Hi guys! An enthusiastic (and slobbery) hello from Megan and Murray McGrath (McMurray to his friends). My husband and I got Murray, our 4-year-old black lab, 6 months ago from the wonderful Labradors & Friends Rescue in San Diego, CA. At 88 lbs, he came to us about 10 lbs overweight. I'm pleased to report that our most recent vet check (more on that) weighed him in at a healthy, happy 74.9! Twice-daily walks and careful feeding are really paying off. Murray is a big lug who likes to sleep in the sun, follow my husband around the yard, and play with his bone. He is almost completely non-noise-reactive (at first I wondered if he was slightly deaf!) and is gentle, friendly and submissive with humans. He just wants an ear scratch, and if you happen to be holding a sandwich, cookie, kibble, rock, snail, piece of string . . . well, he wouldn't mind a bite of that, too! In other words, he's such an accomplished beggar it is easy to see how those big puppy eyes earned him 10 extra pounds to carry around!
Of course all fur-parents say this, but our boy is just sooooo smart! He came to us knowing only sit (and, thankfully, was house-trained). He has learned a much more reliable sit, stay, come, down, leave it, high-five, high-ten, say hello (shake), roll over (still working on this one) and the beginnings of a very proper heel. He is the first dog I have trained and he is so smart and amiable that I just know I'm completely spoiled for all future dogs!
I'd love to foster other dogs and maybe do a bit of training (I've loved working with dogs from my time as a 14-year-old volunteer at my hometown's local humane society - I wanted to be a vet until I discovered how bad I was at biology!). Right now he's still a little shy, but with a bit more practice at his doggy-to-doggy social skills, I believe Murray would be the perfect companion in this. I also think he would make an excellent therapy dog, and our beginning obedience class instructor agrees! We'll be starting advanced class in preparation for the AKC's Canine Good Citizenship test and eventual therapy dog certification at the end of May!
Looking forward to browsing the forums!
Megan & Murray