The Scoop on ZoŽ
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(from her human's point of view)
For many years I had wanted a dog, but both of my parents said they were allergic to the 'dander' (now I know they were lying) and so I couldn't have a pet. So in June of 1999 I bought a house and moved out. I immediately wanted a lab, but I realized this couldn't happen until I get settled in, and planned on getting one in the spring. I knew I wanted a yellow female and even though the timing wasn't perfect, I still kept my eyes and ears open.
In August 1999, I found out that there was a litter of labs, and so I thought, hmmm I'll go take a look. Ha! When I saw ZoŽ, the runt of the litter, it was love at first sight.
I went home and told my parents that they were going to be grandparents and they got this strange look in their eyes and said "What??" Then I explained that I was getting a puppy, to which they had a few choice words! (To which this day they regret! Because now they come to visit ZoŽ and not me! Might I also add that they HAVE to see her daily or they are mad!) So ZoŽ came to Mahone Bay to live! And live she does! She is so spoiled that she even gets 'babysitters' when I'm not home! That's all I'll say so I don't make myself sound too crazy!
The first week was really rough Ė she was sick quite a bit. I phoned the vet and he said I should bring her in. I took her there on the way to work one morning and he said he'd do some x-rays and give me a call. Around 11 am I got the dreaded call that they had to operate!! I was hysterical! Apparently she had some screws stuck in her bowels and they were causing all the sickness! This is where her nickname "Garbage Guts" came from! Luckily the surgery went really smooth and she recovered very quickly.
A month or so later we started going to puppy socialization classes. And then on to Obedience Level 1 Ė it was there that I heard of flyball. So we took a chance and tried it! ZoŽ loved it! It was easy getting her to go over the jumps but the box was a different story! I waited it out and she finally got it!
And here we are today! ZoŽ is the one you will see bouncing and barking (loudly I might add!) at the start waiting for the lights to change and I'm the one holding on to her for dear life! It's a lot of fun and a great workout for both of us! We've both met some wonderful true friends though this sport, and we hope to continue to do so.
Go Maple Leaps!
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