Jan 1, 2010

Always Room For One More

This cute little girl comes home to us in 2 weeks! She's Cameron's Christmas present from me, even if he did guess what his gift was. See, I can't just go get Cameron a gift and surprise him. He's specific when it comes to his wants and he's wanted a female yellow lab puppy to train for hunting for a good 3 or 4 years. He's talked about it every hunting season and even had a name picked out for her last year. Just recently he kept some duck wings from a hunt, sealed them in plastic with our vacuum sealer and stored in the freezer. Yet, when I tell him to just go ahead on start looking, he just won't. Cameron also suffers from not being able to spend money on himself - I know this well. He fights me all the way when I try to toss an old t-shirt of his out because of holes.

Recently, during such a conversation, Cameron said the only way he'd end up with a puppy is if I started the process. Which I did. I emailed a few hunting buddies for advise, scoured the Internet for California lab breeders and was even in contact with one. But the prices just kept going up and the breeder I emailed didn't have any puppies at the moment and didn't expect to have any until about the time we welcome London into the world. We definitely don't want to be just starting the training of a puppy when we have a new baby.

When I got home I talked to Cameron about it - he admitted to already grilling info on my search for a puppy out of Dave and had talked about his hopes for getting one for Christmas with other friends. We decided the best route for us was to call on some ads in the Sacbee. Tuesday I made two calls and one e-mail to three ads. The breeder of this little girl was the only one to call me back. She only had one female available out of 3. We were hesitant - Cameron wanted to be able to pick from a sizable group. After a few more phone calls with the breeder, we learned that one person was claiming the other two, but her deposit had yet to be received in the mail and did not seem too eager to pick out her pups - she was purchasing them for other people. The breeder and her husband were fine with giving us pick of the litter if we could come up soon and put a deposit down. This was early Wednesday afternoon. We were at the breeder's house in Biggs by 4 PM that day.

We'll be naming her Tulle (Two-lee), like the tulle fog and reeds, better known as Cat Tails. She is fully papered, has her dewclaws removed and will have her first shots January 13. We also got to meet her parents when we went to visit. Both are relatively small in stature and calm. Mom has the small head we like in labs, while dad had the traditional block head. Tulle was the smallest of the gals, and looks to have the smaller head. Plus, she was a little more independent than the others, and had no problem with water. One of her sisters didn't like walking through water at all and both kept close to the kennel with their five brothers inside. Tulle kept wanting to play with us even when she was shivering from the water she was sitting in!

We can hardly wait to bring her home and hope introductions go well between her, Melody, Jake & Kelsey. For now we're just gearing up for her, buying her a bed at Costco and cleaning the house, as well as puppy-proofing it. We'll also make a trip to Petsmart so we can get her food, bowls, treats and chew toys. We also need to go to a hunting store in Roseville to get training materials for her so we get her started right away to be a bird dog. Can't wait!


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