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Old 09-16-2012, 08:48 AM
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ugh long night, guess I'm a foster momma...lol

Not sure this is the right place for this post, but here goes anyway.

So yesterday we acquired a Black lab. 3 years old and nuts...lol. No he isn't staying but we are looking for a home for him.

He is such a sweetie for all he's been through. He was living with our middle son and his room mate. They acquired him from someone they new who got him from someone else. Poor Rex has no manners, no training and has been abused. Yet he retains that wonderful lab sweetness.

He has always been hand shy and afraid of stairs since I've known him and his off switch is hard to find. Doesn't like crates, but if you can get him in one he will settle nicely.

The boys took him cause they thought they could work with him, well working 50 hours a week isn't giving Rex enough time. Although he has come a good way with them, he needs and deserves more.

He is really really sweet, loves attention and will listen if you are gruff voiced with him. He's a runner though and isn't neutered. So I am going to neuter him and find him a home. We have a GR puppy coming in December and I hope to have this accomplished by then. However I will not let him go to just anyone. I've never done a rescue before but I have had a lab before and in one day he will sit to be pet, and lay down on command. The biggest issue we had last night was him trying to hump us. Well he has been persuaded that this perhaps is not the "right" thing to do and we will not tolerate it.

My biggest problem was him whining off and on last night, I need a nap...lol
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:53 AM
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Thank you for rescuing him! It's always hard when you bring in a puppy in a big dog's body Hopefully he'll let you get a nap today.
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I'm happy to do this for him. He really is a sweetie. But yep a puppy in a 65 pound body.
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Bless you for rescuing him. Having fostered and then adopted a black lab mix, I can certainly understand the lack of 'off switch', so he wasn't the 'easiest' dog to foster. That typical lab 'no holds barred' happy energy combined with the stress of being rehomed, not knowing what to expect, and lack of manners can make it a rough go for a while but it does get better!
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I know how you feel! When I brought home Riley he was kind of like that - a puppy in a big dogs body. Eager to learn, but had never been taught. I was amazed how quickly he learned though!
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Sounds like my Buddy when I rescued him. He was not supposed to stay but now he is a member of the family. He is a reformed runner. He gets to go the dog park 2-3 times a week for 2 hrs to run his heart out plus he is now trained to the invisible fence so he has 1 acre to run on. He goes for 5 mile walk almost daily- Used to be daily. He have been through months of training too. He was a hellion but now I would not trade him for the world. I can also trust him off leash. He spend Labor Day weekend running free with + 75 Goldens- Only leashed during meal times. Once a tablesurfer always one.

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Not sure this is the right place for this post, but here goes anyway.

So yesterday we acquired a Black lab. 3 years old and nuts...lol. No he isn't staying but we are looking for a home for him.

He is such a sweetie for all he's been through. He was living with our middle son and his room mate. They acquired him from someone they new who got him from someone else. Poor Rex has no manners, no training and has been abused. Yet he retains that wonderful lab sweetness.

He has always been hand shy and afraid of stairs since I've known him and his off switch is hard to find. Doesn't like crates, but if you can get him in one he will settle nicely.

The boys took him cause they thought they could work with him, well working 50 hours a week isn't giving Rex enough time. Although he has come a good way with them, he needs and deserves more.

He is really really sweet, loves attention and will listen if you are gruff voiced with him. He's a runner though and isn't neutered. So I am going to neuter him and find him a home. We have a GR puppy coming in December and I hope to have this accomplished by then. However I will not let him go to just anyone. I've never done a rescue before but I have had a lab before and in one day he will sit to be pet, and lay down on command. The biggest issue we had last night was him trying to hump us. Well he has been persuaded that this perhaps is not the "right" thing to do and we will not tolerate it.

My biggest problem was him whining off and on last night, I need a nap...lol
Mayve: Bless you for giving Rex a chance!! Like MikaTallulah said, Work with him and he will be forever grateful to you. Hope you have a fenced yard with him being a runner. If you don't find a home for him, by December, and can't keep him, please be sure to contract Labrador Retriever Rescue!
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I have a fenced in back yard so that hasn't been an issue. But the stinker knocked me out of his way and took off when I was coming in the garage. Note to self, close the garage door before opening the door to the house....I called him, he looked at me and took off, down the street and introduced himself to the neighbors dogs. He had been watching them play out in their yard for a while and must have decided they were "his" kind of people. Scared me though because I wasn't sure how the others peoples dogs would react to him. Turns out they are now great friends. And I was releaved as it made it really easy to then catch him. I didn't even scold him, yeah I probably should have but it was my fault I should have known better. Anyhow he is doing real well, learning some basic manners, let me sleep a bit more last night and has learned that his crate is not necessarily a bad thing. He was on purina, we are slowly switching him to Fromm's, which is what we feed. He needs to gain about 10 pounds, so giving him a little extra every meal. And (insert music here) he has discovered the joy of bones. apparently he hasn't had one before...not sure why, but previous owner said he didn't give them to him. This has proved to be a good stress outlet for him. When he starts getting naughty I give it to him and he lays down and chews it out...
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I agree, ALWAYS close the garage door before you open the door!
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Welcome to the wonderful world of rescue. It is a roller coaster ride, but oh so worth it!!! Welcome to the forum, and thank you for helping this boy out!
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