2016

Bringin’ on the Heartbreak

Tucker passed away in October 2012. A few months later we decided to get another puppy. We discussed a female yellow Lab; we would name her in memory of Tucker. We had a name all picked out and were certain this was the course we wanted to take. Fate had other plans… The yellow litter planned for 2013 from our breeder did not happen. Since our breeder has very few litters per year – typically only 2 – rather than wait a year, we decided to go with what she had available: black and chocolate puppies. We decided on a black male; after all Takoda was an amazing dog and he was a black Lab! So the new course was set, a black male it would be. With the prior three puppies, I had named the dogs. But this time, I left the name up to my husband, Ted. We knew we wanted to honor Tucker’s memory with this puppy – that was very important to both of us. While a “call name” was not yet decided, we knew his AKC registered name would be “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak” in honor of Tucker’s favorite Def Leppard song. If you think we are nuts that a dog knew what band he liked best, it is because you never met Tuck. When he was a puppy, ONLY the music from Def Leppard would calm him at night. I know – it sounds crazy. But he would thump his tail in rhythm with the music and settle down to sleep; especially for Heartbreak. For those of you not familiar with the band, the lead singer is Joe Elliot. To say Joe was the epitome of cool in the 80s is an understatement of the century. Torn jeans, British flag T-shirt, long blonde hair and then there’s […]