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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Labrador Life Line is giving you, our loyal supporters, a second chance.

We are extending our current fundraiser-Robin’s Glass World Sun Catchers-for an additional week!

Remember, to place “LLL” in the comments box when you place your order and Labrador Life Line will receive 12% of your order!

If you’ve already placed your order, thank you.

If you haven’t, why haven’t you?

Remember second chances don’t last forever, and this one comes to an end next week on April 7th!

On behalf of the LLL board, thank you for your continued support. Your help gives the Labs we assist a second chance.




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Click HERE to place your order now! And thanks again for your continued support of Labrador Life Line.

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Back in August, I wrote a two-part blog on The Process“  on what happens when someone applies for help with Labrador Life Line for their sick or injured Lab. Earlier this year, Annie’s family submitted her application when the four-year-old chocolate cutie had ingested a rock. Annie’s condition was life threatening, and she needed an emergency operation to remove the rock. During the procedure, the vet had to remove some of her intestine.

Yesterday, LLL received this heartwarming letter in the mail that I’d like to share with you.annie thank you



Everyone on the board of Labrador Life Line are volunteers. We don’t get any monetary rewards for the time we give. Nor do we ask, or want any.20140116_221847

For everyone of us, being a member of Labrador Life Line truly is a Labor of Love. 

You can read  more about Annie’s success story, or any of Labrador Life Line’s success stories, on our web site.

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On February 22, 2012, I had to make the most heart-wrenching decision a pet-owner has to make.

I had to put down my beloved yellow Lab, and best friend Ginger.

Unlike her older “sister” Shadow who came before her,  and sadly passed on before they could ever meet, Ginger was the Lab I could mold into the Lab I wanted her to be.

Quick note: I adopted Shadow (a black Lab) a year into her life and already well set in her Lab-ward ways. By contrast, I adopted Ginger has a puppy.

Regular readers have already read the story of how I came up with Shadow’s name, Ginger’s name in comparison came to me much easier, or in a “snap.”
Unlike Shadow who was fiercely loyal and independent to the very end, Ginger was very eager to please and very affectionate, to the point of clingy. She was, unlike Shadow, a true Velcro Lab.

Right down to the very end, and the longest (but not long enough) walk of our lives…from the parking lot to the vet’s office for the final time, she fittingly, but not surprisingly, clung to my side every step of the way. Oddly enough though, this time, our last time, she never pulled ahead, like she always did on our walks, eager to “get there first.” She took time to savor our walk, being by my side. It was like she knew this was our last time.

Afterwards, on the long walk back to the car, and for some time after, I felt guilty for what I did.

I am sure everyone has read stories of people finding “signs” left from those loved ones that have departed. I believe that our pets can leave us signs too.

My first few nights at work after losing her, I arrived early (since I couldn’t sleep without my sleeping buddy) and would pick up a snack for lunch later that night. For a solid week, I heard someone ask the sales clerk if the store sold, “Ginger Snap” cookies. Not chocolate chip, sugar, or Oreos, but Ginger Snaps.

I believe this was her way of saying “I’m okay” and she was at peace at what I did.

I am firm believer that we don’t choose our furry-four-legged best friends, but they choose us.

Oddly enough, this weekend, when I went to buy a snack for lunch, I heard someone ask for “Ginger Snaps.”

Instead of the tears that came two years before when I heard that, I instead smiled and looked up and whispered,

“Got milk?”








This may be a little late, but does a boy and a dog story ever grow old?

Like most shows during the last week of the year, The Today Show reported on the thirteen stories that moved its viewers the most.

From acts of kindness to triumphs of love, each of the stories gave their viewers plenty to smile about and give them hope that the world may not be so bad after all.

Coming in at number 9 on the list was the touching story of Himalaya.

Himalaya is the Lab that wouldn’t say no.

In a heartfelt and touching 4-minute YouTube video, the yellow Lab is seen coming over to a three-year-old boy with Down Syndrome. After several nudges by the persistent Lab to get the boy to hug him, the boy gives into her advances.

Are you smiling yet?

Until the next time…




llllogoxsmOn behalf of the board of Labrador Life Line, I would like to thank everyone (from donors to bidders) who participated in our annual Heart Dog Auction. Proceeds from every item go directly to help purebred Labrador Retrievers in need of medical care or emergency treatment. Last year your support helped us assist 67 Labs!! 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.

Thank you for ensuring that the beat will go on. 
Wendy J Sotos
Board Member
Labrador Life Line 

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It’s never too early to think summer vacation.

A few years back, Labrador Life Line helped a black Labrador Retriever named Jack. Jack’s parents applied for financial assistance with Labrador Life Line when he had unexpected medical expenses. Like most parents who come to LLL for help, treatment costs were much more than they could and they needed help to pay for his treatment.

Fast forward to present day.

Jack’s parents sent us this update: “Several years ago we used your services and our dog, Jack, is going strong at almost 11 years old.”

But that was not all.

They also wanted to “Paw It Forward.” 

Currently up for bid in Labrador Life Line’s Heart Dog Auction is a full week vacation stay at their White Iron Beach Resort in Ely Minnesota for a family or group of 4 in one of
their beautiful resort cabins.

Please note: Reservations can be used from May 9th to June 27th or August 9th to October 15th ONLY. And of course, they are PET FRIENDLY, so your pets are always welcome at White Iron Beach Resort!

Don’t forget in order to bid you have to first register (if you haven’t already) for the auction. But don’t wait too long, the auction ends on February 15th. 

Thanks for your support.