Mc Farland, CAUSA
Hometown: Mc Farland
August 4, 2009
Nearly everything. Socializing, training, exercising, agility, swimming, competing, play days, Search and Rescue, service opportunities . . . all in a friendly environment!
My first chocolate lab was Holly (10, alpha female). Before Holly, I thought all dogs self-regulated. With Holly, I've learned the psychology of an alpha female, and boy, has that been an eye-opener. Honey (daughter, 6), is from Holly's first litter. She trained Sheriff's K-9 SAR for a while and had what I think was the best nose on the squad. Hunter is from Holly's second litter. He weighs in at 115 and is personally guarding the whole world from anything airborne -- birds, bugs, plastic bags, dragonflies, fluttering leaves. My Hoss (8/8/06 - 11/17/12), was Honey's brother and ran like an Arabian stallion. Beyond beautiful. We are all mourning our recent tragic loss of Hossie, who is wearing the green bandana in the photo. I'll update that later. Last to join our pack is Cookie, a border collie-queensland mix, about 3, who thinks the labs are cows. She keeps a sharp eye on them and brooks no nonsense whatsoever, although she is setting more realistic expectations lately.
My four-dog pack (3 chocs and a rescue border collie) are my greatest joy. I'm always looking for exercise, socializing, training ops. Nothing for them in McFarland.
This group is a terrific balance of work and socialization. Our trainer's quiet efficiency and skillful direction seem to balance challenge with realistic expectations. This is just a great chance to reinforce the basics of obedience while ratcheting it up a couple of notches.