Lipton died November 9. We are now looking for another dog to reign the compound. My preferred choice is a labrador retriever which is similar to the more popular golden retriever but with shorter coat and hence easier to care. The other reason is a lab has good temperament to kids and non aggressive although it can bark and frighten away strangers due to its appearance and size. My dilemma is whether I get a pup or a juvenile which has some basic training. Alternatively I may have to consider a mixed breed. The ultimate concern is whether the new pet can fit into our lives better than Lipton. I understand that a trained dog will produce great joy and although we've never been trainers perhaps this will be a good time to groom our new pet. It will be a spayed female, preferably cream colored with a positive outlook. I am not hurrying but as opportunities arise I think we will make our choice deliberately based on consensus.