Sweet as my name, Candy, yes that is Chocolate Candy!
Hi Everyone, my name is Candy and I was lucky enough to find my way to Brookline Lab Rescue after living my 7.5 years as a breeding dog in a lonely kennel. I had limited vet care but, since I came into Brookline I am turning into on taken care of and pampered girl!
I came to my foster home on New Year's Eve, 12/31/09! Since I was only used to living with the 2 other dogs I had lived with before and didn't have a lot of exposure to different dogs my foster mom set her house up so I could be close to her other dogs but, still separated from them. This only lasted about 2 or 3 days. See I thought I could be the boss and had to let the other dogs have a little growl when we were in close quarters but, after a couple of days when we all figured out that there was no harm to be had I stopped doing that! I live with a female choc lab and 2 male choc labs. My one foster brother is the king and he would growl at me when he was lying on his couch and I respected that. Since being in foster care I have also had the joy of sleeping over at some other people's houses too. My first sleepover I got to meet another lovely chocolate labby, Molly. I tried to be the boss there too but, by the end of my weekend Molly and I were hanging out together! My second sleepover put me in an apartment with a nice single lady. It was so nice to be able to hang out with my person. There was some concern that I might bark when left alone without any four-legged buddies but, you know what, I LOVED it! No barking at all but, I was sure happy to see my human come home! And just one more sleepover experience with 2 other dogs and some cats! I was cool to hang out with the dogs and little bossy with the cats. My doggy sitter told my foster mom that I listened well to a verbal correction so she wouldn't preclude me from being placed in a home with cats but, I haven't had much experience with cats and would need someone to have the patience to allow the cats and I time to adjust!
My foster mom would keep my in a crate for the first couple of weeks when she went to work but, now she just lets me out with my foster sister and one of the boys. See one of the boys is bad and gets into the cupboards so he has to go in a crate. Being out of the crate is way more fun! I will go in a crate if I have to but, I make some noise for the first couple of minutes that I am in there! But, then I settle down. I don't go on the furniture too much, only when my mom leaves for work I will hop up on the couch and watch her. Sometimes I will do this when she is home too but, the other dogs taught me that. My foster mom sometimes does catch me sleeping on the couch when she comes home from work! Sometimes I will sleep on the dog bed in the living room, in my foster brother's crate or my foster mom's bedroom floor. See I probably would get on her bed but, it is too high and I am well, let's just say, I am a voluptuous girl. I am not much of a bother for my foster mom. I like to follow her around and when she is sitting in her recliner I like to lie on the floor aside of her most of the time I am not too pesky. I am definitely a people's dog and would like a new family that likes to have me hanging around with them.
Right now I eat 2 times a day and I am off of my dist! I was a big girl rounding out close to 100 lbs. when I came to live with my foster mom. Now I actually need just a couple of pounds back on me, My foster mom calls me a bull in a china shop. See I never lived in a house where I had to navigate around people and sometimes I bump into my mom or stand at the wrong side of the door and get in the way. I also think that if there is something in someone's hand it is supposed to go in my mouth! My foster mom is used to us crazy labs and she usually isn't walking around with stuff in her hands anyway! But, I might take advantage of little ones! I also like to sit and beg from my foster mom when she sits in her recliner and eats something. But, again my foster mom usually doesn't do this as she is used to sitting at her counter to eat, it is that bad boy again. She also doesn't have trash available for the pickens but, I think I probably would take advantage of that if it was available! Right now I know how to sit and am getting more reliable with it. I have taken a few obedience classes and am learning to walk better on a leash and more commands. It only took my sneaking out the door once for her to get smart! Hehe! So now she tells me to stay when she is walking out the door. I also know down(lay down) pretty reliably too. Obedience classes are good for me too for greeting other dogs. I sometimes will give a little grumble when greeting other dogs but, after a couple of minutes it is over.
My health! Overall I am a pretty healthy gal considering where I came from. When my foster mom picked my up I was so dirty my lovely coat looked like I was milk chocolate but, after a much needed bath I am a deep dark chocolate lady! I have been brought up to date on all of my vaccines and spayed. I do have one thing that is going to be something ongoing for my new owner. I have old knees. Yes, arthritis has set into my right rear knee. I had an injury a while back that my old owner didn't have checked so I got arthritis. I get around really well but, I have to be careful on slick surfaces like a crate pan, hardwood floors or ice. So my foster mom has some area rugs around the corners so I don't spin out and a rubber back carpet in my crate so I get good traction. The things my new family will need to do are exercise, supplements and possibly pain meds from time to time. Right now, it is really hard for my foster mom to get me out for regular walks because she is good at walking 3 dogs but, walking me is no treat! See I didn't have that prior training on a leash. So she walks me on a no pull harness and with only one other dog. With the exercise will came weight loss, that I so desperately needed and now I move really well. She also is giving my Glucosamine and Chondroitin supplements to help lubricate my joints. My new family will need to exercise me regularly and make sure I don't carry around any extra weight. I met a really nice orthopedic surgeon and she said I didn't need surgery. Just pain management medicine when needed, G&C supplements, maybe some physical therapy or even acupuncture but, right now I don't need anything other than the G&C. My foster mom can tell you a really cheap way to order that! I also had something goofy go on with the hair on my legs but, that doesn't seem to be a problem anymore. See I had a false pregnancy and my foster mom thinks that maybe the hormones did something with my skin or possibly even an allergy. She doesn't let me lay on a cedar bed(I am LUCKY to have a memory foam bed) and she had me on Benadryl but, I haven't taken that in about a month now and no itchies and no problems with me skin. She feeds me a really good food so my new family will need to do the same.
My foster mom found out the hard way just how fast I am. One night she let us all out in the yard to get our dinner ready and whammo??I caught dinner first! So I am one of those labs with what they call a high prey drive and I should not be placed with little critters. I would like to have another dog to live with but, my foster mom doesn't think that is an absolute necessity because I like to be around people so much.
So in a nutshell I am in search of a family to teach me basic manners, although my manners are not bad and my foster mom and I have been working on them, someone who will keep me slim and trim so my knee feels better, someone who will understand that my grumblies are only grumblies upon first greeting with another dog and most of all someone who will LOVE ME, LOVE ME, LOVE ME!!
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