I've been researching this idea for a while as well. I've been to dog shows, I've talked to breeders, I've read a gazillion books and blogs. I still feel like an idiot sometimes, but I get the gist of how champion points are earned, I can decipher a pedigree, and understand OFA hip and elbow ratings. I think I can do a decent job choosing a puppy. We have a club member* who is planning to breed her bitch. She and I have had long conversations on stud selection, artificial insemination and puppy socialization. She's put a lot of thought into her decision. I like her early puppy handling practices (more on that later). At last month's club meeting I told her I would like one of her puppies. Now we're just waiting on Zasha** to go into heat. With all this planning, why am I now feeling so guilty?
Here are some of the arguments I'm wrestling with. Maybe they won't seem so troubling if I write them down. (Thanks Inner Dr. Phil!)
- I'm still grieving and worried about "replacing" Logan.
- $1700 is a lot of money. I haven't been to visit my family in California in 10 years. That money could buy plane tickets.
- As an animal control officer I urge people to adopt shelter dogs daily. It feels hypocritical to do otherwise.
- What if, after all this time and money, I decide that I don't like showing after all? Even worse, what if I do like it but fail anyway?
*I joined the German Shepherd Dog Club of North Florida shortly after we got Logan. I'm on the Board. I'm dog geek.
**Zasha is the club member's dog (the bitch), not the club member (not a "bitch").
I don't why I'm clarifying since I'm the only one reading this!