The Most Expensive Collar you ever bought?
Why of course ..that very first show collar!
How it all began
In the Beginning...
You got your dog, a real show dog, and quickly realized
that you needed the correct collar to show him on.
Which in turn led you to that wonderful buttery smooth
three foot leather lead.
At your very first show, you noticed that you just HAD
to have the proper grooming supplies also.
Slicker Brush $9.00
Spray Bottle $4.00
Good Conditioner $15.00
Water Bottle $4.00
Pin Brush $15.00
NEW Collar (your dog has now out grown that first one)
Chalk Brush $15.00
YOUR FIRST POINT.*****YOU'RE HOOKED********
Dog show calendar $12.00-don't wanna miss ANY shows now
By now you're beginning to realize the back seat isn't a
proper way to transport your dog.
Dog Crate for the car $80.00
At your very next show you begin to feel a bit more confident
and relaxed at dog shows
Borrowing and waiting to use your friends grooming table is
Grooming Table $95.00
Grooming Arm $50.00
You begin to start collecting dog show things, old towels,
skirts with pockets, dresses with pockets,
Good comfortable shoes, rain gear, umbrellas, water jugs,
Too many grooming supplies?
Tack Box for supplies $50.00
Good comfortable Camp Chairs $35.00-we seem to be spending
much more time at shows lately.
Suddenly you realize all of these items AND your dog don't
fit in the family car anymore.
Used Mini Van $15,000.
Somewhere around this point you get tired of waiting to
use your friends blow dryer.
New blow dryer $150.00
Extension Cord for Dryer $15.00
Five-way plug for sharing electricity with your new dog show
New and improved dog show collar and lead $40.00
New type of improved Coat Conditioner $15.00
Your friends favorite Shampoo and Whitener $35.00
New Comb and Slicker brush $25.00 (you lost the old ones at
the last show)
Scissors $30.00 (kitchen shears just don't trim those pads
Muddy Show grounds..Roll up mat for covering ground $45.00
YOUR DOG PICKED UP HER NINTH SINGLE
The hunt for majors begins.
After wasting much money on entries where majors didn't hold
you begin to get frustrated and search out and find that
new male show puppy and a perfect match for your female!
Crate for new dog $80.00
Show collar and lead for new dog $50.00 (your tastes have
been refined now)
Handling classes for new dog $40.00
The very first show teaches you, your Mini Van will not
carry both crates and all your equipment.
Brand New Larger Mini Van $25,000.00
Now having two dogs to show and get ready quickly teaches
you a generator is required! Generator $325.00
Two Dog Kennels for outside $1,000.00
Just gotta pick up one of those majors on your female
Handler for those major shows $200.00 (+/-)
YOUR FEMALE FINISHES!
Your new male is too young to breed.
Updating & Health Clearances on Female $200.00
Stud Fee $1,000.00
Progesterone Testing $200.00
Whelping box $250.00
Vet bills-x-rays, sonograms, well mother checks $400.00
Putting first aid whelping kit together $300.00
Vaccines for new litter $150.00
X-pen for puppies $80.00
Whelping pads, fleeces, toys for puppies, weaning supplies,
Baby Scale $45.00
Well puppy and mother exams $150.00
Spectacular puppy in litter will be new show dog.
Immediately realize Mini Van will NOT hold three dogs and
Motor Home or Full size dog show van $30, 000 to
You suddenly realize you are eating macaroni and cheese
while your dogs are eating Human Grade Dog food at
$55.00 a bag.
You have now earned the title of "Dog Breeder!"
Aren't you glad you are finally making those big bucks
So far you have invested $75,652.00 in showing your two
This figure does NOT include dog food, the initial cost of
your dogs, entry fees, motel bills, general vet bills,
toys and Many other ownership incidentals.
Your litter of pups yielded six puppies, you kept one and
sold the other five for $500.00 each.
Congratulations you just made $2,500.00 Breeding your dogs!
Now if you can just breed 30 or more litters you MAY just
break even with your initial investment of over $75,000!