RetrieverTraining.Net - the RTF banner
1 - 20 of 37 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,365 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
It has been 5 almost 6 weeks since I put Boscoe down. It took me a good two weeks to start to adjust to him not being here. I kept looking for him and thinking I would see him when I turned around. But I plugged away day after day and have no fallen into a new routine. It may be "nice" not to have to say to people, "no, I can't, I have to go feed my dog and let him out." But I want to say that again!!!!

So, I have been looking at litters for a few weeks, looking for something that was due a little later and would come home in a few months. It's getting to the point where I am really needing a little guy in the house!

This may be a tad early to post. I have to get approval for another pup in my house due to the living arrangement I have but I don't really foresee it being a problem. And I have been trying to work out the financials because the litter I am seriously considering will come home July 7th or 8th. A little bit earlier than I was thinking but I like this litter. It's going to be extremely tight, just barely squeeking by if I am lucky lol, if I decide to go for it.

The litter is Jazztime's Frequent Flyer x Contender's Little Ms Cocky (FC AFC Texas WB Cocky Two Stepper x AFC Bill's Little Miss Dangerous). I have spoken with the Calverts who run Jazztime labs and the breeder and owner of Pattie. I get a really good vibe and think this would combine some classic looks with quiet, trainable dogs who can get the job done. I was picky with my search. I want the looks, I want quiet, and I want desire but not out of control fire. Pups are two weeks old right now, ENS was done. Looking to get a male again (why?? lol) and last time I spoke with the breeder there were no deposits.

So what do you guys think?? I'm still cautious because of my bad luck and hesitant because of the finances, but yet I really really want a pup!! lol. Not only that I think this would be a good pup. Trip obviously produces nice looking dogs that can compete. And both Trip, his sons, and Pattie are hunted, which is something else I was looking for.

Thanks guys!!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,672 Posts
Kourtney,
There are people on here who can give you great advice on pedigrees, especially lab pedigrees, but I'm not one of them. All I know is it does my heart good to hear you talking about another puppy.
God Bless You,
Becky
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,365 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Thanks Becky! I have always felt the support of RTF even when others close to me don't understand that need to have a dog, and to have this caliber of a dog. I'll always miss my boy but I am healing and can't stand being alone without a pup! lol. Thanks again.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,737 Posts
Becky Mills said:
Kourtney,
There are people on here who can give you great advice on pedigrees, especially lab pedigrees, but I'm not one of them. All I know is it does my heart good to hear you talking about another puppy.
God Bless You,
Becky
I feel the same way.

Only you know the deal regarding $$ and living arrangements.

I can't speak to the breeding in question.

But I do know this...whichever puppy you pick will be very lucky to spend its' life with you.

Sounds like you are doing your homework and are giving the selection process a lot of thought. If the external factors are workable, you like what you see on paper and feel good when talking to the breeder, go for it!

Jeff
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,365 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Thanks guys! I think I can make it financially it's just deciding to do it and cutting those costs when I can and making the decision to live tight for a few weeks. We'll see what comes back on the living arrangements...if I get denied I can always move back home! :wink: lol

Oh yeah, my extremely anal financial review was based on minimum hours at work. I get paid shift differential and I usually get at least a few hours of OT since I work EMS. And being the new, lowest paid person I get offered OT more often so that answer is always a yes! lol.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,737 Posts
RemsBPJasper said:
Thanks guys! I think I can make it financially it's just deciding to do it and cutting those costs when I can and making the decision to live tight for a few weeks. We'll see what comes back on the living arrangements...if I get denied I can always move back home! :wink: lol

Oh yeah, my extremely anal financial review was based on minimum hours at work. I get paid shift differential and I usually get at least a few hours of OT since I work EMS. And being the new, lowest paid person I get offered OT more often so that answer is always a yes! lol.
How about the free time it takes for a needy 7 week old puppy? Can your current situation accomodate that?

Jeff
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,365 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Jeff, that's also been taken into consideration in my decision making process. I do work 12 hour shifts and sometimes get stuck even later than that if we get a call toward the end of shift. When I work at my one base staff-leased I am in district and ten minutes from home so I can run out and let him out if time allows. However, my brother and his girlfriend currently have a schedule that basically has them free all week so I have already talked to them about dog-sitting and taking him for awhile during those 12 hour shifts. I want him to have a few hours in the crate in the morning, then they can come get him and bring him to their house and socialize him with them and their dog for the bulk of the day, and then bring him back for a few more hours of crate time before I get home. And they can crate him at their house if necessary too. I work an average of 4 days a week. If I get lucky, in a two week span I work all 12 hr shifts so I have only 7 days of work. So my off-days would be completely devoted to him. My brother and his girlfriend have a year old golden that they trained themselves with some help from me, so they know my training style. They have done a very nice job with her. They dabble a little in retriever training and did FF with her and she does some rough casting. I don't want them training the pup per se but socialization, basic obedience, and learning "no" are ok with me. I probably won't have them do any of the retrieving and desire building exercises. But I trust them and they are on-board with me if I decide to bring a pup home. I plan on taking some time off when he comes home to get that initial bond. I know he will bond with my brother and his girlfriend but I know he'll have the strongest ties to me because of how I raise my dogs and interact with them. They helped raise Boscoe too and it's just a family effort.

That's my plan though!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,737 Posts
RemsBPJasper said:
Jeff, that's also been taken into consideration in my decision making process. I do work 12 hour shifts and sometimes get stuck even later than that if we get a call toward the end of shift. When I work at my one base staff-leased I am in district and ten minutes from home so I can run out and let him out if time allows. However, my brother and his girlfriend currently have a schedule that basically has them free all week so I have already talked to them about dog-sitting and taking him for awhile during those 12 hour shifts. I want him to have a few hours in the crate in the morning, then they can come get him and bring him to their house and socialize him with them and their dog for the bulk of the day, and then bring him back for a few more hours of crate time before I get home. And they can crate him at their house if necessary too. I work an average of 4 days a week. If I get lucky, in a two week span I work all 12 hr shifts so I have only 7 days of work. So my off-days would be completely devoted to him. My brother and his girlfriend have a year old golden that they trained themselves with some help from me, so they know my training style. They have done a very nice job with her. They dabble a little in retriever training and did FF with her and she does some rough casting. I don't want them training the pup per se but socialization, basic obedience, and learning "no" are ok with me. I probably won't have them do any of the retrieving and desire building exercises. But I trust them and they are on-board with me if I decide to bring a pup home. I plan on taking some time off when he comes home to get that initial bond. I know he will bond with my brother and his girlfriend but I know he'll have the strongest ties to me because of how I raise my dogs and interact with them. They helped raise Boscoe too and it's just a family effort.

That's my plan though!
Sounds like a pretty darned good situation to me!

Good luck (you are waaay overdue for some better luck)!

Jeff
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,365 Posts
Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Aww thanks Jeff! I know, that's why I'm still hesitant! But I'm really thinking and planning and trying to do it "right" this time. Any angles I haven't covered? You ask good, thought-povoking questions. Thank you. :D
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,365 Posts
Discussion Starter · #12 ·
I will definitely keep everyone posted on what I decide. I am really doing ok. I have Boscoe's ashes that I need to get a better "container" for because they gave me a cheap butterfly tin. :roll: And I have a few picure frames I just need to print some pictures from my computer to Walmart and get them. I'll post pictures of my little tribute once I get it up...still don't have a place to put it here either.

I miss him but a new pup would be heaven right about now! :D
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,629 Posts
HOORAAAYYYYY!!!!!!!! I am so delighted to hear this. I knew you had mentioned Jazztime as a possible, didnt realize there was already a litter :lol: :lol: What a lucky pup, and I just bet he'll be a well trained one too. If you ever get bored with your non dragon breath pup, you can come down south and "Stand next to my fire" (not me, you know who) :roll: Oh please pictures the day he comes home!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,365 Posts
Discussion Starter · #14 ·
LOL. Well it's still in the works. But I'm hopeful. Indy the little terror hehe. Hopefully he'll have a new internet training buddy if it all works out. And I will let you know the minute it does if it does lol. Pictures are a must, I am the one who polices all new puppy owners for pictures hehe so I had better or I would expect to get yelled at! :D
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,064 Posts
I am sure Boscoe is looking down and wagging his tail knowing that you are healing and getting ready to love another pup. Good for you, Kourtney!!

Andy
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
423 Posts
pup

Kourtney, if you're thinking that it might be time for a new pup, then that time has come. You're due a little good luck. You've probably already started narrowing down the "name list."
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,365 Posts
Discussion Starter · #17 ·
Thanks Andy! I think he'd want me to be happy loving a little furball again!

LOL! Surprisingly I have only thought about it briefly in passing. I have been trying to concentrate on finding the right litter first. But don't worry, I will be breaking out the name game soon enough if I decide to go for this. And ya'll will have to help!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,636 Posts
The litter looks great. I've never managed to go more than a couple of months without a dog in my life. The new pup doesn't replace the old one, it finds its own place in my heart.

The dam for your litter doesn't show up on the CNM white list. That shouldn't be a problem since the sire is CNM clear. However, if you ever decide to breed your dog it will be important to test since the dam has both Lottie and Honcho in her lines. I would tend to assume she is a carrier unless a test showed differently.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,365 Posts
Discussion Starter · #19 ·
It was brought to my attention after posting this thread that the dam might be a carrier. I am trying to find out for sure. The breeder said she wasn't tested. If I can find out for certain if she is just a carrier that will be ok with me. I'm going to see about testing too.

Thanks. I need this kind of information.

Kourtney
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,916 Posts
If she hasn't been tested, there's no way you can know for sure.

You haven't had very good luck with the last two. Ever consider waiting a while until you get in a different situation??

Jerry
 
1 - 20 of 37 Posts
Top