I am breeding Maddie because she is the most amazing dog I have ever known.
I always understood that different people from various walks of life chose their animal companions – purebred, rescue, gift, etc. – according to their own life philosophies, and that is perfectly as it should be. Over the course of my life, I have purchased adorable, albeit flea and tick-ridden, mixed breeds and adopted a well-trained rescue from the local animal shelter. I ‘inherited’ a neurotic purebred after a death in the family, and personally rescued (and kept) a neglected neighborhood puppy who I named Gracie. She would become one of my most beloved companions for the rest of her 14 years.
Approximately two years after Gracie’s death in 2018, we tossed around the idea of getting a family dog. We both enjoy the company of pets and a puppy would certainly bring new levels of energy to our home: snuggles, puppy breath, a playful companion for sure! On the other hand, it would definitely interfere with our plans of traveling for the next 10 plus years… Do we get a cat for it’s independent nature, which makes it easier for us to travel? Or would we rather have the more dependent, loving companionship of a dog? Let’s not forget all the incidentals that come along with either choice: regular veterinary bills, which food to buy at what life stage, and more importantly, who has poop duty? What about the all the time and patience involved in training a youngster to become a balanced, healthy, and happy adult? Should we…?
Sometime in the fall of 2019, Michael learned of a litter of American Kennel Club (AKC) Chocolate Labrador Retrievers here in Hawaii. He’s always researching different things online so it was of no surprise to me.
We talked about the positives of purebred dogs – how a person knows what to expect in a chosen breed – in contrast to mixed breeds that could take on traits (positive or negative) of any number of known or unknown breeds. Purebred puppies from a responsible, ethical breeder will have healthy, happy parents and should be free from serious genetic diseases. Ethical breeders work to remove unwanted, negative traits from their bloodlines and have a commitment to upholding breed standards as put forth by the AKC and other kennel club registries.
So began my research into the Labrador Retriever which I freely admit is ongoing to this day. I am not surprised, after learning the basics about Labrador Retrievers, that they are the most popular family dog in the US… mild tempered, biddable, loyal, loving, playful, energetic, and eager to please. They are used as service dogs, in search and rescue, hunting fowl, and best of all, as loving companions.
I picked Maddie up on Thanksgiving Day, 2019. An AKC, fully registered Labrador Retriever. She was exactly eight weeks old at the time. I instantly fell in love with this warm bundle of dark chocolate love. The ‘Puppy in Training’ months followed as Maddie grew healthy and strong. People often commented about her oversized paws and beautiful stature. Anyone who has raised even a single puppy knows how trying it can be. The time, patience, and funds required to raise an energetic wily bundle of sharp teeth and potty time into a confident, healthy, well-trained adult is immense and seemingly unending.
I enjoyed every minute of it! It was a tremendous labor of love and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Maddie has grown into an exceptional young lady! She is incredibly intuitive, easy going, and fun loving. She is gentle with children, shows proper etiquette when meeting humans, and always sociable with other dogs. She loves the pool, streams, beaches, and enjoys retrieving balls and other toys. She is mild-tempered but won’t let other dogs push her around. I haven’t even addressed her hunting prowess… Truly, I could go on and on about her. She is the quintessential Labrador Retriever one reads about, and then some.
So the decision to breed Maddie was an easy one for me. She is such an amazing Lab; she is my treasure and I am looking forward to continuing her bloodline so that other families can know and enjoy what I have found in her. As her Breeder, I take her health, her stud’s health, and the health of their entire litter, extremely seriously. As my beloved four-legged family companion, she receives the excellent care required to maintain a healthy, happy, well-rounded life.
I am so excited to take this journey with her. I know she is mentally and physically ready and I’m confident she will be a fantastic mom!