I am already so excited! Having just met the newest member of our family I’ve got two weeks to decide how to integrate his needs with a very busy household, making sure he gets watered, fed, training, loved and played with. All that without abandoning the cuddle requirements of three cats, remaining available as the primary investor and advisor of my sons performance auto shop, and running a busy real estate business. Arrival date is July 8th.
Our New Family Member is a new Golden Retriever Puppy
He’s got a job for his future and maybe two. I want him to be a family dog but I also need him to get me out of the house and back to walking. Sitting at a desk on days when I don’t go out showing houses means my job is partly sedentary and yes the lbs are piling on. When we had our Irish Setter I walked every single day with him, only on deep snow drift days did we abandon the walk idea. It kept me fit and prevented lbs adding to the waistline. I am looking forward to getting back to that. It’s easy to excuse going walking when there is no real reason. So once he grows we’ll be off up the Lake Barrington walking trails every day. I am considering either agility or even training him to be a therapy dog. That’s what his Dad is, Mom is a gun dog and bird retriever. We’ll see where his personality lies as he matures over the first 6 months.
For now he’ll need to learn a new routine without his sibling pack, I hope my 3 cats are ready to help in the cuddle department. Then we’ll be moving to early training. It’s been a while since I trained our Irish but I would love to be able to train our Golden to silent visual commands. I taught my Irish to learn verbal and visual commands at the same time. Visual commands take a little longer but once you’ve got them, boy do they come in handy.
So without further ado, please meet our little pup Finlay. There’s some Scottish blood in my heritage and it seemed fitting to think of that. (My maiden name is Scott).
Yes I am going to be busy for at least 3 months. I am tempering down my real estate work load for now, I just have to be careful taking too many new clients on, I need to give Finlay the attention he needs, but I also need to be sure I have sufficient time to properly serve new clients. I know I have plenty of clients with labradors and retrievers, so if anyone wants a play romp sometime in the future, I am sure Finlay would love that too!