Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue An Arizona-based Rescue Group

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[UPDATE Chrissy has settled into her foster home nicely.  She has gained a lot of strength in her back legs and is now walking several times a day.  As a result of dieting and exercise, Chrissy is down to 100 pounds!  She could probably lose another 5-10 pounds, but she is on track to achieve that summer swimsuit figure.  She recently attended an event at PetSmart and did wonderfully when meeting people and other dogs.  As a matter of fact, she found a cool spot in the middle of the store so that she could watch all of those people and dogs coming and going; she enjoyed the people watching.] Chrissy is part of a bonded pair - to her brother Bear.  Chrissy is sweet, and gorgous, but has been known to be the alpha between her and Bear.  Chrissy is 7.5 years old and was previously adopted over 6 years ago by DLRR, however, Chrissy and Bear have been returned to DLRR, through no fault of their own.  Chrissy is a big girl weighing in at around 110 pounds.  She is currently on a restricted diet to help her regain her waistline.  She is housebroken, but again, due to her size, an XL doggie door will be needed.   She is okay with other dogs, but small dogs might be problematic because she does NOT like cats.  She's okay with children, smaller children would not be recommended again, merely because of her size. 
She rides well in a car, but walks are a bit of a struggle.  Her back legs are a bit weak but are getting a bit better each day, so long walks are not good for her, although she is good on a leash.  She has been very good in her new foster home, and we are learning more each day about her.  I just can't emphasize just how sweet this pair is; you need to meet them to understand.  The family that adopts Chrissy and Bear will need a big heart because these two will melt it! 



Mylie is ALL ears and she thinks she heard you say you would love to take her home!!!
Mylie came to DLRR as a stray from the border. She was only 7 weeks old, scared, and too young to be taken away from her mama. She was scute as a button with crazy ears, but looking like your  typical lab puppy.  Sfhe is now 8 months old and still waiting to find her forever home.
 In her foster home, she was greeted by three adults Labs, who took her under their wings. They played, nurtured, loved, coached and trained her to feel part of the pack. Even though she is still a pup, Mylie has learned so much. She is completely potty and crate trained. Runs through the doggie door like a champ. Loves all toys that are given to her and will play with them for hours. She also enjoys taking walks and of course getting her canine friends to play and wrestle with her.lShe would be excited to be able to join a puppy class to show you how smark she really is.  When everyone else is resting, she is right there with them, laying by them or curled up next to her foster mom. There isn’t a human or canine she doesn’t like and always tries to please. One of her favorite things is to nestle at your feet when you are sitting or just relaxing.
You probably can tell she might have a little of this or that in her other than Lab, but she has many Lab traits especially when it comes to temperament and personality. She will follow you around the house like a Lab, she loves to be loved like a Lab, she is food focused like a Lab and she is smart like a Lab. She is all legs, has cute and funny looking ears, a lean body and a sweeping tail that sometimes curls a bit at the end. She weighs about 40 to 45 pounds.
This sweet little girl deserves to become part of a forever family and grow up to be a beautiful adult. Mylie would love to have canine companions and someone who isn’t gone long hours. Even if you don’t have any other dogs, but are very active, she would enjoy becoming your running or hiking friend. Will you be the one to give this precious girl a chance?  Mylie has shown how much she has appreciated her foster mom and canine friends, but would love to rest her head in a home she can call her very own.
Please call if you think you are a match. Thank you
We are discounting Mylie's adoption fee to $175.00.



[QUERY:  I have been with my foster family for almost 4 months and no one has called about me.  My foster mom calls me the complete package-great personality, get along with other cats and dogs, love walks, never leave your side, and give kisses.  What more could anyone want?]  Hello, my name is Maysa.  I am an 8 year old girl taking some time to enjoy these days out of the pound. I am not certain how long I was there, but DLRR rescued me from the pound E-List because I have a pink nose.  Many tell me my pink nose fits my sassy personality.  DLRR's vet has looked my nose over and advised that my sunning days be short so as to not cause any more damage to my nose.  The vet's diagnosis is DLE (Discoid Lupus Erythematosus), the kind that affects the color of my skin - like my nose.  My medical condition is currently being treated with medication, which will need to be continued by my new family.  This is definately a manageable condition for me and we are working on getting my nose looking better.  I also have to use sunscreen daily because UV exposure plays a role in this disease.  In addition to my DLE, I have some joint issues that are being cared for now before I get much older - it's a preventative thing.  I am on prescription food for my joints, a joint supplement and fish oil long term and maybe later, I might need daily anti-inflammatories.  So, it's really important that I stay somewhat active and slim. 
I fit in nicely at my foster home - I have two labbie foster siblings and a cat!  I enjoy the daily walks, fluffy dog beds and head rubs AND HUMANS.  I enjoy the companionship and hugs, and give many kisses. 



[UPDATE As big and gentle and sweet Bear is, we are pleased to announce there's a bit less of him.  Bear now weighs in at 140 pounds!  This is a 25 pound weight loss for Bear since being with DLRR.  He is doing well at his foster home with daily walks and a disciplined diet.  Bear can still lose about another 20 pounds; he's over halfway there!  Bear loves people and would really like to find his forever home.  This big guy just wants to be a part of a family that wants to love on him and spend time with him.  His favorite spot at night?  At your side while you sit in your recliner!]   How do you introduce Bear?  Think big, gorgous teddy bear....all 154 pounds of him!  Bear, and his sister Chrissy, were returned to DLRR recently, through no fault of their own. These two are a bonded pair and need to find a home together.  Both are 7.5 years old and as sweet as they come - despite their size.  Bear is currently on a restricted diet and his new family will need to remain committed to his weight loss.  He came into us weighing 165 pounds and is down 11 pounds in a few weeks. Bear loves people and other dogs, but strongly dislikes cats!  Bear's biggest problem is he doesn't seem to realize how big he is and tends to just move everyone and everything out of his way, without realizing it's because of his size.  He truly wants to be a lap dog and given the opportunity, he will try to get as close to your lap as possible.  He walks well on a leash, but is very strong.  He is housebroken, but will need an XXL doggie door.  This big guy will melt your heart.



This sweet pair has all the Southern charm you would expect with names like Duke and Sugar. When Duke's sister from another mister was separated from him he was heartbroken. When the two were finally reunited thanks to Desert Lab, Duke transformed into jubilant dog at the sight of her. Duke and Sugar did not have the easiest of lives before they met one another but have found true happiness and an unbreakable bond. They love walks, playing with their foster brother and sister dogs, car rides, belly rubs and cuddling. They know how to use the dog door, basic commands, are housebroken, love kids and are pretty easy going about everything else. I would love to continue to gush about them so please call to find out more!



Buddy47 is a beautiful dog both in looks and personality.  He is tall, lean and regal, with a beautiful shiny coat. He is a young dog but acts much older in that he is very calm and relaxed most of the time.  He LOVES to be around people and just wants to please!  He uses the dog door and is completely housebroken. He is good with our lab but has some food aggression issues and may be better as an only dog.   We are not sure about cats. He is excellent on the leash and gets really excited about going on daily walks.  His prancing gallop is truly delightful and will make you laugh.  He will do best with an active family that likes to walk, hike and/or run.  He is great in the house, but does get into the trash, chews on shoes and counter surfs with ease. He drinks out of the pool but is uninterested in going for a swim.  He has a hilarious aversion to wood floors until he gets used to them (visualize Bambi on ice).   He is a beautiful boy who will make someone an amazing lifetime family member!!



This sweet pair has all the Southern charm you would expect with names like Duke and Sugar. When Duke's sister from another mister was separated from him he was heartbroken. When the two were finally reunited thanks to Desert Lab, Duke transformed into jubilant dog at the sight of her. Duke and Sugar did not have the easiest of lives before they met one another but have found true happiness and an unbreakable bond. They love walks, playing with their foster brother and sister dogs, car rides, belly rubs and cuddling. They know how to use the dog door, basic commands, are housebroken, love kids and are pretty easy going about everything else. I would love to continue to gush about them so please call to find out more!



Please also see the bio on Little Sis as these two sisters are adoptable as a pair. Ebony is a black lab, about 1 year old. She is slightly larger than Little Sis, but these two sisters are on the smaller side. Ebony is VERY cute (just like Little Sis), sweet but slightly less affectionate than her sister. Ebony is inconsistently housebroken meaning she may have some accidents until fully trained. She likes other dogs and kids, but Ebony and Little Sis' play is a little rough for other dogs and young children (also both Ebony and Little Sis are very vocal when they play). Be sure to clear counters, etc. though. Likes to hike. Loves to sit for treats. No known medical issues.


Little sis

Little Sis is a little black lab, about 1 year old. She and her big sister Ebony 5 are very attached to each other and we'd like them to get adopted together. Little Sis loves to gives kisses. She listens well (better than Ebony) and is VERY sweet. She is smaller than Ebony. Little Sis is content to lay on her bed and chew her hoofie. She also likes to follow me around. She appears to be housebroken. With an open door or a doggie door, she goes outside. She and Ebony5  love to chase each other so a good size yard would be great so she can stretch her legs. I don't know whether she gets along with cats or whether she likes to swim. She seems to like other dogs and kids, but because she and Ebony play rough, I wouldn't suggest any other dogs in the home or any little kids (as they might get knocked over). Little Sis is just one sweet warm lovable dog and loves being nurtured.  She does make a racket when playing with her sister. Rides well in the car. Loves to walk although when walked with Ebony 5, they pull. Training would do both of them some good.  



Sophia is 14 weeks old now and ready for her forever home.  She is a lab mix with a beautiful white butterfly mark on her chest.  She is very playful, smart and loves people and dogs, she is with 4 foster brothers who adore her especially Noah who she likes to wrestle with.  She doesn't puppy bite, just gives kisses.  She only gets up once during the night or early morning and will do what she has to do pretty quickly.  She loves to run with the other dogs and walks pretty well on a leash.  She gets afraid when she hears loud noises such as a motorcyle and will run into your arms.  She loves to cuddle when she gets tired and before she goes in her crate at night she will sit in my lap and relax.  I am looking for a home with a younger dog so she can play.  She has become very attached to Noah so I would like to find her a sibling with some of his qualities.  She would probably love children although we don't have any.  She loves to chew bones and playing tug of war with old socks.



Hi Dog Pals,
I'm getting really comfortable in my foster den and my dog-mom said I'm doing great! She says I'm a great companion and that I'm nice to everyone that I meet. This week has been extra busy at my new "den" because we had company stay with us and there were with 4 kids! I could run and play outside and they never got tired of me hangin' around.
The best part of all is that I'm not left outside everyday by myself. At my old house I was outside by myself a lot and the concrete left some rough spots on my hips and elbows. No more!! I have the softest, fluffy bed right in my mom's room! Love, love, love it! I've discovered there are a couple things I'm not allowed to do: sleep on furniture and check out the kitchen counters for available goodies. I'm working hard  and learning I can't do that. I  hardly ever bark, except when something is unusual, like the big black cows that got out of the ranch behind my house! They got way too close to my yard.
I'm proud to say:
 No accidents in the house
No digging, chewing, jumping, barking (without a reason)
Most favorite activity:
Love to try to "catch" the stream of water from water hose.  
Love retrieving, but not obsessed with it.
Has a moderate energy level
Mowgli was started on a thryoid pill twice daily right on top of his food. He had some mild hair loss and was tested for low thyroid. No other medicine.
***He's a very loving guy who has a ever-wagging tail in his new life.



Bram is a very happy 4 year old chocolate male.   He was an owner turn in with a history of frequent seizures.  Since being in rescue (3/27) he has been put on medication and is doing much better however,  he has had 3 seizures.  We are working with the vet to get him the best medication and hopefully have him seizure free!    Although he needs a little extra TLC at this time, he is well worth the effort.  He is such a sweet boy and will let you know just how much he loves and appreciates you every time you look at him with his whole body wag!  He loves people and other dogs and  is very friendly to everyone he meets.  Bram loves to cuddle and be close to people.   He is great with children.   He rides very well in the car.   Bram is  very playful and loves to play ball and he especially loves to play with his foster brother and sister.  We would like Bram to go to a home with another young canine to play with and someone home most of the time so he is not left alone for long.  He is crate trained and goes in his crate when we aren't home.  He has chewed on a couple small things he shouldn't so we don't leave him loose in the house when we aren't home.  He sleeps on his dog bed in our bedroom and doesn't move until the sun comes up.  Bram is an early riser.   He loves to go for walks.  He does pull a little on the leash and would like to chase rabbits so he needs a little work.  He behaves very well and is housebroken.  He is also good with cats.   Bram is a very special boy!


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