So after I posted last night I found a puppy and recommended him to my sister. She e-mailed the breeder. It's a cute as heck little blue merle and the breeder has him listed as a performance prospect, and he looks nice and smart and bold, but not too wild (AKA Payton.) I think he'll make a nice little dog for her.
We're hoping she hears back. And I hope she takes him because if she doesn't I will be severely tempted oh God. There was video of him playing in a tiny puppy tunnel. And another video where she had him snuggled in her arms and he was on his back like a baby and she was getting his belly. IT'S LIKE A CALMER, BLUE MERLE PAYTON. FFFFFFFFFFFFF
ETA: My sister just texted me, she e-mailed her back and is going to call and talk to her today EEEEEEEEEEE PUPPY
So I've finally kind of reset myself to not having Mirapuppies and all that planning energy is now going to into NewPuppy and I am getting really excited even though I am probably still 6-12 months out depending on when the girl comes into heat and whether the breeding succeeds). A very closely related litter has been bred and the girl was just confirmed pregnant so I am looking forward to visiting them when they are around 6-8 weeks old to see what they are like
I'm having a real hard time finding a local lab breeder. There are some fabulous bench breeders around but I want to find someone in the middle. I was going to go with a breeder in washington but I don't think she'll have puppies in the time frame that would be ideal for me. She just whelped one litter and it has all chocolates, but they're spoken for anyways. I think I'm going to email her anyways since I don't seem to be having any luck in alberta. But I still need to dig!
Also, for anyone who might have any good leads, please PM me if you know of any good breeders within BC, Alberta, Sask, WA, and Montana.