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-Unknown Mix Dog For Adoption in Machesney Park, IL

      Midnight

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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). On MEDICAL HOLD While Going Through Heartworm Treatment Midnight was picked up as stray in Southern Illinois and is between 1 and 2 years old. He is very smart and picks up commands very quickly. He loves to play, and his favorite toy is the squeaky rabbit, which makes the best noise ever. Midnight settles nicely in the house and loves to cuddle with you. He is living with 2 other dogs and 2 cats and gets along with all of them. He loves people and just wants to be with you. He is housebroken and crate-trained. He would love to have a family who wants to teach him new words/commands, play with him, and love him forever.
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    • Labrador Retriever Dog For Adoption in Machesney Park, IL

      Charlie

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      Breed: Labrador Retriever
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: Machesney Park, IL
      Posted Breed: Labrador Retriever (short coat). Hi! My name is Charlie. I was a stray before I was rescued, but I had a family at one point who taught me to be a good boy. I am potty-trained, crate-trained, walk well on a leash and know sit, come, stay, shake, and down. I could play fetch all day if you would play with me! I love tennis balls - but squeaky toys are my favorite. I love going for walks, but I'm also a big cuddle bug if you want to stay in and snuggle with me. And I love belly rubs! My foster family has a female dog. I get along with her, but I would love a home where I'm the only dog because I love to be the center of attention. I have sensitive skin so I need grain free food. I do well in the crate during the day when my foster family is gone, but I would prefer to sleep on the couch if you let me. --------- Notes from my foster mom: Charlie is a great dog. When I brought him to my house he made himself right at home; he was not nervous at all. He was found as a stray, but he doesn't act like it at all, and I don't think he would be the type to run away. He loves to be spoiled. He hasn't required too much work on training, but he does need a family who will be persistent with him - such as not jumping and making sure he stays in sitting position until told to release. (He gets excited and sometimes will break his stay before told). If he doesn't get enough exercise he becomes more vocal and will jump more, but he's usually fine with a walk and playing some fetch - he requires a moderate level of exercise. He's overall pretty mellow but has his excited moments. He loves to curl up next to you for cuddles. He does great in the house and will calm down if you want him to. We crate him during the day while I'm at work, but he would do well with free range. We've left him with free range for shorter periods of time, and he just sleeps on the couch. He loves attention and loves every person that he has met. We've noticed that he is nervous around other dogs, specifically male dogs. He does great with my female Lab, but I don't think he ever learned how to play with other dogs. A dog park is not the best environment for him - he gets nervous when other dogs walk right up to him. He needs a slow and good introduction with other dogs; otherwise it overwhelms him. A home with no children or older children would be best for him. He is a very sweet boy who loves all people, but he doesn't understand his size and could easily knock over a little kid if he gets too excited. Charlie is a happy and goofy boy. He's eager to please and very treat-motivated. He loved it when we took him swimming, and he really would play fetch all day if we played with him. He is my shadow, he follows me everywhere. He's a really good boy who will love you forever. ~~~~~~~ If you have already filled out an application and have been approved, please email labmatch@labadoption.org if you're interested in meeting me. If you haven't done these things, you can 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). Stop the Madness: Peanut's Holiday of Hope Update 3/2/17: Rocky is available for adoption! He was neutered on 2/22 so just a few more days of no running or jumping. Rocky is looking for a family who will be patient and help him get over his fears. He's still afraid of most people and noises. Especially outside noises. A fenced yard would be best for him. Working with a trainer who specializes in fearful dogs is a must. Rocky has slowly made some progress over the last 2 months. He now likes to hang out with my husband and our 3 dogs. He will even take treats from me and make eye contact. Check out this handsome boys pictures and video! Update 2/5/17: Rocky is doing better. The ear infection and parasites 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, parasites 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 been approved, please email labmatch@labadoption.org if you're interested in adopting Rocky. If you haven't been approved to adopt yet, you can start the process at www.labadoption.org/info/adoption
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    • Labrador Retriever-Unknown Mix Dog For Adoption in Machesney Park, IL

      Rufus

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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). Hello there! My name is Rufus, and I am about a year and a half old. I may have a little Husky in me as my tail and ears are definitely not like a Lab... I am full of energy and LOVE the ball. I prefer that over a treat even. :) I know some basic commands like sit and down, but I still need some work. I sometimes stand on my hind legs and do a bit of jumping, but I am still very young and will learn quickly that is not okay. I think I would really like to take some classes and use my brain to be an even better boy. Would you be willing to take me? I need to be neutered (hopefully in a week or two) and recover from that surgery before I can start meeting families. Just wanted to let you know that I was here. Rufus. ~~~~~~~~~ If you have already filled out an application and have been approved, 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

      Dallas

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      Breed: Labrador Retriever
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: Machesney Park, IL
      Posted Breed: Labrador Retriever (medium coat). Hello everyone, Dallas here again! You may remember that I was here before but I was returned shortly after being adopted. No one is sure why it happened but I was naughty. I didn’t mean to be a naughty boy and had never shown that kind of behavior before but I bit. When I was returned I went straight back to board and train and had every behavioral test done to see if I would do it again or do some other bad behavior but I didn’t! I was a good boy!!! I passed every challenge they threw at me and I was able to go back to my foster home. So please don’t let one bad decision turn you away from me, we all make a mistake now and then… And now I am available for adoption again! I am a very good boy that loves to play! My foster mom started doing agility with me as a way to get some of my energy out. So far I am doing amazing, my favorite thing about agility is the tunnel! Another way I get tired out is fetch!! I absolutely love fetching a tennis ball, or searching in a field for my tug! Do you like spending warm days at the beach? Me too, I love swimming! I might even be a good dock diver?! I am also a sweet boy and a good listener. In addition to having basic Obedience training I know how to give paw, crawl, and I'm working on roll over. I have excellent manners, I wait at the door until you say I'm free. I do beg, unless I'm told to go to my bed and lay down. I wait and give you eye contact when waiting for my food or waiting for you to throw my toy. I need a active family that will have time to exercise me. While I do have a lot of energy, once I get into a daily exercise routine I do not act so hyper. Please come out and visit me, I promise you won't regret it! 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 ===================================================================== I'm Back!!! I went to Board and Train! I went there to learn to focus not so much on the ball but on people when they are talking to me. I have come a long way and am much better at realizing that a ball isn't all that there is to life. Don't get me wrong; I still love to play ball, but now I walk better on a leash, will come and drop the ball when you ask me to, and will settle down and be still even when a ball is right there in front of me. I think a family who is active and will keep up my training would be the best fit for me. I am no couch potato, that is for sure. If you think I sound like a good fit for you and your family, please send an email to LEARN. ===================================================================== Hi there! My name is Dallas. I'm about 4 years old, and, boy, do I have energy to BURN! I am part of the Retrievers and Redemption Program. I am food motivated and can focus pretty well if there are no balls/toys in site. A ball is my favorite thing in the world. I am actually a bit obsessed over it and will keep looking for it even when you say we are done playing. So making me take a break now and then is a good thing for me. Once I'm in my room for the night I snuggle down with you or in my bed and love to have long soothing pets. Since I love to be on the go, I think that I would really like Rally or Agility. Or maybe I could become a working dog? I think if I had a job to do that I might like that. Because of all my energy I do eat a lot. I actually have 2 cups in the morning and night and a lunch of 3 cups because of all the play I do! I do really well off leash and stick right with you. So if you love to play or want to become someone who does, please let LEARN know if you've already filled out an application and have had an interview. Come and meet me, Dallas!
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