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:
Dogs boost children’s confidence and self-esteem.
“For many children whose nurturing has been faulty, taking care of an animal can interrupt the cycle of abuse repeating itself over generations,’’ said Dr. Samuel Ross, Executive Director of Green Chimney’s Children’s Services in Brewster, New York, “They can learn to be care-givers, even if they haven’t been well cared for themselves.’’ Children who were regularly given the opportunity to care for a puppy at their preschool, as well as those with dogs at home were found more socially competent. They were more popular, felt better about themselves and were better able to understand other children’s feelings.
Many other life lessons are learned by living around a wonderful dog. Some of them are learning to be gentle, benefits of companionship, importance of faithfulness, the safety and security of home and appreciation of the needs of others. Above all the lessons, dogs are just great fun. They can make us laugh, even after a terrible day. They are always there wanting a reassuring hug. A dog’s primary wish in life is to make you, its owner, happy. How noble—and cool—is that?
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…
- Russian sailors entered Alaska’s mainland in 1741. By 1778, others had followed from Britain, Spain and America, including Captain James Cook. Cook’s navigator’s map showed Cook’s River, now known as Cook’s Inlet, as a spot suitable for dropping anchor. Hence, the name of Anchorage.
- Later, in 1867, the U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia. Several gold strikes in Alaska, one in 1887 and one in 1922 brought more development to the territory. The new residents wanted the name of Alaska City for their new community, but the government refused their name change. Anchorage incorporated on 23 November 1920.
- Fort Richardson and Elmendorf Air Force Base, along with the discovery of oil on the Kenai Peninsula in 1957 led to this explosion in population. The Port of Anchorage was finished in the early 1960s.
- The distance from Anchorage to Washington DC is 3638 miles. The distance to the Alaska state capital is 592 miles. (as the crow flies).
Source: USA Cities Online