Jeremy and I got two Labrador retrievers in 1997 when we bought our first house with a BIG yard.
Sundance and Hazel
(that's not our yard pictured above)
This was our yard....
The idea was to breed them and sell the litters.
But after surviving puppyhood with both of us gone at work all day, we had Hazel fixed and decided it wasn't the best idea for us.
Our nephew and niece loved them!
We loved them!
(even though they chewed the siding off the back of the house, scratched the door and windows, tore screens, ruined shoes, messed up the floor, barked at night, jumped on guests, and were stinky)
And they loved the kids
Have you ever seen the movie Marley and Me? Our dogs, especially Hazel, were a lot like Marley.
As they got older, they calmed down, slowed down, and laid down just about all day and night.
At the end, Sundance was content sleeping all night and taking 10-12 hour naps in the day.
Hazel passed away in 2008 and Sundance passed away in May of 2010.
And they have been missed.
When he was old, Sundance would thump his tail on the floor when we came in the room (he was too old to bother getting up). Or if he had been napping and we woke him up,
I miss that thump.
We both grew up with dogs.
Emily, Wesley, and Savannah have always had a dog until Sundance passed.
But since he passed, we had not talked about getting another dog....until....
the other day a friend was looking for a home for this gal.