“He’s the friendliest dog in the world,” Gaertner said of Lincoln. “He’s great with children, and he likes to cuddle.” The 100-pound dog sleeps in the bed with his owner, too. He gets groomed about every three months.
Lincoln is smart, Gaertner said, and knows how to sit, speak and give a “high five.” Plus, he was easy to housebreak.
The Gaertners are from Chicago, so Lincoln sports a Bears collar. In the summer, he’ll look dashing in a Cubs collar.
Gaertner said he’d recommend the designer breed for other people, although he believes in rescuing dogs from shelters, as well. Owners of Labradoodles say the dogs have the best traits of both breeds — the low-shedding coat of a poodle and the temperament of a Lab. They’re also considered to be highly intelligent.
“He’s so friendly,” Gaertner said. “He likes to run and play and he likes to sniff a lot (at the park).”
Indeed, it’s fun to watch the hot-rod Lincoln race around the park — long legs stretched out, ears flapping in the wind, and not a care in the world. Even if they’re at the park just a short time, it’s still quality time for human and hound.
Learn more about the park at www.fetchdogpark.org. Tags are required, which can be bought at the Humane Society of Danville; they’re $15 for the first dog and $5 for the second.
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