Since Fridays are usually "Lucy Days," and Sunday is Father's Day, it is fitting to show you Lucy's father, Chance. His full name is American/Canadian Champion Dichi One Final Chance. By age two, Chance had enough American Championship points to add the name "American Champion" to his name. He won his Canadian Championship at age five.
His name is almost like a history. Obviously the American/Canadian Champion prefix is because of his championship awards in the US and Canada. The Dichi is because he was bred at Dichi Golden Acres. And I have no idea why he became "one final chance."
Northern Flyway winner
(photo from Dichi Goldens Website)
Saulte Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
Lucy's father is described on the Dichi Website (here) as a very happy dog who loves to be with people. He can always make you smile and has a fun-loving personality. Our Lucy definitely inherited his personality. She loves people and she loves fun.
When we went to select our puppy, Lucy immediately ran to my husband and started chewing on his shoe laces. Then she ran over to greet me. The other female went to a corner of the room. So we chose Lucy. After we chose her, the breeder brought out another almost identical female with a little collar on her. He was keeping one of the females for show and breeding. The puppy and Lucy were difficult to tell apart and the breeder said he had a hard time deciding between the two. He had made his decision only an hour before we arrived.
Here is Lucy, already happy on her first day with us.
She was such a tiny little thing, especially compared to our Ellie.
(You may want to click and enlarge to appreciate the difference)
There are those who criticize people for buying from breeders when there are so many dogs available for adoption. I pay them no mind. These dogs were to be our "retirement" companions and we while there are no guarantees, we wanted dogs with long family histories of good health. We wanted a pet, another dog to join our home with Ellie, another Dichi Golden. We did not care to show or breed but we wanted dogs from the healthiest stock we could find. We did a lot of research and bought from the best breeder in Wisconsin. And we have never regretted it for a moment.
The quote for today is appropriate for our Lucy. French author Gustave Flaubert said,
"Exuberance is better than taste."
And our Lucy is definitely exuberant.
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO ALL YOU FATHERS
AND HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND, EVERYONE!