17 months old
Max is a stunning young happy go lucky lad, , cheeky character,. Loves nothing more than playing. Knows basic commands,does pull a little on the lead but with a little training he will soon learn,mainly pulls in the first 5mins of a walk. He is well mannnered, not a greedy dog and takes treats very gently. read more →
Cheeky Charlie is a beautiful big lab, extremely loving and playful.
He does pull on his lead but we are working on this with a face collar and he has made huge improvements in the few days that he has been in foster. His recall is work in progress, but again with the help of a long lead and treats he is already making huge improvements. read more →
Cody 3 1/2yrs old.
Yellow male lab, neutered, chipped and vaccs up to date.
Cody is a beautiful family boy who is looking for his forever home. He currently lives with children between the ages of 5-15 so we will consider families of school age children.
Big Chocolate Beau is a 9yr old gorgeous loving boy. He has been very loved all of his life and through no fault of his own is now looking for a new family. read more →
Gorgeous fox red Vinny is just coming up to 2yrs old.
He has never lived with children or cats so therefor we will only rehome in a cat free, child free (teenagers ok) environment. He is quite submissive to other dogs.
Vinny is a country boy, enjoying endless fields and swimming in streams and we feel it is essential that his new family live in a rural setting so he can continue to live in an environment that he is used to.
He has good recall, a good understanding of commands and also knows a trick or two. He is a strong boy on the lead, but does walk well with a harness.
He is a lovely natured boy who will make a beautiful addition to a family. PLEASE only express interest in Vinny if you live in a rural location.
Vinny will need to be neutered once he is settled in his new home.
We had a call from a concerned neighbour of this gorgeous boy. They used to watch broken-hearted as his owners had countless garden parties, that often became extremely rowdy. But he used to wander among them with a toy in his mouth for a little affection getting the odd tickle here and there. But as the party continued the tickles stopped. They never saw him walked just wandering around his garden. They asked if they could convince them would we bring him into LIN. We didn’t hesitate and so his happy story began. …. read more →
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.
I have been lucky enough to give a new home to two Labradors through Labradors in Need (LIN).
LIN is a foster based charity which covers the whole of the UK who organised a home check for me shortly after I applied via their website and once I passed that, I was contacted by one of their Trustees to discuss the dogs that they had available. They suggested that a lovely 2 year old fox red boy called Caz would suit me so I took my 9 year old black Lab Harry along to meet him. The meeting went well so I went back the following week to bring him home.
I had a little trepidation about the journey a,s although I’d been told that he travelled well, it was over 3 hours back to my house but I needn’t have worried! He cried a couple of times in the first 10 minutes then settled down and I heard nothing more from him for the rest of the journey.
I re-introduced him and Harry in the garden before taking them on a walk and there was a lot of playing and chasing each other! Caspar (as I’d renamed him) had previously only been walked once or twice a week in his original home so on the first walk he tried to chew his lead in excitement and pulled a lot – veering from side to side up the road! I decided to start as I meant to go on and when I went to feed my horse later that evening, I left him and Harry in the utility room and was absolutely delighted to get home and find that he’d been very relaxed and not chewed anything! He and Harry then spent the rest of the evening playing and really getting to know each other. He did cry a couple of times the first night but soon settled and after that first night I didn’t hear anything from him till the morning.
He soon settled into his new routine and it wasn’t long before I was happy to let him enjoy off lead walks knowing he’d come back when called – I live very close to the river and he soon proved to be a typical Lab by going in the water at every available opportunity. He’d also had very little socialisation in his original home and would bark at any new people or dogs he met but I have a very good dog school near me so took him to classes and within a few weeks the difference in his behaviour was immense premarin pills. We still go training every week and he now enjoys doing gundog work, agility and flyball.
I kept in close contact with LIN via their Facebook groups and had carried out some local home checks and helped with transporting dogs to their new homes so when I sadly lost Harry to cancer in April, I once more turned to them for a new companion to Caspar.
In May I was paired up with a gorgeous 8 month black Lab called Billy who had come into rescue when his elderly owner had to go into a Care Home. Again he was quite a long way from me so this time I met one of the Trustees in the Waitrose car park in Lincoln to collect him and was lucky for a second time as he travelled without a peep. He was introduced to Caspar in the garden – Caspar is very laid back so I think he was a bit bemused at the livewire who arrived in his life! They spent most of the evening playing though with Caspar just telling Billy off a couple of times when he got too exuberant and Billy soon learnt to back off so they get on really well now.
Billy is a typical young Lab who finds everything an adventure but he’s been so good – he’s not chewed anything and is happy being left with Caspar or on his own. I take him to training classes too and he learns very quickly and loves the interaction with other dogs. Both boys have brought so much joy into my life and I can’t imagine life without them.
LIN do a fantastic job and really take the time to match prospective owners with the right dog. When you get a dog from them it is initially on a “Foster with a view to adopt” contract to ensure that the dog and owner are a good match and then after about four weeks you move on to formal adoption. Throughout the whole process there are plenty of folk around to offer any advice needed. I really can’t thank them enough for trusting me with Billy and Caspar.
As written by Nicola Peck
Evan arrived at Labradors in Need after being handed into the local dog warden as a stray. They contacted LIN because he wasn’t coping at all with life in a kennel.
They suspected he was visually impaired as he had damaged his face on the walls and fencing, and was struggling with the noises.We quickly removed him from kennels, and placed the scared boy with his foster daddy Dave.
After many trips to the vets it was confirmed he was not visually impaired, but totally blind. Evan’s foster Daddy Dave, and one of the Trustees of LIN began working on building his confidence and socialising him with other dogs.
Then one day a special family contacted us and this happened:
One night a beautiful Fox Red Lab appeared on our news feed from Labradors in Need. On further reading we established he was blind and needed a home, we instantly fell in love. We contacted the charity, arranged our home check and once approved arranged to meet Evan. We drove from Cheshire to Hull with Alfie and were greeted by one of the lovely trustees Toni. Evan soon appeared barking as loud as he could, trying to figure out what was happening.
We then went into the garden of his foster dad’s home and let Evan and Alfie play together. They instantly got on, running around, chasing after toys and each other. We had the opportunity to chat to Dave who had been fostering him and Toni, this was crucial for us in learning about what Evan really needed. That day all of us fell more in love with Evan, and knew he would be a perfect part of our family, we informed Toni that we wanted to proceed with the adoption.
So in August 2015 Evan joined our family, we have never since looked back. Our initial fears that having a blind dog would be so difficult were soon quashed…Evan settled quickly into our home and struck up an instant bond with Alfie who wears a bell to help Evan find him. Alfie took up the role of Evan’s guide dog very quickly and is patient, loving and protective over him.
Being blind hasn’t stopped Evan in anyway, he can find his way up the stairs, play fetch, go for walks and even go off lead. He has learnt to swim, do tricks and most importantly trust us.
He likes to sit on top of your feet to make sure you are close and he loves having his tummy tickled. He often makes us laugh with his very waggy tail which saw him win the waggiest tail category at the LIN fun day, and when he is feeling very tired he rolls off the bed or sofa onto the floor. He knows when he shout “careful” that he’s approaching danger and he stops, although this once didn’t work and he bumped into the goal post…all was well though after a Mr Bump ice pack and some sudocrem! He can search out a squeaky tennis ball wherever you try and hide it, and won’t give in until he has got it…… and if you move it somewhere else he will happily sit there until you give in. He has his own night time routine, and will only go to sleep after a kiss from us, and when he is snuggled up to Alfie.
Evan’s popularity has surprised us most, we had a lot of supporters of the charity looking for updates on how he was getting on. We are truly a part of the Labradors in Need Family! As a result of Evan’s popularity he has a facebook page that keeps his followers up to date on his adventures with Alfie.
If you would like to follow Alfie and Evan’s adventures visit their page: https://www.facebook.com/evanandalfie/