WHAT IS A BREEDER?
A Breeder (with a capital B) is one who thirsts for knowledge and never really
knows it all, one who wrestles with decisions of conscience, convenience, and commitment.
A Breeder is one who sacrifices personal interests, finances, time, friendships,
fancy furniture, and deep pile carpeting! She gives up the dreams of a long,
luxurious cruise in favor of turning that all important Show into this years
The Breeder goes without sleep (but never without coffee!) in hours spent
planning a breeding or watching anxiously over the birth process, and afterwards,
over every little sneeze, wiggle or cry.
The Breeder skips dinner parties because that litter is due or the babies have
to be fed at eight. She disregards birth fluids and puts mouth to mouth to save a
gasping newborn, literally blowing life into a tiny, helpless creature that may be
the culmination of a lifetime of dreams.
A Breeders lap is a marvelous place where generations of proud and noble
champions once snoozed. A Breeders hands are strong and firm and often
soiled, but ever so gentle and sensitive to the thrusts of a puppy's wet nose.
A Breeders back and knees are usually arthritic from stooping, bending, and
sitting in the birthing box, but are strong enough to enable the breeder to Show
the next choice pup to a Championship.
A Breeders shoulders are stooped and often heaped with abuse from
competitors, but they're wide enough to support the weight of a thousand
defeats and frustrations.
A Breeders arms are always able to wield a mop, support an armful of puppies,
or lend a helping hand to a newcomer.
A Breeders ears are wondrous things, sometimes red (from being talked about)
or strangely shaped (from being pressed against a phone receiver), often deaf to criticism, yet always fine-tuned to the whimper of a sick puppy.
A Breeders eyes are blurred from pedigree research and sometimes blind to
her own dog's faults, but they are ever so keen to the competitions faults and
are always searching for the perfect specimen.
A Breeders brain is foggy on faces, but it can recall pedigrees faster than an
IBM computer. It's so full of knowledge that sometimes it blows a fuse: it
catalogues thousands of good boning, fine ears, and perfect heads... and buries
in the soul the failures and the ones that didn't turn out.
The Breeders heart is often broken, but it beats strongly with hope everlasting...
and it's always in the right place !
Oh, yes, there are breeders, and then, there are BREEDERS!!!