I am a fancier of the Siberian Husky breed and all that that entails.
I am very active in the sport of dog shows, which helps me assess our dogs and pick the best ones to go forward for this breed. It also gives me the opportunity to let a dog go as far as they can in competition. We have championed and grand championed dogs in AKC, UKC, and CKC (Canada), as well as in International/National Dog shows. We have had dogs at Westminster, Eukanuba, the Siberian Husky Nationals and Specialty Shows. One of our dogs was championed in 4 countries in Europe with a Best In Show as well.
We do recreational sledding. This is great exercise for the dogs and for us. :) Although we have done this for several years, I still consider myself a novice, but it is very fun. Sledding is what these dogs were originally bred to do and you can see how much they love it.
I spend a great deal of time learning pedigrees, going over dogs, talking, and learning from those in my breed and those outside it. When I have a litter, I raise each pup as if I gave birth to them and spend an equal amount of time finding them loving forever homes if they will not be staying with us. I only bring puppies into this world that I think will be the healthiest (mentally and physically) and best examples of their breed. I support each family who chooses one of our puppies and let them know they are now a part of our extended family.
I am there if one needs to come back and will aggressively pursue the return of one of my dogs if it is in a bad situation. I support my breed in rescue and education. I hold pups when they arrive (are born into this world) and when, in later years, they leave this world. I share my knowledge with others and am proud to have mentored a few wonderful young women. We socialize our dogs so that they will be the advertisement for my dedication. I don't keep track of the money and time I put into my love of dogs because it would never be a true measure of how I feel about this fantastic breed.
The price I charge for my puppies is never profit, but investment in the next generation. I work hard at being good at what I do and encourage others. I am a Show person, a sledder, a breeder and I am proud of it. If we don't support each other - we are doomed as a fancy.
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