Saturday, 4 November 2017
The cost of my puppies
My puppies are expensive. I don't deny that. Or apologize for that. Most often I find the man of the couple hesitating the most. Just like what happened today. A very nice couple came to meet the dogs (and me I suppose!) We spent 2 and a half hours talking all things dogs. We had a great time reminiscing about dogs previous, told stories about dogs current and what we wanted in future dogs. A lovely time was had by all! Near the end of the conversation, the gentleman said to me, "When my wife told me yesterday how much your puppies were I was shocked! I really wasn't interested in spending that much money. But now, having met you, and met all these wonderful dogs, I understand completely why you ask the price that you do. I am absolutely comfortable purchasing a dog from you at that price." I'm paraphrasing.
That sentiment is echoed time after time, after time. You don't know how great these dogs are until you come and see them for yourself. And you don't know how much knowledge I have to share after being in the dog industry for almost 50 years! (In case you're trying to do the math, I started training dogs when I was 11.) You don't know how passionate I am to make sure you get the exact dog that will fit perfectly with your family. If it's not the perfect match, I won't sell you a dog. That's it. Plain and simple. I don't want your money. I want a perfect match. I need money to care for my dogs. Those that have been here know I live in an old farm house and drive an old Jeep. And my visitors were surprised today when I told them my dogs can eat 500 pounds of dog food per MONTH! And then add in the expense of bringing in new dogs from Europe for tens of thousands of dollars, each, so that my breeding lines remain pure working lines so I can provide you with the best dog I possibly can. But I've gotten off track here. I can list a whole bunch more expenses but the point I was trying to make was, my dog's are absolutely worth every single penny and more.
And the really cool thing about all this is, not only do people agree with me about how great my dogs are once they come and visit, but owners still agree with me years down the road, when their dogs are geriatric and still going strong!
I'm so proud of my dogs and all they have become and all they have accomplished. Therapy dogs, SAR dogs, family dogs that have literally saved their families life and even one dog who saved the life of a complete strange by taking on a bear in full charge! I couldn't be more PROUD!