Lacey (now Mattie)

Hello from Carlisle –

black Labrador Retriever sitting with man We picked up the dog, then named Lacey, at the Morgantown exit of the PA turnpike.
She had been fostered in a home with several other Labs and several adults, which made for a fair amount of activity. The foster parents were a bit concerned that Lacey would not be content to be in a house with an older couple and be an “only dog.” She has thrived as an only!

We decided to call her Mattie and within two weeks, we were a bonded “family.” It seems incredible that this dog was ever abandoned. She knows all the common commands, fetches until the thrower gets a tired arm, does not bark, or get up on furniture or counter surf. She is a GEM. She has two orthopedic beds of her own, upstairs and down, and snores away happily whenever she has a chance. She goes for two 3-mile walks a day and has gained about four pounds since being with us – we felt her visible ribs needed some flesh. When she was first with us, her leash behavior was not so great – constant pulling. After experiments with a choke collar and a harness, we have found the perfect solution with the British style slip leash – she no longer pulls except when seeing a squirrel.

black Labrador Retriever sleepingOur previous dog died in April of last year, and we thought we couldn’t have another dog. . .Mattie has proven us very wrong. We are happy to reassure anyone who is considering adopting an older dog that it can be a wonderful experience. Mattie is unbelievably affectionate and appreciative and is a delightful addition to our daily life.

We have become promoters of adopting older dogs and for the Brookline rescue group, which we believe, has a great method for checking out potential owners and matching them with available dogs.

Thank you, Brookline, and a special thanks to our adoption coordinator, Danny.
Susan Meehan
black Labrador Retriever sitting

If you are interested in adopting this Lab or any other Lab from our Rescue, please visit our Web site,, 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

Even if you are not ready to adopt, you can still help us help our Labs!

Brookline Labrador Retriever Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer organization funded entirely by donations. Donations are always needed to help with veterinary costs, transportation, and supplies for our dogs. For information on donating to BLRR please click here. Donations are accepted via PayPal or you can mail a check to: Brookline Labrador Retriever Rescue, P.O. Box 638, Warrington, PA 18976-0638