“Be Wary of Those that consider Themselves Owners of Pets” – Antonio Rodriguez: It’s a Lab Thing LABdad
I came up with this quote after seeing several so-called Labrador sites emerge in the wake of It’s a Lab Thing. I guess you could say imitation is the highest form of flattery, however, what has me more irritated than a trying to pinch flea on a Lab, is that these “pseudo” Labrador sites CLAIM to be in the best interest of the LABfan and Labs. But are they really? Well when you really dive into these site’s content, you can see that they are about as sincere as a cat inviting a mouse to hang out. If you read their articles and postings, what you will see is the words “OWNERSHIP” “OWNING” “LAB OWNER” “OWNING a DOG” and the list goes on and on.
Long Gone are the Days of people considering their Labradors as pets.
In a short questionnaire on It’s a Lab Thing’s Facebook page you can see an overwhelming response to this exact issue. LABfans votes and comments were unanimous. Labradors are a part of our family and like family members, we do not own them.
Here are just a few:
There was a point in time I believe in the PAST when we thought of dogs as pets, but then again that is what I thought before adding two big ol’ Goofy Yellow Labradors into our family, and basically the reason WHY I started It’s a Lab Thing. I think this picture says it best:
We all absolutely LOVE our Labs to no end. They sleep with us, go on vacations with us, we carry around thousands of pounds of Lab hair, swim, boat, party, hang out and on and on and on. When our Labrador goes to Rainbow Bridge, we mourn for them. I met a gentleman this past weekend at adoptions that had lost his Lab over a year ago and he was there because he thought is was time to add another addition to the family. When he was telling me this, you could see the little knot in his throat as he spoke about it. Then I got a knot in my throat because I know how much his Labby meant to him and I can not even begin to fathom that day. I guess some people just do not get that and it shows.
I am grateful that my two boys are also my business partners. After all, without them I would not be here. If you think about it WE are ALL one big family. We all can relate, understand, console, encourage one another as a family should. Our Labradors do the very same thing when they sense our emotions. A “pet” could never do that. A fish will never nudge his head under your arm and look at you with those big brown eyes and say “Everything will be alright”.
How funny is that? (I am a guy and I can relate, lol)
Owners will never get that and people that think that you “own” a Lab will really never get it either. So be wary of those that use that terminology, because in my opinion, that kind of thinking is not one for the betterment of the breed.