DiNozzo is very handsome 18 mo. old male who weighs in at 77 lbs.  He just arrived, so we haven’t had an opportunity to access him, but will update once we know more. He seems like a very nice boy, but needs to settle in and appears to be an appropriately energetic  young man, which would be wonderful addition for an active family.



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Like his brother, Gibbs, McGee is that adorable combination of lab/hound, and he has a personality to match his looks.  He is just an easy going, adaptable 18 month old, who adores people and gets along well with other dogs. He is playful, but also knows when it’s time to relax and just find some good snuggle time.  He also has some spring in his ability to jump, so he will have to be monitored and would benefit with an invisible fence and leash walks. He is a little under weight, but a good diet is helping him add some extra pounds. He is a very special boy who is looking for a family to just open their hearts and share their loving home with him.

McGee’s FOSTER UPDATE:  “McGee has been with us for 3 days, and has been wonderful.  He is starting to come out of his shell and gets more comfortable everyday.  He gets along great with our three other labs, but has developed a special relationship with one, and they engage in playtime at every opportunity. We’ve taken him on several walks, and he has excellent leash manners, so it’s apparent that he has had some training.   With his sleek body, we believe he would make a wonderful jogging buddy and would just relish the time together.  We’ve had absolutely no issues with the crate while we are at work, and he enters without coaxing.  At night, he sleeps in our room and continues to be a perfect gentleman. As a very sociable dog, McGee just wants to be around people and will tend to follow us wherever we go, and he especially likes being with the kids.  And the best bonus of all…. not one accident in the house!  We can’t say enough positive things about McGee- he has been a wonderful house guest!”



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Gibbs is an 18 month old male who appears to be that wonderful lab/hound combination. We believe that translates to an abundance of cuteness and a good disposition. Although he seldom jumps, he is capable of reaching great heights – literally and figuratively, so leash walks and an invisible fence may be the best option for him. McGee is only about 58 pounds, so he needs to add a few pounds, which can be easily remedied. Good nutrition makes all the difference. When home alone, he is content with his bed and a bone and settles in beautifully.  He is one of the sweetest and most mellow dogs, and everyone is completely enamored with him. To quote his foster, “He is so good-just love him and his mellow temperament.”

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Gibb’s FOSTER UPDATE: “Gibbs is such a wonderful boy!  We have truly fallen in love with this gentle boy’s sweet nature.  He is the perfect combination of a Lab and a hound… may favorite combo!  Good nutrition has helped his black coat return to its natural shine. At about 18 months, he still has a little puppy playfulness, loves to run fast with my 3 year old female lab, and walks great on a leash with no issues at all -except for the occasional ‘lean’.  He doesn’t love being crated and has broken free a couple of times, so we put his bed, along with a couple of bones, in  the laundry room, and that seems to be a better option for him.  He likes the crate and sleeps in it at night when with us, but when we leave, he still has some anxiety about being confined in the crate, so we made the above adjustment.  All in all, Gibbs would be an outstanding and loving addition to any family – either or without kids !”



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Sweet  Lucy just can’t seem 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, but she went into foster and did just great. She was quickly adopted, but returned, adopted again, and returned because the family had a medical emergency and did not have the time to devote to her. They readily admitted that the timing was not right, and they should not have adopted a dog, but in the meantime, dear Lucy is caught in the middle. Everyone who knows her and has spent time with her (including adopters) say she is just a dear girl.  We believe all this transition is creating a little anxiety for Lucy, and she needs to understand that she’s truly safe and wanted. Lucy keeps searching to find a family to finally give her a chance to settle in and know that they have made a lifetime commitment.




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Lexis, a two year old chocolate female,  arrived a few weeks ago, but she needed some special care, so we have waited to post her, but she is now ready to be adopted and find her family.  We discovered a fibrolipoma on her leg,  which fortunately was benign, so she is as good as new, with a strong percentage in her favor that it will not return. She is rather small for a lab for those who would prefer a more delicate lady.   She happily roles on her back for belly rubs and loves to share her affection.  When the vets met her, they commented that she’s a “great” girl and we tend to agree.  We don’t know very much about her history, but she came to us with some minor dermatitis presumably from flea bites, so we assume she wasn’t given the proper care or dare we say or love she deserves?  Now that we have treated everything and she is a very happy, healthy girl, we are hoping she doesn’t have to wait very long to find her family.


Tommy is a year old package of joy.  From his original shelter picture, we thought he was a chocolate lab, so you can imagine our surprise when he arrived and was a black male, but we are more than happy to embrace this absolutely beautiful guy.  He is exceptionally lovable and friendly and gets along so well with everyone he meets.  His outgoing personality is evident in his photos, and he would be fantastic with a fun loving an active family.  We would never hesitate bringing such a wonderful boy into our rescue regardless of his color and know the perfect match is just around the corner for Tommy.


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When we arrived at the shelter to meet 4 year old Higby, we learned he was a true favorite.  Once we spent some time with him, we certainly knew why.  He has such an easy going sweet demeanor.  He is just a very agreeable guy and although affectionate, he doesn’t seem to be overly demanding.  He rode beautifully in the car and along with us, never looked back.  We think he knew his time for a better life has finally arrived. We look forward to helping him look toward a better future.

VOLUNTEER UPDATE: ” Higby continues to be a gentleman and walks nicely on lead with a minimum of pulling.  He happily works for treats and shows a positive  interest in his surroundings and in other dogs.   He already knows: Ready, Sit, Down, and Heel.   I just introduced down today, and he went down first with some pressure  then proceeded to go down five consecutive times w/o pressure and minimal prompting..  Some lucky family will adore this well mannered dog!  He is an absolute joy to work with!”


Tobie is another new arrival who is a young 22 month old.  He is quite a show stopper, but needs some basic training, like most of the dogs.  He can’t know commands if he’s never been taught.  Most labs want to please their people and are willing learners. so with consistent instruction,Tobie would be a wonderful boy. He walks relatively fast on a leash, but doesn’t pull and responds beautifully with a slight tug to return and slow his pace.  He is very affectionate and friendly and appears to enjoy the company of other dogs.  We are thrilled to have him join our new dogs and are honored to help him find his family.


Two year old Candy just arrived, and we are learning a little about her.  Right now, she is not completely comfortable and confused about all the change in her life, but she is most definitely a beautiful girl. She walks relatively well on a leash, and she is very people friendly.  Candy sits on command and has almost mastered down, so her potential for learning more manners is definitely there.  We look forward to knowing her better and are hoping a kind heart can step-up and bring her into their home to teach her about stability and love.


Like her brother and presumed litter mate, Starlight is equally as beautiful.  She is a 1 1/2-2 year old and smaller than River.  She is a very affectionate girl and appears to be adjusting well.  Her transporter was overwhelmed by her charm and personality.  They were found as strays, and we suspect she knows little about the comfort of a loving family and home.  We don’t know how long they were on their own, but evidence suggests that she did not receive the proper attention and care she deserves. We will update her post as we learn more about her, but at this juncture, we think she is one very special girl and look forward to helping her find her forever family.


This magnificent 1 1/2- 2 year old male is an unbelievable find for CLR.  His foster said they just love this big boy after only two days at their house.  He is the sibling to Starlight, and right now he is a little sad with the separation, but we know he will feel better very soon in his loving foster home. He took him a few days to enjoy eating, but his appetite is rapidly returning as he learns to trust his new environment. An obvious sign of lack of previous attention is that his foster is literally teaching him about using stairs and a crate. He and his sister were found as strays (which can be interpreted a million different ways),and there is every indication that neither of them received adequate care, let alone sufficient love and care. It’s difficult for us to imagine the confusion they must feel moving from point A to point B and often C and D before they are “really home”.


Willow is a stunning and elegant 5 year old adult chocolate female. She’s the perfect age for companionship without the puppy challenges, but enough playful energy to keep you engaged. She definitely needs some better nutrition to help her coat return to it’s natural color and shine, since she appears to have been left outside and her coat is bleached from the neglect and sun.  We can guarantee that she will be most grateful to have a family to actually care for her where she can just curl up by your side and learn about love and devotion.


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 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, an 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.



To say 9 year old Milo is exceedingly special doesn’t even begin to express how we feel. In desperation, the SPCA reached out to CLR to help with their overcrowding conditions. Of course, we could not deny getting Milo into a better situation.  Our one contingency is to find a loving foster for our senior dogs – it is just too important to us to make sure they are never put into a frightening situation ever again!  We were so lucky to have several of our wonderful volunteers step-up, and we got the ball rolling to retrieve Milo, give him a bath, have him vetted, and send him into the very best foster home. Milo is only 61 pounds, but in this case it is because he needs to gain weight. His coat is coarse, but good nutrition will help his coat become more luxurious too. But these are just the externals – what is most important is his very gentle and sweet nature. He just tucks his head into your chest and enjoys being stroked and loved. He is truly an absolute sweetheart, and we feel so honored to know that we will never allow for him to be harmed or neglected ever again.  We know that there are several people who will open their hearts to a sweet, senior boy, and the return is that his gratitude will surpass anything anyone of us can do for him.  That’s just the heart of a dog.


Lady is an exceptional girl, who at one point we had thought of having available for adoption, but our focus is to help her on her journey for Search and Rescue. Therefore, currently she is exclusively available to a Search and Rescue or Crime Scene Handler.  We truly believe this is “her purpose” and want to be instrumental in helping her achieve that goal.  

 Lady’s  Journey for Search and Rescue 

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We are so proud of Lady as she begins  the process of being trained as a search and rescue dog.  We suspected she needed a job, so we had her evaluated in early August.  She passed with flying colors, and we are so excited for her future.  She is an absolutely fabulous and smart dog.  Please follow along as we share her progress in the weeks to come.
8/30/14: Our girl,Lady, is making outstanding progress in her training and had another highly successful  session with Rob Dawn. This was similar to last time, where he put the scent in one of 5 PVC tubes  and rewarded her for finding the right one. Today, he added what is referred to as passive indication; training her to sit once she found the scent. After a few practice  rounds, we hid the tube with the scent in a larger area, and let her find it. Rob also had another handler work with Lady. The biggest news from this session is miraculously Lady is starting to transfer her excitement about her ball into excitement about finding the scented object. She’s normally rewarded by getting to chase her ball once she finds her objective, amazingly, she ignored or missed the ball throw twice. Rob was very impressed and said it’s very early in the training for her to start making that transfer, which is fantastic news for our Super Star, Lady!

8/23/14: Last week, we tested Lady to see how good she was at finding her ball when it was hidden in a field, and added scent to the ball to help her begin the association. This week was more of a challenge. This time we were using PVC tubes with holes drilled in them, and a scent marker inside, just like the other search and rescue dogs were using. Rob placed the scent marker in one tube, and I placed 5 tubes in a row on the ground with about five feet between each. Rob took Lady to each tube in turn and directed her attention to it. At the 4th tube, where the scent was, Rob tossed the tennis ball for Lady after she smelled it. Then the ran through again. Rob pointed Lady to #1 and she sniffed it. When nothing happened she went straight on to #4, and got to play with her ball again.

Then I rearranged the tubes so they were scattered, and Rob let her go again. After a little sniffing around, she went right to the marked tube. Next, we hid the tube while the others were in plain site. Again she found the tube after a few moments searching. It was ball time again after every success.

Her last test was more of a challenge. We were down to two tubes. I placed a tube without scent in the place where the marked tube was last time, and then hid the marked tube someplace farther away. Lady went to the original spot first, looked for what Rob called the “residual scent”. She found it and looked up… and Rob ignored her and kept walking. Without missing a beat, she must have realized that wasn’t her target, so she moved on. She got hung up for a bit downwind of the marked tube, where some scent was accumulating. Once Rob redirected her from that, she caught the scent and went straight for the tube. Then it was time for some ball throwing and a drink!

8/16/14:  Lady had a training session today in California, KY.  It went very well. First we got to watch as Rob worked with his German Shepherd, Brooklyn. Brooklyn is trained to search for cadavers. Rob has chemicals that reproduce the right scent for various conditions (don’t worry, it’s only strong enough for the dogs to smell). He put a tiny dogs inside a plastic tube with a tiny hole in it (Rob explained this was the equivalent of searching for a fingernail). The tube was hidden in a field, and Brooklyn went to work. Lady watched every move (seriously!) as Brooklyn went to work, and managed to find the object twice in a row. Lady seemed especially interested to see Brooklyn rewarded with a few tosses of a Frisbee after finding the object (Frisbee is to Brooklyn as ball is to Lady).

Then it was Lady’s turn to work. To get her started with the scent, Rob cut a slit in a tennis ball, and placed Brooklyn’s scent sample inside. He then got Lady excited about that ball (not hard!), and then hid the ball in the grass while I held onto Lady out of sight. It wasn’t quite the same challenge Brooklyn had — it was a smaller area and she was really tracking the very familiar and much stronger scent of the ball  — but Brooklyn’s a pro and this was Lady’s first time. She performed like a champ though, finding her ball quickly two times in a row.

Rob’s confident that Lady has the right traits to succeed as a scent dog for cadavers or drugs. The next step will be to see if he can get her to associate the scent with her ball drive, so she will find the scent to get rewarded with the ball, rather than finding the ball. This will involve 5 days in a row of training.
Images:  Rob training Lady with the ball, and Lady proudly showing what she found.

Lady had her third training session today. Rob summed it up nicely at the end in three words: “She did awesome.”


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The precious puppies just arrived, and we believe they need a little time to get some good nutrition since a few are quite undernourished; so we are taking care to restore them to perfect health.   Apparently, they (along with Coach and Dooney) are owner surrenders, but in this case, little attention was given to their care prior to their arrival. There are two girls: Danica & Nadia and Three Boys: Packer, Bear, and Cowboy. Sadly, Bear came to us quite ill, and our wonderful DiNozzo donated blood for his transfusion, so with the excellent care from our team of doctors and staff along with a few extra prayers, we hope little Bear will make a complete recovery.

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Danni (Danica) and Nadia

 Danni is the pup with the white chest.  

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We choose female athlete’s names to inspire our little female pups to be strong and fight to get healthy- well, it worked! All the pups, along with the mom and dad were surrendered by apparently irresponsible, uncaring owners and arrived at CLR in sad medical condition. Thanks to excellent vet care and amazing foster care, everyone is doing well, and we just love these cuties to pieces. Two of our experienced fosters have been so dedicated and have put so much energy into helping these darling puppies. We are thrilled to have been part of their journey to restore their health.  Now it’s someone else’s turn to open his/her heart to these adorable pups and provide a loving home for them to grow.

Puppies: Cowboy, Bear, and Packer


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Cowboy – by far the biggest & strongest male pup.  He has an abundant of personality and plays beautifully with other dogs.  He’s guaranteed to make you smile every day.

“We have had Cowboy since Thursday and this small pup is full of personality!  He isn’t afraid of anything ran right into the 4 large lab pack and made himself right at home.”

COWBOY FOSTER UPDATE: “He is a sweetheart with just enough submission tempered with confidence to be a great family puppy!  He is very smart already sitting for his food and learning some basic commands pretty quickly.  He is sleeping through the night with no accidents in his crate! He loves to chew a bone and will be happy to snuggle in your arms and fall asleep.
  I have raised a lot of puppies and this one is a keeper.
This litter has been through so much I am surprised at how confident he is but he is a healthy little boy and my pack loves him, especially our other foster boy from the website Gibbs, they play and play and play!
Whoever brings this little fellow into their home will not be disappointed!”


bearBear could not be any cuter!








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Packer holds a very special place in our hearts.   As a little background, we believe he was attacked at the shelter prior to coming to CLR, and his wounds became infected, along with lack of nutrition and other events. He is the little guy that received DiNozzo’s  donated blood.  This picture is Packer getting his transfusion- what a brave little boy!  The blessing is that the transfusion made a world of difference, and he is well on his way to a full recovery, which is evident in the pictures below.


Now we get to introduce our male puppies.  Yes, we have three handsome little guys! Like the girls, they were far from the picture of health when they arrived, but they have received the same amazing care to help restore them to health.  Each has had his own struggle, but we are so happy they each have crossed the threshold and are doing so well. We would never consider not doing everything possible to help these precious pups. Now it’s time for them to find their families to pickup where we leave off.


Well, it took about 2 seconds for Titan to capture our hearts.  He was so confused today and unsure about what was happening to him, which translated to a very shy 7 month old pup. Although he currently weighs 37 pounds, we expect he will become larger, but won’t be a very large lab.  His transporter said he was hiding behind the seat during most of the 5 hour trip.  A warm bath and some affection helped him relax and begin to trust his new environment.  He is so very gentle, although we imagine he will become more energetic when he is feeling more confident and comfortable.  His tender expression is just irresistible, and we can guarantee he has the ability to wrap just about anyone around his paw.


Dooney is the pups’ mom and she is an absolutely beautiful chocolate girl at 65.7 pounds, who loved being pampered during her bath.  We couldn’t help but wonder if she has ever been bathed before.  She appears to have been a good mom and wanted to be near her pups, but it is time for them to separate.  She adjusted quickly and after a little while was able to comfortably relax.  She really is an impressive beauty, and like Coach, we look forward to learning more about her and helping her find a better life.