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Ruby the black labrador

Welcome to my world.

I am a strong willed, water-loving, always hungry black labrador from Sydney, Australia. I take my owner for a walk every day and this is a journal of my adventures.


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  1. Rosie Markwick / May 4 2013 2:18 pm

    So cute! Yet, so mischievous .

  2. moi du toi photography / May 5 2013 12:04 am

    Hey Ruby you gorgeous thing, what great taste in chicken you have, organic chicken no less! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and liking and referring my post! So cute that you and my Ruby are the same type of dogs and have the same name. Hugs ♥

    • rubytheblacklabrador / May 5 2013 11:39 am

      Yes and my home is in Paddington, Sydney which is the same name as your gorgeous golden retreiver. Your photos are brilliant and you are right about the importance of light. Where you live, like in Sydney, light is a fantastic asset. Will think about colour photos now too.

      • moi du toi photography / May 5 2013 3:45 pm

        🙂 You live in Paddington, amazing! Thanks for the wonderful compliment.

      • moi du toi photography / May 5 2013 3:53 pm

        Oh my goodness! What a strange co-inky-dink, thanks for the beautiful comment about my images ♥

  3. tinywhitecottage / May 11 2013 8:51 am

    Hi there! I just recognize you for the Best Moment Award. 🙂

    • rubytheblacklabrador / May 11 2013 8:26 pm

      Wow – thank you very much. I’m very touched. Have posted and nominated the next winners here

  4. Sweet 16's Country Kitchen / May 21 2013 8:11 pm

    Thank you so much for following our blog! ~ Have a great day! 🙂

  5. araneus1 / May 23 2013 11:45 am

    Thank you very much for the ‘follow’ on ‘understanding your dog’, it’s very encouraging.

    • rubytheblacklabrador / May 23 2013 11:52 am

      You’re very welcome – I enjoyed reading your posts. Need all the insights into the workings of a dog’s mind I can get 🙂

  6. Clowie / May 25 2013 12:31 am

    Hi, it’s great to meet you!

    • rubytheblacklabrador / May 25 2013 7:36 am

      You too and I love the sound of Clowie’s voice in my head. Because he’s such a large breed and a large presence it feels he has more wisdom and insight than most dogs.

  7. Booksphotographsandartwork / May 25 2013 2:01 pm

    Hi Ruby! It’s so nice to meet you. You sure a pretty girl. I am not able to take my dogs for a walk every single day so I know they would jealous to hear about your walks. I’ll just keep that a little secreat between us. I’ll be following you.

    • rubytheblacklabrador / May 25 2013 2:37 pm

      Thanks for following me! I’m a lucky dog – get a long walk in a huge park in the morning and a street walk at night. I need it though – to keep me looking slim and trim.

  8. likeitiz / May 25 2013 3:19 pm

    Hi, thanks for dropping by my blog. Before we met Beau, we were offered a black lab at the Big Dog Rescue. But by the time we could make it there, he was already adopted.

    Beau has been with us since November 2012. He’s now 19 months old. We’re still puzzled as to why he was given up. He’s such a sweet loving friend!

    Ruby’s eyes have so much soul in them. Gosh, I am such a softy for labs, no matter what color they come as.

    • rubytheblacklabrador / May 25 2013 4:41 pm

      Yes she’s an old soul too. All knowing, very affectionate (even today when she still stinks of fish) and a happy dog. We love her most of the time.

  9. fozziemum / May 28 2013 10:36 am

    Thanks for dropping by my blog Ruby! and i think i will have to stick around and follow yours..Labra-stomachs are the best doggies 😉

    • rubytheblacklabrador / May 28 2013 10:39 am

      You’re welcome – hope you enjoy reading about some of the stuff Ruby gets up to.

      • fozziemum / May 28 2013 11:27 am

        I am sure i will 🙂

  10. Linda Trunell / Jun 2 2013 11:37 am

    Hi, Ruby – you are a beauty! Thanks for stopping by my blog. My Max is a St. Bernard/Lab mix and he thinks you are gorgeous. We look forward to following your adventures.

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Jun 2 2013 1:06 pm

      Thanks! Max is gorgeous too. Hoping your blog can offer me and my owner some tips. I am generally well behaved though! and spent a year progressing through dog training ranks. Easy to train when so food motivated!

      • Linda Trunell / Jun 2 2013 1:20 pm

        Hope you find my blog helpful! My passion is helping dogs by educating people. Love your photos.

  11. laurasmess / Jun 6 2013 10:18 pm

    Naaaw! Adorable! So happy that you visited my blog Ruby… otherwise, I may never have found you and your beautiful adventures! Can’t wait to keep reading 🙂

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Jun 7 2013 7:12 am

      Thank you – really hope you enjoy reading about the things I get up to 🙂

  12. pjdonna / Jun 18 2013 12:59 am

    Hello, I would like to nominate this blog for the Versatile Blogger Award.

    Please understand that there is absolutely NO obligation to accept, repost or follow any of the VBA rules (which can be quite tedious). And should you prefer me to take down the link to your site from our VBA post, I will. Just let me know. We nominated you because we enjoyed your blog but we do not want to inconvenience you in anyway.

    You can see our VBA post where we have linked to you at –

    The VBA is a “chain-letter” award. More about it on –

    Have a good day!

  13. mariayarri / Jun 27 2013 7:19 pm

    Hi ! You have a fantastic blog here ! Love reading about your adventures . // Maria

  14. the_vanilla_bean_diaries / Jun 30 2013 8:24 pm

    Thanks for the follow 🙂 the title of your blog totally caught my attention. What a cool idea for a blog!! We have a golden lab so I’m very excited to follow your blog and reading all about Ruby’s adventures – can already relate to your intro at the top 🙂 aren’t they just the best dogs?!

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Jun 30 2013 8:31 pm

      Your title caught my eye too and I hope you enjoy reading about ruby! Through writing this blog I’ve definitely got to know her better and…finally to fall in love with her!!

  15. weliveinaflat / Jul 4 2013 12:16 pm

    Please join the WordPress Family Award party at – We want to give you the same award. No obligation to repostif you decide not to :3

    Sniff around and maybe you’ll find virtual treats and other human bytes 😛

  16. genevieveyam / Jul 8 2013 6:51 pm

    I don’t think I’ve thanked you for checking out Life Is Like A Dumpling yet- so thank you! I love dogs, and Ruby sounds and looks like an adorable one! Excited to read more about you and Ruby’s adventures together 🙂

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Jul 8 2013 7:10 pm

      That’s quite ok! Made your Okonomayaki on holiday – such a delicious way to use up winter cabbage and I loved the sauce. Managed to get some kewpie mayonnaise to mix with the soy. Will now be a staple along with our normal stir fry. We are veggie/vegan so I look forward tp making many more of your recipes:)

      • genevieveyam / Jul 8 2013 7:27 pm

        I’m so glad you liked it! Hopefully my other recipes will meet your expectations, too 🙂

  17. dogtailsblog / Jul 14 2013 6:00 am

    Hello 🙂
    I love the simplicity of your blog posts! We have a black lab in the family, Oscar, and the complete opposite here at home, a white German shepherd, Sam 🙂
    I look forward to reading more!

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Jul 14 2013 9:18 am

      Thank you – I’m fairly new to all of this but am enjoying sharing Ruby’s stories (although I don’t always enjoy what happens in them!) and I hope you like reading my posts. Thanks for following 🙂

  18. GizmoGeodog / Jul 20 2013 4:11 am

    Hello Ruby! Met you over on Ku’s blog today…Nice to meet you

  19. readingwithrhythm / Jul 20 2013 11:25 am

    Hi Ruby! I have just discovered your little place here and if it’s alright I’d like to stop by and visit more often!

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Jul 20 2013 11:59 am

      Lovely to meet you too. Your new job sounds really cool and fun. Mum loves reading too so will definitely have a look at your blog 🙂

  20. Linda Arthur Tejera / Jul 20 2013 8:31 pm

    Thanks for visiting my blog and following. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your daily journals! 🙂

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Jul 20 2013 8:58 pm

      You’re welcome. Hope you come to understand the mind of a black Labrador!

  21. Kuruk / Jul 27 2013 2:53 am

    Ruby, I’ve nomated you for an award!
    woooowooooooo! Ku
    p.s. I hope this helps you stay out of trouble!

  22. weliveinaflat / Jul 28 2013 1:13 am

    Hi Runy, I am here to burden you with yet a couple more awards! The good news is one of them is the same one that Ku is giving you 😛 Bwahahahaha…. anyway presenting you with the Versatile Blogger Award and the My Favourite Things award. Please do not feel obligated to repost or pass on the awards if you have no wish to. Have a good day today 🙂 – Nomination post here:

  23. Paula / Jul 30 2013 8:47 pm

    And you have such beautiful eyes 😀

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Jul 30 2013 8:50 pm

      Thank you – lovely eyes that hide an extremely belligerent, stubborn eating machine!

      • Paula / Jul 30 2013 8:56 pm

        I would like to be a stubborn eating machine and to look that good 😀

      • rubytheblacklabrador / Jul 30 2013 8:58 pm

        Tee hee – me too!!!

  24. ScottieMom / Jul 31 2013 9:42 am

    Nice to meet you, Ruby! Much love, the Scottie Mom.

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Jul 31 2013 12:22 pm

      Hi Scottie mum. Pawshakes all round. Hope you enjoy Ruby’s adventures 🙂

  25. suzie81 / Jul 31 2013 6:37 pm

    Hi! I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Have a lovely day!

  26. PigLove / Aug 2 2013 11:09 pm

    Hey Ruby! So nice to meet you. I saw you on Fozzie’s page. I see us getting in a lot trouble together in the future my new friend. I’m a sassy little miniature pot bellied pig always ready for action. Visit me when you get a chance 🙂 XOXO – Bacon

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Aug 3 2013 1:49 pm

      Hi Bacon – You look pretty cute, cool and crazy. Look forward to spending more time with you 🙂

  27. ramblingratz / Aug 6 2013 7:00 am

    I hope that you don’t mind, but I have nominated your site for some awards, see here:

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Aug 6 2013 11:30 am

      Wow – so many!!! might take me a while to get through them. Thanks v much indeed 🙂

  28. djmrakiey / Aug 6 2013 3:14 pm

    I don’t know how your owner can resist your “charms”… Beautiful with soulful eyes… 🙂 deadly combination. thank you for the visits and look forward to more posting from you. ☮

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Aug 6 2013 7:29 pm

      I know – who can resist a puppy dog face? Only now we know what lies beneath!

  29. kirbysdawgblog / Aug 7 2013 4:48 pm

    yOU ARE SO GORGEOUS! Can’t wait to learn more about you Ruby 🙂

  30. vishalbheeroo / Aug 8 2013 2:20 am

    You are so cute and M sure u make ur owner run and smile with u:)

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Aug 8 2013 1:13 pm

      Thank you for visiting and yes, will make sure I give my owner plenty of exercise 🙂

  31. Lynne Ayers / Aug 8 2013 11:20 pm

    Ruby! We look so much alike! Except I have a white blaze on my chest, which means mum and dad weren’t both labs but … My name’s Cooper, though my people sometimes call me Jaxxon … apparently they had a yellow lab before me. And apparently we’re the greatest thing since sliced bread – they keep telling me how wonderful I am … “Cooper’s such a STAR”. Life’s good.

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Aug 9 2013 4:16 pm

      Wow your mum takes great photos! Sometimes I get called by my human sister’s name (and vice versa). What’s in a name anyway – I just listen out for the ‘eee’ sounds in Ruby. Nice to meet you 🙂

  32. Woolly Muses / Aug 18 2013 11:54 am

    Hi Ruby, you have won me over. We love Labradors and have always had a Labrador friend. Our current one is Maggie and she has featured several times. Thanks for visiting WoollyMuses blog…I think we will follow you to see what mischief you are up to.

  33. 2013dogs / Sep 7 2013 4:26 am

    Hello Ruby, I’m Freda a deerhound lurcher. I’m only 10 weeks old but my owner has been reading your blog to me.

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 7 2013 4:08 pm

      hello Freda – lovely to meet you. hope you are picking up on some good tips from me. keep in touch 🙂

  34. Loca Gringa / Sep 7 2013 12:34 pm

    I am a strong willed, water-loving, always hungry gringa from Canada. Everyday I face challenges of living in a developing 3rd world country. Have a bit in common with Ruby! And, jejeje, damn loyal tooooo!

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 7 2013 4:12 pm

      lovely to meet a canadian gringa – shake paws – hope you enjoy reading about me:)

  35. sweetinsomniac / Sep 12 2013 2:54 pm

    You are gorgeous Ruby! Lovely meeting you!

  36. Maria M / Sep 13 2013 8:11 pm

    Hi Ruby; Good news.
    I am just letting you know that i have nominated you for the Liebster award. If you choose to accept please follow the instructions on this link.
    Please feel free to copy and paste as much as you need if it helps.
    Thanks again.

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 13 2013 9:11 pm

      Thanks very much Maria – really appreciate the award. Will have to get round to a post about it soon so I can pass it on 🙂

      • Maria M / Sep 13 2013 9:16 pm

        You are welcome

  37. scarlybobs / Sep 14 2013 6:34 am

    Hi Ruby,

    I have just taken part in a 7 summer photo challenge, and have offered it to you (only if you want to take part, feel free not to!) Read more about it here:

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 14 2013 3:57 pm

      Thanks for passing this on – although I should probably call mine seven snaps of winter as summer ahsn’t really hit yet!

  38. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap / Oct 16 2013 10:40 am

    Ruby is gorgeous. Wonderful photo. We’re being flies on the wall cause our biped is very busy these days but we’ll be with you in spirit all the way. wag wag, Max & Bella

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 16 2013 5:01 pm

      Hi Max and Bella – lovely to meet you. Persuade your human to detach itself from whatever it is that is keeping them busy and head for the hills:)

  39. Marneymae / Nov 4 2013 10:55 am

    would you please tell your person that i nominated your blog for an award?
    i enjoy reading about you and your person’s adventures
    and also seeing what you look like
    it inspires me and brightens my day.
    to read more about the award, follow this link
    the award reminds me of a kinder version of a chain letter
    wishing you all good things

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Nov 4 2013 5:52 pm

      Thank you very much for your nomination. I’m really happy you enjoy what Ruby gets up to! Interesting you would donate to a Tibetan charity. I cycled across Tibet a couple of years ago from Lhasa to Kathmandu, via Everest Base Camp – truly wonderful:)

      • Marneymae / Nov 4 2013 10:55 pm

        omigosh what an amazing journey…
        how fortunate for you to have those memories…
        if you ever write about it, send a link to my blog – i’d love to see

      • rubytheblacklabrador / Nov 5 2013 5:33 am

        Thanks! I did write a book but spent a year trying to get it published. Mix of the journey and the stories of Tibetans I met on the way. It’s sitting on the shelf. Maybe blog land might be a place for it. What do you think?

      • Marneymae / Nov 5 2013 10:09 am


      • rubytheblacklabrador / Nov 5 2013 10:22 am


      • Marneymae / Nov 5 2013 10:45 am

        the blog-world can benefit from the efforts & enjoyments & reflections of your journey in Tibet
        (a place not many get to visit…)
        thank you i’m looking forward to reading it!

  40. Mungai and the Goa Constrictor / Nov 6 2013 9:58 am

    Ruby, you are so like my old black lab, Bodger, used to be. I just have to follow you, for that reason alone ~ hugs lovely dog ~ Amelia

  41. blbabe1234 / Nov 11 2013 12:28 am

    She’s ADORABLE!!! I have two black labs and one’s name is Ruby too!! 🙂

  42. suzie81 / Nov 21 2013 1:35 am

    Hi Ruby! I’ve been wondering where your posts have been and it turns out that I must have accidentally unfollowed you! Apologies… I’m all caught up now. Hope you are all ok!

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Nov 21 2013 6:10 pm

      Goody – welcome back! that sometimes happens to me too – quirk of WP:)

  43. Barney the Corgi / Dec 4 2013 9:23 am

    Hello Ruby! Nice to meet you. I am Barney, x

  44. readingwithrhythm / Jan 3 2014 7:01 am

    Just thinking about you Ruby and missing you. Hope all is well at your end of the world.
    Your friend in Texas, Rhythm

  45. Kuruk / Jan 4 2014 8:08 am

    Ruby, how are you? We have not heard from you and your bloggy in a long time. Me and Mama and the whole pack hope you and your mom and family are doing well. Happy New Year toowooowoooooo!

  46. Maria Matthews / Jan 6 2014 4:22 am

    I Ruby, I think Bob has fallen for you, he has nominated you for the LIghthouse award for fur

  47. suzie81 / Jan 14 2014 12:27 am

    Ruby? Where are you? Hope everything is ok x

  48. Hope / Jan 18 2014 12:12 pm

    Ruby, missing you. Hope all is well with you and your people! 🙂

  49. Maria Matthews / Mar 4 2014 9:14 pm

    I’m sending you good wishes, I’ve missed your posts lately and hope all is well.

  50. Aya / Jul 4 2014 5:31 am

    Hi ruby your so cute I wish I could adopt you but I already have 2 dobermans so that’s not gonna happen but a girl can dream. Labradors are so cute but u are the cutest one I have seen so far

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