Bournville is a 7-8 year old male chocolate Labrador. Bournville has been residing in the same kennel block as our dogs for the last 6 months, eventually he was signed over into our care. On arrival this big fella was huge, weighing in at nearly 50kg, hardly able to walk comfortably and extremely unfit, it was so upsetting. He is on a diet and has now lost over 10kg – he is a completely different dog. He can run, he can move and he is so much happier in himself. He still has a little way to go regarding weight loss but he is getting there. Any new owner will need to be very strict with his diet as he is a real greedy guts and tries to encourage you to give him treats with his sad eyes and a sloppy kiss! He understands ‘no’, ‘all gone’ and ‘enough’ though.
Unfortunately due to carrying around all that extra weight for so long, Bournville does show signs of mild arthritis, currently only on joint supplements but will get worse as he gets older, as with all older dogs. He has also had a few lumps and bumps removed but histology results showed nothing sinister. He also has lots of excess skin since losing all that weight.
We have been working closely with Bournville around other dogs, he was a nightmare initially and we can only presume he was never walked or socialised with other dogs previously. He now tolerates some dogs but can quite easily find as many he doesn’t like. So we are looking for a pet free home, as he would chase cats and small furries too.
Bournville plods along nicely on lead and harness but he is a strong boy, and you know you have a strong lad when he wants to get to something else! He will do a nice sit, stay, wait, down, he loves a tummy tickle and if you like dog kisses, well he likes them too! He’s a typical Lab, he likes to carry his lead, or one of his many cuddly toys. He likes to choose a new one everyday. In the end we have to pinch them back off him or we run short for the other dogs! He’s very friendly and loving, enjoys a massage and loves the company of all the volunteers at the kennels. He will make a wonderful companion with the right family.