2 interesting things @ weekly LabFest today: black w/choc. color; heat exhaust'n
The temps have really*reduced our summer attendance at our weekly LabFests.* When they've been in the 100s we've often had only 3 Labs.*
Today, it was in the 80s in eastern Kansas and we had 6 Labs and 9 peeps (7 adults & 2 kids) in the shade of our pine grove on a knoll of a city park.
Jill & Jason's "Mattie" is a BF, the product of* Yellow and Chocolate parents.* Mattie had a definite chocolate cast to her coat.* Some hairs were chocolate.* Jill said that this occurs more prominently twice a year.* I thought it was an example of incomplete (genetic) dominance.* My previous Lab (Bess:* BF, AKC bench line, 55 lbs., 1967-81) had henna or auburn glints to her hair but this was the most obvious example of (what I take to be) incomplete genetic dominance.
One of our members has a BM Lab given him by Hill's SD (a Topeka company) for a long term nutritional study.* He came from a breeder about 300 miles away.* He's so dedicated (obsessed) with retrieving a Training Dummy* (TD) that when one is visible he won't play with other Labs, he just wants to retrieve.*
Because he's so obsessed with retrieving, his owner won't let let him retrieve until he plays at least 30-40 minutes with other dogs before throwing a* TD for him.* *
I didn't think he did any more retrieving than any of several other dogs we had there.* But about 45 minutes into our 60 minutes usual time, his BM started severely panting and his owner eventually decided to take him home early.* His Lab was very unsteady on his feet and staggered off toward their car.* Apparently he was very close to heat exhaustion.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Re: 2 interesting things @ weekly LabFest today: black w/choc. color; heat exhau
Hmmm... if he is required to play with the other dogs for 30-40 minutes before retrieves, and he started panting and staggering 45 minutes into the regular 60 minute play session, that means he was only retrieving for 5 or 10 minutes. At 80 degrees, it certainly was a nice temp for a doggie fest. I wonder what may have happened during pre-retrieve play?
Any thoughts on the long term nutritional study? How long has your friend had his "subject"?