There she is, Libby.
Isn't she just the most beautiful yellow labby you have ever seen?
She has the soft brown nose and eye area, not black. A true blonde. :-)
I have spoken before about John Grogan's book, Marley & Me, and, again, I will tell you all to read it. Especially, if you have a dog.
In the book, he discusses how breeders have 2 classifications for the labs.
The 'normal' lab that will be an excellent hunting and working lab, and the 'subnormal' that will make for a fabulous family pet, but not much more.
That was Marley in his book, and that is our Libby.
These 'subnormal' labs are overly affectionate, overly attached to their owners, are too emotional, too sensitive, easily distracted and are too submissive.
In other words, they will love you too much and never, ever, hurt you or anyone else!
The perfect family dog. The perfect description of Libby.
Libby loves kids, cats, other dogs, squirrels, skunks, babies, anything and everything. She tries to lick everyone she meets.
Libby has allowed toddlers to pull her ears, tail, and stick fingers in her mouth andplaces they shouldn't, all completely passively. Okay, maybe not completely passive, she will occasionally go for a good lick on the toddlers face.
Libby is the most loving, mushy dog I have ever seen or known.
Thus, every time we go on vacation is a disaster.
By the end of the week, our dog sitter reported, she was hardly eating and refused to leave her crate when she came to visit, feed and let her out.
This results in Libby then peeing and pooping on the floor when the sitter was not there, and then she would punish herself for doing it and refuse to leave thecrate.
Libby was also losing big clumps of hair, the poor thing was so distraught.
So, we came home to a smelly house and slowly balding, sad, thinner dog. Thank goodness for my mom, she scrubbed the dining room and kitchen floors until they were clean and ever trace of 'accident' was gone. Thanks Mom.
Poor Libby. It took her about 3 days to even begin to get back to normal!!!
Of course, as her mommy, I felt totally and horribly guilty!!!
So, that is Libby's vacation story. Thankfully, it will be a long time before we go away again, all seven of us. Ugh.
ps... Libby has also never met a food she doesn't like and will try to eat and chew just about everything, another trait of the 'subnormal' labs. We call her a 'food hound'!!! ;-D