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Fur Lover

Baer was my Labrador Retriever For 13 Years of my life. When I first got Baer he was the youngest of my dogs. I had four others dogs ranging in age from 4-11 years of age at that time. Included in that group were a Poodle, a Cocker Spaniel, a Maltese and a Labrador Retriever.

Unlike all of the rest of the dogs I've had he was the only one directly from a local breeder. He was a big burly boy and that is why his name became Baer.

We went to the breeders home to met the puppies and make our choice. It took only seconds as just as I was about to ask the breeder to show this one puppy to me my friend picked him up. I never looked at any other of the puppies and we went home happy with our choice.

My Maltese fell in love at first sight but my other dogs simply ignored his presence wanting nothing to do with him. Nico my poodle would not play with him. They simply tolerated each other for years.

Over the years my other four dogs died. Baer was the only dog in the house. This was unusual for us as we always had 4-5 dogs. He's the first dog I've ever been alone with for any length of time. We spent years with just the two of us at home.

I taught him a few tricks like how to put his dessert cup in the trash. I trained him to bark at strangers at the door. He was able to stop on command. When he barked that sweet dog sounded like a bear(pun intended) that could rip your throat out.

He showed me more compassion and gentle kindness than any other dog I've had (I've had a lot.) So far he has been the dog of my heart showing more emotion than I've seen in a lot of the people in my life. I didn't know a dog could make you feel that way or that they had that heart felt capacity to love.

Baer was loved by my family of dog and animal haters they still talk about him and he's been dead for four years. What they talk about is his wonderful temperament, gentleness and his abilty to make people love him. I was surprised when he died how sad and concerned for me my family was. I was not aware they felt so deeply about him.

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