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On a nice August day, my mother and I entered the local shelter. I had been looking for the right dog for quite a while, and my mother had agreed to go with me on this expedition.

After cooing at several different dogs throughout the shelter, we approached the last of the kennels. We came to a small yellow Lab puppy with golden-brown floppy ears. Her small, intelligent brown eyes gazed at us as she scratched at the door of the kennel with her oversize paws.

We came back later with my grandmother and brother. As we sat in the visitation room, wating to examine the puppy, a shelter volunteer opened the door and deposited the puppy on the floor. She happily galloped about, licking and wiggling and jumping around. In a few seconds, Brooke approached me, licked my face thoroughly, and happily plopped down in my lap. We nicknamed her 'Wookie'.

To make a long story short, we brought her home August 15th, 2012.

Brooke is a really, really great puppy. Even though sometimes she doesn't quite understand what I want her to do ('Fetch' consists of me throwing a ball, her running after it, catching it, and immediately running away from me), she is a good dog and an awesome friend. I will never regret adopting her, and there is no reason to.

My mom notes, "Yeah, Brooke is a big dog. But she's not a guard dog."

No. She is most certainly not.

Brooke is a family dog.

Durham, NC

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