Tuesday, April 22, 2014

our lab pup~

welcome to the family jed!

16 months ago we welcomed a new member into the mcgarity clan. he was the brown furry kind of member. jed wiggled his way into our hearts long before we ever met him. in 2012 our family was the "spotlight" family during the FIGHT NIGHT FOR KIDS fundraiser. our daughter libby claire was loving the spotlight that night. at the end of an amazing evening we met tripper wood. he was so friendly & kind. tripper explained he was a second generation labrador breeder & would like to offer our family a lab puppy. he went on to tell us his labs are bred for temperament. they are non-hyper dogs. well...being a family with 5 kids and 2 old dogs already we really didn't jump at the chance for another mouth to feed. but we did agree to come out to the wood farm and check out the labs. a few weeks later we all loaded up and headed to meet tripper at his farm. well, of course...we held puppies...met adult labs...and fell in love with labs. within a few months tripper called to let us know a mama had a litter and we needed to come pick out jed. the newest mcgarity. we have had an excellent experience with jed. tripper, his wife jody & his father tripp have been within a phone call or drive away if we needed anything or had any questions. i was a little nervous adding a puppy to our mix but honestly with the training tips tripper gave us the "puppy stage" was not bad at all. 
jed is a fantastic dog. he is great with our kids!

one of our concerns about getting a puppy was libby claire. in 2009 she was 19 months old & fell from a second story loft of a beach home. she suffered a massive skull fracture and was air lifted to the nearest children's hospital. there she under went life saving surgery. to read her whole story visit her caring bridge site here & go back to july of 2009 journal entry. during our long stay in the children's hospital we lived in a Ronald McDonald House.  that is how we ended up being the "spotlight family" that fateful evening we met tripper. thankful our paths crossed that night. 

we now are lifelong friends with the wood family & have seen their precious family grow. call us crazy but we would love have our family grow & add another puppy from labpups!

jed & libby claire

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