Loyal Order of Labradors™
The Loyal Order of Labradors™ (LOL) was established in 2003 by Labrador Retriever Rescue, Inc. (LRR) to provide assistance to Adopters and their Labrador Retriever Rescue, Inc. dogs aged seven years or older.
IN MEMORY OF SADIE, WHO CROSSED THE RAINBOW BRIDGE IN DECEMBER. 2008, AT AGE 8 1/2. Walks, treats, and naps – what more could 8-year-old Sadie want? Her day is filled with all three, starting with a morning walk that can last up to 2 hours! She naps while Mom showers, then eats, and naps again, followed by another walk, treat, and nap. In the evening a rousing game of ball is followed by – yes – another walk and then dinner and a nap. In addition to all this activity, Sadie is an LRR ‘volunteer’, helping out her family with LRR fostering – she helps ‘show them the ropes’. Sadie gets a daily massage just before bedtime to help with some back problems. Sadie, who was adopted through LRR at age 2, is treated with acupuncture and medication for moderate cirrhosis of the liver. The good news is that her recent tests have been normal. (7/08)
IN MEMORY OF LOGAN, WHO CROSSED THE RAINBOW BRIDGE IN MARCH 2013, AT AGE 12. Logan, aka Firedog, is 7 years old and has been with his LRR family for less than a year. He is early to rise (at 3:00 a.m.!), is healthy, and perhaps wealthy and wise, too! After his morning time with Dad, Logan shares Mom, who works at home, with his brother and 2 sisters. He plays in his 2-acre backyard, chewing sticks and joining his sisters in an exciting game of tug of war. He and Mom take long walks. His nickname, Firedog, comes from another favorite thing – lying in front of the wood stove. (02/08)
Jordan, a 7-year-old yellow beauty, has been with her LRR family for just over a year. She wasn’t always the gorgeous girl that she is today. Upon adoption her owners consulted an animal allergist who has brought Jordan’s skin infections under control through bi-weekly injections. Jordan defines “early to bed and early to rise.” She has breakfast at 4:00 a.m. and is ready to retire for the night by 8:00 p.m.!!! As is normal with labs, her internal clock never fails to remind her about breakfast and her 4:00 p.m. dinner time. Jordan gets a long morning walk, play time in the afternoon, and exercise in the evening, with plenty of snoozing in between! (01/08)
IN MEMORY OF CHESSIE, WHO CROSSED THE RAINBOW BRIDGE IN OCTOBER. 2007. Chessie was placed by Labrador Retriever Rescue directly with Virginia law enforcement back in 1995 and became partners with her permanent officer in 1996, traveling all over the state of Virginia. She was a drug enforcement officer. Because she belonged to the “department” she wasn’t allowed to go home with her officer every day, so on his days off, he would go and spend hours with her so she wouldn’t think he had left her. She worked until 2002 when she was retired because of failing eyesight. Chessie went home with her forever family–she retired with her partner. She was a very special girl. (12/07)
For a longer version of Chessie’s story see the Happy Tails section of the website.
IN MEMORY OF KODA, WHO CROSSED THE RAINBOW BRIDGE IN MARCH 2010, AT THE AGE OF 10. Koda’s a lucky guy. He has a Labbie brother, Webster, also a member of LOL, and a sister, Tonks, an Irish Water spaniel. He’s 7 years old and was adopted just over 2 years ago. Koda’s health is good, though he has a thyroid problem controlled by a low dosage of medication. Benadryl helps mild allergies. Koda loves to wake up in the morning, because that means breakfast! After patrolling the yard, he’s back inside to nap and chew a nylabone. Then, another walk, followed by a nap and chew. Evenings mean dinner, tummy rubs and bedtime! Koda is a wonderful representative for LRR and loves to meet LRR fosters who stay with his family. (12/07)
IN MEMORY OF TEAL. SHE CROSSED THE RAINBOW BRIDGE IN APRIL 2013, AT THE AGE OF 13. Teal was adopted by her LRR family in June 2004. Teal’s family thanks LRR often for giving them their wonderful and amazing friend. At age 7-1/2, and 3 years with her current family, she still loves play time.”Teal” is the first thing her 2-year-old human brother says each and every morning. Teal’s day starts with a walk to see the trains. Mornings are spent playing inside with Mom and Brother. The afternoon is outdoor time, ending with a walk around the neighborhood or to a local dog park. After dinner, it’s more play time with the family until it is time for bed. (09/07)
Bob at age 8 has remarkably good health. He has had only one vet visit for something other than an annual checkup in the 6.5 years he has lived with his family. During those years, Bob’s family grew from just Mom and Dad to include 4 human siblings. He starts his day with a 2.5 mile run with Mom, then spends the day with her and the kids. In the evening, once he helps put the kids to bed, it is just Bob, Mom, and Dad. (09/07)
IN MEMORY OF WOODY. HE CROSSED THE RAINBOW BRIDGE IN DECEMBER 2009, AT THE AGE OF 14. Woody is a 12-year-old Labbie who is a certified therapy dog and a Canine Good Citizen, and was adopted when he was just over a year old. For 8 years, he and his owner visited nursing homes once a week through the Pets on Wheels program. Woody is tall enough that residents in wheelchairs could easily pet him. His wonderful temperament makes him a welcome visitor and a beloved member of his family. Woody loves being in the yard and takes an occasional walk, with his exercise limited a bit by hip dysplasia. (09/07)
Molly has a job – teaching new sister Emma what’s up. You know, the important stuff that rookies need to know, like where the treats are hidden and what sorts of fun things that you can get away with. Molly’s favorite part of the day (next to meals) is taking walks with Mom and Emma. (Mom says that will help Molly lose those few extra pounds!) Other favorite activities are playing with her furry neighbors, especially her beau, Conan, and snoozing under Mom’s desk or on her bed. At age nine, Molly says it’s time for a king-sized bed! Molly’s health is good, with Dr. Bob, her vet, watching a lipoma on her chest. (09/07)
Libby, age 9, has been with her family, consisting of Dad, Mom, two 2-legged sisters, and a 4-legged brother, for 6 years. She is in good health, but a little overweight. The sound of food hitting the floor is guaranteed to get her off the sofa and she patiently waits for her 2 sisters to drop their food, competing with her brother to get the prize first! Libby loves to fetch a tennis ball, once again competing with her brother. Fetch is even more fun if it can be played in the water! Libby ends her day sound asleep on her owner’s bed. (08/07)
IN MEMORY OF CINDER, WHO CROSSED THE RAINBOW BRIDGE IN January 2011, AT AGE 15. Cinder’s owners adopted her as a tiny puppy and she is now going on 12 years old. Just over a year ago, she spent 10 days in canine intensive care, recovering from a bout of Erlichia. Shortly thereafter, she spent 3 more days in the hospital with drug-induced pancreatitis. A year later, she has recovered, but will likely never have the same good health that she did before her illness. Despite her health problems, Cinder enjoys life from the deck, protecting her home and family from squirrels and chipmunks. She often relaxes on her back with a smile on her face! (08/07)
IN MEMORY OF BUBBA. HE CROSSED THE RAINBOW BRIDGE IN NOVEMBER 2010, AT THE AGE OF 10. Bubba was adopted when he was 3 years old, about 4 years ago. He does yoga stretches each morning, then tries to convince his parents that it has been DAYS since his last meal. After a romp in the yard, chasing squirrels and birds, he hangs out under Mom’s desk - boring! Much more exciting is lurking in the kitchen, hoping that his human sister will drop lunch from her high chair. Afternoons may include a swim or chasing a Kong. At the end of day is another attempt to convince Mom that he hasn’t eaten in WEEKS! Bubba contracted lyme disease earlier this year and with LRR’s assistance, is back to good health and thinking that he is a lap dog. (08/07)
IN MEMORY OF JESSIE. SHE CROSSED THE RAINBOW BRIDGE IN AUGUST 2010, AT THE AGE OF 14. Jessie is a beach babe! At almost 10 years old, this happy black Labbie is in her element when she visits her beach house in Cape May, NJ. She explores the beach and loves to meet fellow beachcombers. When she can’t get to the beach, she just sunbathes in her back yard! Jessie is an early riser, with a 4:45 a.m. breakfast time. Then she spends much of her day lounging her humans’ bed surrounded by her toys or curling up on a pile of towels and clothing that she collects from around the house. In excellent health, Jessie has some minor problems with arthritis, but that doesn’t stop her from loving her walks around her neighborhood. (04/07)
IN MEMORY OF SUZIE, WHO CROSSED THE RAINBOW BRIDGE IN NOVEMBER 2010, AT AGE 11. Suzie was adopted from LRR in 1999. Suzie holds the honor of being one of the few (or maybe the only) Lab in LOL who lets her owner trim her toenails without being skittish or acting like she is being tortured on purpose! Maybe this is a trait of being “older” and spending a lot of her time napping in a SleepNumber king-sized bed? Or maybe it’s the magic of being in a household with tabby cats who believe they are Labs so they follow Suzie around all day, take naps with her, and even rub their chins and whiskers on her muzzle? Nah, it’s because Suzie loves her human Mom so much that she is her buddy and shadow who follows her everywhere she goes. (03/07)
IN MEMORY OF MOLLY, WHO CROSSED THE RAINBOW BRIDGE IN NOVEMBER, 2006. Molly was adopted in December of 1999 as a mature, well-behaved 3-4 years of age, and helped her new family with all the Millennium celebrations. She loved everything about her adopted home, especially her two cats; the cats loved her just as much. There were always plenty of tennis balls and Molly never got tired of chasing them. Molly was a great lab and her family always felt that she took care of them. (LOL member since 2004, added to web pages 02/07).
Isn’t Clancy in his kerchief a handsome fella? His owners report that he is one happy boy. Now living in Sacramento, Clancy has hip dysplasia and a touch of arthritis. Makes it a bit difficult to get moving after being curled up for a nap! Clancy loves his walks, though, and a 2-mile saunter is nothing. Anyone for sunbathing? Another of Clancy’s “hobbies” is sleeping in the sun. He is also helping his owners train a puppy who will be a service dog some day. She has been with Clancy’s family for a year and he is her best friend. (LOL member since 2004, on web 02/07)