Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue A 501(c)(3) Arizona-based Rescue Group

Our Dogs

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Bell

Hi! My name is Bell, and I’m one of the 3 sugar babies. You may have already read about us on facebook… My two sisters and I are only 2 years old, but we have been on quite a journey already! We used to live outside and got really skinny. The man we used to live with finally took us to a vet who told him we have diabetes. He said he couldn’t take care of us anymore and asked the vet to put us down. Luckily the vet’s receptionist contacted DLRR who took us in! Yep, turned out they saved us…and we are super thankful! All 3 of us need insulin shots, just like humans with diabetes do. My foster parents didn’t have a clue how to do it, but learned quite quickly. It’s all doable if you love someone…

It would be great if all three of us could stay together, but I understand that might be difficult. Maybe I could just stay with Coco, because I really like to cuddle with her! Coco is going blind too, just like me. I’m actually blind already because my diabetes wasn’t treated, but I heard rumors they are trying to do eye surgery so that I can see again. It’s not cheap, so DLRR, who rescued us, is taking donations to help. Chances are REALLY good that I can see again and live a happy life. That’s what the eye specialist said. Wouldn’t that be cool?!?! Oh, how I’d love to be able to see again and not bump into stuff and be able to goof around. I do manage pretty well, even being blind, but I do remember what it was like when I was able to see, and it was pretty neat! I miss it…  Of course I’m housebroken, love people and kids, and I am really good in the crate. I actually kinda like it! My foster family always tells me I’m so lovable and such a pretty girl. I can’t see myself in the mirror, but I hope they are right.  Do you want to find out for yourself?

 

Bon Bon

March 2017 UPDATE!
Hey, this is BonBon! Guess what?!?! I can see again… ☺  That’s right; I had my cataract surgery in the beginning of March, and it went very well!
So, now I’m just your typical Lab who just happens to be diabetic! I love people, kids and dogs, I’m not a fan of cats, but love to snuggle and play! I also love walks and usually take a couple of naps during the day.  In fact, I actually like being in my crate, which is where I stay when my foster mom has to leave me alone at home.  She always calls me a “good girl!”  So, as you can tell, I’m a very easygoing dog who would love to be your companion and find a forever home. 
I do have two sisters, but - although I love them very much - we don’t have to be adopted together.  Since I do love other dogs, it would be nice to find a forever home with another dog, but I’m also fine with getting all of your loving for myself.
As a reminder, here’s my story:
My two sisters and I are only about 3 years old, but we have been on quite a journey already! We were rescued by DLRR in May of 2016.  The man we used to live with finally took us to a vet when we got really skinny! When the vet told him we had diabetes, he said he couldn’t take care of us anymore and asked the vet to put us down! Luckily the vet’s receptionist contacted DLRR who took us in! Yep, turned out they saved us…and we are so thankful! All 3 of us need insulin shots twice a day, just like humans with Type 1 diabetes do. My foster family didn’t have a clue how to do it, but learned quite quickly. It’s all doable when you love someone…
What else is there to know about me? I am a super cute girl. I love to sunbathe and chase birds, but one of my favorite things to do is cuddle, I just LOVE it! My foster parents have no choice but to love to cuddle with me too because I just drop into their laps when they sit next to me. Plus my coat is sooooo soft... And my face!!! I tell ya…no one can resist me! Can you?!?
 

 

Coco

Hi! My name is Coco, and I’m one of the 3 sugar babies. You may have already read about us on facebook… We are quite popular! My two sisters and I are only 2 years old, but we have been on quite a journey already! We used to live outside and got really skinny. The man we used to live with finally took us to a vet who told him we have diabetes. He said he couldn’t take care of us anymore and asked the vet to put us down. Luckily the vet’s receptionist contacted DLRR who took us in! Yep, turned out they saved us…and we are super thankful! All 3 of us need insulin shots, just like humans with diabetes do. My foster parents didn’t have a clue how to do it, but learned quite quickly. It’s all doable if you love someone…

It would be great if all three of us could stay together, but I understand that might be difficult. Maybe I could stay with Bell, because I really like to cuddle with her! Bell is already blind, and I’m unfortunately on my way there because my diabetes wasn’t taken care of in time.  Although my vision is better than Bell’s and am not completely blind, it makes me sad sometimes.  But, good news! Bell and I have seen this doctor who thinks he can do eye surgery so that we can see again. It’s not cheap, so DLRR is taking donations to help. Chances are REALLY good though that I can see again and live a happy life. I would really love that because I’ve had it especially rough. You see, I also have valley fever, so it’s taking more time for me to gain weight and get healthy. But I feel like I’m in good care now, and I know they are doing the best they can to help me. You should also know that I’m housebroken, love kids and really like my crate too! I’m super thankful to our foster family, and try to tell them any chance I get by kissing their hands.  Then they pet and kiss me and tell me what a good and sweet girl I am! I love it when they do that… Do you want some kisses from me too?

 

Hershey

OH MY GOSH I LOVE YOU!!! I might be a "senior" but with my super cool meds (tramadol and rimadyl) I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE being an active sweetheart! Walks? MY FAVORITE! Toys? MY FAVORITE! Toys that squeak? MY FAVORITE! Love and pets? MY FAVORITE! Food? MY FAVORITE! Soft comfy beds? MY FAVORITE! You?? MY FAVORITE! Sorry, I got distracted for a second! My foster mama says I'm her favorite Hershey's kiss, her little mochachino.  I think that's good? I am SO loving and SO fun and SO happy to be with you! I don't require a ton of exercise, but did you see that I LOVE my walks?? I'm a very faithful companion and will take alllllll the loves you can give, but when you're done, I'm happy to go snooze on a bed not too far away from you! I'm perfect in the house (if you don't mind picking up the remains of toys that I enjoy destroying!) and I am an expert at that doggie door thing! I take my food last (do I really have to wait for my foster brother and sister to eat first?) and I don't get territorial with food.  I do LOVE my toys, so if you have another doggie, I'm going to try to play with him or her and I might decide they CAN'T play with my toys,   As long as I have boundaries and a safe place to call my own I'm perfect! My foster mama has a crate with a super cushy bed for me if I want to go into "my" room, but I really don't go in there anymore because I LOVE being with my family! 
So who is perfect for me? A lower energy home with a mama and/or daddy who can appreciate that I love to play and walk, but that I do have my limits.  I need to meet any other doggies and I might have a transition/adjustment period figuring out where I fit in, but once I do, I'm PERFECT! Actually, I'm perfect just the way I am! I do take medicine with each meal - some little pink thing for my thyroid and that awesome Rimadyl and Tramadol to keep me active! Can I meet you and give you super sweet kisses? 

 

Daisy

  Hello there, my name is Daisy30. I'm a female lab approximately 5 years old and 70 pound with a very shiny and soft coat with some telltale graying around my muzzle and neck. I'm friendly with low to medium energy and love my people: they call me a "Velcro snuggle bunny". I won't beg for people food and I don't "counter surf" but I DO like treats. I love receiving lots of kisses, attention and belly rubs yet would do best in a single dog family since I have concerns when it comes to other dogs. I sometimes growl if other dogs run at me or surprise me, so I will need some training,  patience and slow introductions to other dogs. I am protective of my foster family and will bark at people if I see them getting too close or ring the doorbell.
I'm house (condo) trained but I have had to adjust to not having a yard to do my  business in so I have had accidents in the house. I  had  no accident issues at my  temporary foster that  had a  yard. I’d prefer a fenced back yard where I can run around and do my business with some privacy. I am not destructive. I will chew on rawhides and can be totally trusted alone in the house.  I like to walk and sniff all around the condo complex. I like car rides and travel very well. Please  consider me to be the  flower of your  future. Love  Daisy30

 

Princess

Hello... I am Princess9, a seven-year old chocolate lab mix and I would like a fur-ever home with just the right people or person. I am little, but strong, weighing in at about 40 pounds. My foster mom has spent about two months with me now and would like to give her input as to what an ideal home would look like for me. I need a constant companion, preferably someone who is home most or all the day. I am very well-behaved when no one is home, but I like giving and getting attention and would be sad if that couldn't happen most of the day. I love giving you cuddles while you sit on your couch or chair. I love playing ball every morning-I'm really quick to catch and return. I like going for walks but am still learning to not pull when I see other little dogs or rabbits. I am eager to learn and just need you to be the "alpha." Because I get really excited when I see a bunny, you need to be agile and strong enough to remind me not to charge or pull. I am very good with other dogs as long as they are bigger, little dogs do look a bit like bunnies! I have beautiful puppy dog eyes and am told I am very cute. My teenage boy brothers really like me and I like them. I often sleep with one of them, the other one has a kitty who gets his bed. I don't mind the kitties, I'm curious, but respectful of their space. I have met with a very nice veterinarian who said my pancreas needs some help doing its job. What that requires is a safe food for my tummy (about $70/month) from your local PetSmart, a supplement (about $28/month) and some medicine that keeps me "regular" (about $20/month). I really am a healthy little lady other than these things! I have a moderately high level of energy when you have a tennis ball nearby and move quickly around the house-but I also like our down time and take nice naps throughout the day. My foster family is really getting attached to me, so you need to call quickly. Has someone told you to get a companion dog? They were probably talking about me!
 
 

 

Dannie

Hi! I'm Dannie a 10 year old black lab mix who was given to the great people at DLRR because my owner was sick in the hospital and couldn't take care of me. I'm a big boy, weighing about 72 pounds and I have longer fur so will need some grooming.  My favorite thing is to lay around outside soaking up the sun or displacing my foster siblings on the dog beds inside.  I'm really easy going and have some arthritis so don't move as fast as my foster siblings. My new home will need to keep up with my pain and joint meds. I'm crate trained although i don't need one as I am the perfect gentleman inside the house all day. I don't get on the furniture and I'm happy to lay on my dog beds. I know how to use a dog door too! I'm dog friendly and cat friendly (per my previous owners) The people at DLRR were kind enough to have my teeth cleaned so now I'm good to go! If you want a furry cuddly companion, please call my foster mom.

 

Maximillian

Hi my name is Maximillian but my friends call me Max. I am a 1 year old, crate trained, neutered and microchipped, lab mix. I am full of fun loving puppy energy! I am looking for my forever home and would love to meet you.
If you live an active lifestyle and are looking for someone to share an adventure with, please consider me. If you are not active but you have another active dog that is looking for companionship, then I may be their new best friend. I love to play, I enjoy long walks, and I can even jog at a good steady pace. I pull a little on my leash but using a harness has helped with that. When hanging out at home, I can be found chewing on my Nyla bone, looking out the window at those passing by, or running around in the back yard. I know how to use the doggy door and when I am in the yard I love to chase birds! I am still full of puppy energy and would benefit from training for basic commands, I think this might be something fun we can do together! I am not much of a barker but I am full of cute Chewbacca sounds.
I originally was found on the side of the road by a Good Samaritan and had emergency surgery. I have now fully recovered and the hair on my tummy is growing back nicely. My Foster Mom tells me all the time that I am loved and promises me that I will find my forever home. I do have some mild seasonal allergies but this is treated with an over the counter medication. I also have a small blemish on my face that is clearing up nicely with an ointment that the vet gave me. I really just want someone that will care for me, play with me, and give me the love that my Foster family says I deserve. I am best with older kids due to my energy level and prefer a house with no cats.
 
 

 

Cello

Cello is not only tall, dark, and handsome, he is also smart, gentle, and affectionate -- the perfect young fellow! We think he is a Lab x Great Dane mix about 4 years old. Typical of both breeds, he is good-natured, cuddly, mellow, and eager to please. He recently had orthopedic surgery to fix a dislocated hip and is well on the road to recovery. He is good with kids and other dogs, but he will need a home where his activity can be carefully controlled for the next 2 months (ie, no roughhousing, running, or jumping) while he finishes healing. He has been surprisingly tolerant of his activity limits so far, but we suspect he will have a need for moderate exercise when he recovers. He should weigh about 85-90 pounds when he finishes putting on some much needed weight. He is house-trained and otherwise trustworthy in the house but gets quite anxious when left alone. His foster family has already seen some progress on this issue using a combination of systematic training and anti-anxiety medication, and we fully expect that with continued training in the right home, this issue can be resolved. 

 

Ginger

Hi, I'm Ginger, an 8 year old beautiful chocolate lady. My former owners turned me in to DLRR because they were downsizing. But my foster mom and dad are really nice and they had my teeth cleaned and my nails trimmed. Their vet had to remove 2 teeth and they said I have a small fatty tumor on my tummy that will have to be watched. Other than that, I'm in really good health. I'm a very happy girl, my tail is wagging all the time.  My foster mom tells me that I am so, so sweet and that I'm irresistible when you get to know me. I follow her around the house and have to be the same room she is in. I love my walks in the morning and I try to be good and heel but there are birds and bunnies out there that I want to investigate. I'm really smart and know how to sit, stay, down and give. I love to chase balls and will bring them back to you so you can throw them again.  I'm totally trustworthy in the house and don't counter surf. But my foster mom calls me Roomba, whatever that means. My foster mom and dad are retired so they are home a lot and I'm okay when they leave for a while. I have a foster Lab sister but I have learned to ignore her. I am a really good watchdog too. If you are that very special someone to be my forever family, please call my foster mom.

 

Chipper

Meet Chipper, a handsome 75 lb yellow boy who will be 4 years old in July.  He loves to play, his favorite game is fetch with a tennis ball or a favorite squeaky toy.  Chipper is a little timid and shy when meeting new people but that has improved since he has been with his foster mom and dad.  He is housebroken with no accidents in the house and is trustworthy with no destructive behaviors when left alone for short periods of time.  His nickname is "Velcro Dog" because he is always wanting to be in close proximity to his humans.  He does not do well with other dogs or cats so will need to be the only dog, but he is so loveable and sweet, he will be very happy to be the center of your world!  
Chipper is very smart, learned to use a doggie door within 10-15 minutes.  Since being with his foster mom and dad, he has learned "sit" and is working on his leash manners with the use of a head halter (Gentle Leader or Halti brand), which has helped him learn not to pull.  He has a tendency to jump up on his people when excited and happy but is learning the command "Off."  He sleeps all night in a doggie bed or stretched out on the floor, is content as long as he can be with his people.  Does not have a tendency to jump on furniture or counter surf.  
Chipper needs an active family, preferably with children 8 years or older due to his high energy level.  He will make a great hiking or jogging companion as he always enjoys his morning and evening walks. He would also do best where he is not left alone for long periods of time.   And he is very affectionate, always wanting hugs and kisses.   So if you are an active person or family looking for the perfect companion to match your lifestyle, Chipper aka "Velcro dog" might be the one you are looking for!

 

Pearl

Pearl is a loving 3 year old yellow petite lab mix. She is 45 lbs., but don't tell her that.  She is big on personality.  She loves her humans, and is found frequently keeping their feet warm.  She is potty trained and has not had one accident in the house!!!!  She is learning the leash.  Pearl was raised in a home with two dogs.She is currently at a home with a submissive lab.  I have not had her around cats. She came from a home with older children. She was  fine with my grandchildren. There are no medical issues. She is up to date on her vaccines and has been recently spayed.  If you want a buddy that will follow you everywhere, love you for life, be super excited when you get home and keep your feet warm, then Pearl is your girl.

 

Agustin

Agustin (Gus for short). Gus is a large, healthy 81-lb beautiful black lab, 2 years old. I have had him for a little over a week and he is doing extremely well. He knows ‘sit’ and still working to perfect ‘down’ and ‘wait’ but does pretty well with ‘wait’. At first he wanted to get on the furniture and the bed but now is staying off those areas. He rides well in the car but must be restricted to the back or he will be up in the front with you. So far he has stayed off the counters and table (as long as he is watched!)  Not sure about his eating habits were because when I first fed him dry dog food he would not eat it at all, but when I mixed plain white Greek yogurt in he liked that fine, so that is what I feed him, dog food with yogurt. Cottage cheese works well too. I give him absolutely no table food. He will sit nicely on the floor when you eat and does not beg for food or annoy. He has a squeaky ball that he loves to chase and will bring it back but won’t drop it yet. He is getting used to the pool and should be a great swimmer before too long. I have had him on a leash in the yard but he will need a stronger hand than mine for the general sidewalk or where there are other distractions. He is very trainable and with a strong leader and consistency will make a wonderful family pet.  He is extremely sweet and lovable—just put your hand(s) in front of his face and say No or Off so he does not jump in your lap. He just wants to be by someone all the time and follows me all over the house and will rest close by. I think he is too big and strong for small and young children but would be great with teenagers and younger adults.

 

Manila

Manila stole my heart the minute she jumped into my car to be transported to our local kennel until a foster could be arranged. I already had a foster dog but couldn't let this beautiful, sweet girl spend one night there when she had never been allowed inside a house. So I brought her home. If you are looking for a very sweet, mild-mannered young lady then this girl is for you. she is a 4-year old black beauty I call her "Nilla" and I'm pretty sure she understands Spanish more than English, but she is adapting. The first few days took some adjusting to the other female foster we have who has a lot of energy and is tennis ball obsessed! Once Nilla realized she was allowed to chase and retrieve the ball too, she joined in and loves playing with her new fursister now. She had no problems with our older male lab. Nilla has met our cat and is curious, but respectful. Our cat doesn't run from dogs so if he did, you may see her chase yours. Nilla has slept in a crate one night after having a potty accident during the night, but has been left to roam since and is doing fine. She seems a bit confused about all the changes she has gone through the last couple of weeks and is very trusting considering her journey. We have taught her to enjoy marrow bones as she had no idea what to do with it at first. She finally started exploring the toy bin and likes to chew on them and sometimes shred them, but has never touched something not allowed. She counter surfed once-had a nice chicken dinner from Costco-so we learned OUR lesson about leaving yummy things within paws reach. She has only been introduced to older children, but my understanding is she came from a family with kids and does well with them. She will follow you from room to room and likes loves, but isn't demanding of them. Now that she has learned how to climb onto a couch and bed, she loves it! But since this is something new, she would probably follow your rules if not allowed on the furniture. She walks well on a leash and likes all the new smells in our neighborhood. Several times she has climbed into our fountain and walked around, so would probably love a pool. IF you are looking for a young, sweet dog with a great temperament, please call me for a meeting.

 

Violet

Violet is an energetic 2 year old black lab. She was turned in by her owner due to allergies to the specific type of grass (Kentucky bluegrass) in their yard. So far at her foster home she is doing very well and currently is not taking any medication for allergies, although she will need to be monitored for any changes when introduced to a new environment.
Violet is completely house broken and loves kids. She has been sleeping in a crate at night. She is affectionate and loves to go for walks, chase the ball and play with chew toys. She likes other dogs and tries to initiate play, but she doesn’t always pick up on cues if the other dog isn’t interested. If there are other dogs in her new home, we think it might be best if they are of a similar age/energy level.
Violet knows the commands “sit” and “come”, and would benefit from training. We are working on a few things, such as her tendency to jump up when excited and attempts to counter surf. Her leash manners also need work, but she will make a fantastic walking companion with a little more discipline.
Violet was anxious for a period of time as she adjusted to her foster home but has settled nicely. She craves attention and does not like to be alone in a room for any period of time. She is wary around men when she first meets them, and took a little longer to warm up to her foster dad than to the rest of the family. Her ideal home will have someone that is not gone for long periods of time, and who has patience for this sweet, friendly girl.

 

Koko

Koko3 is a sweet smaller ten year old female chocolate lab 65 lbs. She is an owner turn in who is downsizing to an apartment and felt she wouldn't adjust to the new environment. There were kids in family. She is housebroken and lets you know when she needs to go out by hitting chimes on our back door. Owner said she is friendly with dogs and cats once she gets to know them and they know her. DLRR was told that she found and adopted a few kittens and cared for them. Right now she wants to be close to me or my husband but feel that she will be more comfortable as she settles in to our routine. She loves going out back and sniffing all the new smells. We don't have a pool but have been told she likes to swim. Right now she isn't interesting in playing with our dog Churchill but expect some tug games in a few days. She has been peeking at the basket of toys. She loves car rides and does well walking on leash. Vet treated her ears for an infection with meds that will remain in for two weeks. Koko is chipped and AKC. Think she might do best in a home with someone home most of the time.

 

Jazz

Jazz is a beautiful approximately 3 year female lab mix. The only mix part I notice is a thicker hair coat and a splash of white on her chest. Her build, movement and attitude seem pure lab! (Well she does eat slow but she enjoys it.) She ignores my cats, is submissive to both my Shepard and little terrior. She follows us around instead of the dogs, doesn't want toys or anything but her person. She hasn't had a accident in the house but hasn't used the doggie door. She comes to you and then walks to the door and looks at it, pretty cute! She probably would be on the couch or bed but when she puts her paws up there I just push her down gently and she goes and lays down. I would say she is close to he easiest foster I have had. She doesn't scratch on the door or bark, I have heard a little whine but not much. I think she is very smart. Because she is sensitive she would need to adjust to a loud household, she may love it, but I can't test that here. She does like to roll in horse manure and luckily doesn't mind a bath! She doesn't bolt away or pull on the leash. She has only been with me a short time but I see no issues to keep her from finding her permanent family.

 

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