Deep Blue Paradise

Meet Hank, a Yellow Labrador growing up on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Lucky Dog!!


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It’s about the waves, Brah!

Instant Paradise as Hank gets to work on his body surfing skills as he retrieves his chuck it toy. Fearless and a strong swimmer, Hank has no problem Goin’ Deep!

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Can Life get any better?? After a long day of Hanging Ten, Hank and his Brother go searching for Crabs. Sheesh… Even I am a little jealous. 😉
I want to thank Hank’s LABmom, SueAnn for sharing pics of her Hot Dogger Labrador, Hank!!


15 Responses

  1. Denise Mitchem

    My Black Lab Kona-Bear was born in Haleiwa which is on the North Shore 🙂 I do believe I have seen Hank in the water at some of the more private beaches!!

  2. Janet Wolf-Hall

    Was at North shore during the month of March. Gorgeous beaches.. saw people throwing dogs in the water. Gasp ! I have 3 Labs and live in Ohio so my dogs prefer snow. Cute dog in the picture. Wish my dogs like water :((

  3. SueAnn Frew

    Denise, yes, it sounds like you know where we like to take him. His first time at the ocean, he was a bit unsure and I just let him be. My neighbor’s son fell into the water off of one of those reef shelves and Hank jumped in and swam out to him. And he has loved swimming ever since.

    • Denise Mitchem

      Lab are amazing dogs SueAnn!! Back on the mainland, we had a yellow lab as well as three Golden Retrievers. The Goldens are also a great companion and very smart dog 🙂 I’ll have to keep my eyes open for you next time I’m out with Kona-Bear!

    • Trevor

      My (almost 2 year old) yellow Mojo loves to swim as well. He hits the lakes and the Atlantic Ocean here in Nova Scotia. Not only is he a family member, he’s my hunting buddy as well, so it was important to me to get him swimming early on. At 5 months (when the water warmed up enough) I simply used his instinct to protect to get him in the water. I simply walked in up to my chest and let him howell and bark while gently calling him. He refused. I then carried him in and while supporting him, held him in the water letting him paddle with his feet. I then put him back on shore and walked out to my chest again. I called him and he instantly swam out to me and tried to drag me to shore! He’s hardly been dry since!

  4. Erin Van Daele

    I acquired Sam the Lab when he was 12 months old (he was wayyyy too nutty for his first family, so we LUCKED out with the best dog ever!!). I know the names of the breeder(s) and their location, but that’s all. 🙂

  5. Logan Collins

    Moving to Hawaii soon and will be on the island of Oahu, anyone know of any reputable breeders on the island??

  6. brenda

    i saw a female english golden lab in makawia, maui, in one of those stores, can someone look her up she is 4 yrs old, many tourists take pics of her and owner of art store in the western tourist town, brenda

  7. brenda

    hi, its me again, can someone look up the art store owner in the western town, he has a female english lab 4 years old in makawao, maui, hawaii, brenda

  8. vivien

    Knudsen looked just like Hank at his age. He loves the water. His humans have been to the North Shore and marvelled at the parachute sailing. …and also love Makawai (2006). We brought home Knudsen at 3 months. He’s still with us at 21 months. I can imagine a less patient and dedicated owner might have given up. So when you say Hank came to you at a year, it makes me smile a bit. Lovely photos and beautiful location. The photo taken from under the water is lots of fun!

  9. Dara

    Zen, my “almost 9” Yellow English Lab L I V E S for her favorite beach, Cardiff state beach in San Diego Country… she often wants to swim out to the paddle boarders! She will swim in a mud puddle if I let her… i wouldnt know what to DO with a dog that hated water… she and I are kindred spirits… thanks for putting so much love and effort into your page. I adore everything you post!