I AM A BREEDER 😊
My food receipts for family and my dog food bills match.
My water bill has tripled.
My electric has doubled.
I have more pictures of my dogs than my very own children.
While my friends 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 (Wow, I. Can't remember when), nor will nearby soon.
All plans are made around heat dates, whelp dates and vet dates.
I shower and 10 minutes later people say I smell like a dog.
My clothes are all stained with fecal matter, urine, afterbirth or bleach.
Most 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 first 2 weeks have passed.
I have bottle fed a litter of 12..feeding every 2 hours and it taking 90 minutes to do, for weeks at a time.
I have learned to be proficient at vaccinations, sub q fluids, bottle feeding and tube feeding.
my vet knows me by first name.
the vet knows my youngest child & my dogs.
I am a breeder.
It is to me that 63 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 bath, 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.
I am not raking in money while sitting on my butt, most of my money is spent on my dogs.
Every penny I make I earn through blood, sweat and tears.
My greatest joy is a healthy puppy and 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, heavy laborer, customer service representative, photographer, and marketer.
When you are doing it right, it takes 3 litters a year to break even and that's if you have minimal vet bills!
YES I am a breeder, even while other people think I am crazy.
I love my dog's and I am a Breeder.