Unfortunately, we lost Bailey, our yellow Labrador earlier this year in March. We were heart broken to say the least. Bailey had been battling cancer for months and it was hard to watch her decline. It was time to say goodbye as much as we did not want to. Bailey was only 10 years old. Too young in my opinion, but nobody asked me. With the kids at college, and Bailey gone, the house was beyond still and quiet. Cue in Misty.
why a silver Labrador Retriever?
The stillness was a constant reminder of the void Bailey had left behind, which prompted me to start looking for a new pup. We are Lab people. Before Bailey we had Mocha, a chocolate Lab, who graced us with 12 years of loyalty, fun and brute love.
I had started to see Silver Labradors popping up a few years back, which peeked my interest now that I was looking for a new pup. A search on-line quickly located a local breeder, Silver Bullet Labradors. They were super easy and responsive to work with.
Really before we knew it we were putting a deposit down, selecting our little girl and preparing for another life change. What were we thinking??? I am only kidding. She’s perfect and has put things back in order for our family.
The litter had a total of 8 pups, including 4 females and 4 males. We wanted another girl so we had four pups to select from. We were the first ones to place a deposit back on April 14th so we had first dibs at selecting a girl puppy.
They would send us pictures regularly and each pup had a different color collar to tell them apart. Misty was the purple collar and this is the picture that sold us on her. Bailey use to always cross her front paws and we felt this pose was telling us something.
Meet Misty’s parents, Gunner and Kali. Aren’t they beautiful? She definitely comes from good stock. As Misty is growing up she remains very lean and athletic like her parents appear.
She has such an interesting personality, which is super different than either of our previous labradors, Bailey or Mocha. But I guess they are just like our kids, they are all different but yet have some similar characteristics.
the Misty timeline
Misty’s litter was born on March 20th, which made it perfect timing for eight weeks out to pick her up in the summertime when the Masterpiece kids were coming home from college.
We selected Misty on May 10th via a FaceTime family meeting. Then we picked her up on Mother’s Day, May 14th. Best gift ever! Miss M was home from college so she joined us to pick her up in Modesto, CA, which is about 1-1/2 hours away from our home.
Misty was eight weeks out when we picked her up and she was such a sweet little peanut. Lexi loved cuddling with her. We have always picked up our puppies at the eight week mark.
It made me sad that Sebastian still had another month of school though and would miss out on her tiny awesomeness….so we decided to bring her up to University of Oregon for Memorial Day weekend so he could meet her.
She’s a great little traveller and we had a wonderful time. The kids are young adults now and will really remember her as a puppy and cherish these memories. They were littles when Bailey was a puppy and don’t really recollect all those times.
The main reason we jumped on the March litter (although it seemed so soon after Bailey), was because Misty would be the perfect age for the kids to bond with her over the summer.
Lexi got to spend and extra month with Misty when she first got home from college, but then she returned for her sophomore year in August. Meanwhile Sebastian didn’t come home until June but got to spend time with her all the way through September. I’m so glad the kids got to spend these precious moments with her.
so about Misty, the silver Labrador Retriever
The breeder described Misty, then simply known as purple collar, as sweet and more independent based on the litter. She was spot on; it’s so true. She can totally entertain herself and loves to frolic with her toys.
She is also a total snuggle bug though. She likes to nestle on top of us or next to us. As she gets bigger and bigger though, this will become more challeging. lol.
Either way she is a total love hound the same way Bailey and Mocha were. It’s part if the Labrador Retriever DNA to just be happy, lovable and loving all.the.time.
Sorry to interrupt our regular scheduled program but she’s too cute not to share. I hope you enjoyed “meeting” Misty. I have a ton of seasonal posts coming your way so stay tuned. Are you in the Thanksgiving camp or are you in the bring on Christmas already camp? I’m straddling the fence and will have a little bit of both.
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