Keeptryst Kennels

Keeptryst Kennels We show dogs and have occasional litter of well bred, healthy, sound dogs. On occasion we may have a

10/03/2023
Yep!!!
09/22/2023

Yep!!!

This is a MUST READ for any breed you are thinking about purchasing. You buy the less expensive puppy you will pay more in the long run with vet visits because of potential serious health issues.

POTENTIAL OWNER: How much is the puppy?
BREEDER: $3,000+ dollars.
POTENTIAL OWNER: What?? It's way too expensive!!
BREEDER: What do you think would be a good price?
POTENTIAL OWNER: No more than $500. You breeders are so overpriced.
BREEDER: I am sorry you see it this way; why don't you try it yourself?
POTENTIAL OWNER: But I've never done it!
BREEDER: For FREE, I can teach you how to do it, and you will also have the knowledge of how to do it again.
POTENTIAL OWNER: Perfect, thank you!
BREEDER: To start, you will need a female(average cost $3500 and up)and a male(average cost $3500 and up) or semen (average $2000-$2500 and up). You will need to do & pass OFA Breed specific OFA health testing on them, which averages about $800+ per dog.
Let's not forget progesterone testings, inseminations, ultrasounds, x-rays, semen collections, semen analysis, potentially semen overnight shipping, and so on ($1500+).
Raise and provide daily care, feeding & grooming for two years. (minimal $250 per month) Oh, don’t forget monthly prevention, annual vet visits, and any other additional vet visits.
POTENTIAL OWNER: But I don't have that much money...
BREEDER: For $1200, you can raise a litter and then keep one of the puppies. Obviously, you will pay the cost of whelping & care.
POTENTIAL OWNER: I can do that.
BREEDER: OK, so I have a female due to whelp in 2 weeks. You will need to be available 24/7 around the clock for at least 9-12 weeks to help with delivery and care. ( a million loads of laundry) Another 4-plus weeks to monitor mom and puppies.
POTENTIAL OWNER: twelve weeks?? It's way too much time for me! I have to work.
BREEDER: Plus, You will need to be available for puppy families to call you 24/7 with a worry or concern, no matter the age. You MUST also be ready to take back the puppy/dog at any age if the family has an unforeseen emergency.
BREEDER: You will also need the reproductive vet to do progesterone testing($110/ test ), X-ray to get headcount ($100) & C-section($1000-$5000 if needed), and initial vet care on pups until old enough to be placed ($800+).
Have on hand a scale, thermometer, latex gloves, puppy pads, incubator, oxygen concentrator, nebulizer, heating lamp, whelping box, puppy pen, blankets, toys, bowls, cleaning supplies, appropriate food with supplements for mothers, formula, medications & hand feeding supplies in case of emergency...
POTENTIAL OWNER: But I don't have all these things!
BREEDER: For $5000+, you can buy them.
POTENTIAL OWNER: Ummm .... You know, I think it might be better if I just buy a puppy.
BREEDER: Wise decision.
For us, there are no vacations or holidays; while you go to visit with family & friends, we are home at our dogs' side caring for them. It is a no-break commitment.
THIS IS THE REALITY
When you choose a reputable person, you aren’t only purchasing the puppy but also knowledge, support, experience, love, time, sacrifices, etc...
**Plus the cost of lifetime support to the puppy owners…
These numbers are just the tip of the iceberg, (best-case scenario!!!) As a reputable breeder who takes on this journey full-time!
Very well said…
*Copied and edited from another breeder*

"A friend sent me a post, and it really hit home to me... All these people dropping $2500-$7500 for  "Doodle". A MUTT, o...
08/19/2023

"A friend sent me a post, and it really hit home to me...

All these people dropping $2500-$7500 for "Doodle". A MUTT, out of pet quality parents, most likely no genetic testing or titles behind either parent. These doodles are not registered, so these unethical breeders are held to no standard, rules or code of ethics. Buyers assume all these risks, yet as an ethical, responsible preservation breeder, buyers do nothing but complain about pricing of a purebred. Do you all realize how much it costs to hire handlers, pay entry fees, travel, genetic test, feed quality feed, a well bred purebred?..

Ethical breeders should be the ones people flock to, not these mutt breeders!...

It really makes me so sad that thousands of hours of hard work, research and the experience of dedicated breeders are ignored and ridiculed but they admire someone who throws 2 dogs in a backyard and gets pups.

01/01/2023
This!!!
11/21/2022

This!!!

If anyone is interested in a great Lab puppy contact my dear friend Sandy!
11/03/2022

If anyone is interested in a great Lab puppy contact my dear friend Sandy!

Happy 4th! ❤️🇺🇸❤️
07/04/2022

Happy 4th! ❤️🇺🇸❤️

04/27/2022
03/18/2022

As a thank you for donations made toward Ukrainian relief, I'm offering cover photos of breeds. These can be shared on your own profile subject to credit being given to the original artist.

As I'm getting rather inundated with requests - which all submitted via different channels too - I've made a Google spreadsheet - so please add your breed if you want yours done!

If you see someone has already requested yours, increase the no of request column by one 🙂 I will be finding any duplicates but this will remove a little bit of the confusion... hopefully!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1YZ5kQiqPprN1BnvaKoiQZlv_6GbRn_0DRZEIRMebE7s/edit?usp=sharing

If you can supply photos please can you either message me, or email me at [email protected]

I would need both the dog's owner and the photographer's permission, but if you can obtain it, I can absolutely add your breed! And once drawn, I can then make cards, stickers, stationery and mugs 🙂

And of course, the original will be available for you x

Here is where you can purchase the drawing if you would like your breed drawn: https://ambermariestudio.com/product/your-pet-drawn-as-an-on-the-move-portrait/

We have had the grand pups for the weekend. 💕 our Leo and Emmy!
02/14/2022

We have had the grand pups for the weekend. 💕 our Leo and Emmy!

01/25/2022
01/18/2022

3.5 year old male from my breeding needing placement. His owner passed away unexpectedly a year ago. He has been with a close friend of the previous owner, who kept him in training and obtained his BH.

Unfortunately, she is forced to retire / place him. He has been diagnosed with fibrotic myopathy. He limps in the rear right leg from a muscle impingement. It hasn’t slowed him down at all and he is still full throttle. He is restricted from jumping competitively but has no problem getting on couches or the bed.

Remy loves to cuddle and would make a great addition to someone familiar with the breed. Ideally, he is looking for a home with no other animals.

Crate trained and great in the home.

Please reach out and I can get you in touch with his current owner. Remy is currently located in Michigan.

[email protected]

12/31/2021
Since we have a diabetic in the house we have to be extra diligent about xylitol.
11/25/2021

Since we have a diabetic in the house we have to be extra diligent about xylitol.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and remember…
11/20/2021

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and remember…

09/25/2021

They're A LOT MORE than just a cute face 🙌

Player and Claudia at the doggie dentist for their checkups with Dr Riley!
09/08/2021

Player and Claudia at the doggie dentist for their checkups with Dr Riley!

7 Benefits of Adopting an Older Dog_________________________________Everyone loves puppies! However you may be surprised...
08/24/2021

7 Benefits of Adopting an Older Dog
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Everyone loves puppies!
However you may be surprised by how rewarding it can be to adopt an older dog.

An older dog can be the perfect choice for those who may not have the time, desire or experience for training a pup. At the same time, older dogs can bring a new kind of joy to longtime dog owners who want to experience the instant and unique bond that can only be formed with an older dog.
Also, when adopting an adult dog you have a better idea of what you are going in for, size, temperament, everything.

Something to know about breeders placing an older dog… The dogs they have kept were often the pick of the litter and have had extra training, socialization and attention. These older dogs are often the best of the best.

You may be surprised at how perfect an older adopted dog can fit into your life. Here are some of the advantages of adopting an older dog.

1. Most older dogs have already been housebroken
It would be rare to find an adult dog that still needed to be housetrained, so right off the bat your new adult dog can enter your life without any of the mess or stress that comes with a puppy.

2. Older dogs can form deep connections with you
An older dog can bond with you just as deeply as a puppy. When you take in an older dog it may feel like they instantly know that this fantastic new person has come into their life and changed it forever. Older dogs are ready to love and are incredibly appreciative of the love you’re bringing into their life. In fact an adult dog never forgets you, whereas pups tend to be "out of sight, out of mind"

3. Adult dogs may be more receptive to new training
The amount of training your new adult dog has under his belt will vary, but no matter the amount, it's all icing on the cake. Simple commands such as sit, and stay are most likely already in your dog's arsenal, and if you're lucky, your new dog will come leash-trained as well.

An older dog is also more receptive to learning new commands. Older dogs with prior training can be quicker to pick up on new command cues. With the firm bond you two share, there will be more concentration from your dog towards each one of your actions. This natural awareness will make your new dog much more receptive to learning new commands.

4. Older Dogs Have a Calmer Temperament. With age comes not only wisdom but also a more relaxed state of being for dogs. (This may not true be for every dog, but an adult dog will have established his character and there are no surprises later on)

For seniors living a more relaxed lifestyle, adult dogs can make the perfect companions.

5. Older dogs have better manners than younger pups. Dogs with calmer temperaments will often have better manners than youthful, more excitable dogs. When the UPS truck rolls up, an older adult dog may give it a sideways glance, rather than jump off the couch barking at the new intruder.

Older dogs often have the benefit of being socialized previously with both other dogs and with other humans, making them more likely to have positive interactions in the future.

Older dogs have also likely gone through some kind of obedience training, which should help make them more well-mannered.

6. You can bond with the dog you’ve always wanted. So, you’ve always wanted a purebred puppy but just cannot afford one. Well, guess what, an adult is sitting somewhere right now waiting for you to come and get him or her.

When you get an older dog, you know in advance what to expect from their behavior, rather than rolling the dice with a younger dog without a fully developed personality.

7. Older dogs need your help
Older dogs find loving homes at a much lower rate than younger dogs. These dogs should be enjoying their golden years. The knowledge that you have offered a home to an older dog is very gratifying. You will not be able to deny the warm feeling of pride for changing a dog's life. The love you give to this dog is a love it would never have otherwise known. The same goes for the love this dog will return to you in spades. A kind of love that can only take place between a dog and a human.

After a question about recall I thought I would post my opinion. My formative years in training I was a big fan or Rin T...
06/12/2021

After a question about recall I thought I would post my opinion. My formative years in training I was a big fan or Rin Tin Tin and Lassie. I started training dogs in elementary school. Our dogs would almost always come to me but hardly every to my mom. Several reasons for that. 1) My mom was terrified that they would run away - I always assumed they would come. Takeaway - dogs (and children) more often do what you expect them to do. Expect good behavior and that’s normally the result. 2.) My mom would chase after them - I would ignore them or run the other way and make them catch me. Again I normally got what I expected. 3.) Mom never put time in on training. I spent hours playing (training) with my dogs. They learn from play. As I got older and trained of AKC Obed in the 1980’s discipline training was all the rage. I and my dogs did not do well with this. I correction now and again is fine but this kind of regimented training took all the fun out of training for the dogs and myself. This type of training taught dogs to fear the correction coming for bad ex*****on of a command. I have found I get much better results from my dogs when they REALLY REALLY want to get that WOO HOO shout and my arms are open for a big hug, treats and belly rubs. I train strong willed German Shepherds so they also do no that when I ever shout NO! that they halt everything immediately and wait for the next command. I want my dogs to stop if I see a copperhead, not play 3 more mins until they step on it and get bit. You get out what you put in. Also know your dogs and don’t set them up to fail. The Border Collie pictured was a stray rescue at age of 2 . He had no training and was an absolute terror. He came a long way and could have gone to the highest level of Agility except... he was terrified of anything that sounded like a gunshot. He had to have a GPS collar because he was never ever trust worthy off lead when a bang happened. Backfiring vehicles, thunder, gun shot, chair falling over at show sites... he would suddenly go from a sit to 40mph dead run. More than one time I had him on a leash and hit the ground face first. He would not hear anything, he would not see anything, his eyes wouldn’t focus. He would run for miles until his pads were raw. I had to accept this and adapt. I always had a leash with me. I trained the German Shep pictured to herd him back around to me if he bolted and the boxer mix was trained to track him. Being a working temperament BC he had to run and work off lead to get exercise so I learned to adapt and train only at home in the midday when loud noises were low risk. Get to know your dogs limitations and work with them. Think outside the box and try to always make things fun.
I train recall to bells/whistle and always reward with high praise, the faster they come and the happier they come the more I praise. I give high value treats, throw balls and play tug to reward a great recall. I also start them all out using my own form of Koehler long lead recall method that works without voice, treat or reward. It focuses on building attention to handler. This has been extremely successful for me. Good Luck and have fun!

Teenage dogs....
05/26/2021

Teenage dogs....

I am going to be discussing with Allen this weekend about giving up the hobby of dog shows and placing out most of the d...
03/13/2021

I am going to be discussing with Allen this weekend about giving up the hobby of dog shows and placing out most of the dogs.
I hope a few will take enough time to read this whole post.
In just one day I have seen a exhibitor post about masks at a show and in under 2 hours there were almost 600 comments full of hatefulness and judgement.
I saw another post from a respected breeder who was open about a possible health issue in his line that instead brought to light the fact that testing is sometimes flawed and thankfully his line is not effected by the issue. This breeder was thrown under the bus and gossiped about for being open about an health concern.
I have seen posts over vets and the high rate of su***de and then posts condemning vets for not being miracle workers and being selfish for need to be paid.
I haven’t been to a show in over a year and do not plan on attending any. I simply can’t handle the selfishness, nastiness and hatefulness of so many. They fight over masks, health testing, breeding, types of collars, training techniques, food, colors, housing for the dogs...
I used to enjoy going to shows, sitting and chatting with friends, watching puppies, talking about pedigrees, planning for future breedings but in recent years people have been too busy to get together and always in a hurry. Selfish people in my own life had demanded so much of my time I had to step away and few people even noticed my absence.
With PETA and animal right activist slandering and lying about responsible breeders and pitting rescues against breeders we went from being respected for our years of hard work to being hated by the public.
The world is just so nasty and I no longer see the weekend dog shows as a relaxing, fun and family oriented escape.
If those involved in dog shows do not take heed and make the shows inviting, fun and comfortable they will find the ever shrinking dog show world will cease to exist.
Anyone interested in any of the current dogs I have reach out privately.

Claudia 💕
02/18/2021

Claudia 💕

Responsible breeders are often rescuers as well. We love dogs and want to see all of them find wonderful homes. We are o...
02/10/2021

Responsible breeders are often rescuers as well. We love dogs and want to see all of them find wonderful homes. We are often attacked on social media and else where because the public is made to believe we are breeders because of the money. The truth is we don’t make a profit (but why is it wrong if we did?). We do health testing and spend untold hours trying to plan the best possible breeding. We spend money showing our dogs and breeding to the best in the world. We still step up and volunteer at local shelters, help find lost dogs, foster injured dogs, rescue dogs... we ❤️ dogs. BUT we will NOT support the likes or PETA or HSUS because as national organizations they are horrible to dogs, to beeeders and those donating. Please consider getting involved locally with shelters and get to know them and their practices, see what they need and help that way.

This guy (adult male) is now looking for the perfect home. Would do best with an experienced and confident female handle...
01/19/2021

This guy (adult male) is now looking for the perfect home. Would do best with an experienced and confident female handler that is willing and able to keep up with some training. Serious inquiries only. Would prefer a home where he can be the only dog unless the owner is experienced with GSD’s.
Located in the western DC/Baltimore area.

FDA Alert - Recall on Sportmix foods. We have never used this brand but wanted to get the word out about the recall. htt...
12/31/2020

FDA Alert - Recall on Sportmix foods. We have never used this brand but wanted to get the word out about the recall.
https://www.fda.gov/animal-veterinary/outbreaks-and-advisories/fda-alert-certain-lots-sportmix-pet-food-recalled-potentially-fatal-levels-aflatoxin?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery&fbclid=IwAR16hBKeiT22PWMMejMYFVhvuoAqCzhpb6BWm-NCKb5-f2qGzXrOKwvIzBw

FDA is alerting pet owners & veterinary professionals about certain lots of Sportmix pet food products which may contain potentially fatal levels of aflatoxin.

We want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year. This year has been a challenge and heartbreaking f...
12/25/2020

We want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year. This year has been a challenge and heartbreaking for so many and we would like to ask that every take a few mins every day to remember God is in control and to reach out to someone with a kind word or deed.
~ Allen and Becky

Remember this Christmas. A dog is not just for Christmas it is a LIFE LONG commitment. Think first.
12/03/2020

Remember this Christmas. A dog is not just for Christmas it is a LIFE LONG commitment. Think first.

This applies to dogs also... homeless, rescues and even purchased puppies without complete health records from a trusted...
11/05/2020

This applies to dogs also... homeless, rescues and even purchased puppies without complete health records from a trusted source can carry parvovirus, distemper other diseases and parasites. 
https://ragdolllove.com/homeless-cat/

You must know the serious risk of mixing a homeless cat (unknown health history) and your Ragdoll cat (or any of your cats) and how to handle this.

10/11/2020

This kind is arbitrary Bill, if passed, will likely lead us down a path to the eventual extinction of purebred dogs.
https://link.akc.org/view/5b86e9a924c17c57383e58b0cxss0.nyv/adc73b73?fbclid=IwAR0EzRNexvcmw9gtiloOZ1wsqIYHk3A7a1Bjw7mHOlAkbJ96yDqFCiwneq0

Last week, Sen Richard Durbin (D-IL) introduced a bill that would make changes to the federal Animal Welfare Act to mandate arbitrary new requirements for many dog breeders. S. 4757 – the “Puppy Protection Act of 2020” – is a companion measure (with the same language) to HR 2442 introduced l...

National Black Dog Day !!! 🖤🖤🖤
10/01/2020

National Black Dog Day !!! 🖤🖤🖤

The Wicked Chilly Dog is already looking the part of regal queen of the property at just over 6 month old! Love 💕 this g...
09/13/2020

The Wicked Chilly Dog is already looking the part of regal queen of the property at just over 6 month old!
Love 💕 this girl.

Time for our walk Mom..... 😀🐾🐾🐾
07/24/2020

Time for our walk Mom..... 😀🐾🐾🐾

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