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Monday, April 13, 2009

8 Paws of Life

Dakota & Cheyenne at dog park
Spring has sprung in our little area of the great Midwest! Alright, 50 degrees and a brisk wind out of the north wouldn't signify "Spring" to most but believe it or not, this is perfect Labrador Retriever weather!

For almost 6 months the Lab Brats haven't been able to properly stretch their legs and get rid of all that doggone energy. So, we bundled our human selves up as best we could and headed down to the local dog park.

Sure, there were loads of mud puddles that Dakota could have bathed herself in again but this time we walked with leashes in hand to keep them far away from the spa-like intrigue. Thank chocolate we did because there were mud pools everywhere! I even felt bad for one owner who continued to call her American Bulldog away from the largest mud bath only to have the poor pup waddle in and get stuck in the middle with no way out. (Alright, I admit - I laughed a bit but only because the dog was so cute and it wasn't us.)

It was amazing though to watch Dakota run with Cheyenne. Only a few weeks ago, Dakota almost died from ingesting a foreign material and that day she ran like the wind. She paid no mind to the cold wind on her hairless belly as as traveled all four corners of the dog park. She was free. She was healthy. She was happy. She was alive!



Blogger Anita said...

Hi Lab friends! You really had a good time and we are glad to see Dakota on her feet again!
Kisses from Rufus and his gang!

April 13, 2009 11:40 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

50 degrees is perfect lab weather. We had one day of 70 degree weather a few days ago here in Oregon and Gracie kept checking to see if I'd turn on the AC. Big brown dogs don't like the hot weather...unless there is a good puddle of water nearby.

So glad Dakota is springing back. They are remarkably resilent.

April 13, 2009 1:11 PM  
Blogger robyn said...

that is so wonderful that Dakota was feeling better and could run freely. we are also in the early spring stages here in buffalo, ny and my 3 chocolate labs have already started their "spa" mud treatment in the backyard.
i was so happy to read that Dakota was doing better - my labs are my babies and i couldn't bear to lost them.
keep up the GREAT work with a wonderful website. i just love this site!

April 13, 2009 1:46 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Thank you all for your kind words - we were also happy to have Dakota on her feet and runny free again. She just took off - much further than she would normally and we just had to laugh. She loved it and Cheyenne had a blast trying to keep up with her big sister. :)

April 13, 2009 2:24 PM  
Anonymous Tanya said...

Shannon - we are so glad to hear Dakota is doing so much better. We too this weekend took our dogs running (at their Nana's) who has plenty of lawn. We came home and they ran right to their crates and then slept the majority of the day. I love my labs so much and love to see them run so freely. I love your site and always look for new news on your pups.

April 13, 2009 7:27 PM  

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