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Blog entry by dbhost posted 06-21-2010 04:00 AM 1243 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This one is going to take some time to get done right…
Brody the Wonder Dog. Yellow Labrador Retriever.

-- My workshop blog can be found at, YouTube Channel

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#1 posted 06-21-2010 05:56 AM

cute pup

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 06-21-2010 06:08 AM

Aw shucks…......what can I say…......looks just like you…................

Just spent a while talking to my youngest daughter of their trials and tribulations trying to figure out how to get their dog let out to potty while they are at work…....issue, because they both have totally unpredictable jobs… in an apartment while they are both in training….......

Sure that one will become your second best friend…...........(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#3 posted 06-21-2010 06:10 AM

Yeah, kind of a stealth gloat… He trots around with that stuffed pheasant every time he gets up…

He’s a mix yellow / black labrador retriever, with a slightly funny looking coat. We were able to see the parents, and they are without a doubt labs….

I gotta teach him to fetch lumber for me…

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#4 posted 06-21-2010 06:45 AM

I am sure he will fetch anything you want and a lot of things you don’t want him to. But I am sure you and your wife will enjoy him….....he ought to take to water pretty well too.

Off to bed early….....on call this weekend…......


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 06-21-2010 06:20 PM


Had seven phone calls last night scattered through the night. Little punchy, so just hangin’ out…...I am off today.

OK, so gotta tell my labrador stories.

First one is straight forward. One of my best friends as I grew up was named David. There were 7 kids in the family, all adopted, and they sorta adopted me at times, had me stay out at their lake cabin, do joint projects with David. I think they thought I was a good influence. His father was my physician, Dr. Neff, and I used him as a reference for years. But they had an old lab named Pilot. And more than once they told me the story of how he pulled one of the older children, Bob, out of a river, after he had fallen in and was drowning. Pilot was literally credited with saving Bob’s life.

Dr. Neff was not into exaggerating things or into melodrama. He was one of my role models as I grew up. Great guy. I remember getting a large ugly spinter in my hand working on their dock, one that was totally buried under the skin. Doc was standing on the dock closer to shore. So I walked up to him and showed it to him. Didn’t say anything, pulled out his pocket knife and dug it out right there, and said “That ought to fix it”, and sent me back to working on the dock.

Second story.

Close friend of mine in Fairbanks had a litter of registered black labs. Sold a few to our friends, had some left. Said I could have one for free, but not to tell any of our friends I got it for free. Didn’t want our friends to think they had been overcharged.

So of course, I named the dog ‘Freebie’.

She could climb a 6 foot fence, finally I put an electrified wire at the top, she got one good shock and never tried to climb it again. Totally crazy fun dog.

My daughter in Chicago has a black lab. Played ‘go fetch’ with that dog till I was worn out just a month ago.

I am waiting to hear about your first prized possession that dog chews to pieces…...(-:

........end of Lab stories…...........(-:


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 06-21-2010 08:34 PM

Oh yeah. Well the living room furniture is something we want to get rid of, and he is kept out of the office and the bedrooms. I am somewhat concerned about my fishing rods and storage rack. The only place in the house tall enough for it is the living room, or the corner of the dining room… I guess I can put it in the corner of the master bedroom if I take the 16 foot surf rod back out to the shop. But that won’t happen any time soon…

This dog, now named Brody, is my 3rd retriever, he follows Deacon, who after a nearly 15 year dogless stint replaced shadow, who oddly enough was a Golden Retriever. That’s what I get for adopting adult dogs… The story about Shadow was that the family that had him had 2 dogs, a black lab, and a golden retriever. The Golden responded to the black lab’s name so much they changed his name. I never could get him to respond to anything else…

I took him to the vet at lunch. He’s got a couple of minor issues, but nothing I didn’t expect for a free puppy. Dry skin, possibly mange, so he got treatment for that, and tested positive for worms (most puppies do) so he is on worming treatment. We go back in 2 weeks for his parvo and distemper shots, and then 2 weeks later for the rest of the course of shots, and his tags.

He upchucked the wormer at the vets office, so they gave him benadryl in case it was an injection reaction from the first shots… So we have to do the liquid wormer.

He crawled up and under LOMLs arm and fell asleep on the ride home… At least he seems to like car rides…

-- My workshop blog can be found at, YouTube Channel

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#7 posted 06-21-2010 09:32 PM

congrat´s with him I´m sure he will bring you and your wife a lot of amusment
at least he know were his place is…..LOL
you have started the trainning well….LOL

look after him and you will have a good companon for yes

thank´s for sharing


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#8 posted 06-21-2010 10:21 PM

Great dog. I have one that is the same mix just black. Chewed just about anything in sight for the first year or so. Now she is probably the most loyal and wonderful dog I have had outside of her big sister (lola the mastiff). She is a natural duck and goose dog. Didn’t have to train her at all she just knew what to do. I’m only about an hour and a half north of you maybe they can get married one day. By the way, isn’t it great working in this great weather.

-- Daniel

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