A BREEDERS LIFE :


A BREEDER  ( WITH A CAPITAL B ) IS ONES 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 INTEREST, FINANCIES, TIME, FRIENDSHIPS, FANCY FURNITURE AND DEEP PILE CARPETING! SHE GIVES UP THE DREAMS OF A LONG, LUXURIOUS CRUISE IN FAVOUR OF TURNING THAT ALL IMPORTANT SHOW INTO THIS YEARS " VACATION ".

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 NEW-BORN, LITERALLY BLOWING LIFE INTO A TINY, HELPLESS CREATURE THAT MAYBE THE CULMINATION OF A LIFETIME OF DREAMS.

A BREEDERS LAP IS A MARVELLOUS 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 PUPPYS WET NOSE.

A BREEDERS BACK AND KNEES ARE USUALLY ARTHRITIC FROM STOOPING,BENDING, AND SITTING IN THE BIRTHING BOX, BUT A STRONG ENOUGH TO ENABLE THE BREEDER TO SHOW THE NEXT CHOICE PUP TO A CHAMPIONSHIP.

A BREEDER SHOULDERS ARE STOOPED AND OFTEN HEAPED WITH ABUSE FROM COMPETITORS, BUT THEY ARE 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 DOGS FAULTS, BUT THEY ARE EVER SO KEEN TO THE COMPETIONS FAULTS AND ARE ALWAYS SEARCHING FOR THE PERFECT SPECIMEN.

THE BREEDERS BRAIN IS FOGGY ON FACES, BUT IT CAN RECALL PEDIGREES FASTER THAN AN IBM COMPUTER. ITS SO FULL OF KNOWLEDGE THAT SOMETIMES IT BLOWS A FUSE: IT CATALOGUES THOUSANDS OF GOOD BONDINGS, 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 BEATS STRONGLY WITH HOPE EVERLASTING.....  AND ITS IN THE RIGHT PLACE ! OH, YES,THERE ARE BREEDERS, AND THEN, THERE ARE BREEDERS !!!!!!!


THIS WAS WRITTEN BY B.J. ANDREWS OF O'BJ AKITAS.
IT WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN  " KENNEL REVIEW MAGAZINE " AND LATER IN HER BOOK " THE WORLD OF THE AKITA ".


MANY THANKS TO DEBBIE SIMMS-WALKER OF DEBYLYNS LABRADORS FOR FINDING SUCH AN INTERESTING AND TRUE TO LIFE PIECE WRITTEN ON A BREEDERS LIFE..............


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