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Olive, The Labrador

By Labrador Olive (with help from Josh Gottsegen)

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“My owner Josh is my best friend in the whole world. I’ve known Josh and [his brother] Alex since I was a puppy. I may not have been the easiest to handle when I was young — I barked, squeaked and cried for attention. BUT Josh was very calm and assertive so, eventually, I listened to him.”

Hello, everyone! My name is Olive. I’m eight years old, but in human years, that would make me 56. That may seem old but, trust me, I’ve got the energy of a 20-year-old. I’m a labrador retriever who loves to sleep in a new position each night, take lots of naps and play fetch ALL the time. My favorite food is peanut butter, but tennis balls are my jam (I don’t actually eat them, silly). 

My owner Josh is my best friend in the whole world. I like to move my head away when he tries to kiss me, but it’s our thing. I also love Josh’s brother, Alex. He’s also my best friend and takes me on longer walks than Josh. YOU HEAR THAT, JOSH!? 🙂 I’ve known Josh and Alex since I was a puppy. I may not have been the easiest to handle when I was young — I barked, squeaked and cried for attention. BUT Josh was very calm and assertive so, eventually, I listened to him. 

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Do you like my outfit?

Josh thinks he’s an official Dog Whisperer, and, as a dog, I give him credit. Apparently, it was important for him to establish “rules, boundaries and limitations,” whatever that means. I listened, behaved and GOT TREATS, BABY! I know so many tricks to get treats, from speaking to spinning around! I even crossed my eyes for a viral YouTube video (Josh promised me not to tell anyone if it’s real or fake. hehe). 

I also have more YouTube videos that collectively have almost a million views! I’m kind of famous 😉 Below are some more fun links. One even has Josh playing the flute THAT I WANT TO DESTROY!

My best friends are Penny and Kona. They are my sisters from Josh’s parents. Penny is so funny and goofy — she’s a golden retriever. Kona is a wise, older lady who doesn’t like to play much, but she’s really funny and smells lovely. 

At the end of the day, I give Josh and Alex all my love. Josh has been working on a new book called The Adventures of Rockford T. Honeypot. It’s about a chipmunk’s epic adventure story and, when he reads it, I want to chase that chipmunk down! But I control myself and just bark at them outside. Josh’s instagram is @lejoosh. Follow me on Instagram @labrador_olive!

Here are more YouTube links, I’m kind of a big deal! Subscribe for more content. 🙂 

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