"Won't you buy me? Not because I
will be euthanized, abandoned, abused or given up. Not because I
wasn't deemed important enough, but because the wonderful person
taking this photo brought me into this world after much thought
and careful planning, sat up with me, night after night, to make
sure I was warm, fed, and strong.
She played with me, introduced me
to countless xperiences, people and places. She sang to me, held
me, kissed my face and my baby paws. She cried when my baby sister
didn't make it in the first days of our lives.
She sat, scowl on her face,
interviewing potential buyers, some of which didn't measure up.
She will be there for me, for the rest of my life. She has
guaranteed my health, and knows the dogs behind me, very well. She
knows what those dogs have the potential to produce, both good and
bad, and she willingly shares that with anyone who asks. She will
cry when I go home with that carefully screened family, and she
will think of me often.
Isn't that worth a minimal
investment, something to cover her time and the money she spent to
bring me into the world, and care for me like none other? A little
something to enable her to continue her exceptional care of my
parents, and the other adults she keeps as her own? A little token
to keep her going, so she can continue to support the breed she
loves, using all the care and planning with which she used to
bring me into the world? There is no profit for her, though she
works for the love of her breed. She is worth your
investment...believe me, I know this for sure. Look at how clean
I am, how I smile. Look at my bright and healthy eyes, my clean
and tidy surroundings. Look at how happy I am, how much I love
people, and love to play with my toys...all because of her.
When I leave her, I will hope and
pray that my new family has the potential to care for me with the
same kind of love and devotion with which she has cared for me
over the last 8 weeks. I'm scared, but I trust her. She is a
responsible, careful and loving breeder. There are many others
like her. She carries a heavy burden, but she carries it because
she loves me, and she's devoted to others like me."
The next time you feel like it's a
crime to purchase a purebred puppy, think of everything that lead
to that life: the care, the planning, the worry, the heart-ache.
There are puppies that join this world, and they are worth every
penny of the small pittance their breeders ask. It's not a crime to purchase a puppy...and it's not a crime
to sell one. If I charged what I felt my puppies were really
worth, no one could afford them. Letting them leave is the
hardest thing I do. When we meet, don't bother to ask me to
justify what I charge for my puppies. It's the fastest way to
find the door, and never again get your hands on my precious,
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