Since I have been down to just one dog, my pit bull mix Dakota, for a few weeks, I had been thinking about getting a second dog. Originally, I had thought I might get a young adult dog from a rescue. I checked the Humane Society several times and didn't see any dog like I had in mind. I went to a Pet Fest with 100 pets for adoption and none of their dogs were what I wanted. I checked Pet Finder and looked at rescue dogs but none really appealed to me. The dogs I saw in newspaper ads weren't what I had in mind and neither were the dogs for adoption at Pet Smart. The other day I went to Last Chance Rescue to look at a chocolate lab male, about a year old. He was pretty wild and was in the process of being treated for heartworm. His mate was a black lab and she was also quite frisky and a little smaller than what I wanted. Then I saw their litter of puppies!
At the rescue, this pair of labs had given birth to a beautiful litter of puppies! Some of the pups were yellow labs, one was a chocolate lab, and one was a black lab. The pups were now around 6 weeks old. The rescue lady said she wouldn't let the pups go until after she'd had them spayed/neutered at 9 weeks of age. I fell in love with the little golden females but hadn't planned on starting over with housebreaking, puppy shots, chewing, training, etc. I went home without a dog. Then I thought about it for a day and couldn't get those little female yellow lab pups out of my mind! So, I called the next day and told the woman that I wanted one (the bigger one). I asked if I could take it BEFORE spaying and have my own vet do the spaying, shots, etc. At first she didn't like that idea, but said she'd think about it and talk to some of the other people in the rescue and call my vet for a reference and let me know. She said under no circumstances would she let the pup go before another two weeks because she wanted it to socialize with its siblings until at least 8 weeks of age. Her rescue is loaded with dogs and cats and she uses a barn and outdoor fenced areas with canvas covers to keep the animals. So, the facilities we have for the pup are definately much nicer than what it is in now. (She does the best she can on a tight budget, I'm sure.)
Well, today the woman called me and said I can take the puppy in one more week! Whoo hoo! The adoption fee is $250 and I have to pay for spaying, shots, microchip, etc. I can hardly wait to get my hands on that pup and to get it to the vet for a good checkup and its first shot. My vet won't spay a pup before 4 to 6 months. Won't Dakota be surprised? I'll have to keep him separated from the pup for awhile (or closely supervised) because he is so much bigger than the pup and he loves to play, so I don't want him to accidently hurt the puppy. Now I am going to have to think of a girl's name for the puppy! Something short and simple but not real common maybe. I have never had a labrador retriever before, so this will be a new experience for me. I can hardly wait until I can start training the dog. I hope it can one day be a therapy dog. And when it is old enough, it will be fun to take it to doggie play dates along with Dakota. I am counting the days until I can pick up the puppy!