Kimberlee's Kennels
"Where puppies fall from Heaven & land in Iowa."


Where puppies fall from Heaven and land in Iowa

Pricing:

In general, pricing is as follows:   Limited = no breeding rights on golden doodles.  Failure to comply = $10,000.00 fine.   Breeding rights are available on English Creme golden retrievers and poodles.  Prices set include every thing listed on the puppy packet page.  Effective immediately, taxes will be added unto the purchase price. 

-  Petite goldendoodles F1b  $2000.00  
- Miniature Goldendoodles, F1s $1600.00 
- Miniature Goldendoodles, F1b  $1800.00
- Standard Goldendoodles F1s, F1bs.  $1600.00
- Standard Poodles - $2500.00 - $3000.00 pending color
- Miniature Englishoodles -$2200.00
- Standard Englishdoodles - $2200.00
- Standard tri-colored Bernedoodles F1s -$3200.00, black and whites $2500.00
- Petite & Miniature Bernedoodles F1s and F1bs  $3500.00 

Breeding rights will be considered pending approval.  Please be forth-righteous in your communication and be willing to pay the additional fee for breeding rights. 

RESERVE of $300.00 down is required to get on any waiting list and it is applied toward the purchase price.  The reserve is NON-REFUNDABLE, but it is transferable.  You can make the reserve payment via paypal.   See payment/reserve Link page.   I will need your full name, address, email and phone number for your customer file.   Please contact me if you would like to be placed on a waiting list before sending the reserve. 

Final Payment options:

If picking up your puppy by auto, the remainder is due at our scheduled meeting at my home. 

If you are having your puppy delivered, the remainder is due at delivery.   

I accept the following forms of payment:   Preferred Cash, personal check, money gram or money transfer via Walmart, money order.  I do not accept PayPal for final payment, only for the reserve.    

Money gram through Decorah Walmart:   1798 Old Stage Rd.  Decorah, IA.  52101  Ph:  563-382-8737.    If using this option, you must provide me with the reference number.  You can put it in Steve Grinna's name for pick up.

 

Although I don't think it is necessary to explain my pricing, there are times when people don't understand why a particular breed of puppy is priced what it is or in their opinion, priced too high.   I will try to shed a little light on the truth of being a licensed dog breeder regarding the real hard work involved and the overhead expenses when you do it right.  This is why you often might read on the internet, "IF you do it right, there is no money in it."   Well, that is not exactly true.  There is money in it.  Some months are more profitable than others.  I do get paid at the end of litter care.  I do enjoy all aspects of it.  Some will comment, "How can you see them go?  Is it hard?"   I do get bonded with certain puppies, and certain litters will always stand out in my mind.  I am however, at the end of 8 weeks after all the meds, making the puppy gruel 4 times a day, weaning the pups, ready for them to go into their pet homes.  I know we give them love and attention, but they even get more when they go home.  And my heart is happy for them and I am blessed that I have raised a healthy puppy that will now give loads of love to their new family and in return get it back.  This is not a complaint, but in short, here is a list of some of my overhead expenses, because from the outside it can look like a glamorized business, but there is a lot more that goes on behind the scenes.  
 
- $52,000 a year to pay employees. 
- $48,000 on income taxes
- Thousands on Payroll taxes
- $10,000 quarterly sales tax, 4X a year.  

Need I even go On?  America is not set up to support small business....I could stop right here. However, now we get in to more expenses:  

- License fees $175.00 annually.
- Website monthly fees $25.00 month.
- Advertising fees.  Puppy find, Terrific pets, local newspaper. 
- $2000.00 of dog food every 6 weeks.  My dogs are fed high quality dog food in which they go through one 44# bag every two days.   $37.00 per bag.
-Distemper and Rabies Vaccinations for 30 adult dogs and age appropriate vaccines for every puppy born.  Each 25 pack is $80.00.  If I have 30 to 50 puppies in my nursery, meds quickly run up. 
-Deworming meds on adults and puppies. $485.00 for 1 gallon of panacur.   I also use pyrantel, toltrazuril and metronidazole preventatives.  
- Parvo and Bordetella vaccines.
-Electricity, heat lamps, air-conditioners, forced air blow-dryers.
-Propane heat.
-Dog run supplies, kennel supplies, playpens, bowls, red brand fencing. Our new fence with landscaping and pipe digging was $7000.00.  
- Loan on dog kennel building.  
- AKC ($50.00) and APRI  ($25.00) registration paper fees on adults and puppies when required. 
-OFA Hip and Elbow testing on adults, every 3 dogs $1250.00!!
-Milk replacement when necessary, including goat-milk and other special recipes.  Depending on the need, it can be in the hundreds of dollars for a bernedoodle litter when feeding every 3 hours.
-Never ending vet bills: ultrasounds, blood progesterone testing, tail docking, teeth cleaning, blood chems, treating small infections or injuries.    Averages about $800.00 to $1200 per month. About $900 more when c-sections are required.
-Vet. certificate of health $137.00 per litter of 8 pups.
- Gift bag items. $10.00 per gift bag.  
- Grooming supplies.  My blow dryer cost $250.00 and my blades cost $26.00 per blade, several different kinds needed, which get replaced every few months.  Professional grade scissors 169.00, shampoos, conditioners, clipper cool, dematters, combs, brushes, nail clippers, my shaver was $250.00 which breaks down on occasion or needs complete replacing, grooming table, dematting tools, $70.00 slicker brushes. Ear cleaning solution, feeding tubes, nipples, the list goes on and on. 
-Needles, syringes, flea tick every month, kennel cough, heart gaurd every month, rabies, distemper combo vaccines 1x annually.  
- health records, customer folders, temperament tests, and other basic materials.
-printer, copier, ink etc. 
- C-sections when needed aprox $900.
- My time.  4 hours per photo shoot, which happens weekly,  vet appts.,  kennel cleaning, yard cleaning, grooming time, customer service via phone before and after the sale, facebook, website design. Time on the road to the airport or meeting the customer up to 4 hours one way. Time for customer visits.  Often we have customers coming every weekend during the busy season.   Time at your pick up appt.  Time getting your puppy ready to go, at least an hour.   Most days, I easily put in 12  to 14 hour days.   When multiplied by 60 customers, approximately 5 to 6 litters, I keep busy continually serving in the area of time to provide the best customer service possible, while still managing my home with 7 children, often left feeling neglected as I need to push them out of the office.  Not counting the price of guilty mom syndrome.  I do my very best to fill up their love tanks, but I often miss it when I am in a busy season.  It's a good thing I enjoy this business and I do enjoy the relationships I build with my customers!   Some even become life-long friends.   Some customers share the most intimate details of their life and I with them!   It truly is rewarding. 
 
A personal note from Kimberlee....

 Although it appears to be a glorified business, often it is not.   There is real hard work and sacrifice involved.   It is misunderstood that the female bitch does all the work simply by nursing her pups.  In truth, regardless if it is 30 below or 95 degrees, much like a dairy farmer, we wake every morning at 7:00 A.M. to let dogs out for the day and to start all chores, sometimes balancing on ice and trudging through deep snow with wind whipping our faces.   Chores consist of cleaning all water bowls and food bowls, disinfecting flooring and cages, changing litter pans for puppies, weighing and recording baby puppies' weights, administering vacs & dewormer as necessary and always, always, always keeping careful record of everything for our own records, state regulations and for customer folders.  We tend to mothers at every demand when they want to be let in or out whether it is 3 in the morning or 11 at night, often 4 times a night when the puppies are just days old.  We make sure mothers are always happy and free to come and go from their babies.  This ties us down. I miss family weddings, family vacations and other events continually. I have not been home to visit my mother in 6 years.  When the pups are just hours to days old, we monitor temperature, moisture control, remove dewclaws, give sub Q fluids to the little runts and syringe, gavage feed and bottle feed if necessary.  When puppies are about 4 weeks old, we make a special gruel 4 times a day and serve it warm.   I spend hours on my website, advertising sites, (update, I no longer need to advertise)  and doing photo shoots of puppies often upon request whether I am busy with my children or not.  We serve our customers well.  It can sometimes take a whole grooming session for one puppy's photo shoot.   Which includes, bath, blow dry, trim, and then the process of getting a bouncy little puppy to sit still for a photo.  We love doing photography, but it is very time-consuming.  We can take 70 photos of just one puppy before we get 3 good pictures for a customer.  Always cropping and tinting and perfecting the photo before we finally make our choices.  You won't see us hold up an arm full of puppies with yellow stained feet with garbage in the back ground!   I take pride in our home, always cleaning and paying attention to all details. Due to the demand on me, I pay a house cleaner. I manage a large ship.  30 adult dogs, 7 children, 50 customers and several employees.   I make sure that every last plant, puppy, customer, employee and child is well tended to.  No one's needs go unmet. No detail is overlooked.    We try to take videos of the births and we spend many hours uploading to facebook for your enjoyment.  My customers feel bonded with their puppies by the time they bring them home.   We know the puppies get the best care under our constant supervision, our watchful eyes, and our experience.  We know what a certain wimper from a pup might mean or what the female mother says when she barks at me with my grooming robe on.  I am always here, so when she barks, I can respond for whatever she might desire.  This is all by my choice, I am not complaining.   We spend many hours every month grooming the dogs.  We shave the stomach of every mother before birth so the pups can find the mammary glands.  We take pride in trying to always have them looking and feeling their best.  By the end of the day,  we are always exhausted from the demands of the dogs and sometimes customers.  Yet, evening does come and I  sit down to send you an email of your puppy while my 7 children have been fed and they are peacefully resting in their beds.  The dogs are happy and tummies are full, legs are tired from playing. All is quiet at the end of the day, and all are happy. Every belly, plus all the baby puppies!!   Suddenly,  you may get your next photo or video of your puppy,  and you too are satisfied.   The greatest reward of all is when I hand that puppy over to you, when the work is finally done, and the puppy is healthy, fluffy and ready to go to its forever home.  One lady cried when she received her puppy, remembering the loss of her beloved dog over a year prior.  One burly farmer fell in love with his toy poodle and he and his wife, unable to have children, asked,  "When can we come get the kids?"   Another woman received her new best friend for the next 15 years.  She even sent her puppy a card before he went home to her.  A father of two little girls, whose wife had left him, took his little furry boy home to warm their hearts.  A widow chose her little girl and choked up on the phone every time I spoke with her.   Grown older men have sat on my sofa telling me stories of their dog they had for years that have passed.  Oh, believe me, it's not just a dog business.  It is not just about the money.  It has been one of the hardest things I have done, but one of the deepest, most beautiful things to be a part of too.  I tell people all the time, "It is so much more than just a dog business."  It truly is placing family members in homes.  You might ask, "Do we need to fill out an application?"   The answer,  "No, Kimberlee's Kennels is all about relationships."