Best Tricks: Tricks are for show offs, I am a real dog!
Arrival Story: After retiring from breeding and showing labs for 40 years I started with Mini and Toy poodles. They were (and ARE) great, but last year I had an opportunity to get a lab from a female I had bred. She had all my old "famous" champions in her background and, frankly, I was excited. I picked a nice, young black male who had just finished his Canadian championship to be the sire, and Quincy was the first of the resulting ten babies born.
Bio: It has been a LONG year (I remember now why I gave up on labs, I am OLD!!!) With the help of my friends and my business running a daycare and boarding kennel, I think we will survive!!! Fortunately, while Quincy was a normal wild and crazy lab puppy, he DID get the calmness of his relatives and has always been calm and well behaved in my house.
BUT, after these 5 and 6 lb poodles, he is HUGE!!!!
I have to admit, I was a bit worried. It's really hard to be nice when you are a HUGE dog and all the rest of your family are tiny. They always assume I ran into them by intent when actually, I find it difficult to walk around with all of them under my feet all the time.
And, today we all got nice, meaty bones and they were all chewing theirs sooo slowly I was tempted over and over to jump in and grab theirs and leave them with my already chewed up one.
But, I didn't, and Mom said it was pretty nice to have me calmly lying on the rug, chewing my bone. I think she has no idea how boring life in this house is. It is MUCH more exciting to be over at daycare will all my normal sized pals. We can run and play and jump on each other with no one running, crying to Mommy.
I suspect I will be staying home tomorrow and Friday, too, since there are way too many dogs in the kennel and Mom and Tonya probably don't have enough time to deal with me over there. Oh well, I can keep chewing on my bone, I guess.
And, when I awoke this morning, I discovered we had MORE snow than I have ever seen before in my whole life!!! In fact, there was so much I was nervous when we went out for our morning business and I had to let Toto lead the way and bust out the paths.
But, by the time Mom got back from work and took us down to the Lab pen for a run I was no longer nervous so I took the lead and made the biggest, bestest paths ever seen!! Even Toto could only follow me in awe of the amount of fluffy powder streaming out behind me as I raced thru the untracked field.
It was sooo fun and I was hoping it would never end. Poor Crystal, also fond of busting paths in untracked snow, had to go to the far edges of the pen to find any places with no paths already laid out by ME, the super path maker.
I am sure that those poodles were very happy I was there ahead of them because there was FOURTEEN inches of that fluffy stuff laid out over all the bushes and weeds and even over the chickie poops. HEY, I just noticed the chickies didn't even come out of their house. They must not like snow???
Right now I am resting up and warming up and pretty soon I am hoping Mom will let me go back down there to run and burst forth and plow thru the places I missed earlier.
I can't imagine a whole Winter of white, fluffy snow...I can't wait. Mom said more is coming on Tuesday and/or Wednesday. GREAT, bring it on!!!!
Yup, the news just said that is how many people are being affected by winter storms already. (Mom just realized I had left off THREE zeros of the hundred million people so we corrected it, I hope) More than HALF the nation is covered with snow. We are supposed to get between 11 and 14 inches on Saturday night so we are certainly in those numbers, too.
And, cold...yup, it is certainly cold. Today at daycare I was the only boy dog so I had to go out with ALL the girls. Since some of those girls don't like each other and can't go out together, that meant I was outside almost all day. The HIGH today was 21 degrees. Brrrrrrr.
Anyway, tonight I am in the warm house with Momsie and the others. And, tomorrow we are gonna rest up and get ready for all that snow. I am the one elected to break the paths... that is a serious job that only a BIG dog can do. Those little toys sure would get lost in 14 inches of snow since they aren't even 10 inches tall.
The good news is that I heard Mom tell someone today that dogs who spend time outdoors in this cold weather and snow need to eat more calories to keep warm. EAT MORE, Yup, I can sure do that, BOL!!!