Longleaf Stories

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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.

3 thoughts on “Longleaf Lou at Two

  1. Cheryl aka Shaddy says:

    Lou is a beauty.


  2. What a doll your Lou is. She’s comely AND goofy, by turns. A keeper. Two is such a great age for a well socialized Lab! Enjoy . . .


  3. vjwilder says:

    Yes, I can see that she doesn’t have nearly enough walnuts and golden raisins in her diet. What a sweet face she has.

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