We all enjoyed meeting you and the other dogs, especially her parents! Lucy is doing great, and the potty training is going well too. She is so sweet and incredibly lovely.
Warm regards, Mary Jo
Wojdyla Family with Jozee
She is doing SO well I'm waiting for a crazy dog to bust out:) she took well to her crate. Only whined a little bit when going to bed and no accidents yet!
So thank you for such a wonderful little puppy. She has been a blessing thus far. Now cross your fingers and knock on wood so I don't jinx myself!!
April with Boris
Hi Daphne! We are doing extremely well with our puppy! I named him Boris. He did good on the ride home. When we first starting driving, he began to whine a bit. We did everything we could to comfort him but nothing seemed to work until we turned the radio on. As soon as he heard the music, he settled right down and fell asleep. We stopped twice to potty (he went the second time but not the first).
His kennel is in my bedroom so that I can hear him at night. That evening he cried and whined for about 15 minutes before watching a little t.v. (seriously, he watches t.v.!) and falling asleep. He had one accident in the house that night (completely my fault! I didn't take him out before going to bed so he peed on my bedroom floor. Still not thinking, I just put him in his kennel until the next potty time. When I went to take him out, he had already peed in his sleep.) and hasn't had one since. I have been working with him on potty training since we got home. I take him out every 2-3 hours, all day and night. Now, he let's us know when he needs to go out. I also have a potty training bell but it is a bit too far for him to get to with a full bladder. Tomorrow, we plan to leave him alone for the first time. He does very well by himself with someone in another part of the house.
Boris went to the vet on Monday and he said he looked great. All the people in the office were smitten by him! While waiting to see the vet, another dog was barking and acting up a bit. So, while sitting in my lap, Boris gave him a couple barks! He was so cool about it, he just lifted his head and "bark-bark" then watched the dog pass by. Of course, everyone thought this was hilarious since the naughty dog was about 3 times his size!
I can not thank you enough for this precious gift. He is an absolute doll and we love him so much. He is learning very quickly and I can't imagine life without him. With the cold weather approaching, my mom bought him a winter coat. He can not sit still long enough for us to take pics but when we do I will send them to you.
His favorite toys are the squeaky muffin you gave us and a little squeaky Lamp Chops. Here he is with Lamp Chops.
The Kohns with Beau
This was posted to Facebook page: Brought Beau to the vet yesterday. She (my vet) was thoroughly impressed with not only Beau (she commented on how beautiful his markings are, his overall disposition, etc.and kept asking all the other staff in the office to come and look at him), but also was extremely impressed with the contract, microchip, tips, and overall organization of the materials you provided, Daphne Riggs! She said the fact that you groomed them before letting the owners take the puppies home was a sign of a VERY good breeder. Beau was the star of the show there, and the vet asked for your contact information. I have a feeling you will be getting some referrals!!! ;-)
PS: The Kohns have placed a second deposit with me for a Liver or Liver/Tan from my 2014 litter. I am thrilled that they are so happy with Beau and with me as a breeder -- to come back for another puppy.
Marcy and Gabby
Here's an updated picture! Gabby is doing great in every way. Potty training is going great! She even walked over to the door tonight so I let her out and she pottied right away! There was a lot of crying the first night and I of course gave in to it and ended up playing with then held her the rest of the night--we ended up sleeping on the couch together . . . last night I was too tired to give in and let her cry. She carried on for about 10-15 minutes and then was silent. We got up about 3:30 am and she pottied outside and then back to bed till about 8! I need some reassurance . . . it's not cruel to let her cry at night is it? (I told her no it is not and that the puppy will adjust) She sleeps in her carrier in my bedroom and she is able to see me . . . .Also I firmly tell her to "shhhh" (I agree with this too -- great training right off).
She was exposed to a 3 year old and 4 month old today. Was great around both of them!
I hope the other new families are as happy with their puppies as I am with Gabby! UPDATED: EMAIL DECEMBER, 2013 -- Hi Daphne!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are surviving the weather!
I wanted to send you a picture of my 5 1/2 month old Gabby! (I hope you're able to open it!) It's not the greatest picture but it gives you an idea of what a sweety she is! It was taken yesterday after our Christmas celebration. She behaved herself so well!! She did well around my 1 1/2 year old great nephew, but to Gabby's dismay he wasn't too interested--still too young I think. She is so much a part of the family I don't think anyone can imagine what life was like before I brought her home! She is a part of every family gathering (be it the weekly Sunday Colts game or a major holiday--she's right in the midst of it all!) She traveled to Michigan for a second time; this time for Thanksgiving. As she always has since day one, she traveled perfectly--stayed in a hotel for the first time too! :)
She completed 6 weeks of puppy training in November and will be starting an "intermediate" class for four weeks starting January 8. She loves being around the other puppies but thinks she's there to supervise! :D (Gotta love schnauzers!) My family and I have concluded that of all the schnauzers we've had in the family (3) she is by far the brightest (likely has the best pedigree too!)
I would say we have potty training pretty well licked. As long as I keep her on our routine and don't get too confident in her abilities, we'll be fine. In all the time I've had her she only had one accident in her bed during the night and she has NEVER had to go out in the middle of the night. I think that's amazing!!
Gabby is a healthy, happy, SMART, social, well behaved, well adjusted little girl. She loves my friends and famiily as much as they love her. I'm happy to say her favorite place to be is still whereever I am! She was meant to be mine and I thank God for that! She's the child I never had! Having said that I hope Teri is doing okay! Unfortunately for her she missed out on a marvelous dog. I hope she can acquire another one sometime soon.
I am so sorry about the loss of Scout. I saw the pictures you posted of her and her gentle, sweet soul was evident. My favorite pet before Gabby was a cat named Mystery. When I lost her in 2001 (she was almost 16) I thought I was going to need grief counseling. The pain of losing her was almost unbearable. I dearly love her still.
I hope 2013 is good and prosperous year for you and your family! Did you start a facebook page for the families of your puppies? If so, I think I'll break down and finally join facebook. I would LOVE to know how Gabby's siblings are doing!
Things keep popping up in my mind that I could mention about Gabby, but I've taken enough of your time with this novel I've sent you!! (Oh yes!!! She has no use for snow!!! She wants to be warm and dry!) Take care, Marcy
The Suter Family and Brody
We are so in love! It feels like we have had him forever - he fits in with our family so perfectly. He is so sweet and loving and follows Tiffany around like a shadow - it is so cute. She told me - "I love my family - mommy, daddy and My brother Brody". Haha! My sisters have come over and one is talking about getting a schnauzer now. Steve adores him and today I put a Dallas Cowboys bandana and he beamed "that's my boy!". He said our family feels complete. Brody loves being with us so I put him next to me in his crate and he does great. Potty training is coming along well - a few accidents but I just follow the guidelines about positive reinforcement. I bought the spray you suggested off Amazon and it's wonderful. He goes to the vet tomorrow. I've been making sure to put him around lots of noises and sounds and he loves playing outside with Tiffany. I haven't taken him anywhere for his protection but I did go to lunch today for two hours and it was so hard! I felt weird like I was leaving my baby! Bottom line - We are so grateful for you! He has brought us so much joy after a really hard year!
Carissa with Bentley
Carissa is in love with Bentley and says he is great with potty training and he is very mellow.
The Chambers with Hawkeye
Hawkeye is doing well. =) We have been going outside often. Walking 3 times around the yard before we come inside. I think we should have bought him a life jacket today. LOL
He doesnt like it when we leave :( He plays in his water bowl! LOL -- Water is everywhere and he looks like he had a bath. =)
I will keep you posted!
Daphne, We went to the vet this morning and Hawkeye is in perfect health!! (well I kinda knew that =) The Dr was so impressed with the packet of info you gave us and how healthy he was. She couldnt believe he had a hair cut already! He was loved by all!! Enjoy the picture! I had to carry him in the diaper bag because I had Olivia in tow. LOL Jennifer (Pictured right is Olivia and Hawkeye)
The Woods Family with Louis
Mary says that Louis is doing great! He has attached himself to her daughter Grace. He is going out to potty well and doesn't seem to mind the rain. :)
Dirk and Dwayne with Gracie
The first 24 yrs. went by pretty well. Gracie went with me to Starbucks for coffee this morning and has had so many visitors.
Below is an updated picture of Gracie.
The Gilberts with Ozzy
We are having a really great time getting acquainted, playing etc. Ozzy is a total joy. We are going to the vet tomorrow morning for our check up and then I will get him scheduled for 10 week shots. I can never thank you enough for our little gentleman-he has already brought a lot of joy and love to our home. God bless you and yours-Cheryl G.
Below -- Ozzy at three weeks and 9 months... look how bright he is now... beautiful!
The Hooks with Tink
It has been a wonderful day. The boys said this is the best present ever. Tinkerbell is such a good little girl! You really gave her a wonderful start! She didn't whine at all on the way home. We stopped for a potty break and she went right away. She had her dinner a little after 4 and we tried to take her out to potty before the rain hit but she she wasn't ready. After the rain stopped we tried again and she went within a couple mins. I think she is going to be a quick pottier! My husband thinks she is adorable! Because she is! She was wore out so she is in her bed taking a nap. She loves it when I get on the floor with her and rub her belly.
Thank You So Much! Amy, Maxen, Eli and Matt
Olga (not holding her pup) and Missy. With her friend Marilyn who is holding Missy (deposit on future litter).
Olga gave me a beautiful card and brought me Irish Soda Bread on the day of the pick up! I just adore these two ladies and I can't wait to get Marilyn her puppy too!!
Sale Family and Ziva
2012 got off to a bad start when our 10 year old miniature Schnauzer suddenly became very ill and we had to put her to sleep Jan. 4 2012 as she could no longer stand, eat, or even drink and was suffering greatly. She was a wonderful and smart dog, but she had a heart defect and trouble with bladder stones and thus was on a special diet and daily pills.
Stricken with grief the days without her seemed empty. My husband said I could look for a puppy. I wanted to make sure the next dog we found didn’t have medical issues or have to take pills all the time.
I searched high and low, calling different breeders and visited some too. I wanted to be sure we would have a happy and healthy puppy.
I came across Daphne’s website and was impressed how all the info I needed was in one place. I called her and skyped her and asked lots of questions. My vet looked at her website and was very impressed and amazed. I then decided to go on a waiting list for a puppy. There weren’t enough pups in that litter so she put me on the next list. This time the wait paid off.
She emailed me every week with new pictures and stories about the pups but advised us not to pick until 6 weeks when their personalities would be more distinctive. She was so right! With her help, we found the perfect pup for our family. When we went out to visit her and pick a puppy I was amazed how everything was so perfect.
Daphne’s dogs are all very well behaved. Her home is so beautiful and immaculate, no animal smells at all. I have talked emailed with Daphne and I think she is truly a remarkable Christian, who raises these dogs with love and compassion. It is easy to see that she always puts 100% into everything she does. She provides all the information for your puppy in a well organized packet, including details of their shots and vet visit.
If you choose to be put on her waiting list for her pups you will be happy you did. I know our prayers were answered. ZIVA IS GROWING UP -- PICTURED BELOW
Tate Family with Remme
Remme has spent 6 night here in her new home. She only goes potty outside (no accidents inside). She sits by the back door and stares outside when she wants to go. She will give us a little puppy talk if we don't see her. That makes us jump right up and take her out! She has us trained. Lol. She loves loves loves being outside. Also, for 2 nights now she sleeps through the night In her kennel (with No accidents). I tell her all the time she's the best dog ever. She knows a few words like sit, come, up, and lol no! I am so glad I've taken this week off work to help her adjust. It's totally paying off. She had her puppy check up yesterday. I know you hear this all the time but the vet was amazed at how she looked and behaved. She said we had a Great breeder. I said I know! She is healthy and worm free.
Thank you again for for all your hard work. See you in 7 weeks for my lesson:-)
The Corbins and Sophie
Daphne, Just wanted to give you an update on Sophie. She is doing great. Her adjustment has taken almost no time at all, and that has helped our adjustment! She has slept through the night both nights so far, however she has been an early riser (5-5:15). That is OK as most days we are, too. Sophie has had no potty accidents in the house....zero, none, nada. we are very thankful for the training you did during the first 8 weeks. She loves to play, giving all her toys (and a few area rugs) a workout. Her favorite by far, is the small tennis ball you sent with her. She likes to escape and rest in her crate, and seems to know that it is a safe spot.
We will forward more pictures in the future. Thanks again for matching us with Sophie. We love her, and she seems to love us back.
Take care, Dennis and Gayle
HERE IS ANOTHER EMAIL: Daphne, Thanks for the info. We had no idea she was the "big" sister, but that may explain her wonderful personality. Sophie went to the vet on Monday. Our vet was very happy with the health and confirmation of Sophie. He was very complimentary of you as a breeder, and most pleased by your willingness to work closely with your vet. Sophie weighed 4.9 lbs at the vet, and later in the week weighed 5 lbs on our home scale. She will return to the vet on the 16th. Sophie is doing quite well with her potty training, and what little trouble we have had have been more our fault than hers. She is sleeping in her bedroom crate at night and stays in a larger crate when we are gone during the day. When she is tired (or hiding from the vacuum), she will retreat to the crate on her own. Sophie has gotten very comfortable, has walked short distances on a leash, and has thoroughly entertained us with her antics and personality. As you predicted, she has been a cuddler. We could not be happier, but would like the heat to let up so Sophie can spend more time outside.
Take care, Dennis and Gayle (and Sophie!) SOPHIE IS GROWING UP -- PICTURED BELOW!!!
McCreary Family with Maddie
Hi Daphne! Yes, all is well at the McCreary household. I hope that all is well with you and yours too.
Maddie is doing great and is the most loving dog that we've ever had. We are really enjoying her. My family got together at my parents last weekend and she was loving each and every one of them, young and old! She also had a blast in their big yard! She and Zoe are such good buddies. Right now, Zoe is recovering from surgery on her left "shoulder". She has a four-inch suture that is exposed and she has to have minimal activity for six weeks. Try getting a puppy to understand that one! It's been really tough and it's only been a week! Maddie wants to play and Zoe tries to on her three good legs, but she really shouldn't.
If you are planning a trip our way, let me know. We would love to have you stop by for a visit.
I will definitely give Maddie some kisses for you!
Take care and have a great upcoming holiday!
Morgan Family with Boo
Via Facebook Post from Ellie: Just wanted to let you know that Boo is sound asleep. Once we got home we took her out back to pee and brought her in and she played with her new toys. She started walking around checking everything out in the house, back outside and did her business -- now she is sound asleep. Thanks for taking such good care of her for us!
Two weeks later: I've been meaning to email you and let you know that Boo is doing great. Dann and I are in love; puppy love that is! We took Boo to the vet for her shots.... etc. She goes back June 7th for her follow up shots. Our vets (2) examined her and we’re very pleased with her attitude, intelligence and looks! The techs loved her and the groomer was impressed with her looks! The vets were impressed that you took the puppies to your vet for their shots etc...; I guess they have a lot of breeders that apparently go to farming supplies store and buy the vaccinations and administer the vaccines themselves. Our vets don't consider a puppy vaccinated if this is the case - because they have no idea if the vaccines were handled properly at the store and through shipping. If they aren't handled correctly then that makes the vaccines ineffective.
Dann & I couldn't be happier with Boo, she has the schnauzer confidence and curiosity and boy is she tenacious in her play! And we love it that she is such a cuddle bug! We have been letting her sleep with us and so she cries when we have had to put her in her crate when we have to leave (which isn't often due to Dann being retired). We have been working on putting her in the crate for short periods of time while we are home (we don't want her to develop separation anxiety). One of the techs at our vet is starting a puppy socialization class and we will be taking her to that and then to obedience training in a few months.
The only negative thing that I can think of in relation to Boo is that Dann and I are always stepping around dog toys seems like they are in every room of the house! BOO PICTURED AS A TEEN BELOW
Siebert Family with Otto
VIA EMAIL: Hi Daphne,
We love Otto! We had a wonderful drive back. He was such a good boy. He adjusted well when we got home, and was happy to meet the family and friends that came to visit, and there were quite a few! He did sleep with me, and slept from 9:15 am until 5 pm and then went back to bed (after a potty break) until 6:30 am. My nice and nephew are having a ball with him and are over visiting every free moment they have.
We took him to my nephew's lacrosse game on Sunday, and he was the hit of the side lines. Everybody, I mean everybody wanted to pet him. He was a magnet to the little girls, who thoroughly wore him out. I took him to the vet today and again he was sought after.
There faces are just soooo cute, and not something you see every day. My vet fell in love and so did all the nurses at his office. I have given him your name in case someone asks him about schnauzers. I have hung a bell at the door he is to go out, and have been working with him on hitting it. Today, he "rang" the bell to go out and go potty! I was so excited and surprised. But then later, he peed on the floor! He really is a bundle of joy. Thank you again for letting us have one of your wonderful dogs. I know he will bless my family's and my life over and over again. It was a pleasure meeting you and your lovely children. I still can't get over ALL your wonderful dogs. Every schnauzer was sweet and the older dogs were charming. I never did figure out what the white one was. I will forward a few pictures.
Oh and by the way, everyone loves Otto's hair cut. It really does make him extra cute.
Happy Mother's Day to you too! Peggy
(Another email from Peggy later) Hi Daphne,
He (Otto) is truly the most special dog I have ever known. He is so friendly and EVERYONE loves him. My son and his friends love to pretend he is Simba the lion. He was their mascot during the Hockey playoffs and he became King as they were rooting for the LA Kings. He is just "so chill" as the boys would say. He is having a great time with his cousin dogs and his favorite is Beau, a 6 year old Bichon. He will be seeing Eliie this week who is a 2 year old golden doodle. He will be spending the fourth with Dieder, a 1 year old wired hair dachshund This week he learned how to climb stairs. Now it is his favorite game. Today he managed to escape upstairs and we didn't realize it. He had a great time with my daughters clothes!
Thank you again for letting Otto become part of our family. Happy 4th. God Bless America Peggy
Finkel Family with Edie and Louie
The Finkels picked up their puppies at 10 weeks old because it worked better for Louie and Edie to have their new family home with them for the summer vacation. I can't wait to hear from the Finkels in the coming weeks! Edie is a Black and Silver and Louie is a Liver aka Chocolate.
Update: Our dogs are wonderful. We have had a great time and they certainly love each other and being with us! 8/26/12