Let’s talk about RESPONSIBLE breeding.
But first, a little bit of history.
CalWEAR was founded by Weimaraner breeders. Yep, we’re “BREEDERS.” We intentionally produce Weimaraners for ourselves and the community of purebred dog enthusiasts.
When you’re a breeder, and you’re involved in your community, it’s just a matter of time before someone calls and says, “Hey, my neighbor has a gray dog who needs a new home,” or “Hey, my uncle is moving and he can’t take his dog with him.” The statement is always followed by, “Can you help?”
CalWEAR was formally founded in August 2014 because of the INCESSANT influx of Weimaraners who needed new homes. As breeders, we care a LOT about Weimaraners, whether we bred them or not, and we wanted to help. Our 501c3 public charity was granted after a year of paperwork and phone calls with the IRS.
Many needy Weimaraners have and continue to come from breeders who “couldn’t take them back.” We’re thankful that these families have either Friends for Pets or CalWEAR to turn to so we can help get these kiddos into other homes who are waiting for them. [Autumn 2019 Update: Friends for Pets is no longer in business.]
So, back to breeding.
We don’t doubt that ALL Weimaraner breeders produce puppies because they love Weimaraners. But there’s a responsible way to do it, and an irresponsible way to do it.
Breeding is so much more than producing puppies and finding homes. It’s researching pedigrees, intentionally breeding away from health issues, being there the moment that puppy is born, and being there the moment that dog crosses the bridge. Breeders are the ones who bring new lives into the world. That comes with a lifelong commitment to be there for that dog. Thorough and proper screening of prospective homes ensures that the puppy will have a great place to live for the rest of his life… but in the unfortunate case that the dog needs a new home, it is the BREEDER’S responsibility to take care of that dog.
It is also a BREEDER’S responsibility to educate their puppy buyers on properly raising and training a Weimaraner puppy. And be there for the FAMILIES when they need help.
We hope that if you’re a BREEDER, and a rescue organization has been called upon to intervene on a dog you’ve produced, that you allocate future earnings from puppy sales to donate back to rescue. No amount is too small. And it will help dogs like the ones YOU’VE PRODUCED, but couldn’t be there to help when they needed it the most.
We truly hope that someday, CalWEAR will go out of business because Weimaraners no longer need rescue. In a perfect world, those that need new homes will go back to their breeders, and those breeders will have a strong community behind them to get them into a new home.
Until then, we’re here. Ready to help a Weimaraner, or two, find their next home.
As for DUKE and DAISY, they were both adopted, together, today. From now on, they’ll always have us to come back to, should their current situation doesn’t work out. Even if they’re old. And gray(er).
– Team CalWEAR