I started this blog two years ago when we first got Ellie our female chocolate Labrador retriever. I remember well how excited I was to hear the litter had been born. We had already put a deposit in on chocolate female. As fate would have it, there was only one chocolate female in the litter as mom (Carbon) was a black Labrador but is tri-factored meaning she could have all three colors of pups. She was mated with Duke a beautiful chocolate male and we got an email on March 9, 2010 that the litter had been born. I anxiously waited on the first photos from the breeders (CD Kennels and Stables in Hickory, NC) that came the next week. I know I drove the breeders crazy with my emails and request but they were very patient with me and provided new photos when I requested them. We picked Ellie up on May 2 when she was eight weeks old and we fell in love immediately.
Ellie was a little less than perfectly behaved as a pup. She was constantly eating whole tissues and napkins, she chewed on me something awful with those needle milk teeth and kept me on my toes pretty much all the time while house training. Relive that time through my recap on this website.
She has turned out to be one ‘Great’ dog who is as beautiful a specimen as I have ever seen. She lives at home with Otis our yellow Labrador that is just six months Ellie’s junior so they are best budds and constantly beat up on each other. Otis was easier to raise as a pup because he chewed on Ellie all the time instead of me. Pay back!
Dogs are amazing creatures and once again I find myself with two really good ones.