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
time, friendships, fancy furniture, and deep pile carpeting!
She gives up dreams of a long,
luxurious cruise in favor of turning
that all important show into this years "vacation".
*A 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.
*A Breeder skips dinner parties because that litter
is due or the
babies have to be fed at 8.
She disregards birth fluids and puts mouth to mouth to save a
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.
hands are strong and firm and often soiled, but ever
so gentle and sensitive to thrusts of a puppy's wet nose.
Breeders back and knees are usually arthritic from stooping,
bending, and sitting in the birthing box, but are strong
enable the Breeder to show the next choice pup to Championship.
*A Breeders shoulders are stooped and
often heaped with the
abuse of competitors, but they are wide enough to support the
weight of a thousand defeats
*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 often blurred from pedigree research and
sometimes blind to her own dogs
faults, and are always
searching for the perfect specimen.
*A Breeders brain is foggy on faces, but can recall
faster than an IBM computer. It's so full of knowledge and can
sometimes blow a fuse: It catalogues
thousands of good bonings,
fine ears and perfect heads...and buries in the soul the failures
and the ones that
didn't turn out.
*A 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!