This is for all you Labrador lovers out there.
Today was such a beautiful day we couldn't resist taking our yellow Labrador Cooper to the beach (he's the one chasing tail).
For a change of pace we decided to drive up the coast to Santa Barbara and to a wonderful off-leash dog beach called Arroyo Burro or Hendry's Beach by locals.
As you can see from these photos he had a fantastic time, especially with a new lady yellow Labrador, who he enjoyed frolicking with in between chasing tennis balls up and down the shoreline.
Out walking, people often ask us what breed Cooper is. To us it seems obvious that's he's a Labrador retriever, but when you compare him to other Labradors you can see where confusion could arise.
Cooper is an English Labrador which tend to be stockier, thicker and squatter in appearance than a typical American bred Labradors which tend to be leaner and taller and often with whiter, lighter coats.
Another way of describing them is as a 'show bred' or 'field bred', with the show bred being generally shorter in the legs, with a shorter muzzle and wider head.
Believe me, up until two years I didn't know there was a difference, but it's amazing what you learn walking up Runyon Canyon and in your local neighbourhood.
All I know is that Labradors are so affectionate, loyal and loving animals, whatever their type, as you can see this from these photographs taken at the beach today.
They enjoy playing with other Labs so much and always seem to know how to play nicely together and what the boundaries are, no matter the level of rough and tumble.
It really is amazing to watch Labradors at play. They are happiness personified.
Cooper's new gal-pal was called 'Addy' and she's your typical looking 'field Labrador'.