Safe Harbor Lab Rescue successfully places about a dozen labs a month into loving homes. Adoptive families love to share their joyful experiences with us. Over 1,720 of those success stories are listed on the following pages. We'd like to thank these very special people for sharing their stories with us!
Mac (formerly Wrangler)
One day a little Lab boy named Wrangler showed up at Safe Harbor and batted his big brown eyes, and wagged his tail with all of his youthful enthusiasm. When he saw that he had our attention, he gathered up his courage and asked if we could possibly rustle up a forever home for him. We told him that surely there must be some wonderful people out there who needed of a beautiful, one-year-old Lab pup to complete their family; and before long this happy boy was on his way home with Michelle and Mike and their kids.
Wrangler's new parents report:
Wrangler, now known as "Mac" is adjusting very well!
Mac is home with me full time. We've had a couple adjustments to make... He's quite a little chewer! We've learned to crate him any time we have to leave and bought a gate for the car so he knows his space:) Mac is quite good with potty training and LOVES to play! We have a dog trainer coming to our home Friday to help with some basic commands. He enjoys taking up the whole bed while sleeping and is never far away... He's my little shadow!
Thank you to Safe Harbor! We sure are having a great time together:)
Diana and Nate couldn't resist the opportunity to bring home a big, forever batch of chocolate Lab Truffle! Their new Truffle is a five-year-old girl who is as sweet as her name and is always ready to serve up extra helpings of Lab love. Speaking of extra helpings, Truffle may have helped herself to a few in the past, but she's quickly slimming down in her new home thanks to her new parents and a doggy activity schedule which must make her the envy of all her four-legged friends!
Just wanted to let you know Truffle is doing great here. She has fit into the household very well and we are in a great routine. We walk every morning at 6:30 to the dog park to play fetch then home and then I get her out again at noon then again in the evening. She has definitely trimmed up!
She is learning some commands such as sit, down and bed. She is very enthusiastic in the morning and her tail thumping wakes everyone up! She follows me everywhere and is laying here in the office snoring away.
I've attached a picture of her on my lap. She would sit on my lap, the couch and sleep in bed if we let her but I only let her sit on my lap. She's a bit heavy but she loves to curl up and just go to sleep. She's quite a baby!
Thanks for letting us have her; we love her!
At 7 1/2-years-old, the lovely Miss Shelby was very dismayed to find herself all alone, without a place to call home. She realized that she had no permanent place to set down her food bowl, and most importantly, no forever person to ring the dinner bell every evening, and to tuck her into bed at night and tell her what a very good girl she is. So Shelby made her way to Safe Harbor and asked us to help her find a new home with parents who would love her forever.
Shelby's journey ended at Mark and Susan's front door, and when she walked into her new home as their forever dog, there was a new bounce in her step and she was smiling from ear to floppy ear as she left the past behind and thought only about all the good times ahead.
Shelby's new parents tell us:
Shelby is quite the little lady as compared to our previous two large (100 lb) burly Labs. She seems almost dainty by comparison, but has become a wonderful addition to our home. Quite intelligent, she has learned the house rules with very minimal correction, although the rabbits that frequent our yard tempt her quite a bit. She loves to give chase, but has learned that staying in the yard is the boundary.
Understandably, it took her about a month to get used to her new surroundings. When we would get ready to leave for a few hours she would get very quiet. Now she is more relaxed and so happy to see us when we arrive back home.
Watching her play with her new toys is quite entertaining. She likes to bat a ball around or toss a fuzzy animal toy into the air and pounce on it. She is well mannered in the house, a quiet sleeper and only awakens as we start our day. She is always ready for a tummy rub or some ear scratching which almost soothes her to sleep.
Like most dog lovers we cannot fathom why anyone would have abandoned such a wonderful dog. We could not be happier with our new adoptee.
Chloe (formerly Zoe)
Life may not be all fun and games, but don't tell that to Zoe who has packed up the puppy party and moved it into her new home with Dave and Pat. Her new parents are making sure she gets out and about to get plenty of exercise and make new friends. They are even sneaking in some doggy training so that their little girl will grow up to be a very good Lab indeed, but they also find time to just sit back and enjoy the show as their new pup brings all of her youthful Lab enthusiasm to each new day.
Dave and Pat report:
Zoe (now Chloe is her name) has come into our home and stolen our hearts. Being lab people for 15 years previously, we waited until we felt we were ready to add another to our family, and Chloe has been a wonderful addition. Upon her arrival, we have spent a lot of time with her and she has been, well, a 7 month old, female, yellow lab puppy... She is beautiful, very smart, has excellent hearing and eyesight (doesn’t miss a thing) and is the most popular addition to our home and the neighborhood in some time.
Endless energy (of course, she is a 7 mo. old puppy) and curiosity is her claim to fame. Her new family has adjusted well and she is being worked with regarding her habits (some of which need work, but again, she is a 7 month old puppy).
She loves everyone (a lab right?) and seems very happy and accepting of her new surroundings and family...
No real big events to report, other than now…..our family is complete!!!! All family members (nuclear) and extended have met and both human and dog seem to approve. My weight loss program is doing VERY well with at least two or more long walks per day. (Dave).
Thank you folks so much for allowing us to add Chloe to our family!!
Five-year-old Olive is finally home to stay and she's thrilled to be starting her new life with Abby and Brandon. Olive is loving her new role as Mountain Lab, and is taking full advantage of all the scents, sights, sounds, and of course, hiking trails, around her new home. Whether inside or out, at work or at play, just knowing that her new parents will be by her side forever has made Olive the happiest hound on the hill!
Abby tells us about life with Ms. Olive:
Olive has been an absolute joy to our family! My husband Brandon and I cannot imagine our lives without her! She came to us just three weeks ago from her Foster Mama, Polly, who still is and always will be a part of Olive's life. Polly cared for Olive dearly and we are so appreciative of her guidance and love!
Olive has acclimated to her new mountain home in Leadville, CO smoothly. She enjoys her bed and sleeps through the night soundly. She chews her bone and loves practicing 'sitting' for yummy treats! Olive is currently working on 'staying' and 'finding her place.' Improving everyday! Olive enjoys breakfast and dinner with a splash of fish oil to help her dry skin. She came to us with a flakey, itchy coat, but now she is silky smooth and shiny!
Olive goes to the office everyday with Abby, where she works hard at snoozing by my feet! At work Olive has befriended a fellow black lab puppy, Reno! They get along great, playing and napping together!
Olive's favorite activity is walking with her family! She could walk forever! She visits other neighborhoods, making sure to sniff and say hi to all the other dogs on the route. But she truly delights in the multiple trails in the woods behind our home. We walk on a different trail almost everyday, exploring the great outdoors! Olive LOVES the snow! She snuffles her nose down in it until her whole face is white then rolls all around scratching her back!
Olive is Brandon and I’s first dog together. Although we both grew up with black labs, Olive has brought a spark to our life! We take such pleasure in caring for her, snuggling, tummy rubbing, and ear scratching! Olive is a happy mountain dog! We are thrilled to be in Olive's life and she ours!
Another Safe Harbor Lab has won the doggy lottery, and there are now two beautiful, four-legged, forever girls living life in pure Lab luxury with Lauren and Jonathan. Remi, a 4 1/2-year-old bundle of black Lab sweetness, is the lucky lady who is enjoying all the perks of being the newest member of this wonderful family, which includes her new dad, Jonathan, mom and SHLR co-founder, Lauren, and new sister, Daisy, who is also an SHLR alumna. "Life is good!", Ms. Remi tells us.
We love Remi and she is settling right into our family. She and Daisy get along well and have devised their own dog games. While Daisy is with her dad at the store by day, Remi hangs with me in the office and at construction sites, where she greets everyone with her big Lab love, tail wagging so hard you think it might come off. She loves the car, and we even have a hard time coaxing her out sometimes!
After two months of boot camp, Remi is now a shadow of her former self. She entered SHLR at 91 pounds, and is now almost svelte at 75. She was on a special diet dog food and gets several walks a day. She used to lumber at the end of her leash, now she trots! True to her water dog roots, there is no stopping her from jumping in a swimming hole of any sort to get a swim in.
We just love this little lady. She has excellent manners and is sweet to everyone. She is pure Lab joy!
Remi, (sitting on Lauren's lap and looking very pleased with herself), is pictured with her new family.
Meet Kip with his new family, Tennyson and Payton! Mom and Dad, Wendell and Lisa, are part of his new family too. The kids had been begging for a dog for a long time and when Wendell saw that some friends were fostering a good looking, active dog he thought that maybe it was time. The kids really wanted a dog that would play fetch with them, and since Tennyson is a baseball player he’ll get plenty of throwing practice in the backyard with their new Safe Harbor Lab. If Kip gets really lucky, he’ll get to curl up next to them in bed each night after he plays hard all day long.
Kip is doing great! Thank you so much for checking in! I cannot thank Safe Harbor enough for the care that they have given him until he found his forever home with us. He has completely taken our hearts and it has been so fun acclimating him to our family. Kip is exactly what we were looking for and we feel beyond blessed to have him! Kipper, as we affectionately call him, loves, loves, LOVES balls and I am not sure you will ever see him without one in his mouth. We learned quickly that the Chuck It ball is his most favorite of all! Kip is a sweet, loving boy who loves to be right by us at all times.
Our children wake up early every morning to throw the ball with him before school and I have found that my most favorite part of the day is when we go for walks with Kip and get true one on one time with a child each night. This is truly the good stuff. Even tonight as it was raining my son and I were laughing as we would have never been out in that weather before Kip...now we look forward to it...rain or shine. We are focusing on walking better with a leash. He is getting there Each day is a new adventure and we are so blessed to have found the perfect dog to share our lives with. Thank you, thank you for taking care of him and helping us to find our Kipper.
Ten-month-old Dolly is home to stay with Lori and Charles, and she is having the time of her life! This sweet, little doll of a Lab now has everything she'd ever dreamed of — lots of room to run and play, friends and playmates at the nearby dog park, and most importantly, wonderful parents to love her forever.
Lori and Charles sent us an update on Dolly's new life with them:
Dolly is settling in really well. Initially, she had to be at our feet at all times, but she has relaxed in her new home, and has become a little more independent (although she still loves to be with us where ever we are!). We have a large yard (about an acre) for her to play in, and she loves exploring, chasing a ball or a stick, & playing with the Magpies (they tease her by sitting just out of her reach). We've even run into a deer or two when going out to potty just before bed time! She didn't bark, she just sat at my feet while she and the buck had a stare down. Then she just walked away with me... no chasing the buck or doe at all!
She LOVES the dog park, and is socializing well with the other dogs there. It's a great way to run her 'batteries' down a little, too! She also LOVES her kong toy, especially when its got peanut butter in it (we had to get her the power chewer kong because she destroyed the first one she got in a little under 30 minutes).
We're still working on her manners whenever she meets someone new... be it dog or person. She gets SO excited that she has a hard time containing herself, but it has improved drastically over the last 2 1/2 weeks. We start obedience training on November 12th, so that should make a big difference! She is smart, and learns fast, especially if there is food involved. She is a lover, too! She loves belly rubs, and back scratches and leans in frequently to get one.
We would like to say thank you to all the volunteers at Safe Harbor…you guys are awesome! We have been truly blessed to find you, and through you, Dolly. She has brought a lot of light, laughter, and love to our home in a very short time!
"It's a ruff life", Sirius remarked with a wink and a wag as he woke up from a nap in his forever home and made sure that his new parents, Barry and Sharon, were close by. This six-year-old boy is settling right in and enjoying the leisurely Lab life. So far he has opted not to help with any of the household duties that involve fetching or any other strenuous activity, instead preferring to devote most of his energy to keeping track of his parents and making sure they know how much he loves them and how happy he is to be home.
Barry and Sharon report:
Sirius is doing very well at our house. He likes to be with one or the other of us all the time. That is fine with us as we are usually around all the time. He is not a “morning dog”, likes to sleep in and then many times will go back to bed after breakfast. We are working on trying to get him to retrieve the paper in the a.m. but he has not decided he wants to do that. He also does not want to play with dog toys or chase balls – we wonder if there is anything to do to help him learn to “play”. He is learning some voice commands, and since we have only had him for about 10 days, we think this is good.
We are enjoying Sirius, he is a lot of company and takes up a lot of empty space in our house.
Aspen (formerly Sandy)
Sandy's new parents tell the story of how she became their Aspen Bella:
Rich and Christine lost their nearly 14 year old lab, Cheyenne, almost 4 years ago and have been missing the companionship of a lab ever since. Recently they have been transporting labs for Safe Harbor and Aspen (aka Sandy) was brought over from Mesa Co so they picked her up and took her in for her initial vet check-up. In just the few minutes that they were with her, they fell in love with her and asked if she had a foster home set up yet…which she didn’t…so Rich and Christine said they wanted to foster her until she could find her forever home. What they realized very soon was that Aspen had already found her forever home with them.
“Aspen adjusted to our home the very first night…it was like she had lived there forever. She knows all her commands and is very mellow especially for a 5 year old lab. She is so sweet and follows us everywhere and just loves attention…and those belly rubs! She has really filled a gap in our hearts and we can’t wait to take her on day trips and camping next summer. She loves her daily walks and has perfect leash manners. She will chase a tennis ball for as long as you will throw it…dropping it nicely at your feet so you can throw it again. Aspen is definitely a member of the “Clean Your Plate Club” but has a very trim “figure”. She is the perfect fit for us and we are so blessed to have found this sweet and gentle puppy.”
Little Breeze had a bit of a rough start in life -- at 12 weeks she was sleeping in a shelter, and after being adopted, having a run-in with another family dog. Not much fun. But her owner knew she needed a more stable life, and surrendered her to Safe Harbor Lab Rescue and it was smooth sailing from that moment on. While she waited for her forever home she led a pack of puppies her own age on rousing romps and threw gleeful puppy parties, stirring up dust in the play yard.
It wasn't long before Hector saw her picture on Safe Harbor Lab Rescue's website and fell in love. Breeze, now named Chloe, is enjoying the life she'd been wishing for with all her heart. She has the companionship of a feisty little Chihuahua brother, "Peanut", and all the love and affection she'd dreamed of.
Her adoption photo doesn't include Ivy, a 16 year old kitty who declined to be photographed as she muttered in the background. Chloe knows Ivy will come around.
I am writing this e-mail to let you know how much we are enjoying Chloe (Breeze). She is such a sweet girl she has to be right by our side at all times. We keep her in her crate at night but it has to be right beside our bed which we don't mind at all because we keep getting up to pet her and give her a hug. Hector says that she hugs him back (she does). Chloe loves Peanut - still a little curious with the cat so we are going very slow with that.
She is a joy for the whole family - she is great with the grandkids and she is learning to fetch the ball now and also to give you her paw. When we go to work she goes in her crate with all her toys and her Kong full of dog bones and peanut butter and she is very happy - she actually goes in and waits for it. Thank you so much for bringing her to us - she has a very good home and we have a great dog.
Hector and June
Six-year-old Emma's new home comes with everything this lovely Lab lady ever wanted! She has wonderful, loving parents, Tom and Cheryl, to cuddle and snuggle with to her heart's content; and her own backyard which is perfect for rolling, running, patrolling for trespassing critters, and entertaining her new four-legged friends. Emma also gets to enjoy playtime with some fun, little two-legged folks during visits with her parents' grandchildren. Tom and Cheryl have welcomed their new girl with open arms and open hearts, and are very happy to have another loving Lab to share their lives with.
Tom tells us:
Emma has settled in seamlessly. Her manners on the car ride to her new home were perfect - she either sat looking out the side window or rested the tip of her muzzle on the driver's left shoulder so she could see forward without blocking his vision. As soon as she arrived here she took to her new bed like it had been hers forever. She sleeps through the night almost without moving and has never had a potty mishap (she has the bladder capacity of a supertanker) or even wanted to mark her territory. She loves the grass in our back yard and squirms on her back every time she goes out. Chasing squirrels and bunnies (but with no obvious intention of catching them) has been fun too. On her second day with us, our son brought over his 3-1/2 year old shepherd mix and the two of them played boisterously until both were exhausted. Since then, she has met all our grandchildren (ages 11 down to 5) and has let them hug her and get in her face with amazing tolerance and sweetness. She walks nicely except when she sees other dogs; she tries to get over to them so they can play. We are working together on improving this, and are addressing her excess poundage with a combination of diet and exercise. She is a shameless cuddle bug. We are so lucky to have her.
After the sudden loss of our previous dog to a catastrophic cardiac event (on Cheryl's birthday, no less), it took us almost exactly a year to decide that we needed to let another dog lay claim on our hearts. Emma has been more than up to the task. Thanks to SHLR for helping us find Emma and allowing her to love us and vice versa.
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