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zacfields

Member Since 19 Aug 2013
Offline Last Active Sep 30 2013 11:37 AM
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In Topic: My New Puppy, Lola

19 September 2013 - 10:06 AM

As Lola has gotten older, we've discovered something about her. We don't believe she is actually a black lab at all, but rather a flat-coat retriever. We're perfectly okay with this, but it has been quite the revelation as Lola continues to have long curly hair on her ears. The real telling factor was this week when we decided to acquire another pup (a lot of work - we know... did a lot of research beforehand) but this time we actually did get a purebred chocolate lab. They are the same age, but he's MUCH more muscular looking than she is and they have totally different temperaments, even though they are both sweeties! Plus she has a very soft, plush coat whereas our new pup has a more rough, almost wirey coat. 

 

Here is an updated picture of Lola. In comparing it with pictures of black labs and of flat-coat retrievers, we feel very strongly that she is the latter. I have actually ordered a DNA test for her to double-check. Again, we're happy with whatever breed she is - but now we're curious! I think the issue is that we actually got Lola from a farm, not actual breeders. So my guess is that they had two adult black dogs and just referred to them as labs when at least one of them must have been a flat-coat retriever instead. They actually look more like black-colored golden retrievers than labs as adults, though the puppies look very similar in the face until they start getting the curly/wavy ear hair. 

 

I guess I don't belong on this forum anymore :( haha


In Topic: Do you consider your dog/s and/or cats/pets family ?:)?

22 August 2013 - 08:59 AM

My family has always given Christmas presents to the dogs - usually a stocking full of toys and chewies. It's like watching a little kid get a present - they're so excited! 

 

I've always considered pets as part of the family. If you think about it, how could you not? Dogs instinctively view you as the leader of their pack (part of their family), so why wouldn't you reciprocate. Dogs spend their entire lives trying to please us, so the least we can do is consider them part of our family :) 


In Topic: My New Puppy, Lola

22 August 2013 - 08:42 AM

Lola received her first set of shots (distemper - I believe) just a couple days before we got her.. August 6th I think. We have an appointment with our vet on Tuesday next week to get her next shots. 

 

Funny you should mention intestinal worms! We made the assumption that the family we got Lola from had been properly worming her before we got her, but that must not have been the case because we discovered hookworms in her stool a few days ago and had to run her to the vet to be dewormed. Contrary to popular belief, you actually can visually see hookworms. They're about as thick as a strand of hair and you'll know they're worms because they'll be moving! Gross! The vet gave her a chewable dewormer and within about 12 hours we could no longer see the worms. We're going to make sure they give her another round of dewormer on Tuesday, if necessary (and I've read that it usually is). 

 

Lola is 9 weeks old today and she is biting like crazy! Is this normal for a lab puppy? If you pick her up, she will chomp at your neck/nose/ears/etc and when she's on the ground she will chomp and your feet - and those little needle teeth hurt! For now, we're doing the old "misdirection" trick - stuffing a toy or a chewy in her mouth when she starts to bite, but we're hoping this is just a phase that she'll grow out of. She's very difficult to play with right now for this reason (but of course we still try). 

 

My parents have a Sheltie and another dog that's a total mutt (we have no idea what he is, but he's very playful during playtime and very relaxed when it's not playtime). 


In Topic: My New Puppy, Lola

21 August 2013 - 08:26 AM

Thanks for the reply, Kurt! We are so excited and Lola is growing like a weed. She weighed 8.4 pounds yesterday - seems a little on the light side from what I've read, but she eats well and romps around like a normal pup so we're not concerned. 

 

We actually recently bought the house next door to my parents, and they have two dogs who don't mind playing with Lola. She has a little trouble trying to keep up with them as she hasn't quite built the coordination/balance to do much more than run in short spurts before laying down to rest, but she still enjoys doing what she can with them. Mom and Dad pick her up and play with her daily as well, and of course she eats up all the attention. 

 

I'll keep you guys updated!