I've never been good at such kind of intros, mainly due to the fact that no one wants to read a wall of text, nor do I feel like writing a wall of text, so I'll be brief.
About 3 years ago or so I've started to plan on getting a dog. I went through a bunch of research on various breeds and eventually stopped at Labs. Then I started doing a bunch of research on breeders, which led me to finding out about rescue groups and shelters. At the time I was sharing a house with a friend of mine as a room mate, essentially, and it wasn't the right time to get a dog.
About a year and a half ago I ended up moving to Dallas from Chicago and within about 6 months I completed the process for adopting Jack from a local Lab rescue group. They were a great bunch of folks and really took the time to make sure I was the right type of potential owner by doing screenings and interviews. Their goal is for the dogs to go to the right home the first time they are adopted.
Jack (then named Jason by the rescue group) was just over a year old when I took him home. He's been with me for a little over a year now.
In the first three weeks I've had him:
- he got freaked out by the vacuum cleaner and jumped from my second floor balcony. I freaked out and ran through the front door only to see him come back up the stairs to the door, go inside and fall asleep on the couch. Completely unhurt - not even a sprain.
- lost him on the local trail. He got carried away and got out of earshot really fast. I nearly crapped a brick until a nice lady called me the next day and told me he wondered into her yard and I can come get him.
- Chewed some stuff - the usual.
A bunch of training and hard work later he's an absolutely wonderful dog. He's still a bit stubborn at times but he's now trained well enough that he's off-leash with me when I'm out MTBing, hiking, backpacking or camping. Just about every weekend we're out and about somewhere doing something outdoors. During the week we put in about 3.5-4 miles of walking or dog park play. I guess we help keep each other in shape.
In any case, here's Jack doing what he does best!
Last edited by ahtoxa; 04-14-2013 at 10:30 PM.
Welcome. He looks like a happy dog
The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!
Had to edit the opening sentence. With such bad typos from typing in the dark, I'm amazed it didn't get flagged as porn spam. Whoops.
He's a handsome dog. Glad you & Jack found each other
Welcome to the forum. He is a beautiful lab. What a happy life for him. I find myself wondering if the people that give these beautiful creatures up, have any idea how awesome they become when they just get a little older and get some exercise! But, their loss is your gain.
Todd, Yellow Lab, 1/4/13
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