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Put the Kettle on....

There's a Teenager in the House 
Jan. 7, 2012 5:30 am 
Updated: Jan. 8, 2012 9:01 am
Yesterday was our chocolate lab, Missy's, birthday.  She's been a part of this family for 13 years, long retired from the marsh.  Suzy, our black lab, joined us three years ago to take over the hunting/retrieving job that Missy had done so well for ten years.  Suzy is coming along nicely and is learning a lot from Missy.

Years ago my parents had a champion show dog, Chief, that they used for stud service.  I wanted a chocolate lab in the worst way.  Finally a litter was born with female chocolates.  We checked out the litter and 7 weeks later Rojo's Klasy Chocolate Artemis aka Missy came home to live with us.  She claimed Steve as "Her Boy".  To this day if I tell her that her boy is home, she races to the door, toy in mouth, to greet him.  Of course, she races to the door, toy in mouth, to greet everyone!   My parents also got a puppy from that same litter; a male chocolate that they named Prince.  Missy and Prince grew up together, becoming fast friends.  Missy was the bossy one and could overpower Prince and take any toy from him within minutes. 

Prince and Missy weren't very old, just a couple months, when the opportunity arose for them to be models for a company for petcare products.  They both went for a photoshoot and they actually made it on the cover of a brochure for this petcare company!  They got paid for their work, making them professional models!

As the years went by they didn't get to see each other as often as when they were puppies.  Life got busy and we just didn't take either one to see each other.  Well, yesterday was their 13th birthday - quite a milestone for labrador retrievers.   After dinner we loaded Missy up in the car and headed for my mom and dad's house.  We made a quick stop at Dairy Queen for an ice cream cake for the humans and a small dish of vanilla for the birthday dogs.  In our house, any excuse for ice cream goes.

My dad opened the door and the dogs greeted each other with lots of smells and licks.  Then they spent some time taking turns carrying the toys around to everyone.  We put birthday hats on them and gave them their ice cream.  Trying to get their pictures was quite a chore.  They sure aren't as cooperative as geriatric dogs as they were as puppies!  I think it had something to do with food being involved this time. 

Missy wants her ice cream treat
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Getting every last drop!
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Jan. 7, 2012 6:27 am
Ahh! What would we do without the dogs in our lives? When you said that about "Her boy", it took me right back to the day Ryan came home. Bane, I think, claimed him as a litter mate more so than "his boy" but he was so excited to see Ryan when he got back. Every morning now, Bane prances down the hallway with a toy to see if he can get the other kid in the house to play. Happy Birthday, Missy and Prince!
Jan. 7, 2012 6:48 am
Your littermate comment made me realize something - I think Suzy tried to claim Steve as her littermate, but he insists on being The Boss with her. She's learning, but she still shoves a toy in his face and then gives him a good lick in the ear every morning and evening! How is Bane coming along? He should be about a year old by now??
Jan. 7, 2012 8:19 am
Aww, gosh I love labs. I mean, most doga are ok, but labs and retrievers just steal my heart every bloody time. Happy Birthday to the pooches
Jan. 7, 2012 8:24 am
Raedwulf - before Missy we had 2 golden retrievers. I absolutely loved them, but not all their hair floating around everywhere! The labs are just as great as the goldens but I don't seem to find as much loose hair. I'm a sucker for any sporting dog. Well, I'm a sucker for any dog actually - we just always have a sporting dog because my "boys" are hunters.
Jan. 7, 2012 8:42 am
Mother Ann-I love your dogs. I think it is cute the dogs would wear a party hat. I have a part golden retriever part mutt. She is a sweet dog. She is my daughter's dog for sure. Whenever my daughter comes over, our dog gets super excited. Misha wants to sit in my daughter's lap even though she is 90 some pounds. I swear if I get the camera out and say smile-Misha smiles. LOL.
Jan. 7, 2012 8:46 am
Lela, I didn't think Missy would keep the hat on, but turns out she loves it. Misha sounds like a great dog! Funny how the big dogs want to be lap dogs, huh??!
Jan. 7, 2012 9:22 am
Mother Ann, I think the big dogs think they are the size of a small toy poodle.
Jan. 7, 2012 10:05 am
Mother Ann, give those gorgeous labs of yours a nice big hug from me! I miss giving doggy a virtual (((HUG))) is the next best thing!
Jan. 7, 2012 10:51 am
Wyattdogster - Missy got a big old hug from me for you! I'm sure when my parents read this blog, they'll give Prince a good hug as well. ;)
Jan. 7, 2012 10:56 am
Birthday party? For a dog? With ice cream? I wanna be a dog in your house! ... Beautiful blog, Mother Ann!
Jan. 7, 2012 10:57 am
I wanna be a dog in my house! That is different than being in the doghouse - a place nobody wants to be at my house!!
Jan. 7, 2012 11:31 am
Lela we have a Jack Russel/Australian Terrier cross. He goes 27 lbs and conversely, he thinks that he's a BIG dog. Aren't they all just idiots? Adorable idiots...omg, I used adorable in a sentence. Excuse while I go rebuild a house or something...
Jan. 7, 2012 12:16 pm
What a great excuse for a party, Mother Ann! Such cute puppies. Can't believe they consented to wear the party hats. Must have been the ice cream that distracted them. And you've just given me inspiration for my next blog entry! :)
Jan. 7, 2012 12:56 pm
My aunts dogs LOVE hats for some reason. Every Christmas they get to wear reindeer antler hats and they get so excited and prance around showing off their headgear... my friend's dog too is a big dog that thinks she's a lap dog. She's part pit bull, part German shepherd, part golden retriever, so she's pretty sizable, but mostly grew up at my friend's parents' house and they had three small dogs, so when the small dogs were curled up in someone's lap, the big one got jealous and would try to sit in my friend's lap. Pretty comical!
Jan. 7, 2012 1:35 pm
lucylove - any excuse for a party with my gang! My daughter has a cocker spaniel that she dresses in a bee costume for Halloween. Maggie loves that costume! She'll beg to have it put on her. If you know anything about labs - food of any kind will distract them.... Can't wait to read your next blog!
Jan. 7, 2012 1:37 pm
Alex - our first dog was a golden retrienver and we tried to make her wear a pair of those antlers - she would have nothing to do with them! Our dogs love to sit on our laps; I wonder if it's because we have cats that they see curled up on our laps so they get jealous?
Jan. 7, 2012 10:09 pm
Mother Ann..Your blogs always bring a smile to my face! Sometimes I think it is a sin how much we spoil our Judy Rose(She is nowhere near a pure-bred, being Chocolate Lab and Pitt, but every bit as beautiful and loving as any dog could be). We had her first Birthday Party in September and she posed with her Princess Crown on so proudly and eating the Vanilla Cupcake that Daddy brought home for her! I only hope that we have as many birthdays with her as you have had with your Missy and Chief!
Jan. 7, 2012 10:47 pm
I miss having dogs! My dad always had black labs or goldens. Such great animals all of them. Alas, the co-op board only allows cats and that is very reluctantly. Happy birthday to Missy and Prince!
Jan. 8, 2012 4:13 am
Anissa, a dog doesn't have to be a purebred to be a good dog or beautiful. I rescued a part lab- part collie-part-whatever dog, Daisy, intending to fatten her up and find her a good home. Twelve years later she was still ours, mostly because she was so kind and appreciative of all we did for her. Spoil Judy Rose and save that Princess Crown for every birthday. No matter how many years we get to love our dogs it's never enough. I guess that's so we can make room to love yet another one....
Jan. 8, 2012 4:18 am
BSM: When I first got married our apt. would not allow pets, of any kind. It was the first and only time in my life that I did not have any pets. After about a month I was miserable so I snuck in a guinea pig. After a year we had to move so I could have pets. I now have 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 cockatiel and an iguana. The iguana is really my son's but I think he's pretty cool. When my kids were young we also had rabbits, hedgehogs, guinea pigs, hamsters, turtles,chickens, ducks, you name it we had it.
Jan. 8, 2012 7:58 am
Happy Birthday Missy and Prince from your four legged friend Prue! Woof! Mother Ann, as always a great blog. I hope all is well on the home front and give Missy an extra scratch behind the ear for me!
Jan. 8, 2012 9:01 am
dragonfly (and Prue) - thanks for the birthday wishes! All is well here. If only the weather would either freeze or dry up - all this mud is driving me nuts!
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I've been married for 32 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have a black lab that gets to go duck hunting with dad, 2 cats, 2 cockatiels. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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