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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

My Dog Owns My Heart

Chocolate Lab Kisses: Cheyenne
I remember there was a time when I would sit up in the middle of the night crying my eyes out while listening to my young puppy whining every 5 minutes. The stress of owning a small Labrador Retriever puppy was getting to me and my thoughts wondered about how I could do such a thing to myself.

Fast forward 3 years and you will find a very content woman and dog owner. I can now look back on those days with a smile on my face. Yes, those days where difficult but they were the foundation on which to build my love and admiration for this dog breed.

Impressionable as Lab puppies may be in their youth, it is up to the human to lead it down the path that will make it the envy of the dog world. In those young days it is difficult to see that with consistent and persistent love and training, that precious little bundle of fur will one day become your best friend, your shadow, and the love of your life.

As I glanced into Cheyenne's eyes this morning, a wave of thoughts and feelings flooded my senses. She is much calmer today than she was just a couple of months ago. Still filled with loads of Lab energy, she is able to understand now when it is appropriate to use and when she needs to just follow my lead.

She has gone from my dog to my canine companion. My heart has never felt such a love before as she has now become the Labrador Retriever that all others stop, point to, and say "I want one exactly like that!"

She is no longer the puppy that made me pull out my hair and keep the tissue company in business... Yes, she is mine and my heart is hers... I now have the one I have always wanted!



Blogger Anita said...

I agree with you! The same happened to me with Rufus but in the end is so rewarding!

April 29, 2009 9:27 AM  
Anonymous Ryan - My Fav Labrador Names said...

That was a great read, I think we can all relate to that, I know we went through "problems!" at the beginning, but it was all worth it in the end

April 29, 2009 12:09 PM  
Anonymous Leslie said...

Love this post. I can totally relate to your story. I remember having one nightmare of a week with my Lab. I thought it would never end. Now he's two years old and growing into a fine, well mannered dog. It's so rewarding to see all of the hard work paying off.

May 02, 2009 7:06 PM  

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