So how come it's also hard when the puppies go? I mean they have only touched your life for a short period of time, right? And typically when they leave at 12 weeks I feel a pang of ache in my heart but I know they are going to the best possible forever homes. Plus if you've ever shared your home with 3 or 4 barking 12 week old puppies, you know that at 12 weeks, it's time for them to go to their new homes!
I can't keep them all. I wish I could though. I wish I had unlimited income and could have a large piece of property and take in rescues to bring them back to the healthy and loved dogs they deserve to be. I would still breed sparingly and show my dogs too like I do now, but I would work on saving the ones that deserve to sleep in a warm bed every night with a full belly too. I wish I never would have to worry about quality of care or whether the neighbors would complain. I wish I had the help I would need to accomplish these goals. But I do not. So, because I love these little dogs, I still work on moving my breed forward by showing my dogs to prove they are worthy specimens of the breed, breeding on a limited basis and keeping the best I can to move into the next generation. And along the way, finding great homes for deserving little lives that touch mine in the process.
Tonight is the last night I will get to kiss one of these little angels in my house goodnight. Little Chunk is going to his new home and his adventure actually began a few weeks ago. You see, he's not Little Chunk anymore - he is Dallas. And he is soon going to be on his way to Chicago. Tomorrow we will go on a short trip to Show Low, where my friends Cindy and Larry will take Dallas into their home for about 2 days. Then they will drive off to Albuquerque on Tuesday to the airport with Dallas and they will all wing their way to Chicago. Cindy and Larry will be visiting friends and family - and Dallas will meet his new family. In my heart I know this is the best thing for this little, sweet soul. But I've cried like a baby over this all week every time I think about handing him off. He's been here longer than most puppies and he's wormed his way into my heart. I love this little guy, but I love him enough to know he needs a new forever home and I must let go. He is a lovely puppy, but he is not meant for the show ring. Structurally he is sound. He moves like the wind, but he is not marked well enough. His blaze isn't wide enough and he has way too much ticking on his legs. And I can't keep them all.
So today was full of running and playing - it was in the low 80's here today so the yard was the place to be! And puppies play hard! Today was no exception!