ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Echo the Black Dog

Updated on March 19, 2013

Meet Echo!

Okay, so like any proud Mum I'm incredibly biased here - but honestly, Echo was simply the best dog ever.

She was part of our family, through thick and thin, for almost fifteen years. She was independent, and at times aloof (possibly from being brought up by a cat), but always loving and protective of her people.

Most importantly she was our fur-kid and occupied a huge space in our hearts.

Echo Campbell Russell

19th October 1995 - 16 September 2010

Finding the perfect puppy

For almost two years I scoured the classified ads each weekend looking for labrador puppies for sale. Each time I found one and rang I was out of luck, only boys available or only golden girls.

Then one Saturday I spied an ad in our local paper for Black Labrador X puppies. I was after a full breed labrador, but something made me call the number anyway. The owner thought the puppies were Lab X Ridgeback. There were eight in total, two girls and six boys. All were black, with a white dash here or there. I may have left it at that, but the owner said they were only four weeks old and the mother dog was struggling to feed them all. He was giving them away.

The clincher was when he told me that they had been born on October 19th, the same birthday as our previous labrador, Sascha.

So Dad, my brother and I went for a leisurely drive out to see the puppies. On arrival we were greeted by a sea of happy little black ratty dogs, jumping around our ankles excited at having new people to play with. We were introduced to the mother dog, Chance, who looked like a dark golden coloured labrador cross. She didn't look so much a ridgeback cross, more like a coolie or kelpie cross. The owner told us that the father was a purebred golden labrador from up the road who'd visited for a little liaison with Chance one night.

Of course the puppies were gorgeous! Tiny little black faces, warm pink tongues and soft little paws. The owner had put aside one of the girls for me, so I spent some time with her first. She was as lovely as the other puppies, but there really wasn't any kind of spark between us. I asked if I could see the other girl too. The owner said that she was much smaller, probably the runt of the litter. Trying to find her in the squirming black pile of seven puppies at my feet wasn't easy. We each would pick up a puppy, turn it over to check, go "Boy!", put it back down and pick up another.

After a couple of tries my Dad said to me "What about that one that's been attached to your ankle since we arrived?" Sure enough there was one little black fur ball leaning into my right ankle. It moved when I bent down to pick it up and rested it's front paws on the top of my Doc Martens while looking up into my face.

I'm sure you can guess the rest! My little Echo had chosen me and that's the story of how she came to be a part of our family.

Where did Echo's name come from?

Echo was named after the raven haired water nymph from Greek mythology, best known from the tale of Echo and Narcissus.

When thinking up names for a black dog, particularly one with labrador genes, what better than one that refers to both her lustrous black fur and her love of the water?

Trying to think up a name for your own black dog? Here's a great list of names for black labradors (or any black dog for that matter!)

A Foot For A Pillow

Echo's favourite thing was sleeping with her head on your foot. Every chance she got she'd position herself so that your foot became her pillow.

Photos of Echo Campbell Russell

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Echo with her best friend JesseCold NoseEcho playing ball with SaffronGuarding the chainsawKeeping watch over her backyardSnoozingCuddled up with her pink rabbitEcho and her best friend Jesse
Echo with her best friend Jesse
Echo with her best friend Jesse
Cold Nose
Cold Nose
Echo playing ball with Saffron
Echo playing ball with Saffron
Guarding the chainsaw
Guarding the chainsaw
Keeping watch over her backyard
Keeping watch over her backyard
Cuddled up with her pink rabbit
Cuddled up with her pink rabbit
Echo and her best friend Jesse
Echo and her best friend Jesse

Do you have a black labrador, or a labrador cross?

Over To You!

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)