Tell me she doesn't sound like she's trying to say something important here. Like "Get that camera out of my face already", maybe?
Happy Friday, all!
Labrador Retrievers shed. A lot. And always. (Don't let anyone kid you with that "twice a year coat blow" thing - it's not semi-annual, it's eternal.) Their outer coat is stiff like little sewing needles that weave their way into any penetrable fabric. Their undercoat is soft and fluffy. It accumulates like tumbleweeds in various corners of a home, yard, garden, vehicle and neighboring town. Beau is responsible for the early demise of more than one vacuum cleaner.
I don't shed. I 'accessorize'.
Bella doesn't quite win this one outright but she definitely scores higher marks. She sheds less, has far less undercoat and her top coat is somewhat shorter and therefore less likely to get stuck in things. That said, while Bella "appears" black, her fur is only black-tipped and is brown underneath so what shedding she does do shows up on everything you wear whether it's light or dark.
Bella will drool on occassion if we're having something especially enticing for dinner. But it's a very thin and watery drool that leaves just a little puddle of drops where she's been waiting while we eat.
Beau had shoe-lace drool. As well as watery drool. Oceans of it. Think "Turner and Hooch" drool. I never left home without a towel.
Most of us get a kick out of big dogs who think they're lap dogs but honestly, 115-pounds of bone-crushing, nerve-damaging dog leveled directly on your legs can become a bit of a nuisance. To be fair, once he realized he was too big to fit in my lap, Beau at least conceded to only needing to have part of him on me at any given time.
Leslie, Beau and Frodo
Bella has no interest in sitting in my lap. (Heck, she has only minimal interest in sitting on the couch with me and I'm pretty sure whether I'm there or not doesn't really factor into her decision.) But at just 55+ pounds, would it really be an issue if she did? She has recently shown interest, however, in lap-dogging during such "scary" events as windy days. I don't know, should I be worried?
We seldom trip over Bella in the kitchen because she patiently waits in her place on the steps while we cook.
Beau had to be right next to me - always, even when cooking. He was tripped over often. And he was unspeakably lucky given my reputation with knives.
|More ME, please!|
Bella gives kisses, Beau did not (well, in 14 years, I think I got 3). Of course, given Bella's penchant for eating things like slugs and other unmentionables, I'm honestly not sure which one wins this contest.
Oh who am I kidding - I LOVE getting kisses! :)
Beau's command list:
Sit, stay, drop it, get him (Translation: "Go get the cat out of the garbage, please.")
Bella's command list:
Sit, stay, down, wait, off, up, hug, snugs, peek-a-boo, leave it, drop it (sometimes), trade, come, front, foot, other foot, both, one foot*, two feet*, jump, speak, quiet, touch, say hi, show me, bring it (sort of), look, go to mat, finish, tunnel, kisses, high five, there (Translation: "I want you to go sit there"), to me, in, finish your dinner... And she trims her own nails.
|Mellow couch potato, not your typical Lab. Enough energy to keep up with you but not so much as to wear you down.||Boundless energy. If Bella's energy had a breed, I'd suggest Border Collie and Basenji with a side of Jack Russell.|
|Protects wildlife. (See baby bunny story.) Gentle and trustworthy with cats and children.||Would eat wildlife if she could catch it and someday will manage to climb a tree in her efforts to catch marauding squirrels. (Let's not talk about cats or children...)|
|Obedient but not much of a 'thinker'. Upon finding himself tangled with his leash among the trees, Beau would sit down and wait patiently for us to come get him out.||Obedience is not her forte but Bella could rival Decartes in the 'I think' arena. She can untangle herself from the most complicated web of long-leads and shrubbery while solving the mysteries of the cosmos and be home in time for dinner.|
|The strong, silent type. When Beau growled, you knew something was very, very wrong.||Bella never. shuts. up. She whines, she whimpers, she mumbles, she moans. And oh yes, she barks. She has an opinion about everything and isn't afraid to express it.|
|The UPS guys used to leave dog biscuits for Beau on our package deliveries during the Christmas season.||The UPS guys throw our packages up on the porch from about 15 feet away if at all possible. (While she acts and sounds like Cujo, little do they know a well-placed "boo" would send her running for cover.)|
|Stoic: I once watched Beau run full speed and headlong into a boulder, bounce off, shake his head and continue chasing his tennis ball with nary a pause.||Drama queen: Bella bumped her shoulder on the bedpost once when she wasn't paying attention. From the blood-curdling scream and the limping, I thought she had broken a leg. (She hadn't.)|
|Physical health issues.||Mental health issues.|
|Regularly checked-in when walking off-leash.||Check-in? What's a check-in? Wait, what's this "off-leash" business, sparky?|
|Constant companion.||Eternally independent.|
|Loved to lie in the sun while I worked in the garden.||Loves to get into endless mischief while I try to work in the garden.|
|Loved going to the vet's office.||Loves leaving the vet's office.|
|Would sit for hours getting brushed.||Hasn't sat still for hours - ever.|
|Loved everybody, got along with everyone.||Afraid of everybody, gets along with few.|
|Sweet, goofy and the love of my life.||Sweet, goofy and the love of our lives.|
|Beau had a cat, Frodo. Frodo loved Beau.|
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