Dan I'm truly sorry to hear about the loss of your family member. [img]images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]
I know exactly what you're saying I too have a female lab but mines a black lab mix (her name is Chessie). Last year while she was in season I kept her in the garage during the day and I slept in my tent in the back yard with her to keep other dogs away from her, Well I guess that she didn't wake me up one time and she ended up having 8 puppies (2 females, 6 males) and they all lived and were healthy, pretty puppies and I just had to keep one for my self too (his name is Buster). [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
She had another batch a week before Thanksgiving this year, only 6 (2 females, 4 males) this time. Two days later I found one had died. A week later one disappeared. Now she has 4 left (2 females, 2 males)and these guys are BIG, healthy and strong. They've been eating puppy food for a week now.
I suspect the same dog as the father this time too, The guy has a black lab male that he turns loose every morning before he goes to work and in the evenings when he gets home. He doesn't seem to care if it gets in the road and gets hit, maybe he's hoping it does. I don't know but if I catch it in my yard again it will disappear with out a trace. Then again I might have to catch him and take a blood sample to check and see if in fact it is the father then take his a$$ to court for child support. [img]images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img]
I keep mine tied at all times except for when I take them to the C&D canal in the retriever trials area where they can run and not get in any trouble. [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]