Your Virtual Visit

At Habibi Bears we raise our puppies with a gentle intuitive process in our very own 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, its peaceful energy assists in raising the most precious puppies.  Along with our Habibi Bear values of cooperation, transparency, harmony, unity and compassion, I have infused this structure with unconditional love and peace for all who dwell and enter, human and creatures alike.

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 energy 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 exchange that cannot be duplicated in a kennel environment.  Our puppies receive the grounding support 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 during selection week, which is listed for each litter.  Once the puppies transition to our trainer, we send video, photo and written updates, as she is in a rural area she is unable to do facetime or video calls.   

Our Habibi Nursery

Can we come meet your puppies or view your facility?

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!  

Our dogs are our family and are raised as pets first, not in a kennel facility. 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 their beloved pet. 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.

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'd love nothing more than sharing our beloved Habibi Bears with everyone who asks, below are a few reasons we are no longer allowing visitors:

  1. 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.  

  2. 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 puppies.)

  3. 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.

  4. Families wanting to pick their puppy in person.  We aren't denying you that experience, we  simply are doing it virtually, combined with our adoption counseling and recommending the correct temperament for your needs and home!  THIS is the most important aspect of our 100% successful placements.  We understand how fun it could be to meet the puppies in real life, however that way of doing  things is outdated. It was easy for backyard breeders and puppy mills to advertise in the newspaper and have people come in, pick a puppy, and leave out the door, because their puppies are products.  Here at Habibi Bears, our puppies are so much more than coat color, eye color and gender!  Our puppies are not products, they are living breathing little beings with special unique gifts to share, and we are screening families who are honoring that.  We know our puppies at a soul level and we value them for the individuals they are.  We offer full service adoption counseling, training, education, transparency, and are here for our families.... FOR LIFE.   Choosing a puppy simply from a short visit is very deceiving and this is why.  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 know 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 well-rounded choice, not a superficial one about color and gender.

  5. 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.  

  6. 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)

  7. 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 certain 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.  While our dogs are emotional support dogs,  they are living creatures and are not educational tools.   

Articles about Dog Flipping
•  http://dogtime.com/trending/17406-arrest-in-dog-flipping-incident 
•  http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/apr/10/tiny-spokane-valley-yorkshire-terrier-kidnapped-an/ 
•  https://animallaw.foxrothschild.com/2014/12/01/the-illegal-practice-called-pet-flipping 
•  http://jezebel.com/dog-flipping-is-the-hottest-new-crime-trend-1719321893 
•  http://stories.barkpost.com/craigslist-dog-flipping-scam/

 

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 reservation fee, we will add you to the waiting 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 lovey-blanket with mom's and littermate's  scent on it!  If you are interested in adopting and would like a virtual visit, please be aware of our schedule, and plan accordingly.  We are not able to provide FaceTime visits once the puppies move to training with the trainer.  
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 overprotective 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!
A note about puppy mills/backyard breeders I believe in the spirit of transparency and the Golden Rule.  While visiting our site and Instagram page, you will experience what our unique Habibi Bear Tribe is.  A family of beautiful souls who were united by these magical little dogs.  See our dogs living their lives with their families, its a beautiful thing to behold.  Talk about raising the vibration of the planet!  We go live often with the puppies and chat with our Habibi Tribe.  You will see many pictures of puppies in our home, in the whelping and puppy enrichment 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.  In other words, while I understand there are 'puppy mills' out there, I am certainly not one of them.  For those who are still concerned about these issues after reviewing our site, I ask you to please search elsewhere as I am not here to convince you otherwise.  Clearly if we were hiding something, we wouldn't publicly share our lives so openly on social media, or have a business that is 30+ years strong!  Puppy mills and backyard breeders are here today and gone tomorrow - with your cash in hand, never to be heard from again, and THAT breaks my heart for the animals.  The mistreatment of any animal is deplorable, and it is unpleasant to be compared to these low-vibe people.  They give those of us who love and care for our breeds a bad name. My mission is to change the way people see breeders, through loving-acts-of-kindness, hard work and good intentions.  In return, I also choose to work with high-vibe families who I feel aligned to, with a mutual respect and trust. Being unjustly accused or interrogated because there are other people who have no respect for the animal kingdom has NOTHING to do with me, and it simply doesn't feel good.  

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!

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