I Am a Dog Breeder

October 2, 2011

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Kralovna Kvitko with the Ridley 'P' litter

I am a dog breeder. I spend a lifetime learning pedigrees, going over dogs, talking and learning from those in my breed and those outside it. I raise each litter as if I gave birth to them and spend an equal amount of time finding them loving forever homes. I only put puppies on this planet that I think will be the healthiest (mentally and physically) and nicest examples of their breed. I support each family who choses one of my 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 its in the wrong place. I support my breed in rescue and education. I hold them when they arrive and leave this world, not only my own, but my brethren in the fancy. I share my knowledge and socialize my dogs so that they will be the advertisement for my dedication.
I don’t keep track of the money and time I put in to my love of dogs, it would not be true measure of how I feel. I support my friends in the fancy, because it takes a village sometimes and only WE know how things are for us.
The price I charge for my puppies is never profit, but investment in the next generation. I will not be ashamed of who I am, I work hard at being a good dog person and encouraging others to be the same. I am a breeder and I am proud of it.

If we don’t support each other – we are doomed as a fancy.


Gloria’s Grandchildren

June 8, 2010

4 Days Old

Cesky Terriers are not always the easiest dogs to breed. Sometimes the bitches just don’t come into season when you expect them to; sometimes they are mated and don’t have puppies. Occasionally it seems that no matter what you do, your puppies just don’t arrive, even though everyone else seems to be having litters without any problem.

My friend Sally, was in this position and it seemed that she would never have another litter of Cesky Terriers, but last week Gloria’s daughter, Oslava presented Sally with these two gorgeous bundles of glossy fur. They are sired by Sally’s top-winning male, Lastarean Dufek, and if they grow up to be even half as successful as their famous dad we shall be hearing a lot more about them in a year or two.

For the moment it’s enough that they are happy, healthy, contented babies and their mum is very proud of her new family!

Congratulations and big hugs from the Ridley gang!


Breeders’ Seminar

February 1, 2009

Yesterday I was up at the crack of dawn – well, before dawn if we are being literal – to drive up to Cramlington in Northumberland for a Breeders’ Seminar at the Croft Veterinary Hospital.

Malcolm Ness and Judith Joyce outside Croft Veterinary Hospital

Malcolm Ness and Judith Joyce outside Croft Veterinary Hospital

Wow! What a place this is. Only opened two months ago, this really is ‘state of the art’. We were treated to a tour of the hospital – forget the dogs, I think that if I needed surgery I would be wanting to use their expertise and facilities for myself!

The seminar was pretty good too. There were lectures on Fertility, Orthopaedics and Genetics and a super lunch at the local Beefeater Pub as well. Palma came with me, and as KC Genetics Consultant Jeff Sampson made several mentions of Cesky Terriers in his presentation, she was very happy to represent the breed to those who had never met one before.


Breeders’ Symposium

December 1, 2008

Yesterday I went down to the Royal Veterinary College in Hertfordshire for the annual Breeders’ Symposium, run by the Kennel Club. This year’s subjects were Eye Diseases, Hip and Elbow Scoring, Anaesthesia and Epidemiology. As always, interesting as all these lectures were – and we are lucky to have access to top speakers in their fields at these events – it was the discussions that took place between lectures that proved to be most valuable. I had a chance to discuss my forthcoming presentation on genetic diversity with the KC Genetics adviser Jeff Sampson, and discussed the data with friends in another minority breed.