Posts Tagged ‘yellow lab’

As you all know, I have an old yellow lab and he is awesome! I love him. He makes me laugh and smile and cry and shake my head in wonderment. He can also make me mad, but I’m taking the high road on that one.

dog in kitchenI don’t know about you guys, but my dog does some really weird stuff. It confuses me. Like where he chooses to lay, for instance. Sometimes I just can’t figure it out. Usually he chooses the absolute worst place to lay. It’s usually right underfoot and in a dangerous spot. Why right there? Can’t you see I’m working right there?

And what’s up with the whole bathroom thing? I go into the bathroom and sit down on the throne and bam – there he is – right in my business. Really? Do you have to stick your nose there? Sheesh. I do not need to be watched while I’m in the restroom. It’s weird. It freaks me out. I have to lock the bathroom door to keep my dog out. Who else does this?

dog in bathroom

The dreaming is downright scary sometimes. I’ve often thought he was having a seizure or something with all the shaking and leg flailing and whatnot. The silent jowl quivering as if he’s growling at something big and scary. He does that all the time. Almost every night. What gives? All that whimpering and whining is annoying in the middle of the night. But, I love him and I’m worried about him so I sneak out of bed, squat down next to his oversized doggie pillow and rub his tummy until he stops. What is wrong with me? I’m a big ole softie.

dog sleeping

They say dogs dream much like humans dream. If that’s the case, my dog has a nightmare every single night. Better him than me I guess. Weird.

The final confusing characteristic is his constant begging to play, but then when you throw his stick he won’t let go of it when he brings it back. Seriously? I’m not playing tug-of-war. I’ll throw it over and over if you’ll just let go of it. I’m not sure if he thinks he’ll never see it again and if relinquishes the stick to me or what? It’s so weird. I find myself negotiating with him about dropping the stick. I say things like, “You look like you want to play, but you’re not letting me play, too.” Or, “Do you want to play or not? Cuz if you want to play, you’re going to have to drop the stick.” “I’d really love to throw that stick, but I can’t if you don’t drop it.” Etc. etc.

dog with ball in mouthReasoning with a dog is just plain strange. And yet, that’s what I do. I can’t figure this whole thing out. Sometimes I’ll even throw a different stick (or ball), just to get him to drop the first one, but, nope; he’ll just chase after the second one with the first one still in his mouth. What a goofball.

Does your dog do anything bizarre? Do you often shake your head or roll you eyes at your dog? I mean, dogs are the bomb and all, but sometimes I truly wonder what goes on in their little dog brains.

Word of the Day: Cabestro

Fun fact about me: I never appreciated our pets until I had a puppy of my own. (Sorry Barney Boy. I was a bad human.)

Original post by Jansen Schmidt, March 2016. Photos courtesy Google Images.

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You’ve probably heard that expression before. And, it’s probably true.

Photo courtesy Google Images

Photo courtesy Google Images

But what about well behaved animals? A lot of well behaved animals make money by appearing in TV commercials, television shows and movies. But what about making history? Do well behaved animals make history?

I think I have a pretty well behaved dog. He sits and lays down and stays almost every time he is asked to. He comes when called – most of the time; this is getting worse as he gets older and I’m not sure if it’s because he can’t hear so well any more or just has gotten crotchety old man status. Either way, he’s still a pretty good old boy.

Photo courtesy Google Images

Photo courtesy Google Images

But, he is a lab. And labs, like a lot of retrievers, are easily distracted. Don’t believe me? Here’s the proof:

Yup, my dog would be that last one. He’d never win a race with all of those distractions.

How about you my dear readers – have a pet who’s easily distracted? Have a well-behaved pet? I’d love to know your secrets to proper pet training.

As always, thanks for taking a few minutes out of your day to stop by. I love reading your comments so don’t be afraid to say something below.

Word of the day: Icosahedron

Fun fact about me: I’ve trained two puppies and I’d do it all over again, too.

Original post by Jansen Schmidt, April 2015. Video courtesy You Tube. Images courtesy Google Images.

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Sherlock. Original photo by P. Rickrode

Sherlock and Thor. Original photo by P. Rickrode

Almost exactly 10 years ago, I got my husband of one year, a puppy for his birthday. You see, my husband had to leave behind 2 wonderful dogs when he got divorced from his first wife. When he met me, I had a super spoiled beagle mix dog named Tango, who was a one-parent kind of dog. Tango and my husband did not always see eye-to-eye, especially when it came sharing a bed with me. Things got ugly. Husband eventually won that battle.

Anyway, in an attempt to even the playing field so to speak, I brought home this totally adorable purebred yellow lab puppy for my sweetie’s birthday. Neither my husband nor Tango were as excited about this new acquisition as I was.

For the sake of keeping this blog moving along, let’s all time travel and move forward to today. I lost my Tango quite a few years ago, but we still have our adorable and super sweet Sherlock. He’s managed to accidentally learn a few things over the past 10 years, but he remains pretty much dumb as a rock. And, while he is getting a little belligerent in his old age (who isn’t really), I still get glimpses of that adorable puppy he used to be.

Happy birthday to my sweetheart and happy anniversary to Sherlock, who came into our lives 10 years ago this month. We are so blessed for his undying love and devotion, need for treats, and a hankering to rise and roam about a hour before the alarm is set to go off.

Here’s a very short video of why we all love labs. I hope it will brighten your day.

Are you a dog lover? What kind of dog is your favorite? Got any great dog stories to share?

Word of the Day: Acephalous

Fun fact about me: I have never lived anywhere where a street light shone in my window.

Original post by Jansen Schmidt, August 2014. Original photo by P. Rickrode. Video courtesy YouTube.

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