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    The Most Expensive Collar you ever bought? Why of course ..that very firstshow collar!

    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 Cholesterol $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

    Now you have too many grooming supplies?...
    Tack Box to store and hold the 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 mat 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 so you hire a 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 Mi! ni 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!

    Author Unknown
    Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
    --Roger Caras

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    Ahhh...is that how it works. Am I glad I only wanted to be a pet owner
    Julie and the girls

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    Welcome to my world!! That list is so accurate, it scares me half to death. The only thing on that list we haven't bought is the motorhome; Kris talks about that for when we "retire".

    Thanks a whole lot for pointing out what our harmless little hobby costs
    Bruce
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    That is probably sooooooo true !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce H

    Welcome to my world!! That list is so accurate, it scares me half to death. The only thing on that list we haven't bought is the motorhome; Kris talks about that for when we "retire".

    Thanks a whole lot for pointing out what our harmless little hobby costs

    Yup!!! And I love it!! Luckily, I already had the minivan!
    Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
    --Roger Caras

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    Sounds like my aunt the weimeraner breeder up in Canada... Needless to say rest of family thiought her a bit crazy with a house full of weims then keeping puppies now and then to show adding even MORE weims... of course she and I have a whole new relationship now!
    Karlin
    Cavaliers: Jaspar Leo Lily Tansy Libby (foster) Mindy (foster)
    In memory: Lucy
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