Just Labs Magazine

Just Labs Magazine Simply the best magazine ever for those who live with and love Labrador retrievers! Welcome to the world of the family Labrador retriever – the black, yellow, or chocolate dog who sleeps on the good furniture when you aren’t looking; who greets you at the door each evening after work with a soggy tennis ball; and who follows you from room to room, always close, in case you need a friendly ear to scratch.
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Labs are our pets, partners, and protectors, and no “quality family time” is complete without them. Does this sound like your dog? Then JUST LABS is your magazine! We cover their world – and yours – like no one else!

Operating as usual

Transitioning into fall...
09/02/2020

Transitioning into fall...

Happy National Dog Day! Celebrate with us by posting a photo of your Lab in the comments!
08/26/2020

Happy National Dog Day! Celebrate with us by posting a photo of your Lab in the comments!

08/14/2020

Yellow, black, or chocolate? Let's tally them up! I'll go first: 3 yellows at the Smith house!

08/12/2020

Take a look right now. Right NOW! What is your Lab doing? All 3 of mine are sacked out!--Jason Smith, Editor

Our September/October 2020 issue mails soon! Find out what’s in store for our readers.
08/05/2020
September/October 2020

Our September/October 2020 issue mails soon! Find out what’s in store for our readers.

Why Labs Do That A history of trials. By Tom Davis Walk This Way Spotting problems through gait analysis. By Jason Smith Canine Enrichment 101 Improv

How about a little reading material? We'd be grateful to send you a no-obligation issue of Just Labs! This little guy is...
08/04/2020

How about a little reading material? We'd be grateful to send you a no-obligation issue of Just Labs! This little guy is begging you! The September/October issue will be mailing in a couple of weeks. If you are not a subscriber, visit http://justlabsmagazine.com/no-obligation-issue-request/ to sign up to receive it!

07/30/2020

What is your favorite thing to do in these long days of summer? I'm discovering -- during this work-at-home time -- that it's enjoying a cup of coffee early in the morning sitting on the deck with the Labs stretched out around me.

I'm not begging, honest. But if I WERE begging... would it work?
07/27/2020

I'm not begging, honest. But if I WERE begging... would it work?

07/24/2020

From a frequent contributor to the magazine: Hey, all you Lab owners. I'd love to interview someone whose Lab has experienced pancreatitis, diabetes, and/or osteoarthritis for an article. Just think, maybe your dog's story could grace the pages of Just Labs magazine. I appreciate your help. Thanks!
Andrea [email protected]

07/23/2020

What is your Lab doing right now that is driving your crazy? For me: Ginny barks at everything, Cici hides shoes, and Bulleit drags his smelly blanket all over the house like Linus!

07/21/2020

Success! My Lab, Bulleit, has always dropped whatever it is he's fetching a few feet in front of me. I want to train him up to be a hunting dog eventually -- he's a drop-out from Leader Dog school -- and I need him to come all the way in and sit without letting go. Using some of Amy Dahl's soft-fetching methods along with blending some other "hold" training I've done in the past -- and a whole lot of patience -- this boy now comes all the way in to heel and sits and holds until I tell him to give. And he's so proud of himself when he does it! Is there a training skill you've conquered this summer?--Jake Smith, Editor

The July/August 2020 issue is mailing soon!
06/09/2020
July/August 2020

The July/August 2020 issue is mailing soon!

Features Labs in the Time of Cholera Keeping them – and us – busy. By E. Donnall Thomas Jr. Essential Workers Always on call. By Jillian LaCross

You may remember the gorgeous Lab that graced our July/August cover last year. This is Cedar’s adoption story — told fro...
05/14/2020
Coming Home: Cedar’s Story

You may remember the gorgeous Lab that graced our July/August cover last year. This is Cedar’s adoption story — told from her own perspective.

by Kelli Lage I was giddy with anticipation. I couldn’t sleep the night before. They had found a home for me. I don’t know how they did it, but my new pa

05/11/2020

⭐️ Calling all party animals! ⭐️ Do you have pictures of Lab gatherings? We’re looking for photos of Labrador parties - birthday parties, Labs in party hats, doggie pool parties, or any sort of gathering where Labs were present and celebrating! Please email your high-resolution photos (1,000px X 1,000px minimum please) to [email protected] for a chance to see your picture in the glossy pages of Just Labs Magazine! Please use “Lab party photos” for the subject line, and tell us the name of your Lab(s), the city/state where the photo was taken, and your name.

Difficulty breathing and trouble swallowing can be indicators of a disorder in Labs called geriatric onset laryngeal par...
05/01/2020
Geriatric Onset Laryngeal Paralysis Polyneuropathy

Difficulty breathing and trouble swallowing can be indicators of a disorder in Labs called geriatric onset laryngeal paralysis polyneuropathy. Read one owner’s tale of diagnosis and treatment.

The second I heard my big, beautiful, black Lab, Solly, inhale that hot July day last summer, I knew it. There's no mistaking that raspy sound; he had laryngeal

Find out what’s in store for our May/June issue!
04/06/2020
May/June 2020

Find out what’s in store for our May/June issue!

Features Combating Doggy Odors Oh the smells we smell… By Jillian LaCross Preventing Lyme Disease It’s that time of year again. By Hailey Hudson

Hi all, check this out! This is right in Traverse City, too! Mom is a Lab hosted in Traverse City, just like our Cici wa...
04/01/2020
Vote for a Name for Puppy #20,000! - Leader Dogs for the Blind

Hi all, check this out! This is right in Traverse City, too! Mom is a Lab hosted in Traverse City, just like our Cici was (now retired); and Dad is a golden retriever. It's a chance to help name a pup and also raise money for a wonderful organization. Follow the link to learn more!

Vote for a Name for Puppy #20,000! The Leader Dog puppy that will receive tag #20,000 has been born! To celebrate this milestone, we’re asking YOU to choose a name for this special puppy. Leader Dog team members were invited to submit their ideas for puppy names, and then voted from the 47 final c...

03/17/2020

From the Editor: Obviously, depending on when you receive your next issue, our world looks a little differently compared to when we toasted the New Year and welcomed in 2020. Whether that look is dramatically different or not remains to be seen, and seems to change with each day’s news releases, stock market fluctuation, and social media theory.

We could fill up these pages, of course, with articles and advice on what you need to be doing with your dogs right now in light of our new, shared realities; but I think that applying some of the general recommendations and, in some cases, executive orders to your immediate family – dogs included – is common sense.

Therefore, I’d like to use our pages to continue to remind you of OUR world – the world of Labrador retrievers, family, tradition. It’s a world untainted – at least in our minds – by the trappings of the “real world”; and if, for right now, we can only read about it and dream, then I feel that’s our duty here at the magazine. To give you that opportunity.

So our plan – in contrast to just about everything else out there at the moment – is not to change much from what we’ve shared and celebrated in these pages for years and years, that is, the happiness and optimism that our Labs bring to us. Perhaps that bit of consistency and normalcy is just what we need right now.

Sincerely,
Jason Smith
Editor

Want to try your hand at cooking for your Lab? Learn some pointers for preparing nutritious foods that your Lab will lov...
03/09/2020
How to Cook for Your Lab at Home

Want to try your hand at cooking for your Lab? Learn some pointers for preparing nutritious foods that your Lab will love.

by Hailey Hudson Making a home-cooked meal for your Labrador can be a special time of bonding for you both. Before you start cooking, however, make sure that e

Growing puppies need a balanced puppy kibble with the right nutrients and minerals. Learn what to feed — or not feed — y...
02/04/2020
Puppy Nutrition

Growing puppies need a balanced puppy kibble with the right nutrients and minerals. Learn what to feed — or not feed — your pup.

Not just any food will do by Laura Card Having a new puppy in the house can be a magical time. The early days of puppy ownership are filled with getting to

⭐️ Want to make your lovely Lab famous? ⭐️ Email us a picture of your Lab and you may see your pet in the glossy pages o...
01/14/2020

⭐️ Want to make your lovely Lab famous? ⭐️ Email us a picture of your Lab and you may see your pet in the glossy pages of Just Labs Magazine! Pictures can be emailed to [email protected]. Please include your Lab’s name, city and state, and a caption.

Marijuana intoxication in pets is on the rise. Learn the signs of marijuana ingestion and how to keep your Lab safe.
01/07/2020
A Rising Toxin

Marijuana intoxication in pets is on the rise. Learn the signs of marijuana ingestion and how to keep your Lab safe.

Veterinarians are seeing an increase of marijuana intoxication cases, and it might be just the beginning by Larry Saavedra Veterinarians are seeing more dog

IndyCar racer Charlie Kimball relies on his Lab Lilah, who is trained as a diabetic alert dog, to help manage his diabet...
12/11/2019
In Their Debt: Lap Dog

IndyCar racer Charlie Kimball relies on his Lab Lilah, who is trained as a diabetic alert dog, to help manage his diabetes.

Lab helps IndyCar racer manage diabetes There’s a lot to love about the Indianapolis Motor Speedway each May. Take the mounting anticipation for the Indianap

Hey all, from our friends at Leader Dogs For the Blind! Please help if you can! They need puppy raisers!...................
11/21/2019

Hey all, from our friends at Leader Dogs For the Blind! Please help if you can! They need puppy raisers!
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There’s no doubt what this tiny puppy wants to be when she grows up, but she will need your help. As a volunteer puppy raiser, you’ll be the foundation a puppy needs to become a Leader Dog. And together, you’ll help someone who is blind or visually impaired live a life of freedom, safety and happiness.

• Experience giving the gift of a lifetime
• Get expert support from Leader Dogs for the Blind
• Grow your circle of friends by meeting other puppy raisers

Puppy raisers come from everywhere and from all walks of life to become the foundation Leader Dog puppies need to become guide dogs. Share this message with a friend who may want to participate in this unique volunteer experience!

Do you want to learn more? https://www.leaderdog.org/volunteer/raise-a-puppy/

Is it too soon to start thinking about tinsel and candy canes and presents under the tree? We don’t think so! The Just L...
11/07/2019
Just Labs 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Is it too soon to start thinking about tinsel and candy canes and presents under the tree? We don’t think so! The Just Labs 2019 Gift Guide is here!

Petology Bathing Supplies www.petology.net The gentle cleansing formula of Petology’s® Oatmeal Honey Soothing Shampoo includes anti-irritant colloidal oatmea

Re-posting our Monday special! Also applies to gift subscriptions!Your Lab probably helps you beat the Monday blues the ...
10/14/2019

Re-posting our Monday special! Also applies to gift subscriptions!

Your Lab probably helps you beat the Monday blues the best! A subscription to Just Labs will just give you, uh, more Labs! The first 10 people who are NOT current subscribers and call our Circulation Specialist Jaime at 1-844-251-2652 to pay for a 1-year subscription will get the last three back issues free! And because it's getting close to that time of year, I'll throw in a Labrador cookie cutter free! With the cooler weather, it's starting to feel like the holiday season!

“Lorraine Reynolds wants to make sure no other dog owner goes through the heartbreak and suffering that she and her Lab,...
10/07/2019
Leptospirosis Prevention

“Lorraine Reynolds wants to make sure no other dog owner goes through the heartbreak and suffering that she and her Lab, Titas, experienced.”

Leptospirosis Prevention 0 By Mary Schwager Lorraine Reynolds wants to make sure no other dog owner goes through the heartbreak and suffering that she and her Lab, Titas, experienced. It all started when Titas had some accidents in the house. Reynolds figured it was a bladder infection and ran he....

In 2005, Charlie and Sandy Petrizzo decided to start breeding Labs to donate to service dog organizations that help burn...
10/02/2019
Bred for Service

In 2005, Charlie and Sandy Petrizzo decided to start breeding Labs to donate to service dog organizations that help burn victims, veterans with PTSD, and children with disabilities.

Bred for Service 0 Project2Heal breeds and nurtures Labs to donate to service dog organizations By Jen Reeder Charlie Petrizzo knows from personal experience how healing a Lab can be. When he was 16 years old, Petrizzo was hired to scrape paint off the roof of an old house as a summer job. An alu....

Re-posting our Monday special! Also applies to gift subscriptions!Your Lab probably helps you beat the Monday blues the ...
09/30/2019

Re-posting our Monday special! Also applies to gift subscriptions!

Your Lab probably helps you beat the Monday blues the best! A subscription to Just Labs will just give you, uh, more Labs! The first 10 people who are NOT current subscribers and call our Circulation Specialist Jaime at 1-844-251-2652 to pay for a 1-year subscription will get the last three back issues free! And because it's getting close to that time of year, I'll throw in a Labrador cookie cutter free!

09/16/2019

Re-posting our Monday special! Also applies to gift subscriptions!

Happy Monday, all! Because Mondays, as a general rule, rank #7 on the list of Favorite Days of the Week, I thought I'd cheer you up! The first 10 people who are NOT current subscribers and call our Circulation Specialist Jaime at 1-844-251-2652 to pay for a 1-year subscription will get the last three back issues free! (And maybe another surprise or two. 😉 )

09/09/2019

Happy Monday, all! Because Mondays, as a general rule, rank #7 on the list of Favorite Days of the Week, I thought I'd cheer you up! The first 10 people who are NOT current subscribers and call our Circulation Specialist Jaime at 1-844-251-2652 to sign up for a 1-year subscription will get the last three back issues free! (And maybe another surprise or two. 😉 )

Just Labs Magazine
07/30/2019

Just Labs Magazine

07/29/2019

As many of you may already know, the sporting world lost a true artist nearly two weeks ago in photographer and columnist Chip Laughton, a photographer whose work I've used at JL, Pointing Dog Journal, and Retriever Journal, and Just Labs for more than a dozen years -- and I lost a friend. I have waited to post anything until after his memorial service this past Saturday, but also because I have not been able to find the words. I hope to put those words into my next editorial for the magazine and in a future photo essay tribute. But today, I'll just say that he had the God-given ability to capture a singular moment in time of the world and traditions we love so much, the dogs we love so much, and the friends and family we love so much and make you feel. His images connected you to your memories and to your dreams. But more than that -- so much more than that -- he was a true gentleman, no ego, always thinking of what he could do to make your life a little easier. Our sporting and dog world is a poorer place without the new images he will not be here to capture, but our world is a poorer place without him.

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Momma tell him to let go. George and Henry litter mates
Having fun in the water with her Labs
Jake says Happy National Dog Day!
So much love and devotion in this picture.
Wanted to share this beautiful picture of my shelby stopping to smell the sunflowers 🌻
Got this shot while watching a group of Labs enjoying some play time after a week of training in Mexico, NY.
Hey, all you Lab owners. I'd love to interview someone whose Lab has experienced pancreatitis, diabetes, and/or osteoarthritis for an article. Just think maybe your dog's story could grace the pages of Just Labs magazine. I appreciate your help. Thanks! Andrea [email protected]
Jake at Doggie daycare.
Our old 15-1/2 Year Old is so deaf the 4th isn't near as bad as it used to be. Had to tell you that after getting the email blast with ways to make the fireworks go better.
Stetson checking out the new edition!
Ole Walker man. Almost 5 months old
It’s never easy to say goodbye to our most precious fur babies. On April 7, 2020 we had to say goodbye to our Molly biGolly after 15 yrs. She was rescued and was 16 yrs 2 mos old at her passing. Molly was such a wonderful girl her entire life. Right from the beginning we all had a special bond. Molly was so easy to train and teach “stupid dog tricks” too…of course…treats always involved. Molly’s whole story starts in Lab Magazine Essay I wrote in May/June issue 2009. Her whole life all she cared about was pleasing us and being with us. She traveled everywhere with us, crossing the U.S. several times, a trip to Canada, visiting craft breweries with us and making all kinds of friends along the way. She touched everyone’s lives so much. Among her many “jobs” was helping Robert brew, bringing in the newspaper every morning, (sometimes the neighbors paper too, which needed to be returned) brought the mail in the evening and carried in the groceries. She was always helpful and busy. Her favorite activities included tennis ball fetching (of course), swimming hours on end with her friends at the reservoir or a pool, even jumping in a water fountain downtown and taking a dip in the Riverwalk, hiking, car rides, bike rides, any kind of boat ride, motor homing, atv’ing and coming to the office with us. Molly’s love will live on forever not only with us, but the 100’s she touched along the way. RIP Molly girl. Forever in our hearts.