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

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My name is Sparky!  Some sweet young ladies from the local Girl Scout troop came to see me while the good folks at Rio Rancho Animal Control were taking care of me and thought that was a good name.  I’m a well-mannered boy who needs some TLC. And I promise to give kisses in return!  I’m a really good kisser – see my pic!  I’m very happy to be a Luvin’ Labs pup now, I rode in the car well and was really nice to all the dogs I met when I went to the vet.  I was really brave!  I’m about 6 or 7 years old and although one of my legs is a bit sore right now, I’ll get fixed up and be as good as new.  In the meantime, I like to wag my tail bunches and tummy rubs are my favorite!

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

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Meet Lucy, a pint sized labrador crossed with a basset to make a some kind of wonderful bassador … a perfect mix of a lab with the most wonderful short legs! Poor Lucy has had a rough start in her one year of life … 3 homes, transition after transition, and now a major surgery to correct a blockage in her stomach. She’s recovering well, but anxiously waiting for her favorite things…a forever home with lots of love and attention.  She’s great with other dogs, has a lab personality, and the most endearing eyes and lovely velvet ears.

If you are interested in meeting Lucy 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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Good things often do come in small packages…and that describes our Nadia.  At one year old and just 40 pounds (and we think that’s her full grown size) she’s just a small girl with a huge personality.  After picking her up her first stop was the vet’s office where she impressed everyone with her curiosity and desire to greet everyone there; she seemed especially friendly to other dogs.  We’re anxious to get to know her better and truly believe she will easily become a Luvin’ Labs’ favorite (the cute, cuddly ones always are!).

2/27/2015 From her new foster dad we get the following update:  Gets along great with my dogs. Knows what to do outside. Eats like a lab,  and likes to sleep in my lap, which is where she is right now.  Learned both sit and down this morning, although she thinks down means roll over for a belly rub.

If you are interested in meeting Nadia 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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Denver

Denver was selected, because of his winning personality and good looks, by a local shelter to help raise funds.  When we met him at their event we knew we had to help him find his new forever home.  While he waits we would like him to be relaxing in a foster home.  Denver is about 6 years old and quite the cuddler.  He gets along with other dogs and loves people.  He’s playful, but does have a mellow side.

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

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Looking for Mr. Wonderful, you say? Well, check out one of our most eligible bachelors, 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.

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 call (505) 362-0331.

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Luvin’ Labs would love to bring this girl into the rescue, but needs a foster to do that.  Please consider helping Coco on her journey to find a new forever home.  Call (505) 362-0331 

This is Coco. She is 7 years old (aka the perfect lab age), and she is a purebred chocolate lab presently living in Roswell, NM. Her current owners are moving and are unable to take this special girl with them so they would like to find her a wonderful new home where she will be loved and adored. Coco’s owner tells us that she is sweet, loving, friendly and she is great with kids. She loves to play catch and go for walks and she enjoys her morning runs with her current owner. She is excellent on a leash, doesn’t dig or jump fences, isn’t food or toy aggressive, and doesn’t ever nip or bite. Lovely Coco gets along with other dogs and her best friend is a chihuahua so she would do well in a home with small dogs. She is housebroken and has excellent manners in the house. Coco has diabetes. If you have ever cared for an animal with diabetes, you know that as long as her diabetes is managed, she is just like any other 7 year old dog and she has many great years ahead of her. Please help us find a new home for this wonderful girl.

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

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Lauren & foster brother Cisco anxious for their carrot treats!

This lovely lady is Bacall (aka Lauren) and she is a black Labrador Retriever. Bacall is a very petite girl by lab standards… and she is absolutely stunning in person.  From her foster dad we have the following 3/1/2015 update on her:

The long and short of it is she is an fantastic doggie! She is sweet and loving and seems to love everyone. She still needs work on walking with the leash, but she loves to go. She loves to play and loves to cuddle. She is happiest when she can just hang out with her people. She really likes to go for car rides and walks or just play fetch with one of the toys we have for her. She gets into her crate or the kennel on command and is getting pretty good at sit and stay. She will come to you anytime you call her and is learning to only give hugs when asked to do so.

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 call (505) 362-0331.

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Found by a good samaritan, tied outside with no food and water, left in the elements.  The owner told that good samaritan that he had no use for the dog…just tied outside to freeze or starve to death.  Turned into a rural shelter we couldn’t help but notice this girl and committed to finding her the loving home she deserves.  Her name is Bailey, she’s about a year old and a very sweet dog.  She’s well-mannered in the house and gets along well with other dogs.  As is understandable, she is somewhat timid, but warms up to a person easily.  She’s now up-to-date with all her shots and, except for being thin, appears to have no health problems.

If you are interested in offering Bailey a safe and loving home 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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Beautiful Mia Hope, sitting in a high kill shelter with very little chance of getting out in time.  But she got the attention of the rescue with her sweet labby face that conveyed an optimism that so many in her position don’t have.  Five year old Mia Hope was rescued on her last day and greeted her rescuer with kisses of appreciation.  Mia Hope is now in search of her new forever home.  While we haven’t had much time with her, she only seems to want love and attention, and gets along with both people and other dogs.  As we get to know her better, we’ll update this bio.

If you are interested in meeting Mia Hope 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 guy is 85 pounds of lab perfection…meet Sullivan.  This 2-3 year old black lab will make someone the ideal companion.  For starters he’s very sweet, good with other dogs, doesn’t seem to mind cats, and loves everybody.  He’s very smart, listens well, follows directions and already knows several commands.  Sullivan does well in a crate and or riding in a car. His foster mom describes him as a big goofy happy boy…lab perfection!

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

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

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

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Meyer

Such a young pup to have experienced so much…meet Meyer…discovered in a high kill shelter and left with no future.  That is, until Luvin’ Labs rescued this handsome boy and now we’re determined to find him the best forever home.  Until that time Meyer needs the loving care of a foster.  He is described by our volunteers as a true sweetheart, shy and mellow for his age.  He wants nothing more than to lean against you asking for hugs and pets.  He is a definite people pleaser!

If you are interested in meeting Meyer 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 Meyer 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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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.
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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 was extremely emaciated. In the time we have had him, he has received lots of good, nutritious food to help him get back up to a healthy weight.  Unfortunately, Gaston also came in Heart worm positive.  His case is not very severe and we understand that he has been treated and doing well.  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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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 continues to do well in her foster home though she really longs for her permanent home.  Since coming here, she has learned to play fetch. She knows sit and come. She knows the word no but we barely ever have to tell her. She gets along well with her younger and older foster brothers.  Miss Daphne is so friendly to people and her favorite time is when she is being pet. If you start petting her, she instantly sits by your side and never wants you to stop. She behaves very well in the house, never an accident and absolutely loves sleeping in her crate with no problem at all. She is a classic lab in that she really wants to please her person and loves attention but she’s more mature and has grown out of her puppy phase so she’s very calm and is patient. She’s a super sweet dog that deserves a home to call her own.

If you have never had the good fortune to be inspired by a dog with a disability, Daphne is the epitome of resiliency and grace and we have no doubt she will remind you on a daily basis, that if you set your mind to it, you can do darn near anything. Daphne has adapted beautifully by using her other senses and she is truly, just like any other lab… she just needs someone to give her a chance to let her prove it.

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.

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Daphne poses pretty with her 2 foster dog siblings

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

2/11/15  Update from his foster mom:  Rudolph (Rudy) is doing just great!  He is almost totally housetrained, loves playing with our dogs from a Great Pyranese/Anatolian Shepherd mix,  a 10 year old female lab and her favorite is our lab/boxer mix.  He plays hard and sleeps hard, just a typical puppy who loves toys, cuddling when tired, very talkative and just the sweetest, cutest puppy you have ever seen.

While Rudolph is adorable, we are committed to finding them the best home possible.  He MUST stay in the Albuquerque area through diagnostics, the first six months of his life.  He MAY require extensive, exhaustive, continual medical care which will be the sole responsibility of his 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 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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Rudy & BFF Fergie

 

Willow (the mama) and her son Chevey, who is clearly hamming it up for the camera!

Willow (the mama) and her son Chevy,
who is clearly hamming it up for the camera!

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Meet Willow and Chevy.  Recently they found themselves homeless due their owner falling on hard times.   But they are definitely not hopeless due to their Labrador resiliency. If you look at them closely, you’ll see they are Seniors, but there’s lots of life in these Senior pups.

Willow is Chevy’s mom.  Chevy, well, he’s just a BIG mama’s boy. Their foster dad teases that he suffers from “Failure to Launch.”  He never left home, never had a job, just hung on Mama’s coattails and still does. He likes her to grooms him, snuggle him, and take care of him.   He’s playful like a pup and loves to snuggle humans as well. He knows how to carry his own leash and walk himself.

Willow, well she’s all about soft beds, pillows, couches, and being warm.  She is quite independent minded, letting a person know what she wants and when she wants it (like, it’s time for you to get off the couch so there’s room for me!). She also likes to snuggle (with dogs or humans) and be petted.

Their foster parents say, “In true Lab fashion, Willow and Chevy are all about 3 things,  FOOD, FUN, and COMFORT.”  Ok so maybe a little less FOOD  would be good for their health, but they love FUN (walks, playing, toys), and clearly are used to COMFORT (pillows, soft warm beds and, of course, cuddling).

Because they are so bonded and have been together their whole lives, we’d really like them to stay together.

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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A four legged testament to love and loyalty Noble waited two weeks for his family to reappear after being abandoned at a truck stop. Now a part of the Luvin’ Labs pack Noble has come so far in learning that leashes don’t have to be scary and that they mean 3 mile walks. And if he sits and stays, best of all, he get’s treats! Noble is smart and active. Like most smart dogs, he needs a dog savvy alpha leader who is willing to work with him and show him parameters and truly, how to be the best dog (we already thing he is) for his forever home. Due to a injury to his tail, he’s sensitive in that area. Once he’s learned to know you and that you can be trusted he is very willing to trust, and show you his playful, fun personality. Did we mention Noble likes to walk, run and hike? How about opening up your home and heart to our beautiful, deserving Noble?

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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Noble is the enthusiastic lap dog in this video:)

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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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My name is Truman and I am a 5-6 year old handsome chocolate male. I am a wonderful, mellow boy and everyone who has met me over the past few days has said they wish I could be theirs. Before I met all of these nice people I was afraid, waiting in a high-kill shelter. It was my very last day when a wonderful volunteer showed up and saved my life- said I was gonna be a Luvin’ Lab. I tried to tell her I was already a “lovin lab”, but she looked at me kind of funny- don’t think she quite understood that I just wanted to tell her that I’m a lover, pure and simple.

We think he will make a wonderful addition to almost any human/dog pack but we would love to arrange for you to meet him so you can see for yourself.

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

 

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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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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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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. 

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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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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KoriePhoto Courtesy of Benjamin Chan

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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Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake Fundraising Cards are now for sale with Luvin’ Labs! For $5.00 you’ll receive 8 specials including a FREE large Pizza, free cookie dough, free cinammon wheel plus discount coupons … an easy sell!

To purchase please stop by Good Shepherd Animal Clinic or visit us at any of our events.

If you are able to help us sell the cards please email colleen@luvinlabs.com
All proceeds benefit Luvin’ Labs dogs in the program and coming in to our program.

Did You Know:    Black dogs are particularly doomed when they are brought to a pound because they are passed by for lighter colored dogs.  This is especially true of  black labs or lab mixes.  They are euthanized at a horrifying rate at many pounds & shelters. If you are thinking about adopting a dog , please don’t overlook black dogs because they are just as loving & wonderful as lighter colored dogs!   Martin County Animal Shelter, Fairmont,MN

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

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

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

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

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

A Rescued Dogs Prayer

Thank you for rescuing me … I know you’ve thought long and hard about a new friend
Something about my soulful eyes and soft fur touched a very special part of you.
I wanted to share with you a bit of me,
and what might help me to be the best pup for you.
Up until a few weeks ago I had the perfect dog life,
and then one day, a day like every other,
Ended with me being abandoned.
I’ve been at the shelter, on the end of a chain,
In a field, or sitting on the side of the road
Waiting, scared, moved from place to place
With no idea of who to trust or what is going to happen.
Thankful for the fresh water, food, a warm place to sleep and sometimes kind people.
And then you chose me …
Please give me time to adjust to you and to learn your expectations of me.
All I want is to please you, I just do not know how to yet.
I ask you to please give me patience and understanding.
I don’t yet know what you want of me.
Teach me softly, consistently,
Outside, down, fetch, sit, good dog!
If you don’t understand my behavior,
It may be because I have been abused, abandoned, neglected.
Sometimes I may be afraid of you, of other people, of loud noises or sudden movements.
Time and patience will help me learn to trust again.
Please forgive me if I am protective of my food.
I was so very hungry for a very long time.
Someday I’ll understand that my food bowl will never again be empty.
Adopt me because you want me,
Because under my faults and flaws you see who I really am,
You understand that each of us is not perfect,
That our imperfections actually show our individual beauty.
And last but not least, please give me the precious time
I need to adjust to your house, to your home, to you.
I will bond to you … be it today, or tomorrow … or next week
And I promise with all that I am that I will be
Your most loyal, loving, forever friend.

By Luvin’ Labs


A Rescued Dogs Prayer was written with input from all of us at Luvin’ Labs to try to help new owner’s understand that their newly rescued lab needs some time to adjust.  Thanks to each and every one of you for your input!

Pictures are of Sir Lancelot, a 3 year old yellow Labrador Retriever rescued from the Garland, Texas shelter by many rescues working together.  He was an owner surrender who knows sit, shake, and lie down and was just left there, and rescued hours before being put to sleep.  The “Sad Lab” picture at the top of post circulated all over the internet waiting for a rescue to commit to him.  The “Happy Lab” picture at the bottom was after he was rescued, and safe, in boarding.  We are happy to say that Sir Lancelot is living his happily ever after with his new family in Albuquerque, NM!


“I looked at all the caged animals in the shelter…the cast-offs of human society. I saw in their eyes love and hope, fear and dread, sadness and betrayal. And I was angry. “God,” I said, “this is terrible! Why don’t You do something?” God was silent for a moment and then He spoke softly. “I have done something,” He replied. “I created YOU.” ~ Jim Willis ~