My dog Casey and I have grown up together – we got him as a puppy when I was six, and he’s been a member of our family ever since. Now, ten years down the line, we’re still best buds. Casey, like a typical Yellow Lab, is very mellow and friendly, and he’s always looking for something to eat. While Casey and I were hanging out outside today, I decided to take some pictures of him, which I then decided to share with you fine folks. Here are some of the shots from today.
Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve loved dogs (Yellow Labs, mainly, and with good reason.) After all, they do say that a dog is a man’s best friend. Dogs being my favorite animal, I decided to do a little more research into the history and background of my favorite breed: Labrador Retrievers. Casey is a big dog, even by Labrador Retriever standards: he’s very tall, and weighs 120 pounds or so, while the average for most Labs is anywhere from 55 to 75 pounds, though he’s really friendly and gentle. According to the American Kennel Club, Labrador Retrievers are “outgoing and devoted companions,” which definitely stands true for Casey.
A Little History
Labs were originally from Newfoundland (not Labrador, which I found really surprising) and were (and still are) used for hunting and water dogs. While considered a sporting breed, Labs are also used for companion dogs, and are extremely popular as pets, being one of the most popular breeds in the United States.
A Brief Casey Story
When Casey and I were little, Casey had free roam of the garage, which was also the room where his food, toys, and treats were stored. One day, Dad went outside to feed Casey his dinner, but when he set down his bowl of kibble, Casey (who usually jumped at any opportunity to get food) sat staring at the bowl, not budging an inch. He looked like he “swallowed a cantaloupe,” according to my parents. It was then Dad noticed a chewed up box of Scooby-Snacks dog treats, previously filled nearly to the top and now completely empty. Needless to say, Casey, innocently guilty, didn’t want to eat his dinner that night.
I’ll be adding some more photos of Casey (and possibly another story or two) soon, but until then, that concludes this post.
For more information of Labrador Retrievers, check out a couple of these awesome web resources: http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/labrador.htm, http://www.akc.org/breeds/labrador_retriever/index.cfm, and http://www.cc-labrescue.org/top_dog.html.