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Willow and Chevy

Willow (yellow) and Chevy

Over and over we hear the stories about the dogs we take in and think, “how truly awful.” Sometimes we hear a story that rattles us, and provides us with the kind of prospective that we never really want to gain through someone else’s struggles. This is one of those stories, and this story needs a hero. If you are reading this and you have a roof over your head, food in the pantry and your dog is snoozing safely nearby, then take a moment to be thankful for those things that we so often take for granted.

On Wednesday, Willow, Chevy and Cooper will say goodbye to their beloved human for the very last time. On Wednesday their human loses her home and has no good options for places that will allow them to all stay together. We wracked our brains to figure out how we could offer the kind of support that they needed to keep them all together, but their mom tells us that she has been fighting for two years and she is out of ideas.  She tells us that the greatest gift we can give her is to call her and tell her that her babies have found their hero. Cooper is being taken in by another breed rescue, but 12 year old Willow and her 9 year old son Chevy belong to the Labrador Retriever community. We want her to know that our community already loves her dogs, and that we will take care of them so that she doesn’t have to worry. We need your help to need to find them a safe, loving place to go where they can stay together. They need, at the very least, a foster home for now. We are praying that we are able to provide one tiny bit of comfort to their mom while she goes through something most of us can’t even fathom. Please help us do that small thing for her? As always, thank all of you for all of your support and for sharing Chevy and Willow’s story far and wide until we find them a new home.

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

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Bogie, such a handsome dog with soft fur and unique wonderful coloring.  Bogie is a volunteer favorite due to his charming personality, positive demeanor and striking good looks.  He is huggable, goofy and very much a heart stealer.  He may not be the right fit for a family with small children, but he’d fit in well with people who will give him attention. exercise and a warm place to sleep.  You also can’t mind competing with his movie-star good looks!  We believe Bogie to be a lab/Catahoula mix.  He is very playful, and attaches to his person (this is a Catahoula trait).   He eats slowly (not like your normal lab), he does take treats, but isn’t crazy for them.  He is a wonderful dog, okay with cats and older children.

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

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This worried face belongs to Byron and he is estimated to be between 1-2 years old. Byron is a sweet, loving boy who clearly needs something to smile about… like a new forever home, perhaps? 2015 started off a little rough for Byron- he found himself in a high kill shelter and was scheduled to be put to sleep… but then Bryon got his miracle: he was whisked away to Albuquerque to begin the rest of his life as a Luvin’ Labs dog! Byron’s transporter tells us that once, this kid knew he was safe, he was all smiles and kisses and seemed to be just and all around friendly labby boy.

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

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Stanley1Meet 3 year old black male, Stanley. Stanley was one of 7 of Mama Ginny’s puppies adopted out through Luvin’ Labs in 2012. Recently Stanley and his extended family suffered a terrible loss when his owner passed away. Stanley has been living with an older family member since then, but she is very frail and not able to safely manage a young, enthusiastic 70lb dog. Stanley’s family wants to do what is best for everyone and in this situation, that means finding a new home for this handsome boy.

Here is what Stanley’s family had to say: “Stanley is a lovely dog.  He is full of life and likes to play. He is snuggly, particularly for a big dog.  He gets on well with other dogs but is best with dogs near his own size.  He needs a home with a big yard and another dog or where they can take him on a long walk or run daily.  He is smart and I think he could be a good family dog (for a family without small children or elderly adults)…” Stanley is house trained, knows how to use a dog door and is used to spending the majority of his time indoors. He is not a digger, a fence jumper, nor is he aggressive in any way. Stanley does need some work on proper greetings as he tends to be very happy to see everybody and he could also use some work on his leash manners. Stanley kindly requests a cat-free home.

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

 

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Cooper is a 5 years old Scottish Terrier.  He came in with Chevy and Willow where they have been together for a long time and now that their owner no longer able to care for them, they new a Foster home, preferably, but not necessarily  together.  We are posting Cooper on the Luvin’ Labs site as a courtesy while we wait for word from Scottish Terrier rescue organization.

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

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Looking for Mr. Wonderful, you say? Well, check out our latest eligible bachelor, 3 year old Nicholas (known by his friends as Nicki). Nicki is two perfect breeds- Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever- all rolled into one handsome dog! He’s also sweet, polite, trained, does awesome in the house and, in fact, needs to be a house dog because he’s an extra special package balancing on just 3 legs. Nicki is currently in desperate need of a foster (or forever) home as he is hanging out at the vet clinic until his special someone opens up their home to him.

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

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In real life my face isn't usually covered in slobber.

In real life my adorable face isn’t usually covered in slobber.

Gibbs is a 3 year old purebred chocolate lab. This guy is a sweet, wiggly pup that will make some lucky person or family a fun, active companion. He would do well in a home with other dogs, cats, kids… he’s just an all around, affable kind of dog! Gibbs previous home life wasn’t so great, so his wish this time around is that he be adopted into a loving, happy home where he can spend the rest of his days basking in hugs and kisses.

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

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josie2This stunning 4 year old purebred female is Josie, and she is hoping that she can kick off 2015 in style with her very own family in a forever home! Josie is a sweet, happy girl who is little shy at first, but she is very receptive to affection so once she warms up, she loves to be loved. She is awesome with other dogs and would probably prefer a home with another dog she can bond with. Josie has her paws crossed that her new people will help her work on her fetch game this year- she’s quite the fan but she’s a bit out of practice.

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

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Josie (center) enjoys together time with foster siblings

 

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

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

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

1/13/2015 – Update from Mistletoe’s Foster Family – We call her Missy and she is doing really well.  Her favorite things: Attention, love, attention, food, love, a gentle hand, love, and walks.  She is excellent on a leash, is not a beggar in any way and is amazing with kids.  She does not have a mean bone in her doggy body and we love her.  She can sit and is getting to learn her new name.  We are working on “come” and “stay.”  Someone trained her to wait to go outside until her human walked through the door which is kind of interesting.  My 7-year-old says describes Missy this way: She is very sweet and loving. loves love, and walks.  She is good with kids,very very sweet.  She is a good dog!

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

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Jack Frost

 

 

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

While Jack and Rudolph are adorable, we are committed to finding them the best home possible.  They MUST stay in the Albuquerque area through diagnostics, the first six months of their lives.  They MAY require extensive, exhaustive, continual medical care which will be the sole responsibility of their adopter.  Luvin Labs is COMMITTED to seeing that these needs will be met in any potential adoptive home.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This cheerful guy is looking for a place to unpack his bag in his own forever home. He is 7 years old and his name is Walter, and aside from having a winning smile, Walter is said to be a kind soul with a good heart.  Walter is a class A ham and has never met a person he didn’t like. He sits and shakes and he only knows how to be happy. He is a wiggler whose tail never stops wagging.  Walter was rescued from a high-kill shelter and his freedom ride chauffeur took him directly to the vet for a check up.  Unfortunately this sweet boy was heartworm positive. Walter recently started his heartworm treatment and will soon be declared free of heartworms and perfectly healthy.

1/23/2015 Update from Walter’s foster mom:

Walter is an incredibly handsome, classy, sleek black Lab who carries himself with dignity and grace.   Not only is he beautiful on the outside, but also has a beautiful personality.  Sweet and kind.   He is good with the other dogs in our home, both male and female.   He is pretty mellow and calm, knows how to sit on command and tries hard to do what you ask.   He is crate trained.
Walter is still resting up from his recent heartworm treatments, but is doing well and happy to be able to get out for a little more exercise.  He likes a little play time.  If you are looking for a great dog, please consider Walter……  he is at that perfect age to be a wonderful companion.

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

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Sienna and Java

Sienna (standing) and Java

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

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

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

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

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

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Hayden, a beautiful one year old yellow girl, with cropped tail and mystifying eyes.  She loves everyone… very much a people dog.  She loves to be center of attention. She loves all other dogs and is an active player.  She would be happy as an only dog with active an family or with another young dog that likes to play actively. Beautiful Hayden is just over over a year old.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BellaDona and Duke

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

 

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

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

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BellaDona

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Chloe

Chloe

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

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

 

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

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Photo Courtesy of Michelle Oglesbee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

If you are interested in meeting Korie click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com.  Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 7 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 7 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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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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November 21:  Jazmine is still missing.  We believe someone must have taken her in since she has not shown up at the shelters and there have been no sightings of her.  Do you know of a neighbor who has a black female lab they found around the 4th of July?  This could be our Jazmine.  She is miscrochipped, but had no collar.  Please, call if you know of her. 

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

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

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

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

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 ~