We are looking for local guadian homes. If you live within 2 hours of Osseo, WI and are interested in being a home for one of our breeding dogs, please fill out an application and indicate you would like to be a guardian home. We have both adults and puppies available for guardian homes.
Rusty is a big goofball who would love to play in the yard, go on walks, possibly swim and hike with your family. He is about 75 lbs and does shed some.
Lady is a total love bug! She loves to cuddle, play forts with the kids, play in the yard and just hang out with her family. Lady is about 50 lbs and does not shed. She does require grooming every 6 weeks.
Matlock is 20 lbs of play! He would love another dog to play with in his family. He is cautious around young children so his guardian should have teenage or older children. Matlock does not shed. Matlock requires grooming every 8-10 weeks.
Midnight is our resident comedian! She loves everything and everyone!!! Life is a party for her. Midnight is about 25 lbs and does not shed. Midnight requires grooming every 8-10 weeks.
A guardian home is a local family who is a forever home for one of the dogs in our breeding program. Guardian homes allow our breeding dogs to live with families and not in kennels as our program grows. Only so many dogs can fit on our lap! :) We are always looking for great guardian homes, so if you are interested, please contact us!
Our breeding program is designed around our ability to utilize guardian homes for our breeding dogs. This program is designed this way to benefit everyone, especially and most importantly the dogs, who are raised in a home with a family instead of a kennel. Think of it as being a foster family with the intention of adopting the dog permanently once their career is finished. Guardian homes are meant to be permament so that the dog does not need to go through re-homing.
Blueberry Cottage retaines ownership and breeding rights while the dog lives iwth a family. We want all of our dogs to be in a loving home and it allows us to be kennel free. It is a win, win for everyone, most importantly the dog.
Most of the dogs in our guardian homes will be females but we may have a male from time to time. Females will have up to 4 litters and males can be in our program for up to 6 years (at the sole discretion of Blueberry Cottage).
Guardian families are responsible for normal dog care including but not limited to training, socialization, vet expenses (non-breeding related), food, grooming and lots of love and affection. Blueberry Cottage pays for all breeding related expenses. As an added benefit for the guardian family, depending on our schedule we may provide care for your dog while on vacation.
We will ask you to visit our home periodically to ensure the dog is comfortable when he/she comes for breeding and whelping. You will be responsible for sending pictures and updates monthly for our website.
- Location, location, location - within 2 hours of Osseo, WI or our reproductive vet (Chippewa Falls, WI)
- Own your own home
- Fenced yard (physical fence)
- Flexible schedule (work at home, dog goes to work with you, etc - no more than 4 hours alone)
- Keep female dogs away from intact male dogs
- Not allow intact males to breed intact females
- Training - at least 2 classes and the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test
- Notify us immediately when the dog is in season
- Visit our home periodically to ensure the dog is comfortable when they come back for breeding / whelping
- Bring the dog to Blueberry Cottage as needed for health testing, breedings, whelping and photo shoots
Below are photos of some of our dogs in guardian homes...thank you guardian families!
Rosie, Rocky, Lyric, Beau, Juneau, Soda, Bea, Mabel, Willie, Etta and Jolene .
The deposit of a dog in our guardian program is a much reduced pet puppy price. We do not give our dogs away as I feel people often don't value what they don't pay for and it encourages the family to think seriously before bringing a puppy into their family and home. The deposit will be returned once the puppy passes all of their health testing and their Canine Good Citizen test and finishes their breeding career.
If you are interested in or have questions about being a part of our guardian program, we would love to hear from you to discuss our current and future availability. Please fill out an application and we will be in touch to discuss further.
All puppies are up to date on vaccinations and are microchipped prior to leaving for their forever guardian families. They also have been introduced to crates prior to going home to make the transition easier for everyone.