House Sitting with Labradors



Well it turns out there is a round two in the dog sitting world. Sister’s family has gone to visit our other sister’s family — and I end up staying with the doggies again.


This time though, I remembered my camera. This means getting some pictures of the three Labrador girls —

 Jadey,

 Rosie, and Lil —

and Gracie tagging along.

 Since Labs are water dogs, playing in the creek that runs through the back yard was a popular activity this morning. Gracie watched the Labs and eventually got brave enough to wade, then jumped in.


 She reminded me of a little hippopotamus as she grazed on grass on the creek bank and jumped in once in a while so she could get her feet wet enough to hold more muddy dirt.


And then, in the background, there is little Charlie. Charlie was adopted this spring from a rescue; we’re not sure exactly what has gone into Charlie’s genetics but we think there’s a little Chihuahua and some terrier…and the rest is up in the air :-)


Charlie is a cute boy who thinks he is a guard dog. Being a rather small boy he has to use a few aids to keep an eye on the area.

He tried to get Gracie to show some interest in trying to steal his dismembered toy…

 when she declined they decided to see who would make a better lap dog.

Watching the young Labs helps me appreciate the old Lab that much more.

Experienced dogs know to sit quietly and wait for what they want.



Young Labs are twitching around with less attention span than a gnat.
They can’t sit still long enough to ask to go into the house…


…. they certainly can’t sit still for a picture.


 Young Labs are active…that’s an understatement.


Overall, we’re doing fairly well. Some of us have practiced waiting on the deck to dry off before coming into the house.


Others have had fun wrestling a little.

We even have our doggie crates set up for those moments when I have to step out. 

Only mature Labs can be trusted out and about in the house when I’m not here.

If you’re keeping score, that is only one in five dogs that is trustworthy in my absence. Not that I’m keeping score….

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