STEP BY STEP: HOW TO RESERVE A PUPPY
2) Talk to Maggie on the Phone (541-961-5208)
3) Place a $208.00 Non-Refundable Deposit
4) You are now added to the Houndful Hearts Waiting List
How Picking Works
When your puppy is born, we will place a call to you. You may decide at that time that you would like to skip that litter and wait for the next. You will not have to go to the back of the waiting list, you will be placed first in the next litter. Depending on how many puppies the dam whelps, and depending on where your name appears on the waiting list, will determine who gets to pick, at 4-weeks of age, the puppy they want. We will place videos and photos of the puppies weekly online so you can keep track of all the puppies progress and which one you fall in love with and which one you would like to welcome to your family.
All of our puppies are $3,500.00 as pets with Limited AKC registration. If you are seeking Breeding/Show Full AKC rights, they are considered on a case by case basis. Full Rights cost significantly more.
What is Included?
Our puppies come with the following:
AKC limited Registration (Pet Only), 1st Vaccination, 5 Worming Treatments, Recipes for Oils, a blanket,a Puppy Food Starter Kit and a 2-year health guarantee (If you adhere to the 2-Year Health Plan outlined in our contract agreement for NuVet Plus and Oils)
We DO NOT ship puppies. I feel very strongly that it is not good for them at that age to suffer the trauma of being put in the cargo storage on a plane. Too many mishaps, accidents, and human error occur to trust that your precious puppy will be safe. So you MUST personally come and pick your puppy up OR we offer to deliver your puppy directly to you. Contact Maggie for a delivery quote.
Visiting Our Home
Home visitations cannot happen prior to pups being 8 weeks old. Prior to that, pups spend most of their time sleeping and nursing, thus personalities are not evident. At 4 weeks is when those that have placed deposits can pick their pups based on what pecking order they are in. We do this through email pictures, U-Tube videos and a GO-PRO for pups; at times we will arrange a special on sight visit, NOT in the home but on the front porch.
How Our Puppies are Raised
All our puppies are raised full-time in our home. We do not mass produce puppies. We believe in Quality not Quantity.
Houndful Hearts is an independent Mom and Daughter owned kennel. Our Basset Moms require mass quantities of food while nursing. They are always on Probiotics. We also supplement with eggs, yogurt and meat. Sometimes our nursing pups require extra nourishment if mom is having trouble with her milk supply. Thus, we will hand feed with a special mixture of goats milk, yogurt and eggs. All our pups and adults are on NuVet Plus vitamins. Our pups are always plump, healthy and happy!
It is typical for Bassets to deliver their pups by C-Section after a 63-day gestation period.
Basset Hound Moms require round the clock attention during the first week after whelping, as they tend to lay down on their pups. For the three weeks, mom and the pups live in our master bedroom in the whelping box. The fourth week they are moved from our bedroom to the mudroom and our family takes turns checking in on the pups. Our Basset Moms tend to have large litters. We divide the litter into 2 groups, leaving half with Mom, and half snuggling together in a crate with a heating pad. This ensures all pups are getting an equal chance for milk and allows Mom to get used to managing her large litter. Between 5 and 6 weeks they can go out for their maiden voyage of being wagoned to the yard where they can meet Dad and play each day outside, weather permitting.
Average Costs to Raise a Litter
Sometimes we are blessed and the cost to us is not over the top extreme. Other times, the costs can triple. It’s all up to God and Mother Nature. Below is what it takes to produce a healthy litter of 8.
Transportation cost to Vet. Our three Vets are located 100-600 miles away, that is 200-1200-mile round trip.
Vaginal smears and progesterone tests, this is needed every other day for a week
Side by side Semen collection/ Times 3 times
X-ray prior to whelping
The cost to feed the dam while pregnant
The cost to feed the dam while she is nursing
Supplement milk for the puppies
Cost of feeding puppies after they are weaned
Laundry and cleaning supplies
Registration of litter
Vaccines, Supplements and worming of litter
Web Site Fees
Supplies not listed (WEE WEE pads, toys blankets et.al.)
This does NOT include the time, dedication and CONSTANT attention it takes for Kyla and I to give in the raising and socialization of a healthy litter.
We NEVER use Brokers or Sell to Pet Stores
We DO NOT work through a puppy broker or use anyone other than good old fashioned referrals from parents and other breeders that we respect. Even then, it is Houndful Hearts decision alone on the fit between our kennel and perspective parents. I do NOT believe in the concept of puppy brokerage. If you are told otherwise that is NOT correct information. I do ALL my own interviewing of prospective puppy parents. I accept all my own deposits and I place 100% of all my own puppies.