Let me state clearly for the record - I am a dog breeder. I breed dogs. I raise puppies. I like it. I'm very proud of it. For anyone that doesn't like it, or thinks I exploit dogs for my own gain - I don't care what you think of me for what I do. I am NOT a so-called backyard breeder and I do not operate a puppy mill. I am an honest, responsible and ethical breeder that puts the health and well-being of my precious furbabies before money. As a dog breeder I happen to love dogs! I love being around them. I love working with them. I love watching a puppy grow, thrive and develop it's own individual personality. I love sharing the day with my dogs, playing with puppies, and sacking out with them on the couch. I lose sleep when I have a mom in labor, and work myself unmercifully to care for them. I spend almost all of the money I have on them, and sometimes money that I don't have. My heart breaks when they grow old and die, or I lose a struggling newborn. That's my job as a breeder! I have a lifetime worth of beautiful memories. My life is filled with love and joy and beauty, and I owe most of it to my dogs. They have helped to keep me sane when sanity was not a given. They have given me courage on the days when all I wanted to do was lie down and quit. They have given me strength on the days when all I wanted to do is run away and hide. I owe them my life. I work harder than I've ever worked my entire life, and I LOVE IT!
The result is that the people who buy a puppy from me love it. When I sell a puppy, chances are it has found a home for the rest of its life. The puppy will have a perfect chance of leading a wonderful life. It makes for happier dogs. It makes for dogs that lead better lives, find permanent families and homes, and get to experience love in many forms. It makes for healthier dogs! I produce puppies that make people happy to own them and want to keep them. That's my job as a breeder.
But, a lot of people say I am doing it for the money. They accuse me of exploiting animals for profit. Well, yes! I plead guilty. I am very happy when I am able to sell a puppy for cold, hard cash. It makes me feel good. It makes me feel good because it shows me that someone appreciates the work I am doing. It makes me feel good because I have earned it, and earned it honestly. Besides, what's wrong with making money? It is a rather fundamental American value. Making money is something to be proud of, as long as it's done honestly. My only regret is that I have not made more money as a breeder. With all of the sacrifices I have made and the hard work I have done, I should be rolling in money. Guess what?...I am not! It has been quite a while since I've actually made much of a profit on a litter of puppies. For every puppy I sell, there are countless expenses. It takes a lot of time and money to properly care for them. It takes money for dog food, supplies, veterinary bills, kennel licenses, registration papers, dna testing, health care, etc. It takes money. Lots of money.
Some want me to apologize for what I do and make excuses for things like animal shelters, accidental matings, and unwanted, abandoned or abused dogs. They want me to take at least part of the responsibility for these problems onto my own shoulders, when in truth I have no responsibility at all for creating them. None whatsoever! Don't get me wrong - I highly support my local animal shelters because I care about animals and know how much it takes to provide for them. I think the job they are doing and the service they provide are fantastic!
I love my job as a dog breeder! It is both rewarding and fulfilling and makes me a happier person. I am proud of what I do and couldn't imagine doing anything else. My dogs make me smile a LOT and I think I make them smile, too!