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Labrador Rescuers Rainbow Bridge

Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome Labrador Retrievers and Labrador Mixes in need. We take pride in rescuing dogs that are perceived as less desirable due to their age, physical/medical condition, or ailment they may have. The vast majority of our dogs are sucessfully rehabilitated, adopted to loving homes, and go on to live happy and healthy lives. But there are the few that become our Lifeboat Labs. These special dogs are loved and cared for by their foster families until they leave us for their journey to Rainbow Bridge.

This page is dedicated to them and their foster families












In memory of : Ernest
Dedicated by:
Susan Mohr










Ernest … handsome yellow boy, who melted many hearts, has gone to his final rest. Back legs not so strong, tripping over curbs, but bouncing up and down when he thought he saw food … that was Ernest. Talk about a food hound! Ernest ALWAYS thought he was starving to death! He could eat two meals in a row and he would gulp each one down like he hadn’t eaten in a week! Ernest had tumors growing on his face, butt, and feet when he was rescued. His ears were so inflamed it took months to get them better, leaving him deaf. Or maybe his deafness was a result of so many years of neglect? There was some abuse, because you could put your hand above him, and he would flinch. His teeth were worn down and not so pretty, but oh, those eyes were always full of expression.

He was such a love; mild-mannered, and sweet, and thanks to LR, he was rescued, and had many good months of car rides, fun at the dog park, good food, a soft, warm bed, and lots of treats, hugs, and kisses. One thing after another gave out on Ernest’s body, his back end weak, his legs twisted, his mind slow, but we can be proud to say that ‘the rest of Ernest’s life’ was a good one, and that was due to this wonderful group of people called Labrador Rescuers coming to his rescue.

If Ernest could talk, I’m sure he would just say, “Thank you, you nice people, for saving me. I was so scared, but then, all of a sudden, I felt so much better.”


Rest in Peace, Ernest.




In memory of : Murray
Dedicated by:
Murray's Extended LR Family











Not every rescue dog arrives at LR ready for its first photo shoot, and none was less prepared than Murray. At age 10, Murray had been dreadfully neglected, was flea bit, had bald inflamed skin patches with no fur, and severely infected ears. It took LR several months to iron out all his medical issues, including learning that he had Cushing’s Disease, and even longer to get his skin and fur in top notch condition. By that time, poor Murray was more than 11 years old—far beyond the prime adoptable age.

When LR has a dog that is deemed unadoptable, usually for medical reasons, that dog becomes a Lifeboat Lab. We know these dogs will live out their lives without being adopted. Murray became a Lifeboat Lab. Murray lived out his life in the care of loving LR volunteers. We were his forever family.

Murray did recover from many of his early health issues, but he still had Cushings Disease, worn teeth that required special food, and more than a little arthritis. But Murray had much to give. His fosters got unconditional love and the best pack member ever. He was very accepting of other foster dogs and even the occasional foster cat. Murray loved everyone and could often be found sharing his special bed or his toys with other pack members. His fur grew in so thick that he earned his nickname “Murray Bear”. He even lumbered like a bear when he ran! And yes, he even enjoyed the occasional slow motion game of fetch, carrying the tennis ball everywhere. Murray loved nothing more than putting his head quietly in your lap, or stealing a tiny morsel of human food. He made no demands on “his” people. He was a great companion dog. We miss you Murray. The family isn’t quite the same without you. Godspeed.







In memory of : Baby Bear
Dedicated by:
Mike and Mary Brogdon







Bear was a big, beautiful, happy lab who was adopted by a loving family when he was a puppy. When Bear started exhibiting problems with his rear legs, his family sought help. Labrador Rescuers got involved and Bear's young life was cut short when he was diagnosed with cancer at the young age of ten months. Even though Bear struggled with the disease and did not know why his legs were not working, he was a happy dog. Bear was a trooper and made the most out of his short life. Bear will be missed but he is in Heaven running at full speed with all his doggie friends. We love him and miss his beautiful face.

Nov. 7, 2012




In memory of : Solomon

Dedicated by:
Angela Larson and Heike Maglaque








Solomon was found as a stray, which, given his physical condition, seemed particularly cruel. Solomon was with LR and our family for far too short a time. However, in that time, he taught us so very many important and lasting lessons. Although only about nine years of age, Solomon had extreme difficulty walking, often faltering and collapsing after only a few steps, the result of extreme neglect and surgery he needed all his life but was denied. But Solomon's tenacity, and his dedication to the completion of each step, was indeed a marvel to behold. We had the privilege of bearing witness to these steps, and his footprints left a lasting impression on our hearts.

I have a vivid image of Solomon on his last walk, which was nothing short of a triumph. During his brief tenure here, he joined us for limited walks, often waiting at the end of the driveway for our return from the grove. We would watch him from afar, his posture nothing short of regal. But on the day of his final walk, he reached the end of the driveway and kept going, simultaneously thrilling and alarming me. My pack and I followed him, and I caught him when he faltered. He was undeterred despite my admonitions that it was "too far" and that he had to turn back. Solomon finally collapsed under an avocado tree, where we joined him for a rest from the unrelenting sun. Today we still call this Solomon's Tree. As I predicted, he could not make it back to the house. However, I had learned from Solomon to always give it your all and to adapt in the face of adversity. With these lessons in mind, I found a way to get him home. He was never to take that many steps again.

Dear Solomon, we will always miss you terribly.

Sept. 10, 2012




In memory of : Barrymore
Dedicated by:
Karen and Michael Pellettera





Sweet Barrymore, picked up lost and neglected as a stray, was rescued from a high kill shelter. His chances of adoption were slim to none – he had lots of lumps and bumps, he had horrible breath, his back end looked a little weak, and he was many years past the lovable puppy stage. Luckily our fantastic LR team saw past the imperfections and looked into his beautiful, soulful brown eyes and snatched him from that shelter on his last day when his family never claimed him.

He immediately found his foster family on Feb. 25, 2012 and…

(Read Barrymore's story of rescue here)

April 26, 2012




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