What is it like for the life of a Labrador? It’s hard to believe that we have had Lola for almost two years now, and we can’t imagine life without her. I know we’ll miss her when we go on holiday, but at the same time I know she’ll be well looked after.
She is such an easy dog, with some mischief sprinkled in to keep us all on our toes. We’ve all learnt a lot since welcoming her into our family, and I think on some levels we’re still learning.
I do wonder sometimes what goes on in a dog’s mind. She can go from being fast asleep and snoring to wide awake and alert in a split second if she thinks she may be missing out on something. It’s quite amazing to watch.
I decided to follow Lola around with my camera the other day as we both spent the day together to see just what happens during a day in the life of a Labrador.
The Life Of A Labrador In The Morning
We are quite lucky that Lola is crated overnight which means that we almost control the time she gets up in the morning. It was the best decision we made to get a crate for her and she still happily loves it now. When Lola gets up she is always excited to see whichever one of us greets her first.
I find if it’s myself letting her out of her crate for breakfast then she will sit patiently at the bottom of the stairs waiting for her master until he comes down or she is given permission to go upstairs. She doesn’t wait for me in the mornings if I’m not down first. Hubby and Lola definitely have a firm bond that no-one else in the family can break.
First things first on our morning routine is breakfast and then out into the garden for a wee. It has to be in that order for some reason as well. She’s definitely a creature of habit.
After breakfast and a quick trip into the garden, she will wait follow Hubby around or myself if I’ve got food until it’s time for her morning walk. This is usually a quick trip around the block with her long walk around lunch time, depending on what is happening during the day.
During the hotter weather the midday walk is often put back to the evening, but we are lucky that she is happy to be walked at any time of the day and doesn’t fuss too much if she’s made to wait.
Lola’s morning is spent sleeping mainly. She likes her small basket she had when she was a puppy, still cramming herself into it despite having a large cushion to lay on. I am not sure what we’re going to do when the basket finally breaks, as every new cushion we introduce to her she turns her nose up at.
The Life Of A Labrador In The Afternoon
By lunch time she is ready for her exercise and most days we go to the local park and river so she has plenty of room to run and catch her ball before having a quick swim. She will spend hours playing in the water and running across the park given the choice.
Lola’s second meal of the day is given at lunch time after her walk. This routine seems to suit her well, and apart from perhaps a treat in her kong in the evening or a dentastick then this is her fed for the day.
The afternoon more sleeping is in order after her dinner, and it appears to be the evenings that she likes to wake up again to play.
It really is a dog’s life!
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