​Labrador Rescuers
So You're Looking for a Dog?...

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Maybe the picture in your mind is a cute puppy that will grow up to be a loyal member of your family, more human than canine. That is a wonderful dream and make no mistake, it's a dream that can come true. But along with that dream comes many of the parental trials and tribulations that raising a human child entails.

Puppies, like babies, are cute and cuddly but require lots of attention and training. It's a long road before they are actually responsible members of the family that can be trusted not to throw a wild party when you’re gone for the night.

That dream of a Labrador Retriever gracing your lives, fulfilling your mental picture of a loving, trustworthy, reliable and almost human member of your family can be achieved relatively easily with little or no effort by adopting a Senior.

As I reflect back on my own Senior Lab, I remember the dignity that emanated from her along with the almost perfect symbiotic relationship that we had developed. I think they call it a mature relationship when speaking of humans. The playful side never disappeared but she just seemed to know when I was up for it and understood the times when I just wanted companionship. She was always on the "same page" with me and that type of relationship only comes with age and maturity.

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Dogs are similar to wine in that the quality of the grapes are important and with a Lab you are starting with the best grapes but wine needs to age in order to achieve the fullness that brings that subtle nod of your head and a smile to your face when you take that first sip. So it is with dogs too and a Senior Lab is as close as you can come to that perfectly aged wine tasting experience.

Every Senior Lab I've fostered has brought that same nod and a smile into my life as once again I taste perfection. Like wine, they all have their own distinct qualities and differences but that perfect taste has always been there.

So while you are considering adoption I am asking you to consider one other part of the equation: Are you the vintner or the connoisseur? Remember, there's more than one bottle in the cellar. Don't let a sprinkling of dust on a bottle or a few speckles of grey hair in the face make you miss out on one of the most sublime pleasures in life, a Senior Labrador Retriever, like wine aged to perfection.

Kevin Buckley
​Labrador Rescuers Volunteer