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I think everyone understands that with a living and breathing being there is no guarantee. Particularly when external factors can impact a puppy's health and growth. I have also had a puppy (our Chloe) who came from generations of health clearances and ended up with moderate HD (although I think that was a kind rating since our radiologist said she thought it was severe) with skin issues. Her HD was causing so many issues for her in living in a multi-dog household, that the best thing to do was have her be an only dog and live with my parents. It has worked out well since we see her regularly, but it was devastating for me and my husband.
Even after going through that experience with Chloe, I will never attempt to minimize the importance of health clearances nor would I try to be a pessimist every time someone mentions health clearances stacking the deck in a puppy's favor. It's just unnecessary and unsuspecting puppy buyers posting and perusing these forums read it as "oh, I guess health clearances don't matter!" I don't think that's your intent at all, but you need to understand how it's being interpreted.
Michelle (formerly goldenjackpuppy)
Jack - CH Scotts 24k Jack Jackitty Jack
Smooch - CH Ridgeview's Last Kiss
Roxy - Hi-Tide's Endless Summer
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Kira - Ridgeview's Over the Moon- (10/21/11-10/24/14)