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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Luey’s new “Buddy” -- Two Labradors Retrievers Become Friends

Our Chocolate Labrador Luey has a “new” friend, Buddy. Buddy is my sister and brother-in-law’s Yellow Labrador Retriever who is only 9 months old. The last time they went to play with each other, Buddy was only about 16 weeks old. That did not end so well for Buddy, as in just a few minutes he was cowering underneath Luey and yelping – terrified of this larger Chocolate Labrador Retriever. Quickly, Buddy was brought inside and they did not get much additional time together the rest of that weekend since Buddy was now afraid of Luey.

Times have changed. Now at 9 months old, Buddy is best described as a thin and lanky yellow lab. He is the type of dog that we have all seen, where he is so excited and happy to see people that his whole body wags as he comes up to you. It seems that he has completely forgotten the previous episode.



While Buddy is about an inch taller than Luey (Luey is 4.5 years old), he weighs a little less and has not filled out yet. Luey has matured quite a bit and now at 4.5 years old, he's an "old man". That being said, we put them together to see how they would do.

And in the end they did great. While they talked a few times in the beginning, they came to an understanding quickly and played great all weekend long. Sure, Luey overpowered Buddy a few times and Buddy annoyed Luey with his over-joyous continuous "pestering" of Luey -- but they had a lot of fun playing.

Above is a slide show from the weekend and below are a couple of pictures of the boys together. They taught each other a few things and Luey still had the upper hand in a few cases. However, watch out as Buddy fills out in the next few months!

Buddy and Luey posing together, taking a break from playingBuddy and Luey posing together, taking a break from playing.

A little sparing between the two Labrador Retrievers as they pose for the camera after retrieving a ball.A little sparing between the two Labrador Retrievers as they pose for the camera after retrieving a ball.

Luey's favorite time of the weekend -- anytime in the pool.  In fact, Luey showed Buddy how to jump in and how much fun it was!Luey's favorite time of the weekend -- anytime in the pool. In fact, Luey showed Buddy how to jump in and how much fun it was!

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