Daisy also came in season over the weekend. She will not be bred (think 101 Dalmatians, Berner-style — shudder) but this means she will also NOT be in the Helena draft test. Bummer.
When thinking about the cost of breeding a litter, I suspect most do not factor in the lost opportunity costs that come with intact/bred girls.
September has some of my favorite shows — Montana shows! — and we will not be showing. As I waited (and waited) for Claire to come in season, I missed other favorite events, hesitant to enter because I did not want to throw away entry money.
Now Daisy cannot do the one event I was hoping to do in September. Sigh. I am about to inform Sparkle that she will have to step in for this one.
This year is about breeding the next generation — I accept that. But that doesn’t mean I am thrilled about the lost opportunities.
But like all seasons of life, this one is temporary. Not fun — but temporary. And that is a hopeful thought.
It will all be worth it if the breeding is successful and Claire has a litter of bouncing baby berners in mid-November. The theme is picked out, the “nursery” planned, and now we just need those babies.
Progesterone testing starts today.
I hope you have a great day, free of blood tests!