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3/7/08 9:50 P

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Hi KE28KEMN - this is a great story and so true - you need to harness their energy in a positive way. We have our dogs trained to use a bell when they want to go out. We get a kick out of our big lab, Mason, because he uses it as a communication device for many things. He rings it one way to go out and another if he wants water. Also - I love your signature saying about the small things. Maizey

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3/6/08 9:17 P

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When we got Molly, my parents were on the verge of RETURNING HER! She would get into EVERYTHING.. she even ate the wallpaper off the MIDDLE of the wall! In addition to.. my bras, my moms shoes, table and chair legs... etc.

However, now that she is about a year she has turned around and is the brightest dog we have EVER owned! She gets the newspaper in the morning, rings a bell on the door when she wants to go out, and not only that, but if you point to something she will gently pick it up and bring it over to you! With a little patience and a lot of love I think that your dog will learn how to fit in

"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."


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3/5/08 11:13 A

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Cheryl - labs get into so much! Your Spencer sounds like a lab that was at puppy training w/ my last lab Onix. That dog was in year round trainng to help him and the family stay focused bc he was very distructive. But they are good dogs and great when they start calming down!

My new baby has now learned to get onto the bathroom counter! She is only 9 weeks old and I have never had a dog that does that. She was crying last night and we went in and she was stuck up there and couldn't down - did it twice. I cleared everything so hopefully whatever was tempting her to get up there is gone.

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3/1/08 8:00 P

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Ah the mischief these pups can get into. Glad that Spenser is leveling off and has a playmate too. Interesting that in our house the tables are turned. Our purebred lab is sweet and easy going, no destruction gene, except his toys. Our other dog, a black lab and border collie mix, is a real pip and keeps the household stirred up with her barking and tennis ball obsession!

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2/26/08 9:24 P

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We got Spencer when he was a baby. He's a yellow lab and two years old now. He is a beautiful dog, very regal looking but he was a challenge when he was young. I could have written the book "Marley". He was kicked out of day care when he was 10 months, he pulled down wall paper (I was going to do it anyway), he chewed my furniture, wall corners etc. He was very energetic!! But thru it all he always looks like he's smiling. Every day is a good day for Spencer. We have since adopted another dog , Jack, as a play-mate for Spencer. Jack is a mix of black lab and border collie, and is so laid back. They get along great, and Spencer has settled down a lot. I love my furry family. Bye for now , Cheryl

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