Zoie was born October 14th 2007 and joined our family permanently when she was seven-weeks old. She came from Alderwood Labradors near Sandy, OR. Alderwood has a quality breeding program producing dogs specifically intended for hunting or to be family pets. We of course opted for later and have not been disappointed. We visited Zoie when she was four-weeks old at which time we got to meet her mom Maggie and her dad Hooch. Over the last nearly four years Zoie has grown up to be a big girl weighing in at 80 lbs (no, she is not a fat dog)!
When we decided we were going to get a labrador retriever we were told to expect a “puppy personality” for at least 4-5
years. So far that has turned out to be prophecy. Even so Zoie has become an important part of the family. Where ever we go she goes. Zoie loves to ride in the car and will literally leap in the back seat when the door is as much as cracked open. So if you peruse some of the many pictures of our travels you will find it a common sight to see Zoie tagging along.
It is amazing how like people dogs have likes, dislikes, and unique personalities. One thing we have learned is that Zoie does not enjoy dog parks. She clearly
does not have a “pack” mentality preferring open, natural places where she can run and sniff without being bothered. We bought a two-year pass for Oregon State Parks at a friends recommendation and now take Zoie regularly to Champoeg State park which is just a few miles from our house. Here she plays hard dumping her tank of energy in about 30-40 minutes resulting in a welcome afternoon of naps.
Zoie has become a beautiful young lady. She is well behaved and simply seems to enjoy her life. She is really intelligent learning things quickly. When she was a puppy we enrolled her in several classes to help shape her behavior. Some of these classes involved teaching her “tricks.” To this day each day I bring her
home a special treat (please don’t ask) for which she is required to go through her repertoire. I think my favorite is “touching the target” that she learned during an agility course (she loves to jump). It is funny tossing her “target” and watching her sprint to stomp on it!
Over on the sidebar I will put up several slide shows showing pictures we have taken of Zoie as she has grown up. After all this page is about Zoie. Please enjoy!