Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Labs, Labs and More Labs! You Know You Want One.

by Carrie Boyko, CEB
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What a delightful experience this morning when a friend dropped in with a Lab she is fostering. Tanner was eager to greet him, a 9 month old blondie named Corey. He was such a gentle soul with Oliver that they bonded immediately and had a nice visit. I'd be surprised if this fella lasts long without getting adopted.

If you're in the market for a pup to adopt, you can hardly go wrong with a Retriever. Their people-pleasing, playful demeanor is fun for most everyone except perhaps the elderly or a person with physical disabilities. I say this only because they tend to be bigger dogs. Female Labs being the smallest can weigh up to about 70 lbs, while male Labradors can easily reach 90+ pounds. 

You'll never find a more devoted, loyal, and friendly dog (did I just say that to a bunch of dog lover? Oops!) You guys surely know that I love, love, love ALL dogs, right? But Retrievers hold a special place in my heart because of their love for water and activity. It's just a good match for my passions.

Another common characteristic of a Retriever is their receptive nature with other pets. Just about any dog you bring home as a companion will be quickly enfolded into the pack, even cats and rabbits. 

Highly trainable, Retrievers are wonderful swimming and hiking companions, and excel at obedience events as well as many other sports. Tanner is a Fetching maniac!

If you, like my family, enjoy the spirit of an active, fun dog that loves to show its affection, I hope you will consider adopting or fostering one of the 250 Labs that have been taken in by A New Beginning. You can view some of their photos and bios at the link.
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Oliver approves of Corey's Decor!
If you happen to stop in at the Petsmart adoption events held each weekend at 436 in Altamonte Springs, be sure to check out Corey, the lab pictured here. He enjoyed  socialization hour with Oliver. Tanner's enthusiasm was a bit more than his timid nature was ready for, but I'm certain he'll come around. He's an adorable and gentle boy. Think about know you want a Lab!

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Dawn said...

Maya is definitely a very agreeable lab. She loves people, does well with children, and is great with other dogs. One issue with her, though, is she gets overly excited. She tugs on her leash whenever she sees a person or other dog and will jump on and lick people if given half the chance. Although I work with her on these issues, when she gets excited all training goes out the window. I call it Goofy Lab Syndrom. But she is worth every moment. I really really love my lab.

Xena, Tanner and Oliver said...

I love the "goofy lab syndrome". Tanner has that too. He's such a ham. That's why he got the "cover dog" job at 5 Minutes for Fido.

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