Southern Pride Labs
Ramone & Misty Gilbert
770-654-7466 / 706-367-2536
Many don't realize there are countless things to consider as a breeder of home raised puppies. The dangers of exposing young puppies to communicable disease is very serious and can be detrimental to a breeding program and the welfare of our dogs. Visitors can (of course unknowingly) bring diseases onto the property on their feet, hands etc.
Young and newborn puppies don’t have fully developed immune systems and are susceptible to life threatening illnesses. They will have maternal antibodies built up as they grow and get stronger, but are never totally immune. Therefore, precautions must be taken to ensure their safety. They are not old enough to vaccinate as it interferes with their maternal antibodies building and their own immune system coming on board and hurts more than it helps when administered too young. When diseases like Parvo strike, they can kill a whole litter in a matter of hours and can stay in the carpet and soil for years which would be devastating to our breeding program and property for many years to come. Disease can be carried on people’s clothing, hands, shoes, etc. and can live for years in the soil, pet stores, carpet, dog parks, training facilities, kennels, vet offices, rest stops, etc (anywhere dogs go) and unknowingly be tracked in. Litters of purebred puppies are also a high target for theft. Therefore, we strictly limit access to who comes onto our property and visits our dogs and litters.
In the meantime, we ask that you 'visit' us online on our website, via email, Facebook, Instagram, and on our YouTube Channel rather than in person until the appropriate time, so that you may see our dogs and watch our puppies grow. We photograph and video our puppies regularly, and post the photos on our Facebook and Instagram pages daily. Most of my buyers have become what we consider to be friends and often send us updated photos and we always post them on Facebook and Instagram so you can continue to watch each puppy mature.
Also, we do not allow any other dogs or animals on our premises. PLEASE leave your other animals at home, as they will NOT be allowed onto our property for a visit. Healthy and recently vaccinated pets can still track in, shed and transmit diseases to young puppies.
Another reason we do not allow random visitors is for security reasons. This is our home. We live here with our family, so for our protection, we do not allow people to come to our home that we do not know and know nothing about. When you place your deposit, we know you are serious about adopting one of our precious babies and not wanting to come for any "other" reason...we are confident that you understand us wanting to keep our family safe.
If you have already placed a deposit, and want to schedule a visit, please give us a call at 770-654-7466 or email us. We do try to be as accommodating as possible, but not at the risk of our puppies' health.
Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
* Please be aware that deposits are non-refundable, unless we are unable to provide you with the gender of your choice, but can be transferred to another litter of your choice if needed for up to 1 year.