Age: 7 Years Sex: Female
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Lay Lay, Lay, Lay Lee Lu, Lu, Lil Lu, Lee Lee, Madame Blue, Miss Layla Blue, My registered name: U-CDX U-AGI Emilys Mme Layla Could Be Blue CD, CGC
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March 13th 2007
Cuddling, sitting in my lap, FOOD of any kind, and her big sister Aubrie.
When she isn't the center of attention (which happens approximately 1.5 % of every day)
Her "squeaky", a rubber ice cream cone that used to squeak.
CHEESE! PEANUT BUTTER! LIVER! CHICKEN! Too many to choose from!
To the park.
Bang! (play dead), Roll, Spin, Twirl, Speak, How Old are You?, Wiggle (Weave through my legs), reverse, turn (and weave backwards), wave, up (balance on hind legs), beg...
I desperately wanted to get a second dog after 2 years of owning Aubrie. At first, we did not look at Golden Retrievers, but Wheaten Terriers again. In the Fall of 2006, we put a deposit down for a Wheatie litter that was due to be whelped in the Spring of 2007. I still remeber the due date, March 17, 2007 (St. Patrick's Day Ironically).
In March, something changed. All of us came to an agreement that Aubrie would probably like another Golden puppy better than a terrier. We let the breeder know that we would give up our deposit and that we could no longer purchase a Wheaten puppy. The journey began to find a Golden breeder. Finally, I found one. The breeder had beautiful Goldens, all with the sweetest temperaments. The Goldens were structurally sound, and though they had not been shown in Conformation, many appeared pointable. All of the Goldens had the health clearances set forth by the GRCA Code of Ethics.
I emailed the breeder that very day. She had a litter of puppies on the ground. I filled out an application and was quickly approved. She informed me, however, that there was only the second pick bitch available. She was only available because the lady who was to purchase her had to go back to school and did not have time for a Golden puppy. I had wanted the first pick bitch (she was lighter color and smaller at birth), but I will never regret my decision to go with "Madame Blueberry" as the litter was themed Veggie Tales. Fate brought us together.
Over the next several weeks, my family decided on a name. We thought Layla would be perfect as we all loved the hit Rock song "Layla" by Eric Clapton. It just fit.
Finally, the day came when my dad and me went to the breeders to pick Layla up. We were greeted warmly by Layla's breeder. I was told to guess which of the four remaining puppies in the x-pen Layla was. Instinctively, I reached for the pup with her paws and head on the top of the pen wagging her tail furiously. The breeder and my dad laughed, both surprised the guess was correct and so quick.
Layla wowed everyone from day one. She was such a beautiful puppy receiving compliments from strangers and friends alike. Layla passed Puppy Kindergarten and tested out of Beginner's Obedience in the summer of 2007 with flying colors. She had all of her Novice skills down by early fall 2007 at about 7 months old. We spent the fall and winter polishing up for the ring.
Before she turned one, I put her in an obedience trial to see where we were. How my girl suprised me that day! On that Sunday, Layla qualified in UKC Novice B in both trials placing second each time. She got her first CD leg later that month.
In the Summer, Layla finished her U-CD placing each time at only 15 months old. In the Fall, we finished her AKC CD placing again.
In the meantime of all of this excitement, Layla began training for Open in the Summer of 2008. We also played around in agility a bit.
This past January, I entered her in UKC Open classes. She got two legs in one weekend placing 1st out of about 13 dogs both times. She also got her U-AGI title her first weekend out in agility and 2 U-AGII legs. We have placed every time we have competed in agility.
*UPDATE!!!* Layla went to her first agility trial and came home with an NAJ leg. She's wild and crazy kid and decided that one Q was enough for the weekend. It was an AWESOME 23 second run, needless to say!
We are now on to bigger and better things, having started utility training. We hope to put on "a show" in the months to come.
There are simply not enough words for the bond between us. Layla reads me so well. She puts her whole heart into pleasing me. She works and heels like a dream. The titles and rosettes may be nice to look at, but Layla reminds me that our bond and hard work is the bigger prize every time I look her in the eyes.
May all your dreams come "Blue"
I've Been On Dogster Since:
|February 7th 2009
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