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CAL VAL RAT TERRIERS - LOCATED IN CENTRAL CALIFORNIA FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS.
My Grandparents, parents, and now my adult children are dedicated to RAT TERRIERS. We go back the early 1900's loving and raising RAT TERRIERS.

They were not always known as RAT TERRIERS. They were called "Toy Fox Terriers" back in the early 1900's. They were the "farm dog" of the 40's and 50's keeping 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.

My husband John (of 46 years) and I are both retired and live 40 minutes from Yosemite National Park in California among the tall pine trees of the beautiful Sierra/Nevada Mountains. It's absolutely lovely up here at 3,000 ft elevation.  Our 5 adult children and their spouses, our 22 Grandchildren (including one GREAT grandchild)and our 9 adult Rat Terriers are our passion. Deer and tree squirrels in our yard are frequent guests.  Wild Turkey, Birds of Prey and other critters make their presence known. We tend to OVERPLANT our yard with flowers and trees, vines and ferns. We love it.

Our dogs are not confined to kennels. They play in a large fenced back yard or on our large front fenced deck. At night they sleep indoors in crates for their warmth and safety. Fans in the summer. Heaters in the winter. We are always aware of coyotes.

New mothers and their young puppies are kept in our living room next to our recliners. They are handled daily. At 3 weeks the puppies are introduced to the pine pellet litter box. By the time they are around 8 weeks old and leaving with their new families they are very skilled in litter box protocol! It makes house training SO MUCH EASIER.  

By being right in the center of our living room and by our TV our young puppies get used to all the action and noises of a busy home. They also are held a lot by us and by visitors of all ages.  This makes for very well socialized puppies.

At 4 weeks old our puppies are introduced to our front deck for supervised play. Their mothers, aunts, grandmothers and greatgrandmother enjoy teaching the puppies proper puppy protcol. This is an important time in their development and it's great fun to watch them from our large front window!!  

We have been showing our dogs in UKC conformation shows for 11 years ... for a variety of reasons. We have learned so much about what makes a healthy, structurally correct Rat Terrier.  It has helped us make better breeding choices.  By competing and earning their Champion and Grand Champion titles our dogs are evaluated and validated by professional judges.  We want to produce the best quality Rat Terriers possible and we feel if our dogs are not good enough to earn their Champion or Grand Champion titles ... they probably shouldn't be bred. We breed only healthy dogs with a careful eye on their pedigrees. Showing dogs is also good exercise!!

I'm a retired Registered Nurse with an OB background, so I am very focused on health and safety and keeping good records. Vaccinations and worming meds are given at the appropriate time and I personally  microchip all our puppies. I remove dew claws and tie tails 3 days after birth.

We encourage spay and 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 and that is just fine with us. Our primary goal is to provide excellent Rat Terriers to loving dedicated families. If they are shown in the ring...that's just a bonus.   

All our adult dogs are PLL TESTED and CLEAR or CLEAR BY PARENTAGE. (Ask me about PLL, a very serious eye disease found in several Terrier breeds) By being "CLEAR" our dogs and puppies can not get PLL nor can they pass it down to offspring.  PLL (Primary Lens Luxation) is  important for you to learn about if you are looking for Rat Terriers. We also OFA certify our dogs on Cardiac and Patellas.  

Our puppies are:
*Microchipped and UTD on vaccines and worming
*Sold with Health Warrantee
*Out of Champion and Grand Champion bloodlines
*Out of only PLL CLEAR parents
*Litter box trained starting at 3 weeks old
*Raised in our living room with lots of love
*WE also have a lifetime return policy if you are ever unable to care for your puppy/dog.

I (Gail) worked as a volunteer member of the Board of Directors for ARTA (American Rat Terrier Assoc) for several years. I chaired several projects and committees.  I also designed the ARTA logo, which is still being used. We worked side by side with the United Kennel Club Vice President.  This was an invaluable time in my personal growth and learning about all things, RAT TERRIER.  

We invite you to ask questions, request additional photos and visit our home anytime. We are proud of how we raise our dogs and visitors are always welcome. We have a good working relationship with our local SPCA and Animal Control as we help rehome Rat Terriers whenever we can. All of our dogs are registered with the Mariposa County.

We frequently refer to other breeders who also health test and use only PLL 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 particpate in slander.  

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I LOVE to photograph our puppies and keep their puppy websites updated with new photos. If you want extra photos of any puppy ... just ask!  We encourage you to share any of our albums with others but do not take individual photos from my pages with out my persmission Also, we ask that you not cross post our photos or albums without our permission.  

HAPPY RATTING!  
Gail and Hubby John          
                 
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CH ZSAZSA / CH REGIS PUPPIES
1. CH ZSAZSA / CH REGIS PUPPIES  (4/14/14)
BORN 4/10/14    5 BEAUTIFUL PUPPIES TO:
Sire: CHAMPION CAL VAL REGIS SMILEY BY GUY
Dam: CHAMPION CAL VAL ZSAZSA VON BAITDRIVEN

This month I spent 3 weeks in Hawaii so I gave these puppies Hawaiian names just for the fun of it.
1 GIRL: ALOHA
4 BOYS: MOLOKAI, MAUI, HILO, KONA
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HALOPUPS
2. HALOPUPS  (4/14/14)
BORN 4/12/14 TWO BEAUTIFUL CAL VAL GIRLS
HALO KAILUA and HALO LANI  
Parents:
Sire: CHAMPION REGIS SMILEY BY GUY
Dam: GRCH RBMBS CAL VAL LEGGO MY HALO

BOTH are on Breeder Hold at this time until we can evaluate them. This will take several weeks.

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RENO STILL AVAILABLE @ CAL VAL
3. RENO STILL AVAILABLE @ CAL VAL   (1/27/13)
RENO is 2 yrs old and still intact and PLL CLear.
He is UKC registered and out of a GRAND CHAMPION dam and sire is out of GRAND BLOODLINES. He goes back to our own CAL VAL Bloodlines so we know they are quality dogs.  

RENO is a loving Rat Terrier with a great temperament and excellent health.  He is being rehomed because the owner is having severe health problems and needs to place some of her many rat terriers. We are trying to help her.  

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PUPPIES AT CAL VAL RAT TERRIERS
4. PUPPIES AT CAL VAL RAT TERRIERS  (9/27/13)

BIG SURPRIZE ON WEDNESDAY 1/16/14

We were expecting a little of 4-5 pupies and our CHAMPION ZEN
(Cal Val Now and Zen) delivered one female puppy.  
We are temporarily calling her ZINNIA and we will likely keep her.

We are helping to rehome several BEAUTIFUL RAT TERRIERS for a friend.
GO TO HTTP://IMAGEEVENT.COM/GAILSRATSNEST/PUPPIES to see them.   

OUR PUPPIES WILL BE:
**Out of PLL CLEAR Parents
**Out of CHAMP/GRAND CHAMP Bloodlines
**MICROCHIPPED before they leave
**UTD with vaccinations and worming
**Sold with Health Warrantee
**Litter Box trained since 3 wks old
**Raised in our home with lots of love
**Lifelong Return Policy if you are ever unable to care for your dog/puppy


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Cal Val RAT TERRIERS is located in Central Ca
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OUR RAT TERRIER LADIES
5. OUR RAT TERRIER LADIES  (June 24, 2011)

OUR RAT TERRIER FEMALES ARE ALL DESCENDED FROM "CHEWSY"  - QUEEN OF OUR YARD

1) GRCH LEGGO MY HALO
2)  CH CAL VAL ZSA ZSA VON BAITDRIVEN
3)  CH CAL VAL HOOLA DEJA DO
4)  CH CAL VAL NOW AND ZEN
5)  CH CAL VAL MACY BO COO
RETIRED LADIES
6) CH CAL VAL BLUE SUEDE CHEWS (age 13)
7) CH CAL VAL TRUE BLUE CHINA (age 13)
8) GRCH CAL VAL LEGGO MY STILETTO in PET HOME
9) CH CAL VAL ZIPPITY DOODAH RETIRED in PET HOME
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OUR RAT TERRIER GENTLEMEN
6. OUR RAT TERRIER GENTLEMEN  (June 27, 2011)

WE CURRENTLY HAVE 3 MALES WHO SIRE LITTERS FOR US AND OUTSIDE SELECTED FEMALES.
They are:
1)  CH ROCK E CAL VAL GUY SMILEY
2)  CH BRUCE ALL MIGHTY @ CAL VAL
3)  GRCH MR BIG WAS RETIRED IN FEB 2013

We are fortunate to have several close breeder friends who share their lovely titled 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.

ALL of our MALES and FEMALES are PLL CLEAR!
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WELCOME TO OUR HOME
7. 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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ENJOY!!

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GAILS RAT TERRIERS FROM THE PAST
8. 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?

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UKC GR CH CHAOS
9. 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
10. CALENDAR  BOYS AND GIRLS  (December 5, 2002)
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WE HAVE BEEN BLESSED TO HAVE OUR DOGS FEATURED ON THE FRONT COVER AND ON THE INSIDE OF THE NATIONAL CALENDAR PRODUCED BY BROWN TROUT PUBLISHERS.

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!!

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GIRDY ROTTEN SCOUNDREL GETS HER NAME
11. 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
12. 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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UKC CH CAL VAL SPIFFY LONG STOCKING
13. UKC CH CAL VAL SPIFFY LONG STOCKING  (August 21, 2003)
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UKC CHAMPION CAL VAL SPIFFY LONG STOCKING
12.5 INCH 12.5 LB MINI

MISS SPIFFY IS OUT OF OUR OWN:
UKC CH CAL VAL FINE BLUE CHINA
and DIANE ROJAS LI'L RASCALS NEPTUNE

BRED, OWNED, SHOWN, AND LOVED BY
GAIL HOLLOWAY AT GAIL'S RATS NEST/CALVAL KENNELS

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