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Rising Stars: Meet Jennifer Gallentine

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Gallentine. 

Hi Jennifer, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’ve always had an affinity towards animals. I started out with raising and showing Persian cats 20 yrs ago and then when I met my husband in 2009, we started an alpaca farm together where I hand processed and dyed all my own fiber. I would then spin it into yarn, crochet and also weave items from our own fiber and my husband and I would go to farmers markets every weekend. During the years of doing the farm, we gained copious amounts of animal husbandry experience that I find extremely useful to this day. During that time, I had started a small Shih Tzu breeding program because I loved the breed and I had a breeder, that in our dealings, owed me a Shih Tzu but didn’t have one to give me, so she offered me a French bulldog. I was like <groan> I didn’t want to get into all the difficulty that came with breeding and raising Frenchies, but after a while, I started to look at it as a challenge, I finally agreed to it, and oh my gosh! That little dog just stole my heart and I was sucked in hook, line, and sinker and I haven’t looked back since. We moved from Pennsylvania to Tennessee in 2019, to a property with 166 acres, and this year we were named one of the top 50 breeders in the US and I’m extremely proud of that. We pride ourselves in going above and beyond, raising healthy, happy French Bulldogs that will bring their families joy and love for years to come.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Nothing worth doing ever comes easily. Frenchies are a difficult breed and there’s definitely ups and downs. The breed in general can be a struggle and a lot of people have no idea what is involved in breeding them. The females have to be progesterone tested to find the optimal time for breeding, then they need to be artificially inseminated, ultrasound to confirm pregnancy, then reverse progesterone tests towards the end to try and perfectly time their c-section because of the way they are built, it’s not safe for mom to attempt a natural delivery. A day early or a day late and you can lose the whole litter. Then once puppies arrive you have to be very hands-on and put mom with puppies every 2 hours around the clock to nurse just like having a newborn baby. Thankfully my daughter and husband are a huge help to me, I couldn’t do it without them.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
We raise happy, healthy French bulldog puppies and we have a real passion for what we do. It’s turned into a real family business, my husband is retired and he helps me and my daughter has gotten involved as well. We’re very hands-on with our puppies, giving them all the love and attention they need before heading off to their forever homes. What sets us apart is our attention to detail and our lifetime support for our puppy families. When you get a French bulldog from Joyful Noise Frenchies, you become a part of our extended family. We’re always available to answer any questions you ever have and it makes us feel good when people come back to us for their second, third, even fourth French Bulldog. I think that says a lot. We also love being a part of our community and the great state of Tennessee and have been known to donate to our local shelters. We’ve also had Frenchies that modeled in Maxine’s Honky Tonk Fashion Show that took place at the Bobby Hotel this past December that benefitted the Nashville Humane Society.

Are there any books, apps, podcasts, or blogs that help you do your best?
I love the vital animal podcast by Dr. Will Falconer and Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats. I also have attended an online zoom class on animal husbandry and reproduction with renowned reproductive vet, Dr. Robert Hutchinson. Color My Frenchie is also an awesome genetics app that helps me plan my breedings and determine what colors I can expect from each pairing.

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