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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!

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!

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!

Meet Elsie – our English Lab Puppy

Elsie English LabWe have a new puppy, Elsie. Well, we have had her for several months now, but I haven’t posted.

She is now about 10 months old and is a super adorable English lab.  We have had her since August, we got her when she was about 4 months old. She has been a lot of work, but we have almost made it through the hardest part of puppy ownership.  I wont go as far to say she is obedient, but she does listen most of the time to what we ask.

She completed a puppy class, Beginning Obedience and Intermediate Obedience classes. Elsie knows many things, and if I have treats she will perform pretty much flawlessly. But during a normal day, and when treats are not involved, she is no longer focused on me or what I ask of her.  Yes, she will sometimes listen but as a whole she is more focused on whatever toy, rock, stick or random thing she has found outside.

She goes to doggy daycare once a week. Elsie is super social and loves all dogs – and loves people, too! Lately, however, she has started to growl at new people – but just for a minute and then she wants to kiss them and play with them.  Best part of being a lab  is that she is not aggressive at all to dogs or people!

Elsie is a big girl. She weighs about 70 pounds right now. She could probably use a little dietary restriction. Problem mainly is that I broke my foot about 4 months ago and our exercise routine was greatly impacted! I just recently got out of the boot and can walk her again – so we will get a lot more exercise now and hopefully that will thin her out a tiny bit.

I’ll start posting more things, but this was just to introduce you to our new little baby! You can follow her on instagram – I post photos daily. Her name on instagram is Elsiesweetpea <3