On New Year’s Eve I got to spend the day with Labrador Friends of the South’s NYE Lab puppies. A box of 7 lab rescues that could not not even open their eyes was dropped off at a shelter, no mom in sight, just seven little helpless puppies trying to make it. It never fails, every Christmas time you can almost guarantee that we will end up with puppies. It is a shame that level of irresponsibility exists, that people do not spay and neuter their dogs, treat breeding as some sort of hobby or ancillary income. Until you take the time and volunteer for a local Labrador or dog rescue, either by fostering, donating and even helping out at an adoption event, you really have no input into what is right and wrong. That may come off as rather harsh, but it really is the truth.

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The New Year’s Eve Influence

I will admit that towards the end of 2013, my other endeavors consumed more of my attention. I was not taking as many pictures as I should have been of Labrador Friends of the South’s rescues. In just December alone, LFS got in a four week old puppy named LoLa, a box of seven and two more puppies and a mom. That is not including all the other Labradors that we took in. I am willing to bet that all Labrador Rescues felt the same impact. Since all the puppies were pretty much in one location, I decided to head out on NYE to take some pictures and meet these sweet souls that deserve so much. Got up early and got the text that the puppies were at our resident vet’s office. I was not going to miss this opportunity. Off I went and when I arrived, Dr. Horner (LFS Resident Vet & ILT contributing author) greeted me and said “Hurry the are feeding!” Off to the back I went and all you could hear was tiny little piglet squeals coming from the floor. My heart sank and the big “Awwww” came out. Seven little dirty piglets eating mush, eyes open and squealing away. This was going to be the start of a great year.

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Bath Time

Covered in mush, each Labrador puppy got picked up one by one and gently washed off in the sink. Oh how easy it is and how they grow so fast. It is hard taking pictures. Not because they move so fast, but because you sit there and zone out, you want to squeeze them and put them in your pocket and let their little Labrador gummies gnaw on your fingers.  Each puppy gets their turn, some calm and some squeal as the water hits them. Off to the towel to get dried off and get warmed up.

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Labrador Puppy Pile

All dry and all piled up, the puppies play a game of “king of the hill” to get the top spot for warmth. You can’t help but want to find a way to get into that pile, to have that sweet puppy breath in your face and the baby soft paws touching your nose.

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The New Year’s Goals

You see all that Lab puppy sweetness, vulnerabilty and the way they look at you with those tiny marble like eyes is what reawakens you. It is fitting that they are the New Year’s Eve puppies. Spending time with them can make you reeavulate your goals for the new year. No not resolutions, Goals. Resolutions tend to get broken and forgotten about. Everyday I get emails and questions from LABfans asking where they can find puppies. Well here you go. I met 10 in one day, and I am pretty sure we will keep seeing more.

What I think

You see this is not a post to pit one side against the other or cause hate and angst among our community. There is no reason to divide ourselves, fight and make dumb comments. There is plenty of other Labrador sites that you can go and do that on. No, that is not my intention nor my purpose. The purpose is to take captivating pictures and show you that you do not have to email asking where you can find puppies or you do not have to show disparaging images of helpless dogs in need. 2014 for It’s a Lab Thing will hopefully be about finding a way to work together, to find some sort of common ground so that hopefuly, when the next round of holidays come, we won’t see another box of puppies. Some might think that is wishful thinking, but I know there has to be a way.

This is why I do what I do and why It’s a Lab Thing came about. It was the foundation that started it all and why my Goal is to continue to tell their story.