Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. How my Puppies were kept & taken care of. If they were played with, had any of their vaccines & necessary wormings. If they have been seen by a Vet. What type of food the puppy is eating.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Doing reseach. Looking at other breeders and talking to them. Asking questions. And when they decide to come to me ask me ~ questions, reseach me. Also, they need to think about the commitment it is in taking care of a new puppy. I would suggest reseaching the breed, the Papillon & Yorkie, to see if that 'baby' will fit into their lifestyle. There is a lot that goes into taking care of a puppy and it is for the 'life' of the puppy to adulthood!! So reseach~reseach~research!!! :o)
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love most the puppies, taking care of them & their Mommies. Then the best thing of all is when a child or even an adult meets their puppy for the first time & they know 'this is the one', to see their faces light up with smiles! It just makes my heart so warm. It makes the long nights of being up with Mommies giving birth worth evey second. It makes nursing one by hand every 2 hrs because it's to tiny to get up there with the others to nurse off Mommy...it's worth it to see that baby go home to it's 'forever' home. I love it!
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. A Breeder's Poem
I love my little puppy; she makes my house a home.
She is my very sweetest little friend; I never feel alone.
She makes me smile; She makes me laugh; She fills my heart with love . . .
Did some person breed her, or did she fall from above?
I've never been a breeder, never seen life through their eyes;
I hold my little puppy and just sit and criticize.
I've never known their anguish; I've never felt their pain,
the caring of their charges, through snow or wind or rain.
I've never waited the whole night through for babies to be born,
The stress and trepidation when they're still not there by morn.
The weight of responsibility for this body in my hands,
This darling little baby, who weighs but 60 grams.
Should you do that instead of this . . . or maybe that was wrong?
Alone you fight and hope, one day, he'll grow up proud and strong.
You pray he'll live to bring great joy to someone else's home.
You know it's all just up to you; you'll fight this fight alone.
Formula, bottles, heating pads, you've got to get this right,
two-hour feedings for this tiny guy, throughout the day and night.
Within your heart you dread that you will surely lose this fight,
To save this little baby, but God willing . . . you just MIGHT.
Day one; he's in there fighting; you say a silent prayer.
Day two & three, he's doing well, with lots of love and care.
Day four & five . . . he's still alive; your hopes soar to the heavens.
Day six he slips away again, dies in your hands, day seven.
You take this little angel, and bury him alone.
With aching heart and burning tears, and an exhausted groan,
You ask yourself, "Why do this? . . . Why suffer through this pain?"
Yet watch the joy your puppies bring, and everything's explained.
So, when you think of breeders and label them with "Greed,"
Think of all that they endure to fill another's need.
For when you buy your puppy, with your precious dollars part,
You only pay with money . . . while they pay with their heart.
.... Author Unknown....