RENEE CASTLEMAN: These Pit Bulls, I think they are different because they are more loyal and they are going to give their all for you. Who wouldn’t love this beautiful dog? He is amazing. RENEE CASTLEMAN: So our house is not the normal house; either one dog is running this way, the kids are running that way and there’s, ‘Mama this, mama that.’ RENEE CASTLEMAN: It’s a wild house. We love it. We wouldn’t change anything. RENEE CASTLEMAN: So I have always loved animals and I bought my first dog, named Titan, and then that’s kind of, how this whole thing started. COMM: Renee and her husband Patrick own Gator Head Bullies, a breeding business specialising in American Bullies and Pit Bulls. RENEE CASTLEMAN: We tried the city life and it didn’t work for me. I wanted our kennel setup to be perfect. So that’s kind of, what made us pick this place. RENEE CASTLEMAN: We pick Pit Bulls. I have always wanted one. My husband was totally against it. PATRICK CASTLEMAN: Renee is committed 100% to these dogs. She loves the kids the most but depending on what day of the week it is. She could choose the dogs over me on any given day. RENEE CASTLEMAN: So Pit Bulls are loyal. This boy right here, if I say come, he is coming. PATRICK CASTLEMAN: There are many misconceptions on the Pit Bull and American Bully breed because of their size and reputation. It can be intimidating to look at but they are big gentle giants. COMM: The couple’s pride and joy is their dog, Buster, a 110lbs Bully. RENEE CASTLEMAN: The Buster is a Champagne dog. He just turned two years old. Buster is probably my favourite dog. We have had dogs before him, we have had puppies after him and he is one in a million. I think why this breed is so special is because you see our kids around our dogs. We trust them. You kind of, know what you are getting. COMM: Renee’s son Brantlee is particularly close with Buster and dreams of one day taking over the family business. RENEE CASTLEMAN: So Brantlee is six years old and he loves it. Whenever the trainers come, he tries to take over and then Anna Ryleigh, she is one. RENEE CASTLEMAN: When she sees a puppy, she just squeezes it. Brantlee is like my right hand. He helps me take my puppy pictures. He always helps me. RENEE CASTLEMAN: You know I let my kids play with all my dogs. I really don’t, I watch my kids but at the same time, I don’t really worry about it. BRANTLEE: He is a super good dog. He always does stuff that we want him to do. COMM: Although the family do a lot of the training themselves, they have recently enlisted the help of a specialist dog trainer. RENEE CASTLEMAN: So this is Rolex and literally every time I would take him to the vet, he would be pulling on me, howling at every dog that walked in and I tried to work with him. So we decided to go the extra step and we hired the Global Canine to come in and help us train. He’s been to training for about a month now and we have noticed a huge difference. COURTNEY ROBBINS: So we are going to build that engagement today with food and we are going to show you how we get them to learn some commands. COURTNEY ROBBINS: These guys are super eager as you can see. COURTNEY ROBBINS: The higher value reward, the more they are going to be motivated. COMM: Renee has had litters of up to 14 puppies in size, which she sells for anywhere between $4000 to $15,000 per puppy to her loyal customer base. RENEE CASTLEMAN: Usually all my customers end up becoming, all of them become my good friends. RENEE CASTLEMAN: So this kind of tells you how our dogs interact with each other, they become one of our best friends. They help me take care of my kids and in return I will take their puppies sometimes. RENEE CASTLEMAN: We actually bred with this girl that lives in Kentucky and she has the female and I have the male. So whenever we do that, our partners will keep the puppies until they are about five, six weeks old and then they’ll send them here and I will start doing the selling and everything. RENEE CASTLEMAN: So this is Lincoln. He is perfect. His customers are here today, coming to pick him up and he is actually going to live the good life in Texas. So they are beautiful. You are getting awesome folks. PATRICK CASTLEMAN: Seems like yesterday we had two, three thousand followers on Instagram and we were jumping up and down about a 100 likes and now we post a video and get two or three million views. You know it’s unbelievable. RENEE CASTLEMAN: Right now we are only doing the Pit Bulls but we are starting a facility in Texas and they are about to start doing the Frenchies. PATRICK CASTLEMAN: Having these dogs around has been great for our family and friends, it’s given us an extra hobby and you get to come home and you see your kids playing with the puppies and enjoining time with the dogs. The excitement never stops. RENEE CASTLEMAN: I am living the life. I am living, doing what I love. PATRICK CASTLEMAN: You know if we weren’t breeding dogs, I don’t know what we would be doing. I guess we would be sitting on the couch watching TV. RENEE CASTLEMAN: I do plan on doing this for the rest of my life. We can’t ever leave this place. So I think we are going to be old, breeding these babies forever. At least if we are not breeding, we will just have them. BRANTLEE: Makes me feel good. INTERVIEWER: You love it?
RENEE CASTLEMAN: I love it.