Meet Summit, The Latest Addition to The James Family Home!
We had our Great, and I mean GREAT, Dane Rambo for seven years. He was cleared by the vet to be released from the breeder at six weeks old because of how big he was and how quickly he was growing. Rambo, by far, was the best dog I've ever had in my whole entire life. He was gentle, kind, curious, compassionate and loved with all he had.
Sadly, after several health issues presented themselves during the course of 2022, Rambo passed away in his sleep the night of December, 11th. We were crushed as a family, but knew that it had been a long time coming.
After Rambo's death, the kids reeled, particularly our middle son (4 almost 5), Gavin. He cried almost every day and would go up to Rambo's box of ashes on the mantle and say "I love you". I swore to myself that we would be a dog-free family for at least five years or so.
A week or so ago I got the bug to jump online and take a look at puppies in the area. I know that my wife had an incredible dog growing up named, Lacey, and she was a golden retriever. So that's where I started my search.
Fast forward a week and we found ourselves up at Pawsitively Golden Retrievers in Canaan, Maine. They are a branch of another business they own called Goldendoodles of Maine. If you're interested in a pup of your own, visit Golden Doodles of Maine or Pawsitively Golden Retrievers!
They had 3 males and two females left on Wednesday evening when my wife, Keri and I went up to look. It didn't take long to choose, or should I say for the dog to choose, us! Within ten minutes of being in a plethora of puppies, we knew he was the one. I knew I wanted a male, so that narrowed down the search a little.
Sonya, the owner, was wonderful to work with and incredibly knowledgeable on the breed. She provided all the pedigree information for his family and all his up to date shot records and AKC paperwork. We were ready to go!
Also, I should probably mention, our kids had absolutely ZERO idea that any of this was happening. So when we arrived home on Wednesday evening, they were shocked.
He is an incredible little pup. Did I mention his name is Summit? Yeah, Gavin named him! He had his first night in his crate with no barking, whining or accidents. He has adjusted SO well in just the first 12 hours in our home and we're certain that he is going to be an incredible member of our family. I still can't help but feel sad that Rambo isn't here with us to enjoy his new brother... but we know his spirit will live on forever.