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Thank you so much for the outpouring of condolences and well wishes to my husband and I after our tragic loss of our boy Jax.
Many of you may remember our story. We are stationed in South Korea and lost our once-in-a-life-time 5-year-old golden Boy, Jax during a mistake in a neuter procedure.

We have followed up the the post vet clinic and been very thorough in our investigation of what happened, but none of the explanations, possibilities, and theories will change what happened. It seems most probable that one of the vet techs made the critical error that took our sweet boy from us so abruptly.

We have been very very sad. My husband seems to be handling it better than I am. Its especially hard for me when I come home from work to an empty home, that was always me and Jax time where I got all his affection and didnt have to share it with my husband (who he favored, I will admit it). I am fortunate to have never experienced anything seriously tragic in my entire life, so this has been the first devastating experience for me. Needless to say, there has been lots of crying. I have had a really hard time with the whole thing.

Since we obviously weren't ready to NOT have a dog, as crazy as it sounds to move on so quickly, we began looking for an option to get another Golden pretty soon after everything. Our home is incomplete without a golden head to pat. No dog will be able to replace Jax, and quite frankly, I feel sorry for whatever dog we do get, because he or she will have HUGE shoes to fill.

We are strictly "golden people", so adopting a mix or some other puppy was out of the question for me. Unfortunately in Korea it is VERY difficult to find a properly bred Golden Retriever or find one at all for that matter. Most are from puppy mills and almost all have been separated from their mothers way to young. It's just risky.

We visited an 8-month-old golden who was available for adoption, but she just didn't look the correct proportions of a golden and some of her features were off that made me think she probably wasn't a pure bred. She had been given up 2 times and has been kept outside on a chain. We decided to pass even though she seemed very sweet. I just knew I would always compare her to Jax and be disappointed.

My mom is coming to Korea for a visit in 2 months, so we researched the possibilities of her bringing a puppy from the Dallas Area with her when she comes, but unfortunately we hit a wall there too. American airlines will not let any animal be checked as baggage if the flight is longer than 12 hours. (which from DFW to Seoul it is 14.5 hours).

I got so down and depressed, because we shouldn't even BE in this situation, looking for another dog, when we HAD the perfect dog, but also because we wanted a new one so bad but that was proving to be impossible too!! We couldnt catch a break with plan A B or C. :confused:

Well yesterday we had a break through.
We have decided to bite the very expensive bullet and ship a puppy out here via cargo plane at the end of this month.
So long as the puppy is less that 90 days old they do not have to have the rabies certificate and the lengthy FAVN testing that is required before bringing a dog to Korea via Cargo.

My mom and dad (Also Golden fanatics) have been on the hunt for the perfect Golden Boy for us and they are going to arrange everything and ship the little guy out here for us. There is light at the end of this dark tunnel!! (hopefully...Im trying not to get my hopes up until I have a fuzzy golden in my arms).

Does anyone know of any great litters in the DFW area that will be ready to go within the next few weeks that they should check out before making a decision for us? We dont necessarily HAVE to have a show quality dog, however a quality breeder is a must, as I want a healthy and beautiful boy.

Does anyone have experience with shipping a puppy cargo across the world??
We shipped Jax over here 2 years ago via cargo, and he was a basket case, but he was much larger and able to make it without food or water for that length of time. He was fine and forgot the whole ordeal once he saw us. I am a little concerned about a baby though.
Any thoughts?

We are planning on having the pup shipped from DFW to San Francisco and pay to have him boarded there over night so they can take him out, get him fed and give him some snuggles before loading him up the next day for the 10 hour nonstop from San Fran to Seoul.

I'd love to hear what you all think about this process if you know anything.

No doubt, Jax will be forever missed and we will FOREVER hurt over the fact that his perfect life was cut short so abruptly, but I hope that with time and with a new precious gift we can forget the tragedy and remember all the wonderful memories he left us with and that he would want us to have with a new little guy.

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Miss you forever Jaxy babe.
 

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Again, I am so sorry about what happened to Jax, I'm sure that a new dog will have a tough time living up to the wonderful dog that you lost.

Unfortunately, I can't help you with your puppy search, but I was wondering out of curiosity how much longer your korea assignment is? I also hope that you stay safe over there given the recent escalations...I know a bit about how things work in that part of the world having lived on Okitraz for three years myself. I'm sure a new puppy will give you much joy. Keep in mind though that it may be difficult to get your pet out of Asia should the SHTF and dependents are evacuated. I am not trying to be alarmist, it's just something I would think about if I were in your shoes.
 

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Again, I'm so sorry this happened. I don't know much but I would talk to a couple of reputable breeders and get their advice. They might also have reservations about shipping. Or they might have done it several times before and know all the procedures. I hope this works out for you. I know a warm ball of fluff will go a long way towards healing your heart and nothing is better than a Golden ball of fluff. I will pray you get just the right one and that it all works out.
 

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I remember your post regarding Jax and have thought of you and your husband often. Losing a young dog suddenly under those circumstances is not something anyone could forget. There are some forum members from the Dallas area so I'm sure they will see your post and hopefully help out. I hope you find that special golden.
 
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First of all, the puppy doesn't have to be in the cargo hold from what I understand, unless it is different for international flights.

There are several threads here talking about flying with a puppy in the cabin. The rules vary from airline to airline, but most require the pup to fit in a carry-on bag that will fit under the seat in front of you.

Have you considered that option at all?

Or if that's what the 12 hr rule is concerning, have you thought about flying with the dog to SF, then boarding a second flight to Korea from there? Might just make the 12 hr cutoff?
 

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Second post:

This forum member: http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/members/3919-luvgld7.html is involved with the Dallas GR club, and was an amazing resource for me when we were trying to find a puppy in the area.

Also: http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/members/3392-dallas-gold.html is also a forum member and pretty plugged into the scene.

Thirdly, I am going to email our breeder: Ellen Meyer Goldenwind Golden Retrievers - Breeders of Golden Retriever Puppies Dallas/Fort Worth/Austin/Houston Texas to see if she knows of upcoming litters in the area.

Lastly, if there is anything at all I can do to help you, be it go check out a breeder for you, be a local contact person, temporarily board a pup for you, anything at all, PLEASE let me know. I'm happy to send you my number for your parents to get in contact with me, anything I can do to help make this happen for you, please let me know.
 

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I know of one breeder in the Dallas area that my breeder is good friends with. I don't know how long she's been breeding or if she has any litters at the moment, but I do know both she and her husband are very nice and her dogs are gorgeous. They are called Denali. I can't speak to how well they breed, or their clearances, because I honestly don't know, but I know they have very nice dogs, a couple of which I have met. I'm from Ohio though, so I don't know many reputable breeders in Texas. I'm glad to see an update from you. I cried through your last post, and I've thought of you guys as well. I only hope that the new guy can heal you in only the way that a golden can. Thank you both for your service to our country and God bless you. I'm praying and crossing my fingers and toes that it'll work out for you!

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No dog will replace Jax, but hopefully you will love the new puppy for who it is and go joyfully as it develops into a wonderful dog. So sorry and good luck with this new bundle of love.
 

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Again, I am so sorry about what happened to Jax, I'm sure that a new dog will have a tough time living up to the wonderful dog that you lost.

Unfortunately, I can't help you with your puppy search, but I was wondering out of curiosity how much longer your korea assignment is? I also hope that you stay safe over there given the recent escalations...I know a bit about how things work in that part of the world having lived on Okitraz for three years myself. I'm sure a new puppy will give you much joy. Keep in mind though that it may be difficult to get your pet out of Asia should the SHTF and dependents are evacuated. I am not trying to be alarmist, it's just something I would think about if I were in your shoes.

Thank you for the thoughts. We are in Korea for another year and a half. Registered dogs (which ours would be, of course) are included in our NEO evacuation processes over here. They will evacuate all registered house pets just like they would the family members just at a lower priority, obviously.
MANY service members choose to bring their dogs out here, and for good reason, it doesnt feel like home without your furry friends, and a 3 year assignment without them here....well thats like choosing to to be seperated from your best friend for half of their life expectancy! I dont know how people do it!
I am so grateful the military includes our fur-babies in their evacuation plans. My fingers are crossed that this never has to even come into play.

That being said, also, most airlines do not give you the option to fly on an international flight with the dog IN the cabin. They all require the dog to be checked as baggage. It's crazy all the stipulations they have for this...but I guess I understand why they wouldnt want to have potential doggy smells in an aircraft with passengers for 14 hours. lol

We have a front runner that my Folks found this evening. He seems to have one of the sweetest and calmest dispositions we have ever seen. I think we are going to proceed with him for now and hopefully we dont run into any more hang-ups.

Thank you again to everyone for your thoughts and well wishes.
I will update as thing become clearer for us and hopefully we have a happy ending within the next couple weeks!
 

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Second post:

This forum member: http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/members/3919-luvgld7.html is involved with the Dallas GR club, and was an amazing resource for me when we were trying to find a puppy in the area.

Also: http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/members/3392-dallas-gold.html is also a forum member and pretty plugged into the scene.

Thirdly, I am going to email our breeder: Ellen Meyer Goldenwind Golden Retrievers - Breeders of Golden Retriever Puppies Dallas/Fort Worth/Austin/Houston Texas to see if she knows of upcoming litters in the area.

Lastly, if there is anything at all I can do to help you, be it go check out a breeder for you, be a local contact person, temporarily board a pup for you, anything at all, PLEASE let me know. I'm happy to send you my number for your parents to get in contact with me, anything I can do to help make this happen for you, please let me know.

YOU ROCK!!Thanks so much for the info and thank you for the generous offer! Man...the only thing nicer than a Golden Retriever is their owners!
 

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I am so glad to hear you are going to have another golden in your life after the terrible tragedy involving Jax. Don't think of it like the new guy has big shoes to fill...they are different dogs and he will work his way into your heart in his own way. I love the pictures you posted of Jax..he looks like he was a sweet boy!
 

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Hey, from a fellow South Korean resident I just wanted to say that there are Golden Retrievers over here, they are in fact quite a popular dog here. We actually got Jasper from Seoul when we decided we wanted to get a second dog/companion for Poppy, and he is a pure bred GR. Is there someone on your base who speaks korean who can look into it for you? If you dont have that let me know and I can get my korean friend to look into it for you, she helped me find Jasper! :)
 

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So glad to hear that your new puppy will be part of your evacuation plan, hopefully it will never be needed. When we were evacuated for a couple of tsunamis on Okinawa the military there had made no contingencies for pets and the whole evacuation was poorly planned and executed. I'm hopeful that the brass in Korea is better prepared.

It sounds like you have located a nice puppy that has already been born. How old is he? Also make sure that parental clearances are in order. Will you be able to speak to his breeder personally to talk about his travel plans? He/she will have some great advice on how to get him ready for his big trip.

Hang in there and thanks so much for your service and sacrifice for our country. As an aside the 1 1/2 year mark was the hardest for us regarding separation from extended family and just an overwhelming desire to go home. Stay safe.
 

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I cannot in good conscience recommend any reputable breeder who would even consider flying an 8 week old puppy overseas from the DFW area to Korea. I am sorry to be so blunt but this is a horrible idea- there is so much at risk, including a young puppy's health and traumatizing them to the point they may face a lifetime of fears. Please reconsider this if it means a young puppy flying in cargo like that.
 

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I have to agree with Anne. I cannot imagine how traumatizing being alone and crated for that long would be for a baby. Babies need constant attention and supervision. With as careful as reputable breeders are about their pups, I cannot imagine one agreeing to it.
 
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If it's at all possible for you to fly Stateside, probably the safest thing would be to fly home and escort the puppy home yourself, in the cabin with you. JIMO.

Hope your search works out, and you find another love.
This sounds like the best plan. Question: has the vet's office offered to refund any of the fees charged for the procedure that ended so badly? You could use this toward your new bundle of puppy love and costs. :wavey: Vicki
 

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I'm assuming that your mother is coming on a nonstop flight to visit, since you said it would be fourteen hours. Is there any way she could maybe get on a one-stop flight instead? This would break the time up and perhaps the blocks would be short enough to allow puppy to be checked?

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I would be careful about rushing in & purchasing a pup in the states so quickly. Please ensure the breeder is breeding dogs that have generations of clearances (hips, elbow, cardiologist cleared hearts & annual eye exams by an ophthalmologist) behind them tht are verified on Offa.org. I would hate you trying to recover from heartache only to be confronted by another in purchasing a pup from a less than reputable breeder. For my time spent in Korea (Kunsan), the pups my fellow LTs purchased in Seoul were a sickly mess--purbred yes, healthy no. I've flown commercial & the rotator to/from Korea and there were pets in the cabin (just had to fit under the seat).

I am so sorry what happened to Jax, I do want to caution you in your grief that you're not swayed by some slick talking breeder that just wants to complete a sales transaction. Best of luck!
 
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