Puppies On Purpose

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.

Enter Maddie Stage Left

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!


Turtle Time Out

Three sea turtle nests

Maddie’s beach adventures just got a little shorter this morning, thanks to a few sea turtles who buried their eggs along our traveling path last night. There are makeshift boundary markers around each nest with USDA signs identifying the endangered animal nest sites. After a little bit of research, we learned it’ll take approximately 60 days for the eggs to hatch, followed by another three or so days for the hatchlings to dig out of the sand. They typically wait for the cover of darkness before heading out to sea.

Oh, what an opportunity it would be to see the hatchlings as they make their way down the beach and into the surf. I’ve only seen baby turtles in pictures and videos. I hope we are fortunate enough to watch their journey in person. In the meantime, we will keep an eye on these precious nests from afar… Maddie won’t mind.



I added a new word to my vocabulary today. ‘Cottagecore’. It’s a concept I came across while reading another blog,

The term refers to a fashion aesthetic popular among young adults that celebrates a simple, cozy, and self-sustaining lifestyle. It brings to mind romantic visions of a traditional English (or French) country cottage full of warm colors, beautiful flowers, and vintage elements inside with bountiful thriving gardens and intimate seating areas outside.

Although some internet theories about Cottagecore’s origin and growing popularity are debatable, it warms my heart to see a resurgence of interest in embracing a simpler lifestyle.

The current challenge – combining a traditional European country cottage feel with our tropical Hawaii home.

It’s a still, cool morning on the canal today. Here, we grow coconut trees and ti leaf plants instead of wisteria and lilacs.

Low Tide after the Lunar Eclipse of 2021

Low tide exposes tide pools waiting to be explored.
I wonder what kind of fish might be in there waiting patiently for higher tides.

The beach was incredibly calm the day after the ‘Super Flower Blood Moon’ lunar eclipse of 2021. Local social media and news reported unusually low tides across the island and the surf was calm.

It was a great chance to explore tide pools! Indeed we saw some people doing just that. One person was snorkeling, a few other women watched as their children played in the clear, shallow water.

Maddie would have loved it! Alas, we didn’t have our beach gear this time. It was still amazing though. The cool, salty breezes were coming in off the sea, the temperature was a warm 84 degrees with a few clouds, and the beach looked incredibly inviting.


A Rare Sight…

This was a rare find while walking Maddie at the Marine base yesterday – low tide on an empty beach! It was a breezy 80 degrees with blue skies and passing clouds. The low tide treating us to a myriad of tide pools waiting to be explored.

Alas, while Maddie is always properly dressed for the occasion, I was not. My long sleeves, pants, and hiking boots (perfect for long walks in the sun) made me stick out like a sore thumb on that beautiful beach.

Oh well, perhaps we can explore the tide pools another time. But first, off to the dog park we go!


Adventures in Blogging: Going off the Deep End

Hi, my name is Denise and I am the proud mama of Maddie the Labrador Retriever. She is my first Labrador and definitely won’t be my last one.

In fact, she is the inspiration for creating this blog about our daily adventures: the knowledge we gain, lessons we learn, and a healthy dose of humor along the way. I hope you join us on this journey, Maddie loves meeting new friends.


Creating Maddie’s Page

Madeline Daily Grace

This is Maddie, my very first chocolate Labrador Retriever. She was born on October 1st, 2019 and fate would guide her to our home on Thanksgiving Day of that same year. Tall, lean, and energetic, she is the quintessential American Field Labrador. Lovable, biddable, and friendly, she is a perfect companion or family pet. Easy to train, confident, and playful, she fills our home with positive energy every day. Be assured, I am as non-biased and objective as any other smitten lab mom in describing my favorite lab in the whole entire world.

Sit back, relax, and join us here as I document our daily adventures. From puppyhood through motherhood and beyond, let’s enjoy this life and all its blessings.