We have a new family member and travel companion – Buddha Boy Jasper (Jasper) – an 8 week old Chocolate Labrador retriever that we picked up yesterday from White Robin Kennels in Princeton, B.C.
The photo (above right) was taken during the hour-long ride home, during which he cried just a little and then slept in my arms the rest of the way. We stopped just once at Stemwinder Provincial Park to give him an idea of his life to come… camping dog.
It’s going to be an intersesting day-by-day adventure, especially once we set off on our cross-country RV trip with Jasper who will be just a little over 3 months old at the time.
In the meantime, he’s already proven himself a good retriever — just watch the video to what this puppy can already do at just 8 weeks of age.
Here are a few more Jasper videos:
I love him! There is nothing like a puppy to bring out the best in people, is there? And he is absolutely scruptious! You are in for so much fun with him, Ros. And I am glad you are taking little movies of him; puppy time goes so fast. (of course you are glad about that when it’s time for potty training or your slippers are being chewed).
Happy puppy days!
Chris Moos says
Congratulations!! This is awesome. 15 years from my last chocolate and worth every minute. Choco’s are the best !!!
All the best,
He is just adorable, and I love the color of his eyes!
Ros that’s possibly the cutest dog I’ve ever seen. Labs are such big hearted dogs too. You’ll have a friend and a protector in Jasper for a long time to come 🙂
What a cutie, I love the labs. I’ve got a lab/border collie mix and they are so smart. Enjoy.
He’s absolutely adorable cute video congratulation’s.
Stu McLaren says
Congrats Rosalind – he looks like a real cutie.
My parents have a Chocolate Lab and he has always been one of the funniest dogs we’ve ever had as a family. They have such personalities 🙂
All the best.
Rosalind Gardner says
Thanks for stopping by… and yes, I find myself laughing all day long at his antics.
BTW, we’re heading out your way soon. Will have to connect and try to get together so you can meet him. 🙂
Peter Meenan says
About three months ago we came across your youtube videos of your Jasper. That decided us to go ahead with a developing desire to get another Labrador. We had been thinking about calling him Jasper already (our last Lab was Jet – he died aged 13 about 9 years ago – Jasper seemed a good mineral name to follow Jet).
We brought our Jasper home on 2 August last. He is now 16 weeks old and we love him dearly. I may post some videos on youtube as he learns to swim.
Rosalind Gardner says
Thanks for letting me know and my Jasper will be so excited to hear the news! 🙂
By the way, my Jasper was named for the National Park at Jasper, Alberta, Canada one of my favorite places on the planet.
Enjoy your boy… and good luck with the swimming lessons. Jasper wasn’t too keen when he started.
Hey just stumbled across your video of Jasper conquering the stairs while searching on google for chocolate lab puppies and figured I’d check out your blog. Your dog is adorable!! Just out of curiousity though, how much did he cost, if you remember, and if you know is he American or English bred or both? Because I was looking at the kennel site and the dogs are all gorgeous and seem well socialized and everything but some of the chocolates look American and some yellows and other dogs look English so I was just wondering. I mean, it doesn’t really matter and I can ask them too but I just thought maybe you knew and was wondering because I like the look of the English labs better, with the blocky head and stocky build and everything plus the calmness. But their dogs seem well rounded too, in that they hunt and do conformation instead of just one, which is good. Sorry now I’m rambling but I guess what I’m getting at is I don’t want a crazy hyper dog. Haha I know labs are naturally pretty hyper but if I can get a calm one I want to. But I love chocolates, they’re gorgeous. My neighbor and childhood friend had, or has though they’re pretty old now, a chocolate and black lab, brother and sister. And then we had a golden retriever and yellow lab growing up and now we have a black lab/great Pyrenees mix that just turned a year old in march. They’re great dogs. I don’t think we need another dog right now but it would be nice for him to have a friend. We can’t really afford 2 dogs right now though I guess because Gator eats so much and we have a cat but maybe eventually. Our friends are getting an Irish Wolfhound puppy though so maybe they can play together, someone he can’t hurt cause he’s bigger than him. Haha anyways, sorry to ramble but you have a gorgeous dog and we’ve had every color except chocolate so I hope to get one soon, maybe I’ll get one when I graduate college and move on my own. We were thinking of adopting a big mix from a shelter too but maybe well get one from a breeder. Gator came from a breeder though but yeah. Anyways lovely dog. 🙂
Rosalind Gardner says
Thanks for getting in touch.
Jasper is an American chocolate. He was the runt of the litter and runs 75 pounds. His brothers (which live elsewhere) weigh 120 pounds. So, Jasper is more his mother’s size.
And yes, he is still pretty hyper at 3.5 years old. He wants to play all the time… but listens to ‘no’ and walks away when you’ve had enough. Too, he’s been broken of most of the bad habits including jumping on people and pulling too hard on his leash.
I think the nicest thing about the American chocolates is that they don’t run as fat as the English, especially if they get lots of exercise and really good food.
Hope that helps.