Training Pupdates

Zuma Pupdate 3/22/18

Zuma, Eddie and one of his brother's basking in the sun.Zuma has had quite a week with non-stop play with his two chocolate Lab brothers, receiving and opening a new box of toys from our friends at Nylabone, and overseeing the changing of a flat tire that my family had.  He's also the king of naps, taking them anytime and anywhere he can.  Zuma met his new veterinarian for his 10 week check up and was given a clean bill of health.  He now weighs a solid 22lbs, and everybody in their office loved him.  He has been visiting the local market, cafes, a tennis tournament, and a Pilates studio.  Zuma also caught the attention of one a LAPD officer, but don't worry, he's clean!  He is very well behaved and loves all the new adventures we've been taking him on and meeting new friends in the neighborhood including his neighbor Eddie the Pitbull. 

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Zuma and Sara update March 7, 2018

Zuma taking in the LA scene.Zuma has been quickly settling into his new life in Los Angeles.  The cast and crew at NBC Los Angeles have been delighted to meet and play with Zuma and we look forward to sharing our story on their early Zuma checking out the LA scene.morning broadcasts.  Zuma has also recieved a warm welcome from his new family of humans and dogs and has fallen in love with his two chocolate Labrador brothers Ben Brown and Teddy Bear.  They however, are still warming up to him but have been secretly giving him kisses when they think no one is watching.  Zuma loves to go for walks and he loves to chew on all of his big brother's toys.   

Zuma has made a bunch of visits to local LA spots like his local organics shop and surf store, took in a yoga class, and he even went to the Chanel Oscar party.  On top of that he's had dinner at the family's favorite restaurant in Malibu and has had play dates with a new friend Kimchi, a french bulldog.  Be sure to check back for updates.

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Introducing the Class of 2019

Meet Zuma

Hello Los Angeles!  I'm ZUMA, the new NBC Los Angeles puppy with a purpose.  I’m super stoked to be spending the next 16 months with you in the sunshine state.  I’ll be This little black lab pup is Zuma.learning a lot so I can become an awesome service dog, and one day be paired with a veteran. I can’t wait to strut my stuff on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, show off at Venice Beach, and maybe visit Disneyland and Universal Studios.  Be sure to catch me every month on NBC Los Angeles and be sure to check into my Instagram account.  Time to bounce - see you soon. 

Birthday: January 2, 2018
Mom: Muffin (Yellow Labrador Retriever)
Dad: Pancho (Black Labrador Retriever)
Siblings: Seven brothers and sisters (5 yellow male, 2 black female)
This little male black Labrador Retriever has a spunky personality, loves to play, and is very curious.
Meet Sara Ell
Sara Ell has a passion and love for dogs – she’s raised Labrador Retrievers her whole life – and she believes animals can make an enormous difference in people’s lives. Her two Labs are certified therapy dogs, and they make frequent visits to Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Portrait of Sara.As the fiancée of a veteran, Sara is also involved with the veteran community. In addition to her hospital visits with her therapy dogs, Sara and her daughter bring the dogs to the local VA hospital to work with veterans.

She is honored and excited to raise KNBC-TV’s future service dog for America’s VetDogs; raising a future service dog for a veteran with disabilities resonates with her, knowing that someday, this dog could help mitigate symptoms that result from PTSD or other disabilities.   “Animals can be so adaptable to an individual’s needs and can help tackle difference surroundings. They instantly put smiles on anyone’s face who they may encounter.” – Sara Ell.

In addition to her work with veterans and therapy dogs, over the past five years, Sara has donated her time and energy to numerous charity organizations, including Children Mending Hearts and the Children’s Justice Campaign.

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Photo of a black and yellow plush Lab toy with an AVD vest.