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Our beautiful Aurora was diagnosed with a terminal illness and spent her last days in a loving foster home.  Aurora’s personality was sparkling bringing smiles to everyone who knew her.  Aurora will be missed .. RIP precious girl ..



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Our hearts are broken today as we express our condolences to Frank and Janice, the loving adoptive parents of Luvin’ Labs special sisters Red and Razzle. A freak accident last night took them, but we know they are together at the Rainbow Bridge, free from pain, playing and frolicking with those that have gone before them. Red and Razzle were so loved by all us at Luvin’ Labs, especially their foster Alexa. Blessed be our special girls .. you will never be forgotten.


Heather tried so hard to overcome the disease that continued to haunt her little body, but the effects began to affect not only her health but her personality.  Heather had the best foster mom and a home full of lab friends who cared very much about her.  We’ll miss you sweet Heather…

Gretta, a beautiful 12 year old lab, surrendered to the shelter when her owner was unable to care for her.  We couldn’t see this sweet senior live her last days, which we knew were limited, in this impersonal environment.  Luvin’ Labs is fortunate to have a group of fosters who are willing to open their hearts and homes to these special seniors with limited time.  Gretta found her forever home with Shannon, and while the time was short, the love Gretta gave and received was immense.
From her foster mom:  What a sweet girl we found in Gretta. Like many creatures, when advanced age and pain dominant our lives we are not always open to others company. Not Gretta, she was always ready to greet us when we came home from work and school. Gretta still loved the company of the kids even when they were noisy. 
Gretta had great determination. Even with her limited movement she would try to climb in places we didn’t think she could. All in an attempt to find comfort in her final days. Although her time as part of our family was not as long as we hoped. Gretta will always be in our hearts.
Run free of pain now Gretta…you were loved and you will be missed.  Thank you Shannon for making this pup’s last days so special.

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Just 3 months shy of her 14th birthday, the beautiful Marley Rose crossed over the Rainbow Bridge cradled in the loving arms of her foster’s granddaughter.  God Speed Ms. Marley Rose… you are a great dog! We will miss your labby slobbery kisses and foot baths! Rest now and be in peace..out of pain..your loving foster family.


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10/27/2016 – Today handsome Waylon (William to his foster mom) crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  His last walk into the clinic was so regal…he wanted to make all those who loved him so proud…but he was tired.  Waylon…we love you and you will be missed and never forgotten.  Thanks Patricia for giving this boy the best 3 months of his life!



Always the sweet boy…your foster family and all the Luvin’ Labs family loved you…you won’t be forgotten.




Always in Our Hearts – RIP Beautiful Hardy

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Today Sammie left us surrounded by his loving foster family and all his friends at Good Shepherd Animal Clinic.  You will be missed but never forgotten by all your Luvin’ Labs family and the staff at Good Shepherd.  Run free precious Sammie.



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Our little Grey knew a warm comfy bed, good food, fun times and the love only a family can give…thank you Tom and Allison for giving this boy the home he so much deserved.   You are missed.



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About to leave on a journey to your new forever home with a family that hadn’t met you, but was already in love with you.  No one knew that such a loving heart was also a very tired heart.  What a fabulous last day you had with your favorite volunteer Fran…a trip to the park with lots of hugs and treats.  You are missed our precious Shelby…






Rex and his biological sister Coco were transported to Albuquerque from Dallas, Tx in January 2011 after their human parents were no longer able to take care of them. I accepted them both first as fosters but later decided their home was with me, so I adopted them. They quickly acclimated to their new home, being very friendly, loving all people they met. Rex was especially outgoing and social. They both loved going to the dog park to enjoy the interaction with both human and canine friends. They loved riding in the truck, hanging their heads out the windows, smelling the scents of other living creatures. Sadly, Coco passed away in spring of 2012.

Rex continued to thrive in spite of losing his sister and his deteriorating hips. He became a legend at the local dog park on Unser Boulevard. Because he always attempted to break up scuffles that broke out between much younger dogs, he was appointed “sheriff of the park” and was henceforth referred to as “the sheriff”. Rex was never frivolous enough to care about chasing a ball or other dogs, but was focused totally on getting loved by anyone within walking distance. He would walk up to strangers and convince them they needed to bend over and give him some loving. Rex enjoyed short swims in the ditches along the bosque, where his leg problems were less evident and he could cool off. Rex dreamed more than any other dog I know. Every night I could hear his back legs racing on his pillow while attempting to outrun the rabbit or cat he was chasing in his very vivid dreams. Must have been dreams from his younger years where he was much more active.

As time went on, Rex’s back legs continued to deteriorate and it was painful to watch him walk. In spite of that pain, Rex shadowed me around the house more than any other dogs. He never complained about his physical limitations. He would still want to go for short walks until he could go no further. I decided that the only way we get Rex walking any distances was to buy him a walking wheel chair. Reluctantly, Rex would allow me to put him into the wheel chair and walk the 1/3 mile to the park with the other two dogs. Folks at the park renamed the wheel chair “Rex’s chariot”, it was a real hoot watching him navigate in his chariot.

Late last fall Rex began having breathing issues and was diagnosed with cancer. The breathing could be somewhat controlled with medication. Rex continued to enjoy eating and socializing up until the end of his life. Rex passed away during the early morning hours of February 1, 2014.





Kodiak, our gentle giant, strong until the very end.  So loved by so many…so hard to let him go.  Run free Kodiak with all your friends that have gone before you.



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So sweet! We always said that the white areas on  a yellow Lab’s side  are where his angel wings grow in.



Our beautiful Sasha cross the Rainbow Bridge while in the loving arms of her forever foster mom.  ” She was such a good girl and I am so grateful that I got to spend the last 3 1/2 years of her life with her.  I miss her so much and my heart is broken but I wouldn’t trade the time with her for anything.  She was such a good friend.”




Travis had the love of his forever foster.  RIP Travis.



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Ginger…grateful, smart, kind, joyful.  She left us with grace and dignity surrounded by people who loved and cared about her.

Ginger was dumped in a high-kill shelter by friends of her family at their request to spare the family the pain of having to say good-by to the dog that had been a loyal family member for her entire 13 years of life.  The dog that greeted them everyday with her wagging tail, playing with her kids, snuggling with the people she loved with all her heart wanting only to be the best for them.  Left lying on a cold floor by herself, frightened by all the strangeness around her, not knowing what to expect next.

Ginger spent her last 3 months with a loving foster family, surrounded by excitement, energy, attention and love…and she reciprocated in kind to a family that she didn’t know just 3 months ago.

Just a kind reminder…when it’s time of your dog to go, put on your bravest face and be with them…hold their paws, cradle their head, comfort and love them.  It’s not the vet’s job or the shelter’s job or your friends’ job…

Ginger’s foster family misses her personality, her joy, her little crooked smile…”she was awesome and we were so, so lucky to know her”.

Because of Ginger’s awesome foster family, Ginger truly knew forever love.

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Run Free Precious Penny 3/13/2015 – November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet month! Let’s help find sweet, gentle senior, Penny a new forever home. Due to unfortunate circumstances, Penny’s owner had to say goodbye to her loyal friend. Her former owner has so much love for her sweet girl, so it was with a heavy heart that she was forced to make this very difficult decision.





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

Wanna help save a life? Now is your chance. Please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in meeting Mindy to foster or adopt. If you are interested in meeting Mindy click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Mindy call (505) 362-0331.


It is with heavy hearts that we let noble Landon go today. His wounds on both his legs had festered to the point that his body was faltering. His front leg so mangled, his back leg badly infected that as we looked at the chances of him surviving surgery, and if he’d have any quality afterwards with only one remaining leg on his right side who’s surgical outcome was highly questionable for functionality. We did not feel it was fair or right to put him through it. He was loved on, cherished and comfortable in the end. Now he’s free and we hope romping with those who’ve crossed the bridge before. We’d hoped beyond hope to heal him and find him a forever home, instead he taught us how much we can love in a short time. Thank you Landon, thank you to each of you who played a part in bringing him into the fold of Luvin’ Labs and Good Shepherd. Blessed be sweet boy.  Colleen


“On April 6th, 2014 my tears flow because my beloved Oso died a couple of days ago, at only four years old. I lack enough words to express what Oso was for me, he was a my rest place, my happiness on difficult days, my sanctuary… always besides me, I will never forget him and will always miss his playful nature that kept me young. When he died, part of me died as well, I will never be able to replace my dear friend, he will always be in my heart, and I sure hope all dogs go to heaven so one day I can see him again. I could say so much about him but there will never be enough words to say it all”   Love, Your Forever Dad Sergio






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This week we said goodbye to our gentle senior Jackie. God speed little one. We will see you again one day at the bridge. Your Luvin’ Labs family will miss you. 

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Pepper, our 12-year old black lab mix, was one-in-a million — friendly, loving, well-mannered and protective of our family.  We were incredibly fortunate to have adopted her from the Phoenix Animal Shelter nearly 10 years ago and she and her BFF, Bailey, moved with us to New Mexico in 2010.  She made the transition from “swimming pool” dog to “hiking” dog with ease, and loved the snow as well. Pepper had boundless energy and never failed to greet us with a thumping tail and big grin. She loved to run with Bailey in the open land near our home almost as much as she loved the dog park.  Our entire family will miss her dearly.



Lily was part of our family for far too brief a time, but we are glad we had the opportunity to be a part of her life and she a part of ours. She was a sweet, gentle soul and will be held in our hearts forever. Lily passed away January 31, 2014.



Sometimes we lose the little ones all too soon. RIP sweet baby. We will see you again one day.

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Angus, previously known as Gibbs, was a gorgeous red and very sweet, 100 lb lab.  He was found as a stray in El Paso, Texas and fortunately ended up in the great care of Luvin Labs.  He was thin then, only 80 lbs with ribs showing, but happy to be alive and to be taken care of.  He fit in perfectly with our family and became instant buddies with his black lab mix sister, Stella.  Eventually, his BFF sister, Nala, also a stray that we found in our neighborhood, came along to make his life complete.  He was the steady rock Nala needed and poured affection on anyone who would let him.  He was a foodie, always excited for meal time.  He went on many a long walk with his sisters and human dad that he always enjoyed.  He also became a pretty good swimmer and enjoyed fetching, which usually Nala would interrupt with a game of chase.  We frequently referred to him as Velcro because he was always at his mom or dad’s side.  He was also affectionately referred to as Mangus, Mango, GusGus, Big A and a Gus, and Big Guy.  He died unexpectedly and too young of causes unknown.  We miss him terribly.  From Angus’ Forever Family

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Reese fought a hard battle against cancer and on December 2nd surrounded by all the wonderful caregivers at the Good Shepherd she journeyed on to her next big adventure.  Reese came to our home as a short term foster.  After a very short while, we realized she could stay with us as long as she needed.  Her gentle sweet demeanour allowed her to slip in to our lives and hearts seamlessly.  She had the most beautiful belly and she readily shared it with anyone who had a spare hand.  Her enthusiasm for eating guaranteed us two daily doses of laughter and the steady thump of her tail on the floor set a beautiful rhythm for us to move with every day.  Life at our house was not a free ride for Reese.  She worked tirelessly with her foster brother Buddy J. on kitchen patrol.  They worked as a team and never let a crumb sit on the floor for more than a second.  Thank you sweet girl for all your hard work in our kitchen and for all the love and laughs you gave to us.   We miss you.  You will live in our hearts forever. Run free and fast little one.






Maggie lost her brave battle with cancer in late October, 2013.   What a trooper.  An oncologist gave her six weeks and she fought for six months under the care of Dr Skains, Cindy, Dr. Bingham and the team at Good Shepherd.

Maggie arrived in Albuquerque at age 5 1/2 on May 27, 2012.   Saved by Dion in Roswell and Colleen in Albuquerque, she was a very special being.   She just loved life.  She loved her daily walks, her pal Buck, her next door neighbor Emile, and each person who crossed her path.

All she wanted was to be safe inside, with the ones she loved, that loved her back.    A shining light, everyone who came across her path recognized her special spirit

She is missed.



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One of my favorite bumper stickers to see.  And really full of meaning when I think of Tinks.  Tinks was turned into the shelter at approximately 12 years old.  Yet, when I looked at her picture, it seemed incredible she was that old.  But, my view….even old dogs need a chance and anything has to be better than being euthanized in a shelter, especially since she was obviously well cared for and was probably confused and scared.  So Tinks joined my 4-legged family and was the first “foster” dog my dogs had no adverse reaction too.   For being advanced in age, she seemed to flit about my house, my yard, my heart.  Really like a butterfly.  So when a 3 year old recommended her name be changed to Tinkerbell (Tinks), I felt it fit. In the 6 months I had Tinks, she went from going on 1 hour walks, to barely making it around the block.  I sometimes had to carry her up and down the stairs, but she always wanted to be by my side.  She was suffering from advanced arthritis and starting to have some cognitive issues, yet she NEVER lost interest in at least trying a walk, or trying to play, or just needing to give a kiss.  Tinks was helped along to doggie heaven last night and I know she’s running free and long and taking time to smell the roses.  She taught me that I too, can do those things and embrace each and every moment we have.  I took Brin and Gabby on a long walk this morning and for a bit Gabby was playing with a white/yellow butterfly flying ahead of us – Thanks Tinks…glad I could help you fly again.  Thank you for gracing my life for a few months and teaching me so much.



Sampson (aka Sammy) , friend and foster brother to over 150 Luvin Labs passed away quietly on Friday with all his great friends at Good Shepherd nearby.  From his first labby foster boys (Hershey and Spencer) to his last (Callahan) – Sammy was always ready to mentor and guide Luvin Labs along their way.   Sammy survived life on the streets, shelter life, dog attacks, a Heartworm positive diagnosis, and fought cancer for over a year before he finally decided it was his time and he was ready to say Goodbye.  Sammy so loved his Tennis Balls, Squeaky Toys, his little kittie friend Stewie, and his daily “walkabouts” around the yard with his best buddy Balto watching over him.   I know that he is happily romping and playing with all of his friends that are waiting to welcome him on the other side:  Delilah, Bomber, Maxie, Flash, Burton, Iz, Haley, Taffy, Mica, Trip, Cornelius,  and so many more new friends yet unmet.  Your pack really misses you sweet Sammy Boy, and we all truly appreciate you sharing your life and your time with us.  You were truly one of the special ones….





Sweet Aishlinn passed away quietly at home this morning surrounded by the family that loved her. She was such a loving, older girl who touched the hearts of all who met her. We were blessed to have known her. Run free angel girl, you will always be a part of the Luvin’ Labs family.

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From Burton’s Foster Mom:

We lost our sweet Bertie Boy, who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday.    He gave his usual happy Goodbye greeting that morning – but was gone that afternoon.  I will miss your joyful demeanor and the wonderful spirit that you brought to my pack….your big eyes and your forever wagging stubby tail…your desire to be with me all the time…your zest for life and your habit of using the  yard like your personal racetrack…running lap after lap at full speed, but stopping on a dime when I called your name.  You seemed like you had finally “gotten it” and understood what it meant to have a home where you found love and friendship and happiness and belonging.  Your best buddy Balto really misses you and I still find myself calling your name and expecting you to come bounding up – full of energy and life and ready to go on our next adventure.    Unfortunately for all of your friends here;   your last adventure will be crossing the Rainbow Bridge – but you will find so many wonderful friends that have gone on before you and so many new adventures that are out there just waiting for you.… We will meet again,  so save a place for me and always remember that you are my special boy and you are so loved… you will be in my Heart forever…take care always….

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9/10/2013 – Harley, you fought the battle bravely, but there came a time where you could not hide your pain from the humans that loved you.  Run free from pain sweet Harley…you are missed by so many…your Animal Crackers, Good Shepherd and Luvin’ Labs families.

From your BFF Anthony:  Thank you Harley, we miss you now and always. The best “walking dog” in the world! At 15 years he always had a spring in his step and truly loved everyone he met. I named him Harley because when I rescued him, he could “hardly” wait for me to rescue him! Thank you all who contributed to making Harley’s sunset phase a positive one, especially the team at Good Shepherd.

Hi! My name is Harley and I’m a beautiful senior golden retriever. I was rescued by Animal Crackers after my owner left me wandering on the side of the road.  I don’t understand why he didn’t want me anymore … I’m still a good boy with lots of love to give.  I love leaning against you and softly swishing my beautiful tail.  The loving folks at Good Shepherd Animal Clinic say that I’m terminal, but I don’t quite know what that means.  I’m hoping someone out there can spare a soft bed, sweet pets and love for me (oh and lots and lots of TREATS!).  I may not have a lot of time left but the time I have I’d love to spend in a home … can that be yours?

Harley has a tumor on his spleen. Because of his age we are unable to do a spleenectomy, the surgery is just too risky. He is fully funded and all of his medical and nutritional needs will be met by Luvin’ Labs.  If you are interested in providing that soft bed, sweet pets and love, please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to  Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331.




Such a sweet girl for the short time she was able to find her forever home.  We are sad that it wasn’t longer.  Run free, sweet girl!

Meet Hershey, a 1-1/2 year old chocolate spayed female Labrador retriever.  She’s described by her owner as a friendly, mellow dog, rarely barks,  loves to play and be around her humans.  While there are no other dogs in the household, she is not bothered by the dogs next door who visit at the fence.  She is house trained and loves being an inside dog.  Hershey does not jump up to greet, is not a fence jumper and is not food/toy aggressive.  If you are interested in meeting Hershey please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to  Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331.  Owner Listing



Brandy came to Luvin’ Labs already a senior, but so young at heart.  She found a loving foster family that included 3 fur foster siblings and enjoyed several escapades with her foster brother Buddy.  From her foster mom:  “It is so hard saying goodbye, even when it is time.  We are very grateful to have had the opportunity to love  such a precious soul.  She brought a gentle sweet energy into our home and her energy still resonates in all of us.  We had so many wonderful moments with her… Thank you Buddy for showing her what a good time this home she landed in could offer her.  I now imagine her running freely with no pain in another place.  She was a beautiful girl”  We miss you Brandy.



Sweet Samantha might have been a senior dog at 11 yrs, but she still had so much love left to give and quickly became a beloved favorite of the Luvin’ Labs volunteers and her foster family.  Despite losing her home as an older girl, she was so appreciative of a kind word and gentle touch.  From her foster mom:

“It was with very sad and heavy hearts that we said our final good byes to our sweet Samantha.   Her kind spirit will always be a part of us and she was so grateful for everything.   She tried SOOO hard to be a good girl.  Thank you to everyone who helped her along her journey…. her kind eyes and wagging tail always said she appreciated it.  She was such a blessing – and she knew she was loved by so many.   Rest in peace, dear Samantha.  You are missed.
With many tears, your foster mom”
Samantha, you will never be forgotten and our thoughts of you will always bring us smiles, just as you smiled for us everyday.  Rest in peace our sweet pup.




Little one, you never had a chance at the happiness we tried so hard to give you … you had a home waiting for you with a family who was very excited to help you on your journey to a forever home … and the love of an entire rescue behind you, a bunch of really great folks who have so much love to give and always work so hard to save little ones just like you. We’re sorry we didn’t get you in time, we’re sorry you got sick, we’re sorry you won’t have days of sunshine and puppiness and evenings curled around one of us. Please know that we just saved another sweet little girl in your name sweet Sydney, and that even though we cannot hold you here we will always hold you in our hearts. Play well on the other side little girl, blessed be Sydney.



My beloved Teddy died recently, and at the suggestion of a friend, I wrote him a “thank you” letter.  Teddy was the first dog I have had since childhood;  I am in my forties.  Teddy was a member of my family for eight months, or so, dying suddenly at two years old.  Dogs at my childhood home were kept out of the house, in a kennel.  Any dog, lucky enough to find me, belongs with their person.  Or, I think, we will not be able to understand what they are teaching us.

Oh my dear, dear Teddy,

Thank you for being here with me.  I felt so safe with you, sitting beside me, sleeping with me, walking down the trails or down the street.  Thank you for growling at my mother when she was in the house in the middle of the night, visiting from California.  It was great.  I also loved it that you would never let C. J. walk you – I don’t like her that much either.  It was such a joy watching you greet Omid, when he came to walk you, sometimes!  You really loved him.

Thank you for always wanting to be with me and never leaving my side.  Coming in the car even for just a ride there and back.  I was never alone when you were there.

I was amazed at your devotion and vigilance.  As you would notice sounds or sudden movements, especially at night, at times, you would let out your funny deep growl.  Joy reminded me that you were being protective of me, even growling at the strange sounds of something different in the house, like my mother.  I have never had any living thing be protective of me before.  I know you were letting me know how special I am and that I deserve to be cared for like that with that kind of love and devotion.  I will remember to care for myself the way you would care for me.

I loved your eyes.  How you looked at me.  I loved your soft fur.  I loved your warm body next to me on the sofa or in bed.  I could feel your shape next to me and I was safe.  I loved hugging your barrel shape.  I still smile seeing the smile on your face as you run through the water on the ditch, coming right to me.

Thank you for loving Bea, our cat, and I loved how Bea would join us on walks.

I will never replace you.  I will love you always and look forward to seeing you again, on the other side.


Maggie Grace



Otis left this world far too soon with all the love his adoptive family could give him. He came to our rescue when his picture was included in an email that went out showing a long list of dogs in Texas that were out of time. We knew that this sweet senior needed to live out his days knowing the love of a family and so he made the long trek to Albuquerque. This boy touched so many hearts but I believe his rescuer and transporter Page says it best, “God bless you Otis Boy…You were one in a million. An old boy cast aside. Age knows no boundaries when you are full of love….It was your day to go be with the angels at the Rainbow Bridge. Someday we will all cross paths again. Right now and forever there will be no pain… Just joy and happiness. Until then…Be the good boy you always were. Remember the beef jerky we shared? How hard your tail wagged, like no tomorrow…Just you and me boy….You sure love the jerky. What about the tortillas at Coral’s house??? They were good right??? We’re glad your last days were happy ones….RIP sweet boy.” Blessed be Otis. We will miss you.


Beautiful Bailey…Run Free Precious Girl

From time to time, people tell me, “lighten up, it’s just a dog,”
or, “that’s a lot of money for just a dog.”
They don’t understand the distance traveled, the time spent,
or the costs involved for “just a dog.”

Some of my proudest moments have come about with “just a dog.”
Many hours have passed and my only company was “just a dog,”
but I did not once feel slighted.

Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by
“just a dog,” and in those days of darkness,
the gentle touch of “just a dog”
gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.

If you, too, think it’s “just a dog,”
then you will probably understand phases
like “just a friend,” “just a sunrise,” or “just a promise.”
“Just a dog” brings into my life the very essence of friendship,
trust, and pure unbridled joy. “Just a dog” brings out the
compassion and patience that makes me a better person.

Because of “just a dog” I will rise early, take long walks
and look longingly to the future. So for me and folks like
me, it’s not “just a dog” but an embodiment of all the hopes
and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past,
and the pure joy of the moment.

“Just a dog” brings out what’s good in me and diverts
my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.

I hope that someday they can understand that it’s not
“just a dog” but the thing that gives me humanity and
keeps me from being “just a human.”

So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog.”
just smile, because they “just don’t understand.”

Authored by Richard A. Biby

It came to me that every time I lose a dog, they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.
~ Unknown



Isaiah, Iz … Such a sweet little boy, all long legs and whippet tail … We knew you for so little time boy, but we knew you were a good boy, a sweet boy. And you know what Iz? You’re loved by a bunch of wonderful folks. We’re sorry we couldn’t help you more. We’re hoping on the other side of the rainbow bridge all of our friends are welcoming you and showering you with all the love you so deserve. Tho your time with us what short you showed us your vibrant soul and loving heart, thank you. Be free sweet boy. Run and play on the other side … We’ll see you soon. Blessed be sweet Isaiah from all of us at Luvin’ Labs.


Beautiful girl … you were in so much pain and we tried to help you … too late.  You were the sweetest girl, the best mama, the prettiest girl.  We miss you, we cared for you, we hoped to help you but your body gave out.  We are grateful that in the end you left without pain, in your sleep, finally resting after tortuous days of pain, suffering, infection.  I’ll hold you close Rosie girl, every time I hold your son, my boy Jericho.  Thank you for bringing him into the world, thank you for loving and caring for him and the countless other puppies you had.  Rest now sweet girl.  Know you were loved.  Play free of pain on the other side, and wait for us when we join you on the other side?  Blessed be Rosie.




Leo … you journeyed and loved with us for a quite a while, touching the hearts of the fosters you lived with and everyone you met. You were always happy, always had your tail wagging, always a sweet boy and Ashley’s best bud. Thank you for spending your last months with us big boy. You will always hold a special place in all of our hearts. We wish you well on the other side Leo, and no more pain sweet boy, no more pain …Blessed be Leo.




Lucy was only a part of the Luvin’ Labs family for 3 weeks, but she was blessed with the love of a foster mom who only wanted her to enjoy life and feel wanted again.  Her previous owner described her as friendly to adults and kids, rides well in cars and good indoors, but that didn’t stop them from leaving her at the shelter when they decided to move.  Lucy never quite forgot the only family she had known for all of her 10 years.  After suffering several seizures,  Lucy left us.  Can a dog suffer from a broken heart; we think Lucy did.  You were loved sweet Lucy and we will never forget you.  Our wish is that you are once again happy and content.


This week we lost a most special Honorary Luvin’ Lab dog.   Rumi aged 12 years owned by Indi Lab founding member  and Luvin’ Labs volunteer Rose Kahn crossed the bridge. This exceptional dudley male Labrador was foster brother to many labs in his lifetime. Rumi was brother to Blossom, a female yellow lab rescued 5 years ago from Kern County. Rumi recently was a loving foster brother to Luvin’ Labs Autumn and Moses.  He will be greatly missed and always dearly remembered. Our hearts go out to Rose at this time.

From Rose:  Rumi graced my life for 12 and a half years. They flew by! We lived outside Aspen for 2, Santa Barbara for 8, Santa Fe for 1 and traveled for a year and a half in between! He grew up in the snow, had his mid life crisis at the Ocean and Retired in the High Desert.  Rumi traveled the entire country with me by car and spent a few weeks in a small fishing village in Mexico too.  The ever sharing HOST, he shared his toys w other dogs and his bones with toddlers!  He adored puppies in the end of his life, ever patient and happy.  Rumi loved his offleash life, RAWFOOD…well any food actually…and being a therapy dog to my Myotherapy patients old and young!  He adored teaching young labs how to surf the waves, swim in a pool and catch frisbees and balls! Once I asked him to help me foster the orphan labs that came and went, he did a good job allowing them space to relax until they wanted to come out of their shells.  He had a commanding presence at 100 pounds and his happy tail NEVER broke one article here in my doll house of artifacts.  Rumi had a wag and a kiss for everyone all the time, unti the moment he passed.  He was bitten several times during his life by fearful dogs, yet never pierced the skin of an enemy.  He knew how to BARK in English….as I always knew exactly what he was saying…He was amazing at telling time too…even in different timezones his internal dinner bell would go off…and let me know that it was time to prepare the feast!  Many men friends often joined him at dinnertime…they just wanted their meat cooked!  They also said they were willing to give up being human NOW and become my dog… Rumi had a charmed life…he deserved every day. I have no regrets except for the one superpower we all wish we had..TO FIND A CURE FOR CANCER!


Dogs LOVE US for a SHORT TIME…..


Today we lost a very special young boy we named Dobbins. Dobbins was a beautiful 7 month old chocolate lab puppy who came into the rescue with the hope we’d be able to help him. He was hit by a car in Valencia County and ended up in the shelter where Patty asked us to help him. Peter transported him to the good folks at Good Shepherd Animal clinic where Coral, Desiree and Cindy held him as he passed. His poor little body was damaged beyond repair with a broken vertebrae.

Dobbins, we only knew you for moments but your sweet soul shined through in your cuddles and puppy kisses. You captured many of our hearts and hold them still. We wish you no pain on the other side baby boy. Know you were loved while you were here. Wishing you peace and play and forever happiness on the other side. Blessed be sweet boy.
– your Luvin’ Labs family

We received word today that our precious Bailey lost her battle with cancer 2 months ago.  She was such a special girl and brought such joy to us and her forever family.  Her adopted mom described her as “such a sweet soul who always seemed to be looking out over the city waiting for someone”.  While we mourn her passing we can hope that Bailey has found that someone that she missed so much in life and know that she had the most loving foster and forever homes in her last days.

In memory of Bailey we have rescued Misty today 7/11/2012



Sometimes you come to us only for a moment, a reason, a place and time that we don’t quite understand…you were here for us today, yet gone too soon.  Please know that your time with me and my time with you mattered.  You are a treasure, we’ll love you and hold you as if you were still here…because Haley, you no long reside beside us, but you’ll always be in our hearts.

Blessed be sweet girl, be pain and worry free on the other side.

From all of us at Luvin’ Labs

A Special Tribute from Haley’s Foster Mom

Sweet, sweet Haley Bean – forever present never seen, Too short a life, too little time – you did your best, and you did shine. * Much love for all and freely given, How could we know you were so driven? * You loved your food, your water too – So fun to watch, such joy in you * You searched and searched for your special one, Bonds from your past that were not done. * But he was gone and you were here – We tried so hard that much is clear. * To find a family, a home, great love – We did not know what was above. * A love still waiting for their special girl – A lab we named Haley; a blessed pearl… * Who lived, and loved and died with grace – Who will forever hold a special place… * My labs are sad, they miss you so – I told them gently you had to go. * Your life was done, your path was set – Your past was calling, love must be met. * We loved our Haley, we love her still – Take care sweet Haley, take care until… * We meet again at the end of time – Over the Bridge, where you’ll be mine.

There is a tradition in the Luvin’ Labs family that when one of our pups departs this life, the next pup we are asked to save we do so in memory of our lost best friend.  Bella (formerly Bubbles) was tragically lost to us June 4th.  That same day we learned of a small pup in a nearby shelter who had only hours to live…that pup was Joshua.


Dear Bella,

My name is Joshua and I just wanted to say thank you for my life!  Today was suppose to be my last day here on earth, but you saved me and I don’t have the words to let you know just how thankful I am.   I am just a pup and now I get a chance to experience life and have a future.  My tail just will not stop wagging…I am able to live and be loved with a chance now at a forever famly.  I am sorry it took so much from you for my life to be saved, but I promise that I will not let you down.  So thank you Bella for all the joy and happiness that is to come.

                                              Your friend forever, Joshua

Joshua’s link:



Adopted by his foster!!  Yeah Carter!  6/27/12  This handsome almost white male Labrador retriever is Carter.  He is 6-7 years old and described as loving, gentle, goofy and happy; what a great personality he has. Carter was rescued by Luvin’ Labs after his owner left him at the shelter and is doing great in his foster home.  Carter is experiencing the very beginnings of arthritis (not uncommon at this age) so it’s important that he be on a diet of good food, salmon oil, and glucosamine combined with a moderate lifestyle.  If you are interested in meeting Carter call (505) 362-0331.




Sweet Dee…your family left you and your sibling pup at the shelter…moving without you…heartbroken.  You lost your home, your family and then your sibling who was put into foster.  The good folks at the shelter found you another older soul to curl up with while they looked for a place for you.  Sweet as can be and always so happy to be with other dogs, you were scared and shaking at the shelter.  Luvin’ Labs foster Jonie opened her home, her heart and her packs’ love to you.  You were with us only 6 short days, curled up with Jonie and foster sister Princess at night, until you restlessly lay down on your own and passed.  Please know sweet girl that many loved you, cared for you and are holding you still.  You’re in the best of company on the other side and our wish for you is knowing the unconditional love and sheer joy that you shared while you were with us…Blessed be sweet Dee.

Folks, don’t be surprised if you hear from us that these pups can simply lie down and die from heartbreak; we’ve seen it happen again and again.  Nine years old and left to die…we’re glad she was loved and in our care when she decided to cross over…Colleen


Poor Missy never had a chance at that new forever home as a serious medical issue dictated her future.  Run free precious Missy.

My name is Missy and I am a beautiful and so sweet female black with a little white labrador retriever.  The folks at the shelter think I am about 12 years old, but I don’t look like I’m that old; they must be mistaken.  I have been at the shelter and available for adoption since April 17, 2012.  This place isn’t ideal for a senior like me so I’d love to find a new home.  If you are interested in me call the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department-Eastwide and ask about animal ID #A0623287.

Beautiful boy…you stole our hearts from the first moment we got you. In spite of the fact that you ate through the cable wire so many times we started calling you Cable Dog. When you learned how to retrieve the newspaper from the driveway, you took the neighbor’s too! When we had 3 stockings on the fireplace mantel…2 for the kids and one for you….you smelled which one was yours and took it down yourself! You always brought your bowl when you were hungry and thought we weren’t quick enough. You ever so gently pulled our daughter’s scrunchy out of her hair…to her giggling delight. Always so gentle with the children, and patient with them too. The most loving soul inside such a beautiful boy…we will never forget you.

Many years ago when an adored dog died, a great friend, a bishop, said to me, “You must always remember that, as far as the Bible is concerned, God only threw the humans out of Paradise”

Prince Elway Dogin the 7th:  April 1996-April 2012.  After 14 wonderful years, our gentle, happy, fiesty Shepherd has gone to meet his sister Shasta, and once again chase Rabbits to his heart’s content.  Perhaps in heaven he’ll finally catch one.  Or perhaps Shasta and Elway will just run and run and run along the beach.  He loved to play catch more than any of the labs that have come through our house- and would play with anyone who would give him the time.  Always friendly with people, and always playful with all dogs, we will miss you terribly.

Blessed be Elway, your home with your Shasta now …

Our sweet Lexie Sue said goodbye to us on Monday (2/20/12) after a 4 month battle with tongue cancer. She was 15. She fought cancer and death like no other and loved life so so much! I adopted Lexie in March of 1997 after seeing an ad in the Houston Chronicle under “Good Homes Needed” for $25. As a 1st year law student, I had no business adopting a puppy but getting Lexie that day was fate. I picked Lexie and Nicki up from a tiny trailer out in Kingwood. She was in a baby playpen with a bunch of other puppies and just one look and I knew she was the one. So off we went to start our life together. Lexie lived with me for the next 15 years – almost half of my entire life and all of my adult life. Lexie was a very regal and model dog, dogs just didn’t come easier than her. She always walked on a loose leash, never chewed up a thing in her life, was immediately housetrained, she didn’t bark or jump up on you, she enjoyed attention but after her time, was happy to go about her business, never a nip or bite, never a dog fight, always acted like a princess and was just easy. She was also the great alpha dog…only Lexie could rule a house with dogs twice her size and known for their dominance and get them to mind (I might add, better than I could)…we called her the “little mother” as she was always keeping the rest of the pack in line…even as she aged, if Buddy, Ruger, Scruffy or Sam got too hyper or out of line, she was quick to correct them and they always listened. In spite of our great sorrow of losing her, we all had to laugh that she is in heaven getting Buddy and Nicki back in line. She was also my great protector and would do anything for me. One of my dad’s favorite stories about Lexie was when my dad and I were walking Lexie, Nicki and Buddy when two big dogs came right for us rather aggressively and it was Lexie, with hair raised, that stepped in front of us all and with one look, the dogs quickly turned around and left us alone. She never asked for much and loved her life so so much. She was so content with a soft bed and a little debbie snack cake now and then. She was always model thin and acted like royalty, a star in her own right. She was a funny eater and would snub a hamburger or steak for something sweet and knew the sound of a snack cake or sweet being opened. Even as she battled cancer and was a skeleton of her former self, she fought so hard and so bravely to stay with us. The vet said they had never seen a dog fight to live like my Lexie. Time and time again, we would be told the end was near and she would fight back to stay with us, defying the odds. I think she knew how hard it would be for me to let her go. After losing Nicki in 2008 and Buddy in 2009, she did keep her promise to me to please stay with me until at least 2011 as I just couldn’t take losing her so soon after Buddy…she even went further and stayed with us through Christmas which was the greatest gift I could ask for. Lexie was with me through my life’s journey and for all of my personal ups and downs. Until the cancer, she was still able to run so fast and keep up with the younger dogs, even showing them up from time to time. She never asked for much and went with the flow of life so easily. Lexie is one of those great, easy dogs that most people dream about having in their life and that I was lucky enough to have for half my life. Saving Lexie and Nicki that day forever changed my view of homeless animals and is a big reason I got into dog rescue, so I could help dogs just like her. Thanks to Lexie so many homeless dogs have been saved. She is such a blessing to me and my family and will be greatly missed! I will miss her quiet, sweet demeanor and her love. Goodbye my dear, sweet baby – we will forever miss you.


Heaven has a new twinkling star as Luvin’ Labs beautiful Lacey left us to join so many that have been lost.  We didn’t know how sick this sweet baby was until she was gone.  Lacey in her short time with us captured the hearts of many, particularly one special little girl who wanted Lacey as her forever best friend.  We miss you Lacey…run free sweet baby girl. Blessed be Lacey …


To Lacey from her foster mom:

When I first saw you through those bars
I just started to weep
My hopes came true
They rescued you!
Now you would come to me

I thought you safe
I thought you happy
I thought your future bright
A little girl was waiting for you
To cuddle through the night

We had our fun for a short time
You heard coyotes howl
Oh see that donkey on the field?
What is that?! Should you growl?

I come back home
Your bed still there
Your chicken soup is cold
Sweet Lacey I cannot say how you have touched my soul

I think you sweet
I think you safe
I think you running free of pain
Please wait for me on the other side
Then we can hug again


Precious Charity found her loving forever home with a family that cared very deeply for her, but sadly, only for a short time.  Charity begin having seizures and her little body just couldn’t recover from them.  During her short time with the Luvin’ Labs family this sweet pup grabbed the hearts of so many of us.  We will always remember this beautiful girl whose personality brought smiles to everyone that had the privilege of knowing her.  Run Free our special Charity…We miss you. Blessed be sweet girl …

Charity with foster sister and Luvin’ Labs Alum Mookie

How many dogs can fit on a Costco bed?

Charity with her foster siblings


This is Tag, she was a 7 year old Chocolate lab who was taken from me way to soon. She still had so much more to teach me! She was the prettiest, smartest, funniest litt

le girl I have ever seen. I think she must have known 3 different languages, she could have won an Olympic metal in swimming, she knew her right paw from her left paw and she even knew how to close the door when you told her. Oh and lets not forget she had to have pink tennis balls, only pink!! What a angel she was! She was diagnosed with Histiocytic Sarcoma mass cell tumors. Throughout several surgeries this brave girl never let us down, she fought till the end. On September 29, 2011 only about a month after she was diagnosed, I buried my best friend, my little girl. We love you Tag Martin, you will never be forgotten.






We found Max and Kaia before moving to New Mexico in 2006. I saw their picture on the Lodestar Labs web page and immediately fell in love with them. For more than a month I looked at that web page every day hoping nobody would take them until I got to New Mexico.  As soon as we arrived, Mike and I picked them up. It was love at first sight!

Max had the bark of a Great Dane and the soul of a child. He was a gentle, sweet and mischievous. It seemed you could hear him from miles away and he was always enthusiastic about everything. We hiked, camped, went swimming, and traveled all over the country. There was no way we could ride in the car with him without getting our ears wet, he would always sneak up on us J. Max was my buddy, my fetcher, my best swimmer and runner. He played hide and seek like the best of them! Max was full of surprises; he would gather all the “lost socks” in my house and put them in a pile for me to wash. He brought his dish when he was hungry and knew how to pose when he wanted to get on the couch. I tucked him in every night. He loved that… nuzzling his head always under his blanket and curling up with his favorite toy: a stuffed turtle.

I learned a lot from Max. He taught me how to be silly and how to be brave at the end. I will always treasure the time I got to spend with him.

Max, we miss you so, so much. When I look at your sister, I sometimes see you in her expressions and I miss you more. I hope we lived up to your expectations as you did to ours. You are in our hearts every day and will be always.


Sadly, Buddy was in extremely poor health and unable to stand or walk, and very agitated at the shelter. The difficult decision was made to let him go. We pray you are free from pain and happy on the other side sweet boy. Know that there were many who cared for you, and we will see you again someday. RIP sweet Buddy.



Dear Leo,

You taught me the value of unconditional love and friendship. You were my first dog and you knew from the beginning that we would be best friends. I quickly discovered your favorite games, chew toys and big bear hugs that you loved when I came home. You also broke the rule that an old dog can’t learn new tricks. You were always learning new things everyday in your life. You never gave up on me. You showed me the threshold to a doorway that opened into a life of splendor, love and implicit trust. It seemed, at times, that it was you that cared for me; you were my guardian and guide. I loved our afternoon walks. You taught me to take a break everyday and just be in the ‘now’ with you. We cherished our time together. When your hemangiosarcoma diagnosis was certain we did not have much time left with you. On the first day we thought it was time to let you pass, you kept walking past the car to your favorite neighborhood park. You asked me to toss the ball and you sprung up and caught it as if you were three years old; and then you hung on, for months longer than anyone expected. You waited until the time was right. I miss you so much. I still hear you climb up the stairs and your groan every time you lay down. I still see your big brown eyes and your wrinkled forehead when you were curious about something or wanted to play. Leo, you were my best friend. The lessons you taught me about my own life are indescribable. I wish there was a way I could share your spirit with the entire universe and pass your lessons on to every living creature. I love you, sweet LeeLee. You will always be close in my heart. I know you are running and retrieving sticks from the river eternally now. Rest in Peace, dear Brother.

August 2001-May10, 2011.


Sena and Jason

Gone But Not Forgotten
There is a hole in our heart
Where Paxton used to be
No words of condolence
Or kind sympathies
Can quiet the storm
That we feel in our core
Knowing dear Paxton
Won’t be here anymore.
But there’s comfort in knowing
Our beloved Kelty & Sadie wait
To greet our dear Paxton
Once he enters the gate
Where all of God’s creatures
Who’ve passed from the Earth
Are happy and healthy
A blessed rebirth.
So We thank you sweet Paxton
For friendship so true
When others deserted
We could always count on you
We will carry your memory
Forever inside
And patiently wait
‘Til you’re back by our side.
In Loving Memory Of our dear old friend




My name is Petey and I was found by a lady on her way to work wandering in the parking lot of a Los Lunas gas station Saturday morning.  She took me to the Valencia County Animal Shelter where I greeted the staff with my tail wagging.  I was a black lab, male, about 5 years old, very friendly and blind in my right eye.  I had a collar on, but no tag or microchip.

I was put to sleep today, because there was no space at the shelter. The rescue tried to get me, but there wasn’t time. I had a home and a family, and the good rescue folks sure hope someone loved me at sometime.

I don’t understand this thing called “space” or why I couldn’t of stayed around to find my forever family …but I hope any of you reading this will help. Help to find homes for homesless pets, help to give a good dog a chance at a loving home, help to care and to teach folks to care for those like me … we don’t have voices, we cannot speak. Will you speak for us?

Blessed be big boy, we wish we’d known you, we wish you’d known we cared … be happy, be free on the other side.

Although Brooklyn could no longer run and fetch, he still enjoyed a rousing game of fetch!

Brooklyn, we hope your running pain free on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. I know your mama loves you and misses you daily … you were such a special and brave boy. Love to you big boy … cjw


Rest now sweet baby. Be free on the other side. For you, the pain, terror and heartbreak are over. Know that you were loved by many who tried to help you.

This picture just breaks my heart. Too scared to even look at the shelter worker.

My name is DAKOTA and I am a female, choc Labrador Retriever. I have been available for adoption since Nov 06, 2011. The shelter thinks I am about 5 years old. I have been at the shelter since Nov 06, 2011. For more information, please call Albuquerque Animal Services – Westside at 505) 768-1975 and ask about animal id A1631061.

Our precious Velvet touched many hearts. She is missed dearly and yet her essence lives on in the trees, through birds and in memories of those many whom she connected with.

Here’s a Greeting Card with a photo of our dear one which reads, Velvet: former shelter dog given a second chance. She lived with joy and grace, in spite of her difficult beginning. In the sadness of losing a special dog, dogs remind us to keep the joy!

Photos and designs by Jes McKay Gilmore of: Thank you Jes!


In wishing Hero happiness and freedom from pain on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. We hope he was met by many of our loved departed friends … Dawhoo, Cody, Winston, Taffy, Barron, Rosie, Daphne, Chip, Marley, Harley, Flash and Mandy. Hero, you are in the best company brave boy.

Many of you don’t know Hero’s story … he came to us the 24th of September … with help from Dion and Peter … and went to Good Shepherd on Monday for surgery on his testicles which were ripped open and infected. He did ok for about a week, but his weak body fought infection. He had a second surgery this week and kept failing. Special thanks to all of the Good Shepherd staff for showing Hero that people loved him and cared for him. Tasha … thank you for being with him until the end. Dion and Peter, thanks for working so hard to get him to us so fast.

We named Hero because of who he was. Despite the pain, hunger and misery he must of been in while wandering as a stray he was observed every day walking kiddos to the school bus stop and then waiting there to walk them home at the end of the day.

Hero, you were a gentle loving soul who at only a year old had a horrible life. I hope in the end you left knowing how deeply you were loved and what a profound impression you left on many of our lives.

We will be establishing Hero’s Fund, to raise funds and awareness for the many wonderful black dogs in shelters. Funds will be used to rescue and rehabilitate black Labrador Retrievers.

From your family at Luvin’ Labs … we love ya big guy.

Blessed be Hero.

When human beings die they write their testament to leave their home and all they have to those they love. I’d do such, if I could write, to a poor desperate, lonely stray. I’de give him my happy home, my bowl and my cozy bed…my soft pillow and my toys…the so loved lap, the tender stroking hand, the lovely voice…the place I had in someone’s heart, the love, that at last, helped me to find a peaceful end, held me firmly in a sheltering embrace. When I die, please don’t say “I will never have a furbaby again; the loss is too much to stand. Choose a lonely, unloved dog and give him MY place. THIS IS MY INHERITENCE! The love I leave behind is all I’m able to give. ~ Author Unknown

Dear Jesse,

I had to wait some time before writing your memorial. Even now as I write, I can barely see the screen through my tear-stained eyes. You came home to us on April 2nd, 2000, following the death of our big, black, shaggy dog, Woody. I wasn’t ready for a new dog, but mommy put us in the car and drove us to the Animal Humane Shelter the Saturday after Woody’s death. I thought “there can never be another dog like Woody”. We went up and down the rows of kennels, viewing +the sad, the neurotic, and the older doomed dogs. We were almost done when a young dog with funny forward-perched ears caught my eye. We asked our escort if we could visit with you. He took us to an area where we could play with you. He said you were a stray, five months old and some kind of Lab/Shepherd mix. One couple walked by and said “he’s too rambunctious for us”. I knew you had potential. You were friendly, gnawing on my arm, and wagging your tail as fast as you could. Mommy made a trip to the office. She came back and said “you were on hold!”, “On hold?” the escort said. “I’ve never heard of such a thing”. So after a few trips to the office, you were ours. They neutered you, gave you your shots and I picked you up on Tuesday. You were rambunctious all right, chewing up everything in sight and knocking over our then two-year-old, Daniel. I still use the wooden-handled garden trowel that you chewed on way back when. As the years passed, you matured. We all grew older together. Daniel went from a toddler to a teenager. You became a sweet and gentle dog. You loved kids and visitors, yet you were always on guard as a faithful watchdog, defending our home. In the cold months, you could always be found at the foot of our bed at night, letting out a moan of pleasure whenever I rubbed you with my foot. You kept our feet warm when we tucked them under you. In the warmer months, you would stretch out on the floor under the ceiling fan. Every night I would ask mommy, “Where’s Jesse?” so I would know not to trip over you. Every morning, I cleaned out your eyes and rubbed your always itchy ears, telling me how itchy they were by the amount of pressure you put on my hand. There are countless things we loved about you, and yes, you filled the void left by Woody. Now, you have departed after over eleven years with us, the longest-lived dog we ever had. I know you should have lived longer, but no one can predict any living thing’s end. So, the circle of life continues. Although we will you grieve you for some time, we have saved a new life. Just as you came to us after Woody, Dusty has come after you. I believe it was your spirit that told me to look for a new dog. Now your spirit lives on in Dusty and he will fill the void in our hearts that you left behind. You can rest in peace knowing that a new dog has a wonderful home and will never know thirst, hunger, pain, heat, or cold, and will always be loved. Goodbye Jesse.

Mommy, Daddy, and Daniel


I couldn’t let you leave without saying goodbye, even if it’s just words on a website and tears in my eyes. Sweet girl, we watched you from the day the shelter posted you on their site. 10 years old, and an owner surrender, and still you danced in your picture. Sweet girl, they tried to help you there … but sometimes the changes, and fear, and life you lived before, is just too much and you break a little bit. Kind of like our heart breaks a little every day for those we lose, while saving those we can. Puppy … know there were a bunch of us who were trying to help you, who cared about you, who loved you…be free, be happy, be at rest … play sweet girl … know you mattered. Blessed be sweet Puppy.


Cody was 90 pounds of magnificent gentleman. We would kid about the fact that he never licked us, never rolled on his back for a belly rub and had no tolerance for other dogs who did not respect the space he believed, as an elder, was his.  This space was respected by dog and cat alike. (For the last couple years of his life he came to us for good solid ear rubs out of sight of the other dogs and did the “puppy dance” before his meals for as long as his crumbling legs would hold him.)  To some folks he may have seemed aloof, but he was a dog comfortable in his skin. He knew who he was and he liked it.

We’ve seen many dogs in our day but we have never seen a dog with as beautiful a “trot,” that pace between walking and running. Cody turned that speed into one of sheer splendor. He seemed to float forward.  It was a dirty trick of nature to give him cancer in his left back leg and took away from us forever that vision that could get your heart smiling.

The dog Gods blessed us with Cody for more than 12 years and I can’t remember the last time I marveled at his glide. As so often happens in life we never know the last time we are going to experience something and that something will have to live in our memory forever. Cody has taught us to experience those times real hard.

Cody’s pain ended July 16, 2011. Our pain began that same date.


Sweet Henry is an owner surrender at the Clovis Animal Shelter. We pulled you and tried  to help you but you were sooo sick. Henry you had a great few days getting loved on and knowing that folks weren’t all bad. We sure hope that you found your human who passed  away before you, and that you are playing pain free on the other side. We tried to help you big boy … we hope in the end that letting you go humanely, in your rescuer’s arms, helped you know that people can be good. Blessed be big boy.

Blessed be Yogi …

R.I.P. YOGI ~ You brought MORE into my life than you will EVER know!

by Angela Stell on Monday, June 20, 2011 at 7:13pm

Today was supposed to be YOGI’s new leash on LIFE.  I woke up this morning feeling the usual delight that comes with knowing you are picking up a dog off of death row. It was a week ago yesterday that a wonderful city volunteer told me about YOGI, wasting away at the Albq Wside shelter, & asked if there was anything I could do. I told him to send me some pics of him w/his ID # & that I would do my very best.  The search for a foster insued. In that search, I was introduced to a very kind man, Fred Ellis, of Second Shot Pointer Rescue in Arizona. He offered to take YOGI into his program.  A temp foster was secured for YOGI while we awaited transport to Fred. YOGI was scheduled to be released to NM DDB today, 6/20/11 after his neuter.  A sponsor stepped forward to offer a presciption food diet for YOGI, which i delivered to the shelter last week, meeting him for the first time. OMG…THOSE EYES! A couple of days later, I got a report from the volunteer that it just seems like YOGI was slowly starving to death, even though he was eating ALOT.  This got me to thinking AND to worrying about what medical condition YOGI might be suffering from. I decided then that when YOGI was released, he would go directly to my vet & then Fred & I, together, would make a decision on how to proceed. I was sceduled to pick YOGI up today at 5pm.  I got a call from the shelter vet today at 2pm…this is NEVER good :( YOGI’s pre surg uncovered a very dismal medical prognosis. The vet siad “I assume you do not want to take him?” Nothing was further form the truth…I wanted to pick him up EVEN MORE!! I told her I was on my way.  I picked him up & we headed to my clinic. After a long discussion of the results of his tests, more tests & careful consideration of NM DDB & SSPR financial resources available to treat the MANY things wrong with YOGI, (medical expenses would easily climb into the 1000’s & a poor prognosis was the reality), it was decided that we were going to have to let YOGI go :( This is NEVER an easy decision to make. This is NEVER something that ANY of us want to have to do. But, it’s what I call “THE GOOD OF THE WHOLE”. In rescue, there are choices that must be made to best put to use what resources are available to help AS MANY DOGS as possible. So….with the decision made & with tears in my eyes & an ache in my heart, I loaded YOGI back up into the van & we headed to Tingley Beach, with a stop at Mc Donalds on the way. YOGI swam, ran, chased birds, splashed around with the ducks & we ate hamburgers together. I can tell you with every ounce of my being, that YOGI was the most happy he had been in a VERY long time. THIS is how I will remember YOGI, & now he is free to swim with the ducks over the bridge. Not only was YOGI a very special dog…he brought a very special person into my life, & for THAT, I will be eternally GRATEFUL to him!! THANK YOU YOGI, RIP.

Yogi and Angela

Yogi swims

Adopted!  Kane is a beautiful 4 year old white lab with a dash of Great Pyrenees in him. He came to us from the Dallas, Texas area and is currently in foster in Albuquerque. He’d love to find a home if at all possible with his big pack sister Stella, but can be placed separately as well. From Kane’s foster dad … “Kane is a large yellow boy with a friendly disposition to both people and other dogs. He enjoys chasing other dogs at the dog park without getting into unfriendly altercations. He enjoys walks or short jogs around the neighborhood. Kane prefers sleeping at the side of his peoples bed; however, he is in tune with the environment around him and will alert if he hears unaccustomed noises outside the house. His size and bark will definitely intimidate most would-be burglars. He will do good with an active family that will ensure he gets plenty of exercise by taking him hiking,  jogging, or the local dog park for off-leash activities. He rides well inside a truck or car.” For more information on Kane please call 505/362-0331

Colby, you were such a good sweet happy boy. You became sick, your foster mama tried to help you the best she could. The sicker you got, the sadder she became. She had to make the horrible decision to let you go, to save you from being sick, and more pain. Brave happy little soul that you were, you wagged your tail until the end. Thank you Colby for the short time in your foster home, for learning to trust, to love, to play. We wish you well sweet boy, play pain free and happy on the other side. Blessed be Colby.

Thank you to each of you for your thoughts, prayers, good wishes and donations to help sweet Barron.  Sandy and Jim’s boy renamed Hunter. We set Barron free this evening while he was lovingly held in his foster mom’s lap.  Since the surgery he has been having seizures and a lot of pain in his front leg joints.  His back legs were already very weak and painful from his overall physical shape, arthritis, pain from his hard life … we just don’t know.  We felt the greatest kindness was to stop his suffering, to set him free. Blessings to Sandy and Jim who lovingly cared for him in his last week … Please join us in wishing Barron peace, freedom from pain, and the knowledge that he passed being very loved.  Blessed be sweet Barron.


My name is Daphne.  The rescue that was coming for me named me that … it’s a pretty, springtime name that reminded them of my rescue sister Dahlia who just passed away.  I’m a good girl.  I’m trying to lie pretty in this picture.  I hope you think I’m pretty too and see what a good girl I was.  I had a foster mama waiting for me tonight, and a forever home waiting out there for me.  I never got a chance to meet my foster mom, or to play and love and care for my forever family.  Instead, this morning, because the shelter is too full (I don’t understand this, because there’s always lots of dogs in these places), they came to get me.  I was so excited because I thought maybe, maybe I was going somewhere … for a walk … to play with someone … to get some pets … to get to go HOME!  My tail was wagging and I was smiling my labby smile, but the man was very serious.  He took me back to a room, and they held me.  The way they were holding me, the smells in the room, the bags in the corners with my sleeping kennel mates … I started to shake, so they held me tighter.  My paw began to burn, my heart swelled, my heart stilled.  The room grew smaller and smaller, and my eyesite disappeared.  My body ceased to exist anymore, and I crossed over.  I’m hoping to be met by some of the luvin labs who’ve gone before me … maybe I’ll meet my namesake Dahlia.  But please … don’t forget me.  All I wanted was to love, all I wanted was to be loved. My name is Daphne. I’m a good girl.  Remember me?  Remember those like me, left behind, abandoned, lost, unloved, scared. Care for them?  Share my legacy? Save a lab?

Blessed be Daphne.  We never met you, but we loved you.  You mattered, you’ll be missed, we’ll save many in your name.

I saw you gently weeping as you looked through photographs
You paused for just a moment at one that made you laugh;
But as you turned more pages the tears began to flow
You whispered that you missed me but I want you to know;
I softly licked those stinging tears that down your cheeks did fall
I want to help you understand I haven’t left at all.

On those days that you are overcome with sorrow, pain and grief
I rest my head upon your leg to offer some relief.
When you take our walking path I’ve seen you turn around
Because I know you surely heard my paws upon the ground.

At night while you are sleeping I snuggle at your side
You stroke my fur as you touch that place where I used to lie.
You said it’s just your heart playing tricks upon your mind
But rest assured I’m really there, my spirit’s left behind.

I know your heart is hurting; it’s like an open sore
You think my life has ended and you won’t see me anymore.
But for those of us bound tight by love, death is not the curtain call;
It’s really the eternal beginning that waits for us all
So, dear Master as you live your life I patiently await
For us to be together when you pass through Heaven’s gate.

In Loving Memory


Sweet Daisy will forever be in our hearts.  The lovely girl had just found her forever home, and had a very special few months with her family who adored her before she was diagnosed with kidney failure. Daisy had suffered at the hands of neglectful owners at one point in her life. You are very missed sweet girl, and we are ever so grateful to of helped a little bit in bringing you to New Mexico and into your family who loved you. Blessed be sweet girl.

Sweet girl, we’d no way of knowing that spaying you would harm you.  We lost you today … our special curly topped girl … we are so sorry we couldn’t do more for you.  We are very grateful to your foster mama who gave you the chance to be happy and loved, and feel secure and well fed over the past few weeks.  I know in her heart that she will always carry a piece of you, as all of us will.  Dahlia, know that you were loved, and that many cared about you, and that we will work hard to save another one in your name.  Sleep well sweetheart.  Run and play and smile your beautiful smile on the other side.  Blessed be Dahlia.

Flash, we are glad you found your person with us, and that you were able to spend so much time with her before you left. You were ill for a very long time, but you never let on, you carried yourself with such grace and dignity. You left behind many important lessons for those of us still here … carrying yourself with grace despite whatever happened being one. Thank you for that, and for sharing what time we had with you. You are so missed, and so loved. Blessed be Flash, friend, teacher, partner … we will always carry you in our hearts.

Little One, we tried to save you, we were too late … you were  a perfect puppy, in a imperfect world, where things like work and phone calls and appointments get in the way … of saving a life.  Nothing else but saving you should of mattered. We are sorry little one.  We’ll work harder to help the next one.  Know that there were many who cared about you, and that very special you meant a lot to us.  Play well, be free, be happy on the other side.  Blessed be Little One …

Laddie, sweet Laddie, dubbed Harry by his foster family, is resting peacefully on the other side … pain free and hopefully running and playing and enjoying the freedom he didn’t while he was here in his aging body.  Laddie, tho your face and body bore scars and testaments to the ravages of a hard life, your soul and spirit were sweet and loving.  We are amazed at your compassion and capacity for love and kindness.  We wish you well big boy, and know your beautiful spirit is free.  Thank you for coming to us and showing us that although sometimes we only have moments together, the time spent can mean more than many experience in a lifetime. Blessings to your family who took you in and loved you. And to you Laddie, blessed be sweet boy.

Sweet Soulie,

If there really is a heaven beyond this beautiful life on earth then it has to include dogs .. and I hope we have a chance to see you on the other side.   Thank you for all of the fun times we shared together.  I know that we will eventually find another wonderful shelter dog to become part of our family,  but you, Soul Man,  will always hold a very special place close to our hearts.

Love, Debby,  Dale & Luna

You left us on November 28th,2010,not a day goes by that I dont think about how much we loved you and now how much you are missed. The day you died, I was so sad to let you go, my heart still breaks when I see your picture or think of the 8+ years you were our “1st child.” I still remeber seeing you on September 10th, 2002 at the Rio Rancho Animal control, and when we made eye contact I told your mother that this is the dog for me!!!! My boy you made such an impression on me, you taught me so much without saying a word, such grace, even when you were sick, you never complained or cried, you were so strong. Bubba I am forever grateful to you for always taking care of your four legged sister, Ginger and your two legged sister, Madyson and your brother Landon, and especially your mother, Cindy. When I worked graveyards, you were always the first to greet me on the front porch, knowing that your watch was not done until I was home, and boy could you snore after that. Bubba you are and will always be my best friend, I will always carry you in my heart, but its time to rest now my boy.  Mady, Landon, Ginger, me and Momma miss you so much, so be good my friend,

I Love you my boy,

Blessed be pretty boy … you didn’t like people … I’m sure we let you down at some point.  We hope that you are happy and free on the other side …

Sleep well sweet boy, we are slow to learn that sometimes saving is actually setting you free. Winston traveled far to New Mexico.  The travel, transitions, change were all too much for this sweet boy.  He tried to speak to us in the only way he could … he became aggressive, lashing out at those who were trying to help him.  We saved Winston by setting him free.  Winston, we hope you are playing free of hurt on the other side. Know there were many who loved you.  Thank you for sharing your last moments with me.  Thank you for coming out here and allowing us to help you.  Thank you Winston for shaking my hand and lying in my lap, and for the quiet moments we shared.  Play with Dawhoo, and Rio and all those we’ve lost on the other side.  Sleep well Winston, you’re a good boy.  Blessed be Winston, you are always in our hearts.

amber eyes, fluid liquid
holding yours while your hands
traveled through my golden coat
velvet ears
soft words
soft voice
soft tears
falling on me
you held me
you heard me
you set me
I carried you
in my heart
long before you
met me
knowing you
would see
would know
my needs
time has been hard on me
my weary soul
I’ve traveled far
and held so
much pain inside
I lost but still
I found
around me
those who loved
despite not even
knowing me
I felt you
around me
me be free
so I sleep now
velveteen ears
covering my unseing eyes
but in my sleeping
I’m around you
still …
loving you
I breath, I laugh
I dance, I play
I am

Baby boy, you were sick, we let you go … I know deep in the night I’ll question that I made the right decision … but is it kinder to give you love, and let you suffer or to let you go while and have you suffer less.  Someday, little one, I promise I’ll find a way to help those in your situation have a better chance, someday, Bruce, we’ll find a way.  When we do, offer us your blessings from the other side of the rainbow bridge?  Sleep well sweet one, know there were lots of us who cared, and who tried to find a way to help you.  Blessed be Bruce.

Cry not for me because I am gone, miss me not anymore , don’t let my loss and leaving fill you with mourning.  Use the look you saw in my eyes, the softness you imagined my fur to be, the stillness now of my heart as I lie quietly asleep, the love you knew me to have…

Cry not for me anymore because I am gone, save another in my place … fill the bowl you would of shared with me, lie the blanket close to you, allow another to fill my spot, eat my food, have my pets.  Care for another in my place and when he passes

Cry not for him anymore, love another, we love, we are, we will always be.

Cry not anymore, save another.

Blessed be little ones … put to sleep on 11.9.10 … sometimes in the shelters there’s so much sickness that there’s no place for the pups to go to see if they are, or are not, sick.  Sleep well little ones … just so you know many folks cared about you.

Here we are in a situation that isn’t what we hoped for in life.  Can you imagine being in a cage wondering when the people will come to take us away to that room where we don’t ever return?  We are in cage #19 with animal ID #33938-9.  We are female Labrador mixes yellow and black.  Our way out of this awful situation is to get adopted by a nice loving person that will care for us like we deserve.  And for that person lots of love and licks from us in gratitude forever.  We will wait for your call……….hoping it comes in time to save us.  Please phone 575-769-7893 and inquire about animal ID 33938-9

Baby girl, you looked so much like my own Haylee … it was hard to make the decision to let you go, especially since we knew you made it through distemper.  You sat like such a good girl for your picture … thank you … it will forever immortalize you, and leave you always in our hearts.  Charity, I hope you are free, and happy, and able to be a fun loving puppy on the other side.  Blessed be little one.

Blessed be Sweetie … we tried but were too late  … our hope is that you are in your forever home … My name is Sweetie … I don’t know why I’m here but my family dropped me off and left me … I don’t have much time, at least that’s what folks are telling me, and the other dogs that are sad and waiting.  I’m a good girl, really I am … I’m still a bit of a puppy and I make puppy mistakes but I love, and I’d be a good girl for you … really.  Please won’t you come and take me home?  I promise to love and care for you as long as I can.  I promise to be your lovely new best friend.  My name is Sweetie … please don’t forget about me … please don’t let me run out of time.

Today I lost the truest most loyal, loving, family member and friend I have had over the past twelve and a half years…. Brandy you were there for me through thick and thin and you were the best dog ever… Rest in Peace my beautiful girl! What a gentle soul my Brandy was!  She is now chasing rabbits, swimming in lakes, fishing with my Grandpa, and receiving the everlasting petting on her head from God.

Taffy left us today.  She was very sick.  Taffy had the great fortune of being loved by her new family, and hopefully left behind a legacy of the caring and compassion that can be only be epitomized by what a loving and sweet girl she was.  Taffy, thank you for being so kind, gentle and gracious in this life.  We wish you a peace and freedom from your pain.  Blessed be little girl, you were loved by many.

all of these puppies will be put to sleep on 11.9.10 because they may have distemper in the shelter and these puppies may be sick … poor wee little ones … blessed be, we’re sorry we couldn’t save you …. we tried

Cage 26…….not a loving way to describe where we are.  Can anyone out there help us before our time is up?  We were abandoned in a field by a not so nice person and now have been found but are in transition, we hope, in Clovis at the Shelter.  They don’t keep dogs like us for long here before we are taken to that room of no return.  What we really need is some caring person to take interest in us QUICKLY!  Could you be that savior we have been hoping for?  Please phone Clovis Shetler at 575-769-7893 and ask about animal ID 337790 in Cage 26 before they take us to the room of no return.

… “by watching my parents with our pets, I learned that even though death takes them away from us way too soon, it’s still worth loving them with our whole hearts while they are here; not holding back for fear of the pain that will certainly befall us when they go. Today we mourn the passing of another sweet, loving, brave, gentle soul.  Kodi’s delightful spirit brought us joy and comfort over the years, especially the years when my parents spent long days and sleepless nights nursing our other brave little lab through her terminal illness.  We were lucky to have Kodi’s company for many years, and blessed to have had extra time with him through excellent veterinary care, but it still wasn’t long enough.  One comfort I cling to as I mourn this loss is to know that he is with our other little girl now.  Their spirits are frolicking together with no pain or sadness, only blissful joy.  We miss you, Kodi. Thank you, Mom and Dad, for showing us how to love them with our whole hearts, even knowing we will one day have to say goodbye. What could be better in this life than to know and love these creatures who love us so unconditionally back?  Maybe having a family like ours to lean on when they go.” from Kodi’s human sister Leslie.

Memorialize your pet with a customized pet urn.  Here’s our friend Alexandria’s site

Blessed be little one, we hope you are happy and playing on the other side of the rainbow bridge.

“My name is Shalom, I am not perfect, I’m not a purebred.  I’m a black lab mix in a world of black lab mixes found wandering as a stray and taken by maybe good intentioned people to the Clovis Animal Shelter.  It’s not a bad place … they feed me and keep me safe and warm and I have water … they just run out of room. It’s a small shelter, in a smallish town with lots of people who forget that I can hear, and smell and feel.  I feel fear as the dogs walk back, one by one … where do they go?  I’m scared at night, all of these dogs barking and I’ve no place to go.  Someone loved me once.  They let me go, or I went … I can’t even remember anymore, I’ve been scared and hungry and alone for so long. So I’ll sleep, and wake up tomorrow … and be grateful for the food they give me.  And if I’m walked by someone down the aisle to the place where dogs go, at least I’ll be asleep and I can dream of that place and time … when someone loved me.”  For more information on Shalom please call soon.  Clovis Animal Shelter’s number is 575) 769-7893.  Please ask for information on cage #20. (that’s me!)

Chasity .. we failed you pretty girl.  You were a beautiful girl and we just didn’t have the means to bring you home to have the surgery you so desperately needed for your tumor on your tummy.  You were a good girl, we’re sorry your people left you at the shelter … we’re sorry we weren’t there to hold you when you left.  We’re sorry we failed you for something so silly as not enough money to pay for your medical bills.  Sleep well sweet girl.  Blessed be Chasity.


Bud we’re sorry we didn’t get you in time … Blessed be sweet boy.

Chip was abandoned by his family who said he was “too old” and they left their faithful companion at the city shelter.  Chip was taken in by Good Shepherd Animal Clinic and loved on by all the wonderful folks there.  This good ole boy, who always had a wag and a doggie grin for everyone, passed away this morning, August 30, 2010.  Chip was so fortunate to have Cindy and the Good Shepherd staff loving on him, caring for him, and being with him on his last days ….  Chip died of a broken heart, waiting for the people who abandoned him.  We wish you well big boy, with your velveteen ears and beautiful chocolate coat.  We hope you are playing free and happy on the other side, and that you know how many people cared for you here in your last weeks.  Thank you for being a part of our journey Chip, though your time here was short we understand you had to move on.  Blessed be big boy, your a good boy.

Boone is in the Clovis shelter and in immediate danger.  Let’s give this wonderful looking boy a chance at a forever home?  For more information on Boone please call 575/ 769-7893 and ask about the lab pup in cage number 16.

Marley lost his battle today with Neosporosis … he will be greatly missed by his family.  Marley, you traveled far to your forever home in New Mexico … we wish you well on your travels on the other side.  Thank you for your short time with us.  We hope you are chasing your beloved tennis balls and playing with all the other pups, free of pain and filled with joy.  Blessed be little one …

Harley, our forever immortalized lab/shep pup, who came to us all the way from Missouri and was placed in a loving home passed away this morning unexpectedly while in the arms of his big lab brother Max.  He was up and running and playing this morning, ate breakfast like normal, and then passed quietly away.  We are grateful to have met him, and that he shared his time with Francine, her daughter and big labby brother Max in their loving home.

Harley, we wish you well on your journey, run and play forever now little boy.  Thank you for sharing some time with us …. blessed be little one.

`An Indian legend says: ” When a human dies there is a bridge they must cross to enter into Heaven. At the head of the bridge waits every animal that human encountered during their lifetime. The animals, based on what they know of this person, decide which humans may cross the bridge…and which are turned away.”

A man and his lab were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead. He remembered dying, and that the lab walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them.

After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight. When he was standing before it, he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold. He and the lab walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.

When he was close enough, he called out, ‘Excuse me, where are we?’

‘This is Heaven, sir,’ the man answered.

‘Wow! Would you happen to have some water?’ the man asked.

‘Of course, sir. Come right in, and I’ll have some ice water brought right up.’

The man gestured, and the gate began to open.

‘Can my friend,’ gesturing toward his lab, ‘come in, too?’ the traveler asked.

‘I’m sorry, sir, but we don’t accept pets.’

The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his lab. After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence.  As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book….

‘Excuse me!’ he called to the man. ‘Do you have any water?’

‘Yeah, sure, there’s a pump over there, come on in.’

‘How about my friend here?’ the traveler gestured to the lab.

‘There should be a bowl by the pump,’ said the man.

They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it. The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the lab. When they were full, he and the lab walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree.

‘What do you call this place?’ the traveler asked.

‘This is Heaven,’ he answered.

‘Well, that’s confusing,’ the traveler said.

‘The man down the road said that was Heaven, too.’

‘Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That’s hell.’

‘Doesn’t it make you mad for them to use your name like that?’

‘No, we’re just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind.’

Bomber, thank you for leading Alexa on her journey into rescue, we never met you big boy, but I know what an impact you have left as your legacy …

Missy, we wish you peace on the other side, and happiness with your reunion with your mom and dad.

How about helping out another lab or labs in danger to honor the memory of your forever friend …

a gift from one beloved Lab to another………helping from beyond the Rainbow Bridge ….


Bridgette was found but a wonderful women named Mary of Rez Dog Rescue lying on the side of the road.  Mary drove back to help her, and flagged down a car to help her lift Bridgette into the car.  Bridgette was paralyzed on her hind end, and her stomach and chest were rubbed raw from mange and or trying to pull herself somewhere, anywhere …

Mary nursed Bridgette through the night and made the decision on Sunday to take her to the Albuquerque Emergency Clinic to have her evaluated and see what the possibility was of helping her recover.

Bridgette, who was incredibly sweet and loving, and ever so grateful for the food and water Mary gave her, had been shot.  The bullet chipped off a piece of her spine.  Her chances of recovery after a very costly surgery were very slim, so she made the very hard but right decision to let her go.

Bridgette we wish you peace a relief from your pain and suffering over the Rainbow Bridge.  We know in life many people failed you, we hope in your death you felt the love and caring from so many who were wishing you well.

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker.

The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker,

and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure.

They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him.

Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on.

Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion.

We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.

Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me.

I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said,”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life —

Like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?”

The Six-year-old continued,”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you’re not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.


Lacey, you were a big beautiful young girl who passed too soon.  We are all so glad you were loved while you were here.  Sleep well sweet girl.

Dawhoo is the reason we do all we do for Labrador Retrievers.  Our big boy is buried right outside our bedroom window so he is always close to those who loved him so much.  Not a day goes by we don’t miss our big goofy boy.  Dawhoo, you are forever in our hearts.

Dawhoo, My big brown eyed loving puppy, we are forever holding you in our hearts. You are missed so much by each of us. Your four legged friends still look for you. Cocoa is at a loss without you to lay by, Fozzy misses his mentor and Jericho, who is so much like you, missed out on knowing you too well. The boys and I so miss your velveteen ears, joyful greetings every time we come home, your perpetual tail wagging and even your incessant barking. I miss your kisses goodnight sweet boy. Da, we wish you so well, and hope that you are playing without pain on the other side. Wait for us old friend, we’ll walk in the mountains and play together again soon…


Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

Author unknown…

Cody was a true gentleman of a dog. Playful (loved to steal socks and let you know he had) respectful, gentle and kind. He was also a singer…..howled to all of his “animal sound” toys and taught the other dogs to join in. He once had surgery and the vet told us he came out of the anesthesia singing………such a sweetheart.  Everyone lucky enough to meet Cody loved him and admired his soul. He touched each person’s heart with his indescribable specialness. He was our teacher and “coach”. Cody, you are free now. Bless your soul with peace and love from afar.

Sleep well good boy,
Libby and Wyck

I explained it to St. Peter,
I’d rather stay here
Outside the pearly gate.
I won’t be a nuisance,
I won’t even bark, I’ll be very patient and wait,
I’ll be here, chewing on a celestial bone,
No matter how long you may be.
I’d miss you so much, if I went in alone,
It wouldn’t be heaven for me.

Unknown Poet

To all the ones we’ve lost and couldn’t save in time.



emails for us to Tom at LODESTAR Dog Ranch:

There is a black female lab in the Clovis shelter that is supposed to be euthanized this morning. She is a really sweet lab, but there is no place for her to go…She is a couple of years old and has had a couple of litters. She was dumped off in the country and someone brought her into the shelter. I have no place for her to go and she would be coming this Saturday, 10/31/09. I am looking for either a foster or a forever home….Can you help???

10/31/09 UPDATE
I know, I have to have a tougher heart, but reading this last night just devastated me. The girl Bella that I worked so hard to find a home for was put down yesterday morning. She had a home waiting for her, a mama who already cared about her, a vet appointment on Monday, a name. I’m just letting you know so maybe you can help the rest of us in wishing Bella a peaceful journey and joy on the other side.



If love could keep you alive, you would live forever