According to registration statistics recently released by the American Kennel Club® (AKC), the Labrador Retriever is the most popular purebred dog in the Nashville area.
The Labrador Retriever is also 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:
The ten reasons that I am giving for children to have a dog are not listed in order of importance. All of us have different characteristics which we find more important than others. Every reason I list, however, is important to the childhood of your son or daughter.
Dogs help children to be more cooperative and sharing.
#11. 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…
- Early inhabitants of the area which is now Nashville were Mississippian Indians who lived here around 1000 to 1400 A.D. They disappeared after making great earthen mounds and making beautiful painted pottery which has been found as relics of the area. Other Indian groups, such as the Cherokee, Chicksaw and Shawnee, came into the area, mostly for hunting purposes.
- The French were the first white men to come here, establishing a trading post about 1717. The settlement called Fort Nashborough was founded on Christmas Day in 1779 by James Robertson, under the authority of the governor of North Carolina. It was named for Francis Nash, A Revolutionary War General. The name was changed to Nashville in 1784.
- Nashville was heavily involved in the Civil War. The Union army took Nashville in 1862. Three years later, just before the surrender, the Confederates tried to regain the town in the Battle of Nashville. Though badly outnumbered, the southern forces fought valiantly in this two day fray, which is considered to be the last battle of the Civil War.
- The distance from Nashville to Washington DC is 585 miles. The distance to the Tennessee state capital is miles. (as the crow flies).
- Nickname(s): “Country Music Capital of the World” and “The Music City”
Source: USA Cities Online