Labradors Needing Homes

The following Labrador Retrievers are currently available for adoption. If you are interested in adopting one of the wonderful Labradors listed below, please complete the online application by clicking here:

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Most of the labs listed here have been abandoned for some reason. They are in need of a family who has the time to care for them, train them and live with them as a member of the family. They do not do well as totally outdoor dogs or just a friend, playmate for your child or pet. They are living animals who need a sense of being wanted, needed, and being an integral member of your family.

Timber
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Timber- DOB 2015
Color: Black
Gender: male
Yesterday at 8:05 PM

11/25/18 Timber is a cautious, curious boy who is easily startled and hesitant in new situations. Once he gets to know and trust you, he is gentle and loving but until then he keeps his distance. Watching him find his confidence in our home, with our children and 2 other dogs, has been a wonderful thing to witness. He loves exploring the yard and playing with the other dogs. He does well in a crate, tolerates a bath calmly, sits beautifully, is house broken and continues to learn leash manners. While he is an independent dog, he always wants to be in the same room with the family, enjoying laying on the dog bed nearby. Timber would do great in almost any home and would need a family that is willing to give him time to settle in and get to know you.

8/28/2018 Timber continues to win the hearts of everyone who gets to know him! He went to a temporary foster while his regular foster was out of town and did so great! Timber may be very shy and nervous at first, but it only takes a couple days for him to come out of his shell and show his sweet personality. He would really love a family that wants to work with him a bit to build his confidence. He will repay you with lots of cuddles!

5/24/2018 Timber transitioned to a new foster home, and he was such a champ about it! He was shy at first, but after a few days he was playing with my dog and cuddling with me on the couch. He's great in his crate, house trained, trustworthy if left alone, and overall just a wonderful dog! He's a good choice for someone who wants a more independent dog - I work from home, and he snoozes nicely on a dog bed in my office and doesn't constantly beg for attention/pets (but he appreciates them when offered!).

4/24/2018 Timber is continuing to "bloom"! He's doing an excellent job on leash around the neighborhood and loves chasing his foster brother around the backyard. He is turning into a velcro lab... always underfoot, in the same room as his person, preferably sitting on them if allowed. Timber's love for peanut butter continues to help him open up to new experiences and tricks... His "down" has gotten better since that became the "go to" treat. Timber would love to find a permanent family of his own soon!

3/10/2018 Since the last update, Timber has had few new experiences that have proven how resilient this dog is. He's handled overnight guests gracefully, gotten a bath (with some help from peanut butter!), had a few long car rides and attended a group training session. Every time he is faced with something new, Timber rises to the occasion. We have found that he is happiest when the leash comes out and is an excellent walking buddy!



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Dexter (Dex)
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Dexter (Dex)- DOB 2016
Color: Black
Gender: male
Yesterday at 7:19 PM

Dex is living at the ranch and would love a foster of his own!

4/20/19 If you are looking for a large, gentle giant, then Dexter is for you! He is around 90 pounds, loves other dogs, enjoys playing fetch and getting pets. He is medium energy, entertains himself well with toys, does great in a crate and good with kids.

3/20/19 Dexter came to us with a bad skin infection and some other minor injuries. He is feeling so much better now! He is a big boy, around 90 pounds. He is easy going, sweet, friendly, and so good with kids and adults. He enjoys playing with toys, good with dogs, good in his crate and is going to make everyone he meets fall in love with him!

3/11/19 Dexter was rescued today. He is approximately 4 years old. We will get him vetted soon and post more information on deserving Dex. He is underweight and has some hair loss and he is about to enjoy some good quality food and lots of love.

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

Lydia
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Lydia- DOB 2012
Color: Black
Gender: female
Yesterday at 6:23 PM

Lydia is at the ranch and would love a foster home of her own!

4/19/19 Lydia has come a long way! She is so happy now. She loves people, loves the water and is such a good dog. She is good with other dogs, though doesn't like to play and gets easily annoyed when they do. She would love a low key home with a family who adores her!

3/30/19 Lydia was rescued today and is staying at the Ranch and would love a foster home while she waits for her forever home. She is approximately 6-7 years old. We were told that she is afraid of young (toddler age) children so she would do best in a home with older children. We will post more about Lydia as we get to know her.

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

Crema
Crema Crema Crema
Crema- DOB Nov 2017
Color: Yellow
Gender: female
April 22 at 5:38 PM

Thank you Fran & Robert for fostering Crema.

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04-09-19 Crema/Sailor came to our home on Sunday early evening. She was bashful for a couple hours. She crated throughout the night. In the morning Crema & Inge, our 15 month lab mix, were friends. Now day 2, she is a butterfly. She plays with our 3 labs. Sailor comes to Robert & myself for a gentle pat or scratch behind her ears (loves affection & belly rubs). She greets me at the door. When I leave Crema doesn't run out. Crema is a delight foster. She is a love bug!

Crema is approximately 16 months old and on the smaller size. She plays great with our 3 dogs. She was a little timid at first, but has settled into our home nicely. She is completely house and crate trained. She completed Dog Manners 1 at Dog Alliance. She loves long walks and trail runs. She is interested in the squirrels in the backyard, but doesn't bark like her foster siblings. Crema loves toys and can entertain herself if she has too. She knows Sit and Down and takes treats very gently. Crema has discovered she likes playing in the sprinklers and is waiting patiently for us to uncover the pool. LOL She would do well with an active family or a family with another dog to play with. She deserves someone that will be patient with her and love her FOREVER!

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

Twist
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Twist- DOB 2015
Color: Chocolate
Gender: female
April 22 at 10:23 AM

Twist is staying at the Ranch and would love a foster home of her own.

4/20/19 Twist is such a happy girl. She is always excited to see us! She does stress a bit when we are gone (she drools in her crate) but she is quiet and not destructive. She did bark in her crate the first few days, but quickly learned that doesn't get her attention so she stopped. She gets a case of "happy feet" where her feet just don't stop moving when she is excited, but isn't a jumper. She is easy going and good with other dogs. She is a bigger boned dog, weighing around 80 pounds.

4/5/19 Twist is an awesome, easy going girl. She enjoys people, is good with our 3 year old daughter, and likes riding in the car. She's good in a crate, fairly mellow and overall a joy to be around.

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

Pinky
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Pinky- DOB 2010
Color: Black
Gender: female
April 22 at 10:20 AM

Thank you Aaron and Mary for fostering Pinky.

4/19/19 She is a dream boat of a dog. She will let you know when the door bell rings. Yes, if you miss it she will remind you. Good dog. She takes care of herself. Likes to go out in the back yard and explore for a while when I fix the morning coffee. Then she is quite happy to eat. I would say eat while we are eating, but by the time I go and sit down she has finished her food. She is not a beggar or a pest while we are eating. She just goes to her love seat and has a nap.

4/6/19 Pinky was adopted from us 7 years ago and had an amazing, loving family. Unfortunately, both of her humans died and now she's back with us. We're looking for a loving, dog- free home for Pinky to enjoy her later years. She is the most incredibly loving, easy going dog to humans. She is not trustworthy around dogs or cats and needs to be in an only dog home where she doesn't meet other dogs on leash or at the park. Most of the time she walks past dogs with no issue, but every once in a while she wants to attack. If you're a family with kids, she would live you. Retired couple, she'd love you, too. Single person, yep! She's your girl. Not too much energy, such a love. She loves the water too. ship

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

Jackie
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Jackie- DOB 2017
Color: Yellow
Gender: female
April 22 at 10:17 AM

Jackie is staying at the ranch and would love a foster home of her own!

4/24/19 Jackie is a sweet, fun loving, energetic girl. She is always up for a walk, loves to cuddle and is good in her crate. She is house trained, really enjoys other dogs and is good around our 3 year old daughter.

4/17/19 We got Jackie yesterday. She was a stray at the Williamson county shelter. She's so sweet! She knows sit and knows spin. She likes the water and loves to play with people. She's been good with kids. She is a bouncy, happy girl!

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

Brody
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Brody- DOB October 2014
Color: Chocolate
Gender: male
April 22 at 10:15 AM

Thank you Peggy and Jim for fostering Brody!

4/21/19 Brody got to go on a road trip yesterday and he was SUCH a good boy! He needed a little boost to load up in the truck, but was otherwise ready for adventure. Brody was very patient while posing for photos and really enjoyed our walk along Willow Creek.

4/16/19 Brody is a friendly 5-year-old boy who is good with the other dogs in his foster home and ignores the cat. He's house trained, crate trained, and sits nicely for treats -- he really likes his treats! Like many of us, Brody has some allergy issues and is on a grain-free kibble to help keep them in check.



If you would like more information about Brody, please fill out an online application
Fulton
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Fulton- DOB 2014
Color: Yellow
Gender: male
April 21 at 8:10 PM

Thank you Diane for fostering fetching Fulton!

4/21 This sweet boy has been no trouble at all while staying with us. We keep all of his toys hidden until we are ready to play, and then he is eager to play fetch as long as you are. He lays and cuddles or nuzzles you if he wants to be petted. He now sits while I serve his food, and he has slowed down enough to actually chew on it! At night I throw a few treats in his crate, along with his favorite squeaky toy, and he hops right in. Not a peep until the morning when we let him out. We have also left him in the house without any issues. He will lay at the bottom of the stairs and outside the lower bedroom door, patiently waiting for you to return. He loves his humans and is great with kids. He isnt phased by the barking dogs nextdoor, and only barks himself as a warning if someone knocks at the door. He loves water! 4/2/19 Fulton has been with us just under a week and is a joy to have around. He is very smart and food driven, which makes training him easy. He loves his walks and is good on the leash. When he first arrived he was very active and obsessed with his ball. He managed to find every kind of toy around the house, which he would bring to us and place in our laps to play fetch. We decided to hide everything and only take toys out when we were ready to play either inside or out. This has worked well, and he has now calmed down and is happy to lie beside you or come over for cuddles. He sleeps all night in his crate without a peep. (We give him his favorite ball to sleep with) He still needs to gain a little weight and we are teaching him to sit for his food, which he eats very quickly! He is great with kids and loves to be with his people. He would do well with an active family who can give him the love and attention he deserves. 3/20/19 Fulton has heartworms and is starting his treatment soon. He is a great dog that wants nothing more than to play fetch and sit in the pool!

3/9/19 Fulton is a ball fetching machine who loves the water! He does well on a leash and in a crate. He is good around other dogs and kids. He knows sit and is working on down.

3/1/19 Fulton was rescued today and is living at the Ranch and would love a foster home until he finds his forever family. Fulton loves to fetch! He will post more about this handsome boy as we get to know him and he is vetted this week.

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

Glow
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Glow- DOB September 2018
Color: Yellow
Gender: female
April 20 at 7:07 PM

Thank you Laura Lee for fostering Glow (Gemma)

4/20/19 I haven't taken Gemma on an official water adventure, but given how she all but swam in her water bowl at class today, in addition to her happily playing in the rain, I'd wager that she'll be up for all things water. I took Gemma to back-to-back classes today, ever in search of that "tired dog is a good dog" situation. In working mind class we learned 3 types of down, stay & place. In agility Gemma increased her confidence and her accuracy - she did great! I was most proud to see her mostly comfortable in class and approaching strangers in a friendly, appropriate way.....you go girl!

4/14/19 Unfortunately the last 2 Saturdays have been rain outs for Gemma's agility class, so I still have no video to share of her brilliance at those obstacles. But the good news about those rain events is I learned that Gemma is not at all bothered by thunderstorms and that she's likely to be a full-on water dog. Not only did she not mind going out in the rain, she often made the request. And when she did so, it was an extended play session so she came in sopping wet, somewhat muddy and very, very happy. You've been warned. 😂

I did take Gemma to a beginner tracking class today and, as I suspected, she has natural instincts for this. She dropped her head immediately and followed the short tracks we laid. I look forward to doing more of this with her as she likes it and it helps her use her energy productively. But mostly it's fun to watch a working dog work.

4/8/19 What's it like to have a young, high energy, higly intelligent dog? It can be super fun & rewarding as well as unbelievably frustrating. A smart dog needs a job. This does not necessarily mean an official job, like search & rescue or therapy work (although these would work too!). But it does mean having an engaged owner who will keep the dog mentally and physically stimulated. Also an owner who knows that if they don't do this work, the dog will find its own job......like pruning trees, or eating a couch (this one has not happened with Gemma!). Be interested in Gemma not because she's cute (which she is) but because you're up for the challenge and want to savor the rewards of your investment. You won't be disappointed!

4/5/19 Most of the first week I had Gemma, I had to carry her up and down the front & back steps becasue she was so scared. I think she's over that now.

4/1/19 - No joke....she's making progress! Much has changed with Gemma (Glow) over the last 2 weeks, and I have a better idea of what shell need from an adopter to be successful. Gemma is now spayed, and I plan to take full advantage of that to get her out and about for socialization and to take her to training. Her comfort level in the house and in going up/down stairs has drastically improved. She still has issues on slick floors (yoga mats work great for this!) and in going through thresholds, but is getting better at both. Last Saturday I took her to an agility class and she was very impressive! Ill definitely be continuing with this and other classes to help her improve confidence and to work her body & brain (i hope to post some training videos this week!) Gemma is interesting in that she still has some shyness and fear, but in situations where shes comfortable she can be a wild puppy who is learning how to control her energy. I asked my trainer to evaluate Gemma so I know how to be the best foster mom for her and so I know what kind of adopter she needs. The best match for Gemma is a dog-savvy person who will provide structure and training and, of course, patience and love. If she will not be the only dog in the house, Gemma will best match with another female at least 5 years old. Gemma has tremendous potential and is capable of doing just about anything. The right adopter will welcome the opportunity to make this investment and to watch her thrive. If you think you might be a good match for Gemma, reach out to HOTLR and lets start the conversation.

3/18/19 I picked up Glow last Thursday (3/14/19), and we've spent the last several days getting to know each other. Because she's so shy, I decided she needed a courage-boosting name. So, although she'll stay Glow on this site, I named her after one brave, tough motorcycle mama: Gemma. (If you know, you know!). I don't know her full backstory, but seems to me Gemma may have been solely an outside dog as she was terrified of the indoors. It also seems as if she was completely unsocialized with, well, just about everything. So what we've been working on the last 4 days: coming in all the rooms of the house; going up & down stairs; learning how to do dog walks ( and do them without barking at every dog & human we see); and starting to learn commands: sit, down, wait, watch me, find it, take it, drop. She's already shown me how smart she is, so stay tuned for what I know will be lots more progress in the near future.

3/9/19 Glow is a shy little girl who is trying very hard to become more brave. She is getting more used to stairs and likes other dogs. She needs a quieter home that is fully invested in socializing her while she is still young so that she can learn the world can be a lot of fun.

3/1/19 Glow was rescued today. She is a small yellow pup that is approximately 6 months old. We will post more information as we get to know sweet Glow.

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

Aka
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Aka- DOB 2015
Color: Black
Gender: male
April 19 at 2:00 PM

THANK YOU Vicki for fostering Aka!

4/12/19 Aka (ah-ka), (Hawaiian for Shadow) has been with us for close to 2 weeks. He is 80+lbs of love. His family was transferred out of the country and now we have him to find his next family. Such a labbie dream. Aka gets along with my 3 girls/1boy labs...and my daughter. He knows how to sit, gently take a snack, outside and how to crate. Speaking of crates.. it is a must with this guy. The crate is truly his safe space. He goes in there all the time to just chill. I would ask that if you are considering him - to please consider the crate over leaving him in the backyard. He doesn't like being in the backyard unless you are with him.

3/24/19 Aka was rescued today. This handsome boy is approximately 4 years old. Aka would love a foster home while he waits for his forever home. He knows basic commands, walks great on a leash, likes to fetch and likes water. He is very dog and kid friendly.

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

Bronte
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Bronte- DOB June 2018
Color: Black
Gender: male
March 30 at 11:31 PM

THANK YOU Courtney for fostering Bronte!

3/20/19 Bronte is an awesome puppy!! He loves belly rubs and giving kisses. He is good with kids, good in his crate and likes other dogs. He is a smaller boy, around 45 pounds and has the cutest brown eyebrows.

3/7/19 Bronte is so amazing! He loves playing with other dogs, walks nicely on a leash and does very well in a crate. He is easy going, great with kids and just an awesome pup.

3/1/19 Bronte was rescued today. He is a sweet black lab puppy approximately 9 months old. We will post more about Bronte as we get to know him.

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

Tinsel
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Tinsel- DOB 2011
Color: Black
Gender: female
March 25 at 7:12 PM

Thank you Jeff and Isabella for fostering Tinsel!

2-12-19 Tinsel has been with us for just over a month. We have really enjoyed watching her grow in confidence after having been in a shelter for 4 months before we started fostering her. Tinsel stays close inside and out while loving riding in the car and going for jogs at town lake. She experiences separation anxiety; however, it appears to improve weekly. She willingly goes (sadly) into the kennel when we leave and is so happy when one of us comes home. Tinsel gets along well with our older English lab who comes over for weekend visits. They both sleep on my bed at night. All in all, tinsel is a loving, cuddle companion, who will follow you anywhere. Very easy and always ready to put on a leash for a walk or ride in the car. She plays well with other dogs; however, i recommend that she either be sole dog in the house or companion to other low to medium energy dog. Also, recommend tinsel to someone who works from home or retired person looking for companion. I work from home and take her with me to coffee shops - great firend to both me and my teenage daughter 1-10-19 She is loving all the attention in her new foster home. She walks great on a leash and enjoys a short run too. She is dog friendly, house and crate trained.

1/15/19 Tinsel is the sweetest girl. she loves to roll around in the grass and go for runs and is such a cuddle bug. she loves to ride in the car too!

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

Wrigley
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Wrigley- DOB 2018
Color: Yellow
Gender: male
March 24 at 9:13 PM

Thank you Sarah & Ben for fostering little Wrigley!

3/20/19 We have had Wrigley for almost 3 weeks now and he seems like a completely different dog. At first he didn't know how to be a dog because of his history of living on the streets. That quickly changed after being around our dog and with a lot of human love. Wrigley has learned to be patient when being fed, he waits for permission to jump on furniture (we love to snuggle with dogs while watching tv) and the most improvement is his social skills. Wrigley is learning how to play wrestle with our dog and is also learning the cues when another dog might not want to play. We have taken him on a few 2 mile long walks and he has done great. He pulls a bit on the leash but we are working on lose leash and staying with a human. Wrigley has also recently discovered toys and now flings them around the house. He has definitely captured our hearts with his playful puppiness and ability to snuggle.

3/5/19 Wrigley is a sweet, bouncy puppy who has had a hard time in his short life. He has had a prolapsed rectum and has had surgery to repair it. He is very social, knows sit and down, he is good in a crate and sleeps through the night well.

2/15/19 Wrigley was rescued today. He is approximately 7 months old and would love a foster home to help him with manners and confidence while he waits for his forever family. We will post more about him soon.

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

Checkers
Checkers- DOB 2017
Color: Black
Gender: male
March 24 at 8:21 PM

Thank you Margaret for fostering Checkers.

3/15/19 Checkers has just had knee surgery on both knees due to his knee caps slipping out of place. He has a few weeks of recovery ahead of him. He is a very friendly boy who is around 90 pounds. He knows sit and is working on learning other basic manners.

2/13/19 Checkers was rescued today and is living at the Ranch, but would love a foster home until he finds his forever home. He is approximately 18 months old. We will post more after he is vetted and we learn more about him.

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

Dunkin
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Dunkin- DOB 2017
Color: Black
Gender: male
March 12 at 10:45 PM

3/12/19 - Dunkin is a very playful and loving little dog. He is an expert snuggler who is looking for humans to love and a dog playmate to keep him entertained. Dunkin is a "pocket lab" only weighing in at 38 lbs. He is fully house trained, crate trained, and he knows basic commands. He is pretty high energy and needs 2 walks a day or a dog friend to expend some energy with. Dunkin is quite vocal and often has something to say, but the barking can be frequent if he hasn't had enough exercise or attention. He has a high prey drive and needs to go to a house with no cats. If you're looking for young boy, with lot of love and a curly tail, eager to make himself a part of your family, then Dunkin is the one for you!

2/9/19 - Dunks, Dunky, Little tough guy... just a few of the nicknames we've give this sweet boy. He is little dude, only weighing in at about 38 lbs but in that small frame he packs a lot of love and personality. Little Dunks has some killer good looks with a curly tail, beautiful soft black fur and a face that looks like a cross between a lab puppy and tough dog. Some of Dunkin's favorite past times include chewing on toys, chasing lights and shadows, and being a snuggly lap dog. We'd say Dunkin is a Medium to High energy dog and definitely needs a home where he will be given plenty of mental and physical exercise. He is a pretty vocal doggo so his forever home will need to be okay with some barking. Enough exercise definitely helps keep this to a minimum. He has done great in the crate and is totally house trained. He knows sit, kennel, and is learning down and stay - he is very food motivated.

1/29/19 Dunkin is approximately 16 months old. He is a typical young Lab that is always ready to play. He is dog and kid friendly, house and crate trained.

Thank you Leigh and Todd for fostering Dunkin!

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

Blackie
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Blackie- DOB 11/29/13
Color: Black
Gender: female
February 14 at 9:22 AM

Blackie is in need of a new foster home while she waits for her FOREVER family to find her!

2-2-19 Blackie has been in her foster home for two weeks now and she thinks living with a family is the BEST. She's not so much a velcro dog as a cuddle bug. She walks well on a leash and walks 3 miles each day. She's not much of a barker and is very calm when new people come into the house. She's good with children too. We don't think she's had much experience living in a house and will do well with a family that would enjoy her exuberant affection and who also is willing to spend time training her. Thank you Margaret for fostering Blackie!

1/18/19 Blackie has come a long way in the past month. She absolutely wants nothing more than to be with her person, and she gets along with other dogs. She's working on being able to give people enough space to walk, but that is a work in progress as she thinks sitting directly in front of you is the best place to be.

1/10/19 Blackie is an incredible dog. She wants nothing more than to sit next to you and give you all the love she can. She is good with other dogs, though likes to chase cats. She is quiet, easy going, a bit needy, but overall gentle and kind. She is good with kids and would love to be part of your family.

1/1/19 Blackie is as sweet and kind as they come! She is a smaller girl, around 50 pounds, and has never met a stranger. She is good with other dogs, good in a crate and will make you smile every time you look at her!

12/15/18 Blackie was rescued today and is looking for a foster home until she finds her forever family! We will post information and pictures soon. Please stay tuned.

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

Aspen
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Aspen- DOB 2017
Color: Black
Gender: male
February 1 at 11:40 AM

2/1/18 Thank you Amanda and Rocky for fostering Aspen. ** 5 Benefits of a One-Eyed Lab ** 1 - 50% fewer eye boogers 2 - Ready made pirate costume 3 - You won't bother his sleep by having the lights on, he'll just put the good eye down! 4 - Major "Awwwww" points at the dog park 5 - It's like he's giving you a permanent wink and a smile -- But the main thing to remember is that when you are as handsome and perfect as Aspen one eye is all you need! -- Aspen has fur like velvet and a little extra bulk that makes him SO nice to snuggle. He likes to sit all 80 pounds of himself on your lap when you sit on the couch. It may sound like a lot but it's like cuddling a giant teddy bear. He likes to snuggle but he's not a velcro dog. He'll come for love and then go do his own thing. He likes to be in the room with you and will follow you to and fro. He even likes to stick his head in the shower while you are in there and try to play with the water 😂 He is BIG (85 pounds) and Strong and plays rough with my 2 year old male husky (which is what we wanted in a foster as Stoney is big and plays rough too). Not rough ugly, just Hard! He's ok with my more dominant cat - he'll chase her in fun if she runs but doesn't try to get her - he has a scratch on his nose to show for it. My more timid cat is still very scared of him because, again, he'll chase her if she runs. He's been really good with my neighbors older kiddos, 10 and up, but again, he plays rough - plays hard I guess - and is a bit much for their younger kids though he is very sweet with them when he's not playing. He's also a giant snuggle bug and likes to sit On my lap on the couch and will flop down against you on the bed for snuggles. He likes to stretch out and lay back to back with you on the bed, he's like the softest, biggest heading pad ever and feels so good on your back. He was a little food aggressive when he got here and is a consummate counter surfer. We usually free-feed but had to pick up the bowls and feed separately for the first few days. Once he learned the dog chow is unlimited and always available he got much better about it and now we just leave two bowls down all the time. He will try to guard one but knocks it off if you catch him doing it. He's very smart and has learned many good behaviors easily because he's both extremely eager to please and also very food motivated. He liked to put your hands and arms in your mouth when he first got here but quickly learned that this result in the immediate cessation of petting. Same thing with jumping up - no attention. He also taught himself that if you have food and he wants some that if he Slams his butt to the ground and gives you that hopeful look that he's almost guaranteed a reward. He still gets a little food aggressive if it's a special treat so you have to watch him if he's in a home with a buddy. Aspen and Stoney both have a few scratches and bangs but not from fighting. The only time they have gotten a bit out of control was when they were wrestling and, as far as I can figure, one got the other one's collar stuck in his mouth and couldn't get away and the other thought he was trying to get him and they both started to (understandably) freak out a bit. Otherwise they just tear through the house, up and down the stairs, chasing and wrestling, banging off of furniture and each other. They try to jump up and wrestle on the bed (no thank you! You can sleep here but no wrestling!) and throw each other off of it. I think he would do best with another young, strong, playful dog, who is not too dominant. He would probably do ok as an only dog if his parent was home full time and very active. He and Stoney really just wear each other out playing. We used to have to run Stoney (husky) at least 30 minutes a day or he would start to go crazy. And not just a nice jog with stopping and sniffing, a full out run with one of us on a bike trying to keep up. My neighbor will skateboard him around the block 6 or 7 times and they both have a blast. Now they all three dogs enjoy a nice walk/jog in the evenings but if we miss it they are fine because they get so much exercise playing with each other. We've taken him to a Walnut Creek dog park and he splashed right into the water and waded up to his chest. It wasn't deep enough to swim but I think he will definitely be a water dog. He likes to play fetch and he likes to play tug on the rope with either a person or Stoney. He's been generally very good with the other dogs he has met at the dog park and out and about but he has such a Big and Exuberant personality that he can overwhelm some of the more timid dogs. He has fur like velvet that is thick and deep and you can spend all day petting. He's got a little bit of bulk on him but is so athletic he can do a springing four legged hop from flat footed over the arm of the couch and onto your lap. My pictures don't do justice to this handsome guy. Between his rich, midnight black, velvet fur and his constant happy wriggling I have a hard time getting clear pictures. He's so handsome that he only needs one eye and such a good boy that you forget he's even missing the other - all the hair is growing back thick and silky that it just looks like he is giving you a little wink and a smile everytime you look at him. 12/26/18 Thank you Amanda & Rocky for fostering Aspen.

12/10/18 Aspen is a sweet boy who is working so hard at self control. He knows sit and down and loves hanging out with you. He is the ultimate young, large boy ready for his life's adventure.

11/24/18 Aspen is a goofy boy who enjoys playing fetch and getting belly rubs. He knows sit and is eager to learn more. He is a large(98 pounds) boy and a very strong puller on leash. He's good in a crate and good with other dogs.

11/6/18 Aspen was rescued today! He is approx. 1 year old and a large, handsome young Lab. He is currently residing at the Ranch, but would love to crash with a foster family until he is adopted for his forever family! We will post more about him as we get to know him.

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As dogs are adopted and room becomes available we take more in. At this time we are completely filled up and do not have enough foster homes to rescue all of the Labs in this area, and north and south of Austin. There are several at Town Lake Animal Center in Austin, and other Shelters around the area, we will consider as space becomes available. Please put the Labs in Shelters, on your list for consideration. If you find a Lab you would consider adopting in one of the shelters, we would be happy to meet you. Our Rescue group will be available to answer any questions you may have or to help you work through any problems you may experience with your adopted Lab, whether you adopt from us, or one of the shelters. Also consider the dogs below.

There are additional dogs listed at the below link which are also available for adoption. These dogs are privately owned dogs and are NOT affiliated with HOTLR. Do NOT contact HOTLR to get more info on these dogs, as this is a service we provide to people trying to place labs. Please contact the individual dog's contact information to arrange to meet the dog. HOTLR does not vouch for any of these dogs, as they have not been evaluated by any HOTLR Volunteers.

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