I was a cat girl growing up. Now, I am a lab girl for life!
I loved cats independence. Loved their gentle purrs and how they would sleep with you in the most obscure ways. My cat, Boots, loved sleeping right on top of my neck or chest.
Enter in Sexy Neck into my life in 1992 with a visit to his family home which was definitely a dog family. Their little dog, Mandy, was a sweetie. Someone to walk with, someone to greet you happily every single time you walked in the door and a great companion for everyone.
This cat girl growing up didn’t stand a chance! Nineteen years ago, I became a dog person, more specifically a Labrador retriever girl. My life would never be the same!
Over these years, I have had the privilege to learn from our two labs, KT and Summer. These are the specific lessons from Summer as this was a very Holy day celebrating her life.
💫 LIFE LESSONS FROM A LAB 💫
💫 Enjoy all the seasons, especially winter. Rolling around and sliding down slight inclines on your side is especially fun!
💫 Wag your tail at everyone but bark at the mailman.
💫 Always be on the lookout for food. You never know what you will find. Even things that you need to lick off the pavement are enjoyable.
💫 Be a baby watcher. Stand as close as you can with your wet nose on the baby blanket. Diapers are the best things to smell on babies. (We called Summer our “Nanny dog”.)
💫 Pour out love to the humans CLOSEST to you. Always be happy to see them. Always greet them at the door. Always look up to them with adoring eyes, especially when they have treats for you.
💫 Love children. All children. Always love those children that will rub your ears, your belly and play fetch with you.
💫 Take your master cross country skiing at all hours of the day. Be their companion and confidante listening to all their stories. Don’t get stuck in the powder!
💫 Be content being with, playing with and taking care of your core group of people. It’s the simple things.
💫 You are never too big to cuddle or have your ears and belly rubbed.
💫 Don’t leave the food you like unattended on the table. It might disappear! (This is a lesson from my boys: Nine and eleven year old. This is something Summer just started doing last year, which was ironic because her arthritis was so bad that we had to lift her into the car. That piece of toast on the table, though, no problem!)
💫 Don’t trust strange dogs.
💫 Be present
💫 A little mess doesn’t matter.
💫 The stuff you leave behind is meaningless. It’s the memories, the cuddles, the smells and the moments that create a MAGICAL life!
🙏🏻 LIFE LESSONS FROM A LAB 😘
Magical memories with this puppy: swimming, always being happy to see us, chasing golf balls, cross country skiing, eating every crumb off our floors, shedding a small dog every day, being my comfort and companion, witnessing the birth of all three of our boys…
Thank you faithful friend. Thank you for the life lessons that I will take with me for the rest of my life. I will miss you every day!
February 5th 10:28am 💜 Summer 🙏🏻