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Rosie is a purebred Labrador Retriever born 12/31/97. Rosie's mother is fox red, and her daddy, Keepsake's Drift'N Dickens, is yellow. Rosie is officially registered with the American Kennel Club as yellow although she is really very red. Her official name is Keepsake's Ramblin' Rosie D (for Dickens.) Keepsake is the breeder in Renfrew, near Pittsburg, PA, where we got Rosie. Rosie is beautiful and even has red eyelashes!
Above is one of my favorite pictures of Rosie. She is 7 months old in this picture but now she weighs about 58.8 pounds (her full size), staying svelte on 2 daily cups of Pro Plan's Adult Lite Chicken and Rice, plus human food that she sneaks. Rosie nearly weighed 75 pounds at one point. Unbeknowst to us, Labradors have a tendency towards obesity, so we're very careful with her weight now. She, however, does not starve!
Rosie is very good at her job: stealthily looking for and eating human food, resting, getting in the way, and going for rides. We never actually see her eating the human food, but she leaves the kids' dishes behind so clean, we could put them back in the cupboard. She acts like a homeless, starving dog sometimes, licking her empty food bowl during the day. She looks particularly hilarious when we let her outside, and she sometimes looks in at us through our French doors that open out to our side yard. She once devoured a half pound of American cheese and a whole load of oat bread. (We left Rosie and the groceries in the car when we ran in to another store.) She actually showed no interest in dinner that night! She also once consumed an entire box of gourmet dog snacks that she got as a Christmas gift.
Two of her strangest snacks were mothballs and homemade candles. I placed mothballs around my petunias to keep the rabbits from eating the flowers. (Rabbits and neighborhood cats know Rosie is a pushover in her own yard and come and go as they please.) We suspect Rosie ate them because one day the mothballs were there, and the next day, every one was gone. Rosie also ate 2 candles that Lucy made for me. Left nothing but a few crumbles of red and blue wax and one wick.
Rosie has a phobia of the basement stairs. She just refuses to climb those stairs. She cries and barks until someone, i.e., Mama, carries her, a 60 pound spoiled Labby, up the stairs. Rosie often ends up in the basement because she is neurotic about Mom. She follows me all around the house, fearing I will leave without her somewhere. She ends up in the basement when I do laundry. It's quite funny when I go up and down stairs doing laundry, forgetting things, doing chores -- there's Rosie, panting right behind me (and getting in my way.)
Update on the basement stairs
issue (March 2002):
Rosie is the most docile animal on earth. You would think she is 10 years old when she's only 5! When we first brought Lucy, our daughter, home from the hospital, Rosie was a jealous toddler, shredding up tissues when she could. Now she is past that. Lucy stuck her hands in Rosie's mouth, climbed on her, pulled her fur, and Rosie just took it all. You would think Rosie would have walked away! She's the best! Sabrina is very gentle with Rosie. We just had a third child on 12-23-02, and the other day I propped the baby on Rosie and Rosie stayed there for 10 minutes while I took pictures. Rosie, Lucy, Sabrina, Baby Tim, and I are usually always together. Often you will find our 5 heads within two square feet!
Someone once said to me she really likes labs. She said they look so pathetic and they think they're small, and they probably wish you would pick them up and put them on your lap. I couldn't agree more! :)
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A note from Rosie's Mama: Rosie is the most beautiful dog. Though I try to capture her "thoroughbred look" in photographs, most of the time she looks quite pathetic, as you can see in the pictures below... I have ordered the pictures with the most recent ones first.
I also apologize that some of the pictures are so large! I scanned many of Rosie's pictures in years ago when I was first learning how to create webpages and use a scanner, and I have since had 2 beautiful daughters and a son, who also have their own websites. Poor Rosie is low man on the totem pole. I'll fix her pictures some day...
What an animal! Enjoy!
Rosie has manners!
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