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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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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

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

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

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Bacall and and her babies.

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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- (female) sensitive, vocal and affectionate.
Lillian- (female) independent, coy, intelligent.
Pickles- (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.

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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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


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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.

 

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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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Chloe

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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. 

Rex


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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Ryker

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.

Daphne poses pretty with her 2 foster dog siblings

Daphne poses pretty with her 2 foster dog siblings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

 

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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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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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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.

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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.

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

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

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 ~