I would like to start by telling you about myself and how it all started. My name is April and I am the owner/breeder here at Argo's Kennels. I was raised with animals all my life and came from a long line of animal lovers. As a matter of a fact I have family who are also breeders. (Rhodesian Ridgebacks).
I always wanted to have a job working with animals, so I took a career course in Animal Health Technology, and earned a degree, but over the years after building websites and receiving the website award, I decided to take my career path in a different direction. I have since earned an Associate's Degree in the IT Technology - Web Design.
My aunt Willma gave me my first pure bred pit bull puppy back in 1996.
In 1997 Chance had a beautiful litter of 3 puppies and I fell in love with a solid white male pup that I called Ozzy. They started it all for me.
I later started showing in conformation shows.
Things were going wonderfully for the first several years.
Things later took a turn for the worst when my life had major changes. I was not given a choice but to stop raising my dogs until after I married my wonderful husband in 2003.
After a couple of years I talked with him about getting back into raising dogs.
Due to the lack of space and the large challenge raising pit bulls I decided to go with a smaller breed of which after several months of research; I finally settled on the Boston Terrier.
Boston Terriers are one of the bulldog breeds, but absolutely adore to be around people which makes them a wonderful family pet. They do have bad habits such as snoring, farting, and can be hard headed. They are small and compact with a sleek muscular body and have extremely strong jaws. They do not require much exercise; yet are tough little dogs that are rough; tough; and tumble.They love the attention of their human companions, and would just assume laying around to get petted while you sit and watch television on the couch. They are very flexible and would also love a run around the yard, or to play fetch or tug of war. They love people and get along with other pets.
I am now located in North Central Alabama in Cullman, AL.
What We Breed For!
Our Boston terriers are bred for structure, soundness, health, and temperament.
We are actively health testing to help eradicate any health issue associated with the Boston terrier breed.
We are currently restructuring our breeding program by placing those that are not bred according to the BTCA standard on strict spay/neuter contracts.
A Little History Lesson
Although the Boston Terrier is a cute, compact little dog, and you have decided you would like to be owned by one, it is important to understand the special nature of this little dog and why the breed exists.
The Boston terrier is well known today as the "American Gentlemen".
The Boston Terrier was bred down in size from pit fighting dogs of the bull and terrier type. The Boston terrier originally weighed up to 44lbs. The gentlemen that we know today were once pit fighters. In fact their weight classifications were divided into lightweight, middle weight, and heavy weight.
These dogs originated in the city of Boston, Massachusetts, and is one of the few breeds that originated in the United States. The original Boston terrier was a cross between the English Bulldog, and the now extinct English White terrier. Their history can be traced back as far as 1865, to a dog by the name of Hooper's Judge who weighed over 30lbs. He was bred to a smaller female, and their offspring was bred down again to a smaller female. Their offspring then was bred to French Bulldogs to provide the foundation for the Boston terrier. Between 1889 and 1893, the dog that was known as the "roundhead" was then officially called the "Boston terrier" and recognized by the AKC.
By 1915 the Boston terrier was established, and had become the most popular in the country where they were on the top of the registration list. They were on top again by 1920, and 1930 where they remained at the top until 1960.
Even though they are not fighters, they are protective and loyal to their family. Their small size and neatness make them a good breed for apartments. The Boston terrier is intelligent and enthusiastic. This breed is easily house trained, and with time and patience, can learn obedience as well as many tricks. Boston terriers are excellent companion pets for children and the elderly.
Links On the Boston Terrier Standard
I am a breeder of AKC/CKC Boston Terriers
ALL CKC stock will be sold on a spay/neuter contract to pet homes only!!!
Any Puppies sold under spay/neuter contract will not have paperwork released until contract has been fulfilled.
Please Be A Responsible Pet Owner! Educate Yourself Before Purchasing A Puppy!
Don't Drop Your Dog Off at the Pound or Humane Society!
Written By a Shelter Manager!
I think our society needs a huge "Wake-up" call. As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all...a view from the inside if you will. First off, all of you people who have ever surrendered a pet to a shelter or humane society should be made to work in the "back" of an animal shelter for just one day. Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would help more animals find homes. That puppy you just bought will most likely end up in my shelter when it's not a cute little puppy anymore. Just so you know there's a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it's dumped at? Purebred or not! About 25% of all of the dogs that are "owner surrenders" or "strays", that come into a shelter are purebred dogs.
The most common excuses: "We are moving and we can't take our dog (or cat)." Really? Where are you moving too that doesn't allow pets? Or they say "The dog got bigger than we thought it would". How big did you think a German Shepherd would get? "We don't have time for her". Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs! "She's tearing up our yard". How about making her a part of your family? They always tell me "We just don't want to have to stress about finding a place for her we know she'll get adopted, she's a good dog".
Odds are your pet won't get adopted & how stressful do you think being in a shelter is? Well, let me tell you, your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off. Sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn't full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy. If it sniffles, it dies. Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it. If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers in that day to take him/her for a walk. If I don't, your pet won't get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose. If your dog is big, black or any of the "Bully" breeds (pit bull, rottie, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door. Those dogs just don't get adopted. It doesn't matter how 'sweet' or 'well behaved' they are.
If your dog doesn't get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed. If the shelter isn't full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed it may get a stay of execution, but not for long . Most dogs get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment. If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed because the shelter gets paid a fee to euthanize each animal and making money is better than spending money to take this animal to the vet.
Here's a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being "put-down". First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash. They always look like they think they are going for a walk happy, wagging their tails. Until they get to "The Room", every one of them freaks out and puts on the brakes when we get to the door. It must smell like death or they can feel the sad souls that are left in there, it's strange, but it happens with every one of them. Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 shelter workers depending on the size and how freaked out they are. Then a shelter worker who we call a euthanasia tech (not a vet) find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of the "pink stuff". Hopefully your pet doesn't panic from being restrained and jerk. I've seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the resulting blood and been deafened by the yelps and screams. They all don't just "go to sleep", sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves. You see shelters are trying to make money to pay employee pay checks and don't forget the board of directors needs to be paid too, so we don't spend our funds to tranquilize the animal before injecting them with the lethal drug, we just put the burning lethal drug in the vein and let them suffer until dead. If it were not a making money issue and we had to have a licensed vet do this procedure, the animal would be sedated or tranquilized and then euthanize d, but to do this procedure correctly would cost more money so we do not follow what is right for the animal, we just follow what is the fastest way we can make a dollar. Shelters do not have to have a vet perform their euthanasia's so even if it takes our employee 50 pokes with a needle and 3 hours to get the vein that is what we do. Making money is the issue here not loosing money.
When it all ends, your pets corpse will be stacked like firewood in a large freezer in the back with all of the other animals that were killed waiting to be picked up like garbage. What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? Rendered into pet food? Or used for the schools to dissect and experiment on? You'll never know and it probably won't even cross your mind. It was just an animal and you can always buy another one, right!
I hope that those of you who still have a beating heart and have read this are bawling your eyes out and can't get the pictures out of your head, I deal with this everyday. I hate my job, I hate that it exists & I hate that it will always be there unless you people make some changes and start educating the public. Do research, do your homework, and know exactly what you are getting into before getting a pet. These shelters and humane societies exist because people just do not care about animals anymore. Animals were not intended to be disposable but somehow that is what they are these days. Animal shelters are an easy way out when you get tired of your dog (or cat), and breeders are the ones blamed for this. Animal shelters and rescue organizations are making a hefty profit by keeping this misconception going.
Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I just hope I maybe changed one persons mind about taking their dog to a shelter, a humane society, or buying a dog. For those of you that care--- please re-post this to at least one other craiglist in another city/state. Let's see if we can get this all around the US and have an impact.