Well, the boss finally let me get a pup after several years of begging. We were having babies of our own, but we're done now and the youngest is almost 2.
I ended up getting a male Chocolate Lab from a friend of mines dad. They had a litter, the mom and dad belong to them. They are both hunting dogs and the pups should make good duck dogs. I've already started doing some retrieving work. Just playing around mostly trying to gauge his interest in the retrieving. He will chase after the bumper and bring it back to you but he doesn't really like to hand it over. I'm trying to work that out.
We got him at 7 weeks old and he's a little over 10 weeks old now. My girls and my wife love him. He tries our patience at times but I think I got me my duck retriever finally. It is very hard not to get hasty with things. As a hunter, I want him to do everything super quick. But I realize I need to slow it down and bring him along slow and steady.
We ended up naming him Chase! It is a tribute to my brother and my original hunting buddy. His middle name is Chase. I also think it makes a good retriever name. Do y'all like it?
On to the part you're all waiting for. Here is my little duck dog, Chase!