Founded on Honesty, Integrity, and Excellence
|Photos from E. Claire and Company Files.|
From 2000 to 2003 I owned a cat and dog gift retail store called E. Claire and
Company in West Des Moines, IA. Customers were encouraged to bring their
companion animals to the store. We took hundreds of pictures over the 4
years we were in business. A copy of the picture would be displayed in the
store and the other sent to the owner with a handwritten note. The
picture on the left is one of my favorite Rottweilers, Ruby. On the right
is the first French Bulldog, Rocky, that I ever got the pleasure to personally meet
prior to owning my own Frenchies.
From my early childhood, I knew that I was truly endeared to animals. My
intensity for caring for and loving animals grew from my early childhood days
to my adulthood. I have always felt a passion for caring for animals
and protecting them. Today that passion and intensity continues. In
1988, my husband David and our two young children, Nick and Eric, acquired our
first companion dog, a Miniature Schnauzer, Princess. Unknowingly, we
purchased Princess directly from a commercial kennel. We were fortunate
in that Princess was a healthy puppy. Shortly after our exposure to this
commercial kennel we became involved in the local animal shelter, the Animal Rescue
League of Des Moines, Iowa. During the next several years we rescued
our second Miniature Schnauzer, Cassie Lou and a Boston Terrier, Mimi Roberta. Soon
to follow was our second Boston Terrier, Claire, who we adopted directly from the
Most “normal” people would think that 4 dogs would be enough, but
in 2001 we were blessed to have the opportunity to purchase our first French
Bulldog, Jack. One of the requests from his breeder, Marilyn Burdick,
Pudgybull, was that we “show” Jack in the conformation ring.
Although we had never had a show dog we were willing to try and such
is the beginning of a wonderful story and journey. Since Jack we have added other
French Bulldogs to our family. Each one has become a beloved member of our family.
Bella Ridge French Bulldogs Philosophy
Our philosophy regarding the care of our dogs include the following key points:
1. Our dogs do not live in a kennel. All of our dogs live in our
home and live with us. They do not live in a basement or an area
separated from us. When you enter our home, you know that we have
dogs. We do not keep dogs hidden and only “show them by
2. We show dogs, but they are not merely “show dogs”. From
the day they arrive at our home they are beloved family members. Whether
they win in the ring or not does not determine whether or not they are valued or
3. We do not define ourselves by our dogs. They do not exist
because of us or for us.
4. We are blessed to “own them” and take our responsibility
very seriously for providing fully for their emotional and physical care.
5. Providing a consistent daily routine is paramount. Our
personal lives and social activities do not jeopardize our dogs care. Our
dogs’ needs come first.
6. We do not deny them veterinarian care because of expense. We
provide them veterinary care because they need it and deserve it.
7. In dealing with other people, whether they are “show people”
or someone who is looking for a companion, we are honest. We do not
attempt to deceive people for our own monetary gain.
8. We believe that all dogs deserve a loving, forever home. As
breeders, we feel deeply responsible for the placement of all puppies. We
offer a lifetime commitment to our puppies. If at any time, the puppy/dog
is not able to be appropriately cared for and loved, they are to be returned to us,
no questions asked.
9. We believe that breeding dogs should never be a way of living. Charging
excessive prices is never justified.
10. Be cautious of those individuals who claim they are “world
renowned” breeders and lay claim to such “fame”. Research
the business transactions breeders have had with other people. Find out
for yourself if they are really someone you would want to do business with. Actions
do speak louder than words.
11. When selling puppies we provide complete records of veterinarian
care. Our puppies are evaluated by a veterinarian when receiving
vaccinations. Dogs in our care receive necessary treatment (ie: surgery)
at the time recommended by a veterinarian. We do not deny veterinary care
because of expense.
12. We abide by AKC standards and maintain accurate and complete records.
13. When puppies are delivered to their new owners, they receive the
American Kennel Club dog registration paper or AKC papers transferring ownership
at the time the puppy is delivered.
For the past 21 years we have been blessed with many wonderful dogs being a part
of our life. As companions they are truly valued and love. We
realize that it is our obligation to care for them and be responsible as a reputable
breeder. Bella Ridge French Bulldogs signifies this commitment to the
French Bulldog breed. Our objective today and in the future is to
remain focused on the importance of a sound breeding program. We are
committed to protecting the breed and being an advocate for all animals. Our
foundation for our kennel is truly based on honesty, integrity, and excellence.
© No reproduction of any written material or photos without written permission of
Dr. David and Jill Neidig, Bella Ridge French Bulldogs.