My name is Patton!

Labrador Retriever Dog for adoption in Temple, Georgia - Patton
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Life is labs Rescue, Inc.

Facts about Patton

  • Breed: Labrador Retriever
  • Color: Brown/Chocolate
  • Age: Senior
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 10359589

Patton is available through our Senior program. However, he would benefit from our 14 day or 28 day program since he is very strong and high energy.

I am a lovable senior dog but don’t let my age fool you! I may be 10 years old but I can still get around like I did back in my younger days. Now I am looking for my forever home!

I still have the spirit of a young cheerful dog! I love to run around and play with my friends. I can still be a relaxed lovable senior dog but also be playful when I get excited. I get along with everyone and I love attention! I love to swim and play in the water. I will fetch a bumper and bring it back to you.

Please come and see me! I will show you how much I already love you by my kisses! I’m ready to go to my forever home with my family! Please be my new family!

Love, Patton


Most of our adoptable dogs are trained, socialized and ready to love your family.  They have lived at our home-based boarding, training and rescue facility where we have worked to fully assess them so that we can help you make a perfect match with your new companion.  For over 15 years, we have worked with owners and dogs with training and rehabilitation.  We bring these skills to our rescue program to help you and/or your family find the perfect new dog that fits your lifestyle, activity level, home environment and personality.  We pride ourselves on working closely with you to not only find the perfect dog, but to provide service and care for you and your new companion after adoption.

The majority of our dogs receive formal training and we do several obedience lessons prior to adoption so that you and your new dog can learn to work together and, equally or more importantly, bond prior to going home.  You can read more about our adoption process below this description of this incredible, adoptable dog!

We also off adoptions for senior and special needs dogs, small breed dogs that do not require training for adoption (but that can be trained at the adopter's request), and our new HomeBuddies program, which is FREE and helps harder to place dogs find loving homes and includes training.   Our HomeBuddies adoptions will require strict screening and matching.  These adoptions focus on dogs that are well-behaved and loving, but may have specific issues that have not responded to training.  Some examples include socialization issues with other dogs or not being able to be around small children (not aggressive, but reactive to things like grabbing or quick jerky movements).  These are loving dogs that deserve a chance at a forever home, but that will require special homes (i.e. no children, no other dogs, etc.).  They each do include our 14 Day Off Leash Express program and the only expense is the cost of a remote collar that comes with the program (approx $200).


Adoption with 28 Day OFF LEASH ULTIMATE TRAINING program $937.50 (dogs that will complete our full service training program normally priced $1749; includes 20% off boarding for life, private lessons for life, 24/7 support, remote training collar)

Adoption with 14 Day OFF LEASH EXPRESS program $699.00 (dogs that will complete our full service training program normally priced $999; includes 20% off boarding for life, private lessons for life, 24/7 support, remote training collar)

Small Breed without training (dogs under 30 pounds) $350 - fenced yard required

Senior or Special Needs Adoptable $200 or negotiable based on dog and home (dogs 8+ yrs or dogs with special needs)

Service Dog Candidates $450 (dogs leaving LILR and immediately entering service dog training; requires meeting with trainer)

HOMEBUDDIES $FREE (INCLUDES our 14 day OFF LEASH EXPRESS program; difficult to place dogs that may have behavior issues that have not been responsive to training, but will still make great companions when matched with the right home; only expense is the cost of a remote training collar at $200)

***To find out which programs this dog is eligible for, please email as it varies with each dog, how long they've been with us and their general behavior and temperament.

ALL ADOPTIONS INCLUDE: Full vaccinations, spay or neuter, parasite (fleat/tick/all worms) free, current on parasite prevention, microchipped, 20% off boarding for life at our facility.  24/7 access to us for anything you need related to your adopted dog.

FULL SERVICE TRAINING PROGRAM ADOPTIONS ALSO INCLUDE:  Unlimited private lessons for life and a remote collar.

We do NOT do adoptions without our training program unless the dog is senior, special needs or a service dog candidate.


1.    Complete our adoption application.  It usually takes our volunteers 1-2 business days to process your adoption application.

2.    Once your application is approved, set up a visit (by appointment please so that we can be available for you) to our facility to visit with the dogs that meet your preferences based on your application.  You can visit more than once if you need more time to help choose a new companion.

3.    Once you select your companion, we may do a home visit.

4.   Complete an adoption contract. Dogs that are not receiving formal training can go home at this time.

5.    For dogs who have been trained, we typically have two-three visits/lessons, with the last being the day you take your new pup home.  This timeframe and the lessons can vary by dog and adoptive individual and family.


THIS IS **NOT** your typical "pet store" or group class training.  The result is a dog that you can enjoy in any setting and know that it's safe and a pleasure for everyone it visits with.  You will be able to run, bike, hike, camp, garden and just plain relax with a dog that isn't going to run off or cause trouble.

With the exception of seniors and special needs dogs, all of our adoptables receive either our "28 Day Off Leash Ultimate" or our "14 Day Off Leash Express" training program, which is available to the general public.  

If you are adopting a puppy, they will go home with you and then come back around 6-8 months to complete their training.

Our training program includes behavior training, socialization and obedience training.  When dogs complete our program, they will walk with you both on leash and off, we have addressed any manners/behavior issues that would cause problems in their new homes and they will come when called reliably off leash.  Some dogs do have lingering issues that we fully disclose -- the most common is dogs that can jump 4' fences (which is probably why they ended up in the shelter in the first place!).  

When you come out for lessons, our typical lessons are: 1) leash walking, 2) gate and door manners, 3) coming when called to all family members and sitting upon arrival, 4) going for a walk off-leash with family and staying safely in the general area and returning immediately when called.

Your new dog is ready to go home when we've completed the lessons and both you and we are confident and comfortable with your new pup's relationship and response to you and your family.

Our adoptions with full service training include a dog that is:

  • Spayed or neutered
  • Current on all vaccinations
  • Clear of parasites (heartworm, flea, tick, worms, etc.)
  • Current on all parasite prevention (heartworm and flea/tick prevention)
  • Microchipped
  • On a high-quality food (Merrick Whole Earth Farms)
  • Fully assessed for temperament and behavior
  • Crate trained
  • Fully trained through our "28 Day Off Leash" (reg $1749) or "14 Day Off Leash Express" (reg $999) training program  -- for dogs eligible for training

These adoptions also include:

  • Private lessons prior to adoption and UNLIMITED private lessons as needed once adoption is complete (for dogs that have completed training)
  • 20% off boarding at any of our facilities for life
  • Unlimited access to us for advice and assistance for ANYTHING you need in relationship to your adopted dog

The nature of our rescue program requires that dogs are with us typically 2-3 months from the time we take them into our program.  During this time, they are living in and around our home with a variety of other dogs, cats, cows, people and general activity.  We are assessing them 24/7 so that we know them very well and can confidently help you make the perfect match for a new companion.  And we are training them daily (once they are happy and healthy) to prepare them for adoption.

Payment arrangements can be made in the form of 50% down at the time of adoption and the remaining 50% in one month from that date.

We understand that some people are shocked by this adoption fee.  Please understand that this is NOT about making money.  We care for 40 or more dogs in our program on a daily basis.  All of our dogs are here typically 2-3 or more times longer than most rescues in other programs.  We feed them high quality food, administer parasite prevention and provide food, toys, bedding, crates and a staff that helps care for them while we assess their behavior and temperament and conduct training.  ALL of the proceeds from our adoptions go directly back to our rescue program.  NONE of the adoption fee goes to us for training or boarding.

Our adoption fee was set by taking a traditional adoption fee of $250 and then adding our commercial training program at half price (687.50 -- when it was originally $1375).  We originally offered the training as an option.  Almost every adopter did the training.  The few that didn't were calling with behavior and training issues.  We felt that there is a value to our training, both to the adopter, but even more importantly to the dog.  We want our dogs to be LOVED and to become INSEPARABLE members of the family.  We don't want them to cause stress or frustration.  So in early 2011, we decided that all of our rescues would be trained.

We hope that most people can see the value in the training and we encourage you to come out to visit and see the training in action if you are a potential adopter that's skeptical or on the fence.  This is not traditional sit/stay training.  This is training that will give you a well-balanced dog that is a pleasure 24/7.  They are not little robots and they are not 100% without fault.  But when you have a dog that you can travel with, hang out with, go to the mailbox with and that your friends and family can enjoy, we know that we've done our job by matching you with a dog that's a true companion and not just a pet...

For more information, please email  PLEASE DO NOT CALL.  Email is best for initial inquiries as it is difficult for us to spend time on the phone with all the work we have to do with the dogs.  Thank you!

About Life is labs Rescue, Inc.

About Our Rescue Group...

We have operated a home-based boarding and training facility in West Georgia for over 15 years now. We have always had a handful of dogs here available for adoption, but formally started our rescue in early 2010 and currently keep 25-30 dogs in our program.

The entire operation was the dream of Joie and Kristie Wilder. When Joie completed veterinary school in 2007. the plan was to eventually open a one-stop shop facility where people could come and adopt a dog and have a lifelong relationship of veterinary care, boarding, training, grooming, activities and more. Sadly, Joie passed away less than a year after completing school. In 2010, Kristie decided it was time to renew the dream. With the help of family, friends and volunteers, enough grant money and donations have been raised to start a new facility on 24 acres. It will have enough room to accomplish all the goals and dreams for the rescue.

Come Meet Our Pets...

We recommend that potential adopters make an appointment to come out and visit our dogs.

We are a Petsmart adoption partner and we also do special events at Orvis in Buckhead (Atlanta, GA).

Please contact us for upcoming events or to set up an appointment to visit the dogs.

Our Adoption Process...

Every dog that leaves our rescue program is fully off-leash trained. What does this mean? It means that you will go home with a dog that you can truly relax and enjoy. You will have a dog that will come back to you every time you call it, no matter what the situation. You can go for a hike and not need a leash. You can hang out in your front yard and simply call your dog back to you if it wanders too far. You can go for a walk virtually anywhere without needing a leash. Here's a YouTube video of one of our rescues: (this is in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, GA. It's a busy, metropolitan area.). Every dog that leaves our program has lived in our home with us, is crate trained and socialized with people, other dogs and cats. If and when we do feel there are lingering behavior issues, they are fully disclosed long before we proceed with the adoption process. We also advise you specifically on each dog and the best ways to integrate your new companion into home life with you and your family.

Our adoption process:

1. Complete an adoption application that is submitted with a $20 donation.

2. We do a pre-cursory review of your application, checking vet and personal references. At this time, we will address any concerns we may have and get detailed information from you so that we can help find a perfect match. If there are no issues with the application at this time, we proceed.

3. We set up a time for you to come out and visit any dogs that you have selected as well as ones that we feel may be a good fit based on your application, if you are willing to consider additional dogs.

4. Once you have selected a dog, we then set up a home visit WITH THE DOG. This involves a comprehensive checklist that we discuss with you and, if applicable, your family during the visit. Any concerns are addressed at this time.

5. If the home visit goes well, we complete the adoption.

6. Once the dog is adopted, it remains in our care for typically 2-3 weeks. During this time, the adoptive family must come out for three or more training sessions with their new dog. This allows the family and dog to bond over time and also allows the family to learn the training so that the transition home is very smooth.

7. Once the family feels comfortable with understanding the training and behavior of their new dog, the dog is released from our program to their new home.

8. We keep in touch and are available any time our adoptive families have any questions or concerns with their new family members.

Our adoption fee includes:
a) spay/neuter
b) current vaccines (distemper/parvo/bordatella/lepto)
c) microchip
d) heartworm-free
e) current on flea/tick/heartworm prevention
f) complete off-leash training (which otherwise costs $1375)
g) lifetime private lessons as needed
h) lifetime half-priced boarding at our beautiful country retreat
i) assistance with any questions or concerns at any time

Our adoption fee is $937.50. This price is a standard adoption fee of $250 plus the training program at half price ($687.50, which is half of $1375).

Although this may seem shocking to potential adopters, we have had incredible success with combining our training program with our rescue dogs. We originally offered the training at half price at the time of adoption and most adopters took advantage of it. Over time, we found that the trained dogs had incredibly smooth transitions into their new homes and were immediately able to enjoy freedom and fun with their new families.

Most of our rescue dogs are with us at least two months as we work through training and behavior issues. Many are great dogs that just need a little bit of training. But quite a few are, understandably, out of control. The results are amazing and we are thrilled to provide this service to adopters who understand the value of taking home a well-trained dog.