My Dog is Everything I Never Wanted!

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 a LAB.

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).

Did the perfect pet ever come into your life that at first appeared to be everything you never wanted? Thanks for adding your comment below.


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Editor’s Note: This post has been updated from an earlier version that ran on July 6, 2012.


William C
William Cabout a year ago

Thank you.

W. C
W. Cabout a year ago

Thanks for the article.

Kay Martin
Kay M5 years ago

Thank you Lisa for a good article with great information, and Thanks to the over 220 care 2 members, that commented on the article, and shared their personal stories of how they got just the pet they needed not quite the one they wanted, I got a big kick out of reading all of them. You never realize when the right pet will land in your lap, look up at you ,with those big dark eyes as if to say here I am, I will love you, and I need you to love me. I waa fortunate enough along with my sister, who lives next door, to read on the internet of a rescue group from Mississippi, that had been contacted to pick up minature dashchunds from a puupy mill, that had been broken up. When the lady arrived she had three puppies we could pick from, 2 girls and 1 boy. I told my sister we did not want a boy dog, because he would lift his leg and pee all over every thing, and while I am saying it, he does just that. So we were trying to decide between the girls, One came over to me got in my lap and looked at me and my heart melted. The other was a house of fire running everywhere. I told me sister that the lap dog would be a better fit for us, the other would bet better with children to run around with, So we kept CoCo Channel ( her original name was dixie lee) not right for her. I hope everyone can find a perfect pet child, or companion for themsaelves.

Renata B.
Renata B5 years ago

Our dog tends to be a little like Sanchez ("What can they do for me today?") while our cats are much more empathic and supportive (for example when I am ill). However the dog (a JRT x Collie) is so loving in his own way. No, he is not what I wanted: I wanted a girl, longish hair, much smaller (he is nearly 15 kg), more of a lap dog and cuddling. Well he is nothing of all that, but at the same time we can't imagine not to have him. Thinking of him with another family: impossible! :-)

Mark F.
Mark F5 years ago

Happy you have found two great friends.

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Heather M
Heather Marv5 years ago

When we were children we looked after a guide dog lab for almost a year, teaching her how to live in a family setting. She was naughty! She charged around when she came into the house and so Mum said that because of her behaviour there was a good chance she wouldn't make the grade as a Seeing Eye dog and so we would get to keep her. Well she did make the grade and in fact she got Honours and did so well she even had her picture and story in the paper. We missed her terribly and so our next dog which we got to keep because we bought her ourselves was also a lab and he lived well into old age.

federico bortoletto
federico b5 years ago

Grazie per la condivisione.

Harshiita Sharma
Harshita Sharma5 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

Laura Saxon
.5 years ago

Great article. Thanks for sharing.