found a new home!
Plenty of my friends are looking
for one too. Find a pet to adopt.
I am already neutered, housetrained, purebred, up to date with shots, good with kids, and good with dogs.
My name is Jake and I am one handsome dude. I will be 5 years in August. I've been through this thing they call "rescue" once before but I want this time to be the last. My previous owners were sad to surrender me as I've been with them for 2.5 years. You see, my Mom and Dad worked full time and as our family grew they didn't have time for me so they selflessly decided that I would be better off getting adopted by this place called Lab Rescue. I was originally bred to be a service dog but I made the decision that I'd rather be a big active goofy chocolate Lab so then they called me a Career Change Dog (whatever that means!) It's all about the fun, isn't it?? Or so I thought. I've been a family dog since I was 18 months. My human siblings are 7, 9 and 11 now so we had a really busy household with not much time for me. The walks, training and structure all went by the way side. I was an outside backyard dog 14 hours a day and then brought in at night to sleep on my dog bed. When my owners were home and I was in the backyard, I would sometimes bark to come in the house. Those were long days out there and I wanted to be with my people when they came home. Can you blame me? I do have one obsession - retrieving the ball! Hey, I'm a Lab - goes with the territory. Your arm will get tired before I do! So there you have it! I didn't know what to expect when this nice lady from Lab Rescue came to meet me but she showed up with love, attention and treats so that's all it took to win me over. I kept my ears perked so I could hear what she had to say. I would tell you now in my own words but you might not understand. I'm not quite sure how yet but I heard her say my story is going to get better from here.
What the owner has to say:
Surrendering Jake was a very difficult decision for our family. We love him more than anything but know that letting Lab Rescue find a better situation for him is the right thing to do. He requires more attention than what we can provide. He is a happy dog and has no aggression. Other than with our other dog, he only gets out once every month to socialize with other dogs but he is fine with them. We are unsure of cats. Although he is fine with other dogs, his preference is to be chasing the ball rather than socializing with canines. He likes to swim but again, the ball takes priority over anything else.
What Lab Rescue Has to Say:
Jake is a big love and a great dog who did the happy dance when I met him. You could see the look in his eyes (oh, a person coming to see me - hey - over here, look at me!) He is sweet, friendly, smart and wants to please. He has not received any exercise for quite some time so he needs work on his leash manners. When he was being walked, the owners used a correction collar. Jake lived with another dog, a 10 year old Pug and they got along great. He is a happy, bouncy dog. Although he was raised with and is fine with kids, because of his size and exuberance, any kids in the home should be 6 or older, unless they have been around big dogs and are dog savvy but definitely no toddlers. Jake does not have aggression towards humans or canines but he does jump up on people and we wouldn't kids to be knocked over. This excitement will decrease once he receives the leadership, guidance and training that a young Lab needs. The commitment to physical and mental training that a dog gets when adequately exercised will decrease any unwanted behaviors (not uncommon for the Labs we take into our program.) He sat for the treat and took it gently from my hand. He got a little amped up when I pet him because he craves the attention. He is definitely a dog who was loved and well cared for. You can take toys or food from him without any issues. Although he has not been socialized on a regular basis, we did a meet and greet three other dogs and he was fine. He is affectionate and gives sweet, gentle kisses. He is house broken.
Lab Rescue is looking for someone with Lab experience and who is around most of the day since this boy has been alone far too long. He needs someone to provide leadership, guidance and training and who is committed to providing the exercise (a tired dog is a good dog!) and training that he needs in order to make him a good canine citizen. Jake is healthy, neutered, up to date on his vaccinations, heartworm negative and microchipped. He is located in Redwood City.
If you are around most of the time and are committed to putting the time into this wonderful loving boy, please call Rescue Rep Sandy @ (650) 303-2436.
(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)