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44. What is significant about the number 44, you ask? It represents 44 momentarily vacant shelter kennels. 44 lives saved. 44 New Mexico Labrador Retrievers that have been given a second chance.

We would like you to meet 44 New Mexico Labrador Retrievers that had, at one time, lost hope and belonged to no one. Luvin’ Labs rescued each of them, gave them a safe place to live, fed their hungry bellies, took care of their medical problems, vaccinated them… and then, each of these dogs was chosen to do something special. 44 dogs from our program will become (or have already become) service dogs, skilled companions for children with Autism differences, or wonderfully trained companion pet dogs. All 44 dogs have been transported to Colorado to begin their second act, showing the world what we already know: the origin of a dog does not define it’s potential. Without the ability to transfer these dogs to Freedom Service Dogs and the Colorado Prison Trained K-9 Companion Program, 44 more dogs would have been euthanized.

Both of these programs are reputable, long standing, and highly successful programs who have placed thousands of dogs over the years. We are truly blessed to have had so many dogs accepted and taken in.

Imagine if we could figure out how to keep on finding programs like these and save even more Labrador Retrievers and Labrador Retriever mixes in the state of New Mexico! Imagine us having the ability to help hundreds, maybe thousands more through the efforts of many folks working together. Imagine more labs in loving homes, serving and honoring our returning veterans with PTSD, or helping a child with Autism have a best friend in an otherwise isolating world. Imagine a resource where we are truly able to help more of those without voices whose cries continually go unheard in New Mexico shelters because we have no more room to bring them into the safety of the Luvin’ Labs family. Imagine the possibilities and the lives of those without voices we could help!

We are long on energy but short on the financial resources that it takes to keep up the momentum. That is where you come in. You love dogs, or you wouldn’t be reading this. We ask that you choose one of the 44 furry little loves in our photo gallery and donate any amount in that dog’s name. Your donation will be used to pay it forward, so to speak. Vet bills, boarding, feeding, etc. It will allow us to save 44 more dogs again.

Can you help us keep on helping our Paw Prints to Freedom? Will you help us fund a lab? Can you help us save a life?

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

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

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

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

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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! 

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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A LOVE STORY

by Joyce Lewis

Do you have a favorite love story?  Does it end in tragedy or does it have a “lived happily ever after” ending?  I want to tell you about a love story which is unfolding right now. We are hoping that with the help of some special people, it will have a very happy ending.

This story is about a devoted canine couple, who were struggling to stay together and to survive, and the heroes and heroines who are trying to make sure they are able to do that.

It all started on Sept 1, when two dogs showed up at a home in Cedar Crest.  They were obviously pleading for help;  she, weak and starving;  he, showing tender affection and protection toward her.

Enter our first hero, John, the homeowner, who took food and water to them.  The male let the female eat everything that was offered.  When she slept, he kept watch; when he slept, she did the same.  The male would not let anyone get close.  The two would leave and then come back for food and water.  It was soon discovered that she looked as if she was nursing puppies.  Now came the first understanding of why they had finally asked for the help they so desperately needed.

But where were the puppies?  Had she already nursed them? Was that why she was in such poor condition?  Had the puppies already been found by coyotes?   Would bringing in a magnet dog to search and find where the puppies were hidden help?

This devoted couple, a black Lab and a Lab Catahoula mix, would leave and come back several times that day, and were sleeping on John’s front porch.  It now seemed that she was not actually caring for any pups.  Lily, a volunteer, was standing by in case she was needed to try to trap the two dogs.  If they were taken to a shelter, would they be adopted together?  It was unthinkable that this devoted pair would be separated.

On Tuesday, they were not on the front porch.   John felt from the very beginning of observing them that they were on a mission.  It seemed that they had now resumed that mission and moved on.

Enter Sara, our next heroine:  At 9:00 on Tuesday morning,  Joyce received a surprising call from Sara, a vet tech at Mountain Veterinary clinic.  Sara had taken her children to San Antonito School when she saw two dogs running down the middle of Hwy N. 14, headed north, past the area of School Bus Lane.  Sara turned around, parked, opened her van door and now had them with her at the veterinary office.  They were now safe.  Had their mission been to try to return to the place they once knew as home?

Sara’s opinion was that the female had not been nursing pups, but she was so tense, that she could not be palpated.   The vet clinic would reopen the next day, so a place to house the dogs was necessary.  Enter two more heroines:  Colleen and Cindy who made the arrangements for them to be housed at a vet clinic for a few days.  Sara put them both into her van once more and delivered the canine couple to the good folks at a local vet clinic  in Albuquerque.

And then, everything became clear:  The female delivered seven beautiful babies.  She would never have survived trying to nurse that many pups without adequate food.  The male was suffering from an upper respiratory infection.  Both were suffering from cactus spines and porcupine quills, and scratches to the face. Babies have a beautiful mom, and a handsome, dignified dad, so they are going to be very, very special!!

We have had several human heroes and heroines who have been part of this story thus far. Now, we need many more.  Mama will need a foster family to care for her and the pups she is getting ready to deliver.  Papa will need to be fostered as well.  These two sweet dogs need to remain together as the loving companions that they are, in a forever home, after their pups are raised.  Donations of any amount will be welcome to help with all the medical expenses, food, and necessary supplies.  Please go to the Luvin’ Labs Donation Page  to offer whatever help you are able to give.

In honor of another Love Story, we have named this devoted couple Bogie and Bacall.

Can we give them a Happily Ever After ending?

If you are interested in meeting Bogie and 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 the pair and their pups call (505) 362-0331.

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BuddyBoy2Please help us find a home for a very special Labrador Retriever named Buddy Boy. Buddy is a survivor, who without the intervention of a good Samaritan, would have surely died of neglect and hunger. This emaciated, starving little one year old boy was spotted through a hole in the fence, so hungry he had resorted to eating dirt. His human hero told us that after the owner surrendered the dog to authorities, she went to meet him. She said, “when I got there, he was very small and skinny and full of tics, but very happy and sweet…I sprayed him down with flea and tic spray and gently rubbed it on his bony body. We named him Buddy because he was sweet and wanted to play like a puppy.” Buddy is amazing: while he has every reason to be jaded and suspiscious of humans, he is instead, grateful and forgiving. He needs a home where he will be loved and adored as a cherished member of the family. He requests to be fed delicious and nutritious food and a never ending supply dog bones and treats for dessert.

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

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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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Violet

This is Violet, named because she was found in a flower planter in front of a business when she was 6-8 weeks old.  She was scared and nervous,  but didn’t take long for her to come around.  Luvin’ Labs took her in, started her on vetting, she weighed 5.6 oz. at that time.  She is precious and now learning the word “NO”, which she sometimes does not like and “potty outside”, which she is learning, but still needs to go out every couple hours as a reminder.  She is now about 10-12 weeks old and weighs 12.5 lbs.  Her favorite activities are playing in her small pool and chasing balls.  She loves to play and wrestle with our three dogs, so we feel she needs at least one younger dog to play with.  She is crate trained, but may whimper at first when she goes in, unless she is very tired. She will let you know when she’s tired by telling you she wants on your lap.

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 Violet 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. 

 

PieperMy name is Pieper and I am hoping that you will read this and be my hero. You see, I am a really super special 5 year old girl and, I want to be part of the Luvin’ Labs family more than anything; but I need a place to go and someone to take care of me while I wait for my perfect home. I need a foster human to open up his or her heart and home to me… just until my perfect forever human (or family of humans!!) chooses me and promises to love me forever. I get along with other dogs and I think people are really just amazing. The folks at the shelter said I would be a good family dog… and they totally love me to pieces (just so you know). If you want to foster me you only have a very small window so don’t delay! I need a home, like RIGHT NOW so go to the link and fill out the application and send it in! I beg of you! That was a joke- because I am also quite funny…

If you are interested in meeting Pieper 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 Pieper 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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Chloe and Madix call (505) 362-0331. 

Copper2Sweet boy Copper spent the past 9 years living in a home with his beloved humans. He was always such a good dog- crate trained, housebroken, good on a leash, loves kids, loves other dogs… He worked so hard to be a well-behaved boy, so when his family moved away and his home was suddenly a kennel at the veterinary clinic, Copper became very stressed and confused. Copper is one of those dogs who was meant to have a  family and a home that he can look after. He is not doing well with his current living situation so we need to find him a home quickly. Do you have an extra dog bed? Copper says he promises to be an excellent house guest once his nerves settle a bit. Please help us help Copper find a temporary or forever home!

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

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RexRex is a 3-4 year old male black labby boy who loves to make us smile. He’s an eternal optimist and as far as we can tell, absolutely nothing gets him down. Rex can be mellow and he also really loves to play and be social: he is great with other dogs and he loves people.  He enjoys car rides and he has a great time playing and sharing some laughs with some of  the other adoptable Luvin’ Labs dogs. Rex is also a big fan of ” fetch” and he even knows some basic commands! He’s the kind of dog who reminds us that there is always a bright side and life is fabulously wonderful- even when everyone else is having a bad day. Need some more happy in your life? Then come meet Rex!

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

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Lizzy22 year old Lizzy has had a really bad month. Seriously. It has been a nail biter. She’s been sitting, scared, in a high-kill shelter and, if you own a dog, we don’t have to tell you that she knew exactly what her fate was if no one came to save her. Lizzy is a survivor… and she is AWESOME… and she is ready to savor her new life with her forever family and to put all of those scary times behind her. We have the utmost respect for Lizzy. In fact, we adore her- and we will ensure that from here on out, she only knows love and happiness. Lizzy was very shy when she was first rescued, but she quickly warmed up to her new human friends once she realized she was truly safe. She is a very, very special girl and if you are ready to be the person that redeems humanity for Lizzy, we can’t wait to receive your application (and Lizzy can hardly wait to meet you)!  Lizzy’s foster dad describes her as very sweet, a bit shy but working on that, and happy to be part of a family.  When she finds her forever home, she hopes that you will tell everyone you know that your beloved new dog barely made it out; that she was a shelter dog. We think the people who give these former shelter dogs wonderful forever homes are also AWESOME!!

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

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Urgent: This 7-8 year old labby girl is Mindy and she is in urgent need of a place to live- she is running out of time and options. She is a wonderful, energetic, loving and sweet dog who seems to do well with other dogs, but is not a cat lover. Mindy was delivered to a vet clinic by an elderly owner who was no longer able to keep her separate from the cats… and if we cannot find her a home she will be euthanized, per the owner. The clinic contacted us hoping that one of our awesome Luvin’ Labs families would step up and help us save sweet Mindy. The owner agreed to allow us to try to find a new home for her, but that means we must find a foster for her very quickly. Mindy is currently in a temporary foster home, but she is only able to stay there for a very short time. The foster tells us she is funny, happy girl who loves to give kisses. Mindy has some special needs: as you can see in the video she is overweight and will need a foster who can help her make better food choices and stick to her exercise program so she can slim down. She is taking arthritis medicine to help with joint pain caused by her extra weight. A healthy diet and regular exercise might eliminate the need for any medication.

Wanna help save a life? Now is your chance. Please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in meeting Mindy to foster or adopt. If you are interested in meeting Mindy 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 Mindy call (505) 362-0331.

Ryker

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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Every day we see pictures of shelter dogs, their broken spirits so evident in the way they curl up into the most distant corners of their kennels- discouraged, tired and scared… 

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2 year old yellow lab Wyatt would like you to see what the first few minutes of freedom is like when someone comes to rescue you from the shelter.  Wyatt took the most amazing deep breath and then, we are pretty sure he actually started to smile:) We’ve got you, Wyatt- you’re safe now 

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This is Wyatt.  As you can see, moving from a scary old shelter toward freedom makes any dog’s day!  I have been at the Luvin’ Labs boarding facility for a few weeks now, and LOVE getting out into the play yard.  I even like to share my time with some of the other dogs, ’cause I’m a playful sort of guy.  The ladies really dig my ears, they think they make me VERY special.  I’m a smart boy with a bunch of energy, but I save some of my time for back scratches and just being pet and adored.  I’m very curious, but don’t bark and I’m not destructive.  I’m looking for my best friend – is it you?  Wyatt was saved in loving memory of Ranger.

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

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Here is a very special 2 year old yellow female Labrador Retriever. Leyla would be a wonderful addition to an outdoorsy, active family. She is a goofball with a great, happy disposition and she likes every human she meets, including children. Leyla loves other dogs but she has never met a cat. She will likely need some work on her house manners as she was strictly an outdoor dog in her former life. Leyla is looking for a home where she can get in on the action and see what in the heck it is that poeple have been doing while she’s been sitting outside. She has also requested toys (because she loves toys).  And maybe a playpond! Oh, and yummy dog treats! (Don’t forget the dog treats)…

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

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As many of you may remember, Sabrina is the beautiful young black Lab who was caught in a barbed wire fence and ripped open her side severely.   Our good friends from the Valencia County Animal Shelter called Luvin’ Labs to see if there was any way they might help this poor, injured girl who was minutes away from being euthanized.   Luvin’ Labs worked their amazing magic, arranged for an emergency transport, and our great friends at Good Shepherd Animal Clinic provided emergency treatment and surgery to save her life.   She had been tangled in that barbed wire for hours before she was found and rescued –  thankfully,  she was strong and had the will to survive.

Many wonderful people heard Luvin’ Labs plea for help to cover the expenses to do Sabrina’s life saving surgery, and we are so very grateful for the generosity of all who helped her.

She has endured so much pain, the surgery, about 100 or more stitches, and infections, but her friends at Good Shepherd did a fantastic job of taking care of her.   Not only were her physical needs met, but those wonderful people at the clinic also gave her weeks of so much love and affection.  She knew she was safe and that finally things were going to get better.

Sabrina is now in her foster home and is making wonderful progress.   Some of her stitches still remain in place until the wounds close up completely, but she is coming along very well.  Our Sabrina is well on the way to a complete recovery.  She is so happy to be in a home situation.   This girl is such a special dog…. very kind and loving and full of sweet Labbie kisses.  She is a great dog and will soon be well enough to be ready for her new forever home.   She was SOOOO worth saving!

If she could only speak, our Sweet Sabrina would thank each and every one of you who stepped up to help her in so many ways, including all the prayers and good wishes sent for her.  But her wagging tail and happy smiles say it all.  Together, we helped save her when she really needed a lot of friends.

Now we’re looking for that special forever home this beautiful pup so deserves.  If you are interested in meeting Sabrina 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 Bebe call (505) 362-0331.

 

 

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If ever there was a girl who deserved a turn to be treated like a princess, Jeulia would be that girl. Jeulia is a 9 year old purebred yellow Lab and her job has been to be a mama to lots of Labrador puppies. Jeulia was finally able to retire when she was brought into the rescue to become part of the Luvin’ Labs family. Now we hope that someone will take Jeulia into their home and spoil her absolutely rotten with all of the same love and affection that she has spent so many years giving to her babies. Jeulia loves to go for walks and play, she is a very happy dog with a great personality. Julia would do great in a home with another dog she can bond with (she loves other dogs). The thing that would make this girl the happiest dog in the world, would be to find a real home where her only job is to snuggle and play with her dog friends and her people.

If you are interested in meeting Jeulia 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 Jeulia 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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This handsome young black male labrador retriever is Corey and, believe it or not, he was homeless.  But not anymore as today he joined the Luvin’ Labs family and is on the search for a new forever family to call his own.  Corey is between 1-2 year old and is quite the player…loves playing with other dogs, loves playing with people and does well entertaining himself  as well.  He loves attention and is always eager to be petted by anyone who’s willing.  Corey is the type of dog that is just fun to be around.

If you are interested in meeting Corey 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.

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).

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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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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Senior male, Rusty, seems to be a dog that was once someone’s very special pet. He is a happy, well mannered gentleman who gets along with other dogs.  A good Samaritan found poor Rusty wandering around rural New Mexico with fresh cuts on the back of his neck where he appeared to have been chained. The volunteer who cared for with Rusty tells us that when he came to her,  he was starved for human attention and love. Rusty is neutered and healthy but he is a little overweight so he will appreciate some healthy food and walks with his new owner. Rusty is fortunate to be in a wonderful foster home and his foster mom has this to say about him:  “Rusty looks like a different dog with his new ‘do’ and a waistline.  He is perfecting his house manners, is more relaxed, is learning to trust and that life can be good.  He follows around so closely and loves to help in the barn with the horses (translation:  he likes to stand in the way and look adorkable…yes..a dork able!).”

If you are interested in meeting Rusty 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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Moose_&_Mandi_flyerMoose and Mandi are 9-12 month old lab mix pups currently being fostered in Las Cruces, NM. They are very gentle and bonded to one another. They are currently being fostered by a kind and generous human with a big heart and many commitments. If you are interested in these sweet babies, please contact the Cherished K-9 All Breed Rescue at 575-496-6085. Courtesy Listing

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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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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.


RomeoThis handsome heartthrob 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 does well with everyone he meets, but he has never been around small children. Romeo is OK on a leash (pulls a little when he is excited), knows basic commands and is housebroken.  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. Owner Listing

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Einstein and Rigby are two handsome young boys in search of a forever home. Their temporary owner tells us that “on June 28, these two beautiful and sweet black labs were dropped off at our farm. They appear to be brothers- they get along very well and never fight about food or toys. They seem young and look like purebred labs. We are unable to keep them, as we already have four rescue dogs and don’t have the budget for food for these guys- they have giant appetites!… these dogs are WONDERFUL! They would make excellent family dogs. They have not growled or acted aggressive/territorial. They are sweet to our dogs as well.” Einstein and Rigby LOVE children and are great with adults. They are also fascinated with chasing cats but it seems to be playful so they may be able to adapt to a feline friendly home. Their temporary owner has recently taken the boys to be checked out by a vet and neutered.

Einstein and Rigby can be adopted either separately or, if you are looking for a twofer, they would be happy to stay together.

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

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

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

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

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 ~