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Hi everybody! I just wanted to touch base with you and let you know that I just LOVE my new forever home and parents Chris and Victoria. I've been here two months and my Mom and Dad take me with them everywhere they go and I just get so excited. Oh yeah... and they let me sleep IN BED with them every night and I just love to snuggle. Who knew it would be so much fun? My Dad has nicknamed me Shadow because all I do is follow him around. We go for walks in the neighborhood and car rides and hang with my new cat Phoebe. She is a pretty cool cat and I really like her now but I didn't know what to think of her at first. She was kind of sad, and my parents were too, because they lost their beloved Chocolate Lab Pebble in December. My Dad tells me all the time how happy he is that I came into their lives and he is always smiling now Any way they really love me and I love them and I am SO HAPPY. Well... that's all for now; more later.
When my children and I met our matched 4 year-old chocolate lab Jack (Victory), he was very excited and wanted to let us know by nipping and jumping. I knew with training and a lot of love, he would fit perfectly into our family. He is truly an amazing addition to our family. We haven't had to do any training for the nipping or jumping although he gets very excited when it is mealtime. He lets the kids love all over him and always has to be where we are. He keeps me company at all times, which is something I truly missed when my husky and lab passed away. While he doesn't quite understand what swimming or fetching is, he does love learning new tricks, receiving praise, going on car rides and long walks/runs. He enjoys other dogs (we have a 3-legged miniature pinscher) and is a perfect gentleman around strangers. We are very blessed to have him in our lives and are so thankful to DFW Lab Rescue for letting us adopt him.
When I adopted Honey 6 months ago, I had a broken heart and so did my dog, Cricket. I had just put my sweet Lucy, a chocolate lab, to sleep. She was just a couple of days shy of turning 10. I had her since she was a puppy and she and Cricket were inseparable. Lucy was my first dog and I treated her like she was my child. When I signed up with DFW Lab Rescue and began the process of meeting dogs, Cricket's approval of our new family member was my primary concern. I was doing this more for her than me.
We visited with a couple of wonderful dogs, but when we met Honey, we knew she was 'the one'. So, Honey moved in. The first week was a little anxious for us all, but Honey seemed happy. Before long, it was as though she had been here forever. I tell her all the time she is our 'angel dog'. I still miss Lucy, but am so thankful for Honey. She is perfect. She's truly a best friend! While she is bittersweet, I couldn't have found a more perfect fit for my family.
Every chance I get, I tell people about our great experience with DFW Lab Rescue. I think the program is so successful because the dogs have been fostered, and that gives you the opportunity to learn more about them than you would have otherwise.
Hey guys. My parents don't let me use the computer because they say I scratch the keyboard, so I better write this quickly before I get caught.
I can't believe it's already been 5 months since I got adopted! Seems like just yesterday I was wondering where I might end up, but let me tell you - it was worth the wait. My days are pretty full around here. I wake up with my daddy really early and take his place in the bed while he gets ready to go to work. Mommy and I just kind of hang out until we're both ready to get up and then it's off to the races. She's the best mommy ever! We go on walks, explore the neighborhood, sniff all the new scents, hang out in the yard, and go swimming at my grandparent's house until I just can't take it anymore and have to take a nap - and I better because I like to stay up late and watch a little tv until we all fall asleep.
All that being said, there are a few things I would change. I don't know why, but I'm always suspicious of the mailman and there's these stupid cats that live next door to us that are begging for it! Oh yeah, and don't get me started about how mad sprinklers and hoses make me. I can hear my parents coming back, so I kind of have to wrap this up. I guess all I want to say is...to my foster mom - thanks so much! I haven't forgotten about you and sometimes think about the beans and rice dinners you used to cook me...and to those you that haven't been adopted - hang in there! If I can find a home, so will you.
-Bailey (formerly Cowboy)
Hunter AKA Chick
Hi Lab Rescue:
Hunter (formerly Chick) is doing great! Thought we'd send you a couple of recent pictures. He still is not sure about swimming; He does like to get on the first step and watch everyone swim, but won't go in on his own. He weighs 81 lbs now and goes for a leashed walk everyday.
Hunter, Teri and Lee
Tank here! I was one of the Gilligans Island puppies, Skipper. You may not recognize me because my picture never made it to the website. My foster parents knew they were keeping me after about 5 minutes at the house. I have such a great life, sharing the house with three fun kitty cats. I certainly love them, but they aren't that crazy about me. They just kind of tolerate me.
I joined the Pease family in May of 2008. Then something really exciting happened in December 2008. We all got in one car (two humans, three cats, and great big me) and moved from Texas to a neat place called Virginia. Daddy has just become an officer in the US Marine Corps and he is completing training at Quantico. It is so cool here. There are state and national parks Mommy and Daddy take me to, and we live in a great neighborhood where someone is always walking their dog. I have been doing lots of training with mommy, and I recently passed the Canine Good Citizen test. Mommy is a counselor and hopes to one day use me as a therapy dog in working with her clients. We really hope to work with military veterans and families. Whoops, here comes Mom now, I guess she wants to add something. Bye for now!
Thank you so much DFW Lab Rescue for introducing Tank into our lives. He is the sweetest, most gentle dog. He loves cuddling in bed with us, eating his daily banana out of his Kong, and trying to get the cats to play with him. I can't remember life without him and love him beyond words. He is my very best friend. Tim and I love Virginia and the new adventure weve begun, but I greatly miss volunteering with the amazing group of people of DFW Lab Rescue. Forever thanks to you all!!!
Cheyenne and Timothy Pease
I love the re-design of the website! It is very compelling and very polished. Looking over the pictures made me want to send you an update on Mack. We adopted him in September 2007, when he was 5 years old. He is such a loving, gentle giant. Mack is very people-focused and just wants to be with you. He also loves to play and will get his babies and toss them in the air for himself to catch if I am too busy to play fetch at that particular moment.
Mack loves our children and has been known to sneak upstairs and steal their stuffed animals. He gets along terrifically with our other two dogs (a basset and another lab - who are rescues as well) and loves swimming in our pool. He was apparently kept in a cement dog run before Lab Rescue, so he still does not like to walk on grass, and will only do so if absolutely necessary. He is a love bug and, if a dog can be a person's soul mate; Mack is mine. Here is a picture of Mack taking a nap during the day on my bed. Or, you can use the one of us on my daughter's bed, which is not my best, but certainly is one of his.
This is Harley on the left, his big brother Boomer is on the right. Formerly Sherwin when he was in the rescue's foster care he is now Harley for short, his full name is Harley Sherwin. Also Sherwin seems to fit his personality so well (so does Harley, come to think of it). We couldn't do away with the name given to him by those that saved his life, his Guardian Angels. Thank you to DFW Lab Rescue for being there when he needed you. And a big, most grateful thank you to his foster Mom and Dad, Marcia and John. You have hearts of Gold! We can't put into words how much our babies make our hearts swell with love! Not only is it hard to believe that someone could treat these guys so badly, but to have them in your life for any period of time and then abandon them to possible death is beyond us. These kinds of people must have the coldest, blackest hearts on Earth! Everyone should be screened such is done by Lab Rescue, and approved before they are allowed to take on the responsibility of a pet. Well, on to Harley Sherwin. This guy is an absolute joy! He is so loving! He loves to give kisses! When he's not playing with his big brother Boomer (the chocolate), he's right beside us checking out what we're doing and stealing a quick brush of our hand on his head. When he first came to his forever home he didn't want to be left outside without one of us out there with him. He's doing better now, because he knows he'll get to come back into the house just as soon as he's done his business and has finished playing with his brother. He likes to play fetch, but his FAVORITE game of all is playing "keep-away" from Boomer. He loves to circle the dining room table and go upstairs and circle the stairs on the landing with Boomer right behind him trying to get the toy he has. 'The boys' love each other to death. They play until they just can't play anymore. Boomer is only two weeks older than Harley, so they are a perfect size and energy match! Harley is just what Boomer needed after HIS big brother passed away in November 2006. We spent all of our time with Boomer after his big bro passed. We played constantly. But, it just wasn't enough. When it was time for dinner or bed he slipped back into his depression. So we decided, for Boomer's sake, we had to find him a new brother or sister that was a perfect fit. That's Harley Sherwin! No accidents in the house! He doesn't mind his crate, but he'd rather be at the office with one of us. He knows sit and we're working on down, stay, "don't jump" and barking when it's acceptable. He likes riding in the truck and thinks he should be in the front seat with us. We're working on that, too. We're working toward a compromise, he's allowed to put his feet on the console and look out the front window or the moonroof. He's so smart and full of love we just don't know how someone could have given that up! But, it's fortunate for us, because our family is complete again.
Joe & Patrick
Boomer & Harley
Harley aka Hart
We wanted to give you a 3 week update on Harley (aka Hart). He is doing fantastic! He has settled in so nicely with our family. He and Jack are two peas in a pod as you can tell from the picture. They both have the same energy level and Harley is everything Jack had wanted. He follows his him around the house and they play football out in the backyard. He has been quite spoiled. He loves to lay on Jack's bed at night while we read books and on Mommy and Daddy's bed in the mornings.He is quite a cuddler when he wants to be. He is a great walking companion as well! We get up every morning and walk 3-4 miles before any one else is up.
We are so happy to have Harley in our lives and thank DFW Lab Rescue for allowing us to provide a forever home.
The Hagans | Jen, Craig and Jack
Jaguar and Audi
Hi folks! My name is Jag, and I'm a Labrador Retriever. My buddy Audi and I were rescued from that place called 'Hard Knocks.' We went to the "Ponder Penthouse" first and then had a great five weeks with our foster parents, Bree and Scott in Lewisville, Texas. Then we met the Merkles from Louisiana at a meet-and- greet at the Orvis Store in Dallas. We decided we liked them because they got down on the floor and gave us some pretty good rubs and pets. So, we told Bree the Merkles were acceptable to us, and we went home with them. (They had been through the DFW Lab Rescue approval process, you know.) Well, we were a little concerned about Sadie, the Merkles' five year old Lab. We wondered how Sadie would feel about sharing her humans and her house with us. Fortunately, the Merkles knew this professional dog named Lulu. Lulu brought her human, Gregg Flowers, who writes a column about dogs in the Shreveport Times. Together, they reassured us that moving to Louisiana was okay, and that Sadie would be nice to us. We like the Merkles. They walk around their neighborhood with us a couple of times every day, and there are plenty of new dog friends here. We have met another Lab, a Golden Retriever, a miniature Schnauzer (Sadie's best friend), and several others. Every evening they invite us to watch David Letterman with them on their bed. After that, we go to our crate for the night. That's good, too, because we still want our own space for sleeping. I think these people will work out fine for a permanent home, particularly after we train them to understand our personalities. I am the mellow one, and Audi is the baby. She still likes to chew on things, but we are working with her and it will be alright. So, thanks to you sponsors of DFW Lab Rescue, Audi and I have a permanent home with people who love and care for us. I think there are lots of dogs like us, so please keep up the good work.
Jaguar 'Jag' Merkle
Stu and Beemer
Thank you DFW Lab Rescue for giving us 5-year old Stu fours years ago (via foster Mom, Mary Anne Hifler) and 11-month old Beemer last fall (via foster family Jane, Kerry, Emma and Sam Tecklenbury). Both Labs had confidence problems and found love, other labs for socialization and a rational, predictable world in the Hifler and Tecklenbury homes. They now strut around as if they've never known a day without love. Both 65-pound Labs can be found at night in our one large cage that has an open door, as the young one insists on sleeping with the older one. Both foster Moms used the words in their home-wanted ads that allowed us to find two dogs that would enjoy each other (when they weren't adoring us.) Jane used the phase, "shares his food" which launched us to see Beemer with Stu in hand. Our profound thanks goes out to our foster households, as each goes through a period of grieving when they successfully place a Lab. Our two foster household each had at least two family Labs at any given time, so they knew they couldn't keep the foster dog but they still went through a love-and-loss process motivated by knowing they could save a Lab. Through loving care they restored our Labs' trusting spirit. God bless our foster families!
Kathy and John Ward