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    I guess to start, I’ll give a little background. I got my first retriever 12 years ago as a 2 y/o started dog. He was my buddy, and we were joined at the hip for 12 years. When I got him, he had heart worms, his paws were literally bleeding from not being out of a kennel more than 20-30 minutes a day for God knows how long. It took 4 months of babying his feet and heart worm treatments to get him in shape enough to train for our first hunting season together. I was not aware of the issues other than feet until I tried to contact the vet of record and found he had not been seen by a vet since he was 6 months old. Of course this lead to a rather heated discussion between myself and the kennel owner. Fast forward 12 awesome years and a million memories later, to two weeks ago. I had to put my buddy down, because he developed tremendous pain and inability to walk or stand on his own. This was a surprise and the suddenness (I was gone for an hour) lead my vet to believe that he blew out a disc.
    So I’m wanting to get another pup or started dog. I’m really wanting a fox red lab, but I’m not sure who around has them. I see websites etc., but I guess I’m gun shy after the last experience. Any suggestions on kennels or breeders? The other catch is I’m not “loaded” at the moment, so I’m in the $1000-$2000 range. Is that even doable?

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    Trent

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    https://www.huntinglabpedigree.com/H...verpuppies.asp

    Here is a place to start looking. Look for health certifications, titled parents, and guarantees. Do your research, get familiar with the who's who in your area, and ask for several references!!

    Good Luck

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    PM Sent.

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    No help with a fox red NT. Just sorry for your loss. Thanks for giving a beat up pup a great run. Good job!

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    I don’t have a dog from there but have heard very good things about torg labs in Minnesota. You could google them. They have red fox color labs. Good luck on your new pup. So sorry you lost your buddy.

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    We are heart broken for you.
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    Pretty nice litter right here and it’s in TX to boot!
    https://www.huntinglabpedigree.com/puppy.asp?id=29135

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    Don't forget to look at the classifieds here, too:

    https://www.retrievertraining.net/fo...ds-Lab-Puppies

    I'll second Ken's thanks to you for giving a beat up pup a chance. Sounds like he paid you back, too. My condolences on your loss.

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    Thanks for the leads. I am looking at each one, and I’m seeing some for sure great looking pups. I appreciate the thoughts as well and the PMs. Luke was my first and only retriever so far. I’d always heard they get to you like no other, but I didn’t realize just how deep the connection and love would go. After looking around, I’m not sure I’m 100% ready for that new pup, but I’m sure looking forward to when I am.

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