Noki was born last Valentine’s Day, so it’s only fitting to classify him as an absolute love.heart1

He’s still a puppy and need the traditional obedience training, but we love everything about him.  He is playful and unbelievably handsome. He rode well in the car, but managed to chew his leash en route, which is not surprising, because as we have learned he was tied up outside and chewed his way free and was found wandering across a bridge entering Ohio.  He must have know when he found his way, he would be looking at a much brighter tomorrow.

Captain JACK Sparrow

Jack is a beautiful 2 year old yellow boy who weighs in at approximately 70 pounds.  He is a very friendly dogs and gets along equally well with people and other dogs. We really love his disposition, but also know he needs improvement on his manners.  Fortunately, our volunteers will work with him to get him started with more appropriate behaviors.  He does have a tendency to close one eye from a previous injury, but it doesn’t effect his ability to do anything.  Since he a new arrival, we know he needs some time to settle and believe he has excellent potential to acclimate to a loving family.



This playful 9 mo.old is an absolute love.  He currently weighs approximately 60 pounds, but is obviously still growing and filling out.  He is wonderful with people and loves playing with other dogs.  Our volunteers describe him as very sweet and gentle. He does well on a lead, doesn’t jump, and is an affectionate boy. He is comfortable making eye contact during training sessions too, which is indicative of his potential to learn. For some unknown reason, his original owner apparently docked his tail, but it doesn’t inhibit him from being a very happy boy. This all adds up to an extraordinary amount of superlatives for a dog who just arrived, which gives us the impression that he will be an absolute fabulous family addition.



“For a dog that was reported to have been abused, Jonesy shows no signs of fear or aggression with people or dogs.  He absolutely craves attention from people, and does everything he can to get as close to you as possible.  He is a very sweet and loving dog, and he loves everyone.  He appears to have been severely neglected, as he is very thin and just seems very unsure of how to act.  He walks extremely well on a leash, and we are currently working on house training. I am happy to report that he is doing pretty well so far.  He also does wonderfully in a crate, with no issues what-so-ever.  He and his future family will really benefit from obedience training, as he has never had the opportunity to learn, but will be a willing student.   Jonesy, really didn’t not get a fair shake in life with his prior owners’ actions and “report”, but I’m confident that is future will be entirely different knowing what a wonderful companion he will be for his future family. He definitely deserves a second chance to know what it’s like to be in a caring a loving home.”

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VOLUNTEER UPDATE:  Jonesy is a very sweet, loving, dog. He’s a little stubborn, but he is also can be compliant, and he calmly walked on a leash joyfully wagging his tail. He’s a little reistant to sit and go down, but with a little pressure he will comply. He accepts the guidance of being handled, responds favorably to treats, petting, and praise.
When he approaches other dogs, he wags his tail and barks, because he is just ready to join the fun.  Considering his history, we are so proud of his progress.
additional comments: Jonesy has a good disposition and allows his handler to manipulate his body to teach positions.  He seems like a gentle boy despite his stubborn attitude at times, and he has good eye contact, which generally translate to eventually making the right connection to learning what he needs to know.

Jonesy, a three year old chocolate, was surrendered to a rural Ky shelter after his owner claimed he bit her.  The law dictates that he spend the next 10 day quarantine.  While in quarantine, his owner came to visit him, and when putting him back in his kennel he resisted.  The owner kicked him and slapped him in the face.  He surrendered and collapsed in the corner shaking in fear.  An appalled shelter volunteer witnessed this and contacted CLR and asked if we would please give this poor soul a chance.  After several weeks in a foster home to insure he was not aggressive, he came to CLR. He is exceptionally  timid and for good reason,  hesitant to trust,  but he is not showing any signs of aggression.  We have no doubt that he was treated very harshly, and it will take him time to move beyond some of these fears.  Until he is more comfortable, we are doubtful that a home with small children is an appropriate placement.  What he does need is a family or individual who really understands that he will need a very tender heart to help him trust and feel safe.
on a side note: we certainly hope his previous owner NEVER gets another dog!

Indian Summer


This one is really tough, so grab the tissues and hopefully you can step up and help this poor girl who is only about 9 mo.old.Indian Summer was dumped on a rural road and picked up by a family. Obviously, this was not an ideal situation as we learned  they kept this poor girl in a cardboard box on their front porch. They naively thought someone would come looking for her.  After 2 weeks, they gave up and called the local animal shelter, because allegedly, their dogs didn’t like her and were being cruel to this defenseless little girl.  A volunteer called us at the last minute and begged CLR to save her before she ended up in the shelter.  She obviously had been traumatized enough at this point and we had to hurry to get her before the animal control officer staked claim.  To say she is a frightened girl is an understatement, and she will need a tremendous amount of love to restore her faith in people.  Yet again, this is the true meaning of rescue and we are happy to help Indian Summer learn about love and trust.

(we will post better pictures soon)



Julia is our last newcomer and a very special chocolate lady at 7 years of age.  A seven year old still has many wonderful years in his/her future, and Julia appears to be an active, healthy girl. Transitioning can present a problem for some dogs, but

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Julia is doing well and is a happy senior girl.Her coat does not appear as bleached out as some of our rescues, but this lady needs exercise and a better diet to help her trim her weights in order to keep her healthy and fit.  For many, a senior dog is the perfect fit for their family, and we want to help Julia find that perfect match so she can grow older and thrive with their loving care.


We did discover Julia to be HW positive, so once her spay sutures are removed, she will begin her treatment.  We have had over 50 dogs with heart-worm and every single one is thriving and doing beautifully.  Her activity will be temporarily restricted, and then she will be ready to just enjoy being a normal dog.

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UPDATE: Julia is going into foster care where she will get additional love and comfort. In the meantime, the vet mentioned today what an awesome girl she is (I think we already knew that), specifically saying that she has a great labbie personality – just so happy all the time, sweet and loving. I doubt that any dog could get a better endorsement.



Cricket is a 2 year old black female who is a little bit fragile from her previous neglect. She definitely needs some good nutrition and additional weight. She will work for treats, which is encouraging when teaching manners and is learning to sit and the ready command.  It’s so rewarding when the dogs are responsive, because we feel confident that they will adapt well to a new family and learn house rules. We are still getting acquainted with her, and will update her post as soon as we can, but we did want to introduce you as soon as we could. Obviously, we are suckers for those big floppy ears!



This adorable girl is only 1-2 years old a light 47.3 pound. We think she is precious. Our vet described her as one of the most loving dogs she has ever known.  She added that when examining her, she just laid her head in her lap.  Obviously, a wonderful sign that she will be an extremely devoted pet.  She arrived via Pilots ‘n Paws, a wonderful group that helps dogs arrive safely into their rescues situation.  We continue to be so grateful to the selfless pilots that continue to support our efforts to save labs. We need to add that prior to moving to her foster home, everyone at the kennel absolutely feel in love with Winnie- that just could not stop talking about how wonderful she is…….and apparently, her foster feels pretty much the same.

FOSTER UPDATE: Winnie has very nice house manners and has adapted beautifully.  She loves to play with toys, is crate and potty trained, and very friendly.  She is a little bit skittish/shy when being introduced to new dogs and people until she feels comfortable, and then quickly warms up. She was wonderful with family members and even a tiny baby.  She already knows: sit, paw, down, and off, but she does need practice on a leash. Combined with being so affectionate and enjoying being close with her people, we think Winnie is a definite Winner!

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It’s time for precious  Lucy to catch a break.  When she first arrived it was obvious she had not been well cared for during her 1 1/2 years on this planet. Everyone who knows her and has spent time with her says she is just an affectionate sweet girl. She’s been subjected to too many transitions and now it’s Lucy’s turn to understand that she’s truly safe and wanted. Lucy is searching to find a family to  give her a chance to settle in and know that they have made a lifetime commitment, and will provide her the love and security she deserves.



Salty Dog

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We received a request to help Salty Dog and said, “Absolutely – he needs to come to CLR so we can help him.”   We are delighted to find this adorable guy a family to love and care for him.  He is not a very large boy at 42 pounds (obviously needs some weight gain),   is only 1.5 years old,  and has the most adorable and irresistible face.  We could tell he was a little stressed when he first arrived, but settled down rather quickly.  It is difficult to imagine how stressed the dogs must feel from so many changes. There is no doubt that he is very thin and needs some good nutrition and additional weight since he currently is only 41.7 pounds- an obvious indication of not receiving the care he deserves. We look forward to learning more about him and to let him know that his future will be so much brighter than his past.

FOSTER UPDATE: “What can i say about Salty Dog?  Well, just about everything positive.  He loves being around us,  and is anxious to  go outside for some play time, especially fetch. He doesn’t like his crate very much, but ironically, I find this very amusing, because if you tell him to go into his crate, he does so willingly. He walks well on a leash, and has not had any accidents in the house. I am happy to report that the general family consensus is that overall he just qualifies as a great dog.”



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Milo is unequivocally one of the all-time sweetest boys.  How anyone let him go is a complete mystery.  He has a huge heart and his foster thinks he is the best foster she has ever had.  That is saying something, because we’ve lost count of her numbers.

He is estimated to be 9 years old, but has the spirit of a much younger dog and is an active, fun loving boy.  He is housebroken and has excellent manners.  He truly encompasses everything we love about labs.

Foster Update:  “Milo has to be hands down my most favorite foster. He is such a sweet boy.  House broke, no need for a crate although  I am sure you could put him in one,  but no need.   He must be a young 9 years since he sure doesn’t act like he is old.  I don’t think he has had much love in his life and probably beaten with the way he reacts if you raise your voice or hand.    He has joined the pack and pushes his way to the front for attention, but never growls, or reacts to other dogs being near his food, treats, toys or shoving him out of the way for their turn at attention.  He walks on a lead although a little timid with a lead, again, I think he may have been beaten with one.  He like the cats and cuddles with them or allows them to cuddle with him.    He does not tear things up and waits patiently for his food or treats.    Unlike other labs, he is underweight so  he gets extra treats, but always takes them nicely and shares if need be. He has chosen his pillow and goes there when he is ready for bed at night.   Milo is looking for a forever family that will give him so much love and attention to make up for  all that he missed out on.  You just may be the perfect family for this exceptionally special boy.”



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When we were asked to help Vali, we could not resist.  He appears to be a wonderful year old lab/collie mix.He is fully vetted, microchipped , and HW tested.Apparently quite a sweet boy according to his fosters.  He gets along with other dogs and is indifferent to cats –  to us that translates into doing fine with cats.  He is somewhat shy and is believed to have been a stray and may have had limited time inside a house as he was initially uncomfortable navigating stairs. He is a little shy submissive (not shy aggressive) and knows some commands (sit), is housebroken, and adapted to leash walks very quickly. He would need a little patience, because he does still has a few nervous behaviors (pacing, lying down in submission when a new person meets him), but seems like he will be a great dog once he feels safe, loved, and comfortable in his new surroundings. We think he sounds like one awesome guy!


5 Reasons to ADOPT a lab

Here are our “Top Five Reasons for Adopting a Labrador”:

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1. Adopting a dog really saves the lives of two dogs by making space for another pup in need of a home.

2. Adoption is dramatically less expensive than purchasing a dog through a breeder or other business.

3. Labradors in the care of shelters and rescue groups receive quality medical care, and you can be sure the shelter will point out any issues the dog might have.

4. The top priority for Shelters and Rescue Groups is making a good fit between a dog and a family. This means they’ll check you out carefully and let you check out the dog as well — and most groups and shelters will even give you a trial period to make sure the Lab you adopt is right for you.

5. Most importantly, you can be certain you won’t be supporting unethical and cruel puppy mills.

Over three million pets in the US are euthanized every year, and the plight of unwanted Labradors is heartbreaking. The truth is that most dogs end up in shelters or with rescue groups due to negligence or changes in priorities by their owners, and not because of naughty behavior. Right now, there are thousands of well-behaved, friendly and attractive Labradors in shelters around the country.

As part of our effort to help dogs find homes, partners with rescue organizations to help spread the word about their great work and increase adoptions. Please reach out to your local Lab Rescue group and let them know we’d love to hear from them.



7 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog by Cesar Milan

When you’re thinking about picking up a dog from your local shelter, don’t  look past the older dogs. They make great pets for a number of reasons.

1. Senior dogs at shelters need homes just as badly as younger  dogs. Many older dogs were once owned and loved by someone. For  whatever reason, they were given up and abandoned in a shelter and are in need  of a home. Just like puppies and younger adoptable dogs, they make loyal and  loving companions.

2. Adopting an older dog may save its life. Many people are  quick to adopt puppies and younger dogs, often overlooking dogs over the age of  five. Shelters are overcrowded and unfortunately, older dogs are among the first  to be euthanized if they aren’t adopted in a timely manner. By adopting a senior  dog, you are not only providing it with a better life but are also  saving it from being put down.

3. Older dogs are not necessarily “problem dogs” as many tend to  think. Senior dogs lose their homes for a variety of reasons, usually  having nothing to do with their behavior or temperament, but more due to the  fact that their owners are unable to keep them for reasons including: the  novelty of owning a dog wearing off, allergies, death of a guardian, a new baby,  loss of a job, a move, change in work schedule, and various other lifestyle  changes. These dogs need homes just as badly as young adoptees do, and make  wonderful household pets.

4. Older dogs usually come trained and understand at least basic  commands. Most older dogs are potty-trained and have mastered the basic  commands such as “sit,” “stay,” “come,” and “down.” Adopting an already-trained  dog will save you a lot of time and energy that you’d normally have to dedicate  towards training a young dog.

5. You can teach an old dog new tricks. Dogs can be trained  at any age and older dogs are just as smart as younger ones. Older dogs have a  greater attention span than a puppy,  which make them easier to train.

6. Older dogs are calmer and less energetic than younger  dogs. An adult dog has graduated from the puppy stage and has an  established demeanor and temperament, which will give you an instant idea of how  it will fit into your household. Older dogs have all their adult teeth and are  out of the energetic puppy phase, which will result in less destruction to your  home. Many of them do well with young children as they have a lower energy level  and have possibly lived with them in their past homes.

7. Older dogs make instant companions. Unlike a puppy, which  requires leash training, etc. an older dog is ready to accompany you on a long  walk and already knows how to play fetch. An adult dog will make a great workout  partner, a loyal companion, and a late night snuggle buddy.

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