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
Getting every last drop!