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THE LOYALTY OF OWNING A LABRADOR !!!
"He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds; my other ears that hear above the winds. He is the part of me that can reach out into the sea. He has told me a thousand times over that I am his reason for being; by the way he rests against my leg; by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest smile; by the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him. (I think it makes him sick with worry when he is not along to care for me.) When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive. When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile. When I am happy, he is joy unbounded. When I am a fool, he ignores it. When I succeed, he brags. Without him, I am only another man. With him, I am all-powerful. He is loyalty itself. He has taught me the meaning of devotion. With him, I know a secret comfort and a private peace. He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant. His head on my knee can heal my human hurts. His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and unknown things. He has promised to wait for me... whenever... wherever - in case I need him. And I expect I will - as I always have. He is just my dog.” (Author: Gene Hill)
Ohio Labrador Retriever Rescue prides ourself in the quality of labradors we provide for adoption. We may not have many dogs in our organization, but you can be assured that they are healthy, sound temperament & fully evaluated before adoption. When you visit any of the labradors available for adoption, you will be visiting my home. All foster dogs live inside my home, with my pets and my family and are treated like members of my family. We work hard to place you & your family with just the right labrador. Ohio Lab rescue has no age limit on the labs we rehome. Seniors needs a loving home too. There is nothing better then a settled, loving labradorable.
Large Black dogs are the most difficult dog for rescues to place. This is known as BDS - Black Dog Syndrome. Black is considered common & most people are drawn to other colors. Some rescues won't take black dogs because they are harder to place. If you & your family are considering adding a pet to your home, try to look past the color of the animal & remember that temperament & personality say much more about your pet, then their coloring. Ohio Labrador retriever rescue is committed to providing quality, sound temperamented & social Labradors into loving & caring homes., not matter what their color. For more information on black dogs & the difficulty in rehoming, check out www.blackpearldogs.org.
Only in the darkness can you see the faintest stars.
Only in the night's own ink are written poets' scars.
Only in the shadows are the shapes they give to light.
Only in the climb from pain does hope appear to sight.
Only in the sable pigment rainbow colors run.
Only in the shade is there relief from too much sun.
And in the darkest hours are heard a lover's sweetest sighs.
And in the depths of blackest wells the clearest water lies.
The Color Black by Robert A. Sloan
Their are two types of Labrador retrievers (English (or "Show") & American (or Field Bred or Bench) & they only come in 3 colors. Black, Chocolate & Yellow (which may vary from white to a fox red color.) White is considered Yellow & Silver ( http://www.labbies.com/silver.htm) ( http://www.woodhavenlabs.com/silverlabs.html) is considered chocolate. Some "Silver labradors are actually a cross (mix breed) with Weimeraner, others may have a lighter coloring in their coat - but they are still chocolate. Some breeders charge more for these "rare" colors, but don't be deceived. Do your research when choicing a dog. Know what health concerns your breed may have & don't hesitate to ask questions. A reputable breeder or rescue organization will answer your questions. We welcome your questions. The Show Labrador ( or English built) is generally what you see in the show/conformation ring. Big, Block head, shorter legs, thick stocky body, weighing between 65 & 100 lbs. The Field Labrador ( or American, Bench) is generally taller, leaner with longer faces & more narrow head, weighing between 55 & 85 lbs. These are the labs you see on TV retrieving a duck, jumping into the water to catch a ball. Field Labs tend to require more exercise then the Show Labrador, but all labs benefit from daily exercise & play. For more information on the Labrador breed, visit www.akc.org.
Just a Dog - Author Unknown
From time to time people tell me, "Lighten up", it's "just a dog", or "That's a lot of money for "just a dog." They don't understand the distance traveled, time spent, or costs involved for "Just a dog". Some of my proudest moments have come about with "Just a dog". Many hours have passed with my only company being "Just a dog" and not once have I felt slighted. Some of my saddest moments were brought about by "Just a dog." In those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "Just a dog provided comfort and purpose to overcome the day.
If you, too, think its "Just a dog: you will probably understand the phrases like "Just a friend," "Just a sunrise," or "Just a promise." "Just a dog" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust and pure unbridled joy. "Just a dog" brings out the compassion and patience that makes me a better person. Because of "Just a dog" I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future.
For me and folks like me, it's not "Just a dog." It's an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment. "Just a dog" brings out what's good in me & diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.
I hope that someday people can understand it's not "Just a dog." Its the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "Just a man or woman."
So the next time you hear the phrase, "Just a dog", smile, because they, "Just don't UNDERSTAND."
Published from Just Labs Magazine - February 2008.
Genetics of color in Labrador Retrievers by Amy Dahl
Gene is a sequence of base pairs (on a DNA strand) that codes for a particular trait (or set of traits). The DNA of a dog exists in 78 different pieces called chromosomes (humans have 46). A close look at the chromosomes shows that they occur as pairs, one member of each of the 39 pairs being supplied by the sire (male)and the other coming from the dam (female). While the two chromosomes in a pair are not identical, they contain genes for all of the same traits. This means that each dog has two versions of every gene, one inherited from its sire and one from its dam. They may be identical, or they may be different alleles of the gene (any of the variations on a gene). For example, a dog may have inherited the allele that codes for black coat ("B") from its sire, and the allele that codes for chocolate ("b") from its dam. It is useful to have a name for the portion of a chromosome that alternative alleles, like those for black and chocolate, can occupy. We call it a locus (Latin form "place"), and so we can refer to the "B" locus as that part of the genetic code that determines black vs. chocolate. Yellow is determined at a different locus, the "E" locus, and is independent of the alleles present at the "B" locus. Yellow color occurs only when two recessive "e" alleles are present – genotype "ee." The presence of a single dominant "E" allele (genotypes "EE" and "Ee") will ensure a non-yellow coat, which may be black or chocolate depending upon the genes present at the "B" locus. At least one copy of the "B" allele is needed for dogs to form black pigment, and "BB" and "Bb" dogs will have black or yellow fur with black noses. Dogs having the "bb" genotype have chocolate or yellow fur with brown noses, and must inherit a "b" allele from each parent. Dogs having the "ee" genotype have yellow coats and must inherit an "e" allele from each parent."
A PET'S TEN COMMANDMENTS
My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is
likely to be painful.
Give me time to understand what you want of me.
Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.
Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as
punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainments,
but I have only you.
Talk to me! Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand
your voice when speaking to me.
Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.
Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I have teeth
that could easily crush the bones in your hand, and yet I choose not to
Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if
something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right
food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old
Please take care of me when I grow old. You too will grow old.
On the difficult journey, on the ultimate difficult journey, go with
me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make
me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there,
because I love you so.
Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good
care of them. Life would be a much duller, less joyful thing without
God's critters. We do not have to wait for heaven to be surrounded by hope, love, and joyfulness. It is here on earth and has four feet!!!!
While shops are still busy and lights are still on
While dinners are cooking and kitchens are warm
And children count presents they'll open by morn.
He slips past the trees in windows aglow
Through the gate to the back yard as icy winds blow
To find the pup he brought last year chained up in the snow
And kneeling, he whispers, "Are you ready to go?"
There are too many stops like this one tonight
Before the beginning of his regular flight
He leaves not a note or footprint in sight
Just an unbuckled collar
On a cold Christmas night......
The author to this is unknown, but isn't this what we all hope Santa does for those poor little puppies that become Christmas presents one year only to be neglected the next.
Ohio Labrador Retriever Rescue will not adopt our dogs as gifts, or presents.
The obligation to take on a new pet is too demanding to leave their lives in jeopardy.
Ohio Labrador retriever rescue services assists families & shelters in re-homing Labradors in need. Our adoption fee is $275 our application fee is $25 (non-refundable). All of our dogs are altered, vaccinated (DHLPP - Vanguard Plus 5 /L4/Rabies/Bordatella), receive a microchip, are heartworm negative and on monthly preventive, receive a fecal examination and are living in foster care waiting for their forever home. Every attempt is made to ensure that the animal is healthy and of good temperament before it is placed for adoption. Our dogs undergo an observation period from one to three weeks before they are allowed to be adopted. During that time, we test each dog to see how it does with cats, other dogs, and children. The dog is started on crate training, housebreaking, and given basic obedience training. By living in our homes, we can share information with you concerning behavior, along with good & bad habits & things we need to work on together. Upon approval only, a Labrador can be adopted through our rescue. All of our dogs are vetted by West Milton Vet Clinic in West Milton, Ohio. Dr. Paige Thuering. All adoptions are by approved application & appointment only.
Pets for Adoption ! ! ! Why Are There So Many Homeless Pets?
There are so many homeless pets because, unfortunately, many people do not think about the long-term commitment, financial responsibility, moral responsibility (e.g. spay/neuter, heartworm prevention), and work involved when they bring a pet into their home. The decision to add a pet to your family is a serious 10-15 year commitment and should not be taken lightly.
In addition, we have an overwhelming pet overpopulation problem in the United States. Each year approximately 8 million healthy dogs and cats are euthanized simply because there aren't enough homes for all of them. This is due to individual pet guardians not spaying/neutering their pets (accidental breedings), individual pet guardians breeding their pets on purpose and thinking it is OK because (1) they have a "purebred", (2) because they think that their pet should experience motherhood, (3) because they think that their children should witness the miracle of birth, or (4) because they think that they have such an exceptional pet; and also because of puppymillers and irresponsible breeders.
For example, here in the Ohio area alone, there are hundreds of animal rescue groups and yet every year over 100,000 dogs and cats are killed in Ohio area shelters. Animals rescued by animal shelters who were about to destroy them, direct guardian give-ups who were about to turn them in to the shelters, and strays whose homes could not be found.
The top reasons we get our pets are:
1. Strays - These occur from guardians who let their pets roam; who don't spay/neuter them, so they look for opposite sex companionship; guardians who abandon their animals or never bother looking for them once they are gone; and by guardians who don't keep ID tags on their animals at all times (regardless of if the dog is an inside-only dog or if the dog has never before gotten out of the yard).
2. Moving - We can't tell you how many times a day we hear this one! Guardians moving to other cities who don't want to pay to transport their pets, guardians moving into an apartment complex that won't take pets, guardians who don't want to pay a pet deposit, guardians moving into a new house and don't want their pets to dirty it, etc. This is by far the number one reason why guardians dump their pets! Pets are not junk that you throw away when you move; pets should be family members that are brought along every time the family changes its residence! If this doesn't work for you then don't get a pet in the first place.
3. Having a baby - Why is it that so many people no longer want to keep their dog (whom they formerly treated as a baby), when they have a human baby of their own? We find that people dump their formerly beloved family pets due to no fault of the pet's simply because they have a baby. Often they tell us that the dog is wonderful with the new baby but that they simply don't have time for it anymore. Or they tell us that their dog isn't good with a baby and we find that they have selected a dog breed that is well known to be incompatible with babies and toddlers. If they had done simple research prior to getting a certain dog breed and if they had exposed their dog often to small children, they probably wouldn't have had this problem. Also, we find that some dogs don't do well with babies because the families dump the dogs into a permanent backyard existence or an ignored existence once they have a baby. We recommend that people have their family first and then adopt a pet. If that isn't possible, pick a breed or mix that is known to be good with children and socialize to children often. A good book to read is "Childproofing Your Dog" by Brian Kilcommons.
4. Don't have time for - The same people who were so enthusiastic about their new puppies or dogs when they first got them often consider them a burden once they realize that they are living beings who have certain needs that cannot be ignored. They are not toys that can put away when the guardians feel like it. These people call us and say "I'm traveling more now", "I'm working more now", "I'm going out a lot now", "I'm not home enough and the dog isn't getting the attention it deserves" or "I feel guilty but don't have time for the dog". Don't get a dog unless you can make a 10-15 year commitment to its care.
5. Puppy has grown up - "The puppy has gotten too big", "We wanted a small dog", "It's not cute anymore", "It's gotten too big for inside the house/apartment", "Now that it's 9 months old it's acting too wild", "It's too rough for my kids" or "It's too hyper". Be very careful when you adopt a puppy that you are prepared to handle the dog when it reaches adult size. Don't just look at the tiny puppy and think how cute it is. Look at an adult of comparable adult size and make an intelligent decision. Keep in mind that a puppy needs lots of training and exercise in order for it to become a well-behaved pet. When you get a puppy, sign up for a good puppy obedience class and practice often. Also, keep in mind that most puppies and dogs will not exercise themselves...you need to exercise them by providing long walks, ball-throwing, etc. Remember that the large breed puppy may play rough and may be too active for your small children. Keep in mind that puppies are a lot of work and that there are hundreds of thousands of well-behaved adult dogs being killed at our shelters every day that might be a better choice for your family's pet.
6. Behavioral problems - "Dog barks too much", "Dog chews everything up", "Can't get it housebroken", "Too hyper", "Dog jumps on us", "Dog digs up garden", "Dog runs away or jumps fence", or. Dogs who are raised as outside-only pets are usually unhappy and bored and will develop many of these problems. Don't get a dog unless you will keep it mainly as a housepet. Puppies can't get housebroken unless someone is home during the day or can come home from work often enough in order to let it outside. Dogs who are not obedience-trained will often act hyper and wild. Dogs who are not socialized to strangers and other dogs when they are young will often act aggressively to them when they grow up. Dogs that are not spayed/neutered will often escape from the fenced yard in order to find a mate. If you don't want chewing, then don't get a dog under the age of 3 years. Puppies and young adult dogs naturally will chew, chew, chew. If you have this problem now, confine your dog to a "dog-proofed" room with plenty of chew toys when you're not watching it. Make sure that you have the time and money to spend with a puppy or adult dog and that you will allow him to stay mainly inside your home before you consider adopting a pet.
7. Children have lost interest - Loving parents often adopt a pet for their children with the understanding that the children must take full responsibility for its care. We have found that children lose interest in caring for their pets within a very short period of time and it then becomes a battle between the parents and children. Please don't adopt a pet unless you, the parent, want the pet as much as your children do. Children cannot handle the responsibility of housebreaking a puppy, obedience-training, exercising, feeding, brushing, health care, etc., so don't let their begging influence you. YOU will be the one responsible for this pet.
8. Elderly caretakers - We get many calls from the children of elderly people who pass away or have to go into a nursing facility. They have made no prior arrangements for who is going to take care of their beloved pets. Please make arrangements in your wills for who will get your animals if something happens to you. If you are a senior citizen and are thinking about adopting a puppy or dog, please add 15 years to your current age to determine how old you will be when the dog reaches the end of its lifespan. If you think you will be too old to care for it, then consider adopting one of the many wonderful, already housebroken, older dogs for your home.
If you ever wondered what a "GOOD" breeder was meant to do:
What is a Breeder !!! By Peggy Adamson
A Breeder (with a capital B) is one who thirsts for knowledge and never really knows it all, one who wrestles with decisions of conscience, convenience & commitment. A Breeder is one who sacrifices personal interests, finances, time, friendships, fancy furniture, and deep pile carpeting! She gives up the dreams of a long, luxurious cruise in favor of turning that all important Show into this years "vacation". The Breeder goes without sleep (but never without coffee!) in hours spent planning a litter or watching anxiously over the birth process, and afterwards, over every little sneeze, wiggle or cry. The Breeder skips dinner parties because that litter is due or the babies have to be fed at eight. She disregards birth fluids and puts mouth to mouth to save a gasping new-born, literally blowing life into a tiny, helpless creature that may be the culmination of a lifetime of dreams. A Breeder’s lap is a marvelous place where generations of proud and noble champions once snoozed. A Breeders hands are strong and firm and often soiled, but ever so gentle and sensitive to the thrusts of a puppy's wet nose. A Breeders back and knees are usually arthritic from stooping, bending, and sitting in the birthing box, but are strong enough to enable the breeder to Show the next choice pup to a Championship. A Breeders shoulders are stooped and often heaped with abuse from competitors, but they're wide enough to support the weight of a thousand defeats and frustrations. A Breeders arms are always able to wield a mop, support an armful of puppies, or lend a helping hand to a newcomer. A Breeders ears are wondrous things, sometimes red (from being talked about) or strangely shaped (from being pressed against a phone receiver), often deaf to criticism, yet always fine-tuned to the whimper of a sick puppy. A Breeders eyes are blurred from pedigree research and sometimes blind to her own dog's faults, but they are ever so keen to the competitions faults and are always searching for the perfect specimen. A Breeders brain is foggy on faces, but it can recall pedigrees faster than an IBM computer. It's so full of knowledge that sometimes it blows a fuse: it catalogues thousands of good boneings, fine ears, and perfect heads... and buries in the soul the failures and the ones that didn't turn out. The Breeders heart is often broken, but it beats strongly with hope everlasting... and it's always in the right place ! Oh, yes, there are breeders, and then, there are BREEDERS!!
What Makes A Dog Breeder: Today, dogs are generally controlled by man, so it is important to define what makes a breeder. In a broad sense it is easy to be a dog breeder. All you need is a female, access to a stud dog of the same breed and you are in business. A great many people go through life doing little more than this, they have a female or more probably a series of females and possibly a stud dog and they mate these at intervals and sell the progeny. Even if one does this for a decade or more, even for a lifetime, one is not a breeder, merely a REPRODUCERS of dogs. The dog world is full of reproducers of dogs, some of whom have even achieved a measure of success in producing show winners and champions, but they are not dog breeders. In many countries there are people who churn out litter after litter of a single breed or, more often, in a series of breeds, preferably breeds that are in demand and can command high prices. Such people are little better than puppy farmers and certainly do not merit the term dog breeder in other than a derogatory way.
A genuine dog breeder is someone who is avidly interested in dogs in general and a breed(s) in particular and seeks to:
a) learn all he/she can about the breed.
b) buy and live with that breed.
c) breed litters occasionally but always doing so for a purpose, attempting always to improve the
quality of his/her stock.
d) correctly socialize, rear and feed his/her dogs, seeking to ensure that they are integrated into the
household (irrespective of whether they are house or kennel dogs). To this end only such numbers
as can be coped with will be kept.
e) pay considerable attention to the defects and failings in the breed and reduce their incidence by
whatever genetic means are available.
f) sell puppies for fair prices and to ensure as far as is possible that they are sold to good homes and
that there is a follow up service which guarantees help to buyers.
g) operative within a certain code of ethics whether breed club devised or not.
h) ensure that if one of his/her dogs ends up in rescue or unwanted that it is taken back and found a
new home or remains in the breeders home or kennel.
i) to collaborate with other breeders for the general advancement of the breed. This does not prevent
healthy competition with other breeders.
j) put the advancement of the breed above personal glory or power.
Some Books to consider reading before & after you get a puppy are listed. These books may be able to help you & your new pet adjust into a new home & routine.
Mother Knows Best: The Natural Way to Train Your Dog by Carol Lea Benjamin,
Dog Behavior: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet by Ian Dunbar,
Before & After you get a puppy, by Ian Dunbar,
Puppy Report by Larry Shook ,
Paws to Consider: Choosing the Right Dog for You and Your Family by Brian Kilcommons & Sarah Wilson (Author),
Book of the Labrador Retriever by Anna Katherine Nicholas,
Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson,
The Labrador Retriever: The Dog That Does It All By Lisa Weiss, Emily Eiegel, Nancy Martin,
Ultimate Labrador Retriever by Heather Wiles-Fone,
The New Complete Labrador Retriever by Helen Warwick
Outside Dogs: by the Michigan Humane Society
Many potential adopters ask "Is this an 'outside' dog?" Our answer is, "Not anymore." We attempt to place dogs with people who understand the need of a dog to be a part of the family. Even thousands of years ago when man and all animals lived "outside," there was a cave or den for shelter, and man and dogs lived in small groups or "packs." The truth is, times have changed but we and the dogs haven't. Both humans and dogs are "pack" animals, we do not tend to be solitary. Domesticated, companion dogs no longer have packs of other dogs to live with, so dogs now need to be members of human families or packs. Furthermore, most people and dogs are "den" animals. This is the reason that dogs can be housebroken. Dogs want shelter in a safe, secure den - your home - and they want to be clean.
Obviously, dogs can be forced to live outside, alone and away from their families. But to force this kind of life on a dog is one of the worst things you can do to him. Such a life goes against a dog's two most basic instincts: the pack and the den. If you have any doubts about these ideas, think of all the whining, barking, clawing dogs you have seen tied up alone outside. Dogs trying desperately to get their human families' attention, and then just giving up to become hyperactive, listless, fearful, or vicious when the stress of enforced solitude becomes too much to cope with.
The rationale given by people who permanently keep their dogs outside is that they will spend time with the pet outside. Even the most well-meaning pet owner does not spend significant time outside, particularly when it is raining or cold. Consequently, under the best of circumstances for the outside dog, a bowl of food and water hastily shoved before him, a quick pat given, and his owner, his WORLD is gone, leaving the animal to spend another 22 to 23 hours alone.
A dog brings you the gifts of steadfast devotion, abiding love, and joyful companionship. Unless you can responsibly accept a dog's offer of these great gifts, please do not get a dog. If you already have a dog, perhaps this article will help you to see things from his point of view, and possibly motivate you to change your relationship with him. A sad, lonely, bewildered dog, kept outside, wondering why he cannot be with his family, brings only sadness and unhappiness to the world.
Ohio Labrador retreiver rescue is a not for profit organization located in Dayton, Ohio . Occasionally we rescue dogs from situations where they have been neglected & haven't received the medical care they deserve. Rescues treat a variety of medical conditions, such as skin allergies, ear infections, mange, diabetes, broken bones, torn ligaments to knees, emergency surgeries, heartworm treatment or cases where the animal wasn't fed. These treatments are more costly & as a result; take away funding for other dogs needing rescued. Through your support & monetary donations, we can afford to help labs in need & provide the medical care they deserve. Ohio Labrador retriever rescue is a not for profit organization & all donations are eligible for charity donations. Your donation doesn't have to consist of money. We also accept crates, food bowls, dog food, collar, leashes, training material, bleach to wash bedding, frontline, heartworm preventatives, grooming supplies. Any donation is appreciated.
Thank you for helping.
Mail Monetary donations to:
Ohio Labrador Retriever Rescue
P.O. Box 216
Phillipsburg, Ohio 45354
Ohio Labrador Retriever rescue is always looking for additional foster homes. Our fosters are very important to our organization & we appreciate everything they provide for rescued labs. We do require each foster to complete an application & in some cases a home visit is required. Do you have space in your home to help a lab in need? If so, we can provide you with a cage/crate to house the dog when your not home & can also provide you with food. All you need to do is provide, love, a routine & more love. Fostering is very rewarding & you can save many lives by being a foster parent. Maybe you can't afford to own two or more dogs, but you have time & space to allow an extra dog to live in your home. Consider fostering. Without you, many deserving labradors will never find their forever home. All of our dogs are located in foster homes, so it isn't possible for you to visit one facility to visit a multitude of dogs, but we will work to assist you in seeing all the dogs we have available for adoption. Please email Jennifer for additional information at email@example.com or call me at 937-890-0325 after 6 p.m. With your help, we can save many lives.
" He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful & true to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."
Located in central Ohio, we work hard to save Labrador retrievers from death due to shelter over crowding. Be a responsible pet owner & have your dogs & cats spayed & neutered.
In the United States there are 45 cats and dogs for every person born.
56% of dogs & 72% of cats entering shelters will be euthanized. :(
Only 1 out of 10 dogs born, find a home.
Only 1 out of 12 cats born, find a home.
800 dogs & cats are KILLED each HOUR in the U.S, because there are not enough homes for them. Over 20,000 lovable pets are euthanized each day. YOU can prevent this tradegy.
Spay or Neuter your pets. Their lives depend on it.
For information on altering your pet or programs offering inexpensive spay & neuter, please contact us.
Puppy Mills & a Rescuers story: Rescues save many puppy mill dogs; retired breeders and puppies left over from excessive breeding. We are saddened by the physical condition of these dogs, lack of socilaization, the ignoring of breed standards and their living conditions that most would consider to be substandard. For an example; a fellow rescuer attended a Amish benefit auction for an Amish school. Along with auctioning quilts, hand made furniture and homemade yummie, they had dogs for sale. Horrified by this they purchased several in hopes to remove them from the Amish puppy mill cycle. One of the dogs was a 8 year old yellow labrador & a 7 year old Rat terrier. They purchased them for $10 each. They spoke with the breeder who had brought them. He said that he had her since she was 8 weeks, that he had breed her twice a year and that she had lived in a wire cage off the ground. She "was a good breeder" "always gave at least 8 pups" but he "needed to clear out some breeding stock" and thought that it was "better to get $10 for her than shoot her." He had made $1000s of dollars off of her yet they never warranted a name nor human companionship, just the bare minimum of food, water and shelter. Glory & Libby came home that day. They must have known that they were missing something all those years because they are the perfect dogs. Not to say that they aren't terribly damaged and works hard to be okay. After owning them for 9 weeks she passed her Canine Good Citizen Test and her Therapy Dog International test and is now a registered therapy dog. There are many dogs like Glory & Libby that never make it out, never know the joy of human companionship, are bred every heat cycle, who are merely considered a cash crop and sold at auctions like cattle. You can help. You must help! You can be their voice. Your efforts can stop their suffering. Don't purchase puppies from pet stores (PetLand, Paws Here) which are the largest source for puppy mill puppies. To find out more information on helping the plight of thousands of dogs in puppy mills in Ohio click on http://www.columbusdogconnection.com/PupMillsInOH.htm or http://www.turner.com/planet/promotions/puppies/prisoners.html . Also, check site http://www.banohiodogauctions.com/ to see how your efforts can stop dog auctions in Ohio. Yes, there are Auctions in Ohio where people sell dogs. It's horrible - You can help. The dogs in Ohio needs the collective voices of the humans that love them, to speak where they can't. To make their suffering stop --- THEY NEED YOU!!! BOYCOTT PETLAND - One of the largest Midwest puppy mill supporters. Also check out Trinity's Story on our Adopted Page. :( Sad Story
To adopt with Ohio Labrador retriever rescue, applicants are required to complete an application for adoption. Our application will require 3 personal references along with a current vet reference. In some cases a home check will be required before completing the adoption process. When describing the kind of dog you would prefer, your first consideration should be the temperament of a dog that is appropriate for your lifestyle rather than the color, age or gender. Honestly assess your lifestyle and your needs; an accurate picture of your life will assist us in finding the right Lab for you and your family. Our primary goal is to match the personality of the dog with the personality of the prospective owners, resulting in a permanent and loving home for the dog. Thank you for your interest in a Labrador retriever.
We are located in Vandalia (Dayton), Ohio, just minutes from Interstate 70 & 75. Thank you for visiting Ohio Labrador Retriever Rescue.
"I miss the wagging little tail, I miss the plaintive pleading wail; I miss the wistful loving glance; I miss the circling welcome dance."
For information on grieving & the loss of a pet, please visit the Rainbow Bridge. We are so sorry for your loss.
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor;
those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again,
just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing;
they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together,
but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.
His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers.
Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass,
his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet,
you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.
The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head,
and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet,
so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
"God Bless Our Pets"
They say memories are golden, well, maybe that is true.
I never wanted memories, I only wanted you.
A million times I needed you, a million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died.
In life I loved you dearly, in death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place no dog could ever fill.
If tears could build a stairway and heartache make a lane,
I'd walk the path to heaven and bring you back again.
Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.
We are sorry for your lose. Nothing can replace your loved companion, but a new friend can help deal with the pain.
Support Labrador Life Line. A not for profit organization assisting Labradors in need, by donating money toward medical treatment. Thanks to Lab Life Line for all their hard work & support.
Thank you to Lab Life line for sponsoring Tucker's bladder stone surgery. Hank's dental surgery, Jiggles ACL sugery, Tahoe's heartworm treatment. Rocky's X-rays & broken leg, Teddy Bear's bladder stone removal, Brutus ear surgery, Rocky's ACL surgery, Quincy's mass removal & teeth cleaning, Misty's mass removal & skin infection care, Sundae's mass removal, Lila Mae breast surgery (from being bred at a puppy mill), Victoria & Embry's Heartworm treatment, Maxwell Sr., fatty mass removal & teeth cleaning, Einstein's mass removal and teeth cleaning, Victor's mass removal, teeth extraction, skin infection & overall neglect, Cole's heartworm treatment, Duncan's mass removal.Thank you Labrador Life Line and Lab Med. You have saved so many lives.
We have chosen Kuranda dog beds for our foster homes because they are so good for our labs. We still don't have enough for all of our crates. If you would like to donate a bed so another dog can sleep in comfort, please click here.