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Victory 1
04-03-2008, 11:53 AM
Just lost my Golden Rtr. last week of 13yrs, and the wife and I feel a huge empty space in our lives that a dog can only fill!

This time around, Iam only interested in a "white" or "light yellow lab., full breed, male, of medium weight.

We are planing on relocating to a tropical climate, and will have a boat. The short haired lab with a light coat would fair better in the hot sun, dry quicker when wet, and at a medium size, would travel well also in and out of the boat etc.

Anyone know a reputable breeder? I live in NJ, but I am willing to travel to find the right dog, with good heath history. :thumbsup:


CThomps
04-03-2008, 12:07 PM
Can't help ya. I'm a big fan of smaller dogs. My rat terrier is only 17.5lbs. He's very protable. He can be a real arsehole...but he's portable.

twentynine
04-03-2008, 05:49 PM
Haven't done a search, so I may be shootin from the hip.

Garauntee you have a Lab Rescue group somewhere close to where you are located. Lots to choose from it would suprise you what people consider as "unwanted".


Redfish44
04-03-2008, 05:53 PM
Sorry to hear of your loss. I have a black lab. Dad was a yellow hoss. Mom was a small black lab. Lexie is a big black lab. My wife and I love her. Good luck.

Victory 1
04-03-2008, 05:59 PM
29- just ckd there is one in NH, but nothing available. I would really like a younger dog, that I can trace the family health history.

autobaun70
04-03-2008, 06:13 PM
twentynine - 4/3/2008 8:49 PM

Haven't done a search, so I may be shootin from the hip.

Garauntee you have a Lab Rescue group somewhere close to where you are located. Lots to choose from it would suprise you what people consider as "unwanted".

amen, I've had a young lab that I came across through a friend for several months now, he is actually working on a large raw hide bone as we speak. I got him when he was a little over a year old I think, and can't imagine going the true puppy route for a pet given the number of misplaced young dogs out there. They are very trainable, and will take to your family quickly as long as you give them attention and are prepared for their energy level.

GhostShip
04-03-2008, 06:15 PM
I agree that it is important to be able to trace the genetic background, especially for Labs. I'm a Setter guy, but most of my friends are Lab lovers. I've seen many great hunting dogs w/ hip dysplasia because it ends up as a byproduct ina great huntingline. The other issue when getting a young shelter dog is not knowing how big they're going to get. I do know a breeder here that has a line of "diminutive" trouble freelabs but I think they're black only.

Victory 1
04-03-2008, 06:35 PM
autobaun70 - 4/3/2008 6:13 PM

twentynine - 4/3/2008 8:49 PM

Haven't done a search, so I may be shootin from the hip.

Garauntee you have a Lab Rescue group somewhere close to where you are located. Lots to choose from it would suprise you what people consider as "unwanted".

can't imagine going the true puppy route for a pet given the number of misplaced young dogs out there. They are very trainable, and will take to your family quickly as long as you give them attention and are prepared for their energy level.

Yeah not to sound politically incorrect, but I also don't want my family to have thier hearts broken by a rescued dog that dies in a couple years from some inherited disease, that I dont know about, that I could have avoided, by knowing the blood line etc. I feel thats also my responsibility... I commend you all the same, for taking that chance and giving a homeless dog a life!

thanks Ghostship, lookin for a white lab.....black dogs wont handle the heat well.

hevysrf
04-04-2008, 03:04 AM
I've had a golden doodle for about 8 months now, really happy with him. Good personality,smart ,healthy. My close family has had 9 large full breed AKC papered dogs in the last 20 years,each has had its faults, bad hips, skin, stomach, or personality. I won't get another purebred.
http://pic15.picturetrail.com/VOL583/4074976/17663204/297139110.jpg
MartyD

First Light
04-04-2008, 04:35 AM
twentynine - 4/3/2008 Garauntee you have a Lab Rescue group somewhere close to where you are located. Lots to choose from it would suprise you what people consider as "unwanted".
Bingo. I just googled "lab rescue group new jersey" - click elow and you're in lab heaven: :thumbsup:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=lab+rescue+group+new+jersey&btnG=Google+Search

proine17
04-04-2008, 06:07 AM
My wife works with a vet clinic here in South Carolina. She knows a few breeders. Let me know if you are interested and I can get you some details.

Firstmate2
04-04-2008, 06:09 AM
Sorry for the loss of your Matty, Victory. What a pretty dog. We have a 15 year old golden retriever/irish setter mix dog who is a part of our family and who is showing signs of her age. An elderly friend got a Bichon-Poodle and found him to be "too spirited" for him to keep up with, so we took the little fur ball on a trial basis. Our 15-year-old has gotten a great deal of spunk back, and we have realized that small dogs with expensive pedigrees can also be little daredevils. The little one can't stay out of the lake and loves going out on the boat. I would have never in a million years have chosen a little puppy, it just worked out and now we love him too. I guess I am just suggesting that anyone looking for a pet who is going to be a member of the family, to be open minded. It's not the breed of the dog - it's the heart of the dog that will make him special to you and your family.

Victory 1
04-04-2008, 06:25 AM
Well said 1st mate! and I agree.

Firstmate2
04-04-2008, 07:03 AM
Thanks Victory. If I'm not being too personal, did you have to put Matty down? If so, how did you know it was time? I'm scared of losing my older dog - she goes everywhere with us, even to work. I would never let her suffer, but I don't know how to tell when it is "time". She's so damn smart, I guess maybe she'll let me know.

still learning
04-04-2008, 07:35 AM
twentynine - 4/3/2008 6:49 PM

Haven't done a search, so I may be shootin from the hip.

Garauntee you have a Lab Rescue group somewhere close to where you are located. Lots to choose from it would suprise you what people consider as "unwanted".

You are sooo right about what people consider unwanted. Our beagle is a rescue. We've had almost 6yrs. and he is the funniest and friendliest dog I've ever seen. I'll never know what it was they didn't like.

cgrand
04-04-2008, 07:40 AM
victory we got our golden here:

http://www.hunningtonfarms.com/

he's lighter colored than most goldens, is in perfect health, has a great disposition, and is absolutely the best dog i've ever owned. if you go with another golden i would recommnd them

Victory 1
04-04-2008, 08:41 AM
Firstmate2 - 4/4/2008 7:03 AM

Thanks Victory. If I'm not being too personal, did you have to put Matty down? If so, how did you know it was time? I'm scared of losing my older dog - she goes everywhere with us, even to work. I would never let her suffer, but I don't know how to tell when it is "time". She's so damn smart, I guess maybe she'll let me know.

Dont be surprised if she does let you know, its amazing how intuitive they are especially at the end....


Niko was 13yrs old, we had him since born, and he was having some major hip troubles anyway, and just deteriorating in general. He died in his sleep, taking the decision out of our hands to take him for that last ride to the Vet. Just like in Niko's true fashion, he made it easy on us right to the end.

He became very ill one nite last week, out of nowhere, and wouldnt eat. I made him comfortable, and we said our goodbyes to him, and told him it was ok to go.....we went to sleep and he was gone the next morning. It was as natural as anyone could ask....He died in the same position he was in the nite b4. I dont think he experienced much pain at all..... The best dog Ive ever known.

We really couldnt have asked for much more from him. He lived longer than most, and saved us from taking him in to be put down, so this made the grieving much easier.


His remains are in today and i will be going to pick him up and bring him home.

cgrand- thanks for the link, ill ck and see if they have Labs.

Firstmate2
04-04-2008, 08:53 AM
Sorry about calling Niko the wrong name.

Sounds like he made an impact on you and your family. Hell, I'm about to cry just reading about him!

Victory 1
04-04-2008, 12:46 PM
thanks man.

andyp262
04-04-2008, 05:34 PM
first off, im sorry for your loss. if you want a young puppy with papers then i would suggest an english field labrador. i have two american stock field trial black labs, both females, and they weigh about 50lbs. they have longer legs and are a bit more high strung than the british dogs, thats why i think the english dogs would be a better fit. they are usually a lighter shade of yellow as well. try and avoid show dog lines as they tend to be the chubbier variety. all reputable breeders will have the parents hips ofa'd or pennhip'd as well as elbows and eyes cerf'd. most field breeders well only breed dogs with excellent or good hip ratings, i suggest you avoid dogs with fairs in recent relatives. good luck and feel free to ask any questions.

Hooper
04-04-2008, 05:42 PM
Victory, sorry to hear about your little buddy, that is a tough time. I have a 7 year old yellow lab who was almost white and still is very light today. He is a wonderful animal, I think of him as a little brother. The downside is he sheds like crazy, but it is a small price to pay. He is just a great animal.

I bought Hooper here at 7 weeks, they have a very strong reputaion. I know of many people who bought from John and none have had any issues:
Bayview Kennels
1071 Main St
Barnstable, MA 02630
508-362-6506

Nicmegmatt
04-04-2008, 05:51 PM
I too lost a golden after thirteen years, like losing a family member. Got an English Lab after a couple of years(always had Goldens) and love him only thing is they shed way more than a Golden. Sorry for your loss. :(

Victory 1
04-05-2008, 06:46 AM
Thanks Hooper Ill ck em out. Wow had no idea that any dog could shed ore than Niko! lol.....the vaccum is still jam packed with reddish blonde hair!.
Thanks Guys

Victory 1
04-05-2008, 06:49 AM
andyp262 - 4/4/2008 5:34 PM

first off, im sorry for your loss. if you want a young puppy with papers then i would suggest an english field labrador. i have two american stock field trial black labs, both females, and they weigh about 50lbs. they have longer legs and are a bit more high strung than the british dogs, thats why i think the english dogs would be a better fit. they are usually a lighter shade of yellow as well. try and avoid show dog lines as they tend to be the chubbier variety. all reputable breeders will have the parents hips ofa'd or pennhip'd as well as elbows and eyes cerf'd. most field breeders well only breed dogs with excellent or good hip ratings, i suggest you avoid dogs with fairs in recent relatives. good luck and feel free to ask any questions.

Great info Andy, this is what I was looking for....Ill PM you if I have any tech. quetions when the time comes.
Thanks :thumbsup:

Hooper
04-05-2008, 03:49 PM
Victory 1 - 4/5/2008 9:46 AM

Thanks Hooper Ill ck em out. Wow had no idea that any dog could shed ore than Niko! lol.....the vaccum is still jam packed with reddish blonde hair!.
Thanks Guys

Had to laugh when you said the reddish hair clogging the vacuum.... I swear that we could have a nuclear war and there would still be "Hooper Hair" blowing around in our yard! :grin:

Keep us posted, would love to see some pics when you make the move! :thumbsup:

triguy7
04-05-2008, 04:12 PM
I have a yellow lab (almost white) and was surprised to learn that years ago black labs were kept and yellow and chocolate were "put down" as inferior dogs. Go figure.

Mine is 13 and has been the perfect pet.

Cracker
04-05-2008, 04:25 PM
Victory,
Sorry for your loss, animals sure become a part of the family. Be sure and post pictures of the new pup when you get him...

Victory 1
04-05-2008, 04:35 PM
I absolutley will, post up pics of the new addition, as soon as I find "him". Thanks for all the support!



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