My food receipts for a
family of 7 and my dog food bills match.
My water bill has doubled.
electric has tripled.
It is I, a breeder, who when my fridge quit, saved the
dog meds and
let the food go bad.
My feet find the way to the kennel
before I have even grabbed a cup
of coffee in the morning and the kennel is
my last stop before bed.
While my friends are on a cruise to the Bahamas and
my family meets
for Christmas, I am home delivering puppies.
I haven't had a
real vacation in 7 years, but maybe soon.
are made around heat
dates, whelp dates and vet dates.
I shower and 10 minutes later my grand kids
say I smell like a dog.
My clothes are all stained with fecal matter, urine,
I have to remember to clean my shoes before
Most of my friends breed dogs.
who else can you call at 3 am for
Who else has the experience I sometimes need, the med I
need, or just an uplifting word I sometimes need ?
understand how it feels to have invested hours and hours and hours
a weak puppy to lose it?
Or the joy in investing hours in one
I have slept on the floor beside a litter until the crucial 2
I have bottle fed a litter of 12..feeding every 2
and it taking 90 minutes to do for weeks at a time.
I have learned
to be proficient at micro chipping, vaccinations, sub
q fluids, bottle
feeding and tube feeding.
My vet knows me by first name.
The vet knows
The vet now knows my grand children.
My vet knows it was I who
added on the wing to the vet clinic.
I am a breeder
It is to me that 63
days takes on new meaning still excited by every
It is I who
delivers all my pups, towels and heat lamps on ready,
happiness and sadness
Even though it increases my work load, I look forward
to the 10 day stage when eyes open, and puppies begin to emerge from
helplessness of newborns.
Puppy breath, a first bark, and a heart
I am not uneducated, unemployable, illiterate or lazy as
Rights folks would imply of breeders.
I am a conscientious lover
animals and I have found my niche.
I am a breeder.
I feel no shame there is a part of me that feels the
need to hide from powers
that could come to invade my home and take
my dogs ..maybe for finding a
mild infraction, a leaf in the water
dish? A kennel not yet cleaned for the
A rash I am home treating? I tell my children and grand children
hush, do not tell others we are dog breeders, and I wonder when
breeding puppies go into the same secret place as criminal activity?
am a breeder -- I am not cruel, dumb, uncaring or criminal. I am
in money while sitting on my butt.
Every penny I make I
earn through blood,
sweat and tears.
My greatest joy is a healthy
puppy and a wonderful home.
cards of thanks and the pictures of
my puppy with its new family is the
fringe benefits of my efforts.
am an animal lover, nurse, midwife, heavy
laborer, customer service
representative, and marketer.
AND I am a
Lori Hallfrisch of Southernstyle kennel
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