YOUR VIRTUAL VISIT
At Habibi Bears we raise our puppies with a gentle intuitive process in our family home, as we feel this is the kindest method of raising puppies. Our home is our sanctuary away from all the troubles in the world, it's peaceful energy assists in raising the most precious puppies! Within this structure, I have infused intentions of unconditional love and peace for all who dwell and enter. This creates a very conducive environment for imprinting a powerful bond between human and puppy, and this experience is paramount in their development. As an Intuitive Empath, I tune into the energetics of my puppies, and am able to support them when needed. This gentle, natural method of co-living with the dogs is a subtle daily, energetic exchange that cannot be duplicated in a kennel environment. Our puppies receive the grounding energy from living within a family home. In our experience, we have witnessed the incredible difference in our intuitively-raised, naturally reared puppies. In order for me to maintain the balance for my family and my animals, we provide virtual visits for our families.
OUR HABIBI NURSERY
Welcome to our Home! At Habibi Bears, our puppies are raised on a proven advanced puppy curriculum. Our neonates are raised in a very climate-controlled environment that is supportive of dams caring for their young puppies. Once the puppies are weaned, they are moved to our kitchen, and the fun begins! The pups love being in the heart of our home, where they are exposed to all the activity of a busy household. Puppies have scheduled age-appropriate activities for each milestone!
"Can we come meet your puppies or view your facility?"
We do not operate a kennel, our dogs are our family and are raised as pets, first. Our mission at Habibi Bears is to bring our puppies into the world lovingly, while honoring the well-being of our adult dogs. We utilize a guardian program for our adult dogs, who are living their best lives in their guardian homes. As such, we do not have business hours for people to stop by and play with or meet our puppies, nor do we allow visits or tours of our home, for the safety of our dogs and young puppies, as well as our family.
We do provide Virtual Visit appointments during selection week by request for our adoptive families. This is a fun and interactive way to personalize the process and chat about your choices while going over important questions. As we focus on therapy placement, our selection process is essential in the proper placement of our puppies, and we enjoy getting to know our families on a personal basis. My goal is to ensure we have the placement right the first time, and we have an excellent success rate in this department!
As reputable breeders, we safeguard our puppies and their parents
With that being said, we do have a rise in requests to visit our dogs in person. While we love nothing more than sharing our beloved Habibi Bears with everyone who asks, due to increased safety issues and health risks (two separate incidents of families bringing parvo to our puppies, and a separate incident of theft), we do not offer in person visits. to ensure our animal's and family's safety. The resulting trauma from both incidents impacted not only us, but our waiting list families as well.
Below are a few reasons we are no longer allowing visitors.
Puppy Theft. After an incident in our home, we were informed by local police that this is a growing issue. Unknown traffic in our home endangers the safety of our puppies and our family. Significant harm has come to people like breeders and other home based businesses where unknown people are routinely invited in. (See articles below)
Disease Exposure. We have health concerns for the puppies, who have delicate immune systems and are not yet fully protected. (We had two incidents of people inadvertently carrying in parvo on their shoes, hands, clothing, and lost many puppies.)
We are not a Kennel Facility We are a real family, with a real life. Our home is our sanctuary, as your home is for you. Inviting strangers over on a regular basis is not conducive to a peaceful family life.
Added Stress for Mom and Babies - It goes against nature for a pregnant or nursing mom to have strangers around their puppies. Expecting them to allow this is not only cruel to the mother, but also unsafe. Stressed dogs can become protective and try to move their babies, accidentally step on their puppies, or injure them. Increased activity in the house of new people visiting is a significant source of stress for nursing moms. Allowing everyone who asks to come visit, would literally mean our home would become Grand Central Station. Stress produces cortisol and other stress hormones, which are secreted in the mother's milk, causing biochemically induced stress in the puppies. While we are aware that the internet tells people they should be able to visit a breeder or else its a 'red flag', this is a very biased perspective on this situation that completely disregards the safety and well-being of the animals (or the breeder) completely! After listing all of our concerns, I believe we have much more to risk. We advocate for our dogs first.
Our Home isn't Petting Zoo or Pet Shop. Over the years we have found it increasingly difficult to determine the intentions of those asking to visit. Sadly, many times we've realized too late that we made an error in allowing some people into our home when a puppy was hurt, or a mother over stressed. Many children (adults too) inappropriately handle dogs and puppies, and it isn't our job to parent someone else's child. It's not fair for us or our dogs to be subjected to this.
Every Puppy Has a Family. Allowing visitors to meet the puppies, means I am allowing strangers to handle someone else's dog. We can't risk this for any reason.
Families wanting to pick their puppy in person. While we understand how fun that is in theory, keep in mind that a short visit is in no way enough time to have a full picture of that puppy. This visit is a small window of their lives, and they are at different stages of their sleep and waking cycles. An unaware family could think they want a puppy that appears less active, but in actuality that puppy just finished playing and is sleepy. Or vice versa, the one who appears more active could have just awoken from a nap and the others are sleepy. We, the breeder knows each puppy well, and we have a better idea of who they are. This is why we have an assessment process and help families select the right temperament for their homes. There are so many factors at play, and we want to make this an educated choice.
Articles about Dog Flipping
Continued Education, Training, and Virtual Visits!
As part of my on-going work with the Habibi Bear and ultimately serving our beautiful families who adopt them, I have been working on implementing some exciting new additions to our adoption process, both during and after puppy goes home. We are developing a seminar series and live webinars where I will discuss different aspects of our breed, training and a Q & A session. Watch for upcoming schedules! This is an additional service that is provided for our Habibi Families, as a way to provide an additional personal touch and help in preparing our families for success.
Once you have completed the pre-screening process and have submitted your deposit, we will add you to the list and contact you when we have a litter you can select from. When you are ready to choose your puppy, we post videos and pictures of the litters and work with your to help in your selection. All appointments are available during selection week, please feel free to request an appointment! I love seeing your smiling faces :) This option helps bridge the gap for long distance families while keeping our puppies safe from harm's way. As the majority of my families are awaiting service, therapy and emotional support dogs, it is important for us to be mindful of any potential issues that could cause unnecessary trauma. Many diseases such as Parvo can wipe out an entire breeding program in the blink of an eye, and can be unknowingly carried in on clothing of any visitor. Our dogs live in our homes instead of a kennel facility, so it makes it even more challenging to maintain a healthy disease-free environment.
Appointments are scheduled during selection week
Please, limit your visit to no more than 10 minutes. Puppies at young ages need a lot of rest and tire quickly, so we like to have a little time in-between appointments for the babies to recharge! It's a big day for them to entertain new families! When we send the puppy home, we will send a handmade blanket with mom's and littermate's scent on it!
Our Habibi Bear families always appreciate the extra steps we take with the welfare of the puppies and understand that when their litter arrives, the same protection will take place for their own baby. Some people don't understand why we are so overly protective and that is also fine, there are plenty of puppies advertised in the newspaper or available at shelters and pet shops to visit----we may not be the breeder for them! It is the utmost importance to us to keep our puppies healthy so they can have long happy lives with their new families!
While visiting our site and Instagram, you will see many pictures of puppies in our home, in the whelping areas, puppy areas, nursery, yard etc-- we are very transparent with our process and happenings here. This is to give everyone a glimpse at how our puppies are raised and where they live. Our animals' best interests are at heart, and we hope everyone will understand that in taking these simple precautions, we will ensure the health and well being of their new puppy! We are very blessed to be working with such amazing families, and it is a joy to raise these puppies for you!
Looking forward to meeting you soon!