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CAL VAL RAT TERRIERS - LOCATED IN CENTRAL CALIFORNIA FOR THE PAST 26 YEARS.
FAMILY HISTORY: Since the late 1920's my grandparents, parents, my adult children and now my grand children are dedicated to RAT TERRIERS.  

RAT TERRIER HISTORY: RAT TERRIERS were previously called "Toy Fox Terriers " and "Ratters" and "Feists." They were the "farm dog" of the 40's and 50's. They kept the rodent population under control in the important barn full of grain and hay. They became the cherished family pet and playmate to the children.

ABOUT US: John and I (married 52 years) are retired and live in the Sierra Nevada Mtns at 3,000 ft elevation. Our dogs play in a fenced back yard or on our large front deck. At night they are indoors for their warmth and safety. Fans in the summer. Heaters in the winter.  

SOCIALIZING PUPPIES: Puppies are raised in our living room next to our recliners and handled daily. Noises of a busy home help puppies be more confident. Puppies get held by visitors of all ages. Our 25 grandchildren enjoy "helping" with that "chore"

PROPER PUPPY PROTOCOL: PPP (as I call it) starts at 4-5 weeks when puppies are introduced to the front deck for supervised play. Their mothers, aunts, grandmothers and sometimes cranky elders teach them acceptable behavior in the dog world. This is an important time in their development. Plus, they provide us cheap entertainment as we watch from our large front window!  

DOG SHOWING: 20 years of dog showing, first with UKC and now AKC, has taught us a lot!  Most importantly, making good breeding choices aiming for healthy, structurally correct Rat Terriers with great temperaments. By competing in conformation our dogs are evaluated and validated by professional judges. We feel if our dogs are not good enough to earn their Champion or Grand Champion titles they probably shouldn't be bred. I've slowed down now that I'm in my 70's and only go to select shows that are close to me. While most of our puppies are not going into "show homes" we believe you want the best quality Rat Terriers we can produce.

HEALTH TESTING: Our dogs are DNA tested for PLL and PRA-PRCD and recently for the coat "length" gene. Only CLEAR dogs are bred. The parent's hearts & patellas are vet examined and deemed excellent. As a retired Reg Nurse with an OB background, and Internationally Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)I am very focused on health and safety and good record keeping. My OB training has helped me in assisting mothers having puppies. I also have a good relationship with the local vets in our area as they are invaluable to me when I need them. I give vaccinations and worming meds on schedule. I microchip all our puppies. I also dock tails and remove dew claws about 3 days after birth.

SPAY/NEUTER: We encourage spay/neuter for all dogs not destined for the show ring or breeding. Most of our "show quality" puppies go to pet homes and are spayed/neutered. That's OK since our primary goal is to provide quality Rat Terriers to loving dedicated families. If they are shown in the ring that's just a bonus.

AKC KENNEL INSPECTION 6/28/2019: In a random kennel inspection AKC Field Rep. Scott Jackson visited our home. This was his final statement on the report: "The Breeder is in compliance with all the rules and regulations of the AKC and should be commended on the overall care and condition of her dogs and the organization of her records."   

CAL VAL PUPPIES ARE ...
**Sold with a Health Warrantee **Out of Grand Champion bloodlines **Out of only PLL, PRA-PRCD, and coat "length" gene CLEAR parents who are Vet examined for "excellent" hearts/patellas **Microchipped / Vaccinated / Dewormed on schedule **Litter box trained by 7 wks (started at 3.5 wks)**Raised in our living room with lots of love **Lifetime return policy if you are ever unable to care for your puppy/dog.

LEARNING ABOUT RAT TERRIERS: I (Gail) was on the Board of Directors for ARTA (American Rat Terrier Assoc) for several years. I chaired several projects and committees.  I personally designed the ARTA logo, which is still being used. I also created the ARTA Color Guide. I worked side by side with UKC(United Kennel Club) Vice Pres. Cindy Cook. This was an invaluable time in my personal growth and learning about all things, RAT TERRIER.  

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Our local SPCA / Animal Control Dept know us well. All our dogs are registered with Mariposa Co. We rehome Rat Terriers whenever we can. Ask questions, request photos and/or visit our home. We like people to see how we raise our dogs. If we don't have "your" puppy, we will help you find what you want/need.

REFERRALS: We refer to other breeders who have the same health testing protocols we do. We are not in competition with anyone. Nor, do we argue with those who may feel differently than we do. We will not participate in slander.  

PHOTOS / WEBSITE: I take all our photos. They are copyright protected with all rights reserved. Photographing puppies and keeping  websites up to date is my passion. I try to put up NEW photos of our puppies every week to keep you happy! I am happy to take extra photos of any puppy. JUST ASK!  I use it as an excuse NOT to do housework! You may share any of our albums with others. But do not take individual photos from my pages with out my permission. Please, do not cross post our photos or albums without our permission.  

HAPPY RATTING!  
Gail and Hubby John (52 yrs and counting ...)          
                 
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CAL VAL PUPS - 1 LEFT  TAKEELA / TATU
1. CAL VAL PUPS - 1 LEFT  TAKEELA / TATU  (2/19/20)
HELLO AGAIN!  
I'M BORED with all this HOME TIME. So, I took more photos of the puppies.
3/27/2020.  5 1/2 WKS OLD  
1 PUPPY STILL AVAILABLE: "TAG"

Born 2/18/2020 out of our own:
SIRE: MADERA'S TATU CAN PLAY DAT GAME @ CAL VAL 14 1/2 inches
DAM: CAL VAL TAKEELA MOCKINGBIRD 14 1/2 inches

PRICE: $1200  Deposit $400 will secure your puppy OR your place in line for selection.
Deposits are non refundable unless owner defaults

CAL VAL PUPPIES ARE...
**CLEAR of PLL, PRA-PRCD and the "Length" gene **Sold w Health Warrantee **Out of
Grand Champion Bloodlines **Raised inside our home with daily handling **Parents vet checked for
sound hearts/patellas **Vaccinated & dewormed on schedule **Tails docked/dew claws removed
**Lifelong return policy if you are ever unable to care for your dog/puppy

BIG BRAG:
On 6/28/19 Our home was inspected by AKC Kennel Inspector, Scott Jackson. Conclusion:
"Breeder is found to be in full compliance with all AKC Rules, Regulations and Policies."
Additional written comments: "The Breeder should be commended for the overall care and
condition of her dogs and the organization of her records."
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CAL VAL PUPS - CLEO/PHINEAS - ALL SOLD
2. CAL VAL PUPS - CLEO/PHINEAS - ALL SOLD  (1/13/2020)
HELLO AGAIN!!
I'M BORED with all this HOME TIME!
I took more photos of the puppies today...3/27/2020.
5 1/2 WKS OLD - ALL RESERVED

SIRE: GRAND CHAMPION CANYON SUNSET PHINEAS @MYSTHAVEN @CALVAL
DAM: GRAND CHAMPION CAL VAL MTN TOP CLEO

PRICE: $1200. $400 Deposit to Reserve your puppy.
Deposit non refundable unless owner defaults.

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OUR TAKEELA/TATU litter is also 5 1/2 weeks old with 2 males available. They have their own website
HTTP://IMAGEEVENT.COM/GAILSRATSNEST/TAKEELATATU   

CAL VAL PUPPIES ARE ...
**CLEAR of PLL, PRA-PRCD and the "Length" gene **SOLD w Health Warrantee **Out of
Grand Champion BLoodlines **Raised inside our home with daily handling **Parents vet checked for
sound hearts/patellas **Vaccinated & dewormed on schedule **Tails docked/dew claws removed
**Lifelong return policy if you are ever unable to care for your dog/puppy

BIG BRAG:  
On 6/28/19 our home was inspected by  AKC Kennel Inspector, Scott Jackson. Conclusion:
"Breeder is found to be in full compliance with all AKC Rules, Regulations and Policies."
Additional written comments: "The Breeder should be commended for the overall care and
condition of her dogs and the organization of her records."
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OUR RAT TERRIER LADIES
3. OUR RAT TERRIER LADIES  (June 24, 2011)

1) AKC CH CAL VAL MTN TOP CLEO
2) AKC CH TBL MTN CAL VAL LULU LAROO
3) CAL VAL TAKEELA MOCKINGBIRD
4) AKC CH CAL VAL KOALA T BLUEJEANS

(RETIRED LADIES)
GRCH CAL VAL LEGGO MY HALO
GRCH CAL VAL ZSA ZSA VON BAITDRIVEN
CH CAL VAL NOW AND ZEN
GRCH CAL VAL HOOLA DEJA DO
GRCH CAL VAL LEGGO MY STILETTO
CH CAL VAL MARY LITTLE SCRUPLES
CH CAL VAL ZIPPITY DOODAH
CH CAL VAL BLUE SUEDE CHEWS (RIP)
CH CAL VAL FINE BLUE CHINA (RIP)
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OUR RAT TERRIER GENTLEMEN
4. OUR RAT TERRIER GENTLEMEN  (June 27, 2011)
1) GRAND CHAMPION REGIS SMILEY BY GUY
2) CAL VAL RELIABLE ALIBI @ TBLMTN  "ELI"
3) CHAMP CAL VAL MIAKODA TATONKA

(RETIRED) MALES
1)  GUY GRAND CHAMPION ROCK E CAL VAL GUY SMILEY
2)  BRUCE CHAMPION BRUCE ALL MIGHTY @ CAL VAL
3)  GRAND CHAMPION CAL VAL LITTLE MR BIG
4) CAL VAL JUST MY LUCK TUCK

We are fortunate to have several close breeder friends who share their quality males with us
for breeding.  None of us are in competition with each other.  We try to help each other
in our breeding choices ... always with an eye to creating better and better Rat Terriers.
Other Hobby Breeders will understand the wisdom in this. More then one intact male sets up
competitive stress for the dogs and that stresses out us humans!  
GRCH REGIS sires litters for us as well as outside selected females.

ALL of our MALES and FEMALES are PLL & PRCD CLEAR!
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GAILS RAT TERRIERS FROM THE PAST
5. GAILS RAT TERRIERS FROM THE PAST  (January 3, 2002)
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SINCE THE EARLY 1900'S MY FAMILY HAS BEEN LOVING AND RAISING RAT TERRIERS. HERE YOU CAN SEE THE
PHOTOS OF MY GRANDPARENTS, MY MOTHER, MY UNCLE AND THE RAT TERRIERS THEY RAISED WHO WERE SO
MUCH A PART OF THE FAMILY.  THEY CALLED THEM "TOY FOX TERRIERS" BUT YOU CAN SEE THEY ARE
NOT THE SMALL TFT OF TODAY.  THEY WERE LATER CALLED RAT TERRIERS BY PRESEIDENT TEDDY
ROOSEVELT AND THAT BECAME THEIR OFFICIAL NAME SHORTLY THEREAFTER.

THEY ARE REMARKABLY SMART, LOYAL, FUN AND VERSATILE DOGS WHO WILL WAG THEIR WAY INTO YOUR HEART
AND BE YOUR BEST FRIEND FOR LIFE.

WE SHOW AND CHAMPION AND GRAND CHAMPION OUR DOGS TO VALIDATE THEIR QUALITY BUT MOST OF
OUR PUPS GO TO FAMILIES WHO JUST WANT A WONDERFUL PET, WHICH IS FINE WITH US.

IF YOU ARE GOING TO BUY A PUREBRED REGISTERED DOG, WHY NOT BUY QUALITY?

If you have any questions about our current Rat Terriers or just want to talk dogs... email me at GRINAVERE@AOL.COM

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WELCOME TO OUR HOME
6. WELCOME TO OUR HOME  (JUNE 25, 2008)
We moved to the mountains in APRIL of 2008. We are surrounded by tall
pine trees and clean fresh air. We are at 3,000 ft elevation so we do get some snow
each winter...just enough to be decorative but not a hardship.

WE LOVE IT HERE... who wouldn't?
Each year we add improvements to the home and yard is a work in progress.
I'll try to get updtaed photos with each new change

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UKC GR CH CHAOS
7. UKC GR CH CHAOS    (August 21, 2003)
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CHOAS came to us a as a fat puppy from Patty Cromer of Maxwells Rats in Alabama many years ago and our life has never been the same.
This sweet suhthun boy won my heart and knocked our sox off in the show ring. CHAOS was the first dog that I truly considered my OWN and my HEART DOG. He taught me how to show dogs as he was a natural and I was a Newbie.
Not only did I acquire my canine heart throb, I also acquired a great friend in Patty.
CHAOS's parents are:
MAXWELL'S FULL OF TROUBLE
and MAXWELL'S MISSY
He is a UKC Grand Champion and one of his daughter's was the 2002 #1 TOP TEN Rat Terrier in the Nation in show points.
CHAOS has several Champion and Grand Champion offspring and grandoffspring now. Many have been in the Top Ten. He was the featured dog on the 2003 front cover of the Brown Trout Calendars for Rat Terriers and in the year 2004 he is the featured dog for the month of MAY.

SAD UPDATE:  CHAOS was injured in September of 2005 and barely survived.  He was left paralized. I spent the next 3 1/2 months trying to rehabilitate him enough that he could stand and walk again. That required expressing his bladder several times a day and sewing outfits for him to protect his legs from sores as he scooted across the house. We made some progress but he was never able to walk or stand. He was relatively happy but he really missed being outside and KING of the yard.

It was an emotional time for me and for my family.  The Grandchildren were especially affected by this as he was dearly loved by all of them.  On December 10, 2005, after much prayer and many family discussions, I let CHAOS go to his Heavenly Father. For months I could not talk about it or I would dissolve. I've never had the loss of a dog effect me so much. I missed my buddy and my friend. I appreciated all the kind words of condolences from those who loved my boy and who love me. It helped.
Most Sincerely, Gail

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CALENDAR  BOYS AND GIRLS
8. CALENDAR  BOYS AND GIRLS  (December 5, 2002)
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(2015) I'm only 6 yrs behind in adding to this web site. I'll get to it ... Really!  Our dogs
have been featured every year ... much to our gleeful surprise.

STARTING IN 2002 WITH THE FIRST NATIONAL RAT TERRIER CALENDAR (EVER!)
OUR TWO PUPPIES WERE FEATURED ON THE FRONT COVER.

EVERY YEAR SINCE THEN  OUR DOGS HAVE BEEN ON THE COVER OR THE INSIDE OF THE
BROWN TROUT CALENDARS AND ARE NOW BEING FEATURED ON OTHER NATIONAL CALENDARS.

THERE ARE NO WORDS TO EXPRESS THE THRILL OF HAVING OUR DOGS FEATURED IN THIS WAY!!

They pick the photos without any influence from us!  Really!
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GIRDY ROTTEN SCOUNDREL GETS HER NAME
9. GIRDY ROTTEN SCOUNDREL GETS HER NAME  (August 21, 2003)
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Every once in a while you keep a puppy who has the appearance of a total sweetheart. Then, they turn into a rip-snortin' package of trouble, wrapped up in a cute package.  

Such is the case with Miss CAL VAL GIRDY ROTTEN SCOUNDREL and this is how she got her name.

GIRDY IS AN ADULT NOW AND A DELIGHTFUL PET TO A WONDERFUL FAMILY. I'VE NEVER HAD A PUPPY QUITE LIKE HER.

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PICABO is in her NEW HOME
10. PICABO is in her NEW HOME 
THE STORY OF PICABO (UPDATE 2/9/13)

PICABO is now in her new home.  Jim and Mary have 11, 12, and 13 yr old Rat Terrier females that they purchased from us years ago.  PICABO is the new "BABY" of the Family. They are thrilled and so are we!

PICABO was a scrawny, tiny, ugly  2 3/4 oz puppy when she was born. I was sure she wouldn't survive. Yes, she WAS ugly. I tube fed her a few times that day and kept her warm but didn't expect her to live through the night. She had other plans.  I tube fed her a few more times the next day and saw her latch on a few times. She was always very squirmy when I picked her up. After a few days we realized her mother was setting her aside and nursing her alone.  Rat Terriers are SO SMART!

PICABO has no future in the show ring!! You might say she was an embarrassment out of two Grand Champion parents. Her littermates were 3 times her size. It was a great stroke of luck that her GRANDDAM GRCH HALO had lost a singleton puppy at birth and was eager to mother a puppy. Picabo was 4 weeks old when her littermates started to wean.  She needed to keep nursing. HALO was more than happy to adopt her and continue to nurse her until she was 3 1/2 months old! HALO adored her adopted daughter and mothered her with such affection. HALO licked and caressed her and played with her nonstop. PICABO thrived on all the attention.

PICABO was examined by our vet at age 3 months old and declared HEALTHY despite her size. Good heart, good lungs, and nice, tight patellas. Her overbite and narrow muzzle does not effect her eating.  We know she looks more like a Chihuahua than a Rat Terrier but she is full blooded RAT TERRIER. She has the cutest personality. Full of Fun and Vinegar and yet still very affectionate.

She also has the cutest SMIRK!!

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AVAILABLE PUPPIES - 3 FEMALES
11. AVAILABLE PUPPIES - 3 FEMALES  (10/2/2017)
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BORN JULY 26 - LACEY and LUCILLE are 9 1/2 weeks old and ready to leave.  
Parents are Small Standards 13 1/2 to 14 inches
Born to ...
Sire: CHAMPION K2's TRYIN CATCH ME RYDEN DIRTY  "COWBOY"
(GRCH K2's Bad to the Bone X CH MNRVR'S MoonShadow of K2)
Dam: CAL VAL NOW WATCH ME WHIP "ZOEY"
(GRCH Cal Val Regis Smiley By Guy X GRCH Cal Val Macy Bo Coo)

PRICE: $850  $350 Deposit PayPal Preferred
**Dual Registered AKC & UKC **Microchipped **Health Warrantee **PLL and PRA-PRCD Clear
**3 out of 4 Grandparents are Grand Champions **UTD on vaccinations/worming meds
**Litter Box Trained **Tails docked/dew claws removed **Well socialized/fun loving/confident

CONTACT: KACYE YATES  KAROUSEL68@YAHOO.COM
DYNAMITE RAT TERRIERS
Located in So Cal

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WOOFSTOCK - SUNDAY 6/10/2018
12. WOOFSTOCK - SUNDAY 6/10/2018  (6/11/18)
LAST day of 4 day WOOFSTOCK. Gone were the dreadlocks and tie dye clothes but we could still hear
60's music playing on the fairgrounds. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.  
If you didn't make it to WOOFSTOCK this year we hope to see you next year!
HAPPY RATTING!
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