It’s been quite a while since you’ve had a Skylar update. He’s fine! Skylar is such a goofy lab. As you know, he’s a big one but he thinks he’s a lap dog, wanting to be in my lap or on top of me in the bed. He’s a snuggler. At night, he goes to sleep on his bed on the floor, right beside me. He waits until I am dead asleep and climbs up to get some human contact. He is very funny. He definitely is a two-year old human with four legs.
His skin condition is just about gone. I think his problem was one of stress. He gets really good food, fish oil with omega 3 & 6, a lot of stability and love at home. No more medications except his thyroid pills. He’s got a routine and I think that has worked wonders.
He loves the beach and the ocean. He will fetch a ball in the waves for hours. I’ve had to schedule his playtime just before supper so that I can get him off the beach and home for food. He’s become a great watch dog. When Skylar and Sadie bark together, no one wants to tangle with them!
He has learned to sit, stay (more or less), get down, and a lot of other things. He loves his Nylabone Frisbee, though I’m not sure it will fly at this point. He also loves his blankie and tennis balls, both big and small.
His bad habits? He eats paper! You’ve heard of the dog who ate the homework? Well, this one ate my gradesheet, medical notes, adult ed registration forms, etc.! When I’m gone, he’ll eat any loose paper. He also can bolt out of the car/house if I am not very careful and he’ll roam the neighborhood. I live on a very quiet cul-de-sac so he isn’t in any major danger but I don’t like it when he does this. He always comes home in about 20 minutes if I can’t find him. He’s then scolded and that is a very funny scene. He slinks away with his head down. After a few minutes, he tries anything to get a love - nose under the elbow, licking feet, nuzzling, He gets no response until I’m ready to acknowledge him but his antics are comical.
All in all, he’s great. He has bonded to me extremely well and is not at all happy when he is left with my son for a couple of days. When I return, he just goes nuts for about 5 minutes, welcoming me home. He’s then a Velcro dog for a day or two.
Sadie is lovely and getting older. She is now 10 but she thinks she’s a lot younger. She has no mobility or aging problems though her endurance at the beach isn’t what it use to be. She will fetch her Kong in the water for hours if I would let her. I moderate her activity because she really doesn’t have the stamina of a 5 year old. She still loves the beach, waves, swimming, routing out crabs, and sniffing everything. She’s great with other dogs, too.
Sadie is a true NEARR story. I don’t think any of you were on the Board when I got her. She was the most pathetic dog you’ve seen both physically and emotionally. Today she is a loving, beautiful animal that has a great life. She is a ‘pal’ for me, often wanting to ride in the front passenger’s seat in the car so she can be petted. (I don’t permit that unless it’s an emergency.) She is a very well behaved dog (unless she sees a cat) and a true Labrador friend.
So - that’s the update on the dogs. I love them dearly! Thank you, NEARR.