Welcome, Gordon!

Gordon joined our household last night as our newest foster doggie. He is a big boy, with a block head that is too large right now for his somewhat skinny body. We are working on helping him gain back the weight he needs to be a healthy size for his large frame. He is really a beautiful dog, but doesn’t photograph well at all, in my honest opinion.

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Late last week, I saw Gordon’s picture on a local shelter’s website; he and another dog Skye (she is the pretty yellow lab second from the top of the page) were both scheduled for euthanization due to their “time being up”, and no one having claimed or adopted them, and the facility being too full. I called and spoke with one of the shelter workers who confirmed these were both wonderful dogs who would likely make great family pets, and she hated to see them put down. I called some of the Lone Star volunteers and they were able to pick up both Gordon and Skye and give them another chance at finding homes.

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Perhaps he still has some anesthesia in his system from his recent “snip” surgery, but Gordon is about as mellow as they come. He is very calm inside, and quite gentle with the children. After walking peacefully around the house, investigating each corner, he seems content to lay nearby and watch the goings-on of our household. If you call him, he plods over to plunk his head in your lap and get his ears scratched. This is one sweet dog, and we are glad to be able to help care for him as he looks for a new family. Here is Nicolas offering Gordon a treat: the dog waited patiently while Nicolas said “Stay” about a million times before putting the treat on the ground in front of him, and even then didn’t pounce on it until he was given the “ok!”. Good Gordon!

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5 Comments

  1. Peter
    Apr 8, 2008

    That’s a sweet picture of the two of them. Ah, the mark of a great dog: patience with the little ones.

  2. Mom/Ruth
    Apr 8, 2008

    You did a very good job of making Gordon look impressive in these pictures! Next time Nicolas gets a little impatient, maybe you should remind him of Gordon’s patience despite a very hard test. ;)

  3. Rita
    Apr 10, 2008

    What a pretty dog. It’s not nice of you to flaunt all these Lab pictures before me and my grief. :) Actually, I am so pleased with you guys for fostering these dogs. Keith and I are both of the opinion that it’s no accident the Lab is America’s favorite dog.

  4. Tricia
    Apr 10, 2008

    Oh Rita I AM sorry! We have enjoyed getting to spend time with all these dogs, and knowing we are helping send them on to good homes is really rewarding. It has also been somewhat therapeutic for us as we deal with losing Sid. Maybe there is a Lab Rescue near you who would gladly send some Lab love your way if you needed some. :-)

  5. Rita
    Apr 11, 2008

    We have gone to get some Lab love on Lab rescue day at the local PetSmart. And yesterday we loved on the neighbor’s bulldog, which isn’t nearly the same. Fortunately for us, there is a cute little beagle who isn’t minding some of the extra attention he’s been getting.