An email was recently sent to me with regards to “RUMORS” about how the It’s a Lab Thing Guide will function. Here is my response to that email:

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Hey R***,

First, thank you for contacting me directly. However, I am very curious as to what “labgroup” you are talking to get your information? Considering we have not even released any formal details as to how the guide will work. At this time we are still gauging the interest in the guide. Quite frankly I find it a little upsetting at your approach as I donate endless and endless hours of my web design, marketing and social media knowledge to a Lab Rescue each and every single day. I actually donated a completely new web site to Labrador Friends of the South.

I understand your concern, but if you followed both my website and Facebook closely, you would see how much attention I give to rescues and the emphasis i put on rescuing. I have a rescue now and I foster every chance I get. I see the boxes of puppies that get discarded or the adult labs in shelters. I understand what is going on. I am in it just like you.

It’s a Lab Thing will always support Labrador Rescues and responsible breeders with the emphasis that rescuing comes first and should always be considered first. Any GOOD Reputable breeder would say the same thing. We are striving, and you can see it, to be the very best site for Labradors. With that comes great responsibility that we take seriously here at It’s a Lab Thing. This is a passion for us and we want to see it grow.

Again thank you for taking the time to reach out to me and please do not take this email personally, but it is very disheartening to me when we are being accused or that there is negative gossip to what we plan on doing with ILT when nobody and I mean nobody knows what are plans are except my wife and I.

I hope you are signed up and we do plan on sending out more details out to all those who have signed up in the coming days.

Thank you for being a fan and thank you for all that you do for rescues.

Respectfully,
Antonio
Founder
It’s a Lab Thing

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Please take the time to read our BIO HERE to learn more about us.

This topic I am sure will spark debate between the two groups and others will understand. Just know that It’s a Lab Thing will always champion Rescues and Highly Responsible Breeders in that order.

Remember It’s a Lab Thing is here to be an Uplifting social Labrador society, because in the end we all are Lovers of  Labradors and that is the common thread that binds us together.

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39 Responses

  1. Debbie Cochran on Facebook

    I would never buy from a breeder; only rescue dogs. I also have fostered and loved each pup with all my heart. Got so attached to one that I cried for weeks when she went to her forever family in Maine. I also have a 1/2 lab 1/2 chow, he is awesome and so smart. No negative comments from this southern gal.

  2. LeeAnn Bembenek on Facebook

    Nice letter clearly explaining everything, and no need to feel bad. There will always be a few individuals who make accuasations without having all the facts, or those who will just plain differ with you no matter what. You can’t make everyone happy all of the time….it is not possible! So please don’t take it to heart. Love your postings and we are a two-Labrador family!

  3. Andrea Elizabeth Roberts on Facebook

    I have had both. My first lab was a rescue. She was actually said to be unadoptable but I took her anyway. She was a wonderful dog but was killed when she was 4. We now have a Lab that we got from a breeder, after my husband did alot of research to ensure that she was reputable. And Lucy is a wonderful dog and thr greatest of compainions.

  4. David Miller on Facebook

    I do have to admit I feel a bit of judgment well up inside of me if I’m at a dog park and I hear someone talk about getting a dog from a breeder or see their dog is unfixed. Rescues for me forever

  5. Selina Day on Facebook

    I got my Lab from a backyard breeder. I didn’t know any better at the time. He was diagnosed with PRA (progressive retinal atrophy) when he was 7. He’s 12 now and is doing as well as can be expected. But it breaks my heart not to see him run like he used to. Rescue will be the way to go for me next time.

  6. Diane Zutz on Facebook

    If only people could think, and act like Labs. The world would be a much better place. My old girl doesn’t know or care if she came from a breeder, or rescue, or was found in a Cabbage patch….She just wants to please, love and snuggle. (…and a treat or two) We can all learn a lesson from every one of them.’ It’s a Lab Thing’ is a daily must for me and mine, it gives us so much pleasure. THANK YOU, for your hard work, and have a Merry Christmas 🙂

  7. Guinness Costello on Facebook

    Ignore the Grinch that emailed U. Keep up the positive work U tirelessly do, to make a difference in the lab that needs rescued and in the family that eventually afpts them. Sometimes holidays bring out the dark side in people. Don’t let that negative remark change U or your future plans.

  8. Julie Brewer on Facebook

    I am a Lab breeder have been for almost 15 years now I always recommend adopting for any one looking for an adult Lab or a cheaper way of owning a lab. I also adopted two Labs.

  9. Brennan Clipp on Facebook

    Well said and BRAVO for building a wonderful page dedicated to the magnificent Labrador Retriever! I’ve rescued many labs during my life and now have a fabulous boy that I got from a very responsible breeder. As you grow, you’ll get more and more of this. Now, if those same haters would take some time to read your page and see how much you do to promote lab rescue, maybe they wouldn’t be so quick to judge.

  10. Nicola Teale on Facebook

    The fact that you took your time to set up the page in the first place shows how much you care about labs weather they be rescued or bred. Having a black lab that we rescued i love reading the page and seeing the similaritys she has with the stuff/pictures u put on the page its great,keep it up x

  11. Becky Full on Facebook

    We got our lab from breeders. Both of them were retired vets, only advertised on the west of England Labrador association website and have only ever breed about 5 litters in total. We tried to get a rescue but were turned down due to having small children. It’s not the reputable breeder that we have to be concerned about, but the so called puppy farms, which breed constantly and are only interested in profit, not dog welfare. My bear dog is truly a friend to all (although I’m his favourite) and we, as a family, love him dearly. Keep up the fantastic work that you do. I love reading about it x

  12. Victoria Manis on Facebook

    I appreciate this page and do realize you care for ALL labs, whether they be rescued or not. There will always be rude, pessimistic people to try and pull ya down. Rise above.

  13. Cathy Salas-Wartman on Facebook

    My husband and I are volunteers/fosters for Central Indiana Lab Rescue. I’ve had many fosters come and go as well as come and stay in our house. When doing a home visit for a pending application I always want to make sure it’s a perfect fit so it’s a forever home. I do enjoy your postings as any lab lover would and laugh becauce we all know it’s a lab thing!

  14. Cathy Salas-Wartman on Facebook

    My husband and I are volunteers/fosters for Central Indiana Lab Rescue. I’ve had many fosters come and go as well as come and stay in our house. When doing a home visit for a pending application I always want to make sure it’s a perfect fit so it’s a forever home. I do enjoy your postings as any lab lover would and laugh becauce we all know it’s a lab thing!

  15. Lara Elizabeth on Facebook

    It is sad that you had to write that letter. Please keep doing what you’re doing. I always enjoy coming on my computer and seeing the updates/pictures and whatnot. I am a first time Lab owner, and it’s from this site that I truly realized my dog isn’t nuts; he’s just a Lab 🙂

  16. Lara Elizabeth on Facebook

    It is sad that you had to write that letter. Please keep doing what you’re doing. I always enjoy coming on my computer and seeing the updates/pictures and whatnot. I am a first time Lab owner, and it’s from this site that I truly realized my dog isn’t nuts; he’s just a Lab 🙂

  17. Nancy Dee on Facebook

    this is a great letter. i love this site and it warms my heart. i didn’t mean to stir up anything by my post in another thread. i understand now that you support rescue first … and then only responsible breeders. i wish you and your family .. including your fur babies a wonderful holiday.

  18. Nancy Dee on Facebook

    this is a great letter. i love this site and it warms my heart. i didn’t mean to stir up anything by my post in another thread. i understand now that you support rescue first … and then only responsible breeders. i wish you and your family .. including your fur babies a wonderful holiday.

  19. Nancy Dee on Facebook

    this is a great letter. i love this site and it warms my heart. i didn’t mean to stir up anything by my post in another thread. i understand now that you support rescue first … and then only responsible breeders. i wish you and your family .. including your fur babies a wonderful holiday.

  20. Daisydoo

    Anything that promotes the welfare of our lovely labs is fine with me – especially encouraging good breeding and emphasising the responsibility of taking on a lab whether a rescue or not. Here in the UK rescue centres are often far too fussy about who can have a resuce dog with the result that many dogs miss out on a good home and end up staying in shelters. If only people who breed labs carelessly for monetary gain could understand the heartbreak when you have to have a lovely, young sweet natured lab put to sleep because the inherited congenital problems are too many to resolve. Really love seeing all these lovely labs and pictures – they cheer me up no end!

  21. jane

    Words fail me..as I know how hard you work for both the breed and Rescue …I just want to cry …

  22. Julie

    I love your website and always look forward to your Facebook posts. Your good intentions, generosity, and love of labs shines brightly through your website and page. Don’t let the critics get to you! They will always be there, picking things apart. Just keep doing what you’re doing, however you want to do it. You bring alot of joy and important information to alot of people. Many thanks for your dedication!!!!

  23. Vera Lee

    We have had several labs over the years and I can say with all truthfulnes that I look forward daily to the posts and information you post regarding rescue and adoption. The pictures and antics of the dogs warm my heart and bring smiles to my face. Keep up the good work. I’m almost ready to adopt a rescue for my 2 1/2 Chocolate Lab so he won’t be lonely.

  24. ghislaine

    You should just ignore negative people – you guys do a great job with your website which I find so lovely and uplifting – it really cheers me to see so many happy labs – although I don’t have official rescue dogs I have “rescued” several dogs (and cats) from friends who were unable to keep them. The only thing to be honest that puts me off doing an official Lab rescue is all the stuff on the Labrador rescue sites about how the dog is never really yours (well that’s how it came across last time I looked about 3 years ago) and they can take it away if they don’t like the way you are keeping them. I have 2 black labs (not registered they didn’t come from a breeder) and they are everything to me so no matter how slim the chance is I just couldn’t bear to have a dog and then get it taken back.

  25. helen mccarthy

    I love your facebook posts and share it with my family. please keep up the good work.

  26. Steve Rineman

    I adopted Buck from someone in the newspaper. He was 9 weeks old. As far as I’m concerned we rescued him. He came from a bad neighborhood and could have easily been used as pitbull bait. He had a few problems, ear mites. 5 years later and second Lab, he is the best dog I have ever had the priveledge to father. A lover and good boy

  27. Jessica @ YouDidWhatWithYourWeiner

    I don’t know what the incoming letter said and, to be honest, I have not been up to speed on what your guide is even about. However, I have gotten very passionate, one-sided comments on my blog in regard to “proper dog food” so I know what that feels like. I agree with you – there is a place for responsible breeders. I don’t need to preach to the choir about that but I will just say we support the same thing – always considering rescues as a first option.