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Okay so since I walk some pretty neat-looking dogs I decided to post up some of my snaps of them in an ongoing thread. Naturally my opportunities to stand around looking through the viewfinder of my iPhone are few and far between before someone decides to do something silly or pull a fast one. But I still get some pictures! Enjoy a day in my dog-life.



"Hey Toby do you wanna get the dog-buddies?!"




"I was kind of in the middle of something..."




"...Alright, I'll meet you at the door okay?"




"Actually, I'll meet you at the park..."




What Lexy does to her face as soon as we get there.




Doing some gardening around the park.




Again, with the buckets. LOL.




The Puppy Flop. Trademark of a tired lab.




Lexy loves the occasional leaf, dandelion or tender horsetail chute. Here she is about to take a bite. Initially I was worried about possible pesticides, but upon inquiring with the maintenance guys they just looked at me, looked to the weed-infested garden, and laughed. So as long as she doesn't overdo it and leave-it when I tell her to, I let her enjoy a few moments embracing the life of the Peaceful Herbivore.




Tender and nutty, with grassy notes...


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Walking in her jungle.




Snacking on some grass LOL. She looks like she is going 'OMG!'




Now... Time to get Comanche! He is a huuuge and strong dog, but still a nice change in pace from Lexy as he's 2 now and has had some crackerjack training. Until he sees a robin LOL.




He is a White GSD, or a White Swiss Shepherd. Really rare in our area so the owners got him from France. A very calm, charming and gentle fellow but he is a real tease when he gets a tennis ball in his mouth!
 

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And you probably saw this coming :) Lexy is a very sociable but timid girl who desperately wants play but can be very submissive and a push-over. Enter Comanche; confident, very laid back, well-balanced and loooves to be chased. At first Lexy took a few minutes to come out of that shy/hyper/overstimualted shell but they are really two peas in a pod! Nobody was more surprised than I when they got wrestling. I guess all that wanna-jump-all-over-you, get-in-your-face lab energy has gotta come out sometimes and Comanche just runs with it LOL. He will even play very coy and submissive sometimes to tease her into chasing/wrestling him. Her confidence just goes wayyy up throughout the play, but they never overdo it on each-other. It's really nice to see.




Now time for Kinta, the hunger-striking Shih-Tzu!




The girl loves wrestling with toys. So I brought over one of Toby's old, abandoned bunnies and she brought him around with her for the whole night LOL.




And one of Panna, my boyfriend's mum's Maltese puppy. She is 5 months old and all pooped out in this picture.


So that's all for now, more to come whenever the little lunatics give me a moment's respite! :thumbsup:
 

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From your photos, I feel like Anette and Lexy would be instant BFFs.
 

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Sometimes Toby will join us for our walks. But he is a bit slower nowadays and really likes to hold us all up while he does his dawdle-and-sniff thing.

This week...



A positive dog-walker's gear. All I need to handle a harsh puller: High and low-value treats, a reinforced waist-leash, step-in harnesses. And a 120lb-rated cable-tie out for breaks at the park! Note the abundance of sample-size kibbles LOL. My mainstay for low-value treats. Your dog has an allergy/sensitivity? I've got a sample for that.




The off-leash park has been a bit busier than I'd like as the weather gets nicer so here's Lexy enjoying some grass-time on a cable tie-out at an on-leash park. A really handy way to play/train with the dog hands-free without flipping the bird at local leash-laws and making everyone annoyed with you.




Why dogs should be actively supervised around kids: This is a play-bite from a non-aggressive lab puppy gave me through both a towel and jeans. Her bite inhibition is quite good and she is not a mouthy dog but she didn't know what she was biting when she lunged at the towel (we will wrestle around and tug with it when I dry her off) and grabbed my leg on the other side of it. The bruise is a few days old in this pic but it was very red and purple at first! I can't help but think how that would have unfolded if it had been a toddler playing in a towel (or had towel draped over head) rather than an adults leg.



And here is a bonus pic of Lexy with a discarded watermelon rind. Didn't notice she had grabbed it until I was looking through the viewfinder. And that is why I try to keep my eyes on the dog instead of the phone!!! :rofl:
 

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I wound up with the white-dog-double-feature today (don't ask, I was feeling ambitious!) but they were both being total twits and would try to start playing at every opportunity instead of walking nicely in tandem. I threw in the towel when I had to pull a dismembered pidgeon leg out of Lexy's mouth while Comanche was dragging me over to sniff a bush.



...So they took a field trip to the back yard instead.



They figured out that there is a pomeranian inside the house.



They will never synchronize a 'Watch Me' cue LOL.
 

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Special update today....

Lexy's dad finally got a divider put into his car so that she can ride in it without having to be pretty much held down in the back (I actually was hired to do this a few times LOL!). So at last a solid plan to get Lexy to a lake began forming in my mind... I am super-nervous about taking their huuuge Buick SUV out for a drive but my dad wasn't busy today and so he decided to drive.

Well, jeez... where do I start?! I have been hankering to get her to water for so long because she loves to play in it and doesn't mind it one bit. Before we went to get her I had talked myself down a bit, as she has never been to a park full of people let alone a body of water that is not a puddle. We figured that even if she wasn't keen on swimming it would be a good socialization opportunity for her or at the very least we could hike a trail. So we arrived and took her to the water, loaded with goodies and lots of patience... boy were we over-prepared!!!



Swimming out to get the bumper maybe 10 minutes TOPS after she hit the beach.



Aaand the successful return!



She was having so much fun just swimming around with the bumper... I don't even know what she needed me for!!!


So my dad had his theory confirmed that all dogs naturally swim *cough* and I on the other hand was totally amazed by her enthusiasm. She's a lab of course but she's quite fearful at times. Something like a beach-ball could send her scurrying back to me, tail tucked. A big red canoe came in to dock right beside her but she was only put off momentarily by it because Omygoshicanswim!!! Some kids even took turns throwing her bumper and by that time she was tired enough to be very polite and not mug her brand new toy from them. So proud of this lil girl!!! I showed her owner all the pictures of her splashing around. Who knows... maybe they will decide to take her down to the lake one of these days.



Bonus pic of Lexy being proud of herself.
 

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Well, time for a long-overdue update!

Summertime came and went.

There were lil guys:



[They were aged 6, 12 and a venerable 15! Needless to say, I wound up carrying the old guys all the way to the park for the whole two weeks LOL]


Lexy and Comanche beat the tar out of each other:



[Love the projectile drool flying from his mouth.]


Lexy got lots of time at the lake:



[My dad really enjoyed having a retriever to play in the water with, almost more than Lexy I think!]


And Lex got lots of quality time with her best friend, Tank:



[He is more of an honorary nanny-dog as we usually meet his owners at the park. I did wind up walking him once in the fall though.]


She likes to hunt and stalk him:

 

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Then came fall, A.K.A. stick season.

Synchronized stick-chewing:




Tandem stick-carrying:



[There are so many things to do with sticks!]


Then came the rainy season:




We went to some trails whenever there was a break in the rain:

 

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And then winter. It has actually been really mild in the Pacific Northwest this year.

Lexy with one of her christmas toys:



[I spoiled her just a bit! LOL.]

@Flaming could appreciate this dog. He is a Landseer Newfoundland!




He is as huge as Comanche! Here's a Lex between the two for comparison:



Even in the middle of February, its still a good time to splash around:




And a bonus video because my phone was taking blurry pictures:


Lexy is a good dog-walker dog. She makes those lazy slugs run around a bit!


That's all for now. Enjoy!
 
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