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Birthday/age: 1 yr
Weight: 100 lbs
Energy Level: High
Children: Good 14+
Dogs: Good but prefers to be only dog
Cats: No thanks
House Skills: Good
Leash Skills: Good with harness
Swimming: Loves it
- super cuddler
- needs strong handler on leash
- loves to play and act silly
- needs managed exercise
Uku here! I'm super excited to share all the progress I've made with my awesome foster family. I recently turned 1 year old and I'm now on a healthy diet of fruits and veggies for treats with regular exercise and I've lost weight. My foster mum says we can go shopping for my new Speedo in just a few more pounds!!
My house skills are great. I lay at your feet while we do "work from home" and when my foster dad packs up my special bag I know its time to do "go to the office". Of course, I need my walks to burn some energy and I love to play ball in the yard and hang out with the other office dog but once we get some sillies out, I'm good to hang out while you do your thing. I'm never far behind you especially if I know you're heading for the kitchen! My happy dance begins as soon as the apples come out of the fridge but I know I have to sit and be polite in order to get what I want. My foster parents have been working hard at this and other commands like come, out (for drop it), no and treat...I'm really good at that last one, and now I know who "Uku" is!! No one can convince me I'm not a lap dog and a spot on the couch next to you is a must. I also like to sleep in the "Big Bed" and keep warm under the covers. I'm a tad bit spoiled and I love it.
I'm a very goodhearted boy with "teenager tendencies", if you will. I sometimes question the sincerity of your directions and I can be dramatic (as in strong pulling) when I see children on my walks. In the end I know if I listen to my people good things will happen like cuddles and treats. I would like a confident leader to keep me on track in a respectful, positively-reinforced manner with repetition.
I'm excited to meet new people on walks and as they get closer I put on my "big boy stance" and let out a warning in case they question if I'm one of the cool kids. When my foster dad says "its okay Uku" I relax and let the newcomer into the "it" crowd where I become the class clown, center of attention. I have a soft spot for children and we've been working on controlling my excitement around them. I would do best in a home with kids over 14 or maybe dog savvy grandkids who visit under supervision.
I get along great with my cool dog friends in the neighbourhood but I have never lived with another dog or cat for that matter. I take great pride in chasing those bratty squirrels out of my yard and one day I know I'll catch one! I'd be best as an only fur-dude with occasional visitors and friendly hangouts.
My favourite game is Boop. Do you know how to play? You boop my nose like an on button for the zoomies and I run and act like a silly pup to make you cry laughing. I'm actually really good at it. That and playing fetch are my favourite on-land games. I think I would really like to try swimming this summer too. I heard it's great exercise that would benefit me a lot.
I came to Lab Rescue because my family couldn't care for me when I started limping one day. The medical team at Lab Rescue determined that I have a cartilage issue in my shoulder that was causing me to limp and that all the extra weight I was carrying was not helping. The main focus has been on weight loss and finding the best exercise routine. I also have a special pill I take that helps with inflammation on days that I know I'm going to be really active as well as some extra glucosamine. My Lab Rescue friends will tell you more about this if you think you're my match.
I would love my family to be home often or be able to do "go to the office" with me. I need someone who can handle my strength on leash when I get excited; a playful, silly side to your personality and confidence to build a strong bond in a positive environment. A comfy spot to cuddle and an endless supply of frozen bananas and apples slices with seal the deal for me.