If you have been following Lehman lane for any amount of time this past year you would most certainly have met Moose, our Australian Labradoodle. He is my constant shadow, exercise coach, lunch buddy, giant mess maker, and is forever photo bombing my pics:).
Moose just had his one year check up last week and I realized it’s been almost a year since I wrote a blog post about the furrier member of our family:).
We brought Moose home last January 3rd which is a day that I will never forget because it is also the same day as Adam’s birthday. Adam was our miniature schnauzer that we lost last fall at almost 13. If you are a dog owner I am sure you know that no two dogs are alike and I know I will never have another dog like Adam or Eric (our other schnauzer) and I am certain that I will never have another dog like Mr. Moose:).
I think the biggest thing we learned since having Moose is that having big dogs and having little dogs are not the same thing:). Before having Moose I thought I was a pretty amazing dog trainer. Our previous dogs were very well behaved and didn’t get into much trouble. ( this was not entirely true…I had forgotten what they were like as puppies:)
When little dogs (schnauzers) jump up they are at knee or waist level when Moose jumps up he is looking you straight in the eye:). You don’t have to worry about food on your counter with little dogs. With Moose nowhere in my kitchen is safe:). Apparently labs are more food driven than most dogs…I had no idea about this before.
We have gotten better at keeping our food safe and Moose has a teeny bit more self control but he regularly gets chips, cookies, sandwiches, and bowls of milk and Cheerios left unattended:). He has eaten through 2 kids lunch boxes ( including through Elsa from Frozen’s face:) to get the little bit of Bologna and cheese sandwich that’s left inside. He also regularly eats holes in our kids socks, underwear, and shoes:).
The hardest part with his jumping up is when friends and family come. He gets so excited to see them that he just wants to lick their faces:). As per the trainers suggestion we first had to arm people with tennis rackets to hold and place gently in front of his face so he wouldn’t jump up. Thankfully we have found that Moose will not jump up when he has his stuffed sheep in his mouth. When friends come over and we need him to stay down as long as he has his “sheepie” we are fine. After running a few laps he calms down and will lay at the guests feet:).
One amazing thing about Moose is how much he loves to play with our kids more so than our two previous dogs combined. He will seek them out and find them to play.
I am convinced he steals the kids socks only for the fun of having to chase him all over our farmhouse.
He knows when their bus is coming and will wait at the door for me to let him out just so he can be the first to say hi to them. He also loves to come in the car with us no matter where we are headed:).
He has truly become a member of our family. Audrey, my daughter is always reminding me that we have 7 members of our family now, not just six:).
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I added some of Moose’s favorite toys that keep him busy:).
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