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    CoolLabs vs. Curly. 1 Year In.

    I'm writing this note listening to the incessant sound of a Kong Tennis ball. Squeak. Squeak. Squeak. Squeak.

    I used to think I hated that terrible high pitched sound - as annoying as nails on a chalk board, but after nearly a year with Nola, I've learned to love it. I love it because she loves it. She loves it because it makes me laugh, and making me laugh is the one thing that she loves more than anything she has encountered in the entire universe, thus far.

    There are many things that attracted me to a Curly-Coated Retriever. The first being its moderate construction, its unique coat being the second thing. I'd always wanted something 'different'.

    The absolute most terrifying thing to me when I was considering a breed switch from my beloved and devoted Labradors to an unknown, unsung Curly-Coated Retriever was the breed itself. Something kept me from jumping head first into the Curly-Coated pond -

    ...A Curly sometimes appears aloof or self-willed, and, as such, is often less demonstrative, particularly toward strangers, than the other retriever breeds...
    There it is. How on earth is someone who loves to be out in the world acompanied by the sweet sound of a panting, engaged, and 'happy to be out there' dog supposed to exist with a breed who by its very description is aloof?

    Disinterested, disengaged, laissez-faire, out of the picture... All words that I did not ever want to use to desribe a dog of mine. Who would want such a dog?

    And so, there I sat. My perfect little ball of blackness, my 8 week old puppy on my lap, outgoing and fearless. I had arrived. And so I waited, for her to become this disengaged wallflower, a monster of her own aloofness.

    And I waited. And waited. And waited. Squeak. Squeak. Squeak. Squeak.

    While I waited, what I realized is that ALOOF is a terrible word to describe a Curly-Coated Retriever.

    At least mine.

    While she is not as comfortable being at the center of attention as her Labradorable siblings, she is extremely comfortable just being. She doesn't want a ticker tape parade thrown in her honor, but she is happy to be there at the parade.

    She is not disinterested, she is unconcerned. She is not difficult to train, she is quick to bore. She is not out of the picture, she is happy to be a part of the background, just squeak, squeak, squeaking her tennis ball.

    And this, besides her whirlwind jacket of Curly, I think is the difference between a Labrador and Curly. A Labrador is not happy until the soiree thrown in his honor has begun while a Curly wonders 'why all the fuss?'

    There's nothing fancy about my Curly. She is very happy to please so long as what pleases me also happens to please her.

    A Labrador loves to be laughed at. A Curly loves to make you laugh.

    My Curly, my darling Ms Nola will be 1 year old next week. I can't believe that time has gone so fast and she has become such a beautiful sweet thing. I can honestly say that I don't think I'll ever call her a 'lady'. But the little dog my big girl has grown up to be pleases me immensely. And I hope that we have many new adventures together with her by my side, engaged. Squeak. Squeak. Squeak.

    In the meantime, I will celebrate her differences instead of identifying them. My Nola defies being a slave to the ordinary, the commonplace. And that is what the standard should say.


    So, what? Am I a good girl Mum?
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    I loved reading your post. Wow! Makes me want a curly now...
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    Thanks, I was asked to write a follow up to an article I wrote last year for the Curly Commentator.

    You can read that article here if you like.

    https://www.justlabradors.com/forum/l...one-month.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luvmydog2much View Post
    I'd always wanted something 'different'.
    That's cuz you're a bit "different". Different is good. Normal is boring. From one "different" peep to another.



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    Great post!

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    Loved reading that....and how fitting to find this on a day that I was missing some beloved Curlies myself. I wish my friend had been around to read this. From the interactions I had with her curlies I would say you hit the nail on the head.

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    What a great post! And I absolutely love that last pic of Miss Nola!

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    aww too sweet! Nola is one amazing ambassador for her breed!
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    That's a lovely and enlightening post. Lola's a special girl.

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    I have always loved the Nola stories and think she is absolutely gorgeous. Your description of the differences shows how much you love her. You found the good in what some see as the "differences". That is what is important!
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