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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!

Our silly puppy

Elsie is so silly. She loves to be bratty just to get our attention. She doesn’t enjoy good attention as much as she prefers us to try to get us to chase her. We don’t chase her, but that’s what she wants.

Someone told me to ‘trade’ her treats for things she brings in from outside, or things she steals, so she doesn’t run away from us – instead she just hands over the prized possession for a treat. It works really well, and she volunteers up whatever it is IF we give her  a treat. Sometimes I think she wants a treat so she goes to find something so I will ‘trade’ her.

Elsie the silly lab - tree trimming
Tree Trimming!

Lately she has been bringing in large branches. She has a hard time bringing them in through the doggie door, but sometimes she manages to get the branches inside. Here is a picture of one she got the other day – it had 3 little pine cones on it, too! Bonus!! I let her keep that branch for a while – it looked like it was hard to get.

Another silly thing she enjoys doing is trying to carry multiple toys at once. She will have one or two in her mouth, and then she will be kicking a tennis ball around with her feet. She is getting pretty great at dribbling the tennis ball (soccer style). Every time I try to video tape it, though, she stops!

carrying 2 balls
2 balls at once!

Elsie loves getting her picture taken, but not when she is concentrating on all the toys, I guess. She cracks me up!

Another really cute thing she does – which is kind of annoying, but a total lab thing. She splashes in her water bowl. She loves to spread water all over the place and then lay in it. If I put water in her pool, she does the same thing. At the dog park, she goes to the water fountain and tries to get the water out of it and onto the area around it, so she can lay in it. Then after she gets wet, she runs over to the dirt and rolls around! Its funny to watch, but that means bath time when we get home and I dont always have time for that. 🙂

Owning a lab is fun. They have such great personalities and are always doing something silly. I love Elsie!