Hello from Utah!

Discussion in 'Introductions & Saying Hello' started by CindyUT, Aug 28, 2016.

  1. CindyUT

    CindyUT Registered Users

    Jul 17, 2016
    I just wanted to introduce myself and Jet. I'm a new lab owner. I rescued this big boy from the shelter before he was euthanized. I was looking for a companion for my cocker spaniel. I was looking for something SMALL! As I was walking out I noticed this lab huddled in the corner of his cage. I walked over to the cage and knelt down he began barking and growling and I could tell he was absolutely terrified. I hunted down one of the techs and asked about him because there was just something about him that spoke to my heart. He told me they didn't know much other than he was about 2 and had most likely been a backyard dog and had never been touched or socialized in any way. Animal Control found him wandering on the streets and put the noose of a rabies pole around his neck and he went crazy. He obviously never had anything around his neck before and from the medical report the officer admitted to "throwing the lab down to the ground and smacking his head on the concrete multiple times". Eventually he "choked him out" and he was bleeding profusely from his nose and mouth. When the vet at the shelter looked at him, the officer had hit him so hard on the pavement that he had broken his top canine tooth and it was jutting from his upper lip. They surgically removed it, neutered him, and gave him some shots and much needed food. He had been at the shelter for three months and no one was interested because he had zero self-esteem and was obviously going to take a lot of patience and love. I took him on the spot and brought him home.

    He got a bath and a lot of brushing and over the past three months we have created a very special bond. He doesn't know how to play and it's been so cute watching him run around the yard and then come and sit in front of me as if to say, "hey Cindy, is it OK if I run around a bit?" I have fallen madly in love with him! He jumps at the slightest noise and I've had to move very slow and be extremely calm around him. He's gained his weight back and now has a shiny beautiful coat and is able to come up the steps into the house without me having to go out and carry him inside because he was so afraid. Now he has his naps on the couch and sleeps with his head on my same pillow in my bed! Ha! He can heel, sit, and down and his name.

    I found this website and have learned so much from the articles about rescue labs and from all the forums and decided I wanted to be a part of your group. I'm going to need a lot of help I'm sure but since you are all Labrador owners you are my heroes and I will be asking lots of questions. Now I understand why labradors are so loved and regret that I never had one before now. Thanks for having me and for meeting Jet and I look forward to making some new friends. Much adoration, Cindy.
  2. Hollysdad

    Hollysdad Supporting Member Forum Supporter

    Oct 13, 2013
    Hi Cindy, and welcome from Holly and me in Monmouth,Wales.

    You've done a wonderful thing in giving him a second chance, and it sounds like he appreciates it very much. I'd love to see a picture of him. How is he getting on with your cocker?
  3. Joy

    Joy Registered Users

    Mar 22, 2014
    What a heart-warming rescue story. It sounds as if you've made a lot of progress with Jet in just a few months. How lucky you saw him. :)
  4. edzbird

    edzbird Registered Users

    Mar 31, 2015
    Isle of Man
    Hi Cindy, what a traumatic start for Jet. He is so lucky that you were there at the right time. It sound like you are bringing him on really well. Look forward to hearing about him some more.
  5. Naya

    Naya Registered Users

    Sep 14, 2013
    Bristol, UK
    Hi and welcome from me and 3 year old girl, Harley. I've had a few foster dogs and it is amazing seeing their personalities come out and teaching them how to play is amazing. You have done a fantastic thing and I hope you continue to build the bond between you
  6. UncleBob

    UncleBob Supporting Member Forum Supporter

    Sep 20, 2013
    Hi Cindy and welcome to the forum.

    You've done a marvellous thing in rescuing Jet - and the joy that he brings you will be your reward :)

    We're a friendly bunch here so fire away with any questions you may have, or even if you just have 'one of those days' and want to have a rant ;)
  7. BevE

    BevE Registered Users

    Apr 9, 2016
    Adelaide, Australia
    Hi Cindy, welcome to the forum from me and Bailey in Australia. What a lovely thing you have done. I'm sure Jet will pay you back wonderfully for the second chance you have given him. Labs make the most wonderful companions. Life is always an adventure with a Lab!
  8. Rosie

    Rosie Registered Users

    Feb 14, 2014
    South Wales
    Welcome welcome welcome from me and my big boy Pongo in south Wales! What a great thing you have done for Jet - he must think he is in doggy heaven. So glad to have you on the forum, and looking forward to hearing all about your boy.
  9. Beanwood

    Beanwood Registered Users

    Jan 28, 2014
    Hi and welcome from Benson, Casper and Bramble. Casper is our adopted dog from Ireland, also on the pts list, being older, scruffy, nervous, it was unlikely he would have been adopted if BlackRetrieverX hadn't stepped in. We fostered him initially, and then found we just couldn't let him go. He has had some very challenging issues, and probably always will to some extent. His wonderful personalty though just shines through! :)
  10. Granca

    Granca Registered Users

    Jan 12, 2014
    What a lovely story! Does Jet get on well with your cocker spaniel? We would love to see some photos...
  11. Boogie

    Boogie Supporting Member Forum Supporter

    Mar 29, 2014
    Welcome to you from me and Tatze - what an amazing story!

  12. lucy@labforumHQ

    lucy@labforumHQ Administrator Forum Supporter

    Oct 14, 2013
    Hi Cindy, Welcome to the forum! Jet sounds very lucky to have been found by you :)
  13. Snowshoe

    Snowshoe Registered Users

    Sep 5, 2015
    Ontario, Canada
    Ah, your story is particularly heart rending to me because my first Lab girl was called Jet. It just about makes me tear up to think of that kind of treatment associated with her name.

    Welcome. My girl was named Jet for the glossy, black, semi-precious stone. Why did you pick Jet for your boy's name?
  14. lorilou61

    lorilou61 Registered Users

    May 13, 2014
    Indiana USA
    Bless you, bless you, bless you! What a wonderful story! You both are so lucky to have found each other. Welcome from me and my silly black boy, Edsel!
  15. Sammyboy

    Sammyboy Registered Users

    May 11, 2016
    Hi from me & Sam ! I actually filled up reading your story with jet ... Wishing you both lots of happiness together xx
  16. Cath

    Cath Registered Users

    Jan 17, 2015
    Hello Cindy and welcome to the forum. You have done a wonderful thing for Jet and he will love you back ten fold. :)
  17. snowbunny

    snowbunny Registered Users

    Aug 27, 2014
    Andorra and Spain
    Hi Cindy and a very warm welcome to the forum from me and my two, Willow and Shadow. I actually gasped out loud readying about poor Jet's awful treatment. He's a very lucky boy to have found you. There may be challenges ahead of you, but it sounds like you have the capability to overcome his hard start. Good luck to you and I hope that you two have many, many happy years ahead of you.
  18. drjs@5

    drjs@5 Registered Users

    Jun 2, 2012
    Fife, Scotland
    That's quite a story Cindy.
    A very warm welcome to you and Jet from Lilly and myself.
  19. Dexter

    Dexter Moderator Forum Supporter

    Apr 10, 2013
    Good Grief ,I've just gasped out loud reading about Jet's treatment ...poor boy but how fantastic he's safe with you now and sounds to be blossoming.
    Really glad you've joined us here ,look forward to hearing more about Jet ...is he getting on ok with your spaniel?
    Best wishes
  20. pippa@labforumHQ

    pippa@labforumHQ Administrator

    May 10, 2011
    Hi there and welcome to the forum :)

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