Welcome everyone, to the #AtoZChallenge Blogging Extravaganza, where hundreds of bloggers publish 26 posts in 30 days, one for each letter of the alphabet, covering a myriad of topics! “Dog Breeds & Anecdotes” is my theme. Click HERE to see all posts and HERE to view the participants. Please support our efforts by visiting, sharing and commenting. We have all worked long and hard on this project. Have fun and thanks for reading! ♥
The Labrador Retriever is a breed of sporting dog that originated in Newfoundland and was brought to England by fishermen around 1800. It is an outstanding gun dog, consistently dominating field trials. Standing 21.5 to 24.5 inches (55 to 62 cm) and weighing 55 to 80 pounds (25 to 36 kg), it is more solidly built than other retrievers and has shorter legs. Distinctive features include its otterlike tail, thick at the base and tapered toward the end, and its short, dense coat of black, brown (“chocolate”), or yellow. The Labrador retriever is characteristically rugged, even-tempered, and gentle. It has been used in military and police work, as a rescue dog, and as a guide dog for the blind. An ideal family pet, the Labrador retriever has become the most popular dog breed in the world. – Encyclopedia Britannica
Given the Lab’s worldwide popularity, it’s no surprise that I have known and loved many of them. Black Labs in particular strike me as beautiful, especially the way their shiny coats glisten in the sun. This post would turn into a marathon read if I talked about all of them, so here’s a select sampling:
Excerpt from Chapter Four of “Adventures in Dog Sitting”
Muskoka was a massive yellow lab and a first ever dog for his owners, Rick and Janet. They travelled a lot, so, he stayed with me often. A wonderful guest indoors; he didn’t bother with the other dogs much and was perfectly house trained. You can imagine how important this is to a dogsitter! (It’s one of my stipulations, but some people actually lie about it.) Outside was a whole different story, however. Muskoka had a fetish. Anything he saw on the ground was immediately swallowed, no matter what it was. Kleenex, lost gloves, even cigarette butts. Shortly after he was dropped off one day, I took him for a walk and he immediately threw up a large pile of them. Disgusting! Continue reading ►
MAX & JAKE
Excerpt from Chapter Seven of “Adventures in Dog Sitting”:
These two were quite a pair! Max (in back), came first. I met him when he was just over a year old; adorable, but still very much an adolescent. He was an “only child” at the time and enjoyed playing with, (more like body checking), the other dogs in residence. Rough. rowdy, rambunctious; that was Max! One day, there were too many dogs to walk all at once, so I split them into two shifts. Knowing Max would be upset if left behind, he was in the first group. This did not appease him one bit. Imagine my astonishment at finding tooth marks in the vertical blinds! Max had bitten right through them while I was out with the second group. Good thing we had some spare ones and Max eventually grew out of this destructive phase. Continue reading ►
[Caution: this one has an especially sad ending!]
More Loveable Labs:
Do you like Labs?
Would you share / have you shared your home with one?
Looking forward to your comments!