Paws and Claws; Everything about pets

This is an example of what Wagner's Shitzhu, Katie, looks like. Photo credit to phoenixlily.

This is an example of what Wagner’s Shitzhu, Katie, looks like. Photo credit to phoenixlily.

Most people have an average number of pets. One, two, three or even four dogs are about the average number of dogs a family might have. What about twenty?

Paige Wagner has twenty dogs that she breeds and shows. One of those dogs is pregnant. This is a time and money consuming hobby, and requires a lot of skill and work.

“Their food costs sixty dollars a bag,” Wagner said.

Besides the money, it also takes a lot of time and effort into taking care of the dogs.

“I have to mop the basement where they stay. I also show the dogs at shows,” Wagner said.

Having this many dogs isn’t for just anyone. You have to be able to care for them properly.

“We have a large area in our basement for them. They all get food and water. Also, I have to clean the basement where they stay. They need to be out running around all the time,” Wagner said.

Out of twenty dogs, Wagner has a favorite.

“My favorite dog is a Shih Tzu named Katie. She was just imported from Thailand,” Wagner said.

“Breeding and showing the dogs is a lot of hard work, but it’s exciting,” Wagner said.

Overall, the hard work has paid off.

“Last January I was the seventh junior handler in the country. I have two hundred and nine ribbons and three medals,” Wagner said.

Wagner has dedicated a lot of time and effort into training and taking care of these dogs, and that takes a lot of talent and patience.

This is an example of what Wagner’s Shitzhu, Katie, looks like. Photo credit to phoenixlily.