"My goal in life is to be as good of a person as my dog already thinks I am." --Author Unknown
Our world changed in 2001 when we had our first litter of puppies. We started with one retriever, and what started as a hobby has become our full time job. We are intrigued with all the details of the parent's health, their environment, their diet, training, and so much more. We are fascinated with genetics and how dogs respond to their environment and trainers. My husband, Greg, is a computer software developer at a steel manufacturing company in Rock Valley. He takes care of feeding and keeping the puppies' living area clean and dry. He also gets the credit for developing this website and taking care of the maintenance. (I get to do a little editing!) I was employed as a surgery and outpatient registered nurse for a number of years, but have decided to keep our focus on the dogs (and be the family manager and master scheduler!). I take care of vaccinating the puppies, record keeping, and am in charge of finding nice homes for our puppies. I also do the blood draws for the progesterone checks on our mamas and do the ultrasounds to confirm pregnancies (this is so intriguing!). Our kids are pretty involved with helping us with picture taking and all the little extras. Our kids have been involved with dog training in 4-H. We all enjoy spending time outside with the puppies in our backyard, letting them run and discover the great wide world. Our puppies are well socialized from birth.
We now have Little Paws of Iowa puppies at 4 locations. Since 2011, we've added business partners who share in the love of all our doodle breeds. Their duties include taking care of the parents and puppies at their location from birth until they go to their new homes. I take care of the marketing for these puppies. By partnering with them, we still take pride in being a small breeder but now we get to share some of the responsibilities of raising healthy intelligent puppies. We take pride in our clean and high end "Little Paws of Iowa" facilities. We share the same values of quality breeding and providing excellent living conditions to our parents and their puppies. We as breeders, try to ensure our puppies have a great start on being more adaptable to all the situations they will encounter in life, and provide Early Neurological Stimulation for our puppies. In 2021, our son Devin started our Little Paws shop, named "Little Paws Unleashed". This has been a fun and rewarding experience, and has learned many things along the way! Check out the website for basic essentials for taking your new puppy home. We welcome any suggestions you may have or any products you'd like to see offered.
Greg & Julie Bakker(contact for puppy adoption and questions) 3270 Fir Ave., Rock Valley, IA 51247 (map), Call Julie at 712-470-1516 Leland & Linnea Rozeboom 1957 Fir Ave., Rock Rapids, IA 51246 (map)
Nolan & Amber Rozeboom 2042 290th St., Rock Valley, IA 51247 (map) Andrew & Marie Spaans 1938 260th St., Inwood, IA 51240 (map)