Panda Bear Found a Home!!
Updated: Jun 4, 2018
When we returned to land after selling Dafne I in Australia, we decided to console ourselves by getting dogs; specifically two fat yellow labs we met on a trip to Maine. We found them through Main Lab Rescue and drove them all the way down to Philadelphia the next day. They had been staying with a foster family the organization had put them with when we picked them up, but before that they'd been in a kennel ever since their owner died. We could tell she'd been an old lady, probably living in the suburbs, who never walked and rarely took them out of the house. They were overweight and nervous but so happy to finally have a family. We renamed them Fiji and Panda and they became part of the family.
Fiji died April 2017 and Panda turned 11 April 2018. He's pretty elderly now and has problems with his back legs which make it hard for him to go up and down steps and take long walks. But he's only gotten more loving with age. He follows me and my sisters around the house and will even walk the twelve blocks to take Cleo and Jade to school in the morning.
Although Panda adores every human he meets, he's not so indiscriminate when it comes to dogs. Because he lived with his brother, Fiji, his whole life, Fiji is the only dog he had learned to tolerate when we adopted them. But after a few years in the city he has added my uncle's dog, a pitbull, my grandparents dog, a Golden Doodle, and one of our friends' mutts to the list.
He's completely house-trained. He's even city-trained, which is much more complicated because of the walking and streets versus sidewalk rules. He's also totally food and pets motivated which means that it's rewarding and funny to try and teach him tricks, if not easy. And even though he's not a young dog anymore, he is still energetic and relatively healthy.
I know that whoever he ends up with will love him completely just like everyone else who meets him, and I'm so sad to see him go, we'll all miss him.
(and the rest of the fam)