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Elsie is almost 2 years old!

These 2 years have sure gone by quick! It seems like we just got Elsie. She is such a sweetie pie! She really is a great dog. Is she perfect? Heck no. Does she still get into stuff? Yes! Does she still act like a crazy person sometimes? Yes. But she is a lab and labs are just like that. I love her to pieces!

Elsie 2018
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She loves to lay on the couch and hang with us. She loves going on walks, going for car rides (but hates the front seat), going to daycare, she loves visits from friends (humans and dogs)..  I need to tell you about her car ride yesterday. I was taking some items to Goodwill, and it was all in the backseat, so she had to sit in front. She didn’t even want to get in the car, but once she did she basically crunched herself into a little ball and had her head tucked into the crack of the seat. I was petting her, talking to her, had the window down for her – she would peak up a little and then hide. She kept looking lovingly at the back seat, wishing she could be back there! As soon as we dropped off our donations I let her get in back. She was so happy!!! I have a hammock style seat cover for in the back, and she really feels more secure with that in place, I guess. She thoroughly enjoyed the rest of our outings.

She is a silly dog, and not like any other lab I’ve had in the past. Believe it or not she does not like to play fetch, or catch. She will go run after the ball 2-3 times and then thats it. She will try to catch a ball a couple times and then she just sits there and lets it hit her. She cracks me up. She likes to try to cram 3 toys in her mouth at once (balls, bones, stuffed toys, whatever). She enjoys chewing on things. she likes to chase things, but does not like to be chased.

When we go to the dog park, she is the social committee – the greeter. As soon as she sees a car park, she runs to the gate to greet the newcomer. She is not an aggressive greeter, she is very calm. Everyone loves her!

We are starting a tricks class next week. I think she will enjoy that. we have done all the obedience classes already and she loves class. She is very food motivated so training is easy. She is not very athletic, so agility is not her thing. But tricks may be 🙂 We will see!

I tell you what, I love having her around. She loves following me around, and doing whatever I do.  She is my sweet pea!

Elsie is on a doggy diet!

dog diet
Elsie is such a happy dog!

I am not sure why, but it is weird having to put a dog on a diet. Elsie definitely loves food, and is very food motivated. I didn’t realize that we were feeding her too much, though. I have never had a dog that I needed to watch their weight. I knew she was chubby, but it wasn’t until we went to the vet last time for some vaccines that they said she needed to lose about 10 pounds! She is an English lab, so she will never be thin, they are built sturdier than other labs, but she needs to lose some bulk.

Elsie is an active dog, when we are home. I think during the day she lays around and rests, though. She does go to doggy daycare once a week, for some playtime and socialization. She sure loves that! As soon as we get close, she starts breathing hard and getting excited! She practically breaks down their gate to get inside!

Back to the diet. I put her on grain free, weight maintenance food. I also only feed about 2/3 of what it says on the bag. Vet said they always recommend more than the dogs actually need when they create the amounts on the bag. Don’t worry, she is not starving. I add a little coconut oil (for her coat), a little canned pure pumpkin,  some peas, carrots and broccoli. She loves the veggies!!

So far she has lost about 6 pounds – it has been about 2 months. So its a healthy rate of loss. She seems happy, doesn’t seem to be hungry, I think its a great diet for her! She still does get a little treat now and then, but I am watching it a bit more than I was before. I dont want her to have excess weight, labs get hip dysplasia and hopefully this will help her NOT get that!

Elsie is such a great dog, she is so sweet and fun! I love labs!

Elsie is 1 year old now!

Sorry, I haven’t kept up with this. Elsie turned 1 in April. She is a fun dog! If you’ve never had a lab, you should think about getting one! Never a dull day!

Just relaxing on the couch

She is a very typical lab. Social, friendly, a little goofy and into everything! She loves everyone! We go for our daily walks, and many days a week we also go to the dogpark. She plays nicely with every dog we meet. She likes to run and chase, but gets frustrated quickly if she can’t keep up. It’s really cute to watch her at the dogpark – she is one of the greeters. When she sees a dog coming up the walkway, she runs to the gate to greet them!

Elsie is really good on walks. She likes to walk slightly ahead of me, but she doesn’t pull. We need to stop and sniff and smell everything we pass. If a dog goes by on the other side of the street, she nods to say hello and we continue on our way. She is not dog aggressive at all, even when other dogs bark at her.  Sometimes she will bark back and then move on.

Elsie enjoys meeting people along the walks. She sometimes barks at them, but its not in a mean way. I think she is saying HELLO! She gets comfortable with the people pretty quick.  As a lab, she needs to carry things on our walks back home. I use to bring her collapsible bowl, and that’s what she would carry home, but now I don’t bring that with us. She knows how to drink from the water bottle, so I just bring a bottle that carries that home for me. Its her ‘job’.

I love Elsie so much! She is turning into a wonderful dog and I look forward to coming home to her each day!