Valerie is a sweet 1.5 year-old Black Lab mix female with a fluffy coat so there may be some Collie or Flat-coated Retriever in her family tree. She came into an overcrowded rural county dog shelter as a stray so we have no history on her previous life. Valerie made the trip to Canine Lifeline to have more time to find the perfect new home. She is a very friendly girl who gets along well with people and other dogs. Upon arrival, we noticed that Valerie walked with a limp on her left front leg. X-rays revealed that she has an old injury to her elbow which has healed and is not able to be repaired surgically. The only recourse would be amputation but she gets around quite well on that leg so that isn’t warranted. She will likely develop arthritis in that joint at a younger age so may need to be on a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory in the future. For now, the vet advises that Valerie be kept at an ideal weight and, while normal light activity is fine for her, she would not be a candidate for a hiking or jogging dog. Valerie has excellent crate manners and may be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. She weighs about 35 pounds and her adoption fee is $200. She’s spayed, heartworm negative and on monthly preventative, up to date on vaccinations, wormed, on flea preventative, and microchipped. All Canine Lifeline adoptions come with a two-week trial period to make sure it’s a great match before the adoption is finalized. Please email if you’re interested in Valerie. An approved application is required before we schedule meets with any of our dogs. All of our dogs come to us from county dog pounds so we have no history on them. We also have no foster homes with young children so aren’t comfortable placing any of them in a home with children less than 4-5 years of age. We try to respond to inquiries within 24-48 hours so if you haven’t heard from us within that time frame, please check your junkmail or spam folder to make sure our reply hasn’t landed in there.