I’m so excited to introduce you to our Golden Retriever, Lincoln Rockefeller Davis! This little puppy has taken residence in our home and big-time in our hearts. I’m going to be sharing his story and our puppy parenting experiences, along with the incredible images taken by Kristi Lee Photographer, over a series of posts. He has already made our lives so much more adventurous!
Jordan was twelve years old when a fifth guy was welcomed into their family. His name is Ranger and he is the twelve year old Golden Retriever that I compete with for Jordan’s favorite person. You think I’m kidding. Jordan and Ranger do have a very special bond, and I’ve never truly understood their relationship until bringing Lincoln home.
Around Christmas time, Jordan and I decided that we were ready to bring a puppy into our home. Of course I love Ranger, but I am not a fan of Golden Retriever’s intense shedding. As a compromise, I suggested that we get a Goldendoodle. They are so cute, part Golden Retriever, have curly hair like me, and they don’t shed! Jordan wanted nothing to do with my seemingly perfect compromise, so we looked at several different breeds. We actually became pretty serious about a French Bulldog, but something was holding us back.
One day I just could not get the picture of our family with a Golden Retriever out of my head. I decided to call Jordan over lunch and offer a proposal: we can get a Golden Retriever, but I get to pick the name. No questions asked. There was no hesitation before Jordan’s “yes”. Lincoln is named after Honest Abe, and the name Rockefeller was inspired by my Grandma! She said, “who doesn’t love a rich and honest man?!” We couldn’t argue with that!
The journey to find our perfect little puppy began (finally)! You should know that there are two variations of Golden Retrievers: English and American. English Golden Retrievers are creamier in color, and a bit wider in stature. American Golden Retrievers range from true gold to red in color, and they have a much more narrow stature. We wanted a golden that would look similar to Ranger, so we narrowed our search to a male, American Golden Retriever, with light gold to gold coloring.
Finding the right breeder was so challenging. We searched for months, but it was never the right timing or the right type of puppy. We had all but given up hope, but I decided that I was going to look on Google one last time. I believe I typed in something like “golden retriever puppies in Illinois.” A small ad popped up on the right side of the screen, and it caught my attention. The ad was for a breeder in El Paso, IL – a town just an hour from where we lived.
After finding their Facebook Page, I sent a message to the breeder. She had three male Golden Retrievers available that were just 2.5 weeks old — I couldn’t believe it! Golden Retriever puppies are usually snatched up the day that they’re born, so this was nothing short of a miracle. Lincoln is actually 1/2 American and 1/2 English, but his dad is very red so the colors balance out perfectly for us. The minute Jordan arrived home from work I sprung all of this information on him, and we decided that one of those little guys was going to be ours. It’s possible that the true miracle here was how quickly Jordan was able to make a decision. Boom.
That night we walked to the mailbox to send our information and deposit. Just a few weeks later we were able to pick him out, although it would be a month before we could bring him home with us. We were waiting in a little room at the breeders when two teeny-tiny Golden Retrievers came trotting up to us. Their names were Bo and Brady. I knew we had to pick one, which we did really quickly so that we wouldn’t become too attached to the other. It was still unbearable saying good-bye to one. We selected little Bo to be our buddy for life, and just like that Lincoln was ours.
What I’m about to say is probably going to induce eye rolling from some of you, and that’s okay. Finding Lincoln really reminded me about God’s sovereignty in such a sweet way. The minute Jordan and I decided we wanted a puppy, I wanted that puppy now. Finding the right puppy was frustrating and we were impatient. Now that Lincoln is ours we can look back and see that everything worked out exactly as it should have. And yes it is true, having a puppy does prepare you for parenthood. Jordan and I confirmed that we are not ready to have children within two days of bringing Lincoln home. Both of our parents are pretty smitten with Lincoln and don’t seem to mind that grandchildren are not in the near future.
If you want to bring a puppy into your family, Jordan and I highly recommend Dogtown Kennels. They breed Golden Retrievers (American and English), Golden Doodles, and Labs. You can find all of the information you need to know on their Facebook Page.
P.S. The shedding doesn’t bother me at all <3
* Although we have chosen to purchase a puppy from a breeder, Jordan and I support the #adoptdontshop movement through financial contributions to local shelters. Bringing a puppy into your home is a wonderful thing no matter how you do it!