I'm still fighting time and yesterday, having only completed four pups, I wasn't sure I was going to get the pages updated this week. But.... I know how disappointing that would be for each of you. And historically I've never missed a weekly photo shoot. So onward through the storm we went. Sometimes literally. For the most part we've had great weather and have continued to receive some much needed but sporadic rain. Some of the pups were lucky to enjoy clear skies. Some traipsed through mud puddles and drizzles during their photo shoots.
Seems I keep getting monkey wrenches thrown my direction at a time when time is limited. When the media took hold of the whole packing problem and forecast a major meat shortage coming up, I decided to order some live poultry. I should know better by now than to listen to MSM... After following for a while and things surrounding the topic calmed, I called to cancel my poultry order of chicks and turkeys. Rural king refunded my money on the turkeys and said they had contacted shipper of chicks and that I should be receiving an update soon. Still haven't ... And.... the turkeys arrived yesterday. Since I'd cancelled and hadn't received notice of their pending arrival, I had nothing set up for them. So that task was unexpectedly placed on the agenda yesterday.
Also mid-week I received a call from one of the local Doberman rescues who informed me they had a dog from one of my earliest breedings coming in asking what, if anything, I would like to do. I informed her I was shocked as I have a return policy in place. And this particular dog is prime example of why that policy is in place. There is no reason for any of my pups to ever find their way to rescue or god forbid the pound. I've received a handful back over the years and I'm happy to report all are placed in loving caring homes that have turned out to be nothing short of fabulous. Most often, if they come back, it happens when the dogs are under a year old and people realize they don't have adequate time. Or the knowledge and fortitude to train .. despite the fact that I try and guard against that when I'm taking reservations. Hence the lengthy phone calls and questions each of you are familiar with. Fortunately I can also say, the dogs that have come back to me have been loved and cared for and for the most part had good manners for age. With the exception of one who had been allowed to completely run amuck for 7 months.
It's not so bad to get a youngster back... they generally aren't as set in their ways and seem to be pretty adjustable to new surroundings. But I feel bad for the older ones who are uprooted from what they know and are accustomed to. I try not to pass judgement though as obviously I'm aware of monkey wrenches. The girl coming back is seven and product of a divorce. Plans are in place to pick her up Monday. I expect she'll be a sweet girl based on photos I've received along the course of her life. Even if the photos have been few and have all but dropped off over the past few years. I think she got a great start in life and that helps tremendously.
Looking forward to the weekend and to meeting a few of you. I always enjoy the selection process!!!