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Labrador Retrievers- A Book Review

I was recently asked if I’d like to review a book about Labrador Retrievers.  I confess: I had no idea what to expect.

So I was sent the book Labrador Retrievers- How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend by Lorie A. Huston, DVM.  

Now I have to tell you, this is my FIRST book review, and I was a bit apprehensive about doing it. I have a great deal of respect for Dr. Huston, but I am quite opinionated.  Oh well…..

Anyway, after reading the book, here’s that I have to say about it……


This is the PERFECT book for someone who is thinking of bringing a lab into the home, or has a lab and needs a quick reference handy.

WHY do I like this book?

Maybe because of the chapter on how to choose a dog. Dr. Huston gives ya the lowdown on why you should NEVER buy from a pet store. She also spells out the reality of puppy mills. She tells you how to find a reputable breeder, and dispels many of the myths about adopting from a shelter or rescue.

Or maybe it’s the shopping list of what your new puppy is going to need.

Or what to expect while training your dog. She also addresses the need for socialization.

And then there’s the chapter on vet visits.

I swear, I loved this book and hope there will be a version for Alaskan Malamutes (this is one in a series of books).

The truth is, I know more about dogs now than I did when I brought home my first lab, but I learned many of my lessons the hard way.  How great it would be for every pet owner to have such an easy read (74 pages) that spells out just what you need to know.

Is there anything I would I have changed about this book? Nope, not a thing.

Want to win a copy of your very own? Do so here!

Rather just go ahead and buy your own copy?  It’s available at Amazon.com for $2.99.

So if you know someone who is thinking of bringing a lab into their home, suggest they read this book!  

If you’re a breeder of labs, pass this one to every potential buyer!

If you work with lab rescue, share this book with your potential adopters!

Dr. Huston


Dr. Lorie also has two blogs you might find of interest.

Pet Health Care Gazette covers a variety of pet topics.

Social Media Savvy Pets  covers social media and marketing for pet professionals. I just found this one but I’m a big fan!

About Jen and the Furries

Hello and welcome to my journey of living after existing for years in depression. I write about companion animals, love, and creativity.


21 thoughts on “Labrador Retrievers- A Book Review

  1. Wow! This book sounds very interesting! Although we don’t have any plans to bring a lab in our house at the moment, still the book seems to be so helpful! I have to let mom read it!!! Thanks for this info, Rumpy!!! 🙂

    Posted by eripanwkevin | August 14, 2012, 1:15 AM
  2. Our first rescue dog was a black lab. I hope there is something in that book that points out a) they can be prone to vomiting in cars if they have been fed before a journey and b) they can be even more prone to stealing sandwiches from strangers stupid enough to wave them near the mouth of a greedy Lab.
    Oh and c) they will set off in the direction of water as soon as they get a whiff of it.

    Posted by roughseasinthemed | August 14, 2012, 2:14 AM
  3. Wow, if it was that good, then it must be a keeper. The fact is it wasn’t about rumpy and you still adored it means that you didn’t regret reading it one single bit.

    I love collecting books of different breeds and I sure hope to be able to get a hard copy of this in my collection someday.

    Huggies and Cheese,

    Haopee of MyDogsLove.Me

    Posted by haopee2 | August 14, 2012, 5:46 AM
  4. Sounds like a great book, Rumpy. If there is a version for Alaskan Malamutes, I know you’ll be asked to review it!! xo Berner Girls

    Posted by Moxie Dogs | August 14, 2012, 5:57 AM
  5. Good review pal. I’m not a dog and yet I want to read it.

    Posted by mariodacat | August 14, 2012, 6:07 AM
  6. Hi rumpy! I passed an award to you ^_^

    Posted by LifeOfBun | August 14, 2012, 6:59 AM
  7. Grrrreat Review!!!

    Posted by Frankie Furter and Ernie | August 14, 2012, 8:17 AM
  8. Very nice review, Rumpy!

    Posted by lemonysqueezes | August 14, 2012, 8:35 AM
  9. Thanks! I just brought home a beautiful lab puppy and i’m taking all the help i can get.

    Posted by The Chronic Vacacionista | August 14, 2012, 9:45 AM
  10. We rescued our first dog, a black lab, from the pound. Her name was Hershey. She was the most wonderful dog, and this post makes me want to get that book and search for another Hershey. I love black labs! Thanks for the review!

    Posted by Karen Wan | August 14, 2012, 10:03 AM
    i grew up with two ………..
    they are gone now in heaven
    but were inspiration to me ……..
    TOBY AND SAMMY …….. i still miss them ……
    Great review Rumpydog

    Posted by Cat Forsley | August 14, 2012, 10:10 AM
  12. Great review!!!

    Posted by marinasleeps | August 14, 2012, 1:25 PM
  13. Well you purrsuaded this cat person!!

    Posted by CATachresis | August 14, 2012, 2:38 PM
  14. Hooray for this choice as your first book to review! I am SUCH a Lab lover, with my second black female very entwined in my heart!

    Posted by granbee | August 14, 2012, 3:25 PM
  15. Thanks for the great review, Rumpy. I’m so glad you liked the book.

    Posted by Lorie Huston, DVM, CVJ | August 14, 2012, 4:55 PM
  16. my best freind was a Lab (~_~) I read a book printed back in the forties about how to train bird dogs, best book I ever read for helping me create a bond between me and that dog that astonished a lot of people. I took ‘Numchucks’ with me every where, in the back of my truck and I would bet any one money they could not get the dog to come out of the back by any means they needed, people tried dragging him out and he wouldn’t come out till one simple little word was said… “Vamonos” I even wrote a book about him, of course that book is still awaiting to be published along with half a dozen other books I’ve written. I always enjoy your posts (`_~)

    Posted by zendictive | August 14, 2012, 5:43 PM
  17. Rumpy! We didn’t know Miz Huston had written such a pawesome book! She’s a great purrson (even if she is a V-E-T!). Thanks for the review!

    Posted by Ryker's Boyz 'n' Allie | August 14, 2012, 6:02 PM
  18. Thank you for the kind words of comfort on the loss of my mother. It was such a comfort knowing so many kind people cared. Take care.

    Paula & the Twinkletoe Tails Gang

    Posted by Oui Oui | August 14, 2012, 9:26 PM
  19. Hi Rumpy! Thanks fur stoppin by our bloggie. We loved your review and hope to hear lots more from you. Happy Wednesday!

    Posted by prancer pie | August 14, 2012, 10:23 PM
  20. That does sound like a great book! One for specific breeds could be such a handy tool for new owners. 🙂

    Posted by Bassetmomma | August 14, 2012, 11:09 PM
  21. Thanks for the great review, Rumpy. The information in Dr. Huston’s book is what every dog needs it’s new family to know. These are the things that make for long-lasting and loving relationships between peeps and their pets. Thanks again!

    Posted by onecoolgriff | August 18, 2012, 3:25 PM

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