Our Bella Luna
by Algrina Tonelli
A true experience of
the Tonelli Family
(Rick, Algrina, Anthea and Ryan)
Copyright 2007 Algrina Tonelli - All Rights Reserved
(not to be copied without permission of the author)
It's been over a year, but it seems like yesterday
that we picked up our beautiful Bichon Frise, whom we named Luna.
Regardless of the time and effort we put into
researching various breeders, we consider ourselves very fortunate to have
found a breeder who has educated and given us the proper tools to understand
the breed, as well as care for Luna properly.
The process from the beginning to end was not
an easy one. After a family relative recommended the breed to us,
we were able to find many breeders of the Bichon Frise along with their
contact information in the Dogs
in Canada Annual magazine.
Our breeder of choice was the sixth one which
we contacted and we were delighted that she asked more questions of us
than we did of her. Her inquiry proved that she was working in the
best interests of her puppies along with the great deal of responsbility
Being dog owners prior to this, we already
understood that our selection would be lifelong.
It wasn't until we actually received the call
from our breeder that we could visit her kennel, that we realized just
how serious she was about where and with whom she placed her puppies.
With all of us in tow for the first visit, the experience could be compared
to an adoption. We were delighted with the manner in which the process
was conducted and were thankful to be in the hands of someone we
felt was a guru of the Bichon breed.
Our family is enriched by this delightfully
playful, charismatic puppy who fit right into our routine from the moment
we brought her home. She is everything we wanted - small, non-shedding,
quiet, very happy, playful, easy to train, obedient, mild mannered and
wonderful with the young and the old. We can't say enough about her,
except that she is so much fun to have around.
Veterinary visits are pretty standard.
Fortunately, we were able to find a veterinarian who was in full agreement
with our breeder's recommendations of "dos and don'ts". Grooming
is absolutely necessary and should be considered an automatic expense of
at least $50 every six weeks when taking this breed into consideration.
Luna was easy to train and adapted quickly
to our routine, and although she loves the children, her favorite is definitely
the man of the house, my husband. She has his daily schedule recorded
down to the minute, and waits at the door for his return home from
work each evening.
We express endless thanks towards our breeder
for allowing us the pleasure of knowing and understanding this breed.
We follow her instruction binder religiously and feel comfort in knowing
we are equipped with such helpful information. It certainly has served
us well, covering information like the Canadian Standard for the Bichon
Frise, a Profile of the Bichon Frise, Recommended books to read on the
breed, Training, an explanation of "trust", tips for creating a Bichon
puppy you can live with, grooming, Bichon health, Medication/Vaccination,
Food, Emergency numbers, health forms, etc.
Knowing that we can count on our breeder after
the purchase, is as important as the introduction. Our advice to
anyone seeking this or any pet is that you can never do too much research;
and being comfortable with the selection of your breeder should be as important
as the selection of the breed.
In closing, there is not enough to be said
about owning a purebred Bichon Frise.
To know them is to love them!
Rick, Algrina, Anthea and Ryan Tonelli