I am, for the most part, a puppy person. I've never bought a started dog and, prior to this year, never even gave the idea much thought. Now, however, I'm giving at least semi-serious thought to the idea of buying a young started setter. Why? Circumstances. I have two dogs right now: One old retriever and one young setter. My retriever is getting up in years, so this winter or spring I'll be looking for a new chessie pup with the idea that by the time the old lady's ready to retire I'll have the young dog ready for a seamless transition. However, I'd also like to have two setters so I can rotate dogs on extended bird hunts. Now I love pups as much as the next guy, but the thought of trying to keep up with both a retriever pup and a setter pup at the same time, while also trying to find time for work, family and fishing, doesn't much appeal to me, no matter how cute they are.