December 22, 2017
So about those “match me to my perfect dog quizzes” we reviewed in my last post… this time we choose the “what’s a good companion dog for a Lab” and guess what? It was a Lab… so since hell has not frozen over, I went a different route. Here’s my criteria for a second dog (also known as please,please,please help Cricket calm down or at least be bitey with something besides me..):
- Must like grandchildren and other animals but not insist that they be in your mouth
- Must be Lab proof (ie drool proof, mud resistant, sturdy enough to bowled over, sat on, played with, mouthed, *zoomied on, etc)
That’s it. After some serious searching through puppy websites, Lab websites, interrogating friends, coworkers and complete strangers out walking their dogs about the personality of their dogs we completely ignored it all and decided to get a breed we have wanted for years: A Bulldog
I always referred to them as English Bulldogs but according to the AKC, their name is simply Bulldog.http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/bulldog/
Bug also has a fancy pants registered name and a grand champion pedigree. We’re not dog snobs but with Labs and Bulldogs you can come across some serious genetic disorders and unfortunately such popular breeds also have plenty of unscrupulous breeders, so having registration papers and pedigrees can help you avoid some of these concerns. It doesn’t help you avoid quite a hit to the pocket book though. Bugs “Gotcha Day” included a 3 1/2 hour drive each way. We were treated to a variety of barks, whines and snorts and many, many puppy kisses. But there was not one instance of bitey-mcbite-face – oh this is a match made in puppy heaven 🙂
Friday August 26, 2016
That was the day we picked up and brought home Cricket or her “Gotcha Day”. Cricket is her everyday name – she has one of those fancy pants official names also as she is a registered Labrador Retriever with grand champion bloodlines. What does this mean for us? It means she was expensive and that she is a Labrador through and through – otherwise known as a “Labrogator”.
Have you ever done one (or many) of those “what’s the best dog for me” quizzes? Here’s what happened when I did:
- Want an easy to care for coat? Get a Lab
- Want a happy-go-lucky personality? Get a Lab
- Want a kid and pet friendly dog? Get a Lab
- Want an easily trained and motivated dog? Get a Lab
You know what they don’t ask? How old are you – we’ll get back to this later 🙂
Let’s get back to that quiz….
- Easy to care for coat – sure is, it’s all over my house not on the dog
- Happy-go-Lucky = my puppyhood lasts for years(andyearsandyears)
- Kid & pet friendly – yeppers, your child and cat fit in my mouth and there appearance is vastly improved by my super-duper glossy slobber.
- 1 Easily trained – I am sooooo much smarter than you (and faster and stronger and did I mention smarter?)
4. 2 Motivated – by FOOD and FOOD and Hey it could be FOOD
And here, in my opinion, is what the questions SHOULD be:
- Are you ten years old in mental age (about 20 in physical age)? Good, good
- Above average intelligence – like seriously above average? Excellent
- Are you water proof or at least drool resistant? Awesome
- Do you have the stamina of a horse? Strength of an ox? Speed of a cheetah? Yes, yes, this might work
- Do you enjoy being obsessed over, stalked and never, ever being alone (including when you are showering)? Oh I think we have the dog for you! GET A LAB
And finally – are you ready to fall head over heels for a drooling, shedding, bitey-oh-so-very-bitey, four legged bundle of enthusiasm? Happy Belated 16 month “Gotcha Day” Cricket!
This blog was started for us to share the fun, adventure and exhaustion of daily life with a Labrador Retriever and a Bulldog (aka English/British Bulldog). Our life is filled with Kongs and Peanut Butter and Mud and Drool – oh so much drool – let’s just say even when the skittish PNW sun is shining – we are still damp!