Meet "Una & Dylian"

August 26, 2011, Dog of the Day, Taurus Lake Travis

Una & Dylian

"Dylian is a two year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever.  He is stubborn, opinionated, happy, intelligent, full of energy and stamina, and at the end of the day, an absolutely perfect dog for me.  He will retrieve until his feet give in, he will swim until he sinks, and will not stop as long as you are right there with him.  He is a typical Chessie in his determination and drive.  It doesn't matter what we do, he will happily come along with a huge grin on his face.  The faster the car goes, the bigger his smile gets.

He wasn't always like this though.  He came to us from the breeder as a seven week old nervous little puppy.  He didn't like anything new.  He sat next to me at three months of age at dog parks absolutely refusing to budge and play with other dogs.  He had no interest in meeting other people.  We went through countless dog parks, Petsmarts, neighborhood walks attempting to get him socialized.  He just wouldn't have anything to do with it.  I worried that he would follow in pure Chesapeake footsteps and become aggressive due to his nervous nature.

He was around three months of age when Stacy and Taurus Lake Travis came into our lives.  Stacy helped me to get him settled at Taurus.  She and her wonderful staff helped build Dylian's confidence through doggie play dates and patience that only they are capable of.  He flourished under their care and quickly became a different dog.  Any worries I might have had disappeared as I could see him change.  He even learned his manners and kept his famous and equally irritating jumping habit in check.

He now proudly trots in front of me on our hikes through off-leash trails.  He has no problems meeting new dogs or people.  His goofy and happy disposition puts most dogs at ease and he can get just about anyone to play with him.  He can be a gentle giant with a six-pound Chihuahua, and tough working dog when he plays with a lab.

I owe all this to Taurus and will never stop being thankful to them for the wonderful job they have done with him."



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