No one warned us about the high energy of Labradors. It caught us off guard. We had expected a dog that would mostly laze around the house and occasionally oblige us by fetching a ball. Instead, our Lila has a brain on overdrive and a body poised for action. Granted she’s still young…

When she’s not sneaking into a bedroom to steal some dirty underwear or a stray sock (the smellier the better), she’s on her hind legs at the kitchen sink licking the last scrap from a dinner plate. She seems to break rules out of boredom, but keeping Lila entertained indoors can be mentally draining. And Phil and I run out of bright ideas long before Lila does.