In any responsible breeding program, there are numerous reasons why a particular dog is not to be an on-going part of the breeding program. Young or middle-aged dogs are occasionally available if I feel it is in the best interest of the particular dog to be placed in a carefully-screened pet home or another breeder home. My “geriatrics” stay for life. Many people realize the advantages of adopting a well-socialized, house-trained dog rather than an 8-week-old puppy, and it can be a perfect situation benefiting both the particular dog and the adoptive family. No more competing with numerous other dogs for attention, but exclusive attention from a loving family! My heart may break when they leave, but I’m eventually comforted by the fact that he or she will be the center of life for some wonderful family. And everyone who knows Labs knows that, no matter how old, they have an unbelievable desire and ability to bond with anyone who shows them love and affection … and feeds them!
I require that the prospective family come and visit and allow plenty of time for the family and the dog in question to get to know each other in various situations. We all must agree that it is a “match made in heaven”. The reason(s) for placing the dog will be fully and honestly disclosed and a written guarantee will be issued. A week or two should be devoted to the adjustment period but, if for any reason, it appears not to be working out, I will immediately take the dog back and refund any money paid. Prospective adoptive families should be prepared to give a comprehensive dissertation regarding their desire for adopting an adult dog, their expectations, their family environment, lifestyle, facilities, etc.
“Our experience with Lure Labradors was nothing short of excellent! From the first call, to the time we arrived, and even to this day when I still have questions, they have been over the top. Lure Labradors has a beautiful , family friendly kennel tucked away in the country side. I was so impressed! They take such loving care of each of their Labs. We were blessed with one of their older pups, a one year old black male. He came to us so very loving, well mannered, and trained. Everyone who meets him loves him! Many thanks to Lure Labradors. We would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a great Labrador!”
Howard and Crystal Redmond – Lake Lure, NC
We were lucky to find Lure Labradors in our search for a Lab pup near home! They are a great family, have a beautiful facility for their dogs. They bring a lot of knowledge, care & integrity to their passion for breeding orthopedically sound, intelligent, loyal Labs with relaxed and loving temperaments. Ruby is a super puppy, and so gentle and sweet with our kids. Throughout our relationship, Matt and Kathrine have been so responsive, always just a text or FB message away!”
Hilary Drake – Asheville, NC
Our family welcomed Elsa into our home in the Spring of 2016. For the last five months we have seen her grow into a beautiful adolescent. Perhaps the friendliest dog in the neighborhood, Elsa garners loving attention from event he most purposeful walkers; she even stops some joggers in their tracks for a little pat on the head. Very playful yet gentle with our 10 and 12 year old children, Elsa seems to know intuitively not to push boundaries. She’s still a Labrador puppy and like to chew on things, but is very easily corrected with lasting effect. While she had an initial fear of steps and large bodies of water at first, she now runs up and down the steps and hops right in the water on command. Bath time is a dream. She calmly stands in the water and lets you get soap in all the tough to reach places, then allows a thorough rinse without shaking water all over the bathroom. When it’s time for a walk to relieve herself, there’s no guesswork. She tells you exactly what she needs when she needs it.
We are just thrilled with Elsa and with Lure Labradors.
Jack Bolton – Asheville, NC