Abe now known
as Lincoln honored with a donation tribute.
Posted December 2009
Scott adopted a golden Labrador from Mid-Florida
Retriever Rescue, Inc. in July of 2009, and fell
in love with him. I have to admit I did too.
came by the name of Abe, but Scott re-named him
Lincoln. Lincoln is a special dog as he came to
us, a little beaten up, mal-nourished,
frightened and not too sure of our beach
lifestyle. It took some time for him to adjust,
but it was only seconds for Scott and Lincoln to
bond. They became best friends immediately. Linc
is such a big part of both of our lives. I miss
him when I am at work and I know Scott thinks of
him every minute of every day. Lincoln is to be
recognized in many ways. Most of all as a true
“Man’s Best Friend.”
Scott, lost his black Lab last year and no other
dog can replace the personality or love of
Elwood. However, Lincoln has certainly found a
solid spot in Scott’s heart which will remain
(I love you too, Lincoln). My donation is to
honor a dog lost and a new love found! Leslie.
posted January 2009
Update posted June 2008
I hope that you are well. I wanted to send a
note to tell you that Oliver turns 2 today! I
also wanted to send you a recent picture (at the
beach with sand on his face - isn't it cute).
He is doing so well. I love him so very much. He
is my companion and my best friend. He adds so
much joy to my life and to Joe's life. He has
developed quite a vocabulary and has quite a
loveable personality while exhibiting a little
independence. We spend a lot of time in Fort
DeSoto at the doggy beach which has taught him
to interact with other dogs. He is a pro swimmer
(has the muscles to show for it), and now
catches the Frisbee in the air.
He makes my world a brighter and better place
and am lucky to have him as he is us.
Jenn L & Oliver
(formerly known as scooter)
posted April 2007
I know it has been a while since we have
contacted you, but things have been busy. We
have been busy playing with Boston and working
on his training. He is doing wonderful! We went
to a dog park for the first time last weekend,
we have been working on socialization with a
trainer, and he made a friend! It was such a
proud moment for Franco and me. Here are a few
recent pictures and I have included a happy
story for you to include on the website if you
We adopted Boston in the beginning of November
2006. We had wanted a dog for a very long time
and decided that rescuing one would be the most
rewarding experience. That is when we found out
about Mid-Florida Retriever Rescue. Every day we
would check the website to see the new doggies
that had been added. When Boston was added and I
first spotted his picture, I knew he was the
one. We went to meet him and fell even more in
love, and knew we HAD to have him. When Boston
first arrived in our home he was underweight,
but we quickly remedied that situation. He is at
his perfect weight now, 73lbs., and is as
handsome as ever. He is always getting
compliments about how cute and shiny he is when
we take him on his 2 walks a day. He has tons of
energy, and LOVES playing with his tennis ball.
is also great with the Frisbee. Boston quickly
learned a bunch of new tricks like high five,
how to wait before going out of the door, and
walking like a gentleman. The trainer said he
was an excellent dog and even wanted to take him
home he loved him so much! Thank you so much to
the Mid-Florida Retriever Rescue, Diane
especially for all of the great care you give
the dogs while they are transitioning into their
forever homes. Boston is the perfect addition to
our family and is a wonderful companion.
Mara and Franco
story posted April 2007
Molly has been with us for three months now, and
it seems as though she has been here for years.
We are absolutely in love with her, as is
everyone that meets her.
She was with us four days, when our 2 year old
grand-niece came to visit with her medical kit.
She proceeded to check on Molly's health, as we
all watched with a wary eye since we did not
know Molly that well yet. Molly was lying on the
floor stretched out and Olivia took her blood
pressure, gave her a shot and listened to her
heart. Molly did not bat an eye and we knew then
that we had a loving dog with the sweetest
Two days after that, my nephew was going out of
town and asked us to care for his very large,
very sweet, 13 year old black lab for a week.
When Ali arrived, we were a bit concerned as
Molly's hair stood up and she growled at him. He
does not have a mean spirit in his body and just
backed away. After a little while, they became
friends and were playing together and the rest
of the week went very smoothly. Ali has been
back twice since then for a few days at a time
and Molly welcomes him into her home now.
The same thing happened when she met my
brother's dog Ginger, a lab mix. Molly has been
coming to work with me every day, since the
second day we had her. Ginger who also comes to
work every day was out of town for 10 days, so
Molly did not know she existed or that it was
her office first, so we had a couple of hair
raising, growling days then too. Fortunately
Ginger did not react either, so things went
smoothly and they now play together too.
She is the hit of the shopping center where the
office is. People come out of their offices and
stores in the morning just to say "good morning
Molly" and get a little loving to help begin
their day, which of course thrills Molly to no
end. People stop in all the time just to say hi
to Molly. She has her own chair right next to
the front door, so she greets everyone before
anyone else gets a chance. Depending on who it
is that comes in, sometimes she sits up and
sometimes she just stays in a laying down
position. (on the chair).
One of our companies is a building company, so
we have big, burly construction types coming in
all the time. They conduct there business with
my brother and say goodbye, then go and sit next
to Molly and talk to her and pet her for awhile.
Most of them forget my name, but they all know
Molly and I am the one that writes their
At the house she makes herself very much at
home. She has her own large, comfy bed but she
does not hesitate to get up on a chair, the sofa
or our bed for that matter. We do put our foot
down when it comes to sleeping with us. Even
though it is a king size bed, the one time we
let her stay, she decided to stretch out. The
only problem was she stretched out sideways and
took over the whole bed, so she was banished and
took over the small sofa next to the bed!!! I
did have to buy a super, sucking vacuum cleaner,
since she will sit wherever she wants and it
gets used almost every day.
She's very good about the pond and although she
does sniff around it, she has not gone in since
the first day she was here. She goes to the
groomer once a month and they adore her. She is
the only dog that they let have the run of the
place when she is there. Our neighbor who is her
Veterinarian, stops her car in the middle of the
road, just to say hi to Molly!!!
Every morning she takes a four mile walk with
Dad and greets or growls at many other dogs also
taking their walk at four in the morning. Too
early for Mom, but Dad is an early riser and
Molly will not let him get away with not taking
the walk. She sits at the door to the garage
where her leash is kept and causes a racket
until they go. So you can tell from this letter
and the attached picture, she has adjusted very
well and we are so-o happy to have her in our
Thank you Diane and Lab Rescue for saving Molly
and allowing her to come into our home and our
Judy and Fed Liebnitzky
posted June 2005
Dear Aunt Candace
and Aunt Diane,
I am writing in my
best "pawsmenship" to tell you about my life
these past five days. Before I go on,
please make a note of my new name. My mom
and dad thought since I am such a handsome boy,
I deserved a handsome name. Since my
sister and my brothers' names all begin with the
letter "M", my mom and dad didn't want me to
feel left out, so they decided to give me a new
name that starts with "M" too. After much
contemplation, my new name is......MAVERICK!
I really like it and come when they call me.
After all, Mel Gibson and Tom Cruise both played
characters named "Maverick" and my mom thinks I
am even more handsome than they are!!!!
I rode beautifully
in the van all the way to Pembroke Pines.
I didn't even beg for food when they stopped and
got Subway and ate in the van with me. We
did have some trouble when I first arrived at my
new house. When I saw that there were
I kinda "freaked out" and started barking at
them like crazy. Needless to say, mom was
ready to cry and dad thought he might have to
take me back to you. The next day, mom
talked to the behaviorists at the Humane Society
and they told her what to do. When I
barked at the kitties, she clapped her hands
really loud and shouted "NO, TIME OUT!" and put
me in the bathroom by myself for almost TWO
WHOLE MINUTES!!! On Monday I was in "time
out" four times!
Guess how many times I have been in "time out"
since Monday? ZERO!!!!
I am getting used to the kitties. Today
I was not nervous at all around them at all.
I even gave them big kisses (all three of
I am learning to
walk on the leash like a gentleman. Mom
bought a "Gentle Leader" collar and we are
practicing every day. After we walked the first
day, I came home and "passed out" for about an
hour and mom had a big glass of wine!
IT WAS REALLY HARD WORK!!! We walked today
and I was an angel
I didn't roll all over the place trying to get
my collar off like I did the past three days AND
I EVEN WALKED RIGHT PAST A MOTHER DUCK AND HER
12 DUCKLINGS WITHOUT A PEEP!
I went to the vet
today and charmed everyone there. They
think I am the sweetest boy. Dr. Weiner is
very nice. He said several times how
impressed he was with the care I had received
before I came to live with mommy and daddy.
I have been having some loose stools and have
been a bit itchy (I got a bath on Monday and was
a really good boy even though I kept thinking
about running away!), but Dr. Weiner seems to
think it is me adjusting to my new family (after
all, I have THREE KITTIES
get used to!) My new big sissy seems to
like me OK, but I learned she doesn't like it
when I RUN up to greet her when she is sleeping!
I met the little
girl Leena down the street. I LOVED HER!
She is 10 years old and came knocking on the
door looking for me. (I think this
handsome, blonde boy is a celebrity in the
is going to help mom and me "practice" the
proper way to greet visitors at the door.
I have already learned that I need to "sit" and
"wait" to go in and out of the back door.
My "down" is getting better and I am
learning that "down" is very important at dinner
time for mom and dad. We have our manual
from "school" and are practicing before we
officially start on July 19th.
I have a brand,
new bed and lots of new toys. My favorite
is my purple duckie
although I did rip the tuft off his head and mom
had to sew his head up or else all the stuffing
would fall out. I also have a "kong" that
I love to chew when mom has to leave me for a
I just wanted to
let you know that I am adjusting nicely to my
new family. We are still working on the
"kitties", but mom and dad seem to think that
this will all work out in time. I want to
thank you for taking such good care of me.
My mom and dad are grateful that you "saved" me
so that I could come and be a part of the
family. They are quite proud of me and
they love me dearly. I will keep in touch
to let you know how I am doing.
and BIG WET LABBIE KISSES,
Candace, GUESS WHERE I AM SLEEPING AT
will e-mail you some pictures as soon as she can
figure out how to do that. Her camera is
new and she's been very busy taking care of