How do you think you would feel if you found out something had happend to a dog you have bred? I know its just because I'm still shaken up and feel so bad about Zippy's accident that I'm still nervous about contacting his breeder. As a refresher Zippy is a 1yr old Manchester Terrier that I've had for almost 5 months. I have always been so careful with him--pretty much paranoid--then when I was out of town for a few days he gets away from my husband when coming in from the yard and runs out on the road and gets hit by a car. Lots of tears, care, stitches, surgery, and thousands of dollars later, Zippy is just about back to his old self--my much loved little miracle guy. In my opinion, based on the criteria you all have listed out on this forum, Zippy's breeder is the definition of a responsible breeder. He has a multiple Westminster best of breed winner, every dog in Zippy's pedigree is titled, he has a website, but every pup is spoken for in advance. I had to fill out a detailed application and then was told about a 7 month old pup he wanted to place in a pet home after deciding he was a bit too shy for the breed ring. He was microchipped and I had to sign an extensive spay/neuter, expected care, return to breeder type contract and was given breed info and a care package to bring home. We also periodically keep in touch. I have not heard from him in the 6 weeks since Zippy's accident, but I'm sure he will be in touch one of these days. I dread telling him about the accident because I'm afraid he will think badly of me because it happend--I know thats probably my own guilt and insecurity talking--I would hope he would realize how much I love the dog and have done to take care of him. So, after that longwinded explanation--if you were a breeder how would you feel? Do you think you would ever provide another pup to that person someday? How understanding or not understanding do you think you would be?