By Becky Maxwell
Welcome to the Maxwell Zoo, aka our home. Let me introduce you to my sons. Peyton is 12 years
old and in the seventh grade. Kayden is
10 years old and in the fourth grade. My
boys are the most amazing young men
on this planet!
Our home is like none other. Our lives
and lessons have literally . . . gone to the
dogs. You see, we own a breeding kennel that specializes in Olde Boston Bull-dogges. For the past seven years, caring
for our dogs has become a natural way of
life for our entire family, teaching us all
Every day starts with me waking up the
boys at 6: 30 a.m., along with the dogs that
have piled into bed with them. Our break
times during lessons aren’t really much of a
break. During those breaks we let the dogs
loose to run the yard, clean up puppy messes, prep food for the evening feeding, scrub
water buckets, and scoop out dog runs.
And those are just the everyday chores!
Some days we may enjoy a few surprises, such as finding snakes hiding under
water buckets, having dogs escape from
their runs and meet us at the door, or
discovering a female that is going into
labor earlier than expected; the list goes
on and on. We constantly have to remind
ourselves that our work involves living,
breathing creatures, and therefore we
must be ready for anything.
The boys each own the breeding rights
to a dog: Peyton has a female named
Lizzy, and Kayden has a male named
Hoss. The boys control all of the breeding rights for their dogs’ health, training,
and showing, and they also are responsible for placing the pups. Through their
ownership responsibilities, the boys have
The boys have not
only learned a lot, but
they also have taken
their knowledge and
put it to work.
learned genetics, biology, business, accounting, veterinary skills, communication, sales, contracts, discipline, and so
much more. Both of the boys have been
told by long-time breeders and other
business owners that everyone needs to
watch out for them when they grow up,
’cause they are going to be a force to be
reckoned with, no matter what they decide to do in life!
Kayden is our more hands-on boy. He
has a gift like none other when it comes
to training and understanding the men-
tality of a dog. The way he is able to get
dogs to do whatever he wants or to un-
derstand what a dog wants is truly a gift
from God. It is not uncommon to find
nearly every dog in his bed in the morn-
ing. They just love him!