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Guess what? Nellie is ready for a foster or forever home!

If you follow us on social media, maybe you remember Nellie’s shelter picture:

We posted her picture day after day, hopeful that someone would see her deep, soulful labby eyes and find it in their heart to adopt her… But nobody showed up to take Nellie home so, on what would have otherwise been her last day on Earth, we showed up to rescue her and give her a second chance at happiness. We didn’t look at her and say “she’s too old” or “she’s too sick.” We just rescued her, just like hundreds of dogs before her and the hundreds that we’ve yet to rescue. Right now Nellie is regaining her strength after a major surgery to remove an enormous mammary tumor. She is happily carrying around her ball and playing with her new friends in a temporary medical recovery foster home.

We rely on donations to cover boarding and transportation costs, as well as vet bills for surgery to remove tumors like Nellie’s. These donations are also used to help treat dogs for starvation, heartworm and tick-borne illnesses, broken legs, hips and pelvises, care for pregnant labs and their pups, treat gunshot wounds and injuries caused by abuse, barbed wire fences or traps, bloat, mange, prolapse, pneumonia, upper respiratory infections, urinary tract infections… We are able to provide veterinary care for all of these dogs because our Luvin’ Labs family and friends donated. 

We’re so lucky to be part of such a compassionate group of people that love these dogs as much as we do. Our objective is first to fix their broken bodies, and then to begin the process of mending their broken hearts. We rely on our adopters to do the most important work: to provide our labs with wonderful lives happy homes. Even though our financial investment in Nellie and other medically needy dogs is significant, at the end of the day, their adoption fee will still be $170 which will only cover her spay and basic vet care.

Please, please help us cover our bills. Every single dollar donated goes directly toward helping New Mexico’s Labrador Retriever’s. The grid is only suggested donations- any amount is appreciated!! 

As always, we thank you for all you do and for loving our dogs as much as we do. 

Donations can also be mailed to:

Lodestar Dog Ranch
PO Box 52212
Albuquerque, NM 87181-2212

You can set up a recurring monthly donation by clicking the link below:

Luvin’ Labs Monthly Donation

You can also check out our fundraiser page for updates!

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Want to help make a difference to the Labrador Retrievers in our program? We’ve two easy ways below … 
  
Sign up for a one time donation at the Paypal (paypal link at the bottom of the page).

Or sign up to be a monthly donor through our monthly donor Paypal program (monthly donor link below, select the amount from the drop down then click on the large “monthly donation” button).

Either program will help you to literally help us save the life of a Labrador Retriever waiting to come in to our program. All donations assist us in continuing our mission of rescuing, rehoming and rehabilitating Labrador Retrievers.
 
100% of funds are used to cover costs incurred from intaking, medically treating and boarding dogs in our program. As a 501 (c)(3) non profit all donations are tax deductible.
We are deeply grateful for your help.

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On his 2 hour “Freedom Ride” to Albuquerque from the shelter he just stared at his rescuer with his paw gently placed on her arm as if to convey his appreciation.  Meet Yancy, a 1-1/2 year old yellow lab who came to us highly recommended by the shelter staff.  He’s gentle and gets along well with people and other dogs.  As Yancy is new to the rescue we are just getting to know him, but we can already tell you that this boy is going to make someone an awesome lifetime companion.

If you are interested in meeting Yancy 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 want to foster him call (505) 362-0331.

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Meet Pilot, so named as he looks ready to soar at any moment.  And this 1-1/2 year old labby boy has a personality to match those ears…upbeat, happy and playful.  At first meeting you can’t help but smile as he greets you and it just gets better and better.  Nothing gets this boy down…even his stay at a high-kill shelter couldn’t put a damper on that soaring personality.  Pilot loves people and other dogs.  He loves to play.  He just loves life!  What more does he need…how about you!  Pilot is looking for that perfect forever family that he can make happy for a lifetime.

If you are interested in meeting Pilot 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 want to foster him 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.

From Grainger’s Foster Mom….

Grainger is a wonderful, sweet, big bear of a chocolate Lab.   He has a personality of gold…. such a kind boy.   He is my chocolate shadow wherever I go, and keeps a close eye on his foster Mom..  Nothing makes him happier than to be right at your side.   He gets so happy when he sees his people.   Grainger is still trying to lose some extra weight, but he absolutely LOVES his walk and is a pleasure to walk with.   He is willing to walk slow for people who need a slower pace, but will walk faster too.  Although a big strong dog, he is very nice on the leash.  He still needs a good diet and exercise program to get his weight back to normal, but he is well on his way.

He has very nice manners with other dogs. He really likes to have a dog companion to keep him company when he can’t be with his people.  Grainger is easy going and calm.   He is doing well with his foster dog brothers and sisters.  

This big sweet boy attaches quickly and is really wanting a family of his own.   He bounces around when excited but usually doesn’t really jump on people.  He is sleeping well in his crate at night and LOVES to be in the house with you.  He is a gentle dog with loving eyes that just beg to be your best friend.  He is waiting for his special family to find him!   

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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York is a beautiful 1-1/2 year old yellow lab who was rescued on his last day at a small NM shelter.  He really is quite the boy.  He is friendly with everyone and has a happy sparkle in his eyes. He especially loves to be around people.  York gets along well with all his canine friends, seems to like cats, and, like all young boys, loves to run and play. After the initial excitement of going for a walk, he settles down nicely and walks on a leash very well. He would be considered a medium energy boy for his age. York would be a great addition to most any family and would definitely like to have lots of playtime or long walks in the park.

If you are interested in meeting York 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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Meet our special Luvin’ Labs girl Ally, a very sweet 3-1/2 year old pure bred lab.  Ally, because of her temperament and mellow personality, was selected by a service dog organization to go through their training; however, it was discovered that Ally is deaf.  While Ally no longer qualifies as a service dog, the organization felt it important that they get her training that would enable her to function using hand signals.  Ally will be returning to the Luvin’ Labs family, but with a month of specialized training and follow-up to enable her to excel in life.  We are looking for a special person or family with another dog that wants to welcome Ally into their home, either as a foster or forever.  And if you are her foster and fall in love with this girl (and who wouldn’t) as is Luvin’ Labs policy you are given first opportunity to adopt her.

If you are interested in meeting Ally 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 want to foster Ally call  (505) 362-0331.

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While diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, no one can resist the beauty of a ruby…so let us introduce you to Luvin’ Labs’ 3 year old Ruby.  Not only is she gorgeous, but also extremely sweet and very social.  She loves people and other dogs, loves playing with toys and is just an all-around fun dog to spend time with.  We believe Ruby might have been a recent mom, but she is determined to get back her “pre-baby” figure with good food and exercise, and would love to have a new best friend to help her do that.

If you are interested in meeting Ruby 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 want to foster her 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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My name’s Cassie and I’m almost 5 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!

From her foster mom:  Cassie is doing just great!  She is house and crate trained, knows sit and is working on wait, and comes when called.  She loves our 2 older labs and would love a doggie playmate in her new forever home!  She’s  just a typical active puppy who loves toys, exploring, cuddling when tired, very talkative and just the sweetest, cutest puppy you have ever seen.

We are committed to finding Cassie the best home possible.  She MUST stay in the Albuquerque area through diagnostics, the first six months of her life.  She MAY require extensive, exhaustive, continual medical care which will be the sole responsibility of her 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 Cassie 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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“All of my love…All of my kissin’…You don’t know what you’ve been a-missin’

Oh boy, when you’re with me…Oh boy, the world can see

That you, were meant, for me”

Meet Luvin’ Labs own Buddy Holly, the sweetest 8 year old black lab looking for that special someone.  Buddy gets along with everybody…human and canine alike!  He’s looking for a companion that will appreciate his maturity and wisdom that can only come with age.  If you are interested in meeting Buddy Holly 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 temporary 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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Poor  precious Sammie is a senior Lab who has surely been through some hard times recently.    He was found as a stray, very thin and out of time in the shelter when Luvin’ Labs stepped up to help him out.  Sammie got some much needed dental work to help him eat easier and some medical care for his infected ears and is now in a foster home to help him recover and regain his health.

Sammie is a smaller sized, 10 yr old yellow Lab.  He is a very gentle soul… a sweet natured boy who really appreciates any kindness he receives.   He loves being in the house with you and is happy to nap near you or put his sweet face in your lap to be petted.  He sleeps all night in his crate.

Sammie gets along with other dogs and has shown no interest in the cat.   If you want a gentle walking companion, this boy is wonderful.   He walks right at your side and doesn’t pull on the leash at all, so he must have had some training at some time in his past.  He must have been someone’s pet, but no one came for him in the shelter.

Sammie deserves to have a nice home where he can be loved and cared for.  He just wants to be safe and have plenty of good food and a nice bed to sleep in with a family to share his golden years with.  Luvin’ Labs is committed to find this sweet dog a family to love him.   He will return that love many times over.

If you are interested in meeting Sammie 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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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.

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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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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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Petite, cute, sweet…all the perfect adjectives to describe Luvin’ Labs girl Eliza.  While this adorable one year old likes other dogs, she adores people…would rather just hang out with her human friends than do just about anything else.  And she has good manners, always sits and waits to be let out of her kennel.  Unfortunately Eliza’s previous owners did not feel it necessary to keep her on heart worm preventive and she tested positive for heart worms, something we see a lot of now.  Luvin’ Labs will provide the treatment to get rid of those heart worms so Eliza can lead a normal and healthy life.  Before we start her treatment we want to find her a foster or forever home where she can be ensured lots of TLC during her month-long recovery.  As Eliza is pretty mellow her recovery should be a breeze!

7/4/2015 Update from Our Volunteer:  “And this is Eliza…probably the sweetest dog on earth. She just wants her own people! Eliza spends most of her time in the play yard begging for pets and hugs. She’s a low energy, yet young dog looking for a foster, but more preferably a forever home.  she is such a pretty girl, beautiful eyes and so incredibly sweet.  She would be the perfect companion dog for someone needing a nice soothing, quiet, calm friend.”

If you are interested in meeting Eliza 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 Eliza 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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7/7/2015 Update from Sebastian’s owner:  After 5 weeks of being out in the wild, Sebastian showed up out of the blue in our front yard howling, wet, starving, and missing an eyebrow!!  Poor baby is so skinny but SO HAPPY to be home!

6/16/2015 Update from Sebastian’s owner: Sebastian was seen running West of Colinas Del Norte elementary into that Mesa past Rainbow. Please share this post let’s try to get him home. If you see him, don’t try to catch him just call me at 505 206 0344. He’s terrified and running from everyone, even me.

Luvin’ Labs Alum “Sebastian” has been missing for 5 days. His brother Kane was found today 6/7/15 (safe!) in the new housing development at Northern & Rainbow in Rio Rancho. He was very happy to see his people, but unable to tell us what happened to his brother. Sebastian is a 3 yrs old black Lab, neutered, microchipped & was wearing a yellow collar with multi colored stripes. Sebastian went missing from his home near Unser & Cherry in RR on 6/2/15. We think he might be somewhere in between his home & where his brother was found. Sebastian can be shy with adults but is friendly with kids. He is a treasured member of his family & he is greatly missed.  Please call (505)206-0344, (505)974-4733 or (505) 362-0331 with any info or sightings!!

 

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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 ~