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:
Having a dog helps teach responsibility to children.
Whether they’re helping to bathe, feed, or exercise the family dog, children will learn the value of responsibility. Caring for the dog will teach children that their pet is dependent on them for food and exercise and love. Dogs require a lot of care; they need to be fed, walked, played with and trained. Children come to understand that dogs have to learn discipline in order to be pleasant around the family and others. Children come to appreciate discipline by observing how important it is in their dog. Having a dog teaches children patience, commitment and selflessness. Caring for a dog takes a great deal of responsibility. Children learn to be less focused on themselves and more patient with others. Responsibility is a key factor in leadership development in children, and one of the best ways of learning responsibility is in the home with the family dog. Being responsible for a dog teaches children valuable life lessons. The lessons that children learn from having a dog are priceless and may just help in being successful in life and in a career.
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