Being a breeder/exhibitor in the Purebred Dog World is a lifestyle, one not everyone would want nor could understand why one would want to be in it. When someone comes to my home they often feel like Alice when she saw smoking caterpillars, the White Knight taking backwards, or the Red Queen taking off her head. Only because of the babygates that cordon off the only room in the house the dogs are not allowed in (yet seems to accumulate the most amount of dog hair), water dishes in every room, toys all over the floors, dog beds in every major sitting area, 3/4 of yard fenced off for the dogs enjoyment (we like to have a little grass to enjoy the summer, so we are happy with 1/4), a tower of towels by the back door to wipe off wet dogs when they come in after a quick potty while it’s raining, elk antlers on the couch, xpens around bushes so they aren’t destroyed, and opening the cupboard seeing shelf after shelf of every supplement known to man all doing something slightly different to ensure the four leggers every vitamin and mineral requirement is met. It’s like walking into another dimension, where K9’s rule the land and people are around to ensure all needs are met.
When involved in breeding purebred dogs, ethical breeders are :
- Amateur Geneticists
- Support Staff
- Bereavement Counsellors
- Amateur Canine Nutritional Advisors
- Amateur Architects
- Health Research Granters
- Amateur Veterinary Support Staff
- and much, much more.
Here you will find the ramblings of just one member of this world. There will be useful information, suggestions, questions, research, and general thoughts. Some images may be graphic (surgical procedures), if that’s not your cup of tea, proceed with caution.
It’s a lifestyle, not a choice.