Thank you to everyone who offered help and advice and to those who showed an interest in the dogs. Those who I have talked to here have been put into contact with the facilitator. We tried our best to keep personal information off the internet but a friend of the person organizing the dog transfers of ownership posted somewhere else in great detail, so I can offer more information, while still maintaining some privacy for the family involved. I know you are all wondering why the breeder of such wonderful dogs didn’t take them back. The person who passed away suddenly was the breeder, then the family member with the breeder’s dogs became very ill. Family and close friends have taken the dogs the breeder loved the most. There are a lot of older puppies which remained unsold during this upheaval and a few adults that have not yet been taken. It wasn’t a huge kennel, she was considered a smaller breeder, but there were still a dozen dogs to be placed. I’m surprised and happy that the elderly dogs all found homes right away. They now have a list of people interested in the remaining dogs and will start the long process of placing them in the best possible homes where they can live up to their potentials. Dogs from this kennel have been successful in LE, SAR, and as service or therapy dogs so they are very versatile and we were all concerned that they find good homes.
This is a good reminder to have a flexible plan in place for your dogs if something unexpected happens.