It's been a while since I posted a Labrador as a Featured Rescue so I thought I'd have one today. There are 20,532 Labradors currently looking for new homes in North America. HOLY JUMPIN'! That number does not include the dogs in municipal pounds that get euthanized after a few days. It is only the ones listed in rescues by those interested in posting on Petfinder.
This is Alley. She is 10 months old and is currently being listed by All Breed Canine Rescue out of London, Ontario. They report her as a sweet and happy puppy who thinks everyone is her friend but she is also timid. The ad doesn't say why she is in rescue. It doesn't really matter; her last owners didn't keep her. End of story. Now she's ready to start a new story with someone else.
I encourage everyone to research the breed of the dog they plan to bring into their lives. Make sure the animal fits into your lifestyle (or alter your lifestyle to accomodate a dog you have). I see this far too often. It's not fair to get a puppy, then get rid of it when it passes the "cute" stage and becomes a gangly, unruly, excitable adolescent.
I knew someone who did this to five dogs. They got a free or cheap puppy when it was cute. Let it do whatever it wanted, then got rid of it when it hit 8 months old. One of the puppies they taught to grip on a person's arm (playfighting). They encouraged the dog to growl at other people/dogs. That dog they were forced to get rid of early (at 6 months) because it bit a neighbour in their condo building. The landlord said it was either them or the dog. Did I mention that they had two children? One was 4 years old and the other was an infant under 1 year.