How many of these posts have I seen already? At least a handful for my area, but some are from 2012 and hey, I wanted my own.
This isn't an intro post, don't worry, I've lurked around for quite some time and know the rules. BUT I will say, it's my first. I started to on and off stalk this website about 2 years ago, when I came home to see Wrigley, my best friend.. so happy to see me, but hardly walking with a severe limp. Within a day or two, she was half paralyzed. Sudden onset of Wobblers, but we managed to kick it's butt for just over a year and a half. I lost her suddenly (heart attack) in January. I don't know why I didn't post during any of those times, but thanks for the support you didn't know you gave!
I miss my girl so much.. but I think it's about that time. I can't fill her space in my heart, but can I build a new space? Yes. Please!
Even though this has been done before:
PLEASE share your thoughts on breeder recommendations -- my main concerns are longevity and temperament. Wrigs was gorgeous, but she required a LOT of training to stop the vast majority of her semi severe aggression and curb her anxiety. Was it worh it? Yes, one of the best choices I've made. As for longevity, I did get 8 years and 3 months (exactly) -- sooner than I planned but longer than so many I've seen. But who wouldn't want more?
Anyway, after all that, the facts: please reach out about your recent breeder recs and any details you can share about the experience. I'm in Chicago, so while I guess the Midwest is preferable, I wouldn't eliminate hopping a plane for the right pup. Ideally, I'd like to get a new bay girl in late May/early June (I'm a teacher, so it just makes sense). It's time to look.
Thanks! Also, sorry I kind of combined three posts into one!