Weimaraner Sticker Shock
The cost of everything keeps going up. For some reason, people believe that a dog breeder should be charging what they paid last time they bought a puppy. Thirteen years ago, gasoline prices hovered between $ 1.15 and $1.30. How much does it cost today? Cliff says it has been hovering between $ 3.60 and $ 3.70 a gallon in Ontario.
Cost Of Living 2000 ( http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/2000.html )
In 2000 the…….
Average Cost of new house $134,150.00
Average Income per year $40,343.00
Average Monthly Rent $675.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas $1.26
Average cost of new car $24,750.00
US Postage Stamp 33 cents
1 LB of Bacon $2.97
Ground Coffee per LB $3.44
Loaf of Bread $1.72
Dozen Eggs 89 cents
Barrel Of Oil Tops $30.00 per barrel
Beyond the rise in our basic cost of living, other expenses have followed suit.
Veterinary expense, acquiring quality lineages, proving through hunt tests, and the stuff of doing the job right are on-going expenses. These are on the rise. Repairs must be made. The Weimaraner, like children, is hard on the domicile. Safety and sanity require the fence be in good repair; kennels/crates be usable, and many other things you cannot imagine. Feeding a quality kibble is expensive, and again, the cost of food keeps rising because everything the manufacturer is buying also goes up in price. It is a vicious cycle. Everyone we are dealing with, is facing the same scenario. For example, this last week we got something from our vet office, (and they are reasonable in comparison to some Treasure Valley Veterinary Practices), and we noticed the price went from $ 18 to $ 25 in one swoop. We understand.
Most people imagine the fun part of raising pups….
There are moments that are too precious for words. Nonetheless, there are endless hours of work. The first two weeks of a litter’s life may mean little to no sleep. Working around the clock is not uncommon. Beyond socialization, and other fun things, there is a lot of grunge work. It is hard to imagine ever not working a long day, and often we work 2-4 hours more than the average clock-punching worker. This is not the kind of responsibility you can pass off to someone else, or leave for another day. Often, having someone volunteer to help ends up creating additional work. In the end, it is usually counterproductive. Most of what has to be done must be done in a timely manner. That is not a complaint, but it is a fact of life. Quality pups are not raised in the barn, garage, or an out-building. They are not left to their own wiles. There are a lot of steps in the process. Everyone in the family must put the pup’s welfare first, and foremost. Over time, some family members grow weary of the commitment, and its demands.
We don’t do it for the money, but it takes money…
The money aspect is our least favorite part of the process. There are a lot of jokes about us forgetting to ask to be paid. Usually, Shela is the one that forgets about it. Cliff is watching to see if she remembers. If he is around, he takes care of collecting payment. We get caught up in the excitement of the moment. Nevertheless, we have expenses to meet. We must live, and have enough to make it through. Yes, raising the Weimaraner is a passion; however, it takes money to serve others in this manner. Love doesn’t fund the process. Therefore, even though we prefer not to talk about the money, getting rude comments about the price is tough to swallow. Our investment in each pup, and their family is on-going. There is not much else to say. We won’t share quotes, comments, or remarks that get made. Asking us to accept a ridiculous amount of money for our efforts (and investment) is no less rude than you finding your paycheck short, because the boss doesn’t have the money (or think you are worth it).
This is not a favorite topic, but we felt it might deserve some ink. Sometimes people forget what is happening. We cannot compete with someone who is mating their family pets. Finally, we thank our loyal clients. Many of you come back again, and again. You send referrals our direction. We deeply appreciate your loyalty.