In His Element

Real Estate Broker/Owner with New Paradigm Partners LLC EB #1326335

We generally know our dogs from their behavior as it has adapted to our environment. But when they get into a situation where their instincts take over, they show us a side we may seldom see in our daily lives.


A dozen years ago, my third Lab, Guido, and I made a two-week trip in northern Canada to above the Arctic circle, camping and hiking as the mood took us. He was very much in his element, using his amazing nose to read the story of the places we visited, and sharing his more interesting finds with me. He was beautiful to watch as he took point on our forays, with his tail always pointing at the sky. My only worry was that he would find some bear poop, which he thought smelled so pretty that it was worth wearing - seeing him wiggling on his back with his legs in the air meant we were going swimming again....soon.


Guido at Resolution Bay


This photo was taken near Fort Resolution, on the east shore of Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories, where we rented a cabin for a few days and explored the marshes along the shore. I think it perfectly captures the essence of the Labrador Retriever, of which Guido was an outstanding example. Both Guido and that special trip are never far from my thoughts.

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Mary & Dick

Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525


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Comments (15)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a beautiful time you shared with us.  I think that we all love animals for their ability to love us while maintaining their essence and specialness, which we in turn adore!  In so many ways they teach us to love unconditionally and be the person we are meant to be.  And, yes, even when they leave us their memory and essence live in our hearts.  A

Apr 27, 2014 12:17 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Dick - I can't improve upon Alexandra's beautiful comment about this wonderfully written post.   What great times!

Apr 27, 2014 12:20 AM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Dick,  I bet Grover would love a special boys trip to some undisturbed parts of the country. 

Apr 27, 2014 12:38 AM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Dick, I love the dog stories. I bet that was an amazing adventure for both of you. Thanks for sharing.

Apr 27, 2014 12:48 AM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Food Guy, you rock!  Love this story.....Guido?  An Italian Jewish Boy!

Apr 27, 2014 01:18 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Nice story Dick, Guido sounds like a fun and adventurous guy.

Have a great Sunday.

Apr 27, 2014 01:24 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Dick,  Sounds like Guido had a great time.  Luck Guido give not find a cub to play with, momma bear would not be happy.

Apr 27, 2014 01:56 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thanks for the lovely memory of your time with Guido. He is adorable, and I'm sure you both had a blast sharing this great adventure.

Apr 27, 2014 04:36 AM
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Nice post. I too love my dogs and they each have unqiue personalities which makes us love them all the more!

Enjoy your Sunday my friend

Apr 27, 2014 04:50 AM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
(RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE dog does some weird rolling too. Try sashimi (raw fish), american cheese and....broccoli!!!

Apr 27, 2014 07:52 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dick hopefully we would demonstrate the same when we are in our element and react upon the instincts which have been instilled within us.

Apr 27, 2014 10:11 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Gorgeous dog and great photo!  One of my dream trips is the Arctic - or Anarctic! Still working on my husband, though.  What wonderful memories you have from that trip - and what a great life Guido had. 

Apr 27, 2014 12:12 PM
Tom White
Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or - Franklin, TN
Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN

Aren't memories incredible? If you give yourself over to it I think you can actually smell the smells you experienced.  BTW, I mean that in a good way!


Apr 27, 2014 01:43 PM
Sondra Meyer:
Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Awe....great memories. 

I'm glad that I've never had a dog role in bear poop.   I'd hate to find myself in a position that I wondering which is worse - bear poop or cow poop? 

Apr 28, 2014 01:39 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Your pups sure sound like a lot of fun and entertainment. I love hearing the stories and seeing the pictures. 

Apr 28, 2014 10:09 PM