By now, we had already decided on a name for our new 12-week-old puppy. We had decided to call him Colby, for his everyday commonly used name. It was important to us to have a name that suited his playful personality, which began with the letter "C". We notified the breeder of our choice of name, and she began conditioning Colby to respond to it when she called for him. This was a very helpful head start for Colby, recognizing his identity is the first step in his new transition.
The breeder for CKC registration purposes had given Colby his full name of "Lexwyre Jumping Jack Flash". We were about to learn, he has certainly lives up to his name, more on this later.
During the planning stages, the three of us had to decide when Colby should arrive to us, by what mode of travel, and how to make these arrangements.
The first step was kennel training Colby while still at the breeders to prepare him for his air flight to Winnipeg, as well as weaning his contact with his WFT mother to minimize separation anxiety. We sent funds to the breeder and she purchased a flight approved kennels to start Colby's training. This was a huge leap in Colby's training, which will become more apparent as you read further. Throughout the next week, we all kept in contact via e-mail and phone conversations to keep abreast on Colby's progress. We were given more photos, breeders-owner's contract agreement to sign, full dietary information, vaccination records and schedules, and pedigree history. All these documents should be supplied as part of a breeders/owners agreement for a registered purebred dog.
All the while as each day grows closer, we are excited for his arrival on June 11th at 1.30 PM. Nonetheless we are mindful that nothing or no one can ever replace Casey, we are so grateful for all the wonderful times and memories we were given. They are all too precious! We miss him so much! We are happy that our futures have a brighter horizon ahead, and we are excited for those possibilities, as we await Colby's arrival.