We went from being dog-less to two dogs in 3 weeks. Patches was my niece’s dog. My sister was going through a nasty divorce and had to find homes for the family dogs. We said we would take in Patches. So 3 weeks after Zephyr came to live with us, Patch was added to the pack. She was about 12 years old. She had had a very rough time and needed lots of TLC. She adopted Zephyr instantly as her puppy. Living with him brought out her zest for life. She now retrieves, and specializes in keeping our yard free of moles, squirrels and chipmunks. She is a typical terrier mix, letting the world know her opinion.
From the AKC Breed Standard:
The Flat-Coated Retriever is a versatile family companion hunting retriever with a happy and active demeanor, intelligent expression, and clean lines. The Flat-Coat has been traditionally described as showing “power without lumber and raciness without weediness.” The distinctive and most important features of the Flat-Coat are the silhouette (both moving and standing), smooth effortless movement, head type, coat and character.