Fuzzypups! is an entity that prides itself on professionalism. Begun in 1993, and relocated to our current location in 1999, we were originally a 4-part business that: 1) sold puppies 2) babysat those puppies into adulthood 3) groomed those puppies/adults and 4) did the majority of rescue in Colorado for the Bichon Frise (up to 80 dogs a year).
We found out quickly that it was not a prudent business decision to co-mingle our boarding and rescue clientele (all neutered) with our breeding dogs (un-neutered). We also discovered that it was impossible to do all aspect of our business to the quality we wanted as each of the 4 aspects of our business were full-time professions.
Further, we determined that it was just not in us to be the one who paced the floor each time we had an expectant mother ready to give birth. The stress is high and the need to be with a breeding mom at her "time" prevented us from giving full attention to the boarding dogs that wanted us to play with them or visit with potential new owners if they wanted to visit puppies. Plus, with our vet 45 minutes away, it could be a life and death situation if we could not quickly get medical help to a whelping mom. Turning over the most stressful portion of the business to someone more experienced, who is honest, ethical and able to devote 100% to that task, was the best decision we ever made.
We have been in partnership on the Havanese with Clem Disterhaupt Sr. since 2012, adding the Soft Coated Wheaten in 2018. He and his wife Betty have been breeding the Havanese since 1997 and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers for 50 years; long before most folks in the US were even aware of either breed. Let me tell you why we are proud to be a partner with Clem. Why our loyal Fuzzypups! owners are on not only a 2nd or 3rd owner but 4th, 5th or 6th Fuzzypups! owner over a 25 year span. And why they are confident enough to return to us and refer to us.
Clem celebrated his 50th year in the dog business December of 2019. Clem was an AKC judge as well as President of the Nebraska Breeds Club (an elected position) for many years. Clem has been active in the Nebraska legislature to work on laws that govern the quality of life for pets being raised in kennels, including being on the board that created the puppy/kitten lemon law. When the National Humane Society needed a law passed to help stop the flow of imported puppies from other countries, they turned to Clem because he had the expertise and contacts to get accomplished, in a short time, what they knew would otherwise take years.
Clem is FDA, USDA and AKC registered and inspected annually. He has consistently received a 100% grade from these experts that keep kennels legal and ethical. His facility is set up to insure that all his dogs have indoor and outdoor areas to play, and that they have air conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter. At all times they have water due to his state-of-the-art self watering system. And the dogs get lots of socialization because he has kids and grandkids that make the family business work.
Clem's clients and advocates include a Nebraskan Senator who was his vet for many years and stated in one of many hearings that 'to judge Clem the best, you need to know that his home is worth $60,000 and his kennel $100,000'. Like us, that shows where his priorities are. The dogs and puppies always come first! Clem has attended as well as been a speaker at hundreds of seminars throughout the United States, and is a personal friend of Dr. Paige, who invented "Neopar"; the vaccine that has been critical in eliminating Parvo condition in puppies. Other clients include a well known Nebraska attorney who recently put in an order for his 3rd Soft Coated Wheaten. You can be sure, that if Clem was anything other than a professional he would not have such esteemed clients.
It take multiple dogs to be a professional rather than a hobby breeder. You will find few breeders that have anywhere near his experience. It is important to realize it takes a breeding program to be a good breeder. At any given time we have dogs that are not yet old enough to be bred (2 years of age) and we have dogs that are heading in to retirement (age 5-6) that are awaiting spay, dental and placement. This means at any given time up to 2/3 of our dogs are not breeding. And, it is also of note that both Clem and I are heading in to retirement ourselves, so we are downsizing annually to make sure all the dogs and puppies are properly cared for.
We have never denied, nor hid the fact that Fuzzypups! is a partnership. We are proud that since our first litter in 1993, we have an outstanding record of placement of healthy, social, AKC standard puppies. In our opinion, we are a better facility because we are in partnership and thus share the responsibility of breeding, raising and placing puppies. It is a full time profession, and it takes years to reach quality and more time to continue to educate and be on top of changes in the industry. It takes hours to keep web sites updated and more hours to visit with and educate and support our potential and current owners. So sharing the load makes it easy for each of us to do what we do best and provide the best care possible to owners as well as dogs and puppies.
If you want to know who we are, and what our puppies are like, come for a visit. We board the dogs of our clients here and at any given time, you can meet our Fuzzypups! from as early as 10 weeks up to the grand old age of 13-17 years. You can personally visit with any of our clients and ask them what they think and Know about us and what has been their experience as a Fuzzypups! owner. You can also visit our personal pets which include Munchkin, a 2008 Shih Tzu, Tinkerbelle (aka Stinkerbelle) a 2012 Mini Frise and Starlord a 2015 Havanese. Don't have time to visit? Ask us for references! Give us any letter of the alphabet and we will provide you a referral. Or call and talk to Dr. McKenzie at 303-471-5040, she whelped our first litter of BIchon Frise in 1993 and has many Fuzzypups! in her Highlands Ranch practice.
If we have not given you enough information to explain our "partnership" with a highly professional, regulated and respected breeder, please feel free to reach out to us, our vets, PACFA, AKC or ask for owner references. We have nothing to hide and hope you will feel comfortable adopting your new forever family member from us. But we also understand that we may not be the breeder for you.
Pam and Janae Knight **************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** GOOGLE Recently (Jan of 2020) an outrageous web site has posted to Google that Fuzzypups!, due to association with Clem, are a "puppy mill". Their goal to eliminate puppy mills is commendable, however their lack of investigation in the parties they target with their allegations is shameful. They base their list on bogus or old information, have interviewed neither PACFA (which regulates Colorado), AKC, USDA, Nebraska, BBB, nor any of our vets or clients. Additionally they make false claims to be "accredited". Before taking the information on their web site as gospel, do your own research, which is easily done. Google is not always your friend and full of false and misleading web sites. Before you jump to any assumptions about us, dig deeper than the fractions of information provided by a web site obviously geared to sabotage even the good breeders with their philosophy that no puppies should be bred until all adults in rescue are placed.
There is a new law trying to be passed in Colorado to restrict the sale of puppies in pet stores. On the surface this appears to be a very good thing as it touts the goal of eliminating puppy mill breeders. However, what many do not realize is that poor quality puppies are primarily coming from imports from other countries, including Mexico. Laws govern kennels in the US and although there are definitely puppy mills out there, they are fewer because of inspections and regulations. Unfortunately, pets stores have to sell a certain amount of puppies given them 3rd party from rescue organizations that are taking in the imported dogs. This has become problematic due to no regulations and no immunizations for imports. So Pet Stores are getting all the bad publicity, without full disclosure of cause of problems. Do not get me wrong, I do not recommend, nor support Pet Stores. What I do support is truth. Imports have spurned a new strain of Distemper which was virtually gone due to strict immunization laws for US breeders. Because of his past help and expertise, Clem has been asked to help make changes to the law he helped write to restrict imports. Unfortunately, the Senate, to protect import laws, drafted the bill to exempt rescue agencies such as the Humane Society. At the time Clem helped draft this bill in partnership with the National Humane Society, they had no clue that this exemption would pose the major problem it has become. If there were not educated and professional breeders such as Clem, there would not be laws to protect both the consumer and the professionals that make wonderful 4-legged family members.
Our puppies are AKC registration, however we withhold releasing their paperwork until we have proof of neuter. Our puppies are placed and intended for pet homes only.