SoCS — Opposites

When Linda G. Hill asked us to use the word “opposites” or write about things that are opposites for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, I immediately thought about when we brought home two dogs who were litter mates years ago in the late Eighties.

These were both Labrador retriever puppies, about eight weeks old, when we brought them home. They weren’t pure bred Labs, but seemed to be mostly Lab. Little did we know how opposite to one another they would turn out to be.

One, the female, was a chocolate Lab. The male was a yellow Lab. He was sweet, affectionate, and mellow. She was high strung, ditsy, and nervous. He was a homebody who rarely seemed to want to leave the house or wander away from the yard. She was an escape artist and a runner. Any time anyone would open a door she would try to run out of the house and would literally run until she dropped.

He was motivated by food and treats and would respond whenever we shook the biscuit box. She seemed to be relatively uninterested in treats. He always wanted to be around us, close to us, and would either snuggle next to us when my wife and I were on the couch watching TV or would drape his 80 pound body across the two of us. She rarely sat near us and more often than not, would pace back and forth or go lie down in the corner when we watched TV.

Our dogs lived to the ripe old ages (for large breed dogs) of 14 (the male) and 15 (the female). They were opposites, but we loved them both and still miss them terribly.

14 thoughts on “SoCS — Opposites

  1. rugby843 December 18, 2021 / 6:14 am

    Labs are the best

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  2. Paula Light December 18, 2021 / 6:23 am

    My daughter is already sad about the fact that her 3 year old golden won’t live that long…

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    • Fandango December 18, 2021 / 10:42 pm

      Yeah, they usually don’t make it much past 15. But they are loved and bring us so much joy in their short lives.

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  3. newepicauthor December 18, 2021 / 7:08 am

    I think that more male dogs are runners than female dogs, so yours was an opposite.

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  4. Melanie B Cee December 18, 2021 / 7:14 am

    Aw! ❤ It sounds like they both had a very good home, even if she never bonded. Some dogs (like people and in my opinion only) are introverts too. 😉

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  5. bikerchick57 December 18, 2021 / 7:42 am

    Sweet. It’s interesting how different our critters can be. I’ve had such opposites in cats, from a psycho cat who was afraid of everyone (except me) and everything to my current gray kitty, who absolutely loves being around people and is only afraid of the garbage truck.

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  6. Nope, Not Pam December 19, 2021 / 1:14 am

    Dogs are wonderful, beautiful reflexions. 🙂

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