Why are they called Labrador Retrievers?

I've been telling this story for the last couple of months and I thought I would share it on my blog. I volunteer with Guide Dogs for the Blind as a foster care provider. I take care of dogs that need time in a home environment. When you see me with a dog it's probably a foster care dog and likely a different dog than the last time you saw me. We've taken care of almost 50 dogs over the last two years and it's the most fun I have ever had with a volunteer job.

Recently we had the pleasure of taking care of a 7 1/2 week old puppy for about three months while she was getting old enough for some surgery and then the recovery. When we got her she was fresh from the whelping kennel and had absolutely no training. She didn't know her name, wasn't housebroken in the slightest degree, couldn't walk on a leash, etc. However, if you threw a toy she would bring it back to you ever time. Apparently retrieving is a "built-in" function for Labradors and requires no training. I was kind of amazed at how automatic retrieving was for her since she really hadn't mastered any other skills yet. The "Retriever" name is apparently well deserved.

Because I'd never be forgiven for not including a picture:

GDB foster care puppy Gucci
Gucci @15 weeks in the rarely seen act of sleeping with her head on a toy.

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