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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Doggie Spotlight: Chocolate Dog

A big Welcome to the new members this week!

Just a quick reminder,
Don't forget that the Dogs Autumn/Halloween Costume Contest ends Oct. 24th.
Please email me a quick note or picture to let me know that your dog is participating in the costume contest.

...and now, on with the Doggie Spotlight for this week.
Everyone meet one of Suzy's fur babies, 'Chocolate Dog' or aka, 'The Beast':

The Beast, as he is affectionately known, is 12 years old and has been with us since he was a puppy.
He's a typical lab and loves retrieving, swimming, and eating. The Beast also loves to play in the snow, and has loved snow ever since he first saw it.
Like most labs, he's also pretty intelligent and very good tempered. He earned his AKC Canine Good Citizen title when he was only a year old, and he also passed his Therapy Dog test. He and I used to visit nursing homes. He also donated blood at a veterinary hospital for four years, until he reached the age cutoff.
The Beast has a bit of arthritis now, and he was just diagnosed with prostate cancer, so we're trying to keep him healthy and alive for as long as possible. He goes to the hospital quite willingly and is always a gentleman with the staff no matter what they do to him. Despite everything that's going on with him, he's maintained the same disposition.
Sure, he's gotten a little crankier as he's gotten older, but he still dances with joy at the prospect of going outside or getting something to eat. And it's not bedtime until he gets into his crate, settles down, and lets out a huge sigh of exhaustion.

Thank you Chocolate dog for sharing your wonderful story with us and hugs and belly rubs to you and Yellow dog!


Susan said...

Thank you for the nice post. The Beast is not going to be entering the Halloween Costume Contest -- he draws the line at the scarf he's wearing in that first photo, and will not wear anything else other than his collar. He does have a Halloween scarf, but it's not really a costume.

Andrée said...

I'm so sorry that he is ill. He has such a great life with you guys! I wish they could be young and strong forever.

Beth said...

OMG - I love the puppy pictures! Nothing sweeter than a Lab puppy mouth.

lora said...

Chocolate...good as a candy, good as a dog.

Cindy said...

I tell you, Chocolate is one fine pup.

Sonya said...

Still thinking about costumes.

Gretchen said...

Woo Hoo! Way to go puppies!

Happy Halloween, Bassetcat.