It’s me, Duke Skywalker, checking in with my one-year report. When I came to my Forever Home my name was Duece but evidently my new Boss is a Star Wars fan so that’s how the name change came about. I think he’s about as old as the planets but that’s another story. I can’t believe that a whole year has gone by since I came to my new home on a lake in New Hampshire. I remember my first day here on Memorial Day weekend when my foster dad let me out of the car. There were tons of people here to see me and welcome me to the place. I put on a big show for them and ran around like a wild man. The first thing they did here was throw stuff in the lake for me to retrieve. I swam my heart out for them, and I know they were impressed. In fact, I heard my new mom say something like “doesn’t he ever just rest?”. The answer, as they soon found out, was “no.” I’m a perpetual motion machine and I love to run and act crazy. My new boss is an old guy and I think he’s like 420 in dog years! . But he acts like a kid and plays with me all the time. We go hiking nearly every day for a couple hours. This trail follows a nice brook for about two miles through the woods and I can drink and swim whenever I want. There’s a beaver dam where the boss throws sticks for me to retrieve. There’s something about being in the water that kicks my jet engines in, and I have to run like crazy up and down the trail when I get out. Boss man always carries a pocketful of treats when we hike. It’s like he rewards me just for having fun. Talk about a racket. Some folks think labs are dumb, but we know how to play our adults like musical instruments. I get what I want when I want it. I think the boss suspects I do this but he goes along with it.
I love my Forever Home and all of my family and friends, and I know they love me by the way they take care of me. I do have a few hangups such as being somewhat of a finicky eater. The boss’ wife buys me this healthy stuff to eat but in my mind it’s like eating Wheaties for breakfast every day without milk. So now I’ve managed to get them to pour on some no-fat beef gravy to give the chow a little pizzaz. I also like to sleep in late in the morning. Party all night and sleep late is my thing. I’m a teenager…it’s what we do. I had a big family reunion over Memorial Day to celebrate my first anniversary and all my friends who were here last year showed up again to see me. They were impressed with how handsome I was and how much I had grown. I had so much fun that I about wore myself out. One of the families had a three-year old little girl who was my new best friend. We played together for two days, and she even let me play with her in her Barbie tent. I love it when I get a chance to play with little kids.