My name is Cathy Donovan and I have been showing and breeding Corgis under the Northrun prefix for over THIRTY FiVE years.My non-doggy husband Jim and I live on the beautiful coast of Maine in the summer and in Naples, Florida in the winter.
I am a longtime member of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America, the Mayflower Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club and the Sunshine Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club. I am also an AKC Breeder of Merit.
Over the years I’ve been lucky to have bred some fabulous dogs; we’ve had some great successes in both the breed ring and performance. I’m as excited about the dogs that never got into a ring as I am about my Corgis that went to loving forever homes with great families! I’m thrilled that so many of our Corgi families have stayed in touch over the years with many coming back to us for another Corgi or to replace a lost member of their family.
Since my husband is not an animal person, necessity forces me to have a kennel facility.
Some people feel that puppies should be raised in a family environment; I couldn't agree more. While our puppies are not in the house our kennel is designed and maintained for our dogs' comfort and well-being.
Our puppies are handled and played with from the time they are born until they leave for their new homes. We don't watch TV here, we watch puppies (much more fun and educational!) They meet children, ride in cars and are subjected to a myriad of noises and situations that allow us to evaluate their personalities and temperaments. We feel they are just as well adjusted as any puppy brought up in the house.
All of our puppies are vet-checked before going to new homes. They are also micro-chipped as a permanent form of identification. All puppies are wormed at two week intervals and begin heartworm preventative at twelve weeks. Vaccinations begin at eight weeks and are given at four week intervals until the vaccines are complete or the puppy has gone to a new home.
Our policy is to not let puppies leave for new homes until they are twelve weeks old. We feel this allows us to get them well started on their shots, gives them a chance to play and interact with other adult dogs and puppies, gives us time for crate training and allows the puppy to mature mentally so he/she is ready for the transition.
Since our dogs are housed in a kennel, we believe when our dogs are finished with their show and breeding careers, they deserve to become "house dogs" and "couch potatoes". Many wonderful people have gotten equally wonderful older dogs from us and find that adding an adult dog is often the perfect answer to some of the issues surrounding buying a puppy. Some lifestyles are far better suited to an older dog than a puppy.
We are proud of our Corgis and feel they represent us very well out there in the world. Because of our concern for each puppy we breed, prospective buyers are carefully screened and must sign a contract including a spay or neuter agreement. It is also our policy to buy back our dogs if, at any time in their lives, their owners are unable or unwilling to keep them for any reason.
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