"The Quality Will Remain Long After The Price Is Forgotten"
Sir Henry Royce.
Inline with overseas practice, all Ondeen breeding stock are cardiac cleared by echo (with colour doppler)
Our History With Dogs
After a 15 year hiatus from showing I decided to return to the showring. I love the greyhounds but wanted a smaller sized dog. Whippets fit the bill perfectly. After seeing different styles of whippets, I was drawn to the sheer beauty of some of the American and Scandinavian bred whippets. After much research I acquired a Statuesque bred bitch from world renowned breeders Frank and Lee Pieterse, the foundation of which our whippets are based on.
Our puppies are born and raised in the house for the first 5 weeks of their life. They are then moved into one of our outside kennels with their mother. They are all handled and given individual attention right from the start. I believe in natural weaning and keep the whole litter together with their mother up until they are 8 weeks of age. This is the most important time for puppies as they learn social skills from their litter mates and mother. This helps them to be well mannered and well socialized little whippets. Our pups are wormed at 4, 6, 8 and 12 wks of age. They will have started their temporary vaccinations, be microchipped and registered with Dogs Victoria / V.C.A (formerly KCC).
As a commitment to the breed and protection against back yard breeders/puppy farmers, ALL pups sold as pets will be sold on Limited registration, not for export or breeding and we require a desexing contract prior to the puppy leaving our property. Puppies will be available when they are approximately 8 to 10 weeks of age. During this time we continue their socialisation, lead training and start house (toilet) training to ready them into an easy transition into their new home.
If you are interested in a whippet then do some research on the breed. Try and visit kennels if you can and make sure you buy a puppy from a registered reputable breeder that sells a whippet WITH ANKC registration papers. Ask questions regarding health and purchase agreements. A reputable breeder should be asking you questions about your lifestyle and the kind of home you will be offering a whippet. The aim is to find forever homes where the whippet will be part of the family. We realise that sometimes life throws us a curve ball and you may no longer be able to keep your whippet. If this is the case we want to be part of the rehoming process or will gladly accept the return of the whippet for rehoming into a suitable home.
A Breeders Poem
You'll love your little puppy, she'll make your house a home,
She'll be your very best friend, you'll never feel alone.
She'll make you smile, She'll make you laugh,
She'll fill your heart with love . . . . . . .
Did she come from a breeder or fall from heaven above?
If you've never been a breeder or seen life through their eyes
as you hold your little puppy, please don't criticize.
You don't know of all the anguish and the times that bring such pain.
When we lose the battle with a little one, and the tears they flow like rain.
Sometimes we sit the whole night through waiting for babies to be born.
Oh the stress and trepidation, when their still not here by dawn.
Or, the panic of holding a tiny baby in our hands
who weighs but 60 grams.
Do I do this instead of that or that instead of this?
Alone we fight and hope we won't give him his last kiss.
We pray he'll live to bring some joy and make a house a home
We know it's up to us, and we fight this fight alone.
Formulas, bottles, heating pads, we have to get it right,
Two hour feedings for this tiny guy, throughout the day and night.
In our hearts we know we are probably going to lose this epic fight,
but we keep trying to save him because God willing, we just might.
Day one he's in there fighting; we say a silent prayer
Day two and three he's doing well, with lots of love and care
Day four and five . . . he's still alive, our hopes soar to Heaven
Day six he slips away again, he dies in our hands day seven.
We take this little angel and bury him alone:
With aching heart and burning tears and an exhausted groan
We ask ourselves "why do this? why suffer all this grief and pain?"
To help to live and grow up strong and see the joy your puppy brings . . .
So when you think of breeders and label them with " GREED".
If you have a happy and healthy puppy it's cause they filled his every need . . .
When you buy a puppy, and with your precious dollars part.
You pay only with your money . . . . . . .we pay with a piece of our heart.