A Breeder (with a
capital B) is one who thirst for knowledge and never really knows it
all. One who wrestles with decisions of conscience, convenience and
commitment. One that shares this knowledge and guides those interested.
Breeder is one who sacrifices personal interest, 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 year's "vacation"
Breeder goes without sleep in hours spent planning a breeding or
watching anxiously over the birth process, and afterwards , over every
little wiggle or cry.
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 Breeder's lap is a marvelous place where dogs of proud and noble heritage often snooze.
A Breeder's hands are strong and firm and often soiled. But even so gentle and sensitive to the thrust of a puppy's wet nose.
Breeder's back and knees are usually arthritic from bending and sitting
in the whelping box, but are strong enough to guide that new puppy to
Breeder's shoulders are often heaped with responsibility, but they're
wide enough to support the weight of a thousand defeats and
A Breeder's arms are always able to wield a mop. support an armful of puppies, or lend a helping hand to a newcomer.
Breeder's 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 whisper
of an anxious puppy.
A Breeder's brain is foggy on faces, but can recall pedigrees faster than a computer
Breeder's 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!!!