Archive for the 'Available Dogs – Luvin’ Labs' Category

Guess what? We’ve rescued and rehomed almost 90 dogs in 2015 to date! And while we’ve been quiet on the fundraising front the past few months, our need to raise money to continue our mission to rescue NM labs is tremendous. As you might imagine, with 90 dogs to vet, the bills are piling up.

Your donations will be used to help two of our latest additions to the Luvin’ Labs family: Mosley, who came to us from a high kill shelter and just had surgery on his injured hip, and Eliza who has tested positive for heartworm and will need to begin treatments soon… anything above and beyond our goal that we receive will go toward our never-ending stack of vet bills.

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Mosley, only a puppy at 9 months old, somehow ended up the Roswell shelter where a miracle group of friends of Luvin’ Labs pulled him and fostered him locally for two weeks prior to his arrival in Albuquerque. He has since had his FHO surgery to repair his badly injured leg, and is currently recovering from ehrlichia, which is an illness caused by ticks. Sweet, loving, cuddly and forgiving … Mosley is looking for his forever or foster home.

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Pretty black lab Eliza came in from a rural shelter in Northern New Mexico where she was walked daily by volunteer special needs kiddos who fell in love with her sweet, gentle nature. Eliza is happiest when she can be near people and will sit in your lap if you let her. Like so many of the dogs we rescue, she is heartworm positive and will require a series of expensive and painful injections. Eliza will need a quiet place where she can rest while she undergoes treatment. She is also looking for her forever or foster home.

Please can you donate to help these two? Every donation, no matter how small, helps give these amazing dogs that we fight so hard to save every day, their second chance at a happy life. Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts.

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.

 

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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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Together we can save one soul at a time.
 

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My name’s Cassie and I’m almost 4 months old.  My friend Jericho- his mom is one of the ladies who runs the rescue- tells us that in addition to being extremely cute and cuddly, I am extra special just like him! You see, I was born with a heart condition- Jericho says my heart beat to it’s very own special rhythm.  My heart means that Luvin’ Labs is looking for extraordinary humans that are willing to love me unconditionally.  I am so young that the vet isn’t sure if my heart rhythm will cause me any problems long term or not, so for now I am just doing what puppies do best- exploring and napping!  Jericho says he is just like any other dog but that his mom loves and spoils him extra because she sees every day with him as a very special blessing.  My paws are crossed that I’ll be adopted by a human just like Jericho’s mom!

From her foster mom:  Cassie is doing just great!  She is house and crate trained, knows sit and is working on wait, and always comes when called.  She loves our 2 older labs and would love a doggie playmate in her new forever home!  She’s  just a typical active puppy who loves toys, cuddling when tired, very talkative and just the sweetest, cutest puppy you have ever seen.

We are committed to finding Cassie the best home possible.  She MUST stay in the Albuquerque area through diagnostics, the first six months of her life.  She MAY require extensive, exhaustive, continual medical care which will be the sole responsibility of her adopter.  Luvin Labs is COMMITTED to seeing that these needs will be met in any potential adoptive home.

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 Cassie 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 10 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Elton is a big handsome 3-1/2 year old yellow lab whose favorite activity is playing fetch.  He always displays a happy mood and loves everybody…other dogs, kids and adults.  However, as he’s never been around cats we’re not so sure of his affection for them.  Elton weighs in at over 90 pounds and just wants to be your best friend.  He knows not to jump on his person, but tends to “dance” around them.  He’ll jump to catch a frisbee, but that’s it…he shows no interest in jumping a fence.  His owners got him as a tiny pup, but now their living situation has changed and Elton is looking for a new home.  Until that time he’s part of the Luvin’ Labs family hoping to find a foster or forever home very soon.  Elton has been an outside dog most of his life so he probably needs some remedial training in house manners, but he’s smart and eager to learn.  If you’re interested in adding a happy handsome yellow lab to your family, Elton is your guy!

If you are interested in meeting Elton 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 10 days. Should you have additional questions or want to foster him call (505) 362-0331.

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Homeless?  Not for long we hope as this young pup has it all except a home.  Sharona is about a year old, petite (46 pounds), happy and playful.  Sharona never met a stranger, either human or canine; she gets along with everybody.  She’s smart and eager to learn more, listens intently to everything she’s told.  Sharona is ready to do some serious cuddling with you.  If you are interested in meeting Sharona 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 10 days.  Should you have additional questions or want to talk about fostering call (505) 362-0331.

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“All of my love…All of my kissin’…You don’t know what you’ve been a-missin’

Oh boy, when you’re with me…Oh boy, the world can see

That you, were meant, for me”

Meet Luvin’ Labs own Buddy Holly, the sweetest 8 year old black lab looking for that special someone.  Buddy gets along with everybody…human and canine alike!  He’s looking for a companion that will appreciate his maturity and wisdom that can only come with age.  If you are interested in meeting Buddy Holly 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 10 days. Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Meet Kodiak…our big handsome boy with a surprise. Kodiak is deaf, but follows directions through hand signals. He’s just learning the basics, but is super smart and eager to learn more. Kodiak gets along great with others dogs and just can’t get enough human attention. And believe me, when you meet this guy the first thing you’ll want to do is give him a great big hug…he is that lovable! Kodiak is 7 years old and just wants a home he can call his own. We’ll be looking for an adopter with another dog to be a companion to Kodiak.

If you are interested in meeting Kodiak 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 10 days. Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Rowen is a remarkably resilient, spunky 7 year old female lab/catahoula cross. Sweet Ms. Rowen waited patiently for over two months in a rural shelter and even though she was marked as “urgent” and running out of time weeks before we were able to spring her from the shelter, somehow she was able to repeatedly convince the staff to give her just one more day. The day we showed up and told her about her temporary foster home, Rowen did an amazing little happy dance and thanked us with lots of happy nuzzles… and then she went and planted herself at the door and stared outside without blinking. She was totally focused and she wouldn’t budge. Rowen was letting us know that the only direction she intended to go, was out that door. The staff at the shelter tells us she has never met a stranger and that she is a very social, loving girl who is good with other dogs. Older shelter dogs are lots of wonderful things, but mostly they are just grateful.

If you are interested in meeting Rowen 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 10 days.  Should you have additional questions  call (505) 362-0331.

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Petite, cute, sweet…all the perfect adjectives to describe Luvin’ Labs girl Eliza.  While this adorable one year old likes other dogs, she adores people…would rather just hang out with her human friends than do just about anything else.  And she has good manners, always sits and waits to be let out of her kennel.  Unfortunately Eliza’s previous owners did not feel it necessary to keep her on heart worm preventive and she tested positive for heart worms, something we see a lot of now.  Luvin’ Labs will provide the treatment to get rid of those heart worms so Eliza can lead a normal and healthy life.  Before we start her treatment we want to find her a foster or forever home where she can be ensured lots of TLC during her month-long recovery.  As Eliza is pretty mellow her recovery should be a breeze!

7/4/2015 Update from Our Volunteer:  “And this is Eliza…probably the sweetest dog on earth. She just wants her own people! Eliza spends most of her time in the play yard begging for pets and hugs. She’s a low energy, yet young dog looking for a foster, but more preferably a forever home.  she is such a pretty girl, beautiful eyes and so incredibly sweet.  She would be the perfect companion dog for someone needing a nice soothing, quiet, calm friend.”

If you are interested in meeting Eliza 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 10 days.  Should you have additional questions  or be interested in fostering Eliza call (505) 362-0331.

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This sweet boy needs a foster home. In search of the perfect companion who truly can be a lap dog?  That just might be Luvin’ Labs Moseley.  He’s 9-10 months old and on the small size as labs go.  He loves people, other dogs, treats and toys.  It’s hard to believe that this sweet young pup spent 7 long days in a frightening high kill shelter (Moseley was rescued on the 8th day which would have been his final day on earth) and still displays a gentle trust to all he meets.  If you are interested in meeting Moseley 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 10 days.  Should you have additional questions  call (505) 362-0331.

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Poor  precious Sammie is a senior Lab who has surely been through some hard times recently.    He was found as a stray, very thin and out of time in the shelter when Luvin’ Labs stepped up to help him out.  Sammie got some much needed dental work to help him eat easier and some medical care for his infected ears and is now in a foster home to help him recover and regain his health.

Sammie is a smaller sized, 10 yr old yellow Lab.  He is a very gentle soul… a sweet natured boy who really appreciates any kindness he receives.   He loves being in the house with you and is happy to nap near you or put his sweet face in your lap to be petted.  He sleeps all night in his crate.

Sammie gets along with other dogs and has shown no interest in the cat.   If you want a gentle walking companion, this boy is wonderful.   He walks right at your side and doesn’t pull on the leash at all, so he must have had some training at some time in his past.  He must have been someone’s pet, but no one came for him in the shelter.

Sammie deserves to have a nice home where he can be loved and cared for.  He just wants to be safe and have plenty of good food and a nice bed to sleep in with a family to share his golden years with.  Luvin’ Labs is committed to find this sweet dog a family to love him.   He will return that love many times over.

If you are interested in meeting Sammie 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 10 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Meet our big boy Oscar…his personality is as big as he is…but our plan calls for him to keep the huge personality, but lose a little of that weight.  We know with a good diet and plenty of exercise he’ll soon be at his best.

Oscar joined the Luvin’ Labs family last week, but we already can tell you this much about him–is very mellow, 6-7 years old, neutered great boy. He is heavy (123 pounds), but moves out well and rides great in the car.  Loves people and did fine with all his temporary foster’s male and female dogs..no separation anxiety seen.

If you are interested in meeting Oscar 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 10 days.  Should you have additional questions  call (505) 362-0331.

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

2/19/2015 Update from his foster mom:  Rex came to our house just after he had his surgery for his stomach torsion/bloat.  Due to the extent of the surgery, it took him several weeks to recover.  He is now fully recovered and doing great.  As you can see in his video, he is healthy enough to play fetch with his favorite tennis ball.  In fact, he participates in some sort of daily exercise including: fetch, walks, hikes, and runs. He loves to chase my dogs around until they all get tired and nap for the rest of the day.  
  
During Rex’s surgery, the vet performed a procedure to ensure his stomach didn’t torque again.  I am told he will live a normal, active life as long as his forever family understands that he may need monitoring of his food/water intake.  All this means is that he will do better with smaller, more frequent meals (2-3 times a day).  In addition, he shouldn’t drink an entire bowl of water and then run around like a crazy puppy.  This has been very easy for me to manage. 
  
I hope that someone interested in a fabulous dog, is willing to consider Rex.  He has been a wonderful house guest and a great canine companion to my dogs.  He has learned basic commands and has shown an ability to do well in nose work classes. He has such an amazing ability to learn, he would do well in any dog training activity.  He is very loyal and really wants to bond with someone who needs a forever Labrador friend.  If you are looking for a dog that will make you smile everyday, then Rex is the one. 

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 7 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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My eldery owner thought that feeding me table scraps and just sitting around all day was good for me, but I can tell you that loosing this extra weight is going to be no fun if I have to do it on my own.  I’m looking for a new home where I’ll get lots of exercise and good quality food made especially for dogs…no more table scraps for me!  And I’d like nothing better than to have a new best friend who wants to help me lose this weight by walking, playing fetch and just enjoying the outdoors together.  I need to loose about 25 pounds, but that’s easy if you have a partner.  If you think that might be you just ask to meet me…Grainger.  I’m a 7 year old chocolate male and I’m friendly to everyone…dogs and people alike.

From Grainger’s Foster Mom….

Grainger is a wonderful, sweet, big bear of a chocolate Lab.   He has a personality of gold…. such a kind boy.   He is my chocolate shadow wherever I go, and keeps a close eye on his foster Mom..  Nothing makes him happier than to be right at your side.   He gets so happy when he sees his people.   Grainger is still trying to lose some extra weight, but he absolutely LOVES his walk and is a pleasure to walk with.   He is willing to walk slow for people who need a slower pace, but will walk faster too.  Although a big strong dog, he is very nice on the leash.  He still needs a good diet and exercise program to get his weight back to normal, but he is well on his way.

He has very nice manners with other dogs. He really likes to have a dog companion to keep him company when he can’t be with his people.  Grainger is easy going and calm.   He is doing well with his foster dog brothers and sisters.  

This big sweet boy attaches quickly and is really wanting a family of his own.   He bounces around when excited but usually doesn’t really jump on people.  He is sleeping well in his crate at night and LOVES to be in the house with you.  He is a gentle dog with loving eyes that just beg to be your best friend.  He is waiting for his special family to find him!   

If you are interested in meeting Grainger 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 10 days.  Should you have additional questions  call (505) 362-0331.

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This is Coco. She is 7 years old (aka the perfect lab age), and she is a purebred chocolate lab.  Her previous family was moving and unable to take this special girl with them.  Coco is sweet, loving, friendly and she is great with kids. She loves to play catch and go for walks, is excellent on a leash, doesn’t dig or jump fences, isn’t food or toy aggressive, and doesn’t ever nip or bite. Lovely Coco gets along with other dogs and her best friend was a chihuahua so she would do well in a home with small dogs. She is housebroken and has excellent manners in the house. Coco has diabetes. If you have ever cared for an animal with diabetes, you know that as long as her diabetes is managed, she is just like any other 7 year old dog and she has many great years ahead of her. This wonderful girl is anxious to find a new forever home.

If you are interested in meeting Coco click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 10 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Hubble is just one of those dogs you want to hug and squeeze.  Her elder owner was forced to move into an assisted living facility and sweet Hubble was confined to a crate during the last year.  No longer free to do all her favorite things…free to roam her own house, free to enjoy the great outdoors, free to take walks with her best friend (and she’s great on a leash), free to play with other dogs.  Hubble is now a Luvin’ Labs dog and is taking advantage of her new environment away from a crate and anxious to find a new loving forever home.  Hubble has perfect house manners and responds well to many commands.  She’s 8 years young and on the small size for a lab.  While Hubble gets along with other dogs, she also loves people and would be happy as an only dog.

If you are interested in meeting Hubble 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 10 days. Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Hubble meets a new friend

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What a tragic loss for 7-8 year old chocolate Java has suffered…living the good life with a loving and seemingly healthy owner when he unexpectedly passed away. She desperately misses her human and is anxious to find that same love and security in a new forever home.  Java is an inside dog and would prefer spending time in the house.  She is a little shy around people she doesn’t know, but warms up quickly.  Java loves attention and does well on her own (doesn’t need the companionship of another dog).

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Java click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 10 days.  Should you have additional questions, call (505) 362-0331.

Sienna

Sienna is a 5-6 year old chocolate girl who recently lost the only owner she had known to a sudden illness.  She is an indoor dog and is primarily outside only to use the bathroom.  Sienna is a little shy around people she doesn’t know, but warms up quickly and is good-natured and loving once she has made friends. Her owner was a man, however Sienna does sometimes require a little extra time to warm up to men she has never met. Help us give beautiful Sienna her very own forever home.

If you are interested in meeting Sienna 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 10 days.  Should you have additional questions, call (505) 362-0331.

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

If you are interested in meeting Chloe and Madix click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 7 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Chloe and Madix call (505) 362-0331. 

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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 7 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 7 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Flower call (505) 362-0331.

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Lily is the perfect example of a lab…check out that happy face.  She’s 1-1/2 years old, has excellent house manners and enjoys the company of other dogs.  She loves to play fetch, chase around the yard and catch treats.  Lily is used to exercise as she gets daily walks and rewards that person willing to take the time to walk her but being very proficient on a leash.  Her face lights up when she has the opportunity to spend time with kids.  Lily’s owner got her as a small puppy, but ask us to find her a home as he has joined the military and they won’t let her go with him.

If you are interested in meeting Lily 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 10 days.  Should you have additional questions  call (505) 362-0331.

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Lola is very special to Luvin’ Labs as she has a very special story to tell.  Lola lived in the arroyo off Osuna for over a year.  Everyone who regularly walked or biked the adjacent path knew her; local rescues and neighbors provided her shelter and food.  While she was curious, no one was able to get close to her.  Eventually she was caught and there it was…a microchip.  But sadly the microchip was not registered so no owner could be located.  Lola went to a loving foster family and has become the perfect companion everyone knew she would be.  With their guidance and training she has shown her ability to love and trust again.  Lola loves people, gets along with other dogs, is obedient, playful, energetic, super smart, and house trained.  So why is she looking for a home, either foster or forever?  The foster family has a dominant female dog who recently has decided that Lola has to go.  Lola is just waiting for that perfect forever home to find her!  Whoever that is is going to have a very special best friend.

If you are interested in meeting Lola 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 10 days.  Should you have additional questions or want to talk about fostering call (505) 362-0331.

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7/7/2015 Update from Sebastian’s owner:  After 5 weeks of being out in the wild, Sebastian showed up out of the blue in our front yard howling, wet, starving, and missing an eyebrow!!  Poor baby is so skinny but SO HAPPY to be home!

6/16/2015 Update from Sebastian’s owner: Sebastian was seen running West of Colinas Del Norte elementary into that Mesa past Rainbow. Please share this post let’s try to get him home. If you see him, don’t try to catch him just call me at 505 206 0344. He’s terrified and running from everyone, even me.

Luvin’ Labs Alum “Sebastian” has been missing for 5 days. His brother Kane was found today 6/7/15 (safe!) in the new housing development at Northern & Rainbow in Rio Rancho. He was very happy to see his people, but unable to tell us what happened to his brother. Sebastian is a 3 yrs old black Lab, neutered, microchipped & was wearing a yellow collar with multi colored stripes. Sebastian went missing from his home near Unser & Cherry in RR on 6/2/15. We think he might be somewhere in between his home & where his brother was found. Sebastian can be shy with adults but is friendly with kids. He is a treasured member of his family & he is greatly missed.  Please call (505)206-0344, (505)974-4733 or (505) 362-0331 with any info or sightings!!

 

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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!


“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 ~