Tim and I fell into foster caring by accident in early 2004. I was minding my business one lazy afternoon and read an article in the local paper – Our local branch of the Animal Welfare League was calling for volunteer foster carers. I made some enquiries and with two young Labradors of our own who had unashamedly re landscaped our backyard I didn't think we had too much to lose! Within a few days we had our first charges – two delightful Ridgeback X pups.
The time we spent as registered carers with the Animal Welfare League was invaluable in teaching us the rescue ropes and whilst there were lots of things that shocked me in the early years of rescue I think the biggest surprise for me was that there were so many pure bred Labradors being euthanased. By 2007 I had decided that I wanted to have greater freedom in choosing the dogs I was bringing home and more importantly I wanted to care primarily for the breed I owned and loved – Labradors!
We live on small acerage in the beautiful Blue Mountains and believe that we are equipped to provide the Labradors in our care a great environment where they can find their feet again before heading to their new homes. At LabraDOG Lodge we run a social environment so after suitable risk assessment our foster dogs live socially with each other and with our own Labradors. Each dog spends a minimum of two weeks here with us (often it's much longer) where they will receive a vet check and any necessary vet work before being advertised for adoption.
Over the years the number of Labradors we have been able to help has grown steadily. As rescue goes we are relatively small scale and I like that about what we do. Tim and I work full time and are committed to our own Labradors so we limit the number of labs we have in care at any one time. This ensures we can meet all of our commitments to ourselves and to those labs that find themselves at LabraDOG Lodge. For a number of years I have resisted developing our own web site – I have no desire to grow our rescue. What I am finding though is that there are hundreds of interested people out there and thousands of you who love Labradors as much as we do. We are very proud of what we do and for that reason we have decided to share more of what we do and who we are.
LabraDOG Lodge Residents
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UPDATE! In December 2010 Paul and Sarahs doggy family grew again! Mitch was the lucky new addition – known as Butch and as it turns out being surrendered to the pound on Christmas Eve in atrocious condition was the best thing that EVER happened to this boy! Look at him now!
I wanted to make special mention of a couple who continue to be huge supporters in our rescue effort and whose ongoing friendship means an awful lot more than a regular coffee and labbie play date.
We met Paul and Sarah in late 2006 when they saw some lab X pups we had advertised for adoption. With an old Lab who was thought to have cancer they were looking to welcome a new pup into their lives in the hope that Murray could teach them the ropes. Well four years on Murray is fitter and healthier than ever, Special Agent Gibbs is one very spoilt girl and their Labrador family has grown to four to include Georgia Maye and Pancake. The four spoilt labs cut an impressive figure cruising around the Hawkesbury in the back of "their" toxic green ford ute! Paul and Sarahs love of Labradors is how we met but we have a lot more in common than that and they have become great friends. Single handedly Sarah has rehomed more of my rescue labs than I can count, Sarahs mum, cousin, friend and mums work colleague all have labs from LabraDOG Rescue and numerous people have come to me to adopt labs after speaking with Sarah and seeing her own Labrador crowd out and about. Paul is also a Sales Executive for Proctor and Gamble – the company responsible for Eukanuba here in Australia and he very generously assists with donations of high quality dry food to help feed the rescue labs in care. Our rescue involvement has meant that we have met hundreds of fabulous people but none more so than Paul and Sarah.