And then, way too soon for me, this happened?
Well, our puppy Hunter is now 7 months old. Just like his beloved predecessor, he's an AKC registered Golden Retriever. And he cost about a million dollars (in other words - a simply ridiculous amount of money).
Somehow you think that getting the same breed (and paying out your nose for him) will get you a kind of repeat dog. Sam could never be replaced of course, but another Golden Retriever would have the temperament and intelligence, psychological traits, and a very similar basic personality bent.
Sam was beautiful. He was classy. He was a gentleman. He had a certain dignity.
Hunter is beautiful alright.
Practically the Platonic Form of 'Golden Retriever.'
But he's a little off.
Short list of annoyances: Chewed through heavy-duty webbed harness, chewed through leather harness, chewed 3 (or 4?) $15 retractable leashes in half, eats plastic, eats fabric, eats wood, eats houseplants, shreds paper/toilet paper/cardboard, humps (Sam would never), is not fully housebroken yet (just shoot me and do I even need to go on?).
Pray for me ya'll.
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