on the way to emergency clinic, 

*keep pup warm
*dispense sugars

Warmth & sugar are respected "band-aids" until professional help is rendered.

If pup appears to be in shock, ranch personnel have often times held a bundled dog "head lower than tushie" - positionally encouraging blood flow to brain.

Bellissima Farms is not a vet center - these ideas are shared in hopes of extending the "golden hour".

Keep your emergency clinic # on cell phone - saves time......



Ay carumba!!!!!

Transporting the family pet can be a real dilemma
for those who lack creative determination.

Most "human" airlines will only allow 
the animal to be carried on - remain 
w/ human companion thru out the flight. 

Most limit  # of animals per 
flight - making it more & more difficult to 
secure a pup over a wide geographic distance,
in accordance w/ the handlers/owners own schedule.

Varying temperature extremes endanger the little guy, along w/ potential delays in the airport or on the tarmac.  

Do your homework!

*Check w/ airlines @ point of origin & destination point - rules vary according to airline, season, weather conditions,size of animal, etc.

*Determine mileage & decide on most sensible method of swift & cost-effective movement - ground or air;

*Try to orchestrate direct flights.  Connecting flights can become a crazy puzzle causing the puppers to spend a terrified night in the holding area, refusing to eat or drink, watching shift changes w/ different personalities.  

Also, IMPORTANT : verify & re-verify flight info  - unfortunately, understand some airlines issue Locator #'s , etc. yet deny loading at airport. 

Internet offers amazing list of transporters - by ground or air.

Pet Airlines catering only to furry travelers are sensible & cost-effective.   

*All transporters have their own rules prior to transport:  vet checks, health certificates, fecal exams, etc. - VERIFY prior to puppy drop off. 

Bellissima Farms would love to include your family in our circle of friends, however, if transportation proves to be a costly concern, we will gladly direct you to other reputable breeders.

All transportation, including but not limited to: trade outs, returns, etc. is entirely the responsibility of the Buyer.

VERY EXCITING NEWS:  PET AIRWAYS - Travel for your best friend!!!!!    1-888-PETAIRWAYS   Ext. 195

Their advertising reads:  "Under the watchful eye of our on-board pet attendant, our pawsenger's comfort is assured.  Our cabins are well-lit, temperature controlled & have the proper level of fresh air circulation."

Pet Airways offer 1 hour pre-flight departure w/ check-in at special lounge.  Potty breaks/regular breaks are designed to comfort, depending on length of trip.  Special carriers are used, the pup is monitored every 15 minutes during flight.  Potty breaks post-arrival, w/ pickup by new family within 30 minutes of landing.

Medication, 4 hour feedings, seperation from other animals, personal one-use potty facilities, & individual puppy play are also offered.  

Special fare reductions available on rescue pets. WOW!

A Beechcraft 1900 is used for its impeccable record of safety & reliability.  The plane - a twin-turbo prop commonly used by commercial airlines such as US Air, Continental & United for short haul flights.  The cabins have been equipped to insure the safety & comfort of passengers. Pets travel in individual carriers which are secured during flight.

Like any other airline, flight info can be affected by weather or other issues, however status is available for nervous folks at either end.  

The airlines flies eastbound on Tuesday & Wednesday, and westbound on Thursday & Friday.  GREAT IDEA!!!!!!



Potty-training, anybody, anytime - can be frustrating. 
It's best to begin early & be prepared to have patience. 

Our pups are kept in impeccably clean birthing boxes, towels changed
several times a day & sanitized in between use. Pups used to 
exceptionally clean early environments are easier to train in later life.  As 
pups begin to move about, both interior/exterior exercise areas are 
cleaned multiple times a day.  Nightly, Mamma & babies are able to
relieve themselves on a green potty patch, wee-wee pads or newspaper.  
By day, natural grass is the solution.  Regardless of rest solution offered by 
their forever family home, your dog will be able to easily recognize
its' intent. 

Over the years, indoors, we found diapers & belly-bands to be irreplacable aids. 

Young pups do not gain bowel/bladder control until the body sufficiently
matures.  In addition, young pups like young children, would rather not
interrupt play in order to take care of other things.  

Dogs possess cyclic rhythms & "inner clocks" regulating hunger, sleep, hair growth, reproduction, urination & defecation. All of these clocks respond to day length, blood sugar levels, hormonal activity, temperature & other factors.  

Dogs hate change - activites such as sleeping, eating & relieving 
themselves can become predictable & regular.  In addition, we 
unwittingly impose rhythms on dogs by feeding & exercising them at the 
same time each day - our pups recognize such schedules & usually adapt. 

Keeping feed, exercise & relief times stabilized will help training.

Diapers on females & diapers/belly bands on males keep your rugs & furniture soil-free when accidents occur - and they will.  Adult incontinence pads can be used in belly bands as they have great ability to absorb plus deodorize.  Pads cut into 1/2's or 1/3's fit snugly in diapers. At appropriate potty time, remove training aid by rrrrripping apart velcro attachments. Interestingly, the noise is an additional "training cue" which works to clue the pup into a specific activity.  (akin to clicker training)

Aids are really easy to use & prevent odor/stain of a boo-boo.  Vendors create cute & colorful patterns, complete w/ buttons, bows, lace, rosebuds - even sports team logos!   (See Ebay)  (How much fun would it be to have your dog poop on the Packers or Jets?)

BFII dogs continue to wear aids long past their training period.  After relieving themselves outdoors, pups wait by the entry to be "re-dressed" in the house garment before hopping back on the sofa. In the AM, they expect to hear the "ripppppp" of velcro prior to exiting the doggie door. 

Training aids make the process SO much easier - accidents are caught in the absorbant material, eliminating the chance of ammonia stains "calling" the pup back to the same spot. 

Diapers & belly bands are easily laundered.  Soiled pads are tossed in the trash.  No schmootz on the sofa, no special cleaning the rug - no scrub brushing fireplace corners where "business cards" are left, delineating territory. 

Elimination is natural & normal - we all do it. Protecting our territory is the same.  Mother Nature will ALWAYS have your pups' ear - they hear her whispers above your chaotic animated scoldings.   

And don't even be so arrogant/cruel to believe you can beat it out of them, force them to obey you because they know what happened last time.

Arm your baby w/  the proper equipment to satiate all callings while keeping the homestead clean.  Diapers & belly bands are surprisingly simple answers to the previously complex question regarding house training -- even w/ the "slow learners".