Big Rock Labradoodles Newsletter
1st Quarter 2020
Happy New Year!
Welcome to 2020
We have a lot of really good things planned for this upcoming year and are super excited you have chosen to join with us as we positively impact the puppy population for good!
In this issue, we share with you a couple of nice to know agenda items:
A sincere thank you
A review of our referral program
A recap of the many great changes that happened in 2019
Awesome feedback from some of our puppy families
Yes, we do want to hear from you!
Thank you so much to all our wonderful families for your support of Big Rock Labradoodles!
We appreciate you! You are all truly a blessing to us and to our puppies! Thank you for choosing us, your feedback, your stories, your before and after photos! The best compliment you give us is your referral of family and friends to join our Big Rock Family!
By supporting us, you support our dream of breeding better dogs! You support our families and so much more. You are not just buying a puppy when you work with us, you are buying a piece of our hearts.
Your support is truly appreciated xoxo -Alana & Brent and Andrea & Christian
We know the best way to connect with other great pet lovers looking to grow their family is through our Big Rock Families, just like you!
Naturally then, we would absolutely love it if you will help introduce us to your friends, family and colleagues...others whom you believe would also see the value in growing their families through Big Rock Labradoodles.
As such, our Referral Program will pay you $50 for each new puppy family you send our way after they adopt their new Wonderful Woofie from us.
To simplify the process, we have set up a referrals form for you to use, which is easily accessed on our website and we will take it from there, as well as update you on our progress!
A Recap of 2019
Well, I guess the biggest change was the fact that we relocated to an acreage! We didn't go far, just 10 mins South of our previous home, but it's so great to have more room, both inside and out!
Extra space aside, our program size will remain the same. It is so important that all our moms and pups have the individualized care and attention that they need to become fabulous dogs later on! Careful breeding, health of our sires and dams and a proper foundation for our puppies all work together to play a critical role in the puppy's temperaments, structure and overall health and wellness.
#kickassbreeder is a handle/hashtag that we have now adopted! Anyone can breed dogs, but not everyone has the passion and fortitude to be a #kickassbreeder. Our passion for better breeding practices and breeding better dogs has not waned over the years that we have been breeding our #wonderfulwoofies , in fact, quite the opposite! Our passion continues to grow! I actually had a meeting with my local MLA, Mr. R.J. Sigurdson (UCP). MLA for Highwood, to set in motion regulation surrounding dog breeding. There is much legislation and regulation regarding animal husbandry where it concerns livestock, but the system falls short with protecting domesticated pets. We are on a mission to see the implementation of specific requirements and licensing in order to breed domestic pets in Alberta. Our reproduction veterinarian, Dr. Marco Bregliano DVM, Dip.ACT , has expressed his interest in the matter as well and it's great to have that support!
If you would like to add your voice in support of regulation and licensing in the matter of animal husbandry in Alberta, please write your MLA. Not sure who your MLA is? Here is a helpful link: Find my MLA (Legislative Assembly of Alberta)
We recently partnered with Baxter & Bella Company. An online Puppy School.
Recognizing the importance of training and wanting to help you get started in the right direction as quickly as possible, we have partnered with BAXTER & Bella to provide discounted lifetime access to their exclusive MEMBERS ONLY online puppy school, including all the training resources you will ever need, leading to better animal ownership and the very best in canine companionship!
In order to save 25% instantly, remember to use discount code BIGROCK at checkout.
As a part of our full-service approach and lifetime support, we have partnered with Cat Harbord of Impawsible Possible. Cat is a canine behaviorist with years of experience in the industry. She offers professional dog training and behavior consulting in the Calgary and surrounding area. She also trains therapy dogs and service dogs and she is a fabulous resource. We recommend her very highly. Use code BIGROCK10 to save 10% on her services.
Cat Harbord, Dip. CBST Director and Principal Trainer
Catherine (Cat) Harbord is the Director and Principal Trainer for ImPAWSible Possible.
Cat has helped empower and change the lives of countless canines and their people. Cat is passionate about the science of behaviour and is committed to lifelong learning in the areas of behaviourism, ethology, social learning models, and cognitive and developmental psychology. Cat holds a two year Diploma in Canine Behaviour Sciences & Technology from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute and completed a 1.5 year apprenticeship program in Calgary under a certified trainer and behaviour consultant. She has completed the BAT 2.0 and Bond Based Choice Instructors courses. Cat has accumulated over 15,000 hours of consulting and training experience with pet, service and therapy dogs in Calgary and the surrounding area.
As many of our puppy families will attest, purchasing our puppy kit when you bring home your new #wonderfulwoofie from Big Rock Labradoodles is the way to go, as what is saves you in time, never mind money, is immeasurable, but for those looking to shop themselves, or maybe looking for a few extra things not included in our puppy kit, we offer some assistance!
Click here to find a curated selection of items that we recommend for your Australian Labradoodle which allows you to shop with confidence, directly through our website.
Awesome Feedback from our Puppy Families
We are thrilled with Alana and her family and Big Rock Labradoodles. Her holistic approach is exactly what we were looking for after loosing our lab to Cancer 2 years ago. We really wanted to work with a breeder that took a more natural approach and Big Rock really impressed us with their approach to everything from the care of their breeding dogs right through to their recommendations for raising our puppy. Great experience. Highly recommend to anyone seeking a great family dog. Big Rock is doing it right.
How do I even sum all of this up? From the very first email to Alana at Big Rock Labradoodles through to home day and now beyond, our experience has been wonderful beyond words. The level of education, preparation, information and care provided throughout the entire process is without equal. If you're considering bringing a puppy into your home, I would wholeheartedly recommend that you reach out to Big Rock Labradoodles and schedule a visit with their pups. Even if you think you want another breed, meet Alana and these little puppies - you'll fall in love with them!
Alana was awesome through the entire process of bringing home our new puppy! Not only did she deliver an amazing and well mannered dog, but she was an incredibly knowledgeable supporter. She provided lots of helpful information that helped us settle our puppy into our home and our family. We highly recommend Big Rock Labradoodles to anyone looking for a new dog. Thank-you for everything Alana!!
Recommend is an Understatement
What an amazing experience from start to finish we had with Alana at Big Rock. She is the consummate professional, so very knowledgeable and so passionate about her dogs and puppies. Could not recommend Big Rock more highly for anyone looking to grow their family.
Just do It!
If you are considering a puppy and reading this .. JUST DO IT! Alana at Big Rock Labradoodles (and all of her puppies) are fabulous. I would highly recommend Big Rock to anyone who is considering adding 4 feet to their family. She is very knowledgeable, well organized and clearly loves her job to raise well adjusted sweet puppies. Her website is always up to date (I might have been a bit of a stalker while waiting for our puppy) but she sends out weekly pictures and emails of what the litter are experiencing from day 1 until they go home with you. After the puppies go home she is STILL available for emails and will answer any questions you have for her. Alternatively she has a closed Facebook group where Big Rock families share pictures, ideas and help to other families; tons of support available! Our Wally (Capuchin from the Monkey litter) has a calm temperament, he is sweet and lovable. Could not be any more happier with our puppy or service received by Big Rock!!
Alana is amazing, our puppy is super sweet and probably a genius in my opinion! Alana provided every imaginable piece of information required to take a puppy home, including a You Tube video explaining the paper work, plus a copy of his personality test (which describes him to a T). We requested a calm and affectionate dog and that's exactly what we received. We also really enjoyed the weekly photos and blurbs during the 8 weeks that we waited anxiously to bring him home. I have no hesitations in recommending Big Rock Labradoodles!
We would love to hear from you!
It goes without saying that you are definitely our greatest resource toward positively impacting the puppy population for the good, and ultimately our success of helping pet parents experience the very best in canine companionship, hinges on obtaining your trust and delivering on both you and your family's expectations!
As such, we would absolutely love to hear from you, when feedback is available, on how we are doing, what we could do differently, and where we should focus our efforts in order to best serve you and your family's needs moving forward.
We understand that getting a new puppy is life altering, exciting, super fun, somewhat stressful and oftentimes overwhelming. Our objective is to proactively help you to calm the chaos and help find the joy that can be found in the pet-parenting adventure. We do this by providing resources, such as our partnerships with BAXTER & Bella and Impawsible Possible, as well as our lifetime of support and also our private Facebook Page for our Big Rock Families to share joys, struggles, wins, losses or just to get support, ideas, referrals and even to trade pet care. When you grow your family with a Big Rock Wonderful Woofie, you are never in this alone!