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Happy Endings – Success Stories From Adopters

Here are some recent testimonials from adoptive families who were so thrilled with Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue (GGLRR) that they took the time to tell us in writing.  Feel free to express your appreciation to the many volunteers at GGLRR helping with your Lab adoption.  If you want to share your story with other prospective owners, just send it to our web manager or your GGLRR Rescue Representative. Enjoy reading these happy ending stories for these lucky Labs and their forever families! 


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December 2010

Hi Everyone,

Happy Holidays!!


Mendy and Carly


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December 2010

Hi Sylvana,


I just wanted to wish you Happy Holidays and thank you again for all of the help with Shasta with whom we wildly in love.  Here's her Halloween photo with Hal.  The description of her in the rescue blurb was precisely accurate.  She is wonderfully friendly, energetic and loves doggie park adventures.  I made a holiday contribution to GGLRR and expressed my gratitude to you and Ann in the note.  Hope your family (including all doggies) is great, and that you have a terrific rest of the month.  Hope to see you soon.

 
Best, Maureen 


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December 2010

Hi guys. Well, we have had quite a year together with Phoebe.  We've been to Tahoe, parties and long, long walks.  We've had baths and swims and made tons of friends.  And, all of us are much the better for it.   Take a look at this to see a retrospective of the first year.  We have you guys to thank. (Paste this in browser if you are having trouble clicking:  http://tiny.cc/Phoebe_Year1

  
Best to you all.


John, Carol and Phoebe


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December 2010

Liz -

Bailey is a delightful dog. We adopted her from GGLRR in
February, and she immediately fit right in with our other dog, Stella-Bear.
We lost 12-yr-old Bear in August to a virulent cancer which had been
diagnosed only 6 wks earlier. She had come through surgery very well in
January for a less aggressive type. The photo of them under the table was
taken only 3 days before we had to put Bear down. We had her for only 2.5
yrs. But Bailey is now a sister again, thanks to 8-yr-old Yellow Lab Katie,
whom we adopted a month ago. We like to adopt older dogs, but that they
don't live very much longer really hurts. We had had Beauregard, a
Golden/scent hound mix, for 15.5 of his 17 yrs, when we lost him last
November. Quite a turnover of dogs in this household in the last yr!

The photo of Bailey on the deck is at our Mendocino County cabin. I spent a
great deal of time working on it this summer and was very happy to have
Bailey with me. And "with me" she was, even when the noisy belt sander was
going.

Here's to a great next year for you, Labs & us.

Dianne S.


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December 2010

Hi Liz,

Cali is doing great. She still gets out for walks/runs every day, and her coat is healthy. I have attached a couple pictures from her favorite place, the park. The rest of the family has really bonded with her, although I'm still her alpha dog and main attachment. She is a well-behaved, really good dog. The whole family took her to Canine Middle School at A Dog's Life, and she did really well (highly motivated by treats). Most of her skittishness has gone away, and I'm guessing what is still there is normal even for dogs that haven't been through what she has. I think she understands that this is her permanent home. Even my mom, who is really picky about her house, has adopted Cali as her grandchild, so we bring her with us whenever we visit. We continue to bring her on campouts, and she is a pro now. I think she is happy here.

Hope all is well at GGLRR. Thanks for all you guys do!

Best regards,
Cris O.


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December 2010

Hi Liz,

Just want to let you know that Moose (formerly Reebok) is doing great! We are so lucky to have such a great guy! He was a little nervous at first, but now he is right at home and it feels like he has been a part of the family forever. Thank you so much for helping us get such a sweet dog!

Thanks,

Nick and Ashley


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December 2010

Hi Judy,

Hope you have a wonderful holiday. Piper says Merry Christmas!
Piper is a true angel - my love and the perfect dog! We have really bonded and her training is coming along great - we are very lucky to have her.

Thank you!

Best,
Krista, Tony & Piper


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December 2010

Hi Debra and Hildy, 

I wanted to let you know how Goose and Hurly are doing. Goose and Hurly have really settled in as you can see. They are extremely loving dogs and are getting lots of attention here. When it comes to the game of fetch, Goose would easily outlast the Eveready Bunny. He loves to play and even at 7 years he has a young dog spirit about him. 

Hurly is a princess and carries herself like royalty. She likes to play but laying down and having her chest scratched seems to be her favorite thing. She has cat like qualities when she plays, swatting at the ball as if it were a ball of yarn. If she sees Goose playing, she will try and get in on the act too. Whatever one is doing the other wants in. Hurly seems to be the leader of the two. She is able to take toys from Goose easily and Goose does not mind.

We are so happy to have them with us and we are getting to know them more and more each day. Happy Holidays to you both and thank you so much for helping us with Goose and Hurly!

Katy and Chet


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December 2010

Hi Liz,

Here is a picture of Buster (formerly known as Humphrey) and our story :)

Buster came to our family on the day of the San Francisco Giants Parade in November 2010, and was named a few days later as Buster. Buster was a bit nervous the first week, and terrorized us by play-biting our arms continuously, but quickly learned the ropes of what was acceptable behavior and what was not. Today, he is quite well behaved but still occasionally grabs and chews an unattended shoe or a sock. Buster loves to walk, take long runs with his new "mama", and play catch with a stick or a tennis ball. He has also learned how to swim and became quite good at it very fast. But ultimately his all-time favorite game is hide-and-seek. Whether he looks for us outside on our 1 acre lot or inside the house, when he finds us, he always has a big smile on his face. Buster is very gentle around our two older cats. They have gotten accustomed to each other and these days peacefully dine together every morning and night. We have been so very happy to have found Buster and been able to become his forever parents. Thank you Golden Gate Lab Rescue and, especially Liz, for connecting us with our new love, Buster.

Rich and Minna V.


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December 2010

Hi Liz and Judy,

I just wanted to update you both on how things are going with Luca (formerly Banjo).  He is settling in nicely and developing a strong bond with each of us.  I'm his "number one", but he really likes to be with my son and husband, too.  At first he seemed scared of my husband but that changed quickly.  He gets very excited when my husband arrives home from work.  Luca recovered well from the abcess, I'm happy to say.  Overall, he's VERY mellow, but now that he's more adjusted to us and his new home he's become more playful at times, especially with my son.  They like to play tug-o-war with a rope toy.  My son likes to wrestly with him!  Luca, being the sweetheart he is, goes along with it :-)  He's been great with other dogs, he doesn't jump up on people, and he only licks a little (and my son doesn't even mind!)  Today when I picked up my son from school I had Luca in the car (he had gone with me on some errands).  When my son saw him he said to me, "We're lucky to have him". On Dec. 13th we'll be starting a dog training class, which we're all looking forward to.  Given Luca's sweet and mellow nature, I'm thinking he has potential to be a therapy dog.  I'm a mental health counselor, so I'm trying to think of ways we can work together!  That's probably a little ways off, but it's something I'm keeping in mind. I hope you're both well. 

Happy Holidays!
Adrienne
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December 2010

Our adoptee Moose (chocolate pup, almost 1 year old, who came to us on  Oct 14th) and our older lab cross Gus (black, age 7) are getting along much better. See photo. I am also taking Moose to  Family Dog I classes at the Marin Humane Society. He is very smart and is trying hard to be a good dog!  He loves puddles and running outside in the fields.

Nadine Y.
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December 2010

Our labs are doing fantastic!  They have adjusted perfectly to their new home - they still like to chew and dig, but we're hoping that goes away in a couple more months :) 

We adopted Johnny and Percy.  They are brothers who we got from Monterey.  Our children really love these dogs - they're a perfect match for our family.  Attached is our Christmas card photo of the kids and dogs.

Thank you for all you do!

The W’s.


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December 2010

Liz,

We are still so very in LOVE with our lab, Sadie. We adopted her via a foster family in our area who happened to be good friends of ours.  When they met her they knew she would be a good fit for our family. Our son Reno Jacob was uneasy around dogs due to a previously negative experience and our daughter Emma LOVED dogs and had been begging for one for quite some time. Our son volunteered at the SPCA to prove he was ready and could help take care of a family dog. When we metSadie, it was obvious she was meant to be a part of our family. She is an indoor dog, with a bed in almost every room, she loves to go for walks and runs and when she has had enough love from the kids she retreats to our walk in closet. We feel very blessed to have her in our family.

Thank you for all you do!
Reno, Tiffany, Reno Jacob, Emma and Sadie D.


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December 2010

Hi Liz,

We took Suzi to Del Valle today.  Every year we take this trail and take our
family picture at the top.  We've been doing this since Scott was an infant,
and every year, except last year, there was a dog along.  So this was Suzi's
first trip with our family.  We liked this picture of all of them the best,
because it's a good one of the boys, but we really liked Suzi's
expression....thought you would like it too!

Thanks for giving us Suzi,

Susa


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December 2010

Hey Judy,

Dudley here (aka...Kimo)...Life is good! I have so many things to tell you! Joe is my new owner and is so happy we found each other. He changed my name to Dudley, since Kimo sounded too much like the "treatment". I live now in Pacific Grove in a nice house, only 2 blocks away from the recreation trail along the coast. I've been a very good boy since I got here. (I'm trying to impress him). He has a son that is 23, so when Joe can't be with me, Coby is. I love it here! I usually wake up early, as soon as it gets light and I nudge Joe out of bed. We go for a two mile walk every morning at 7am along the coastline. Man, I really want to get in that water, but Joe told me "not yet"...I walk pretty well on the leash, but I tend to pull pretty hard...well, what do you expect from a young, healthy, happy lab?? Anyway, Joe says we are going to fix that through training...ok, I  guess... He takes me to work where I am the hit of all the staff. They love me!! One lady brings me treats every day, so it's not too bad. Sometimes Joe gets off early and we head to the dog park here in Pacific Grove. I can run free and boy do I like to run. I love to see the other dogs and am friendly with them. Why don't some dogs like to play? I'm still trying to figure that out. I run free for about 45 minutes, then it's time to go. At night, when it gets dark, I settle down and sleep and then when Joe is ready for bed I sleep in his room on nice bed he got me. I sleep all the way through till it gets light again. Guess what? I know how to get the newspaper from the front yard and bring it in the house! When Joe is getting ready for work, I want to grab his socks and play, but he tells me "not now", but I do love to play!  Anyway Judy, thanks for hooking me up with a great family. I am loving life and found my "forever home". Hey, thanks for all you do for us Labs, we really appreciate it! (Joe does too)

Love,
Dudley


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December 2010

Thank you! Thank you!
We have had Bart in our family for about a month now and he is really
joining us beautifully. While Eddie (4 year old King Charles) is the Alpha
dog-hilarious to watch-he and Bart really love each other.
Bart was shy and nervous at first, and is still a little jumpy with anyone
he doesn't know but when he sees they're ok with us, he warms up quickly.
He's a great friend--

Thanks again,
Dave and Terice C.


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December 2010

Well it's been two years since Buddy became a member of our family.  Thank you so much for bringing him into our lives.   He is "the best dog ever".   He is so smart and the most loving creature.   He's a good listener and wants to play ball ever waking moment !   Buddy will be three years old this February.   We decided Valentine's Day was an appropriate day to celebrate his birthday.   Hope GGLRR has another successful year and thank you for doing everything you do.

Warmest Regards, 

Joyce and Bob
San Ramon


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November 2010

Hi Liz,

Ruby (aka Rita) is great.  She has fit right in to our family and is a wonderful dog.  She is learning her good manners and is gentle and patient with our kids.  We go for walks every day in the open space near our house.  Ruby comes to work with me daily and does really well in the office.  My boss thinks she is the greatest dog because she is so mellow. Ruby loves to snuggle up on the kids' beds at night until it's time for her to get in her crate (which she does willingly).  We love her very much and are so grateful to GGLRR and all of the volunteers and fosters that help find homes for these wonderful dogs.  

Sincerely.
Julie G.


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November 2010

Hi Liz,

Otis (whose adoption name was "Chuck") has been a great dog. He enjoys
running around the ranch sniffing out quail, mice and gophers.  He gets
along great with his German shepherd sister, Emeline.  His Wookie-like
vocalizations make us laugh.  He has certainly taught us many things about
dog training and raised our game.  They say 'you get the dog you need' and I
believe we got that with Otis.

I've attached a few pictures of Otis enjoying his domain.
Barbara and Scott S.


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November 2010

Hi Liz,

Homer has made himself right at home.  Steffan (corgi) has taken to him and even plays with him; something he is reluctant to do with other dogs.  From the way Homer reacted to grass, we think her was missing out on this delightful stuff.  He is continuing to explore his new home and yard finding many new wonders.

Thanks,
Russ & Charlie

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November 2010

Well what can I say except we are loving the new addition to our  household LuLu and she is quite a lulu so lovable, sweet and into all kinds of mischief. As you can see she loves her new home and is so curious about all its surrounding especially her new best friend our cat Pepper.  She has decided her job is to clean him from head to toe one lick after another which pepper seems to enjoy thoroughly. Saturday was her first time to a dog park she thought the kids were way more fun than the other dogs. Today she went to the beach for the first time loves those birds well chasing them at least. Obviously she loves sleeping in close quarters even though a larger bed was right next to  her, is she cute or what! We'll keep you informed of her progress & again thanks to Judy for helping us find this wonderful little girl.

Marc & Laura G.

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November 2010

Hi Liz!

Ironically, I have been thinking of you a lot and Rob forwarded the email newsletter below. Choco is THRIVING. He loves his world:squirrels running through the hood, other dogs, Stern Grove, Ft. Funston and various and sundry weekend getaways (was just in Pt Reyes this past weekend).

See the photos attached, taken at Crissy Field last month…he’s too much. We just love love love him, a permanent fixture in these parts!

Best, Laura L.


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November 2010

Hi, Liz,
Monty (formerly Monster) is doing very well in his new home. He rests quietly near my feet while I do homework in the mornings, eagerly takes walks in the afternoon and evening, and sleeps next to my younger daughter's bed. Our daughter, Kate, enjoys playing with Monty when she gets home, and feeding him dinner at night. They are becoming good buddies. Monty also enjoys playing with my sister's lab, Yuki, also an adopted GGLRR dog. I've attached a photo of Monty with Kate.

Best regards,
Michelle


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November 2010

Hi Judy:

We wanted to give you a quick update on Sally, who is a fantastic addition to our family. She is growing like crazy, and getting on really well with Buster, our Boxer who is her new big brother and constant companion. They play really well together, of course both wanting to get the toy that the other one has. Sally is excelling in puppy training class, demonstrating all Lab traits of intelligence, obedience, and willingness to please. The kids are having a great time playing with their new friend, and Sally will follow them around like they have been together their entire lives.

We can't thank you and GGLRR enough for bringing Sally to our family.
Best regards, The P. Family


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November 2010

We absolutely love our Lab. She came to us two weeks ago yesterday as "Nala" but we changed her name to "Nellie" because our prior Lab was named "Nala." Nellie has made the transition very well.

We immediately started Nellie on her exercise program because she was about 15 pounds overweight. We also enrolled the three of us (Nellie, my wife and I) in a dog (and people) training program. She came to us as an exuberant two year old who had not yet learned to heel, sit or stay down. She is pretty good at that now. (I walk her one to two miles a day while we practice.) This week we go back to training for stay, come and get-back. These sessions are 2 - 21/2 hours and are tremendously effective.

By the way, Nellie has lost about five pounds --- and so have I. Here a couple of photos I just snapped, 20 minutes after her mile walk. Thank you, thank you for your service to these remarkable dogs. They bring so much joy!!

Best regards,
Hal J.


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November 2010

Dusty is a dear member of our family. He goes with us everywhere, and does not like to stay by himself at home. Though, now we can leave him for about 2 hours without him getting too anxious. He knows we are coming back. Here is Dusty dressed as a wizard for Halloween! He was fine navigating through crowds of people and children wanting to pet him. Such a gentle sweetie pie.

Thank you for your important work.

Elaine, Ed, Daniel and Melody


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November 2010

Hi There,

I was just thinking of sending a follow up note to you all. We love Tanner. He has added more to our family than we could have ever hoped for!

Thanks,

Jared & Kirsten


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November 2010

Cody is doing very well. The first week he followed me from room to room. He now will stay in a room if people leave. We have not left him alone yet. We want him to feel secure so someone is always home with him or we take him with us. He sleeps in his crate at night which has rapidly improved potty training. The timing could not have been better as my son is off from school all week. Cody is such a quick learner. We take him to the school in the mornings, he walks on leash to the school and when we get to the field he is off leash and does extremely well. He has no problems with our cats and they are adjusting to him as he is not threatening to them. When Cody needs to potty he goes to the door and when he wants to walk he nudges the leash that is hanging. His sweet personality is a perfect fit for our family. Cody is extremely loved.

Barbara


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November 2010

We weren’t sure that the emptiness in our hearts and home could be filled after we lost our Chocolate Lab, Herman, to cancer at 4-1/2 years old last summer. But, Dallas and Memphis have enough love to fill the empty spaces and heal our sadness. When we heard the story about Dallas and Memphis, we decided it was time to bring new pets into our home. We couldn’t imagine separating these two companions after five years together. And, we were right as they are very distraught when separated, even for a brief few minutes. Dallas has become a “Daddy’s Girl” and always is near Mark if not laying on his feet. Memphis is a “Mommy’s Boy” and makes sure that he gives Mary many kisses and in return he gets lots of tummy rubs plus is always in the kitchen monitoring her cooking just in case something falls to the floor. We live in the Santa Cruz Mountains amongst the Redwoods, so Dallas and Memphis have come to love their twice-daily walks in the woods on the private road. And, they have also enjoyed an occasional long walk to the stream where they’ve frolicked in the water or enjoyed a visit to the dog park. We are grateful to have added these two loving companions to our home.



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November 2010

Dear Lab Rescue,

Thank you for Hank, adopted 2/20/10 at age 2-1/2! And thanks to Sylvana, who decided to trust us with Hank although the foster asked to adopt him at the last minute. Hank is a gorgeous Lab mix (attached is the best portrait I've done of him so far). When we first brought him home, he was friendly toward us but would cower and bark at strangers. He also would obsessively chase squirrels in the yard, becoming so excited that he would ignore food or any other distraction to get him back into the house. He was very fearful and aggressive toward other dogs. He did not know how to play or have any interest in dog toys.

Fast forward to November 2010 - we have completed 2 full obedience courses, with more to come. While he still pulls on leash, he is MUCH better, now full of enthusiasm for walking and practicing what he has learned. He knows sit, come, stay, down, leave it, off, wait, watch me, and heel (we are still working on heel!). He still barks at squirrels but now will stop and come inside when called. And an unlooked-for miracle - Hank has learned to play! He loves his large collection of toys, carrying them around in true Lab style, fetching, or contentedly chewing while lying at our feet. In the past few months he has started romping like a puppy - pouncing on his toys, inviting us to chase by posing with his front end down and his rump in the air, tail wagging wildly the whole time, leaping sideways and galloping around, with a high-pitched puppy bark of joy. It is utterly heartwarming to see this formerly wild and fearful dog enjoying a late happy puppy hood at age 3. He also will sit up on his haunches like a prairie dog, put his front paws in my lap and then his head, while gazing up sideways at me to make sure I'm getting the full effect of how adorable he is. Hank is quite the clown. He's become very sociable and outgoing, happily greeting everyone he meets. As your description of him said, he is extremely affectionate, and loves to be petted. That is still true, even more than when we adopted him. I've never had such a cuddly dog. Hank is still fearful of other dogs, but we are going slow and steady on that, with the obedience trainers' advice - not letting him off leash around other dogs, having him meet them in a structured environment, and praising him like crazy when he is able to greet them without aggression.

So as you can see, Hank has his happy ending. But we also see this as Hank's happy beginning, because we believe he will be tail wagging his way through life, snuggling up for a hug, and delighting us with his antics for many years to come.

Deborah


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November 2010

Dear Judy,

Oh how we love this girl! Zoey has all of us smiling right back at her.

She and the boys can't get enough of each other and were literally running
around the backyard at 6:15 this morning! She's a really good dog, and your
description of her, spot on... The loaf of sourdough bread was relocated
from the counter to the lawn, and she hopped onto our bed at least 10 times
last night. I finally got comfortable with a pillow on her dog bed.

Thank you so much for the wonderful "job" that you do and for choosing us to
be Zoey's family.

Shannon


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November 2010

Hi,

Thanks for checking in.  We are doing great with Michoco (his new name...which he learned in about 2 days!!).  He is an amazing dog.  I have many stories already, but we are getting to know each other and we are thrilled to have him as part of our family.  The attached photo is of him on our front porch with our eldest daughter, Zofia.  He is MUCH loved and cared for.

Thanks so much!!

Best,

Star and Michael

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November 2010

Shadow  is such a wonderful puppy!  He is playful, energetic and gets the cutest look on his face when he gets his special chewing stick or has taken something he knows that he shouldn't.  He is continuing to learn good manners and has been excellent around the children when I bring him to Kylie and Erin's school. Shadow has brought such joy to our lives the past six weeks and I know that our love for him will just keep growing deeper and deeper as the years go by. We truly are a lucky family to have Shadow in our lives!
Sincerely,

The Mullenex Family


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November 2010

Hi Judy,

Just wanted to send you a picture of Luke's "Lucky Dog" smile.  This picture was taken a month ago at a winery when he attended his first weekend camping trip in the Sierra Foothills for the big Wine Crush event.  His personality has blossomed in many ways in the 4 months in his new forever home.  When I transferred his micro chip information over into our name, my vet was able to acquire his previous medical record.  In the one year of medical notes I was able to get a little insight into his first year of growth and care.  At 2 months of age weighing in at 14.2 lbs, shooting his way up to 94.6 lbs at only 10 months old! Unfortunately the records ended there which makes me assume he was passed to a new home.  You had predicted his weight of 110 lbs and that I might not see much change and, you were right!  With his diet of California Natural Reduced Calorie food and his daily 30-60 minute power walk/runs in the park he still tips the scales at 110 lbs. but looks much slimmer.  The shelter had guessed his age at 4 years and you had thought he may be a little younger, and there again, you were right! His birthday is 3/9/07.   It was so exciting what little mysteries we were able to uncover through the micro chip and the biggest thrill of all was knowing his birth date. (I feel like Nancy Drew).  He has become quite the Mama's boy never letting me too far out of his sites.  It is hard for me to do any chores around him that require being on any type of ladder or any height no matter how short it is.  He will try to climb the ladder behind me and then barks until I get down to safety.  Interestingly enough the other day I had an allergic reaction to a bug bite and my throat and cheek started to swell.  He started barking at me and didn't stop until I had taken Benadryl and the symptoms started to subside.  Maybe there are more mysteries to be discovered about this Big Angel that was just patiently waiting for me to rescue him from afar or......... is it that he wants to keep Me safe as he now knows He will be in his new forever home.

Thank you again,
Wendy S. and "Luke"
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November 2010

Just an update (and pictures) of our fabulous dog Shadow - what a sweetie.  I have been taking her to a trainer where she has been doing very well.  Very eager to learn and please.  Still a bit shy around new people but a real pleasure.  

Thanks again, Anne

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November 2010

Thank you Liz and GGLRR!!! Nala is fitting right in and loves her new home. This is day three and you would think it is month three. She is getting two long walks a day (my exercise plan). We both are working on losing 10 lbs. We hit the jackpot with this beautiful two year old lady Lab. We have been blessed!!

Hal & Adeline J.

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October 2010

Hi one and all -- just a quick update of Spencer  (we got him last January) the yellow lab. He is thriving and well, runs 2 to 3 times a day in the woods.  He is now (albeit reluctantly) learned how to swim after throwing in many many dog biscuits in the pond. He weighs about 90 pounds and has several dog buddies in the area. The man who rents an apartment from us (in our house) is manager at a dog day care and board place.  When we travel he takes Spencer in with him and he plays with the dogs there, and comes home every night.

He is great with kids as we had both our Nephews and our grand kids down this summer and he played with them with no problems.  He also loves my son's step kids.He has every business in town that hands out dog treats memorized and makes the rounds almost daily. With Fall here all the animals are moving down near the house to get to the creek below -- deer, coyotes, skunks, raccoons, fox, bob cats, and a small mountain lion -- so he is always on alert.

Michael M.

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October 2010

Liz,

Here are some pictures of Hershey taken over the weekend.  She’s doing great and has quickly become a member of our family.  My son and daughter thoroughly are enjoying their time with her and she is constantly in their thoughts when they are away from her.

As you will see in the pictures, Hershey enjoys her pumpkin and I’ve already caught her eating into one of them! 

Thank you for bringing her into our family!

Kevin


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September 2010

Since the first day that we saw Bones on Lab rescue, we knew that bones was the one to fill our empty hearts with the loss of our long time companion &  Best  friend Buddy, Thank you Liz & Golden Gate Lab Rescue  for making our  hearts hole again. We LOVE BONES!!!

Laura & Victor


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September 2010

To Liz and the staff at GGLR, 

Thank you so much for all you do for the labs, and for bringing Rex into our lives.  Rex has been with us for just over two months, and we cannot imagine life without him.  He has brought us tremendous joy, and enriched the lives of those around us.  The little girls on our street ring our door bell every weekend in hopes that we will bring Rex out to play with them.  He has also made several dog friends in the neighborhood that we meet with on Sunday mornings at the local high school for some off leash fun.   Lastly, he has completely won over the hearts of his grandparents, with whom he stays with during the day while Dave and I are at work.  I also want to say a big thank you to you Liz, for your patience and perseverance in helping us find the right match in Rex, especially given that we are about to have a baby in six weeks.  We are so excited and can’t wait to meet our baby boy, but I know we will very much be looking forward to leaving the hospital and coming home to see Rex, whom we like to refer to as, “our eldest son!”

Best Regards,
Dave & Melinda


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September 2010

Liz,

Jet is doing great. He has become a real member of the family. He loves to play and romp with our other dog Kona. We have started him in a training class and he is doing great. We love having him in our family.

Brian


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September 2010

Our family is so lucky to have found Shasta.  She was rescued by a very kind
family who took her in because she was in a bad living situation.  She was not socialized, never had a collar or leash on her and didn't even have a name.  We saw she had some potential to recover and decided to give her a chance.  She turned out to be quite a project.  Thank goodness for Liz at GGLRR and a trainer named Beth.  

We learned some real tough love and how best to help her come out of her
shell - she was scared of everything.  Your natural instinct is to try and love her to death and tell her constantly that "it's okay". But Beth taught us that we need to be very patient, let her slowly get used to all the sights and sounds of a new world and be by her side to show her she's safe.  We have seen changes in her every day which encourages us and is our reward.  My favorite thing she has added to our life is laughter every morning.  She sleeps in a kennel at night and when we let her out each day, she is the happiest, most excited dog you have ever seen.  What a wonderful way to start your day.  She still has a way to go - still scared of cars, bikes, baby strollers. But I know she'll overcome those things too with patience and time. We are so happy we found her; she is such a loving dog and makes our family complete.

The M. Family


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September 2010

Lab Rescue stepped in to help a very special Lab. Bruce is a cute 1-yr-old Lab who had an accident in March that left him without the use of his front left leg. The owner couldn't afford to keep him and no one was willing to adopt him "as is", so Lab Rescue decided to get his costly medical issue addressed so he could have the full life he deserved. The vet recommended amputation since dogs get along fine on 3 legs, and dragging a useless leg is much more limiting. Bruce had surgery and quickly adjusted to life with a 1" stump. In fact, the day after surgery he was pulling people around by his leash since he had been practicing 3-legged walking/running for months and no longer had the problem leg in the way.

Last month after Bruce was on the road to recovery, we put him up for adoption and he was quickly placed in a wonderful loving home. Bruce is now named Jake and his new mom, Holly, says: He such a great dog! My dogs love him and he and Robbie have started to play tug o'war! ...Bruce/Jake is a happy boy and I love him! Thanks!

Many thanks to our generous supporters who provided the funds to cover the cost of the surgery so we can continue to help special Labs in need like Bruce/Jake!

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September 2010: GGLRR Lab Rescued by Heroic Firefighters

One of our adopters lives in San Bruno where the September 9th explosion occurred. The family fortunately wasn't home at the time but an adorable GGLRR black Lab named Lila was! Lila's family says: There was no way to get to her as the entire area was evacuated and blocked off within minutes. After countless calls to the police department to rescue her, we finally got the call that they had rescued a black Lab. It was not until 11am the next day that we were sure that it was Lila when we retrieved her at the SPCA. We are so thankful for the courage of our local fire department who broke down our door to get our beloved pet. We are just so fortunate that we have a home that is still there and yet across the street homes were burnt to the ground.

Our hearts go out to those who were injured or who lost their homes or even the lives of loved ones. We are so appreciative of the brave rescuers such as the one who saved Lila (shown in her 10/2009 adoption photo with brother Jasper). This is a vivid reminder to have well thought out plans for our pets to give them the best chance for a good outcome in emergency situations like Lila's

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On the left: Louise called the foster mom to say Oliver (now Jackson) is the perfect dog. He has met her family and neighbors, gone to the store with them, made it home and is settling in. They are so happy.

On the right: Megan sent this photo of Carly-now-Alli and Alli's new little boy who's reading her a bedtime story.


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September 2010

Hi Liz - here is a picture of Max. We are so happy to have Max a part of our family. I especially appreciated the process you and your staff took in finding him the perfect home. He is a perfect fit for our family and our kids look forward to playing with him every day. He is such a good natured and sweet dog. The foster family took wonderful care of him prior to us adopting him. Max goes everywhere with us and appears to be having the time of his life with all of the attention he receives. We can't thank you enough for giving him to us. He made our family complete.

Thank you,

Debbie A.

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September 2010

Hi  Liz,

Jasper is doing wonderfully! He is growing like a weed, getting into puppy mischief, and learning so many new things. He loves the beach, hiking in the hills, and swimming in the lake. He has been an amazing addition to our family & I can't imagine what life was like before him. He loves everyone he meets - whether human, canine, or feline - his exuberance is infectious. Thank you so much for bringing him into our lives.

Best wishes, Carol

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September 2010

Hi Liz,

Thank you so much to both yourself and Rene. To say we are a good fit is truly understated. I take him to work with me everyday where he has made so many new pals. He is down about 20 lbs and goes swimming about every other day. We both are fitting into our new home and really enjoying our new surroundings. I can’t imagine a better buddy than Jake. We are getting a chance to do so many new things. Thanks Gloria and Joe for doing a great job raising him. The question of who rescued who is still up for debate. 

Thanks
Frank

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Sylvana, 

From the moment Lance and Harper picked him up, Toby has been a joy.  He walked into our house and our lives and truly acts like he's been here all along.  He's loving personality is real.  It is amazing to have such a lug of a dog lay next to you at night like he was a small toddler!  Since the beginning of August we have had our other black lab female, Lyra, with us here in San Leandro.  They get along great and act like they've been together for ever too.  They are both the same age, she is smaller.  Toby has doggy friends at our local elementary school where they gather at night to run.  He has frequent walks with a small cockapoo named Brody at Oyster Point here in SL, and he's been to Pt. Isabel in Richmond and loves the water.  Two black lab buddies can be a little overwhelming energy-wise for other dogs.  Toby rides in the car fine (should see the two of them in the back of the Suburu Outback!).  Toby's lost some weight as he is now out running every morning and evening.  His coat is better (fish oil) and he is eating well.  He did learn eating the green apples in the back yard not a good choice for the tummy.  He's so smart, he has avoided them himself since then.    We are so very pleased to have Toby in our lives.  Thank you and the Rescue for your help.  When things settle a little more we'll see what we can do to help support the group.

Have a good weekend,
Robin J.

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Liz,

Charlie is doing really great. He is fully recovered from his little spell in hospital, is thriving as a member of his new family, and we can't thank GGLRR for how great you were through it all. Though he gets up to plenty of puppy mischief, he's a very sweet boy, is a quick learner and loves to run with the kids at the beach. He loves being out and about wherever, actually, and he's always a big hit wherever he goes!

Hope you're well,

Lyndon

 


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August 2010

Hi Cyndi & Judy!!!!!!!!

Good morning. I just wanted to give you an overnight update regarding our beautiful big boy Kahuna! He's doing real good and we love his playful spirit. So far he hasn't eaten but I'm sure his appetite will return (it did soon after this note). Tonight my daughter April is coming over to take him in our pool so he knows where the steps are for getting in and out. Lots of ball playing and plenty of walking are on the agenda also. My husband is loving having a buddy at home with him all day.

Wanted to give a huge thanks to GGLRR for finding me the new love of my life. I am enjoying the loves, hugs, kisses and good boys. I, of course, did not want to come to work today.

I'll keep you posted and also will get someone to take pictures of all of us with Kahuna.

Thanks,
Linda

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Hi Judy,

The trip home was easy – he was asleep before we hit Hwy 68!  My wife and daughter were surprised and delighted, the pup is eating and peeing and pooing and has discovered our strawberry patch, where our first lesson in “no” began.  If you rub his belly, he eventually forgets about the berries . . .
He is a very sweet and mellow fellow – wonderful!

Thanks again!

Doug


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August 2010

Hi Liz,

Mocha is doing great!  She has completely adapted to our home and routine and is a sweetheart.  So far she is fine with cat though we'll keep our eyes open for any signs.  She is wonderful with the kids and her whole body shakes when she wags her tail.  Though Matthew clearly loved her, she needed some TLC and now her coat is beautiful, her nails trimmed and her ears clean.  She is update on her shots (rabies included).  I am attaching two photos of her.  Thanks again for everything.

Adam


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Hi Judy,

Maddie and Wyatt wonderful and we are enjoying them so..Our two new kids!! Thanks for the phone call and training hints and wishes..Appreciate it all..Thanks again..

Keep in touch..
Shannon and Jake


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Thanks to all who did their part to get Nancy and I together. We loved each other instantly and she is taking excellent care of me. I am a very happy dog. Every day is fun with my new family. I haven't had to spend any time by myself since I got here. I love my two new cat buddies, Ben & Boy. And they loved me right back from the night I arrived. I cannot say enough good things about this sweet ,sweet dog. Loyal, patient, only wanting to please and be loved. So turning into the happy Labrador she should be. LEXI IS THE CLASSIC REASON TO ADOPT AN OLDER DOG!!l Thank you all, Nancy O. & Lexi

P.S. My nickname is Snack-a-Rella because I'm always hungry. I am the champion counter cruiser!!!

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Hello Judy and Liz...Camelia's foster mom,
I just have to tell the both of you that Bella (aka Cammie) is absolutely the perfect lab.  She has made such a difference already in my life and I hope I have made the same in hers.  She is wonderful.  My grandchildren adore her and everyone that meets her can't believe that she was a rescue dog.  After just a few hours on Monday she was following me around the house as though she and I had always been together. .  Judy, I'm sending you a picture of Bella on her S.F. Giants blanket on my bed which she now shares with me!  Although she likes her new dog bed, she prefers curling up on one of my chairs and my bed.  There was a time that our dogs weren't allowed on the furniture but times have really changed in my home!  Thank you both for the excellent work that you both do.  I appreciate your efforts more than words and say and I consider myself so very fortunate to have found both of you and Bella.
Thank you both so much,
Patricia D.

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4 months and two knee surgeries later, we finally got to bring Toby home.  Needless to say he seems to be adjusting well to his new family, and we are enjoying having him.

-The C’s.


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In May of 2009 after the passing of my previous Lab/Ret of nine years I began the search for a new pal and struck out with two adoption attempts. Then I consulted Sapir Weiss of Olivet Kennels(http://www.olivetkennel.com/ ). He recommended that I go to Canine Companions for Independence and in the meantime he would keep an eye out for a dog that matched my needs. The day that Canine Companions for Independence approved me for their waiting lists Sapir called to tell me about a very promising young fellow by the name of Toby Juan Kenobe. The rest is pretty much history. While he is not yet a service dog, his demeanor, previous care and training have given him the potential to achieve that. He is learning to pick up dropped items and has adjusted very well to the maneuverings of my wheelchair. Additionally he has displayed great behavior while making the rounds at a few rugby tournaments and everywhere else that I go, proving himself a worthy and capable companion. I extremely grateful for this wonderful dog and consider myself very lucky to be the beneficiary of such generosity. Many thanks to both Lab Rescue and Sapir for making this match possible.

Patrick C.

Santa Rosa, CA


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Thank you for Chestnut Lady - she has been a great addition to our family.

Joyce


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Hi Liz –We are all doing really well. We have renamed “Cougar” to “Rusty”. He is really adjusted well – acting more like we are his family each day. It is funny how certain things he just didn’t do the first 3 weeks – like bark, sniff outdoors, give us kisses. But now he’s doing all those things. He has been an angel with the cat!! Ironically, I think the cat would like Rusty to challenge her, but Rusty is a gentleman!

Thank you GGLRR for bringing him into our lives!

Linda


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Cinder has been a welcomed addition to our family. We recently lost our beloved Rottweiler, Ralph, and we didn’t think we could open our hearts again so soon to another dog. However, the minute we met Cinder, we knew that he was a great fit. He is so sweet and loving and we are excited to be able to open up our heart and home to him. He loves to go for walks and enjoys meeting new people and dogs. I can’t believe how much energy he has for an 8 year old. The other day we were walking him and someone commented that he looks like such a happy dog. That’s exactly what Cinder is, a happy dog!

Maria


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Hi Dale and Tom,

Yogi is doing awesome! He's great with the cats (Stanley and Elliott). Our Chihuahua cross (Forrest) is awful with new dogs (he's a bit of a Cujo at the park) and even he took to Yogi right away. Clyde has done a complete 180 since Yogi came. When Winston (our 14 yr old lab) passed away he was so depressed. We were really worried because he was just not eating well and lost about 8 lbs. It used to be a race between him and Winston who could finish eating first. He didn't want to be in the yard by himself anymore. He would just go outside, do his business then hide out in the basement. We're happy to report Clyde is back to his old self once again! He's bright, energetic and has his appetite back. Even our neighbors commented on how happy Clyde looks. It's almost like Yogi has always been here. He's a perfect fit. Everyone just loves him! Yogi has been eating well and likes to sleep close to us or to Clyde. The first few nights he slept on his bed beside Clyde in our bedroom. Clyde likes it cool so most of the time he sleeps downstairs and Yogi has sleep beside him a couple of nights as well. I've been in my home office quite a bit this week and the whole gang likes to keep me company. He loves to go for his daily walks. It's been quite hot here so swimming at the off leash park has been on the agenda the last few days. Yogi has adjusted really well. We're so lucky to have him as a part of our family. Thanks so much for driving all the way to Spokane with him to meet up with Ian! What an amazing thing to do! We'll keep in touch and keep you posted on his Canadian adventure....we wonder if he's seen snow before?

Have a great summer!

Brigitta and Ian :)

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Quinn has embraced her new city life in San Francisco, walking in Golden Gate Park every day with her new owners and playing in the dog park with her doggie buddies. She turns out to be quite a good ball fetcher and had her first bath last weekend! She'll be going to an SPCA obedience class in the coming weeks so she can turn her bad habits into great tricks. Thank you both for helping Katie and I find this most amazing dog!

Best wishes,

Jenny


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Nani is settling in nicely. Loving her new friend Ipo and behaving like a charm. She has already been on a few hikes on the trails behind our house and does very well around other dogs. Especially loves to play with Ipo in a tug of war with a rope. She is so gentle, sweet and already very attached to everyone here in the family.
Thanks for choosing her for us!
Lisa, Jeff, Elise and Juliet

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Dear GGLRR,

When we met Jack, we knew that he belonged to us. We adore Jack for his sweetness, gentle nature and his playfulness. He has brought so much joy to our lives. We call him the "nibbler" because he loves to nibble on our ears when he gives kisses

We want to thank GGLRR rep Deanne and his foster mom Diane, for making this possible. This is a great organization and the people we have met from it are top notch, very professional and have the dogs best interest at heart.

Many thanks,
Greg and Sandie N., Jack and Ella (the cat).


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Judy,

Just could not wait to send you a picture of our wonderful new pal. He has already fit into our family and neighborhood from the minute we got home. I am sending you one of his pictures first of how pretty he really cleans up. He still has a lot more old fur to brush out of him and some left over discolorations but at this point he looks and feels a lot better. After washing him out front on the lawn with an audience of three of the little neighborhood girls, Bob and son in law, he basked in the attention and cool water. He didn't mind a bit and all I had to do is stand on the end of the leash in case he decided to bolt however...........he enjoyed every bit of it and wasn't going anywhere. While drying him off in the back yard and once again brushing him he decided to get frisky and with wagging tail he grabbed the towel to give it a few shakes then tried to run with the ball. With 110 lb Mac truck running your way not in control,it is in your best interest to step aside . He has had so many visitors already stopping to see this beautiful guy hanging outwith Dad in the garage . Our court is a friendly one with many smaller children right now. Everyone loves him! He is so gentle ,patient, very laid back and of course...........a moose! He keeps his eyes on us where ever we may be. I don't think he is used to being in the house as he could only be coaxed when on leash and the kitchen linoleum seems to spook him. Doesn't like the elevated water bowls and if Bob walks by him while he is drinking...........he scurries away from it. It is sad to think what someone or something might have done to him to spook him however we feel in time with trust and love it will pass. He has just eaten his dinner and is relaxing on a pillow on the deck where he can have a little down time from all the loving attention he has gotten today. Tonight will be interesting to see if we can get him to sleep in the house with us. Tomorrow we leave for the mountains where his Grammy and Poppa are anxiously waiting to meet him.

We know they will love him as we do as so far...........Who hasn't?!

Thank you for the Love Connection!

Wendy S., Oh!............and "Luke" too!


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July 2010

Hi Liz

Here is a picture of Toby at the beach. We really appreciate you and GGLR matching us up. I think he is very happy and we couldn't have asked for a better dog. He gets much attention and exercise. He has become a member of our family.

Paul


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Hi Judy,

Piper is coming along great! I am working on some recall training with a clicker and she is really a smart girl. Lexie the yellow lab next door spent the night and has been hanging with Piper all day - they are already buddies!

Took her to our sea glass cove, she LOVED it!

Oh, another neighbor and friend adopted a female yellow from your organization (Opi) and she also has such great things to say about her rescue lab and you.

Best,

Krista
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I just wanted to tell you about Buddy (aka Ryder), the two-year-old lab I adopted from Lab Rescue in January.  I lost our family dog Lady to cancer at age 14, and was reluctant to adopt again.  Then my friend Wendy told me about Ryder.  When we met him, my baby granddaughter threw her arms around him and we knew he had a home for life.  

Buddy is 62 pounds of boundless energy who began his new life by eating my sofa and my laptop transformer.  With the help of crate training and doggy day care three days a week, he has evolved into a wonderful companion who now eats dog food instead of sofas.  My son and daughter-in-law have an apartment in my home, so it was very important that he like small children.  His patience with my 22-month-old granddaughter is endless, probably because she always manages to feed him something from her plate or lap.  He endures her attempts to lift him and carry him to his crate with something approaching boredom.  My older cat Emerald merely tolerates him and squashed his attempts to sleep on my bed, but Gooner is willing to hang out with him in the back yard.

Buddy loves day care and begins whining when we turn the familiar corner.  He also loves his weekend morning walks with me where he gets to visit with his other group of friends.  He wasn't too excited to meet the sheep that graze on these hills in the spring, but they have moved on.

Buddy and I found a Shitzu wandering in the road on July 4; he stayed with us for 2 days till we located the owner.  Buddy was the perfect host, sharing food, yard, car and family with our little guest.  He was visibly sad to have the little guy leave us so I am sure we'll be looking for another dog to join the family very soon.

Sincerely,

Joan C.
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HI Liz

We are doing wonderful.  “Sadie” is the sweetest dog I have ever met.  The kids adore her and so do my husband and I.  She has toned up and her energy level is much higher.  We have a school field 1 block away we take her to and she runs with the other dogs and chases birds as well as an occasional bug or 2. We found a local vet, Whole Pet Vet, we chipped her and have her on heartworm meds.  She’s 64 lbs and received a clean bill of health.

We feel blessed to have her, thank you so much. I attached a pic of her with the kids

Naomi S. 
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HI Liz

Here is Ozzy and HIS boys!!!! He knows the word "boy" and looks for them to come down in the morning one by one with tail wagging. He is a VIP in our family and just got his first bath on Sunday. He loved it and the boys LOVE him very much!!!!!! Thank you GGLRR for bringing Ozzy into our lives.

 

Thank you,

Shauna

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What a wonderful addition Chico has been. I adopted Chico at 5 1/2 years old last July from a wonderful man in San Francisco who could no longer care for him (we still keep in touch and occasionally Chico and I stop by to see him). At first I was not sure. My prior lab who passed away, was about 75lbs, Chico weighed in at a 105lbs. I was not sure if I adopted a dog or a small horse! Well, it took a while to establish the master of the house, and Chico won that battle,

Someone recently asked me what I did before I adopted Chico....I thought and said I honestly do not know. My day begins and ends with Chico. He wakes me early in the morning for breakfast, and an early walk, then off to work for me. When I come home, he runs from the moment I walk in the door scattering the carpets all over the house running to his food bowl. After dinner, its to the park for some heavy play time. Then the last thing at night is out to do his business.

Thank you so much for Chico

James O.
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Hi Liz,

Charlie has been a great addition to the family. His leg has completely healed, and he walks perfectly on it now, instead of limping. He fit right in from the day he got here, and is a wonderful dog. He sleeps with my 2 younger kids (12 and 9) on the note they are here, and in my room on the other nites. He is a well behaved dog, who loves people, and thinks he is a 100 pound lap dog. Thanks again for placing him with us.........

Chris C.
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I've had Cody for a little over one month. What a wonderful, sweet dog. I've always had labs (she's my 6th), and she's the best trained dog I've ever had. She's perfect in the house and has no issues with other people or dogs. For her age (6 to 7 yrs) she has a tremendous amount of energy. Everyday before work we go for a nice morning walk, and after work we either head to the beach for a walk in the hills or a swim in the ocean, or to a fresh water pond near my house for a nice swim. She is smart, well trained and loves to retrieve both in and out of the water. For an active person
like myself, I couldn't have found a better dog. She has added so much joy to my life. Thank you GGLRR for helping find this one of a kind dog.

David S.


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Dear Foster Parents,

I’ve been meaning to write to you much sooner, but my new life kept me very busy. Ever since I got to Paradise I have had a full program each day. It starts with me waking up my parents, then mom takes me outside to do my stuff, then a delicious breakfast is served to me in my playroom, I’ve learned to eat a little slower, mom puts chicken soup on top of the kibble, that slows me down, then I walk into the big room and see if I can score some extra snacks from mom, then I make mom play with me in my room (picture with kitty in mouth!) Then we walk to the park (me with pink cap), I know the way so well, I could find it blindfolded. I can run around in the grassy area and mom makes me find her by calling my name and making noise, it is pretty easy for me. Then we go home and I usually take a long nap. Mom says she has to work and I have to sleep. That is fine with me. Close to dinner time we play again outside, mom throws a ball and I find it in no time, it is so much fun! Then dinner, a little TV, me on the couch and the day is over and we all go to sleep in the same room. I’m always with my family and I am very confident and happy. I also had a check up at the vet and they told me I was in very good shape for my age, I have gained a few pounds and mom says I’m not so bony anymore, I think it makes me look younger too. My teeth sparkle and even my nose is not so rough anymore, so I am living the good life. I just wanted to let you know that all is well in Paradise and I wanted to thank you for taking care of me. Please say hi to Lulu for me and I end with big wet kisses to you.

Tia
(Note: this is one of the blind Labs we've placed who has no idea that she has any "disability" -- dogs are so resourceful!)
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Our daughter, Grace, says "people should open their minds to being foster families, it's a good step towards adopting. You don't necessarily have to adopt, just take care of the dog and love it while it is with you." She continues, "Our experience was awesome and got better every day. It was life changing, it was so fun, and we love our new family member, Jack (the yellow Lab). Thanks to everyone working to rescue the Labs and find them new homes!"

Liz & Family
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Hi Judy

As you can see by the photos, she has settled in and made her beautiful self comfortable in her new life. The inside pic is what she was doing yesterday morning as I was working on my laptop in the kitchen and the other is during our dinner on our deck last night. NO problems and don’t expect any. She is so easy, loving and lovable. Everyone who meets her has same reaction. Her play dates with lab up the road have been great and everyone has a good time with lots of exercise. She is learning more leash walking on our 3 1/2 mile walk each morning and having lots of fun sniffing the deer, fox ,owl, etc leavings on the road. Exploring the fenced in garden area is a favorite pastime and she hasn’t bothered any of the vegetable beds. She absolutely LOVES to eat and wags her tail and whole body while eating her Wellness kibble twice a day. She sleeps on her bed at the foot of our bed and has learned the appropriate hour (after trying 5:00 the first couple of mornings) to ask to jump up on our bed for morning cuddles and love licks. I took her to the PO and library yesterday and she did fine in the car for the few minutes she was left alone. She has always been with one or both of us since arriving so she passed that little test.

Thank you again for all of your help. We will send updates if you’d like.
Carol and Jim
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We all fell in love with Casper from the first. Tom, our twin sons, Nathan and Miles, and me and Skylight (our old black Lab). It is so fun to have a dog who is pre-owned. Life is full of delightful surprises. He loves camping.He is the best hiker. He loves popcorn, and leaves our bedroom any time he hears the boys popping corn in the family room. He dives into the pool to retrieve whatever we throw onto the bottom. He loves rock and roll and dances when we do. When we went skeet shooting, he couldn't wait to go find the "birds" he was supposed to fetch. He loves to swim in the Carmel river. Loves to go for a ride in the truck, front seat, watching out of the front window. We are so happy to have this wonderful dog.

Casper has a unique relationship with our old black lab, Skylight, now 14. He has been scolded for doing her job, which is fetching the newspaper every morning from the end of our long, winding driveway. We feel that to take her job away would cause her to decline even faster. So what we have discovered through cameras is that he runs to the end of the drive, fetches the newspaper, brings it to her while she waits halfway down the drive, then she walks it the rest of the way to the house, where they both get biscuits. When Skylight gets stuck downstairs (she needs a little help getting started on the first couple of steps), Casper comes to tell us until we go down and help her.

Casper has good radar for when to get help. My husband walks the dogs every Sunday in a big loop which includes a foreclosed property nearby. He raised an alarm which caused Tom to follow him to the pool behind the empty house, where a fawn had gotten into the pool and was standing on the pool ledge below the water but couldn't get out. It was screaming. Tom lifted the little guy out of the pool. His mother was waiting far away, watching, and the little fawn ran towards her, though by then she had disappeared into the woods.

I just love him, and I sometimes wonder what happens to all of the other Labs who need a loving home. He had so much disruption that he is probably too attached to me. Tom thinks that he somehow sees me as his lifeline. But he will never have to be in a kennel again. Even when we travel, he will stay here with Mary (my right hand) who he loves, and his routines and environment will be the same. And of course his dog buddy and goat friends.

Thanks for all you do,
Kandis
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Sylvana and Gretchen,

I have thought many times of writing you both to tell you how Nina is doing. She is doing GREAT. We love her to pieces, and she lives in dog paradise. We have 100 acres with a natural pond on it and trails everywhere. I take her and the other dogs out twice a day for long walks off leash. She loves to swim. She’s also a bushwacker, going off into the underbrush after birds and animals constantly. When she’s not swimming or bushwacking, she’s digging furiously for moles and gophers which she often gets, or jumping into the air trying to catch butterflies and dragonflies which she never gets. She is a wonderful playmate with the other dogs. Both my kids are home this summer with their dogs, so there is a pack of 5 dogs including the Great Dane who lives in our guest cottage. As energetic as she is when she’s outside, she’s calm, gentle, and cuddly in the house, and it is really fun to cuddle her because she’s so silky. I’m attaching a couple pictures from a recent walk just to show you what her life is like. I just wanted you both to know that Nina came to a happy home and will be loved and taken care of for the rest of her life.

Thank you.
Jenny
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June 2010

Hi Liz,

Quick update on Loki (formally Wally). He is doing great, growing, playing and really a joyful addition to our family. Thank you GGLRR for bringing him into our home.

Janie

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June 2010

Here is a picture of Big Leroy, now 9 weeks old and nothing but puppy love and energy. The first few days away from his litter, he was very mellow and affectionate. As he started feeling more confident in his new home, he has blossomed into a rambunctious, loving, chewy, stuffed-animal-cuddling ball of joy. He's had his first car ride, first walks, first trips to the park, first romp through Crissy Field. Our vet commented how healthy and well taken care of he has been. Thank you so much for rescuing his mom Stella and raising her puppies! If not for you and Golden Gate Lab Rescue, we would not be enjoying every surprising second with our little boy Big Leroy.

Best,
Jessica & Mark
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June 2010

Many thanks to GGLR for helping us throughout the adoption process! Chase is a wonderful loving addition to our family!

Thanks,
Nancy
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June 2010

Hi Liz

Smokey and Lisa are doing great! These dogs are the sweetest dogs we have truly ever met. Our 4 year old twins keep the dogs very busy. We are so lucky to have them as part of our family. Thank you GGLR for bringing this two dogs into our lives.

Erica

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June 2010

Rui (then "Rudy") was adopted in February. Here is a photo of him (on left) together with Annie, who is 13. Lua, almost 2 now and not in the picture, is also from Golden Gate Labs.

Rui is a sweet, quiet boy, who is exactly how he was billed. He has become a kind companion to a 13-year-old yellow lab who was waiting for his company and enthusiasm. Did we mention enthusiasm? He is that -- most eager to please and spread joy.

Candace and Paul

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May 2010

Hi Liz,

I wanted to send you an update on River for your success stories. Thanks for your great job with the process and the outstanding vet care to get her checked out and spayed. River is doing great in our home and is a loved member of the family. She is athletic, enthusiastic, curious, playful, and cuddly with lots of licks/kisses. She has been enjoying being queen as the solo dog in the house - and sleeps in our son's room every night. She loves playing ball in our front yard and down the street at the Middle School field with us. She is really comfortable in our home and is enjoying life here. Thank you GGLR!

Will

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May 2010

We have a happy ending. We adopted “Reno” last March, 2009. We named him Reno since I drove there to get him. Seemed to fit. GGLR had started working with Nevada as there were so many foreclosures and the shelter in Elko, NV (eastern), had found 2 large black male labs, approx. 2 years old. They think they were foreclosure victims as they were found wandering the streets. When they were found, only weighed about 75 pounds.

I Googled “black lab rescue” the day my husband gave approval (our Black Lab Mix had died 3 mos. prior and I was devastated but wanted to rescue another dog) and his picture popped up. Fate or what? The description that Robin wrote about these dogs was incredible. He had everything on my list and more. His “brother” had been adopted the day before so he was the only one left, with no other phone calls. We coordinated the “rescue” and the minute we met each other, we knew it was for keeps. I drive a Beetle but he hopped in that car like he owned it. Still loves it.

To this day, I bring him to work every day, to my store, so he now has a career as a shop dog. On weekends and vacations and every other chance he gets, he goes with us to our home in the Sierras. This is one lucky dog. He gets pets all day, every day at the store - Reno already has his own fan club here at Kumquat Art. In the mountains, he gets to romp everywhere – we take him to pristine glacier lakes for swimming, he goes with us when we go snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing and hikes and will be going camping with us this summer! We are outdoors-y and he is the perfect companion for that. But we also live here in San Francisco and Reno LOVES Ocean Beach. LOVES it. Between the beaches and all of the amazing parks we have here, he gets plenty of exercise and outdoor time. The love is endless for him. He adjusted from day 1. We love him, he loves us. I tell everyone to go to you for their rescue.

Thanks to Golden Gate Lab Rescue, we got an incredible animal – thank you so much.
Keverne & Tim
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May 2010

Here is an update on Nikki, aka Saint Nikki. Today she is at the office with George playing psychotherapy dog, which consists mostly of lying on clients' feet or accepting strokes. Amazing the calming influence a gently snoring dog has on life's trials and anxieties. I can't tell you how many "What a beautiful dog" comments we get. I think it's mostly that she just looks happy, and carries herself with calm self-confidence. In the car she rests her head on the partially open window and samples the air with twitching nostrils and half-closed eyes, seeming so relaxed and blissful that people looking at her when we're stopped at a light can't help but smile.

At home she ignores mail drop-off and garbage pick-up, giving an indolent "grrr" (lying on the rug, not bothering to look out the window) when a strange car stops by, but a pair of squirrels in the oak tree got the full repel-all-invaders treatment. They are vermin after all! She is a diligent vole hunter at Pt. Isabel, even more so after she caught one last week. Just mouthed it a little. In fact, we gave her a squeaker toy, and although she responds to the sound, she doesn't bite down on it hard enough to make it squeak herself.

She's a very easy dog, always ready for a walk or a game, but mostly content to hang out and snooze. We walk to a nearby bookstore where she sits and downs for treats, and the grandkids love to play with her. She settled down nicely when our reading group came over and last week she settled in peacefully at a house with a resident toy poodle, yorkie, and another small dog. I can't tell you how blessed we feel every day and are so grateful to GGLRR and her first family for giving her such wonderful care.

Love,
Diane
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May 2010

Woody is doing great. He is velcroed to me when I am home, but is adjusting much better to me leaving. He is a big old lap dog and I love that. He is on the couch with me with his head in my lap most of the time when we watch TV and at night he sleeps on the pillow next to me. He is such a love! He and Shyanne get along great and I am so thankful for that. Here are a few pictures of the 2 of them visiting my kindergarten. The kids just love them to visit and the dogs love it too. Woody is helping fill the void in our life that we feel without our wonderful Peach (yellow lab from you guys 7 years ago) I think Peach would be happy for us to have helped out a new friend.

Thank you for all you do to help,
Karen
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May 2010

Judy,

Hope things are well with you & your dogs, how’s the puppy? Seems like it been forever since we were at the coast. We will be over the end of next week for a few days. Thought I’d send you a few picture of Cali, as you can see Macy and she have become best of friends. They also pretty much sleep where ever they want our bed, patio furniture, etc. etc. and the picture with Julie & Cali is at Spanish Bay sitting by the fire pits. Last week we took them to the lake and Cali decided she wanted to chase the ducks she also found out she could swim she would chase the ducts out a little ways then she realized that she could not catch them she would come back this went on for about a ½ hour, I think it was a game for the ducks. Needless to say Cali has been a wonderful addition to our family, we have enjoyed her so much, and July 30th will be one year that we have had her. I received the 1st monthly news letter today from GGLRR I will be looking forward to that each month.

To make a long story short we love her and she is very very spoiled.
Kip & Julie
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May 2010

Hi Liz,

Colby is awesome and a joy to have in our family. He loves to play with the kids and his friend Macy. He enjoys walks with girls and is doing well in puppy training. His leg is growing well, although his injured elbow still has potential for issues. Good news for now is that he is using his leg as if its normal and he is pain free. We plan to take things as they come! Looking forward to a summer of swimming and camping! Thanks to Lab Rescue for making this placement possible-we love him!

Chris

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May 2010

Our family adopted Mokie in April 2010 (Mokie means 'sweet fruit' in Hawaiian). It had been a great desire for us to have a dog but we were unable to adopt due to apartment restrictions or bad timing. We waited for the right time in our lives and we are so happy that we did because we found the best dog! Mokie is 7.5 years old and had been raised with a lot of love. She is gentle, kind, protective and the perfect combo of relaxed and playful. We needed a dog that could be sweet with our 6 month old and also get along with our 2 cats. This is one of the benefits of adopting an older dog-it was one of the best decisions we ever made! (Mokie's owner was ill and had to move in with her son who could not keep the dog and wanted to find her a loving home) Mokie feels like she has been in our family for years and we love dearly.

Thank you Liz and GGLR for helping us find Mokie
Megan
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May 2010

Thank you GGLR for bringing Jerry into our life. He is a work in progress but with hard work and training I know he will be a great dog for our family.

Vince

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May 2010

Tyler has settled in nicely and Brie loves having a brother. He walks with us between 1 and 2 hours a day. The yard is finally in so you can imagine the running around they do there. A far cry from a dog run with 8 other dogs. He's happy, healthy and a big part of our family. We love our new guy.

Thank you GGLR from the bottom of our hearts,
Diane, Larry and Brie
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April 2010

Things are great so far......we are still amazed at how great Agis is. He seemed to have been very well taken care of by his previous owners.  There are a few things we still want to work on, like obedience outside of our home.  We plan to enroll in a class pretty soon.  Other than that, we love him and all of our friends and family love Agis (previously Jerry) including the little ones.

Thanks again for all the help and for Lab Rescue bringing him to us!
Jonathan and Marissa
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April 2010

Life with Abby (formerly Cammy) is far better than good. She is healthy, exuberantly happy, learning at a prodigious rate, and is firmly bonded with the family pack. Formal obedience training begins May 8 at SPCA/Dublin. I have to say, whoever lost this dog lost a real champ. She is one of the brightest dogs I've worked with, is wonderfully athletic, has a phenomenal tracker's nose, and is uncannily intuitive. I see no limits for her, and I couldn't have a better partner. Thank you GGLR for bringing her into our lives.

Cheers, and again, thanks,
Liz
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April 2010

Liz,

Thank you so much for helping us to find Ebony! She is such a happy dog - and just makes everyone smile! She is so young at heart and loves her toys, people, walks at the park and hanging out with us in the house. She is a great friend and companion. Thanks again for all that you do for labs and humans!

Colleen

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April 2010

I thought you might like to see this picture of Cali getting ready to go in the water. I guess this can finally be our success story. My son in this picture just adores her, and the feelings seems to be mutual. Cali loves being outside and is totally at home in the outdoors. We look forward to many more campouts, beach walks and other outdoor adventures. She is a wonderful addition to our family, and I finally have another girl in the house! Thank you for saving her for us, and many thanks to all of you at GGLRR.

Warmly,
Gary, Cris, Jake, Anthony (pictured), & Cali

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April 2010

We are absolutely loving Jake! He is the best dog...just so sweet & smart! We have had to take him to the vet for a couple minor things but overall he is just thriving! He goes on lots of hikes and runs and also goes to work with me. :)

We couldn't be happier! Thank you GGLR for what you do!

Best,
Shawna

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April 2010

Dear Liz, Judy, Holly and all the wonderful people at GGLRR,

It's been barely a week and Nikki has settled firmly in our home and hearts. A few days ago we let her off leash at the dog park where she raced around, nose to the ground and tail in air, happily socializing with all. She backed off the puddle when I said no, kept an eye on us, and came when called. Yesterday with George she got belly-down in that puddle, then washed off in salt water, had another mud wallow, wash-off, etc. etc. That was one tired dog when she got home, content to chill out but always up for a walk if anyone's going or a belly rub. Nikki had a lot of love and training from her first family and we are the grateful beneficiaries. She's super smart and a great communicator. A kiss on the hand means I'd like to go out, in-and-out of the crate means, How about a treat, let's do some training or tricks. We love that dog and I think she's pretty happy with us too. You should see (and hear) Nikki dance with excitement when George comes home.

Thank you also to her foster, Barbara, for her loving care during a stressful transition time.
Diane and George

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April 2010

Liz,

Thank you GGLR for finding us Kenai. We just love him!

Vic


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April 2010

I wanted to let you know what a difference Twister has made in our life. As you know we had just lost our beloved lab Bo to cancer and were devastated by his passing. We were not really thinking about getting another dog quite so soon but just for something to do one day I decided to look at the Lab rescue sites. I came upon Twister's picture and thought how he much he looked like Bo. I showed Jo Ellen his picture and she thought the same thing. We thought maybe it would be good to at least check him out. We called and we set up the visit. Our little Dachshund Gunter missed his big buddy also, so we brought him with us to our meeting with Twister. They hit it off and so did we. We brought Twister home that day. Twister was very quiet and shy those first day's and very well mannered. He sat on command and would lie down on his pad with just one word. He did not seem at all like Bo, who was very outgoing. Slowly he has come out of his shell. He runs to great us when we come in the door and plays for hours with our grandson. He stays right with Jo Ellen or me whenever we walk around our home inside and out. He is such a gentle soul, he even lets Gunter share his food. He greets our friends and family with such warmth and happiness, everyone just thinks he's great.

We are so grateful that Twister came into our lives. He is helping fill that hole in our heart. We will never forget Bo but Twister has made his loss so much easier. Twister is a great dog, a great companion, and great to be with, and our love for him grows every day. I wanted to say thank you so much for all your efforts. Because of you and the rest of the Lab rescue folks, our home is again filled with joy and we are able to let go of our sadness. We think Bo sent you and Twister to us. We will be forever grateful.

Thank you again
Marty & Jo Ellen

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April 2010

Driego is doing well. The photo is of Driego and his best friend, our son Gerard who is 9 1/2 years old. They love to play tug of war and fetch with the tennis ball in the back yard. Driego is eating and sleeping well. We think he is happy and we are happy to have him in our lives. We can't thank GGLR enough for bringing him into or life.

Best Regards,
Mil, Louis and Gerard, and Driego too!

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April 2010

Liz & Volunteers at GGLRR,

Jack has settled in nicely and has been busy exploring Glen Park Canyon and snoozing on his bed. He has been busy charming the neighbors and everyone he meets. Thanks again for all that the organization does.

Stephanie


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April 2010

Bodhi is a joy and full of puppy energy and puppy teeth. He's taken naturally to house training -- I have to watch him, but he knows what to do when we stop by his chosen spots outside, and holds it at night in crate until we run out in the morning. He's a good follower and fascinated by pigeons; when he spots one he sits immediately and stares. GGLR thank you so much for helping to fill the hole in our hearts and lives.

Jim & Jennifer


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April 2010

My name is Moses, and I've just moved to this really cool new home. I met this other lab named Otis and we got along really well, so he invited me to come join his family. We play all day long...it's great! He shares his toys with me,and I brought some toys to share with him too. Our favorite game is tug of war! I'm stronger than he is, but I let him win sometimes, cuz he's so fun to play with. We share our food with each other too...he's really cool about letting me try his food and treats, so I let him have some of mine too. We chase tennis balls a lot too, and we take turns catching them and bringing them back to Mom and Dad and Gabi(she's a pretty good seat cushion, by the way!) There's lots of grass here to run around on, and a really big yard to explore. Otis has been telling me about this big big water bowl called "the pool", and I cant wait to check it out when the weather turns warmer. I got to bring my own bed with me when I moved, which was nice, but Mom and Dad have a much more comfortable bed, and I like to warm it up for them before they go to bed. Since I'm so big, I can warm up a really nice big area which Mom seems to like! I've been a really good boy, not tearing anything up, even though my new brother, Otis does sometimes...I'm trying not to learn that from him! I'm having such a good time here. They are really nice to me, give me lots of hugs kisses, and pats, and I have everything I could ask for. I feel like I'm already a part of this family, and I want to thank Golden Gate Lab Rescue for finding them for me! I hope I get to stay here for a long long time. Mom and Dad and Gabi say thank you too! They said I get to be a part of their family forever and ever! Yippee!

Lots of love,
Moses

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March 2010

Randall and I are thankful for the wonderful service that Golden Gate Lab Rescue provides. Thanks to individuals such as yourself and Many wonderful dogs, like our Kelly, are given a second chance and they truly enhance our lives. Kelly , a 7+ month old lab mix, who was abandoned and rescued from a shelter by Golden Gate Lab Rescue was allowed a second chance. She was diagnosed with pneumonia when she was first rescued but with Golden Gate Lab Rescue’s investment in her treatment and she has fully recovered.

Kelly has been a wonderful addition to our family. We have an eight year old lab, Bailey, who took a little exception to sharing us with Kelly initially but she has come around and they are now doing everything together. Kelly is playful and gentle and easy to love. She does a great sit and will be scheduled for some training classes soon. We now refer to the two as “our girls” and it feels that she has been a part of our lives for more than one mere week. We are looking forward to many playful hours and long walks with both of them. Thank you Liz for rescuing her and foster mom, Mary, for taking such good care of her while she was in transition from the shelter to our home. We truly appreciate your care and dedication.

Liz & Randall

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March 2010

Liz,

Thank you for your email and checking in.

Bear is doing great. We've had a fun time getting to know him and introducing him to friends. I call him the official neighborhood ambassador because everyone loves so meet him. He is a very social dog - he loves to meet people on the street.

Overall he seems to be doing great. He is a beautiful dog and has added a lot of joy to our lives. We are very thankful to Golden Gate Lab Rescue as I feel very blessed to have such a great dog.

Best Regards,

Carl

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March 2010

Chuck is HOME! He’s been here a week and has already adopted us as his people. He’s a bundle of energy and has inspired us to take lots of walks. He absolutely loves romping through the tall grass in the fields around our house. His foster parents Laura and Noel had already started him on his house manners and he’s quickly learning how to fit in with us and his big sister Emmie. Chuck is crazy smart and will soon be training us. He’s a great addition to our home and has brought a whole new batch of love into our house. Thanks for your help and my compliments on how effectively and efficiently your organization works.

Respectfully,
Scott

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March 2010

Liz,

We welcomed Riley into our family and home on Sunday, March 14th. She certainly is a beautiful dog and she is well behaved and an absolute joy. She has jumped into our life with all four paws. She loves going on walks, including her lunch time walks with our other daughter, watches her big brother’s baseball games, playing fetch, chasing birds out of the backyard, and being by our side. Linda and I would to offer our praises and thanks to you, Laura and Tim. Liz, as the Lab Rescue Rep, thank you for making sure Riley went to a good home. To Laura and Tim who were Riley’s foster parents, they were terrific and loved Riley until she was able to find her forever home with us. They welcomed us with open arms and their two yellow labs (Hello Hank and Trixie Bell) also welcomed us and helped keep Riley in line. Riley was well taken care of and Tim and Laura are excellent foster parents.

Our sincere thanks and admiration to all of the volunteers of Golden Gate Lab Rescue!
John, Linda, Janelle, Tucker, Kyle, Brett, and Riley (I'm the cute one in the middle).

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March 2010

Hi Liz,

Gunner (now Duke) is such a joy! We have fallen completely head-over-heels in love with him. He is so full of energy and playfulness - he makes us laugh every single day. We are working with a trainer, and he is doing well in his lessons. He is a wonderful walker thanks to his previous owner, and he and I both enjoy our daily morning walks ... what an awesome way to start our day! He is a gorgeous, smart dog, and is a wonderful addition to our family. His favorite thing to do is to play "fetch the ball" up on the hill in our backyard ... and he has discovered if he drops the ball while on the hill, the ball will roll down to us. So, he'll drop the ball, and then back up excitedly until the ball reaches us and we throw it up back up to him. We found out that Duke was born on my birthday ... a sure sign that he was meant for us!! We are so happy that he has found his forever family .... and we are so grateful for those who took care of him in his first year of life. Thank you for all that you do for GGLR ... it is such a fabulous organization!

Cathy

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Ginger (formerly Besty) joined our family 2/28/2010. She fell asleep on my son's lap on the way home from the foster families house. At seven months, she is a beautiful and healthy girl weiging in about 38 pounds. At first she was very quiet and somewhat timid. As she bonded with our family, her true lab personality is shinning through! She is sweet, active and loving. She is so patient and gentle with our children, 9, 5 & 2. Ginger has made doggy friends and has "play dates" a few times each week. She came to us with out much training but if of course very smart and is taking to our training very quickly. Considering that she is such a young lab, I expected her to be much more rambuncious, but really she is very calm. Ginger is a great blessing and a happy addition to our family.

Thank You so much GGLR for all that you do. Your work is awesome and I am so glad you work so hard to match the right dogs with the right family.

Sincerely,
Eran and family

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March 2010

Dear Liz and GGLRR,

We wanted to write our first update after adopting Brudy the yellow lab! It has only been a few days but he seems to be adapting well to life in SF and has already made a lot of friends – both in his new house and at the dog parks. He is a friendly and energetic guy who is doing great with his dog pal, Bo. He loves to play and seems to always find a new toy to present to everyone around him – tennis balls and kongs are his favorite so far. We can’t wait to take him camping this Spring and Summer. Thanks again for everything and we are so happy to have found Brudy!

Talk soon,
Jen, Scott and Bo

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March 2010

Hi Liz,

Oso is so sweet and yet so much a boso, we are so happy that we got him. We want the thank you and Lab Rescue for bringing him into our home.

Baruch

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March 2010

Hi you guys:

We just wanted to check in to let you know that Choco is doing just fine here at his new residence in SF! Laura, Noel, we know that he was missing you something fierce last night, and was a teensy bit anxious. But we got him on his blankey next to Rob's bed (just like next to Noel) and he settled down and slept peacefully through the night. He minds pretty well, and apart from some anxiety surfacing through chewing his blanket, he's doing great. We got him 3 new toys, but only gave him one thus far. He's got yours too, Laura. So he's making his way and as we speak is asleep under my desk very peacefully.

Thank you ALL so much for this incredible opportunity! We adore him already, as do our friends who said "we don't know you, Choco, but we love you already!" We will keep you posted. He really is a love... Today we go to Glen Park at lunch, yippeeee!

Best, Rob and Laura

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My husband and I have suffered great loss in the last couple of years. We have toyed with the idea of a new dog for about 18 months (our last chocolate lab, Snickers was a much-loved family member). We have scoured many rescue sites and shelters, but always have come back to the GGLRR site. We fell in love with this beautiful yellow lab with the smiling face. We re-named him Mr. Mojo, since we were looking for some good mojo in our lives. Boy, did we luck out! Adopted on Valentine's Day, we have worked with Mojo consistently since we put his first leash on, and he has repaid us by being a loving, patient, calm and happy guy.

He loves his daily walks (and fetch-time!), and loves to get his nose into whatever we're doing. He's getting along (and knows his place) with Lola the cat, and is even being gentle with the guinea pig. He loves the grandkids, and howls like a wolf every time he hears a siren (thanks to the hound at the kennel). Mojo also brightened my 80 year-old father's day with his gentleness. He seems to be happy and satisfied as long as he is with us, including riding in the car/truck everywhere we go. But, as long as he's had his morning walk, he is already content to be home on his own and hasn't gotten into too much mischief. He also loves his dog bed!

Our life has been changed in such a positive way with Mr. Mojo. And the GGLRR is first class! Thank you so much, and we look forward to adding another lab to our family this summer!

Kathy

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Dear Liz, Holly, Barbara, and everyone who keeps GGLR running,

We are so grateful for Kasey's presence in our family! We feel so lucky to have her: she is sweet and easy-going, gracious no matter what "love" our three small children show her. She is coming out of her shell, playing in her goofy way, loping around and feeling freer. It is impossible to think that she was in the Modesto pound just a month ago, headed for euthanization.

Our friends and neighbors are astonished to think that anyone would have willingly let this beautiful, sweet creature go. A huge part of her model behavior and great disposition is due to the support we received from GGLR. Liz's advice at the beginning and her recommendation of a fantastic trainer, Annie, got us all started on the right foot. Thanks, too, to Kasey's foster, Barb: we all saw how attached Kasey had become to her, and truthfully, my kids had some misgivings about taking her away from "that tall, pretty lady who brought her." The bond and love Kasey felt for you, Barb, was a function not only of her need, but also of how well you cared for her, and now that she is a part of our family, we feel especially lucky that you were in charge of her foster care.

We adore Kasey and can't imagine our lives without her. We are so grateful for the work you do. You deserve your excellent reputation, and we can't help but tell everyone who admires Kasey all about GGLRR.

Sincerely,

Kate, Mark, Maggie, Rogan, and Charlie

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February 2010

(background: a 98 lb pretty yellow Lab from the Fremont shelter now in her new home --what a improvement having her own pool and a wonderful FOREVER family!)  

Judy, Holly and the rest of the GGLRR team,

We just want to say thanks for finding the perfect addition to our family. Sophie has settled in quite nicely. We are having a blast with her. Will continue to send photos.

Thanks again!

Larry & Sue

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February 2010

We just wanted to update you about our new family dog, Bart. If it hadn't been for GG lab Rescue, we would have never met him. Bart has brought so much love and joy to our family. He is very social with both people and animals and loves to play with the neighborhood dogs. He is the perfect match for our rambunctious 4 year old son, grumpy senior kitty, and talkative parrot. We are so grateful for all of the dedication and hard work that GG lab Rescue continues to provide for these sweet natured dogs who deserve a loving home. We recently took Bart on a family trip to the snow. It was the first snow trip for both our son and our new family dog, Bart. We had a blast! We also had a trip to a family ranch where Bart was able to run and play with goats, horses, and another dog. So many more memories to share with our sweet, lovable, black lab, Bart.

Thank you Golden Gate Lab Rescue.

Chris, Debbie, Harrison, Greddy, Rascal, and sweet Bart

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February 2010

Hi Renee

I was wondering if you can forward this photo of Miss Molly. We are having so much fun with her! She has settled in very well. She has melted my husbands heart : ) He loves her (as we ALL do). We couldn't imagine our lives without her! Thank you again!

Jen, Jarod, Gino & Julio And Molly

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February 2010

Liz,

Annie came to our family straight from Heaven! She is the perfect dog for our family and we couldn't be happier with her. She is so mellow and loves her five brothers! Thank you for all you did to make this adoption possible for us! Annie is now one of us!

Raymond

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February 2010

Hi Liz

I adopted Skeolan (aka "Shay" - shown here on his dog bed) from Golden Gate Lab Rescue and we are a wonderful match! Thank you for all the work you guys do! I am so happy I called Liz to find me a rescue dog.

Peter

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February 2010

Bo is a big sweetheart and loves to play in the creek with the two young labs up the road and come to work with me where he gets lots of attention from everyone (and treats).Thank you, Liz, and Golden Gate Lab Rescue.

Barbara

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February 2010

Things are really great. Barkley's settled in, and he's a wonderful dog: loyal, fun, loving, well-trained. We feel blessed by how this has all worked out, and very grateful to you and to your organization. We took a vacation altogether recently, a couple of days down in Carmel; it's a dog friendly town, so we could take him out with us everywhere, and run him on the beach off leash. I've got Barkley on a very healthy, homemade diet, which he loves. And although he still sometimes misses being able to go out the dog door, we've established a good structure of exercise during the day, with each of us taking him out to play at different points during the day, in the field behind our house, and around the neighborhood - 3x/day of a lot of ball playing, jogging, and walking. A good time is being had by all!

Thank you so much for all of your support!!

Kathryn

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February 2010

Things are great , we love him so much. Railey went to Yosemite with us over the holidays. For an old man, he did awesome hiking in the snow, he managed 4 miles with energy to spare. My little sister loves him, she calls him a bear He is still on a diet poor guy, the vet wants to us keep him on it until he is about 55-50 pounds. We are finally starting canine school with him. He is pretty good at home but can be very willful when he does not want to do something, such as moving into the garage at night for bedtime :) Here pictures that I promised.

Jenny

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January 2010

Liz,

Kona , has become a very important part of the family in the last 3 months since his rescue. He and Bailey have a grand time at home and at the dog park, or on that rare occasion they get to go to the old quarry ponds in Pleasanton, cal. I would and will recommend G.G.L.R.R. to anyone asking.

David

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January 2010

Liz,

The second we brought Josh home with us, we knew he was meant to be a part of our family. He is doing great! We couldn't be more pleased with our new furry addition. Being true to his Lab heritage, Josh is a happy, wonderful, and tolerant dog who second by second is melting our hearts! The kids are running around the house playing with him and he seems to be just as in love with us as we are with him. Who could ask for anything more?! Thank you GGLRR for everything you do! What an amazing organization.... Thank you for saving Josh and giving us the opportunity to love him like he deserves!

Annie, Denny, Kayla, Anthony... and now Josh!

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January 2010

Hi Kathleen,

After leaving your house last Sunday, we took Tia for a quick walk by the ocean, then drove home to Paradise. As you can tell by the photos she feels right at home, she is happy, confident, very active, always ready to play and after the first day her tummy settled also. She is a true joy to have, we walk to the park every day and she has put our life back in order. We are so grateful for having her, she will be loved!

Wishing you and your family a Happy and Healthy 2010!!

Dorothea, Tatsushi and Tia

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January 2010

Hi Liz,

Minnie and I are doing great! She is sooooo smart and easy to to train; but is already pretty trained! We do great with the cats and we start our class at the humane Soc. Wednesday! She loves our walks on Burdell and we are off to the mountain now! I am so grateful to have gotten such a loving dog.

Thank you and keep up the good work! You were a pleasure to work with!

Melissa

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January 2010

Late last year our beloved yellow lab Spencer died after 13 years. Spencer was a rescue dog we got from the Marin Humane Society. My wife Carol and I hooked up with GGLRR and started looking for a new dog. Last week we were talking with one of the coordinators Sylvana, and she said they had a new dog that had arrived.

It was a huge surprise when she said the dog's name also was Spencer. She had no idea that we had a dog named Spencer that had died.To make a long story short Spencer II is now roaming the trails on Mount Tam, playing in the Mill Valley Dog park and has been a welcome addition to our lives. Some things are just meant to be.

Mike and Carol

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We waited a few months after losing our 14 year old yellow lab (also a GGLRR rescue) before getting another dog. So when we found Buck, we were ready and so was he! He’s a wonderful addition to our family, and the boys love to tell people that we got him from Rescue. Buck is a quick learner and seems to just love his new home. We will continue to encourage our friends to adopt from rescues and shelters, because there are so many great dogs out there that just need some love. Thanks Liz.

Mark, Susan and family

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January 2010

I wanted give you an update on Shasta. In a word, she is AWESOME and we are very glad she adopted us. We named her after a favorite California destination of ours that holds special memories for us. Even though we were hesitant to adopt a puppy, we are very happy with our decision. Sure, our schedules have completely changed, but we were prepared for that and we are actually enjoying our time spent bonding with her as we teach her the ways of the world. Training is going very well and we may be biased, but she has been an excellent student. :-)

She's almost fully housebroken and sleeps through the night in her crate (the crate-training is working like a charm!). She's starting to learn some of the basic commands and she's learning leash walking. She is just so lovable and woos everyone she meets. We lost our dear Taylor in August (a yellow lab also adopted from GGLRR 12 years ago), and it was time to feel that joy again. Shasta seems to be very comfortable in her new forever home and we couldn't be happier to have her in our lives.

Thanks to GGLRR for the wonderful work you do!

Ron & Vince

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