Half Lab- half fish?

Old 07-10-2010, 02:47 PM
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My DD has a yellow lab, Charlie. He's about 1 1/2 years old and such a good dog. Let's the kids lean on him, the toddler pulls his fur, etc but he never snips or growls. Just looks at us like "help me"....
Anyway they took him with them to a friends new country house which happens to have a large deep pond in the back. Charlie saw it and took off, jumped in and kept swimming around. When he got tired he put his 2 front paws on the dock ladder, caught his breath, and took off again!
They couldn't get him out to go home.
They had table scraps, a bone, treats, etc. Nothing would get him out of the water.
So they left him at the friends house over night. They said he didn't come out for a couple more hours. Then he zonked out and slept all night.
This morning he whined at the back door till they opened it and off he ran back to the water.
Is this just Charlie or do Labs LOVE water?
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Old 07-10-2010, 02:53 PM
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My DS and DDIL have a lab and her parents have two and they love, love, love the pond.
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Oh yes they love water!!!!!! Good luck getting him home. Your friends may have a new dog.
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Old 07-10-2010, 03:04 PM
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All retrievers are water dogs, it's what they're bred to do. Yes, they love the water. Labs are especially good at retrieving ducks from the water because they have a very soft mouth. (that just means they don't bite down on them)


Then again, it could be that old Charlie just needs a rest from getting laid on, his fur pulled, etc. lol


Labs also have a reputation for being excellent with children and families.
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Old 07-10-2010, 03:27 PM
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Labs are water lovers!!!!
I currently have 3 of them and they love the water. There's just not place nearby for them to swim!
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Old 07-10-2010, 03:33 PM
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We had a dog that was half lab and she absolutely hated water. Would walk the long way around puddles, etc.
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Old 07-10-2010, 03:40 PM
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Originally Posted by cjomomma
Oh yes they love water!!!!!! Good luck getting him home. Your friends may have a new dog.
That's what we're afraid of... :)
The kids love love love him, and the rest of us do too. Best dog we've ever had in our family.
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Originally Posted by raptureready
Then again, it could be that old Charlie just needs a rest from getting laid on, his fur pulled, etc. lol
:-D :-D :-D
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Old 07-10-2010, 04:08 PM
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We have a yellow lab named Charlie too. He can swim like a fish............so cute that yours doesnt want to come out of the water.
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Our dog Linus is part lab with those big webbed paws. He climbs the pool ladder and jumps into the pool, swims leisurely around a few laps and then climbs back out.
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