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I went to the shelter today and fell madly in love with a yellow lab named Woody. He's a BIG BOY - Milly is 65.5 lbs, and this guy was much thicker and much taller, so I'd say about 90-100 lbs. He's sweet as can be, high energy, but SMART. I took him on the walk and corrected him once when he pulled and then he healed the rest of the walk. He sits, knows down, and can shake. I sat on the ground with him and he laid down and totally relaxed. I don't know about his retrieving skills, or how he is with guns (many in this area are turned in if they are gun shy).

We got copies of all of his info for my brother, who fingers crossed will want him, because I can't get this guy out of my mind. He's in a high kill shelter to boot. :(

I am going to look for any lab rescues in NOVA to see if they'd take him (I could transport on Saturday and foster). You know that feeling when you just know one is special? I don't have that feeling often, but this is one animal I have that feeling about.

Of course, if I wasn't planning on getting a show dog as my next dog I would have adopted him today. I'm thinking of ways to make this work, and hopefully a friend or family member will adopt him. I'm smitten.
 

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"You know that feeling when you just know one is special?"

When you feel that way - it is true. You two have connected.

Labs and puppies get along great!
Honestly, I hope you find him a good home if you can't take him. He does sound like a wonderful boy.
 

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I think you should go get this beautiful Yellow Lab.
Probably all of the Lab Rescues are full.
What shelter is he in and Where?

Just my opinion, but why do you want a Show Dog? Don't take this wrong.

You can always get a Golden Ret. too.
 

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I say that this guy was meant to be yours. He sounds like a wonderful guy. Go get him and bring him home for your little Milly to have a buddy.
 

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i think you found a sole-mate.Go for it.You still can have a puppy.
 

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I think you should go get this beautiful Yellow Lab.
Probably all of the Lab Rescues are full.
What shelter is he in and Where?

Just my opinion, but why do you want a Show Dog? Don't take this wrong.

You can always get a Golden Ret. too.
I need to discuss it with my roommate and boyfriend, but I have a gut feeling this guy will become a part of my life, or at the very least I will pull him and keep him until he has a forever home.

His name is Woody, and I can't get him out of my mind. My brother said he doesn't know if he's ready for a dog (we're a forever home family, except for one pit that showed up at our house and just didn't work out... so it's something to really think about), but he'll think about it and on Friday we will go look at him together. I'll think about it more too for me, and talk to my boyfriend (three dogs in our future might be a bit much until we buy a home). I've contacted some rescues in the DC area (since I could transport) and hopefully one of them will take him. The shelter said he is more likely to be adopted than their mutts and hounds, but there are just so many dogs there. Everyone at this shelter is soooooo nice, and truly loves what they do. They do everything they can to save the dogs and transport them whenever possible, so that is good, but there are just too many for them to all live. He's located in Camden, SC at the Walter Crowe Animal Shelter. I'm going back on Friday for sure, and possibly tomorrow. I'm going to talk to them more about the possibility of fostering and transporting him to an urban area like DC where he's more likely to get adopted... there sure are a lot of labs in Camden - I counted three at the shelter.

I grew up showing horses, and while I'm not at a place in my life to have this anymore, I really miss having the partnership with an animal. I miss the grooming. I miss the training for that two minutes in the ring. I might be crazy, but I even miss the subjective judging where if you step up to the plate, and hope the politics are not involved you can succeed. Since getting Milly, and especially over the past year, I have spent a lot of my time researching everything I can about Golden Retrievers. I've really fallen in love with the breed, and come to appreciate it. I really believe in striving for perfection with Goldens, and that perfection in any breed would be applicable to the breed standard. The breed standard exists for a reason, and in a way I want to support and celebrate the amazing dogs that are Goldens. Milly is a rescue, and she's perfect. I wouldn't change her, her worn down bottom teeth, her slightly strange gait when excited, or her blemishes for anything - I would however trade her allergies, hot spots, and frequent ear infections if given the choice... haha. So in short, that is why I want a show dog. Do I think I'll ever run beside a dog I own at Westminster? No. Would I love to handle a dog I own and take as many conformation and obedience classes as possible? Absolutely. Do I think I'll send my future show dog off with a handler I trust at some point. You betchya! And yes, I'm fully prepared for all that can go wrong between purchasing a puppy with show potential and making it to the ring, but if that is the case then I'll have a beautiful and super well trained pet who will be spoiled rotten, and there will always be another litter, and another puppy to purchase. I really want to find a mentor (and there have been so many kind people on this forum who have given me sooooo much advise) and go from there. There's just so much to learn, and I'm loving what I've learned thus far.
 

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Understood about the show Golden.

Let us know about Woody.

Do you belong to the Lab Forum? If not you should join and post him there in CROSSPOSTS AND URGENTS TOPIC!
http://www.lab-retriever.net/board/

Did you email the Lab rescues?

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If you felt a bond I can only say, I loves me a yellow lab and his name is Finn. Easy, athletic, loyal, somewhat excitable, affectionate and just quite a dog.


You probably will have to take some weight off him though and that is no easy chore with a lab.
 

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Awww, he sounds so special!

I know you want a show Golden, which is awesome. But, if you do fall for this boy, remember you can groom Milly like a show dog ;) And you can get the partnership even more deeply, IMO, doing obedience and so forth until you're able to get a conformation dog. Or do what I would do and get both and do both! Your Labbie could get a PAL (ILP) number and do all kinds of stuff. Just sayin' ;)
 

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there is nothing like having a rescue dog.
Cody is so very special to us, but Livy our new rescue(labx) is such a sweet girl and I had nothing to do with that. I just can not imagine the problems some of these dogs have yet their hearts are always so full of love.
You would never regret taking him in, and if you can have 3 dogs then you can still get your show dog too!
 

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I remember before I adopted Maggie (one of my 2 yellow labs), I turned and walked away from her at the shelter. She was just about 10 weeks old. I already had two at home, and feared DH would have a fit if I even mentioned another. However, it nagged at me day & night. I fell in love with her when I saw her. I felt we had this weird connection with each other after just a few moments together. I saw her eyes in my sleep, so sweet yet so sad. I knew she would be PTS in just a couple days if she wasn't adopted. I talked to DH, and told him I couldn't bear the thought of this sweet girl being denied the right to a long, happy life with a family that loved her. He broke & gave in. I called the next day, and told them if she had not been adopted that I would like to have her. They informed me she was scheduled for euth. that morning. I screamed into the phone....... "No, I will be there in less than 15 minutes..... DO NOT put her down!! I want that puppy." I jumped in my truck and took off as fast as I could to get that sweet yellow lab pup. She's been with me for almost 3 years now,...... and I've never regretted a single second. She's absolutely wonderful in every way! My point is, if you've already fell in love with this sweet boy, please don't let the opportunity pass you by. I'm so glad I didn't.
 

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we rescued a yellow lab named chance....we gave him a second chance so his name is perfect!!!! i wish you luck with whatever you decide to do....a lab and a golden are great together we wouldn't change a thing....
 

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Well I won't talk you out of it :p: I love my labs. I love my goldens. I can't imagine a world without both.

I hope that yellow boy finds a good home in you. (I know, no help)
 

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yeah, i don't see many of us saying don't do it!

go get him! you know you want to! :)
 

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Ok. So. Will you be keeping the name Woody, or changing it? LOL It sounds as if he's in your heart. If you do wind up bringing him home, you two will always have that special connection. Good luck with your decision.
 

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Ok. So. Will you be keeping the name Woody, or changing it? LOL It sounds as if he's in your heart. If you do wind up bringing him home, you two will always have that special connection. Good luck with your decision.
I need to think a lot about this still. I'm giving it until Friday, but right now I can't get this stupid dog out of my mind! I would change the name - I really don't like the name Woody, no offense if that is anyone's dog's name. I thought about Woodford, and that changed to Woofford. I like Woofford. I also like Saba, Paddington and Courderoy. I don't want to give a name before I have the dog, and I just don't know if I can have three dogs... right now I'm thinking. I talked to my dad a lot about it today, and I just can't stop thinking about this dog. My mom thought the blue collar I donated was a sign... she's just as much help as y'all! hahaha. Either way, I'm determined to make sure this dog gets a home. There's just something about him.
 

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Where is he? I'm in NoVA

I went to the shelter today and fell madly in love with a yellow lab named Woody. He's a BIG BOY - Milly is 65.5 lbs, and this guy was much thicker and much taller, so I'd say about 90-100 lbs. He's sweet as can be, high energy, but SMART. I took him on the walk and corrected him once when he pulled and then he healed the rest of the walk. He sits, knows down, and can shake. I sat on the ground with him and he laid down and totally relaxed. I don't know about his retrieving skills, or how he is with guns (many in this area are turned in if they are gun shy).

We got copies of all of his info for my brother, who fingers crossed will want him, because I can't get this guy out of my mind. He's in a high kill shelter to boot. :(

I am going to look for any lab rescues in NOVA to see if they'd take him (I could transport on Saturday and foster). You know that feeling when you just know one is special? I don't have that feeling often, but this is one animal I have that feeling about.

Of course, if I wasn't planning on getting a show dog as my next dog I would have adopted him today. I'm thinking of ways to make this work, and hopefully a friend or family member will adopt him. I'm smitten.
 
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