Quick update - we went to meet Yeller, the golden lab my friend is trying to find a home for. He's a beautiful dog, very elegant, tall, and well-shaped. He's got a good nature. He has a gentle mouth, let me put my hand right inside his jaws to take a tennis ball from him. He can sit when he's told to - for five seconds.
But he's too big and powerful and rambunctious for us. He has absolutely no experience walking on a leash. We tried to take him on a walk around the block, and he dragged us back and forth across the sidewalk. He had a shoulder harness that was totally inadequate for controlling him, so we switched the leash to his band collar. A little better, but still a struggle.
We had brought a choke-chain collar and leash with us in the car, and tried switching him to that. The first snap of the collar got his attention - I could see him give me a look - but it was still a tough time. That look of attention was a good sign, but this boy needs some serious obedience training, and probably some work for a little while with a pinch collar.
We talked about it, and realized that he'd be way too much for us. He almost pulled me off my feet a couple times.
He's a perfect dog - for someone. Someone strong who can spend some time with him and take him to obedience training. I told my friend I'd think about it and tell him Monday, but I think he probably already knows the answer. I'm going to ask around and see if I can help him find a home for Yeller.
If you know anyone in Southern California who wants a nice but energetic Golden Lab, let me know.