Graham Labrador x ?Staffie Dofb ?2010 - 02.06.2018

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Re: Graham Labrador x ?Staffie Dofb ?2013 Broxbourne Kenns

Post by marknsal » Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:31 pm

Second walk of the day and with Graham who is part dog part rotivator as his enthusiasm to 'shuffle' his feet in the grass gravel mud etc showered the countryside and any unwary walker with what seemed like kilos of materiel. As ever you tend to struggle a bit with dogs who dont know their name and I will mutter about the helpfulness of calling him graham a non dog name when trying to call. However when attention has been attracted he is a lovely good lump of a dog who enjoys human contact, is good with other dogs and is non food orientated.

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Re: Graham Labrador x ?Staffie Dofb ?2010 Broxbourne Kenns

Post by xxlynne » Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:49 pm

Graham jumped readily in the dog mobile yesterday which is a first! He was curious about Izzy ia JRt in the crate next to hims but just a sniff and he settled. We had a lovely walk and you could see him revealing in the feel of the grass on his feet and being able to gase into the distance sniffing the air.


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Graham's eyes seem those of an older dog and his demeanour so chilled and settled. Adam and I think he must be about 7 years old we will revise his age accordingly. Graham's past will always be a mystery brilliant with all dogs but so unaccustomed to living in a house and needs a patient family to help him acclimatise the the preciousness and wonder of it all

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Re: Graham Labrador x ?Staffie Dofb ?2010 Broxbourne Kenns

Post by bizlate » Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:23 pm

I have to level with you here. While there is absolutely no dog at the Broxbourne kennels who I've ever actively avoided, and I've walked the very handsome Graham in the past without complaint, I don't think I've ever actively asked to walk him. There is only one reason for this: compared to the litany of big personalities and effusive bull breeds on offer, Graham can just seem a bit... well... boring.

Yesterday I was forced to reconsider, not because he suddenly became all wild and dramatic, but because I realised I'd been overlooking a lot about this strikingly good looking boy.
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Apologies for dodgy pics - Graham is a chunky tall boy and I found it hard to photograph him on the move!
First, last time I walked Graham I didn't feel like he was very connected to his walker... this weekend I realised that what I'd taken for disinterest before was actually Graham's total wonderment at the sights and sounds on his walk. This is a boy with a very impoverished past - just a simple walk for him is a complete treat and he wants to soak it all up. As a result, he can be subtle about his connectedness to his walker, but it is there. Whenever you stop and pause for a while, he leans his weight against you as he looks around him, and if you're lucky he will even gift you some gentle kisses on your hands.
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Lovely boy having a good old affectionate lean in xx
Second, sometimes an unexhuberant dog is an enormous blessing. A walk in the park with Graham is, well, a walk in the park. He's a dream on the lead and utterly, utterly unphased by other dogs. His walking companion this weekend, Snoop, is often quite overwhelmed by the world and choosy about other dogs, but he could not have had a more bombproof companion in Graham. I don't know if I've ever seen a dog so unflappable with other dogs - Snoop snarled and snapped in his face, Graham politely averted his eyes; Snoop plucked up the courage to give Graham a little intimate sniff, Graham strode on unperturbed. He is really quite extraordinarily laid back with other dogs, even when not greeted well.
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Walking beautifully with a nervous Snoop

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Third, Graham is a sweetheart. He may not be charging up and down your arms and legs like a jolly bull breed, but he quietly values closeness and even shyly rolled onto his back for tummy tickles during our walk. He seems pretty unflappable with humans too - I had to manhandle Graham a few times on our walk (never his fault) and I don't know many dogs who would have endured it without panic or complaint, but Graham just seemed to take any contact as polite affection rather than rude hustling. He really is a hidden treasure, and I find myself suddenly smitten.
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Graham <3
We know that Graham has had little exposure to life before rescue, and there are suspicions that he may never have even lived indoors. I can't speak to that, but I can't help but feel that Graham's gentle soul and sense of wonder will help him catch up quickly on lost ground, and he will relish the closeness and support of the family who takes him on the next step of his journey.

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Re: Graham Labrador x ?Staffie Dofb ?2010 Broxbourne Kenns

Post by Joanned » Fri May 12, 2017 4:12 pm

Gorgeous Graham is a very easy dog to walk and he reminds me of Scooby doo the way he flicks his legs out at the side when he walks. Lovely affectionate boy.
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Re: Graham Labrador x ?Staffie Dofb ?2010 Broxbourne Kenns

Post by bizlate » Sun May 21, 2017 5:01 pm

Gorgeous Graham loves his walks! So much so that it's hard to get a decent picture of him as he's just so keen to get on with his adventure! And he's pretty strong (though not unruly!) so his intentions are made clear :D

Here's one I managed to sneak:
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Handsome boy
Graham walked with Trixie who he'd never met before their walk - I've taken him out with quite a few dogs he doesn't know, and not all of them have been friendly too him, but this laid back boy has never risen to any of their challenges - he seems like he has some really impressive dog skills.
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He and Trixie got on just fine, and even comfortably shared treats together.


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Graham is looking lovely and chunky having put on a bit of weight since his induction photoshoot... He's got a heavyset lab feel to him and his coat is gorgeous.

Won't someone come and take this lovely boy home?
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Re: Graham Labrador x ?Staffie Dofb ?2010 Broxbourne Kenns

Post by bizlate » Sun Jun 04, 2017 12:11 am

Graham helped to induct 2 new walkers today... he was his usual dopey and yummy self :D
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Re: Graham Labrador x ?Staffie Dofb ?2010 Broxbourne Kenns

Post by Joanned » Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:59 pm

Pictures do not do this handsome boy justice. He is so good to walk and showed Kelly the way today on her induction. He is really good with other dogs, even a bit dopey to when a dog doesnt like him he is slow to pick it up. Not a bad bone in his body our Graham. Lovely boy deserves a loving home. :crossfingers.gif:

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Re: Graham Labrador x ?Staffie Dofb ?2010 Broxbourne Kenns

Post by bizlate » Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:11 pm

Graham enjoyed a walk with bouncy Husky cross Kira this weekend - the two hadn't met before but got on absolutely fine, not an eyebrow or hackle raised by either. Kira has no sense of personal space and during a bouncy moment landed smack on top of poor Graham... fortunately Graham is totally unflappable with other dogs and didn't bat an eyelid.

They also both enjoyed a cooling paddle in the lake as it was such a warm day.
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Paddling with Kira
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Suffering Kira's nosiness with good grace
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Graham enjoying the lakeside view :-)
On narrow sections of path it became clear that Graham and Kira both like to lead the way... No scrapping, but lots of pulling from whoever was in 2nd place! Thank goodness for 2metre leads, which let them walk shoulder to shoulder while the humans went in single file :D They were both excellent at taking it in turns to share treats too, which I always think is so impressive for kennel dogs whose resources are very precious to them.


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Graham is really so very handsome - he's an awkward colour to photograph (though all his walkers keep trying!!) but in the flesh he has the most beautiful patterned fur and a lovely chunky body.


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