Well after long consideration my wife and I decided to get our girls a dog. At first we were going to pursue a rescue animal but after further discussing it we decided on getting a puppy that we could train from the beginning. At first we were just looking for a companion but then I thought I may need a companion to shed hunt with so our search began. We stumbled along a litter of labs with a little coon hound in them and we ended up with Sophie! She is quite the little puppy and very smart. She is learning fast and loves playing with her "sheds." I am having a great time with training so far and it seems to be going well! Just working on basic obedience and retrieving skills now.