Ahh...but then there are those things we didn't know about and couldn't know until we had Labs of our own.
For all you folks out there who are just thinking about getting a Lab (or just doing your research), consider yourselves warned.
And for you Lab owners out there, feel free to add to this list via the comments link below. I'd love to know what came with your canine companions.
Here's what came with mine:
- more slobbery large-tongued kisses than I hoped for or imagined
- more slobbery kisses offered in places I never conceived of (think wet-willy and human ears)
- a plentiful supply of saliva-soaked tennis balls dropped with eagerness at my feet (my hands will never need moisturizers again)
- a plentiful supply of saliva-soaked anything dropped at my feet (you name it, it's probably been one of my Labs exuberant offerings to me)
- the need to invest in 3m stock because of all the 3m-lint-rollers we use up retrieving dog hair from our clothes and furniture during shedding seasons (who's supposed to be the retriever here, anyway?). Oh, and that's after regular brushing sessions.
- an endless supply of automatic foot-warmers: all I have to do is sit down, and one of our four Lab-kids will plunk a head or rear or chest on my feet
- an endless supply of lap-warmers (see previous, but change "my feet" to "my lap")
- free showers on hot summer days (just supply the kiddie pool, lake, marsh, swamp, puddle, stream, bathtub, sprinkler, or any other water source, and you've got your Lab-powered shower)
- more heart-warming and giggle-inducing moments than I ever dreamed
- terrific photo ops (better than any I've seen in National Geographic or Life magazines)
- an audible security system (just try sneaking up on our house -- anywhere, any side of the house, any door, any window, and porch or deck; we'll know, believe me)
- a built-in, deep-seated comfort when I'm home alone at night (see previous entry)
- a motion-activated mood sensor (boy, are Labs intuitive!); all I have to do is walk into a room and they know what mood I'm in
- more comfort and therapy than I could buy if I went to a thousand therapists or counselors or psychiatrists (see previous entry)
- better incentive to run the vacuum regularly than my in-laws coming to visit
- a great weight-loss plan (increased exercise and food-sharing)
- more life lessons (see yesterday's blog entry) than those I could glean from the wisest of sages
That's enough for now (yes, my Labs came with a host more of other things, about which I'll post another time).
What came "free inside" your Lab packages?
'Til next time,