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Giant Schnauzer Pictures / Re: New pics of Elite
« on: May 26, 2006, 05:37:27 pm »
Thanx everyone!  Glad you enjoyed them! ;)

Giant Schnauzer Pictures / Re: New pics of Elite
« on: May 26, 2006, 04:08:10 pm »
 ;D Probably too proud!! LOL ::)

Giant Schnauzer Pictures / Re: New pics of Elite
« on: May 26, 2006, 02:34:30 pm »
Thanx!! ;D

Giant Schnauzer Pictures / New pics of Elite
« on: May 26, 2006, 01:55:38 pm »
Took these a few days ago, when it wasn't so HOT!!


Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: American Idol Fans!
« on: May 04, 2006, 06:19:11 am »
I think it will be Catherine.  She has been riding a fine line, and to me she just doesn't seem "entertaining" enough.  She seems too shy, or something. 

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Dangerous breed video
« on: April 22, 2006, 07:58:07 am »
Holy cow that was awsome!!  I was laughing and crying at the same time....great job!

Giant Schnauzer Pictures / Re: I think winston might need a haircut
« on: April 21, 2006, 07:12:57 pm »
He looks great!!  Since I'm new, I'm gonna ask all the questions everyone already old is he?  Have you had him since he was a pup?  Where did you get him?  Yep, I'm nosey!! ::)

Giant Schnauzer Discussions / Re: Nice
« on: April 21, 2006, 06:47:25 am »
Hi!  Mel., where did you get your GS?  Tell me all about her!  Its so hard to find fellow GS owners, I tend to get really excited when I meet them! LOL  Hope you don't mind me being nosey! :P

Giant Schnauzer Discussions / Re: Nice
« on: April 21, 2006, 12:09:20 am »
Thanx everyone!  Elite will be 5 in May, and my rescue is...welll.... .an unknown age.  She came from a puppymill, and I think she had already put out about 3-5 litters when I got her.  She was matted to the skin, and had to be shaved completely.  Her brain is mush...poor thing.  She is a total sweety, but her hips are going out, and I believe her eyes are starting to go. 

I also have a "baby dog"....Max. He is my 10 month old JRT, but he thinks he is a Giant!! LOL

I'm glad I found this site, and hope to talk to everyone! 8)

I breed once per year, if I can.  When I say that, I mean that this year I won't because Elite will be going to Schutzhund trials, and I won't breed her while she is working....doe s that make sense?  Last year I drove over 3 hours to the stud.  Since she was imported, I paid for her initial cost, shipping from Germany, and the 4 hour drive to the airport to get her.  Not to mention import fees, and getting her registered with the AKC.  Then came the vet visits, my purchase of grooming equipment, and all of the other things already mentioned.  I really like the mention of long distance phone bills.  That is soooo true!  I also have money in my website, and smaller things that I would consider "hidden costs" particular ones being paper and ink for my printer to make the contracts.  And for every one pup sold, I send out roughly 10 contracts.  Then there is the shipping.  Buyers from me pay their own shipping, and it's not a flat rate to me, its to the airline itself.  But, I buy the crate, collar, and pay for the gas to drive 3 hours to the airport I ship out of.  I also have money invested in a pupppy care package that includes food, vet records, copies of pedigrees, pictures, and other information for the new owners.  Then you have to ask yourself, what is your time worth?  Even if you figure $10 per hour, you might break even.  Thats not only time with mom and the litter, thats also time on the phone, time on the computer, time at the vet,etc....and somewhere in there you manage to get a shower and something to eat!

Breeding is by no means easy or "cost effective"....but if you love the breed, and want to make a difference, the effort is well worth it.  I personally am trying to improve the working line Giant Schnauzer.  Just recently, I spent 3 weeks researching a 5 generation pedigree.  That entailed tons of computer time, phone time, faxing, ....well you name it.  But to me, it's worth it!

Sorry for rambling....I could talk dog all day! lol

I know, a bit much for a newbie....sorr y! :-X

Giant Schnauzer Discussions / Re: Nice
« on: April 20, 2006, 08:03:08 am »
Thanx for the warm welcome!  My avatar is Elite...she is my SchH III Giant and I've never owned a more awsome dog!  I'm Jen, by the way! 8)

Giant Schnauzer Discussions / Nice
« on: April 20, 2006, 06:06:04 am »
Nice to see a board for the big dogs!  I am owned by 2 Giant Schnauzers.  And also glad to see a few of us here! :)

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