My name is Edna Slabaugh. I am a widow, and mother of 6 wonderful children- 2 sons and 4 daughters, ages 23 to 34. I have four delightful grandchildren, who are all very special to me! My daughter Rhoda works with me to care for the puppies, and Nathan helps whenever needed, but also raises puppies of his own. Deborah helps some with the puppies, but more often does housework and has several projects of her own. Elson lives out of state and is doing mission work. Hannah and Naomi are married and are busy mothers, both living out of state.
Our family has always enjoyed having pets- some indoors and some out. Whether it was horses, goats, dogs, cats, birds, or even hamsters, they always found a way of becoming family members and friends. 😉
Several years ago we were praying about a better means of providing an income. The bakery I had owned and operated for over a decade with the help of my children was becoming too much work with hardly enough income. My ‘helpers’ were growing up and going their separate ways, and finally it was more than I could do to keep baking.
Family and friends gave suggestions and advice. When someone mentioned raising puppies, I felt rather incompetent with a limited knowledge in what that entailed. I was afraid my dogs would all die due to my inexperience! But brothers from church kindly offered to help us get started, and began asking advice from other breeders as to what would fit our family. In asking my nephew from IL for input, he had a ready answer! “Does Edna want dogs? I have the very dogs for her!” Javin had bought 3 Bernese Mountain dog females as puppies and had raised them for his own breeding program. But now he was realizing that he already had what he could handle without adding another breed. So he offered these to us at a ‘nephew deal’ and we soon had our first beautiful Berners to admire and love.
God has certainly blessed us with sweet-tempered, lovable, and very intelligent dogs! Those first 3 girls are now retired/retiring from our breeding program, but the impact they had on our experience as breeders will live on forever. They have been wonderful mothers, with healthy, adorable puppies who are blessing many lives in more than 20 states and Canada.
Today if you ask any of us which is our favorite dog breed, you’ll likely hear “Mini Bernedoodle”. Why? We’ve grown very attached to the wonderful personality of the Bernese Mountain dog, and the low-shedding feature of adding the Mini Poodle makes care so much easier. Add to that the hardiness, the intelligence, and the desire to please, & it’s really hard to find a more perfect combination!
Thank you to all of you who have chosen one of our puppies to become your own! We have enjoyed interacting with each of you, and wish you a long, happy future with your fur-ball. Our desire is to continue offering healthy, happy puppies for loving families to care for and enjoy! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂