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Post by lady jynx on Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:40 am

I hadn't intended it to be but it's a long one. Sorry. I did go back and try to shorten it up some though.

Mom decided she wanted a border collie puppy so she could teach it to ride the horses with her. She eventually asked my dad if she could get one. Against all odds my dad said yes with the excuse that she needed someone to snuggle with since his work keeps him so far away. Mom began her research in earnest and eventually to our amazement discovered a champion lined breeder that actually lives just outside town. Mom made a call and even more perfect was the soon expected litter of pups. When they arrived went over to pick hers out. For those of you that don't know, trying to pick one out of 8 3 day old puppies is nearly impossible. After spending a couple hours with them and a little guidance from the breeder, we picked out her Gayle Storm. We went out every week to go visit and play with the pups. At the breeders encouragement I brought along all my kids. They all had a blast and it was always fun to watch my then 3 year old try to catch all the puppies and put them away. So it has been a little over a year since we brought Gayle home.

A little time passed and we keep in touch with the breeder (she is a wonderful woman and a responsible breeder who spends a lot of time finding the perfect match for her pups, then follows up and is always willing to take her pups back for any reason). Then all the sudden one night she calls me up and says, "I know this is going to sound odd but I was wondering if I could borrow your daughter. There is a show coming up and I need a junior handler for my dog (the mommy)." Now my daughter was 12 at the time and her adult dream job was to train and handle dogs. She had spent more time than I could say "training" our family dogs (all rescues). We had never been able to afford formal training for them but we loved them and they did listen to her. After a few hours in conversation it was agreed that we would meet at the event to try it out. Needless to say my daughter loved it and despite never having any training or a class in her life still managed to rank. My daughter went to a couple other events with her and the breeder offered to sponsor my daughter through the classes and shows and even to take her shopping to get her clothes for the ring but life happened and we kind of lost touch for a while.

So we are now a year from my daughter being part of the ring and my mom and I began a plot to get her back into it. We ended up back in touch with the breeder (OK yeah we missed her) and let her know what we were thinking. I was surprised enough when she had offered the first time to sponsor my daughter and just as much that it still stands. Now including rides to everywhere she would need to get (this having been the issue I ran into last time around as we are booked on a standing gig the nights of class) We have had a few phone calls and then I was informed today that though we haven't started anything yet she would like to take my daughter to a large event next month. In most of the shows the grand prize for junior handlers is given in the form of college scholarships.

Awesome right? Wait there is more. So the last time I had talked to her a couple days ago, she had mentioned that she loved my daughter (all my kids but especially my oldest) so much that she was kind of wanting to GIVE her a puppy from the next liter that is being planned so she would have her own dog to show and train as well. Needless to say I was shocked. My mom paid $300 for hers. The breeder said it wasn't like she would really be out anything as it would just be one out of the liter.

So I was processing this, discussing with all concerned (except my daughter as I know how she will feel about it and the whole training/dog showing thing was to be a christmas surprise lol) and coming to terms, when I talked to the breeder again today when she informed me of the upcoming event and we came up with a few ideas on how to start. We then eventually end up on the subject of the puppy again. She just wants to make sure that I am aware of what the puppy would be. As I had expected the puppy will have the same mommy as my mom's. Which is good as my daughter absolutely LOVES mommy dog. The daddy turns out to be her grand champion super titled imported from Wales most accomplished specialist dog she ever owned that passed on 15 years ago. Apparently she has some of the sperm frozen and is planning the breeding from it. Needless to say this would be a VERY expensive puppy worth more than my car (and probably everything I have of value put together). As if all this isn't enough to cause a little jaw dropping my daughter would have first pick of the liter. (Mom and I think this breeding may actually have been thought of for my daughter and if your are unsure of the possibility on it read on...)

So now to blow the mind (if it hasn't been already) given the value and potential of the pup comes the request that goes along with it. She asks that we NOT get the dog fixed. Now before getting upset at this there is a reason. She would like to set up my daughter for her own breeding program. Should my daughter choose a female she is offering her males for stud. (Yes she has other males that can do the job but is choosing the most worthy for my daughter) Then the puppies from MY daughter's breeding would be worth over $1000 a piece. (Again more than I paid for my car). The money from that would be all my daughter's to help her along her way. Be it furthering her show readiness, breeding, college, a car whatever. She knows we are responsible and won't over breed (we would make sure we had homes before breeding and actually have always had rescue dogs [and cats, birds, chickens, ducks, guinea pigs, etc yup small animal rescue] since I was a kid) and have already proven we can carry a dog through heat with out an unplanned event (of course mom decided she would get hers fixed afterwards lol). Personally I don't think we will be ready to undertake puppies for a couple years. lol

So she has now offered my daughter a hobby, sponsorship for her hobby, the possibility of college scholarship, a small side income (junior handlers can make money showing other dogs), a friend, a mentor, a puppy, and an income that can help support her in life. Oh yeah and her 7 year dream come true.
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Post by Miss Ronnie on Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:32 am

Congratulations to you and your daughter. It sounds like it will be a lifelong passion for her.
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Post by Doe on Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:35 am

Oh, that is so cool! What a great story.
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Post by fesspenter on Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:48 am

I love synchronicity.

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Post by TinafromNY on Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:28 am

That's a wonderful story,e specially at Christmas. Some people are just so generous of spirit, time and money. Shows you that you never know where opportunity is. Congrats for your daughter and it's good for a kid to have something like this...keeps them busy with a goal
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Post by anniel on Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:29 am

What a fun bunch of miracles.

(Review the safety stuff with her, & arm her with her own pepper spray and a cell phone.)
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Post by lady jynx on Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:58 pm

Thank you Miss Ronnie. Yes she has always been an animal lover and dogs especially. The 2 rescues we currently have came to us so we could find them a good forever home. Her commitment to them found them just that. With her. She earns money from my mom taking care of the chickens. Every time she gets paid she goes to spend it on the dogs. They get new collars, leashes, and bowls 2-3 times a year, They get new toys once a month and she always has treats for all the dogs in the house. They came to us with no manners or obedience. She has leash trained them, got them to stop jumping on everyone, they respond to basic vocal commands and more. Now if we could just get "Bob" to stop climbing the fence. lol

Thanks Doe. I am always amazed at the experiences we have encountered.

Fess Smile

Tina I can't believe the Christmas experiences my family has had over the years. I could and probably should write a book from them. It will be a good thing for her. She has been overly caught up in the challenges life has given us, from her dad flaking out on her (she hasn't talked to him in weeks now) to my son being court ordered back to his dad and the danger of his step mother. It will be good for her to have an escape. Smile

Anniel Very fun and definately miracles. I can't express how excited I am for her. We had a sit down yesterday with her and talked about showing the dogs. She was so excited and she doesn't even know about the potential puppy. The only thing the breeder wants is to see my girl show commitment first. Safety stuff is well ingrained in that one. lol She has been trained by her step dad in martial arts since she was 7 years old. Last year we padded them up and threw her in the ring with a prized MMA fighter that came to the center I worked at. He landed one punch. She triggered and he was on the ground curled up in a ball. lol She does have a cell phone though and well equipped with "survival gear". lol
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Post by l!zzie on Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:22 am

I love the story, but what I love most is how I 'read' just how proud you are of your daughter and how much you love her! I love you
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Post by lady jynx on Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:37 am

Yes Lizzie my children are truly my world. For 13 years now I have been mom and my kids are my greatest accomplishments. I had my daughter when I was 16 and took up all the responsibility that came with it. I worked full time, took care of her, the house and my family and still managed to graduate on time. Life has not been easy for us and I often can't give her everything she deserves like her father can. But she chooses to stay with me. She says she doesn't know why but there is something here that isn't there and we understand her. I have always treated my kids as equals giving them choices and explaining consequences be they good or bad and leave the choice up to them. I can't think of a truly bad choice my daughter has ever made and she as well as her friends come to me for everything. I am the youngest parent in her class, and have a total of 36 kids that call me mom (actually most of them call me the daddy-mommy) beside my 3.
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Post by l!zzie on Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:33 am

I stand up and applaud for you cheers
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Post by Erica's Funny Faces on Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:48 pm

That is such a sweet story! Smile
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Post by ladysinaz on Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:54 pm

That is amazing!

She is totally going to freak about the puppy Very Happy
It's one thing for a girl to get a puppy. It's an entirely different thing for a girl who has researched and put time in to learn about dogs, to get a high end just about royalty dog.
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