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Old 10-01-2008, 05:35 AM   #1
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I am a BREEDER.....

My food receipts for a
family of 4 and my dog food bills match.
My water bill has doubled.
My
electric has tripled
It is I, a Breeder, who when my fridge quit, saved the
dog meds and
let the food go bad!
My feet find the way to the kennel
before I have even grabbed a cup
of coffee in the morning and the kennel is
my last stop before bed.
While my friends N family are on a cruise to the Bahamas and
my family meets
for Christmas I am home delivering puppies.
I haven't had a
real vacation in over 15 years, but maybe soon? . All plans
are made around heat
dates, whelp dates .
I shower and 10 minutes later my family
say I smell like a dog.
My clothes are all stained with fecal matter, urine,
Afterbirth, blood or
Bleach.
I have to remember to clean my clothes before
church.

Some of my friends breed dogs
who else can you call at 3 am for
support?
Who else has the experience I sometimes need, the med I
sometimes
need, or just an uplifting word I sometimes need ? Who else
would
understand how it feels to have invested hours and hours and hours
in
a weak puppy to lose it? Or the joy in investing hours in one
that
lives?
I have slept on the floor beside a litter until the crucial 3 days
have passed. I have bottle fed a litter of 5..feeding every 2-3
Hours.
And it taking 90 minutes to do for weeks at a time.
I have learned
to be proficient at micro chipping, vaccinations, sub
q fluids, bottle
feeding and tube feeding.


The vet knows my dogs.
My family.
My vet knows it was I who helped
Add on the wing to the vet clinic.
I am aBREEDER!!!

It is to me that 63-65
days takes on new meaning still excited by every
new life!!
It is I who
delivers all my pups, towels and heat lamps on ready.
Happiness and sadness
sometimes intermingled.
Even though it increases my work load, I look forward
to the 10 day
stage when eyes open, and puppies begin to emerge from
the
helplessness of newborns. Puppy breath, a first bark. and a heart
of
exploration.
I am not uneducated, unemployable, illiterate or lazy as
some Animal
Rights folks would imply of Breeders. I am a conscientious lover
of
animals and I have found my niche.
I am a BREEDER!!.

And although
I feel no shame there is a part of me that feels the
need to hide from powers
that could come to invade my home and take
my dogs ...maybe for finding a
mild infraction, a leaf in the water
dish? A kennel not yet cleaned for the
day?
A cold I am home treating? I tell my children and grand children
to
hush, do NOT tell others we are dog breeders, and I wonder when
did
breeding puppies go into the same secret place as criminal activity??
I
am a Breeder and I am NOT cruel, dumb, uncaring or criminal. I am
not raking
in money while sitting on my BUTT . Every penny I make I
earn through blood,
sweat and tears. My greatest joy is a healthy
puppy in a wonderful home. The
cards of thanks and the pictures of
my puppy with its new family is the
fringe benefits of my efforts!!. I
am an animal lover, nurse, midwife, heavy
laborer, customer service
representative, and marketer. AND I am a
BREEDER!! FOREMOST, TILL THE LAST BREATH I TAKE....

I AM MOST PROUD TO SAY SOME FAMILIES ARE THINKING OF GOING ON A 4TH PUP FROM ME THEY LOVE THEM SO MUCH. I LOVE MY PUPS SO MUCH AND WORK HARD AFTER THEM FROM TIME THEY ARE BORN AND EYES WAKEN UP THEN I START THE PRE KINDERGARDEN= TRAINING OF THEM.. THEY ARE SO READY FOR HOMES THAT LITTLE NEEDS TO BE DONE BUT LOVE THEM, TRAIN THEM AND TEACH SOCIALIZATION, DOG FEEDINGS, GROOM AND I START THAT ALSO.
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Old 10-01-2008, 07:09 AM   #2
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Wow Sheppy! That is such a lovely story. It made me smile; made me laugh; made me feel sad too. I'm going to re-read it because I know that there's much more meaning in the sub-text (the words that are not printed) that at first appears on the page.

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Beautiful Pat , Thanks for the share.

and so very true of most ethical breeders.
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Thank you but every word is true alot of work, persistance, patience and heartbreak. Have a good days ladies.
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Lovely story Shep

I wish more breeders were like you, if they were then there wouldn't be so many dogs in shelters in the first place.
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Wow that was awesome! It has so much meaning to me and is so truthful. It is a shame what AR are doing to breeders, even to pet owners. I loved how it all just flowed together too. It was great. Did you write yourself? Everything else I agree although my dog food bill is a lot more then my own grocery bill. Lol I have people who want 4th or 5th pup also. It is great to see loving homes who are happy with their new addition and the dog so happy there as well. It is the best to get the pics over the lifetime of the "pups". Your dogs look so good temperament in the photo thread.
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