L- Lhasa Apso, Labrador Retriever
I hadn't met a Lhasa Apso until one moved into my village last year. Lhasa Apsos originated in Tibet where they were bred to guard Buddhist monasteries and warn of any intruders. They may be classified as non-sporting dogs but Billy always seems to be having fun,
|Lhasa Apso; Billy waiting to cross the road.|
Every time I meet him he always has that grin and a twinkle in his eye.
The next four dogs have all appeared on my blog at one time or another. Collectively they were known as 'The Gang of Four.'
|'The Gang of Four' - Gem, Sam, Jack and Maxie|
Sam, Jack and Maxie were Labrador Retrievers; Jack you met in this year's challenge under 'J'; Gem will appear later under 'M'.
The story of the two Golden Labs, brother and sister, Sam and Maxie, appeared as 'The Dogs of Troy' here.
The 'true-life' tale of
|Sam - Golden (Yellow) Labrador|
"When darkness falls" appeared in the UK publication "Dogs Monthly" in June 2012. [I really should post the article on my blog after the Challenge is complete.] Sufficient for the moment to say that when Sam was 11, he went blind. He had sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome (SARDS).
|Sam cleans out a peanut butter jar.|
Maxie made it to a different UK magazine for a different reason and that's something that will appear in the Challenge under the difficult letter 'Q'.
Just last week I met two, 5 month old, Golden Labrador puppies in my village that reminded me of Sam and Maxie when they were young, except they are better behaved!
|Golden Labrador puppies - Duke & Alfie;|
Just don't ask me which is which. Apparently Alfie has a black mark on one of his ears, but you would have to examine four ears closely to identify him that way. Perhaps that's why they wear different coloured collars.