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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Shelter staff named me EMMYLOU and I am a spayed female, black and white Labrador Retriever mix.  I have been at the shelter since October 9th, 2014, and I have been available for adoption since October 14, 2014.  The shelter thinks I am about 4 months old, so here comes the standard 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.

Now that that’s over, “Your Mission, should you decide to accept it, is to scoot on over to the Westside Shelter and adopt me, but tarry NOT, because Lab puppies are adopted very quickly.  If you procrastinate you will be too late.

For more information about Emmylou, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1706195

My name is KNIGHT and I am a neutered male, black and white, about 4 years old Labrador Retriever mix.  I have been available for adoption since the day I arrived at the shelter on October 21, 2014.  You are looking for a dog. I am looking for a new forever home.  It sounds like we were made for each other.  I can hardly wait for the end of our first day together when you say point to my bed and say. “Good night. Knight.”
For more information about this Knight, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1707037

Shelter staff named me JIMMY and I am a neutered male, black and white Flat-Coated Retriever mix.  The shelter thinks I am about 9 months old.  I have been at the shelter since September 26th, 2014 and I have been available for adoption since October 1st, 2014.  OK, it’s time to get serious here, guys.  A great dog, like me, still here?  Let’s get with it out there!  Stop looking at me on your computer and come see me in person.  You can do it.  I’m counting on you.
For more information about Jimmy, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Eastside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1705356

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When it rains it pours, as they say. Little Hudson is the latest pup to join the Luvin’ Labs family under very unfortunate circumstances. This 8 month old puppy was hit by a car on September 15th and suffered a fracture. He will need an femoral head ostectomy to alleviate pain from his injuries. His owner was in a very tight financial situation, and decided that the best decision was to surrender Hudson. A dog with serious orthopedic injuries and no one to pay the bills would all too often be euthanized but, once again, we were not about to let that happen. Hudson is one of the sweetest pups we’ve ever met and he has been such a wonderful and tolerant patient. He has never met a person he didn’t love.

We know that once Hudson heals from this surgery, he will make some person very, very lucky. For the moment though, we are focused on getting him well and helping him to heal.

We rescue. We do not turn our backs on an injured dog or a dog in desperate need because that is the antithesis of what it means to rescue. So, once again, we must ask our friends to help us pay the bills so that we can continue to advocate for and rescue those without voices. Please help us by making a tax deductable donation. Every little bit helps. Thank you, as always, from the bottom of our heart.

UPDATE 10/12/14: It’s been nearly two weeks since Hudson’s FHO operation and this little guy is a rock star! Everything went extremely well and he is recovering so nicely. He loves to be petted and has a such a sweet personality- he hasn’t stopped wagging since he woke up from the surgery. hudson4

 

If you prefer to make a secure donation via our website please go to http://www.luvinlabs.com/donate/ or you can mail a donation to:
Lodestar Dog Ranch
PO Box 52212
Albuquerque, NM 87181

All funds raised are used solely to treat the medical expenses of the intended animals. Lodestar Dog Ranch (www.luvinlabs.com) is a     501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered with the state of New Mexico and all donations are tax-deductible.

Rex

How much is one life worth? We can’t answer that question. We just know when we received a call that our boy Rex had to have surgery, or we had to let him go, we decided he deserved a chance to live on the faith and the hope that help would somehow materialize.

Our beautiful boy Rex, who has been patiently waiting for his foster or forever home in boarding, had major surgery yesterday. When Marita went to boarding she noticed he was drooling and lethargic. Poor Rex was rushed immediately to the good folks at Good Shepherd Animal Clinic who, after an exam and xrays, determined that he was suffering from bloat and needed immediate surgery. He had a 180 degree torsion and his abdominal cavity was filled with fluid. He had emergency surgery and is currently critical for the next 72 hours. Rex needs your prayers, hopes, good wishes, and he desperately needs a foster home to recover in. Can you help us by asking friends and family if they can foster? Can you help us offset the unexpected high cost of his surgery?

10/2/2014 UPDATE Rex is feeling better! His foster mom sent us this update:

Rex is recovering very well from his surgery, and is so happy to be feeling better.  His tail never stops wagging (literally).  Rex is very responsive to touch, and melts when we pet him.  He has a very unassuming attitude and is very thankful when we spend time with him.  Rex is very well behaved and does what he is told.  He is very polite to my dogs and is starting to enjoy their company.  As Rex’s activity level has increased, I have noticed that he has a high drive when he is loose in the backyard.  He is displaying characteristics of a bird dog who wants to “flush” critters to chase.  Rex is tall and thin with a lot of energy.  He would make a great running partner or tennis ball chaser.  Once Rex has expended his energy, he usually naps the rest of the day with our dogs.

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This is the only picture we have of Lainey (the yellow girl) at the moment.  Here she is pictured with her kennelmate, Megan who was also rescued by Luvin' Labs.

Lainey (yellow lab) is pictured with her kennelmate, Megan who was also rescued by Luvin’ Labs.

Meet our beautiful Lainey … made a bit more special because she’s a piece of our beautiful new mexico sky in her eyes … Lainey comes to us from a very rural new mexico shelter where she took care of sweet Megan, who is possibly her daughter. Being in the midst of a shelter sure didn’t affect this sweet girl’s disposition … she’s still as sweet as they come. If you are looking for a loving companion who get’s along with other dogs how about considering fostering or being a forever home for miss Lainey? We know she’ll return your love two fold.

If you are interested in meeting Lainey 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 Lainey call (505) 362-0331.

Bogie

Bogie is an incredibly handsome Lab/ Catahoula mix.

Chivalrous is a word we have probably never used to describe one of our labs. Bogie is one of the most chivalrous dogs we’ve ever heard of, and the fact that he is part of our family makes us so very proud. You see, Bogie is one of those guys who takes commitment and fatherhood very seriously. When he got the news that after a romantic evening with a lovely lady dog named Bacall, she was expecting his litter, he told the other guys that he had to put the shenanigans on hold for a bit while he took care of his responsibilities. Responsibilities, you ask? Bogie and Bacall were dogs on the lam and this boy somehow understood that he needed to step up to the plate: he had to protect, find food and find shelter for Bacall and his future puppies. He navigated her through the East Mountains, scavenged for food and safe places for them to bed down at night… and he never, ever let anyone come near Bacall…that is, until it was time for her to deliver. The day before what turned out to be a complicated delivery, Bogie was “found by sheer chance” (he totally knew what he was doing), by a volunteer from the East Mountain Pet Alert- he thought she seemed trustworthy. The rest is history. The next day Bogie and Bacall had 7 beautiful, healthy puppies.

Originally we felt strongly that these two lovebirds needed to be together. But after everyone was safe, Bogie let out a deep sigh, and it became apparent that his strong connection to Bacall was one born out of a sense of responsibility. It was clear Bogie and Bacall were going to be fine moving on in their own directions. FYI- We see a book tour or maybe some “pup-lic” speaking engagements on the importance of fathers in their puppy’s lives in Bogies future;-)

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 fostering the pair and their pups call (505) 362-0331.

Bacall

Bacall

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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We are excited to introduce some very special puppies who are ready for adoption! These pups are Lab/ Catahoula mixes. Their parents, Bogie and Bacall, are more than ready to be empty nesters… and the little Rugrats are looking forward to finding their new forever homes!

Tommy- (male) kinda shy but very active and playful.
Chucky- (male) shy and timid but warms up fast. Playful.
Dillion (pending)- (male) full of energy, very active and playful, likes to chew. Curious!
Phillip- (male) timid, gentle but warms up quickly. Energetic.
Angelica- (pending)(female) sensitive, vocal and affectionate.
Lillian- (female) independent, coy, intelligent.
Pickles- (pending)(female) feisty, brave, confident.

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 any of these puppies 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 them call (505) 362-0331.

Nolan

Little Lab puppy Nolan is approximately 10-12 weeks and, as you can see by picture, he is as cute as a bug and has the most gorgeous eyes. He is a sweet boy who is a bit shy at first meeting but he warms up quickly and he’s just now learning play with the other dogs in his foster home. Nolan’s foster family is also beginning to work with him on house training and crate training.

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 little Nolan 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 them call (505) 362-0331.

 

Megan

This adorable little labby face belongs to Megan. She was rescued from a high-kill rural shelter to honor a beautiful angel named Mindy, who lost her battle to seizures.

Magan is 4-6 months old and she’s as sweet as they come. She is awesome with other dogs, loves to play, and is a definite snuggle bug. Her personality is loving, curious, confident and submissive. Megan has the most precious little baby seal face and her coloring is a stunning, sleek ebony black with eyes to match- no photo could ever do this girl justice. She is an absolute delight and she will make a wonderful friend for some lucky person or family. Her temporary foster family says she is most certainly a gift from an angel.

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 Megan 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 Megan call (505) 362-0331.Megan2

Hayden

Beautiful Hayden, left in a high-kill shelter with her BFF with no idea why; at least they had each other for comfort.  Both dogs are doing the “happy dance” today as they both have been rescued, are safe and will soon be looking for those special places called forever homes.  Hayden, a one year old yellow female lab, now calls Luvin’ Labs family.  From what we know she is typical lab…sweet, friendly, and always ready to play.

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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3 yr yellow male * 1 yr black female * 1 yr yellow female * 1 yr yellow female w/BFF 1 yr black male * 2 yr black female * 3 yr black female 2 yr black female * 3 mo yellow male * 3 yr black male female black lab * 2 yr black & yellow labs

 

Good morning friends.

Please take a moment and look at the faces above … personalities, background, health issues … we’ve no idea on any of it. What I can tell you is that each of the pups below has a beautiful labrador loving heart just waiting to bloom. That a bit of patience, good food, help from our good friends at both our vet clinics will reward us with a loyal, loving, happy, beautiful soul who is eternally grateful.

Why am I asking you to ask? Because each of the pups below is currently in extreme danger in the shelters they are in. They are all located in rural shelters with no room, where dogs are put to sleep often times daily.

Can you help us? Can you stretch a bit out of your comfort zone to help us to help those without voices depending on us?

Simply put we need fosters, we need funds. Without either each of the faces you see below will soon, if they are not already, be out of time. They will have their lives ended for their only sin of ending up in a high kill rural shelter that has no room.

Do you have room? Can you open your home and heart temporarily or permanently?

If you are able to help, know someone that can help, or have any suggestions or ideas please let us know.  We are anxiously waiting and hoping our friends can help.

(505) 362-0331 or info@luvinlabs.com

As always, we are eternally grateful to you and your support.

Colleen & all of us at Luvin’ Labs

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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.

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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Bubba

My name is Bubba and I am a 1-year old male yellow Labrador Retriever. I was pulled from a high-kill shelter the very day I was supposed to be euthanized. I’m a very sweet, loving boy and by the looks of me, I suppose you can tell I’ve had a rough run of it here recently. I’m exhausted, stressed and I need a never ending food bowl. I’m ready for a warm, safe home with humans to love me- even if it’s only temporary while I wait for a forever home. Please take a second to see how happy my adopted friends have made all of these people . I hope that I can make someone just as happy.

The Luvin’ Labs folks said NM shelters are bursting at the seams with Labs right now and they are pleading for fosters. Please don’t let the lump in your throat or the tears in your eyes stop you from helping. If you can’t foster you can help just by sharing our bios with your friends and family.

If you are interested in meeting Bubba 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.


Rory

Hi, I’m Rory! I am three and a half months old and I’m looking for my forever family. My foster family has raised me since I was three weeks old and I am used to having people with me all day, so I am looking for a family who has lots of time to spend with me. I’m a very smart girl. I know how to sit and lay down and I am working on come and stay. I’m not quite potty trained yet, but I’m working on that too. Next to cuddling with my people, belly rubs are my favorite things in the world. I sleep in a kennel at night, but during the day, there is no better place to be than by your side. If you have lots of time to spend with me, and you are interested in meeting my cuteness, please fill out an adoption application.

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 Rory  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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Marley and Sara

How’s this for a deal? Two Labs in one cuddly, playful, Luvin’ package! Marley (male, age 3) and Sara (female, age 2) are truly stunning dogs and both appear to be purebred Labrador Retrievers. Marley and Sara are a bonded pair-  they came to us as BFF’s and we promised them that we would find them a forever home together. Both dogs are very friendly with everyone they meet, know basic commands and are good with other dogs. Looking for some couch cuddlers? Maybe a couple of friends to keep you motivated to put on your shoes and go for that walk when the temperature drops? Well, you’re in luck! Lounging on the couch and going for walks are just two of Marley and Sara’s many favorite activities.

We know a dog is a big commitment. However, most dogs are happiest with a canine friend. So give these two a second look, and maybe arrange to meet them.

If you are interested in meeting Marley and Sara 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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Sara

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Raphael

Rachael had only one day to find rescue from a very high kill shelter; fortunately Luvin’ Labs found out about her plight and she is now safe and on her way to Albuquerque.  Sometimes the need to save someone like Rachael doesn’t give us time to make a plan for a place to go…we need someone to step up for her and offer foster.  She’s 8 years old and quite the gorgeous gal.

Update 10/14 from her temporary foster:  “She is very mellow. She likes to play catch with stuffed toys. She likes her walks, but gets a bit tired on a long walk. She is not an early riser.  When I left her at home alone for a couple of hours, she was fine. I checked in on her after the first hour and all was well. She is quiet. She only barked when my husband came home. She took her pill very easily in a piece of cheese. She did not jump up on furniture, but did jump into the front seat of the car. Well behaved overall and very sweet.”

Did you know if you volunteer to foster a L.L. dog and decide you cannot say goodbye you can adopt your pup and be his forever home?  We ♥ fosters.

If you are interested in meeting Rachael 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.

 

Rachael’s freedom ride

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 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.

Sam


Dean

Wow! This boy will surely turn some heads. His name is Sam and he is an 8 month old lab mix. Sam was surrendered to a rural shelter along with his buddy Dean when his owner had to move out of state and couldn’t take the dogs. Fortunately the owner was able to provide some helpful information about Sam that might help him find a wonderful new home where he can live happily ever after. We were told that Sam is housebroken and has been around children and that he is a good family dog. Sam is also good with other dogs- very active and playful, and he even knows some basic commands (‘sit’ and ‘come here’). His former owner says he is very timid around new people and situations but once he warms up he is very friendly. Even though the Sam was surrendered with his friend, these two young dogs will adjust quickly to life apart so they can be adopted separately (that is unless you just happen to be looking for two handsome, fun-loving boys!)

Think Sam might just be the perfect dog for you? Well don’t delay because this sweet boy can hardly wait to find his forever home! If you are interested in meeting Sam 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.

 

Sam leans in to give his friend a little kiss.

Sam leans in to give his friend a little kiss ♥

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Wow! This handsome boy with the hypnotic eyes is Dean. Word is that 1 year old labby boy Dean is housebroken, likes other dogs, loves to play, knows how to sit, stay and come (responds to both verbal commands and hand gestures), and would make a good family dog. Oh, and he is learning to fetch! So, basically what his former owner was saying when he left this sweet boy at the shelter, is that Dean is an amazing young dog. His owner moved out of state and left Dean and his buddy Sam at the shelter. The boys are young and very resilient so they can be adopted separately. We think Dean (and his friend Sam) sound like fantastic pups so if you are interested, don’t delay.

If you are interested in meeting Dean 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 Allie.  She’s had a few rough weeks, but things are looking up!  We don’t know her full background, but she somehow ended up on the streets as a stray, spent some time in the shelter (JAIL!), and had some medical stuff done, but is now an honored member of the Luvin’ Labs family and looking for a forever home.  Allie is very sweet and at 7 years old, is a perfect lab age.    After being sprung from the shelter she made it to a foster home where  she was promptly hosed down, and told she now smells like flowers.  Hmph!  She was really good and stood still, and really enjoyed the towel drying part and a roll in the grass when done. She has  figured out the doggie door and has been very good in the house.  She’s not too sure about cats, but doesn’t seem to have ever really met one – she seemed pretty confused by this thing all puffed up and hissing at her.  She didn’t react, just walked away.  Allie is just settling in, but would be delighted to meet her new forever human(s) as soon as you are ready for her!

10/16/2014 Update from Allie’s Foster:  Allie is a wonderful girl, very sweet, extremely mellow and so friendly.  She loves being inside and just spending time with the family.  She loves the adventure of going, is very curious and rides well in a car.  While she enjoys time with her foster lab brothers, she is probably more of a people dog.  She’s crate trained and learning basic commands.  A one word description for Allie…perfect!    

If you are interested in meeting Allie 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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Madix

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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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RexRex is a 3-4 year old male black labby boy who loves to make us smile. He’s an eternal optimist and as far as we can tell, absolutely nothing gets him down. Rex can be mellow and he also really 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 some of  the other adoptable Luvin’ Labs dogs. 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. 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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RomeoThis handsome heart throb is Romeo and he is 18 months old. Romeo is a fantastic dog and his previous owner describes him as sweet, loving and very affectionate. He definitely loves the ladies, but will take some time in seeing man as his best friend.  Currently, a male volunteer is working with him and in 3 short weeks, they have become wonderful friends.  He is looking for a family with a soft spoken man who shows him that life is good and safe and full of dog treats.  He has never been around small children, but with his kind and gentle spirit, it’s hard to believe he wouldn’t love them. Romeo is OK on a leash (pulls a little when he is excited), knows basic commands and is housebroken.  He loves to fetch his soft toys and sometimes even entertains himself by tossing them in the air.  Sweet Romeo 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!

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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Located in Colorado and available in the Denver area!  How do you do?  Name is Ryker, I’m a male, 5-6 year old yellow lab of the English variety.  What’s an English lab, you say?  Well, I’m told it means I have a big blocky head, typically a little stouter than a “field lab”, and a wrinkly face.  I call them wisdom lines.   I’m new to this Luvin’ Labs gig and getting settled in, but already I’m liking all the attention and just being out of the shelter.   I’m glad they found me and all….but I’m the kind of chap that’s looking for a companion and perhaps a shady yard to hang out in.  The lady that sprung me from the shelter thinks I’m pretty good on leash and I did show her that my tail works fine – I was scared, but a lil’ wagging never hurt anyone.  I also am a very good car passenger.   I’d prefer not to stay in boarding too long; I would love to find a forever or foster home – and learn how to trust and love humans.  How about giving me a try?

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.

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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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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

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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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Mandy is a beautiful girl both inside and out!!! She had a well deserved spa day.

Imagine someone cruel enough to dump their senior at a high kill shelter because she just has “too many dogs.” When she was left at the shelter, her coat was badly neglected… but this little lady had a well deserved spa day and, gauging by her tail in the picture above, she feels as great as she looks! Mandy is a sweetie pie and a total love (who adores being petted). She is in search of a foster or forever home where a loving someone will give her a comfy dog bed and some nice walks to help her regain her girlish figure. Please help us to find this lovely, deserving girl a home where she can feel what real love is.

If you are interested in meeting Mandy 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.

This is how Mandy’s former owner left her at the shelter… Underneath that neglected coat she is perfect beauty!

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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 nine 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, 9 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 11 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 house trained and 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.  She’s in good physical shape for a senior.  She knows basic commands such as sit and stay.”

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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 I am the grandmother your other dog has always wished for. My name is Annabel and I am 12 years young. To be fair, I am very fond of less mature pups (I get along well with other dogs) but I’m darn sure not going to sit back and watch while they hog the spotlight (I plan to be around for awhile and I am a spunky girl). I am good with children and cats and I love to be affectionate with people. I am spayed, house trained and I can use a dog door. I don’t jump or dig either. I really enjoy walks and my foster mom says that with some careful conditioning I will be the one whipping you into shape. It’s clear she has already fallen for my charm and spirit and she says that the family who ends up with me will be lucky because I am an awesome dog. Basically, I’m perfect… So what are you waiting for?

If you are interested in meeting Annabel 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 an 8 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.  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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Want to help make a difference to the Labrador Retrievers in our program? We’ve two easy ways below … 
  
Sign up for a one time donation at the Paypal (paypal link at the bottom of the page).

Or sign up to be a monthly donor through our monthly donor Paypal program (monthly donor link below, select the amount from the drop down then click on the large “monthly donation” button).

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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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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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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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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We are Thor (white) and Dharma (red), a pair of sweethearts looking for a new home.  We are very playful and love toys as well as other dogs.  Our owner recently lost his battle with cancer and his final wish for them was that they find a new loving home. We take a bit of time to warm up to new people, but we are great cuddlers once we do.  We are a matched set and must be adopted together!  We are looking forward to falling in love with you.  If you are interested in meeting us please call Santa Fe Tails at (505) 820-0731.

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

Marlo

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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Remo and Evie

Meet 7 year old lab/hound cross pups and best buddies Remo (male) and Evie (female). These two dogs love people of all ages, although Evie can be a bit shy around new people until she gets to know them. Evie and Remo are good with other dogs and they are excellent with cats (their other BFF happens to be a cat). Remo’s current owner describes him as extremely loving, gentle, friendly and eager to please. Evie is described as a gentle and friendly girl. Both have been through obedience training and are OK on leashes, except for they have a tendency to pull.  These two dogs have excellent manners- they don’t jump to greet, are not food or toy aggressive and they don’t dig or have issues with separation anxiety. They’re also both spayed/neutered.

Evie and Remo are a bonded pair and have been best friends since they were tiny pups so their owner feels it is important to find them a home together.  Maybe you could arrange to meet these two sweet dogs and see for yourself what a great pair they are!

If you are interested in meeting Remo and Evie 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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Meet Missy, a 13 year old female Yellow Lab. Missy is a deserving senior looking for a forever foster or forever home. She is blind and nearly deaf, however, she is intuitive and gets around well. She is able to use a doggy door and able to feel the warmth of the sun finding a spot to nap for bit when outside. Missy has a lifetime of experience specializing in love and loyalty and she can nap with the best of them. Her desire is to have a retired person navigate life’s journey with her. 

Please take a close look at this deserving gem. Missy is UTD on vaccinations, chipped and spayed.

Please contact Don Helfrich (dondoberman@gmail.com) for additional information.

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.

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Besides being so awesome cute, I’m also friendly and get along with other dogs.  I’m a 2 year old yellow female lab and I can’t understand why I haven’t been chosen.  I realize there are a lot of dogs here at the shelter, but look how cute I am.  I’ll be your forever friend and my antics will always bring a smile to your face.  If you are interested in meeting me I’m currently at the animal shelter in Aztec going by the name ID 19-22988.  Call (505) 334-6819 or stop by 825 Sabena St in Aztec…you won’t be sorry!

Shelter staff named me ANNIE and I am a spayed female, brown, about 1 year and 3 months old Labrador Retriever mix.  I have been at the shelter since August 14, 2014, but I have only been available for adoption since August 21, 2014.  I sure the shelter folks were hoping that my owner would show up looking for me, but afeter waiting a week they decided to give me a chance to meet my potential new owner.  Chocolate Lab mixes rarely show up at the shelter so I anticipate have several offers of a new forever home to choose from, so tarry not.  Hurry over to the Westside Shelter while I’m still available.
For more information about Annie, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1690371

 

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Percy, a handsome 8 year old black lab used to have a home; when he got separated from his family he just knew that they would come get him.  As he was microchipped, the shelter gave them a call, but they never responded.   Now Percy sits in an over-crowded shelter just waiting.  He loves to play and gets along great with other dogs.  We can’t just let this good dog become a statistic.  If you can offer Percy that home he longs for please visit the Aztec Animal Shelter, 825 Sabena St., Aztec, NM or call (505) 334-6819.

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

My name is MAXIMILLIAN and I am a neutered male, about 4 years old, black German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever.  I have been available for adoption since I arrived at the shelter on July 13th, 2014.
For more information about MAXIMILLIAN , call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1695060

 

My name is TUCKER and I am a neutered male, about 6 years old, brown and black Rottweiler and Labrador Retriever mix.  I have been available for adoption since I arrived at the shelter on July 02, 2014.  To learn more about me, you really need to come visit me.
For more information about Tucker, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975

Ask for information about animal ID number A1699105

 

TENNIS is a neutered male, white and brown, 5 years old Labrador Retriever mix.  He gets excited and happy so he jumps out of the kennel when he is taken out, but then he is mostly mellow.  He  pulls intermittently on his leash. Folks need to watch fingers when giving Tennis  treats.   He is really thin even though shelter is feeding him frequently.   He eats his too fast and is very focused on it so he likely needs to be separated from other dogs for eating when adopted.  He seems Dog Friendly thru fence, mostly not interested in the other dogs. Tennis enjoys petting, did well when he got a bath earlier in the week.  He has been at the shelter and available for adoption since April 24, 2014.
For more information about Rocky, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1693988

 

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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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Adopted! 8/8/14  Dandy is an 7 year old male border collie/lab mix with a tail that curls up behind him. He is in great shape, he is housetrained, fine with cats, other dogs, walks great on a leash, familiar with dog door… just a really good dog. He would be great as an only dog, or would be fine in a home with another dog. Dandy came from a home where he was an only dog and his owner was not able to take care of him anymore. He loves being an inside/outside dog and would make someone a fabulous friend.

If you are interested in meeting Dandy 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 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