Just found this forum. I'll be visiting to learn about labs and to see the differences between labs and goldens.
I will be adopting a lab from a rescue organisation here in the mid Atlantic. I've got an 11 year old border collie named Billy and a 3 year old golden retriever named Max. Two cats, Toby and Peanut. And two ferrets, Bridgid and Gracie.
Sophie DOB 04/13/2011 6 mo
Sophie 15 months, with Skye
Welcome! Your dogs are both adorable but I am in love with your Border Collie!
Maxx & Emma Jean
Ozzy - 10/16/02 - 06/28/11 - Always in my heart.
Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go - but learning to start over.
My brother had Border Collies they were amazing. Goldens are awesome too, had one in my neighborhood growing up who would follow me around.
The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!
Thank you everyone!!!
I have a lab in my future....although hopefully not the very near future. Let me explain.
My last four dogs have been three border collies and Max, my golden retriever.
Cassie, my first border collie, left me at the age of twelve and a half in April 2010. Dru, my second border collie, left me at the age of twelve in April 2011, almost one year, exactly to the day, from the date Cassie left me.
Billy is now eleven years old. He is Cassie's brother.
Given Cassie's and Dru's age when they went to the Bridge, I am preparing myself for the inevitable with Billy. Part of that preparation is ensuring that Max's grieving is lessened as much as I can. Max grew up with other dogs in the house. He never met Cassie, but he grieved after Dru's loss.
I am going to be an emotional wreck when Billy goes, and that won't be the time to think about what to do for Max. A plan has to be in place that I've formulated while still able to think properly and use my judgement correctly.
So I contacted a lab rescue, put in an application, had an interview, explained my situation, and was approved. So, this is very poignant. Researching what I can now about labs means preparing for the loss of my Billy. But I have to do it.
What I am hoping to learn in the time while I've got a cool head is how labs differ from goldens. They may be very similar and I may playfully refer to them as cousins, but I'm certain that there are differences, they are different breeds, however similar they may appear.
So....with the intent to learn all I can before I need to actually put things in practice, I've joined this forum.
I will lurk, post pics of my boys, get into areas where I can discuss.....and soak up information.
Thanks for the welcome!!!
My three border collies
My Cassie girl
June 2013 071.jpg
Dang I just realised I've posted a terrible pic of Dru....so sorry....I just downgraded my laptop from windows 8 back to windows 7 and all my folders went missing. My backup didn't keep the folders, so all my pictures are jumbled together.
Last edited by Lilliam; 06-19-2013 at 07:13 AM.