Labrador Rescue

Should I Rescue Labrador/rot. Is It a Good Mix, ,Kids Involved?

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

gong it see resuce pup tomorrow, lab/rot supposed to be brilliant mix, help spoken to many supposed to be experts all say brilliant mix go for it!

Really depends on the dog and the kids. Most labs and rotties are real sweethearts, but there are labs and rotties that do not have good disposition. Right now, I believe the breed leading the dog bite statistics is labrador retriever. My lab is great with kids, adults, cats, ducks (isn’t very fond of geese however) — one of our neighbors has a lab that would just as soon rip your arm off and beat you over the head with it.

There really are no guarantees. Kidproof the dog as much as possible, and dogproof the kids.

Luv a Lab Rescue in San Jose California Email Address?

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

labrador retriever rescue site called lovealabrescue is located in san jose california

ok,I think this is the one you mean (

if not maybe this one ( )
if its neither,then Im sorry,I looked for half an hour,and thats all I found lol

My Labrador Retriever Won’t Play Fetch. How Can I Get Her to Play Feltch?

Friday, February 11th, 2011

She is a retriever and she won’t pick up anything I through. She goes to it sometimes but gets shy about picking it up. She is 6 months old and is a rescue puppy. I would like to train her as a bird dog. But, without this simple game, I won’t have much to work with. She executes all basic commands with little trouble. Please, help.

Fetching can be a fun game that you and your puppy can enjoy throughout your life together.
An easy and fun way to start teaching your dog to play fetch is to use the two-toy fetch method. Get two identical dog toys that your dog can be crazy about. These toys can be a plush dog toy or a bouncy ball; even a tennis ball works well. The idea is to playfully tease your dog with one of the toys and then throw it a ways from you. Make sure to not throw it too far at the beginning, keep it close until your dog learns. As soon as your dog goes to get the toy, call out praise and then when she retrieves the toy call her back to you and show her the other toy. She will probably run back to you to get the other toy. As soon as she gets close, take the first toy away from her and throw the second toy. She will then run after it and you can start the process over again.
Start slowly and build up over time. Fetching balls can be good exercise so let your dog acclimate to the increased activity. Make sure your dog still wants to play fetch when you stop for the day!
Do not use the fetch toys for any other purpose than to play fetch. It will confuse your dog if she can play with the toys at home but must fetch the toys when you are at the park!
If your dog has no interest in retrieving toys, you can create a positive association and still teach her to fetch the toys. Every time she picks up the toy reward her with a small treat. It will take time and repetitions before this really kicks in for her but you will create a desire to fetch for you by using the treats as a reward.
With a little time and patience you will have a well-trained dog to play fetch with and you both can enjoy the game for years to come.
Have fun!

How Far Would You Go to Rescue Your Dog?

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 i know alot of people would say its only a dog but if it had been my dog i would have had to try and do something .but why on earth do people walk their dogs off the lead next to frozen lakes

I would die for my dog.

Unless of course the Apprentice was on that night. I really want to see if Stu makes it to the interview stage.

Can Anyone Tell Me if This Is Usual for a Dog Rescue, Please?

Monday, February 7th, 2011

A UK Labrador Rescue accepted me as a temporary ‘foster’ carer and this morning brought the first foster dog.

It then transpired that this 2 yr old dog had had NO vaccinations; had a stomach upset; had a water infection, and was in heat. (We already knew she’d be in heat).

When I asked, the Rescue rep then admitted that ‘maybe one or two’ of the infections that the dog ‘could’ have picked up could be transmitted to humans.

It is ‘normal’ for a dog rescue to have no information about a dog up to and including not knowing that it hasn’t had ANY vaccinations…?
This dog was taken from a ‘private home’ - yet came with no collar, no food, nothing!

Thanks for all your answers guys

This is absolutely normal. Rescue dogs are an unknown commodity in most cases. Even if they are owner surrenders, people lie about vaccinations and health all the time! If they are shelter pulls, they could have picked up anything in the shelter.
It is also normal to get a new foster to the vet to be treated and vaccinated. It is also normal to quarantine a dog until all possibility of anything infectious has been eliminated. This is just plain common sense.
Does your group not have a procedures manual for how to take in and vet a new dog, and how to introduce to your home? If not, maybe a suggestion to them to make one up would be helpful to all the volunteers.

I have had worse. I had a dog in quarantine for 2 1/2 months once. Ringworm, conjunctivitis, sarcoptic mange, kennel cough, you name it! And also not altered.

Anyone Else Just Given Up on Adopting From a Rescue?

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

We’re considering going through a rescue to adopt a dog this year. I’ve read it can be tricky, invasive, and that most rescues act like they really don’t want to adopt their dogs. As a test, I sent an email to a group in my area, asking if they adopted out to families with young kids, under a year. It was for a LABRADOR rescue…you know, the country’s number one family dog? Their application included questions like "Who are the people that frequently visit your home?" and "how close is the nearest dog park?" I can understand asking about the home and the family basics, but I’m not going to tell you about any guests that MAY come to my home. Do they think I’d mention it if I had my drug dealer stop by every week?
They had 13 dogs listed as theirs up for adoption, plus 4 others listed as well. Many dogs had the tag, "great with kids." I was told NOT A SINGLE LAB would be appropriate for my family. Just based on the age of my kid, we didn’t even get to the invasive questions. Apparently everyone with a toddler is going to allow their child to use the dog as a jungle gym…please. I have some common sense.
I’m willing to bet these people grew up with dogs….they would deny my kids the chance to do the same. My husband is even more determined to avoid these places after our last bad experience with a so-called rescue. So I guess we’re back to the shelter, hoping for an owner turn-in of a sweet lab mix because of financial issues, or Craigslist for another family "moving" or whatever. I don’t think I can stomach the rescues! Anyone feel the same?
I’d expect (and welcome) a home check for a large breed, some questions about my family and lifestyle. But a shelter won’t make me sign my life away to submit to a post-adoption checkup, or live in fear they’ll try to take it if my housing situation changes-which actually isn’t enforceable, anyway. In my experience, you need to have a home, a job, and a checkbook to adopt a shelter dog. They actually let you decide for yourself if your family is ready for a dog!! Imagine that!!! It just seems rescues contribute to the over-crowding problem. Lots of people they turn down end up buying dogs in the pet store, promoting puppy mills!
I don’t see how an email literally asking "do you place dogs in homes with small kids" could POSSIBLY be misconstrued as having an attitude. Gee, I guess I must be crazy…thanks for proving me right!!!

Ugh….I can understand breed rescues wanting to make sure their animals go to a good home where they’ll be taken care of, but a lot of them just go waaaay overboard with their demands and want to control everything long after you’ve adopted an animal.
I wanted to do what I thought was a good thing and give a needy dog a nice loving home, but they make it so unpleasant and tedious and drawn out and treat you like you’re some kind of deviant with murderous motives….
And what the hell is up with the "home inspections"?
I thought it was just to make sure we actually had a fenced yard and that our place was doggy proofed and safe….
We have a small but very clean home with a spacious fenced yard.
We only had to go through one home inspection, and it was after that incredibly rude and ridiculous experience that I just wrote off bothering with anymore so called rescue agencies. Maybe it’s just the few I dealt with, and I know I shouldn’t be judgemental, but I’m now convinced they’re all run by crazy neurotic people with severe paranoia and control issues.
The person that came to inspect my home went through my refrigerator! Wtf? She was diggin’ all up in there like she was searching for a hidden crack pipe or something. She commented on the 2 beers that were in there, wanted to know how often we drink and how much. (We hardly ever drink and the 2 beers had been in there for at least 3 months, but I’m sure she was convinced we were alcoholics who get smashed on a daily basis and were anxiously waiting for her to give us a dog so we could force it to consume large amounts of beer too.)
She went through every room, and everything IN every room. I was already upset about her going into the fridge and touching everything, and then digging through my kids’ toyboxes and claiming things in there weren’t safe for dogs….ummm, it’s not a damn DOGS toybox!? We were told we would have to get rid of some of the kids toys! LOL!
My 6 yo daughter has an extensive (and expensive) collection of Littlest Pet Shop critters. They’re her favorite toys….too bad! A dog can choke to death on them!
The inspection was cut short and ended when I told her to forget it and asked her to leave after she actually walked through our bedroom closet and THEN started to open drawers in my dresser.
I mean, get real, wtf is the point in that? Checking to make sure my panties are dog friendly?
I don’t know if those things were actually on the checklist or whatever for her to "inspect" or if she was a sick pervert or just a nosey b**ch, but her actions ruined ALL rescues for me.

I went to Craigslist and found an awesome puppy there that was actually in need of a home and I don’t have to worry about any paranoid controlling women showing up at my door unannounced (for up to TWO YEARS!) to "check up on the dog."
I paid $40 for my puppy, not anywhere near the amount of $ that I would have spent to "rescue."

Rescue Volunteers: Weirdest Reasons People Return Their Dogs to Your Rescue Org?

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

I volunteer for a reputable Labrador rescue group. We have a very strict screening process, and we’re getting even more strict on some of our policies. And yet, we had a lady return her dog to us last week because she had adopted a girl and wanted a boy. This after specifying she wanted to adopt "Sally" on her adoption application, after spending time with the dog under supervision of volunteers who kept referring to the dog as she, and this after hearing she would have to wait until the dog recovered from her spay surgery before she could officially adopt. At no time during the adoption process did she mention she would like a male dog, as far as I know. Sure, she’s entitled to have a male dog if that’s what she prefers, but it seems to me like she would have made sure she had a male dog and that she would have realized Sally was a female at some point before she signed the papers. In addition, she kept the dog for 2 months before returning her. So i’m deeming this a weird reason to return a dog.
Now this makes me curious about other rescue groups. What the weirdest reason someone has ever returned their dog to you?

I don’t work for a rescue group but an SPCA and had a dog returned because the house was remodeled and the coat color didn’t match the color scheme within the house. Weird but true. I’ve also had a lady state she didn’t want a dog any more because it sneezed too much. Funny thing was this woman wore so much perfume I was gagging while talking with her. Poor dog was most likely sneezing from the perfume.

Anyone Dealt With So Cal Dog Rescue Groups?

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Just wondering if anyone has had experiences with the following groups, either positive or negative: Westside German Shepherd Rescue, Canine Adoption and Rescue League, Foreverhome Pet Rescue, Ventura County Humane Society, West Coast Mastiff and Large Breed Rescue, Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue, Fetching Companions Labrador Rescue…I think that’s it. Those are some of the groups in my area, and I was going to start looking in the Fall-but I have heard some groups deny for really silly reasons, and their volunteers are on power trips, etc. Any experiences would be great.
Two reasons I might be denied-we adopted 2 dogs from a badly run rescue before, but had to re-home them both.
Also, we have little kids, and I know some rescues have policies about little kids. Which is lame.

Rescue groups are like breeders - some are responsible, some are just trying to get dogs out of shelters without knowing anything about them. Most have a website with specific adoption requirements - if they say home visit required, they mean home visit required.

And ,yes, unfortunately there is politics and egos. Some people have seen so much neglect and cruelty they hate people and act unreasonably but most are just good hearted people looking for a safe, life-time, committed home for dogs. A few volunteers are on a power trip - but then you find that in breeders too.

You need to just move on and try working with another group. Each rescue is different so don’t get scared off by stories - some are easy to work with and flexible, some are very inflexible and unpleasant, most are reasonable good people.

Chocolate Labrador Puppy? or Rescued Labrador?

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Hey Guys, I was wondering….

I do have a long time to think about this, but I just kind of wanted to get an idea of what I want for the future. In the future, I want 2 Chocolate labradors. But I need to know….

Should I rescue two from a shelter, or just get 2 puppy’s?
If I do rescue two will they get along?
What sex (female&female, male&male, male&female)?

No worries, I I do get two of the opposite sex I am not breeding them!

Will they already be spayed/neutered?

Any other helpful tips would be appreciated as well. Thanks everyone!

Go with a shelter dog, they are usually immunised, spayed/neutered and chipped. You could even get lucky and manage to get two pups that have been rescued from a puppy farm.

Dog Section: What Interesting Breeds/mutts Have You Seen in Rescue Centres?

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

I don’t want to hear about "tea cup" breeds from some made for idiots breeder. Just rescue centres. =)

In Dogs Trust we have seen a saluki cross labrador, and it isn’t unusual but we have also seen two spaniels buddies. One was about 1 year and the other was nearly 15.

How about you guys?

I’ve seen a basset x poodle. The dog had the body of a basset and the hair coat of a poodle. The dog was rescued and trained as a hearing dog for the deaf.