This is always a double edged sword for us. Heartbreaking & Heartwarming both.
Heartbreaking, in that all of our dogs are members of our home and family. As such, they have our hearts and it is sooooo hard to see them go to their retirement homes. Even though you know what you are doing is the right thing. It is a tear filled process
We choose homes where they get to live with their people 100% of the time. Retired and semi retired families. Always someone home is a perfect scenario. They are then someone's constant companions. Lounging in the sunspot of a window, going for runs and hikes. Enjoying trips to town or travelling with them on holidays.
it is Heartwarming, when their families send us photos and updates about how they "just fit in like they have always been there", "after 2 weeks, I just cannot imagine a life where she isn't waiting for me at the front door", "giving their homes security and filling voids that had been empty for years". These little emails, texts and photos always touch me. I so love our dogs and it softens the hurt of their absence to know that they are being loved so much.
CANA VOM ALPHAPACK 2011 - 2019
Mother of "B Litter"
Cana was one of our original females. We got her as a wee pup. She never did get to be a large GSD. I called her my pocket rocket. She was a super sweet,extremely intelligent, tough as nails little dog. We made the tough decision to retire her after only one litter as she despised other female dogs.
We knew we had made the right choice with all the positive feedback from her family.
"Thank you so much for Cana. Couldn't ask for amore perfect companion for us and all our family and guardian for all of our animals"
She was beyond happy with life on a 100 acre hobby farm where she was loved by a retired couple and all of their grandchildren.
JETTA VOM ONGUARD
Litters: "C", "E", "H" & "I"
Jetta came to us a 4 month old pup. She was always a laid back, easy going girl. She produced many wonderful pups and was always wanting to mother the litters of pups that were not hers. She was a super awesome family dog. Loved, loved, LOVED to snuggle and be cuddled. Love to go from bed to bed of our children at night. When a semi-retired couple who lived on a secluded acreage, with grandchildren who visited often asked if we happened to have a older dog, we knew that this would be a perfect home for our girl. Within days she had made herself at home, like she had been there for years.
Litters: "D", "F" & "G"
Yorka came to us at just over a year. She won our hearts instantly. She was such a card. Always doing the most hilarious things. After her 'retiremnt', she continued to live with us for another couple years. She was such a pleasant dog to live with. definately not a mean bone in her body. Then a lady inquired about her. She and her husband were a perfect fit for our sweet Yorka. She now lives in Vancouver, enjoying warm winters. As a plus, she gets to travel to the Atlantic every summer, enjoying holidays with her people and swimming in the ocean.