Our Foster Dogs

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Volunteering for Lab Rescue

Dave and I volunteer for Lab Rescue of the Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac. This page is dedicated to dogs I've placed as an adoption coordinator, our foster dogs, our overnight guest dogs, the dogs I've evaluated for entry into Lab Rescue's program, and the dogs we have handled at adoption day.

If you live outside the Washington, DC metro area, there is probably another Lab Rescue organization that needs your help. Lab Rescue's site offers links to other rescue organizations around the country. Check them out!

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Lucy Photo

Lucy

Our first foster dog was Lucy, a four year old chocolate girl. She was with us twelve days before going home with her new family. They're crazy about her and Lucy is crazy about them. Seeing them take off for home together made us feel great, as did the wonderful e-mail we got from Lucy's new mom the following week.


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Sam Photo

Sam

Our second foster dog was Sam, a six year old yellow male. He's a doll, as you can see! He and our dog Toni hit it off extremely well--so well, in fact, that we adopted him! We took a break from fostering while we got Sam trained and settled in, but we resumed fostering later. Since he's now a permanent part of the family, Sam has a home page of his own.


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Chloe

Chloe came to us as an overnight visitor prior to the May 7, 2000 Adoption Day. Only ten months old, Chloe was abused--hit with a baseball bat and underfed--before coming to Lab Rescue. Chloe was very affectionate and fairly subdued the first evening at our house, but after a good night's sleep, she was up and ready to go at 5:30 AM. Thankfully, Dave and Sam were up, too. Chloe led them on a mile and a half walk before breakfast. Chloe attracted immediate attention upon her arrival at adoption day, and was heading off to Maryland with her new parents and yellow Lab brother less than thirty minutes after our arrival.

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Winston Photo

Winston

Winston was a sweet 3-year-old chocolate male found as a stray near Appomatox, VA. We fostered him for four days. After adoption day, he went to foster care with Linda, the woman who had rescued him. She'd wanted to keep him, but didn't think her other two male dogs would accept him. It turned out that they all got along, and Linda adopted Winston.


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Bonnie

Bonnie and Sam Photo

Bonnie and Sam

Bonnie was about 6 or 7 years old when found as a stray in central Virginia. Dave and I picked her up on December 2, 2000. Bonnie is very sweet and affectionate with people and dogs. She patiently taught Sam how to interact with other dogs. At two adoption days, people kept coming back to see Bonnie, but nobody took her home. She was either too old, too small, tailess, or afraid of stairs. By the time she'd been with us for three weeks, we knew she was meant to stay with us. Adopting Bonnie put an end to our long-term fostering, but Dave and I continue to volunteer for Lab Rescue in other ways. Visit Bonnie's home page for more details.

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Midnight

Midnight was a seven-year-old female black Lab mix whose loving family had to part with her due to an unexpected transfer overseas. Midnight was a very sweet dog and had no problem finding a happy new home.

Midnight Photo

Midnight

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Bridget & Maverick

Bonnie, Bridget and Sam Photo

Bridget (in the back)
with Bonnie and Sam

Two-year-old Bridget was found as a stray. She had heartworm and was treated successfully. Dave and I fostered Bridget for 8 days in October 2001. We were walking around the block when we met a neighbor and her adult daughter. The daughter fell in love with Bridget. (It was easy to do; she's a fabulous dog.) She and her fiance had been planning to adopt a dog, and after another visit and much consideration they adopted Bridget. My suspicions about Bridget's condition were confirmed by her new vet. A few weeks later, Bridget gave birth to Maverick, a healthy and handsome boy. Bridget and Maverick came to visit Dave, Sam, Bonnie and me for six days when Maverick was six weeks old so that their humans could get married. Maverick's stay with us was a fun but tiring experience.

Maverick Photo
Maverick at 6 weeks

Maverick Photo
Maverick choosing a toy

Bridget and Maverick Photo
Mother & son taking a nap

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Indy (Indigo)

Indy was a two-year-old stray black Lab mix. We fostered her for only two days in April 2002 before she was adopted by a nice couple from Arlington. She was a very sweet girl who was shy around Sam and Bonnie at first but learned to play with them as she became more confident. She loved to snuggle with people and bury her head in the pillows on the couch. She slept on our bed at night.

Indy Photo

Indy

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Coco Photo

Coco

We fostered Coco for 5 days in May 2002 before she was adopted by a wonderful family in northern Virginia. She had been in various foster homes since October of 2001 when her owner died. She'd lost her other owner only six months earlier. The person who was seeking a new home for her on her late owners' behalf placed her with Lab Rescue in late April. Coco's original family had adopted the 4 year old from a shelter when she was ten weeks old. At six months of age, Coco bolted out the front door and was hit by a car. Her left front leg was amputated, but she adapted beautifully. She plays with other dogs, runs up and down stairs, and climbs in and out of the car. Coco has excellent house manners and got along great with Sam and Bonnie.


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Annabelle Photo

Annabelle

Annabelle stayed with us for almost a month in the Spring of 2002. She was a 7 year old girl who was affectionate and got along well with our dogs. There were just a couple of problems. First, she pulled like crazy on the leash. Second, she went nuts in the car. While she was with us, we worked on basic obedience and on desensitization and counterconditioning with the car. When she was adopted, she had a one-hour car ride to get home. She left in a crate on a plush mattress in a large van working away at her stuffed Kong. She did fine on the trip home and settled right in.


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Phoenix Photo

Phoenix

Phoenix stayed with us for three weeks in the late spring of 2002. She was an eight-year-old chocolate girl whose owner had moved away and left her out in a fenced yard with filthy water and no shelter. Phoenix dug in the dirt to try to stay cool. She was covered with fleas and ticks and was positive for heartworm disease. On her way north from Richmond, we stopped at the vet and had the ticks removed and updated her vaccines as she had no records. When we got home, she got a thorough bath, which she loved. Phoenix was great with Sam and Bonnie and was well-mannered indoors. She was adopted by a wonderful couple from PA and their yellow male Lab. Phoenix's new mom is a veterinarian. We got an update on her in 2006, and Phoenix was still healthy, happy, and active.


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Lucy Photo

Lucy

Lucy has been with us since June 22, 2002. My sister Karen had hoped to adopt her, but her bunny Hazel didn't like having Lucy in the house. (Sage, the other bunny, and Merlynne, the parrot, seemed ok with Lucy.) Almost three weeks into her stay with us, Dave and I decided to adopt her. Lucy is a sweet girl who is a fetch monster and a smart girl who learns quickly. She's a very exitable girl, though. She works herself into a puppy frenzy with any hint that it's playtime and is slow to calm down. She also wags her tail so hard that she opened up a sore on the end of it. Our foyer looked like the set of a slasher movie. The toilet paper roll she wore in this photo allowed the sore to heal. It's been fine for a couple of years now, but we keep the Happy Tail supplies around just in case. Now that Lucy has joined the family, she has her own website. Visit Lucy's Home Page.

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Lucy Punk

Lucy, a seven-year-old black female, ended up at a shelter after the death of her owner in the December of 2003. She came to Lab Rescue in mid-January and then to Dave and me on May 19, 2004. Lucy had been diabetic since April of 2002. After coming to us, she developed cataracts, which caused her to go completely blind. She had cataract surgery on September 8, 2004, and regained her vision. Lucy was a sweet girl who would have found a new home quickly if she hadn't been diabetic. Though I monitored her blood glucose level and gave her insulin injections twice a day, she was one of the easiest fosters we ever had. She was completely housetrained and didn't require crating. She had the run of the house with our three dogs. Lucy was nicknamed "Punk" or "Punky" by her previous foster. We continued to use that name to differentiate her from our Lucy, also known as "Lucy Goosey" or "Lucy Belle." Lucy remained with us until her death at age 12 in March of 2009.

Lucy Punk Photo


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Henry

Henry

Henry, a 5-year-old yellow male, was a stray. We adopted him two days after he arrived. Visit Henry's Home Page.

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Be sure and visit the Lab Rescue home page for information on adoption and volunteer opportunities!
Visit NurseBobbi's home page.
Visit Dave's website.
Visit Henry's Home Page.
Visit Sam's tribute page.
Visit Bonnie's tribute page.
Visit Lucy's tribute page.
Visit Toni's tribute page.
Visit Levi's tribute page.

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Last updated 25 December 2011
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