Labrador retrievers are prized for their good hearts and sense of fun as much as their remarkable athleticism. They have a long adolescence. At two, Lou is still in the borderlands between puppy and adult. She is developing an impressive presence, with a regal head and deep chest. You can see that as she surveys her kingdom in the early morning sun. Dog-loving writers will especially enjoy part 1 (In Dogged Pursuit) and part 2 (Learning to Sit) of Richard Gilbert’s (author of Shepherd: a Memoir) ruminations as he writes an essay about his late, beloved Labrador, Tess.
Here, she shows her sweet and goofy side while I (try to) write and drink coffee out on the patio.
Anyone who’s ever had a Lab knows they are incorrigible beggars. She wants my walnuts and golden raisins. And as you can clearly see, the poor thing is hungry.