Hunter Labragoof: Notes on a foster dog

A typical black lab: vigorously friendly, goofy, loves everyone.

Last Updated: Aug. 29, 2020

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: July 20, 2020
  • Breed: Black Labrador
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Youth, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Birthdate:
  • Weight: 46.6 Pounds
  • Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Outgoing, goofy, lovable, very sweet!
  • SAFER Test performed: Yes PASSED
  • Departure date: August 29th, 2020


Taken in by Animal Control when the young man who owned him went to jail on charges not related to the dogs.  Hunter was quite skinny, but did not appear to have been abused.

Hunters Progress Summary:

Detailed notes on this foster dog’s progress are posted below the summary.

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Yes but lets others take his food.
  • Preferred style of play: Likes to frolic in the yard
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Needs supervision around small children.  Can be active.
    . Cats: Unknown
  • Jumps up on people: Doing much better.
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters his crate: Yes
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: Yes
  • Understands going outside to potty: Yes
  • Alerts me of need to go outside: Yes
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: No
  • Refrains from kitchen counter cruising: No
  • Stays off people furniture: No



  • Comes when called: Yes
  • Sits on command: Yes
  • Down / Off: Yes
  • Paw: Yes
  • Kennels on command: Yes

Hunter’s Medical

  • DA2PPv: July 17, 2020 (NAC)
    . Booster: Aug 7, 2020  PMFC
  • Bordatella: July 17, 2020 (NAC)
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
    . July 17, 2020 Pyrantell Pamoate 4.5 cc NAC
    . Aug 6-8, 2020 Fendbendazole 10 ml PMFC
    . Aug 22-24, 2020 Fendbendazole 10 ml PMFC
  • Rabies: Aug 5, 2020 by Claws & Paws
  • Microchipped: Aug 5, 20 PetKey Not registered
    To register:
  • Neuter: date (by) – Unknown but done
  • Heartworm Test: Aug 5, 20 NEGATIVE Claws & Paws
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    . Aug 5 Fipronil topical 44-85 lbs
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . Aug 6, Ivermectin, .5 ml
  • NOTES:


Victor Classic – Professional Dry Dog Food
1½ cups AM, 1¼ cups PM mixed with cheese shred
PMFC Peanut butter cookies
Retriever Beef Basted Sticks
Jones Beef Hooves
Grillerz Pork Femur


In chronological order, newest at the bottom. Some pictures are linked to a more detailed Doggy Tale about that update, click those to open the related story.

Sunning on his Kuranda bed

I’m done with potty run – cookie please!

Rain is coming – I’ll stay in here, thank you.

Progress Updates

Progress notes are listed below, in chronological order, newest at the bottom.

July 24

Hunter has been here for four days now.  In that time we’ve found him to be friendly, outgoing, well behaved on a leash, fond of playing in a light rain, but not a downpour (I can’t blame him for that).  He does not eat much.  I think he’s accustomed to his brother, Bailey, snatching up most of the food.  Because of that tendency I move Hunter to another kennel at feeding time.   The rest of the time they coexist peacefully in one kennel.  In fact, they prefer it that way.

August 5

I’ve been mixing shredded cheese into Hunter’s kibble to encourage him to eat.  He’s thin and needs to eat.  I separate him from Bailey at meal time because Bailey will push Hunter out of his dish and eat both servings.  The cheese has encouraged Hunter, he is eager to get his dish at feeding time and he has been finishing his full portion.  This morning I left out the cheese to see if he’d eat without the additive.  Hunter stuck his nose in the bowl and sniffed, lifted his head and glared at me, “What are you pulling here?  Where’s my CHEESE?” then he went and lay down on his bed in protest.  That didn’t last long before he decided he was hungry and would eat what he had even if it is sub-standard.  I guess he would eat plain kibble, but since he still needs the calories I’ll continue to add the cheese.  It makes him happy.

Hunter also went to Claws and Paws for a Cause mobile vet today for his Rabies vaccination, heart worm test and microchipping.  He did really well.  He’s a good boy.

Aug 12

Hunter’s favorite “game” to play during his free-play sessions, especially in the cool of the morning, is RUNNING!  Sometimes he will take off and run a half-dozen laps around out big play yard at full gallop.  You’d think this Labrador was part Greyhound!

Aug 20

Hunter has taken to a new form of greeting me when it is not meal time.  At meal times he is eager to get his bowl.  At play times he often comes to the gate, stands up and gently puts his paws on my chest then lays his head on my shoulder, “Hello friend.  I love you.”  He is SUCH a sweet boy!

Aug 29 — ADOPTED

We are pleased to announce that Hunter has found a forever home. Two nice people came to visit him today. They have been talking about him with Dennis for some time. Hunter was a little nervous at first, but once he go to know them he liked them so much he decided to go home with them.

He was excited by the prospect of going for a ride, but he settled right in and promised to be a really good boy for them.

Lets ROLL!

He also promised to write us and send a photo now and then so we’d know he was alright.  Happy Tails, Hunter!

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