According to registration statistics recently released by the American Kennel Club® (AKC), the Labrador Retriever is the most popular purebred dog in America for the 21st straight year. More than twice as many Labs were registered than any other breed making it a likely leader for many years to come.
In a recent article, a licensed professional counselor for more than twenty-five years, explained how owning a Lab can help produce healthier, happier, more well adjusted children. Here is an excerpt from her article:
Regular dog-walking increases social interaction for children–especially those who have just moved to a neighborhood and are feeling homesick for their former home.
A child who might not want to go out into the neighborhood alone, feels that he or she has a purpose in walking the dog, and therefore can face unfamiliar faces or places more easily than when alone. Doing activities with a dog such as playing frisbee in the yard, or jogging, or merely walking your pooch on a leash is a great way to “break the ice” with new neighbors or other kids on the block. It’s also a good conversation starter like: “Where’s the nearest park?” “Do you know what the Leash Laws are?” “Do you have a dog?” A study by Britain’s Warwick University found that 49% of people reported making friends much easier as a result of owning a dog. Walking the dog could be the perfect way for a shy or awkward adolescent to meet new friends in the neighborhood.
Be sure to read the rest of her seven part article, Ten Reasons to Own a Dog.
At Twin Lakes Kennel, we have been breeding and training world class Labrador retrievers for more than thirty-five years. Our Labs can be found across the states from Hawaii to Maine, from Alaska to Florida. Our second-to-none Puppy Guarantee makes buying a pure-bred Labrador retriever one of the wisest decisions you will ever make.
But don’t take our word for it. Read the personal testimonials from prominent Lab owners from around the country. And visit our Puppy Page or call Woody or Judi for up-to-date puppy information at 910.462.3246.
Did you know…
- Tuscaloosa is known as the Druid City because of its abundance of old oaks and hardwoods. This nickname was given during Civil War times.
- Because of the Black Warrior River, many Indian trails came together here. This point was the southern-most spot on the river which could be consistently forded during most of the year. This same network of trails also brought white settlers to the area. After the War of 1812, the number of settlers increased greatly. The settlement of cabins which rose up here was named for the great chief, Black Warrior who met up with explorer, Hernando DeSoto, centuries before.
- The name, Tuscaloosa is from the Choctaw words, tushka, which means warrior and lusa, which means black. Tuscaloosa was incorporated on 13 December 1819 as part of Alabama territory. This was just one day before Alabama was admitted to the Union as a state, making Tuscaloosa one day older than the State of Alabama. Tuscaloosa was named the state capital in 1826 and served as such until 1846. The University of Alabama was established in Tuscaloosa in 1831. The University was burned during the last part of the war effort with only four of the original buildings remaining.
Source: U.S.A. Cities Online