This is Amber, our yellow lab puppy. She will be two years old in March. She weighs 94 pounds. She is a more than a double-handful for us, teaching us countless lessons on how to pay better attention, make SURE she’s on the proper side of the dog gate, make SURE all the food is put away properly in the kitchen, make SURE you’re braced and balanced before she runs into you, make SURE we only let one dog out at a time, and more.
We’ve been told that labs are puppies until they are two years old. I have no confidence that Amber got that memo.
That said, Amber has had a quiet day today! She seems to be feeling fine. She jumped right up to go in the CAR with us when we did errands this morning. She wagged her tail at countless people she saw at each place we stopped. When she got home, she actually gave us the squeaky ball a couple of times, instead of teasing us and actually wanting to play tug of war. She’s been out a couple of times and didn’t bring any deer parts into the yard. She didn’t get into anything in the garage, taking it outside to chew on it. She actually got in her place when asked with no protest. She didn’t get into any trash cans. She didn’t splash the water out of the water dish.
She hasn’t given back her dinner in over a week now. She nosed both cats and our elderly cocker spaniel/schnauzer mix, Molly, but didn’t knock anyone over or cause anyone to protest her attention. She’s only thrown my arm up over my head – her signal that she wants to go out – a couple of times today. She didn’t try to join me in my computer chair.
I’m not sure what to think. It’s been an absolute pleasure to be with her all day long (it’s mid-afternoon now.) We LOVE her ALL the time, but we have appreciated getting a bit of quiet time to collect our thoughts occasionally.
Is Amber turning over a new leaf?
Nah! She is just lulling us into a sense of relief and complacency before she brings us back to reality once again….