Labour of Love defined:

a piece of hard work that you do because you enjoy it,
and not because you will receive money or praise for it, IMG_1443
or because you need to it.

That is how the board members at Labrador Life Line feel
when we put together our annual fundraisers.

If you haven’t done so already, please go and register for
 our upcoming Labour of Love Auction.

The auction starts Friday, August 29th at 5pm central time.

Your support of our annual fundraisers bring happy endings 
and tail wags for purebred Labs who would otherwise go 
without medical care and/or emergency treatment.

???????????????????????????????????????While thinking for a topic to write about for this week’s blog, I looked out the patio door/windows for inspiration. It looked like a storm was on its way. Confirming my suspicions, if on cue, a roll of thunder boomed off in the distance. Soon after, the clouds unleashed and it was pouring, or should I say, it was raining cats and dogs.
While its exact origins are open to much debate, the most commonly accepted version of the phrase, “raining cats and dogs” is believed to be coined by Jonathan Swift. Described as a “satire on the conversations of the upper classes” (Library of Congress), the phrase appears in Swift’s 1738 work the “Complete Collection of Genteel and Ingenious Conversation.” 

In the story, one of the characters fears, “I know Sir John will go, though he was sure it would rain cats and dogs”.

Open to debate is whether or not Swift actually coined the phrase or was using a cliché.

The first recorded use of the phrase (or something similar) dates back to 1651. In Olor Iscanus, a collection of poems by British poet Henry Vaughan, he descibed a roof that was secure when “dogs and cats rained in shower.

However, it was most likely it was Swift’s satire that started the phrase’s popularity and usage in with the common man.



LabI recently stumbled across this article in the LA Times archives. I know the piece is almost 30 years old is “old news” but I think it will make any Labrador Retriever owner smile.

Klaus was sentenced for what Labs do best–retrieving.

Klaus, a seven-year-old Labrador Retriever and career criminal who spent his days stealing women’s handbags, was finally brought to justice by a German Shepherd.

A German court handed down Klaus’ sentence.

Klaus’ owner received a year’s suspended sentence and was ordered to find Klaus a new home.

His owner’s defense?

The unemployed computer technician, told the judge and court that as a “hobby” he “taught Klaus to steal handbags.”

Klaus was nabbed after his latest robbery attempt was botched by the German Shepherd.

imagesIt’s not just a human problem.

Obesity rates among pets have, according to a recent Washington Post article, led to the creation of “fat farms” for our pets.     
Did you know? “53 percent of dogs are overweight,” says Ernie Ward, veterinarian and founder of the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention. A whopping “45 percent increase from four years ago.”
Like their human best friends, obese dogs can develop several health problems including: diabetes, joint problems, heart disease and a decreased life expectancy
Weight loss techniques to help Fido slim down range from “pawlates” to “doga” and “barko polo.” If these sound vaguely familiar to you, they are the doggy versions of Pilates, yoga, and Marco Polo. The fat camps don’t just employ cutting-edge methods to help the dog lose those excess pounds. Swimming, nature hikes, and treadmill trots, are also used. Activities most dogs already love to do (but just don’t get enough of at home.)
In all activities, “The dogs work for their meals. Debora Montgomery, a spokeswoman for the Morris Animal Inn explained. “We praise and make the sessions fun and interactive.”

imagesDid you know???

With time and patience, a dog owner from Montana has taught his best friend math 101?
Beau, a twelve-year-old black Labrador Retriever, showed signs of his high intelligence in puppyhood, says his owner David Madsen. According to his proud owner/math teacher, Beau can do a “variety of math skills.”

“He counts, he adds and subtracts, he can do some division and has memorized square roots,” Madsen claims.

Madsen goes on to provide an example for the doubting Thomases out there.

If Madsen tells Beau there are six dogs at the park and three dogs leave, Madsen then asks Beau.

“How many are left?”

Beau replies: “Woof, woof, woof.”

What next?

A dog who can spell?

Until next time…



They often say a picture is worth a thousand words.

All proceeds from every picture you entered in Labrador Life Line’s Cyber Dog Show will go to help purebred Labrador Retrievers in need of medical care or emergency treatment. Since our inception in 1999, Labrador Life Line has assisted hundreds of Labs. If given the opportunity, I know that they would thank you for your support of LLL, and for giving them a second chance.

And so do we.

From the entire Labrador Life Line board. thank you for your continued support and contribution, we couldn’t do this without you.


Cyber Show Flyer 2014

Click here for: rules and entry information



My name is Chase and this my success story!
One day, I excitedly leaped out of my owners’ truck before they could grab me. Unfortunately, my landing wasn’t exactly very graceful and I hurt myself. My owners took me to see my vet who
told them that broke my rear leg at the femoral neck. The injury was severe and I required femoral head osteotomy surgery to correct the break. Unfortunately, the operation was very expensive,
and more than my family could afford to pay. My owners went on online to see what funding was available to help, and that was when they found Labrador Life Line. My owners applied for
assistance and we waited to hear back from them. Not too long after we got an email back from our caseworker Cindy telling us the good news, the board approved my case for funding!
Only hours after hearing the news that LLL approved my case, my owners sent this email of appreciation to the great folks of Labrador Life Line.
Once again, a million thank yous are not enough for the help you have provided me with. I wish I had a chance to meet you and give you a hug. You have no idea how grateful I am towards you
for being so attentive and extremely helpful throughout this process, and thanks to your entire organization for giving me the opportunity to keep Chase with me, I honestly don’t know what I
would have done without him, he’s not just the family pet, he’s my third child. I have made a promise that as soon as I get back on my feet I will donate as much as I can to Labrador Life Line.
It’s my way of paying you back for what you guys have done for me.
I will surely give Chase a big hug on your behalf and I will let you know how everything went. Thanks again and God Bless you.
I would personally like to send a thank you lick to each board member for helping Labs like me get better again.
Read more success stories like Chase’s on our web site!

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