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How it all began:

In the Beginning...
You got your dog, a real show dog, and quickly realized that you
needed
the correct collar to show him on. Which in turn led you to that
wonderful
buttery smooth three foot leather lead.

At your very first show, you noticed that you just HAD to have the
proper
grooming supplies also.

Slicker Brush $9.00
Comb $10.00
Spray Bottle $4.00
Good Conditioner $15.00
Water Bottle $4.00
Pin Brush $15.00
Bait $10.00
NEW Collar (your dog has now out grown that first one) $14.00
Chalk $9.00
Chalk Brush $15.00
Colesteral $10.00

YOUR FIRST POINT.*****YOU'RE HOOKED********

Bait $10.00
Dog show calendar $12.00-don't wanna miss ANY shows now
By now you're beginning to realize the back seat isn't a proper way
to
transport your dog.
Dog Crate for the car $80.00
At your very next show you begin to feel a bit more confident and
relaxed at
dog shows

Borrowing and waiting to use your friends grooming table is so
inconvenient.

Grooming Table $95.00
Grooming Arm $50.00
Bait $10.00

You begin to start collecting dog show things, old towels, skirts
with
pockets, dresses with pockets,

Good comfortable shoes, rain gear, umbrellas, water jugs, etc
$100.00

Too many grooming supplies?
Tack Box for supplies $50.00
Good comfortable Camp Chairs $35.00-we seem to be spending much more
time at shows lately.

Suddenly you realize all of these items AND your dog don't fit in the
family car anymore. Used Mini Van $15,000.

Somewhere around this point you get tired of waiting to use your
friends blow
dryer.
New blow dryer $150.00
Extension Cord for Dryer $15.00
Five-way plug for sharing electricity with your new dog show friends
$10.00
New and improved dog show collar and lead $40.00
New type of improved Coat Conditioner $15.00
Bait $10.00
Your friends favorite Shampoo and Whitener $35.00
New Comb and Slicker brush $25.00 (you lost the old ones at the last
show)
Scissors $30.00 (kitchen shears just don't trim those pads right)
Muddy Show grounds..Roll up matt for covering ground $45.00

YOUR DOG PICKED UP HER NINTH SINGLE

The hunt for majors begins.

After wasting much money on entries where majors didn't hold you
begin
to get frustrated and search out and find that new male show puppy
and a
perfect match for your female!

Crate for new dog $80.00
Show collar and lead for new dog $50.00 (your tastes have been
refined
now) Handling classes for new dog $40.00

The very first show teaches you your Mini Van will not carry both
crates
and all your equipment. Brand New Larger Mini Van $25,000.00

Now having two dogs to show and get ready quickly teaches you a
generator is
required!

Generator $325.00
Two Dog Kennels for outside $1,000.00
Just gotta pick up one of those majors on your female
Handler for those major shows $200.00 (+/-)

YOUR FEMALE FINISHES!

Your new male is too young to breed.
Updating & Health Clearances on Female $200.00
Stud Fee $1,000.00
Progesterone Testing $200.00
Whelping box $250.00
Vet bills-x-rays, sonograms, well mother checks $400.00
Putting first aid whelping kit together $300.00
Vaccines for new litter $150.00
X-pen for puppies $80.00
Whelping pads, fleeces, toys for puppies, weaning supplies, etc
$450.00
Baby Scale $45.00
Well puppy and mother exams $150.00
Spectacular puppy in litter will be new show dog.

Immediately realize Mini Van will NOT hold three dogs and show
equipment
Motor Home or Full size dog show van $30, 000 to $100,
000.00!!!!!!!!!

You suddenly realize you are eating macaroni and cheese while your
dogs
are eating Human Grade Dog food at $55.00 a bag.

Congratulations! You have now earned the title of "Dog Breeder!"
Aren't
you glad you are finally making those big bucks breeding dogs? So
far you
have invested $75,652.00 in showing your two dogs. This figure does
NOT
include dog food, the initial cost of your dogs, entry fees, motel
bills,
general vet bills, toys and Many other ownership incidentals.

Your litter of pups yielded six puppies, you kept one and sold the
other
five for $500.00 each. Congratulations you just made $2,500.00
Breeding your
dogs! Now if you can just breed 30 or more litters you MAY just
break even with
your initial investment of over $75,000!
 

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Ouch ... guess we'll stick with Larry being just a plain old family pet.

Even after factoring in numerous vet visits (including one to Tufts which cost 3x what my personal/human physician charges me), replacing hardwood floors with tile, replacing chewed woodwork, designer dog food, 3 chewed beds, various destroyed toys, baths, daycare, etc. we're nowhere near $75,000.

I'd have to take a 2nd job but by the sound of your schedule, that isn't a possibility!
 

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This is great, Barb! Dick thinks all the breeders we're getting to know MUST be making tons of money. I'm sending a copy of this to him, the old boy needs to have his eyes opened.

By the way, we're in the process of selling our small SUV. Why? The days of the exteneded mini-van aren't over just because we're no longer hauling around four kids, their friends, and all the soccer gear that used to involve. Now, it's Charlie, his crate and 'stuff', our suitcases and 'stuff' -- and hopefully, by the end of the summer, another basset, her crate, and all her 'stuff'. At least this former soccer mom has been able to recycle that cooler on wheels :D !
 
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Barbara that was great. And so true. Now that we are hauling three bassets our van is not quite big enough. We need something wider. Trying to hold out til next year but we'll see. I hate to even add up what I've spent and I'm small scale.
I hope we have room for our clothes when we go to the Nationals!
 
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