LOOKING AHEAD TO DOG BREEDING 2021
Sherry L. Shivley,
NetPlaces Network Field Reporter-Photographer
I remember our first litter of
Boxers. One puppy went to a Pain Management Clinic as a Therapy Dog. Another
puppy went to Australia to start a new bloodline but first we showed here and
gained his Puppy of Achievement award.
Two puppies went to a wonderful family who will show them but more important,
they are also therapy dogs to the Mom who is in constant pain. One female was
chosen to be Miss December for a local Calendar. My husband fell in love with a
rather plain boy who will be used for Obedience and Agility. The one I kept
showed with great success and also gained his POA.
As a Breeder, to have loving, caring homes for my puppies is like hitting a home
run. I joined a Facebook Group that supports Preservationist Breeders. The group
is doing so much good for purebred dogs and public education on training and
caring for dogs.
We breeders must act as one, supporting and leading the way to a better life for
all dogs, not only our purebreds. If we continue to remain quietly in the
shadows, watching life go by, we will be like the dinosaurs. Forever gone.
In 2020 we lost Breeders, Judges and Show Fanciers, infinite knowledge gone!
What do I see for the future? Young people carrying the torch enabling our
passion to continue. My Grandson showed for the first time at our County fair,
winning Reserve Grand Champion with my good ole Hobbs.
Two very talented Juniors from here in Colorado were invited to Westminster to
show that year. Jade and Parker, good friends in and out of the Junior Ring,
have passion and drive as well as natural talent to show their dogs to the best
of their ability.
If you have any doubt that the dog world is alive and well, go watch the Junior
class. They are our Future! Encourage them, donate trophies or cash as prizes if
you can. Let them know they are as important as any Best In Show winner.
I see every New Year as full of Promise and Hope. As a dog breeder I wish for
all of you the same - as well and puppy kisses and wagging, wiggle butts.
See ya around the ring ~ Sherry
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