We've had Hoppy for almost a year (one year next week). As y'all know, he's been the sweetest, happiest, most loving dog in the entire world. But one thing he has not been is a retriever.
He will go get what you throw....sometimes...and for a few times. And he loves running after Sally when she's retrieving. But he has shown zero...zilch...zippo...interest in real retrieving. No passion, no intensity, no drive. And this has been just fine with us. We love our Hoppy just like he is.
This is what his "retrieves" look like.
"Ho Hum, let me shuffle on back with this ball. Then I'm going to go sniff something even if they throw it again."
But today we were down at the beach to let the dogs have one last romp and play (64 degrees and sunny!). Sally and Spud were retrieving their jolly balls. Badger was sniffing around. Hoppy was doing his usual Hoppy stuff.
Then all of a sudden I threw the little jolly ball (Spud's ball), but Spud didn't see it. I pointed it out to Spud and told him to go get it. But instead of Spud going after it, Hoppy took off after it, brought it back and started retrieving....really retrieving. Look at these pics!!!!
Hubby and I were in shock! Then, just about when we were picking our lower jaws up from the sand, he started running and challenging Sally for her big jolly ball.....and beating her to it!!
Whether this triggered something in him and he's going to be a real retriever now, I have no idea. Maybe it was just a fluke. But at least for one afternoon...January 1, 2010...Hopalong Cassidy was a bona fide Labrador Retriever!!!!
Love it (and the pics)!
Bayou Bay's Jeb's Trouble Too, RN, CGC
LOL! What a great day at the beach! Maybe he made "retrieving" his New Year's Resolution!
good job hoppy! funny how they have days like that
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
Lets hope its a good change for him in 2010! I can see him diving in 2010 too!
'Don't grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach.'
~ Michelle Held
Rhys, Ruby and Nola
I think someone just told him what his last name was.
Hershey Kisses, In charge of getting Ed out to the dog park so that he gets some exercise.
Laura & CJ in New Hampshire