Here are some of those myths – BUSTED!

Myth: Dogs’ mouths are cleaner than ours
Fact: Sadly, humans have nothing to brag about with regard to dental hygiene. Our mouths are petri dishes for bacteria, and an extraordinarily high percentage of human bites become infected. Most of us practice some form of dental prophylaxis—regular brushing, flossing, antibacterial dentifrices and mouthwashes, and regular dental care with a professional. Unfortunately, most owners do not consistently brush their dog’s teeth, provide tooth-friendly foods, or schedule regular dental checkups or cleanings with their veterinarian. As a result, many dogs’ mouths house a variety of potentially harmful bacteria. Dogs bitten by other dogs are at risk of not only serious damage from the bite itself but also a potentially life-threatening secondary bacterial infection.

Compared with most people, a dog’s mouth is not cleaner than a human’s. In addition to less attention paid to oral hygiene, infrequency of regular brushing and dental cleaning, and a variety of unhygienic feeding and grooming practices, a dog’s mouth harbors a large population of potentially dangerous organisms, including zoonotic organisms such as Giardia. So, any contact with dog mouths should be minimal. Any dog bite, whether to another dog or to a human being, holds the possibility of infection and should be examined by a trained health professional.

Myth: Dogs eat grass because they are deficient in a nutrient in their diet or to make themselves vomit.
Fact: Dogs on well-balanced rations and in remarkably good condition regularly eat grass, and many dogs can be observed to routinely eat grass and not vomit. Research has revealed most grass to be a relatively poor emetic, and other studies have documented several wild canid species who also commonly eat grass. So the idea that dogs eat grass because they are missing something in their diet does not stand up under scrutiny for a variety of reasons. Likewise, the notion that grass is used by dogs needing to vomit cannot be supported experimentally. Some dogs might just like the taste. Be careful, particularly in teething puppies—excessive ingestion of leaves, sticks, grass, and other plant material can lead to gastrointestinal obstruction.

Myth: One human year is like seven to a dog.
Fact: For all living species, life expectancy is the result of several factors. Nutrition, exercise, availability of medical care, and genetics all play a major role in how long a dog lives. Generally speaking, a dog’s size will influence how long he lives. Giant breeds and larger dogs appear to age faster, and many of the smaller dogs are incredibly long-lived. Research your breed of interest. Your breeder, people who own that breed, and your veterinarian can give you some idea about your dog’s life expectancy.


We encourage you to research on your own so for more info visit Oct. 23, 2013: Federal health officials are warning pet owners to be cautious about feeding their dogs jerky treats as they continue to investigate a treat-related illness that has left nearly 600 dogs dead and sickened more than 3000 others. #recall #dogs — with Tony Rei Tolentino, Ben Herndon, Adelyn Ong and 26 others at


RECALL ALERT: Iverhart Chewable Heartworm Prevention

Written on 08/20/2013 by Brandy Arnold in Front Page News, Recalls

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Virbac Animal Health has issued an expanded recall of certain lots of Iverhart Plus Flavored Chewables for heartworm prevention.

This recall is an expansion of a recall issued last April due to low levels of Ivermectin, leaving dogs in the upper third of each weight range unprotected against heartworm infection.

According to PetMD, the following items are part of the expanded recall:

The following lot numbers of Iverhart Plus Flavored Chewables are included in the expanded recall:

Small (up to 25lbs)
120092: Small (up to 25lbs)
120397: Small (up to 25lbs)
120398: Small (up to 25lbs)
120798: Small (up to 25lbs)

Medium (26-50lbs)
120090: Medium (26-50lbs)
120301: Medium (26-50lbs)
120378: Medium (26-50lbs)
120450: Medium (26-50lbs)
121282: Medium (26-50lbs)

Large (51-100lbs)
120091: Large (51-100lbs)
120127:Large (51-100lbs)
120195: Large (51-100lbs)
120207: Large (51-100lbs)
120256: Large (51-100lbs)
120289: Large(51-100lbs)
120300: Large (51-100lbs)
120305: Large (51-100lbs)
120306: Large (51-100lbs)
120377: Large (51-100lbs)
120379: Large (51-100lbs)
120434: Large (51-100lbs)
120440: Large (51-100lbs)
120464: Large (51-100lbs)
120651: Large (51-100lbs)
120658: Large (51-100lbs)
120678: Large (51-100lbs)
120831: Large (51-100lbs)
121110: Large (51-100lbs)
121150: Large (51-100lbs)
121283: Large (51-100lbs)
121386: Large (51-100lbs)

No illness or adverse reactions have been reported as a result of this recall.

For questions or concerns about the Iverhart Plus recall, please contact Virbac Technical Services at 1-800-338-3659 ext. 3052.

URGENT: 2 major dog food brands issue recall


Proctor & Gamble has just issued a press release regarding a voluntary recall they are performing on select Iams and Eukanuba dry dog & cat foods, due to a possibility of Salmonella contamination. Fortunately, according to P&G, there have not yet been any reports of illness due this contamination.

Please review the list below to ensure that your dog’s food is not affected! If your food is on this list, please visit the original press release for more information on what to do.

List of Affected Foods

IAMS Recall

Eukanuba recall

Note: A dog who has ingested salmonella may be lethargic and have diarrhea (possibly with blood), fever, and vomiting. Some dogs will have only decreased appetite, fever and stomach pain. Infected dogs can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian ASAP.

AKC and VVMA Express Outrage at PETA Approach to Euthanasia in Animal Shelter

Dear Dog Lover,

The American Kennel Club® (AKC) and the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA) have today issued statements to highlight their vehement disapproval of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)’s apparent policy of euthanizing animals frequently at its shelter in Norfolk, VA. Furthermore, the AKC has called for the PETA shelter to take steps towards balancing its adoption and euthanasia rates for dogs and cats in its shelter.

“While most shelters strive for a 90% re-homing rate, PETA is apparently proud of their 99% killing rate and callously boasts that the animals it rescues are ‘better off dead’. That is an alarming ratio that should be fully investigated. PETA’s track record is absolutely unacceptable,” said AKC Chairman Alan Kalter. “Legitimate animal shelters in America re-home most of their sheltered animals. If some of Michael Vick’s fighting dogs can be rehabilitated and re-homed then PETA can — and should — do better. If they cannot — or will not — then they should leave sheltering to others.”

“Re-homing a dog is not always the easiest but it is AKC’s preferred route. PETA’s apparent lack of commitment to re-homing is hypocritical. Our experience, through AKC clubs’ rescue network, proves that a rescued dog can often thrive if given the much-needed love, medical care, rehabilitation and responsible placement into a new home. AKC is disgusted that euthanasia is seemingly so easily employed by PETA.”

“While it is true that some animals at shelters are too physically injured or psychologically scarred to be adoptable, many of them can be successfully treated, rehabilitated and adopted, said VVMA President, Mark Finkler, D.V.M. “Veterinarians throughout Virginia work with numerous shelters and rescue groups to assist in the care of these dogs and cats. It is disappointing to hear that PETA has a different philosophy regarding the handling of these abandoned and unwanted pets.”
• AKC affiliated clubs and dedicated volunteers comprise the largest dog rescue group network in the country.
• The AKC Humane Fund also supports rescue group activities through its Rescue Grants.
• The American Kennel Club believes euthanasia should be employed only as a last resort when all reasonable efforts to place adoptable dogs have failed. At the same time, AKC recognizes that not all dogs are adoptable due to temperament and health issues.

Keep Safe in the Sun

When the sun comes out, we all want to make the most of it and our pets are always eager to join in the fun. Yet just like us, dogs can suffer in the heat. When going for a long walk in the sunshine, it is important to remember that no matter how much they may run around, dogs are not inexhaustible. Be sure to stop regularly to let your dog have a drink, and walking near streams that they can paddle in will make sure that they can keep cool. The best time to walk your dog is in the early morning or late evening before the weather gets too hot. If your dog slows down and seems to want a rest, then let them lie in a shaded area for a while and cool them by pouring water on their neck, the pads of their feet, and their belly before continuing.

Summer is the perfect time to get the BBQ going, but this can hold all sorts of dangers for our pets. Dogs just love the smell of cooking meat but make sure that they can never snatch anything as sizzling sausages can burn their stomach when swallowed. Also dangerous are kebab skewers and cooked bones, which can splinter when chewed. Keep everything out of reach of your pet and make sure rubbish goes straight into the bin.

While everyone is having fun, it is easy to forget that your dog could be overheating in the sun. Signs of heat stroke include (but are not limited to): excessive panting, dark or bright red tongue and gums, sticky or dry tongue and gums, staggering, seizures, bloody diarrhea or vomiting, and rapid heartbeat.

Ensuring that they always have somewhere cool to sit and cool water (not ice water) to drink greatly reduces the risk of heat related illnesses such as sunstroke. You can help your pet by placing cool wet cloths on his paws and around his head. Also, offering ice cubes for your pet to lick is also a great cool-down treat!

Of course, no matter how careful you are, accidents can still happen to our beloved pets. PetPartners, the exclusive pet insurance provider of the AKC®, offers a range of insurance plans which can be quoted online within seconds by visiting or by calling 1-866-725-2747.

AKC Inspected our Kennel Today

I just wanted to let everyone know that the American Kennel Club Inspector came out this morning to inspect our kennel and ensure that we are in compliance with AKC requirements and accepted guidelines. I’m happy to report that the inspector was very pleased with our operation and approved us for another year.

All the best – <strong><em>Tammie Baker</em></strong>