Bobbi - Labrador Retriever (short coat) Dog For Adoption
Labrador Retriever Dog For Adoption in Machesney Park, IL

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Organization Name: Labrador Education And Rescue Network
Location: Machesney Park, IL 61115
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Breed: Labrador Retriever
Gender: Female Female
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Bobbi

Age: Adult
Color/Markings: Yellow
Size at Maturity: Medium
Availability Date: 12/24/2016
Location: Machesney Park, IL 53528
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Physical Attributes
Eye Color Brown
Ear Type Natural/Uncropped
Tail Type Long
Coat Length Short
Grooming Needs Low
Likes to Vocalize Quiet
Shedding Amount Moderate
Altered No
Behavioral Characteristics
OK with Dogs Yes
OK with Cats Yes
Energy Level Low
Activity Level Not Active
Exercise Needs Low
Fence Required 6 foot
Obedience Training Needs Training
Owner Experience Required Breed
Other
  • Yard Required
  • Crate Trained
  • Good in a Car
  • Likes to Play with Toys
Personality
Personality Characteristics
  • Timid
  • Affectionate
Additional Information
Was the Dog Found No
Other
  • Cold Sensitive
  • Ongoing Medical Care Needed

Posted Breed: Labrador Retriever (short coat). Bobbi is part of the Stop the Madness group - Operation Sunday Labs 11/1/2016 Bobbi continues to do well with our dogs and cats and she loves her routines. Recently, I was home for two months and noticed that she had fewer accidents in the house because I was there to let her outside more often. So, it is very possible that she would do well in a home with someone who is there all the time or only gone for short periods. Another LEARN volunteer saw Bobbi and commented that she is so cute and she looks healthy. It’s true, she is healthy, her coat is soft, and she’s at an ideal weight of 40#. She’s like a miniature Labrador. If you have already filled out an application and have had a home visit, email labmatch@labadoption.org. If you haven't done these things please start the process at www.labadoption.org/info/adoption ~~~~~~~~~~ 12/7/15 Update: Bobbi is the last of the Stop the Madness – Operation Sunday Labs dogs. She's been in foster care for over a year now… 1) What's her current weight? 40# 2) Is she still cautious when meeting new people? She’s a little shy, but warms up. 3) Does she play with toys yet? Only a tennis ball occasionally. 4) What about playing with other dogs, other than running with them? She doesn’t play much. 5) Has she learned any basic obedience? If so, what? How well? She is getting better at her recall. She responds about ½ the time. She does not understand sit, stay. She does okay on a long lead. She seems to understand ‘kiss’ and will seek me out to nuzzle & snuggle. The two things she has down 100% are her meal times and treat times. She comes running for both. :-) ~~~~~ 5/7/15 & 8/25/15 Beautiful Bobbi is up for adoption! She needs a special family .. one that is patient & understands that she has a neurological condition. Due to this condition, Bobbi may never be completely house-trained. However, set routines & human awareness of her cues does help considerably. As of 8/25/15, she is doing better with house training in that she often comes to us when she wants to go outside. And she has used her canine foster siblings to learn how to get outside & what to do when she's out there. We are certain she will continue to improve. Bobbi has come out of her shell a little bit and now comes to us for attention. She loves a hug and a kiss any time of the day. She does approach many things with her mouth and can nibble on fingers & toes accidentally. A home with little kids probably isn't ideal. Bobbi doesn’t mean any harm; there isn’t a vicious cell in her body. Bobbi paces in circles around our living room when it's time for a meal. She loves her food! When she hears the treat door open, she comes running for her share. Bobbi never barks even when other dogs are barking! She gets along with other dogs and with cats! She has partially learned how to walk on a long leash and really enjoys walks outside around the neighborhood. She will play with one of our dogs by running with her. She will sometimes chase a tennis ball and pick it up. She will carry around a stick or acorn or leaf as her prized possessions. Bobbi is such a sweet & curious little girl. When you look into those beautiful brown eyes, you know she appreciates having a warm bed, good food, and human attention. ~~~~~~~~ 11/17/14 Bobbi arrived yesterday with the transport of 11 Labs from a retiring breeder. She is 2 years old, about 40 pounds and has lived her life outside. She was nervous when arriving from transport and wasn't thrilled about getting her bath, but she put up with it and took the handling well. She was more than willing to accept attention from the people around her and didn't shy away from you. Initial reports earlier this week suggested that she may be blind or deaf. After meeting her, we believe she can see and hear, at least partially. She may have a neurological disorder because her gait is unusual, and she has trouble finding treats & food even though she can smell them. She actually wagged her tail this morning, and that brought tears to my eyes. She’s a very timid, quiet girl who just wants to hide or find a soft bed to sleep on. She has seen two of our dogs chasing each other around the yard, and they tried to get her to join in as they zoomed past her, but she wasn’t ready for that. We are certain our dogs will show her how to play as they’ve done with other fosters. Stayed tuned for more updates as we help Bobbi acclimate to indoor life, and we get her evaluated medically. Thanks to everyone for making this transport & rescue happen. Bobbi is safe, and she is free; it doesn’t get any better than that. ~~~~~ 11/18/14 I am happy to say that Bobbi chased a tennis ball for me yesterday:) She wasn't sure how to pick it up, but eventually very daintily grabbed the fur and carried it a few feet. :-) She is also understanding that there is warmth inside (her teeth chatter every time we're outside), and that is a great motivator to get her to come in. She very much prefers it to be her decision to come inside and not be coerced or tricked into it, so I ask my dogs to 'go inside,' and she has learned to follow. It is amazing how my pack has included her. Another first! . . . Bobbi chose to sleep on the same dog bed as one of my dogs. Sounds small, but it was huge! ~~~~~~ 11/24/14 Bobbi saw our Vet on Friday. She is 40 pounds and heartworm & lyme negative. She is positive for anaplasma and whipworms which we're treating with Minocycline & Panacur respectively. She has a slight heart murmur. She is either at the end of a heat cycle or just coming into one. Our little adventure to the Vet was interesting. I helped Bobbi in the car, and she hid down on the floor. She tried to wedge her head under the seat. I had to pick her up to get her out once we were at the clinic. Outside of the car, she was okay standing still or wandering (on leash), but when I tried to direct her to the building entrance, she went the other direction. I ended up having to pick her up and carry her inside. Neurologically, it was clear right away to the clinic staff that Bobbi has something going on in her neck or head causing her to react slower than normal. She runs with her front legs outstretched, and she can smell treats but can't always find them, so she uses her nose to touch them before picking them up. She can track movement and noise most of the time. She also paces in circles around people and around a room; often for up to an hour before she will settle down for a nap. Bobbi follows the leads of my dogs when moving in and out of the house, but she does not engage with them much. She is getting very good at the two steps in and out of the house. She no longer requires that we go out first; she will follow our dogs and then turn to see if we are behind her. She will not go outside without us, and sometimes she will not go out at all. Bobbi does occasionally nap with our dogs on a dog bed, not touching them, but near them. Bobbi will chase a tennis ball, but doesn't really know what to do with it when she gets it. She has a very healthy appetite and eats everything she's given; it just takes her longer than most dogs as she seems to be feeling the food with her nose first. In general, she's a quiet, little girl who is trying hard to adapt to life indoors with people and other dogs. The little victories along the way tell us that she is capable of learning and that she is happy to be warm & have a consistent source of food. She doesn't like a lot of touch, but she does come looking for it and then nervously moves away when it is offered. She has allowed us to give her a quick hug or kiss. She follows us around the house like our shadow. She's a very sweet girl. Our Vet is putting together a summary, and it may include a recommendation to see a neurologist. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12/16/14 Bobbi was evaluated by a neurologist recently. The plan is to have an MRI and spinal tap in early January. She continues to be a quiet girl who really enjoys living indoors. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12/22/14: Bobbi and I were at UW Vet School on 12/10 for a consult. The recommendation is to move forward with an MRI and spinal tap on 1/5/15. They agree there is something neurological of concern and it's in the upper neck or brain. Presently, Bobbi is doing okay. She gets excited for treats and meals and jumps around like a pup when it's time to eat. She has started trying to play with our dogs, but she's unsteady when she runs & jumps, so she hasn't quite gotten the hang of it. She is building some muscle strength & stamina from her quick little runs around the yard. She often prefers to be alone in a bedroom sleeping on a dog bed, but we don't let her hide like that for very long. There are times when she will join all of us and will settle on a dog bed with 2 or 3 of our dogs. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1/27/15 Bobbi's MRI and spinal tap was re-scheduled. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Early February 2015: Bobbi and I were at the UW Vet School on Monday (2/2). The diagnosis for Bobbi is brain atrophy & hydrocephalus. The cause is unknown except that they don’t think it’s trauma-related. It could be congenital. One of the potential causes is ‘storage disorder’. It has to do with the inability of the cells to metabolize nutrients normally, so the nutrients build up in the cells & the cells die off. The imaging of Bobbi’s brain shows it is a little smaller than normal & it’s probably due to atrophy. If Bobbi has storage disorder, there is no cure, and she won’t get better. The Vet school did a cystoscopy to get a urine sample while Bobbi was anesthetized. That has been sent for screening for metabolic disorders. They expect results in about 2 weeks. The results may help further define things or may not. The hydrocephalus might just be a by-product of the brain atrophy. As the brain shrinks, there is more space & there are more pockets for spinal fluid to fill in. Spinal tap was normal. Late February 2015: I contacted the Vet school to inquire about results of Bobbi's urine metabolic screening and was told it was normal, and it’s unlikely that Bobbi has storage disorder. They said it could still be a structural abnormality in the brain on a cell level that does not show up on the MRI. They do not suggest further testing. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If you think you might be interested in meeting/adopting Bobbi please fill out an adoption application and have a home visit first. – if you have already done these things you can email L.E.A.R.N. and get on her potential family list.

Labrador Retriever

A.K.A. : Labrador, Lab
Overview: The Labrador Retriever is probably America's favorite dog. He is playful (well into his adult years) and is often seen as a lifelong friend.
Breed Group: Sporting
Weight (lbs): male: 65-80, female: 55-70
Height (in): male: 22-24, female: 21-23
Colors: Solid black, yellow, or chocolate.
Coat: It should be short, straight and very dense, giving a fairly hard feeling to the hand. The Labrador should have a soft, weather-resistant undercoat. A slight wave down the back is permissible.
Character: Labrador Retrievers are obedient, sociable, and affectionate. Loyal dogs, they have a very playful nature ' even into adulthood.
Temperament: This breed gets along well with children, other dogs, and most household pets. They are not considered to be great watch dogs, however.
Care: The Labrador Retriever requires weekly brushing, though twice weekly brushing is needed during times of shedding.
Training: This breed learns very quickly and is always eager to please. Training is quite easy.
Activity: The Labrador Retriever can easily adapt to the exercise level of your family, but actually needs a lot of exercise, including long walks and field sports.
Country of Origin: Canada
Health Issue: This breed is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, and other eye disorders.
Life Expectancy: 10-12

More About Labrador Retriever Breed
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      Breed: Labrador Retriever
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: Machesney Park, IL
      Posted Breed: Labrador Retriever (medium coat). Update on Milton. Milton has recovered well from his surgery and is now ready to start meeting families interested in adopting him. If you are interested in meeting Milton, please go to the LEARN website and fill out the adoption information form. Milton has what the doctors believe is a very bad bacterial infection. He had surgery once to remove the infected tissue. However the doctors could not see all the infected material, and unfortunately all of it was not removed. Two days after surgery, he developed a swelling under the incision, and it filled with infected fluid. He had to go to a specialist and have a CT scan. Unfortunately, another surgery will be needed. You'd would never know Milton was going through any of this, as he continues to be a complete love and is as happy as he can be with his foster family, and proudly prancing with his stuffed toy as usual. As you can imagine, his treatment costs thousands of dollars. If you can, please consider donating for Milton's medical bills, LEARN would greatly appreciate it. Thank you. Hi my name is Milton. I'm well mannered, and I know how to roll over and shake. I'm great with sit and stay. I love to play fetch and I'll bring the ball right back. I'm housebroken and a great running partner. I'm great with other dogs and kids. I'm respectful when you are eating at the dinner table, and I won't beg if you tell me not to. I walk great on a leash, and I'll sleep quietly by your feet. I would be the best dog if I could live with a family, or if you have another dog at home because I have some separation anxiety. I look forward to finding my forever home! Love, Milton If you are interested in meeting Milton and have already filled out an adoption application and have had an interview, please email labmatch@labadoption.org. If you haven't done these things then start the process at www.labadoption.org/info/adoption
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      Kéya (Kaya)...

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      Breed: Labrador Retriever
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Adult
      Location: Machesney Park, IL
      Posted Breed: Labrador Retriever (short coat). ~~MEDICAL HOLD~~ Update 1/6/17 Kéya had her surgery today. She gets the splint off Monday, sutures out the 21st when PT starts, another x-ray the beginning of February. Right now it is looking like late February before she'll be ready for adoption. She is uncomfortably resting this evening. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Kéya came with us to a family home and was surrounded by lots of people, she did fabulously. She was around a 5 year old girl and there were no problems, of course said little girls food was awfully tempting but Kéya behaved. When new people come over or she goes to a new location she is super excited and gives her toothy smile, is bouncy, and will bump people. After 5 minutes, she chills out. She does need the exercise because it will help keep her weight down and she's happier. We've been able to wean off 8.2lbs. since we've had her, which she needed to lose. She loves romping at the dog park. We can even take her to the state park, which has no fencing and she stays with us. She'll explore of course, but she always checks on us and comes whenever we call. She will happily cuddle with you if you are so inclined, but is fine laying in her own bed too. The Vet confirmed she has arthritis in the knee she had surgery on. If she had surgery when the injury had happened a year and a half ago she'd have almost none. DGP (a supplement), liquid Nordic Natural fish oil for dogs, and losing weight has helped her quite a bit. ~~~~~~~~ Update 12/22/16 Hey! Hey You! Are you lookin’ yet? It’s Kéya here and I’m wrigglin’ away just for you. I’ve gotta’ tell you about myself. My foster Mom says I’ve settled in and my personality is just a shinin’. I’m so excited and happy I’d show you my wonderful toothy grin if you were here, although, that does seem to startle you humans but its what I’ve got, so I use it. I have excellent house manners, no begging for me. I know my basic commands and even, “Kéya, kennel” – in I go, but of course I have to have a treat. I even grab my leash when I go in the travel crate. I’m only crated when my foster parents are at work or we’re traveling. I’ve had free roam of the joint up to 3 hours and I’ve been a good girl and I get free roam at night. My foster parents thinks I’d be fine having free roam all the time, but they say they’re building up to that. I don’t tear things up either. I’d love to be out playing with my bumper every day but my foster Mom says, “No, you have to wait until after your surgery and your leg is healed otherwise you’ll be lame for the night.” So, instead they take me for walks or to the park where I can be off-leash and run around without annoying other people by being on their property. I have really good recall though and I don’t want to lose the people I know. When I first arrived at my new digs, I was anxious and I’d whine softly ‘cuz I didn’t know what was going on and I didn’t know these people, but now I’m good. Initially, I’d only sleep on the dog bed that came with me, ‘cuz, hey, I wanted something that smelled of home and I didn’t know if it was really ok to be on those other doggie beds. I’ve adapted and now I know its all good. At first I had to be encouraged to eat, and they kept giving me vegetables and I wasn’t so sure about those, but I like ‘em now. I’m good with other dogs too, well I should say with mid-to-big dogs because that’s all I’ve been around so far – I can’t say about cats, but its probably a no as I was used for hunting previously. I’m good with kids, but I might knock over little ones ‘cuz I’m a big girl and I’m wiggly. My foster Mom says I have to tell you about my bad habit,…well it isn’t really a habit so much as something that I’m working on. (*hanging my head*sigh*) Um, well, I need leash training. There, I said it, I need to work on my leash manners and I am, really, I am. My foster Mom says she doesn’t like being taken for a walk and its dang well going to be the other way around. She’s stubborn that way. Anyways, it’ll be a while before I’m ready for adoption because I have to have surgery on my leg and do my PT work. In the meantime my foster parents take me out for exercise everyday so I’m building up the muscle that’s gotten lax and losing weight. Let L.E.A.R.N. know you’re interested in me by emailing labmatch@labadoption.org if you’ve already filled out an application and been approved. If you haven’t gotten that done yet go to www.labadoption.org/info/adoption and start the process. I can’t wait to show you my grin and give you happy wiggles when you get home. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Update 12/11/16: Kéya's surgery is scheduled for Jan. 6th. X-rays showed a complete tear in the rear right CCL bilateral and arthritis. In the meantime we will be working on getting her weight down and building up the muscles in her hind-end. Hydro-therapy will be especially beneficial as well as some supplements to help with joints. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Meet my new foster Kéya (pronounced Kaya). She is only 4 years old and was surrendered because her former owner has a new job and doesn't have time for her anymore. She needs to have ACL surgery from an injury that, according to the Vet records, is a suspected CCL bilateral tear and happened over a year and half ago. Right now if she exerts she won't use her rear right leg. She has pretty good indoor manners, but her outside manners need work. I have a feeling once her leg is fixed she will RUN for her bumper to get her exercise. She is built big and tall. She needs to lose 10lbs, which will also help her leg. So far she is exhibiting the typical Lab personality. She is pretty easy-going but had a little dominance growl with my female Lab during the first meet; otherwise there have been no issues. She goes into her crate with no problem. Her favorite and only toy is a bumper, which she will happily race after despite her leg. So far she isn't interested in any dog beds except the one that came with her, or else she'll lie on the floor. Stay tuned for updates. It would be wonderful if donations could be made for her surgery. Just click on the "sponsor this pet" to make a donation for Kéya.
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      Bo

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      Breed: Labrador Retriever
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Young
      Location: Machesney Park, IL
      Posted Breed: Labrador Retriever (short coat). 01/09/17 Update on Bo. Happy New Year from Bo. I have completed all my necessary heartworm treatments and can now run around. My foster parents moved just before Christmas so I have 11 new acres to play in and explore. I was a little unsure about the move as this was my forth new place in four months but settled in to the new home nicely. They tell me I am a really good boy as I do not potty in the house and will not take food off the counter. During Christmas we had so many people come over, I just love meeting new people. My foster cousin Lukas came over to meet me for the first time. Lukas is 6 and has Down syndrome, he and I became great buddies. I got to eat all the cookies (very gently) out of his hand and he even played with me and my purple stuff animal. I am great with other animals as some of our visitors brought their dogs and I live with 2 cats and my foster dog Maple. Some of my favorite things to do are, sleep on the couch, cuddle on the couch, lay on your lap (yes, I am a 70+ lb lap dog), watch my foster Dad work on the house (he says if I had hands I would help out) and go to work with my foster Mom. Oh did I tell you I only have 3 legs, I am missing one of my back legs but it does not stop me from running around and playing with Maple. My foster Mom says I need some training so we started dog training classes. I do know some commands but only listen when I feel like it. My wish for the new year is to have a forever home who will work with me and be patient during my next move. ******************* 12/10/16 Bo is wrapping up his heartworm treatment and is now ready to meet families and find his forever home. Let LEARN know if you are interested in him. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bo is a great dog! He is happy to just be with you. Bo is an owner surrender because his family couldn't take care of him any longer. Bo was underweight and heartworm positive when he was surrendered. We are working on putting weight on him, and he is making progress. Bo is a 3-legged dog. He had his rear leg removed when he was a puppy, and it doesn't seem to slow him down. He gets along very well without it. He must have been a house dog; he is house-trained and does not counter surf or beg. He can use some training on sit, lie down and heal. We are currently working on wait and stay. Most days Bo goes to work with his foster mom or to doggy day care with his canine foster sister, Maple. More updates to come as Bo makes this journey to become a healthy dog. If you have already filled out an application and have had a home visit, email labmatch@labadoption.org. If you haven't done these things please start the process at www.labadoption.org/info/adoption
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      Zach

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      Breed: Labrador Retriever
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Senior
      Location: Machesney Park, IL
      Posted Breed: Labrador Retriever (medium coat). Hello Labrador Lovers!! My name is Zach, and I am a 12 year old black Lab. I came to LEARN because my owner had to move and could not take me with him. Did I say that I am 12 years old? Do not let that scare you away; I act like I am 7 years old!! I currently live with another dog, a cat, and two young human people (under the age of 5). They help to feed me, let me outside, and bring me back inside. I sometimes turn a little too quickly and knock over the younger one, but I don't mean to be rude. When I first met my foster parents, my previous owner had me off leash by a busy street and interstate highway. I listened to him because he was my daddy. So I can be trusted with someone I know very well. I haven't been off lead with my foster parents because I am not trusted yet. I am sure eventually I will be able to do it, but during this transition phase we keep the leash on for safety purposes. I have not been on a walk because of this cold weather. So I haven't been able to show any manners on a leash. I did great in the car when I came to my foster parents' home. I was very curious when I hopped out of the car and did not snarl or growl when I first met the other dog. I initiate play with the other dog when we are outside. If I am the dog you are looking for and you have already filled out an application and been approved, please email LEARN at labmatch@labadoption.org . . . or fill out the adoption application at http://www.labadoption.org/info/adoption Lots of Labrador kisses!! Zach
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    • Labrador Retriever-Unknown Mix Dog For Adoption in Machesney Park, IL

      King

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      Breed: Labrador Retriever-Unknown Mix
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: Machesney Park, IL
      Posted Breed: Labrador Retriever / Mixed (medium coat). Introducing King! This sweet fellow had a bumpy transition into foster care after his beloved owner moved into an assisted living facility and could not take his trusty friend with him. Fortunately, King was scooped up by LEARN and is now available to meet his new forever family. King is medium in size with some classic Lab good looks. His "other half" is a mystery but check out his ears, tail and paws and take a guess! Whatever his DNA, King is verifiably adorable!! An ideal home for King would include a companion who will partner with him in obedience training and help him sharpen up his skills and master the seven common commands (sit, stay, down, off, come, heel, no). King has nice house manners and would be fine alone or with another dog. He loves to curl up on his bed, but he'll cuddle like a lap dog, too. If you're looking for a sweet companion, find out more about King! If you have already filled out an application and have had a home visit, email labmatch@labadoption.org. If you haven't done these things please start the process at www.labadoption.org/info/adoption
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      Shorty

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      Breed: Labrador Retriever-Unknown Mix
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Young
      Location: Machesney Park, IL
      Posted Breed: Labrador Retriever / Mixed (short coat). Adoption Pending Hi Everyone, My name is Shorty . . Actually my foster mom gave me that name because the name the shelter gave me was the same name as one of my foster brothers. I'm between 2-3 years old and a Lab mix. I'm living with 3 dogs and 2 cats while I'm going through heartworm treatment and get along with all of them. I'm a quick learner and have had basic obedience training. I love to play and run around. There's nothing better than a good game of tug followed by my foster brothers trying to catch me and get the toy back. Did I tell you that I'm very fast and can out run all of them? I must be funny because my foster mom laughs a lot at my antics and says I'm a goof. I would love to find my own family once my treatments are complete. I hope to see you soon.
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      Bear II

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      Breed: Labrador Retriever
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Young
      Location: Machesney Park, IL
      Posted Breed: Labrador Retriever (short coat). 12/28/16 Bear is now 13 months old. He is a very happy boy, he loves people and other animals, and he loves to snuggle. He is mobile as much as he can be. He rests when he needs to and then he gets up again to walk unassisted. He can walk up to 100 feet without assistance. He has gained more weight and now weighs 47# (a gain of 15# since his arrival into LEARN). He was neutered 12/13/16. CNM disease usually has shown all it's traits by 1 year old, so it's possible that Bear will not develop any further issues. There are CNM dogs who have lived to ages 8 years and 13 years, so he could have a long life. Bear does not have a heavy coat, so he can't be outside in cold weather for long periods. We keep a close eye on him and bring him indoors after short jaunts outside in the yard. If he has trouble due to the cold or if the ground has ice, he may need to be carried into the house or at least assisted, but he tries his best to do it all himself. We're biased, but he is one very special lab. To us, CNM does not define him because we've gotten to know the funny, quirky, lovable boy that he is. For a dog who had a terrible start in life, he sure is loving and sweet. ============================================================== Bear, a 5 month old Lab, was rescued by LEARN in April 2016. He was surrendered because he was having difficulty standing. LEARN had genetic testing done which revealed that Bear has CNM, Centronuclear Myopathy, an inherited disease resulting from a mutation in a gene (PTPLA). This condition is also known as type II muscle fiber deficiency, autosomal recessive muscular dystrophy and hereditary myopathy. Bear received a pair of recessive genes from his parents and as a result is missing muscle fibers. His prognosis is poor. Bear will never recover from this disabling disease. There is no cure and no treatment. Dogs usually become non-ambulatory within the first year of life. Respiratory complications can also develop. In spite of his physical limitations, Bear has a wonderful personality. Bear's foster family is determined to keep him comfortable for as long as possible. This diagnosis is very sad news for Bear. It is doubly sad to think there may be others in the litter with the same condition. About 25% of the litter will contract the disease when both parents are carriers. Another 50% of the litter will be carriers and could sire affected offspring if bred with another carrier. Responsible breeders test their dogs for CNM prior to breeding. If you are considering getting a Labrador puppy from a breeder, please make sure the breeder has tested the parents for this gene. If you would like to contribute to Bear's medical expenses, please click on the Donate button on the right side of our webpage. Thank you.
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    • Labrador Retriever-Unknown Mix Dog For Adoption in Machesney Park, IL

      Lucky

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      Breed: Labrador Retriever-Unknown Mix
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Senior
      Location: Machesney Park, IL
      Posted Breed: Labrador Retriever / Mixed (medium coat). Hi! This is Lucky. He is a black Lab mix, 70lbs and about 8yrs old. He likes to go for walks, car rides, retrieve tennis balls, swimming in the lake, go to doggy daycare and carry his stuffed animal around the house! He doesn't mind having his ears cleaned and likes to be brushed Lucky gets along with our 2 older dogs but probably wishes they were younger so he could play with them. He likes to be active outside but settles down nicely in the house. He passed his basic training class and the canine good citizen test with flying colors! :-) He is still working on a few things like not jumping up on people when he wants attention and not being too pushy. Lucky has come a long way since he came to live with us. When he first came to L.E.A.R.N. he was a little afraid of men. He was adopted a year ago but came back after his adoptive family reported a biting incident. Since then he has learned how to trust and is very friendly with everyone. We are looking for a special family for Lucky. One who is home most of the time, will continue his training and will exercise him daily. He likes to stay close and has lots of love to give. Because of his size it would be best not to have children under 13yrs. He didn't do the best on his cat test so probably no cats in the house. If you are looking for a big guy who will love you and are willing to visit him a few times so you can get to know each other, please let us know. All questions are welcome. If you have already filled out an application and have had a home visit, email labmatch@labadoption.org. If you haven't done these things please start the process at www.labadoption.org/info/adoption
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    • Labrador Retriever-Unknown Mix Dog For Adoption in Machesney Park, IL

      Bella

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      Breed: Labrador Retriever-Unknown Mix
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Young
      Location: Machesney Park, IL
      Posted Breed: Labrador Retriever / Mixed (medium coat). I'M READY!!! I have spent several weeks at Board and Train and I am passing all my classes so I am ready for a forever home. I am looking for a home where I can be the only dog or a home where I can be the boss of the other dogs. I am what they call an alpha and I will try to take charge. I will steal other dogs bones and toys. But I am super sweet and never had an issue with a person. I would love to just crawl up on your lap and be loved. I give sweet soft kisses and will snuggle in when I can. I have been in crates and I walk well on a leash now that I use a Halti collar. (It goes over my nose so I don't pull.) I also know all my basic commands like sit, leave it, down, etc. If you would like to learn more about me please contact LEARN! If you have already filled out an application and have had a home visit, email labmatch@labadoption.org. If you haven't done these things please start the process at www.labadoption.org/info/adoption **************************************************************************** Miss Bella here! Just want to let you know that I am here, but I won't be ready to meet families for a bit. I am a shy girl who isn't quite ready to great the world yet. I am doing some training to try become the confident girl I want to be. I am unsure of new people initially, but once I warm up I will sit on your lap and give kisses. I will stay forever by your side if you let me. I will update my bio when I am ready to start meeting you. Please stay tuned.
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    • Labrador Retriever Dog For Adoption in Machesney Park, IL

      Faith

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      Breed: Labrador Retriever
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Adult
      Location: Machesney Park, IL
      Posted Breed: Labrador Retriever (medium coat). Hello World; Faith here. I am a yellow female about 7 years old. I was owner surrendered due to their personal situation. I am so grateful LEARN sprung me from the shelter. You see, I am heartworm positive, and shelters don't treat heartworm positive dogs because of the cost. So you know what would have happened to me. . . I get chills just thinking of it! Anyway, I am now safe in a great foster home where I will get treatment for heartworm. I am very sociable around people and other dogs. I know some commands like sit, lie down, stay (sometimes) and come, and I walk fairly well with a harness which keeps me from pulling so much. My foster mom thinks I may have been a hunter at one time because of the way I walk on lead. . . I zig zag in and out. I do tend to chase after squirrels so my foster mom doesn't know how I would be around cats. My foster mom let me out the other night, and guess what? I got skunked. Just had a bath the day before, too. I tend to counter surf. So you have to keep food off the counters; otherwise I will take care of it for you. I also chew a little, but nothing bad if I have dog items to chew on. I tend to drink a lot of water at one time. My foster mom limits my water so I don't drink so much because it makes me throw up. The Vet and all the Techs think I'm adorable . . . because I am. I'm on medical hold right while I go through heartworm treatment, but as soon as I'm adoptable I'll be ready for my forever home. A big yard and kids would be perfect for me. Watch for updates as I progress. If you have already filled out an application and have had a home visit, email labmatch@labadoption.org. If you haven't done these things please start the process at www.labadoption.org/info/adoption
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