Here is Sophie, my beautiful labrador snoozing away in doggy land, dreaming about chasing possums, endless breakfasts and dinners and entering the kitchen which is out of bounds.
Look at those big paws and floppy ears, the almost closed eyes. What's not to love? Is this a picture of innocence. Nope. The puppy trainer said Sophie was most stubborn labrador she had ever come across. How about the fact that she is 8 1/2 years old going on 8 months. She eats anything and has some really disgusting habits. We won't talk about the cat litter box will we. She has skin allergies and is forever scratching. She has no manners and sniffs people you know where and when I'm vacuuming, she insists on being vacuumed too.
She always tries to get in the door first.
She has absolutely no road sense and has to be walked on a lead. She pulls me along so fast I'm almost at a trot and just imagine how funny that looks.
I thought labradors behaved like puppies for about 2 years and then grew fat and lazy. Not this one. But despite her bad habits and annoying scratching, I love her.
When you've been out and come home, dogs are always excited to see you. Everyday is a good day for a dog unless they are ill. They always have a smile on their face and wag their tail in appreciation. And when they go missing you panic.
Sophie escaped out of our backyard this afternoon. I ran down the driveway to look for her and there she was up the road (fortunately on the footpath), having the time of her life. She was having fun exciting a dog a few houses up the road who was being territorial. She was also happily sniffing every blade of grass, tree and light post. She's never been good at coming when called so I was expecting to have to run after her. When I did call her, she turned around, looked at me and came racing towards me with a big, silly, happy grin all over her face, ears and mouth flopping in all directions. I was so relieved she was o.k. and hadn't been injured. The thought of her missing made me realise even more just how special she is to me.
She is such a huge part of our family and I'm grateful to have her.
I love reading about animals and pets. Have you any stories to share?