Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: North Carolina
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Suzy, I know breeders who have replaced a dog that was sold for show, after the other dog proved to have a problem that prevented it from getting a championship. The breeders let them keep the orginal dog after showing papers that the dog was spayed, and sent them another show prospect. How does this happen...for one it's in the contract, but it's not that cut and dried the owner needs to show that they made a reasonable effort to show the dog, that the dog has have a true problem, not just a points off problem. Also there has to be extensive follow up. Not only does the breeder need to give you a shot, they need to believe in you and this kind of contract can be expensive. There are also Breeders who will mentor you and show your dog if you are not having the success that was hoped for it's in the contract and there is a rate involved. Good breeders want their bred by dogs to get championships, often they get a puppy out of a breeding or stud rights as well as another bred by champion.
The reason I am writing this is I don't feel you are being fair. To win you need a good dog, a commitment to educating yourself, "ring presence", you need to know your patterns and be able to execute them with your dog as flawlessly as possible. It's not all about grooming...although in a drop coat that is important.You need to practice every day, you need to stack your dog in many different places, many times a day, you need to socialize your dog to people and noise. You need to practice your steps all the time you also need to be going to workshops, seminars, handling classes, this will help you be successful. These things cost money, and require time, the sport/hobby of showing and breeding is expensive. A commitment to a good foundation has many rewards in the future.
Suzy, enjoy your dogs as the loveable companions they are, this just was not your time, and it's late in the day to go back to the breeder. Your dogs true value is in the love, affection and blind trust they give you everyday.
Robbie, Boo Boo, Yogi, and Misty's human.
Poohkey miss you, monkey.