Many think that a dog breeder makes a lot of money and subsequently lives a glamourous life off of the hard work of their dogs but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, I’ve never made a profit off of my dogs, not that profit is a bad thing.
Truth is, I’m constantly spending money to increase the quality of life for my dogs and the overall quality of my breeding program. No need to go into all the details but I couldn’t even pay the bills if all I did was breed dogs unless I ran a puppy mill, which is out of the question.
I’ve lived a hard life that most couldn’t even imagine and have a serious case of PTSD because of it. When the kennel was owned by my brother, it was the dogs that helped me get my life together and be able to face such a serious case of PTSD. I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I said that my dogs saved my life.
I’ve never had anything to care for on a deeper level in my entire life and I’m not exactly someone who has a history of empathy. No kids and not a day where the universe has given me a break from adversity but no matter what I was dealing with, my dogs would be there waiting for me like I was all that mattered. They became my kids, they’re not just some breeding stock.
In a society plagued with immorality, my dogs would go to battle with me if I ever needed them to. Presa Canarios are known for their loyalty to their family and are dogs that can protect to a higher level than most others. If an intruder broke into my house, my dogs would take care of that problem immediately. More importantly, my dogs would never betray me.
They also have a unique personality that every Presa owner says is the reason that once they owned a Presa, they could never own another breed. They’re funny but stubborn and probably too smart for their own good. Their high drive almost disappears when they’re in the house and all they want to do is cuddle, which can even melt a hardened person like myself.
In taking over the kennel, it was dropped on me by an investor who didn’t do his part. In turn, I had to support a property and many dogs without the income I was promised so I had to find a way to make it happen, as there’s no excuse for failure when animals’ lives are at stake. My dogs eat before me, that’s just how it is.
Now that I’m past that part of my journey, my focus is on turning this 20 acre property into a large play area for the dogs with an agility course and large enclosed areas for them to run around all day.
After my dark path, I feel my dogs have saved my life and now I do all I can to better the breed through action. That means breeding only dogs that are healthy and have excellent hips, educating potential customers, selectively selling puppies to the right homes and standing up to the cool kids in the industry who have many unethical tendencies.
Breeding Presa Canarios is artistic to me, where every litter is a masterpiece that I create to show off the beauty of such a magnificent creature. I want my dogs to stop traffic wherever any of their owners choose to walk them because of how impressive they look. Breeding is also my way to give back by sending protection and the missing link family member into households. I know how much I love my dogs and it makes me happy to create that level of happiness for others.