labrador retrievers

Lily, the Black Labrador who was meant to be a Hunting Dog (part 2)

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“I told him I would take her hunting.

Of course I had never been hunting before.

Cut to six months later, my father and I had our Elmer Fudd hats on, following Lily around with hunting guns.

That day, the birds and other animals were safe, that’s for sure.

Several years later, I can now say, Lily is a good hunter.”

Olive, the Bassett Hound, Staffordshire Terrier, and unknown mix, Rescue Dog (part 1, she said)

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“I grew up with a lot of pets– cats, dogs, rabbits, gerbils, and more.

I had a horse and we had a barn full of animals.

I had never really had a pet of my own.

Those were family animals.

My husband had a dog growing up.

Our nine year old son loves animals, too.

We knew we wanted a dog or a cat, but my son decided we should get a dog.”

Zimmy, short for Zimmerman, the German Shepherd mix rescue named after Bob Dylan (part 5)

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“It can be fatal if not treated, or a dog doesn’t respond to steroids.

Zimmy was on steroids for an entire year.

That was seven years ago and he is still here.

I am a divorced middle aged guy and Zimmy has been my best friend.”

Zimmy, short for Zimmerman, the German Shepherd mix rescue named after Bob Dylan (part 4)

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“About eight years ago both my sister and veterinarian noticed that Zimmy’s head shape was changing.

Instead of being round it was caved in looking.

We went to a dog neurologist and he was diagnosed with a rare German Shepherd disease, called Muscular Myelitis.

It wears away the muscle mass in the dog’s head.”

 

 

Zimmy, short for Zimmerman, the German Shepherd mix rescue named after Bob Dylan (part 1)

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“I was living in Los Angeles and bought a beautiful old gem of a house that had a doggy door leading to a backyard.

As soon as I saw the doggy door I started thinking it was time to get a dog.

Before I could act on it, a stray cat had a litter of eight kittens in my backyard.

I called the local rescue shelter and they told me people don’t adopt feral kittens, so I should trap them, get them neutered and re-release them into the neighborhood.

As a result, I was going to the shelter once a week, and looking at dogs up for adoption.”

Isabel, One of Two Lab/Whippet Rescue Dogs from Tennessee (part 3, she said)

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“One of the worst moments was when she had fleas.  She got tapeworms from biting and swallowing the fleas.

She almost died from the tapeworms.  She was dehydrated, she couldn’t keep food down and the anti-nausea meds weren’t working.

She lost consciousness in my arms and I thought she was going to die.

They injected her with fluids twice and re-injected her with anti-nausea meds and slowly she began to respond to the drugs and recover.”

 

Isabel, One of two sister Lab/Whippet rescue Dogs from Tennessee (part 1, she said)

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“My boyfriend and I were looking for a puppy for my best friend for her birthday.   She has a boxer that’s 8 and wanted a companion for her dog as well as herself (for when her dog passes).

She is a maternal person and enjoys caring for others.

She left it up to me to pick out her dog.  She wanted it to be a surprise.

We definitely wanted to get her a rescue.

We found a boxer lab mix and filled out the forms.

A few days before the puppy was supposed to be shipped from Tennessee, the man from the rescue group told me, the puppy had parvo, (a deadly virus) and didn’t survive.

He had a few puppies that weren’t right for her lifestyle, so we told him to hold on to our deposit and we would check back with him.”

 

Tallulah, the Yellow Labrador Retriever/Whippet Rescue (Part 3)

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“Once she got into a ball point pen and when I came home there was ink all over my light colored carpet and her face was covered with ink.

Aside from the normal puppy phase, she was a great college dog.

She got lots of attention from people on campus and became a very social dog.

I just graduated from undergraduate school in May and came to NY a month ago for graduate school.

We rented a truck and drove up to New York City for 16 hours.”

Charley, the terrier, dachshund mix rescue and his sister, Cleo, the hound, pit bull rescue (part 3)

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“The unconditional love and being needed by Cleo is what saved me.

My problems became less important when I focused on training and caring for Cleo.

My mother loves Cleo and is grateful for what she brought to our lives.

I have since moved out which is what led to getting Charley.

Charley is a character.

He is needier than Cleo.

Cleo has taken on the role of both mother and bratty big sister.

Ultimately, I am the pack leader (when I want to be), but I am not a real disciplinarian.

They are my own small family.

I call them my children.”

Princess, the Pit Bull, Labrador Retriever mix therapy dog (part 3)

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“My brother kept Princess in Coney Island for me.

I got to visit her anytime I wanted, so I was there every other day.

I waited until I got the paperwork so my landlord couldn’t make a legal complaint.

She’s been with my husband and me for three months and it’s been a Godsend.

Princess has brought a better sense of communication to my marriage.

We discuss how we take care of her.

He takes care of the finances and I do the rest.

When I walk in my apartment at the end of the day, my stress doesn’t matter.

As long as I’ve got Princess, life is good.”