I received an e-mail from a previous Happy Customer that read:

Hi I just wanted to let you know I did an article in our local paper TAMPA BAY WEEKLY about my daughter’s experience in getting our puppy “Parker”. I think you will like the article. I will send you a copy in the mail.

 I also wrote about it in my blog. You can click the link below. Thank you again for breeding such wonderful dogs! Jennifer Thank you!

Have a super day!
Kadi H. Tubbs


Mom 2 Mom
Puppy eases pain of losing family dog

He was 7 years old when he passed away with cancer of the spleen. When the veterinarians realized there wasn’t anything left to do, my husband and I only had a few days to prepare our girls – 4 and 6 years old at the time – that they wouldn’t have Ace around anymore.

If you have ever had to do that, you know how hard that is. There are just no words to tell your children their dog is going to die. We did the best we could, but it wasn’t easy. Our little girls cried for weeks. Even today, a little over a year since Ace passed, and they still cry every now and then because they miss him.

Shortly after our dog died, the girls started asking for another dog. This time, they wanted a puppy because they never really knew Ace as a puppy; he was already a few years old when they were born. They also wanted the puppy to stay small in size. Ace was 90 pounds. Finally, we needed a dog that didn’t shed because my youngest has some allergy issues.

Our oldest daughter, Randi Kay, was determined to find the best dog for the family, one that had all the qualities we were looking for. She has always loved dogs and reads every book she can get her hands on about them. She had us watching the television show Dogs 101 on the Animal Planet, searching the Internet and reading books about dogs.

I took the girls to the dog store to check out the different breeds. Every time we went, they fell in love with the puppies. We also went to the shelters to look at dogs. But even though the girls and I were ready to get a new dog, my husband wasn’t. He really missed our Lab. It’s true the saying, “man’s best friend.” It took a few months for my husband to give us the OK to “really” look for a puppy.

We decided we would try the animal shelters first. We must have gone to all of the shelters in Pinellas County. We also went to pet stores and looked at ads in the paper for puppies. We even took a drive one afternoon to a flea market north of Pinellas County to check out some puppies.

We looked everywhere and just didn’t find the right one. Finally, I was online one night and searched the words “non-shedding” and “Florida.” I came across a breeder online that was in Tampa. I couldn’t believe it. On their website I saw the cutest little puppies called Shichon or “teddy bear” dogs, a cross between the Shih Tzu and Bichon breeds. I thought, “Non-shedding, small and cute. This is it.” And the other great thing was that the price was not outrageous. I called the place and set up a time to go see the puppies.

The girls were so excited they could hardly stand it. We had a wonderful experience. The girls were able to go in a room filled with about eight little puppies of several different breeds. We let them play with the puppies to find which one they liked and vice versa. They both decided on a black and white Shichon. He was about 10 weeks old, about 4 pounds and just the cutest little thing. When we got in the car to take him home, the girls started crying because they were so happy.

Randi Kay wrote about picking up our new puppy from the breeder, Royal Puppy Palace:

Royal Puppy Palace is a good place to go for the family and have fun. I was there and I saw all these different kinds of puppies. They had little dog beds they could sleep in. I got a dog named Parker. I met lots of other puppies too. It was so much fun.

We loved our dog Ace, but he passed away when he was 7. He had to go to the emergency room when my mom and dad said he was going to die tomorrow maybe. I was crying. The next day at school, my dad picked me up and I asked him if Ace was in heaven. He said yes. I was so sad. I started to cry. My new puppy Parker helps me sweep away my tears.

Ever since we got Parker, we haven’t had as many tears. I think the new puppy has been a wonderful addition to our family. Losing Ace was a traumatic experience for our children. With Parker, the healing process has become a little easier.

Kadi Hendricks Tubbs, mother of two girls ages 5 and 7, lives in Seminole. Visit her blog at Mom2momfamilyfun.blogspot.com