buying a puppy

Dear Puppy Buyers: I do not care

If you ever get a point.

If you ever get a title.

If you ever get a Grand.

If one of my bitches ever gets an ROM.

If I ever have a Bulletin ad or a dog who is ranked or a kennel name with recognition or pedigrees that go on.

I hope, now that a bunch of you have been here and seen my (ahem) “modest” house and met my dogs and my puppies, you really do know that I mean that. It’s not sour grapes; it’s that those kind of things make it to about a point-five on my scale of What Is Important. I lose track of how many points my own dogs have all the time, let alone how many my dogs’ babies have. I show because I must, because right now that’s what you need to do to be a reputable breeder, not because I’ve ever enjoyed it or felt it meant very much.

That’s why I don’t sell show puppies to anyone who I don’t know; it’s why I am over the moon that I have local buyers this time. I am excruciatingly sentimental, always keep the wrong puppies, usually breed the wrong dogs. Please don’t ever send anyone to me who wants the best show dog; good heavens. I love and believe in my dogs but I look forward to being a flaming failure as a show breeder my entire life.

What I DO care about, what I DO want to hear about, what I DO treasure and print out and pass along and laugh about, is whether you have a good dog, a happy dog, a healthy dog, a funny dog, a fulfilled and silly dog, a working dog, a tired dog.

If you ever e-mail me and apologize that you didn’t get points or a Q this weekend, I WILL SMACK YOU.

Now send me pictures and puppy e-mails and keep me happy.

That is all. Back to your regularly scheduled programming, and I need to get back to video editing so I can show those of you who did not cram into my little house what the evals looked like. So far the scene where six people are looking for Oberon’s testicles is my favorite (and I rather suspect his as well).

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6 Comments

  • Reply Nikki Weese Roberts October 17, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Joanna, bless your heart! It is truly evident how much you love your own dogs and your puppies as well. That you are doing this for the right reasons and that anyone who is so lucky as to have a dog from you should be smiling from ear to ear.
    Cannot wait to see the video….so that I can pretend I was there as well. 🙂

  • Reply Beth October 17, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Yes, it should be all about the dogs. When we were first puppy-hunting, one thing that really impressed me was the breeder we chose regaled us with hours worth of stories about her own dogs, and about puppies she’d sold. She talked about what she did to socialize her pups, about what her dogs were like as adults. Her only dog show story was about how one of her dogs reacted when they were charged by a loose Chow at a show. It was not until we’d had our pup for awhile that I did more looking online and found that this breeder has been quite successful in the breed ring.

    Those stories didn’t make it into our conversation, because as a pet-owner-who-dabbles-in-performance, I don’t really need to know who in the pedigree is a high-point dog or an ROM. I DO need to know who is healthy and who is sane and who is stable, how much energy they have and how sound they are.

    Plus, the guess-what-the-dogs-broke-while-playing-tag-with-the-cats stories are WAY more fun to tell. 🙂

  • Reply Ruth October 17, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    That pretty sums up my preference in a breeder too. I’d much rather get stories about what your dog did in response to the giant mirror in the hotel room at the show, then how she did at the show itself (her name tells me she’s a champion, thats all I need to know about that cause if I show at all it’ll be for the fun of it). The breeder we got our Tibetan Mastiff from is much the same. As soon as she realized that showing wasn’t a high priority for me she was thrilled, all the show talk disappeared and I got a million stories about the dogs themselves. Would she be thrilled if we can manage a championship for our pup? Sure, but she’s by no means expecting it, she’s just thrilled he’s in a loving home!

  • Reply Maggie October 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    What do evals look like? I am very curious. Looking forward to the videos 🙂

  • Reply Alison October 29, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    You are a breath of fresh air!

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