If you haven't guessed already, dogs are a huge part of my life. We aren't having 2 legged children, only 4 legged ones, so bear with me here!! When we got Cooper over 3.5 years ago, who would have figured that I'd be on this wild and crazy canine road! We wanted a ridgeback with a perfect ridge, who ended up being a show dog. So we took Coop to conformation classes and dog shows. Luckily, he got both his Canadian and AKC championships relatively quickly and he's now living the good life (not like he was hurting before, trust me!). We have met tons of dogs and dog people, from Papillons to Great Danes and back again. Once we learned that Coop was a show dog and that people wanted to breed him, we knew we wanted a Cooper puppy - my very own mini-Coop (just not another show dog). So, his first litter ended up being small - two beautiful show pups; which meant no puppy for us....Breeding number 2 had lots of pups (and lots of people on a waiting list), so we decided to not get one from that litter either. The third time must be a charm right, Cooper and Bailey had 8 gorgeous puppies, all with great ridges - 7 boys and 1 girl.
So we kept watch on the litter and how the personalities were developing. We definitely want a puppy with the lazy dog mentality (just like his dad!). So it's been between two pups for a few weeks now. One was a show potential (red boy) and one with a potential dermoid sinus (green boy). We were expecting to take the green boy, but Paul had fallen hard for the red boy. Well after not getting too attached to red boy, we came up with a name and spent half the afternoon on Sunday calling the green boy by his name.
Well, our friends at Kacela had another ridgeback breeder come over to evaluate the puppies again. It seems red boy picked up a bit of a swagger that wouldn't work well in the ring!! Holy crap!! Can this possibly be true!? So we actually are getting to bring home the boy that stole our hearts from the get go...Don't get me wrong, is any puppy a bad one? But this little man with his Buddha belly just won us over and has a temperament very similar to Cooper. Paul and I both decided though that if his swagger goes away, we will let Kacela show him, as he looks good conformation wise from every other aspect (And believe it or not, Paul was for this more than I was!!! I almost fell over when he brought it up!)Cooper is the most laid back intact male we've ever seen, so we don't think there will be any issues if this does happen.
So, I'm proud to present Kacela Keeping a Mini-Cooper, also known as SUTTON!!!