Three weeks ago I posted that we were bringing home for the weekend a 6 yr old black lab female named Misty from the rescue center where we walked dogs this summer. My husband, who did not want another dog until next spring decided it would be awful to send her back after a home visit so I now have a new lab. She is settling in nicely with our family, getting used to our routine, etc. The first few days were a little worrisome because she was not used to being in a house after 5 months in a kennel setting. She was afraid of our rugs, could not go up or down our porch steps, was afraid of our hallway, etc. Our other pets were not the problem, our house was! Also the roads we walk on near our house hurt her feet because her pads were very soft so for a brief time I thought she might already have hip problems. Now her pads are tougher and she can go on the road without limping.
Right now she is stretched out on the area rug beside me, relaxed and content. Labs really belong in a home, not a kennel with many other barking dogs. The longer she is here at our house the more her Lab personality comes out. She makes the lab moaning/yawning noise now when we get up and let her out in the morning,and acts as if she considers us her family. She is now going up and down our basement stairs with no problem.
I don't think she is as well bred as our Max was, but she is also an American lab whereas he was an English lab. Her coat is much shorter and sleeker and her body type is different. She is very tennis ball crazy, even more than Max was. But, it has helped to keep her in our yard which is not fenced. As long as we have a tennis ball in our pocket she pays no attention to anything outside of her yard.
She is extremely affectionate. If we bend down to tie our shoes or get something from a lower cupboard she figures we are in her kissing territory and we get slobbered all over. She is very sweet and it feels right to have a lab in the house again. Our other dog, a mixed breed rescue, really seems to enjoy her company and is eating a lot better now that she is here.
I will post a picture soon, it takes me awhile since I am not really great at tech stuff!
Best congratulations on the new family member. It sounds as if Misty knows that she is home.
Can't wait to see the pictures, she's seems lovely
Thank you for taking her in. May you have many many more years together filled with much happiness
We adopted our boy, and love him so much. When he is not home with me, the house seems empty.
Enjoy every minute!!!
Last edited by kb7kuh; 10-29-2012 at 12:05 AM.
Don & Judy
Congrats! Glad that she is settling in so well.
I love foster failures! So glad you couldn't send her back!
Sounds like you and Misty have made a perfect match. Can't wait to see pics of her (and your other one too!)
Congrats on your new family member, you made my afternoon, I can't stop grinning.
I am so glad you kept Misty. She sounds like a real sweetheart. Can't wait to see her pictures.