Sweet Puppy Pals

As times goes on, Cabana is getting finicky about which dogs she chooses to play with. When we first started going to dog parks, she eagerly played with anything that had four legs and fur. But now, she has learned that not all dogs are the same. Some play nicer, some bark a lot, some have more energy, some will chase her (what she always wants). There are a few dogs we cross paths with that she doesn't want anything to do with--that's a huge change for this formerly dog-distracted-to-the-max social butterfly!

Thankfully, we've also crossed paths with some great pups. Our new favorites are these fellow Labradors with compatible energy levels and play styles.

little yellow lab sitting in the grass, looking straight at camera, she has very similar coloring to cabana's, light yellow with darker golden earsMeet 5-month old Duma. Duma loves to swim, chase balls, and cocks her head in the cutest way.

chocolate lab sitting in grass, looking straight at camera, both ears are blown backward so pink insides are exposed And 6-month old Latte. (Her ears just happened to be turned like this!) Latte has a vivacious personality and an energy level to match Cabana's perfectly.

Here's a 4-second video of the 3 puppies in the swimming hole (why so short, blame the videographer--me):

Duma glides through the water effortlessly, while Cabana won't swim--she just bounds through the water. Latte was not thrilled about getting in the water when I took this video a couple weeks ago, but since that time, she's learned to love swimming, too. Silly Cabana--when she wants to go to the other side of this swimming hole, she'll run all the way around the perimeter, rather than swimming across it!

three pups in an overlapping line, sniffing each otherCabana may be a year older than these pups, but she doesn't know it. She's got enough puppy-ness in her to last a few more years.

two younger pups are rolling around on the grass, cabana stands next to them with her head pushed into duma's headCabana tries to headbutt her way into the wrestling match.

latte is rolled over on her back, cabana is opposite her with her head pushed toward latte, duma is leaning over the top of them The other hu-moms and I are grateful, because (say it all together now), "A tired puppy is a happy puppy."

Cassie (and Dagan - cheering Poppy on at GDB!)  – (April 14, 2010 at 1:06 PM)  

So cute! Wish Dagan could go play too! I wonder if Cabana would pick him as a friend. Or maybe Poppy. I always think they would have fun together, but may Pop is not her type of gal. Interesting! Cute pics as always!

Sierra Rose  – (April 14, 2010 at 2:22 PM)  

Oh Cabana!! What fantastic pals you have! And, what fun you all have.... Invite me!Invite me!! :)

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Heather and Ellie  – (April 14, 2010 at 2:51 PM)  

I experienced the same thing with Barrett, taking care of him for a week when his forever family went away. Before, when he was a pup, he was sooo dog distracted. But when I took care of him he was pretty picky about what dogs he wanted to play with and preferred to socialize with the people.
Ellie is very dog distracted too....maybe if she plays with a bunch of dogs she'll get over it! Or maybe she just needs to grow up...:)

Alphini's Puppy Raiser  – (April 14, 2010 at 3:52 PM)  

I've noticed that before too -- puppies can develop a preference for a dog whose play style matches their own. Those 3 are having such a good time!

The Thundering Herd  – (April 14, 2010 at 4:28 PM)  

Why do our humans always smile when we are so tired?

JackDaddy  – (April 14, 2010 at 4:48 PM)  

Yes, Labradors ARE always the best ones to play with! Just keep that in mind! :)

Becky  – (April 14, 2010 at 6:39 PM)  

Cabana you have such a happy, fun social life!

Samantha  – (April 14, 2010 at 8:01 PM)  

We will second that! Even tho it was 3 secs, it was a pawsome 3 secs! Hey Mimi! We have to meet at the MV Dog Park soon! Soon! Soon! When????
Hugs xo
Sammie and mom

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