15. October 2013 12:55
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I really think that I have the best dog in the world. He's kind, he's smart, he's funny. He loves to give hugs and kisses and he does his best to protect us when he thinks we are in danger.
Matthew is a yellow Labrador Retriever and joined our family in January, 2013. The kids and I had wanted a dog for a long time, but it needed to be just the right dog for our family. We needed a dog that could also be a service dog for our autistic son. We were very specific with our needs and it took over 18 months for us to find Matthew. But as soon as we met him, we knew he was the dog for us!
There is just something so special about Matthew.
Matthew is never far from me. If I'm working, he's somehow managed to fit his 120 pounds body under my desk and lying on my feet. If I'm cooking, he's right there watching me.This is a photo I snapped of him just last night. Yup, he's just watching me.
And in a lot of ways he's like a 4th child in that he follows me to the bathroom and will just sit there watching me. All you mothers know exactly what I'm talking about!
Matthew and I take daily walks. Most days we take more than one walk. We take an afternoon walk to pick up the kids from the bus stop, and then we take an evening walk which is much longer. We also play a lot of fetch, and he LOVES to play tag with the trio in the morning and when they get home from school. Matthew also loves to swim in our lake. But then he smells like mucky water so I try to discourage the lake swimming, but sometimes I just can't help but let him swim because he loves it so much! Going for a walk is much more fun when I have my favorite buddy along with me! Matthew does not like other dogs, so we don't take him to the dog park. He's a people dog, not a dog dog.
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