I am very particular about my shih tzus. I grew up with the breed so I had specific traits in mind when I decided it was time for a new puppy. Lisa’s breeding dogs are what first attracted me to Puppies on the Prairie. They all look happy, healthy, and friendly! There were two expected litters when I first contacted Lisa about buying a puppy. I told her exactly what I was looking for (sex, coloring, eyes, etc.) and Lisa responded by sending me pictures of the previous litters from the expecting mothers. This was incredibly helpful and no other breeders had ever offered to do so! I immediately asked to be put on the waiting list. Over the next few weeks before the puppies arrived I emailed and called Lisa almost daily and she patiently answered all of my questions.
The day finally arrived after much anticipation and Lisa emailed me pictures of the new litters. That’s when I fell in love with Sawyer. Over the next 8 weeks I was in constant contact with Lisa. Many times during our phone calls Lisa would be holding Sawyer and it was obvious I had her full attention as we spoke about my puppy. Every two weeks I received updated pictures and an email about how the puppies were doing. Lisa’s family is just as kind as she is. Sawyer needed to make her way from the far east side of South Dakota to the west side of Montana and Lisa’s sister, Brenda, brought her back to the west side of South Dakota to cut out driving time for my family. Lisa’s niece played with Sawyer and took care of her along the way.
Sawyer is everything I imagined and then some. She is sweet, playful, loving, and enjoys meeting new people and dogs. When I got her, she already knew her name and allowed me to hold her on her back and brush her teeth and coat without fighting me. It was obvious she had been very well socialized during her stay with Lisa. Lisa’s love for her puppies does not stop when they move into their forever homes. She loves getting updates and pictures and is always interested in their well-being. We have been so impressed with Lisa’s breeding program that my mom is waiting for a puppy from her as well. As long as Lisa is still breeding puppies, I will never buy a shih tzu from anywhere else!
Jill- North Dakota
My husband and I had heard about Puppies on the Prairie from a friend who had a beautiful Shih-tzu named Kona from Lisa. We decided to travel to Hayti and visit ourselves. The moment we got out of the car and were greeted by a HERD of happy bounding Shih-Tzu...our minds were made up, this would be where our babies would come from.
Lisa has a love and dedication to her fur babies that brings tears to your eyes, this is how all dogs should be raised, loved and nurtured.
I did not really understand what a difference in personality a home raised puppy could make....our babies were never startled by normal home noises and immediately became prince and princess of our homes and our lives.
They are exceptionally healthy, and Lisa ALWAYS has time to give me a very fast response to the many e-mails and questions I throw at her sometimes daily!
My only regret is that I had to stop at two babies (for now).
It will never be a question that when we add to our family, that Puppies on the Prairie and Lisa, will be the only place we would consider.
If I had a way to make this any more glowing I would do so!
Jim, Jill, Meko and Tanuki Bisson
I hope you are great! I thought we would let you know that Sullivan took his TDI (Therapy Dogs International) tests and passed!! He was the youngest pup that passed seeing as he had just turned one in January and passed his test in March! We have been making visits to libraries and hospitals so far and hope to start making more visits as my schedule gets more flexible in the summer. People ask how old he is and when we tell them he turned one in January they are so very surprised with his calm demeanor. We couldn’t have asked for a better dog - he has such a mild temperament and is SO patient and loving. He loves snuggling and being close to people. He has already brightened our lives but now we have the precious gift of providing emotional support in the form of Sulley being a therapy dog. Sulley does have fun and gets a little crazy with our other dog, Cooper and of course his sister, Ellie. But he does know when people need to just have some snuggles!! We are so blessed that we found you and found Sulley!! Thank you!!
Bringing a puppy into our home was a major decision. Ours is not the usual home as our two youngest children are special needs. After years of heart break never able to find an adequate birthday or Christmas gift for our 10 yr old son broke our hearts. He had to watch others play with his toys. The idea of a puppy intrigued us. Once we discovered "Puppies on the Prarie" we found the love, understanding and patience to help us get just the right puppy for our little boy and our family. Once Lisa helped us pick out our Bichon puppy the long hard wait began. Lisa answered every email, every question very quickly and lovingly. During our wait for our puppy we decided to get two puppies for our family Lisa helped us pick just the right brother.
our puppies had to travel across the USA to get home on a busy holiday weekend. Everything Lisa did to prepare our puppies, to prepare us added to the pleasure of greeting two beautiful puppies, snuggled into a beautiful crate, blanket and pad. Food for the first days. Within hours we had our puppies to our vet. Our vet was amazed as to the immaculate condition of our puppies. Our puppies were very well socialized, very gentle, very happy and have fit into our lives wonderfully.
Dustin, who has had little movement or speech his 10 years of life due to severe CP has had a wonderful change in his life. Two little puppies waiting for him in the morning and they're play have motivated him to move, actually move to get to his puppies. He has been motivated to speak words never uttered to get his puppies to come, to play and has even said two sentences.
We had such a wonderful experience with Lisa that when our quadruplet grand children turned 9 yrs old there was only one thing they wanted....A puppy. As fate would have it one Bichon brother had patiently waited for his new home and he too took the long trip across our country on a cold winter day. He too was immaculate when he arrived and has settled into his new home wonderfully.
Lisa, her love and care of her puppies is beyond outstanding. Lisa has been available for many many questions to be answered. He patience and care have caused us to deeply respect and love her. I would never have dreamed the experience could all go off so smoothly. My best friend has also adopted a puppy from Lisa and so the experience of four puppies from "Puppies on The Prairie" has proven to be as joyful as it can get when adopting a new puppy. the love never ends.
Rob & Ruth-Minnesota
We bought a Shih Tzu from someone several years ago. He was a great dog but, always growled when you picked him up. We had to put him down this past spring after 15 years. We debated about getting another dog because our kids were all out of the house and we would have more time to do the things we wanted to do. After only a month we decided we needed to get another Shih Tzu. We went to the internet and did extensive searching. We called and emailed several breeders. We emailed and spoke with Lisa several times and felt she was the most helpful of anyone we contacted. We then decided it would be best to drive the 4 hours and visit Puppies on the Prairie to see how the dogs were raised and taken care of. We were impressed right away. A few of the dogs came out to greet us when we stopped. We then went inside and saw several additional Shih Tzu's. No dogs were barking and any of the dogs we picked up were relaxed and very well behaved. Lisa works with the dogs very early to get them used to being handled by children and adults. We brought Scooby home on July 28th 2013. He has been such a joy to our family. Ruth takes him to the nursing home where her mother is a resident, and everyone loves him. He is gentle with the residents and loves to play with anyone that is willing. If we ever decide to get another Shih Tzu it will be from Lisa. She is fully dedicated to her dogs and you can tell it by their temperament.
Rob & Ruth
I had my “soulmate for over 16 years and after Chickie passed away I never thought I’d ever find another Shih Tzu that I ADORED so much❤️ Well that changed when I found PUPPIES ON THE PRAIRIE. Lisa is so honest and wonderful and I am blessed everyday with my beautiful Juliette. I wouldn’t ever look anywhere else - she is a doll, best temperament and absolutely adorable🐾I’m very lucky to have found her
Glenn & Vivian---North Dakota & Minnesota
We first found out about Lisa and "Puppies On The Prairie" by doing a web search back in 2004. A couple months later we went down to S.D. and picked up our first little Shih Tzu "Bandit". He was a great traveler right from day one and didn't fuss a bit on the 3 hour ride home. Lisa had him potty trained so he was used to using the blue potty training pads. Our girls already had an Australian Shepherd "Cuki", and they soon became best buddies. Being a good little traveler, Bandit has gone on all our vacation trips including a houseboat vacation in northern Minnesota, where we discovered that Bandit loves to go in the lake, which I guess is quite unusual for ShihTzu's.
A couple years later we decided that Bandit needed a playmate more his size and decided to get another Shih Tzu from Lisa. We decided to get "Meeko", Bandit's half-brother. Meeko is almost twice as big as our tiny Bandit and has a personality 100% opposite of Bandit's. When we first got Meeko home Bandit wouldn't have a thing to do with him. In fact he went downstairs and spent 3 days with our twins and their dog Cuki. Eventually I guess he figured out that Meeko was there to stay and started to warm up to him. Meeko was and still is a ball of fire and I think Bandit got a little tired of being pestered by Meeko day and night. Now they still rough house a little with each other, but are soon laying side by side giving each other kisses or taking a nap. They are the most loving little guys a person could have and travel with us all the time without any problems. We're really happy we decided to add them to our family.
We have been in contact with Lisa quite often since we first got Bandit and then Meeko, and she has always answered any questions we have had right away. We would surely recommend "Puppies On The Prairie" if you are looking for a furry addition to your family. We send in photos of Bandit and Meeko and Lisa always puts them on her website. She's the Best!!!!
Glenn, Vivian, Bandit & Meeko
I've been blessed to have shared my home with a series of dogs during my life. In March 2008, after living for a couple of years without a dog I started looking for a Shih Tzu puppy. I contacted several breeders and emphasized to all of them that I was looking for a dog with a good temperament. Although all of the breeders responded to me, Lisa was the only one who really addressed my concerns.
Lisa identified three pups that she had at that time, as being potentially the kind of dog I would want. She described their individual natures and behavior in detail. It was clear that she is a caring and observant steward of her dogs. I followed up by email and phone, and again it was obvious that Lisa knows and loves each of her dogs and puppies. I chose my puppy - Jasper - and we arranged his travel by air from S.D. to Denver.
Lisa's dedication to the welfare of her puppies was obvious in the meticulous arrangements she made for Jasper's flight to Denver, including coordinating with me. Lisa's husband would drive Jasper to Minneapolis, where he would be put on a nonstop flight to Denver. I was so excited when the big day arrived, and I could hardly wait to pick him up that afternoon at the Denver airport. When Lisa called me early that afternoon, I was disappointed to hear that due to mechanical problems the airline hadn't put Jasper on the plane after accepting him for shipment! A blizzard was closing in on that area that afternoon. Lisa feared that the airline might not get Jasper on the next (and last) flight out to Denver - or it might be cancelled. So rather than leaving Jasper with the airline, her husband drove back home with the pup - through a snowstorm. Lisa and I shared several phone calls and emails during that time. I am so impressed by the dedication of Lisa and her husband, to go to all that trouble to be sure that a little puppy was safe and secure!
After that adventure, we made alternate arrangements to get Jasper home to me. I flew to Sioux City, where Lisa had driven with Jasper to meet me. It was great to meet Lisa, who gave me a little backpack with a nice toy, food and treats for my puppy. I fell instantly in love with Jasper, who amazed me with his calm and friendly nature through the rest of the day which involved, among other new adventures, flying back to Denver in the airplane cabin! He was, at four months old, already very well socialized and used to being with people and living in a home with people.
Three months later, I'm still delighted with Jasper. He is a happy, friendly, healthy puppy, and cute as all get-out. I have recommended Lisa, with no reservations, as a breeder who is knowledgeable, caring and utterly dedicated to the welfare of the animals in her care.
-- Suzanne - Denver, Colorado