My mom’s friend who lives in Hawaii recently got a Labrottie and had wanted to share their story, so without further ado here’s their story enjoy!
Lenny is an 8-year-old chocolate Lab/Rottweiler mix who has been the most wonderful companion, Bike partner, Beach walk and ocean dip, partner. He came from a group of volunteer followers from the rescue (where he lived for 5 years), so I have no trouble finding Lenny sitters when I work and go to the mainland. Everybody loves Lenny, and he loves everybody.
I met him last September at the Equine rescue where I joined as a volunteer. He was the “watchdog” there. Only his size would be the deterrent if one would just look.
Once closer, he could possibly lick you to death, or exhaust you giving him a lengthy tummy rub of which he had perfected a well-choreographed tummy rub request.
Lenny will sit at your feet, stare up to you with his brown smiling eyes. Once engaged in petting his back, he would lean onto your legs and slowly descend against your legs, down to a horizontal position and then roll on his back to present “The Tummy.”
Other volunteers got into giving him treats…of which I never got beyond the tummy rub routine, and he seemed content with that.
A New Chapter Begins!
Five years at the rescue, Lenny did have a well-rubbed tummy of which became a bit larger than the vet recommended with all those treats.
Leadership changed at the rescue, and a real “watchdog ” was desired, so Lenny was fired, and I had a week off, and I requested a trial…
Now almost 3 months later, he has remained and filled my life in so many ways. Lenny has had some problems, I also was relating to the destroying of some personal items.
Lenny has an attraction to pillows and cushions and quilts and towels (shredded).. either he is getting better, or I am better at prevention.
His gentleness with children has made him famous at a nearby park. He allows children to pet him and one little toddler, in particular, Alex, is attracted to his tongue. Lenny doesn’t mind the little hands exploring in his mouth. Of course, this same tongue has licked a good number of unsuspecting babies and other children either on a parent’s lap or sitting in a stroller.
I can go on …
I foresee him being a great companion to my parents when they move in next year.
Lenny is 8, so not a long lifespan ahead, but so worth every minute.