"This is a mouth-oriented dog; she's going to pick up your kids toys and clothes. Labs will jump on you and treat you like another puppy." Foote from Labrador Retrievers v.1 2nd edition
So I'm lying in bed this morning after taking Orion to the dog park. I had a 101 temp last night and have steadily been rocking the low grade 99 this morning but all that does not matter to a yellow dog who believes it is time to get up and see the world. So we went out. I bundled up in layers so I could do the shed on, layer back with the hot cold chills, and kept my distance from my friends who bring their two dogs along to the park as well.
Orion ran right in, found the inch of water in a hollow puddle of mud, laid down and proceeded to change his beautifully white-recently-bathed-fur, into that more of his companion, Oliver, the chocolate labrador. I sigh, but know the boy is happy, so I just hold my breath as the low tide scank smell drifts by as he sprints after his pal.
After an hour of play, we stop by PetSmart and pick up some chew toys, a labrador magazine, and some poop bags, killing time waiting for JoAnn Fabrics to have the sewing tech get there, and back to the car, with bribes, we go.
At home, I'm back in bed, threw down some Advil, and am reading through this magazine feeling like this is the answer to all my questions about Orion.
Recently I've been trying to practice running with him in the tennis courts. Instigating his desire to chase and pull me down--mostly because I do not want a dog to be a threat if people break out into a run and he's off lead, or just in general, it doesn't look that good when your dog plows down a kid and chews on the kids ears. Then I read the above statement, and everything seems clear to me now.
Those kids are just one more Oliver.
Let me knock you down, wrestle, mouth your neck, nibble your ears. I'm not meaning to hurt you but isn't this fun, you just ran so I could catch you and I did!
"Labs can have a very long puppyhood. Many owners get a Lab because they have met a well behaved Lab in the park or at a soccer game. So they get a Lab puppy, and by 15 months they are ready to get rid of the unruly dog. What they do not realize is that the worst is really behind them and the best is yet to come. Their Lab is just getting through the teenage period and is about to blossom into the adult dog they wanted." Laura Dedering Labrador Retrievers v.1 2nd edition