|Karen & Leroy|
Leroy is gone now. He was here about 2 weeks longer than the rest. He had a little accident while he was here (another post) and he had to spend 4 days at the Vets. It was a little traumatic for the little guy. When I picked him up to come home, he made little whiny sounds and cuddled up to me licking my face. I think he was happy I came back! When he came home, we had to watch him, play with him, baby him basically, and we had to put him on a special diet. When I take care of a puppy almost every hour of the day, oh yea, I get attached. I tried my best not to. I really did. Just look at that face!
I miss Leroy. He's such a likable little dog. He is very smart and always attentive. When you talk to him, he listens and tries to understand. Cocks his head from side to side. If you make a noise, he watches to see what you're doing. We taught him "Sit" in about 4 or 5 tries, in 2 days. He caught on very quickly. He was almost house trained when he left. As a matter of fact, when I took him outside, I could say, "go pee" and he did.
I brought him in the house a couple of times a day, to start some house manners. In between we played in his outside kennel. He would lay on the floor by me and have a chew bone. I miss that. Especially at night.
We raise Gordon Setters because we love this breed so much. Having puppies is a wonderful experience for the whole family. The experience I have gained and the things I have learned have been invaluable. Having a great hunting dog that will put up birds when other dogs can't, that's pretty special too.
It's difficult to not get attached to our puppies. We plan these puppies, watch them be born, and sometimes assist with the birth, sometimes assist with feedings, and watch them grow into little dogs with so much potential. We care for them 4 to 5 times a day, playing, talking, kissing, cuddling them to get them socialized to people. And at about 7 to 9 weeks, we send them out the door with a client and sometimes never hear from them again. It's hard to let go.