Hobby Breeder

Love is Love

“You know that guy in your neighborhood who’s always in his garage smiling, playing music, having a beer while he works on his classic cars? He’s clearly passionate about it and so he devotes so much of his time & money into his hobby, naturally it’s difficult to part with any of them. When someone makes him an offer, the offer isn’t paying for the car, it’s to compensate him for all the time & effort that he put into each of his cars. When a car leaves with it’s new owner a piece of him leaves with it. Well that guy is kinda like me, but instead of my cars it’s my bulldogs.” – Dakky

Our recent hand delivery to Seattle, WA

Seattle has always been one of our favorite cities to place a Bonsai and visit. We truly love the Pacific Northwest so we were very excited to help our friends from Seattle with adopting their 2nd puppy from Bonsai. We flew from Los Angeles to Seattle and hand delivered this handsome guy to his new home in the beautiful town of Bellevue. It has been such a rewarding experience to see all of the love that has surrounded this boy.

 


Traveling with a puppy can be difficult for first-timers. There are many things we can do to help ensure our pets’ safety and comfort from destination to destination. Here are our recommendations when traveling with pets:

  1. Get yourself a TSA approved pet carrier. This will help to secure your puppy during your flight. Your puppy and its’ carrier should be able to slide underneath the seat in front of you. 
  2. Make sure you bring all paperwork needed to travel. Puppies need their vaccination records and some destinations require you to bring a letter from the vet or even a pet passport. There is usually a limit to how many pets can fly in cabin so call in before your flight and make sure that your airline has enough room to accommodate your pet. 
  3. Pack food, water, toys, poo poo bags and wipes.
  4. Before the flight make sure your pet gets plenty of exercise and give it time to use the restroom. Once your pet has exerted his/her energy they should be able to rest during most of the travel. 
  5. Lastly, be mindful of extreme changes in weather. Your pet needs time to adjust to the different climate at it’s arrival city. 

We hope that some of these tips will help you and your pet to enjoy many years of fun travel together. Remember to be safe and don’t forget to pack the poop bags!

Giving back this holiday season

Bonsai Kennels has come together to offer a handsome young bulldog to a family in need this holiday season.

You can find more info by clicking the photo or by searching the hashtag: #HolidayBonsaiGiveaway on Instagram

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“I’ve thought about doing something like this for a long time. I’ve also thought about all of the reasons as to why I should or should not do it or if I really even needed a reason to do it in the first place (if that makes any sense) But I’ve always come up with more reasons as to why I should do it. I’m doing my best to find THE perfect home for this particular pup. Many people CAN afford to take care of dogs AND provide them with the time and care that they need, it’s just the initial cost for these particular sets of breeds that’s out of reach for most families. I’ve already read many of the entries so far and most of them are not qualified to be able to take on this type of responsibility yet but some of them actually are and I’m very interested in trying to help them fill a void or to add some much needed love to their lives. When I was younger my first dog came to me as a gift so I guess this somehow stems from that.” – Dak

“Distance is just a test to see how far love can travel.”

Seattle July '15

Seattle, WA

“All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn’t a dog.” – Charles M. Schulz

Of all the living things I’ve come across, I’ve yet to meet someone as loving or as loyal as my dog. Straight up. I don’t think I could make that any more clearer. My dogs give me unconditional love because I show them love. Our dogs might depend on us but little do they know, we depend on them also. We need that warmth next to us. We need someone to listen to our rants and raves, someone who agrees with us even when we know we’re wrong. Only dogs know the true definition of a secret, they don’t share that shit with anybody. I confide to my dogs, they give me little signals that they understand and that makes my days better. My dogs show me how to relax and they teach me the value of love and patience every single day. They give me life lessons between their poops and farts. They’ve taught me that there are some dogs who can get along with anyone while at the same time there could be that one bitch who can stir up all kinds of shit in the yard. They’ve taught me that by living without expectations I’m given more chances at being pleasantly surprised verses being disappointed. There just isn’t anything out there that compares to having the love of a dog, one has to experience it at least once in their lifetime.

The Frenchie Quarter

This time the layover flight wasn’t so bad. We’ve got about 60 people for 160 seats. Penelope and I get a whole row to ourselves which makes it easier to sneak her out of her carrier. It’s funny how the rules of flying with a pet can change once one gets the “puppy eyes”. I gave her a small feeding to make sure she had something in her stomach and let her run around all day just so she can sleep well on this evening flight. She was able to use the restroom in Vegas and now we’re about 1160 miles from New Orleans where our first flight delivery was made to our good friend Curren$y. We’ve got a loving family there waiting to pick us up and to smother Penelope with hugs and kisses. She’s found a loving new home, a ton of new toys and loving new parents who are anxiously awaiting to meet her. To say that I love what I do would be an understatement.
I was just in Miami yesterday delivering “Meatball” to a loving couple out there. I met with a fan of ours who wanted to learn more about breeding since he was leaning towards that lifestyle. We spoke for a few hours about what we do at Bonsai and how we can help him with his goals. We shared what has worked for us and we exchanged valuable information from breeding to the lifestyle of each breed. I wanted to give a quick thanks to our Miami friends for all of their hospitality.
We knew that by staying true to our roots and by putting all of our love into our passion that we would be able to succeed in bettering the breed. What we didn’t expect was the amount of love and support that has poured in from all over the world. All of the days of picking up after our pups, all of the times we’ve had to take care and nurse a sick puppy back to health, all of the vet and animal hospital bills and the long days and sleepless nights of caring for litters has made it all worth it. I honestly wish I could do this forever.
I’ve caught myself smiling a lot lately. I try to imagine what Nacho Jr. and Gustavo are doing in Vancouver, what Winnie’s doing at her dad’s company or what type of trouble Burger’s getting into today. It’s hard to believe that one of our Bonsai will be hanging out at the Interscope Records building pretty soon but it’s the truth. They say hard work pays off but the message is deeper than what it seems. The real payoff is the love we get to spread with each and every new adoption. The real payoffs are the meaningful relationships we’ve built over a common love. It’s not a job, it’s a lifestyle. “Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.” – unknown

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We did it.

We did it everyone! We raised up enough money to help Hachi’s parents pay for his medical bills! The last thing they need to worry about are his bills and thanks to you all they can make it through this hard time knowing they have support from people all around the world. Thank you all for helping us hit this mark. It only took 3 DAYS! Just goes to show that there are still people helping other people and that makes us appreciate you all that much more. Thank you to everyone who contributed!

The Bonsai Family

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I remember delivering all 8 of these pups myself, some of the breeders out there know some puppies are born lifeless and you must do whatever you can to wake them up and give them a fighting chance. You suck fluids out of their airways, stimulate them and sometimes you even have to give them a shot of adrenalin and shake them violently just to try to get a cry out of them. From the moment when they come out still and lifeless until the moment I hear their first cries I feel helpless. And then I hear the cries of life. From that moment on I’ve been Big Bonsai, feeding, caring and nurturing each and every one of them. Now I’m proud to say that all the puppies have found their forever loving homes. All of the owners of these puppies aren’t old retired folks, they are young professionals who love frenchies. I’m blessed to have enough people who will take the time and get me letters of recommendation, travel and take the needed steps to welcome their new addition correctly. I want to let all of the new owners know that they have my lifetime support and that they didn’t just buy a dog, they joined a family and that this family will stay in touch and see each other when the bonsai grow older. I keep my yard open to any bonsai who need a few days away from home for some play. I hope everyone who adopted this time got exactly what they wanted. I tried my best at matching each puppy up with the people who really wanted them. It’s a bittersweet feeling to say the least.

The New Bonsai

We wanted the local little Bonsai to take something special with them when they leave to their new loving homes. We reclaimed some old fruit crates and turned them into personalized doggy beds. A little gift to the new members of Bonsai Kennels.

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Tips to keep our pets happy and healthy the “all natural” way

Baby Bambu at the nursery

Baby Bambu at the nursery

When you’re feeling under the weather, you might find that the perfect thing for treating what ails you is something you already have in the kitchen. Did you know that you can treat your ailing dog with some simple home remedies too? Below you will find seven great natural remedies for making your dog happy and healthy again.

TIP #1

Vitamin E is good for preventing those pesky age lines on your face, and it’s also great for your dog’s dry skin. You can give your pup a doggy massage by applying vitamin E oil directly to the skin, a soaking bath with vitamin E added to the water, or you can go all “Hollywood” and pop your dog a pill (of vitamin E, that is).

If you give the vitamin orally, check with your vet on the recommended dosage for your specific dog breed.

TIP #2

Flavorless electrolyte-replacing liquids, such as sports waters or pediatric drinks, not only help athletes to replenish fluids, and babies to rehydrate after an illness, they can also supply your sick pooch’s body with much needed fluids after a bout of diarrhea or vomiting.

Consult your veterinarian as to the appropriate dosage amounts when giving these types of liquids to your dog.

TIP #3

Deliciously plain yogurt is a healthy treat for your dog. Just as with humans, the live acidophilus in the yogurt keeps the good bacteria in your dog’s intestines in balance, so that bad bacteria is swiftly knocked out. If your dog is on antibiotics, a little yogurt will also help keep yeast infections at bay (a common side-effect of antibiotic treatment). You can also give your dog acidophilus pills — wrapping the pills in bacon is strictly optional.

Puppies are especially prone to yeast infections, so a little plain yogurt as a snack (or even dessert) can help keep things in balance; especially useful while the intestinal system is building immunities.

TIP #4

Chamomile tea uses the natural disinfecting effects of the chamomile plant to settle upset doggy tummies. It is recommended for colic, gas, and anxiety. It can also alleviate minor skin irritations. Just chill in the fridge and spray onto the affected area on the dog’s raw skin. Your dog should feel an immediate soothing effect as the chilled tea kills the yeast and/or bacteria on the skin. A warm (not hot) tea bag can also be used for soothing infected or irritated eyes.

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Bambu

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Natural remedies | Apple Cider Vinegar

If your dog has itchy skin, the beginnings of a hot spot, incessantly washes its feet, has smelly ears, or is picky about his food, the application of ACV may change things around. For poor appetite, use it in the food – 1 tablespoon, two times a day for a 50 lb. dog. For itchy skin or beginning hot spots, put ACV into a spray bottle, part the hair and spray on. Any skin eruption will dry up in 24 hours and will save you having to shave the dog. If the skin is already broken, dilute ACV with an equal amount of water and spray on.

Taken internally, ACV is credited with maintaining the acid/alkaline balance of the digestive tract. To check your dog’s pH balance, pick up some pH strips at the drug store, and first thing in the morning test the dog’s urine. If it reads anywhere from 6.2 – 6.5, your dog’s system is exactly where it should be. If it is 7.5 or higher, the diet you are feeding is too alkaline, and ACV will re-establish the correct balance.

If you have a dog that has clear, watery discharge from the eyes, a runny nose, or coughs with a liquid sound, use ACV in his or her food. One teaspoon twice a day for a 50 lb. dog will do the job.

After your weekly grooming sessions, use a few drops in his or her ears after cleaning them to avoid ear infections. Other uses for ACV are the prevention of muscle weakness, cramps, feeling the cold, calluses on elbows and hock joints, constipation, bruising too easily, pimples on skin surfaces, twitching of facial muscles, sore joints, arthritis and pus in the urine. There are also reports that it is useful in the prevention of bladder and kidney stones.

Fleas, flies, ticks and bacteria, external parasites, ring worm, fungus, staphylococcus, streptococcus, pneumococcus, mange, etc., are unlikely to inhabit a dog whose system is acidic inside and out. Should you ever experience any of these with your dog, bathe with a nice gentle herbal shampoo — one that you would use on your own hair — rinse thoroughly, and then sponge on ACV diluted with equal amounts of warm water. Allow your dog to drip dry. It is not necessary to use harsh chemicals for minor flea infestations. All fleas drown in soapy water and the ACV rinse makes the skin too acidic for a re-infestation. If you are worried about picking up fleas when you take your dog away from home, keep some ACV in a spray bottle, and spray your dog before you leave home, and when you get back. Take some with you and keep it in the car, just in case you need it any time. Obviously for major infestations, more drastic measures are necessary. ACV normalizes the pH levels of the skin, makes your dog unpalatable to even the nastiest of bacteria and you have a dog that smells like a salad, a small price to pay.

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