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Thanks...me too! Wasn't planned that way, but it's how the whole thing went. I chose the breeding I wanted not the timing...lol! If I had my way I would choose a spring, early summer as standing out in the snow a few times a night for potty is NOT my idea of anything resembling fun...Maybe Sage will not like it either and learn to hold it quicker...well one can always hope right...lol

BTW... How's your little guy...any news?
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Oh oops just saw this! Got more pics yesterday...so far so good! I think I'll be getting pics every other day. Pups are getting big and fat and the breeder said they are all active, healthy and hungry I wish I knew which one is ours already! She hasn't marked them yet so I never know which ones I'm looking at, but of course they are all cute!

Did you buy an xpen yet? If so, which one did you buy? I posted a thread on here asking for recommendations but no one replied

Thanks for asking and I'm so excited to see pictures of her coming home in 4 days!!!


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Oh oops just saw this! Got more pics yesterday...so far so good! I think I'll be getting pics every other day. Pups are getting big and fat and the breeder said they are all active, healthy and hungry I wish I knew which one is ours already! She hasn't marked them yet so I never know which ones I'm looking at, but of course they are all cute!

Did you buy an xpen yet? If so, which one did you buy? I posted a thread on here asking for recommendations but no one replied

Thanks for asking and I'm so excited to see pictures of her coming home in 4 days!!!


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Yes I have an x-pen...had it for years. It's one of the metal kind! I may have to get a new one though depending on how long she uses it as this one isn't real tall. When I get it set up on Wednesday I'll take a pic and post it for you. But I would recommend a taller one if you can find one, as mine was used for Cocker Spaniels and didn't need to be to high.
I also have a xlarge crate, the 42 size. We plan on clipping the x-pen to the crate and only locking her in the crate when we have too. As for which one I would buy, I'm not even sure, plastic they may chew on, but metal if it doesn't have a pad under it can scratch flooring...for me that doesn't matter as I need new flooring...we put that off till next year, just in case


I'm glad to hear everyone is doing well. It makes it more real when you finally know who is yours, but also makes the wait harder IMO.
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Yes I have an x-pen...had it for years. It's one of the metal kind! I may have to get a new one though depending on how long she uses it as this one isn't real tall. When I get it set up on Wednesday I'll take a pic and post it for you. But I would recommend a taller one if you can find one, as mine was used for Cocker Spaniels and didn't need to be to high.
I also have a xlarge crate, the 42 size. We plan on clipping the x-pen to the crate and only locking her in the crate when we have too. As for which one I would buy, I'm not even sure, plastic they may chew on, but metal if it doesn't have a pad under it can scratch flooring...for me that doesn't matter as I need new flooring...we put that off till next year, just in case


I'm glad to hear everyone is doing well. It makes it more real when you finally know who is yours, but also makes the wait harder IMO.
Thanks for your advice and yes, I'd love to see what yours looks like so thank you=). I did find one
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and keep going back to that one. I also found another one that is also metal, and I'm not sure of the difference but this other one was double the price of the one on amazon, and like I said I'm not sure of the difference, so it may not be worth the extra cost. I researched how tall they should be and it seems like the general consensus is 40+ inches, and I can get the xpen on amazon in 42" height. The only concern I have is that I heard that if the xpen has "pins" on it (which I guess hold the doors together) the puppy's collar can get caught on it and can potentially choke the puppy, but I guess the solution would be to not put the collar on him when he's in there. And then also the floor scratching issue...I'm not really sure how often we will be using the xpen, but I was thinking of using it on the one day during the week where we will be bringing in a pet sitter. We have tile floors in our kitchen that appear to be extremely durable (they were here when we bought the house) so I'm thinking I'll just put it in our kitchen and not on the hardwood.

I bet it is so much harder once you actually know which one is yours. Did you get to see a lot of pictures before you found out? Did she mark them so you could tell them apart? Although we start visiting them at 4 weeks, from what I understand from the breeder, we actually wont know which one is ours until the last week as they assess them for show quality at that time. I'm pretty sure what we do is rank order them, and then they pick whichever ones are show quality, and then the rest are up for grabs, and I believe we are the first (possibly second) pick of the remaining. I wish I knew what the show qualities are, so then we don't get attached to those ones

Thanks for your advice! I am so anxious to hear what it's like when you bring her home! I'll be learning a lot from you...!!
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With ours, we will use it to block off the entrance to the LR as she gets older, as we plan on starting in crate or x-pen and giving more freedom as she grows and can be trusted. That is not to say she won't be allowed in the other rooms, but only if we are with her. The height on ours is 36 inches, probably high enough, but it depends on the puppy too. Sage will not have a collar on her while in the house, I will use a quick clip for potty breaks, my yard is fenced and we also fenced in a special area just for her to potty until she is older, so if the clip comes undone, she won't be able to get out...

I was lucky in our pick, I had first female and our is a performance, (hunting) breeding, and I believe those who wanted this breeding for hunting dogs wanted males. She also has pups from this dam who do other things, such at Therapy etc...this is why we picked this particular breeding, both sire and dam are great dogs and very versital...They have great on and off switches and are very calm unless asked to work. I do plan on doing other things besides therapy, but not sure yet just what venue as I don't hunt, but my son does so he may want to train her...we shall see

Because I had talked to my breeder and she knew what I was looking for, she pulled out two that she thought would work for me and we watched them for a bit and out of the two, who are so similar in personality and looks, I chose the one that chose me. I really feel in my heart and gut that my pick is the right one. But since this pup is a family member first, I wanted one that would mesh with us first and foremost.


I didn't get a ton of pics, as she lives about 20 minutes from me and I was able to go out often. Hoping to go out today if she is around, waiting to hear from her now. Almost forgot. Some of the pups were marked, but it was easy for us to tell them apart, except for the two I was looking at. But Sage has a pink Collar, and has since the day I said, yep she's ours....you can't see it in the pic with all the puppy fuzz though...lol
Hahaha...she does have really cute puppy fuzz!!! I want to see more pictures of her! If you go today, please take more pictures!! I can't stop looking at puppy photos haha! It sounds as though your breeder really knew you well, and made an informed decision in order to give you the best match for you, and it sounds like it all really worked out! It also sounds like you are really an informed buyer too and I think that is so important! Coming into this I cannot say I was the most informed, but prior to picking a breeder, I tried to learn as much as I could about clearances especially because our last dog had so many health problems, and health of the dog was so important to us.

I just started a new thread about this, but just in case you miss it, I wanted to share with you these pics that the breeder posted on her website. Cant wait to hear if you go today and how it goes!
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Hahaha...she does have really cute puppy fuzz!!! I want to see more pictures of her! If you go today, please take more pictures!! I can't stop looking at puppy photos haha! It sounds as though your breeder really knew you well, and made an informed decision in order to give you the best match for you, and it sounds like it all really worked out! It also sounds like you are really an informed buyer too and I think that is so important! Coming into this I cannot say I was the most informed, but prior to picking a breeder, I tried to learn as much as I could about clearances especially because our last dog had so many health problems, and health of the dog was so important to us.

I just started a new thread about this, but just in case you miss it, I wanted to share with you these pics that the breeder posted on her website. Cant wait to hear if you go today and how it goes!
Years ago I worked with a breeder. It really was a great experience and I was fortunate to be involved in the planning to homing stages, many times. I also whelped her last two litters, as she died from cancer just after breeding them...a bit of back story here. Leslie found out in April that she had cancer and passed in early May. She was supposed to have 12 months, we believe she had a reaction to the chemo, actually fed the tumors. Anyway, when she found out she had cancer two or her bitches were in heat and she had a waiting list for puppies. She really wanted to do this one more time so I agreed to help her. If we had known what was going to happen, I am pretty sure we wouldn't have done this. But it ended up being an act of love for me...those puppies kept me busy and helped me heal from loosing her.

I have also read a lot and having raised many dogs myself, feel confident I know what I am getting myself into, yet Goldens are not cockers and there will be differences. I am no expert...lol!

I already knew about clearances, just needed to brush up on them since I hadn't looked at one in years, and Golden's have some same, but also different clearances.

I also knew what I wanted from a Golden...I have always wanted one, and looked at them from time to time through the years...

Last, I know that just because I bought from someone who does her health testing, proves her dogs, raises them well etc etc...this does not mean I won't have any problems with Sage, but it does lessen the chance.

I saw the pics...so cute!
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Years ago I worked with a breeder. It really was a great experience and I was fortunate to be involved in the planning to homing stages, many times. I also whelped her last two litters, as she died from cancer just after breeding them...a bit of back story here. Leslie found out in April that she had cancer and passed in early May. She was supposed to have 12 months, we believe she had a reaction to the chemo, actually fed the tumors. Anyway, when she found out she had cancer two or her bitches were in heat and she had a waiting list for puppies. She really wanted to do this one more time so I agreed to help her. If we had known what was going to happen, I am pretty sure we wouldn't have done this. But it ended up being an act of love for me...those puppies kept me busy and helped me heal from loosing her.

I have also read a lot and having raised many dogs myself, feel confident I know what I am getting myself into, yet Goldens are not cockers and there will be differences. I am no expert...lol!

I already knew about clearances, just needed to brush up on them since I hadn't looked at one in years, and Golden's have some same, but also different clearances.

I also knew what I wanted from a Golden...I have always wanted one, and looked at them from time to time through the years...

Last, I know that just because I bought from someone who does her health testing, proves her dogs, raises them well etc etc...this does not mean I won't have any problems with Sage, but it does lessen the chance.

I saw the pics...so cute!
Wow, I am so sorry to hear about your dear friend. It sounds like you did a lot for her, and she passed a lot of her wisdom onto you. Loss is never easy, but it does seem like you've been able to take a lot from it. And now you get to pass that wisdom onto others, which I know I very much appreciate

Also, what you said about no guarantees even with clearances is so true. I really do wish that clearances were a guarantee, I feel like I dealt with my fair share of health issues with Monte and hopefully this time the world will cut me some slack. I really wish I could see into the future and pick the puppy that I knew would be the healthiest and live the longest, of course that would be nice but certainly not possible. What I really liked about this particular litter is that the parents have all of the 4 basic clearances, but they also have more. Granted, I tried to research exactly what those were, and I still don't understand it, but I'm assuming they are good things.

3 more days right??!!!


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Wow, I am so sorry to hear about your dear friend. It sounds like you did a lot for her, and she passed a lot of her wisdom onto you. Loss is never easy, but it does seem like you've been able to take a lot from it. And now you get to pass that wisdom onto others, which I know I very much appreciate

Also, what you said about no guarantees even with clearances is so true. I really do wish that clearances were a guarantee, I feel like I dealt with my fair share of health issues with Monte and hopefully this time the world will cut me some slack. I really wish I could see into the future and pick the puppy that I knew would be the healthiest and live the longest, of course that would be nice but certainly not possible. What I really liked about this particular litter is that the parents have all of the 4 basic clearances, but they also have more. Granted, I tried to research exactly what those were, and I still don't understand it, but I'm assuming they are good things.

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Well....maybe only 2...I may pick her up Wednesday night...it depends on everyone's schedule.

Our breeder has other tests done too...Thyroid, EIC which is more common in labs but she does everyone for it. I think there are one or two more...and she does include Thyroid in her guarantee for 30 months as well.

All we can do is better the odds in our favor.

Leslie was awesome. She not only became a mentor for me, but my best friend. I was devastated when she passed....she was only 48! She was like a sister...

I read your post about Monte....sounds like he was a great dog! Just don't go borrowing trouble with your new guy.
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Well....maybe only 2...I may pick her up Wednesday night...it depends on everyone's schedule.

Our breeder has other tests done too...Thyroid, EIC which is more common in labs but she does everyone for it. I think there are one or two more...and she does include Thyroid in her guarantee for 30 months as well.

All we can do is better the odds in our favor.

Leslie was awesome. She not only became a mentor for me, but my best friend. I was devastated when she passed....she was only 48! She was like a sister...

I read your post about Monte....sounds like he was a great dog! Just don't go borrowing trouble with your new guy.
That's really nice that your breeder gives you a guarantee, and for 30 months! That's the best guarantee I've ever heard!

2-3 days and counting...cannot wait to hear what it's like when you bring her home!! I bet you are so excited! I know I'm excited for you! It's really nice how us new puppy owners are all at different stages, and I can learn from you before I bring him home, and then I can pass on my story...that's why this forum is great!
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