Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Meet My New Lab Partner

Her collar is more "dog" and less "goth", but she is going to be a great Lab partner. 

You say when it's time to get another dog, after losing a beloved one, the right one will find you.  I've been looking at rescue dogs for a few weeks after getting through the interview, house check for safety and suitability and references (I appreciate how Love of Labs Indiana made sure their dogs go to the best homes) but just hadn't felt prompted to meet one yet.

But as I was checking for new dogs on their site on a commercial break from my favorite show, NCIS, I saw the name of a dog recently placed into foster care.  She had being found as a stray, and was heartworm positive, just finished with her treatments, and on seeing the name, I just knew.

Folks, meet Abby.
She's a Lab "mix", a stray with no papers. The super soft fur is just a tiny bit longer and softer than labs in my family in the past, but when she stands you can see pure retriever in her. But she's only 60 pounds at about 5 years old  so she might have a smaller retriever/spaniel in there, though the face is pure, sweet lab.  She's gentle as can be, knows "sit", takes a treat gently from my hand, and walks on a leash pretty well (though I'll sign her up for some basic training here this next week to improve on her "weaver stance" while on leash.)

Plus she could detect and locate a tiny food crumb left on the kitchen floor, in finest NCIS lab style.
Love - Brigid

75 comments:

  1. Awwww...New baby! Well, in a cute new arrival manner of speaking way.

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  2. Yay! Welcome to a wonderful new life, Abby!

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  3. She's beautiful.

    I wasn't a "dog person", when I was young. I'm thinking it has to do with losing a beagle to a cruel human with poison at an early age. When your heart is that broken, it's tough to allow another pet to find the pieces and place them back together.

    Now? Dogs fascinate me. Their devotion, and unconditional love, is something more special than many realize. Where I used to be indifferent, I now find a dog can save you; if you let it capture your heart...and it's very easy these days.

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  4. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! What a sweet heart! And with those bright eyes, I foresee interesting times.

    Rescuing a dog is a great thing. All of our Sheps (four - and counting) have been rescues. Just about my only deposits in the Krarma bank.

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  5. Oh my!

    Congrats and thanks for doing a rescue.

    I'm surprised you went with a lab though, I figured you'd end up with something less "Barkley".

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  6. What a beauty! I look forward to hearing about the hijinks that will undoubtedly ensure.

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  7. She has big shoes (paws?) to fill. I think she'll do just fine. :)

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  8. Look at that face! She's lovely, B. Well done.

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  9. Welcome, Abby!!!! :)) What a sweetheart!

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  10. Congrats on the new friend!

    We've lost MANY fur-friends over the years, and have found (crass as it may sound) that the best cure for the heartbreak of losing one is getting a new one. You don't really forget about the old one, but the attention required by the newcomer distracts nicely.

    I'm so glad for you!

    Jim

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  11. That just made my week a whole lot better. Congrats Brigid she looks beautiful.

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  12. What a beauty! Welcome, Abby!

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  13. Congratulations on your new friend. I'm sure the two of you will become BFFs forever!

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  14. I'm excited she has found such a great home. You will be very happy with her and she with you, I'm sure. Hugs to Abby tonight from her temporary mom!

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  15. Congratulations on your beautiful new addition! Hugs to Abs tonight from her "transitional" mom and hugs to you for going out on a limb to give a rescue dog a chance.

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  16. I'm excited she has found such a great home. You will be very happy with her and she with you, I'm sure. Hugs to Abby tonight from her temporary mom!

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  17. Welcome Abby! Can't wait to hear your stories and you won the dog lottery! Good on ya!

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  18. Thank you everyone. Abby is asleep on the thick furry rug that is by where my computer is. After two walks today to check out the neighborhood and an exciting day of coming to a new home, she is tired.

    We did have a little "reading" time on the couch and she curled up next to me with her head in my lap, quite comfy.

    Partner in Grime got pictures as he is at work, and can't wait to meet her in a day or two. He'll come down here for a couple days each week to let her get used to this place, before I take her to the range when I have a full week of telework.

    Robin - thank you for being such a good foster Mom, and for all of the people at Love of Labs that helped match us. Your care and concern shows in her calm transition to our house. Please stop by and visit sometime.

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  19. Welcome, Abbey! Bet you hadn't expected to become famous on the Internet ....

    ;-)

    Glad you have someone there with you, Brigid.

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  20. She's adorable!

    (Great name by the way.)

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  21. Congratulations. Beautiful dog. They are such great company. I like to check out the dogs up for adoption at the local petsmart on weekends and contribute to their fund. Abby couldn't have found a better home. Take care.

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  22. Abby, you've found a wonderful home.

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  23. All Dogs Go to Heaven, it's said. And I think it's a certainty that in bringing you and Abby together, you will both be blessed!

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  24. I am happy for you hope you and ABBY make many fond memories.

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  25. As she oft does on NCIS, she made me a little misty!
    Happily so.
    Her smile is not hers, though, she's
    channeling another black lab...
    The Black Dog of Truth!

    And good for you for rescuing each other!

    gfa

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  26. This makes me happy indeed. For both of you. :-)

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  27. Does me a world of good to see you've found a new four-legged friend, Brigid.

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  28. I can not wait to meet her.

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  29. Congratulations to you, Partner, and especially to Abby! She has found her Forever Home. You are all lucky and blessed.

    Brigid, thank you too, for choosing a dog from rescue. Abby looks like a wonderful new friend for you both.

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  30. Is that not Karma or what?? The name, the (mostly) breed. I think you got sent a new love from above :) She's beautiful, and she has the best home she could ever dream of.

    I'm glad you did this. I bet you are too. We all know Abby is (LOL). I see a sequel book on down the line, hehe.

    She's going to be busy meeting all her new family.

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  31. Abby is adorable! I am delighted that you found a sweet rescue dog.

    I am very happy for you and Partner. :)

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  32. Does Abby know how lucky she is yet? Wait till she smells the amount of bacon you cook! Glad to hear that she has a loving home.

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  33. Does Abby know how lucky she is yet? Wait till she smells the amount of bacon you cook! Glad to hear that she has a loving home.

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  34. Bravo, Bravo. I was hoping your would connect with another dog. Welcome Abby. By the way she is my favorite person besides McGee.

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  35. Michael Bane has also welcomed a new fur kid into the family.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=628143650609690&set=a.628143783943010.1073741826.100002421818050&type=1&theater&notif_t=photo_reply

    Sláinte!

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  36. What a beautiful girl.
    congats.
    Wish I could post a pic of little girl Bailee.
    She was 15 when we lost her.
    1/2 Lab & 1/2 Border Collie and smart as whip.
    Bless you and Abby.

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  37. Good people NEED good dogs!

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  38. :-) :-) :-) :-) If I had a tail right now, it would be wagging!

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  39. "A new Lab Partner... ...Abby."

    Hah!!

    Glad you were able to rescue... She looks like a professional beggar from the looks of that picture, and she's a pretty girl.

    Good.

    Rich in NC

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  40. What a good looking dog. Abby will be happy in your lab. It is great news.

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  41. The gals and I are soooo...oooo... happy for you and Abby...

    Dann in Ohio

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  42. Looks like a hell of a dog.

    I have a minor confession to make - I certainly wasn't a dog person growing up. Can't really say why just wasn't. But I always really enjoyed your Barkley posts, and then a couple years ago my brother up and bought a American Pitbull Boxer Cross... (Big, big dog) as a puppy. Rupert is a hell of a good dog. Has managed to tear both his rear ACLs and is in the middle of healing from his first surgery, the second is planned some time out - simply because tis expensive.

    However, all this has prompted me to re-evaluate my position on dogs and after a lot of pondering and then some picking and choosing I finally pulled the trigger, so to speak.

    Sometime early next year I'll be bringing home a new german shepard puppy. Always been a fan of the breed and I've been doing my homework. Its not going to be easy training up a pup - but it should be an interesting and mostly enjoyable experience. I'm looking forward to it.

    It's all Barkley's fault (though your excellent prose didn't hurt.)

    :)

    Thanks Brigid.

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  43. Yay!!!!

    Lu squeed. She looked at me and said
    "Have you read Brigid today?"

    "Not yet."

    "Do it. Now."

    She had her happy face on so I knew it was something good.

    We are so happy for you. Brigid needs a Lab. May you two have many happy adventures together.

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  44. Welcome to the family Abby, and you chose well your new home.

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  45. I'm so happy for you and Abby. Enjoy your many years together.

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  46. Thank you so much everyone! Abby did well during the night. She went to sleep on the dog bed by mine, but then moved out to this plush rug between my bedroom and the dining room table where I have my laptop. I got up once during the night to use the bathroom, she came in, got a scratch and then went back to her rug and sleep. I am taking the day off (just moved my normal Monday off) so I can just hang out with her today. Then I'll work a half day tomorrow (have dental appointment anyway) and telework Friday, so she can get acclimated to the crash pad

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  47. The second Abby looks a lot more realistic a "Lab Assistant" than the first.
    Earlier comment said all dogs go to heaven.
    I believe he meant this one is in heaven now.
    I think so.

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  48. Outstanding! :-) Welcome Abby!!!

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  49. Outstanding! For both of you.
    She looks like a sweetie!

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  50. I love Abbey :) And I think it was fortuitous that you found your own Lab assistant Abbey to keep you company and to help you get into trouble....err have exciting times.

    5 years old, not too old but you do miss a lot of that adorable puppy time :) Of course you also miss the headaches of that adorable puppy time :D

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  51. It has been a few years since I lost my travel partner. She was an Australian Cattle Dog, by the name of Spike. I still expect to see her coming around the corner of the house, looking for me. We traveled all over the US and she especially enjoyed flying in general aviation aircraft. In and out of the Selway-Bitteroot Wilderness many times.

    I've been considering taking the plunge this year, and getting a pup.

    Glad you found Abby. May she fill your heart and soul with love.

    Bob
    III

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  52. Welcome to Abby!. She is great addition. All our dogs with exception one were rescues and greatly enhanced our lives. A few dogs did find us, benefits of living on a farm, and they came and added to our lives . We miss all of our dogs who have passed , and our love for them never wanes but our heart makes room for the new ones all the same. More love is not a bad thing one must believe.

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  53. Congrats and all the best on the start of your new adventure together.

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  54. Hooray! Abby totally won the lottery.

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  55. Congratulations on the new addition to your family.
    Keep an eye on her. I think I detect a glint of mischief in her eyes. :-)

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  56. Congratulations on the new addition to your family.
    Keep an eye on her. I think I detect a glint of mischief in her eyes. :-)

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  57. Congratulations to you both! Looks like you each picked a winner!

    Our Abby is a little Maltese puppy mill survivor, not at all what I would have chosen, but she's got a heart as big as Texas, and I wouldn't trade her for anything.

    Best of luck to you both!

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  58. this post gave big smiles and made my day. love has a way of escaping our perceptions of time and space that way...

    many happy new journeys to all--and cookies for all!

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  59. Abby will soo find out how fortunate she truly is.

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  60. So glad to hear this. I have a lab mix. She's an ol' lady now - 13+. Going white around the snout and mouth, but slowly. Gentle as can be - always has been - but getting a bit less gentle with other females near her size. Doesn't seem to want to play Pecking Order anymore.

    The reason I mention this is because you went with an other black lab(ish). My Phoebe is, well, embarrassing when it comes to male black labs. We're talking just sl*t city. Whimpering, cowering, approaching and retreating... I think she'd like your Abby. She would definitely have embarrassed me with Barkley.

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  61. Just wonderful. I'm happy for both you and Abby. What a sweetie (both you and Abby).

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  62. I love your blog and the love that your readers pour out for you, not only during times of great sadness but almost seemingly more so during the happy times. You are blessed.

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  63. Beautiful pup!Sorry for all you have had to go through lately. I admire your reliance. I am so happy you have another dog.

    God bless!
    Dan

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  64. I'm very happy for you, and I'm pleased you went the rescue/adoption route. Abby got a great home, you got a great dog.

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  65. Fer Pete's sake....I can't believe there are 72 comments on the new pup and no one has suggested she should get a last name. You know like ....wait for it....NORMAL!!!
    Yeah that's it.

    "Abby Normal"

    Fits right in.

    Sheesh, you people are slipping ! {;>)

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  66. Sounds like a perfect match.

    I love her name (and her namesake)!

    I am so happy for you that I could plotz!

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