Love for science, animals mainly grow behind the rescue of Prosper, the animal boarding house
Patti Dallhoff’s house is a typical Prosper house with one major difference. The house has a variety of reptile tanks throughout with an assortment of reptiles inside. The Dallhoff family also raises a variety of insects to feed animals and has a room in their home dedicated to the ‘insect trade’.
Currently, Dallhoff owns a Halmahera blue-tongued skink, a northern blue-tongued skink, a Chinese water dragon, bearded dragons, sand boa snakes, and a leopard gecko.
âI am a certified science teacher,â said Dallhoff. âWhen I had children, I stayed at home. But I’ve always loved learning more about different animals and understanding their life cycle and how to keep them healthy. It was like an ongoing science experiment, learning what each animal and insect needed to eat, the ideal temperature, that sort of thing. I’ve never had a problem touching bugs or reptiles so it really made sense to me.
Dallhoff offers boarding services for reptiles.
âI board reptiles, I rescue, and then I match creatures with new families,â Dallhoff said. âYou can’t leave these guys home alone while you go on vacation. They need to be fed every day. You really want to make sure they stay healthy. Adult bearded dragons are pretty cool, but you need to make sure they have the proper lighting and food each day.
âI learned what different reptiles need and I help them with their environment,â said Dallhoff. âI can help check the lights to make sure the animals are getting the correct UV light. I can also help people determine which insects are best for their reptile and whether they are consuming enough. People don’t realize that young bearded dragons eat around $ 100 worth of insects a month, so we’re helping to make sure families know what they’re going to need.
âRescues are important to me, and it’s one of my main motivations,â said Dallhoff. âI do not receive any animals from the store. Sometimes people just can’t take care of their dragon anymore and want to bring it back. I learn about the animal’s personality and help connect it to a family that wants a new pet. People don’t realize that young dragons are so active, but that they get colder as they get older. If they want a dragon that sits on their shoulder, they have to get an older one. This is why I work so hard to find out what the family wants in a pet and make a good match.
Dallhoff also breeds a variety of insects to feed his reptiles and sell them to the community.
âWe have Dubia cockroaches, super worms and isopods. I feed this waste, all organic, so it’s like composting. We started this because there was such a shortage at the start of the pandemic. When you order things online you don’t always get live bugs as the heat kills some of the bugs in transit. So my son and I started selling the bugs. This is a great way to teach him about running a business, prices, margins, and profits. ”
All together, the Dallhoffs breed Dubia cockroaches, silkworms, hornworms, waxworms and super worms.
Carson Dallhoff is ten years old and runs the insect business. âMy cousin started helping my mom count the bugs and then I started doing that too,â Carson said. âThere are a lot of details to follow, but it’s like math in real life. I like to do it.
âWe have learned to keep them healthy and to have the right temperature,â said Dallhoff. âWe’ve learned what kinds of fresh vegetables work best for them. I give them a variety of greens and butternut squash. It’s work, but I really like it.
âI work with Prosper Reptile Rescue, which is a Facebook group,â said Dallhoff. âWe can answer questions and provide support. We want people to be successful in raising their dragons and other animals.
Dallhoff provides boarding service for reptiles, answers questions, supplies insects and reptiles at local community events, and sells a variety of insects. She can be contacted by email at [email protected]