When we go to the dog park Duke behaves like you would expect from an 8 1/2 year old Lab. He noodles around, sniffs, marks, and occasionally runs aimlessly in circles.
But when he sees me pull out his orange training bumper from my back pocket he drops at least 7 of those years on the ground and starts behaving like a young puppy, jumping up and down, spinning in circles, and ears so perked they look like sails. I can almost hear him screaming Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy Throw it, throw it, Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy.
When his time comes to cross the bridge I can guarantee he will have that bumper with him.
Duke and Freckles at their country home
That made me really happy and really sad at the same time.
"Each is a creature of Earth and is entitled to reside on it with dignity"
So sweet.....you described it so perfectly I could see him!
My brother's lab Hunter was the same way about his orange bumper. When he passed away a couple of years ago at 13 he was indeed buried with one of his favorite orange bumpers. Java has his other favorite bumper.
Awwwww sweet Duke!
~Veronica and Nikki~
Sweet Emma, 16th of February 1996~26th of November 2010
Always in my heart and soul. Together forever, my love....
Nikki 6 months
May I always be the kind of person my dog thinks I am
Terri and Jazzy
I laughed and cried at the same time. How perfectly you know Duke. You are both fortunate to have each other.
Kelleygreens Couer D'Or, CGC,CD, RAE2 - Doro - Nov. 21, 1995 to Jan. 14, 2010
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