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  1. The thing that has stunned us the most is the intuitive nature. Sure most dogs learn words, few learn body language, subtle nuances and the quiet observations. There are times I swear Jack is listening and learning. He picks up things we didn't realize he learned. Its eerie at times.
  2. Thank you all! Ironically had a moment today with Jack again. I accidentally left the side gate open and Jack decided to roam. In the past, our lab is the one to run, this time is was Jack. Ran out the gate close to panic, calling and whistling, and here he came running right to me. Belly rubs and what a good boy followed. Yea, so glad over the past 20 years, we've done our due diligence on recall.
  3. Honestly it's been a grind. Five year grind. Gaining Jack's trust has been long and hard. Last weekend we had a hint of his trust while camping. This weekend we cut two mats from behind his ears and he layed quietly. He was suspicious and yet, he trusted us 100% for the first time. Absolutely 100%. Sorry, not sorry. Finally achieving that moment is amazing.
  4. Thank you Journey. One of the reviews I read on Amazon mentioned hardwood floors and skating rinks!
  5. The Show Sheen: by Equipet on Amazon? If so, horse or dog?
  6. Will try all the above suggestions. He's six or seven so the change from puppy to adult coat isn't the issue. When we brought him home from the pound his coat was full of burrs, tangles and mats. It was an absolute nightmare getting everything out. We thought we were going to have to shave him at first, thankfully with a bunch of conditioner, clipping and time we were able to get him sorted. We felt soo bad for him but now other than behind his ears, his coat is gorgeous. Thanks for the suggestions!
  7. Jack is having problems with mats behind his ears and they seem to pop up overnight. He is brushed regularly plus when we give him ear scratches we run our fingers through his fur but these stupid mats seem to happen overnight. Anyone have any suggestions? I know they are painful and they aren't exactly easy to cut out. Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.
  8. We let the boys out for their evening constitution as per our usual post dinner routine. When we let them in, Jack ran into the house reeking of s**t. We are not sure which species, whatever it was, it was particularly fresh and extremely foul smelling. With a lovely, yet subtle hint of musk. Ahh bath time at 11 o'clock in the evening... what a fun, planned activity. Then the lab wanted a bath as well, because I'm sure all of you know, what's good for the goose is always better for the gander. Dogs...tell me again why we have them? Oh and the fur tomorrow is going to be of apocalyptic nature.
  9. Beautiful big floofler! Jack dogs is 60lbs and not fat. When we asked our vet about his size he said it was unusual, he is just one of those big BCs. Enjoy that puppy hood while it lasts.
  10. We've had the same Jawz frisbee for almost 20 years.
  11. We've had at least one lab in our home for twenty years and all of them have shed about the same. The worst part of them is blowing their undercoat once or twice a year. Their outer coat rarely sheds, as that is part of their "waterproofing" and the soft downy coat keeps them warm while swimming in cold water. They shed the most in the spring and then again lightly in the fall. Most of the fur I vacuum up is border collie fur. As long as I brush our lab regularly, he doesn't shed much. Jack, on the other hand, sheds like crazy all the time. Brushing helps, he is just a shedding machine
  12. It's funny mentioning the frito/popcorn paws because all of our dogs have had that but only when they are warm, cozy and sleeping. Otherwise, they smell like dog paws. A gentleman I worked with years ago who had 50 plus years breeding, training and raising labs always swore up and down that his dogs that smelled "muskier" were his smartest, easiest to train dogs. That included the paw smell. Dunno how accurate he was but I can say our first lab was very musky and he was the smartest dog we've had. We rarely bathe the boys but when we do we use Fresh 'n Clean. They smell wonderful for at least a week or longer. $6 on amazon. A good brushing regularly seems to keep the stink to a minimum.
  13. We have always rescued until we bought Orion (our lab) from a breeder. We wanted the experience from start to finish. A year after buying Orion, we rescued Jack. Haven't had a single person say a thing about buying Orion, but, meh, my response if someone did would get me banned from this board. In the future we will probably buy from a breeder again, as we would like a fox terrier and they are an odd enough breed in this area to make it nearly impossible to find one in a shelter. Or we may rescue again, who knows what the future holds. People can go pound sand if they don't like your personal decisions. As long as it has no negative impact on their lives it is none of their business. Live and let live.
  14. I'm so sorry for your loss. Losing a pet unexpectedly has to be the worst feeling in the world. Years ago I was on a message board and someone had suddenly lost their dog and another person gave a lovely reply. I can't remember exactly what the quote was but here is the gist of it: this is the beauty of dogs. We bring them into our lives knowing full well they are going to break our hearts, yet we do it anyway. Most of us do it again and again with the knowledge of the outcome; their beauty, joy and love will forever outlast the heartbreak. No matter how many times we say "never again" the pull for unconditional love draws us right back.
  15. We are leaving for vacation fairly soon so I've been looking into boarding the boys. Normally we board with our vet but we are looking for more human interaction, play time type of experience. Plus our vet is rather expensive so we are trying to be less expensive. A friend of mine always boards their dogs at one kennel and she loves them so I decided to send them an email to check on availability. They sent an email back immediately stating they had space and asked for all pertinent information. I responded with all the info they requested and I stated that we would like to see their facility before we commit to them. It's been almost a week and we haven't heard back. So my question is, was I wrong in asking to see the facility? Maybe I should have asked about that in my original email but I was thinking about availability first. I'm guessing that I ticked them off and it's time to look for another option.
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