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

Angelo

Meet Angelo, a one year old male lab.  Until he finds his forever home Angelo lives with his foster family who have this to say about him:

“Furry, soft, and oh so lovable.  We would give him a capitol “P” for personality. He is shy at first and cautious when he first enters a new environment. He is gentle and calm with young children (5 years and up), great with our neighbors and friends, and friendly with other dogs.  Angelo (aka Mr. Wiggles) has a great nose and is constantly putting his head up to sniff all that he can.

He is very smart and quick to learn. He is learning some basic commands like sit and stay, walk on a leash, and learning not to chew on shoes.  He seems to have mastered playing fetch and returning the ball. For a such a young guy, he has an innate ability to adapt to his environment.  When its time to play he knows and when its time to rest and calm down, he knows to chill.  He takes his treats gently and gives your finger an extra lick.

He gets along great with our senior labs and our smaller poodle, but he does step on him a little because he is trying to find his footing with his big lab paws.  He loves his foster siblings and readily greets them them with a lick and wants to cuddle with them.  We adore this guy and he will make a wonderful family member.”

We believe Angelo’s mom stepped on his ankle when he was just a tiny pup, but it has healed well.  He can walk and run, but long vigorous runs are not recommended.  Because he is so social we are looking for a home with another dog as a companion for Angelo.

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

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This handsome 8 year old black lab used to be a beloved family pet until they decided they just didn’t have time for him…nothing he did wrong…just didn’t have time for him.  Who doesn’t have time for an 8 year old very mellow boy?  Cooper found himself left at a local shelter and quickly became a staff favorite.  A call from the shelter to Luvin’ Labs and an offer to foster from one of our awesome adopters…Cooper is now a Luvin’ Labs dog!  He gets along great with other dogs and even likes cats.  Cooper needs to lose a couple of pounds, but his foster mom already has a plan to do that.

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

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One would think someone as beautiful and photogenic would never find themselves in a shelter, but that’s where we found Willa.  She’s one year old, gentle and loves people.  Willa is just a little shy at first meeting, but warms up quickly and is soon your best friend.  Willa loves being around other dogs so we are looking for an adopter with another dog.  If you are interested in meeting Willa click here for information on the adoption process. There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 7 days. Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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

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

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Looking for a pair of 2 young labs to add to your family?  Meet Bevin, a 2 year old black female, and her best buddy Buckley, a 1 year old male.  Watching those 2 play together brings a smile to our faces and we really want to see them find a loving forever home together.  Bevin is a sweet girl, loves other dogs, has great house manners and enjoys playing with toys.  Buckley follows Bevin’s lead and is just a big strong happy boy who loves people.

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

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My name is Duffy and I’ve had quite an adventure in my short 6 months of life.  I had a home, then I didn’t, I found myself as in inmate in the shelter (wow…what did I do wrong?) and then I was rescued by this nice lady who promised to find me a loving forever home with a soft bed and toys to play with.  So my adventure continues as I look for that home.  Just take a look at me…I’m a good boy and cuter than my picture for sure.  I’m house trained, crate trained and have very good manners, especially for a pup my age.  I’m going to make somebody a terrific forever buddy!

4/29 Update from Duffy’s Foster Mom:

Duffy continues to do well! Although my husband has nicknamed him “Chester” because he reminds him of Chester the Cheetah from Cheetos commercials. He doesn’t respond to any particular name, though :) He is making progress on sit, lie down, and stay, and is finally pretty consistent with his manners at the door! I’ve left him for a few hours at a time crated, and although he whines and barks a little at first, our nanny cam indicates that he calms down pretty quickly and takes a snooze. We’ve been working on some loose leash walking with him, and although he still isn’t particularly comfortable out and about on a leash, we’ve seen a LOT of improvement. He’s hit or miss on whether he’ll be skittish and bark at other people, or if he’s cool with it. I’m sure it’s no surprise that he still chews like a puppy, and has been enjoying chew toys and a rope, as well as a small stuffed pheasant that he’s taken to carrying around with him a lot. 
Duffy goes back and forth between being graceful and being a klutz – I don’t think he realizes just how long his legs are right now! He hasn’t even tried to question the fence in our backyard, although he can see through a section of chain link and will bark at people passing by our backyard – he was particularly concerned with the lady who had a cat on a leash, too (but I can’t say that I see that often, either). He generally just barks a few times and then calms down, so I’d probably call it “appropriate” barking. He is quite content playing alone (with supervision) in the backyard. He’s also becoming more independent from our dog, which is good to see. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hubble

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

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

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Hubble meets a new friend

Rex


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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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Looking for Mr. Wonderful, you say? Well, check out one of our most eligible bachelors, 3-1/2 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 10 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Java

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

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

Sienna

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

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

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Luvin’ Lab’s Serendipity, also known as Sara is a very cute, petite, yellow Lab.   Her big brown eyes are so soulful.   We are still getting to know her, but have already found her to be a very sweet little girl who is looking for a new best friend.   She is about 4 or 5 years old and really wants to be in the house with you.   She also loves to go out for a walk, and though she is brushing up on her leash manners, she is very smart and is learning quickly.   She would probably enjoy being a jogging companion as she really likes to move out.    (Her foster Mom’s knees don’t jog though.)   Sara shows signs being a really loyal dog if given the chance, and with a little training, she could be an awesome dog.    She would really like the chance to find a home of her own.

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

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

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

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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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 ~