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A True Lover of Labs

In honor of James Lindeman

In loving Memory of James Lindeman. "Unless Someone Like you cares a whole lot, Nothing is going to get better. Its Not."
Anna Lindeman

A wonderful tribute to continue to give to those he loved! We loved you were such an honorable man
Audrey Tew

In memory of James Lindeman and his dog Max
Virginia Lemahieu

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Palmer Engineering
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Davig Financial Corporation
Mitchell and Cynthia Rebar
Dr. John Ashley, Dr. Peter Lindeman and the Dept of Biology and Health Services
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Duke (fka Britain)
~In Loving Memory~

Britain, aka “Duke” was rescued from “death row” on June 30, 2012 by RMLR. He went to live with his new foster family the Borton’s and quickly became an integral part of the family. From the very beginning you could tell that he was so grateful to be rescued and be part of a new “pack”. From the tail that never stopped wagging, to the "mischievous" look in his eye, to the "happy" sounds he made while playing with his toys. It was a joy watching him gallop around the yard, throwing his toy in the air, shaking his head, and enjoying his new life. He was not only fun to watch, but he let you know that he really loved his new life and for being a part of a family that truly cared for him. He had a very "sly" way of crawling in your lap; one minute you were scratching him on the head, and the next he was in your lap with his head on your shoulder. He was such a snuggler, and he thought he was small enough to fit on any lap and in any chair.

Duke found his forever home on July 30th and quickly won the hearts of his new family the Blue’s. Just a few days later, on August 2nd he came down with a cough and was treated for a respiratory infection. In spite of the efforts of his new family and their vet his condition continued to worsen.

On September 6th Duke left us- a very sad day for all who knew him. Duke’s playful and loving spirit and the joy and affection he brought to those around him will be sorely missed. Even though he was only in our lives for a very short time, he managed to leave a lasting impression, and the reminder that you are never too big to snuggle in the lap of someone you love.


Saving one wagging tail at a time.

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In Loving Memory of Kathy Quirk

Dear one and all:
My name is Jesse and I am one of the RMLR labs that found a new home.  I am so sorry to report that a few days ago my mom, Kathy Quirk, went to her forever home and I miss her so much.  Kathy was a true dog lover and spent much of her time caring for, loving and protecting us.  My two sisters, Kelsey and Shannon were with her for thirteen years before chasing the Great Tennis Ball in the Sky.  After that Kathy reported for duty as a RMLR volunteer Foster Home.  That is where I met her.
Kathy lived in town, but we got to go to the condo in the mountains, often with Kathy’s sister, Eileen.  It was great fun to be with them because they were so full of love and affection.  I think they were like that a lot.  I’m living with Eileen now and that’s so cool because we get to share our memories of Kathy.
I guess the best thing is that Kathy, and her mom, are now together.  I know Kathy often wanted to talk to her mom, and now I guess they’ll be able to.  We’ll all miss her very much.  I mean really a lot.  But my guess is that she’s out there somewhere with Shannon and Kelsey, throwing an old tennis ball and smiling.  She was like that.
Bye, Mom.
Love, Jesse

Jetta was the sweet and loyal black lab of my older brother, Steve Hasstedt, and his family, Annie, Maddy and Leah. Jetta passed away just a couple of days before Christmas, and we make this contribution to honor Jetta and all the love she brought to our family.

Dear Selma,

From the moment we met you, we knew you were meant to be with our family. You were adored by all who met you for your quiet, calm, loving, and sweet demeanor. We miss you lounging on the sofa with us while we watch TV. We miss seeing your wagging tail and soulful brown eyes each morning as we get ready to start the day. We miss watching you proudly walk home from the park with the ball in your mouth. Your heaven on earth was the lake up in Canada where you spent your summers. We will never forget how our big, lazy girl flew off the dock with such surprising vigor after a tennis ball. You spent your last summer going for boat rides and lounging on the dock surrounded by family and friends. You were a dear, sweet girl and we were so lucky to have the opportunity to adopt you from RMLR. You are missed by all of us, especially your lab brother “Buster” and cat, “Woody”. You will forever remain in our hearts.

The Fenton Family  

My candle burns at both ends

It will not last the night;

But ah, my foes and oh, my friends-

It gives a lovely light.

Edna St. Vincent Millay 1920

 We were blessed to have Beaumont "Beau Diddles" (as he was lovingly called at home) in our lives from May 31, 2013 through his passing on August 18, 2013.  He was a bright light who had a personality that was priceless and touched everyone he met.  He was always happy and never met anyone he didn't like or didn't like him.  In the short time we had him he was happy and had a great attitude even though he struggled with most breaths.  Words can't express the emptiness he has left in our home.  I can only pray that he has run across the rainbow bridge and is now able to run and play as a Lab should.


Tobias, lover of people, other dogs and sprinklers:
When our 13 year old Chesadore died we adopted Tobias to fill that
empty space, we didn’t realize how perfectly he would fit.  From the
first night we met him he was easy to fall in love with.  His
personality was as big as his heart, he loved listening to Michael
Jackson, greeting us with Jazz hands, ear rubs, being read to (The
Pokey Little Puppy was his favorite), and of course drinking from the
sprinklers. He quickly became a comfort and play pal for our terrier,
happily sharing his toys, treats and bones and attention from friends
and family at BBQs. We were happy to give him his forever home even if
it was only for a little while; we could never have paid him back for
all the love he put into the world.  He will always be loved and is
missed.  Adopted November 2012-Left us on July 9th, 2013
Jordan Reck and Robyn Phelps



Jack was a super-sweet, wonderful dog, and it was such a blessing to have him spend the last 20 months of his life with us.  He was loved and is deeply missed.  His age at death was around 14 1/2 - 15. He still loved his soft toys.

    We are so grateful to RMLR that Jack was rescued from the shelter in Cheyenne, and fostered and loved for so long by Connie, until he could come and live out his life with us.  Thank you so much!

        Joanna Schoderbek 




We feel blessed to have had [Jackson] be a member of our family, even if it was for only a short time.  He was loved beyond belief and our hearts are broken.
Thank you for bringing him into our lives!

Katie Stowe
In memory of Bergen. A lovable lab who will be missed
Chris VandenBroek
In Honor of Mary Beth Piercy
RMLR Adopter and Volunteer

 The Huigens/Hill Families
Deer Creek Animal Hospital

In Memory of

 He was filled with love for all the people he met. I am so lucky to have had him in my life.

In Memory of Bruce Forbes
Delores Blaser
Sandra Wanamaker
Diana and Tom Alvarez

In Honor of Gretchen Thiret

Janey and Tom Schneider
Barbara and William Schneider
Holly and Richard Kranzmann
Richard and Diane Walker
Paul and Patricia Person
Louann Benbow
Carolyn Bradley
Mary Vacanti
Janet Davis
Sally Lowe

In Memory of Brownie

Brownie came to her forever home with us in August 2009.  She was a happy cheerful dog, always energetic.  She loved playing ball and chasing the squirrels in our yard.  She was Kyle’s best friend, always ready to play, listen or just hang out with him.  Everyone was her friend, even if they didn’t know it yet.  She woke up every morning, happy to greet the day, ready for anything. 

On her second evening with us, Brownie encountered a skunk in our back yard.  It was about 10:30pm on a Sunday night.  No pet stores were open.  We bought tomato juice and bathed her in the bathtub.  She didn’t like it, probably thought she’d joined a crazy family.  For sure, she was cemented in our hearts, since we never considered sending her back to her RMLR foster home.

Brownie was a real snow and water dog.  She’d tunnel in the snow and come up with a huge grin on her face.  She’d catch snowballs and then be puzzled when they broke in her mouth.  She had a great time at Dog Days at the Bay, swimming and running with all the dogs.  She’d stop by her people every now and then, just to check in and make sure we were there, then run off to play with her canine pals. 

Brownie was the perfect addition to our family.  She fit right in, always ready to please.  She learned the house rules very quickly, like no jumping on the cat, unless Sushi ran first.  She was more interested in playing with her classmates in obedience class than learning commands.  Still, she showed that she knew what was expected, and graduated with honors. 

Brownie loved to go anywhere with us.  Two of her favorite words were car and go.  One day we went to Estes Park.  It was a long day, lots of time in the car.  She liked the stop at the dog park.  She was less thrilled with Rocky Mountain National Park, since she had to stay on her leash.  At the end of the day, we could tell by the look on her face that, if this trip showed what her people did when they were gone, she was just as glad to stay home.

In August 2011 she was diagnosed with atrial standstill.  Unfortunately, this is a fatal heart disease that affects young dogs.   Brownie died on January 31, 2012, just before her 4th birthday.  We miss her every day.

Niki Winchell

In Memory of Bass, a much-loved member of the Timothy Bradley family.

Bill and Nelly Bradley



Donation in memory of my late labrador buddy Ty and in honor of Jake, our lab we received from you a year ago.

Jon Ehrenfried

In memory of Porter,  a beloved labrador who recently passed and is sorely missed by his significant people, Sean and Abigail Hinga of Denver. This small gift is being given to assist your organization with its mission. Thank you for the work you do. 

Leigh Hill & Chris Bohn 

In loving memory of Blackjack who was rescued by Mark and Catherine Zaharko in Durango, CO.




     In loving Memory of Margaret "Daisy" Smith a treasured member of our family.






  In loving Memory of Luther a treasured member of our family.



In Loving memory of Jameson who died of parvo shortly after arriving to Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue. Please make sure to keep your uvaccinated pets away from other animals and sources of disease.





In loving Memory of Atticus a treasured member of our family.




In loving Memory of Sammy a treasured member of our family.


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In Memory of Madel

Madel, affectionately know as Monkey, sadly lost his courageous battle with distemper. He was a sweet, beautiful boy who touched many lives in the short time he was with us. We are so grateful that he came to RMLR and was able to experience love, kindness, and warmth from his foster homes and everyone who took care of him.

His story reminds us all of the importance of vaccinating our pets, supporting rescues who continue to fight the battle against irresponsible breeding and reminding everyone to spay and neuter their pets. But most importantly, ADOPTING a dog in need.
Your generous donation and support will help us win this battle and help puppies like Madel. We continue our mission in his memory.

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Hoss (5 years) M
In Loving Memory

Rescued March 19, 2011- Euthanized July 1, 2011

After battling cancer over the last few months the decision to end Hoss's suffering came on Friday July 1, 2011. We all know this a decision no animal lover wants to make, nor is it an easy one. Hoss touched so many hearts within the Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue but none more so than the hearts of Foster mom, Melanie and her family. We cannot thank them enough for their kindess and generousity during Hoss's most dire time of need. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them as well as our deepest gratitude for caring so deeply for Hoss. Thank you so very much!


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A Dog's Prayer

Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.

Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.

Speak to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.

When it is cold and wet, please take me inside... for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements... and I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth... though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land... for you are my god... and I am your devoted worshiper.

Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life, should your life be in danger.

And, beloved master, should the Great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest...and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.

--Beth Norman Harris

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A story from a veterinarian --

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife, Lisa, and their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience. The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.

Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why." Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.

He said, "People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?" The six-year-old continued, "Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

*When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

*Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

*Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.

*Take naps.

*Stretch before rising.

*Run, romp, and play daily.

*Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

*Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

*On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

*On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

*When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

*Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

*Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.

*Be loyal.

*Never pretend to be something you're not.

*If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

*When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.

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