Dear Possible Future Puppy Parent(s):
So you are considering one of Michele’s Maltipoo puppies. I, too, was once considering a
puppy. I have always been more of a mutt person, but five years ago a friend adopted a
Maltipoo puppy and I was immediately smitten.
My Maltipoo search was a little scary and frustrating. My breeder experiences
were…disappointing. Still, friends tried to convince me that there are good breeders.
And they were right.
I stumbled upon Michele’s website, Michele’s Maltipoos ~N~ More, and proceeded to
bombard her with endless questions about her practices, beliefs, and environment.
Much to my surprise (and delight), she was just as wary of me as I was of her. Her first
priority was finding the right home for the puppy. She wanted a home that would treat
her puppy as part of the family, one that would keep crate times at appropriate levels,
and one that would be conscious of the needs of a small dog. I found this quite
refreshing. For the first time, I felt like the interviewee, as well as the interviewer.
After several days of texts, emails, phone calls, and of course pictures, I agreed to visit
her home to preview the considered puppy—which, yes, I was totally in love with by this
time, but I still wasn’t sure I wanted to pay a large sum for a dog. And not to get political,
but I have strong feelings about supporting a puppy mill.
First, let me say, Michele is not a puppy mill. These puppies are part of her family. Her
husband and all three of her children help raise the puppies in the sweetest, most loving
environment. After being there only a few minutes, I quickly abandoned my preview
plan and ended up going home with my first Maltipoo puppy that day. I remember
tearing up as I left because I felt like I was taking away their family pet, but Michele’s
daughter, then about 4, was confidently reassuring as she told me “Little Red” was my
Little Red, who we renamed Stacy, is now five and a half years old. She has added so
much joy to our lives that my niece adopted a puppy from Michele a year later, we
adopted our second puppy a year ago, and my sister-in- law adopted one six months ago.
I think it is fair to say, I am very familiar with Michele and her puppies.
All four puppies were crate trained and shots were up-to- date at the time of pickup, just
as Michele promised. She provides excellent care information on her website and
happily answers questions and offers guidance as long as needed. Michele obviously
loves what she does, and has nurtured the same passion in her children, which
undoubtedly helps shape the temperament of the puppies.
Most people I have talked with have a range of concerns about paying a breeder for a
pet. I can tell you I have never regretted paying Michele. Over the five years I have
known her, I have seen the expense and energy she puts into caring for her adult dogs
and their puppies. To my husband, my daughter, & me, our two dogs were worth every
penny. I think my niece and sister-in- law would tell you the same.
I am happy to answer any questions you may still have. Please ask Michele to pass your
contact information to me and I will be in touch as soon as possible.
Teresa from TN