The Anatomy of a Labrador Retriever

1 Oct

If I had to describe my family in one word, I’d skip over crazy and call them silly. If you can’t laugh at yourself, you won’t last long around these people. And, we love to make fun of each other.

So when my mom brought home Labradors for Dummies after we got a yellow lab in 1997, we poked fun at her for what now seems like such a reasonable purchase. As 6-, 8- and 13-year olds and the people not responsible for taking care of the dog, we were like How hard could it be to have a dog? This wasn’t even our first one; it had a tail like Cayenne, blond hair like Spencer, and it needed to eat like Murphy Brown, so we were pretty sure we knew what to do with Scout.

Scout the yellow lab.

No matter, we flipped through the book, reading aloud the most obvious of information to further make our point. But when we got to this page, we lost it.

Source: Labradors for Dummies.

Through our tears of laughter, we pointed out Scout’s croup, withers and crest. No longer were his front paws, paws. They were pasterns. Duh, mom, didn’t you read the book? Charming daughters, we were.

Scout’s would-be 15th birthday just passed a few weeks ago, and as I watched this video of a pack of fluffy, chubby yellow labs looking eagerly for the water that isn’t in their baby pool, the narration in my head went to “look at how fluffy their…CROUPs are!” And then I had a good giggle, not just from watching so many furry butts waddle around and on top of each other, but also at the laughter this page brought us all those years ago.

Happy birthday, Scouty and, mom, sorry we were such shit heads.

What’s your family’s signature humor?

4 Responses to “The Anatomy of a Labrador Retriever”

  1. Brooke October 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    Scouts LOVED a good pet on the withers. The one that really brought me back though was his “stop”! I completely remember using all of this lingo! And when I have a dog again I’m bringing all of this back!

    • Kate October 1, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

      Yes! Are you going to use the labrador anatomy no matter what kind of dog you get? I was so happy that I could find this page online!

  2. Jorie October 2, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    How have I never known that dogs have this special terminology for their anatomy?! Beautiful picture of Scouter!

    • Kate October 3, 2012 at 9:28 am #

      They do! And it’s so entertaining to find out. I see “Australia Shepherds for Dummies” in your near future, Jor :)

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