I guess to start, Iíll 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 Iím wanting to get another pup or started dog. Iím really wanting a fox red lab, but Iím not sure who around has them. I see websites etc., but I guess Iím gun shy after the last experience. Any suggestions on kennels or breeders? The other catch is Iím not ďloadedĒ at the moment, so Iím in the $1000-$2000 range. Is that even doable?