My name is Joey, and I’m a Chocolate Labrador Retriever.
When I began to write my story, I was 9.78 years old. That’s a pretty exact age but I know this was correct. You see, last month I was taken to the emergency room of the animal hospital in Roxborough MA and there they calculated my age – to two decimal places! Although I was in a hospital, I really made lots of friends there .
Earlier that fine spring morning I had found myself in a situation that I had not anticipated. And neither had my mom, when she opened the kitchen door that led to the back yard to allow me to spend some of the morning hours outside while she prepared herself for the day.
For the next six days, beginning with my sojourn to the hospital, and since then, I’ve heard children and adults ask many questions about us dogs. It’s been difficult for me to express myself to you all, so I’m now taking the time to tell you a little about us and what we need, and how to care for us.
I understand the expression, “Dog is man’s best friend” and in my heart I know that man is a dog’s best friend, too. My life has been an expression of that relationship. So my tale is dedicated to our friendship!
Please read my story. You will learn many things. You will learn about yourselves. You will learn how about dogs in general, about Labrador Retrievers in specific. My story is also about people – people like you, and people like your neighbors. It is about people who have dogs and people who don’t. I also provide a lot of information for children and adults, so that children and their parents can learn about us dogs, and how to care for a dog and a pet that has been wounded, injured or is ill. And you will see many nice photos and illustrations.
I begin my story one snowy night when my parents took me for a walk!