Wanted to say hello and introduce myself. I am relatively new to the sport, my first dog was a Chocolate lab that I trained for the most part, outside of some help that I received with FF. We managed through a junior title and were working towards senior title. I utilized him more for a gun dog rather than anything else. He died of cancer in 2010 at the age of 7.
I then had the opportunity to get a black lab that showed a lot more promise and had a temperament that allowed for a better working relationship between the two of us. With the willingness and desire I was seeing in the pup I decided to get a bit more serious and solicited the help of a Pro. It was well worth the money in my opinion. We grabbed a couple of Jams in the derbies in between his first and second year and passed 4 of the 5 passes needed for his Master Title this past summer. I unfortunately lost him at the young age of 30 months to what I was told was mesenteric torsion ( twist of his small intestines) it was devastating and heartbreaking for me to lose another dog so soon.
It has taken me some time, but I have started looking at a few upcoming spring litters. I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with a new pup, and watch what these amazing animals can do in the field. Hope to learn and expand my understanding from this forum.
Welcome to the RTF Jeff.
It totally sucks to loose one them young like you did. I'm sorry they're gone.
I will echo Howard's comments. You've been through some tough starts thus far, particularly with your most recent black lab.
You're due for, and hopefully will have, some better luck with your upcoming pup and his/her longevity.
Welcome to RTF and I wish you the best of luck, enjoyment, and time with your new pup.
Ditto the comments above. Welcome to this forum. Good luck in your search.
Welcome, and this was a tough “introduction” to read ... your dogs gave you a gift of passion and understanding a lot to offer in a short time. I am sure your next pup will be all the better for it thanks to them. Best of luck and keep us posted!.
Originally Posted by JHolmes
Glad to see your getting back on the horse. Keep me post on what you find and if I can help in any way let me know. Hope to see you at the picnics with a new puppy.
Thanks all for the comments and the welcome. I am looking forward to being involved, reading up on and learning from the issues we have as retreiver owners.