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    DefaultOne last tale of Wesley for the week...

    Thanks to Wes, I was the 2004 winner of the Just Labs Essay Contest. It was the second year of the competition, and when I saw the honoree of the first year, it was as if the gauntlet was thrown: I knew I could submit something worthwhile.






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    A Midnight Black Lab That I Revere

    Listen, my children, and you shall hear
    Of a midnight Black Lab that I revere
    On the fifthteeth of April, two-thousand and none
    'Twas born in a litter of seven, was one
    Who would change our lives forever, it's clear

    The Weckerly kids, they had begged and had pled
    For a canine pal to share their bed
    And home and and hearth and lives; and so
    We found no cause to still say "No"
    So off to breeders we did head

    Questions in hand then searched and we looked;
    Phone calls were made, site-visits were booked
    ' Til finally that litter of seven we found'
    And we liked what we saw; breeder nice, dam was sound
    And when one small black boy nuzzled near, we were hooked!

    He had moxie and spirit, the breeder then said
    With his mom's otter tail and his dad's blocky head
    He was one of the iirst, as they grew day-to-day
    To chase after a ball that was rolled for his play
    Watching intently showed us just how well-bred

    Eight weeks after his birth we arrived at his site;
    Although sad, his ddog-mom seemed relieved he took flight
    Papers signed, advice given, we piled back in the car
    And knew that we'd gotten a dog beyond par
    We drove home and prepped for that first nervous night

    To name this young prince was the task now at hand'
    So "Wesley" was chosen, 'twas not quite what I'd planned
    But an uncommond dog needs and uncommon label
    So we passed up on "Dusty" and "Inky" and "Sable,"
    Deciding his name could in no way be bland.

    He had his rough stages we had to endure
    Potty time, yes. Chewing shoes? To be surel
    But he was smart and was friendly we were glad to have found
    And he grew and he grew by leaps and by bounds
    And Obedience School his bad habits did cure

    A dog for all seasons, how he romps as rain pours!
    And in wintertime snows, his large Labby heart soars.
    A swim at the lake, a snuffle through leaves,
    A prance through spring flowers, he ducks and he weaves.
    "Get him out of my flowerbed!" enduring wife roars.

    Six months into his life we received quite a start:
    My wife told us all of good news to impart.
    But how would a doggy deal with a new baby?
    Would it bring strife or much worry? Well, maybe.
    But luckily Wesley just opened his heart.

    It was under the wing of our dog-training pro,
    The idea of competing did start and did grow.
    "Obedience ring. Conformation ring, too.
    Are both possibilities open to you."
    I thus began prep for his very first show.

    A local-run match marked our Wesley's debut.
    We did out-down-and-back with the rest of the crew.
    When the judge leaned in close, not a detail to miss,
    Wes answered to that with a wet, Labby kissl
    No ribbon for us, but a chuckle or two.

    Obedience trials, testing "sit" and "recall,"
    And we worked and we worked through that summer and fall.
    But no matter the breaks, the NQs that were marked,
    And the show where he left the ring, ran, jumped, and barked!
    I u,as sure that he knew it was fun above all.

    Finally, the lessons, they started to click;
    Patience and praise I found quite did the trick.
    'Twas a proud day, indeed, for both Wes and for me,
    When we'd trained and we'd worked and we'd earned CGC!
    lmpressed? I sure was, that he'd earned it so quick!

    To this day we are working, pursuing CD.
    One leg we have finished, just one of the three.
    But I'm proud of my boy and the progress we've made,
    And I consider it well with each entry fee paid.
    It's a nice team we make: canine him, human me.

    I read about Labs who help people in woe,
    And others who guide as blind owners do go.
    Tho' our Wesley's not overly brave or heroic,
    He's neither stand-offish nor cold or e'en stoic.
    Quite simply, he's just the best dog that I know

    Poem done, now it's time for a tennis-ball throw
    =)

    Kelrobin Cleveland Street Denizen, CGC, RN [Parker]

    "Dear George: Remember, no man is a failure who has friends. Thanks for the wings. Love, Clarence" -- IAWL Screenplay (1946)

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    Awww, I love it! Not surprise that it won!

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    Wow! That's a pretty awesome poem!

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    Awesome!! Was this posted before and I missed it??

    Congrats!

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    Love it!
    May I always be the kind of person my dog thinks I am

    Terri and Jazzy

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    Sweet!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MidwestGirl View Post
    Awesome!! Was this posted before and I missed it??

    Congrats!

    Prior version of the JL Board, IIRC.

    Kelrobin Cleveland Street Denizen, CGC, RN [Parker]

    "Dear George: Remember, no man is a failure who has friends. Thanks for the wings. Love, Clarence" -- IAWL Screenplay (1946)

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    WOW!! That must taken forever to put together? Just LOVE it! Thank you for sharing, Dan.
    ~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


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    Love that.. thanks for the memories of Wes!!

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    Oh how sweet! Very good job, very good subject too!


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