We are the Brantigan family, also known as Sugardale Wheatens. This business began out of the blue one day in 2007 when we purchased our first Wheaten Terrier, Bailey from an online pet website.
He was flown into our local airport from Iowa, where we anxiously waited to pick him up. Bailey arrived in a clean travel crate with food and water inside. He was the same perfect puppy shown in the online advertisement and we were very pleased with our experience.
Five months later, I decided that Bailey needed a companion and a breeding mate, as I wanted to become a hobby breeder. I went back online to find a quality female puppy. I stumbled upon a website with a gorgeous female puppy. I was very inexperienced at the time. I made the purchase instantly and impulsively. Soon after, I learned that I had made a very big mistake!
The puppy was flown in. She arrived in a very small crate, which was too small for your typical Wheaten Terrier puppy for the age that she was.
I took her home and she was the sweetest little thing, wagging her little nub tail a mile a minute. As I was looking through her paperwork, she had no registration papers, as promised. The breeder placed a Rabies tag on her collar, which was concerning because she was only nine weeks old. A nine week old puppy is too young for a Rabies shot. I called in the tag and I was shocked when I learned that the tag was registered to a Poodle!
At this point, I was not comfortable breeding her because there were too many red flags and unknowns. Thankfully I was able to find her a home locally and very quickly.
I went back online and located a small, family run kennel. This time, I called them on the phone and spoke to them directly. I explained what had happened to me and asked if they would be willing to fly in two female puppies so that I can choose between the two. I was very honest with the breeder and told her upfront that I would only be able to keep one puppy. I ensured her that I would personally find the other puppy the perfect forever home. To my surprise, they agreed and two puppies were flown to me a few days later. As soon as I opened the crate that they flew in, it was love at first sight. I picked my lovely little Chloe.
I placed a free 30 day online advertisement to find the second puppy at home. The phone rang continuously with prospective adopters and the puppy was in her forever home within two days.
I was so relieved and at that point, I thought that was the end of it all until the ad ran its 30-day course and the phone never stopped ringing.
Instead of informing the callers that the puppy was sold, I took down their information. I immediately called the breeder that I purchased Chloe from and explained to her that I had homes for her entire litter! The breeder coordinated with me and flew all of the puppies to me. All of the families came to my home to pick them up. From that moment on, I handled all of the placement for her puppies.
Here we are well over a decade later and I am still placing her puppies to this day. We have become great friends and we talk like mother and daughter all of the time. When she meets other quality breeders, she suggests Sugardale Wheatens as a point of contact to help place their puppies. We now have a tight-knit network of wonderful breeders who hire us as their placing agents.
Since launching our Facebook page, Sugardale Wheatens in 2009, we now have an audience of over 4400 fans!
Being misled and lied to by a not so reputable breeder was life changing for our family!