Luvin’ Labs is a Labrador Retriever Rescue based in New Mexico.   We are dedicated to finding loving homes for Labrador Retrievers through rescue and rehoming.  We currently do not have dogs on site, rather we rely on donations for boarding and fabulous fosters to keep our labs until they find their forever homes!

Luvin’ Labs works with shelters and rescue organizations throughout the state.  We also work with owners of Labs who for a myriad of reasons need to find a loving home for their Labrador Retriever.

Click through the pages of our site and check back often for updated posts of available dogs as well as Lab related information.

Postings include dogs in our program, as well as Labrador Retrievers in danger in shelters throughout the state.


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1046 dogs adopted to date!


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MistletoeIn search of the perfect chocolate for Christmas? Well, it just might be your lucky day! This chocolate princess is Mistletoe and she is 6 years old, dog friendly and sweet as heck. She has clearly been very well cared for and seems to have been someone’s beloved pet. She is a little on the fluffy side (if you know what we mean), so she is hoping that she can find a family who will commit to helping her stick to her New Year’s resolutions: to eat better and to get more exercise. We are already in love with you, Mistletoe and we can’t wait to find you a home where you can live happily ever after!

If you are interested in meeting Mistletoe click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Last Minute Shopping to Benefit the LABS!

Hi all, please visit our Holiday Auction.

This year we are doing things a bit different… 2 easy ways to buy!

BUY IT NOW prices are on every item if it HAS to be yours!

OR if you are looking for a bargain, place a bid on the item you are interested in! Minimum bid on all items is $10.00

To buy or bid please put the item number and amount in an email to: colleen@luvinlabs.com

Auction closes on Saturday, December 20 at 6pm.  Final bids will be posted on the website.

Pickup will be at Good Shepherd Animal Clinic on December 22nd & 23rd!!

Due to the rapidly approaching holidays we will not ship any items until after December 25th.

Happy Shopping!

Auction Items can be seen by clicking here

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Jack Frost

 

 

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My name’s Jack Frost and that other kid is my brother Rudolph. You can just call me Jack though. Our friend Jericho- his mom is one of the ladies who runs the rescue- tells us that in addition to being extremely cute and cuddly, we are extra special just like him! You see, we were both born with heart conditions- Jericho says our hearts beat to their very own special rhythm. Our hearts mean that Luvin’ Labs is looking for extraordinary humans that are willing to love us unconditionally. We are so young that the vet isn’t sure if our heart rhythms will cause us any problems long term or not, so for now we are just doing what puppies do best- exploring and napping! Jericho says he is just like any other dog but that his mom loves and spoils him extra because she sees every day with him as a very special blessing. Our paws are crossed that we’ll be adopted by a human just like Jericho’s mom!

While Labrador puppies are adorable they are not right for everyone.  We are extremely careful in our placement of puppies as each  has special needs that includes the time commitment for training, bonding, and supervising in order to make them the best canine citizens they can become.

If you are interested in meeting Jack or Rudolph click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Noble had a rough journey from a truck stop in southern New Mexico to becoming a Luvin’ Labs pup looking for a new forever home.  The rescue was advised that Noble had been rescued after spending at least 2 weeks on his own at a truck stop.  Noble’s trip to Albuquerque included a stop in T or C where he slipped his collar and got away from his transporter.  With the help of the local animal control and our awesome volunteer Emily who immediately drove to T or C to assist, Noble was found and again rescued, joining Emily on his final leg to his new beginning.  While Noble looks large in pictures, he is actually on the smaller size for a lab.  Noble quickly acclimated to his new environment…he loves attention and thinks hugs are the best!

If you are interested in meeting Noble click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in being Noble’s foster, call (505) 362-0331.

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Meet our newest girl Vixen, named after Santa’s special reindeer who was known for her beauty and gracefulness.  We found her in a nearby high-kill shelter and knew she deserved a second chance.  Vixen is about 2 years old, gets along with other dogs, loves to play and will make someone a great family dog.  Her transporters said she rode well in the car, spending the entire trip gazing lovingly at them as if she knew exactly what they had done for her.

If you are interested in meeting Vixen click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in being Walter’s foster hero, call (505) 362-0331.

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Bogie

Bogie, such a handsome dog with soft fur and unique wonderful coloring.  We believe him to be a lab/Catahoula mix.  He is very playful, but does attach to his person.   He eats slowly (not like your normal lab), he does take treats, but isn’t crazy for them.  He is a wonderful dog, okay with cats and older children.

If you are interested in meeting Bogie click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in being Bogie’s foster hero, call (505) 362-0331.

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Jeremy

This handsome young pup is Jeremy.  At just one year old he’s seen the world, or a little bit of it for sure.  Jeremy came into a local shelter as a stray and surprisingly no one came to claim him.  Surprising not only because he’s awesomely cute, but he has a personality to match.  At the shelter he was behavior tested and scored the highest marks.  Jeremy is safe in his new foster home complete with other dogs and cats, but would love to have his very own forever home.  If you are interested in meeting Jeremy (or as his foster mom calls him Jere) click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions, call (505) 362-0331.

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Either program will help you to literally help us save the life of a Labrador Retriever waiting to come in to our program. All donations assist us in continuing our mission of rescuing, rehoming and rehabilitating Labrador Retrievers.
 
100% of funds are used to cover costs incurred from intaking, medically treating and boarding dogs in our program. As a 501 (c)(3) non profit all donations are tax deductible.
We are deeply grateful for your help.

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My name is Sugar and I am a 7 year old labby girl in search of a new home. I did some hard time in the shelter because my family didn’t have time for me anymore, but due to my wonderful disposition and the fact that I wasn’t actually guilty of anything,  the shelter staff decided I should be granted a pardon. They contacted Luvin’ Labs and told them that I was “squishy” and they would LOVE me. Luvin’ Labs was not familiar with “squishy” dogs so they requested clarification. Turns out that squishy is a secret shelter word that means I am loose, happy, fun, outgoing, squeezable and wiggly and a few other adjectives that were wonderful. Please note the tiny blur that is my tail in profile photo. It is noteworthy because it is my shelter picture and even on my worst day my tail never stopped wagging. I would LOVE to be your dog and to bring some squishiness into your life.

If you are interested in meeting Sugar click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions, call (505) 362-0331.

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Meet our sweet senior Zeus. Zeus is a 10 year old yellow lab who just happens to be blind, All that means is he sees with his heart. His former life wasn’t too great, but his foster mom is making sure all that is in the past. She reports that he is about the sweetest guy around, gets along great with other dogs and absolutely loves to snuggle with his humans. Sounds like the perfect guy right? If interested in meeting this gentle older man, click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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This cheerful guy is looking for a place to unpack his bag and spend the holidays. He is 7 years old and his name is Walter, and aside from having a winning smile, Walter is said to be a kind soul with a good heart*. He tells us that he asked Santa for a very special home for Christmas so his paws are crossed that someone wonderful will find him just in time to hang up a stocking full of dog bones and tennis balls. Walter is a class A ham and has never met a person he didn’t like. He sits and shakes and he only knows how to be happy. He is a wiggler whose tail never stops wagging. To give you some idea, that picture above is Walter’s shelter picture and he doesn’t even seem to know he is having a bad day.

*A good heart, but not a healthy one. Walter was rescued from a high-kill shelter and his freedom ride chauffeur took him directly to the vet for a check up.  We had hoped that he would be healthy and perfect, but, we are so sad to report that this sweet boy is heartworm positive. So he doesn’t just need any regular home- he needs a place to recuperate and regain his good health while he undergoes heartworm treatment. Heartworm recovery requires that the dogs be kept quiet and avoid strenuous activity. You don’t have to feel guilty for things like Netflix marathons, skipping your La Luz hike,  and we approve of anything that involves Walter curling up next to you for hours on end. When you are sick of relaxing, Walter would love to take some nice leash walks around the neighborhood with you.

If you are interested in meeting Walter click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in being Walter’s foster hero, call (505) 362-0331.

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Sienna (standing) and Java

What a tragic loss these two sweet chocolate girls have suffered right before the holidays. Sienna, who is 5-6 years old, and Java who is 7-8 years old, were living the good life with a loving and seemingly healthy owner when he unexpectedly passed away. They are now both confused and desperately missing their human and we very much want to find them a new home. These girls may be able to be placed separate homes, but we will not know for sure until they arrive next week and are evaluated. What we know about them thus far, is that they are indoor dogs and are primarily outside only to use the bathroom. The girls are both house trained and can go all day in the house without and accident. They are both a little shy around people they don’t know, but they warm up quickly and are good-natured and loving once they have made friends. Their owner was a man, however Sienna does sometimes require a little extra time to warm up to men she has never met. Help us give these girls one little bright spot of hope before Christmas and share their bio so we can find them a loving forever home.

If you are interested in meeting Sienna and Java click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions, call (505) 362-0331.

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Romeo, oh my dear Romeo.  It is time for this baby to find a home.

This handsome heart throb is Romeo and he is 18 months old. Romeo is a fantastic dog, sweet, loving and very affectionate. He knows the commands shake, sit and down; he is so smart.  He is a little shy when he meets new men, but with treats and committment he will do fine.  Loves to play, loves his kibbles for treats.  Cutest dog ever, but you have to see him in person, his pics don’t do him any justice at all.  He’s pretty mellow and prefers other calm dogs.  He loves to fetch his soft toys and sometimes even entertains himself by tossing them in the air.  Sweet Romeo is house trained, doesn’t dig, or jump fences and he is not food or toy aggressive. Romeo is neutered, micro chipped and UTD on vaccines. Sounds like a pretty great all around Labrador Retriever to us!  He will make some family or couple a super dog.

If you are interested in meeting Romeo click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

 

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Hayden, a beautiful one year old yellow girl, with cropped tail and mystifying eyes.  She loves everyone… very much a people dog. She’s a little shy of men at first but warms up quickly with treats.  She loves to be center of attention. She loves all other dogs but does play a little rough at times and some dogs don’t like it.  She would be happy as an only dog with active an family or with another young dog that likes to play actively.

If you are interested in meeting Hayden click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

 

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Gaston has just two simple wishes this holiday season: A warm bed and regular meals… maybe even an extra helping. Please help us find a foster home for this very special boy. He was rescued from a high-kill shelter and is extremely emaciated so he will need a place to go where he will receive lots of good, nutritious food to help him get back up to a healthy weight- he could stand to gain about 40-50 lbs. Gaston has been delightful with everyone that he has met and seems very grateful for any positive interactions and affection that he receives. He’s a little tentative (who wouldn’t be) but responsive to a kind word and touch. If you have a little extra room in your home for Gaston, he promises to try his hardest to be a good boy- he just needs a place where he can finally feel safe and secure. Fostering is extremely rewarding and we work hard to be sure that our foster families and the dogs they are matched with are indeed a good fit. Please fill out an application so we can arrange for you to meet our handsome Gaston.

If you are interested in meeting Gaston click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Gaston call (505) 362-0331.

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My name is Franknberry and I’m a 5 year old male lab/golden retriever mix. I’m an extremely friendly, cuddly guy and they say I would be an excellent family dog. I am also good with other dogs and I have the most wonderful leash manners- I generally like to just walk calmly beside my humans. Because I am so good on a leash, they assumed I must know all sorts of things… but it turns out I only know how to be sweet and good (which they say are the 2 most important things). I’m very excited to learn some tricks though, and since I’m super smart I know you’ll be able to teach me! The lady who took pictures of me for this post said that I was possibly the easiest dog she has ever photographed because I just sat patiently like a good boy and let her snap away. My paws are crossed that I can go home with someone who takes me for lots of walks and takes zillions of pictures of my adorable face to show off to everyone they know.

Franknberry lives with his awesome foster dog and he has this to say about Franknberry:

Is house trained, no accidents.
No attempts to mark.
Doesn’t chew things.
Learned sit, come, go in your crate.
Very affectionate. Wants to always be with me.
Content to just sleep when I’m working on the computer.
Absolutely gorgeous!

If you are interested in meeting Franknberry click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Franknberry call (505) 362-0331.

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Bacall

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This lovely lady is Bacall and she is a black Labrador Retriever. Bacall is a very petite girl by lab standards… and she is absolutely stunning in person. Bacall recently had a litter of puppies and they are just about weened and ready for their own homes. Like all new moms of septuplets, Bacall is really, really tired and she’s so ready to be the one who is spoiled and doted on for a change. She brought her pups into the world and raised them for their first 6 weeks at the Good Shepherd Animal Clinic, where she and the pups were given the royal treatment and cared for with the utmost love and attention. But a clinic is not the same as a home with a grassy yard to run and play, soft beds, and long naps under a sunny window. Would you help us find this girl a real home? Bacall has had an adventure of epic proportions- she was hours away from delivering her babies in the Sandia Mountains and trying to care for them as a stray. She would never have survived the complicated delivery. Bacall is oh-so-ready for a foster or forever home.

If you are interested in meeting Bacall click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering call (505) 362-0331.

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Bacall and and her babies.

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Did your know us labs have a special power?  We wag our tails with our hearts!! I am the perfect one to show you how we do it. … my name is Leia (I am a bit of a princess?), I am a beautiful yellow lab and I am the definition of happy!   My entire body wiggles especially when I have a toy in my mouth! !  I have gone through being an excellent mom twice,  but luckily those days are behind me and I am enjoying just getting to be a happy dog for the rest of my life. I am about 4 years old but you can bet I am as playful as they come  .  I love to fetch a ball (although giving it back to you is part of the game for me), tug of war is another favorite of mine. I do know basic commands like sit and come,  but would benefit from some obedience training to sharpen my skills and tone down my excitement of visitors.

If you are looking for someone to cuddle with I’m your girl. I get along great with other dogs,  do well with cats and have been living in a foster home with dogs,  cats,  rabbits and chickens. If you are as excited to meet me as I am to meet you fill out an adoption application right away.

If you are interested in meeting Leia click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Penny

November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet month! Let’s help find sweet, gentle senior, Penny a new forever home. Due to unfortunate circumstances, Penny’s owner had to say goodbye to her loyal friend. Her former owner has so much love for her sweet girl, so it was with a heavy heart that she was forced to make this very difficult decision.

Penny is an 11-13 year old lab mix who is sweet, devoted, steady and even.  She likes her walks, although her joints are becoming more stiffened lately and she cannot walk long.  She is on a special diet and her hearing is a little iffy, but she responds to hand signals. She is a calm, loving girl. Penny is a doll with cats – she pays next to no attention to them, does not react to hissing or other related behaviors.  She allows the kitten to play with her tail, and she graciously allows them to cuddle up next to her.  Her attitude is one of easy/companionable indifference.  She also seems to hold this attitude towards small dogs.

All Penny needs is a loving home where she can live out the remainder of her days with plenty of love…. Please help us find this old girl a very special home.

If you are interested in meeting Penny click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Penny call (505) 362-0331.

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BrodeyHow ’bout this good looking guy!? Brodey is a 3-5 year old male Labrador Retriever, an all-around great guy,  and a most incredible athlete. Mr. Brodey quickly won the heart of his human rescue advocate, who works with dogs for a living. She tells us that Brodey is by far the best dog she has worked with at her current job… That’s quite an endorsement!!! Brodey is good with other dogs- not really very interested in them. He is very affectionate and tactile with humans and loves a good pat and lots of scratches. Interested in meeting this guy? Well, you better hurry if you want to be Brodey’s forever home- he’s quite the special dog.

If you are interested in meeting Brodey click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Brodey call (505) 362-0331.

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RexRex is a 3-4 year old male black labby boy who loves to make us smile. Early on with us, Rex had the misfortune of suffering with bloat.  Because one of our volunteers noticed he was not feeling well, we got him to our vet office quickly and they performed the surgery that saved his life.  In spite of that he’s an eternal optimist and as far as we can tell, absolutely nothing gets him down. He will need monitoring of food and water intake and will need care with some exercise, but other than that, Rex is a pretty “special” dog.  He  is quite mellow , but still  loves to play and be social: he is great with other dogs and he loves people.  He enjoys car rides and he has a great time playing and sharing some laughs with his foster brothers and sisters. He is totally housebroken, not at all food or toy aggressive and loves to be loved on by his human friends. Rex is also a big fan of ” fetch” and he even knows some basic commands! He’s the kind of dog who reminds us that there is always a bright side and life is fabulously wonderful- even when everyone else is having a bad day.  He would love a human who can be home with him quite a bit!  Need some more happy in your life? Then come meet Rex!

If you are interested in meeting Rex click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Rex call (505) 362-0331.

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Located in Colorado and available in the Denver area! Sweet Lulu was left at the shelter by her family under circumstances that were not of her own design. For three whole months this loyal, kind, true, and even mannered friend waited for a family that needed her as much as she needed them. It takes a few years for a soul to become this sweet, and at 8 years old she’s perfectly housetrained, way past the chewing stage, and loves sleeping through the night. In fact, the folks at the shelter thought this girl was so special that she asked us if we could make her a member of the Luvin Labs family. We stepped up to help her find a family that will appreciate her luxurious fur, soulful eyes, wagging tail and infectious smile.

Foster update!! Lulu has settled into indoor family life very nicely. She’s a lovely housemate who is getting along splendidly with our two other labs, two 7 year olds and anyone who comes to the house. She’d love to play with the kitties, and she’s easily corrected with a “leave my kitty alone” and a “good girl” afterwards for displaying good manners. Likewise, she’s very adept at letting the squirrels on our fence know that ours is a squirrel free yard. She’s a sweet baby girl who loves peanut butter, warm spots of sun to lay in, and belly rubs. She’s so very calm and loves to sleep on a doggy bed in your bedroom. She will be your constant friend and ever so grateful for a home of her own. Any family would be lucky to have this wonderful girl!

If you are interested in meeting Lulu click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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BellaDona and Duke

BellaDona and Duke  Because we care … one of our fosters was at a garage sale where they were giving away BellaDona and Duke free … she couldn’t let that happen, so, Luvin’ Labs now has a few small friends that are looking for their forever home ..

 

BellaDona and her brother Duke are a wonderful 3 year old terrier mix duo.  They love to run and play and are great Lap dogs.  They are both spayed/neutered and are up to date on all their shots.  They are crate trained and 100% house trained (they will go to the door to let you know they need to go out).  They were born on January 7, 2011 and have always been together, but they could be adopted separately if needed.  They do get along great and they always look for each other, but they bond strongly to people, so this could be overcome.  They do know basic commands and are not aggressive in the slightest.  Bella weighs about 15 pounds and brother Duke weighs twice that (he needs to drop some weight – but it does not slow him down at all)  The are just really cute,  sweet , happy little guys and they get along with my big Labs with no problem.  They have also met the cats and had no issues.

If you are interested in meeting BellaDona and Duke click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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November 21:  Jazmine is still missing.  We believe someone must have taken her in since she has not shown up at the shelters and there have been no sightings of her.  Do you know of a neighbor who has a black female lab they found around the 4th of July?  This could be our Jazmine.  She is miscrochipped, but had no collar.  Please, call if you know of her. 

September 11:  We have still had no news of Jazmine.  We are hoping that some kind family took her in, and we are hoping they will call us and help us get her back to her family.  At this point, she could be anywhere.  Have you seen her?

July 18th Update:  We are still looking.  Jazmine could be near Phoenix/Washington/Menual area, she could be near the open space near Costco on I-25/Montgomery, she could have followed a bike path and traveled up to the Chelwood park area.  She has been missing for over two weeks!  Please, if you have time go out to these areas and take a look.  We have put up flyers, but if you can also help with that please call us.  We are hoping someone has her and will call.  She is microchipped!

July 16th Update:  It is believed that Jazmine was seen in the vicinity of Chelwood Park near Lomas and Tramway today.

Jazmine’s owner is desperate to find her…Jazmine is a 3 year old female black lab who got out of her family’s yard on the 4th of July.  Last seen in the vicinity of Phoenix and Carlisle NE in Albuquerque on the evening of the 4th.  Jazmine slipped out of her collar, but is microchipped.   If you see her or know where she might be please call 505-720-6806 or 505-362-0331.

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Chloe and Madix are friendly, gentle, sweet senior pups who are good with other dogs. They were left in a rural shelter several months ago and rescued by a compassionate individual who became aware of their story. Chloe and Madix are casualties domestic violence. They were both deeply loved by their owner. She had hoped she could come back for them in September, but all indications are that she is not in a position to care for them and won’t be anytime soon. Would you open your home and heart to these scared, confused seniors who were rescued from a horrid southern shelter? They’ve lived their whole lives with their mom, who had to run in fear and couldn’t’ take them with her.

If you are interested in meeting Chloe and Madix click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Chloe and Madix call (505) 362-0331. 

 

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Meet Lori (aka Lulu).  This 2 year old black lab loves to be around her humans, is being crate trained and learning what it is to just have fun. She is on the small side, at only 35 pounds, so if you’re looking for a compact lab, Lulu might be your girl. If you are interested in meeting Lori click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions please call (505) 362-0331.

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Pandora16 month old Pandora is a resilient, happy girl. You would never guess that this girl spent a terrifying night tied to the front gate of the shelter with an old piece of manila rope around her neck. But, we all know how labs are… and how puppies are! Pandora has moved on from that traumatic night and she is now winning hearts with her adorable, silly sweetness. She would love nothing more than to wiggle her way into your heart, (and sit on your lap).

Foster update! 10/12/2014 Pandora is eager to please and would do awesome with any training. She is learning the leash but still pulls and she is 100% dog door trained and crate trained! Pandora requests a home where she is the only female as she doesn’t like to share the spotlight with the other girls. She is good with male dogs. She is very loving and energetic and will appreciate a home where she gets plenty of exercise and human interaction.

While Labrador puppies are adorable they are not right for everyone.  We are extremely careful in our placement of puppies as each  has special needs that includes the time commitment for training, bonding, and supervising in order to make them the best canine citizens they can become.

If you are interested in meeting Pandora click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Pandora call (505) 362-0331.

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Shelter staff named me ALLISON and I am a spayed female, chocolate and brown Labrador Retriever mix.  I have been at the shelter since November 21, 2014 and
I have been available for adoption since Nov 26, 2014.  The shelter thinks I am about 2 years old, so while I’m not a puppy anymore, I am still playful like a puppy.  Would you be interested in being my playmate?  Let’s find out.  You and I have a play date at the Westside Shelter as quickly as you can get here.
For more information about Allison, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1709013

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Is there a home out there for me? For 7 years I’ve lived a hard life … used as a breeder dog only to have my babies taken away from me again and again.  After being rescued by Luvin’ Labs they found I had an unfixable degenerative condition that leaves me only seeing shadows and outlines of things.  However, I can learn where things are in my house very quickly, I love laying right by my person, I take a few days to adjust to a new situation.  I would so love to have a family to call my own. 

Daphne lives with an awesome foster family and her foster dad has this to say about her:

Daphne is doing very well, she runs around the yard and is playing fetch with a ball.  I think she would do very well with someone that wanted a walking or hiking partner.  She walks right next to me wherever I go, on or off a leash.  She loves laying at your feet in the evenings.  It took her a little time to get use to her new surroundings but  now it’s like she has always been here.

If you are interested in meeting Daphne click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Daphne poses pretty with her 2 foster dog siblings

Cinder takes her foster human for a walk around the play yard.

Cinder takes her foster human for a walk around the play yard.

Meet 9 year old, Cinder- a female chocolate Labrador Retriever. Cinder is a wonderful companion who loves people, especially children. She is a very sweet and gentle soul with lots of personality. Cinder enjoys- no, LOVES- going for walks and will often carry her own leash and sometimes grabs her foster sister’s leash to lead her out to the car. Cinder is also a talker and likes to tell you when she is hungry or when it is time for her walk. Her foster dad says “it is not usually a bark, more like an “Rrrrrrrr” sound.. unless you ignore her too long, then she’ll give you a bark”.  Her foster dad has lots more wonderful things to say about Cinder:

She is well trained, I tell her to sit when I am feeding her and she will (Mostly!) stay until I say it is OK to go to her food, even when it is sitting on the ground in front of her. She does well when I am not at home and when I return she is laying on the rug by the door. She is very good about food and does not rush to get things that fall on the floor, I usually beat her to it if it is something she should not have. She is very gentle and will even let you take something out of her mouth if you need to. Cinder gets along with other dogs with the right introduction, although sometimes unfamiliar dogs in the park make her nervous but I tell her to sit, and she does better.

Cinder has some damage to her larynx so it’s best that she walks wearing a harness and she will need to go to a home that is smoke-free. If you are interested in meeting Cinder click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com.  Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Been lookin’ for a special someone? Well, 8 year old yellow lab Buddy has been looking for someone special too! His foster family reports that he is a wonderful gentleman, sweet as heck and he is doing great in their multi-dog home. Buddy is a truly inspiring pup who has never lost his smile despite being left in a high-kill shelter and recently beginning painful heartworm treatments. We anticipate that this brave boy (and eternal optimist) will make a full recovery, and we certain that he will make a fantastic addition to any family.

If you are interested in meeting Buddy click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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What’s better than a Hershey Kiss?  A kiss from Lab Hershey with no added calories!  Hershey is a gorgeous deep rich chocolate colored 10-11 year old Lab.  Hershey is house broken, good with other dogs and cats, and has never met a stranger.  Sounds like a great older girl for the right family.”

If you’re a lover of gentle, affectionate Chocolate Labs, 10-11 year old Hersey is someone you will definitely want to meet!

If you are interested in meeting Hershey click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com.  Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331. 

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Meet Elvis, a 4 year old black male Labrador. Like so many folks, Elvis’s mom has fallen on hard times recently and, sadly, is losing her home. Unfortunately, all too often when humans lose their homes, so do their beloved pets. Elvis is a good dog in desperate need of a new home and a family to bond with. He is a kind and happy sort of dog who seems to be very affable. If you live in a home with other dogs or children, Elvis might just be your guy because he is a good with any combination of the two. Cats are an unknown because he has never been around them. Elvis would love nothing more than some consistency and stability in his life – things that have been missing recently and are so important.  Do you think you are the person to offer Elvis these things? Oh, and don’t worry- he comes complete with the sweet face, adoring eyes and wet nose.

If you are interested in meeting Elvis click here for information on the adoption process. There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days. Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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This is Little Man, a male dog, breed unknown (possibly chihuahua mix). We think he looks like a very tiny Labrador with funny ears. L.M was taken in by a Luvin’ Labs foster family when they found him wandering along the ditch bank, emaciated and with what appeared to be bite marks from another animal. They have nursed this adorable guy back to health and he is now ready to find a forever home. L.M. is a lapdog and a snuggler who likes to sleep curled up on the pillow next to his people at night. He gets along great with other dogs and cats and adjusted to his new foster home very quickly. L.M.’s foster mom says he’s a keeper and if she didn’t already have a full house she would love for him to stay and be part of her family. Do you have a little bit of extra room on your pillow? If so, Little Man would love to occupy that spot. Oh, and we encourage his future family to tell everyone that this guy came from Luvin’ Labs and that you believe him to be mostly lab… It’ll be funny to see who pretends to believe you.

If you are interested in meeting Little Man click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Flower call (505) 362-0331.

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This pup is Shyla, an 8 month old female lab. She is a cuddly, fun loving, happy little girl with a loving personality who is finally ready for a forever home. We say finally because Shyla had a lot to overcome before she could be adopted. On March 6th Shyla’s right front leg was amputated to resolve a painful injury that wouldn’t heal, and was robbing Shyla of a proper puppihood. She hardly missed a beat after the surgery and promptly resumed playing and entertaining her foster family.

Shyla came to Luvin’ Labs by way of a rural animal shelter where she was abandoned after her owners decided they didn’t want her. It is unknown how her leg was injured, but what we do know is that she received no veterinary care for several weeks. Instead, her previous owners duct taped a homemade splint onto her leg, causing the injury to heal incorrectly, and then decided they didn’t want her. Her fosters and Shyla’s wonderful vets have made a valiant attempt to try to recuperate her leg but, unfortunately, the damage was too severe.In order for Shyla to have the best quality of life, the decision was made to amputate her leg.

Shyla is now pain free and loving life. She is as tough as she is sweet and funny, and she is very excited to finally begin a normal life with a loving family to play with and cuddle up to. If you are looking for a great dog this girl most certainly checks all the boxes.

If you are interested in meeting Shyla click here for information on the adoption process. There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days. Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Sasha  is a 12 year old beautiful silky black mellow Labrador looking for a new home.   Happy and easy going, Sasha is a real sweetheart of a Lab.  She loves other dogs, soft beds, and good food.  She is mostly a couch potato looking for a warm place to live out her remaining years.  Her foster mom tells us:  “Sasha is so happy to be in a home again.  She has very nice manners, someone spoiled her and it’s so hard to believe they gave her up. ”

If you are interested in meeting Sasha click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com.  Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

 

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Korie is a 10 year old gorgeous chocolate lab with the softest shiniest coat.  She is in great physical shape and loves walking, running, and hiking.  She’ll even help her new family to get in shape!  She gets along great with dogs and cats and even chickens.  She must have experienced some bad moments with humans at some point in her life and she can be timid and shy around new people, but she always remains gentle.  She very much wants to be part of a family with other dog siblings.  She also loves it when her human family members are home much of the time.  That way, she can cuddle and lay at your feet more often!  If you can give her time to check you out and make sure you are OK you will be rewarded with an incredibly loyal friend who gives the sweetest most gentle kisses.

If you are interested in meeting Korie click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com.  Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331. 

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This handsome senior guy is Travis, a 12 year old male yellow Labrador retriever.  Don’t let the age fool you, this guy’s got lots of life and energy in him and would make some family a great companion.   7/2012 update from his foster mom:  “Travis has a little trouble seeing due to a cataract in one eye but that doesn’t slow him down any when it comes to loving!  His favorite activity is to lay by the couch and to get some lovin’.  He is fully house trained and can be trusted to stay inside the house on his own or enjoys being outside without digging or jumping.  He gets excited and runs around when we get home or when he knows he’s getting a treat but never jumps.  He’s very good about riding in the car, just he may need a boost to get in a taller vehicle since his legs are a little short for a lab.  He is very good with other dogs and loves everybody he meets, especially if they’ll give him a scratch behind the ears!”

If you are interested in Travis Jett click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com.  Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

 

Did you know that large black dogs are commonly the last to be adopted?  This phenomenon is referred to by shelters and rescues as black dog syndrome.  Black dogs are often more difficult to find homes for and among the first to be euthanized.  Their fate lies not with their ability to love, their personality or their intelligence, but merely the color of their coat.

We ask you to come meet our awesome black dogs currently in the rescue…Cody, Jayda, Jett, Nan, Sasha, Baiden, Hope and Bandit, Danae, Britney, Vader, Calvin…all have their own story to tell and all are looking for that loving forever home.  Or visit your local shelter…you’ll quickly see this phenomenon, but you’ll also see what wonderful treasures are there wrapped in black fur.

Thinking of adopting…check out the 10 reasons you might want to consider a black dog…

 

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Scentsy Electric Candles are ceramic candle warmers that use a low-wattage light bulb to heat and melt our highly-scented long-lasting Scentsy Wax. Simply plug in your candle warmer, turn it on, and place a cube of your favorite Scentsy wax scent inside the warmer dish top. In minutes you will be enjoying one of over 80 scentsational scents. With over 70 full-size warmers, 17 mid-size warmers, and 20 plug-ins (night light style), there is surely a Scentsy Candle Warmer design to fit all your home decorating styles and preferences. These beautiful candle warmers are sure to inspire home decorating inspiration. Scentsy Wickless Candles are the best selling candles you will love.

When you order here, you will be helping Luvin’ Labs Rescue as 20% of ALL purchases will be donated to Luvin’ Labs to support their tireless work of rescue for all Labrador Retreivers and all Labrador mixes!

Direct link to the store which supports Luvin’ Labs: https://tracysdelightfulscents.scentsy.us/Scentsy/Home?partyId=218131197

For more information see this Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/777377895622386/

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Amazon.com has teamed up with Luvin’ Labs Rescue through AmazonSmile to help raise funds for the rescue and rehoming of Labrador Retrievers and lab mixes throughout the state of New Mexico.  When purchased through their AmazonSmile site, Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to Lodestar Dog Ranch (that’s us!) benefiting all the amazing pups you see on the Luvin’ Labs site!.  While shopping at Amazon (prices, services and guarantees), you’ll be donating to the amazing labs in our program and waiting to come in to our program…how simple is that!  With the holidays just around the corner what better way to make a difference in the life of a lab!  Click on the “Learn more” button below and start shopping.

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This video shows the harsh reality of owner surrenders to our shelter system in this country. Please think long and hard before surrendering your family member to a shelter. And if you choose to do it, don’t kid yourself into believing the shelter is going to find them a good home. It just doesn’t happen.

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Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake Fundraising Cards are now for sale with Luvin’ Labs! For $5.00 you’ll receive 8 specials including a FREE large Pizza, free cookie dough, free cinammon wheel plus discount coupons … an easy sell!

To purchase please stop by Good Shepherd Animal Clinic or visit us at any of our events.

If you are able to help us sell the cards please email colleen@luvinlabs.com
All proceeds benefit Luvin’ Labs dogs in the program and coming in to our program.

Owner Listings are posted as a courtesy with Luvin Labs acting as a facilitator in this process.  We will receive applications, send them to the owner, and work with both parties to find a suitable home.  However, Luvin Labs has not evaluated these dogs and has only provided information supplied by the owner. We make no representations of, either expressed or implied, as to the health and/or temperament of courtesy listing dogs.

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3 legs, 2 eyes, 2 ears and one amazing heart… Meet Kay the Stray, a lovely labby girl about 5-7 year old. Kay so endeared herself to the wonderful man that found her, that he couldn’t fathom taking her to a shelter where, regardless of all of her other wonderful attributes, a tripod would almost certainly be put to sleep. While out for a walk with his own dog, her human hero found this special girl wandering alone along the arroyos between Corrales and Rio Rancho. He was immediately concerned for her safety as she would be easy prey for the coyotes, so he brought her back to his place. No tags, no chip…. so with the help of flyers and neighbors, he finally tracked down her home, only to find that it was vacant with no forwarding address. Kay’s new friend tells us that she is very sweet and gets along with other dogs, she is housebroken, and she knows how to use a doggy door. Sadly, the only thing this girl does wrong, is tries to jump the fence and escape… We believe this doggedly determined 3-legged girl is just trying to find her people, but there is no indication that they are trying to find her. As far as we can tell, Kay is ALL heart. Please join us in helping Kay’s human hero to find her a loving home.

If you are interested in meeting Kay click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.  Owner Listing

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Reggie is about 4 years old. He is a low to medium energy dog. He has never met a person that he doesn’t like and he absolutely loves children. Reggie walks loose leash, sits for treats and rides well in a car. He is very intuitive and when his foster mom goes to put his lead on, he tilts his head for her, when she walks out of the pen, he steps back for her to open the door. Reggie is completely vetted and hw negative. He gets along well with most dogs that are his size or larger. He is not cat tested but does not like little dogs, so he probably isn’t a cat kind of dog. Reggie has a few special requirements: He had a trauma to his front two paws when he was a pup and now he needs to have his toenails groomed every few months with a dremel tool. He is also on a special diet.

If you are interested in fostering or adopting Reggie, please call Jemez Valley Animal Amigos at 888-828-8522 ext. 3. Courtesy Post

PeachesPeaches will most certainly be a fantastic find for some lucky person. This female lab mix is 2 1/2 years old and she is described as being a perfectly wonderful dog. She is as sweet as they come, and is described as being a super smart girl. She is crate trained and totally housebroken and Peaches has wonderful manners. She is spayed and microchipped and will be UTD on vaccines before she moves into her new home. Peaches human is no longer able to safely care for a such a big dog. Her current owner’s heart is truly broken to have to part ways with her dear friend, but we promised her we would help Peaches find a new home with wonderful poeple who will treat her like the princess that she is.

If you are interested in meeting Peaches click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331. Owner listingPeaches2


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My name is Nova…I’m a sweet boy and friendly to everybody I meet including children of all ages,  all dogs and even cats.  I’m 3 years old and on the smaller side, just 50 pounds.  I live in a house with 6 other dogs, all of which I would count as best friends!  I’ve got great house manners and love to go for walks…okay, so my foster mom says I could use just a little leash training…it’s just so hard when there’s so much to explore!

If you are interested in meeting me click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.  Owner Listing

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1 year old female Madeline (aka Maddie) is in search of a new home where her human doesn’t have to travel for work all the time. Adorable Maddie is a sweet all-around dog who would be a great addition to just about any home. Maddie’s owner has this to say about her: “She is very friendly and loves other dogs. Her best friend is a Chihuahua. She loves her family, kids –she is very much a puppy and very much a Lab –she loves to get out and run when she can and she loves water. She is a good watch dog. Trying to teach her not to jump on you (which she does sometimes when she gets excited)….but overall a great dog. Potty trained –she tells YOU when she needs to go –usually with a paw on the arm. She is a great dog.” Maddie spends most of her time indoors and frequently stays in the house alone for part of the day with no issues and she’s totally house trained. She does OK on a leash and works a bit with a trainer while her human is away on work travels. Her owner did reveal to us that Maddie occasionally pulls the stuffing out of her toys <GASP!!> (We are happy to tell you that this makes her a perfectly normal 1 year old dog). Maddie is spayed, UTD on all vaccines and on heartworm preventative.

If you are interested in meeting Maddie click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331. Owner listing

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CocoOL2This is Coco. She is 7 years old (aka the perfect lab age), and she is a purebred chocolate lab presently living in Roswell, NM. Her current owners are moving and are unable to take this special girl with them so they would like to find her a wonderful new home where she will be loved and adored. Coco’s owner tells us that she is sweet, loving, friendly and she is great with kids. She loves to play catch and go for walks and she enjoys her morning runs with her current owner. She is excellent on a leash, doesn’t dig or jump fences, isn’t food or toy aggressive, and doesn’t ever nip or bite. Lovely Coco gets along with other dogs and her best friend is a chihuahua so she would do well in a home with small dogs. She is housebroken and has excellent manners in the house. Coco has diabetes. If you have ever cared for an animal with diabetes, you know that as long as her diabetes is managed, she is just like any other 7 year old dog and she has many great years ahead of her. Please help us find a new home for this wonderful girl.

If you are interested in meeting Coco click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.  Owner Listing

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BlakeBlake is a beautiful, black, 2 year old male Labrador Retriever- these pictures don’t do him justice. His owner is being forced to move and only has a limited window to find him a home.  He has a great time with older children and adults, but his playful “labbiness” may not be right for smaller children or persons who are not steady on their feet. He thinks that toys are very special things that should be loved and played with often and, true to his Labrador roots,  he also thinks that water is the best invention ever. Blake has cats in his life and his current owner says “he chases them but has never hurt them” (not exactly a vote of confidence). He gets along with other dogs, but he can be selective as far as other male dogs go (for example, he thinks the male Shiz zu in his life is a fine friend, but he’s not such a fan of male Basset Hounds). Blake needs some basic obedience training- he has lived in kennels almost exclusively so he may also need a little work on house manners. Blake is UTD on all vaccines, but has not been heartworm tested. If you have time to invest training a new dog, Blake just needs a little refinement to reach his full potential. He is beautiful and has tons of potential.

If you are interested in meeting Blake click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331. Owner listing

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This beautiful senior is Marlo, a 10 year old black female lab.  Her owner describes her as “loving, kind and patient.  She is comfortable around other dogs and wonderful with children.  She has a sweet and calm demeanor.  Marlo is a very happy dog and loves to show excitement by wiggling.  She is not showing any signs of aging, still very mobile and flexible.  She is at her happiest around people and just wants to be loved.”  Marlo is used to being in the house, is up-to-date with all shots, spayed and microchipped.

If you are interested in meeting Marlo please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to applications@luvinlabs.com.  Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331.  Owner Listing

 

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Update 11/26/14:  Seems the owners ran out of time and took Chaplin to Animal Humane in Albuquerque.   Please contact Animal Humane at 505-255-5523.  He has quickly become a staff favorite!  There’s nothing better than a senior lab!

Chaplin is a 10 year old male who are in desperate need of a new home. The owner tells us that Chaplin is very friendly and obedient. He likes to check in on his people and he prefers to be indoors relaxing with a rawhide.  He likes cats, and is good with children and other dogs, but prefers female dogs.  Chaplin spends the majority of his time in the house: house-trained and knows basic commands (sit, stay, lay down, and shake).

Following are postings for dogs in immediate danger in shelters throughout New Mexico, and Texas, as well as courtesy listings for other shelters and owners looking for homes for their labs. The postings contain contact information on the shelter, as well as the dogs identification.  For more information on specific animals please contact the shelter directly.

Luvin’ Labs works with other rescue organizations throughout the states, and has resources that may be able to help with transport via the puppy express … a network of fabulous volunteers who donate a bit of their time to move dogs across the country pony express style.  For more information on transport assistance please call 505/362-0331.

My name is TANNER and I am a neutered male, tan Labrador Retriever mix.  I have been available for adoption since December 13, 2014, the day I arrived at the shelter.  So here are some things you should know about me:

1.  The shelter thinks I am about 7 years old.

2.  You can search high and low, but you will never find a dog who is Tanner than I am.

3.  I’m not too big and not too small. I just the right size for a family companion.

4.  I’m looking for a home and you are looking for a dog.  Sounds like a perfect match, don’t you think?

5.  I’m at the Eastside Shelter which means I’m much easier to get to.  (I you live on the East side.)

For more information about Tanner, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Eastside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1663544

My name is LIBBY and I am a spayed female, brown and white Labrador Retriever mix.  I have been available for adoption since the day I arrived at the shelter on December 18th, 2014.  The shelter thinks I am about 1 year and 7 months old.  The shelter workers say I’m good with kids, crate trained, good on a leash, and know how to sit! To tell you the truth, I’m kind of surprised to still be here at the shelter.  One of the volunteers here told me that I would probably be adopted before the end of the day, but it’s the end of the day and I’m still here.  Now that I’m on the Luvin’ Labs site I bet tomorrow will be better.
For more information about Libby, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Eastside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1678549

My name is PEANUT and I am a female, black, about 2 years old, Labrador Retriever mix.  I have been at the shelter and available for adoption since December 17, 2014.  From my picture you can see that I aready have mastered the “down” command.  I am eager for you to meet me at the West Side Shelter so I can show you what other commands I already know.  Perhaps you could even teach me some new ones.
For more information about this Peanut, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1710413

My name is CHIEF and I am a neutered male, black and white Labrador Retriever mix, who is about 1 year and 4 months old.  I have been available for adoption since the day I arrived at the shelter on December 15, 2014.  I am the chief reason you need to sail on over to the Eastside Shelter to look for a new Family Dog.  I must be a truly special guy to have made Chief at such a young age.  Let’s try to figure it out together.
For more information about this Chief, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Eastside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1683807

My name is JEANNA and I am a spayed female, yellow Labrador Retriever and Chinese Sharpei.  The shelter thinks I am about 4 years old.  I have been at the shelter since December 11, 2014 and I have been available for adoption since December 12, 2014.  They tell me that I am bright and learn quickly, but continued training and socialization are important, as is daily exercise.   I am basically a clean dog that require little more grooming than an occasional bath, regular ear cleaning and toe nail clipping.  I am a unique Lab Mix, so there a few, if any, like me.  Come check me out.
For more information about Jeanna, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Eastside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1165787

My name is RONNIE and I am a neutered male, tan and white Labrador Retriever mix and I am about 2 years old.  I have been at the shelter and available for adoption since December 13th, 2014.  I only have two requests:  First, I need a new Forever Home so please adopt me.  Second, if you decide to let me keep my name, at least please change the spelling to Ronny.  I was taught that male names end in “y” and female names end in “ie”.
For more information about Ronnie, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1698806

My name is DENVER and I am a neutered male, black Labrador Retriever Mix.  I have been at the shelter and available for adoption since December 12th, 2014.  The shelter thinks I am about 9 years old.  I miss being in a warm, loving, happy home.  Due to circumstances beyond my control, I don’t have one any more.  Please come to the Eastside Shelter and explore the possibility of giving me a new loving, forever home.
For more information about Denver:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Eastside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1710147

My name is PLUTO and I am a neutered male, black and white Labrador Retriever mix, who is about 8 years old.  I have been available for adoption since November 30th, 2014, the day I arrived at the shelter.  While Pluto, the Planet, is no longer a Planet, I Pluto, the Dog, am still a Dog.  So, if you are searching for a planet, forget it, but, if you are looking for a dog with experience,  I’m your man.
For more information about Pluto, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1004965

Shelter staff named me JACKIE and I am a female, black Labrador Retriever mix who the shelter thinks js about 6 months old.  I have been at the shelter since November 14, 2014 and I have been available for adoption since November 19, 2014.

The Puppy Disclaimer:  While Labrador puppies are adorable they are not right for everyone.  We are extremely careful in our placement of puppies as each  has special needs that includes the time commitment for training, bonding, and supervising in order to make them the best canine citizens they can become.

So, with that out of the way if you are still ready, willing, and able to adopt a puppy, I’m Available!  Let’s meet :-)

For more information about this animal, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1708621

 

My name is BUTTERCUP and I am a spayed female, brown and white Labrador Retriever mix, who is about 1 year and 6 months old.  I have been at the shelter and available for adoption since November 19, 2014.

I’m called Little Buttercup – dear Little Buttercup,
Though I could never tell why,
But still I’m called Buttercup – poor little Buttercup,
Sweet Little Buttercup I!
There exists the possibility that you and I could make beautiful music together.  Let’s find out.  Come on over to the Westside and let’s audition each other.
For more information about this Buttercup, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1690371

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My name is PARIS and I am a spayed female, about 2 years old, brown Labrador Retriever mix.  I have been at the shelter and available for adoption since December 4, 2014.  Are you a runner?  I don’t know if I am a runner, but I would like to be.  Could you do me a favor and run over to the Westside Shelter and take me out for a run?  Then I would know.An Update from A Shelter Volunteer:  Paris is an Owner Surrender who has been an inside dog and is house trained and crate trained.  Riding in a car is not her favorite thing to do.  She is friendly with adults, kids, and other dogs.  At the shelter, she is shy and enjoys the Play Yard.
For more information about Paris, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1652048

Shelter staff named me SHYLA and I am a spayed female, black about 2 years old, Labrador Retriever mix.  I have been at the shelter since November 25th, 2014, but I have only been available for adoption since December 4th, 2014.  He I am in the classic Labradore Retriever “I wanna play!” pose.  How about it?  Do you “wanna” play, too?  Come on over to the Westside Shelter Play Yard and lets try each other out.
For more information about Shyla, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1672848

My name is LULU and I am a female, black and white Labrador Retriever mix, who is about 9 months old.  I have been at the shelter and available for adoption since December 4th, 2014.  With my unique face and my Puppy disposition, I will probaby be offered a new forever home quickly, so you need to journey over to the Westside Shelter right now and make me an offer.
For more information about this LuLu, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1709745

Shelter staff named me DIOGI and I am a neutered male, chocolate and white Labrador Retriever who is about 2 years old.  I have been at the shelter since November 19, 2014, and  I have been available for adoption since November 28, 2020.  Please adopt me and change and change my name.
For more information about Diogi call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1690816

My name is STRIPES and I am a neutered male, tan and white Labrador Retriever mix.  The shelter thinks I am about 1 year and 2 months old.  I have been at the shelter since October 31st, 2014 and I have been available for adoption since November 1st, 2014.  Can you believe that a good looking Puppy like me has been at the shelter for a whole week without being adopted?  Now that I’m also on the Luvin’ Labs Website a expect that to change quickly.  I have already earned my “Stripes” but you can earn yours by adopting me.
For more information about this animal, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1685610

Shorty10 year old female, Shorty is a sweet, well-mannered Chocolate Labrador Retriever who has found herself in a rather unfortunate and stressful living situation- a kennel at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. Somehow, even though she’s afraid, she has managed to make the most of her situation by becoming a staff and volunteer favorite, receiving excellent marks on her doggie report card (happy disposition, loves people, enjoys gentle interactions with other dogs). A shelter, though, is no place for a senior pup, so we are hoping a special someone can give Shorty the forever home she deserves. Shorty has some typical senior ailments so she will require a little extra TLC (cataracts, arthritis and diabetes). We would like to point out that, in spite of her medical issues, she is still a bazillion times easier to care for than a puppy: she promises not to bury all your shoes, or to harass you mercilessly for no discernible reason… she will, however, show unlimited gratitude to the kind soul who sees past her ailments and appreciates her wisdom and humility.

Shorty, our paws are crossed for you, Sweet Girl! We hope that an angel will see your beautiful face and take you home and love you for they rest of your dog years. If you are interested in Shorty please contact info is the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society 505-983-4309

 

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Shelter staff named me LINGUINE and I am a neutered male, brindle and white Labrador Retriever mix. I have been available for adoption since Feb 02, 2014. The shelter thinks I am about 2 years old. I have been at the shelter since Jan 29, 2014. For more information about this animal, call: Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975. Ask for information about animal ID number A1688775.

Did You Know:    Black dogs are particularly doomed when they are brought to a pound because they are passed by for lighter colored dogs.  This is especially true of  black labs or lab mixes.  They are euthanized at a horrifying rate at many pounds & shelters. If you are thinking about adopting a dog , please don’t overlook black dogs because they are just as loving & wonderful as lighter colored dogs!   Martin County Animal Shelter, Fairmont,MN

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This pretty 5 year old female yellow lab is Lacie and she’s missing.  She was last seen in Rio Rancho on October 1st and her family is so anxious to get her back.  She’s about 85 pounds, microchipped (0006ABAC36), and has what looks like a smiley face on her stomach.  If you see her or know where she might be please call 1-800-252-7894.

 

 

Reprinted with permission from Debbie at thankdogphotography.com

I recently read an article by a woman complaining about her difficulty in adopting a dog from a rescue organization.  Several commenters agreed and relayed similar experiences.  It got me thinking…

First, I don’t know the author.   Nor do I know anything about the rescue organization she was trying to adopt from (I think everyone was from New York).

Second – I’m far from an old hand at this.  I’ve fostered 1 adult dog and 7 puppies, including Jet.  And these are only my own thoughts and opinions – I’m not speaking for any rescue organization or volunteer.

So… do I think it’s “harder” to adopt from a rescue organization than from your local shelter?  In a word, yes.  But there are a number of good reasons why…

We have the time to be more selective.  The dogs in the rescue organizations are no longer on death row.  The threat of euthanasia is gone.  They aren’t going to die if they aren’t adopted in just a few days. Once a dog is within the rescue organization, he or she is safe.  We can take the time to do home visits, check vet references, etc.  We can care for them through all their vetting, illnesses or whatever.  The urgency is gone.

We become attached.  Most rescue organizations are all volunteer, and the dogs are in foster care.  This means they live in our homes and share our lives – sometimes for months.  Jet has been with me for almost 3 months now.  The little stinker sleeps in my bed.  Belle, the Queen of Disdain, has fallen for him.  So do I want him going somewhere that’s “fine” or “okay”?  No, not really.  I want him to go to the perfect home for him.  Even if/when that home comes along, will I cry?  Almost certainly.  Do we all seriously consider keeping (one or more) of our fosters? Of course.  Am I considering keeping Jet?  You bet.  The attachment we have to our fosters makes us really want to find great homes for them – homes where they’ll thrive and be happy.

We know the dogs.  I know Jet.  I know he’s a high energy puppy who loves other dogs.  I also know he’s noisy (I hear him from the driveway – coming and going), he can be destructive (so far, the tally is one shoe and a bathroom cabinet), he’s smart but stubborn, he has sweet moments, and he has a well-documented tendency to eat inappropriate things. Because I know him, I know what type of home he needs – and what type of home would not be a good fit.  We have turned down an application on Jet – very nice and well meaning people, but everything about the circumstances spelled disaster and future behavioral issues.

We’ve had dogs returned.  You might be surprised by how often this happens – sometimes a few days or weeks later, sometimes months later. Frequently the issue is a mismatch of energy between an existing pet and the new dog (or a clash of personality).  Sometimes it’s a new boyfriend or girlfriend who doesn’t like the dog or the dog doesn’t like him/her (though I would guess it’s always the former).  Other times it’s a realization that they don’t have the time needed for the dog they adopted (some are high maintenance, no doubt about it!).  By being more particular with the original adoption, we hope to avoid this.  We can’t always.  Don’t get me wrong – we want them returned to us versus the shelter.. but we also obviously would prefer neither.

We’re all volunteers.  Most of us have other jobs.  So if it takes a little while to respond – or if the whole process is slower than you hoped, please have patience.

Basically, yes, it probably is more of a process to adopt from a rescue organization.  But it’s because we truly want to match the dogs up with the best homes — and vice versa.  If you let us know about you, your lifestyle, your family, etc., we’ll do our best to pair you up with a dog that will be a good match for you.  We’re not trying to be difficult, we just honestly want what’s best for everyone involved (especially the dogs, as that’s where our attachment lies).
So what if you’ve found a dog you’d like to adopt?  Here’s a few tips to help the process along:

  • Show your excitement.  Ooh and aah over the dog and how wonderful and adorable  s/he is.  It shouldn’t really matter, but it does.  We want the dogs to be loved and adored.
  • Think about it.  Sure that dog’s adorable, but do you have the time to housebreak him? To train him? What if he pulls a Jet and runs up $1000 worth of vet bills by eating a still-unknown something?   Let us know you have given the idea of adding a new dog to your family some thought.
  • Complete the application.  Yes, sometimes they’re a little long.  They ask for stuff like your vet’s name.  Trust me when I say we look at them.  If you have pets but don’t have a vet – a red flag is raised.
  • Work on any behavioral problems your current pets have.  Some are fine (Belle countersurfs when I’m not home – not good behavior, but I know now not to leave anything on the counters).  But if your dog doesn’t like your son or snaps at your husband or is repeatedly getting in fights, it’s not cute.  It’s a sign that there’s an issue and you’re not doing anything to resolve it.  We figure the same will happen to your next dog.
  • Demonstrate you have some basic knowledge about dogs.  Don’t let your kids grab at unfamiliar dogs.  Learn some of the basic signs dogs give you when they are uncomfortable, anxious or unhappy.  It’s not hard, it only takes a minute, but it shows us you are serious about being a good and responsible owner.
  • Listen to us.  Dogs often act differently at adoption events than how they do at home.  If we say a dog is very high energy, but he doesn’t really appear to be… listen to us.  Adoption events are stressful for some of the dogs – a necessary evil, I suppose.  The dogs don’t always act like themselves.  Likewise, if we say the dog would do better as an only dog, don’t assume that because your dog gets along with everyone, he’ll get along with the new one too.

Yes, our dogs are rescues, sometimes from awful circumstances, other times not.  But just because they made it to a shelter does not mean they do not deserve a good home.  Indeed, many of them have gone through enough already – they deserve us spending a little time and effort to make sure the next chapter in their lives is a happy one. That’s all we’re trying to do.  So please be patient and understanding – it’ll be worth it.

to volunteer with Luvin’ Labs please email colleen@luvinlabs.com or call 505/362-0331

A few years ago, Julien Roohani of Portland, Oregon, was at work when her roommates spontaneously decided to go on a hike. Not wanting to exclude Julien’s six-month-old Shepherd/Border Collie mix, Niña, they threw her into the back of their pickup truck and set off for an adventure.
Niña had never been in a truck bed before. Whether she was scared or just spotted something of interest, she managed to jump out during the drive. Panicking, the roommates called Julien, who rushed Niña to an emergency veterinary clinic where she was diagnosed with a broken spine and other severe injuries. Julien had no choice but to allow her young pup to be humanely euthanized.
Unfortunately, stories like Niña’s are all too common. It is never safe to drive with an unrestrained pet—especially with that pet in an open truck bed.
“When you drive with a loose dog in the back of your truck, you’re taking a huge risk and placing your dog and other motorists in danger,” says Chuck Mai, a vice president with AAA Oklahoma. “Even if a dog is trained, we’re talking about an animal who responds to stimuli on impulse. This irresponsible decision can start a deadly chain reaction on the road.”
Is It Legal?
Transporting unrestrained dogs in low-sided truck beds has been banned in a handful of states, including California and New Hampshire, and municipalities including Indianapolis, Cheyenne and Miami-Dade. However, in the vast majority of jurisdictions, it’s not even illegal to transport children in this manner, so we must rely on common sense and education to protect children and pets alike.
How You Can Help
One can feel terribly helpless witnessing a loose dog in a pickup truck. The best course of action is to try to get the vehicle’s license number (if you can do so while remaining safe) and call the local police. Rather than dialing 911, Jill Buckley, ASPCA Senior Director of Government Relations, suggests storing your police precinct’s phone number in your cell phone.

A Rescued Dogs Prayer

Thank you for rescuing me … I know you’ve thought long and hard about a new friend
Something about my soulful eyes and soft fur touched a very special part of you.
I wanted to share with you a bit of me,
and what might help me to be the best pup for you.
Up until a few weeks ago I had the perfect dog life,
and then one day, a day like every other,
Ended with me being abandoned.
I’ve been at the shelter, on the end of a chain,
In a field, or sitting on the side of the road
Waiting, scared, moved from place to place
With no idea of who to trust or what is going to happen.
Thankful for the fresh water, food, a warm place to sleep and sometimes kind people.
And then you chose me …
Please give me time to adjust to you and to learn your expectations of me.
All I want is to please you, I just do not know how to yet.
I ask you to please give me patience and understanding.
I don’t yet know what you want of me.
Teach me softly, consistently,
Outside, down, fetch, sit, good dog!
If you don’t understand my behavior,
It may be because I have been abused, abandoned, neglected.
Sometimes I may be afraid of you, of other people, of loud noises or sudden movements.
Time and patience will help me learn to trust again.
Please forgive me if I am protective of my food.
I was so very hungry for a very long time.
Someday I’ll understand that my food bowl will never again be empty.
Adopt me because you want me,
Because under my faults and flaws you see who I really am,
You understand that each of us is not perfect,
That our imperfections actually show our individual beauty.
And last but not least, please give me the precious time
I need to adjust to your house, to your home, to you.
I will bond to you … be it today, or tomorrow … or next week
And I promise with all that I am that I will be
Your most loyal, loving, forever friend.

By Luvin’ Labs


A Rescued Dogs Prayer was written with input from all of us at Luvin’ Labs to try to help new owner’s understand that their newly rescued lab needs some time to adjust.  Thanks to each and every one of you for your input!

Pictures are of Sir Lancelot, a 3 year old yellow Labrador Retriever rescued from the Garland, Texas shelter by many rescues working together.  He was an owner surrender who knows sit, shake, and lie down and was just left there, and rescued hours before being put to sleep.  The “Sad Lab” picture at the top of post circulated all over the internet waiting for a rescue to commit to him.  The “Happy Lab” picture at the bottom was after he was rescued, and safe, in boarding.  We are happy to say that Sir Lancelot is living his happily ever after with his new family in Albuquerque, NM!

Today is a sad day for the rescue community around the world. Every once in a while, a story comes along that seems to unite the world. Lennox, a family pet, the victim of breed specific legislation, was just that sweet soul. Lennox was euthanized today in Belfast, Northern Ireland because he looked like a banned breed, a pit bull. His family fought for 2 years to free him, to no avail. They were not even allowed to see him before he was pts and last they heard, they might get to have some of his ashes. Our hearts go out to his family and we wish Lennox peace and freedom at the rainbow bridge. To read more about Lennox, please visit the link: http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2011/03/lennox-sentenced-to-death-in-trial-by-tape-measure-appeals-planned/


 

Luvin’ Labs alumni Rigel his brother Tenner play in the snow!

It came to me that every time I lose a dog, they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.
~ Unknown

 

When God made me, he spelled his name backwards and called me Dog.

I am a dog. I am a living, breathing animal. I feel pain, joy, love, fear and pleasure.

I am not a thing. If I am hit – I will bruise, I will bleed, I will break. I will feel pain. I am not a thing.

I am a dog. I enjoy playtime, walk time, but more than anything, I enjoy time with my pack – my family – my people. I want nothing more than to be by the side of my human. I want to sleep where you sleep and walk where you walk. I am a dog and I feel love…I crave companionship.

I enjoy the touch of a kind hand and the softness of a good bed. I want to be inside of the home with my family, not stuck on the end of a chain or alone in a kennel or fenced yard for hours on end. I was born to be a companion, not to live a life of solitude.

I get too cold and I get too hot. I experience hunger and thirst. I am a living creature, not a thing.

When you leave, I want to go with you. If I stay behind, I will eagerly await your return. I long for the sound of your voice. I will do most anything to please you. I live to be your treasured companion.

I am a dog. My actions are not dictated by money, greed, or hatred. I do not know prejudice. I live in the moment and am ruled by love and loyalty.

Do not mistake me for a mindless object. I can feel and I can think. I can experience more than physical pain, I can feel fear and joy. I can feel love and confusion. I have emotions. I understand perhaps more than you do. I am able to comprehend the words you speak to me, but you are not always able to understand me.

I am a dog. I am not able to care for myself without your help. If you choose to tie me up and refuse to feed me, I will starve. If you abandon me on a rural road, I will experience fear and loneliness. I will search for you and wonder why I have been left behind. I am not a piece of property to be dumped and forgotten.

If you choose to leave me at a shelter, I will be frightened and bewildered. I will watch for your return with every footfall that approaches my kennel run.

I am a dog – a living, breathing creature. If you choose to take me home, please provide me with the things that I need to keep me healthy and happy.

Provide me with good food, clean water, warm shelter and your love. Do not abandon me. Do not kick me. Do not dump me when your life gets too busy. Make a commitment to me for the entirety of my life, or do not take me home in the first place.

If you desert me, I do not have the means to care for myself. I am at the mercy of the kindness of people – if I fall into the wrong hands, my life will be ruined.

I will experience pain, fear and loneliness. If I wind up in an animal shelter, I have only my eyes to implore someone to save me, and my tail to show you that I am a friend. If that is not good enough, I will die.

I am a dog. I want to give and receive love. I want to live. I am not a thing. I am not a piece of property. Please do not discard me. Please treat me with kindness, love and respect. I promise to repay you with unconditional love for as long as I live.

By Jim Willis, 2001

When I was a puppy, I entertained you with my antics and made you laugh. You called me your child, and despite a number of chewed shoes and a couple of murdered throw pillows, I became your best friend.  Whenever I was”bad,” you’d shake your finger at me and ask “How could you?” — but then you’d relent, and roll me over for a bellyrub. My housebreaking took a little longer than expected, because you were terribly busy, but we worked on that together.  I remember those nights of nuzzling you in bed and listening to your confidences and secret dreams, and I believed that life could not be any more perfect.  We went for long walks and runs in the park, car rides, stops for ice cream (I only got the cone because “ice cream is bad for dogs,” you said), and I took long naps in the sun waiting for you to come home at the end of the day.

Gradually, you began spending more time at work and on your career, and more time searching for a human mate.  I waited for you patiently, comforted you through heartbreaks and disappointments, never chided you about bad decisions, and romped with glee at your homecomings, and when you fell in love.  She, now your wife, is not a “dog person” — still I welcomed her into our home, tried to show her affection, and obeyed her.  I was happy because you were happy.  Then the human babies came along and I shared your excitement.  I was fascinated by their pinkness, how they smelled, and I wanted to mother  them, too.  Only she and you worried that I might hurt them, and I spent most of my time banished to another room, or to a dog crate.  Oh, how I wanted to love them, but I became a “prisoner of love.”

As they began to grow, I became their friend.  They clung to my fur and pulled themselves up on wobbly legs, poked fingers in my eyes, investigated my ears, and gave me kisses on my nose.  I loved everything about them and their touch — because your touch was now so infrequent — and I would have defended them with my life if need be.  I would sneak into their beds and listen to their worries and secret dreams, and together we waited for the sound of your car in the driveway.

There had been a time, when others asked you if you had a dog, that you produced a photo of me from your wallet and told them stories about me.  These past few years, you just answered “yes” and changed the subject.  I had gone from being “your dog” to “just a dog,” and you resented every expenditure on my behalf.  Now, you have a new career opportunity in another city, and you and they will be moving to an apartment that does not allow pets.  You’ve made the right decision  for your “family,” but there was a time when I was your only family.

I was excited about the car ride until we arrived at the animal shelter.  It smelled of dogs and cats, of fear, of hopelessness.  You filled out the paperwork and said “I know you will find a good home for her.”  They shrugged and gave you a pained look.  They understand the realities facing a middle-aged dog, even one with “papers.”   You had to pry your son’s fingers loose from my collar as he screamed “No, Daddy!  Please don’t let them take my dog!”  And I worried for him, and what  lessons you had just taught him about friendship and loyalty,  about love and responsibility, and about respect for all life.  You gave me a good-bye pat on the head, avoided my eyes, and politely refused to take my collar and leash with you.  You had a deadline to meet and now I have one, too.  After you left, the two nice ladies said you probably knew about your upcoming move months ago and made no attempt to find me another good home.  They shook their heads and asked “How could you?”  They are as attentive to us here in the shelter as their busy  schedules  allow.  They feed us, of course, but I lost my appetite days ago.  At first,whenever anyone passed my pen, I rushed to the front, hoping it was you that you had changed your mind — that this was all a bad dream … or I hoped it would at least be someone who cared, anyone who might save me. When I realized I could not compete with the frolicking for attention of happy puppies, oblivious to their own fate, I retreated to a far corner and waited.

I heard her footsteps as she came for me at the end of the day, and I padded along the aisle after her to a separate room.  A blissfully quiet room. She placed me on the table and rubbed my ears, and told me not to worry.     My heart pounded in anticipation of what was to come, but there was also a sense of relief.  The prisoner of love had run out of days.  As is my nature, I was more concerned about her.  The burden which she bears weighs heavily on her, and I know that, the same way I knew your every mood.  She gently placed a  turniquet around my foreleg as a tear ran down her cheek.  I licked her hand in the same way I used to comfort you so many years ago.  She expertly slid the hypodermic needle into my vein.  As I felt the sting and the cool liquid coursing through my body, I lay down sleepily, looked into her kind eyes and murmured “How could you?”

Perhaps because she understood my dogspeak, she said “I’m so sorry.” She hugged me, and  hurriedly explained it was her job to make sure I went to a better place, where I wouldn’t be ignored or abused or abandoned, or have to fend for myself — a place of love and light so very different from this earthly place.  And with my last bit of energy, I tried to convey to her with a thump of my tail that my “How could you?” was not directed at her.  It was you, My Beloved Master, I was thinking of.  I will  think of you and wait for you forever.  May everyone in your life continue to show you so much loyalty.

The End

A note from the author:
If “How Could You?” brought tears to your eyes as you read it, as it did to mine as I wrote it, it is because it is the composite story of the millions of formerly owned pets who die each year in American and  Canadian animal shelters.  Anyone is welcome to distribute the essay for a noncommercial purpose, as long as it is properly attributed with the copyright notice.

Please use it to help educate, on your websites, in newsletters, on animal shelter and vet office bulletin boards.  Tell the public that the decision to add a pet to the family is an important one for life, that animals deserve our love and sensible care, that finding another appropriate home for your animal is your responsibility and any local humane society or animal welfare league can offer you good advice, and that all life is precious.  Please do your part to stop the killing, and encourage all spay & neuter campaigns in order to prevent unwanted animals.

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“I looked at all the caged animals in the shelter…the cast-offs of human society. I saw in their eyes love and hope, fear and dread, sadness and betrayal. And I was angry. “God,” I said, “this is terrible! Why don’t You do something?” God was silent for a moment and then He spoke softly. “I have done something,” He replied. “I created YOU.” ~ Jim Willis ~

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels.  I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.

I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the overworked shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.

I would promise to keep her safe.
I would promise to always be by her side.
I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.

I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.

by Janine Allen