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Excitement and Fun Ahead! 
Mar. 2, 2014 7:40 am 
Updated: Mar. 8, 2014 4:18 am

We are a family full of dog lovers.  It's all my parents' fault!  We always had a dog growing up and were taught to love, respect, and care for that dog to the best of our abilities.  Because of that life-lesson taught all four of us kids, we all have dogs and our children are all dog lovers as well.  We've all had our share of dogs - both mutts and purebreds.  One is not better than the other - a dog knows no snobbery of being from "good bloodlines" or just a simple "dog" with many bloodlines.  Each and every dog has been a faithful and well-loved companion for many years.

My mom and dad had a black lab, Chief, that they trained and showed.  He quickly became a champion and then moved on to more important duties; he became a therapy dog touching the lives of many sick, elderly, and family members of the sick and elderly.  Arriving at the hospital or nursing home, Chief would be greeted by name by all who saw him.  My parents were usually simply known as "Chief's owners".   Their part in this endeavor was valuable for Chief couldn't be there without them, but clearly Chief was the star.  Chief also became a stud dog.  My dad would carefully screen who Chief would be bred with and many litters of great labs were born.  One of those litters contained two chocolate labs that became a very important part of our family's lives.  A little boy my parents had and a beautiful female that became our beloved Missy.  Prince and Missy lived a good long life, 13+ years in fact.  In March it will be two years since Missy crossed over the Rainbow Bridge, just one month after Prince had done the same.

Another off-spring of Chief was King, a yellow lab my parents also had for a good many years.  Prince and King not only were well-loved family members, but they also were therapy dogs and stud dogs.  My younger sister has a puppy of King.  Midas is his name and he recently became a father of a litter of 10 beautiful black labs!    Thus - this story begins!

January 25th was a much anticipated day in our family.  My sister had bred Midas with a dog belonging to the same woman that had the mother to our Missy.  Midas's "girlfriend", Abbi, was not related to Missy's mother, but Midas is Missy's nephew.  These puppies were going to be related to Missy and I wanted one in the worst way.  Ten beautiful, healthy puppies were born - eight boys and 2 girls.  I had convinced Jon we "needed" a puppy - even though our Suzy is only 5-1/2 years old.  Our labs are hunting companions for Jon.  Suzy had ligament repair surgery to her back left leg a few years ago and is showing signs of arthritis.  We fear her days out hunting in the marsh are numbered.

Jon called to see if we were high enough up on the list to get one of those little girls.  He came home that night only to tell me that there were several people in front of us on the list who wanted females.  Our chances were pretty much zero to get a puppy.  I resigned myself to the fact that we were not going to get a puppy from the same bloodlines as Missy.  My parents were getting a puppy and I figured I could spend a lot of time playing with their pup. 

Thursday while at work I got a call from Jon.  He starts the conversation out with "Don't be upset with me for lying... but.... we are getting a puppy.  I wanted to surprise you, but then I decided you needed to know so you could be in on the excitement of waiting and figuring out a name."  WooHoo!!  That was the best news!  And Saturday we went to take a look at our new baby!! 

She is beautiful.  And smart.  And very curious.  She was the first one to figure out how to crawl out of the box.  I think we have picked out a name - Annie Oakley; Annie for short.  I know she will fit right into our lives.  Suzy will love her.  The cats will hate her, but only for a week or so.  Once they figure out she's not going anywhere they'll welcome her into the fold. 

We get to bring her home on March 15th - the start of my Spring Break!  How perfect.  I get to stay home for a whole week with her!  She will be coming home one week shy of exactly two years since Missy left us.  I know that's a sign of some kind.  Now all I have to hope for is that winter leaves us by March 15th.  Going outside with a puppy every couple of hours in the snow and cold doesn't sound like a lot of fun to me. 

Mar. 2, 2014 7:53 am
OMG! How exciting, we are a lab loving household here too. We were just talking about puppies this morning. There was an article about a man picking up rescue dogs down south and bringing them up to the east coast. The OMG was for your long hair btw. Last time I saw you it was short! :)
Mar. 2, 2014 7:55 am
Great news and so much more fun ahead!!
Mar. 2, 2014 7:56 am
Hey Sassy! Yes, I've been growing it out. Who knows what it'll be like in July when I see you. LOL :) Labs just sort of sneak in and steal a piece of your heart don't they?
Mar. 2, 2014 7:57 am
Maggi - thanks! I can hardly wait. She'll keep us busy that's for sure. I'm glad we have Suzy to occupy some of her time!
Mar. 2, 2014 8:10 am
I've always found an older 'house trained' dog will help break a new puppy faster than if they are alone.
Mar. 2, 2014 8:26 am
Congratulations! And welcome to the family Annie. Love puppies and dogs and just about all animals. Have fun and may you be blessed with many many years of good health and joy.
Mar. 2, 2014 8:30 am
Congrats. on the new puppy, she's beautiful. Labs are wonderful dogs, kind and mild tempered and oh so playful. We love ours, enjoy Mother Ann:)))
Mar. 2, 2014 8:35 am
Sassy, our "rule" has always been to get a puppy when the old one is 10 years old. That way they learn from the old gal. Suzy just isn't going to be able to hunt much longer and Jon will need a companion.
Mar. 2, 2014 8:36 am
Thanks Linda (LMT). I'm a huge animal lover. When my kids were growing up we had quite the zoo as I found it very hard to say no to any animal. We had everything from dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, hedgehogs, iguana....
Mar. 2, 2014 8:37 am
Thank you, manella. I'm looking forward to some fun times with this puppy.
Mar. 2, 2014 8:38 am
Awwwwwww congrats! Annie looks so sweet!
Mar. 2, 2014 8:42 am
Ahhhhh! How fun for you! Annie will have such a good home! Now if only my cats could come to appreciate my purple tongue beast. Not gonna happen. Congrats on the new baby!
Mar. 2, 2014 8:56 am
I can feel your excitement! What a great time to get a puppy. It is so much fun having a baby in the house. Best Wishes :)
Mar. 2, 2014 9:16 am
She is a cutie! And that smile on your face is priceless! Congrats on your new baby! Hugs and kisses to Suzy from me! Shes gonna be a great big sister!!!
Mar. 2, 2014 9:27 am
Thanks, Lucky Noodles.
Mar. 2, 2014 9:29 am
Hi Cat! When we brought Suzy home - both cats were horrified that we thought they could all co-exist. They spent about a week living in the rafters in the basement; then one day they snuck upstairs to get a good look at her. Before we knew it they are now great friends.
Mar. 2, 2014 9:29 am
Lightedway - Having that week off will be so beneficial to getting little Annie well-adjusted to her new home. :)
Mar. 2, 2014 9:32 am
Terry - I'm really hoping Suzy isn't afraid of her! LOL For being a big, tough hunting dog she's afraid of so many things. LOL
Mar. 2, 2014 9:57 am
She is stunning!!! We also have an Annie although she's a German Shepherd. Her personality is more like a golden retriever. Many exciting days ahead for you:)))
Mar. 2, 2014 10:08 am
Wonderful news, Nancy! So happy for you and Jon. Oh, what a sneak Jon is! We had an "Annie", a mut who literally showed up at the front door of our new house after we moved from Cleveland to Columbus. She was a doll, and became known as "Miss Anne". Hope we get a chance to meet your new fur baby! Have fun!
Mar. 2, 2014 10:11 am
bren56 - we had 2 golden retrievers years ago. Labs are pretty much the same; just less hair shedding.
Mar. 2, 2014 10:13 am
Thanks, Savvy! He is quite the sneak indeed! At least now I know where our kids get that from! LOL We had a dog show up on our door once years ago, too. Her name was Lucy and my sister's family took her in since we already had several dogs.
Mar. 2, 2014 10:30 am
Lol, your right. We call our girl the german shedder.
Mar. 2, 2014 10:53 am
Aw, so happy for you! She looks like a cutie!
Mar. 2, 2014 11:21 am
MA: What a doll! And despite his brief deception, Jon's still a keeper. Hope you two and the rest of the animals have a wonderful time with this new addition!
Mar. 2, 2014 12:12 pm
How lovely! My bichon, Harley has been gone about 6 years, and I really miss him. I've promised myself that I won't get another puppy until I am retired, so I can be home and really enjoy those brief puppy days. I'm so envious!
Mar. 2, 2014 12:53 pm
I am so happy for you.
Mar. 2, 2014 12:53 pm
We have two elderly dogs, abandoned when they were younger. Homer, the Aussie shepherd, is deaf. History, the corgi mix, has bad eyesight. When we board them, they look after each other when going out to exercise. Hope you enjoy your new fur-baby!
Mar. 2, 2014 1:33 pm
Loves2Cook: Thanks! :) @bikerfamily - Jon says "Gee thanks!" ;) @Bibi - I'm sorry about your Harley. We still tear up when we talk about past dogs we've had. Being home with a puppy is important - they aren't a puppy for long. @NadineM - Thank you. We are really excited; in case you couldn't tell.
Mar. 2, 2014 6:30 pm
Mother Ann, what a wonderful addition to your family. I just love puppies.
Mar. 3, 2014 2:58 am
Lela - She's going to be a lot of work, but I'm hoping well worth it!
Mar. 3, 2014 10:22 pm
New puppies are wonderful. I come from a lab family as well. My Grand dad started training labs in the 40's. He was the original dog whisperer! When I was young we loved going to their house. It was a 45 minute drive up the coast, on Hwy 1 in California, 5000 acres, 5 miles of beach front and about 100 dogs! He died about 5 years ago at the age of 96. When I visited him at 93 he only had 30 dogs, just did obedience at that time. He could only handle 30!! What a man, he loved labs and they loved him. Enjoy Annie!
Mar. 4, 2014 2:53 am
Hi Rohnda! I'm sorry for the loss of your granddad, but it sounds like he lived a good, long, full life. Any life with dogs is a good life! :)
Mar. 6, 2014 8:23 am
Wonderful! Lots of love and sloppy kisses headed your way. So happy for you and the family...cats too ;)
Mar. 6, 2014 1:03 pm
CookinArgentina - Thanks! I can't wait for some sloppy puppy kisses!! Suzy is a huge kisser - but she's not sloppy. LOL :)
Mar. 6, 2014 9:43 pm
Congratulations on your new puppy!! How CUTE!! That is the sweetest picture. My husband and I are looking into getting our first dog together. We really like the mini schnauzers. I have never had a dog either, but always wanted one, so I am excited; it will be a lot of fun! Have a great time with your new puppy!!
Mar. 8, 2014 4:18 am
kate310 - Puppies (and dogs) are wonderful! They take a lot of care and attention - but every second of it is worth it for what they give back to you in love and companionship. Good luck on your puppy search - may you find the perfect one for you!
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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