You have a decent career job, friends who are good enough to throw back a few beers with on the weekends, and a nice home in a state you love. You may or may not be single, but it’s fine either way because there’s always Tinder. Yet, despite your apparent success, there’s something missing. Ah! Yes, a dog. We’ve done our due diligence and found the perfect rescue dog for residents of all 50 states. This week, we’ve got the welcome mat of dog breeds to match the welcoming tradition of New York.

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…Labrador Retriever
New York is, essentially, the historical welcome mat of the United States. It became the new home for many during the mass immigration of the early 1900s, when people fled their home countries due to war, famine, or religious persecution seeking a better life. New York City continues to be a sanctuary city for refugees and immigrants. It is also, not unexpectedly, the number one tourist city in the country. The New Yorker ought to consider adopting a dog that upholds New York’s welcoming tradition: the Labrador Retriever.

One of the most outgoing dog breeds, Labrador Retrievers love to make new friends, while still remaining extremely loyal to their families. Labs have kind, expressive eyes. They are intelligent and empathetic, making them excellent service dogs. They aid the blind, the deaf, people suffering from PTSD, the mobility-impaired, and more. These dogs are so sweet that they end up making pathetic guard dogs. But that’s what home alarm systems are for. Labrador Retrievers care about others, upholding New York’s history of compassion.

Labrador Retrievers love the outdoors and are very playful. They would thrive taking in the upstate New York air, going on hikes by the Hudson, and being your jogging companion along the paths of the Adirondacks or even Central Park. If you are a New Yorker ready to welcome a most welcoming dog into your home, here are some great adoption resources.

New York Labrador Retriever Rescue Resources
New York State Retriever Rescue
North Shore Animal League
Lab Lovers Rescue
New York Lab Rescue



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