Duke #21 Black Labrador Retriever Male 5.5 Months Old ID#3085

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Meet Duke.  This handsome, sweet, almost 4 month old pup came to Brookline’s attention after he was surrendered by his family to a local shelter.  Apparently he fell from a high enough distance that he broke his elbow, and a surgical repair was something they could not afford, so Brookline sprung him from the shelter and got him scheduled for surgery on January 3. While the repair was a bit more complicated than the surgeon anticipated, Duke will make a great recovery but he needs to take it easy (no jumping or slipping or running) for 6 weeks for this guy.  Luckily Duke is an excellent snuggler.

Read his blog from the bottom up!

March 7, 2023

On Thursday we got the best news that Duke’s fracture has healed! He can now have some off leash time outside and be off leash inside. His surgeon agreed that he has made remarkable improvement in the last two weeks. He has grown a lot too and weighs 48 pounds.Black Labrador RetrieverHe is so smart! Each morning and afternoon we do our barn chores and he checks on all of the animals. He knows where to go and when. And we have learned “stay”!

He loves his long walks and his couch snuggles too. This week Duke even met some new dog friends that live near us and he looks for them when we are outside. Our grandchildren visited (age 2) and he does so well. We really can’t get over how well mannered he is.Black Labrador Retriever

February 19, 2023

It has been 6.5 weeks since Duke has his surgery and came to stay with us.   He is doing great and will have his next vet visit on  February 28 where he will have X-rays and see the surgeon and hopefully be cleared for adoption!
black labrador retrieverHe is such a loving puppy.  Each day we do our farm chores together and he now is permitted to do one 15-18 min walk each day. His other walks are limited to 5 minutes.   We had a visitor this week and they had many compliments on his leash walking. He really is great, no pulling whatsoever.
black labrador retrieverHe also is a joy in the car! Not only does he love it but in the picture we went for a ride in the truck and had a pit stop at McDonald’s.  He knew the truck smelled good and despite someone in the back seat with him with chicken nuggets there was no begging, a simple “no, leave it” and he turned the other way and rested on the seat. He didn’t even ask twice.
black labrador retrieverWe had a visit from our grandkids again this week (they are 2) and he is great with them.
black labrador retrieverDuke can’t wait to find his furever family!

February 5, 2023

It has been one month since Duke has come to stay with us and we love seeing how far he has come after his surgery. Duke is a smart and handsome boy who loves to go on walks.   Now that he has permitted to go on longer duration walks, we are walking him around our yard which is a nice adventure for him.  He is a great leash walker.
black labrador retrieverHe has enjoyed visits with our grandchildren who are 2 years old. Anyone who has visited comments on how well he behaves and how well he interacts with them.   He truly is a gem.

We continue to learn basic commands and he is a great student!   Duke says “Go Birds!”black labrador retriever

January 21, 2023

It’s hard to believe it’s been 3 weeks since Duke arrived to stay with us. He is doing great!  He had his follow up visit with the surgeon who is very happy with his progress. Black Labrador RetrieverHe is able to go on walks now which he LOVES and he does well on a leash.  He has met our goats and chickens and they are becoming fast friends.Black Labrador RetrieverHe has grown so much in these few weeks and is such a smart pup, he  knows to sit and lay down and is getting better at stay and rings the bells when he wants to go potty.

January 12, 2023

Duke continues to wonderfully post surgery!  He is now permitted to do short 2-3 min leashed walks several times per day. He is definitely becoming more active.Black Labrador RetrieverHe goes to the door to be let out.. this is very exciting. He doesn’t bark or use the bells on the door but isn’t having any accidents.  We still get up at around 2:30 am to potty but we are proud of him for asking to go out.Black Labrador Retriever Black Labrador RetrieverToday, we went to the vet for his well puppy check.  He is 35 pounds and he was a huge hit and got loads of love.  The doctor thought his incision looked great too. He got his booster and his rabies vaccine also.Black Labrador Retriever

January 7, 2023

Duke continues to improve daily.  He is walking much better and we are working on a few basic commands.  He is a great listener!Black Labrador RetrieverNext week he can start doing short, 3 minute walks on the driveway and we think he will enjoy that.  He has a favorite blanket and may even share it with you if you can convince him. We are so impressed with his potty training!Black Labrador Retriever


January 4, 2023

Duke had a great first night at our house last night.  Undoubtedly due to the love and care provided by his temporary foster and her husband for his first few nights.  His pain is well controlled and we will continue to stay in touch with the surgeon virtually.  Black Labrador RetrieverWe are thrilled to have him!   He loves to cuddle and is doing really well when it comes to potty training all things considered!Black Labrador Retriever

January 3, 2023

Duke and his foster mom got up really early today to get him to his surgery appointment. It was a bittersweet trip as she knew she wouldn’t be picking him up (his regular foster was picking him up) but she and foster dad were so glad to meet him and to help him on his journey to being a healthy dog who can run and play.  He was such a good boy and slept the whole way.black Labrador retriever

January 1, 2023

Duke is settling right into his temporary foster home without a hitch.  He is doing well with the resident dogs and is good about being in the crate when he can’t be supervised.  He is an excellent snuggler and we’ve enjoyed accommodating him!  He’s getting around fairly well with his cast, but he only has a few more days of it.black Labrador retrieverblack Labrador retrieverblack Labrador retriever

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PLEASE NOTE: While this Lab may not be available for adoption by the time you complete the adoption process, other great Labs are always finding their way into our Rescue. (Note: Sometimes a foster home falls in love and adopts their foster dog so the dog doesn’t make it to “Available Now”)

If you are interested in adopting this Lab or any other Lab from our Rescue, please visit our Web site, www.brooklinelabrescue.org, for more information on our adoption process. If you need additional information about the adoption process or whether you are in our coverage area, please send an e-mail to our Rescue at info@brooklinelabrescue.org

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