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

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

Bobbi

Age: Adult
Color/Markings: Yellow
Size at Maturity: Medium
Availability Date: 12/24/2016
Location: Machesney Park, IL 53528
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Tags: Labrador Retriever Dog For Adoption in Machesney Park, IL, USA
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: Golden Labrador
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Adult
      Location: USA
      Posted Breed: Labrador Retriever / Golden Retriever / Mixed (short coat). Hi Everyone!!! My name is Ruby and I am true gem, get it?!?!?! :) I am about 6 years old and LOVE belly rubs. I like to fetch, play with toys and go for walks but I do need some work on my leash skills, I'm a bit of a puller but we can work on that together. I am a big girl at about 95 pounds so I need to also work on my waistline some, I should drop at least 10 pounds but with how much I love to play that shouldn't be an issue. I know sit, shake and down but I think I can learn more since I am smart and food motivated. If you are looking for a sweet girl to love and have fun with then tell LEARN you would like to meet me, Ruby!
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      Breed: Labrador Retriever
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Adult
      Location: USA
      Posted Breed: Labrador Retriever (medium coat). Hello Everyone! I'm Kona! I'm the happiest, most loving girl around. I'm five years old and love attention. My forever family needs to be an active one because I LOVE to be chasing balls, playing in the yard, in the pool, with my foster family, their kids, and other dogs. When I get excited, it takes me a little while to calm down because I just love life so much, but I promise you, I'm as good as they get! Could you be my forever family? Kona was raised in an environment where someone was home most of the time, so she is very much attached to people and thrives from their attention. We have found that she does bark when left behind, but she has gained comfort from having another dog in the house. ~~~~~~~ If you would like to meet/adopt Kona and have already filled out an adoption application, been interviewed, and approved, please let labmatch@labadoption.org know. If you haven't started the process of adoption, please go to www.labadoption.org/info/adoption.
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      Breed: Labrador Retriever-Unknown Mix
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Young
      Location: USA
      Posted Breed: Labrador Retriever / Hound / Mixed (medium coat). Hello, I'm Lucy, an approximately 2 year old yellow Lab mix. I came up from a shelter down south where they found me as a stray. I am the sweetest and most loving girl you will meet. I love to give kisses and cuddle. I also enjoy my belly rubs. I am neat and clean in my crate. I am house-trained. I have mastered Sit and am working on Down. I have a powerful sense of smell and great speed while chasing squirrels and rabbits. I love all the humans I have met. I have been known to counter surf and get in the trash can. I do well on car rides. I get spooked easily with loud noises. I am working daily on my leash manners. My forever home needs to be very active, since I like to take long walks in the morning and evening. Also, they need to be committed to working with me to improve my leash manners and continued training. Lastly, it would be nice if my forever home had a fenced in yard, so I can safely run and play.
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      Breed: Labrador Retriever-Plott Hound Mix
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Young
      Location: USA
      Posted Breed: Labrador Retriever / Plott Hound / Mixed (short coat). Trooper is an extraordinary young male. He has proven himself to be a very resilient and happy guy throughout his association with LEARN volunteers. Trooper is currently in post-surgical rehabilitation after a third surgery on his left hip, an injury suffered from being hit by a car in August 2016. He is doing very well in his recovery and is now expected to regain use of his leg for a normally active lifestyle. He will require physical therapy supervised by veterinary professionals (exercises and underwater treadmill) for several more weeks until approximately July 2017. Trooper is now living in a household with four female Labradors, and has done very well with being a polite member of the family. Previously he was fostered in a household with two male labradors and indoor cats and also fit in well in that environment. Trooper is housebroken but is currently crated if not directly supervised because he is still in the chewing stage of development. He is crate-trained and settles nicely in house. He impresses me as a youngster who wants to fit in and be a part of the gang, both canine and human. He is very snuggly and companionable, very willing and eager to learn new things and has done remarkably well with learning that barking is not required in all circumstances. He can get anxious when meeting new people and bark at them. We are working on training with this behavior, and he has come a long way in greeting strangers politely! When he knows the person's scent, he now does not alarm bark when that person approaches him. I expect this behavior to continue to respond favorably to desensitization training and experience. He rides extremely well in the van for long periods of time and settles nicely in his crate. These are two important skills for a good companion dog to have! He has an exceptionally good, natural ability to scent and could be trained for Barn Hunt competition, nose work or any "job" involving scent recognition. Currently he is on leash-only walks for post-surgical rehabilitation. He will be very playful and happily energetic once off restriction. Recall is a work-in-progress; so adoptive family will need a fenced area for playtime and a commitment to continue working on obedience skills. He should not be left outside unattended. He is a young dog and has many skills to learn but is willing and eager to be a good citizen! Trooper attended a LEARN public event recently and did exceptionally well in meeting and greeting new people...everyone who meets Trooper and gets to know him falls in love with him...including his foster families!
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