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  • Dog
  • Labrador Retriever Mix
  • Labrador Retriever Mix
  • Arlington, VA
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Large
  • Black
Arlington, VA


Coat length
Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.

Meet Abby

If you are interested in adopting Abby, please fill out our dog adoption questionnaire and e-mail it to

Breed Estimate:     Lab mix

Gender:    Female

Approximate weight:    65 lbs

Approximate age:    6-7 years old

Location:     Foster home in Alexandria, VA

Cratetrained:    Yes

Coat Type:    Short - little brushing needed

Abby was rescued from a rural SC shelter. She had been surrendered there by her owner due to no fault of her own. Since Abby is a very loyal, loving, and funny dog, HT decided to rescue her so that she can find a new home.

She is a happy and gentle girl who loves all people and gets along with cats. Abby is very affectionate. She likes to give puppy kisses and snuggle. When you pet her, Abby just collapses to the floor and rolls over for a good belly rub. You will be amused watching her excitedly bouncing around or wiggling and kicking her feet in the air while scratching her back on the floor.

She has quite a bit of energy for a middle-aged girl. Abby would be a good buddy for someone who wants an exercise partner. She absolutely loves to play fetch. If there is no one to play fetch with her, she will happily toss her squeaky toys around to amuse herself. Once she has had a chance to play, Abby is happy to curl up next to you. She is a real snugglebug.

When passing other dogs while on leash, Abby becomes excited. This manifests in yelping, barking, jumping, and pulling. She is still learning to curb her initial over-exuberance when meeting new dogs. After she is slowly introduced to another dog, she will walk calmly with them (see video). Off-leash, Abby plays well at the dog park. She'll do best in a home with another medium- to large-sized dog or two to keep her company.

Because she's an active dog, she needs to run and play to burn off her daily energy. Her ideal home would be one where she will not be leash-walked, but would have lots of playtime in a large yard with a 6 foot fence (she can jump 4-5 feet). Abby is super smart, learns things very quickly, and is extremely eager to please. She already knows the basic commands Sit, Stay, and Come. This is a well-mannered girl who doesn’t get on the furniture, waits patiently for her food, and is not toy or food possessive. When not distracted by other dogs, she walks well on the leash.

Abby goes in her crate with a simple “crate-up” command and a special treat. If you don’t make a fuss saying hello/good-bye, she doesn't make a fuss about being in the crate. When you return, Abby will greet you like she hasn’t seen you in ages! She sleeps through the night on a dog bed and doesn’t make a sound. Abby is fully housebroken. Due to spay incontinence, Abby will need to be on Proin for the rest of her life. But it is an inexpensive medication and works beautifully.

This girl is a lovebug and almost perfect! But she needs a strong, patient person with a firm presence who know how to control dogs and will continue Abby's training. Are you the special someone who will give this amazing girl a loving home? She will repay you with her adoration, heartfelt sighs, and happy snuggles. Please apply to adopt Abby today.

The adoption fee for this dog is $300, which helps with the cost of routine vet care. This fee INCLUDES spay/neuter. Our adult animal fees range and are based on: fees we pay to shelters, vetting costs, transport costs, and boarding costs. Some animals cost more than others to rescue, so that is why our fees range from $275-$350.

Be sure to ask us about getting a free 30-minute phone consult with a professional dog trainer within the first 30 days of adopting - just for HT adopters. Start your new dog out on the right foot with this valuable, expert advice and guidance FREE!

Want to meet a handful of dogs in person? Check out a list of our upcoming pet adoption events.

You can save animals like this one by becoming a foster! Fosters are like way stations between high kill shelters and forever homes. We need fosters so that we can save dogs before they are euthanized at the shelters. If you are interested in becoming a foster, please check out our information about fostering.

Thank you for contacting Homeward Trails Animal Rescue and helping to save a life!


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