I Have not been around for a while as I Joanne and have been traveling and dealing with lots of wet weather both in our travels and at home. Earlier this month we obtained a new puppy to replace the hole in our little family left by the death of Abby last July. This is "Lucy - Heart Sweetening Light." When we brought her home our older Labrador, Miss Molly, was head of tail in love with her new puppy. They have become the best of friends and play endlessly together. Lucy appears to be a quick learner as she mastered the "sit" command in just a couple of days. She has also learned to ring the sleigh bells on the backdoor to signal she needs to go out, but that does not always work so well as she will pee on the rug at the door before one of us can get there to open the door. Needless to say she has picked up a nickname - "Miss Puddles." We are working hard so we can forget that name.
Lucy is a yellow Labrador retriever of the American Field Dog subspecies. Furthermore, she is also a "Pointing Lab." A Pointing Lab is a gun dog that has two hunting traits built in - 1) She is a pointing retriever for upland game like pheasant or grouse and 2) she is a water retriever for duck and geese. I am not a hunter, but what I like about the American Field Lab is their water activity and their gentle playful nature. The more common Lab, known at the British Blockhead Lab, is more attuned to be a show dog and general couch potato. I have had both and are all wonderful dogs, but I prefer the more active dog to go walking with or to go to the wildlife refuge.
The CI is Molly and Lucy playing together in the backyard.
Dear John and Joanne,
This is a very well done portrait! Miss Lucy is a doll and I laughed out loud when I saw Molly doing the senior dog to perfection! The Ci really emphasizes the size difference. Your images answered all my questions. I try to comment my reviews before I look for the author's latest image so I don't miss responding as interruptions are common. I also appreciate learning more about labs. HLJ x4, Pat
Ah, what a sweet little puppy. Congratulations. She maybe doing better than our 3 year old Tyler with his potty training :) He is about 95 percent trained, we still have a couple of accidents here and there.
Excellent shot and the CI show just how well the two are getting along.
She looks so cute. You will have endless joyfull pleasaure time with her.
Great picture also.
PS : I only had British Blockhead Lab (vinko & dago). I cannot then compare. But I can assure that both of them where very active. But it is true that if you do not manage them correctly they can easily get overweight. And it is what is often observed in reality .....
jwmunro (2019/03/27 20:52:28): Thanks JMarc - lots of work to come (dog school) once all of the shots are completed. We will have to do the home work either early in the morning or after the sun goes down because of the brutal heat here in the valley. She is coming along nicely and is responding to her name, doesn't mind the time outs in her crate, will sit for me, but we need to work on stay especially at feeding time. She is a real Lab especially at the feeding, once the bowl is on the floor she is almost finished and looking for more.
you may remember John that one of my granddaughters is called Lucy, so nice name you have chosen ;)
She looks not only cute but very alert, I wish you all much fun and happiness with Lucy, and if she is anything like our Lucy she will learn very fast:)
jwmunro (2019/03/27 20:59:16): Thanks for the comment and visit Elaine. This little girl is smart as a whip and tons of fun. Her sister Molly, really enjoys have a sister in the house again. The two dogs are constantly play or just hanging together. She has already learned to ring the sliegh bells on the back to get our attention to go out, but there is a puddle most times at the door. When I take her out she pees on command which is really good. She has gotten to the point that she doesn't mind the crate and will go in on here own accord. She has learned sit already, but stay needs work especially at feeding time. Tons of fun!