A Labrador Retriever puppy!
I’ve been excited about this for a couple weeks, but wasn’t sure about it until a few days ago.
So you guys know I have a cat and I worship the litter he walks on, right? I’ve never had a dog. And you guys know we’ve been wanting to adopt a pup, and Mr. MLACS has said a Labrador is the best family dog (even though I admire more exotic breeds, like Rhodesian Ridgebacks–but they are African-lion-hunting-dogs, so we aren’t choosing that to be our first family canine).
So…I was at my childhood BFF’s house the other day (she is a teacher and home for the summer with her kiddos) and I was admiring their chocolate lab. She is a beautiful dog, and come to find out we have a lot in-common! She has stomach issues too–the poor dear is allergic to…ready for this…PROTEIN! A dog that is allergic to protein. I was like “Is that the canine version of phenylketonuria?” Very strange. But you know, I am also “special”, so that endeared her to me. I asked my friend where this pup came from, and I was informed that she came from a very reputable breeder a few hours south of where we live–these folks only raise two litters a year and they have a prestigious pedigree and are bred and trained to hunt (not that I know squat about that, but Mr. MLACS’s grew up with pedigreed hunting dogs). This particular pup was the “runt” of the litter and that may be why she has the health issue (protein intolerance). It is hard for the family to afford the expensive food that she requires, but she is a great dog and I loved watching her play with the kids.
So I contacted the breeder…and wouldn’t you know…they were getting ready to welcome a litter of all-black/chocolate-factored pups! Score! But Good Lord, they are expensive dogs! Freaking $1,000 for the males and $1,100 for females–with a required gender-specific deposit.
I mean, we’re looking at doing IVF in the next few months, so what business do we have buying an expensive puppy? When there are so many dogs in shelters or foster care that need good homes–how can we rationalize spending a fortune on a dog?? I’m quite practical with money and I want a baby more than anything in the world. And I’m not even a “dog person”.
But my *gut* told me, we were supposed to have one of these puppies.
Seriously, my heart swelled and I wept at the very thought of having a puppy as part of our family–visions of long walks and puppy snuggles danced through my head.
So when Mr. MLACS told me that he had emailed the breeders and consented to mail a deposit for a male puppy (his pick, I’d be just as happy with a female)…I WAS OVER THE MOON!
The puppies were born on June 25th (they are Gemini puppies, and most of my friends are Gemini’s). I don’t know which puppy will be ours because we have 2nd pick of the males and there are 3 males–2 plump pups, but the third male is the “runt” of the litter. We won’t discount him–I am always a fan of the “underdog”.
His name will be Koa (pronounced koh-ah, like Noah with a “k”). In Hawaiian it means “Brave, Strong, Fearless”. I’m not looking to cultivate a ferocious dog, but I wanted our pup to have a righteous name. And of course a Hawaiian name because we were married there and it is my second home.
We’ve already bought TONS of stuff for him! It occurred to me that I wish I could have a “puppy shower” in place of a “baby shower”–there is SO MUCH cute stuff for pups!
Please if you have any suggestions about what to buy or things to do or books to read–please send them my way. Mr. MLACS is very adept at handling dogs, but I am a total novice. Like, I was thinking of buying the book “Puppies for Dummies”.
And I leave you with a picture of the litter–how cute are they?!!
I still want a baby, but the prospect of a puppy has lifted my spirits exponentially. We’ll see how well I do when the puppy comes home with us in a few weeks–I’m sure it’ll be a fair amount of work to raise a puppy.