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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Black Dog Sunday

I recently had both halves of our Labraduo along for a mountain bike ride. I love the days when that happens. I come close to wearing out the shutter on my camera when R joins me and Shyla!

R was in prime form, with fiery eyes as he tried to win every recall race. You can almost read Shyla's expression - "What the heck is he doing? My brother is crazy!".

You may think that this photo looks familiar. In fact, a very similar photo graced one month of our 2018 calendar. I guess that R had to show that he hadn't lost a step or his hops in the past year. He took a huge flying leap to win the recall race in almost exactly the same way as he did it a year ago. His spirit is incredible.

When I got the two of them out into more open terrain, Shyla turned on her afterburners to easily win a recall race. Don't tell R but she is one of the fastest dogs I know. However, she often doesn't have the courage to run with all her heart. Look at her smile as she finally sprinted as fast as she could!

When we got home, R relaxed, looking very handsome when I woke him up to take his photo.
We feel so lucky to have received the good news about his health this week. Also, we continue to be awed by how much his elbow CUE surgery improved his life. It was one of the best things we've ever done for one of our dogs!

He's an amazing spirit, and I hope that he's around for a lot longer.


  1. they are both amazing and oh so beautiful, i feel joy watching their joy at running and leaping... you are blessed and so are they to have your wonderful family

  2. Hari OM
    we, devotees of your dogs (and their pawtographer), are equally delighted for R and and our thoughts and wishes for many more years of such joy! YAM(-aunty) xxx

  3. All those months of deciding, waiting, then the longer time of rehab, your diligence and patience, the endless repetition of exercises, this is the bonus at the end. Two together, what joy.

  4. Love the smiles on your faces as you go for the win!

  5. Such wonderfully fun photos!

  6. Congrats on the good news. A second reward after some pawsome photos.

  7. I'd love to see Shyla against my family's Melody. It might be unfair, Melody's a greyhound. :)

    1. Definitely unfair but I'd love to see Melody run! It must be beautiful.

    2. It is, and I've only seen her at half speed! She's gorgeous. As is Shyla, needless to say. I've seen some pretty speedy labs.

  8. OH MY CATS mom and I smiled and clapped all the way thru this post!!
    Happy Happy days is what you have with the Labraduo
    Hugs madi and mom

  9. R's CUE surgery PLUS the billion hours you invested in research before the surgery and post-surgery rehab - both really paid off! What a joy to see him run with Shyla!

    Chris from Boise

  10. R sure is looking great. I love how those two pictures look almost the same but were taken a year apart.

  11. Looks like everyone was having a blast! These are good times!!

    Just Stopping in to bark hello!

    Murphy & Stanley

  12. Those are two very happy dogs! ♥
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  13. Happy Crazy Love them both.
    xo Astro

  14. Every picture made us smile!
    Hazel & Mabel

  15. WoooooHooooo!!! You go guys! Shyla, I thinks you might be a smudge faster than me...a smudge....☺
    R, that is such good news abouts your elbow! you are two happy puppers!
    Ruby ♥


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