Baxter has evolved so much during the past few months! We have really come to know his personality. He continues to be such a loving, friendly dog. We are half way through our 8-week dog obedience training program and I am pleased to let you know that I think Baxter is going to graduate as Valedictorian of his class! He came to us knowing the sit command but I can now get him to lay down, not pull on a leash and wait for the “take it” command before reaching for a treat in my hand. I have NEVER had such a good lab! (My last black lab Duncan was truly a Marley dog!)
Baxter has come to idolize my 17 year old son. When he comes home, Baxter wags his tail so hard that he falls down! I really think he enjoys have a male companion. My son just loves that dog and they spend so much time together. I have had my extended family in and out of the house and Baxter gets so excited when we are having company. He is just so well behaved - and does not “mooch” for food. My family can’t believe what a great dog he is - especially after knowing my last two lab retrievers!
Baxter also loves my orange tiger cat Pumpkin. Pumpkin is 17 years old and has always lived with a lab retriever in our home. Pumpkin continues to “snuggle” in right next to Baxter when he is in his bed - and Baxter tolerates it. Every so often, Baxter does realize Pumpkin is a cat and decides to chase him - but he would never hurt him. They are almost comical to watch in this situation because we always know that Pumpkin has the upper hand. Last minute, he jumps up on a window sill, dives through the cat door - or slides under the bed. You can almost hear him laughing at Baxter.
We are looking forward to Baxter’s birthday next month! My birthday and his are only a day apart and we are going to celebrate together! Again, we are so happy and so grateful to NEARR for in this dog and allowing him to become part of our family. We will stay in touch and send photos after the holidays.