Monday, 14 April 2014

A-Z Challenge 2014 - 'L'

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).

Of course this entitled him to special treats like this:

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.


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob .. and right melee here - and I love Labradors .. aren't they gorgeous .. fun photos too .. and looks like we'll have some more stories to read up on ..

The little Lhasa - is very smart ... but I think my favourite photo is the "Gang of Four" ..

Cheers and thanks for the Lighthouse thumbs up and info .. added it in .. Hilary

Ellie Garratt said...

What a wonderful post. I have a few dog-mad friends who would love this!

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Julie Flanders said...

I hope you do post the article about Sam, I'd love to read it.
The new pups are adorable out on their walk.

L. D. said...

I really like your dog posts.

Cherie Reich said...

What adorable dogs! Lhasa Apsos are cute, and I've always been fond of chocolate labs.

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Doreen McGettigan said...

I had a lab that we absolutely loved for fo all 13 of her years. Her name was Hobbit.
We also had a lhaso named Odie. He was a challenge but we adored him.
We now have 2 lacy haired terriers. I never before realized our family pets had an L theme.

Bish Denham said...

Our dog love cleaning out the peanut butter jar too. I think that's why dogs have long tongues. :-)

Jo said...

First time I saw a Lhasa Apso, I thought it was a poodle. They are cute little dogs. I like all dogs, some more than others of course.

Gregg Metcalf said...

Love the dogs. We have a poodle.