Mornin fellow hunters,
I recently lost Goose my choc lab male around six months ago. He was my first hunting retriever I ever purchased and trained myself with the intent on having a companion as well as a waterfowl retriever to take along with me in the blind. I purchased him from a small kennel in GA and couldnt have been more pleased with what I turned out with. He was the most forgiving dog and had the eagerness to please that I needed in training my first gundog, if werent for that I dont know if we would have made it through FF,CC and all the training as easy as we did. He was a fine looking animal around 93lbs that resembled the english type build with a large frame and height that gave him power to fight the current and wind where I hunt,(divers in the gulf of FL mostly). I didnt know it then when looking for a kennel/breeder about the field/english/british types of labs that are used for different purposes such as field trials and what not, I was just looking for good looking parents with hunting background that was evident from the pedigree which I found in the GA kennel.He was JH titled and coulda passed SH no problem but I never bothered titling him. I took him to one hunttest to run him just to see what they were about when he was a year and a half old, and would have gotten into them more but I choose to spend all my extra time and money into actual hunting! Goose's sire and dam both were titled in akc and the lineage going back was spotted with different titles as well so I was sold. He turned out to be exactly what I needed. In losing him I found out just how much this dog meant to me and my passion for duck hunting. Taking a pup from 7 weeks and molding him into the perfect companion/retirever was the most exciting thing I had ever done. I am somewhat younger, 25yrs of age single with no kids and he was my everything. He was a inside dog, very social and did absolutely evrything with me whether it be to the gas station, to the beach, beach bars and pubs (yes he was a chick magnet for sure...) it didnt matter he just loved being around his master and meeting new people. Now that ive been through the grieving process I checked with the kennel I got him from and since learned that his parents have also both passed, and the new dogs that they have gotten into there kennel I dont know too much about so Ive been branching out looking all over the country for my next gundog. I have been talking with kennels, looking over websites such as gundogbreeders and all the others but still havent found what im looking for. I would like to have a dog with large frame for power and also I just like the overall look of the enlgish type dogs, and I am looking for a decent amount of hunting background titles and such for desire and high drive for trainability. And undoubtedly I would like to get another chocolate just to memoralize last partner.
I enjoy this forum alot and check it often. There is a wealth of knowlegde here and its great to be able to connect with people who share the same passion and love for a great gundog. They bring much more to peoples lives than some people ever know. I posted two pics of my old partner.
I figured this was the best place to start since I am sorta at a standstill in my search. If anyone knows of any breedings or kennels who might have what im looking for then Id love to hear from you.
Thanks in advance,