My baby has (probably) been conceived!

Pregnancy confirmation is going to be the 3rd week in December. Puppies due on January 17th. Puppies ready to go home mid march!

My sire is a Spanish Champion named Esp. CH Joksan Nabar the Gloucester or “Brooker”. Here are some pictures:

Brooker1

Brooker2

The dam is a Dutch-bred sweetheart named Brookelyn v.’t Wijdseland or “Brooke”. Here are some pictures of her:

Brooke

 

Brooke 3

 

So excited. I just had my breeder put me in touch with one of the people who took home a puppy from their last litter. The family who took home the puppy lives close to me so they were able to give me some information about transporting the puppy from Washington across country. Here’s what the guy had to say about his experience with the breeder and Drents in general. (Note: his Drent puppy is named “Riley”):

“To put it simply, my experience with [the breeder] was amazing. Candie, Terry, and Jenna are wonderful people and I felt so fortunate that I found them when I was looking for Riley. They truly care about their “fur babies” and truly care what kind of homes that the puppies go to. I still keep in contact with them. Candie sends hand written notes and emails occasionally. I am friends with Jenna on facebook and I make sure to put photos of Riley up so she can see how she’s doing.

The trip out there to get him was nothing short of amazing. We flew into Seattle, rented a car, and drove up to [the breeder]. They have you stay one night in a hotel so that your not pulling a 24 hour or more round trip. You go over there and you get to see your dog and play with all of theirs (litter and all). Brooke [my dam] is a real sweetheart to say the least. You then stay the night in a hotel about 5 minutes away and then you pick your Drent up the next day. You then have the whole day to travel back to Seattle which is only a few hours. Riley and I went to this harbor/ bay area that separates the US and Canada and took a walk.
While flying back, Riley was my “carry on”. We flew American to and from Pittsburgh. I don’t know what your airline preference is, but what I did was called the airline and bought the ticket for him that way. He rode back in a soft kennel with handles. They sell them at petsmart, petco, etc. You just have to make sure they fit the under the seat cargo dimensions for carry on luggage. Riley did well with the flight and slept most of the way. The people he was under didn’t even realize he was there. Also, while waiting for the flight I let him out of the kennel and let him walk around a bit. Just make sure to give yourself some extra time at the airport because they will swab your hands automatically at the security checkpoints. Also, bringing your fiance along would not be a bad idea. That way you can pay attention to the dog and your fiance can drive and handle airplane tickets. I took my mom and I was glad I did.

Riley is an amazing dog and to say he is part of the family is an understatement. He has his own stocking for christmas and will be having the most gifts under the tree this year. He plays well with my nephew that comes over every Friday. My nephew learned to pronounce his name before he learned his own dogs name. He even knows who Riley is when he looks at pictures on the cameras. Riley, like his dad, has no concept of a personal bubble, which makes life a little interesting because he will stick his nose right in your face. He also still thinks he is a little puppy and try and crawl in my lap still…no easy task for a dog that is approximately 60 lbs already. I also had labs growing up. Drents are different. When they play, they are 100% go, much like the labs. However, when we come home, he is a couch potato (granted that he had plenty of exercise that day). Just like his mom he is very affectionate and is content to curl up at your feet…

…As for a comparison of another dog breed to a Drent, I can’t think of one. They are unique. A lot of hunting dogs are 100% go all the time. Drents on the other hand adjust to their environment in and out of the field… Drents are really smart as well, aim to please, but don’t take well to harsh corrections. You need a gentle, but firm training style.

Riley also gets along with other dogs. There is a lab across the street that he loves playing “tag” with and he always checks to see if she’s out to play.

To summate, I think you will be more than pleased with the [breeder]. They truly care. Also, on the puppy application, the more information you can provide about yourself, the better. They perform an assessment at 7 weeks and match the dog to you. It’s tough waiting 7 weeks to find out which puppy is yours, but take some time when they post photos to really enjoy the entire litter. Believe me when I say they take a lot of time deciding which puppy goes to which home. Riley and I have worked out fine and it was a great match thanks to all of their hard work.”

I have to admit, I’m really excited now. I was really worried that since she put me in touch with a guy who was a hunter I was going to get an email that was all, “Drents are hardcore working dogs.” “They’re not for everyone”. “They’re going to tear your house apart.” But it seems that his experience with the breed sort of echos everything I’ve read: that they’re incredibly awesome outdoor working dogs that transition into laid-back indoor dogs once they pass the threshold into your house. That’s EXACTLY why I wanted to go with this breed. Very excited.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, here’s a picture of Riley:

Riley

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