If I Were Queen...
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If I Were Queen...

...every home in America would be equipped with a Labrador Retriever. CNN has a video story today about an 8 year old girl that was abducted from her bedroom. The guy climbed a latter, slit the screen, duct taped her mouth and was leading her across the backyard...when the neighbor's 2 year old black Lab went apeshit, scaring the man away.

Our own chocolate boy is 8 months old now, weighs about 70 lbs, is good with the kids, friendly with people he meets out walking, and, aside from chewing EVERYTHING, is generally a very Good Boy. But should he hear anything at all out of the ordinary...a knock on the door, a car alarm going off, an empty trailer going over the speedbump outside...he immediately cuts loose with the biggest snarling bark that instantly makes the adrenaline start flowing, and the hair on the back of your neck stand up.

Yep, a Lab in every house. At least those with children.

The CNN story has no permalink, is a video clip, linked on the mid-right side of the main page.

Posted 09/17/04 in If I Were Queen
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Mariann said:

I would so love to get a lab, but my home isn't big enough -- we don't even have a yard! I've been looking at Boston Terriers, though, and found the most beautiful, albeit nippy, puppy yesterday. If I'd had $1200 to spare *gulp*, I'd have brought her home.

September 17, 2004 03:57 PM

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og said:

A giant mutant lab, you mean, right? Who loves children but morphs into a razor-toothed hellbeast with laser eyes and 3500 rpm 320 horsepower claws in the presence of it's natural enemy, the child molestor? I wants me five of them. Can I place a pre-order? I want the kind big enough to wear a saddle.

September 17, 2004 06:17 PM

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tanya said:

If you can make og's kind bulletproof, I'll take two.

September 17, 2004 07:21 PM

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dabloone said:

I must say that my black lab is quite the deceptive fellow. He bothers not the rabbits or birds. His ultimate nemesis is the tree rat (squirrel), and he has a habit of going wolfen when confronted with any stranger. Said strangers have no idea that a dog wagging its tail while snarling means he's not really mad, just trying to intimidate you into coming over for a lick. I am glad more people don't know this. They all tend to walk the other side of the street when all 120 pounds of him is casing the front fence.

September 18, 2004 08:50 AM

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Joni said:

My brother has a black Lab and my husband had one when he was young. He adores them. Just when my brother was getting ready to throw in the towel and give the dog away because of her incessant chewing and bouncing around the house, she "grew up." Apparently, from what I understand, Labs take longer than most dogs to mature. Usually around three years. Then that annoying puppy stuff goes away and you have a winner on your hands. My brother LVOES his Lab now. She goes everywhere with him. And if you are looking for a dog to not only scare the bejeebers out of any interloper, but also possibly to rip them a new one, check out the Caucasian Mountain Dog or Ovcharka. A very devoted dog, but not for just anyone. These guys get to be around 200 pounds and you don't want 200 pounds of angry beast charging at you, I don't care who you are!

September 18, 2004 11:55 AM

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tanya said:

There was an Ovcharka named Smokey at our old offleash in Minnesota - god I loved that dog. His owner couldn't do anything with him, because he refused to totally dominate him, but he'd roll right over for me. I think he was about 180 lbs the last time I saw him, at about 8 months old, and all muscle.

September 18, 2004 04:02 PM

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Stephanie said:

He's SO cute and makes me want one!

September 19, 2004 10:21 PM

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