So let me start by saying, owning a Labrador Retriever was NOT what I expected!
Working in a veterinary hospital has given me access to being around many types of different dogs. Labs have always been our fun-loving, easy patients to work with. Easy-going personalities, non-fearful and non-aggressive. So when it came time for me to get another dog to be around children and their tonnes of friends, a lab, seemed like the obvious choice. Family friendly, minimal grooming, a good size, easy to train (we’ll get to this one), travels well, loves water, loves to play, food motivated and a beautiful face 🙂
What more could you want from a dog ?
Well, as I hinted above, not what I expected. Maybe my husband and I are just too old for a puppy, maybe our kids are just not responsible and involved enough, maybe we just had it way to easy with our previous dogs, but boy, is he work. Non-stop every day Hudson is busy!
Let’s now get to Hudson. Hudson is an 14-month old yellow Labrador Retriever. His day starts off by letting him out of the crate to go to the bathroom. He has to have ‘something’ in his mouth on his way to the back door. His blanket from his crate, a toy, your sleeve or pant leg, something, anything and it’s a must or he just can’t contain himself because he is so happy!
He then goes outdoors and finds something else to put in his mouth. A branch, a toy, an old piece of pipe he’s dug up from under the deck. Something. Anything. He then returns into the house and guess what? Yes, he finds something to put in his mouth. A toy, a shoe, a baseball hat (his favorite), the remote, Dvd’s. Something. Anything. And this is basically how our day progresses.
Don’t get me wrong. He does sleep and I must say, he has the most adorable face when he is sleeping. When he does finally take a nap, he’s out like a light and nothing will wake him. But then it happens, he wakes up and here we go again. Always something in his mouth. Stealing homework, pencils, newspapers and socks. On a good note though, Hudson never swallows anything. He just destroys it to the best of his capability. If he can’t find anything to pick up, he is quite content to lay there and chew on the baseboards or the wooden coffee table. This is the best part though, if you yell at him to stop or tell him to ‘leave it’, he stops immediately. You don’t have to tell him twice, but, he just moves on to the next corner of the coffee table or the other end of the baseboard. And around and around we go.
We are all taught ‘If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all’ so, perhaps I shouldn’t have written this blog. I’m not trying to steer anyone away from this breed and of course, this is only my personal experience. He is a loving and friendly dog. He just needs to grow up!! I’m sure if you ask me what I think of him in a few years, I’ll be saying he’s our best dog ever!! We’re just not there yet 🙂
Thanks for reading, Helen
Next up, Hudson and why we got Invisible Fence installed!