Labs are loved. Not only are they popular family dogs but they are top in the dog breed category for hunting, particularly waterfowl retrievers, upland flushers, dog sniffers, therapy dogs, seeing eye dogs and an overall universal companion.
Bubba came from a line of great hunting dogs. His strong, muscular build that allowed him to stand up to longs hours of work in the field, a requirement for hunting. Bubba was agile and tough. Balanced with his high energy and some grace, he could successfully navigate and maneuver a field to capture game that might otherwise be difficult to access. Bubba especially loved retrieving fallen duck in the water or pheasant in the field. Bubba had the energy and focus that hunting demands.
It is precisely these deep-seeded traits in Bubba’s DNA that we needed to access and apply to his FCE rehabilitation and therapy. Motivating a hunting dog with the scent of pheasant or duck to tap into that adrenaline, that we knew Bubba naturally had, could determine his ability to walk again.