Fetching Companions Retriever Rescue


Happy Endings




Larry
(
Status- Adopted January 2013)

Wow!  Meet Larry.  He is a stunning jet black Lab. His coat glistens in the sun and he has beautiful copper brown eyes. He is brand new to Fetching Companions, but it’s already easy to see he is a happy Labby boy.  We think he is a medium energy guy and could chill with his family after a nice walk or hike.  He’s tall and lean.   We think he is about 70 pounds.  Larry is only a year and 10 months old so he may fill in a bit.  He has a beautiful face and head.  He seems extremely sweet despite his not so sweet prior life.

One of our volunteers noticed Larry about a year ago or so ago at the local shelter.  Since he was an highly adoptable Lab puppy, we stood aside and hoped he would find a great family.  He was adopted and left in his backyard all by himself.  He escaped this lonely life four times until he found himself back at the local shelter. This adorable puppy was immediately adopted again.  Once more, he found himself with a family who would not give him the time and love he so wanted, and once again back to the shelter he went.  Our volunteer could not stand his continued plight so we took him quickly.  Welcome to the good life young boy! That life is far in your past.

Larry is with Kim at The Trained Canine so we can teach him to be an indoor dog.  We will crate train him, teach him to walk nicely on lead and give him a lot of affection. There’s no doubt this boy is sweet and lovable. He cuddled with our volunteer all the way to meet Kim.   He calmly and gently sat in the back seat awaiting this new life.  We LOVE Larry and so will you.

He is neutered, up to date on his vaccines and micro-chipped. 

We will learn more about this beautiful boy in short order, so do check back as we determine the best family for him. Larry will find a home quickly once he is available for adoption.  If you can give Larry a loving home and fit what he is looking for, then please do hurry and complete an online adoption application and ask to meet Larry at http://fetchingcompanions.org




Chelsea
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Status- Adopted December 2013)

Original bio:

ast month, this beautiful chocolate girl was surrendered at the Orange County animal shelter. She wasn't made available to the public due to a huge mass below her eye.

This meant that the only way she could be saved from euthanasia was for a rescue to step in.

Step in we did: our volunteers scooped her up and rushed her to our vets to do tests and eventually surgery.

The surgery has been done, Chelsea has healed, and she has a clean bill of health! The mass was just a huge but benign fatty lipoma and no longer will be an issue.

Chelsea is 10 yrs young and has an entirely clean bill of health, is low maintenance, house trained, and gets along with creatures of all sizes: what more can you ask for??




Guinevere
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Status- Adopted November 2013)

Original bio:

Guinevere is a gorgeous 72 pound yellow female lab, about 6 years old. She was in severe need of slimming when we got her (she weighed around 85 pounds)., so we put her on a diet and now she looks stunning.

Guinny is a busy girl, although she does fine when crated in an extra large crate for a few hours at a time. When she was out with MacDougal, a younger foster boy (since adopted), she let him know she was the boss. In a nice way, of course. She doesn't play fetch, but she will chase a squeaky ball. Mostly, she likes to steal other dog's toys (hers aren't as interesting for some reason) and carry them around for a while.

An interesting side note--she absolutely adores little dogs. We think she must have had one as a companion in her former home.

She's spent some time at a training boot camp, so she knows "sit," "down" and heels beautifully on lead. She also gained dog-to-dog social skills that she was formerly a little lacking in.

We hasten to add that Guinny LOVES tummy rubs. Give her one and she'll be your pal forever.




Wilbert
(
Status- Adopted November 2013)
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Original bio:

Wilbert is a cutie with a delightful temperament. He came to us from the shelter with a bad case of flea dermatitis. The shelter had given him medication to kill the fleas, but his coat was dull and sparse. It was badly sunbleached on the front half (where he didn't lose his hair due to the dermatitis) and the back half plus tail was missing an awful lot of hair.

With appropriate treatment and a high quality diet, his coat has been fully restored to a beautiful deep, glistening chocolate.

We've got him at an ideal weight of about 67 lbs, brought him up to date on vaccinations and have done some minor but necessary dental work; so he's good to go for adoption by some lucky family.

Wilbert is around 6 to 8 years old. Given his youthful bounciness, we think he's closer to 6 than 8.

He loves to fetch and to get loving attention. In particular, he heartily enjoys playing with various squeaky toys, tossing them in the air and running around with them. He also loves being chased around the yard by his foster sister Guinevere while he squeaks a toy.

He will occasionally jump on a person, but it is easy to get him "off". Although his former owners indicated that he should be an only pet, we have not found that to be the case, although we haven't tried him with cats or small dogs. We think he would be a good fit for an active family.




Maya
(
Status- Adopted November 2013)

Original bio:

Sweet Maya is a beautiful black female purebred Labrador.  Sweet, sweet, sweet is all we can say.  Maya is a little shy and has an easy going spirit.  She has the perfect Labrador temperament and is a low energy girl.  She does get playful with other dogs and wags her tail constantly.  We think Maya is about 8 years old. She weighs about 75 pounds.  Her coat is beautiful, full and shiny. She has a beautiful head and gorgeous eyes. Maya is good with everyone; big and small.  She loves dogs and we think she would be fine with cats.

Maya lost her home with her buddy, Fino.  Four year old Fino found his home when he was adopted from the shelter.  We knew Maya was a gem so we ran over and grabbed her.  She was lonely and sad at the shelter when Fino left.  After all they had been best buds for four years.

Maya is looking for a special home.  She is such a sweet, sensitive girl who has so much love to give.  She is the perfect companion Lab.  She would enjoy walks or just an evening stroll with her people.  Most of all, Maya wants love again.  She knew love with Fino.  As I petted her head, I could see the despair in her eyes.  I told Maya that even though I’m not Fino; that I and her new family would give her the love she needs and wants.  I promised Maya that she would find love and happiness again.

Maya is crate trained.  She’s spayed, micro-chipped and up to date on her vaccines.  Some gracious sponsors insisted she had a wellness exam so that we did. We did a complete wellness blood panel and she even had her teeth cleaned.  She’s the bright picture of health.

This black jewel will capture your heart strings.  She certainly has grabbed ours.




Archimedes
(
Status- Adopted November 2013)

Original bio:

Archimedes is a very special boy.  He is a beautiful black Lab mix.  He has a stunning blocky head and sweet loving brown eyes.  Archimedes is a young Lad at only 1-1/2 years old.  He weighs about 70 pounds and will probably continue to fill in just a bit.  His paws and head give us a good idea that he has not finished growing yet.

We received a call from a person Riverside County letting us know this boy was found curled up in a ball and very frightened.  His people had dropped him in a yard where he attempted to leave and got caught between electric fences.  Archimedes was emaciated and dehydrated when he was found.  We knew he needed help.  One of our volunteers drove 2 hours in each direction to bring Archimedes to our rescue.  He spent time with Dr Slaton at Westlake Village Animal Hospital, where he slowly opened up and began to act like a happy Lab.  He received his medical care and has an excellent bill of health.  He is neutered, vaccinated and up to date on his vaccines.  Archimedes is also micro-chipped.

This boy is as sweet as they come.  He is gentle, sensitive and extremely loving.  His energy level is low, yet he does love to play.  He gets along with other dogs and loves their companionship. He and his foster sister Angel play nonstop.  They love to exchange wet, slobbery Lab kisses.  All of us are smitten with this gentle yet playful soul.

Archimedes is learning not to pull on lead; he’ll do fine shortly.    He’s a fast learner and corrects very well.   He’s a great family dog!  He will be fine with children of all ages.  He did pass his kitty test, but once he saw a kitty hiss and swat at him, he was frightened and barked.  It would probably be best if his new family did not have kitties. 

Most important would be a loving family who will include Archimedes on family outings.  He prefers to be indoors when they are. This is a must as he is not a loner and will not enjoy being outdoors without his people.  One of his favorite activities is keeping an eye on his foster mom in the kitchen.  You never can tell, she might need some help with the food!  In the evening he watches TV and curls of with his foster family.  He gently puts his head on the nearest lap. 




Lolli
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Status- Adopted November 2013)

Original bio:

Lolli is way cuter than any dog has a right to be.  She's a youthful  1-2 years old and weighs in at a svelte 50-55 pounds.   She’s goofy and fun loving, smiling constantly with a big Labby grin--her happy antics are infectious.  

Her manners still need some fine-tuning, so Kim at The Trained Canine is teaching her the basics of polite behavior; however, whoever adopts her should reinforce and continue her training.

She is very affectionate and dispenses kisses with abandon.  She’ll be a wonderful family companion.  We suspect she’ll be fine with cats, though we haven’t tested her yet.   She is good with children and adults, though in her exuberance she could playfully knock over small children, so children 8 years or older would be best.  She corrects very well and is doing very well in her training program.

This girl’s soulful brown eyes would melt any heart, but at the same time, her constant smile underlines her innate happiness.

Lolli appears to be in excellent health, is spayed, microchipped and up to date on her vaccines.




Sandie
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Status- Adopted October 2013)

Original bio:

Sandie is a sweet and well mannered girl. She is a beautiful honey colored purebred labrador with hazel eyes. The vet estimates that she is 4-6 years young and in good health. Sandie is on the chubby side and we have her on a diet because she need to lose about 10 lbs. We think she will slim down quickly with a good diet and daily walks.

Sandie is being fostered in a home with very young children and appears to be great with people and dogs of all ages and sizes. She has not been tested with cats yet. Her foster mom thinks that she would do well in almost any home where she can be a loved member of the family. She has great house manners and is past puppy shenanigans but does like to chew her squeaky toys and carry around her "antler" chew.

She is well behaved and knows basic obedience commands like: sit, down, stay and come. She is house trained and will let you know when she needs to go out. Sandie's favorite pastime is just to hang out with her foster family. She walks well on the leash and enjoys going on walks and outings in the car.

Sandie is spayed, micro-chipped and current on her vaccination.




Riley
(
Status- Adopted October 2013)

Original bio:

Meet Riley. He is a 4 year old neutered male who is good with dogs both big and small. Great with people, both big and small (his former owners had very small children), good with cats and is an overall happy guy. Riley walks well on leash and passes other dogs nicely. He knows not to jump up on people and takes treats very gently. He looooves to play fetch. He will play fetch for as long as you want and then some. He also loves to swim and enjoys visiting the dog beach. His former owners lost their home and were forced to give Riley up. Thankfully, they reached out to rescue and not the shelter. This boy is an absolute gem and will make a lucky family very happy.




Bebe
(
Status- Adopted October 2013)

Original bio:

Bebe is a large, gorgeous black male who was found as a stray in a warehouse in August. The vet estimates his age as no more than 2 years old. He has a clean bill of health, and he has been neutered and vaccinated to keep him that way. He is crate trained, and quiet most of the time, but he is young, so he does like to run around to use up some excess energy. He is fine with the other dogs and cats at his foster home, although he can be a bit of a brat with the old dogs once in a while. His foster mom calls him a dreamboat. She says he is very attractive.




Lindsey
(
Status- Adopted October 2013)

Original bio:

Lindsey is a real sweetheart! Found as a stray in Inglewood, she was given food and water for 2 weeks by a resident who wanted to help her but couldn't take her in. Once Lindsey realized she had someone to depend on, she spent most of her time on the front porch where she was fed. We picked her up as soon as we were informed of the dog's situation. She wasn't left to fend for herself on the street for very long, because she needs to lose at least 10 lbs - she is now on a diet. She has been given the vaccinations and care she needs. This dog is an absolute sweetheart and deserves a home where she will get the love she craves.

Our current guess is that Lindsey is about 8 years old, and the vet agrees. Whoever is allowed to adopt this girl will be rewarded with an adorable loving companion.




Oliver
(
Status- Adopted September 2013)

Original bio:

Oliver is a gorgeous near white pure bred Lab.  He has a touch of yellow on his ears and muzzle and beautiful harvest gold eyes.  He’s a young lad at about 2 years old.  Oliver is a tall, lean athletic boy and weighs about 70 pounds.  He’s a happy-go-lucky guy and has a smile on his face at all times.  He’s playful and acts like a puppy.  Oliver had a rough start to life.  As just a baby he was purchased by an elderly couple who soon couldn’t handle an active Lab.  It seems he was then put in his backyard where he lived the first 1-1/2 years of his life.  He received no training and no socialization during this time.  He was turned in to the shelter where he was in grave danger.  We knew we needed to help this boy.  Oliver went straight into training with Kim from The Trained Canine to learn all he had missed out on.  Kim asked for time with Oliver and we gave it to her, after all, this beautiful and young Lab is so worth it.

Oliver is ready for a loving home.  He would probably do best as your only canine companion as he wants all this new found love attention for himself.  Oliver has that sweet and loving temperament that we all love about our Labs.  He is good with kids, but not little ones as he may playfully knock them down. He’s a young boy who will need daily exercise and may even enjoy going for a jog.  He does settle down in the evening and relaxes by your feet.  He is crate trained and behaves nicely in the house. He knows basic obedience now and has been socialized with other dogs.  He does get a little excited and barks when he meets a new dog.   He is learning to play fetch and especially loves to carry his food bowl with him.  Sadly, we think his food bowl may have been his only toy at his previous home.  Soon he’ll realize there are lots of fun toys and balls to play with and his food bowl will simply be a food bowl again.

Oliver needs a loving family who would never just throw him in the back yard again.  He would love to be included on family activities and go on family vacations.  He would benefit with follow up training to what he has learned while at FCRR.  He’s the kind of guy who needs time and patience, time to be with a loving family that will treat him like he’s part of the family. 

Oliver is micro-chipped, up to date on his vaccinations and neutered.




Leyla
(
Status- Adopted September 2013)

Original bio:

My name is Leyla. My foster family says I am approximately 2 years old and as sweet as they come. I am pretty mellow and easy going for a dog my age, and I love all people and dogs. I'll take all the hugs and kisses I can get.

I know basic commands like come, sit, stay, shake paw and lay down. I am not food or toy aggressive and I take treats in a lady-like fashion. I am good in the house and have had no accidents. I gain confidence quickly and try to please. I have finally figured out the dog door - I just tailgated my foster brothers. If you don't have a doggy door, I will go to door and whine to let you know I need go out. I can hold it all night if I need to.

I have not been crated, so my foster parents do not know how I am in one. I tend to get excited and jump on you when you first come home, but I'm learning that I should be a good girl and sit and wait to be petted. I do not jump on furniture but if you invite me I am more than happy to get up on the couch with you. I love water – just bring me the hose.

I am very social and good with all dogs, big and small. Don't know if I like cats yet - my foster parents are going to put me face-to-face with one so they can see if I do. I would be great with a family – kids, etc., but since I still tend to try and jump on people, children should at least be 7 years of age. I think once I learn not to jump up, I can be good with children a little younger. My foster family says I have been an easy foster and will be missed, but everyone feels that I deserve a home and family of my own.




Phoebe
(
Status- Adopted August 2013)

Original bio:

Phoebe is as sweet as Labs come! Phoebe is a purebred English Lab.  Her loving personality will melt anyone’s heart in an instant.  We think she is about 8 to 9 years old and has the appropriate amount of gray on her sweet face, yet has the blackest, softest, shiniest coat.  In her early years, she was probably one of “those Labs” who had boundless, wild energy.  But now, Phoebe is at that perfect, mellow, senior Lab age.  The age all Lab owners wait for!  Phoebe is up to date on her shots, and is spayed and microchipped.  She is a little chunky monkey and weighs 75 pounds.  The vet thought she should weigh in at about 65 pounds.   

She is a happy-go-lucky Labby girl!  She loves giving kisses and we love getting them!  Phoebe is gentle and will fit perfectly into a family with other dogs her age and/or energy level.  She's also good with cats. We think she will do fine with children, but not little kids that will be rough with her so we think children 10 and older. She is happy and content being in the same room where you are, or just being part of a loving household.   Phoebe loves people and she is looking for a forever home where she will not be left alone.  

Phoebe sits, stays, lies down and has beautiful, respectful and polite manners.   She is getting the message that it’s “OK “ to come and relax in the living room with her Foster family or even to come lay on her own dog bed. This girl has deep gratitude and love for anyone who shows her the same. 

She’s curious and friendly with other dogs,  yet is not into rough playing or chasing.

When at the park or the beach, she loves to walk and run with her two Foster family’s sibling. She comes when called and wants to know where you are.  She loves the waves at the beach and being on the sand.  On leash, she’s a little excited at first, but is comfortable with a loose leash in minutes.  She, like all seniors, gets winded going up hills, so we go slow and take rests.  With good nutrition, supplements and lots of love we are seeing changes rapidly.  Phoebe took off in a full speed run this morning with foster brother Cody. 

She is patient when getting rinsed off or bathed and thinks getting toweled off is the greatest thing on the planet!  Well, almost as much as car rides.  Phoebe loves to put her head and body (we’re always careful to not roll windows down too much) out the window.  She loves the way the wind blows in her face and the way her ears flop up and down.  This girl is always smiling!!! 

She will thrive in the right household where she is around her forever people.  With good food, supplements, her soft bed, companionship and lots of love.  She is getting her senior tune up at DAWG which includes a wellness blood panel and teeth cleaning. 





Bojangles
(
Status- Adopted July 2013)

Meet Mr. Bojangles.  “Bo” is a purebred yellow and white Labrador. This sweet boy found himself at the shelter waiting and waiting for his people.  We rushed in to get him.  We knew he was a sensitive boy and needed to be with people. He’s a Lab through and through—he’s happy, fun and just loves people.  He loves his ball and playing fetch.  Bo loves the water and is an avid swimmer.  He’s a perfect companion for beach trips and family outings.  He is social and friendly with everyone he meets.  He is wonderful with all dogs, big and small. He even did well with his cat test.  He loves children!  He is house trained and behaves nicely in the house.

To Bo, life is all fun and games, so if ball playing in the house is a no-go then he will need to be shown that.  He is a big guy so he would need to be managed that he doesn’t knock over a little one. He loves to be petted and rolls over for belly rubs.

We think he is about 5 years old and weighs in at a chunky 79 pounds. He’s lost a few pounds since he’s been with us.  We think a perfect weight would be about 74-75 pounds. His eyes are a beautiful harvest gold and he has a peanut butter color nose. He has a smile that will make you laugh.

He is beautiful and appears to be in perfect health, but we had a benign fatty tumor on his chin removed and gave him a dental cleaning to make him even more beautiful.

Bojangles gets very excited when he meets new people. Once he gets to know you, he settles down nicely.  We think he will always be one of those goofy and playful Labs though.  He pulls a bit on his lead and jumps in excitement.  He spent a week with our trainer and has really shown improvement. Bo is a very quick learner and want to please his people.  He also plays tug-o-war with his leash so we are working with him on his leash manners. He sure has that fun, happy and lovable temperament that we love about our Labs. 

Best hurry and complete an online application at http://fetchingcompanions.org.  He is sure to go quickly.




Shasta
(
Status- Adopted August 2013)

Original bio:

Shasta is such a pretty little lady.  She’s a yellow and white Lab mix.  We think she is about 8 years old and weighs about 55 pounds-- a perfect size for many families.  

Her saga began when we received an urgent call from a Santa Barbara Shelter letting us know she was there.  She was extremely underweight , nervous and very shy when we met her. It was clear she was confused and scared.  She just would not eat.  She needed help badly. We asked Kim at The Trained Canine to work with her.  In no time, this little lady had begun to relax. She just needed structure and love. 

Shasta is very sweet and has wonderful house manners.  She is crate trained and walks beautifully on a leash.  This girl has a lot of spunk, but will settle in nicely for an evening of reading or watching TV.  She enjoys her daily strolls too.  She knows basic obedience and is crate trained.  She now enjoys two square meals a day.  It was so nice to see her eating and gaining weight.  Her favorite time to relax is when Kim is working in her office. There is nothing like having a nice easy girlfriend to just to hang out with. Shasta is polite and respectful and loves her people.  We’ve discovered she is a lap dog. She’s also good with dogs, but would be just fine as your only canine companion. We’ve found she really doesn’t care for pushy dogs. She likes to take life in slow and easy. She is good with children, but may not be patient with toddlers who poke at her.

Shasta is looking for a home where she is a companion dog. She loves to be loved and returns that love in abundance. She will stick close by her people. She would do best in a relaxed atmosphere, being a little uncomfortable with chaotic situations.

She is microchipped, spayed and up to date on her shots.  We have grown to just adore her. 




Wally & Princess
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Status- Adopted August 2013)

Original bio:

Here are two beautiful bonded half-sisters, Wally (black) and Princess (yellow). They had the same mom but different dads. They are both around 5 or 6 years old. They are inseparable--always touching and cuddling. Princess is the bossy one, and just a touch protective of her personal space. She started out lacking canine social skills, but has gotten a crash course in getting along in her foster home and is now quite good.

Wally is the quiet one, she never barks and backs out of the way of anyone. She is quite the lover. Actually, they both are but her mellowness is therapeutic. Princess is a typical Lab, easily stirred and wants to be active. Both depend on each other. I could only dream of having such love between dogs with my two.

This is a pair of beauties to die for-- they're going to make their adopter very happy.




Bruce
(
Status- Adopted July 2013)

Original bio:

Meet Bruce, who had the misfortune of winding up in a shelter when his family lost their home.  It is clear that he was well cared for.  He misses his family. 

He is a beautiful jet black Labby Boy.  His coat glistens in the sun light and he has beautiful copper eyes.  Bruce is 2-1/2 years old and is a total sweet heart. He is very sensitive and gentle.  He’s a big boy weighing in at 79 pounds which is a perfect weight for him.

He whines a little at the loss of his family, but he’s nonetheless settled down in his foster home. He rides nicely in the car and has had some obedience training--he knows sit and down. His leash manners need some fine-tuning. His previous owners said that Bruce is good with dogs and children, and that seems to be true. 

The owner also stated that Bruce is good with cats; however, but we haven’t yet put that to the test.  We’ll know more about his house manners in short order, but he appears to be house trained as well.

Bruce is neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on his vaccines.




Bojangles
(
Status- Adopted July 2013)

Original bio:

Meet Mr. Bojangles.  “Bo” is a purebred yellow and white Labrador. This sweet boy found himself at the shelter waiting and waiting for his people.  We rushed in to get him.  We knew he was a sensitive boy and needed to be with people. He’s a Lab through and through—he’s happy, fun and just loves people.  He loves his ball and playing fetch.  Bo loves the water and is an avid swimmer.  He’s a perfect companion for beach trips and family outings.  He is social and friendly with everyone he meets.  He is wonderful with all dogs, big and small. He even did well with his cat test.  He loves children!  He is house trained and behaves nicely in the house.

To Bo, life is all fun and games, so if ball playing in the house is a no-go then he will need to be shown that.  He is a big guy so he would need to be managed that he doesn’t knock over a little one. He loves to be petted and rolls over for belly rubs.

We think he is about 5 years old and weighs in at a chunky 79 pounds. He’s lost a few pounds since he’s been with us.  We think a perfect weight would be about 74-75 pounds. His eyes are a beautiful harvest gold and he has a peanut butter color nose. He has a smile that will make you laugh.

He is beautiful and appears to be in perfect health, but we had a benign fatty tumor on his chin removed and gave him a dental cleaning to make him even more beautiful.

Bojangles gets very excited when he meets new people. Once he gets to know you, he settles down nicely.  We think he will always be one of those goofy and playful Labs though.  He pulls a bit on his lead and jumps in excitement.  He spent a week with our trainer and has really shown improvement. Bo is a very quick learner and want to please his people.  He also plays tug-o-war with his leash so we are working with him on his leash manners. He sure has that fun, happy and lovable temperament that we love about our Labs. 




Camper
(
Status- Adopted July 2013)
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Original bio:

If you want a really fun dog, one who'll do your bidding in a flash, 3 year old Camper is your boy. Just look at his video if you're not convinced.

He's a high-energy love who's been trained to the nines. The lucky family who gets him will reap the benefits of the intensive traing he's had at the hands of his trainer Kim at The Trained Canine. He'd be a terrific search and resue dog, but a dog older than 2 years is rejected out of hand by search and rescue organizations. Their loss can be your gain. What are the attributes of such a dog? Here you go--

    • -Mental and physical sharpness.
  • -Athletic in body and condition.
  • -Very high stamina.
  • -Human oriented.
  • -High motivation.
  • -Laser-like focus on the job or game at hand.

He has it all and will, for example, fetch until your arm gives up, but still loves a nice hug now and then.

Camper is neutered, up to date on vaccines, obedience trained, crate trained, and ready to go.

He's a dog who needs the mental stimulation and physical exercise he'll get from an experienced, motivated and active owner. He'll do well at absolutely any canine sport, whether that be fetch, dock jumping, agility, flyball, swimming, or running. But when his busy day is done, he loves hanging out with his family.




Jasper2
(
Status- Adopted July 2013)

Original bio:

Jasper is a great dog. Whoever adopts him will be very lucky. He is very sweet and mellow and loves to give kisses. He's about 7 years old and weighs about 74 pounds.

He's new to us and we need to get to know him better before we can do a more detailed bio. He's got kennel cough (a doggie cold) right now. He'll be available once he's recovered and has been neutered.

He is great with other dogs, big and small - loves to play with his foster cocker brother - adores children.




Angel2
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Status- Adopted June 2013)

Original bio:

It’s a little hard now to remember that this beautiful eight year old girl was an emaciated shadow of her current self when we rescued her.  Angel’s black coat glistens now, her striking copper eyes captivate and her appearance has the heartiness that stems from good health. And a wellness exam confirms that we aren’t just imagining the latter.

Her weight is close to ideal, at about 65 pounds, she has been spayed and she’s up to date on her vaccinations. We’ve had her teeth cleaned and minor dental work done, so she’s ready to go.

She’s had some training, so she walks well on leash and knows basic commands, like “sit” and “down.”

Angel is a very sweet girl and adores her humans; she loves to hang out with them at any time of day, but especially in the evening, when she gets a chance to get close and cop a few cuddles. She also does well with other dogs; her relations with her foster brothers and sisters go smoothly, though she’s a bit of a bossy girl.

Some of her favorite activities (besides cuddling) are nice long walks, car rides (she loves the way the wind flaps her ears) and playing with humans or dogs.

Angel is the perfect happy-go-lucky companion who would do well in any home, especially one in which she gets at least some human attention during the day.





Camo
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Status- Adopted June 2013)

Camo, a big, fun-loving four-year-old guy, came to us with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee. He is young enough and athletic enough that surgical repair was the most sensible option. So we had it done and now he’s on the mend. He’ll be as good as new in a few weeks.

He's "big-boned," at about 85 to 90 pounds. As he heals and the knee feels better, it's getting harder and harder to keep him quiet so he'll heal quicker. He's just got a lot of "play" in him that wants to get out.

The big galoot gets along fine with both people and other dogs.




Bowie
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Status- Adopted June 2013)

Original bio:

Meet Bowie, a happy and wiggly boy who is about 2-3 years old. He has a beautiful yellow coat and he's a nice medium size, weighingabout 65 pounds.

Bowie was found as a stray and came from a high kill shelter in Los Angeles.

He is currently in boarding with Walk N Roll Pet Sitting in Redonod Beach. He really enjoys playing with toys and is an excellent retriever. He is potty trained.

He can pull on-lead just a little bit - with just a little more training he will be great in no time! However, any Lab can knock a toddler down, so children over age 5 would be best.

This handome boy is a lovely and sweet companion and will bring much joy to the family fortunate enough to adopt him.




Marley2
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Status- Adoptied Jume, 2013)

Original bio:

Marley is a stunningly beautiful purebred Lab.  He has a luxuriant yellow/ white coat and deep brown eyes that will melt your heart. He’s a pretty buff and short-coupled guy, weighing in at 70 pounds of lean muscle.  Did we mention how handsome he is? He’s 5 years old (we originally listed him at 3).  He is neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on his vaccines.

In his previous life, he was an outdoor-only dog with little human or canine companionship. Through no fault of his own, he found himself at a shelter and in need of rescue. We rushed in to help this sweet, neglected boy. He was very shy at first with his trainer, Kim of The Trained Canine.  He’s come out of his shell and has proven to be a very sweet and mellow boy.  He is very calm and loves people. Kim calls him Mr. Chill and he’s now her favorite boy in training--a pleasure to be around.

He didn’t know what toys or balls were, nor did he did know human love and attention, but he’s learning quickly. He wags and wags when he sees his trainer. He gives Kim the famous Lab lean to let her know he trusts her and loves her.

He became excited when his training sessions included fun games such as tug-o-war and fetch. He’s still learning what it’s like to be a companion dog, to play ball, receive ear scratches, human attention and just to be loved.

Marley has been with his trainer a few weeks now and has learned crate training, walking on a lead, “sit” and “down.” He likes his crate and does well in it.

He enjoys his people most and would be happiest as your only canine companion.  He is probably too active for smaller children who could get knocked over.

This boy will pluck your heart strings when you meet him. He is now available for adoption. We are looking for a loving, calm home to match him with.

 

 

 

 




Smokey
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Status- Adopted June 2013)

Original bio:

Smokey is a handsome, gentle, fun-loving black male labrador, approximately five years old. He is an American "field" lab, as indicated by his lean, tall, stature- he carries his 92+ pounds quite well.. Smokey gets along with all the dogs he meets, and his foster sister is a six year old female lab who likes to be in charge-- and Smokey is fine with that. We have not seen him around cats.

Smokey is completely housebroken, uses a doggy door, and is content and well behaved when left alone during the day. He loves to play, and go on walks (a leash was new to him, we think he previously ran free on a ranch, and he is a quick learner. When Smokey landed at the shelter in San Luis Obispo, his leg was injured and seemed to have been longstanding and untreated- he was such a volunteer favorite, that the shelter group had surgery performed so that his leg-- while not quite that of a one- year old-- is well healed and does not slow him down.

He loves all people-- men, women, adults, children, and enjoys riding in the car. Everyone who comes into contact with Smokey remarks how good looking and sweet he is. Smokey so deserves his forever home, preferably where he can receive a moderate amount of exercise, a little play time and mostly, lots of love and kisses on his forehead.




Trevor
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Status- Adopted May 2013)

Original bio:

Meet our new bundle of joy, Trevor, who found himself as a stray and wound up at a shelter.  He waited and waited for his people to come, but they never showed up.  Trevor is about 6-7 months old and most likely an unwanted holiday gift.  He is neutered, up to date on his shots and micro-chipped. He weighs about 50-55 pounds.  Trevor is a whole lot fun! He is nearly pure white with a little splash of yellow on his face and ears.  His eyes are a beautiful harvest gold and his nose is that cute peanut butter color.

Trevor has that typical happy-go-lucky personality and sweet temperament that we all love about our Labs.  He is energetic and needs basic obedience training.  We’ve enrolled him in basic obedience and confidence building with Kim at The Trained Canine in Ventura County. This boy will need an active family.  He would love to be with children who are a little older or bigger as he could knock little ones over in his excitement.

Once placed, Trevor needs follow up to his training.  He will also need a patient family who can devote time for him and make him a priority while he develops into a fine young man.  This is all a must as we want Trevor to be a well behaved and well socialized Lab. He is going to grow up to be an absolutely gorgeous boy!




Winter
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Status- Adopted May 2013)

Original bio:

Meet Winter!  She’s a beautiful female black Lab mix.  We'd be hard pressed to say she’s a mix, if we didn't happen to know she has just a tad of Border Collie in her.  She is 1 ½ years old and weighs about 50 pounds.  She is micro-chipped, spayed and up to date on her vaccines.

Winter’s previous owner lovingly surrendered her to one of our volunteers.  Working long hours, she knew the dog deserved a new home.  She is the sweetest, prettiest Labby girl.  She loves her new play mates, foster sisters Bella and Fetching girl Maggie.  Foster dad Greg took the girls for a nice long walk and ball playing as soon as Winter arrived.  All this attention and activity is new for Winter, and wow, did she have fun!

Though we’ve had her only a short time, it’s easy to see she has that loving Lab temperament and happy-go-lucky personality! She is house trained and behaves nicely in the house.  We think she is good with all dogs and people. We’ve enrolled her in basic obedience classes with Kim at The Trained Canine.  She will be crate trained and learn that jumping on you is not proper manners, even though she’s a cutie pie.  Winter is very smart, we think that little bit of Border Collie only makes her smarter.  She wants to please her people and is a total love bug.




Chance2
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Status- Adopted May 2013)

Original bio:

Hi, my name is Chance, and I'm a handsome 4 year old, male, black Labrador Retriever. I was rescued from the shelter where my previous owners left me, by the nice people at Fetching Companions Retriever Rescue. They tell me I look like a purebred.

I am a very good boy, if I say so myself. I'm pretty mellow and I have good manners, but I do tend to get a little excited at times. My foster parents have been so good to me! They sent me to live with my trainer Kim, owner of The Trained Canine Dog Training. She really understands what I am all about, and she's teaching me that life truly is a "bowl of cherries."

I'm looking for my "forever" home with a person or people that can help me continue to learn to live a stress free life. Maybe we can take yoga classes together? My trainer has also worked with me on some agility equipment, and I think I’m pretty good at it. I'm kind of shy around other dogs, so I avoid them. I would be the happiest in a home where I am the only dog. (Secretly, I just want all of the attention for myself.) I'm neutered and I have had all of my vaccinations. I'm told I'm a nice compact size, weighing in at about 60 lbs. Oh, and by the way, I have a stunning coat! I've been told it looks like black velvet!




Adak
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Status- Adopted April 2013)

Original bio:

Meet Adak!  He’s a cuddly, loving polar bear.  Adak is a purebred, pale yellow Lab with the cutest face you’ll ever see.  He has beautiful soulful brown eyes, and his smile could light the world. He’s a happy-go-lucky boy.  He’s about 10 years old, up to date on his shots, micro-chipped and neutered. Adak just had a complete blood panel and is very healthy.  He’s a puppy at heart and has that cute baby face!   He is so sweet, kind and gentle. Adak weighs about 78 pounds which is a nice lean weight for him.  His foster mom calls him her gentle giant.  

He loves to go on walks and walks great on a leash.  He is house trained and is an easy going guy.  Adak loves his people and will do best in a home where he is not left alone for long.  He also loves to be loved and petted.  He especially loves ear scratches. He moans and groans when you love on him.  Adak gives sweet, tender kisses.  He’s good with dogs and his foster mom thinks he’d be good with cats too.  Adak LOVES children!  He is a big kid himself! When kids come over for a BBQ and swimming, we’ll find Adak hanging with the kids.  Adak took swimming lessons and he really loved it.  He’s quite a swimmer now.  Adak loves to lounge around with his people and other dogs.  He also loves to go for car rides.  He is such a sweet, easy going guy.  He has some arthritis and a knee that acts up once in a while. He does great with his supplements and meds.  Adak acts much younger than he is.

We suspect Adak will be a little shy in his new home, but with lots of love and kisses he’ll warm up quickly.  Adak is a sensitive, loyal and sweet boy.  He broke our hearts as he waited at our front door for his people to come and get him. He waited three long weeks.   His people turned him in to the shelter so we knew no one was coming for him.  He deserves so much better than that. Adak needs and deserves a family to call his own; a forever home where his people will be home and include Adak on family outings. A family who won’t turn their backs on him like his first family did.  The perfect home is one with children or grandchildren who visit frequently.  Adak does love dogs, but would do fine as the only canine companion.




Willy Wonka
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Status- Adopted April 2013)

Original bio:

Meet Willy Wonka!  Willy is an adorable chocolate male Lab puppy.  His green eyes are electrifying. We think he is about 3 months old.  He has been a really good little boy so far, fun loving and very happy!   He enjoys walking beside his person at all times, until he suddenly conks out, as puppies do.  He otherwise has enough energy to wear out his foster mom – thank goodness for co-fosters!  We’re taking him in shifts, because puppies are a lot of work.

Tomorrow is a field trip to the vet.  We think he weighs about 25 pounds, but the vet’s visit will confirm this.  Willy needs to finish his vaccines as well as neutering. 

This pup was found in an agricultural area, scared and alone.  At first, we were mortified that someone had lost their beloved adorable puppy and couldn’t find him.  But then as we looked closer, we noticed his collar was very tight and had begun to dig into his coat.  He wagged and smiled as his foster mom took it off. His coat is dry and a little flaky; we see this all too often, but that will be set right with proper nutrition and grooming.  No matter-- he remains a happy, lovable Lab!!





Ellie
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Status- Adoptied March 2013)

Original bio:

Meet Ellie! She's a near-white, pale yellow purebred female Lab, and what a pretty girl she is! She is 4 years old, up-to-date on her shots, micro-chipped and spayed. Ellie is a little chunky at 75-78 pounds. We think a perfect weight would be around 65-68 pounds. She is tall and will look and feel better when she's a little leaner.

Ellie is brand new to Fetching Companions. She is so happy we came for her! She enjoyed romping around her foster mom’s back yard. She especially enjoyed chasing the lizards. Ellie knows “sit,” but not “down.” She comes when called. So far she has not pulled on her leash. We think she may enjoy swimming, since she was intrigued with the swimming pool and it was all the foster mom could do was to keep her out. After all, Ellie had just had a much needed bath.

Ellie was turned in by her owners to the animal shelter who stated they’re moving to a smaller place. She is a very nice girl that we're scratching our heads as to why they would not want her. Her previous owners said she is house trained, good with children and good with dogs. She met Fetching boy Danny, and she did really well with him, even when Danny jumped at her to play!




Danny
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Status- Adopted March 2013)
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Original bio:

Call me Long & Lean


I am a tall, blonde, handsome young man looking for my perfect match. I enjoy long walks in the moonlight, tasty kibble, and romps in the park. I’m outgoing, athletic, I love the outdoors, and I have a real zest for life.

My Perfect Match: Someone looking for a long term relationship, who is affectionate, active, and who loves to play.

My Ideal First Date: I’d love to get to know you over a bowl of water and a biscuit.

Stats:

Name: Danny
─ Age: 1-1/2
─ Hair: Yellow
─ Ethnicity: Labrador Retriever
─ Education: Basic Obedience
─ Children: Ok
─ Drinks: Water
─ Vaccines: Yes
─ Neutered: Soon
─ Other Dogs: Yes
─ Cats: Probably
─ Housebroken: Yes

I am currently enrolled in a program at the Trained Canine Dog Training School where I am learning some basic obedience and self control. I would love to continue my education with my perfect match, and I’m hoping to figure out how to play that game called “fetch.”




Rhett
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Status- Adopted March 2013)

Original bio:

Meet Rhett!  He's a stunningly gorgeous pale yellow, near white male Labrador.  He is a classic star!  He has a large block head, beautiful brown eyes and is just a lovable Teddy Bear!  He is about 5 or 6 years old, neutered, micro chipped and up to date on his vaccines.  Rhett is a larger Lab weighing in at 95-98 pounds.  He could stand to lose 5 pounds or so.  He is very gentle, a gentle giant you may say.  Rhett was turned in to the shelter by his people who said they did not have time for him.  Well Rhett, we have time for you, and we will look hard and long for a loving, deserving family for this very special boy.  He is brand new to our rescue so we are getting to know him better.  His previous people said he is good with other dogs and children and all has proven to be true.  He’s an easy going, happy-go-lucky Labby boy.  We are ALL in love with him.

This special boy was not allowed indoors before he came to FCRR, so we needed to coax him in where he belongs, with his people.  He is happily enjoying the good life!  He now has a warm, soft bed and time with his foster family.  He loves to play with his foster sisters, Bella and Maggie.  His sisters are teaching him fetch.  We think Rhett has not played fetch before.  He enjoys just hanging and is enjoying lots of love, kisses, and attention.  Rhett loves his foster dad Greg very much.  He also loves Greg’s two daughters.  We think Rhett would be fine with cats too. Rhett rides well in the car and enjoys car rides. He walks excellent on a leash and listens very well.  He is gentle, respectful and a pure joy to have part of our rescue.

We are looking for a special family for this special boy.  Rhett would love to have children to play with.  He would also love to be with a family where mom or dad is not away all day.  Rhett is an indoor dog now and this is a must.  We are working with him on potty training.  We think he will catch on really quickly where he does his business.   Foster sisters Bella and Maggie are showing him the ropes.

Rhett wants to be included on family outings such as sports events, picnics, family vacations, and beach time.  He loves movie night at home too!  Oh by the way, Rhett loves water!  If you have a swimming pool, guaranteed he’ll be in it!  If not, take Rhett to the beach and watch him play in the waves.

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MacDougal
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Status- Adopted March 2013)

Original bio:

Here's a likely young lad. MacDougal by name. He's of the yellow Lab clan, but his coat is a rare fox red variant. We think he's all Lab, but there's an outside chance he's a Lab/Golden Retriever mix (which is, by the way, a great mix). Whatever his lineage, he's about the sweetest guy you'd ever want to meet.

We've had him checked by our vet and his health is excellent. She thinks he could be as young as 1-1/2 years, but the shelter said 3. MacDougal is mighty lean and just a bit shy, but we'll set both straight in short order. He gets along nicely with other dogs and is absolutely smitten with his new toy duck. He's had at least a little training, as he knows the "sit" command, and he takes treats gently.

As a bonus, Mac displayed only a passing interest in a cat held up to him. What a great dog!





Troy
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Status- Adopted February 2013)

Original bio:

Meet Troy!  What a joy this little boy is.  He is a pure bred English Labby boy.  Troy is about 10 months old.  He is neutered, up to date on his vaccines and micro-chipped.  He weighs about 45-50 pounds.  Troy has a beautiful jet black coat and the beautiful copper colored eyes. Labs do not get much cuter than this.

Troy is well behaved and medium to low energy for a pup his age.  He knows basic commands and is house trained.  Troy also walks great on a leash. This boy loves his toys and playtime with his foster sister, Angel.  We just need to train him to pick up his toys when he is finished.  Troy is very smart and wants to please his people.  He is very affectionate and loves to cuddle.  He loves to cuddle up with his foster mom and dad in the evening for movie night.  Afterwards this sweet, gentle boy yawns and put himself to bed in his crate.  He loves the softness of his bed and seems to know something special has happened to him.  He is so appreciative of this new life FCRR has given him.

We keep waiting for the puppy demon to surface, but we are beginning to think that day will never come.  So far this boy has been the perfect house guest.




Poppy
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Status- Adopted February 2013)

Original bio:

Meet Poppy, a true California Girl!  She’s a near-white pale yellow Labby girl; she’s brand new to Fetching Companions, but it’s clear to see that she is super sweet and lovable!  We think Poppy is about a year old and she weighs about 60-65 pounds.  She is spayed, up to date on her vaccines and microchipped.

Poppy is a happy-go-lucky girl and has the sweetest smile!  We just adore her.  She will need an active family who enjoys walking, hiking and we think Poppy would love a running partner. She’s a nice girl who would benefit from basic obedience training.  She will spend a couple of days with Kim from The Trained Canine so we will have a better idea of the perfect family for her.




Toby
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Status- Adopted February 2013)

Original bio:

Meet Toby. Toby is a very handsome Labrador mix.  He has a super soft beautiful black coat and loving brown eyes.  He has a white blaze mark on his chest.  He is about one and half years old and weighs about 50 lbs. He is neutered and up to date on his shots and micro-chipped.

In the few weeks he’s been with us, he’s charmed everyone he met. He is such a sweetheart, nice to people dogs alike. He came to us as a stray, undernourished and shy; he didn’t even know the basics such as ball playing and fetching and his tail was between his legs much of the time.  Even so, it’s clear that Toby is a lovable boy through and through.  He loves to cuddle and is glued to his foster family.  He just loves his people.

Within a few short weeks Toby knows how to be an indoor dog (and he loves that).  He knows “sit,” “wait,” “shake, ” “down” and more. He always comes back happily when we call for him. He even knows what "go pottie" means. Outdoors, of course!

Being extremely smart, he learned all of this very quickly.  As a bonus, he’s not much of a barker. 

He not only gets along well with  dog, he was really good with the cat he met too. 

We have been to the dog park with him and he had no problems socializing with the other dogs and was running around just looking beautiful. Other dog owners were commenting him how nice and charming he is. Me, I was just a VERY proud foster mama watching him… he really has come out of his shell with his tail held high always wiggling of happiness.

Despite his young age, he is a very calm and gentle dog. He is just a happy boy and is very loyal.

He lives together with his foster mom’s 14 year old poodle, Teddy, and has learned a lot from him. When he did not know what "lay down" meant, he watched Teddy and soon he got the hang of it and now he lays down with no problem.

Toby is looking for a gentle loving family just like his foster family.  One who will include him on fun activities such as picnics, beach outings and the children’s sporting events.  He rides wonderfully in car.

Toby has it all, the looks, kindness, gentleness AND he is smart too, what more can you ask for? 




Samantha2
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Status- Adopted February 2013)

Original bio:

Samantha, a gorgeous black female, is a happy girl who loves to run around and squeak her toys. She is 3 years old and a very active girl. We have her AKC papers as well as her vaccination, microchip and spay information. She was a bit overweight when we got her, but now she is nicely trim at about 65 lbs. She does enjoy lying down near her humans or on the grass in the shade after a run and in the evening, and she sleeps soundly through the night. She gets along with most dogs in the house, but she enjoys squeaking her toys more than playing with the other dogs. She doesn't like dominant females, however. She will play fetch, dropping the ball or other toy near the human (but not usually right at your feet).

Samantha is housetrained, and has some additional training, but she needs a brush up, esp. in leash walking. We don't know how she would be with cats or other small animals. We think she would be fine with children.

When we first got Samantha from the shelter, she was very stressed, but she has gotten calmer in her foster home. She is not a couch potato, though - she will need plenty of exercise, followed by some cuddles and a short rest.


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Dale
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Status- Adopted January 2013)

Original bio:

Hi, my name is Dale! I am a three year old, male black lab who is looking for his forever home!

I'm not really sure what all the fuss is about, but my rescuers say that I am one of the most handsome boys they've ever laid eyes upon! Of course it helps that I've had a total make-over.

When Fetching Companions rescued me from the shelter, I was in complete disarray. I was emaciated, my fur was thin and balding, and I was full of fleas. My teeth were in terrible shape, worn down and pointy from chewing at my fur. In addition to my physical appearance, my manners weren't so hot either. Having spent my short three years growing up on a ranch and living in the great outdoors, I didn't get the opportunity to develop any social skills or to learn proper manners.

Those days have since passed and I am the new and improved Dale. I have a great physique if I do say so myself. I weigh approximately 70 lbs, my fur is thick and shiny, and my teeth look great! I've also been neutered, micro-chipped, and I am current on all of my vaccinations. The very best part is that I was able to go to school! I have developed some great obedience and social skills, I am crate trained, and I've even learned to play fetch (some say that's a natural talent for a dog like me, but I beg to differ!) I am being fostered by my trainer Kim, and she says I'm what they call an "energetic" dog. I would do best with an active family who will make the time to follow up on my education and who will also make sure I get the proper amount of exercise and mental stimulation to keep me at my best.

Because I have such a vibrant personality, it's best that all the kids in my forever home are over age 10. My social skills have improved greatly, however I'm still nervous around certain dogs so I prefer to be an "only" dog. As for cats, I think the way they flip their tails around demanding attention is unnatural and I don't care to share my forever home with one.

I love to go camping and I'm very comfortable around motorcycles and racetracks.

Now I see what all the fuss is about!.




Dahlia2
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Status- Adopted January 2013)

Original bio:

Meet Dahlia!  She is the prettiest little Lab mix.  She'
s about a year and a half old, micro-chipped, spayed and up to date on her shots.  She is a petite little girl and weighs in at about 50-53 pounds.  Her expressive eyes are a lovely chestnut brown. She has a beautiful black coat accented with a couple of white marks. She has the sweet, loyal temperament of a Labby girl.  Her foster mom says that she is very smart and listens to correction well.  She is a calm little girl for her age.  She loves to play ball, wrestle with her foster four legged friends and hang with her foster family.  Car rides are one of Dahlia’s most favorite activities!  She loves the way the wind blows in her face and flops her ears up and down.  Dahlia is a girl’s girl, but loves her foster dad and brother too.  She is good with children and loves to play with them. She would do best in a home with children old enough to understand that dogs don’t like their eyes poked.   She also loves the companionship of other dogs and plays nicely.  She would do best in a home without cats.  She likes to chase them too much.

Dahlia knows basic commands very well and is house trained. Her foster mom is working with Dahlia on "stay" and other fun tricks and games.  She walks great on a leash.  Her foster mom takes Dahlia running and she really enjoys that too.  She loves to sleep with her foster parents.  They think it’s funny when she gets under the covers for extra snuggling.  She is a little bit shy, but warms up quickly.  This little girl has come a long way since she came to stay at her foster home.  She was a little scared at first.  Dahlia had puppies about 4 months ago.  She and the puppies found themselves at the shelter.  The nice people at FCRR were there for Dahlia as she watched all her puppies go to new homes.  It was easy to tell that she felt lonely and sad.    

Dahlia is so grateful for this life!   She is quiet, respectful and just wants to please her people.  Her foster mom will cry when she finds her forever home.  They’ve become BFF’s.  Dahlia will probably be a little shy at first, but soon you too will see how sweet, gentle and calm this little girl is.  Dahlia is now available for adoption so please send a note to info@fetchingcompanions.org and ask for Dahlia.




Mickey
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Status- Adopted January 2013)

Original bio:

Meet Mickey!! Mickey is a 7 yr old male yellow lab. He is a BEAUTIFUL dog and has an amazing personality to match. He is so sweet, playful and happy. He loves to play fetch and loves to go for walks. He is great with other dogs and kids, but is a little too interested in cats. He is a big boy but is very gentle with my 7 year old twins. He has very good house manners and appears to be house trained. He loves people and loves belly rubs and is just an all around great guy.




Cocoa Puff
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Status- Adopted August 2012)

Original bio:

Cocoa Puff's is a beautiful adult male, about 6 to 8 years old. He is super sweet with adults and kids, is house trained and does well when left alone...no barking, no chewing, no digging.

He seems very interested in chasing the cat when he sees her through the window but we're not sure yet what he would do if he got to her....He needs further testing before we can say he's cat-safe.

He's great on stairs-- no stiffness, no limping. He's a big strong boy but at the same time is quite gentle. He prances around the yard like a stallion. He has big paws like a bear.

This is a highly adoptable family dog. His coat is dry and bald in some spots from neglect, but a few weeks on good food, fish oil and Platinum Performance food supplement should set that right,-- his coat will no doubt wind up a rich, uniform, dark brown.




Kirby2
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Status- Adopted December 2012)

Origianl bio:

Meet Kirby.!

Kirby is a sweet black Lab who's somewhere between 3 and 7 years old (probably closer to 3 or 4), is great with all ages of kids, great with other dogs (small and large) but not so great with cats.

He loves to play and still does major puppy runs up and down the stairs at his foster parents house. He does better with women but is definitely getting used to being around his foster dad.

He may have come from an abusive enviornmen. His foster mom said that when he came into their home, he was uncomfortable giving and receiving kisses but now he loves them. He loves to be chased outside, walks really well on a leash,and is completely potty trained. He has good manners and has really learned to accept loving. He may need a little obedience training but that's about it. He just really needs lots of patience and more than anything else lots of loving!!!




Brownie2
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Status- Adopted November 2012)

Original bio:

Brownie is a handsome, happy and loving 3 year old male purebred chocolate lab. A really stunning boy, he is as sweet as he is gorgeous.

Currently in foster care with an older female lab, Brownie is submissive to her, and well-behaved in the house and walks wonderfully on leash. As a young lab in his prime, Brownie would like to be in a relatively active home, where he can receive 1-2 hours of exercise a day.

Brownie was found wandering in L.A. and taken in by firefighters, who surrendered him to the shelter, along with his 3 year old chocolate sister]; she will also be available for adoption soon, however, we are placing them individually as they seem to fare somewhat better independently. Brownie is in foster care in Santa Barbara.




Zoey
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Status- Adopted November 2012)
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Original bio:

Zoey suffered the tragic misfortune of losing her happy home and family to poor economic times. Her family was forced to move to housing that doesn't allow dogs. But being a fun girl and possessed of a fundamentally sunny temperament, she's bounced back from adversity and doesn't mope for a second. On the surrender form, her owner described her as "friendly, housetrained, calm, loveable and good with kids".

She's a senior at 8 years old, but doesn't act like it. In fact, she runs, romps and plays with the best of them. She's a robustly healthy girl, so she likely has a goodly number of years left to her. She maintains good relations with the 5 other dogs in her foster pack, but isn't good with cats or very small dogs.

She has the energy of a 5 year old, so a yard big enough to do some running would be good and regular walks or hikes would be better. She loves nothing better than human attention (forgetting food for the moment). She's housetrained, spayed and up to date on vaccines. She needs to lose a few pounds, but it's a lot easier to slim a dog than a human.

Please take this sweet girl into your family so she'll get the love and attention she so richly deserves. You'll be amply repaid in kind.




Yogi Bear
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Status- Adopted November 2012)

Original bio:

Bear is loving, gentle and eager to please. He is about 6 years old, and could be a mix, but looks pretty Labbie He is handsome, tall and leggy and weights about 65 pounds. He walks beautifully on leash, sits, stays, and lies down. Off leash he happily explores, has fun with other pups, and enthusiastically comes running back when called. He gets along beautifully with other dogs. He ignores those small dogs with attitude like they aren’t even there, yet wags and sniffs the friendly ones.

He’s gentle and curious around little kids and loves it when they pet him.

Bear, and the other family dog, a pug, were turned in to the shelter. The Pug was adopted right away. The vet gave Bear a clean bill of health, although he showed some signs of malnutrition. With good food, a soft bed, and lots of love, and exercise, his coat has greatly improved and he is noticeably happier and relaxed.

He doesn’t bark often, but does when he feels it’s important: if he hears a strange sound, or you aren’t getting his food to him in a timely manner, for example.

Indoor family Kitty’s? No problem! He’s curious at first, but uninterested after that. We’re not sure if he would chase after a running kitty. Horses? He’s not sure what to think about horses yet, and is best kept on leash ‘till they pass by.

Currently, Bear goes to the Tucker’s Grove dog park every day with his foster family and their 2 wonderful rescue dogs, Sprout and Cody. He isn’t into balls and toys, but loves to be social with people and their pups. When we first took him to the beach, he eagerly ran to the waves. When I called him, Bear decided to swim out to me, do two laps around me where I was treading water, then swam back to shore where my husband was waiting.

He is very mellow, affectionate and loves to cuddle and give kisses. He loves his bed, but being a true Lab, also likes to “help in the kitchen” by sprawling out on the kitchen floor, right where you are cooking or doing dishes. He’s very helpful in the office as well. Car rides, with the window down, are also a big treat for him.

Bear deserves a loving family who will be attentive to how social he loves being with people, and other dogs. With a nice soft dog bed, good food, exercise, and plenty of love, he will fit in perfectly as a new family member.




Lily
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Status- Adopted November 2012)

Original bio:

Lily is about 10 months old. She’s a white/yellow female Labrador.  She may be a mix, because her ears don’t lie completely flat against her head, but  she’s certainly Labbie in every other way.   She’s a gentle, kind and  loving little girl, and at about 50-55 pounds, she’s a nice size for many families.  She should stay close to that size based on her petite paws.  She is spayed and up to date on her vaccines.

She is new in a foster home with two young children and is doing great with them.   She is truly amazing; she is not mouthy like most puppies her age and is not a big jumper.  She takes corrections easily and listens really well.  All she wants is to please her foster family and be near them at all times.  She wants nothing more than to give her new foster family lots of kisses.   She loves to fetch and play and seems to really enjoy the water.

Lily will need a home where someone can spend a lot of time with her.  She is untrained so she will need training and guidance.  Her current foster family is working on potty training her.  She is quickly learning the rules.  Lily is also learning basic commands and learning her house manners.

Lily also likes to go on walks and walks well on a leash for such a young girl. She is still learning about all the new sounds around her and sometimes is unsure about new noises and will need a loving home.  She adapts quickly and will soon understand what you want from her. She is a special girl!

Lily will be available soon for adoption so stay tuned on her progress.  She’s sure to placed quickly.




Jack
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Status- Adopted November 2012)

Original bio:

Hi!  My name is Jack and my nickname is “21” because I am a true winner!  I’m a male black Labrador who is around 5 years old.  I only weigh 64 pounds but my foster mom and dad are giving me extra food and homemade chicken to get me to a good weight of 70-73 pounds.  My rescuer took me in even though I am in poor condition from neglect.  I had terrible fleas and I am so allergic to them. I’ve scratched off a lot of my hair and my tail doesn’t look as though it belongs to a beautiful Lab like me.

I’m VERY sweet and well behaved.  I know basic commands and I’m beginning to understand how to ask to go out for potties.  I stay right with my people at all times and I’m good with my 14 year old poodle foster brother Teddy, who keeps growling at me. I know Teddy likes me; he’s just trying to teach me the ropes. I appear to be bomb-proof. I’m just an easy going guy!  My owner turned me in to the shelter and stated that I’m good with children, cats, dogs and all people.  I’m brand new to Fetching Companions.   I am on the mend from years of neglect.  I’ve kept my happy go lucky spirit though and I am a Lab through and through.  My foster mom keeps saying “it will be one lucky family who will call me their family member.




Harlow and Kolby
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Status- Adopted October 2012)
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Original bio:

Meet Harlow, yes as in Jean the Hollywood Beauty Queen, and her handsome soft BFF Kolby!

This devoted pair of wonderful dogs somehow lost their home and were in separate cages at the shelter. Luckily when our volunteer went to get Harlow she noticed this darling was dumped along with her long term companion, Kolby. Who could leave him behind just because he wasn't a Labrador?

When they were reunited upon being sprung, the pair hugged and kissed! They are very bonded--they love sharing a dog bed, walking side by side, cleaning each others faces and finishing each others sentences:)! Bonded pairs usually take a little longer to find their forever homes, as most people are looking for just one dog or one more to be a companion to the one they have.

Meanwhile, this super darling pair have been enjoying life, delighting their fosters with their sweet love story and capturing the AWWW's from the entire Santa Barbara community who meet them.

Harlow is an adorable medium sized yellow female with a slight mix of someone else, lending her a wee bit longer coat and a wee bit shorter ears. It adds to her charm, and she will sit and shake your hand when you tell her how fetching she is!

Kolby looks like a beautiful Dutch Shepherd Mix with his super soft coat and unique brindle markings. He is a sweet gentlemen who takes a soft backseat when people fawn all over his girl!

You've just got to meet these dogs in person to be swept away by their charm and ease! The video on the beach gives you a good idea of how calm and full of love they are, so be sure to click here after seeing their photos.

They are a healthy, middle aged, medium sized, devoted pair! At about 7-8 years old and 60-70 pounds they are the perfect pair who hope someone with a big heart and some action in their lives will offer them a forever home. They are gentle enough to be walked by some dog savvy 8 years old children, so if you have kids or grand kids this pair is what we call bombproof.

They enjoy the beach, lounging with people in the yard (in true Labby fashion, they want to be with you) or going in the car to dog parks, on outings, to friends houses and on errand runs.

One walk a day, high quality food, a joint supplement and and fish oil capsules will keep them feeling spry and luverly for years!

They are house trained, trustworthy inside the home, gentle treat takers, non jumpers, great with other dogs, kids and people...healthy or frail. They would THRIVE in just about any situation. They'd be wonderful companions for seniors or youngsters alike.

An extensive vet exam, including blood work, indicates they're in excellent health. They're up to date with their vaccinations, have had a teeth cleaning and were previously spayed and neutered.

Harlow and Kolby deserve the very best home filled with love and hearts as big as theirs! The kindness extended to them will come back a thousand fold.




Charlie Girl
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Status- Adopted October 2012)

Original bio:

Charlie Girl is nothing if not a charmer. She loves people and wants to be with them as much as possible. She is GREAT with cats and kids and other dogs. She is gentle, sweet and loving with every person and animal she meets. She is house trained and good on leash. She loves to give her paw and to have her belly rubbed. She also loves the beach and the ocean. We think Charlie is approximately 8 years old.

Though we're slimming her down nicely (she's lost 10 pounds), she could still lose a few more pounds. Her coat is gradually turning a rich, deep, shiny chocolate, after becoming dry and sun-bleached through the neglect she previously suffered. She's on the road to becomng a stunning example of a pure-bred chocolate lab.

She has been the perfect house guest and everyone who meets her just loves her.

The vet has given Charlie a clean bill of health. He says the few small fatty lumps she has are harmless, and that her excess weight will melt away with proper exercise and diet.

Currently, she just loves going on her daily two mile walks. She is a casual enthusiast in playing fetch, though is happiest just being with her people.

Charlie is a loving companion looking for a loving person.

Here's a link to a video of her walking on the beach...note that it was taken before she'd lost the 10 pounds mentioned above.





Lola
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Status- Adopted October 2012)

Original bio:

"C'mere, Lola!"

The pretty chocolate girl turns my way and gives me that open-mouth Labbie smile I know so well. She wags her tail, then her whole body, as ahe wiggles her way toward me, seeking cuddles. I oblige by giving her a good ear tousling, then she lays down and rolls over, presenting her tummy for a nice rub. I give her what she asked for, then say, "Where's the toy, Lola?"

She pops up, bounds to a nearby rope toy, and picks it up for me to admire.

"Nice toy, Lola!" Since I'm such an appreciative audience, she rewards me by giving it a good shake, prancing a few steps and then tossing it in the air. She repeats this a couple of times before returning to me for more rubs and scratches.

This beautiful girl is big, about 75 pounds, but doesn't have an ounce of fat. She appears to be purebred. Her fur is a rich, deep chocolate, with a sprinkling of grey on her muzzle. This isn't necessarily a sign of advanced age; even a number of young chocolates we've known have some greying like Lola's. We think she's around 6 or 7 years old.

She's extremely sweet, active and athletic. She gets on very well with all but one of our personal and foster dogs. That exception is the house grump, a male mix. For all that, she doesn't much like little dogs and we doubt she'd do well with cats.

We haven't yet tested her with kids, but would be very surprised if she were anything but fine with them.

To sum up, Lola is a real jewel.




Oreo
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Status- Adopted September 2012)

Original bio:

Hi! My name is Oreo.  I’m a male black Lab with a white blaze dead center on my chest, so some people think I look like my name and others think I’m dressed for a formal occasion. My white spot makes folks wonder if I’m a purebred.  If I’m not,  I sure look like a Lab and especially act like a loveable Labbie boy. I’m about 5 years old and I weigh about 83 pounds. I’m currently on a diet to get to about 76-78 pounds.  I have beautiful copper eyes and a kind, gentle soul.  I walk nicely on a leash. 

My foster family calls me the gentle giant.  I have a happy-go-lucky spirit and love to play.  I have great energy, enough to keep a child entertained with ball playing and running, but I don’t go overboard.   I take treats very gently.  I also love to give sweet gentle kisses and hugs. I love to get kisses and hugs too.  If you ignore me, I’ll give you a bark to let you know I need more.   I love just hanging out too - I’m such a mellow guy!  I know basic commands and listen very well. I’m new to my foster home but it appears that I’m house trained.   I need a family with a kind, gentle spirit just like mine.  I want to be included on family outings such as sport games, beach outings and picnics.  I’m up for about anything.  I’ve been good with dogs I’ve met so far that are not constantly bothering me or sniffing me.  I’m neutered, up to date on my shots and micro chipped.  




Scarlett
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Status- Adopted September 2012)

Original bio:

Scarlett, so-named for her striking "fox red" coloring, is a petite 2 year old girl who weighs in at a little under 60 pounds. She looks to us like a Lab/Golden mix with a very Labbie temperament. She even apppears to be cat-compatible, showing no indication that she had more than a mild interest in the vet's cat.




Chip2
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Status- Adopted September 2012)
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Original bio:

Hi! My name is Chip.  I’m a super sweet chocolate Chip. I’m between 4 and 5 years old.  I weigh about 60 pounds but I need to continue gaining a little weight and should weight about 65 pounds.  I’m up to date on my shots, neutered and microchiped. I am about a sweet as they come.  I’ve been at doggie training to learn how to live in a home and what it’s like to be a companion dog.  Wow!  Who would have known humans could be so much fun.  My trainer smiles big every time my rescue discusses my progress with her.

 I was simply a mess when my rescue people came for me.  I was flea infested, fox tails in my ears, extremely underweight, dental needed because of all the wrong choices for chew toys, and crazed for human interaction and love.  I am just a lovable Lab and my rescue knew it.  Fetching gave me all I needed such as clean teeth and ears, proper nutrition, and my training.  Most of all, they gave me love.  Oh by the way, those darn biting fleas are gone – I’m allergic to them.

Fetching Companions rescued me even though it was clear I’d need a lot of training to live in a home and be a companion dog.  Kim Esler at The Trained Canine help me polish my manners.  Well, eight weeks later, I’m ready for my forever home now.  They tell me they will be picky because I deserve it.  My foster family said they will keep me until the perfect family comes along.

I’ve learned what toys and balls are.  I used rocks and chain link as my entertainment before I came to Fetching Companions Retriever Rescue.   What a wonderful world this is!!

I need a family who is active; I’m a medium to high energy boy.  I will need a high quality food with no grains and fish oil supplements. Remember I am allergic to fleas and leather collars.  I love children!   I have not been tested for cats.  I’d like to be your only canine companion but I do like dogs – I just don’t love them.  I love humans!  Lastly, it would be best if my new family sign up for a couple of training sessions so my trainer can teach you, the human, all that I’ve learned.

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Rue
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Status- Adopted August 2012)
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Original bio:

Rue is a lovely 3 year old chocolate female lab who is near the low end of the lab standard. When she came in to rescue, she wasn't well socialized with other dogs, but she has done very well at her foster home, which has an older dog and an active pup. Her leash manners are being worked on, and she has improved a lot. She has been crate trained and enjoys going in it for a treat. She is now house-trained (we think she had been an outside dog before we got her). She is up to date in her vaccinations, and spayed and microchipped.

Rue is a very sweet and loving dog who is looking for a home where she will get the love she deserves. She is up to date in her vaccinations, and she is spayed and microchipped.




Charlie Brown
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Status- Adopted August 2012)
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Original bio:

My name is Charlie Brown. I was so named because I was just so sad! Everyone thought my spirit was broken. Finally, everyone realized that I am a English Pointer, not a Foxhound or a Lab mix. I'm about 7 to 8 years old. It's taken me a while to understand what really happened to me. I know I got out of my yard and went to prison. I felt like I was dying and I guess I was.

But now I know someone thinks I'm special, because a Lab rescue and other knd folks helped me find the vet care I needed, even though I'm not a Lab. The nice people at DAWG told me I'm sweet, kind, and loving. I'd blush if I were human.

I'm over my problems now and I feel great!. I had some dental work and had some fatty lumps removed. I feel so well and look better too.

I've made a lot of new friends. Friends forever is what they tell me. I'm so thankful people didn't turn their backs on me. I've overheard folks talking...I wouldn't have gotten out of prison without help. It was the Lab Rescue or else...no one was coming for me.

Here's some photos of me. I'm so HAPPY and HEALTHY! Oh, by the way...they all just call me Charlie, because I'm not sad anymore.....




Shadow3
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Status- Adopted August 2012)
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Original bio:

Shadow is a beautiful black purebred male, about 6 years old. He’s got a wide, handsome head typical of bench-bred, or “English” Labs.

He’s just come into foster, but already it’s abundantly clear that this is a loving, playful boy. He loves people and dogs alike, and is always ready to play ball.

It’s also clear that Shadow has never missed a meal, as he weighs in at over a hundred pounds. We’ve got him on a diet, headed for 70 to 75 pounds. If we haven’t got him there by the time he’s adopted, his adopter will find it easy to maintain the diet and get him to his ideal weight in short order.

Shadow gives every appearance of being hale and hearty, is neutered and up-to-date with his vaccinations.

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Casey
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Status- Adopted August 2012)

Original bio:

This young fella is a big, goofy, rollicking, happy-go-lucky 2 to 3 year old purebred. He's got a great Labby sense of humor, and is quite laid-back for his age. He gets along very well with dogs and humans alike. We haven't tested him with small children, but we'd be very surprised if he isn't fine with them as well. He's also untested with cats.

Casey is a big boy and just a tad overweight, at about 87 pounds; he should be slimmed down to about 80.

He's absolutely beautiful and has striking coloring, being the offspring of a chocolate/yellow breeding.

By golly does he ever love tummy rubs! It goes without saying that he readily accepts hugs and pets as well. He loves a good romp but is content to lie at your feet when you're not in a mood to play.

Casey is housetrained and knows "sit." He's also crate trained. He has a big appetite, but takes treats gently. He's been neutered , is up to date on vaccinations, and ready to go.




Sunny Girl
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Status- Adopted July 2012)
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Original bio:

Sunny... She is the sweetest 4 year old female lab mix out there. She is looking for a real companion that she can spend lots of time with. Sunny is completely house & crate trained, she knows all basic commands (Come, Sit, Down, Stay), plus many extras (Fetch, Bring it To Me, Release/Out, In/Out (car), In/Out (house)). She walks on a leash like a pro, no pulling. She also loves going for rides in the car. Sunny is a medium-to-low energy dog, who likes to play, but for the rest of the day she is happy sleeping by your side.

She needs an owner who has a loving hand and will truly earn her trust… once you do, she is bonded to you for life.

Sunny does well with other dogs and she is great with all people. At first she may be stand offish with some dogs, but warms up to them quickly. In her first foster home, she was with a GSD pup and slept by her side. She is nicely protective of her home and her family, and gives a nice warning bark, but warms up extremely quickly to friendly people.




Pippa
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Status- Adopted July 2012)

Original bio:

Hi!  My Name is Pippa, that’s right – I’m Royalty!   I even sport around a pink collar with rhinestones! I’m about 8 years young, and I’m a female black Lab mix.  I'm beautiful, but my photo is awful. My humans promise they'll post better ones. I’m the perfect size at about 50 pounds.   My coat is beautiful and shiny  - thanks to the fish oil my foster mom gives me.  Happy is my middle name – I always have a big smile on my face. I enjoy playing, walking or just hanging out with my people for love and affection.   I’m very, very loving and super sweet.  Everyone who meets me keeps saying how sweet I am.  I’m a little full of myself with other dogs, but I learn quickly from my people.  Just let me know the rules and I will obey.  I’m crate trained and  house trained.   

I love my people most and would do best in a home as their only canine companion.  I do like children but not the little tiny ones, who like to poke and pull my ears, but I like older kids fine.

Have you got a cat? I like to chase them!

I’m micro-chipped, up to date on my shots; I’ve had a complete senior blood panel and dental work that a girl my age would need.  My smile is very white now, minus a fang that I broke years ago.

I’m a little shy when I first meet people, but I warm up to them quickly. 

My foster mom gives me glucosamine to keep my joints healthy.  I can jump in cars like a two year old! I’m all set for my perfect forever family. Thank you DAWG Founders Fund and Fetching Companions for taking such good care of me!




April
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Status- Adopted July 2012)

Original bio:

Okay--darn it, it happened again--we let our emotions get the best of us again and rescued a pup who may not have any Lab at all in her... but she's so doggoned cute!

She's April by name, about 10 months old and on the small side, at around 35-40 lbs. Our wild guess is that she's a Vizsla/Whippet mix.

She's a dynamo and a real sweetheart who adores human attention and play. April is a tomboy when it comes to dog-on-dog play; always ready for rough-and-tumble shenanigans.

She knows "sit" and is housetrained, but could use more training.

We recommend she go to a home with another dog, because of her love of play. If there isn't another dog to keep her company, she'll want to be with her family.

She's crate trained, which is good, because she'll need to be crated if left in the house alone, just as any puppy her age would.

She's very good with adults and older children, but her abundance of enthusiasm may overwhelm very young children.





Teddy Bear
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Status- Adopted July 2012)

Original bio:

Hi! My Name is Teddy Bear. I’m about six years old, male Flat Coat Retriever Mix. The nice people at Fetching Companions rescued me from a shelter after my family lost their home.

I’m super soft and my coat is black and very shiny, I have a little white triangle on my chest. I have tender, loving brown eyes. I need to lose some weight because my family overfed me. It will be very important that you do not over feed me. I’m a cuddly, loveable Bear who loves to give lots and lots of kisses. I’m sensitive and very gentle when I take treats from your hand.

I love to walk but will need to learn my manners not to pull on my leash. I’m house trained and I’ve had no accidents at my foster home. I think my foster mom really appreciates that. My foster family is working with me on my manners because I just want to make my family happy! I’m enrolled in a couple of training classes to make me even more perfect!

I love dogs and love to play ball and fetch. My foster family does not have children but my original people said I was great with children of all ages. I was a little nervous when I got to my foster home and paced quite a bit but just be patient with me as I will settle in and begin to relax by your feet. I do like to lounge on the sofa and bed so if you don’t want me to do that just let me know and I will do my best to make you happy.

I am neutered and up to date on my shots. I also have a microchip. If you want a good family dog who is gentle, loving, cuddly and oh so sweet then I’m your Teddy Bear!.




Pogo
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Status- Adopted July 2012)

Original bio:

It doesn't matter what you call it, cruelty or neglect--the result is the same. Pogo came with a collar imbedded into his neck. Clearly his owner had not replaced or loosened that collar in a very long time, and because Pogo was a growing boy (he's currently about 1 or 2 years old), the skin of his neck simply enveloped it and the collar literally became part of his skin. Surgery was required to remove it, as evidenced by the sutures in the second photo.

He's a nice size at 65 to 70 lean pounds. He gets along very nicely with his foster parents' dogs and will play with their young female for hours on end.

Fortunately, his neck is completely healed and he shows no sign of emotional or psychological scarring. He acts like a normal, but untrained, adolescent. He's a little fearful of dogs he doesn't know, so he'll be at boot camp for a couple of weeks. We've no doubt his fears will be overcome and he'll be entirely ready for adoption then.




Sophie2
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Status- Adopted June 2012)

Original bio:

Sophie is a beautiful and sweet 9 month old purebred labrador. She is basically a super-sized puppy! Sophie came into rescue because her family had to move and took her to the shelter. Because of her size, she is not suited to a home with small children. Sophie is a typical energetic, young lab and she will need a family who will exercise her daily and continue her training. She is crate trained and has not had any accidents in her foster home. Sophie loves people and other dogs and is a friendly girl. We do not know how she is with cats or other small animals.

She is spayed, microchipped and up to date on her vaccinations.




Kobe
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Status- Adopted May 2012)

Original bio:

Kobe is a handsome and peppy black Lab. He is about 5-years-old. He is very affectionate, smart, and eager to please. At his foster home, he has a foster sister, Kona, who he plays with and shares the love.

He came to us with a skin allergy which cleared up quickly. His diet now includes Fish Oil which gives him a healthy coat. From what little we know, his owner left him with roommates for some time and they took him to the shelter. He has not been exposed to cats, so we don’t know his reaction to them. Kobe is house trained, but has had some accidents when excited. He loves to walk, but tends to take you. He is going through training now to be a better walking partner. He does well with the commands of sit and down. He responds to stay, but doesn’t “stay” very long, but is learning. He is very mellow. Kobe is neutered and up-to-date on his shots.

When he came to his foster home, he wasn’t very interested in playing. We are now happy to report that he is fetching his ball! He is a love and a delight!




Daisy2
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Status- Adopted May 2012)
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Original bio:

Meet Daisy, a fox red labrador approximately 3 yrs old. We are still getting to know her and will post more later, but so far her foster mom Mary reports that she is a very good girl, nice house manners, great car rider, knows basic commands, docile with people, loves to play ball and then sleep!




Ariel
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Status- Adopted May 2012)

Original bio:

Ariel is an adorable, happy, petite yellow lab. She is great with other dogs, LOVES all people and is good with kitties. She is very playful and loves to go for walks. She is great on leash and does not pull at all. She would love to have a doggy playmate but would be fine without another dog if her people are willing to play with her a lot.

She loves attention and loves to be a part of everything. She has AKC with papers and parents from champion lines. She just turned 8 years young and has the spirit and energy of a much younger dog.

Ariel came to us in pretty bad shape. She had been neglected by her previous owners and she looked and felt awful. Even though she had been cast aside and neglected, her spirit and love for people still shined through. With some good food and a lot of tender loving care, she is now looking and feeling so much better. She originally had quite a bit of hair loss due to skin allergies but it is all growing back in now and she is looking so pretty. She will need to be on a special diet to help keep her allergies under control and she will need a very special loving person to keep a close eye on her so her skin allergies do not come back. She currently is getting a bath once a week with a special shampoo and taking fish oil to help with her coat.

Ariel is an amazing dog with such a wonderful spirit.




Dahlia
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Status- Adopted April 2012)

Original bio:

Dahlia (aka Dolly) is an absolutely darling, beautiful adult (around 5 years old) purebred lab who is filled with more positive energy than her foster mom has ever seen in a foster lab. What a delight!

Dolly came to us from the San Luis Obispo shelter. She'd obviously been bred a few times, But is now spayed.

She just loves life, and gets along perfectly with her foster sister Betty and every dog she's met at the dog park. She's completely housetrained and has impeccable house manners.

The vet gave her a clean bill of health, and described Dolly as "fantastic". She is happy and comfortable around children, and walks ok on leash and eagerly responds to simple commands. We dont know what she thinks of cats at this point..




Bobby
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Status- Adoped February 2012)

Original bio:

This cute 5-year-old guy was turned in to the shelter with his brother for unknown reasons. He's gone through some wrenching changes, having first been abandoned and then separated from his brother.

That's an awful lot for a dog to overcome, so we haven't pushed things, allowing him to settle in and adjust to his foster home slowly.

Update:

Bobby has come out of his shell and is a happy boy now. We discovered that he was in a great deal of pain due to a pinched spinal nerve. We've had that corrected surgically, and now that the pain is gone, he's much more comfortable.

We've introduced him to our foster pack and he gets along with them quite well.





Armani
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Status- Adopted January 2012)

Original bio:

Armani is a big beautiful boy, 4 years of age. He was given up to us by his owner, who no longer had time for him. We think he's probably a mix, but a very Labby one.

He's a very sweet boy and learns quickly--despite having been an outside dog all his life, we had him housetrained in a couple of days. He also knows basic commands and has exquisite leash manners. He'll heel perfectly for miles with very little prompting.

He's probably never missed a meal in his life, so he was a bit obese when we got him, tipping the scales at 103 pounds. We've slimmed him down to 90 and while he looks good, he should still lose another 8 or 10 pounds.

He gets along well with female dogs and is now okay with males, but he probably should be the only male dog in his family.

While we had him at the vet, he nosed a cat and got a hiss and a paw swipe in thanks. He backed right off, so we think he may do well with felines that don't run from him..

We haven't tested him with kids. We think he'd be fine with them, but his size would probably make him overwhelming for young children.

Armani is neutered, up-to-date on vaccines and fit as a fiddle.




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Bucky
(Status- Adopted January 2012)

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Original bio:

Bucky (also called Buck) is a sweet 7 year old yellow male Lab, neutered, microchipped and up to date in his vaccinations. His owner had to go to an assisted living facility, so he is looking for a new family to love. Bucky has a lot of training, including some hunt training. He is not bad on leash if walked with a head halter.

He is just a little overweight, but he should slim down quickly with a bit more exercise than he has been getting lately. He appears to be very healthy and shows no signs of orthopedic issues.

Bucky is good with kids and other dogs, and he used to play with the neighbor's cat; he even let a pet parrot sit on his back! He loves to play fetch, go on walks, and chew on his Nylabones. He is housetrained, and very sweet. Bucky looks like the perfect dog to us.

 

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Murphy
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Status- Adopted January 2012)

Hi! My name is Murphy and I am a 6 year old yellow Lab. I love people and other dogs and am really gentle with children too! I love to snuggle and be close to my people, but I am ok when left alone as well. Sometimes the kids in my foster home like to use me as a pillow and I don't mind that at all. They think I'm a big teddy bear.

I LOVE to play with toys and love to fetch. I am not so happy about sharing my toys with other dogs though. I usually ask for them back right away. I walk well on a leash and am house trained. There are no cats in the foster home I live in but I am quite interested in them when I see them on a walk.

I was turned into the shelter by my people because they lost their home and could not keep me. They were very sad to let me go and that was a hard day for me too. Some nice people from Lab rescue quickly came and got me out of there so I am happy about that.

Unfortunately my people fed me too much and didn't exercise me enough, so I'm overweight and out of shape. I will need a loving family who is committed to helping me get back in shape and this will be a long process.




Landis
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Status- Adopted December 2011)
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Original bio:

Landis is a handsome "fox-red" Labrador, approximately 5-6 yrs old. He is a "gentle giant" approximately 90 pounds, in good shape, found in SLO County. He has acted like a perfect gentleman in his foster home, getting along well with his foster sister Betty, who quickly reminded him she is in charge, and he "listens" to her! He is housetrained, adept at using the doggy door, slept quietly through the night. Landis is a strong boy though not aggressive, and will require a decent amount of exercise and/or a big yard. Friendly with all people and dogs he has met. He was recently neutered, so he is still adjusting to not being "top dog" in that sense.......

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Steeler
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Status- Adopted December 2011)

Original bio:

Steeler is a big, 16-month-old beautiful boy. He was originally adopted from the Long Beach SPCA facility, but was returned because the adopter's vet falsely diagnosed him with hip dysplasia. We've x-rayed his hips and there's absolutely no sign of dyplasia. He did limp a little, due to a fracture that has since healed. The limp is now almost gone.

We don't want to downplay the potential for hip dysplasia to develop in the future, because his weight was about 20 pounds too much, at 100 pounds, putting him at risk for the condition. Weight control and exercise are essential in avoiding the condition, so we've got him on a diet and a low-impact exercise regimen.

He's nearing his proper weight, and is an absolutely stunning example of a purebred Lab. And as long as he's at a healthy weight, is given decent exercise and inexpensive joint supplements, he should be free of hip problems for life.

Steeler is still quite puppy-like since he's a pretty young guy, so he's very frisky and loves to play with other dogs. We don't know how he is with cats. He's quite a love with humans and is going to make someone a wonderful lifelong companion.

His leash manners are absolutely stellar for such a young dog.


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Milo
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Status- Adopted November2011)
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Original bio:

Milo is a handsome 5 year old boy who has just been brought into foster. He hails from the Santa Barbara shelter, where he was attacked by another dog. He's fully recovered from his injuries and they don't seem to have done him any psychological harm.

He's still a little disoriented from the big changes in his life, going from home to shelter to foster home, accounting for that forlorn look in the photos. It'll take a few days before his personality brightens up and we get a good handle on his temperament. So far, all the signs are good. He's okay with human handling, gives up toys without a grumble, and doesn't seem to be food-possessive

He's a tall boy, and is just a bit underweight at about 70 pounds. That'll be corrected pretty quickly with good and abundant nutrition.

Milo is neutered, current on his vaccinations, and is micro-chipped.




Maddie2
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Status- Adopted October 2011)
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Original bio:

Maddie is an adorable young purebred labrador. She is about 2 years old and is in great shape at 65lbs. She is potty trained and knows how to use a doggie door. Maddie knows basic obedience commands such as sit, down and shake. She is affectionate and loves people. She also gets along well with other dogs. We were told that she lived with young children so we assume that she is good with kids but we haven't tested this.

Maddie is an active dog who needs a home where she will get daily exercise. Her preference would be to play fetch as much as possible. Maddie prefers to be with people and is looking for a home where she can be an indoor dog who is with her family as much as possible. She has been sleeping on the bed in her foster home but would probably settle for a dog bed if necessary.

Maddie is spayed, fully vaccinated and micro-chipped.




Vanilla
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Status- Adopted September 2011)

Original bio:

Vanilla (also called 'Nilla) is a cute girl aged 16-17 months and weighing about 65 pounds. She obviously had a litter recently, hence the saggy tummy. That will tighten up nicely with time.

'Nilla is apparently one of those rare Labs who is cat-compatible right out of the box, and she gets along famously with all our foster dogs. She is a playful girl, but she isn't hyperactive. She loves to play with another young female lab in our house, and the two of them sometimes run around the yard together then come in the house and "play fight" on the floor. She really wants attention from her humans, so she needs a home where she will get the attention she needs. She does settle down in her crate at meal time and during the night.

Vanilla is spayed, current on her vaccinations, and is micro-chipped.

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Mollie
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Status- Adopted September 2011)

Original bio:

Mollie is a sweet beautiful purebred chocolate lab, who was surrendered to a high-kill shelter in L.A. County by a family who'd run into tough financial times.

Mollie loves children, people, other dogs [not sure about cats yet] and is completely housetrained and well behaved in the house.

Mollie is supposedly 8 yrs old, however her energy level and behavior are that of a 4-5 yr old. She's going for a checkup at the vets soon but we presume her health is very good. She is spayed, microchipped and will be ready to go. She is in foster care in Santa Barbara
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Mabel2
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Status- Adopted August 2011)

Original bio:

Mabel is an incredibly gentle, friendly purebred yellow Lab who was found wandering on the beach in Santa Barbara. She is estimated to be 8-9 years old. Mabel became a favorite of shelter staff in her short time there, and we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to bring her into foster care.

She loves children and clearly lived at one time with a family, as her house manners and temperment are impeccable. She does beautifully on a leash, and enjoys a good walk or two per day- and when her foster mom is away at work during the day Mabel is content to hang out with her foster sister Betty.

She is great with other dogs, but would do best on a house without cats. Mabel was given a thorough vet exam and senior panel, and is in great health. She is current on her vaccinations, and is micro-chipped.

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Sundance
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Status- Adopted July 2011)

Original bio:

I'll be honest--I'm a sentimental sap. I know, I know--I'm a Lab rescuer and this guy is a mixed breed. But heck, he's such a sweet guy I couldn't pass him up.

By way of background, I first learned of Sundance through the firestorm of internet attention he gained in the rescue community. He was widely proclaimed to be a wonderful service dog whose life was in peril. He was at a shelter and his time was up. Few rescuers can resist a saving a dog like that. I certainly couldn't.

As I write this, he's sitting at my side with an imploring paw on my knee, asking for a cuddle. Contrary to his billing he really doesn't appear to have service dog training, but he's so nice and eager to please that I don't doubt that he provided assistance of some sort to someone in need. His shelter name was Lazy. It's a mystery why someone would hang that moniker on such a nice, active dog.

In stature, he's about the size of an average Lab male, at about 70 pounds. In appearance, he's not so Labby. His tail frequently arches forward over his spine, his ears aren't quite the right shape and don't lie completely flat, and he's rather reddish in color. That's not to say he isn't a terribly cute guy anyway.

Sundance gets along very well with his rescue family of 7 dogs. On leash, he's an absolute dream--the best heeler I've ever seen. I take him on 3 mile walks during which he heels perfectly, essentially every step of the way. He is friendly toward humans we meet, and expresses friendly interest in dogs we come across. He reacted a little timidly to a pair of ferociously-barking mini Schnauzers, breaking his heel position to hide behind my legs.

All in all, I'm extremely happy we rescued Sunny. He may not be a purebred Lab, but he's a real find and will make someone a wonderful companion.




Liam
(Status- Adopted July 2011)

Original bio:

Liam is a wonderful, affectionate boy, and is pretty well-behaved.

He appears to be purebred, is about 2 years old, and is of medium build. We're guessing his weight is around 65 pounds.

He seems to have been well cared-for
and is the very picture of good health.

We don't know how he is with cats, but
he gets along famously with all the dogs in his foster family.

He doesn't have much training, but he's so eager to please that any adopter can correct this easily in short order.


This sweet boy has a lot of play in him. He and Penny love to roughhouse together.




Wooster
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Status- Adopted July 2011)

Original bio:

Wooster is a stunning purebred, papered Labrador looking for his forever home. He is a very active and perfectly fit 10 year old boy with a wonderful disposition. His coat is almost white in color, like a perfectly toasted marshmallow. Wooster has great house manners and loves other dogs and people of all ages and sizes. all in all, he is a wonderful companion dog!

Wooster is neutered, current on his vaccinations.

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Shiloh
(Status- Adopted April 2011)

Original bio:

What a sweetie Shiloh is! He's a Lab mix with a very Labbie temperament. He appears to be around 3 years old, and his behavior is still a bit puppyish, but laid-back at the same time.  He spent some months with a family that has a young (4 year old) daughter, and he behaved beautifully with her, but they could no longer keep him.

Shiloh is quite good on lead, knows "sit," and adores his toys and human attention. He takes treats gently. He is very good at playing fetch, and will drop the ball at your feet.  He mixes very well with our other dogs and has done fine on a couple of visits to the local pet store. He got a chance to see a cat at close range while at the vet and gave no sign of wanting to chase, so he may be okay with felines.

His appearance, behavior, and lack of rear dewclaws strongly suggest that the Labrador part of his gene mix is the dominant one. His body is compact and on the low side of the Lab size range, at a little over 60 pounds, which would make him a great fit for someone who wants a smaller lab-type dog..




Rory
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Status- Adopted February 2011)

Original bio:

Rory is a handsome 2-year-old lad of medium size, with a beautiful head and a lean body. He no longer sports that cone collar in the photos, having recovered from his neutering, and is ready to go!

He has a sweet, submissive personality and loves to play with other dogs. We don't know about how well he gets along with cats. He didn't know what dog toys are for whe he arrived--we guess that he's never had any (but he's getting the idea now).

We think he was an outside-only dog, but has adjusted extremely well to indoor living. In fact, he hasn't had a single accident in the house.

Rory has good manners, but doesn't have a lot of training. He knows "sit," but little else. Obedience training will come easily to him if his adopters devote just a little time and patience to teaching him. Worthy to note, he is quite good on leash.

If a beautiful, sweet male is what you're after, you won't go wrong with this boy..




Tahoe
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Status- Adopted February 2011)

Original bio:

Tahoe, a stuningly beautiful purebred of about 3 years of age, came to us via a good samaritan who found him loose on the street. We've failed in our attempts to locate his owner, so we must now find a new home for him.

He's an active boy and loves to carry two or more toys around at a time. He gets along with other dogs, but hasn't grasped the concept of playing with them yet, so his owner didn't do a good job of socializing him. We don't know if he does well with cats.

He's a happy, well-adjusted dog and does well in the house. He did mark a couple of times, but that was the end of it-- he's housetrained.



 

Finnegan
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Status- Adopted December 2010)

Original bio:

Though he's called Finnegan, this one to one-and-a-half year old boy thinks his name is "oh, he's so cute," because that's the first thing most people utter upon seeing him. Weighing 59 pounds, he's a slender, long-legged boy. When he cocks his head and gives you an eager look, you'd swear he's a pup--the most adorable one you've ever seen.

For a boy of his youth, he's unusually well-behaved. He enjoys zooming around the yard, but he likes to have a human or a dog buddy in attendance to give his antics the admiration he thinks they deserve.

On meeting a new dog, he tests to see what he can get away with, but backs off when the object of his attention warns him with a corrective bark or growl. Being a brash youngster, he'll test some more, until he determines the limit and reaches an accomodation with the dog.

He likes doggie toys and will fetch one or a ball, but the world is just too interesting for any one thing to occupy his attention for long.

He adores humans and loves the attention they invariably give him.

 



Sonny
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Status- Adopted December 2010)

Original bio:

Meet Sonny! Sonny should probably be called Sunny since that describes his personality to a 'T'! Sonny is 5-6 years old and an apparent purebred Lab. He is having the time of his life in foster care playing with the two resident Labs & 3 resident cats.

He's friendly to all and would be happy to share his new forever home with others in the fur-kingdom. He's also been around farm animals (goats, chickens, horses) and is polite with them as well. Sonny is an active guy and will do best in an active home. He would make a good running/walking/hiking partner and is walking 4 miles a day now. He loves to retrieve and loves chew toys, Nylabones in particular. He only chews on appropriate doggy-items, but will destroy soft toys likety-split. He's crate trained and will go in his 'box' when he wants a little time to himself. He is also reliable in the house when left alone.

Sonny has a nice 'on' and 'off' switch meaning he loves to play and is up for any activity, but when he's in the house he's content to sit by you and keep you company. Sonny is being fostered in Los Olivos (Santa Barbara County).





Dodger
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Status- Adopted December 2010)

Original bio:

Dodger is an adorable boy looking for his forever home! He is about 5 years old and has a beautiful honey colored coat. Dodger has lost 11 lbs since coming into rescue!  He is a svelte 77 lbs and now that he has slimmed down he has more energy and he loves to go to the dog park and romp and play with his friends. If you are looking for a cute, happy, friendly dog-- here he is!

Dodger has great house manners and is very mellow when he is at home. He is housebroken and knows basic obedience commands. Dodger is good with other dogs of all sizes and would love a canine companion and he also likes children and gives great hugs. He shows no symtoms of it and it certainly doesn't slow him down when he is having fun but but we have been told that he some hip arthritis. He can stay symptom-free for life if he's kept slim, given regular exercise and a daily joint supplement.  Dodger is a wonderful companion with lots of love to give!

Dodger is neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on his vaccinations.




Dakota
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Status- Adoped November 2010)

Original bio:

Dakota is medium sized (65 pounds) but somehow has the air of a gentle giant. This unassuming boy is the ideal dog for just about any family. He gets along extremely well with humans and with all his foster mates, male and female. We haven't tested him with cats, but he could be fine with them, as he seems to have a pretty low prey drive.

He's about 5 years old, and though he's very Labbie in every important respect, he's probably a mix, having an off-center white chest blaze and some white toes. His tail has been shortened a few inches, probably because of some trauma to it, and if you look very closely, you'll see that the tip of one ear has likewise been shortened, no doubt for the same reason.

His temperament? In a word, wonderful. He loves attention and is extremely sweet. He's very athletic, chasing after and pretty much keeping up with our 1 year old high-energy girl Serena. He's not a ball fetcher or a Frisbee chaser (one of his few non-Lab traits), preferring instead to go on nice long walks with a human companion.

For a family wanting a calm, loving companion, for themselves and their dogs, Dakota just can't be beat.





Serena
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Status- Adopted November 2010)

Original bio:

Serena is zooming around the yard, trying to get our senior Labs interested in play. Dutchess runs with her her for a while, but after a few sorties, settles down to chewing the ball they were tussling over.

Darn, those old guys won't play, but wait! There's a human around here somewhere. Aha! She spies me sitting on the lawn and summarily plops herself in my lap for a little tummy rub/wrestling session. She mouths my hands as I gently pinch her, but she's not really all that mouthy for as young as she is. Tiring of that, she picks up a stuffed toy, bringing it to me to throw. She needs a little encouragement to let me take it, but chases it enthusiastically with each throw and brings it back all but one time.

She's a bit of a brat, but not bad at all for a one-year-old. She's also terribly cute, so it's easy to excuse her brashness. She looks and behaves every bit the purebred, but we'll never know for sure. Our fosters don't usually come with AKC papers. What we know for sure is that she's going to make her new family fall head-over-heels in love with her.





Jenny
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Status- Adopted August 2010)

Original bio:

Jenny, a beautiful purebred girl, was reluctantly given up along with her brother Bodie, because their owner had to move into housing where dogs aren't allowed. She is 2-1/2 years old, spayed, in prime health and up to date on hei vaccinations.

Now that we've had Jenny and her brother for a short time, we've come to the conclusion that they will be better off placed separately. When together, they feed off each other's excitement and thus, as a pair, would be too much for most people to handle. When apart, they're each much calmer and easier to deal with.

Suffice to say that each is a lively, friendly dog and is excited to meet new people. Jenny is great with people (both adults and children), dogs and cats.




Bodie2
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Status- Adopted August 2010)

Original bio:

Bodie, a beautiful purebred boy, was reluctantly given up along with his sister Jenny, because their owner had to move into housing where dogs aren't allowed. He is 2-1/2 years old, neutered, in prime health and up to date on his vaccinations.

Now that we've had Bodie and his sister for a short time, we've come to the conclusion that they will be better off placed separately. When together, they feed off each other's excitement and would thus, as a pair, be too much for most people to handle. When apart, they're each much calmer and easier to deal with.

Suffice to say that each is a lively, friendly dog and is excited to meet new people. Bodie is great with people (both adults and children), dogs and cats.




Café
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Status- Adopted July 2010)

Original bio:

Café is a beautiful purebred chocolate lab. We think this girl is about 2 years old but could be younger. Café gets along well with other dogs big and small and adores people of all ages. She loves to receive pets and give kisses in return. Café is very attentive and is a quick learner. She is housebroken, takes treats gently and knows basic obedience commands. She does not chew (except for squeaky toys) and has great house manners. She also loves to go on walks and play fetch. Café is spayed, micro-chipped and up to date on her vaccinations.




Shiloh
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Status- Adopted July 2010)

Original bio:

What a sweetie Shiloh is! He's a Lab mix with a Labbie temperament. He appears to be 2 to 3 years old, and his behavior is still a bit puppyish, but laid-back at the same time.

He's quite good on lead, knows "sit," and adores his toys and human attention. He takes treats gently. He mixes very well with our other dogs and has done fine on a couple of visits to the local pet store. He got a chance to see a cat at close range while at the vet and gave no sign of wanting to chase, so he may be okay with felines.

His appearance, behavior, and lack of rear dewclaws strongly suggest that the Labrador part of his gene mix is the dominant one. He is however on the low side of the Lab size range, at about 60 pounds.




Kami
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Status- Adopted July 2010)

Original bio:

Meet Kami!

Kami is an adorable purebred chocolate lab girl who is about 3 years old. She came into rescue after being hit by a car and abandoned by her family. Kami had a broken pelvis and a tear in her diaphragm (that we did not know about when we brought her into rescue). We came very close to losing this precious girl but our wonderful vets were able to save her and say that she is a "miracle dog". We have nursed her back to health and she is ready to find her forever home!

Kami is a sweet and affectionate dog that has all of the qualities that we love about labs! She has a wonderful, happy lab temperament. She is not dominant and gets along well with all other dogs. Kami is great with children and loves to be near them and shower them with kisses. She walks well on a leash and knows basic obedience commands such as: "sit", "down", "shake" and she tries very hard to "stay" when asked. She is mellow for her age but she does like to go on walks and trips to the dog park. Our vet tells us that she has made a wonderful recovery but she is probably not a candidate as a jogging partner and this news doesn't seem to bother her one bit!

Kami is spayed, micro-chipped and current on her vaccinations. She is looking for a home ready to receive lots of love and kisses and in return she would like a cozy dog bed and some stuffed animals to carry around.

 


Chance
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Status- Adopted May 2010)

Original bio:

A large head thrusts up from under the dining room table and plants itself firmly on my chest. It's furry and chocolate-colored. It's Chance, the big ol' goofy love bug, trolling for a hug.

Chance is a tall, handsome, strapping lad, is around 1-1/2 to 2 years old, weighs in at about 75 pounds, and appears to be a purebred. Moreover, he's young and playful and always ready for the next play session, walk, or car ride.

He gets along very well with his foster brothers and sisters and loves to carouse for hours with Callie (nine years old, going on one). The pair love to play tug-o'-war, though Chance actually prefers for Callie to chase him. Despite his youth, he has excellent leash manners and will heel exquisitely for miles on end, needing only an occasional tiny leash-pop to keep him in position.

Although he established a reputation as a fence climber at the shelter, having scaled a 6-foot chain link fence, he's never challenged our 4-1/2 foot high wrought iron fence. Of course, a shelter is a dreadfully boring, stressful place; things around here are lots more interesting and fun.

He's the very picture of robust good health and appears to have absolutely no orthopedic issues. He's neutered, house-trained and up to date on vaccines.




Wrigley
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Status- Adopted April 2010)

Original bio:

Wrigley was so named because he is a wiggle-butt. He's a cute, very active young boy, about 1-1/2 to 2 years old and 66-67 lbs, who had an ACL injury to his right (rear) knee when we got him from the shelter. His injury was repaired by our vet on 12/30. He can now go on walks, even long ones, but he can't roughhouse or run for a while yet. The vet says 100% recovery will be attained inlate May.

Wrigley has a very nice temperament, but being a typical young lab, is full of himself, so he will need obedience training; we have not had time to do more than some basics. Wrigley gets along fine with our senior labs.




Tucker2
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Status- Adopted March 2010)

Original bio:

This is one good ol' boy, folks!

Tucker came to us from a shelter, so we don't know his history, but we do know he's a nice boy.

He appears to be somewhere between 3 and 5 years old and is possibly a Lab/Golden retriever mix. He's a bit overweight at 89 lbs. but with a careful diet and his favorite exercise of fetch, we think he’ll get to his ideal weight of 70 to 75 pounds in no time.

We think he used to be outside a lot because he's got a harmless granuloma on his left ear which is probably the result of fly strikes.

Tucker knows how to sit and lay down on command but needs more work in walking on a leash properly. He gets along with other dogs but hasn’t been tested with cats.

He is house trained and well behaved. He has an insatiable curiosity and wants to check everything out, especially anything behind a door - this includes the refrigerator door, any closet door and the shower door!

He adores attention, especially being petted and brushed.

He hasn't been taught to know that humans have the right-of-way in doorways: he tends to worm his way ahead of you through the door.

Tucker is neutered, up-to-date on his shots and is microchipped. He does have a chronic condition that's controlled with a very inexpensive medication that must be taken regularly for life. Beyond that, he has a marvelous temperament and, with just a little training, will make an absolutely ideal companion.






Hunter2
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Status- Adopted February 2010)

Original bio:

Hunter appears to be a purebred Lab,

He is 5 years old and is house trained and obedience trained. He loves water. His previous owners loved him but had to give him up when they lost their home.

He is an amazing dog that we absolutely adore! He is very gentle; he eats politely and gets along well with other dogs. He is a very tall lab and can rest his head on our kitchen table, he reminds us of Clifford especially when he follows our dogs around. He has been known to pull food off the counters at night if left unattended although he would never be so bold when his humans are present.

Hunter needs to be placed in a situation with other dogs, as he has separation anxiety if he is the only dog. His original home contained at least one other dog and he is perfectly content left in the yard with our two dogs. He's great with kids, loves to be around people and play fetch. He loves to take a run or a walk with the family and rides well in a car.

Please contact Susie at susie.rivera@gmail.com if you have any questions about Hunter. Please be sure you have first completed and application on our website.




Bosco
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Status- Adopted February 2010)

Original bio:

Meet Bosco

Bosco is a wonderful purebred chocolate lab looking for his forever family. He is handsome and is big and tall and in perfect physical condition at 83 lbs. We think is about 6 years old because he has a little white on his muzzle but he acts like a much younger dog. Bosco somehow ended up a shelter without a collar on and with a terrible ear infection. We went to the shelter the day after he arrived to meet him and we thought for sure that his family would come for him right away because he is such a good boy. But no one came for him and he badly needed to get to a vet and have his ears fixed up, so now he is the newest Fetching Companion!

Bosco is very friendly and good with other dogs. He's also cat-tested and seems to be good with them. He is well behaved and knows basic commands like sit and down and walks well on a leash for such a big boy. Bosco loves to play fetch and is quite an athlete. He will need a family that can give him daily exercise and lots of love. Bosco is a very sweet and affectionate boy who won over everyone at the vet's office with kisses and asking for belly rubs. While he is good with children, he is a big dog and might be able to knock a toddler over, so he would do best in a home with children that are used to a big dog or who are school age. Bosco is such a happy boy that he even agreed to pose for his photo shoot in the rain and he thought it was lots of fun!




Bosco
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Status- Adopted February 2010)

Original bio:

Meet Bosco

Bosco is a wonderful purebred chocolate lab looking for his forever family. He is handsome and is big and tall and in perfect physical condition at 83 lbs. We think is about 6 years old because he has a little white on his muzzle but he acts like a much younger dog. Bosco somehow ended up a shelter without a collar on and with a terrible ear infection. We went to the shelter the day after he arrived to meet him and we thought for sure that his family would come for him right away because he is such a good boy. But no one came for him and he badly needed to get to a vet and have his ears fixed up, so now he is the newest Fetching Companion!

Bosco is very friendly and good with other dogs. He's also cat-tested and seems to be good with them. He is well behaved and knows basic commands like sit and down and walks well on a leash for such a big boy. Bosco loves to play fetch and is quite an athlete. He will need a family that can give him daily exercise and lots of love. Bosco is a very sweet and affectionate boy who won over everyone at the vet's office with kisses and asking for belly rubs. While he is good with children, he is a big dog and might be able to knock a toddler over, so he would do best in a home with children that are used to a big dog or who are school age. Bosco is such a happy boy that he even agreed to pose for his photo shoot in the rain and he thought it was lots of fun!







Sheila
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Status- Adopted February 2010)

Original bio:

Sheila is a bouncy, beautiful, 67 lb yellow female, about 14-15 months old. She has an excellent temperament, but she's far from shy and retiring, so she needs an active, Lab-savvy family to keep up with her. She's gently mouthy, esp. when excited during play, so we don't recommend her for families having small children. She has some training, which will have to be reinforced in her new home, as she is a counter surfer and she chews up dog toys, including some that are designed for big chewers. An active girl, she needs to get plenty of exercise, such as running or playing fetch. She also enjoys lying down near her humans, but don't expect her to stay there if there's something to explore.

Sheila gets along quite well with the other dogs in her foster home, including some seniors, and respects the boundaries the other dogs establish. We don't know how she'd be with cats.




Lucky Licorice
(Status- Adopted January 2010)
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Original bio:

Lucky Licorice ("Lucky" for short) is a very lucky boy indeed. He was rescued from an over-crowded shelter and is so happy to be out of doggy jail that he can barely contain his excitement! His beautiful, thick tail hasn't stopped wagging since he arrived. Lucky is a cuddly, exuberant and loving middle-aged black male lab. He is very handsome and appears to be purebred or very nearly so. He has jet black, shiny fur, with a few white sugar sprinkles on his face, chest and paws. The shelter guessed his age at 8, but after a bubble bath and his showing off his stuff at the dog park, he could be 5 or 6 years old.

Lucky would love to meet his new family and shower them with love! His foster mom reports that he is fully house trained, is adept at using a doggy door, and has great indoor manners. He's a perfect gentleman with his foster sister Betty, and is happy to let her be the boss. He's great on and off leash and he gets along with well with other dogs. However, he chases cats now and again, so he'd be best in a home without cats. He has a moderate energy level and enjoys his daily walks and trips to the dog park but he is also content to hang out around the house. He is gentle and sweet with children and would a great addition to any family.





Rose
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Status- Adopted December 2009)

Original bio:

Rose is a very sweet young yellow female who was found wandering the streets of Gardena. No one claimed her, so we had her spayed and vaccinated, and she's available for adoption. Rose is housetrained and well behaved, with one exception- she loves humans' shoes. She carries them around, and eventually chews them. She's a smart girl who quickly learned how to use a dog door, and she enjoys the company of humans and other dogs. We don't know how she would be with cats. She's a prize who will go quickly!




Cubby Bear
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Status- Adopted December 2009)

Original bio:

Cubby Bear is an adorable "English" type purebred chocolate lab who had a very rough life before coming into rescue. He was badly neglected by his prior owners who kept him in a tiny cement pen and he was found wandering and eating out of a trash can in the middle of the night. Cubby had a large and uncomfortable growth on his eye that required immediate medical attention and he was suffering from itchy skin caused by by flea dermatitis. Thanks to donations from caring friends, the growth on his eye was successfully removed and it turned out to be benign and harmless. Cubby received a clean bill of health from the vet and has had recent blood work ad a thorough exam. We are not sure of his age but we think that he is around 8 although our vet noted that he has the teeth of a much younger dog. His skin and coat have also had a miraculous recovery and he has turned out to be a gorgeous boy!

Cubby has everything you could ask for in a lab: sweet disposition, good looks, loyalty, and a sense of humor! Despite his prior neglect he loves everything and everyone and is a bit of a clown, which is why we dressed him up as one for the doggy halloween parade. He is great with children and other dogs big and makes friends wherever he goes. Cubby is a mellow boy and although he loves his walks and trips to the dog park, he is more of a couch potato. We don't think that Cubby was given quality food or much exercise before and we have him on a diet and are happy to report that he has already lost over 5 lbs. He does need to stay on his diet until he has lost the rest of his extra weight and will go to his new home with his diet dog food and his skin supplements. Cubby is house trained and has wonderful manners and would make a perfect family dog. We have promised him a home where he will be treated as a member of the family and most of all, we have promised him love!




Luke2
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Status- Adopted December 2009)

Original bio:

Here is Luke! We (I say loosely) decided to name him Luke as we already have our own Bo in tribute to the good old Duke Boys of Hazard County. He weighs 95 lbs and is a gorgeous purebred chocolate.

He is a very sweet boy, super anxious to intermingle with people and can be a bit pushy with his head but just wants to cuddle. He is very gentle with his mouth, takes treats delicately. He has almost no leash training but has been on walk/runs in two days and we are determined to teach him. After the first block he practically heels. He has no sit/stay training but as he is eager to please. I am sure he will pick it up. Likes both of our other dogs and is careful with our 6 year olds.

Definitely needs to go to a home where family is committed to training. The shelter said he was about 5, but his behavior looks more like a 3 year old. Luke has lots of energy and is very active.




Betty2
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Status- Adopted November 2009)

Original bio:

Betty is a sweet girl and would love to be your baby!

Betty was so frightened at the shelter they said she was "unfriendly". This could not be further from the truth, as she is a total lover girl. She is one of the most gentle and loving dogs I have ever fostered. She our mixed girl - half of her is either dudley yellow Lab or pale Golden Retriever, the other half is Husky. She has the build and fluffy tail of the Husky, and is pale, creamy yellow with a dudley nose and light brown eyes and cute, floppy ears. - she is beautiful! Betty knows basic commands and is very capable of learning and eager to please. She will sit and then sit up and gently put her paws on you - so adorable! The vet agrees that she is probably about 4 years old. Her teeth are a bit worn, but we think that is due to chewing from being tied up or confined. She acts very young. Betty was cheated earlier in her life - she is a wonderful dog who did not get the love, attention and training she is so deserving of.

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f you have no other pets, Betty is the easiest dog ever. She is sweet and loving and will for sure light up your life. She hardly ever barks. She is super gentle with all people.

Betty was never taught to play well with others. In the month she has been with me she has learned to co-exist peacefully with my cats. As I suspected, she is not cat aggressive. She loves to play chase and my year old kitten can start quite a ruckus with her. I would recommend her to cats that are dog savvy and calm. My big tom cats do great with her. She will chase a cat that runs, but has no malicious intent, she LOVES to chase! She also loves her toys.

Betty is mediocre with other dogs. I do not believe she is inherently aggressive. Once again, I think no one ever taught her how to behave. She would probably do fine with a mellow dog who is not dominant. She takes correction. She is night and day from when she first came from the shelter. She will continue to improve in a loving, stable home.

Betty is healthy but came to us very emaciated. She needs to gain about 20 lbs and the vet has deferred her spay until she gains weight. She will go home UTD on her shots and she has a microchip. She should weigh 55 - 60 lbs when she is up to her full weight.




Juneau
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Status- Adopted November 2009)

Original bio:

Juneau is a stunning "English" yellow Labrador whose light fur approaches white. He is a sweet, mellow guy who is a great companion dog. Juneau weighs about 100 lbs and we have put him on a diet as he is rather chubby. We think he will slim down quickly, just like his foster brother Cubby has, with some high quality food and daily exercise. Juneau is a very happy, huggable, easy going guy. He walks nicely on a leash for such a big guy and has had some training and knows to "sit", "down" and "shake" when asked. He is also house trained.

Juneau is fully vaccinated, micro-chipped and neutered. He is between 4 and 6 years old.




Rafael
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Status- Adopted November 2009)

Original bio:

The quarterback fades back, makes one pump fake, then another, finally unleashing a long bomb. As the ball slices through the air in a graceful arc, the receiver races downfield without a defender in sight. With exquisite timing, he makes a full speed over-the-shoulder catch with his mouth. Touchdown! Wait-- with his mouth?

Rafael (call him Rafa) is a handsome, sleek, trim 1 to 2 year old who tips the scales at around 60 pounds. If there were a ball-fetching hall of fame, he would be in it. He fetches balls enthusiastically and tirelessly. He brings them back, stopping and then dropping the ball a few feet from the thrower. He then punts it with his nose so that it rolls right up to the throwers toes. His teeth show the premature wear seen in dogs who've been allowed to use tennis balls as chew toys. This wear can be arrested by simply putting the tennis ball away when a fetch session ends or by using rubber balls. We chose hollow rubber balls, in which he punches holes to make them easier to carry.

Fortunately, fetching isn't the all-consuming passion for Rafa it is for some dogs. He absolutely adores human attention and loves to play with his foster brother and sister dogs. He has very little training, but is house-trained and knows "sit." He pulls strongly on leash, which we're working on. For now, a pinch collar is necessary for leash walks.

Rafa has a tendency to greet people by jumping on them and is a confirmed kitchen counter surfer, so he is in definite need of further training. But once Rafa's new family puts him through an obedience class, he'll be an even more wonderful guy to have around than he is now.




King
(Status- Adopted October 2009)

Original bio:

King is a sweet boy, 1-1/2 to 2 years old (we think he is closer to 1-1/2). He's a long lanky guy, weighing about 76 lbs. He still has that puppylike gawkiness to him, like someone who hasn't gotten used to how big he is.

He loves attention, but isn't demanding about it. He is housetrained, but hasn't really learned any commands yet - we are working on that. He is easily startled by loud noises, to which he responds by moving away from the source. He enjoys walks outside and relaxing indoors.

King gets along with all the dogs in our house, although he will try to mount a dog that will let him. If the other dog complains, he will stop trying. We don't know how he would be with cats, but we suspect he would be curious but wary.

We think he would fit nicely into most households and be a very happy camper.




Roxy
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Status- Adopted October 2009)

Original Bio:

A trim, eager, alert-looking yellow Labby girl sits by my side. I try to ignore her so I can get some email out of the way. It isn't working. I feel her eyes boring holes in the side of my skull. "Okay girl, what is it?" She immediately starts talking to me audibly in some doggy dialect I haven't mastered. Hmm... "How about a treat, girl?" Bingo. Silly human finally gets it. Dog gets treat so richly deserved.

She came to us named Roxy; had we not known that, we might have dubbed her Molly Brown, after the unsinkable gal who survived the Titanic disaster in style. Since the death of her owner two years ago, her family paid her scant attention. In spite of spending those years tethered day and night outdoors or in a garage, she's as bouncy and happy as can be. This girl has a supremely resilient, irrepressible personality. A lesser dog would no doubt bear psychological and behavioral baggage.

It's almost impossible to believe her official age of 9 years. She just doesn't look it; for one, she doesn't have the sclerotic changes in her eyes that occur at 7 years. My guess is that she's about 6, but we'll have to stick with 9, since that's what we've been told.

We've also been told that she gets along with cats, dogs, adult humans and children. She certainly gets along with us and our dogs. She's submissive with humans, but has a slightly dominant streak toward dogs. She will pull dominance moves on dogs-- mounting, for example. When our dogs have had enough of that, they correct her and the behavior stops dead. We haven't tested her with cats or children.

Roxy looks every inch the purebred. She's at the low end of the breed standard weightwise, tipping the scales at slightly under 60 pounds.

To my great surprise, she remembers her housetraining after 2 years of living outdoors. Almost every foster dog has an indoor accident or two early on. She's not had one. Zero, zip. Moreover, she knows "sit," "down," and "shake." She walks reasonably well on lead, but right now a prong collar and a little corrective "pop" on the lead once in a while are required to remind her who's in charge of the walk.




Misty
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Status- Adopted September 2009)

Original bio:

Misty is a very pretty, petite, yellow Lab princess who moves like a doe. She prefers to be indoors and seated on the furniture if you are not opposed to such things. She would love to sleep on your bed with you. She is good with other dogs and oblivious to kitties. She is not normally a barker, though she will bark with joy when she gets excited. She romps like a deer when she is being silly. She is gentle with treats and dines with her doggy companions with no problems. I have not been successful in getting her to fetch, she is too refined for such games! She is possessive with her chew bones and will let other critters know that the princess is chewing her bone and should not be disturbed. She'll be happy to give it to her human, though.

We don't know exactly how old Misty is, but we guess she's somewhere between 6 and 10 years old, though she acts like a dog closer to 6 than 10. She has a few benign fatty lipomas, very common in adult Labs. They pose no health concern.

Because of her smaller size and demeanor, Misty is suitable for condo or apartment life and would be great if you love Labs but don't want a hundred pound moose. She was given a clean bill of health by the vet and is spayed and up to date on her shots.




Shadow2
(Status- Adopted August 2009)

Original bio:

My name is Shadow and I am quite the handsome guy with my shiny, shiny coat, white teeth, and loving eyes. My long time family had to move to North Carolina without me and I am looking for a new family to love.

I love to swim, chase the Frisbee, and hang out with people. I do well with kids and love affection. I stay close to home, show no indication of tendencies to dig, chew, or trying to get out of the yard, and I have been through obedience training.

I get along great with other dogs but have been known to chase a cat. I am a purebred, neutered, enthusiastic, 8 year-old, and have no known physical issues.




Jet
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Status- Adopted August 2009)

Original bio:

Jet is a purebred black lab puppy who was born January 29, 2009. He’s very happy and handsome, has a gorgeous face and soft coat, and is quite the kisser. He’s a strong swimmer, and would love to have a new home with a pool or trips to a lake or beach. He loves the water, and would make a great dock jumping dog.

He has had some training with very little reinforcement. He is very responsive, treat-motivated, and extremely bright. He needs a devoted owner who will provide guidance and adequate exercise, as well as daily training sessions to enable him to grow into the stellar companion that he has the potential to be.

If you think you might like this handsome lad to be part of your family, please submit an online adoption application and drop a line to info@fetchingcompanions.org.




Buster2
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Status- Adopted August 2009)

Original bio:

Buster2 is a delightful yellow male, approx. 3-5 years old (shelter said 3, vet said 4-5) and average size for a male Lab. He is good with people, playful with other dogs and oblivious to cats. He fits into a family environment very well. He isn't a fetcher, but he does have a little training.




Prancer
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Status- Adopted June 2009)

Original bio:

Prancer is a lively middle aged (8?) handsome chocolate boy who has brought an abundance of joy to his foster family (Mary and dog Betty) and his human and canine pals in the Santa Barbara area. He came into foster care already and obviously well-trained and well-loved. Uses the doggy door, has never lifted his leg in the house, adores human, child and canine companionship and seems uninterested in cats--I did a double take once when Prancer was out in the yard and a cat stared him down and ran away, and Prancer stood statue-like! Prancer's ideal home would be one in which people were home frequently (though he does well when left alone for a few hours), and children or other dogs were around to play. He loves his walks, though is of an age where he doesn't require any intense exercising, and a trip to the park or two brief walks keep him satisfied.

Prancer has a clean bill of health--several lipomas were confirmed to be "fatty", and chest xrays and blood tests were clear.






Polly
(Status- Adopted May 2009)

Original bio:

Polly is a beautiful purebred chocolate lab girl . She is 3 1/2 years old and is a typical happy lab who is eager to please. Polly came into rescue because she has a fungal infection in her nose and her owners did not want to pay for vet treatment so they took her to a county animal shelter and left her there. She has been "rescued" and is now in a foster home receiving lots of love and treatment for her nose infection. Polly loves people and is a very attentive and affectionate girl. She is a "velcro" dog and likes to follow her foster parents around the house just in case they need her help with anything. Polly is a perfectly proportioned lab and has a cute square head, stunning hazel eyes and a nice, thick tail. She is medium sized and currently weighs about 75 lbs but she should lose about 5 to 10 lbs to be in ideal shape. We think she will shape up quickly with more regular exercise and good quality food.

Polly is well trained and knows how to walk nicely on a leash and is crate and house trained; she also knows "sit", "down" and "stay". She plays well with other dogs and is also good with cats and children. Polly likes to play ball and frisbee at the beach and is well behaved both on and off leash. She has lived most of her life in a garage and has some concern about being left alone and she prefers to be inside with her foster parents and would probably do best in a home where someone is home most of the day. Polly is spayed, micro-chipped and current on her vaccinations. She will be available for adoption after she is through with the medications for her nose infection.




Chippie
(Status- Adopted April 2009)

Original bio:

Chippie is a 6-8 year old boy with impeccable housemanners. He's one of those dogs who really make rescuing worthwhile. He is so darned excited to be out of the shelter and loved again that he really doesn't want his humans to leave.

We're in the process of teaching him that barking doesn't bring people home, and he's learning quickly. It's safe to assume that Chippie hasn't been on a leash much, nor outside his home or yard. He grows anxious when outside of his foster space, but seeing him adjust to it in just a few days shows just how much he wants to please. He really sticks close on walks, but is getting more confident day by day. That desire to stick close probably means he'll be a great off-leash boy.




Gracie May
(Status- Adopted March 2009)

Original bio:

Gracie May is the ultimate Fetching Companion!

Gracie May is a beautiful, purebred 4 to 5 year old labrador girl. She has a lustrous black coat and a typical happy lab temperament. Her tail is always wagging and she sleeps on her doggie bed all night without a peep. Gracie has good house manners and is potty trained. She is a very smart girl and she knows to "sit" and "down" and is learning new commands every day.

Gracie does not appear to have missed many meals and should probably lose a couple of pounds to be at her ideal weight. We do not think losing weight will be a problem, as this girl loves to play fetch and run! Gracie pulls on the leash at first because she is so excited to get outside and play, but we have tried a prong collar on her and this seems to really help. She is very good off-leash and loves to go to the beach and the dog park to play ball.

Gracie gets along well with other dogs and has a very friendly personality. She ignored the cats that she met, so we think she would do fine in a home with cats. She is mellow in the house and she has a higher energy level when it is playtime and she is outside. We think she would do well in a home with children over the age of 7 and/or children that are comfortable with large dogs.

Gracie is spayed, current on her vaccinations, and micro-chipped.




Allie
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Status- Adopted March 2009)

Original bio:

If you are looking for an easy, low-maintenance Lab, Allie is your girl.

Allie was turned-in to Animal Control by a good Samaritan who found her wandering in a very remote canyon area. She had injuries that appeared to be from barbed wire, now healing nicely and she had obviously had a recent encounter with a skunk. Having had this dog a few days, my guess is she was trying to make friends with the striped creature.

Allie is about 2.5 years old. She’s underweight, but appears healthy otherwise. She’s still intact but has a spay appointment on 03.10.09, and will be available for adoption after her recovery.

Allie is a light yellow color. Right now she weighs 50#s but should be in the upper 50’s at the very minimum. She’s suffered from flea infestation at some point as evidenced by her worn down incisors.

She has the most stellar temperament. She’s happy, quiet, agreeable with dogs and cats, house trained, sleeps quietly on her dog bed at night, walks well on a leash and is learning obedience basics. I can’t say enough about what an amazing temperament she has in light of what was clearly not a great start at life.

We would love for Allie to be in a home where she will have lots of attention and company. She would do well with another dog and also with cats. She’s been around small children and is very gentle with them. This dog doesn’t have a mean bone in her.




Mallory
(Status- Adopted March 2009)

Original bio:

Mallory is a beautiful 1 year old purebred, spayed, black Lab. She's everything we love about labs - happy, silly, wiggly and just darling.

She lives with a 135 pound Mastiff breed dog & a 6 pound Terrier mix dog, and they all get along beautifully. The family also has a horse and a cat, so she's been exposed to both. Mallory has been around children (family has a 2 year old & a 6 year old) and is very good with them.

She does have an exuberant Lab personality and does not have much training at this point, so children should be prepared for an occasional burst of puppy energy. Mallory does know "sit" and she will wait to eat her dinner until she's told "OK." She's house trained, but spends most of her days outdoors - thus the reason for her owners looking for a new home for her, they feel they cannot offer her enough of the attention she craves. And due to her lack of exercise, the poor girl is about 7 pounds overweight.

Mallory is crate trained, and one really nice trait is that she comes when called. Her new family should be committed to enrolling in an obedience class shortly after adopting her.




Skye
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Status- Adopted March 2009)

Original bio:

Her name is Skye, but she's anything but blue. This bouncy little pixie will charm your socks off. She's on the small side, about 55 pounds, and very playful and active. She appears to be purebred. Common for her age, she is an active girl, so she should go to a home where her humans will provide her with plenty of exercise. She can be run on grass and dirt surfaces, but her bone growth plates haven't closed yet, so running on hard surfaces should be avoided.

She's about 10 months old, and acts that age. She doesn't seem to have a lot of training, but is anxious to please, so she should be very trainable, once she gets over the excitement of being in a new home. She's an adolescent, and thus has "selective hearing"; she'll be more attentive as she gets a little older. She had a couple of accidents in our home when she was kept crated for too long, but that's all. She's definitely a chewer (though she's not damaged anything of value), so she should always have good chew toys, like Nylabones, nearby at all times.

She is good with other dogs, although a bit too active for some senior dogs. She is mouthy at times, so she should not be placed with small children unless they are dog-savvy, and her humans will need to be consistent in correcting unwanted behavior - ignoring her works well for most such behaviors, but redirection is required for some, such as chewing.

Skye's had two sets of her basic vaccinations a month apart, plus her rabies vaccination, so she won't need them for a year, and she has a microchip. If you'd like to know more about her and have submitted an online application, please contact us at info@fetchingcompanions.org.






Magnum2
(Status- Adopted February 2009)

Original bio:

Magnum2 is a beautiful purebred chocolate, 1-1/2 year old male, about 70 lbs. who was turned in to us by his owners because he didn’t always get along with the second family dog.

As a puppy, he was purchased and transported from a breeder in Missouri. When left alone outside, he becomes a barker. For this reason, if he is an only dog, he would be best with owners who are home nearly all the time. We have found that he can get along with certain dogs, usually those with a genial or submissive personality (he has bonded with, and takes his naps near his foster sister, the yellow lab in the picture). When you do leave the house, he is fine outside with another dog for company. However, once you come home, better let him in because he is most comfortable being in close proximity to his owner. He is the sort of companion content to follow you from room to room and will plop down by your feet as you go about your business.

He is up to date on shots, is double microchipped, neutered, housetrained and can sit and shake but needs work on staying. He has a medium amount of energy, having passed the ebullient puppy stage. He does pull on the leash so he’ll need help on walks and his idea of fetch is "I’ll fetch and you chase me." He takes a while to warm to strangers but is good company and will make a great protector once he has bonded with his owner. He is excellent with children and not food aggressive. He prefers sleeping on the sofa or bed but if not, he’s just as happy on his own bed as long as it’s near you. You’ll have to keep an eye in the kitchen because if you’re not looking, he will go counter surfing..




Rio
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Status- Adopted February 2009)

Original bio:

Rio is a cute 2-year-old lab mix, about 40-45 lbs (maybe just a touch of Basset Hound in him?). He came from the shelter with a badly broken canine tooth and an infection, both of which have been treated. He still needs to complete his course of antibiotics, but he is doing great. He enjoys playing with the other dogs in our house, and he likes to relax on the dog bed behind me while I am using the computer. He will go into his crate willingly for a small treat (but he always checks first to make sure one is in there). He likes to squeak his vinyl ball, and he even chews on a nylabone on occasion. He does seem very interested in the squirrel that inhabits a tree outside our fence and the lizard who hangs out near our trash cans when it is warm, so he may have some prey drive when it comes to small critters. We haven't noticed that he is obsessed with them, though, so it is probably at least part curiosity. If you're looking for a cute lab on the small side, Rio may be just the ticket.






Duke
(Status- Adopted February 2009)

Original bio:

Duke is a gorgeous young (probably no more than 2 years old) black male who was found running loose in Long Beach in early to mid Sept. No one has claimed him, so he is looking for a new home where he will get the attention he desires. A typical young dog, he pulls on lead, but he does know "sit" and gives his paw. With a bit of additional training, he should do well. He has a sweet temperament, and is very friendly with people and other dogs, although he'd do best as an only dog, because of his dominant personality. His behavior with cats is unknown.




Maggie Mae
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Status- Adopted February 2009)

Original bio:

Meet Maggie Mae!

Maggie Mae is a gorgeous, purebred English type female yellow lab. She is around 4 years old and is spayed, micro-chipped and current on her vaccinations. Maggie is a very playful and affectionate girl who gets along well with other dogs. She is a small, compact lab only 19" tall at her shoulders. She's a little plump right now, so we think she should lose a couple of pounds, but is otherwise absolutely perfect! She has just come into rescue and we will update her information with more details as we get to know her better.




Lenore
(Status- Adopted January 2009)

Original bio:

Lenore is a pretty 1 year old yellow female who appears to be purebred of the field variety. She has a medium build, is on the skinny side and currently on a weight gain program. However, this girl has some muscles and is very toned, which is evident when you see her move. It’s these muscles that keep her agile and full of energy. Lenore is also a smart dog which will make her easy to train. She learned how to unlatch her kennel door and even escaped from a 5' foot kennel with a loosely fitted top. She tends to pull a little on the leash but otherwise walks as if she’s had some training. She hasn’t learned to let go of a ball after fetching it but she does love to run. She is very friendly, easy to handle and gets along fine with other dogs. She is house trained, microchipped and up to date on her shots. She is scheduled to be spayed in January, but can be made available soner with an additional spay deposit which is returned once proof of spaying is provided. She has not been tested with cats but would make an excellent addition to a household with other dogs.




Sparky
(Status- Adopted January 2009)

Original bio:

Sparky is a good looking young (about 1-1/2 years old) dark golden yellow labrador of about 67 lbs. He has some training (knows sit and down) and has a nice, fairly submissive temperament. He is a master counter surfer, however, so he should not be allowed loose in an area where food is left out because he will get to it and eat it. Expect an update in a few days, once his fosterer gets a chance to write a more complete description of this boy.




Barney
(Status- Adopted December 2008)

Original bio:

No Mr. Nice Guy anymore? Not true, as long as Barney's around. He's a handsome black of about 7 years of age, with purebred appearance, except for a thin white racing stripe down his chest. Could he be a mix? Maybe, but he's got that wonderful Labby temperament, doggone it. He adores being at the side of a human, getting a head scratch, a chin scratch, a tummy rub, or heck-- any sort of attention at all.

Though he loves humans above all, he also loves to be with other dogs. He even tolerates the brash, bratty attentions of our 10-month old foster pup, who is all over him like... well, like ugly on a Hairless Chihuahua.

Like most Labs, Barns loves his "walkies" almost as much as food and attention. He doesn't hesitate to remind us that a walk would be a swell thing to do right now. We haven't taken him on long ones, but he's easily capable of a mile or two, and probably more.

He doesn't have a lot of training, but knows "sit," is housetrained, and is trustworthy enough to be loose in the house without supervision. He also understands dog doors. He pulls strongly on lead with a flat collar, but is reasonably manageable with a pinch collar. I expect the same would be true with a head-halter, like a Gentle Leader or a Halti, but we haven't tried either on him yet.




Blake
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Status- Adopted December 2008)

Original bio:

Blake is an amazingly gentle, happy and handsome 2 year old male Chocolate Lab, with a sprinkle of Springer Spaniel. His appearance is that of a purebred chocolate with a white bib on his chest; his coat is silky, shiny and thick. his temperment is kind, playful and he's done well around young children.

He enjoys playing with his foster sister Betty, and ran and got along well with all the other dogs at the dog park. Blake would do best at a home where he has another dog to play with, and with a family who can provide him the exercise a young lab needs.

He was turned in to a shelter by an owner who claimed to not have time for him.

Blake walks well on a leash, and knows basic commands. He's housetrained, can use a doggy door and enjoys riding in the car.






Jasper
(Status- Adopted November 2008)

Original bio:

What can I say about Jasper! Jasper is a gorgeous six month old cream colored Labrador retriever. He is a purebred with a perfect Labrador mentality; he loves all humans and dogs. Jasper is the cutest sweetest ball of energy. He is learning house manners and potty training; he is still very young and sometimes gets too involved in play to remember to go outside to potty. He is also working on how to walk on a leash; he just lopes around discovering every new plant and smell. In fact he prefers to carry his leash in his mouth. He carries balls, chew toys and bones in his mouth at all times. If you give him more than one thing at a time you can see his little puppy brain working as hard as possible to figure out how to pick them all up. He is very sweet with my children but needs to learn not to jump or knock them over. He would not be good with children under 10.

As a Labrador puppy he loves to chew, so he needs lots of appropriate toys and exercise daily.





Teddy
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Status- Adopted November 2008)

Original bio:

Meet Teddy!

Teddy is a very happy purebred chocolate lab who is looking for a home where he can be a part of the family. We think he is around 7 years old with nice teeth and just a touch of grey. Teddy has great house manners and is completely potty trained and does not chew, dig or have any destructive behaviors whatsoever. He has a great personality and does not bark unless you ask him to "speak" or get him really excited when you are playing with him. Teddy is very responsive to training and is currently learning how to fetch the morning paper.

Teddy is a bit chubby right now and needs more muscle tone but this has already started to change. We think he was probably overfed and never exercised and we think he will trim down quickly with proper care. Teddy was taken to the shelter due to unfortunate circumstances with his owner and then had a rough time at the shelter where he was attacked by a very aggressive dog. He is thrilled to be out of the shelter and loves going to the dog park and the beach and meeting new dog and people friends.

He gets along great with all other dogs, cats and children. Teddy is well suited to be a family dog due to his easy going nature. He does not require intensive exercise but like all labs, he should have a daily walk and playtime. Teddy is up to date on his vaccinations, neutered and micro-chipped.




Trixie
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Status- Adopted November 2008)

Original bio:

Trixie is about 2 - 3 years old, closer to 2 at a guess. She's a gorgeous girl, a little heavy by maybe 5 lbs. She has a really nice, thick, black, shiny coat, very white teeth, good ears, moves very well. She looks like a purebred lab of close to show dog quality.

Trixie has been great with her fosterer's two male dogs. On the way to her foster home, she rode like a dream in the crate, putting herself into it and sitting down promptly. It took about 2 hours to get to the foster home and she never made a peep. She knows sit, down and shake. So far she's been good in the house; she enjoys being curled up on the floor by a human's feet. She doesn't seem too interested in retrieving at this point, but she did engage in some friendly playing with the other dogs. She does pull a bit on leash.

Trixie appears to be fine with cats and lots of other critters, including pigs and goats. She has a nice energy level; not super active nor hyper. So far, she appears to be a good fit for most any kind of family, even relatively inexperienced.





Elsie
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Status- Adopted November 2008)

Original bio:

Elsie is a sweet, easy going 11 year old female labrador who was rescued just in the nick of time from the shelter. Her prior owners apparently did not know a good thing when they had it and left her at the shelter after years of her loyalty because she was getting old! Elsie is a beautiful cream colored girl with the classic happy lab temperament. She would be thrilled to have a nice dog bed to lounge on and keep you company around the house. Elsie is great with all other dogs, cats and children. She is housetrained and well behaved. She walks well on the leash and enjoys short walks and the occasional trip to the park. Elsie is current on her vaccinations and has been examined by the vet and found to be in good health for her age. She has a few of those harmless fatty lumps that labs are prone to getting as they age and she has lost most of her hearing due to many untreated ear infections but none of that seems to dampen her spirits!




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Rufus
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Status- Adopted October 2008)

Original bio:

Rufus is a purebred neutered male chocolate lab who is approximately 3 years old. He somehow ended up in a crowded shelter as a stray without a collar or any identification and we just cannot believe that his owners did not come for him! After weeks of keeping our eye on him, we took him into rescue. He loves to play fetch and is a happy and somewhat goofy boy. He is uninterested in cats and has been fostered in a home with 3 cats. He also is very friendly with other dogs. He is perfectly proportioned and weighs around 75 pounds.

Rufus is neutered, current on his vaccinations, and will be micro-chipped prior to adoption. He has has some training and he heels nicely on a leash and know the commands for "sit" and "down". Rufus is also house-trained and is responsive to verbal commands. Unfortunately he did contract a nasty case of kennel cough while he was in the shelter and is on antibiotics and is still recovering, so he is not available for adoption just yet.




Sweet Sammy
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Status- Adopted October 2008)

Original bio:

Sweet Sammy is an adorable purebred black labrador girl who is 8 years young! Sammy came to us when an elderly man brought her into the shelter with tears in his eyes and said that his wife was dying of cancer and that he could no longer physically and emotionally care for both Sammy and his wife, we heard about her from volunteers at the shelter and we brought her into rescue. Sammy was overweight when she arrived and she still does need to lose some weight but she is doing great on her diet and exercise regime and everyone is remarking on how good she looks. Our best guess is that she was overfed and under exercised for some time in her prior home. We did take Sammy to the vet when she arrived and tested her thyroid to see if that is why she was overweight but her checkup came back normal and she is in great health. She has a lustrous black coat with just a hint of grey around her muzzle and a tail that never stops wagging.

Sammy makes friends wherever she goes! She is very popular at the dog park and she is great with dogs of all sizes and with cats. Children love Sammy and she loves them- she was a big hit at a recent birthday party as you can see from the photos... She is currently being fostered in a home with another labrador and a 4 year old girl and her foster mom reports that she is the most easy going dog she has ever met. Sweet Sammy deserves to be in a home where she can be a constant and loving family companion and she will need a family that can help her stick to her current diet and exercise program. Sammy is spayed, micro-chipped and current on her vaccinations and her AKC papers will be provided with her adoption.



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Snow
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Status- Adopted October 2008)

Original bio:

Snow is a very sweet 5 year old female who loves to be petted. She was adopted from the shelter but turned back in several months later due to an allergy in the family. She is most likely a purebred and of medium but compact build.

She is not well trained and will only sit on command. She is learning to walk properly on a leash but still tends to pull. What she does have in abundance is a calm disposition and a lovable personality, and your heart will melt when she sits at your feet and gazes at you with her big brown eyes.

She is very well mannered and won't jump, even when excited. Instead, she will grin at you and wag her tail like crazy in order to get her head scratched. She is shy and submissive and gets along well with her foster family's dog. Snow is not big on fetching but she will grab a toy every now and then.

She is past the notorious chewing stage that labs are known for although she may chew on a shoe if you're not looking. However, she is easly corrected with a firm no. She hasn't learned to use the doggie door yet but is house trained and will sleep inside throughout the night without a peep. She is a good girl who is happiest around people and has developed a special attachment to the family member who feeds her.

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Gus2
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Status- Adopted September 2008)

Original Bio:

Gus2 is a six year old, gorgeous, gentle purebred chocolate lab who was rescued within days of being taken to the shelter. The family he lived with were among the many who have hit hard times and were having to move from their ranch.

Gus was born and spent the first five years of his life at a kennel that specializes in training hunting dogs, and he was used as a "breeder". Prior to arriving at his foster home in Santa Barbara, Gus had never been an "inside dog". Well, he has taken to it like a champ---behaves well, has adjusted to sleeping with his foster dog sisters on the bed, and after one day he was "housetrained".

He's been around a variety of children and dogs and is gentle with everyone. He loves to hug and give kisses, has the typical tennis ball addiction and loves to fetch. He walks well on a leash, and is quite responsive to voice commands--"sit-no-good boy" etc. He has an OFA hip certification as "good", and is fully "papered" with AKC, DNA, pedigree, etc. All in all, Gus is a perfect specimen of a chocolate lab in every way and would love to be part of a family that will give him lots of hugs, pats on the head, and a moderate amount of exercise.

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Hershey
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Status- Adopted September 2008)

Original Bio:

Hershey is a good looking 5 year old chocolate male who was turned into the shelter by his owner due to the owner's financial difficulties. There was a family who intended to adopt him because he is a sweetie, but the shelter turned them away due to a paperwork mixup. He seems fine with other dogs, including our old seniors, and doesn't try to mount them or otherwise bother them. He is tolerant of the young pup we are fostering, Skye, who jumps all over him, and doesn't correct her until her behavior has continued for some time - meanwhile, she steals Nylabones out of his mouth without reprisal, and Hershey really loves Nylabones.

Mostly, he is interested in getting attention from humans. He was good with a couple of children of different ages who met him. He will jump up to try to get in a human's lap, but we are working on that behavior. We think Herhsey is a real lover who will fit into almost any situation without a ripple..

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Miss Daisy
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Status- Adopted August 2008)

Original bio:

Miss Daisy is a happy little purebred yellow lab girl. She is a beautiful light yellow lab with caramel ears and expressive brown eyes, we have not weighed her yet but don't think she weighs more than 60 pounds and is in perfect shape as that size. Miss Daisy was taken to the shelter by her family who said they "didn't have time for a dog". The shelter said she is 4 years old (but we think she may be younger), spayed, up to date on her vaccinations and micro-chipped.

Miss Daisy gets long well with other dogs of all sizes and is a playful and bouncy girl. She has been around some school age children while at her foster home and seems quite comfortable with children and may have lived with children before. She probably would do best in a home without cats as she finds them very exciting. She has had some training and does know how to "come", "sit" and "down" when asked but pulls a little on the leash when she is excited.




Buddy2
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Status- Adopted August 2008)

Buddy is a gorgeous 1-1/2 year old purebred chocolate labrador. He is a big boy who is lean and muscular at 90 pounds. He enjoys playing with all of the dog toys at his foster home and getting lots of love. Buddy was a dog that was kept in a backyard before being left at a shelter and he loves being in the house and having a dog bed to sleep on. He deserves a forever home where he can get love and attention and be part of the family. He is very sweet natured and loves to give kisses!

Buddy did not appear to have any training when he first arrived from the shelter but since arriving in his foster home he has learned to "sit" and to "lie down" nicely. He loves to fetch and he has also learned how to swim and likes to go in the pool with people or even by himself and has figured out how to use the steps to get in and out. Buddy has a moderate energy level for a young lab. He is a happy and playful boy who wants to please and learns quickly and we feel that with a little guidance will be a wonderful companion for years to come.

Buddy is neutered, current on his vaccinations, and micro-chipped. He is currently being fostered in a home with other dogs and 2 cats. He is great with all other dogs and despite his size, he is not a dominant dog. At first, he was very interested in the kitties but he seems to be over this initial excitement. Buddy likes all people including children and has been great with the children that have visited our home and come to go swimming with him.

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Darby
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Status- Adopted July 2008)

Original bio:

Wow! What a spectacular sit! Most Labs have a slouchy "puppy sit," but not this guy. Remember how your mom continually told you to sit up straight? Darby's mom must have done a super job of nagging him in this respect.

Darby is a beautiful, sweet boy, about 1-1/2 to 2 years old. He's got a nice blocky Lab head and a long, tall, lean body. He tips the scales at 67 pounds, but should probably be kept at about 70 to 75 pounds. His conformation is quite good: he has that truly classic purebred appearance.

He has some training, as evidenced by extremely good behavior for his age. He's reasonably good on leash, but hasn't been trained to heel. He can pull strongly when excited, so a pinch collar or a Gentle Leader head halter is called for. He's been loose with our dogs a few times and it looks like he'll be fine with them, though he's more active than our senior dogs like. With other young dogs, he runs around and plays chase and tug-o-war enthusiastically. Since he was recently intact, he displays some mounting behavior, but that should abate over the next couple of months. His neuter incision is nearly healed (and it will have been 2 weeks on 7/4), so he is now available to an approved applicant looking for a stunning young labbie boy.

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Picadilly
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Status- Adopted July 2008)

Original bio:

Picadilly-- "Pic" or "dilly" is a sweet and loving, beautiful female purebred black lab. She is purported to be thirteen, but her demeanor and activity level are more like a 10 yr old. Pic has experienced a few major changes in her life--she was raised as a "breeder" dog. At age 8, when she was too old to keep making puppies, the breeder adopted her to an elderly man. Her new owner passed away recently and no one in the owner's family was willing to take Pic in and give her the retirement she so justly deserves. The only person who cared for her was the old gentleman's care taker. During her owner's decline, Pic spent several weeks boarded at the vet, where she enjoyed house privileges and got along with all creatures great and small, canine, feline and human.

She clearly has good breeding. She not only has AKC papers, she also has OFA, Wind-Morgan, and CERF certificates attesting to the health of her hips, elbows and eyes, respectively.

Pic made her way to Santa Barbara via the "labrador railroad" and is enjoying life with her foster mom and foster sister (a lab mix named Betty). Pic gets along beautifully with small children, and people of all ages, and has adapted well to sharing space with Betty. She likes her food and needs to be kept on a diet. She eats a special food which agrees with her senior metabolism, and also gets normal supplements like glucosamine to help protect her joints, and fish oil to help her coats stay beautiful. Picadilly is in incredible physical shape for a dog of her age - her hearing and eyesight are not that of a 5 year old's, but are very good. Pic would love to spend her golden years in a home with someone who is home a good deal. She has minimal needs---a leash walk around the block, a soft place to hang out, some pats on the head, chasing a ball a little every day will suit her fine.




Holly
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Status- Adopted July 2008)

Original bio:

Holly is a dolly! If you have been looking for a classic little Lab, here she is! Holly is a dream of a 3-year old purebred white female labrador. Holly was taken to the shelter by her family because they were moving and we went to pick her up as soon as we heard about her because she is such a special girl. She is very happy and friendly and already seems right at home in her foster home with all of the other labs, cats and people. She gets along great with the other fosters Sammy and Buddy but we sense that she is really a people dog. She would love a home where she can get lots of love and some exercise too! Holly is a little plump right now and could use a diet and get a little more exercise to regain her girlish figure. She is a small to average sized girl and is what is referred to an an English Lab. She has moderate energy for a lab her age and would love daily walks or trips to the dog park.

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Tank
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Status- Adopted July 2008)

Tank is a a laid back, mellow yellow male. He came from the Burbank shelter, which indicated that he is 6 years old. He needs to go on a diet, not that those extra pounds slow him down a lot. He loved having a trip to the river, where he burrowed through the water like a tank (which is why we gave him that name).



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Clifford
(Status- Adopted June 2008)



Original bio:

"Roo, roo, roo, roo!"
Don't mind him-- that's just Clifford, gently rooing in his singularly identifiable voice because he's temporarily separated from me by a kiddie gate. Cliffie is a very large-framed boy of about 8 years of age. As you've no doubt already guessed, he wants to be with his humans. He's fine with dogs, too, being a gentle soul to the core, and allows our personal Labs, who are dwarfed by his height, to boss him around.

Size isn't his only unusual characteristic. He's one of those very rare yellows whose color verges on red-- "fox red," in Lab Club parlance.

Cliff has hip dysplasia, which our orthopedic vet, having examined and x-rayed the dog, believes can be managed without surgery, by keeping him on the lean side and giving him inexpensive joint supplements daily. His hips have some arthritis, so he's never going to be a Frisbee dog or a jogging companion, but he tolerates half-mile walks well, and he'll probably soon be okay with a mile at a time, perhaps more.

A word about hip dysplasia-- our ortho vet used to do about 2 hip operations per month, but with the advent of joint supplements, now does about 2 per year. A regime of trim weight, combined with regular low-impact exercise and a twice-daily Move Free tablet has made astonishing inroads on this once-dreaded condition.

Is Cliff a purebred? Could be. Is he a mix? Again, could be. He's extremely long and tall for a Lab, and has a pretty long face, but he looks 90%+ Lab to us. His weight, at about 90 pounds, isn't really huge, given his size XL frame (though he ought to slim down to 85 pounds). Is he a boon companion? You bet! He unleashes that big old tongue to give kisses as often as you'll let him, and receives hugs gladly. He loves to hang out at the feet of the nearest human and quietly play with a stuffed toy, chew a Nylabone, or just have a nice snooze.

He's a little unusual for a Lab in that he seems to have no impulse to chase other animals. He's fine with one fosterer's bunnies and pygmy goats, and we suspect he'd be fine with cats, though we haven't tested him with them.





Newton
(Status- Adopted June 2008)

Newt is ready for adoption. His neuter surgery has healed.

The shelter pegged his age at 5 years, but we think they based that on his sunburned and unkempt fur. He looks to us to be around 2 years old, and our vet thinks he could be slightly younger than that.

He's extremely well behaved for a 2-year-old. He's an extremely friendly and eager-to-please boy and has some training. He sits when asked and will return a tossed Frisbee and drop it at the tosser's feet. He also knows "down", "stay and "quiet."

He's absolutely fine with other dogs. He's still a pretty anxious boy, normal for a dog who's been out of stir for such a short time. His coat was in terrible shape due to neglect, but it's looking much better now after several Furminator sessions and a bath. His coat is now darker and glossier than the photos suggest, and will be beautiful after a couple of months of good nutrition. He's got a little dandruff, which we think comes from a simple flea allergy. The anti-flea medication we gave him should clear that up quickly if we're right

His appearance is purebred, though he has a very wide head, almost like some Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. He's alert and has a sunny temperament. When he gets enough attention to get excited, he jumps up and down, getting all four feet off the ground. However, he doesn't jump on humans.





Peanut
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Status- Adopted June 2008)

Original bio:

Peanut is a 10 month old chocolate Lab pup. She is small, only 48 lbs. right now. I think when she is all grown up and filled out, she will weigh in the mid-50 pound range. She appears to be purebred, just not show-quality. The good news is she is perfect pet-quality!

Peanut is a perfect example of why we recommend (strongly!) against giving animals as gifts. Peanut was a gift to her old family and after 8 months of living in the backyard, she was taken to the shelter because the owners claimed they “couldn’t handle her.”

Now that she’s at our house and she’s allowed to be part of the family both indoors and out, she couldn’t be easier. She’s quiet, she has house-trained herself with no help from me, she doesn’t make a peep in her crate at night, she’s learned about kitties, she is learning how to sit, down & shake. She sticks right by my side on leash and she impresses me as a dog who will be a very good off-leash companion. She also gets along well with her 2 Lab foster brothers and is learning how to play with other dogs.

Peanut is still a puppy and part of the deal is that puppies have a lot of energy. She can get out her ya-hoos by a couple fun games of fetch in the backyard, or by being your running partner and then she’ll settle right down in the house. She loves Kongs with peanut butter inside, Nyla-bones, and basically anything that is a dog toy – trust me, she’s found every one that we own!

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Brady
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Status- Adopted June 2008)

Original bio:

Brady is a gentle boy who loves to chase a ball but is polite enough to let our resident dog be the one to pick it up, even if he gets to it first. He is on the cusp of his puppy stage and a bit gangly. He has not learned to give kisses but will stand quietly next to you to be petted and scratched. When he’s ready for bed, he will place his head in your lap for some serious stroking then fall asleep on you. It seems he wasn’t taken out much in his former life because he does not walk well on a leash or like car rides yet, but with much love, patience and nurturing, he can be taught the joys of a good walk and the feel of the wind on his face. Sudden moves make him a little skittish. He doesn’t come readily when offered a treat but when he does, will take it very gently from your hand. It doesn’t appear that he was enrolled in Socialization with Other Dogs 101 but he is a quick learner once he gets over his initial shyness. He did not even know how to use the stairs, but now goes up and down like he owns the place!

Like all young labs, Brady enjoys a good chew - a ball of yarn, a house slipper, a stray sock so he will need lots of toys and activity to keep him occupied. He practices the fine art of garbology when no one’s looking or he’s left on his own. Just like a toddler, when it gets quiet, start looking!

Brady has a submissive personality and would do very well with another dog. He loves to run and play and has energy to burn but not quite as much as a young puppy. If left alone, make sure your shoes are out of reach. The perfect home for him would be a big yard where he could stretch his long legs, another young dog to play with and lots of loving hands to pet him. Add LOTS OF CHEW TOYS and you will have one happy dog! Brady is a handsome lab mix with some shepherd thrown in. He is about 2 years old, weighs approximately 60 lbs, is neutered, up to date on all his shots and is microchipped.




Paddington
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Status- Adopted June 2008)

Original bio:

Meet Paddington, our big ol' teddy bear! He is as sweet and as cuddly as a teddy bear can be. He just loves to give kisses and snuggle. He is great with other dogs, kids of all ages, and even kitties. he loves car rides as well. Paddington (PaddyBear) just loves everyone and everyone loves him. He is the perfect example of what we love about Labrador Retrievers. He was rescued from the shelter on his last day just before St Patrick's Day. We are so lucky to have him with us. He is about 8 years old and is a big boy. He needs to lose a few pounds but he moves well and seems very happy.

He had a couple of lumps that we had removed, and he's been a new dog ever since! He feels better, gets around better and looks fabulous. The lumps were tumors, but they were removed with clean margins, so he's tumor-free and his prognosis is excellent. We all LOVE this dog! He is really very special and deserves a wonderful home where he will be spoiled with lots of love. We can assure you he will return the love.




Brody
(Status- Adopted June 2008)

Original bio:

Brody is a gorgeous, eager-to-please, yellow male Labrador Retriever, 5 years old. (We previously listed him as 2 years old, based on his behavior, but our vet thinks 5.) His eyes are almost green and his fur is strawberry blond. He's a handsome boy with a nice personality-- sweet, loving, and intelligent. And he always wants to please his person. He wasn't an indoor dog, yet he was completely housebroken in no time at all. Brody is crate trained and sleeps through the night without a peep. He knows basic commands, and is reasonably good on leash with a pinch collar. He's microchipped, neutered, on flea preventative and up to date on all vaccines.

One of his favorite activities is to charge through the surf to swim out and retrieve his tennis ball. He is definitely a water dog and a good sailor-- he settles down nicely for a boat ride. He loves all people and dogs. He is gentle and respectful of todders and enjoys little children. He likes nothing more than to parade around with his ball in his mouth wiggling with delight with so much love and happiness to share.

Brody, like any Lab, needs a good amount of low-impact exercise, like a couple of good walks per day or a good swim. He had a ruptured knee tendon, which has been repaired surgically and is fully healed, but he shouldn't be asked to do high-impact activities like Frisbee-catching or sustained running for long distances. He would be fine with or without another friendly dog, but does not do well with cats, ducks, or other small animals.

He has allergies which are controlled with an inexpensive medication, prednisone. A side effect of this medication is heightened appetite, and that appetite runs to swallowing soft stuffed dog toys, so these must be kept strictly away from him. Rubber toys and hard chew toys, like Nylabones, are fine.




Moe
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Status- Adopted June 2008)

Original bio:

Moe is just about the greatest dog around. He was a stray, picked up in San Bernardino, and no one came to claim him. He was much loved and trained by someone. He is very affectionate, loves to cuddle and give little kisses. He is obedient, walks extremely well on a leash, has great house manners and is housebroken. He seems to know to "go" when he takes walks. It has taken a few days, but he's getting comfortable with doing his duty in the back yard now. He is not a counter-surfer, does not grab food (yours or his) from your hand and takes treats gently. He loves kids, people and dogs. We don't know about cats, but does like to go after rabbits if they are around. He will listen when corrected. I can't say enough about this wonderful boy - he is about 8 years old and in good health. Has a few inconsequential lumps that have been checked out by the vet, who aspirated them and found them to be benign fatty lumps (pretty normal for Labs his age). He's just a bit stiff when he first wakes up (but aren't we all), but limbers up quickly. Loves to take walks. Loves to play with stuffed squeaky toys - entertainments himself. This dog is a real find.

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Shaughnessy
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Status- Adopted May 2008)

Original bio:

Shaughnessy apparently lost an argument with a car, so he's on the mend with a foreleg fracture. The cast will probably be taken off around the end of March or the beginning of April and if all is well, he'll be made available shortly afterwards.

He's a beautiful young boy, about 12 to 14 months old, and looks every bit the purebred. He's an active, playful guy and would love to roughhouse and run. More's the pity, since he must be kept quiet until his leg is healed. Fortunately, he tolerates being pent up in a 4x4 exercise pen well, though he somehow managed to break his first cast even so.

Shaughnessy is a diamond in the rough and needs training, just as any Lab his age would. He has a sweet, but unruly, personality and seems well-socialized to humans and dogs alike. This boy would make a wonderful, cheerful addition to any family with the will and time to devote to training him.

Send an email to info@fetchingcompanions.org or leave a message at 888-412-3382 if you'd like to know more about this dog.




Panther
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Status- Adopted May 2008)

Original bio:

Panther is a lively 5 month yellow male. Although he is purebred, he doesn’t come with papers, but you won’t care once you meet this affectionate fellow! He came to us underweight but he’s been filling out quite nicely. Still, we think he’ll be on the small side when fully grown, judging from the size of his paws. Panther had a minor case of parvovirus, but he has recovered completely, and you would never know he was sick for a few days. His foster brother and sisters are very happy he has become a normal lab puppy.

Panther loves to be with people, so we think he’d be best with someone who is home most the time. He loves to be noticed and tends to get underfoot from following you so closely. He gets along with big dogs but being a pup, he could stand to learn some manners. If you let him, he will snuggle on top of you and before you know it, you won’t be able to move lest you disturb his sleep.




Oscar
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Status- Adopted May 2008)

Original bio:

Oscar is a stunning purebred labrador who is 2-1/2 years old with a tail that never stops wagging. Oscar has all of the qualities we love in labs; he is: happy, funny, playful, goofy, loyal, affectionate, and totally adorable. His foster daddy describes him as a diamond in the rough seeking the right family to love and train him to become the ultimate lab. Oscar was turned into a shelter along with his sister when his family moved, an all too common story these days. His sister was adopted and we took Oscar into rescue. Initially, he was scared to come into the house, and he suffered from a long-standing flea infestation resulting in a flea allergy and very itchy skin. With the help of some medicated baths, good food and some skin supplements, his coat is now shiny and soft.

Oscar loves other dogs of all sizes and would probably do well in a home with another dog to play with. At first, he was very interested in the kitty at his foster home but they quickly became great friends and now play together all of the time. Oscar is potty trained but is still perfecting his house manners. Since arriving at his foster home, he has learned "come", "sit" and "down" and is working on "stay". He has a moderate energy level for a dog his size and is not hyper, but like all labs, requires daily exercise. He is still working on his leash skills and he pulls when he sees other dogs. Oscar needs a lab savvy family that can commit to his training and help him become a fabulous companion for years to come. No softies please!

Don't be confused by the name, Oscar is not a grouch, he is the happiest dog around who loves people and is very affectionate and attentive. Due to his size and adolescent temperament, he is probably not suited for a home with small children that he could accidentally knock over. Like many rescued labs, Oscar is somewhat concerned that his people will leave him again and prefers to be with his foster family at all times so that he can keep an eye on them, and he would prefer not to be home alone all day without a companion. Oscar is up to date on his vaccinations and is micro-chipped and neutered.

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Shadow
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Status- Adopted May 2008)

Original bio:

Shadow is a pretty black female lab, about 5 years old. When we first rescued her from the Carson shelter and Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue rescued her "sister" Chelsea, both dogs turned out to be on the verge of coming down with kennel cough, the doggy version of a human cold. Now Shadow is much better, with just a slight cough remaining. She has turned out to be a sweet dog who loves people and wants to play with other dogs but still needs to learn to learn how. She is a good fetcher and has some training. She misses her "sister", so the two rescue groups had a get together for the two dogs.




Dallas
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Status- Adopted April 2008)

Original bio:

Dallas is a 4 month old male Chocolate Lab. He is a very loving, affectionate little man and loves attention! From what we can tell he is partially crate trained. We tell him to go to bed, and goes into his crate. He sleeps all night and never whines or cries. He has learned to use the doggie door and knows that he needs to go outside for his “business.” He is great around other dogs, but would recommend a female He is also great with children. He can be a bit rambunctious at times, but it’s because he craves the attention! Dallas would do well with a family where someone can be with him all the time. We are starting to teach him to obey while on the leash, and teach him normal commands like “sit” and “no.” He has a lot of potential. Dallas is a sweet little man and any family that adopts him will be very lucky.




Blue2
(Status- Adopted April 2008)

Original bio:

Please meet Blue! He is an amazing 5 month old yellow pup. He is super sweet and eager to please. He had pneumonia but is now fully recovered. He is full of energy and the epitome of happy guy waiting patiently for his new family.

Blue is living with a 3 year old foster brother of about 100 lbs. They play great together and Blue never gives up playing. He is learning leash manners but gets so excited he likes to run, than walk then skip then lope. He is very funny to watch as prances and runs in glee when played with! He is very sweet with children but needs to learn manners. He thinks all toys are his! Blue will need to be in a house where someone is home most of the day. He is still very young and has lots of energy.




Bart
(Status- Adopted April 2008)

Original bio:

Hi, I’m Bart! I am so happy to be out of the shelter – I was there over a month! My old family put me in the night box without so much as a “by your leave.” I don’t know what I did that was so bad; I’m still just a silly puppy. I’m only about 1-½ years old.

The people at the shelter were nice and they were careful not to let me get adopted by people who might not understand what a 1-½ year old lab puppy is all about. Someone referred to me as a “wild man” and that’s when they called the rescue lady.

She came out and played with me and saw that with the right handling, I’m really a pretty amazing boy. I have a lot of energy, but after I run around for 15-20 minutes, I’m ready for a break. I *love* to play with plush toys and I will amuse myself for quite a long time with those. I like to retrieve things too.

The lady figured out that I knew “sit” and when I figured out she had a pocket full of treats, I would run over to her and sit without being asked, and voilà! She’d give me a little tidbit. I’m also learning that “off” means I can’t sit on the pretty furniture, and “leave it” means she will throw the toy for me if I let go of it. I know where to go potty too.

Today I got a bath and it felt really good. I liked everything from getting a massage to getting toweled off. I was really good and stood very still and I remembered to give the lady little kisses – it’s always good to let your humans know they are appreciated. She got a lot of dead hair out of me and now I’m soft and smell like flowers.

She has a couple other labs and we all really like each other. They are boys too and like to play pretty hard. There are some cats and I like them. They are less sure of me, but one of them has already made it clear that she thinks I’m A-O-K!




Lucas
(Status- Adopted March 2008)

Original bio:

What an irresistible cutie this pup is! He's fun and smart and loves to play with humans and dogs alike.

Lucas is a 7 month old who just wants a hug, and no one who's met him can resist giving him a few. He looks very Labby in most respects, but we think he's a mix. We're guessing he's a Lab/Boston Bull Terrier mix. He's got beautifully glossy black fur, with the tiniest little white spot on his chest.

Lucas had an unlucky start in life, having been turned out on the streets by his owner to fend for himself, because that owner couldn't or wouldn't pay for medical treatment after he was hit by a car. Lucas suffered no broken bones, but sustained nerve damage in his left forelimb severe enough that he had no feeling or motor control below the elbow. In consequence, the only reasonable option was to amputate the leg. He is doing extremely well without the it. "Tripod" dogs normally do very well, particularly when they lose the limb early in life, as Lucas has. Lucas can run, jump, play, and roughhouse just like any four-legged dog.

We needed financial help to support the cost of his surgery, and a generous public has largely covered it.

To help us save other dogs suffering major medical misfortunes in the future, a donation in any amount will help immeasurably. We're an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, so all contributions are fully tax-deductible. If you do want to help, you can use your credit card to do so securely by clicking the online donation button on our homepage, or by mailing a personal check to the address at the bottom of this page.





Hayden
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Status- Adoptied March 2008)

Original bio:

My name is Hayden and I am a young gorgeous white purebred Labrador, about 3 years old.

I am looking for a home with a family that will spend lots of time with me. I am extremely shy but a very gentle boy. If I can get away with it I like to keep to myself because of my shyness… so it is important to me that my owner is home a lot of the day so that I will be able to get out of my shyness and blossom into a happy lab.

I walk perfectly on a leash. I never pull and I have to be on your left side. I get along with other dogs but prefer to get to know them a little first. I love walks and riding in a car… I prefer to play with toys when no one is looking… I like squeaky toys a lot but will wait to play with them till you leave.. I am a very quiet dog and I don’t get in anyone’s way… I would love to find a family that can spend a lot of time with me so that I can learn to play when you are around too, so that you can see how good I am at getting the toys to squeak and how fun I think they are…

I am housebroken and very easy… Sometimes you wont even know that I am there…

I prefer to get a brother or sister Labrador as I love to play with my friends…




Romeo
(Status- Adopted February 2008)

Original bio:

Here is a beautiful 2 to 3 year old young male named Romeo. We call him Romeo because he has amazing gold eyes that melt the heart of everyone he meets. He is a large strong male and he weighs about 80 lbs. He is super gentle with children and takes treats sweetly. He is just learning to sit and stay so he responds best when treats are involved. He is completely potty trained but loves to counter surf so he needs to learn additional house manners. The boy is very loving and desires lots of attention from his human companion; he likes to lean against your leg. He spends his days sleeping in my office and would love nothing more to curl up at his human's feet. If given too much time alone he will make himself quite comfortable on the furniture. He sleeps on a dog bed next to my bed and will stay quiet until I am ready to start my day.

Romeo has had some issues with separation anxiety and will need to be placed in a home with another dog. He will dig and try to escape If he is left too long. We are working on this issue but he will need additional training to learn to be calm when left alone.

He is just learning to walk on a leash and will need someone strong enough to guide him. Once he get used to being on a leash he calms down quite a bit and is happy to stroll anywhere.

Romeo will need someone able to handle a large strong dog that has just begun his obedience training. He is suited for children but does not understand the difference between his toys and theirs, who could blame this heartbreaker.





Diamond
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Status- Adopted February 2008)

Original bio:

Diamond is a very sweet, beautiful girl who is a wonderful companion dog. She’s not real big on chasing the ball, but loves to cuddle and hang out with you. She also likes car rides and walks, and is always ready to go. This little gem is on the small side at about 41 pounds and is very light on her feet!

Diamond is about 2 years old and is in good health. She is house trained and good on leash, though we don’t think she’s had much formal training. She will do best in a loving, quiet home as she is on the shy side.




Bogey
(Status- Adopted February 2008)

Original bio:

Bogey is a gorgeous 3 year old purebred labrador who was rescued just as he was about to be euthanized for having kennel cough (the canine equivalent of the common cold).

He is a beautiful cream colored, big boy who weighs about 75 pounds now, although his ideal weight is around 80 pounds. He has had a rough life so far as his microchip indicates that he was stolen from his original owners when he was a pup and then sadly he ended up in an LA shelter and when he was traced back to them, they didn't want him back...

He hass recovered nicely from the kennel cough and is loving all of the attention he is getting in his foster home. He chose a little stuffed lamb from the toy chest and carries it around everywhere he goes. He is very friendly and playful and gets along with all dogs and people. He is curious about the cat but not overly so. He is very affectionate and attentive and has completely won over his foster family with his sweet and somewhat goofy temperament.

Bogey has a moderate energy level for a dog his age and he settles nicely when it is not playtime. He is house trained, walks well on a leash and knows basic obedience commands. Bogey is current on his vaccinations and micro-chipped.




Chandler
(Status- Adopted February 2008)

Original bio:

Chandler is a loveable 7 year old yellow male Lab. He is extremely sweet, and is good with everyone, including kids, cats and dogs.

There's a story behind the silly-looking neck skirt. He had a thyroid tumor that was surgically removed, and the skirt prevents him from scratching the almost-healed incision. The tumor was well-encapsulated and was taken out with good margins. We also xrayed his chest to make sure nothing was going on elsewhere. There wasn't, so his prognosis is quite good.

We use the tan Gentle Leader harness seen in the photo, to avoid putting pressure on his incision. As it turns out, he must have been trained with one, because he walks and heels very nicely when it's on him.

We've also had to keep him crated and quiet to avoid stressing the incision. This had the benefit that he's now crate-trained. In fact, he thinks his crate is a pretty neat place to be.

While he was under for the surgery, we had some dental problems corrected and a couple of benign fatty lipomas removed, so all his problems are behind him now and he's ready to go.

Please contact carolyn@fetchingcompanions.org if you're interested in this big old teddy bear.




Gypsy
(Status- Adopted February 2008)

This is Gypsy. She is a 2 year old, 72-pound, apparently purebred Labrador. She’s what we call “field-bred” and typifies the body type by being longer in build. She looks very typical of the hunting/field lines we see coming out of the Central Coast area. Gypsy exemplifies the wonderful temperament of Labs. She is extremely friendly, loving, and very agreeable with other dogs *and* kitties! In fact, she LOVES cats and our cats love her!

Gypsy was turned into the shelter by her owner for some, unknown and unstated reason. It looks like she may have tried to escape because of some wounds she has. We took her to the vet just to be sure that they were healing properly, and they confirmed that all is A-O-K. Oh, and she has 1 slightly crossed eye, which makes her so, so, so cute.

Everyone at the clinic loved Gypsy’s sweet personality; she was a complete hit!

Gypsy appears to be house trained, and she slept quietly in our room last night. She has some training and will sit quickly for treats, knows down and shake. She’s OK on leash but will need some work. She is very people-focused and not interested in darting out doors or gates, or leaping out of the car before you are ready.

Gypsy has been spayed and micro-chipped. She is current on her vaccinations and appears to be in excellent health.




Ginger
(Status- Adopted February 2008)

Original bio:

Meet Ginger!

Ginger is an adorable 3-1/2 year old purebred Labrador. She is a beautiful "fox red" Lab with golden and caramel coloring and expressive chocolate eyes. She ended up in a county shelter somehow and the microchip in her traced back to a puppy mill breeder in the midwest but the chip had never been registered and sadly, no one came to claim her. Fortunately for her, we rescued her and she is now receiving the attention and love she deserves. She is a sweetheart and loves to give and receive affection as much as possible. She is spayed, current on her vaccinations, micro-chipped and ready to meet her new family.

Ginger is a perfectly pint-sized Labrador at about 50 pounds. She is learning how to fetch and play with toys at her foster home but her favorite activity is to be right next to her people. She would do best in a home where she has a constant doggie or human companion. She is somewhat unsure and anxious in new situations so she will need a family that is patient and would probably do best in a home without small children. She is fine with cats and loves to play with other dogs of all sizes and is a very friendly girl with just a touch of spice.

Ginger knows "come", "sit" and "down" and is generally calm and obedient but needs a refresher on basic training. She really wants to please and is responding well already! She does not pull on the leash but does sniff and zig zag a little, so she will need some work on leash skills. She is house trained and is not at all destructive or hyper. She would be fine with moderate daily exercise such as walking or hiking, or more!





Willow
(Status- Adopted January 2008)


Original Bio:

Willow is approximately 4 years old. We believe she is a breeder-bred, purebred Lab due to the fact that her front dewclaws are removed. She’s spayed, current on vaccinations and micro-chipped.

Willow is in great shape and must have been loved by her previous owner. She was found as a stray in an RV park and never claimed at the shelter. Her coat is beautiful and is a lighter yellow color. She is about 63 pounds. Willow is perfectly house trained and lets you know when she needs to go out for a potty break. She has been sleeping in a crate at night.

Willow has lots of training, but as typical of a dog who has gone through a major life-change, she needs brushing-up on some basics like her leash walking. She’s not a dog who runs off though, and after just a few days with us, we offer her a couple off-leash privileges like going from the house to the car.

She knows sit, down, shake, will potty on command, comes when called and is a bit rusty on “stay.” She gets along w/her foster brother dogs, but she does not like to share toys or have another dog drink from the water dish at the same time. She’s a dog who would do fine without other-dog company since she’s so focused on people. She’s also doing well w/our cats being friendly indoors, but chasing when they run – something our dogs do as well. Our cats have accepted Willow and allow her to sniff and give kisses.

Willow is a very active girl and will do best with regular exercise. She loves to retrieve tennis balls, so even a couple rounds of fetch during the day would do the trick. Indoors, she likes to follow us around and will settle down where we are working. She does enjoy sitting on the sofa w/us for TV viewing and cuddling, and we admit to allowing it because we feel sorry for any dog who comes from the shelter.





Louie
(Status- Adopted December 2007)

Louie The Lab

Louie is a handsome 1 to 2 year old male labrador with a shiny jet black coat that was rescued just in the nick of time from a Los Angeles shelter. He appears to be purebred and has had his dew claws removed. He is an average size lab who is underweight right now at at 65 pounds and his ideal weight is around 70 to 75 pounds. His foster family is feeding him lots of good food and has nursed him back to good health after he left the shelter with a cold. His favorite thing in the whole world is to have is ears rubbed but he will settle for any attention he can get. It appears that he was an outside only dog that never received much human attention or guidance.

Louie is very affectionate, attentive, loves to give kisses and receives pets in return. He loves all of the doggie toys at his foster home and likes to carry them around and stockpile them on his bed almost as if he has never had a toy of his own. He is a young boy who loves to play and he needs daily exercise and a family who will continue his training although he knows some basic commands. He is not at all aggressive and loves to play with other dogs of all sizes. He loves to be with people as much as possible and would probably do best in a home where he is not alone all day, or has a doggie companion to keep him company.




Samantha
(Status- Adopted December 2007)

Original bio:

Here's a lively sweetheart whose first name is Samantha, but she lacks a last name. That's where you come in!

Samantha is a delightful 2-3 year old yellow female Labrador with a field-bred build (slim body and long legs). Her coloring is the kind that results from breeding a chocolate with a yellow Lab - she has the skin coloring and, other than her yellow coat, the features of a chocolate Lab. She has strikingly pretty amber-green eyes rimmed in pink instead of black, and a pink nose instead of a black one! She is petite at just 54 pounds and is the perfect size for someone wanting a smaller female.

This little sweetie is happy and spirited and adores playtime with other friendly dogs. Samantha loves everyone she meets and likes to jump up on people to say hello, although we have made some progress training her out of this. She has had no obedience training and has a lot to learn. Because Samantha is spunky and a jumper she should not go to a home with children under age 9 unless they are comfortable with the jumping and the family is committed to continuing her training. Samantha has not been tested with cats-- we assume she will chase them.

She has a lot of energy to expend and requires a good amount of exercise, so she'd do best with an active family. She would love to be a jogging or walking partner! She is a very sweet young girl, but needs at least a modicum of obedience training so that she can be a welcome family member for years to come. We will work with her adopter to ensure she gets that training, as we want her her new family to be happy with her and she with them.

Samantha will do best in a home where she will not be alone for long days, without human or canine companionship.




Tonka
(Status- Adopted December 2007)

Original bio:

Twas a few weeks before Christmas, and all through the shelter, dogs were jumping and barking, but one made hardly a whimper

Some lucky dogs had stockings hung by chimneys with care,
but this dog was alone, on a floor cold and bare

He dreamed of a family and a lovely dog bed
He had visions of good food and rawhide bones in his tired little head

His “family” was somewhere, he knew, without him
He wondered “what did I do to deserve this awful fate so grim?”

The little Lab named “Brownie” now “Tonka” was extremely sick,
He needed food, love and medicine and to get out of there quick!

His 3 kennel-mates were bossy and ate most of his food,
He lost a lot of weight and did not look good

When all of a sudden, there was internet chatter
We must save this Labrador, he really does matter!”

People rallied, made phone calls, offered donations and more,
If only this sweet little guy knew what we had in store!

He made a road trip to Santa Barbara in a Subaru sleigh,
People called “rescuers” had made sure he was safe

He went to nice warm, dry, and loving foster home
With other labs and kitties and chickens and goats

He went to the doggy doctor, got medicine and special food
To help with his kennel cough and poor eating attitude

He got special shampoo and spray to help his itchy coat
He had a bad flea infestation from a long time ago

And now he’s getting better, he’s putting on weight and feels good
Pretty soon he’ll be well enough to go get neutered

He is perfectly housetrained and likes other dogs,
He is dominant, not aggressive, and likes to be “boss”

He knows sit, shake and stay and loves to play with a ball
But it’s a devoted, loving family he’d like most of all

Do you want a loving companion? Can you commit to him for life?
If so, fill out our application, you can find it online

You must pass a home check, don’t worry, we’re nice,
It’s the best interest of our foster dogs that we have in mind


I’m getting exhausted, I can’t rhyme anymore, so I’ll tell you that Tonka is approximately 6 years old, and is not cat-compatible. He’s on the small side and at his ideal weight will be about 60 pounds.





Buster
(Status- Adopted November 2007)

Here’s handsome Buster!

Buster is an approximately 2 year old Lab who appears to be a purebred. His photos don’t do him justice – he’s about the most handsome black Lab I’ve seen in a long time! He’s a big boy but still needs to gain a few pounds. He has virtually no training but he has a beautiful temperament which should help him be a great family member while he’s learning the ropes. He’s highly food motivated which will help with training too, but it’s also a caution to be careful about weight gain in the future.

He walks very calmly on leash, so well in fact that he could easily walk next to a stroller or with someone who is not very strong. He’s not jumpy or mouthy at all and rides very well in the car. At the moment he’s not very interested in toys or retrieving, but he’s still settling in. He appears to be housetrained and sleeps in our room at night. I don’t think he’s met cats before, but he’s doing pretty well. He’s very curious and if he’s given access he’s very appropriate with them. In time he’ll be friends to kitties, but starting out he’ll need to be monitored because they are just so darn interesting!

I think all this attention is something kind of foreign to him. He is warming up hour by hour and becoming more animated. He’s very gentle and calm, and gets along well with our 2 male Labs. We’ll update his bio as we learn more about him.

Buster is being fostered in Los Olivos which is northern Santa Barbara County. If you’re interested in knowing more about Buster you can email his foster mom at heidi@fetchingcompanions.org and be sure to fill our application to adopt. You must have an approved home check in order to meet this nice boy.







Doug Wilson
(Status- Adopted November 2007)

Original bio:

Meet Doug Wilson. When you’ve been in a shelter as long as “Wilson” you get two names.

Wilson was rescued on his last day at the shelter. People probably passed him up because he looks elderly, but don’t let that white muzzle fool you – this is a spry little guy. He’s a Lab mix dog, but with what we don’t know. He’s small and around 45#s, hence the photo with the human person for scale, and yes, he likes to sit on your lap.

He’s fast, or more accurately, super fast! He always beats his foster brothers to the tennis ball. And Wilson loves to retrieve. Judging by the wear on his teeth, he has probably been carrying tennis balls in his mouth most of his life. He’s in amazing physical shape and has no restrictions. His terrific condition at his age, which we estimate to be about 8 years, is probably a result of his cross-breeding. This and the fact that he’s small, probably bodes well for his life expectancy too.

He has good manners in the house and knows lots of commands. He’s a very cuddly guy and a great size for a small home, or for an older person to handle. He’s easy to walk, doesn’t want to bolt out the door or gate and is happy to curl up in a little ball where ever you are assuming your lap is not available. He’s been coming to work with us and is a great shop dog.

Wilson is learning about cats. At the shelter he completely ignored them, but in our home he is showing more curiosity. When the cats move, he wants to follow. If they move fast, he wants to chase, but we are having small victories with training him about appropriate behavior. If the cat hisses or swats at him, he runs the other direction, so we feel it’s a “moving thing” issue and that would be consistent with his love of retrieving – if it moves, he wants to retrieve it.

Wilson is a lot of dog in a nice, tidy little package.





Hercules
(Status- Adopted November 2007)

Original bio:

The ten-month-old pup's pale yellow face smiles up at me from within his crate as his tail punctuates the moment with a steady thump! thump! thump! against plastic walls. It's time for his potty break, and he huddles against me for a hug as soon as I open the crate door. Hug done, he wiggles his entire body and then shoots out the open door.

As we walk together, I have to remind him what the business at hand is, because he's so keen on human attention.

I used to have to keep him on-leash, because he had a broken foreleg, and his activity was strictly limited. That was so his repair surgery wouldn't be undone. But now I can let him run, just like any other young boy.

This all started when Herk was was brought to Inland Valley Emergency Pet Clinic in Upland to be euthanized, because of the fractured humerus. The clinic convinced the owner to sign the dog over to them, then called a member of the Labrador Retriever Club of Southern California, who in turn called us. We picked him up, supervet Mike Smith at Country Hills in Torrance conducted the surgery and pinned and wired the broken humerus, and that brings us to the present.

His pin is out and he is 100% recovered from the fracture and ready to go. He does everything any young dog does, including wild roughhouse play with his foster mate, Samantha.

We think he's a mix, having ears that are set a little too high and a tail that curls a little too much, but he's very Labby in temperament, possessing an irrepressibly bright, friendly disposition, despite the pain and limited freedom he's had. He gets along fine with the dogs in his foster family, but has yet to be tested with kids and cats.






Nellie
(Status- Adopted October 2007)

Original Bio:

N
ellie is an 11 year old, spayed chocolate female. She appears to be purebred.

Nellie’s previous humans were moving and had exhausted all options for placing her with family or friends.

Since they were facing life in an RV for several months, they felt their only option was to take her to the shelter so someone else could give her a new home. Senior dogs, even purebreds, do not fare well at shelters and their fates are almost assured not to be good ones.

The good news is that a very savvy shelter volunteer spent some time with Nellie, and Nellie’s stellar personality became very apparent. Nellie loves other dogs and gets along with cats. She has impeccable house manners – she settles down to relax wherever we are, whether it’s cooking dinner, working on the computer or watching TV, she has even come to work with us. She LOVES to go for walks and will carry the leash in her mouth to help! She also loves to fetch. She has been around children of all ages.

Nellie’s health appears to be very good. Her teeth are excellent, eyes and ears are good. She moves very, very well for a dog her age and shows no signs of arthritis or any other common ailments of older, large breed dogs. She gives her foster brothers a run for the money when it comes to chasing the ball. She’s on a diet and already starting to regain a waistline! Less food and more activity can do wonders.

Nellie is wonderful, entertaining company. She is full of personality and just the right amount of “sass.” She’s a dog who will make you laugh.  She’s wiggly and full of life and just wants a family to love. Even though she’s a senior, she has no restrictions for any activity whether it’s a long walk, hike or road-trip. She knows sit, down, shake and stay, and is a good leash-walker.





Hank2
(Status- Adopted October 2007)

Original bio:

Hank the Tank!

Hank is a gorgeous purebred Labrador boy who is about 1 ½ years old. He is a big boy with stunning features and conformation. Although found as a stray, we know he is a purebred by his appearance and the fact that he’s had his front dewclaws removed.

Hank is very affectionate, attentive, loves to give kisses and receives pets in return. He is a young boy though, and he needs daily exercise and a family who will continue his training although he is completely housebroken and knows some basic commands. Hank is cat friendly and loves to play with other dogs. He is well behaved in the house and settles nicely at your feet when it is not playtime. He loves to be with people as much as possible and would probably do best in a home where he is not alone all day, or has a doggie companion to keep him company.

Hank loves everyone including children, but he is still learning grown-up dog behavior. He sometimes will jump up on people when excited, though this has improved a lot in a week, and he is a little “mouthy.” This combination of traits is typical in young labs, but to be a proper family member, it’s important to train him out of these behaviors properly.

Hank knows “sit” and “shake” and is learning the command “box” which means to go into his crate. He is not the kind of dog who is inclined to run off and comes when called, though he is still learning his name. Hank is up to date on his vaccinated, neutered, and micro-chipped. He is a wonderful boy who will be a loyal family companion for many years to come. Hank is being fostered in Santa Barbara County.




Blue
(Status- Adopted October 2007)

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Blue is a great dog! He walks nicely on leash, with only the occasional pull. He is in great shape and acts young all the time; at 7, his age is very misleading. Blue gets along very well with all dogs, and he is very friendly with all sorts of people. He has a classic lab temperament - you can see it in his eyes and body language. His name should be Mr. Happy! Since he was just neutered, it will be a few days before he can be made available, but his fosterer is willing to show him off now.




Mercedes
(Status- Adopted October 2007)

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Mercedes is here! (We call her Sadie for short.)

This gorgeous English girl came in as a stray to Carson shelter with her brother. The owner could not afford to redeem both dogs, and alas, she is looking for a new home. Sadie is a sweet girl who loves her family and loves other dogs. She also loves her tennis ball. She is healthy and athletic and weighs in at about 62 pounds. This girl would love to have another canine buddy to snuggle with. She will warm your heart.




Grady
(Status- Adopted October 2007)

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Here is Grady. He’s an approximately 6 year old, purebred yellow male lab looking for a “perfect” home. I say “perfect” because he’s pretty much perfect himself.

Grady is sweet, gentle, well behaved. He has a little training and knows basic commands and walks well on a leash. He’s playful and healthy, he’s dog, cat and other small animal compatible. He’d be a good companion for another dog and loves his same-day-rescue- pal Doug Wilson. He is quiet in the house…need I say more?

Why his owners weren’t searching for him day and night when he went missing is a mystery. Dogs this nice are a real treasure.




Schooner
(Status- Adopted September 2007)

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Schooner is ready to go!

Meet Schooner the cutie. Just LOOK at that beautiful head and that kissable black nose! This pup is under a year old and has good looks and a temperament to match. He's an easy-going lad, with a healthy amount of energy yet he is not hyper and is eager to please. Schooner walks well on the lead and appears to have no interest in kitties. He will require a bit more toddler testing, but will likely be fine with children. He is not a jumper and adores all people and dogs.

Schooner will do best in a home where he will get the attention and exercise a young boy like this needs and lots and lots of love, trips to dog beach, hikes and family fun. Schooner should continue to be socialized with other dogs and people since he is a youngster. He would enjoy the company of another friendly pup though this in not necessary and we would prefer that a youngster like this not spend long, long days at home alone. Companionship is important to the development of a youngster like Schooner.

Schooner is neutered, microchipped, and up to date on all vaccines.

Note: Schooner had luxating patellas (kneecaps) that weren't apparent to us when we redeemed him. They were surgically repaired on 8/10 and he's now healed and ready to be placed.




Bianca
(Status- Adopted September 2007)

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Meet beautiful Bianca!

Bianca was turned-in to the shelter due to her “age.” You see, Bianca is 11 years old-- if you can believe that. When she visited the vet for a check-up, the vet stated, “Bianca has the hips, knees and elbows of a dog half her age! She’s in GREAT shape!”

Think of Bianca as a spunky old lady, like Ruth Gordon in Harold and Maude, or perhaps Jessica Tandy in Fried Green Tomatoes. She gives kisses like Mae West and she moves beautifully-- think Ginger Rogers. She has the most beautiful, soft yellow coat…perhaps you can come up with your own, blonde starlet for that one.

OK, enough of the cinematic analogies, she is a wonderful Lab. She’s super friendly with every dog she meets. By the time she was with us a couple of hours, she met a Great Dane, a couple Border Collies and her temporary roommates, two male Labs. She also has met her feline roommates and likes them just fine. She has a history of living with a cat-companion, and also with children.

Bianca is very easy to walk on leash. She knows a couple commands like sit and shake and she’ll know more as time goes on. We also know she’s used to being indoors and has lovely house manners. She’d probably do great with a dog friend but we don’t feel it’s necessary, and she’d love a kitty friend.

Bianca has been seen by a vet, is micro-chipped, spayed, and vaccinated. If you are looking for a loving, easy companion, don’t let Bianca’s age fool you. She can keep up with younger dogs easily.




Doc
(Status- Adopted September 2007)

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Is there a Doctor in the house?

Well, there could be if you fall for this guy. “Doc” is a 6-7 year old, purebred chocolate male lab. His is the epitome of the Lab temperament. He’s goofy, happy, happy, happy, silly, and a friend to all. Did we mention that he’s happy?

Doc is great with his foster lab brothers and kitties, but we don’t feel he’d do well around livestock – he thinks the goats at his foster home are just plain ‘ol weird. He’s somewhat interactive with his dog pals, running and playing a little, but mostly he likes to hang out with the humans. He’s housetrained, sleeps quietly indoors at night, and knows sit and down. He looks like a dog who didn’t get a lot of attention, so some work on basics like leash-walking would be wonderful for him.

He appears to have suffered from long-term flea infestation. He also appears to have a fondness for anything edible, and in quantities as large as possible. He’s already on a diet and we’re going to make sure that his ample waistline is due to volume eating, not a thyroid problem – we’re putting our money on the volume thing.

Doc is neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped, wormed, been treated for fleas and is ready to go to his new home.




Magic
(Status- Adopted September 2007)

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Magic is a 1 year old, neutered male lab mix. He's a super boy in every way with a sweet and loving demeanor. He has learned basic commands very quickly, loves to go for walks and does well on leash and absolutely loves going places in the car. He knows sit, down, stay, and is housetrained. He likes to retrieve, he's also friendly with other dogs and is submissive in temperament, ignores cats, chickens and goats. He would most definitely be compatible with livestock like horses and cattle.

If you are looking for a playmate for your other dog, Magic is your man! Magic loves to play with the other boy dogs at his foster home, and has proven to be a good citizen at the dog park. Since he’s so sociable, we think he’d do best with another dog friend, or in a home where someone is able to be with him more than not, i.e. works from home, or stay-at-home parent situation.

Magic has a mild form of hemophilia which requires a short course of shots prior to a surgery, or prompt medical care in case of an emergency. This is not the type of condition where he will not stop bleeding, but more a matter of a longer than normal time for his blood to clot. He’s had extensive testing and all his records will be available to his new family. He has no restrictions on activity and normal, day to day exercise is perfectly fine. Other than that, his health is excellent.




Bert and Ernie
(Status- Adopted August 2007)

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Ernie and Bert are two 5 month old Lab pup brothers. They are blond and beautiful - and full of all that Labby puppy nonsense. Gentle and sweet - but also goofy, bouncy, and very expressive in their love for you!! They're typical pup handfulls!

It would be wonderful to place them as a pair, but they'll both do fine if placed singly.




Liberty
(Status- Adopted August 2007)

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Sweet Liberty!

Liberty is a seven year old purebred chocolate lab female with beautiful golden eyes and a soft, shiny coat. She was surrendered to the shelter with her breeders lineage paperwork. She is a very affectionate and cuddly dog who is always a happy girl. She knows the basic commands of sit, down, and stay, but is a little rusty. She is wonderfully crate trained, and doesn't utter a peep while in it. She is housebroken. She adores stuffed and squeaky toys, and will play by herself for hours. She loves to give kisses, and will make a stellar companion. She moans when she enjoys being petted and cuddled up, which is just adorable.

Her foster mom recommends a home without small children, as Liberty is an active and exuberant dog. She might knock them over. Children over age 9 should be fine. She sometimes forgets that there might be a hand holding the toy or treat being given in her excitement. We are working on this, and she is showing great improvement in just a few days. She will need an owner who doesn't mind taking her for a refresher on obedience, and will work with her and spend time with her every day. She is a very "velcro" dog, is wonderful company, and full of personality and sunshine!





Jane
(Status- Adopted August 2007)

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Sweet Jane!

Jane is a beautiful, petite yellow Labrador girl of 4-5 years. She was found as a stray and taken to a shelter where she lost over 10 lbs. within 3 weeks because her dominant kennelmate pushed poor Jane away from her food. She is currently back up to 56 lbs and the vet says her ideal weight would be 60 lbs or so. She was obviously an indoor dog as she knows her house manners. Sweet Jane is housebroken, is not destructive, stay off the furniture, and will go into her crate when asked.

This active girl is the happiest lab on earth. Nothing will dampen her day. She LOVES to fetch and will drop her toys right in front of you to invite you to play. If you can't play, don't worry, she'll keep herself entertained with her toys. Jane walks well with a pinch collar, knows all of her basic commands and is eager to hop into a car where she is a ladylike passenger. Jane is good with other dogs but will chase cats.

Jane is a very energetic dog who requires lots of exercise. She does great running along side you on a bicycle and this is an excellent way to exercise her. She loves water and will fetch as long as your arm can hold out. Jane gets very excited with her tennis ball and may be too much for toddlers so children over 8 would be best unless the family is extremely Lab savvy.

Jane is healthy, spayed, up to date on all vaccines, and microchipped.




Hunter
(Status- Adopted August 2007)


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The Hunt is Over!

Meet Hunter the super Lab! Hunter is a black purebred boy about 8 years old. He is sweet and happy and his best friend is a tennis ball. Hunter came to us on what would have been his last day of life, had we not intervened. Being a black boy of a seasoned age, poor hunter had little chance of being adopted. Black dogs just have a much harder time - especially the sweet seniors like this gentle soul.

Hunter has a gorgeous black thick labby coat and the wonderful happy disposition we love so much about the breed. He has the cutest grey muzzle that you just want to cover in kisses. He is very nice to other dogs though he prefers his ball to most anything else. What lab doesn't? Hunter has a nice amount of labby energy and will chase his rope or play catch for hours if allowed to do so. Mostly Hunter just wants to be by your side, ball in mouth, relaxing.





Sherman
(Status- Adopted August 2007)

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Meet Sherman

Sherman is a gentle, 2 year old beautiful purebred yellow male lab of 95 lbs. He is wonderful with other dogs and especially good with cats. He is currently being fostered with many cats and does very, very well with them. Sherman knows his basic commands and is housebroken. He takes treats gently and is a submissive boy who squats when he potties.

Sherman has obviously been well cared for an was an indoor loved dog. Sadly his family must have lost him and he ended up in a high-kill shelter. The shelter held him for a long time hoping his family could be found, but they were not so we took Sherman under our wing so he could find a good home.

Sherman will do best in a home where he will get daily brisk walks and ball throwing. He is not a hyper or high-energy dog but he is young and needs an active home where he will get the exercise this breed requires at such a young age. He would be fine as an only dog, but would love to be with a playmate. He can pull on the leash so he does best with a pinch or training collar. Sherman is not destructive and is fine alone in the house. He is also very nice in the car.

Sherman is neutered, micro-chipped, and fully vaccinated.




Otto
(Status- Adopted August 2007)

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Otto and Dinah are at my feet right now, play-growling and mouthing each other, all in fun. For reasons best understood by dogs, doing this at a human's feet is important. In any case, it's a remarkble fact that Otto inspires our 11-year-old dog to play like him, like a pup. He has that effect on dogs and humans alike. His amiable, smiling, wag-tail approach just invites play. Or an ear-tousle, or a belly-rub.

I've fostered many wonderful pups, but this boy is one of my favorites. He's about a year old, medium yellow, and has a compact build, weighing about 60 pounds. He's remarkably well-behaved for his age. He hasn't chewed anything valuable, though most things on the floor are fair game. Having said that, I occasionally leave shoes on the floor without fear. He's a touch mouthy, and needs some work in that regard, but most pups his age are far worse.

His behavior with cats is unknown, but he gets along famously with kids and dogs of all ages. He knows "sit" and he's housetrained, but has no real training beyond that. In appearance, he's 100% purebred, having a beautiful head and nice conformation.

Though he loves to play, he'll settle nicely at your feet when you're not in the mood. He rides well in a car, as well.

All in all, Otto is a marvelous dog and will fit into almost any household perfectly, furnishing his family with endless entertainment and love.




Parker2
(Status- Adopted August 2007)

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Meet Parker! Parker is an approximately 4 year old, neutered black male Lab. Even though he was found as a stray, we know he is a purebred by his appearance and the fact that he’s had his front dewclaws are removed.

Parker is absolutely gorgeous. He’s a big boy around 90 pounds. His head is humongous! But he’s as gentle as they come. He’s an easy – keeper, getting along very well with his foster brother Labs, and his foster kitties. He’s been fostered around a 4 year old child, so he’s earned the kid seal-of-approval. He is big though, so if you have children and you’re interested in making this guy a part of the family, dog-savvy kids 4 years or older please.

He’s housebroken and knows some basic commands. He has mild separation anxiety that manifests itself in barking when he's completely alone. He’ll also try to follow you out the door, or if you leave him outside, he’ll try to find his way out of the yard and come looking for you. He doesn’t go far, and if by some chance he finds your car and the window is open, he’ll jump right in and wait for you. He will need a home with another dog or someone who works from home, and he will need to stay indoors when you leave home until he’s confident about his new surroundings – this is a firm condition of his adoption, and one that will help you both have a long, successful and wonderful relationship!




Sawyer
(Status- Adopted August 2007)

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Sawyer is a chocolate sweetheart!

He is handsome and mellow purebred 3 year-old male. He is great with other dogs and cats and loves people, including children. Sawyer is a beautiful dog who's been neglected and is currently recovering from flea dermatitis. His coat is dull but is already improving and will restore to its natural beauty in no time with good nutrition and the special shampoo the vet sent home with his foster mom.

Sawyer was raised as an outdoor only dog. He is absolutely thrilled to be in a home receiving love and attention with nice doggie friends and almost can't believe his luck. To show his appreciation, he house-trained himself instantly without ever having an accident!

Sawyer really wants to please his people and is quickly learning obedience commands. He is wonderful in the car, and is not a digger, chewer or barker. He has a wonderful temperament and will be a star canine citizen with some training.

Sawyer would do well in most any home. He requires only moderate exercise as he is not a hyper or high energy dog.




Mabel
(Status- Adopted August 2007)

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Meet Mabel! Mabel is such a sweet sweet girl. She had the misfortune to end up at the shelter, along with her younger sister, after her owner died. Her sister was adopted and poor Mabel was left behind. She is a wonderful girl. She's really good with little kids, cats and dogs. I have 2 yr old twins, 3 cats, and another dog and she has been just perfect with all of them. She is so gentle and kind. She follows me wherever I go, for the companionship. She just wants to be loved and to give love back. She gives little soft kisses and takes treats very gently.

She is a beautiful 8 yr old yellow female lab and appears to be purebred. She also appears to have had several litters of puppies and is quite overweight at this time. She will need to lose about 20 pounds. She really does not beg for food and is happy with her kibble. We have her on a low calorie diet at this time and she seems fine with it. She likes to go for walks and does not pull much on lead. She listens well and does not jump up on people.

She has been the perfect houseguest and she has won our hearts over already!




Angel
(Status- Adopted August 2007)

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What an Angel!

Meet Angel a beautiful 1-2 year old purebred AKC yellow female Labrador. Angel will not come with her papers. Angel is great with cats, dogs, toddlers, and all people. Angel recently whelped a litter of 7 (see the pups on our site) and is a wonderful mother.

Angel will be spayed, up to date on her vaccines and microchipped! She is wonderful in the car and is housebroken. Angel has a medium energy level and is an easy going girl who loves her walks and is a wonderful houseguest.





Rusty
(Status- Adopted July 2007)


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Meet Rusty Pup!

Rusty is a gorgeous, pale yellow purebred Labby boy of 5 years with lots of energy and happy wiggles! Rusty lost his home when his owners no longer had the time a nice Labby boy like this requires so they had to let Rusty go. Rusty is a very submissive male who gets along wonderfully with other dogs and all people and absolutely adores his tennis ball. He will play hide and seek looking for his ball if you hide it.

Although Rusty is 5 years old, he has a lot of puppy energy and will fetch his ball for as long as you can throw it for him. He is a good boy dropping the ball on command and smiling until the next throw. Rusty would be an excellent jogging or hiking partner. He is agile and strong and loves to go do things so no couch potatoes for this happy boy!

Rusty knows his basic commands but spent most of his life as an outdoor dog so he still has some indoor manners to learn. He loves to go for his walks but has never had formal leash training so he is learning how to walk properly on lead. He does very well with a pinch (or training) collar and seems to really enjoy learning new things. He is a good boy in the car as long as he has had his walk otherwise he will want to sit in your lap.

Rusty is cat-curious but can definitely be trained not to chase a kitty. Rusty seems fine with children however he is a big boy at 95 lbs so he may knock down a toddler. Rusty is not food possessive and it is easy to put your hand in his mouth to remove a rawhide, toy, or piece of food. He takes treats gently and his favorite activity to lay on his back while you rub his white furry belly.

Rusty is a very nice boy who would make a wonderful family companion to someone who will give this boy the daily exercise he requires. He would do best in a home with an active family and would enjoy the company of another friendly pup companion.





Summer
(Status- Adopted July 2007).

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It’s Summer time!

Here is pretty Summer. She is a purebred Lab, approximately 5 years old. She’s spayed and up to date on vaccinations, and also micro-chipped.

Summer was a stray, so we don’t know much about her. She was filthy and matted when we got her, but after lathering, rinsing and repeating, and repeating, and repeating again, she’s looking gorgeous. She’s a very light yellow color and has had her front dew-claws removed so we know she’s from a breeder. She’s a little overweight by about 5 pounds.

Summer loves other dogs and is not dominant at all. She shows no possession over food, toys or dog beds and is so congenial that we let her sleep loose with our other dogs her first night at home. Summer is also very cat-compatible.

This girl is super sweet. She loves to give kisses, so if you don’t like that in a dog, you will need to look elsewhere. She’s old enough that she is content to hang out and settle down where I am working whether it’s in the kitchen, the office or in the yard. She is house trained, but as far as other obedience training, we are not sure yet. She knows “sit” and “down”, she likes to play and retrieve a tennis ball, and she likes to carry plush toy “babies” in her mouth. She does not jump up – I just don’t know if a dog could be much better than this!

Summer is getting over “kennel cough” but should be available for adoption by the weekend of 06.29.07.





Bixby
(Status- Adopted July 2007)

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Beautiful Bixby

Meet Bixby, a stunningly handsome purebred, jet black, shiny, purebred 1 year old male. Bixby is gorgeous with a healthy coat and nice conformation and the temperament to match! Look at that gorgeous blocky head! This gentle, well-behaved boy just wants to please and wants to learn. Bixby could do with some leash training as he tends to pull a bit and would enjoy a brush up course on obedience, but would be an excellent student. With little effort, some patience, a lots of love, this boy will be a stellar addition to your family

Handsome Bixby has a fun, easy-going attitude we love to see in our Labradors and would make a lovely companion for an active family that will provide him the exercise a young Labrador requires. He is not a hyper dog and just wants to be by your side and be pet. He ignores kitties though he may playfully chase one that is running. We will need to test Bixby a bit more, but he will likely be wonderful with young children, however young children should never be permitted to be with any dog unsupervised through their transition period into their new home

Bixby is neutered, microchipped and up to date on his vaccines and is a healthy, active boy.




Yellow Pups
(Status- Adopted August 2007)

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Fluffballs for Adoption!

Fetching Companions has 7 beautiful purebred yellow Labrador pups for adoption. There are 6 males and 1 female. All are yellow. These are AKC dogs without papers. Papers will not be provided with the pups. These pups are not to be bred. Pups were whelped on June 3rd. They are 8 weeks old, weaned and ready for new homes. The pups have been wormed, and have their first set of shots. They are healthy

They will require immediate vet visits once they are adopted as well as a second set of vaccines in 2 more weeks and another set 3 weeks after that. This will be at the new adoptor's expense. We will be taking a spay and neuter deposit on each pup which will be refunded when we receive a copy of their spay and neuter certificates. Pups MUST be spayed or neutered no later than October 3rd or we reserve the right to take the puppy back.

Pups require at least one adult to be home most of the day. They are little chewers and will need lots of chew appropriate toys such as nylabones and kongs. They will have lots of potty accidents so adopter must be ready for housebreaking! Adopters must have a crate to do this and to keep puppy safe when unsupervised.




Duffy
(Status- Adopted July 2007)


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Meet Duffy!

Duffy is an adorable, 7 month old, purebred chocolate male Labrador who was found as a stray on the streets. This little pup is joyful and sweet, loves to give paw and is ready and willing to learn his manners. Currently Duffy is approximately 55 lbs. but will likely be near 75 lbs. when full grown. Duffy has a very dark rich chocolate coat and is a beautiful dog.

Most everyone will want to adopt this darling puppy but since Duffy is still a baby, he must go to a home where his family is prepared to puppy-proof the house, go to obedience classes and be committed to loving this boy through the mistakes puppies often make.

Baby Labs like this guy are a lot of work and come with a big commitment. Please do not inquire about this pup unless you have the time and patience he needs and you are willing to provide exercise above and beyond simple dog park visits. Young labs often do fetch and return a ball until they are a bit older so fetch is not a reliable form of exercise for a pup. This boy needs walks and lots of them! Obedience Training is an important part of this pup's adoption. It is no surprise that Labrador puppies can be a handful so potential adopters must have a lifestyle suitable to this boy's needs.

Duffy is wonderful with other dogs and is a submissive male but has not been tested with kitties and though he is a sweetie around little children, he could knock them over when playing.




Velvet
(Status- Adopted July 2007)


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Introducing Velvet!

Velvet is a 4 month old, apparently purebred, black female Labrador who is adorable in every way. Velvet is pure dark black with soft satiny fur and big paws. At only 32 lbs this little girl is cute as a button! Velvet is exceptionally well behaved for a puppy her age. She is learning which toys are hers and she is learning her commands. Velvet is almost completely housebroken and is learning to use a doggie door. Although she is just a baby, Velvet already loves to retrieve her ball and will drop it right at your feet and patiently wait for you to throw it again. She loves her foster labby brothers and absolutely adores children.

Velvet is not a hyper puppy. She is quiet and gentle and loves children, kitties and ducks. She loves to please, is treat-motivated, and very, very smart. She loves to be in her crate and is quiet as a mouse inside with a few chew toys and a peanut butter filled Kong. Velvet does very well on leash for a newbie and has outstanding temperament. She rides nicely in the car too!

Velvet will only placed in a home where she will have lots of attention and her owners will have the patience and time a puppy requires. Her new family should have at least one person home most of the time and a willingness to take Velvet to obedience classes to ensure her development into a solid canine citizen. Since Velvet still has her baby teeth and is teething, she will need lots and lots of chew toys, rawhides, and treat filled kongs to keep her attention and Velvet should be safely tucked away in a crate if she is alone. Velvet should never be alone for more than 2-3 hours at the most at her age and her new home must be puppy-proofed at all times.

Velvet will probably be close to 65 lbs when full grown and will need lots of exercise so no couch potatoes please! This little girl requires a big commitment from her new family.

This little darling girl is an absolute pleasure and will bring so much joy to a loving family.




Dillon
(Status- Adopted July 2007)

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Introducing Dillon!

Dillon is a stunningly gorgeous, English show quality chocolate lab of just 2 years. Dillon recently lost his home and his sister when his owner decided he could not care for both dogs and through no fault of his own, poor Dillon ended up in a local shelter.

Dillon is very well behaved, easy going and mellow. He knows his basic commands and is a very submissive boy opting to give paw and put his head in your lap rather than jump up or engage in otherwise undesirable behaviors. He loves to give kisses and lay by your feet and he loves his tennis ball. Dillion loves the company of other dogs and loves all people. He is a quiet boy but would still enjoy a bit of additional training and lots of fun walks with his new family

Dillion has always been an indoor dog so he has some nice house manners. We don't know how Dillon does with cats yet, but we can cat test him as necessary. Dillon is probably fine with children but he is a 70 lb boy and may be too large for toddlers.

This boy has it all... superior temperament, show-quality looks, and the happy wiggle butt we all love in our Labbies. Dillon will do best in a home where he will get the exercise a young boy needs though he is not a high-energy dog. He would also love another friendly doggie companion though that is not a requirement.




Rosy
(Status- Adopted July 2007)


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Everything's Rosy!

Rosy is an absolutely gorgeous English purebred female yellow Labrador of 4 years with dew claws removed. Rosy is wonderful in the home and car, completely housebroken, is not destructive, doesn't dig or destroy, and is just a delight in every way. She loves her "person" and is happy following you around and laying at your feet wherever you go. Rosy has a nice, moderate energy level and absolutely adores her walks and short jogs with her foster mom. She is wonderful on leash though occasionally Rosy will pull a bit and needs a quick correction to remind her that there's plenty of time to have fun.

Rosy is a typical female Labrador with her motherly instincts and alpha attitude. She likes to be top dog like most females and would do best with another friendly submissive male or female or as an only dog with all the attention. She is a friendly girl, but she is very specific about who she will play with and who she won't. She loves to be spoiled and we suspect she was just that in her former home. She is an extremely intelligent girl and requires an alpha leader who can show leadership. She will take advantage of someone who is too "soft" or weak. Like a good horse, she wants to be handled properly and she knows the difference between a leader and a wimp!

Rosy wiggles with delight at the sight of her person, is wonderful with children, and always manages to stay clean and fresh like the lady she is! She is a wonderful house guest and is the type of girl one can bring to other's homes without concern. She is well trained and well behaved, and she is the first one to "correct" another dog who is misbehaving.

Rosy is an absolute gem of a girl and will be a wonderful addition to the right home. She's healthy, spayed, microchipped and has all of her shots and flea protection for the next 3 months.





Scout
(Status- Adopted July 2007)

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Meet Scout!

Scout is an adorable purebred chocolate Labrador puppy of just 3 1/2 months! This little guy is a perfect little Labby baby who is looking for the best, most responsible, puppy-approved home. At just 20 lbs, this little guy has a long way to go before he reaches the standard 70-85 lbs of most adult male Labs and he will be a puppy for a full 2 years!

Scout will only be adopted to a solid, puppy approved home where his new owners have at least one person at home with him during the day for the next few months and where he will get the exercise and training a youngster like this will need. Please remember that these little yummy chocolate bears quickly turn into large dogs with lots and lots of Labby energy. One training session at his new families expense with a trainer approved by this pup's foster mom is a condition of his adoption. We want to be sure this perfect young pup has the best start in life!

Because it is perfectly safe to do early neuters on puppies, we have already neutered Scout. He is microchipped and up to date on all of his vaccines and he will require a booster set of vaccines in 3 weeks. Scout is a healthy happy little Lab ready to begin his life with the right family.





Jake
(Status- Adopted July 2007)


Original bio:

Meet Jake the wonder pup!

Jake is a beautiful young labrador male with a gleaming shiny black coat and a wonderful happy, wiggly disposition. He is just a puppy at 1 1/2 years and still has some learning to do but he is ready to steal your heart completely with his absolutely adorable nature. Jake has been through professional training and knows his command and how to properly walk on the leash. He is housebroken and a very good boy, though he is still young enough to get into trouble without solid leadership and a puppy-proofed home.

Jake loves nothing more than belly-flopping into the pool anytime he can get away with it. He also enjoys taking fun items with him like throw pillows or anything else that is "fun" so supervision and puppy training are essential!

Jake has a lot of energy. He is an excellent running partner too. Jake will do best in a home where he will get lots of exercise and strong solid leadership and where his owners are thoroughly committed to discipline and training. Jake should not be with little toddlers as he is big and dopey and may knock them over. Older children would be fine. Jake also thinks it's a blast to chase kitties, bunnies, and squirrels, so no cats for Jake! Jake loves other dogs and wrestling so another friendly, playful, young dog who is not too dominant would be wonderful for Jake.

Jake is neutered, up to date on all his vaccines, and microchipped. This happy, healthy numbskull is just waiting for a home to call his own.





Eavee
(Status- Adopted July 2007)


Original bio:

Meet Eavee

Eavee is a beautiful purebred 6 year old yellow female labrador. Eavee came to us from a home where she lived with cats and toddlers since she was 8 weeks old. Her owners simply no longer wanted a large dog and recently purchased a new "little" dog. Eavee has outstanding temperament and at a recent open house adoption event, Eavee was a perfect lady and host to quite a few other foster dogs and lots of children and toddlers.

Eavee is housebroken and fully trained. She knows all of her commands, does not pull on the leash, and can be trusted alone in the home. Eavee rides well in the car too and enjoys going for trips.

Eavee is spayed, microchipped and up to date on all of her vaccines. She is healthy and of appropriate weight.

Eavee would do best in a home completely committed to loving her for the rest of her life. She has been a stellar dog always and lost her home through no fault of her own. She is a low energy dog and would love to have children or toddlers and even a cat or two to love her. Eavee is a indoor velcro dog so her new home must enjoy her constant loyal company.




Taffy
(Status- Adopted June 2007)


Original bio:

Looking for Something Sweet?

Introducing Taffy, the sweetest little bon-bon of a Labby girl you will ever meet! Taffy is a field (or American) Labrador and has a lovely, graceful body with long legs and a beautiful face. At just 49 lbs., this little yellow purebred girl has more love per once than any valentine and is so gentle it's hard to believe she is just a 1-year old puppy.

Taffy is wonderful in the home and car. She is housebroken, knows all of her basic commands and is very good on the lead. Taffy is happy and submissive to other dogs and tested well with 2 cats, though she did show some kitty curiosity. Taffy is gentle with children and is crate trained. She loves to go into her crate with a toy and curl up to sleep.




Betty
(Status- Adopted June 2007)

Original bio:

Pretty Betty!

Betty is a lovely yellow Labby gal of 3 years with beautful soulful eyes and an extremely gentle disposition. Betty came to us with her "brother" Salty when they lost their home together. Betty is a gentle giant of 90 lbs. She is absolutely wonderful with all other dogs, including little dogs and seems to be fine with cats though additional testing is required to know for sure.

Betty is a wonderful walking partner, but because she is a large Labrador, she walks best with a pinch collar. Betty stops and sits at each corner on command during her walks and she is an absolute lady in the car. She takes treats gently and likes to cuddle and give paw. Betty is gentle with children but her size should be considered since she could easily knock a toddler over in pursuit of a tennis ball or handful of Cheerios.

Betty requires a good, moderate amount of exercise. She is a healthy happy girl but she is not hyperactive and settles nicely next to her person. Trips to the dog park, beach days, hikes, etc would all be top notch fun for Betty - especially if another friendly pup is involved.

Betty is up to date on her vaccines, spayed, microchipped and vet checked. She will be ready for adoption very soon. We will update her bio as we learn more about Betty. But rest assured, this easy going girl will reach in a steal your heart without warning. She is that lovable.

If you would like to meet Betty, please complete an online application and follow it with an e-mail to carolyn@fetchingcompanions.org .





Carmine
(Status- Adopted June 2007)

Original bio:

Carmine the Beautiful!

Just look at those eyes! This is Carmine, an absolutely lovely purebred Dudley male. Carmine is a incredibly gentle soul who lost his home through no fault of his own. He is a bit depressed and confused but he is coming around and should be ready for adoption in the near future. Carmine loves people and will cuddle right up to your face, gently nuzzling with his soft nose. He loves to give paw and have his ears rubbed.

Carmine is 2 years old, walks nicely on the leash, is lovely in the car, and takes treats very, very gently. He is friendly with other dogs but is yet untested with cats and children.

Carmine is up to date on his vaccines, neutered, and microchipped. He is very underweight at approximately 65 lbs, but he is eating heartily and should be a healthy 75-80 lbs in no time. He also has a minor injury to the tip of his tail which was been treated and healing nicely.




Maggie
(Status- Adopted June 2007)


Original bio:

Maggie is a 10 to 12 year old sweetie, who is recovering from surgery to remove a harmless, benign tumor (common with senior Labs). She is great with her fosterer's toddlers, good with other dogs, and tolerant of cats.




Lucy
(Status- Adopted June 2007)


Original bio:

Lucy is a 2 year old, black female Lab. Her owner is being deployed to Iraq and has asked us to help him find a wonderful home for his "baby."

Lucy is completely housetrained, knows all the basic obedience stuff, loves to go in the car, for walks and especially LOVES the beach! She's been pretty spoiled up to this point. She seems to get along well with other dogs but, we're not sure about cats yet. We witnessed her actively ignoring a cat, but we heaven't deemed her cat compatible quite yet.

Lucy is in excellent health but still needs to be spayed, and she's just had all her shots updated.




Nutmeg
(Status- Adopted June 2007)

Original bio:

Her name is Nutmeg, but she might as well be called “Chocolate Kisses” because that’s what you get when you meet this sweet thing. She is between 4 & 5 years of age.

“Meggie” was owner surrendered in a most horrible condition having been neglected for a very long time. She was flea-infested and suffered from resulting allergies, so her coat and skin are not beautiful right now. Her incisors are worn down to the gum line from biting at the nasty, blood-sucking parasites, but her canines and molars are fine. She enthusiastically crunches kibble, chews on nyla-bones and chows down on doggie treats with no trouble.

Right now she is on a very high-quality food with a double dose of Platinum Performance (thank you to our sponsor!) to help boost her compromised system and get her back into tip-top shape. You can see from her pictures that she is a beautiful girl! When her coat comes back, she will be a stunning, dark espresso brown.

What’s amazing is that she is still so sweet after being so neglected. We believe that at one time she knew a loving home because she is very well socialized with people, dogs and cats and she shows no fear behavior at all. This morning when we walked to the coffee house she greeted all with her big, wiggly-tail, and kisses if people got close enough. She is not food or toy possessive, she’s happy to initiate play and responsive to being teased into it by her foster brother labs.

Meggie is housetrained, sleeps quietly on her pillow, loose in bedroom at night. She LOVES to go in the car and settles right down, she knows sit and down and will give you her paw (sometimes a wee-bit enthusiastically) when she wants your attention. And she has a big, bold bark that makes her foster brother dogs sound like the Vienna Boy’s Choir. She is fairly strong on the leash, but does settle down. Meggie loves to retrieve a tennis ball. She loves to parade around with a toy in her mouth too.

Meggie is the kind of dog who wags her tail when you make eye-contact with her. She has settled right into our home with no anxious behavior, and frankly if all of you out in cyberspace want to take your time filling out our online application, fine with us! We couldn’t be happier keeping her around as long as possible!





Luke and Pickles
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Status- Adopted June 2007)

Twice as Nice!!! Luke and Pickles are two exceptionally gorgeous purebred AKC Labrador males, 11 months old. They are littermates and have been together since they were born. The brothers came to us when their family was no longer able to care for them so they are looking for a home together. We have much history on the boys and we know they are both very good dogs in need of some structure and training. Both boys are very good looking large Labradors will wonderful temperaments. Although these boys have completed basic obedience classes, they could really use a refresher course. Because of their size and goofiness, they would probably be too much for toddlers so a home without very small children is best. The boys are very good on leash with pinch collars healing on command and sit at every corner when told to "wait" but neither appears to be completely housebroken so a refresher course in potty training will help to shape them up for the indoors.

Pickles is a very pale yellow color and is the more quiet of the 2 boys and Luke is a golden color and is the more playful brother. Luke has a wonderful goofy adorable expression that will melt your heart and Pickles is so beautiful it's hard to look away. These adolescent boys will do best in a home where they will receive the training they need to become solid canine citizens and lots of exercise to keep their energy at bay and keep them in good shape. Adolescent boys of this size require a real commitment, dedication, lots of time, and plenty of patience. The boys are very bonded and will eat out of the same food dish and share the same rawhide. They adore each other and Luke follows Pickles everywhere. Both boys are very friendly with other dogs and love people. We do not know how they are with cats yet, but they appear to be ok as they saw several cats in their foster home and didn't seem interested. Luke and Pickles are neutered and up to date on all their shots and flea protection. If you are looking for 2 dog, you couldn't do better than these wonderful boys.<br><br>

If you would like to learn more about Luke and Pickles, please complete an on-line application and contact donna@dishgirl.com.




Sierra
 
(Status- Adopted May 2007)

Original bio:

Play ball!

Sierra is a consummate six-year-old ball player. She'll not only fetch a ball tirelessly for you-- she'll toss it back to you for another round. She also talks in some strange doggie dialect we that haven't managed to master yet. Though she's vocal, she's not a barker.

She was reluctantly turned in to us by her owner due to a change in circumstances that didn't allow her to continue to care for the dog.

Sierra has a wonderful, slap-happy, easy-going temperament. She's spayed, housetrained, healthy and up to date in her vaccinations. She is an energetic dog, but is perfectly happy to lie quietly at your feet if you're too busy to play or to give her a cuddle. She will chew dog toys, but nothing else.

She gets along very well with people, including kids, and dogs. The more the merrier. We don't know how she'd behave with cats, but she seems to have a low prey drive, so we'd guess she'd get along fine with them, though she'd likely chase one who runs from her. Though she loves fetching, she isn't obsessive about it and won't pester you when you tire of the game.

Sierra was boarded for a time at a facility that allows dogs to play together (like many doggie day care places), and was a big hit with the staff and the dogs there.




Maddison
 
(Status- Adopted May 2007)

Original bio:

Maddison was turned in to us by his owner due to a change in her circumstances such that she can no longer care for the dog. Maddison has a wonderful temperament, is neutered, housetrained, healthy and up to date in his vaccinations. He's a little shy at first, but is an energetic dog. He also loves to lie quietly at your feet, or while waiting for you to come home. He will chew some of his dog toys, but nothing else.

Maddison is about 4-3/4 years old, a chocolate male with a small white "T" on his chest. Maddie is quiet, but he warms up to anyone quickly. He was rescued from his former owners when he was 3 months old because they couldn't keep him.

He was boarded for a while at a facility that allows dogs to play together (like many doggie day care places), and the staff there agree that he's great.




Cubby
 
(Status- Adopted May 2007)

Original bio:

Cubby is a beautiful purebred chocolate puppy of just over one year. Cubby is a small boy at 60 lbs. He is on the thin side and heathy, neutered, microchipped and up to date on his vaccines. He is a "velcro" dog meaning he most enjoys being right there with his person. Cubby is housebroken, knows his commands, and has had training.

Cubby is very well behaved on leash, but can be stubborn and puppyish off leash so his new owners will want to continue his training and should be lab savvy. Cubby has a history of being a brat with other dogs, but we have worked with him to overcome this and he is now well-socialized and friendly with other dogs. However, because of his past antics, obedience classes are a requirement of Cubby's adoption.

Cubby came to us as a puppy having just lost his home. He was quite sick at the time and was kenneled with our vet. During that time Cubby learned to be anxious and because of this Cubby can be stubborn about getting into his crate though he is much better and sleeps crated every night. Since he is just a pup, he will do best in a home where someone is home a lot of the time and where he will get the attention, exercise, and continued training necessary for him to grow into a fine adult. He is wonderful in the car and take treats gently.

Cubby can sometimes be treat-possessive so he will do best in a home with no young children. Cubby would do fine with another friendly dog, but he is a cat chaser so kitties beware.






Cassie
 
(Status- Adopted May 2007)

Cassie is a four year old black female, very gentle, good with kids, cats and loves just about everybody! At just 48 pounds, she’s a little girl with a huge heart.

Cassie loves her stuffed toys, and usually is carrying one around in her mouth. She settles down well in the car, knows quite a few commands, and is housebroken. She takes treats nicely, and shows no food aggression. She will do fine with moderate exercise.

She loves her stuffed toys, but does not chew them, in fact. she will frequently fall asleep with her head resting on you. She doesn’t pull at all on leash but needs some encouragement to stay on the left side of you. She loves to fetch.

This is a gentle soul needing a loving home. Contact us at info@fetchingcompanions to learn more about her.




Salty
(Status- Adopted May 2007)

Original bio:

Salty Dog!

Introducing Salty, the coolest Lab ever! Salty is a stunning purebred English Labrador of 4 years with near perfect conformation. He has outstanding temperament and a wonderful personality that will win your heart in minutes. Salty is 95 lbs of white Labby wiggles. Salty came to us when his family could no longer care for him in the manner he deserved. He is such a loving, happy, friendly boy who wants nothing more than to please and be pet, hugged and loved. Salty take treats gently and is a gentleman in the car.

Salty is a very strong boy and tends to pull on the lead so he does best with a pinch collar. He is cat curious, but should do fine in a home with dog-savvy cats provided his new family is willing to work with him to learn that chasing isn't nice. Salty is wonderful with other dogs and children though his size may be a bit much for a toddler and he could very well knock a child over while wiggling with delight so toddlers are a no-no unless a family is very dog and Labrador savvy. Salty shows no food aggression and will allow his handler to remove items from his mouth without a struggle.

Salty is housebroken and is well beyond the typical Labrador puppy shenanigans. He will do best in a home where he can go swimming at the beach and will get lots of attention and exercise. Salty would really love another dog to play with too.

Salty is fully vaccinated, neutered, microchipped, and healthy. He is about 5 lbs overweight so we would like to see him shed a couple of pounds to keep him spry and athletic.

If you are interested in meeting Salty, please be sure you have first completed an on line application followed by an e-mail to Salty's foster mom Donna at donna@fetchingcompanions.org.




Tucker
 
(Status- Adopted May 2007)

Original bio:

Maybe advancing age has impaired my memory, but it seems to me that each new foster pup is more fun than the last. Tucker fits this hypothesis perfectly: he is one nifty doggie.

We've had him here at home for a couple of weeks or so, and he doesn't seem to have suffered a bit from a rather protracted stay in a boarding kennel. He's a well-adjusted character-and-a-half, reasonably well-behaved for a yearling, and gets along well with the five other canines currently in our household. We believe him to be about a year old, and he appears to be a Lab/Shepherd mix. He's a relatively big boy-- I estimate his weight to be in the neighborhood of 75 pounds.

He's even endorsed by our 11-year-old male Lab Tristam, who's normally not too tolerant of younguns. In fact, he finds the pup as entertaining as I do. Tucker tries to get Tristam to cavort with him by yipping in his ears and mouthing his ear flaps. Tristam just lays there and takes it, languidly pawing the young whippersnapper now and again, and making an occasional halfhearted lunge when the pup gets a little too far out of line. Once in a while he'll even join him in chase games.

Tristam's littermate Dinah has taken to occupying Dad's lap when he's in his recliner, then defending her position against all challengers. Tucker never fails to rise to the bait, jousting with her in good humor. Dad (yours truly) has a limited tolerance for noise, so he generally has to break it up ere long.

Though he's the Clown Prince of our household, Tucker does extremely well on leash, especially considering he's a rescue dog, but hasn't been trained to heel. In any case, he's become my hiking buddy.

He does get his chewing licks in. He did in one of my slippers and he partly destroyed a boot jack. He lovingly disassembled a big J.C. Penney catalog we presented him with, page by page, littering the entire living room floor with dozens and dozens of shredded remnants. Thank goodness God gave us Nylabones.

He's a big love bug and when he's in the mood, he'll slather any exposed skin he can get to. If he's kept from that, pants and shirts are fine for kissing, too.

This boy has a wonderful temperament and a fine sense of humor. Any family that can tolerate normal puppy shenanigans couldn't go wrong with this doofus. He's neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, and ready to go.




Sammy
(Status- Adopted May 2007)

Original bio:

Introducing Sammy!

Sammy is a wonderful, wiggly, happy, purebred, yellow, male Labrador. He is a breeder-bred dog and his dew claws have been removed. He is a distinguished gentleman of 8 years with plenty of spunk! Sammy is an active boy who loves to go for walks and adores the dog park. He prefers a window seat in the car and he jumps right into his foster mom's SUV excited to go for a ride! He is the absolute perfect example of everything we love about Labradors with a wonderful temperament and a sweet, loving disposition.

Sammy is an adorable "Dudley" Lab so he has a cute pink nose and pink rimmed eyes. He is truly a handsome fellow.

Sammy gets along very, very well with other dogs and seems to be fine with cats. He is gentle with little children and will not knock them over. He is housebroken and knows his basic commands. He is a very good boy who wants nothing more than to please his person.

Sammy lost his home when his elderly owner was no longer able to take care of him. And through no fault of his own, Sammy is now without a home. Because Sammy's owner could no longer exercise him, he became a little chubby and needs to loose about 10 lbs. Sammy is currently about 92 lbs and should be closer to 80 lbs. Sammy is a healthy boy and should be at a good weight in no time.

If you are looking for a steadfast and true companion who will fit right into your life, and you feel you can give Sammy a new home with tons of love and tennis balls, Sammy is the boy for you.



Willa
(Status- Adopted May 2007)

Original bio:

Sweetness Personified!

Willa is an absolutely darling petite yellow Labrador girl. At only a year old, Willa is still just a baby, but she has a wonderful, gentle and mellow personality and is a very good girl. Willa is apparently purebred and has had her dew claws removed. At just 55 lbs, this little sweet heart is so darling. It is hard to walk by her without stopping to give her hugs and kisses.

Willa is a total love bug and will lay her head in your lap at any opportunity. She is a submissive girl who knows her commands and takes treats very, very gently. Willa is great in the car and will jump in at any opportunity. Although Willa doesn't quite understand the doggie door yet, she is completely housebroken. She doesn't chew, dig or bark and is a lady in the house.

Little Willa was a victim of a car accident. Though she survived with no broken bones, she is still suffering from road rash on all 4 of her feet. They are healing very nicely and Willa will be ready for her new home in no time. After everything this little girl has been through she couldn't be happier or sweeter.





Magnum
(Status- Adopted May 2007)

Here's Magnum's original bio:

Magnum is 3 years old, healthy, neutered, and up to date on all his vaccinations. He's housetrained, knows basic obedience, gets along well with other dogs, is cat curious, rides well in the car, and walks well on leash. Have you heard enough yet?

Magnum is breeder-bred as evidenced by the fact that he's had his dewclaws removed. He's about 75 pounds. His previous family had a change in their circumstances which meant Magnum went from a dog who could go to work with his family, to a dog who ended up alone in the yard for up to 12 hours at a time. His family wanted better for him, so they contacted us.

We agreed to try and match him to a new family who was at home more than not, or who could take him to work. Another dog would be fine with Magnum as he's very agreeable with other dogs, but it's not necessary. Magnum would be a great only-dog since he appears to be a fast bonder.




Mocha
 
(Status- Adopted May 2007)

Original bio:

Meet Mocha! Mocha is a distinguished lady of almost 10 years. She is a purebred, chocolate, spayed female, incredibly healthy and full of spunk.

When Mocha's last family had a human baby of their own, they decided that Mocha wasn't getting the care and attention she needed. Instead of taking her to a shelter, they gave her to us to find a loving home for her to retire in.

Mocha was a breeder dog until the age of 7. Life with her first family consisted mainly of producing little Mocha's. The good news is that the breeders were responsible about making sure she was in good health before breeding, and checked to make sure she was always in great shape before producing a litter. She lived with lots of other labs and that is probably why she gets along so well with other dogs.

When retired from breeding she was spayed and placed with a family. Mocha primarily lived outside, was allowed in from time to time, but slept in the garage. Because Mocha was not really part of the family in either home, it made her very persistent about getting human attention. She does this by putting her chin on your leg, sitting very close to you, following you everywhere, and putting her paw on you like she is "shaking." Bear in mind, some of us find this charming.

The good news is that she is responding to our "training" with regards to asking for attention more appropriately. Frankly, all she wants is to be included in the family routine. She settles down nicely, sleeps quietly in our room at night, is housetrained, and gets along with dogs and kitties. She's very playful, often initiating play with her foster brothers.

Mocha would be a great addition to a medium activity household. She'll do fine with small children in a lab-appropriate environment. This girl doesn't have a mean bone in her body and she's the epitome of what we love about the breed.




Cubby
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Status- Adopted May 2007)

Original bio:

Cubby is a nice, and nice looking, young (about a year old) chocolate male lab, average size at 71 lbs. He has recently been neutered and is now looking for a foster home. He is good on lead for his age and just needs someone who will care for him.




Kirby
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Status- Adopted April 2007)

Original bio:

Meet Kirby! He's a very large (100+ lbs) 2-year-old boy and is gentle, sweet and well-behaved. He is now 100% housebroken and has learned to use the doggie door to let himself in and out. He is also learning his commands and enjoys training tremendously.

Kirby has a wonderful, mellow disposition, but he also has a lot of energy and requires quite a bit of exercise. Currently he swims in the ocean after a ball or runs at the dog park for 1-2 hours in the morning and also gets at least a 1/2 hr walk in the evening. He's wonderful with children, cats, and ducks and does not chew or dig but he will bark if left in the yard alone while his people are in the house. Kirby is happy when he is with his people and loves to please.

Although Kirby has a loving personality and is an exceptionally good dog, he is an independent dog who also appreciates quiet time and his own space. He is wonderful with other dogs but does not like them to get near his food or rawhides sometimes. Other times he will lay down and share his rawhide or bone with his foster brothers. He is not food-aggressive in the traditional sense of the word, but there are times when he just prefers to have his yummies to himself and he will raise a lip or give a bark to his foster brothers. He has no problem whatsoever with people or children touching his food and will gently back away to give his person or a child his bowl.

Kirby is a gentleman in the car and will lay down and quietly ride. He does not pull on the leash and has learned to "heel" on command. He will do best in a home with active people who love to include their dog in their activities. Kirby will not do well in a home where he would have to spend the majority of time alone.




Gabby
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Status- Adopted April 2007)

Original bio:

Gabby is the perfect example of the modern girl -- she's very feminine but plays hard and usually fair, but really wants to be top dog. She has a slim head and muzzle with longish legs but is nicely proportioned and pretty Labby in appearance even though she is a mix. Her coat is pale white-gold to very light toasty brown, and she's probably about 2 years old.

Gabby is unusual for a young Lab because her exercise needs are moderate. A home with good walks and playtime will work for her without the need for marathon runs every day. She generally meets dogs nicely and loves to meet people, but often needs help remembering to keep all four feet on the ground. She sleeps in her crate by choice, and sometimes even uses it for daytime naps. She walks nicely on a leash. She barks appropriately and usually quiets herself. Her great love in life is chewing, so she needs training to chew appropriately and leave socks, cardboard, or whatever else she finds alone and go find a chew toy.

Gabby needs a home with a strong alpha person so that she will understand her place and be the smart, playful, and loving companion that she is when she's not busy trying to run the show.

Gabby enjoys playing with children, but because she needs training in giving up "found" objects without an argument a home with adults or older children would be best for her. She has not been cat-tested.




Darwin
(Status- Adopted April 2007)

Original bio:

Do you have trouble meeting people? Do your parties have a noticeable lack of interesting things to talk about? Would you like to be the center of attention? If so, Darwin might be the dog for you!

In true survival-of-the-fittest mode, this boy overcame being tied to a tree out in the country in the San Joaquin Valley. Through evolution of fortitude, he has made his way from being abandoned, to a shelter and now into rescue. He'd like to make his way into your loving home.

Darwin is about 18 months old and has lots of puppy left in him. He looks like a dwarf lab, but for our purposes we'll have to consider him a mix. His head, body and tail are all normal lab-sized, but his legs are about 3" shorter than a standard lab. He stands about 24" tall to the top of his head. I've included a picture of him next to my own lab, who is a smaller dog around 65 lbs. Darwin weighs about 55 lbs give or take.

Darwin loves to play, and play, and play. He loves his giant nyla-bone and will settle down with it when he needs a break. He rides well in the car, and is presently being crated indoors when I need a break! And he crates nicely. He's not jumpy or mouthy unless he's in the middle of playtime, and he is a BIG cuddler! He loves to be petted and cooed to. He's fairly submissive to my older dogs when it's appropriate, and he's submissive to us when we try to correct his behavior. He's not trusted loose in the house yet, but he has not marked in the house either. He is cat curious, but he sniffed and licked the cat before it hissed and swatted at him...I think he'd be fine with a confident cat in time.

We’re working on the basics with him, but consider him virtually untrained. He has inherently nice qualities which will make him pretty easy to live with while he's learning the particulars of his new environment.




Hadley
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Status- Adopted April 2007)

Original bio:

Hadley is a sweet yellow Lab mix of about one year. He currently weighs about 55 lbs. but should be closer to 65 lbs. Hadley is a wonderful boy. He gets along great with other dogs but will chase kitties. He walks nicely on a leash with a pinch collar, but sometimes he gets very excited when he sees other dogs while on leash so his new owners will need to work with him on his social leash skills. Off leash Hadley will play with other dogs and have a ball. He is very, very smart. He figured out how to get the top off of the dog food container to help himself when he's hungry! Now we make sure it's very tightly closed. Hadley is doing very well on his housebreaking and is now using the doggie door to let himself out. He loves to play and run with his foster brothers but isn't very interested in the ball.

This sweet boy will share his food dish, toys, and even rawhides with both his Labby foster brothers. He loves his treats and is very food motivated which will be a big help in his training. He will lay calmly on his bed with a nylabone or rawhide and watch his foster mom and dad go about their business. He like to lay with both back legs out like a frog which is adorable! He takes treats very gently and will make a wonderful addition to his new family.

Hadley has a medium energy level and would do best in a home where he will get a healthy 45 minute to a 1-hour walk each day. It would be even nicer if Hadley found a home with another playful young dog. He has been tested with children and does well, however he is big kisser and could knock a toddler over easily so no little toddlers for Hadley unless the family is very Lab and dog savvy.




Parker 2
(Status- Adopted April 2007)

Original bio:

The shelter pegged this dog's age at 5 years, but we firmly believe he's no older than 3. Parker is a genuinely sweet dog. He is so tolerant and submissive. He just adores people and really wants to please. He has been living with dogs of several sizes and temperaments and has managed to win them all over. He has even impressed the cat! He is just a great Lab who has all the wonderful qualities of the breed. He isn't interested in fetching, but boy does he love the dog park. He loves to go around and visit all the dogs there and just say "hi". He is enthusiastic about car rides as well. He has been working on house manners and housetraining and is proving to be an excellent student. He knows how to use a doggy door, too. He really hasn't met anyone or anything that he doesn't get along with and like. He will be a great companion and addition to any family.




Baxter
(Status- April 2007)

Original bio:

This is Baxter, a dark, handsome chocolate boy barely a year old. This gentle soul comes from a home with a number of children,including toddlers. Baxter is cat-approved, well mannered, obedient and housetrained.

Being young, he needs both exercise and an experienced owner. He enjoys the company of other dogs but can be pushy with intact male dogs, so he needs a little work in this regard.

He's been known to scale small- to medium-height fences, so tall, secure fencing is in order. That said, he's never gone much farther than the front yard when he has managed to get out.

If you're ready to take on this boy, enroll him in a doggie obedience course, and provide him with plenty of good exercise (walking, running, or swimming) you'll find him to be a wonderful companion in every way.




Hampton
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Status- Adopted March 2007)

Original bio:

Meet Hampton! He's a happy, wiggly, kissy, apparently purebred Labrador puppy of close to or just about one year. This adorable cuddly boy is a bundle of puppy energy and playfulness! He is housebroken and knows sit, down, stay, and shake and doesn't pull on a leash at all. He can also be trusted off-leash in the dog park or on a dog beach and he will come immediately when called. He loves to chew his retriever rolls and chew toys and loves to swim and play with other dogs. Hampton does not like to be alone and would do best with another active, playful, young dog or in a home where his family will see that he is given a lot of exercise, training and attention and lots of chew toys and rawhides to keep him out of trouble. He is fine with cats and toddlers, but because he is still a baby, a family with toddlers may not have the time or energy to train a puppy so that must be considered.




Zack
(Status- Adopted March 2007)

Original bio:

Zack is a black lab with a very shiny coat. He has been neutered. He gets along with alllllllll his foster dogs and cats. He is a real doll. He is listed as 6-8yrs old but I think he is really about 6yrs. He has plenty of energy but also knows how to calm down. He loves the dog park. He is very submissive and at least one of my dogs has taken a bone right out of his mouth! He is people friendly as well as kid friendly. He never met anything he didn't like. He is a little stiff? in the hind quarters and does have a flea allergy going on but it is improving with frontline and platinum performance.




Rocky
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Status- Adopted March 2007)

Original bio:

Rocky is a 5-year-old yellow purebred male turned in by his owner. The owner was unable to keep him because he was moving into quarters where dogs aren't allowed. We got Rocky's exact birthdate from the vet where he was taken (until 2005): Jan 15, 2002.

Rocky is fine with the dogs in his foster home, and didn't have a problem with the adolescent behavior (trying dominance moves) of the youngest. He was much more interested in fetching a ball, which he would do as long as we would throw one.

We managed to test him with a cat, and he was interested in it, but made no attempt to get any closer than about 5 or 6 feet. Unlike the typical cat, this one didn't run, so we don't know if he'll chase a running cat.




Princess Aurora
(Status- Adopted March 2007)

Original bio:

My name is Princess Aurora, I have been so named by the children of my foster mom because I am so pretty. I live with 4 year old twins and I am very gentle with them. I also have a foster lab brother who is a male and we get along very well.

I am a beautiful English style golden colored yellow lab. My eyes are a brown hazel and very gentle. The vet thinks I am about 3 years old. I have had a few litters but I am fixed now. I know basic commands like sit but need a refresher course as I like to jump when I get excited. I am still learning the rules of my foster house as it is hard for me to stay off the furniture, everything looks so cozy. I sleep in a crate although it is not my favorite place to be. If you ask my nicely I will climb in and settle down to sleep quickly. I would prefer a house where I can cuddle up to my owners and sleep on their bed.




Mitsy
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Status- Adopted March 2007)

Mitsy is a very pretty girl with a lustrous black coat, probably about 1-1/2 years old. She's a big girl, 70 lbs or so, but she's lithe and lean. She could be a mix with a touch of Golden in her, but she's very Labbie nonetheless.

Mitsy is very puppyish and playful in her behavior. She doesn't have a lot of training, but she's sweet and eager to please, so training will be a snap.




Bodie
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Status- Adopted March 2007)

Original bio:

What a goofy knucklehead this beautiful, purebred guy is! Bodie is a fast-track, fun-loving, play monster. He's yellow, about 10 or 11 months old and weighs in the neighborhood of 70 pounds.

It's a wondrous and endlessly entertaining sight to witness him at play with our other foster pups. If we could capture all that enthusiasm and energy, we could just about end our dependence on foreign oil. Although he's a handful, it's obvious he's had obedience training. He knows "sit," "down" and "heel," but we think his owner didn't reinforce his training, because he's rusty at it and needs frequent reminders. He was apparently an outside dog, since he wasn't housetrained, but that shortcoming is pretty much corrected now.

On lead with a pinch collar, he heels nicely if he gets a small corrective leash "pop" every once in a while to jog his memory. On casual walks, he does reasonably well with a pinch collar, but pulls strongly with a flat collar.

He gets along fine with other dogs and accepts corrections from a couple of grumpy females in his foster home without turning a hair. We've not had the opportunity to kid-test or cat-test him. Because of his size and enthusiasm, we don't recommend him for families with small children. He will no doubt unintentially bowl them over. But we expect him to be fine with larger kids. Our best guess is that he'd chase a cat who runs from him, but he doesn't seem to have a high prey drive, so he probably wouldn't harm them.

In the house, he's good for his age, but being young, large, and strong, he's a bit of a bull in a china shop. So some amount of puppy-proofing is in order. Food, TV remotes and shoes, at a minimum, should be kept out of harm's way. When he knows he's made you unhappy, he has the endearing habit of voluntarily doing a "down" at your feet.

Because he's extremely active, he'll need a family who will give him plenty of exercise, in the form of long walks, ball-fetching, or other high-energy activities. Having another young dog in the household wouldn't hurt. He'll expend a lot of energy in play

Bodie is an adolescent, handsome handful, but he's got a soft, malleable personality. He'll make the companion of a lifetime for a family willing to make the investment in training, consistent discipline, and exercise that he needs.





Bailey
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Status- Adopted March 2007)

Meet Bailey. Bailey is an absolutely beautiful labrador with a nice big blocky head and the shiniest black coat I've ever seen. This adorable 8 month old puppy will be stunning as an adult. He hasn't filled out yet at approximately 50 lbs and will be 70-80 lbs when full grown. Bailey has a sweet disposition that will truly steal your heart. He is a typical labrador puppy who loves the ball, the dog park, the waves, and everyone he meets. He especially enjoys chasing the seagulls into the surf. Bailey loves to be pet and will fall asleep at your feet while you stroke his velvety soft coat. He loves to learn and is very food motivated. With the right training, Bailey will make any owner proud.

Bailey gets along wonderfully with his 3 foster brothers and sisters but is a bit too curious about his foster kitties so we don't recommend a home with cats or birds. Bailey is housebroken and knows sit, down and shake. He does not pull on the leash and is a wonderful walking partner. He jumps right up into the car and prefers a window seat.

Bailey would do best in a home where his family is dedicated to giving him lots of exercise and attention and has the chops to train and love a labrador puppy. In a puppy-ready household, Bailey will flourish and reward his family with tons of happy wiggly love and years of companionship.




Abby
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Status- Adopted March 2007)

Abby is a sweet, high energy pup of about 1 year. She is a stocky English Lab with dew claws removed and looks to be a very well-bred Labrador. Her conformation is very good and she has a gorgeous dark chocolate coat. She's about 21" to the hip and weights about 70lbs. Abby is intelligent and strong and will need to go to a home committed to training and exercising her. Abby requires a firm hand and would do best in a dog-savvy home where there is a lot of patience, ability, commitment to training, and the desire to exercise her regularly and amply.

Abby is housebroken and knows sit, down, and shake and uses the doggie door to let herself out. Abby does not like the crate and whines a bit when she is put inside, but she settles down nicely. Abby is not a barker. She gets along wonderfully with all other dogs and is great with children but she will chase cats.

She's nuts for the ball and will play for hours if allowed to do so but she also loves to engage in play with other dogs without the ball. She's also good on leash when wearing a pinch collar and on walked on heal. She is a wonderful walking partner who really enjoys spending time with her person. Abby does not walk well without a pinch collar and does not like the gentle leader.

Abby is learning how to behave in the car and that it is unacceptable to lay in the drivers lap and lick them to death. She is also learning not to jump out the window when it is down. She is very good about wearing a doggie seat belt and her new family may wish to purchase one to keep Abby safe and car rides more enjoyable.

Abby is a beautiful girl and will be a fine addition to the right dog-savvy family.




Travis
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Status- Adopted February 2007)

Original bio:

Travis is approximately 12-18 months old. He appears to be a breeder-bred, purebred chocolate Lab. Travis is tall and lean and needs to put on a few pounds. He was just neutered, so he will probably fill out a bit due to that, and maturity. He's like a gangly pre-teen boy whose feet are too big, and legs are too long for the rest of him. He is slightly goofy, which is so typical of an adolescent male Lab.

He is very sweet, gets along with all 3 dogs in his foster home - a senior, a young male and young female. He seems OK with cats too, but I'm sure they are new to him. He has some training, and knows sit, stay, and down all on voice command. If you put a cookie in front of him, he will not take it until you say "OK!" He's strong on the leash, but settles very quickly and seems to have an affinity for a prong collar. He probably associated the prong collar with walks his old owner gave him, maybe even that last walk to the dogpark where he was abandoned.

He likes to play, then take a little nap, then play. He's great in the car, appears to be housebroken, and he is VERY happy. Travis is big into eye-contact, always watching to see what you want him to do, or to make sure he doesn't miss an opportunity for some good lovin'. Travis has a very strong tail, so he may not be compatible with tender young children, unless you want them to be more tender. And clearing the cocktail table of valuable gegaws and baubles would be a darn good idea.




Penelope
(Status- Adopted February 2007)

Penelope's Original bio:

Penelope is a 6 month old purebred yellow female Lab who was turned in to the shelter by her original owner's mother after the owner, her son, left home without her. We've been told she has AKC papers, but the mother hasn't found them. Penelope is a very sweet little girl, about 46 lbs, who was a bit overwhelmed by her young foster-mate Parker, but she's got his number now. She and he engage in rough-and-tumble play whenever they get together.

She's a bright, happy lass and is excited to be with people, dashing around doing play bows.




Jessie
(Status- Adopted February 2007)

Jessie's bio:

Jessie is a sweet, loving, 9-year-old girl who's got a touch of arthritis, just as many dogs her age do, but that doesn't impede or diminish her enjoyment of life and human and canine companionship. As if to prove the contention, she likes to follow her foster mom wherever she goes. She shows signs of good care, so someone loved her very much, although she evidently spent much of her time on hard surfaces. She's just now learning the luxury of a cushy dog bed in her foster home.

She loves to fetch and will carry her tennis ball around in hopes a human will toss or roll it for her. When one does, she retrieves it nicely. If that person needs reminding to toss it again, she'll do so by dropping the ball on her victim's foot. Her foster mom rolls the ball in preference to throwing it. Unless she's standing, a thrown ball will cause her to rise too quickly, and her hind legs don't always manage to keep pace with her forelegs when that happens.

Jessie loves attention in almost any form, but belly and back rubs are among her favorites. She adores a stroll in the park. She loves her food, but isn't protective of it. She's potty trained, but marks outdoors when her foster brother, Murpheee, does. As a matter of fact, here seems to be some sort of competition between the two.

Normally, canine arthritis, as Jessie has, can be managed through exercise, weight control, over-the-counter joint supplements, and anti-inflammatories; that's probably the case with Jessie. We're having a blood test run to help determine which anti-inflammatory would be best.

No matter-- Jessie is a happy girl and will make a wonderful, loving companion for that very special person who takes her home.




Tug
(Status- Adopted February 2007)

Meet Tug! Tug is a 2- to 3-year-old neutered Black Labrador male. He came from a shelter in LA, but it is obvious that he was a house pet. Tug is good on a leash, good in the crate, is great in the car, is mostly housetrained, knows to wait outside until he is invited in, sits, and is working on stay. Tug is a quick learner and would definitely benefit from obedience training to supplement the skills he already has.

Tug is currently about 70 lbs, and is near fully-grown. He is still a little bit awkward with his body movements, and may accidentally knock down small children, but would be good with bigger children who want to play rough with their new pet. Tug would be best in a home with a family that has time to take him to the dog park frequently, as he LOVES playing with other dogs. He also likes to go on walks, runs, and to fetch the tennis ball, but lays down and rolls onto his back every time he brings the ball back. He would do well in a home by himself or with another dog, but in the latter case would need a yard large enough to roll around, play and wrestle endlessly with a new brother or sister doggie. When Tug is not with another dog, he is very calm and likes to chew on his Kong toy or a tennis ball.

Tug will be a very loyal and great companion to anyone who adopts him. He is very loving and gives kisses if you ask. He has a beautiful coat and big floppy soft ears to go along with his large paws and strong male lab physique.




Parker
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Status- Adopted February 2007)

Original bio:

Parker is a 9-month-old yellow male who looks to be near show-quality to us. He has a lot of self-confidence, and he is a strong boy at 70 lbs - he will probably end up around 80 lbs as an adult.

He's a exuberant player and, being a pup, has a tendency to jump on people, but he's got some training. He's knows "sit" and "down" and is housetrained.




Cinderella
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Status- Adopted February 2007)

Cinderella's original bio:

Here is beautiful Cinderella or “Cindy” for short. Cindy is over 1 year old, but we don’t think she’s 2. She appears to be a breeder-bred, purebred Lab as she’s had her dewclaws removed, however we do not have a pedigree for her…she probably thought her stay at the shelter would be a short one so she didn’t pack a suitcase.

Her coloration is called “Dudley” in the lab world, meaning that she has light pigmentation on her nose, lips and eye rims. This is not uncommon in Labs, and while it’s not acceptable for show, we think it’s perfect for a lovable family companion!

Cindy is very, very sweet. She earned the cat-test approval speed record by immediately getting the cats to trust her. She also earned the foster-sibling seal of approval by being the easiest introduction to the pack in her foster home. She has nice manners in the house, not being raucous or using her “outside” voice. She is getting a refresher course on proper potty manners but is so easily correctable that that should be dealt with in another day or two.

So far we know that Cindy is excellent in the car, does not pull when on the leash and seems to know “sit” and “down.” We haven’t had her long enough to know much else, but will update her bio as we get to know her better. When she was at the shelter, we noticed she is capable of entertaining herself by tossing stuffed animals in the air and pouncing on them. She likes to retrieve too.




Gus
(Status- Adopted February 2007)

Original bio:

Gus is a small-scale shiny-coated black Lab mix, with a blocky head and slender body, probably about one year old. His eyes are on the lighter side of brown, which gives him the illusion of a somewhat commanding stare, even though he's a friendly, submissive guy.

He’s the original surfer-dude dog – very laid back -- and exhibits excellent behavior with other dogs, children, and cats. His house manners are quite good, and he’s brushing up on staying off furniture and no paws on the kitchen counters.

Perhaps in his former life he was an outdoor dog, because he waits to be invited into the house. Sometimes he has to be urged to come in the house. He walks nicely on a leash and is a good jogging partner when his person wants to kick the pace up a notch.

Toys are okay, but they are best when he can carefully and gently steal them from his foster brother’s mouth. When he’s playing he will sometimes flash an “Elvis smile,” pulling his lips back into a semi-sneer like The King, wagging his tail excitedly at the same time. .







Greta
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Status- Adopted February 2007)

Greta's original bio:

Greta is a 2 to 3 year old, apparently purebred lab. Greta has the appearance of a big, beautiful black bear. She is what people commonly refer to as the “English” type lab. Greta is on a diet right now and we expect the reappearance of her waistline shortly. At her last weigh-in she was 95 lbs. Greta’s personal weight goal is 80 – 83 pounds.

Greta needs surgery for a condition called “Entropion.” This is a condition where her eyelids turn inward. Her eyelashes irritate her eye and left untreated, this condition can lead to severe complications from recurrent irritation and infections. She is scheduled for surgery on 02.13.07. She will also be spayed on that day. Once we are confident that she is not experiencing any complications, she will be available for adoption.

Greta is all about fun. She’s full of personality and her tail never stops wagging – that alone should burn lots of calories off her ample waistline! Greta knows how to sit, down, stay and shake, but it seems as if she’s never been walked on a leash. She pulls hard on leash when she is wearing a flat collar, but she does much better on a training collar.

Greta is very friendly with her foster brother labs and foster kitties. She is very interested in birds, including our chickens so it’s probably best that she not go into a home with pet birds. She’s great in the car, and sleeps loose in our room at night. She is also housetrained.




Tessie
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Status- Adopted January 2007)

Tessie is a pretty chocolate female lab, about 2 years old, who loves to go for walks and get attention. The staff and chief veterinarian at our vet clinic, Country Hills Animal Clinic in Torrance, collectively fell in love with her when we brought her in for an exam. So now Tessie is a vet's dog!




Jewelie
(Status- Adopted January 2007)

Original bio:

Jewelie is a 9 month old, spayed female Lab. She has the appearance of a purebred, in the stocky “English” or breed standard style. Jewelie was one of our featured, special needs dogs. We recovered her from Animal Control after she was hit by a car. Her wounds are healing nicely, and her wonderful, sweet labby temperament is intact. She is now ready for her new, forever home.

Jewelie had no training when we got her, but now she is housetrained, knows “sit”, and is getting better on leash. She is very good with our other dogs. She is playful when the others want to play, but she is not a pest and likes her downtime. She is also cat friendly. She sleeps quietly through the night, loose in our room but rarely venturing off her plush dog bed.

She does not like to be left outside if no one is home and needs indoor access so she feels secure, regardless of whether there is another dog around or not. When we are at home, she is happy to be outside for extended periods, enjoying naps in the sun or playing with her foster brothers. She’s also great in the car, settling down quickly.

Jewelie is super sweet and absolutely beautiful.




Arowin
(Status- Adopted January 2007)

Arowin is a lively, lovely, 3-year-old yellow female weighing about 65 lbs. She doesn't have much training that we have seen, but she should be easy to train as she wants to please.




Wesley
(Status- Adopted January 2007)

Wesley's original bio:

Wesley is a lovely, sweet boy who was a stray who wound up in the Lancaster shelter. He's an absolutely gorgeous boy with a purebred appearance. He's on the small side at only about 55-60 lbs. He's a yellow, but very pale - almost white. Until now, he's never seen the outside of a kennel. The world is very, very big to him, and a little scary.

He will need a home where everyone is committed to showing them what it is liked to be loved. He's frightened of many strange new things, but is in no way aggressive. He's still a a young lad, at 2 to 3 years old.

We are continuing to get to know him and help him work out his shyness. We expect him to ultimately be a wonderful addition to the right family.





Bryce
(Status- Adopted January 2007)

Original bio:

Here's a comical pup for you!

Bryce is an enthusiastic and active six-month-old. We have his breeder paperwork, which describes his lineage and represents him as purebred. We have no reason to doubt that: except for his narrower-than-usual head, he has a very purebred appearance. We don't have AKC papers for him, however. He was given up by his owner because of a landlord situation.

Once he overcame some initial shyness in his foster home, he became the romping, playful and mischievous pup he should be. He gets along with his foster brothers and sisters very well, but occasionally tries their patience to the point that they'll correct him.

He has a smattering of training-- he's potty trained and knows "sit." We think he knows "down," but needs some brushing up on the command. He loves human attention and is remarkably non-mouthy for his age. He hasn't yet been taught that jumping on humans is a no-no, so he may not make a good match for a family with small children. He adores rough-and-tumble play with his youngest foster brother, but he's untested with cats.

If a dog can be said to have a droll wit, Bryce has it in spades. He's endlessly entertaining and loves to tease humans and dogs alike with his stuffed toys. He's a fun boy to have around the house.




Fargo
(Status- Adopted December 2006)

Original bio:

Fargo is a gorgeous, purebred, dark chocolate male with dew claws removed. He's neutered and current on shots.

He's a large 100 lb puppy of approx. 10-11 months and he's not done growing! He's housebroken and knows how to use the doggie door. He's a submissive male who gets along very well with his 2 foster brothers and is curious about the 3 foster kitties he lives with. Fargo should not live with ducks, chickens or other birds.

Fargo is an intelligent boy who loves to please. He has learned sit, down, stay, and "kennel up" (the command to get into his crate.) He's an excellent swimmer but shows no interest in the tennis ball yet.

Fargo is a mouthy puppy and likes to chew his chew toys, but hasn't chewed anything he shouldn't. He's been left alone in the house for as long as 6 hours with two other dogs and has done very well.

His leash skills are improving and he is learning to heal very nicely with the use of a pinch collar, but he gets overly excited when he is on leash and sees another dog. Because he is very large and strong, Fargo should have obedience training so that he can continue on his way to being a wonderful canine companion.

Fargo has food allergies and should stay away from Chicken but does well on a Lamb and Rice diet and would probably do well on Fish and Potato foods too.

Fargo would like a home with another dog where he will get lots of walks and obedience training and where there are no little children he could knock over.




Lucky
(Status- Adopted December 2006)

Original bio:

Now's your chance to GET LUCKY!

Meet Lucky the Lab. This huggy bear love bug is a gorgeous purebred 5-year old boy with an easy-going, sweet personality and a warm smile. It's so easy to fall in love with Lucky! He’s a mellow boy who likes to "hang out" near his person. He gets along with other dogs and lived with another dog at his former home. He's a happy boy and loves to be petted and cuddled.

He’s housebroken and eager to please. He obeys the basic commands and is a gentleman in the car. He doesn't chew inappropriate items or get on the furniture. He’s a very good boy, being well beyond puppy shenanigans.

Unfortunately Lucky's owners felt they could no longer devote the time to him that he deserves. So this dreamy love bunny is looking for a new family to call his own.

More than anything in the world, Lucky loves his walks with his person, so his perfect home would be with a person or family who will walk him daily at an easy pace (not just yard time) and keep his weight in check.

He’d do best in an all-adult household or with older children who will be gentle with him. Lucky has moderate hip dysplasia that can be managed with exercise, weight control, and daily glucosamine supplements. Don't be put off by the condition—the precautions listed will likely enable him to lead a happy, healthy life without surgery. But again, he must be kept healthy and fit to avoid any discomfort.

This boy is a dream dog for someone who seeks a faithful friend who doesn't require tons of training or exercise - just easy walks - and a handsome purebred boy who can be trusted not to destroy the house or car.




Spike
(Status- Adopted December 2006)

Original bio:

Spike is a 7 year-old neutered chocolate labby boy. He is a goofy, dopey smiler and kisser with a gorgeous dark chocolate coat. Spike also has a small white spot on his chest and although this could mean spike is a mix, the AKC conformation standard finds a small white spot to be acceptable on pure-bred lab. Either way, Spike is plenty Labby!

Spike takes treats gently and is submissive to other dogs. He loves to go for walks and does not pull on a leash. He is playful, but settles nicely.  Spike is past puppyhood so no need to worry about the puppy shenanigans, just lots of love and lickin's.




Jojo
(Status- Adopted December 2006)

Original bio:

JoJo is an approximately 4-month-old, 25 pound female Lab puppy. She was picked up as a stray, so we’ll never know her lineage, but she appears to be all Lab at this point in her life. Any family who adopts her should be prepared that other physical characteristics may appear as she matures, and we cannot guarantee her purity.

JoJo is a very, very good girl. When she needs to “do her business” she whimpers so you know to let her outside. She loves playing with her dog toys and hasn’t chewed or played with anything inappropriate. She knows "sit" and "down" and gives her paw. She loves her foster brothers and plays nicely, but is not relentless about pestering them. They all share toys and dog beds happily with no snappy or aggressive possession of anything. She also is really interested in being friends with kitties. She already shows interest in retrieving toys. When she’s had enough entertainment, she goes into her crate for a nap. Her foster Mom thinks she’s the best puppy on the planet.

The appropriate family for JoJo should be prepared for her arrival with Kongs and Nylabones and some stuffed toys. Also, a crate of some kind will help her feel comfortable and will give her a place to call her own. Another dog who is playful or tolerant would be great company for her, and cats would be fine with her too.

Her lucky new family should have previous Lab puppy experience and be committed to, and prepared to discuss a training plan for her. Families with children will be considered. The choice of her new home will be based on the entire “package” from a family’s previous experience with Labs, house and yard environment, and training philosophy.

If you are not already an approved family by FCRR, be sure to fill out our "Application to Adopt" which can be accessed off our website.




Guaymas
(Status- Adopted December 2006)

Original bio:

Guaymas is a beautiful, gentle 1 year old yellow, papered, pure bred Lab. He has been raised with 3 and 4 year old children and he understands how to take treats gently, although he gets a little wiggly once in a while and may inadvertently knock something over. Guaymas is potty trained, understands "sit," but gets too excited to grasp "stay" yet. He is neutered and up-to-date on all of his shots.




Princess
(Status- Adopted December 2006)

Here's Princess' original bio:

Princess is a shiny black, 2 to 3 year old, long-legged beauty with a slim head and muzzle and expressive ears. She is a bit shy, especially with men, but is still anxious to meet and greet people and demonstrates her excitement with great wiggles.

She walks nicely on a leash, keeps a nice even gait and would be a good running partner with a little practice. She appears to be house-trained (no accidents in foster care). She was compatible with children during a brief experience in foster care. She is not tested with cats, but she probably would be okay with them.

She is tall enough to rest her muzzle on a tabletop, but she knows she’s not to take anything off the table. Gentle admonishment is usually enough to stop Princess if she’s headed for trouble-– she’s very eager to please. She will need help in learning to play gently when she’s really really excited and in getting used to some common but loud everyday sounds. Princess is ready to experience all the great things life has in store for her as a devoted member of your family.




Maddie
(Status- Adopted December, 2006)

Maddie's original bio:

Meet Maddie! Maddie is a purebred, female, 4-yr-old, chocolate Labrador. Maddie has been spayed, is up to date on her vaccines and on flea prevention. She appears to be housebroken and is very good in the car and on leash, though she does pull a bit. Maddie is big, 91-lb., happy wiggle-butt who take treats gently and knows sit, down, and stay. She's friendly with other dogs and cats and appears to be gentle with little children. She doesn't jump on them and though she is big enough to knock a little child down, she seems to mindful of their size though she'd steal a yummy snack from a little hand in a second.

Maddie likes to go for brisk walks. She is a calm, easy-going dog and has outgrown puppy shenanigans. She is food motivated and smart and responds very well to training.




Beau
(Status- Adopted December 2006)

This is Beau's original bio:

Meet Beau! Beau is a beautiful purebred yellow lab who loves nothing more than running for the ball and negotiating waves in the ocean like the pro that he is. Beau is in very good shape and although he is 8 years old he has the gusto of a youngster! He is very gentle and is a huge snuggler. Beau is an excellent passenger in the car, jumping up and in on command which is unusual for a senior labby gentleman. He has excellent house manners although he does like to sneak up on the couch! He knows his commands and will sit, stay, down, and even shake!

Beau came to us when his owners decided they no longer wanted him so he is sad and confused and misses his labby sister who was also given away in a LA shelter parking lot. Even though his owners cast him aside, he has nothing but love for everyone and everything. He absolutely adores the company of other dogs and is very friendly with people.

Beau would do well in a home with or without another dog and where he will get lots of exercise and cuddles. He would even enjoy going to work with you if you'd let him!

If you are seeking a companion who is easy, faithful, and has years of love to give, this stunningly handsome Labrador boy is waiting to meet you.




Rosco
(Status- Adopted December 2006)

SBLM (Single Black Lab Male) Looking for love & commitment

My name: Rosco

Age: 1.5 years

Likes: I love people both large and small, other dogs, kitties, getting my tummy rubbed until I fall asleep, walkies, rides in the car, keeping people company while they watch TV or work on the computer, going potty outside, lying on the grass on sunny days while sleeping flat on my back, learning tricks, soft dog beds, and treats.

Dislikes: scary animal shelters, being dumped after I bond with a person, sleeping outdoors, being ignored and under-appreciated.

This is our pal Rosco. He appears to be a purebred Lab and very close to the breed standard at that. He’s incredibly handsome. He’s also very sweet, being very interested in human attention and being near people. He has always lived with another dog and we think that would be the best situation for him unless his new humans are retired, work from home or can take him to work, i.e., are around more often than not. He does do OK if left outdoors for a few hours at a time. He’s cat compatible and probably compatible with livestock as well. He is also very gentle and might do just fine with children, though he should be closely monitored until he’s settled into his new situation. This dog is an incredible package deal with looks, personality and brains.




Luscious
(Status- Adopted November 2006)

Original bio:

Meet Luscious, a purebred 3-year-old chocolate female Labrador Retriever. Luscious came from a home where she and her litter-mate brother were outdoor only dogs. Luscious's owner decided he didn't want her any more but he kept her brother and best buddy. Her owner did not take very good care of her and because of that, Luscious is a little bit overweight.

Luscious was born with her eyelids turned outwards which caused her pain and her owner did not take her to the vet to correct it. Thankfully Luscious just had surgery to fix her eyelids and I'm happy to say, it went very well and she's doing great! Now the fur around them is still growing back in and it makes her look like she has funny eyebrows but she doesn't. In another week, she will look perfect and no one will ever know!

Luscious never learned house manners but she is an excellent student and is learning quick. She loves to swim and play in the sand and surf with her foster labbie brothers and she love treats but she can't have many because she's on a diet.

Luscious knows "sit", "down", and "shake", but really needs to work on "stay" and learning not to jump up on people. Luscious gets excited when she sees you and wants to jump up to get some love. She is learning that that is not appropriate behavior. She loves everyone and just wants to smile, wiggle and be pet.

Luscious does very well with Children and won't jump up on little ones. She's very gentle with toddlers and cats. However Luscious loves to eat snacks and could easily snatch the Cheerios out of a little hand knocking a child down in the process.

Luscious weighs about 90 lbs now, but should be more like 80 lbs once she slims down. Luscious will only be permitted to go to a home committed to providing her with lots of exercise and working on her training.




Chocolat
(Status- Adopted November 2006)

The following is Chocolat's original bio:

Meet Chocolate! She is an AKC registered purebred Chocolate Labrador. This sweet, petite little girl is 3 years old and was just spayed. She's a "velcro" dog who loves to follow you around. She has the underpinnings of house training and is learning quickly. She doesn't chew inappropriate items and she loves her Nylabone and her big blue bone. She loves to fetch and is learning to "drop" on command. Chocolate already knows "sit" and "no"!

This dog came to us from a very neglectful family who didn't take very good care of her. She is underweight so we are feeding her lots. She was used to breed puppies for sale and was given very little love. As sad as Chocolate must have been, her heart is now ready to love a new caring family who will give her the life she deserves.


Chocolate's Fosterer had the following additional comments:

So far she is fine with Emma (3yrs old) and the 2 males at my house right now. She is great left outside as I left her in my yard for 4 hrs with no problem. I crated her last evening in the kitchen and she was quiet with no accidents. I put the crate out on the patio for the day to get it out of the house and that is where she has been hanging out. She loves the crate. She's a quiet girl, barking usually only to initiate play. She is not food aggressive. I took her on an hour walk today looking for cats to cat test and she showed no interest when we found some. She is ok on the leash--not the best i have had, but far from the worst. She would probabaly do well with a pinch collar. She is very quiet in the car but is nervous about getting in and out.





Bear
(Status- Adopted October 2006)

Here's Bear's original bio:

Meet Bear. Bear is a furry, brown, big, 100lb., dopey, bundle of wags, kisses, and smiles. This friendly, 2-year-old boy loves other dogs and loves to play. He especially loves to swim in the ocean and chase seagulls with his 2 foster labbie brothers. Bear takes treats very gently and he loves to eat. He's a tad chunky so we want to be sure he gets enough exercise and doesn't eat too much.

Bear knows his basic commands including sit, down, and shake and is housebroken. I'm proud to say that as of this morning he is officially using the doggie door! Bear is a gentleman in the house, but he is large and has a very waggly tail just ready to knock something off the coffee table. He does not get on the furniture and so far he only picks up and chews appropriate toys.

Bear likes his 3 foster kitties and is gentle with them although they sometimes scare him a little. Bear's very favorite thing in the world is to lay and have you rub his belly. When it's time for bed, Bear happily goes to his crate where he sleeps through the night without a peep. But be ready in the morning, because Bear will be ready to go for his morning jaunt!

Bear is a bit of a "velcro" dog which means he will follow you wherever you go. This is fabulous for off-leash areas where you want to keep an eye on him, but it can get awfully crowded in the bathroom on weekday mornings.

Bear would do best in a home with another friendly dog who enjoys playing and with a family who is committed to watching his weight and giving him lots of hikes and walks, and trips to Dog Beach. He is very social and would not do well along all day by himself.





Kimo
(Status- Adopted November 2006)

Kimo's original bio:

Kimo is a 7 month old puppy turned over to animal control by his owners, who obviously didn’t know a good thing when they saw it. He was purchased at a pet store, which advertised him as a purebred Lab. We don’t have a pedigree for him, but we do have his complete medical history.

Kimo came to us as a typical, untrained Lab puppy full of energy, enthusiasm and no direction in life. The good news about this guy is that he’s smart, motivated and very loving. Those things make him easy to train and fun to work with. Kimo will need a family committed to continuing his training so he turns out to be a proper Labrador gentleman.

He’s very friendly and extremely affectionate. He gets along very well with his foster brothers and they play tirelessly and at times rambunctiously. He’s great with our cats. He will chase a little when they run, but they like to tease the dogs so they’re sort of asking for it. He gives them nice tongue baths when they sit still.

Kimo loves to go for rides in the car, and walks. He doesn’t know how to heel on leash, but he doesn’t pull either which makes him pleasant to walk with. Kimo was not housetrained when we got him, but in 2 days he learned that “potty” is something to do outside! He will even sit at the door now so I know when to let him out. He’s a very good and fast learner.

Kimo has learned to settle / sit when he wants something from me. That can be anything from attention like getting ear scratches, to going in or out the door, getting a cookie, or getting his dinner. He has learned not to cross the invisible “magic line” in the kitchen when I’m cooking dinner. I’ve incorporated the “stay” command into this little exercise and he’s improving on this daily. He will “come” when called. He does not show any tendencies of trying to escape the yard or bolt out the front door…he’s having too much fun here, why would he want to leave?

When Kimo fills out, he will probably weigh in the neighborhood of 75 pounds which is pretty average for a male. He’s as tall as my biggest dog right now, but he is still in those awkward, teenage dog years. Because of his size, and the fact that he is (rapidly) learning not to jump on people or put their hands in his mouth, we don’t recommend him for families with small children.





Chester
(Status- Adopted October 2006)

Here's the original bio:

C
hester is a gorgeous 2 year old boy we pulled from the Lancaster shelter. Wd think he's a purebred; he certainly looks like one. He has a beautifull pale buttery colored coat. He has spent his life in a kennel, so all the strange new things he's getting exposed to scare him times.

The family who adopts him will have to patiently work with his shyness and lack of scocialization. He won't be available for a while, because we want to get to know him better and get him started in learning that the world is actually a pretty good place.

Once he's over the hump, he'll be a joy to his new family.




Coco
(Status- Adopted October 2006)

Here's this girl's original bio:

Coco is an apparently purebred, 45 lb, petite chocolate girl, between 1 and 2 years old. She was found as a lost girl and was very timid when she came to us. Now she is learning how much fun the world can be by slowly overcoming her shyness. This is the single most important thing for Coco to continue working on in her new home.

She loves to swim in the ocean and chase the birds. She's very playful and gets along very well with her foster labby brothers although still a bit shy sometimes. Coco also gets along very well with her 2 foster kitties. She is very gentle with them and they are not afraid of her at all.

One of the nicest things about little Coco is that she is a mellow and quiet dog. She loves to rest in her crate or at your feet and she doesn't have the hyper energy of some dogs her age. That's not to say that she doesn't enjoy a romp, but rather that she won't make you run 15 miles a day to tire her out!

Coco is crate trained, does not get on the furniture, does not chew inapropriate items, is housebroken and uses the doggie door. She is learning all her commands and is eager to please. She doesn't pull on her lead and is a pleasure to walk. On the beach or at the dog park she does very well off-leash and always comes when called.

Coco is looking for a home where she will receive lots of TLC and will continue to be encouraged to come out of her shell. Coco's ideal new family will be patient with her and will continue with her training. She is a very special girl and in return will bring much joy to her new family.





Dora
(Status- Adopted October 2006)

Here's her original bio:

Meet Dora! She’s about 3 years old, appears to be purebred Lab, is spayed, micro-chipped and current on her vaccinations. She looks to be the very picture of health. Dora is very, very sweet. She doesn’t have a lot of training, but she has inherently nice manners.

She’s housetrained, is friendly and fine with other dogs, is cat-tested and -approved. Dora loves tennis balls – she loves to carry them, chase them, and make them very slobbery. Since she’s so ball crazy, her new owners should be careful not to leave her with tennis balls as pacifiers; they will ruin her teeth. But retrieving is great exercise and she’s good at it! She’ll lay the ball at your feet, slobber and all.

Dora loves to be with us, near us or on us. She is very people-oriented and my preference would be that she’s in a home with someone around more than not during the day, and the ability to be inside or outside at her choosing. A dog-door would be great for her. Going to work with her new human would also suffice, or at the very least, another dog for company would work. Because she’s so agreeable and girlie, she could easily be company for an old dog or a small dog. She’d love a dog-friendly cat too. 

Dora gets a little excited at times. She barks a little and bites on her leash when it’s first put on her. I think because she’s so happy she’s getting to do something. She’s not a great leash-walker, but she doesn’t drag me down the street. I think it’s just a matter of time and experience. She does not dash out the door and will follow me around off-leash. She’s been coming to work with me and our other 2 labs and has settled into the routine in 2 days.

Dora is extra special and we’ll have a hard time giving her up, so I will be looking for the best possible placement for her.





Lady
(Status- Adopted October 2006)

Here's Lady's bio:

Here is Lady! She's a beautiful 3 to 4 year old chocolate Labbie whose personality fits her name. When I arrive home, she gets so excited that she bounces like Tigger, but settles quickly.

She listens, and knows "sit" and "stay." For her, "stay" consists of a belly-crawl across the floor for some love.

She is unaffected by my young children and approaches them sweetly.

She takes treats gently and gets along famously with her big brother, another chocolate Lab. They lay together like two peas in a pod!

Lady could use more training but responds very well to affection, the best type of Lab!





Hazel
(Status- Adopted October 2006)

Here's this beauty's original bio:

Hazel is a beautiful young yellow female Labrador, about 1-1/2 years old. She's a trim 65 lbs or so, and appears to be purebred.

She's a very playful girl and enjoys roughhouse play with another young foster dog, MacTavish. She loves to steal toys from him and then tease him with them. She is fine with a senior foster dog, Bantry, treating him with the respect a senior dog deserves. She does need a little more dog socialization though, because she isn't as friendly with all dogs.

She's very affectionate toward her humans and enjoys a nice cuddle.

Hazel is not good with cats and probably shouldn't be around other small animals. She loves to chew, just as any Lab her age does. Sometimes she chews things she shouldn't, so her new family will have to keep valuable items out of harm's way and should work on redirecting her chewing energy toward Nylabones, Kongs, and other dog chew toys. Hazel has some training, but an obedience training class would be good to solidify her skills and provide additional socialization.

Her bright enthusiasm will gladden any heart, but we're looking for that special, welcoming home where the adopter has experience with young Labs and the time and dedication to work with her.





Buttercup
(Status- Adopted October 2006)

Buttercup's original bio:

Buttercup is a petite, pale yellow, apparently purebred English Lab. Weighing in at about 65 lbs., little Miss Buttercup is watching her figure and trying to lose about 5-10 lbs. She's a stocky little girl and is absolutely adorable - especially when she lays down. She puts her two back legs out like a little frog. Buttercup is a perfect lady of a house guest. She is house broken, uses the doggie door, does not get on the furniture, and is quiet in her crate. She seems to know exactly which items are appropriate for her to play with and she is willing to share those items with her 2 labby foster brothers.

Besides being adorable, well behaved, and playful, Buttercup has shown some fear of other dogs when she is on-leash. This is because her former owners never properly socialized her with other dogs and obviously never walked her. She will sometimes see a dog coming towards her and get defensive and bark at that dog. We are working on this behavior in a variety of ways and our little Buttercup is responding very, very well. Other than this behavior, Buttercup has become excellent on the leash. She knows "heel" and "wait" and responds very well to commands. I believe with consistent reinforcement, Buttercup will become a wonderful walking partner.

It's hard not to fall in love with little Buttercup. She has so many wonderful, sweet qualities, but she will require a home that is committed to reinforcing what she is learning now. She is fine home alone all day. Buttercup is NOT good with cats, ducks, or other small animals.

Buttercup is 4 years old and a joy to have around.





MacTavish
(Status- Adopted October 2006)

Here's his original bio:

MacTavish is a wonderful young (about 2 years old) pale yellow male labrador. He's 75 lbs and is tall and lanky, but nonetheless looks like a purebred. His stature makes it easier for him to check for goodies on the kitchen counter. MacTavish has a delightful personality, and would love to find a home where he will get the human attention he loves. He also enjoys the companionship of other dogs, and he would love to play chase games with them. When we first got him, he wasn't housetrained, but has been fine in the house for a week now. MacTavish deserves to find a home as wonderful as he is!





Chica
(Status- Adopted October 2006)

Chica's original bio:

Chica is a gorgeous 6 month old yellow female with a very sweet disposition. She has not had much training but is eager to please and will be a great student for a family commited to working with her. She gets along well with other dogs but is shy at first. Chica is very sweet, but jumps a little, is food oriented and eager to please. She is learning her socializing skills with her foster brother. They share toys, balls and play well all day long.





Bantry
(Status- Adopted October 2006)

Bantry's original bio:

Bantry is a gorgeous, big, dopey Purebred Lab with a typical Labby personality - goofy and happy. At 10 years young, his owners abandoned him after years of being a loyal companion. We think this boy deserves more than that!

Bantry has a lot