Labradors in need would like to thank Caspian pets for their continued support and donations.

Here is a short description of why they promote ‘grain free dog food’

Dogs deserve foods which are easy to digest. Ours are tasty too!

We are passionate about the wellbeing of dogs. Dogs are not only our bestfriends but members of our family. read more →

New Sponsor Burnspet


Labradors in need would like to thank Burnspet for the continued support and donations.

In 1993 Burns Pet Nutrition Limited was formed and John Burns’ range of premium quality Real Food for Pets was launched.  As the name implies, Burns Real Food for Dogs, Cats and Rabbits are just that; simple foods which are intended to allow the body to function naturally.  All of my pet foods are made from the highest quality ingredients and without any pharmacologically active supplements. The products aim to let the body get on with what it does best:  maintain and repair itself and prevent deterioration of the organ systems.

Highly digestible, quality ingredients
Burns pet food uses whole grains and high quality animal proteins. This makes the foods highly digestible meaning that feeding amounts are comparatively low and that the daily feeding cost is equally economical.

Penny No Piddles


Hello to our wonderful supporters! Here is a little update for everyone who is following Penny Piddle’s brave journey. The outcome so far is looking good, but she still has a bit of recovery, and post op checks etc. Please keep supporting Penny through her journey. All of us at LIN cannot thank your generosity enough. We are truly humbled by the amount of support and donations we have received already, especially at this time of year. Here is a little message from little Penny herself after her surgery the day before yesterday. The first 2 photos are when she got home last night, and the last photo is this morning, a dry night!!!!!! (Please note we have had permission from Penny’s foster Mum and Dad to post the picture of Penny’s hooman sister.

Hello everypawdy!! I’m home from the long away vet man. I was a good girl on the way home and when I got out of the car I did a big wee wee like what the other doggies do and made my mummy cry.

The long away vet man said my surgery went very well, one ureter was completely detached and larger than he expected, so he had some fiddlies to do but he managed to attach it, and the other one was only partially attached so that was fixed too, and then he moved my bladder to where it should be.

He says there is an 80% chance that I will be fully continent, 20% of partial, but I habs travelled for a long time and my daddy didn’t notice any weewees so he thinks I am fixed!

I habs to be kept quiet for 2-3 weeks. Heehee my mummy and daddy are going to struggle with me because I ran straight to my toy box when I gots in, but they habs moved it so I cried lots at them. Meanies.

My sister has been waiting all day for me to comes home. So she was allowed in my picture. She lubs me lots and lots and was very unhappy when I was away.

I thinks, I heard my mummy and daddy talking about big papers, ones called “adoption” I thinks maybe that means I get to stay here with my family.

Lots and lots of love and thanks yous,


Penny no Piddles

Newsletter December 2016


In this addition we are focusing on our dogs in foster care. We would like to introduce you to a few of them.



“Woof” my name is Rosco, I am two and half old, I was rescued along with my brothers and sister back in July 2014, by the lovely ladies at Labradors in need. When we were rescued, we were only 12 weeks old. Wonderful humans have now fostered us all. My sister Roxy and me went to live with Tracy and Bradley, non of us were in the best of health, we were grossly underweight and had very poorly tummies and we spent a lot of time at the vets having treatments to try and make us better. After a couple of weeks our brother Woody sadly past away, he just wasn’t strong enough. My sister Roxy found her forever home not too far away from us, so I get to still see her sometimes. When I was around 5-6 months old my foster mum noticed I had a limp, after seeing the vet, I had to go and see an orthopaedic surgeon who said I had elbow dysplasia in both my front legs and also an old fracture in one of my legs, which had healed but in an awkward place. I had to have an operation on both my elbows but because I only have dinky legs they will wait and see how I get on with pinning and plating my leg at the moment. I healed very well and started weekly hydrotherapy, which has done wonders for my legs. About 18 months ago I started with another problem, I would itch all the time, like I had a thousand fleas on me but thankfully after a visit to my old buddy Ed the vet for tests, it turned out I had allergies. Guess what? I am allergic to meat, soya, wheat, food storage mites, dust mites and corn. I am now on a special diet and have a tailor made vaccine so I have to have an injection every month as well as my tablets. But apart from my dodgy legs and my allergies I am a happy, go lucky boy who loves his fur sisters, Willow aged 5 and Pepsi aged 10. I love my weekly hydrotherapy, road trips, cuddles, life itself and food of course! I am a long term foster with Tracy and Bradley, I wont be moving anywhere else, this is my home forever.




This is LIN’s very own Queen of Sheba and is in long term foster with one of our very experienced Admin members and his wonderful family. He was alerted to Kiwi the day before she was due to be put to sleep. Her then owners (who had her from a pup) had to move to a different country, and couldn’t take her with them. They were devastated. Kiwi was collected and safe in the arms of LIN the very same day that she had the vet appointment booked. Kiwi’s previous owners were overjoyed that they had found a lifeline for her in Labradors In Need. They had tried to re-home her tirelessly without any success. Sadly, the reason it was so hard for them to find a home for Kiwi, was due to her being an oldie at the grand old age of 13 years old.

Fast forward one year later. She has lost most of her sight and has arthritis, but she is such a character within her family pack of 6 Labradors. She sleeps most of the day until she hears the tinkle of her collar. This is when she turns back time and becomes a puppy again. Out walking we go at her pace, not too quick, but as soon as she gets the scent of birds, she is off to investigate. She loves her cuddles with her fantastic foster family and will very often snuggle up to the rest of her fur brothers and sisters. Here’s to many more years of joy for her, because her new family have promised her that they will take her on holiday soon, for her to enjoy the beach & seaside smells.



Karen and I currently have two dogs of our own.

We lost our first Labrador to cancer in 2015. We knew if we were to get another dog we wanted to get a Lab. Like most people we used Google to try and find a Lab rescue but didn’t find anything local. By chance, Karen spotted a Facebook add for Labradors In Need so we investigated further. After filling in a form on the website and having someone come around (Thanks Jackie) for a home visit, we waited patiently, put our name forward for many dogs but had no joy. We then received a phone call one Sunday afternoon from Tal Bolton from Labradors in need, asking if we would be prepared to take in a foster dog. He was a Lab Cross called Max. It was an emergency as his time in the pound was up (we all know what that means) would we be interested? It was a “No Brainer” as they say!

Tal kept saying, “Are you sure?”

Of course we we’re sure, take an emergency foster, or see him needlessly euthanised?

The next day Max turned up with Suzanne from LIN. I have to admit both Karen and I are both “Big Dog” people, a Lab/Staffy Cross was certainly not on our radar at all, but when Max turned up he immediately seemed at home in the garden with our Labs and we knew he deserved a chance.

The first night he was with us it was freezing and it turns out, temperatures at the pound were -7! So he definitely was in the best place, in a comfy bed and occasionally on a comfy duvet! We knew we had done the right thing. He started on a raw food diet straight away, his coat and general wellbeing has improved beyond measure. I can’t tell you anything more about his needs because it seems all he needs is love and affection. He was great at the vets, he even got used to the car quickly. He is a total joy to be around, everyone who has met him loves him. He has even proved himself to be a great help with our latest foster dog! Max goes to his forever home in just over a week, we are so pleased for him.

We can not tell you how rewarding the experience of fostering Max has been, yes not all dogs will be as easy as Max, but every dog deserves a second chance, even an older crossbreed. Our experience with Max has led to a second foster, who knows where it will end? All we know is, it’s worth it.

Everyone deserves a “Max” in their lives!


 As you can see fostering can be very rewarding for both you and the dog and we are always looking for new people to take on this role. Whilst our dogs are in foster, we continue to provide financial support for any veterinary needs, without your help we wouldn’t be able to do this.

For more information on fostering, sponsoring a dog or to make a donation, please visit our website.


 We are always looking for volunteers to join our dedicated LIN team. This could involve carrying out home checks, fundraising, transport runs and assessing dogs that need new forever homes.

Does this sound like something you could do?

We now have a regional network of support teams in these areas: The North East, North West, Yorkshire, East Midlands, West Midlands, East Anglia, South East, Cornwall, Wales and Scotland. Please visit our website and complete a volunteer form, where you will be invited to join your regional Facebook group.

Listed below are all of LIN’s trustees, all trustees are in every Facebook group, but one trustee per region will be first point of contact for you.

Tracey Pennell Watson

Toni Trowell

Lisa Jane Stewart

Michelle Williams

Samantha Bernard

Suzanne Pickering

On a final Note We currently have this little beauty in the rescue.


Penny Piddler aged 4 months

She is having her operation Next week.  To read her story please visit her just giving page and, if you can help either by a donation or just sharing her story please do. We are nearly at her total

Labradors in need would like to wish you all a very very “HAPPY NEW YEAR”


Penny Piddler’s Christmas Story


As most of our supporters know we are “supposed” to be a breed specific rescue or the very least have some Labrador in the dog we are helping. However occasionally one comes along that we just cannot say no to whether it be a Staffy cross or a cross Lurcher. When the heartstrings are tugged, we all jump in feet first. read more →

Pawfect Pawdicure


Although I could go into depth about how the arteries supplying blood to your dog’s pads, through a network of numerous veins or venules.  Along with the fact that the high fat content in your dog’s pads acts as a heat exchanger, (similar to the way it is found in Artic penguins). This wouldn’t give you any practical advice so hopefully this will help:-

First and foremost, if it’s too cold for you, it probably is for your dog, and he/she would much rather be curled in front of the fire. This doesn’t however mean they won’t want to go for a walk. It just means you may need to alter the time you walk them. Just like in the summer; when you alter the times to avoid the hottest part of the day, avoid the coldest times if possible. Go an hour later in a morning or a little earlier on an evening to avoid the colder weather.

During the winter months, de-icers, grit and salts are used on roads and sidewalks, so best bit of advice I can give is to coat the paws with paw wax. I also recommend if your dog has particularly hairy feet to trim excess fur off with suitable clippers or a trip to your local groomers if you’re not confident yourself. This will help with the cleaning when you return home and stops snow/ice balls attaching to them.

Repeatedly coming out of the cold into the dry heat can cause itchy, flaking skin. Keep your home humidified and towel dry your pet as soon as he/she comes inside, paying special attention to their paws & pads and in between the toes.

Finally apply a little more pad wax and cosy up in front of the fire. Or better still on one of our fabulous beds available in our online store.

Natural pad wax recipe


2 oz. (approx. 2 tbsp.) olive, sunflower or sweet almond oil

2 oz. (approx. 2 tbsp.) coconut oil

1 oz. (approx. 1 tbsp. shea butter

4 tsp. beeswax


In a small pot – or double boiler – over low heat melt the oils, shea butter, and beeswax. Stir continuously until all is melted and well blended.

Pour the mixture into lip balm tubes and/or tins.

Let them cool on the counter until hard.

Cap and label.

Keep away from extreme heat.

Use within 1-2 years.


Alternatively join our fundraising page where some of our lovely members are making the pad wax to sell.

Santa Paws and the stay safe Laws


Now that the scary monsters & noisy fireworks are over for another year, everyone begins to think about Christmas!

A time for celebration, good times, laughter, fun and family. The delicious aromas wafting in from the kitchen, the Xmas decorations placed around the house, along with a variety of Christmas plants can be hazardous to your pets if not kept out of reach.

We thought that we could put together a little list to help keep you all safe. Some you may already know, some you might not. We hope you will have the time to read our findings, and that our information and advice will enable you to have a Merry Christmas.


The chemical theobromine, which is a bit like caffeine, is found in chocolate and is toxic to dogs. Even small amounts can cause agitation, hyperexcitability, tremors, convulsions and problems with the heart. The darker the chocolate, the more potent levels of theobromine become – with baker’s chocolate the most dangerous. Chocolate should be avoided at all costs. But what do you do if your dog does eat chocolate? Even small amounts have the potential to make them feel sick, but as a guide veterinary treatment should be sought for any dog ingesting more than 20 mg/kg of theobromine – that’s equivalent to 3.5 g/kg of plain or dark chocolate and 14 g/kg milk chocolate. White chocolate does not contain enough theobromine to cause toxicity, but it can be fatty and pose a potential risk of pancreatitis.  If in doubt seek Veterinary advice. Avoid putting any chocolate on or under the Christmas tree, as the temptation might be too great for our four legged friends.

Christmas pudding and mince pies,Grapes and dried vine fruits (currants, sultanas, raisins)

Grapes and their dried products (currants, sultanas and raisins) are toxic to dogs. Ingestion of even a small quantity can cause severe kidney failure. Don’t forget this will include food items that contain dried fruits such as Christmas pudding and mince pies. Be aware that chocolate-coated raisins run the additional risk of chocolate toxicity. Even if your dog has eaten any of these products in the past and been okay, we recommend you seek veterinary advice as soon as you realise your dog has eaten them.

Onions (and garlic, leeks, shallots and chives)

Onions, garlic, leeks, shallots and chives all belong to the Allium species of plants and can cause toxicity, whether uncooked or cooked. Initially there can be vomiting and diarrhoea but the main effect is damage to red blood cells, resulting in anaemia. This may not be apparent for several days after ingestion.


Alcohol can have a similar effect in dogs as it does in their owners when drunk in excess. They can become wobbly and drowsy and in severe cases, there is a risk of low body temperature, low blood sugar and coma. Dogs may help themselves to any unattended alcohol left lying around over Christmas, so ensure it’s always out of their reach.

 Macadamia nuts

Macadamia nuts can cause lethargy, increased body temperature, tremor, lameness and stiffness in dogs.


If there is any food left over at Christmas, be careful to dispose of it well and keep it out of the reach of your four-legged friend. Not only may the food include ingredients toxic to dogs, mould in leftovers (including yoghurt, bread and cheese) can produce toxins that cause rapid onset convulsions in dogs.

Artificial sweeteners

A sugar-free sweetener called xylitol is often found in the sweets we consume over Christmas, as well as chewing gums, mouthwashes, toothpastes and supplements. It is poisonous to dogs and, although the amounts in different products vary, event one to two pieces of chewing gum can cause toxic effects in a small dog. It can induce the release of insulin in the body, resulting in low blood sugar and sometimes liver damage. Signs of poisoning can be rapid or delayed, and include vomiting, lethargy, convulsions and comas. The prognosis is good if the low blood sugar is treated quickly.

Christmas plants




Christmas tree needles

Holly Berries

Although these do not cause life threatening reactions, they have all been known to cause reactions from irritated skin, dermatitis, to upset tummies and vomiting if ingested. So once again keep out of reach of your dogs.

Some less toxic things to keep an eye out for are: Silica gel. Silica gel comes in small sachets and is often found in the packaging of new shoes, handbags, cameras or electrical equipment which we unwrap over Christmas. Although it is labelled “Do not Eat” it is considered to be of low toxicity. Christmas decorations made of plastic, paper or foil are of low toxicity although may obstruct the stomach. Glass decorations could pose a risk if chewed or swallowed.

Wrapping or crepe paper Ingestion may cause staining in the mouth which may look alarming, but the toxicity is low. But if your dog eats a large amount, it may cause an obstruction to the stomach.

Candles, although candles, even scented ones, are of low toxicity, ingestion could potentially block the intestine or cause choking.

Potpourri when eaten, potpourri can cause significant gastrointestinal effects in dogs. These may last several days even after the material has passed through the gut.

Cigarettes nicotine is toxic to dogs, and cigarette butts are especially dangerous – so it’s important not to leave any ashtrays in reach of dogs over Christmas, or dropped on the floor where they may eat them. Nicotine replacement patches and e-cigarette refills can also pose a risk. Symptoms of poisoning include vomiting, excess saliva and hypertension.

Perks of Helping Run LIN


One of the many perks of helping to run Labradors In Need.
My overnight foster baby girl. If you think you could help us, by volunteering for our wonderful rescue, please visit
But please don’t think it’s all puppies and rainbows.
Fostering takes hard work, patience, perseverance and positive rewards training. On the odd occasion we have puppies in like this lovely girl, but the ages mainly range from 10mths to 14yrs old.
After all your hard work, you will start to notice that you will win the dog’s trust. But this can take anything from days to weeks. Seeing the trust in their eyes is so rewarding.
Please contact us if you think you can help, but please think hard and seriously before applying. All foster carers will be subject to a successful home check x

As Written By Michelle Williams

Oldies Love Scruffs


Just a little bit excited about this news. We have only managed to get Pets Loves Scruffs on board to enable our followers to purchase reduced rate dog beds premarin cream.

As quite a few of you will know if you follow us, we get a fair few oldies coming into LIN, needing rehoming. Some, not all have joint issues. We even get younger dogs with arthritis etc. This often comes with long term medication and vet bills. But our lovely families who adopt these gorgeous Labradors do so without a thought of the money

So, after contacting Pets Love Scruffs and explaining how we as a rescue would love to be able to offer their products at a discounted rate to these families, they were extremely happy to help.

We have included a range of Orthopaedic Beds in our online store.

Also, we have reduced joint aid products in the Dogs Health section. Please have a browse.



Eric was the second dog that LIN took under its special care back in 2013, and what a special boy he’s turned out to be in more ways than one.

You see, I fell in love with Eric the moment I set eyes on him. A Fox red beauty, who immediately brought me his lead to go for a walk when I went to assess him. But, when setting up LIN, I had promised my husband that I would only emergency foster, so I quickly placed him with a foster family the following day.

He went to Luke and his partner much to my sadness. Even my chocolate lab Keano loved him. I settled him in with his foster family and walked away.

Now here the fun starts. You see Luke was and still is (I’m sure he will agree) a soft touch with Eric, who was called Marley at this time. Eric suffered with separation anxiety. So, when left alone, he experienced a few issues such as weeing on human beds, opening doors, counter surfing. You name it he tried it. He even escaped once and was found eating pukka pies at the local chip shop. I remember meeting him at the vets to see how he was doing and having a chat with Luke. After the vet visit, Luke was putting him in the boot, and by the time he had got to the driver’s seat, there was Eric sat waiting for the keys to drive off. It became quickly apparent that Eric needed more routine and a more experienced home.

I asked Kathryn if she would foster for us and she agreed straight away, so I collected him and took him to her house. Unfortunately, her own dog had become extremely poorly and he was unable to stay. So, he came back to my house where my husband stated its only temporary. Kathryn lost her beloved Max the very next day RIP Max your still in our thoughts.

Eric demand barked which is the worst thing he could have done to try and win affection, and the first night I had to sleep in the spare room with him in a single bed. His separation anxiety meant that no doors could be closed. Luckily we are open plan, so the only time he was left was at night time. Which resulted in him drooling and weeing. But I noticed he seemed happy to lay in Keano’s crate, so the crate training started. He has learned to love his crate, and I never have to lock it because he is a happy and content boy.

So here starts the story of Eric worming his way into Darren’s affections. Firstly, may I say that I knew as soon as I got him back he was going to stay.

How did he win Dad over? Well it wasn’t the time he nearly took his legs from under him running with a huge branch. Or the time he piddled on our brand-new mattress and me having to pretend the wet was because we had left the loft window open and it had rained. Or even the time he stole a full cooked chicken out the fridge and sat licking it slowly in the garden.

What won him over was that he made me happy. Darren’s moto is happy wife happy life and Eric made me laugh so much with his antics and still does. The time I was walking him and a lady had got off her mobility scooter to clean her dogs poo up, so he jumped on. The time he sat in a total stranger’s boot for them to take him for a ride as they were getting the shopping out. He got out once when a customer had left the side gate open and we found him in the beer garden at the local pub getting fed crisps. His snorkelling, which when we watch, we are like proud parents when people say “wow, how long does he hold his breath?” The not so proud parents when he pops up from the water with a pair of knickers in his mouth. And his latest fad, his arm chair that we have had to get back out, because he complained that much when we put them away for the winter.

He has brought so much laughter to our home and Keano loves him so much. Some would say he’s a naughty dog. We just say he’s ERIC.