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
Tags: Labrador Retriever Dog For Adoption in Machesney Park, IL
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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    • Labrador Retriever Dog For Adoption in Machesney Park, IL

      Skeeter

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      Breed: Labrador Retriever
      Sex: Male Male
      Location: Machesney Park, IL
      Posted Breed: Labrador Retriever (short coat). ******. ON HOLD***** Skeeter is one of the Stop the Madness: Peanut’s Holiday of Hope Labradors My name is Skeeter, and I am about 2 years old. I just came into rescue as part of Peanut's Holiday of Hope. I've been to the Vet and am now being treated for worms, Lyme disease and anaplasmosis, a tickborne disease. While I recover from these things I am also going to be learning to be a dog. So I am not ready to be adopted yet . . . just I wanted you to know I was here. ~~~~~~~~ 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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    • Mutt Dog For Adoption in Machesney Park, IL

      Rocky

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      Breed: Mutt
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Young
      Location: Machesney Park, IL
      Posted Breed: Yellow Labrador Retriever (short coat). "ON HOLD" Stop the Madness: Peanut's Holiday of Hope Update 2/5/17 Rocky is doing better. The ear infection and worms are gone! He is scheduled to be neutered on 2/22. We are working with a trainer who specializes in shy and fearful dogs. Rocky loves to retrieve the tennis ball and run around the back yard! He's very fast!! 12/21/16 This is Rocky! He's part of the Stop the Madness: Peanut's Holiday of Hope rescue. He is about 1 1/2 yrs. and only 54lbs right now, but we expect him to gain weight. Rocky has been with us since December 18th. He has already made some progress. He's eating well and drinking a little more water than he was. For the first few days, we had to carry him in and out of the house, because he had never been in a house and seemed to be afraid of going through the door. Now we can coax him in and out using a leash. He's still afraid of most things including noises and people, because he's never been exposed to them before. However, he does like our other 3 dogs. :-) Right now, his two safe places are the crate and dog bed, and that's where he spends his time. Poor Rocky has anaplasma, Lyme disease, worms and ear infections. He's being treated for all of them. He will be vaccinated and neutered in the next few weeks. More updates to come! ~~~~~~~~ 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 Dog For Adoption in Machesney Park, IL

      Kéya (Kaya)...

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      Breed: Labrador Retriever
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Adult
      Location: Machesney Park, IL
      Posted Breed: Labrador Retriever (short coat). ADOPTION PENDING Update 2/1/17 I am taking Kéya (pronounced Kaya) off of hold. She needs a person dedicated to maintaining her Physical Therapy for a couple of months and to SLOWLY let her have more activity. If you let her go too fast she could potentially blow out the surgery or end up crippled for a week or two and necessitate a trip to the ER Vet for pain management. We don't want this. She gets insanely excited about her walks because her activity has been restricted. We are up to 1.5 miles daily and this should continue to increase over the next couple of months. She needs to build up the muscle in her thigh to compensate for what she has lost. She needs to continue her range of motion exercises and calisthenics multiple times a day too. She can only take a full flight of stairs under controlled circumstances (meaning a leash) because otherwise she tries to hop steps. This means gates to block your stairs. A couple of steps to go outside isn't a big deal, but a full flight is. This will gradually be less of a concern has her muscles strengthen and the surgery is a solid success. Kéya has been allowed free roam all day and has been a good girl. She knows her commands, has good house manners, and stays with us. She still needs work on the leash, but she is better than what she was when she arrived into foster care. Kéya is a typical Labrador wiggle butt when you get home from work or just came in the house from going to the mailbox. She is a perpetually happy girl that will give you a toothy grin multiple times a day. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Update 1/27/17 Kéya's PT is coming along well. She is up to 25 minute walks daily, but only on leash. No romping for at least another month. She also gets daily range of motion exercises and calisthenics to build up the muscle in her thigh to compensate for the muscle (CCL bilateral) that she lost. She is spastically happy to go for her walks and is a bouncy loon until we actually get out the door. Of course, she acts that way when get home from work too. She calms down pretty quickly though. So, that is a pretty typical Labrador. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Update 1/6/17 Kéya had her surgery today. She gets the splint off Monday, sutures out the 21st when PT starts, and 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 girl's food was awfully tempting, but Kéya behaved. When new people come over, or she goes some place new, she is super excited, gives her toothy smile, is bouncy, and will bump people. After 5 minutes, she chills out. She needs 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. My grin does seem to startle some humans, but it's 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 for up to 3 hours, and I’ve been a good girl. 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 . . .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 it's all good. At first I had to be encouraged to eat. 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 it's probably a no because 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 it's dang well going to be the other way around. She’s stubborn that way. Anyway, it’ll be awhile 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 losing weight and building up the muscle that’s gotten lax. 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 filled out an application 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 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. Thanks! :-)
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    • Labrador Retriever Dog For Adoption in Machesney Park, IL

      Punkin

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      Breed: Labrador Retriever
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Adult
      Location: Machesney Park, IL
      Posted Breed: Labrador Retriever (short coat). ADOPTION PENDING!! Stop the Madness: Peanut's Holiday of Hope Labrador - Punkin 2/12/17 Punkin is doing great. She plays with all my other dogs and is playing more with toys. She will take a toy and run laps with it now. She is able to be with me off leash on my property. She is more confident with other people when she is visited by her future adoptive family and has gone on walks with them and their other dog. Soon Punkin will be moving on to her new life with them but we will sure miss her sunny playful personality. 1/10/17 Spayed, vaccine titers positive for immunity. 1/4/17 Punkin is a lot less worried. She likes to be in the house and runs to the door to come in whenever we are outside. She socializes with all my other dogs both big and small and will run laps and tug on toys with my other young Labs. She ignores my cats. She is very gentle when taking food from my hand. 12/31/16 Punkin tested positive for Lyme and anaplasmosis exposure, but her blood work came back negative for infection so she does not need to be treated. She is heartworm negative. 12/24/16 Today she was off leash in my fenced yard for the first time. She is starting to be a pet dog instead of a feral dog! She ran and played in the snow with my other dogs. She played keep away with a fleece toy (but a little possessive so will watch that carefully). When I called her she came to me and let me put the leash back on. :-) She is eating kibble well and starting to drink more water. I am thrilled with her progress and happy my pack is helping her adjust. Vet appointment on Wednesday so will find out if she has Lyme, etc.
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    • Labrador Retriever Dog For Adoption in Machesney Park, IL

      Trinket

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      Breed: Labrador Retriever
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Young
      Location: Machesney Park, IL
      Posted Breed: Labrador Retriever. ~~ADOPTION PENDING~~ Trinket is one of the Stop the Madness: Peanut’s Holiday of Hope Labradors 12/29/16 Trinket update. She is really getting the program! She knows her name, responds to "kennel," "come" and "leave it." She's in heat and accepts putting the diaper on and off really well. Yesterday and today she let the dog sitter take her out to go potty. The laceration is getting much better. She is going to be a great addition to someone's family. 12/23/16: After only a few days, Trinket is really finding herself here. She loves attention and people and is quite pushy with my dogs. She has a laceration on one of her nipples which is very infected, and we are treating. She has Lyme, anaplasmosis and lungworm, which we are also treating. Stay tuned for updates.
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    • Labrador Retriever Dog For Adoption in Machesney Park, IL

      Blitzen

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      Breed: Labrador Retriever
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Young
      Location: Machesney Park, IL
      Posted Breed: Labrador Retriever (short coat). Blitzen is one of the Peanut’s Holiday of Hope Labradors Update:1/25/17. I guess it's time for Blitzen to go to his forever home. Like his foster sister, Flash, he is a chicken who races to his crate the minute he senses danger. He is quite social and funny when he feels secure. And he is very energetic--I guess getting rid of the Lymes and the parasites and having some real food will do that. He barks when he sees me and has a repertoire of cute activities designed to generate attention and treats. He definitely wants to engage. I think this dog is just waiting for his moment. He's still afraid of toys, but he's figured out how to turn his blanket into a very fun, shaggy octopus. So I think the toys are coming. 1/16/17 Blitzen makes me smile every day. Although he is definitely a chicken, he is itching to be a real dog. He recovered beautifully from his surgery--although for a dog who lived outside eating only bread, he sure needed extra painkillers, a heated blanket and homemade food in order to survive the two days post surgery. The antibiotics, parasite medication and surgery have definitely helped him physically. Mentally, he is trying hard to come out of his shell. When he's alone with me, he's rambunctious and playful. As soon as anything new happens, he's back in his shell. I know eventually he will be fine. One heartbreaking moment a few weeks ago brought home the point of his history. A friend brought each of my foster dogs a new toy. Blitzen's was a squeeky, orange octopus. He was terrified! He positively hid. He has no idea how to play with a toy or retrieve. But he knows how to be petted, how to take a treat politely and has almost mastered "sit". In the morning, he races madly around and has taken to nipping me in the behind . When I twirl around to yell at him he sits and activates the cute ears. All I can say is, his new family must think this behavior is funny because I cannot yell at a dog with such cute ears (see video). ~~~~~~~~ about 12/25/16 Blitzen was a mess when he was rescued, but after a couple of weeks of medication and TLC he's coming around. Because he is a monorchid (one testicle did not descend) his neutering surgery will be more extensive--the veterinarian has to retrieve the undescended testicle from his abdomen. Before he could have surgery, he had to have antibiotics for his Lyme disease, as well as parasite medication. SO this Wednesday is the big day. After he recovers from the surgery I expect he will be a lovely pet. He is never going to be a bold dog, but he is quite playful and snuggly with his "people." I think Blitzen has a true Labrador heart; looking for the good and trying to be loyal, despite his fear of the unknown. And when your whole life has been at one place, with one person, everything is unknown. ~~~~~~~~~~ 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

      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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    • Labrador Retriever Dog For Adoption in Machesney Park, IL

      Wolfie

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      Breed: Labrador Retriever
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Young
      Location: Machesney Park, IL
      Posted Breed: Labrador Retriever (short coat). ~~ON HOLD~~ Wolfie is one of the Stop the Madness: Peanut’s Holiday of Hope Labradors UPDATE 2/1/17 Hi Everyone I thought I would update you on Wolfie's progress he has completed the medicine for his Lyme's disease and been neutered. Wolfie has become a couch potato and loves to lay next to you and get pets. He plays catch and can hold 2 balls in his mouth at a time. He is very smart and is learning his basic commands quickly. He's still adjusting to people and runs to hide if he gets stressed out but he is making tremendous progress and should be ready to adopt in a few weeks. He will be a wonderful family member and companion. I would like to introduce Wolfie. He is between 1 and 2 years old. He has Lyme disease for which he has started treatment. Wolfie is very cautious with people, but once you have gained his trust, he will give you lots of love. He is currently living with 3 other dogs and 2 cats and gets along with all of them. Wolfie loves to play tug with the other dogs and has a passion for chewing bones. He is submissive with my boys (canine) but has learned to bark from them. He is housebroken for the most part with only a couple of accidents. He is still very puppy-like and testing what he can get away with. He did manage to chew 1 pair of shoes because I forgot to put them away. Once he learns to trust all people he will make a wonderful family 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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    • Labrador Retriever Dog For Adoption in Machesney Park, IL

      Olivia

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      Breed: Labrador Retriever
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Adult
      Location: Machesney Park, IL
      Posted Breed: Labrador Retriever (short coat). Stop the Madness: Peanut's Holiday of Hope OLIVIA ~~ ON HOLD.... She has delivered pups! 12/21/16 The good news: Miss Livi is indeed gonna have pups....Doc counts 6 for sure. Her due date is anyone's guess, could be anywhere from 7 to 14 days. It's very hard to tell with dogs, unless you know when they were bred. She is heartworm negative which is GREAT news! Now the not so good news: She tested positive for Lyme and Anaplasmosis exposure. She is not showing any symptoms of either, so treating her after she whelps MAY be ok...The problem, is that Anaplasmosis can cause a low platelet count, and that could be very dangerous for her when giving birth. The Vet is sending her blood out to have her platelet count checked, and depending on the outcome, we will work with him for the best possible, safe course of treatment for her. She more than likely has whipworm, as most, if not all, of the dogs from this "breeder" have had it. Will find that out tomorrow. On a lighter note, she is a total love....It only took one day to get her to go in and out of the house to go potty. She seeks out human touch and soaks up neck rubs. Her short little tail just wags and wags...She is already becoming a velcro dog. Wherever we are, she likes to lie down next to us. She will spook a bit at sudden movements but recovers pretty quickly. Her whelping pen is her safe zone; if she gets scared she scurries into it but will come back out with gentle coaxing. She's been sleeping in it every night quietly. One thing we have discovered is that she doesn't like walking on our tile floor. She will move really quickly from one rug to another when going to the door to go outside. For the most part, she's been pretty low key which in her condition isn't surprising. Please say a prayer for our sweet Livi for a safe delivery, and if you can find it in your heart and are able, please donate to her ongoing treatment and the treatment of her pups. 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 Dog For Adoption in Machesney Park, IL

      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 . . . some of our visitors brought their dogs, and I live with 2 cats and my canine foster sister, Maple. Some of my favorite things to do are: sleep on the couch; cuddle on the couch; lie 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 could help out); and go to work with my foster Mom. Oh, did I tell you I only have 3 legs? That doesn't 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. Please let LEARN know if you are interested in meeting 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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