A Day with Dagan

Today, Cassie let me "borrow" Dagan for a Guide Dogs related fundraising project at Northgate Mall, the mall across the street from the Guide Dogs campus in San Rafael. Since Cabana is career changed and can no longer sport the green jacket, I needed a puppy-in-training to melt hearts and loosen purse strings.

Dagan met those requirements FABULOUSLY. He walked beautifully on leash, relieved quickly on command, looked adorable, and calmly accepted everyone's love and attention. Unfortunately, I don't have any photos of us at the mall.

cabana sitting on her new patchwork bed, dagan is lying down on it in front of her with his hind end hanging offBut I did take some photos of Cabana and Dagan, sharing Cabana's new bed. Dagan takes up most of it!

dagan on his back on the floor, cabana is hovering face to face over himCabana has played with Dagan several times before, but he's never been at our house, or rather, on HER turf. She seemed a bit taken aback, having this big galoot of a dog in our living room. Dagan was all play, but once he accidentally bit her ear too hard, making Cabana yelp. Then Dagan licked her face feverishly, trying to make up for his mistake. It was really cute. After a few minutes of Cabana acting very standoff-ish, Dagan toned his play down to her liking. He let her have the upper hand the rest of the time, as seen in the photo above. Proof that chivalry is not dead.

cabana and dagan facing each other, neck to neck, pink line showing cabana's length and yellow line showing dagan's, he's at least 6-8 inches longer than herOf course, I've always known that Cabana is a petite Lab, but it was still shocking to have such a HUGE dog here (I know Dagan is a pipsqueak compared to Mango). But just shy of 10 months old, Dagan probably still has a bit more growing to do!

Heather and Ellie  – (July 26, 2010 at 6:03 PM)  

Dagan's such a handsome boy :)

Always good to have a successful puppy sitting day! He does look like he's going to get BIG.

Kari in WeHo  – (July 26, 2010 at 6:16 PM)  

awwww they look so cute together. Cabana sure is tiny!

Raiser Erin  – (July 26, 2010 at 6:41 PM)  

I think dogs must look bigger in pictures. Cabana looks like she's a pretty big dog, but I guess not. How much does she weigh? Ricki from Growing Up Guide Pup is tiny, but she looks big on screen.

Cassie and Dagan  – (July 26, 2010 at 6:56 PM)  

Oh Cabana, Dagan is so sorry that he bit your ear too hard! Thanks for letting him play today - he must have had a great time! He's too tired to stand up at the moment! Ha!

Samantha  – (July 26, 2010 at 7:07 PM)  

Dagan is gorgeous and obviously did so well! Oh, Mimi - only live three blocks away from there - wish I'd known!!! We've got to get together again soon - Av can go most places now and it would be so much fun! Sounds like a very successful day!!!
Big Hugs xoxoxo
Sammie and Crew!

Sierra Rose  – (July 26, 2010 at 7:34 PM)  

Oh wow! An event at Northgate!? We were at Peet's there this morning..well, most mornings for mom's maple-nut scone :) Would have been fun to run into you all :) Dagan looks like a sweetie!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Becky  – (July 26, 2010 at 8:10 PM)  

Dagan, thank you so much for your help today!!

JackDaddy  – (July 26, 2010 at 8:28 PM)  

I'm also amazed at the difference in length between some labs!

Mango  – (July 28, 2010 at 5:44 PM)  

Looks like a labralove connection going on there. Dagan, man, you did the right thing. Never cross a lady, especially in her own house. Just lay down and say Uncle.

Hey! PeeWee is a a midget lab like Cabana I think. I am growing rather fond of that look.

Slobbers,
Mango

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