Friday, January 10, 2014

The puppies are visiting the store. Will you help us to socialize them?

This past Wednesday Lily's puppies came to the store for the first time and they had plenty of visitors that helped us to socialize them and get them ready for their new homes. These little labs have had a very good life so far and as they prepare to move to their new homes we want to get them used to meeting and interacting with new people. This group of 5 girls and 2 boys have had their "super dog" training and are in the midst of "the rules of sevens" socialization which help to create wonderfully rounded dogs that will be great family, therapy, and show dogs as they grow up.

We have been blessed with a terrific breeder named Deb Weinman who owns a small hobby kennel named Atlantic Labradors on Long Island and she has helped to guide us through this process. Jan and I don't have any plans to be breeders ourselves, but this experience has been wonderful thanks to her.

A couple of years ago we were looking for a yellow lab and as I was researching reputable breeders I was fortunate to have a conversation with Betsy Broyd who introduced me to Deb. The thing that stood out most in my mind was when she told me was that "Deb is good for the breed" and she could not have been more right. Deb is very careful about how she breeds and what the temperment of both male and female are so that she is always staying true to their lineage and breed.

I often talk about Lily's natural desire to hunt and of course to retrieve. She also has a very even temperment and is gentle but also strong, fast and very smart. When we asked Deb for help breeding Lily she did quite a bit of homework looking for the right stud and I have to say, she knocked it out of the park. The puppies father is "Rapper" out of Hyspire Labradors in California and these puppies are very even keeled with great energy and soft but energetic dispositions. They remind me so much of their mom.

There have been many inquiries to their availability and we are both happy and sad to say that they have all been spoken for. We are happy to point you in the same direction that we were direct when we were looking and that is to Deb.

Most of them will be around for another week or two and we will bring them in to the store so that people can see them and hopefully interact a bit with them. Red (girl) will be leaving our store on Sunday to begin her new adventures with a great family and Orange will be next, leaving in about a week to begin her new life. Both families are very excited to begin the journey and we couldn't be happier for the puppies or the people that are bringing them home!

Would you like to come down and say hi? This Sunday January 12th they will be at Harry's for a few hours beginning at noon and you are welcome to come by and say hi. Men, women and children are all good for them to meet.

Here are the rules:

First, we wash up. The puppies are still young and we don't want them to get sick

If you or the kids aren't feeling well please stay back, they will be around for another week or two and there will be more opportunity.

Kids sit criss cross applesauce on the floor with them. Parents stay close.

No rough housing or agressive play with the puppies

The puppies will get tired, if they are sleeping... they are sleeping. There will be other opportunities.

No outside animals.

We are looking forward to a fun day and we hope you can come by to join in!

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