My name is Renee' Banovich, I was born and raised in Illinois. I lived in Houston, Texas for about 2 years, Tullahoma,Tennessee for about 1 year and Apopka, Florida for about 6 months. I moved to Maine in November of 1993 and would never want to live anywhere else. I have raised four children. Three sons and a daughter.
My other half, (better or worse half ..we have not decided yet..LOL), is Sherwood Palmer. We met in 1994. He is a native of Eustis, Maine and we were best of friends for many years before living together in a commited relationship in February 1998. We have maintained our friendship throughout our relationship which is hard for many to do. He has raised 3 daughters. The youngest daughter of the 3 passed away on November 3, 2007 in a car accident. Sherwood devotes all of his time to helping care for the dogs, doing all the carpentry work, and maintenance for our home and kennel. He also works at the local hospital.
Between the two of us we currently have 12 Grandchildren with more to come in the future!
I was raised with Toy Poodles since I was born. I had two white Poodles named, Lisa and Moose when I was a toddler. When they passed away we got a another Toy Poodle named, Fifi, for a surpirse Christmas gift. I have always had a love for animals. I have never been without a dog in my life.
Sherwood and I started breeding dogs in 1999. Our first litter was a Golden Retreiver/ Cocker Spaniel litter. The mom was a Golden/Cocker and the dad was a Cocker Spaniel. What great pups they had. They looked like mini Goldens. We had several litters of these before retiring the parents.
I then met a woman, through a man that got a Golden Cocker puppy from us. She wanted to know if I ever thought of breeding Cockapoos. She currently owned a Cockapoo and wanted another. Of course Sherwood had already said I could have any dog but no Poodles. He would not be seen with a Poodle. Low and behold shortly after my discussion with this dear woman, we now own many Poodles!! Sherwood now has a soft spot for Poodles after we aquired our first Poodle, Dakota. This woman is now a very dear friend of ours and bought a Cockapoo from Dakota and Brutis 1st litter...not to mention she also got two Maltepoos shortly after. We are now working on convincing her to get a Morkie. She currently has 1 Cockapoo and the 2 Maltepoos. If you are looking for a reference you are more than likely to get her e-mail. She knows us very well.
So, after much research of Poodles and the hybrids, we then added the Maltese for Maltepoos and the Yorkie with the Maltese for Morkies. We have found that the hybrids produce a much healthier, happy family dog. We are very devoted to our dogs and puppies. Our days and nights, weeks and weekends, holidays and vacations are all spent with the dogs. We do not get away very often but we do try to at least once or twice a year. This is our world and my dream come true. We enjoy nothing more than seeing the new families come to pick up their puppy. What a wonderful day it is to not only see the kids but the adults as well bond immediately with their new puppy. Puppies and dogs are so full of unconditional love. They are always there and they never want to leave our side no matter what we say or do. Who could ask for anything better? This is why we do our best to proudce the healthiest puppy we can so the new owner can spend many years with their new companion and family member.
Many ask if I sell puppies to families with small children. Of course I do. I can not even imagine my life without a puppy or dog in it. What a shame to not allow a family and their children the joy of raising a puppy. This was one of the greatest most memorable moments in my life...my childhood with my dogs. I was known as the little blonde girl with the Poodle in the carriage strolling down the street. We do however use more caution with our tiny ones going to homes with very young children. We will talk it over and suggest one that is a bit larger in size.
We currently have 5 house dogs. They are Tabby, Itsy, Cricket, Madison, & Java.
Tabby had a few litters but after many tests on her, the male, and the puppies... we could not find out why we were losing her puppies shortly after birth or when they were about 8 weeks old. All they can contribute it to is Fading Puppy Syndrome. Tabby is a very outgoing, extremely happy girl. She loves to play and run outside non stop. She has been spayed and is very happy not being tied down to a litter. She loves life!
Itsy is our smallest Poodle. She is 3-4lbs. We had her spayed because we felt she was too small to have a litter without complications. She is the nanny to all the litters of puppies. She cares for the puppies when the mom is in the whelping box or out of the whelping box. She enjoys them all very much! Any dog or puppy that comes into the house has to like Itsy as she will eventually make it so they do. She is our official dog greeter. She loves every dog and puppy she meets.
Cricket is one of our Maltepoos we kept. She is 3lbs at a year of age.
Next door to us is where my dad and step mom live. The moved here in 2004 from Florida to retire. Shirley, my step mom, makes the jackets for the dogs and puppies that we sell. She also takes in our pups that need 24 hour care. She devotes more time than I can to being sure they are fed every few hours, given their medicaiton if needed and keeping them warm and loved. They both watch over the place with my son & daughter-in-law and care for the dogs if we go on vacation or need to go somewhere.
In 2006, Sherwood built our new kennel next to our house with my office, small store, and grooming area. This is where I now spend 80% of my days. All the dogs can go in and out a doggy door as they want into a large fenced in area. We open the doggy doors about 9-10AM and bring them in about 7PM. They have heat and air conditioning as needed throughout the year. They have a 24 hour radio going. They have the best of it all. We do everything we can to make sure they have everything they need to be happy. This includes our time with them all daily.
All of our adult dogs are vaccinated for Rabies, Distemper, Adenovirus II, Parvo and Parinfluenza. We also treat them monthly with Revolution. We also treat our lawn, twice a year, around the outside fenced in area with a bug control treatment for fleas, ticks, etc.
When a female is nearing her due date to give birth to her puppies we then move her into the house. She usually will sleep in our bed until she gives birth in our bedroom in a whelping box. Shortly after the pups eyes open (10-14 days) they are then moved into our kitchen or living room in their whelping box so they can be more socialized until ready to go to their new homes.
One of our favorite things is to get pictures, e-mails, and letter from the puppy/dog owners. We have a wall in our office that we have pictures hanging that were sent to us. When people come to visit they enjoy looking at them and we love to show them off. We are very proud of the puppies we have brought into this world and have been very fortunate that they have gone into some wondeful homes where they get all the love and attention they deserve.
We also go to Poland Animal Hospital for all of our vet needs. We could not do what we do without their services.
So, this is our long story made short of who we are, how we got started, and where we are at. Making families happy with a healthy happy puppy is our goal and what makes all we do worth it.