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CAL VAL RAT TERRIERS - LOCATED IN CENTRAL CALIFORNIA FOR THE PAST 25 YEARS.
OUR FAMILY HISTORY: Since the early 1900'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.  Due to their charming personalities they became the cherished family pet and chief playmate to the children.

ABOUT US: John and I (married 50 years) are retired and live in the Sierra Nevada Mtns at 3,000 ft elevation. During the day our dogs play in a large 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: Mothers and puppies are in our living room next to our recliners and handled daily. All the action and noises of a busy home help puppies be more confident. Visitors of all ages hold and play with our puppies and our 26 grandchildren delight in "helping" with that "chore"

PROPER PUPPY PROTOCOL: PPP (as I call it) is started at 4 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: 17 years of dog showing, first with UKC and now with AKC, has taught us a lot!  Most importantly, how to make good breeding choices aiming for healthy, structurally correct Rat Terriers with great temperaments. By competing and earning their National titles 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. While dog showing is good exercise it's also EXHAUSTING now that we are in our 70's. This past year I've only been to one show due to health issues. Some of our younger dogs haven't been in the show ring at all. While that saddens me we still only breed healthy dogs with a careful eye on their pedigrees.  We know most of our puppies are not going into "show homes" but 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 only CLEAR dogs are bred. Our dogs are vet examined for sturdy patellas and sound hearts. As a retired Registered Nurse with an OB background, and Internationally Certified Lactation Consultant, I am very focused on health and safety and keeping good records. My OB training has helped me in assisting mothers having puppies and a I have a good relationship with the local vets in our area. They are invaluable to me when I need them. I give vaccinations and worming meds on schedule and I microchip all our puppies. I also dock tails and remove dew claws 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.   

CAL VAL PUPPIES ARE ...
*Sold with a Health Warrantee
*Out of Champion and Grand Champion bloodlines
*Out of only PLL and PRA-PRCD CLEAR parents excellent hearts and sound patellas
*Up to date on vaccinations and dewormed
*Litter box trained starting at 3 weeks old
*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) worked as a member of 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 and I created the ARTA Color Guide. I worked side by side with Cindy Cooke, United Kennel Club Vice President. This was an invaluable time in my personal growth and learning about all things, RAT TERRIER.  

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: We have a good working relationship with our local SPCA and Animal Control Dept. We help rehome Rat Terriers whenever we can. All of our dogs are registered with the Mariposa County. Ask questions, request additional photos and/or visit our home. We like for you to see how we raise our dogs

REFERRALS: We frequently refer to other breeders who also health test and use only PLL and PRA-PRCD CLEAR parents.  We are not in competition with anyone. Nor, do we argue with those who may feel differently than we do. We won't participate in slander.  

PHOTOGRAPHS and WEBSITE: All photographs are taken by me and copyright protected. All rights reserved. Photographing puppies and keeping their websites up to date is my passion. I try to put up NEW photos of our puppies every week to keep you happy! If you want 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. Also, we ask that you not cross post our photos or albums without our permission.  

HAPPY RATTING!  
Gail and Hubby John (50 yrs and counting ...)          
                 
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CAL VAL -  6 PUPPIES - 4 1/2 WKS OLD
1. CAL VAL -  6 PUPPIES - 4 1/2 WKS OLD  (3/15/2018)
ALBUM UPDATED 5/15/18  Our "BLUES LITTER" are 4 WKS 3 DAYS old.  
Started on solids. Doing well with the litter box. Tails and wagging now and playing more.  
Eating solids now and still nursing.
I'll be gone for 2 weeks so no new photos until June 1  

SIRE: CAL VAL JUST MY LUCK TUCK "Tucker"  12 inch Mini
(CH K2's Tryn Catch me Rydn Dirty X CH Cal Val Now and Zen)
DAM: AKC CH CAL VAL MTN TOP CLEO 14 in Small Standard
(GRCH Cal Val Regis Smiley by Guy X Catch me Tango)

PRICE: $1100  Deposit of $400 will reserve your place in selection process.  
Deposits non refundable unless seller defaults.
1st Selection Female - Breeder Hold
1st Selection Male - Reserved w Deposit
2nd Selection Male - AVAILABLE
3rd Selection Male - AVAILABLE
4th Selection Male - AVAILABLE
5th Selection Male - AVAILABLE
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ALL CAL VAL PUPPIES ARE:
** PLL and PRCD Clear
** SOLD w Heath Warrantee
** Microchipped / Vaccinations and deworming on schedule
** Litter box trained starting at 3 1/2 weeks old
** Tails docked / dew claws removed
** Out of GRAND CHAMPION bloodlines
** Raised in our home with lots of love and handling
**Shipping Available
** Lifelong return policy if you are ever unable to care for your puppy/dog

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MTN TOP - PUPPIES ARE 3.5 WKS OLD
2. MTN TOP - PUPPIES ARE 3.5 WKS OLD  
ALBUM & PHOTOS UPDATED 5/16/2018 -  3.5 WKS OLD AND EYES ARE OPEN!!!
THE "LATIN DANCE" LITTER of 6 BORN 2/20/2018
Parents ...
SIRE: GRCH CAL VAL REGIS SMILEY BY BUY "Regis"
(GRHCH Rock-E Cal Val Guy Smiley "GUY" X Call Me Angelina's Holy Roller)
DAM: CATCH ME TANGO
(GRCH Cal Val Li'l Mr Big X Catch Me Doing the Cha Cha)

THESE ARE "MTN TOP" puppies owned and bred by Dr Jay Mero DVM.
I own the GRCH Sire & Dr Mero owns the Dam. I do the photos, ads and
sales to help her out. Dr Mero is a very busy equine vet.
This is the 4th breeding between these 2 parents. I own one of the puppies
from the 2nd litter ... my AKC CHAMP CLEO (see photos below)
CLEO just had her first litter on 4/14/2018.

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1st Selection Female - BREEDER
2nd and 3rd Selection Female - Reserved w Deposit for Amy
4th Selection Female - Reserved w Deposit for Jose
1st Selection Male - Open
2nd Selection Male - Open

THESE PUPPIES ARE:
** PLL and PRCD CLEAR
** SOLD w HEALTH WARRANTEE
** MICROCHIPPED & on schedule w vaccinations/deworming
** Vet examined
** Litter box trained starting at 3 1/2 wks
** Tails docked/dew claws removed
** Out of GRAND CHAMPION bloodlines
** Raised in our home with lots of love and handling
**Shipping Available
** Lifelong return policy if you are ever unable to care for your puppy/dog

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OUR RAT TERRIER LADIES
3. OUR RAT TERRIER LADIES  (June 24, 2011)
OUR FOUNDATION FEMALES descend from GRCH HALO through CH CHEWSY
1) AKC CH CAL VAL MTN TOP CLEO
2) CAL VAL MATTERS OF THE HEART (MATTY)
3) CH CAL VAL MARY LITTLE SCRUPLES
4) AKC CH TBL MTN CAL VAL LULU LAROO

(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 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 JUST MY LUCK TUCK "Tucker"

(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

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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SACRAMENTO DOG SHOW
6. SACRAMENTO DOG SHOW  (4/17/2018)
SACRAMENTO DOG SHOW: 4/13 through 4/15/2018.
PHOTOS taken by Gail Holloway on Sunday only.
I tried to name all the dogs/bitches correctly
but PLEASE let me know of any corrections needed.
Also to the owners ... feel copy any photos for your personal use.
I left the right click enabled.
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WOOFSTOCK2017
7. WOOFSTOCK2017  (6/30/2017)
Photos taken at WOOFSTOCK 2017 by Hilary Lewis.
I left the option open for any of you to add your comments to each photo.  PLEASE do that.

ENJOY!!
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MTN TOP STETSON -  "SIMBA"
8. MTN TOP STETSON -  "SIMBA"  (2016.1.10)
WE ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE this beautiful RAT TERRIER MALE ...(drum roll)
MTN TOP STETSON  (SIMBA) - born March 26, 2015

Sire: GRCH CAL VAL REGIS SMILEY BY GUY
(GRCH Rock-E Cal Val Guy Smiley X Call Me Angelina's Holy Roller)

Dam: CATCH ME DOING THE TANGO
(GRCH Cal Val Li'l Mr Big X Catch me doing the Cha Cha)

At the home of Dr. Jay Mero D.V.M. Owner/Breeder of SIMBA
Veterinarian in Mariposa Ca

We at CAL VAL RAT TERRIERS are very excited about SIMBA, not only because he is out of our
GRCH REGIS and his mother is 1/2 sister to our GRCH MACY ... but also because he is here in our
home town and belongs to our friend JAY MERO. We have had the chance to watch him grow and develop.  
We look forward to following his show and stud career.

SIMBA is PLL CLEAR with sound patellas and excellent cardiac.
He will be available for stud service soon to approved females.
CONTACT: DRJMERO@GMAIL.COM

Photographed by Gail Holloway
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WELCOME TO OUR HOME
9. 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
10. 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
11. 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
12. 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
13. 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
14. 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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