Just signed up so that I could start asking a bunch of questions. We've had labs (2 yellow, 1 black) over the past 31 years but after our last, Maverick, passed away in 2012 at age 14, we didn't replace him. Due to very time consuming jobs and with both kids away at college, we didn't want any new addition to the family to have to be stuck at home 12+ hours a day. I'm sure my house, yard and sprinkler system would have suffered as well.

Anyway, I'm getting set to retire in November and plan on welcoming a new chocolate lab into the family at that time. His name will be Cooper and he'll most likely travel everywhere with us as our other labs have. I'm looking forward to getting all kinds of great advice on the board here.