My Black Lab, Gina, is celebrating her 4th birthday today. She is the second of my two Labs. When first searching for a second dog, I knew I didn’t want another Lab. I obviously love Labs, but wanted a smaller dog that would fit into my car and my life.
I didn’t want a black dog. Sanchez sheds A LOT, but at least his fur is blond so it doesn’t show everywhere. Black hair all over the house is…. well, not my preference.
I was certain I didn’t want another career change dog from Guide Dogs for the Blind. They are remarkable dogs, but generally don’t have enough drive to be great agility dogs.
Um… have you noticed?
Gina is BLACK.
Georgina (her guide dog name) is a former puppy in training from Guide Dogs who was “career changed” at a year of age. (However, she has so much drive that I was able to adopt her because of my eagerness to do agility with her.)
While she is everything I never wanted, life has caused me to realize that she’s everything I ever wanted. Gina is the absolute perfect second dog for me. Her personality couldn’t be more more opposite from Sanchez. She wakes up in the morning and thinks, “Ah, what can I do for her today?” Sanchez wakes up in the morning and thinks, “Ah, what can she do for me today?” Their contrast is a refreshing change and I continue to learn from both of them daily.
Since adopting her, I’ve realized that the best things in life happen this same way. We think we know what we want, but life frequently brings us something different that we couldn’t have imagined, and it’s even better. And, I hadn’t realized that Labs could be full grown at only 44 pounds and they don’t all shed (well at least not much).
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Editor’s Note: This post has been updated from an earlier version that ran on July 6, 2012.
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