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 1,760 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!
Abbey (formerly Midnight)
Midnight, a gorgeous two-year-old black Lab girl, is very excited to have found her forever parents, Andrew and Cory. It didn't take long for her to settle right in, make friends with the next-door neighbors, arrange her new toys in the yard, help herself to anything she found on the counters, and make herself right at home.
Andrew tells us:
We actually changed Midnight's name to Abbey, although Midnight might be more appropriate since she likes to wake us up every night around that time.
She's adapted well to our home and enjoys spending time outside playing in the yard or looking out from the deck at the passers by and other dogs within site. She has very good outdoor manners and only barks for a moment when she sees people of interest. She met the neighbor dogs early on and likes to run alongside them up and down the fence line - it's a split rail with pet fence so she can interact with her new friends. She takes every toy we give her outside but we haven't figured out why. So she has lots of toys scattered around the yard that she plays with. She really likes fetch and has lots of energy to run around the yard. The only negative thing to report is that she enjoys counter surfing when we're not looking, so we have removed food items and everything else from within her reach.
Brecken (formerly Rose)
Dana, Robin, and Shotzee have added a six-month-old, big bundle of puppy joy to their family. Rose, now known as Brecken, is fitting right in and enjoying the life of a well-loved family Lab pup.
Dana tells us:
We decided to change Rose’s name to Brecken after we brought her home. She was extremely shy and timid at first. Everything was a new experience for her. So many things she was seeing/experiencing for the first time. Within a day or two, she started to get comfortable and feels right at home around the house. In case you didn’t know, the vacuum is an awful, mean monster that you should run and hide from each time it comes out of the closet. Brecken is a very sweet, loving and cuddly puppy. She warmed right up to our other dog Shotzee who is 12 and is now dealing with some medical issues. Brecken is very gentle with Shotzee and loves laying with her and just being around her.
Brecken is starting to learn some basic commands like “sit” and “shake” and, of course, the dreaded “no” and “leave it”. She is kennel trained and is doing fantastic on her house training. Brecken has already had several play dates with her new doggie buddies and plays well with other dogs. She has even been to the dog park a couple times. Brecken went on her first hike last weekend and did well. She loves being on the go! She gets at least 2 walks a day and does pretty well on the leash. We are struggling a bit with containing our excitement as other dogs and people approach though. She greets everyone with a round of excited growling and barking. Brecken just doesn’t realize that can appear somewhat intimidating to others. We are working to get that under control and I feel, with time, she will understand how to curtail her excitement. Other than that, she is really such a good puppy. She’s going to be a great companion and we feel so fortunate and happy to have found her. Thank you so much for doing what you do and bringing Brecken into our lives!
Huck (formerly Hulk)
All of the Hulk's doggy friends were green with envy when they heard about the incredible life he is leading with his new parents, Melissa and Travis. What sociable 1 1/2-year-old Lab pup wouldn't give his right paw to live the mountain dog life with such a great couple and be able to accompany his dad to work almost everyday! Hulk seems to know that he has hit the jackpot and is being a very good boy for his new parents and making sure they know how much he loves being a part of their family.
First, we changed Hulk's name to Huck, short for Huckleberry. We felt it fit his fun-loving personality a little better and would be easy for him to learn. Huck is blending in quite nicely now and is an adored companion to both of us. He is a constant sidekick for Travis for work and play and travels from Fairplay to Glenwood and all points in between. He has settled in around the house as well and has always had great manners there. Other than stealing various footwear items on occasion, he's a true gentleman. Thank you so much for bringing him to us.
Huck sent us this selfie of him thanking his new parents for a doggone fun day after a recent snowshoe adventure at Sylvan Lake.
Sampson (formerly SamWise)
Ten-year-old SamWise is a merry young soul with a bounce in his step and a twinkle in his eye. This cheerful, big yellow boy is tickled pink to be starting the next chapter of his life with his new parents, Cindy and David, and his new two-legged brother, Sam. Every day is a new adventure, and SamWise is enjoying his new life thoroughly while trying hard to be a very good boy and learn all of the house rules along the way.
Here is SamWise, now known as Sampson. He has adjusted to his new name, I think it is close enough. Since I have a son named Sam, it needed to be slightly different. He is adjusting well after a few incidents with our other dog and some chickens!!! Having to learn some new boundaries is good!! We had to clear the house of all balls until we have an understanding!
He is getting lots of exercise and seems to love the new, deep snow. Getting out for walks is is favorite thing...he has alot of energy for a 10 year old dog.
So he is a good fit in this family, love him like he's always been here!!
Cindy and her son, Sam, are pictured with Sampson on adoption day.
Meet Cami and her forever family, Kevin and Jarred. When they began researching breeds of dogs they knew that a lab would be the right one for them. They also knew that a mellow dog would fit best into their lifestyle. Five-year-old Cami showed up on the Safe Harbor website and they knew instantly that she was one to meet. Cami met them at the door with a wagging tail and offered her belly for scratching. That’s all it took for Kevin and Jarred to fall in love and soon after Cami was on her way to her forever home. She’s already enjoying the good life of being an only dog with lots of attention, two dog beds and all the treats she can handle.
Kevin and Jarred sent us this wonderful update on life with Cami:
Thanks so much for checking in on our girl! Cami (that’s what we call her) is doing great! Here are some specifics:
- Very mellow and incredibly sweet
- Really coming out of her shell: more confidence and making more eye contact
- We love the way she prances and bounces around when it’s meal time
- She LOVES playing in the snow and rolling around making “lab snow angels”
- The neighborhood kids love her and she does great with them
- She was a very happy girl after her spa day at the PetSmart grooming salon in preparation for our Meet Cami brunch where our friends came to meet our new addition – everyone loved her, especially the kiddos
- She loves going with us in the car and is the perfectly behaved pup passenger
- She makes us laugh when she puts herself to bed every night upstairs on her bed around 10pm each night and when she nudges our leg to show affection
- Our vet says she doing well on her road to recovery from Heartworm
- Her back legs seem to be getting stronger with walks and exercise
We just LOVE her and she’s the perfect addition to our home and family.
Two-year-old, black Lab beauty Jamie is very excited to be home with her new mom, Hadley. This sweet, young pup with energy to spare was a little behind on some of her schooling when she arrived, but Hadley is committed to helping her catch up on her lessons. Hadley is making sure that Jamie gets all of the training, exercise, and love she needs to become an upstanding Lab citizen, and with her wonderful new mom by her side, we bet Jamie will soon be graduating at the top of her class.
Well she is settling in pretty well, though it is quite apparent that when she settles in she gets a bit mischievous. We will work on it together though. She is currently enjoying 1 to 2 walks a day and has met a few doggie buddies. She needs some work there, but I look forward to helping her socialize a bit better and have been looking up some doggie daycares and such that will help. We start training together next week as I want to make sure she can be in the house alone without being destructive as soon as possible. She is also gaining some weight, which is needed. Hopefully her ribs will be a little bit less pronounced soon. She is a lot of energy, which is a hard but good thing – brings life back into the house.
Buddy (formerly Mikey)
Look out squirrels, there's a new sheriff in town! Mikey, now known as Buddy, has moved in forever with Laurel and her family, and has enthusiastically embraced his new roles of loving canine companion and chief chicken coop guard. As the attached picture of Buddy on guard duty shows, he is a tireless worker who will go to any lengths (and heights) to make sure that his chicken charges are safe from any pesky critters who venture near. Although the squirrels keep him busy, Buddy always finds time to let his new family know how much he loves them and how happy he is to be home.
His new mom sent us a note shortly after he joined the family:
I wanted to share an update with you on Mikey who we adopted just a week ago. Our 7 year old son has named him Buddy and he is living up to his name. He is a total love bug and follows us everywhere. Buddy is starting to relax and realize that we are not going to leave him; he was so worried the first few days that he would actually fall asleep while sitting up! We were a little shocked to find out that he is only a year old...that explains some of his lab pup antics. Our small dogs have accepted him into the pack and the cat is now sleeping on top of his kennel. He's quite the fetching dog and has an extremely soft mouth. He helps us with our flock of 4 chickens and makes sure the squirrels do not get near the coop. In fact, he jumped into a huge tree in our yard to chase a squirrel (pic attached) and we have been working on impulse control with lots of positive reinforcement.
His sweet brown eyes and drooly jowls are just adorable...all he wants is to please us...and get treats! We are working on packing on about 10 lbs on his skinny frame. Our family thanks you so very much for saving Buddy!
Marvelous Murphy is home and enjoying family life with his new parents, Scott and Susan, and their daughters. Murphy is an eight-year-old, exceedingly handsome hunk of Lab love who counts everyone as a friend — whether you're large or small, two-legged or four, Murphy is ready to be your new best buddy.
His new parents sent us an update on life with Murphy:
We're happy to report that Murphy is doing amazing. He's such an amazing addition to our family. It took the little ones a bit to get used to him, but they're all getting along just fine.
He really enjoys our evening walks together. Yesterday we took him to the local dog park for the first time and he had a blast. He really enjoys playing with other dogs. He was pretty worn out by the time we left - he slept the rest of the afternoon. We had him checked out with our vet and she gave him a clean bill of health, other than some arthritis he's healthy.
We can't wait till the weather gets nice so we can take him camping with us. We couldn't be happier with him. Thank you for all you do for these dogs.
"Good golly, I think they've made a mistake," said Ms. Molly when she saw 13 candles on her last birthday cake. "That can't possibly be the right number for a spry, young lady like me!". Still, she decided that she had waited much too long to find her new family and worried that she wouldn't find her new home before her next birthday rolled around. When Kathy came to visit and told Molly that she would love to have her join her family, Molly realized that good things really do come to those who wait. When she packed up all of her prized possessions, said goodbye to her wonderful foster family, and left with her new mom to begin the next great chapter of her life, Ms. Molly had a special spring in her step as she felt the weight of all her worries slip away and realized that she would be loved and cherished forever.
"Molly, being the wonderful old girl that she is, has blended right in with family life. It's such a pleasure to bring in an older, wiser dog who knows how to behave with grace and thoughtfulness. Molly enjoys spending time with us as we make dinner, walks with us to get the mail, and is always looking for a nice scratch behind the ears. She is great with our kids and we are certain that if her health remains strong, she will be with us for at least a few more years."
Molly is pictured relaxing outside her new home and showing that she has a knack for finding the best seat in or out of the house. We join Molly in thanking Kathy and her family for opening their hearts and home to the lovely girl and making sure that her golden years will truly be golden!
Draco (formerly Beckett)
Beautiful two-year-old Beckett was just looking for just the right someone to love and adore, and when he met his new mom, Christina, he knew she was the one. Now known as Draco, this sweet pup has settled right into his new home and his favorite activity is following his new mom wherever she goes.
Christina tells us:
"He is doing great. He is my buddy, where I go Draco is right there by my side. The daily walks are one of his favorite events, besides meal/treat time! He loves belly rubs but is still wrapping his head around playing with toys."
Young Murray gazed at his reflection in the mirror and was rather impressed with what he saw. "I'm quite the handsome Lab lad, if I do say so myself," he murmured as he looked at the svelte figure with the sleek black coat and dreamy brown eyes staring back at him from the glass. "I'm easy on the eyes, and pretty well-behaved when I want to be — why can't a great catch like me find someone to love?", he wondered. Then, as he is also a very clever fellow, he realized that all he needed were some good PR people to get the word out that such a superior specimen of dogness was available and looking for an equally superior home. And so Murray sought out the folks at Safe Harbor and asked if we could let people know that a very special, one-year-old Lab was searching for just the right home. Before long, we introduced Murray to Patsy and Bill, and Murray immediately knew that they were the people for him. He wagged his tail and held his breath, hoping that they would say the words he had been waiting to hear all his young life — and then this great couple said that they would like to be his forever parents, and Murray knew that his troubles were now behind him, life was good, and his future was very, very bright.
Murray's new mom tell us:
"Murray is a sweetheart and has settled into his new home. He mastered the doggie door his first day. He has met all the neighbor's dogs and everyone is getting along great. I'm not sure which he enjoys more - walks or fetching. Bill & I definitely made the right decision when adopting Murray."
We're sure that Murray agrees.
Fraser (formerly Forest)
Our lovable scamp, Forrest found a home with Stephanie, Rob and Madison — and gave them a run for their money. He has settled in and soaking up all the love a Lab can ever wish for. Stephanie writes:
On September 21 Forrest came to run with the Foster family – quite literally. He came to us a little thin but full of energy. He seemed to settle right into the flow of the family and was generally always by our sides. But, on the first Wednesday after he arrived, he was right next to Rob as he opened the front door to leave for work. That was his chance to live up to his name. Rob went for a mile or so trail run – in a business suit! It really was like Forrest Gump, you know “Run Forest, Run.” He was fast and agile, but Rob finally corralled him and Stephanie came and picked them up in the car.
Although we had already started calling him by a different name, that little adventure solidified the need. Forest became Fraser officially. Happily, he has not tried the same adventure again, though we watch our doors pretty carefully. We are also doing some additional training with Fraser. He meets us at the door every time we come home with a big wagging tail and seems just plain glad to be around us.
Although Fraser might have come to run with us, now he just runs the house. Through a combination of people and dog efforts, we have been able to put some needed weight on him. Although he had been pretty well mannered in the kitchen, just before Christmas he “treated himself” to rib eye steak and left the rest of us with salad for dinner. Maybe it was Fraser’s way of compensating himself for some of the Christmas bandanas he was dressed in. He also has a cozy place to sleep at night – the “big bed” with mom and dad – at least for part of the night. He opens the covers himself, kicking the throw pillows on the floor and pulling back the comforter. His favorite position vacillates between fully sprawled out with the tips of his hind feet touching one edge and tips of his front feet touching the other or having his head resting on Rob’s pillow. He has plenty of toys too. Fraser will chew just about any toy he can find, but has been good about leaving non-toys alone. He is all lab because his favorite thing is to walk around with a toy in his mouth. Oh the life!
His only real quirks are anxiety in the car or with snowplows. He will shake a bit and bark – not in a mean way, just a loud way. But, we have found that a little extra attention (though it is hard he could get any more) and maybe a treat or two, he will put his head on your shoulder (in the car) or on your lap (at home) and just hang out. We’d love to know his backstory to understand this behavior.
In all, we are not sure who is luckier, Fraser or us. He is a full-fledged member of the family and is always checking in with Madison and mom and dad to make sure he is not missing out on any family fun. He is a really big lover, well mannered, and just plain fun to be around. He has helped us survive the loss at Thanksgiving of his beloved adopted sister – Sundae, a 14 year old chocolate lab that had been with us since she was eight weeks old. Both of them got along great together. Fraser also helped fill the void and create new memories after the loss of our 5 year old lab – Sweet Mapes (Maple) – a month before he came into our lives.
Madison is especially thankful for Fraser, and at her upcoming birthday in February, she has asked friends attending her party to donate food, toys, or money that she will be giving to Safe Harbor, in honor of Fraser and in memory of Maple and Sundae. Along with Madison, we hope every dog can find a safe and loving home.
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