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Good Morning everyone,

My name is Mark and it’s 2 weeks today we had to say goodbye to our nearly 11 year old Black Lab, he had great life and always came 1st in everything we did.

They say in time it will get easier but it’s when you come and get up there’s no tail wagging waiting for you or those eyes looking at you waiting to share that sandwich it keeps hitting home.

I’m sure in time we will share a home again, but we would like to volunteer preferably for labradors is anyone aware of anywhere close to the West Midlands

Thanks Mark
 

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Welcome Mark. I know how hard it is, I've lost many over the years, and every time is as hard as the time before. We all have our own ways of dealing with a loss. Personally I start looking for another straight away. The thing is, the new puppy never replaces the old dog. The new puppy finds it's own place in our heart.

In the mean time, maybe get in touch with your local dog rescue, they are always looking for people to help with things like dog walking?

John :)
 

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Thanks John, we will definitely have another we are just Labrador lover plain and simple, just making sure we find one with all important low hip and elbow score
 

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Thanks John, we will definitely have another we are just Labrador lover plain and simple, just making sure we find one with all important low hip and elbow score
Hi Mark, welcome to the forum, I'm sorry it's in such sad circumstances. As John says, any local dog rescue would be happy to have any help you can offer, if you want to help a really tiny rescue then I can recommend foxhound welfare UK. Even just spreading the word, as they are the only dedicated foxhound rescue in the UK.

When it comes to looking again for a pup, it's not just the hip scores and elbow grades (and all the other health tests) of the immediate parents, but the whole history of information behind them, and the probability of any potential problems. These days it's so easy to look up good information with the kennel club website.

Good luck helping out with a rescue, I have to say sometimes rescues, rescue you. I've got a rescue foxhound (surprise surprise) she's my fourth rescue now, and they do make a lovely pet.
 

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Hi Tarimoor,

Thank you for the advice we will certainly take it onboard and look it all you have mentioned, I guess we focus so much on the hip and elbow as that’s where we have had the worst experience even though we purchased thru a HIGH KC Registered breeder that had 3/3 hip score.

We really want to help and volunteer where we can at rescue homes and will spend some time this weekend contacted some.

I have to say I have looked through this forum at some of the posts pictures and videos and it made my smile and laugh and remember all the great times we had, aren’t Labradors just the greatest!
 

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Hi Tarimoor,

Thank you for the advice we will certainly take it onboard and look it all you have mentioned, I guess we focus so much on the hip and elbow as that’s where we have had the worst experience even though we purchased thru a HIGH KC Registered breeder that had 3/3 hip score.

We really want to help and volunteer where we can at rescue homes and will spend some time this weekend contacted some.

I have to say I have looked through this forum at some of the posts pictures and videos and it made my smile and laugh and remember all the great times we had, aren’t Labradors just the greatest!
A lot of people (including a lot of breeders) do focus on the immediate hip scores and elbow grades. The kennel club have got a useful tool on their website, Estimated Breeding Value, which basically put (which is the only way I understand things) combines all the data behind the pedigree of a dog, and gives you a probability of them producing good/poor hips and elbows. It's no guarantee, but it is a useful quick reference.

Good luck with the rescue volunteering, they will be very lucky indeed to have help, all rescues are crying out for it. And yes, Labradors are definitely the best ;)
 

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EBV's (Estimated Breed Values) are probably the most useful tool we have for looking at hips and elbows. When looking at them, 0 is average, a minus figure is better than average and a positive figure is worse than average. (Maybe not the way you might think it to be, until you realise that when scoring the lower the figure the better the hips and elbows.)
 

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Hi and welcome. So sorry to hear of your loss, they leave a huge hole.

Re. the volunteering, have a google for Labrador rescues, there are several around the country who would welcome help with anything from fostering to home checks, fundraising to transport runs. Good luck.
 
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