Chances have a way of placing themselves right where we need them — seldom the first, often the second, sometimes the third, but never the last.
A Labrador Retriever was just a day away from any more chances, at least in this lifetime. The Lab had no home – no family – no job – no purpose. But then, everything turned around for her.
Euthanasia was imminent. Weeks passed and no family took their chance adopting Lady, a black Labrador Retriever who had been abandoned at the Clermont County Humane Society as a stray.
The Lab passed her days in the company of a tennis ball, which she never let go of. She chased it and held on to it like it was her last.
Then came The Cincinnati Lab Rescue.
“She was sitting in a kennel, looking very sad but she had a tennis ball in her mouth and would just not let go,” said Erin Skie, executive director of the Cincinnati Lab Rescue.
The Cincinnati Lab Rescue is a non-profit organization committed to helping Labrador Retrievers find homes. In Lady’s case, she found more than a home. She found everything she’s ever hoped for.
Right when it seemed like all doors had closed for Lady, the door that suited her best, opened.
Rob Dawn of All Dogs K9 Academy in Campbell County came along and took Lady in. He found his purpose here long ago and so helped Lady find her own. Believing in Lady’s potential and abilities, he started training Lady this August.
In a short span of time, Lady proved herself. The Labrador was clearly made for the task at hand – law enforcement. None of the time Rob spent on Lady was wasted, she was just naturally good at it.
Lady is now a rookie in the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force, living her life with a new purpose. Lady will lead the way, as she will be partnered with a fellow rookie, an officer with no prior K9 experience. She will live with the officer, exchanging skills and experiences with her, and hopefully honing each other to be at their bests for the task they’re about to take on.
Lady and her partner will be on the front lines of the drug battle in Boone, Kenton, and Campbell Counties.
“This has been an incredible journey for Lady, which could not have happened without a village of volunteers to help her achieve this goal,” Skie said. “As always, consider a rescue dog. They just might rescue you!”
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