February 8, 2008

Old dog couldn't learn new tricks

We had been having trouble with our black lab Tigger for almost two years. She tended to dislike random men she would come in contact with. We think she was either abused before we got her at four months, or something happened in our yard when we were gone some time. Anyway, she would growl and get her hackles up and had started moving in on these guys. We were hoping a move to the farm where she could run more and another dog would mellow her out but she only got worse. This last week we found out that she bit our garbage guy and had done something to the UPS guy. Our garbage didn't get hauled away and we were looking at a future of our packages getting dumped in the snow. We felt so bad about those situations so it was time to send Tigger to the "happy hunting grounds." Nobody really wanted to do it, so my father-in-law said he would take care of her. The same day we found out about all the trouble she caused she left this farm for the last time.
We wanted another lab and that very day went on an internet hunt. Fortunately that very day we found a 1o week old yellow lab in MN. We found out my parents were headed our way the very next day and they graciously went and met the puppy owners and picked our pup out for us. (Thanks again Mom and Dad!) So by the next afternoon we had a little yellow lab pup running around our house chasing the boys . We named him Tracker (thanks Sue!) and he is adorable, as you can see in the pics! He came very close to having the name "Edge" for the guitar player in Todd's favorite band , U2. However, when we heard "Tracker" even my U2 junkie couldn't argue that it was a perfect name for a hunting dog. And I finally have the yellow lab that I have wanted for years!
He is not going to be a small dog, he is only 10 weeks and huge!

My "middle man" walks around saying "where's my new puppy?" Then when he finds him he lays on the floor and lets Tracker crawl all over him and lick him.

He took to Shadow right away and doesn't leave his side much.

8 comments:

Susan said...

Such CUTE pictures!!!!

Stacie said...

Tracker sure is cute! Looks like he wore Shadow out. Pretty impressive. Congrats on the new dog and we're sorry about Tigger.

Stacie said...

Check out the pretty yellow lab here http://thepioneerwoman.com/2008/02/through_the_telephoto_lens.html. Tracker is going to be gorgeous!

shar said...

Oh man, he is soooo cute!

Debbie said...

Cute dog. It reminds us of when we had Owen, the service dog we were training.

Movers4life said...

He is SO cute!! That pic with Shadow is so sweet!:0)

Tengesdal 4 said...

Kim- you finally got to name your own pet!!!! What a momentous occasion in the Erickson Family Life!! :)
Tracker is adorable!!

Tengesdal 4 said...

Kim- you finally got to name your own pet!!!! What a momentous occasion in the Erickson Family Life!! :)
Tracker is adorable!!