Murphy, Chocolate (silver) Labrador Retriever Male, 10 Years Old


Meet Murphy!  A gorgeous 10 year old guy! I still have plenty of energy to go on adventure.

March 8, 2018

Murph’s foster mom says: Murphy is continuing to do great in our house.  He has access to almost the entire downstairs, except the living room and dining room.  That is done more for the cats than because of Murphy.  He is excellent with cats but one of the cats, Mario, is a bit skittish and he still needs a safe spot in the house that he can relax in that is Murphy free.  Sonic, is completely comfortable with Murphy and last night started a game of hide and seek with him.  They both loved it.  Murphy was smiling ear-to-ear playing with Sonic.  This afternoon they both took a nap with Murphy on the floor and Sonic sleeping on the dog bed 2 feet away.
Chocolate Labrador Retriever Male standing in a snow storm
Last night was the first night we let Murphy sleep upstairs with us.  He did so well.  He sought out all the kitty hiding places in the bedroom for a while but eventually settled and went to sleep.  He did not try to get on the bed (our bed is really high).  He slept either on the floor or on the sofa in the bedroom.  He slept through the night without interruption.
I have noticed that after his last walk of the night, he tends to have some trouble calming down.  My solution has been to turn the TV on with the volume off.  I think the TV is a signal for him to have quiet time.  It has worked so far!
We walked Murphy today on the front clip harness for the first time.  It worked great!  He was a pretty good walker but has a strong pull when he wants.  The front clip 100% eliminated any pulling.  He walked like a champ.
So far, Murphy isn’t super interested in his kibble. He will enthusiastically eat treats but has very little interest in his food.  I’ve tried everything.  Different bowls, bowls raised, bowls on the floor, adding a few treats to the food, nothing really works.  The best results we have had is either hand feeding him or last night when I took 1 teaspoon of juice from my steak and drizzled them over his food.  But I don’t want to get him addicted to table food.    Today I just put his kibble into his bowl and I’m letting him graze at his own pace.  We will see how he does as he settles!
Stay tuned to learn more about this sweet guy!
Chocolate Labrador Retriever Male standing in the back of a car

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