I've been reading all of these doggy intros for awhile, but haven't posted Gordy's story yet. I just love him. He's my partner in crime. I honestly just can't believe that he hasn't been here for my whole life... it feels like we've known each other for a lifetime. He is my heart. He's my everything. I couldn't dream of a better boy. He is it. Everybody should feel for at least once in their life the way I feel every time my sweet boy looks in my eyes. I love him so much. Somebody showed me an ad on craigslist. A family was looking to rehome an "11 month old" yellow lab. It said he would be good in any home, and they weren't able to spend enough time with him. It showed this picture: I told the person who showed me the ad that we were interested in another lab, and that we didn't know that we wanted a male, we preferred black to yellow, and we wanted to go through a rescue or shelter. Regardless, I couldn't stop thinking about that ad. I kept checking on it. I sent a text to my boyfriend asking what he thought about just asking about the yellow lab. He didn't respond, so I sent another text saying that I knew he wasn't what we were looking for, but why not just look.. we probably wouldn't come home with him, but he was so close by, that why not? No response. My bf came home from work that evening, and said "So, I guess you're waiting to ask me about this yellow lab? Give me the number, I'll call them." So, he did. We went and met Gordy. He was a wild child. He jumped on us, mouthed us, grabbed our shoe laces and tugged on them. He ran around the house wildly. Jumped on furniture, knocked things over. I wanted him. I was not leaving without him. I loved him instantly regardless of his out of control behavior. He was my boy from the moment I laid eyes on him. We brought him home. I worried that he would miss his old home, but he fit right in, and never seemed sad. Not for a moment actually... Gordy is the perpetually happy dog. We took him to Petco on the way home. He drug me straight to the back of the store where the food was. The family from craigslist had bought Gordy from a pet shop. We went to see what info they could give us. Gordy was sold at a younger age than he should have been away from his mother at from the documents that the employee at the store let us look at, and he was actually 9 months old according to the birthday on the paperwork, not 11 months old like the craigslist ad said. His birthday is only 2 days before mine. We started walking him twice a day, every day. He was such a puller. We taught him sit, and down. The pulling just wouldn't stop. We signed up for private obedience class where he got to have all of his lessons at various pet friendly places, and he made me proud! He caught on so quickly. We followed up with intermediate obedience class, and again, I was proud Most recently we started rally obedience classes, and we are having a blast!!! In March, Gordy passed the AKC canine good citizen test! I was so proud of him. He was much better in the testing than I was, that's for sure. I was nervous! But he helped me calm down as he did such a great job. See why it feels like we've spent a lifetime together... I could type and type all day about Gordy... I couldn't even create this thread without deleting stuff! For obedience, Gordy knows: Sit Down Stand Stay Come Easy (to not pull on leash) Leave it Drop it Heel (either to walk in a heel incl. changing pace or direction, or come to the heel position from wherever he is) Around right Finish right Around left Finish left 360° turn right (still working on left 360) Place Crate For tricks, Gordy knows: Got an itch? Circles (completely around me) Spin Twirl Handsome (sit pretty... but sit pretty sounded like a "girl" trick to me, and I also let him use my arm when we do this one, but it isn't often since I found out about his hip dysplasia) Say prayers Take a bow Peek-a-boo Can-can kicks Figure 8 through legs Walking under my legs while I walk Gimme 5 Gimme 10 Shake (his whole body... like shaking off water, not shake paw) Roll over Crawl Give hugs Group hugs Give kisses Gordy's first day at our house; he officially made our house a home Gordy loves to watch the dog shows! My dream boy: Silly! My beautiful boy Gordy and our first foster, Tippett Water dog! Beach Boy! An agility course was set up at an event we went to, and they let us walk through: My leave it king! Too many pictures as much as too long of a story I guess... but he is just my world. I could show him off forever. I'm very proud of him, and even more smitten I love him to pieces. Thanks so much for taking the time to catch a glimpse of my sweet Gordy!