Sunday, November 30, 2008

Holiday hopes

I have written several times to tell people the story of the Q Brothers. The Q Brothers were 3 little tuxedo kittens who arrived at the HSSC unable to be handled in any way. They had no socialization, had probably been taken from their mother way too early and everyone wondered it they could be saved. One by one the brothers got adopted. First out the door was QTip and then a couple of months later, QMart joined him.
That left Quackers, the most shy of the kittens.
He began being my feline reporter while at the Herald-Tribune and has written a couple of items since converting to Critter Comments. He had his own video, he lived in our free-roaming cat room and was the longest resident at the shelter.
Quackers found a home yesterday. Finally, after all this time and this afternoon I received a letter from him, along with a photo of his new Mom and Dad. He found his "Home 4 the Holidays."

Dear Miss Jean,

I wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed being your feline correspondent at the Humane Society these past few months. It has been great fun being able to tell your bloggers about all of the feline happenings.
Even though I have really enjoyed it the time has come for me to resign my position and pass the baton on to another of my pals. You see something truly amazing and spectacular happened to me yesterday.


A very lovely couple, who have adopted from the shelter before, saw me on Comcast and just felt I really, really, really deserved to have a home to call my home.
So after 660 days of living at the Humane Society of Sarasota County I got to sleep in my own home in my own bed last night. Just how cool is that? Do you know what that means? It means that I am “Home 4 the Holidays” plus I get to stay after the Christmas and all of the decorations are taken down.


I wanted you to see me and my new family so here is a picture of me and my mom and dad and my very special friend Miss Marty (she’s holding me) from the shelter. Miss Mary and her co-workers have taken great care of me for almost two years. I have been one very lucky kitty to have such great friends who have loved me and helped me reach my special day.

Please tell all of your bloggers that I wish them all Happy Holidays. Oh yeah would you please tell them one more thing for me and my shelter pals?

Don’t Shop!! Adopt!!

Forever your friend,


Kitties for the holidays

Are you looking for that special kitty? Did you know that Puffy Paws Kitty Haven has the area's largest number of adoptable cats and kittens?
You may view them at Puffy Paws Kitty Haven Open House every Monday & Wednesday between the hours of 4 pm - 8 pm and Saturday between the hours of 1 pm - 5 pm.

They are located on 270 Lakeview Lane in Englewood.

So come on out and adopt a friend for life ! For more information go on-line to or cal (941) 473-5406

Man's (or woman's) best friend

When a dog leaves the shelter to travel on to a better life, you always hope they will find everything they need to live a wonderful existence with a family who will love and care for them. Yesterday, I watched a match made in heaven when a beautiful dog crawled in the lap of a young teenage boy and made herself at home. The young man thought she was the most beautiful dog he had ever seen and I am sure they will become best friends.
When I was telling my Mom about the story on the phone, she related a story of when she was a young girl and who her best friend was. My mom will be 80 in June, was born in Lakeland, Florida all those years ago, long before Florida became the state it is today. Although she grew up with 3 dogs in the household, her best friend was a pit bull mix named Ginger. Ginger was the color of ginger and my grandfather brought the puppy home to my mom as a birthday gift.
She told me last night she would whisper all her secrets in Ginger's ear and he would give her kisses, as if he knew he was not supposed to tell anyone. They went everywhere together, she trained him to retrieve the newspaper, (then got in trouble when he retrieved every paper in the neighborhood), how to sit, stay, come, and not go potty in the house. He was the first to hear about her dates, her spats with girlfriends and her engagement to my Dad. Ginger lived to be very old, in a house with 2 cocker spaniels, my mother and grandparents. He was, in my mother's words, "Her best friend until the end."
Wouldn't it be nice if all kids could grow up with a friend like that?

Words in action

I have always been facinated by word meanings and the translation from speaking a sentence and the way the brain translates the information.
I remember reading a book called "The Alienist" and realizing about 5 pages in, the word alienist was used in 1896 to describe what we now know as a psychologist. I thought I was reading about little green men.
What does all this have to do with animals and animal rescue, you might ask? Well, one of my favorite words is perception. How do people perceive what you say and when it comes back it is not what you said at all? Does the brain scramble our words or are we speaking in a language which people have a hard time understanding?
Perception is listed in my dictionary as "the understanding, knowledge, etc., gotten by perceiving or a specific idea, concept, impression etc., so formed." I think the key words here are understanding and knowledge.
I have come across situations where what I told someone, and what they heard are two different conversations, sometimes to the point that you wonder if they actually remember talking to you. This is where you ask, "Did they even hear what I was saying?"
One of my favorites is telling a person that a dog will bite. Then they stick their hand in the dog's face and are bitten. They can't imagine why I didn't warn them. The truth is, I did. Did they perceive my conversation as the dog would not bite them? Or maybe the dog would bite on command? Or they knew enough about dogs in general and I couldn't possible know what I was talking about? Maybe they simply weren't listening to what I was saying?
I do know conversations with animal people get scrambled all the time. If someone's perception is you said something, most times you will never convince them otherwise.
Maybe that is why they are now teaching listening skills in college.

Mutt Mutterings: The season is upon us

Good morning to all my readers. I have spent another holiday at the shelter and my 6 month anniversary is Monday. 6 months in the shelter. That is not a record I am proud of, but am grateful for all the love and care I receive here.

I am always the first to go out in the morning because I know to keep my kennel spotless so really love that first run in the morning. Then I come back and lay on my bed. Some nice person donated a Kuranda bed to the shelter and with a nice, fluffy comforter, it is the perfect spot to lay and play with my stuffed toys.

Sometimes I walk to the outside part of my kennel and lay in the sunshine, if I am not out walking with the volunteers. One of my special friends is teaching me to play and jump for a tennis ball. I am 5 years old, but who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

I didn't get any turkey for Thanksgiving, but I did get this new diet food, the name escapes me, but I really like it. I wish I liked those healthy treats. You know, carrots and the like, but I just can't stand that mushy stuff. Do they make healthy, crunchy treats? I really love the junk food. Can you relate to that?

We had a lot of animals find homes since Thanksgiving and someone even looked at me. They said they would be back next week, so keep your fingers crossed. We had so many dogs moving in and moving out in the same day, I couldn't keep track. 1 little white dog, one of the humans called her a Westie, was only in her new home about 10 minutes. Another little dog, one of those hot dogs with long hair went the same way. This striking looking dog, who was all white, a boxer, whatever that is, also gets to go home on Monday. Not too many mutts went home, but I did hear someone looked at Red, the old man here. He is only 7, but he has itchy skin. They tried to see if we could become play buddies, especially since Droopy got adopted. That didn't work though, because he likes toys, and I like toys and we don't want to share.

Angelina went home to Deltona. Someone was here visiting from out of town and saw her and fell in love. She is going to have her own teenage boy to love. Isn't that what holidays are all about? Last, but certainly not least, was this little thing they called a chihuahua. Her name was Bambi. She only weighed 3 pounds. Can you imagine? She had a little pink sweater on and the lady who adopted her could only have one, so her brother is still here. His name is Paco and he is 6. He is not as tiny either. I am sure he will be lonely for a little while. I was when my sister got adopted right after we came in the shelter and they didn't take me.

I heard we may be really busy next week. Of course, if we have puppies come out it will be crazy because people always love the puppies.

I am still hopeful that lady who looked at me will come back. Keep your fingers crossed and my friend will let you know if I find my forever home this week. Until next week, or I find a home, keep smiling and remember your holiday cheer. Santa Claus is coming. Hopefully, for more of us shelter guests.


Labrador available for adoption

Hi! Looking for a gal that is loyal.....has deep brown eyes and wants to cuddle? Here I am. Binkie is the name. I am about a year old but already I am well mannered, crate and house trained and I know some basic commands.

I LOVE to play frisbee and to take walks. My foster mom tells me I am very good on the leash....I do not pull or tug. Not bad for a young gal! Currently I am undergoing heartworm treatment but I will be ready for my new home at the beginning of January.

WOW, what a way to start the new year....a new family! That would be wonderful. I have not had a loving family, but that is my wish for the new year.

If you think you would like to play frisbee, take a walk or just sit and cuddle come visit. I would like to meet you. Maybe when our eyes meet we would know that this is what we both have been waiting for; the perfect match!

If you are interested in meeting or adopting Binkie or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website or call 1-866-464-LABS. LRROF has all our Labs microchipped, spayed or neutered, up to date on shots and each adoption comes with a 30 day pre-paid pet health insurance plan. All applicants will have a home inspection and vet reference (if applicable).

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Kitty supply drive

Puffy Paws Kitty Haven is proud to present its' first annual Kitty Supply Drive For The Holidays.
If you wish to donate yummy food , toys and other kitty supplies, there will be donation boxes set up at Mike’s Pet Store in Englewood , Big Lots on 776 and Loving Care Animal Hospital.
For more information please go On-line to or call 941 - 473 - 5406.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Special cat in Englewood

Meet Lexie. She is a 3 year old female declawed, Maine Coon Kitty.

She acts just like a little doggie. She is a very loving lap cat.

Lexie is everything that you want in a kitty.

You can meet her and all the other kitties up for adoption at Puffy Paws Kitty Haven - Open House, every Mon & Wed - 4 pm - 8 pm and Saturday - 1 pm - 5 pm.( 270 Lakeview Lane - Englewood ) Or you may go On-line at or call 941-473-5406

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Beginning the holiday season

Tomorrow is the busiest shopping day of the year. If you get a daily newspaper, it probably weighed 5 pounds due to the advertisements for everything merchants think we can't live without.
Tomorrow also amps up many shelters and rescues busy season. People are very loving and giving during the holidays. We see it over and over in the donations we receive during this time. Even people who have little, give what they can to the less fortunate.
There are many animals in shelters this season who are less fortunate. Some are a direct result of this economy we all seem to be struggling with.
Speaking for myself, there are several dogs I would bring home with me to live the rest of their lives as part of my family, but monetary concerns must always come first. I simply cannot afford another pet at this time. It is my hope I will be able to do so in the future, but not right now.
If you are looking for a pet, please don't shop at the pet stores. There are hundreds of animals in shelters in this area who are looking for a home for the holidays. They range from pocket pets, the HSSC has 7 gerbils, to the many different dogs and cats which are available.
Would you like an older dog or cat? One that is ready for a family with only minimum training involved? There are lots of those available.
Or maybe a couple of kittens? After all, they will need a playmate while you are at work. How about a couch potato dog, who simply wants to lay at your feet and gnaw on a bone? We have those, too!
So at the beginning of this holiday season, if you have room in your heart and home, please think about a new best friend. Don't let these guys spend another Christmas without their own family. They need you, now more than ever.
There are many shelters and rescues who have many dogs and cats available for adoption this holiday season. Please visit one in your area and if you don't find exactly what you are looking for, visit another one. Most are listed in the phone book, several links are located on the right hand side of my blog, and many have lists of area shelters and rescues you can visit.
Thank you and have a wonderful holiday season.

This is justice

Check out this story about a police dog who bit a man accused of dogfighting. Turnabout is fair play.

What a great idea

When you read a story like the one here, you realize there are many people who actually do have an animal's best interest at heart.

My favorite holiday

As I take time to reflect on the past year, I have a lot to be thankful for. Although many things happened this year that upset the normal balance which I call my life, the blessings I have offset the disappointments.
Today, I have a turkey in the oven and a roof over my head. When I leave work, I will get to speak to my Mom, who at almost 80 years old was in the hospital this time last year. My dogs are doing well and I expect my son will be by to eat. (He hasn't missed a meal yet.)
I work and play with an amazing group of people who give of their time and money to help those less fortunate who cannot speak for themselves, the shelter guests.
As you are giving thanks today, please remember the animals. If your house needs that perfect pet, stop by your local shelter tomorrow or Saturday and see what is available. They would love to find a home for the rest of the holiday season.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Help the animals at McCurdy's

A special charity event featuring to benefit the HSSC will be on Tuesday, December 2 at 7:30p.m. at McCurdy's Comedy Club.
The club is located at 3333 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota near Jungle Gardens. The tickets are $15 per person (plus 2 item minimum). 100% of the ticket sales proceeds goes to the HSSC. Come by the shelter to buy tickets or call Cherie at 955-4131, ext. 121.

Apologies not accepted

So, Michael Vick apologized to his family, to the court, and to all the kids who looked up to him when entering his plea agreement in Virginia. But, the dogs are still dead. He still took part in one of the most heinous acts against dogs. He was brutal and to him, it was simply a gambling venture. He was one of the richest and most popular NFL players and he blew it.
He doesn't EVER deserve another shot in the NFL.
You can read the story here. I hope it still makes people as angry as when it first hit the press.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Mutt Mutterings: A happy Thanksgiving

Hello to all my faithful readers.
I wanted to check in with you and wish you all a happy Thanksgiving. We dogs who are guests at the shelter have a lot to be thankful for this year.

We have warm beds to sleep on and plenty of good food and water. We are thankful for the many volunteers and staff who come in and spend time with us every day. They give us treats (me, not so many. I am on a diet, you know!) and hugs and kisses and make us feel very loved.

Today we got baths in a weird machine. Some of us didn't like it and I noticed Red got a special bath in the tub, with two humans taking care of him. He then got his special denim bed he loves so much and he was very happy.

We also have some new guests and I am thankful they had some place to come when their owner didn't want them anymore. Of course, the little white fluffy one named Bun Bun, went home almost as fast as she came in the door.

One of our new residents, King Tut is a big boy. He is twice the size of me, but he already has a hold on his kennel. So maybe he will get a real home for Thanksgiving. The two others are in kennels behind me and they are just youngsters. Only 6 months old so they think this is a field trip. They are pretty handsome young males, so I doubt they will be here long.

My play buddy, Droopy, went home today, too. He was pretty rambunctious but I was getting more exercise with him to play with. I hope I get another buddy soon. Some of the dogs just like to lay in the sunshine and chill. Others run, run, run. I am kinda in the middle. I probably should run more, but I am contented to simply walk.

I wonder if they are serving turkey to us on Thursday. Do shelters have turkey dinner? Boy, wouldn't I love some turkey and gravy. You get that when you live in a real home with a real family. I haven't found one of those yet, but I am still waiting. Turkey isn't fattening, is it? You see, the vet put me on a diet and that must be the most boring food they make for dogs. I simply hate it. Maybe they will spice it us for us on Thursday. It is Thanksgiving you know?

Well, that is my report for today. Make sure you give thanks for everything good in your life. We all have lots to be thankful for; our health, our food, our housing and all the people who care about us.

See? Even shelter dogs are thankful for the things they have. We all know a good home is just around the corner. We will be even more thankful when that day comes.


When the animals lose

There is an interesting fact about animal shelters and animal control organizations. Most people who are not involved in animal welfare agencies, always think they can do better.
Private shelters are governed by a board of directors. The board of directors is responsible for the executive director. The executive director is responsible for the shelter manager, who is then responsible for the other managers; kennel, adoption, volunteers, etc. Those managers are then responsible for the individuals under them.
I have met so many people who think shelters do an awesome job. I have also met people who think, if given a chance, they could do a better job with the animals. In many cases, these people would fail miserably. The reason for failure is the naivete they have in what it takes to actually run an animal control organization. Then, when the organization changes in any way that doesn't agree with their values, they want to talk about what a horrible organization it is. Go elsewhere to adopt; they are killing animals; they are Nazis; they are stupid. "They" are always to blame and unfortunately, the animals are the ones to suffer.
I have never, in all my years, seen an empty animal shelter or rescue. Ever. I have seen animals brought in who are in such bad shape physically, they are suffering. I have seen animals brought in who searched for their owner for days, after living with the same person for 12 or 13 years. When people who think "they" know what's best for a shelter, when they have no experience in the operation of one, the animals are the ones who lose, not the people they are speaking against.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Very special Labrador available

I love all dogs and fall in love with everyone I post. I always check to see if they have found homes and when they are still looking, I will post them again.
Beau is a dog like that. I have featured him a couple of times and because of his special handicap (which he doesn't know about), I want to feature him again and ask you to keep him in mind if you are looking. Here is Beau's story:

My name is Beau and I am a young energetic black male Lab that is 1.5-2 years old. I'm smart, friendly, playful and full of happiness. I love everyone and everything, I get along with cats, dogs, turtles, birds; you name it I love them.

My life did not start very well .... I was at the Miami shelter where I was rescued by a volunteer with Pug Rescue - she was down there to pick up a Pug who was scheduled to be euthanized and saw me......thank goodness!!! I was facing the same fate and she could not leave me.

Pug rescue tried hard to find me a home for several months but had no luck. People were coming to see pugs and they were not interested in a Lab! I don't know why? Pug Rescue contacted Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida since my foster had to go up north for the summer. I was in the home alone and a neighbor was coming to the house to feed me and let me out. I was really lonely.

But now I am with LRROF and my life has changed. I live with a foster family and they take very good care of me.....but I really want to find a family that will love me forever. There is something you need to know. I do have a slight handicap in my front paws, however, I don't even realize it because it doesn't slow me down (I think it kinda gives me character). My front feet turn outward very dramatically - not just a little. But this really doesn't slow me down at all - I can > run and play with the best of them.

The vet says I was born with turned out front legs and he also says it shouldn't hamper my life expectancy by any means. I just need to find a family that loves me for me and doesn't look only at my front legs. I am a very happy go lucky, very sweet least that is what my foster mom says!

I am housebroken and very well behaved. I love to go hunting in the backyard for lizards, trips in the car and to the doggie park to hang out with all my buddies. I am a VERY special dog who truly deserves a great forever home. Please come visit and let's see if we make a match for a special needs lab with a special family.

If you are interested in meeting BEAU or adopting or one of our other labs please contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website or call 1-866-464-LABS. LRRoF has all our labs microchipped, spayed or neutered, up-to-date on shots and each adoption comes with a 30 day pre-paid pet health insurance plan. All applicants will have a home inspection and vet reference (if applicable).

Gidget is a 7-1/2 month old Shepherd/terrier mix.
Gidget's owner gave her to a friend. The friend already had two dogs so after just a week they realized they couldn't afford to care for a third dog. So now seven month old Gidget (born 3/31/08) is here with us looking for a new family and home.
She is already spayed and up to date with her vaccinations. She did well with the other dogs and the kids at the friend's home. She was kept outside so we are not sure if she is completely housetrained.
The friend told us that she is affectionate and very friendly. She loves to play as most seven month old puppies like to do. Gidget is the oldest puppy in the shelter at this time.
She is very nice and easy going for the most part, but she is still a puppy. Our volunteers are making sure she is getting lots of attention while here at the shelter because this is an important time in a puppy’s development. They are working on basic commands and leash walking.
Gidget knows she can be a great family pet if given the opportunity. She has the most adorable ears - one points up and the other points down. She is hoping that will make you want to meet her when you stop by the shelter. Come on in and ask to meet this cute little lady!
We are located at 2331 15th Street in Sarasota. You can also check us out here or call 955-4131.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Man arrested for trying to save his pets

ZEPHRYHILLS, Fla. (AP) -- A Pasco County man is facing charges after trying to run into his burning home to save his pets.
According to an online arrest report, Henry Ben Morgan is facing a felony charge of obstructing the extinguishment of a fire and a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest without violence.
Sheriff's deputies and firefighters who responded to burning home Friday morning yelled at Morgan to stay back. According to a report, authorities had to restrain him so he would not jump into the fire through a window.
Pasco Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Mike Ciccarello said Morgan's home is a "total loss," and crews could not save the animals.

Suspected puppy mill raided

Lakeland deputies raided a suspected puppy mill and removed approximately 90 puppies living in horrible conditions. The puppies were pomeranians, yorkies and pugs. As I was watching the video attached to the story and listened to the woman crying about losing her other pets, a rottweiler and a doxie, I thought about what everyone says about puppy mill owners. They are in it for the money. This is really a sad story and I hope adopters come out in huges numbers to give these animals homes. I also hope they find her guilty as charged and she is not allowed to own dogs again. Read the story and watch the video here.

Special cat in Sarasota

Two Face was brought to the shelter on March 8, 2008 because his previous owner had too many animals to care for. He is the offspring of a family pet. Two Face was born on July 7, 2007. Two Face has an easygoing disposition. He was afraid of the dogs in the family and a bit timid around children as a youngster. He got along well with other cats in his former home and he has done very well with his kennel mates here at the shelter.

He is a big beautiful boy. He is white with patches of tabby markings. He is friendly and enjoys his time with the volunteer cat cuddlers. We have found him to be curious about new things.This fellow is really hoping that this is going to be his time to find a new family.

Two Face has two wishes for this holiday season. The first is to be Home 4 the Holidays and the second is that his adopters find him a new name! Come on by the shelter at 2331 15th Street in Sarasota and meet Two Face! You can also check him and all his friends out here or call 955-4131 and ask about him.

Mutt Mutterings: Another week gone

Hello faithful readers,
So, how are you finding this cooler weather? Me personally, I kinda like it. We all get really frisky here at the shelter when the weather turns cooler. You should see our shelter dog, Mandy Sue. She simply prances across the courtyard. Of course, then she tries to sneak past the humans to parade down the rows like a princess in front of all of us in the kennels. She knows she has it made, while all of us are still looking.

We have had several adoptions since I spoke to you last but the biggest impact is Droopy. Droopy is my play buddy and he got adopted along with another shelter dog, Jasmine. Droopy hasn't gone home yet, not until Monday, so I still have two more days to play with him. Of course, I heard them talking about letting Red and I become play buddies, since he is Jasmine's play buddy, but we will see what happens.

Jasmine is another one of our long time residents. She had been in the shelter since May. Now she is not only going to have a home, but a play buddy and over an acre of land to run on. She will be in heaven. Naturally I will miss Droopy, but now she has to put up with his teenage antics and not me.

Two new dogs found homes yesterday but since they had just arrived, I didn't get to interact with them at all. My friend came in and we had a nice walk. He is really working on finding me a new home, but no one is looking for a dog like me right now. I did have a nice older gentleman look at me, but he said he needed to bring his daughter back, since I would be staying with her when he went out of town. I haven't seen him since. Once again, he may come back and he may not. That is why we look so sad sometimes. We know when someone is finally going home, and we know it is not us. This guy who looked at me commented on that. He ask my matchmaker if that is why I looked so sad. He was right.

I do have a nice bed, off the floor, and I am NOT fond of that food they call diet. I have been trying to find acorns to eat. I have to supplement my diet with something filling. My friend doesn't like me eating them, but he isn't starving like I am. I mean, if they are good enough for squirrels, then they must be okay.

Diesel might even get to go home. I heard it was with a Jack Russel terrier. Man, are those rubber band dogs. They bounce more than my rubber ball. I hope it is a tough little dog. Mama Mia is Diesel's play buddy and she is a tough one. She plays hard and rough. Too rough for me.

I am glad people are coming in the shelter and looking. I still feel my turn is right around the corner. I am standing up, wagging my tail and looking sad with each person who passes by. I just have to get them to stop and meet me and it will happen.

Put in a good word for me will ya? Until next time.


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Special Labrador for adoption

Blake is an adorable 2 year old black Lab weighing about 64 pounds with a nice shiny coat. He's a very affectionate boy that is as loyal as they come. He gets along with everyone and is curious about cats.

He is a gentle and charming boy that is playful and loves to carry things in his mouth. Blake is crate trained, house trained and is very interested in his surroundings. He is smart and learns quickly.....he would be great with an active family since he is young and active too. Blake is on his way to learning the basic commands but he would benefit from an obedience class and maybe even agility training for exercise.

If you are looking for a lover and a best friend come visit Blake....he maybe the one! If you are interested in meeting or adopting Blake or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website or call 1-866-464-LABS. LRROF has all our Labs microchipped, spayed or neutered, up to date on shots and each adoption comes with a 30 day pre-paid pet health insurance plan. All applicants will have a home inspection and vet reference (if applicable).

Blake is an adorable 2 year old black Lab weighing about 64 pounds with a nice shiny coat. He's a very affectionate boy that is as loyal as they come. He gets along with everyone and is curious about cats.

He is a gentle and charming boy that is playful and loves to carry things in his mouth. Blake is crate trained, house trained and is very interested in his surroundings. He is smart and learns quickly.....he would be great with an active family since he is young and active too. Blake is on his way to learning the basic commands but he would benefit from an obedience class and maybe even agility training for exercise.

If you are looking for a lover and a best friend come visit Blake....he maybe the one! If you are interested in meeting or adopting Blake or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website or call 1-866-464-LABS. LRROF has all our Labs microchipped, spayed or neutered, up to date on shots and each adoption comes with a 30 day pre-paid pet health insurance plan. All applicants will have a home inspection and vet reference (if applicable).

Friday, November 21, 2008

Special kitten in Englewood

Meet Lucky. This brave little tuxedo kitten received his name because he is lucky
to be alive since he was thrown from a speeding car. A very caring gentleman
saw this tragic event happen and rescued him from the roadside and brought him to Puffy Paws.
You can meet him and all the other kitties up for adoption at Puffy Paws Kitty
Haven - Open House, every Saturday between 1 pm - 5 pm.
( 270 Lakeview Lane - Englewood ) Or you may go online at or call 941-473-5406.

What we knew all along

One of the greatest lies in animal welfare is the one puppy stores tell customers. "Oh no, we get ALL our puppies from reputable breeders. NONE of our puppies come from puppy mills." So, do you actually think they are going to tell you the truth when they want you to spend thousands of dollars on puppies? Of course not. What dream world do you live in?
The HSUS now has a whole team dedicated to shutting down puppy mills. Puppy mills where dogs are nothing more than high priced ticket items, a commodity if you will, to enrich the puppy mill owners' pocketbooks.
The only way for consumers to stop this insane practice is to hit the pet stores in their pocketbooks. Check out the report from the HSUS here.
Please opt to adopt. Don't let the puppy mill owners' win.

Like a fine wine....

Sarah is a DLH who is white with black bi-color. She is a young 12 years.
Like a fine wine, Sarah has gotten better with age since the last time we saw her. She was adopted from us four years ago when she was eight years old. Her mom is moving and unable to take Sarah with her to the new home.
Now this lovely cat is here hoping to meet you. Sarah has beautiful long hair. She has lived with kids, dogs, and cats. She is also front declawed so she has only lived indoors. Sarah had really hoped when she was adopted four years ago that she had found her fur-ever home but once again she is counting on you to want to give an “old girl” another chance.
She will make a fine addition to your family. She is affectionate and easy going.

Please stop in and ask to meet Miss Sarah! As very special senior feline, Sarah’s adoption fee is being sponsored by Jessie’s Fund so a carrier and a few dollars for her county license and she is all yours!

Come on in and help make it happen for the very lovely and very sweet Sarah! We are located at 2331 15th Street in Sarasota. You can call 955-4131 with any questions or check out Sarah and all her feline friends here.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

An Italian? ball of energy

Although Mama Mia is listed as a Boxer mix, She reminds me of a Boston Terrier mixed with a bulldog. She is a little girl, 2 years old and a total livewire. She was surrendered to HSSC on 8/07/08 because the owner could not afford to care for her any longer.
She was was heartworm positive and still nursing a litter of puppies. The puppies have found homes, she is heartworm free now, spayed and is ready to find her new home. She is up to date on her routine shots and is microchipped.

Once she calms down, she is a sweet, good natured girl who loves to held and loved. The K-9 Coaches at the shelter have been working on her obedience and she is trying really hard. The problem is, her energy level is so high, it takes her a little while to plant all four feet on the ground.

She does well with other dogs and has a play buddy at the shelter named Diesel. Her play buddy is a big boy and she wears him out.

If you want a dog and have lots of energy, she could be the dog for you. The shelter is located at 2331 15th Street in Sarasota. You can call 955-4131 and ask about her or check her out here.

When dogs bite and people lie

Several years ago, a new dog came into the kennels who was an "iffy" dog. Most of the volunteers had experienced no problems with him, but several of the staff had. This was long before testing and behavior modification came to the forefront of shelter work.
While walking a couple who were potential adopters through, the gentleman saw this dog and exclaimed, "That's XXXXX. I know that dog. He bit me." He proceeded to pull up his shirt sleeve and show me the scar on his shoulder where the bite had happened.
I immediately excused myself, went and got our kennel manager to talk to the man, and sure enough, this dog had been turned into us clearly marked without a bite history. But upon further examination, this dog was listed on Sarasota County's dangerous dog list.
Now, I have no idea why he was turned into us. Most reasons are excuses anyway, but I am sure his owners didn't want the dog destroyed because he had bitten someone. So they lied.
The problem with this is, they are putting other members of society at risk. This dog had not bitten once, but several times. Ultimately, the dog was euthanized.
I wish this story was not the norm for daily intakes at shelters. But it is. People who don't want the animal anymore, will lie to assuage their guilt in turning the animal in. They see no problem in relinquishing a dog and hope you don't find out the truth.
Now incoming animals are checked for a bite history. If the incoming dogs have one, they are euthanized. Shelters and animal rescues cannot take a chance with human aggressive dogs. The risks are simply too high.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Mars and Whitman: two for your sweet tooth

Mars and Whitman are 4 month old brothers. They arrived at our shelter along with their sisters Fanny Mae, Hershey, Nestle', and Godiva. These kittens were born on 7/24/08. Mars is an adorable orange and white tabby. Whitman is a just as adorable brown and black and white tabby.
They are all ready to find new homes. If you decide your sweet tooth needs "double the pleasure, double the fun" you can adopt two kittens for $85. Each one is as cute as the other so don’t worry about picking just one – adopt them together!! Hurry in and ask to meet our "sweet" boys Mars and Whitman.

They would love to part of your holiday plans so let’s get these boys Home 4 the Holidays! The shelter is located at 2331 15th Street in Sarasota. You can call 955-4131 with any questions and you can check out all the available kittens and cats here.

A place in the pack

Anyone who has ever read anything about dogs and dog behavior should know dogs are pack animals much like the wolves they are descended from. Unfortunately, when they bring a new dog or puppy into their home, they elevate the dog to leader status and then do not understand why the dog won't listen.
Another unfortunate misunderstanding is believing that because the resident dog was there first, the new dog will not be the leader dog. This causes many animals to be returned to shelters because two or three weeks after the new dog is in the home, it begins fighting with the resident dog. Most of the time the fights sound much worse than they are, and they begin when the new dog or sometimes the resident dog, are trying to establish their dominance.
Junior, who weighs in at about 127 pounds has always been the low dog on the totem pole in my house. As a puppy, he was raised with a dominant female and has always let the women push him around. He really just doesn't like to fight.
When I introduced him to Gypsy, who weighed about 75 pounds then, his little nub tail could not stop wagging. The first week you would not have known these two dogs had not lived their whole lives together. Junior was first and Gypsy was low in the pack.
I happened to be on the phone the first scrap they got into and it was over food. Gypsy tried to actually take food out of Junior's mouth. Luckily, the person I was on the phone with is an animal behaviorist and trainer and she asked me was there any blood. I told her no. Her response was, let them duke it out. It happened twice more, never any blood, and now Gypsy has risen to the top of the totem pole over Junior. He doesn't really mind I don't think, but they had to work it out among themselves. I am the leader and they come under me.
Many people would have returned Gypsy to the shelter saying she was picking on Junior and since Junior was there first, he should be higher than her. I see this all the time. The truth is, I could not make Junior top dog. He had to retain that himself, and he was willing to back down and let Gypsy take that spot.
To anyone who is thinking about bringing home a second dog please remember that you cannot orchestrate the heirarchy within the dogs. They must work it out for themselves.

Special needs dog in Sarasota

Mattel is one of the special dogs. He is about 1-1/2 years old. He is an amazing American Bulldog mix and he is deaf. At six months old his owner gave him to a relative who did nothing more then let Mattel live in the backyard. The thing is, he doesn't know he is deaf and tries to please everyone he comes in contact with.
No one really spent much time with him. There were kids in his family but Mattel was living outside. He would get bored and get himself in trouble by digging or being destructive to things in the yard. His owner didn't feel they could train him so they brought this wonderful fellow to us. We are very glad to have him here.
We are fortunate at our shelter to understand what a deaf dog needs. Our K-9 coaches have already started to work with Mattel. He is learning sit and down with the use of hand signals. Mattel will need his adopter to be willing to work and guide him through the training process. He is a very smart boy and we know he has what it takes to learn all of the commands just like any dog who is able to hear. We would like to recommend that you visit this website for more information regarding hearing impaired dogs.
Mattel would love to meet you so please stop in and ask to meet the big guy. We are located at 2331 15th Street in Sarasota. Questions: Call us at 955-4131 and we will be happy to answer them. Check out Mattel and all his friends here. We know that Mattel would love to be in your Home 4 the Holidays!!!

Sticks and stones

The discussion on many blogs brings out the best, and sometimes the worst in people. When people are passionate about animals, sometimes spur-of-the-minute thoughts outweigh reasonable, educated discussion. Things cannot get better on any front unless you have lots of educated discussion and very little name calling. Does this mean we all agree? Nope, it doesn't. But at least it sparks discussion that can and does benefit the animals.
Anyone who wants to comment on this blog is welcome to do so. Anyone who wants to spew half-truths, untruths, and vulgar names will not and should not be able to be heard.
Posters who want to call names, spout untruths and try to cause dissention among people who genuinely care about animals need to put their big girl panties on and grow up. You are not helping the problem. You are not bringing anything new to the table. You are simply allowing your vitrolic, mean-spirited attitude to come to the forefront and trying to make it part of the discussion.
The childhood saying, "Sticks and stones, may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." has never been more true. Especially when no one else can see them but me.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Twice as much joy

Mandy and Teddy are 4 year old sisters. Both are short hair tabbies. Their family divorced and no one wanted to take the cats. There was a dog in the family who went with one of the family members. For the girls it was different –
they were brought to our shelter.

Teddy has a lot more white on her and her markings are more brown. Mandy has a white chin and white on her feet. Her tabby markings have more black. They have always lived indoors and they are litter box trained. The ladies have lived with older children and, as we said, there was also a dog in the family. Teddy is friendly and playful with kids while Mandy is friendly but is a little more timid and she might hide at first.

Teddy is more of the player - she loved playing with the dog. Mandy is the couch potato - nothing like a good snuggle and snooze to keep her happy. They are both very gentle and mellow. Teddy is the more active and much more curious than Mandy. Mandy likes to take new things on with a little more caution.

These girls have spent their whole lives together so we would love to see them be able to stay together. To make that possible for you and for them if you adopt them as a pair you will only have one adoption fee of $55.

Teddy and Mandy would love to meet you so please stop in and ask to meet these wonderful sisters. The shelter is located at 2331 15th Street in Sarasota or you can check them and all their friends out here. Let’s help get them Home 4 the Holidays!!

The Florida statute on spay/neuter

This is one statutes that makes a whole lot of sense.

The 2008 Florida Statutes
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823.15 Dogs and cats released from animal shelters or animal control agencies; sterilization requirement.--
(1) The Legislature has determined that uncontrolled breeding of dogs and cats in the state results in the production of many more puppies and kittens than are needed to replace pet animals which have died or become lost or to provide pet animals for new owners. This leads to many dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens being unwanted, becoming strays and suffering privation and death, being impounded and destroyed at great expense to the community, and constituting a public nuisance and public health hazard. It is therefore declared to be the public policy of the state that every feasible means of reducing the production of unneeded and unwanted puppies and kittens be encouraged.
(2) In furtherance of this policy, provision shall be made for the sterilization of all dogs and cats sold or released for adoption from any public or private animal shelter or animal control agency operated by a humane society or by a county, city, or other incorporated political subdivision, by either:
(a) Providing sterilization by a licensed veterinarian before relinquishing custody of the animal; or
(b) Entering into a written agreement with the adoptor or purchaser guaranteeing that sterilization will be performed within 30 days or prior to sexual maturity. The shelter or animal control agency shall require a sufficient deposit from the adoptor or purchaser, which deposit shall be refundable upon presentation to the shelter or animal control agency of written evidence by the veterinarian performing the sterilization that the animal has been sterilized. The deposit or donation may be based upon recommended guidelines established by the Florida Federation of Humane Societies. Failure by either party to comply with the provisions of this paragraph shall be a noncriminal violation as defined in s. 775.08(3), punishable by a fine, forfeiture, or other civil penalty, and, in addition thereto, the deposit or donation shall be forfeited to the shelter or animal control agency. Any legal fees or court costs used for the enforcement of this paragraph are the responsibility of the adoptor. Upon the request of a licensed veterinarian, and for a valid reason, the shelter or animal control agency shall extend the time limit within which the animal must be sterilized.
(3) All costs of sterilization pursuant to this section shall be paid by the prospective adoptor unless otherwise provided for by ordinance of the local governing body, with respect to animal control agencies or shelters operated or subsidized by a unit of local government, or provided for by the humane society governing body, with respect to an animal control agency or shelter operated solely by the humane society and not subsidized by public funds.

Where are the numbers?

One of the things I have never understood with a lot of private shelters is why they don't release the number of animals they have. Most say people don't want to know. They only want happy stories and the funds will dry up for private shelters if they release their numbers of intake, adoption and euthanization.
Public animal control agencies in Florida must release their numbers under the Sunshine Laws. These facilities are run with your tax money and the public has a right to know where the money is going.
How refreshing and devastating it was to be cruising the internet and finding shelters who do release their numbers. How much more apt am I to support shelters like this because I realize from looking at the number of animals who make it out into a home is very small. They need money, not only for food and care, but for education and spay/neuter, to help decrease the number euthanized. Check out the numbers for this small humane society in Americus, Georgia.
You can see by the numbers they adopted out 399 animals from the period of July 2007 to June of 2008. During that same period they took in 2,328 from the county, the city, owner surrendered and out of county. 1,140 dogs were euthanized and 789 cats were euthanized.
Does this make me angry. You bet it does. Not at the shelter who is doing the best it can with the resources it has, but with the humans who continue to breed animals and dump animals to the point the only humane solution is euthanasia. Would I send this shelter a donation? Yep, I would. The reason I would is because I can see they are doing what they can, with the money they have and the area they are in.
Once again, the animals are the ones who are losing out.
Sarasota is one of the wealthiest counties in the state. I wonder how our numbers stack up.

Botulism cause of horses' death

It has been found in tests run on feed, the 100 horses who died in Summerfield had eaten a grass product called haylage, which is cheaper to feed to your horses than regular hay. The horses died from botulism. Apparently, cattle are not prone to botulism from haylage, but horses are. Read the entire story here. I have never heard of haylage. You do learn something new every day.

Vet care for homeless pets

With the downturn in the economy, many shelters are seeing an influx of pets belonging to the homeless. As the following story points out, many homeless won't seek out help for their pets because they are scared they will lose them because they are homeless.
A veterinarian in Ocala, received the first grant to provide care for homeless people's pets. This is a great story about caring. Read it here.

Another delayed decision

The wild horses roaming the west are in danger. This is nothing new. They have been in danger every year since I can remember reading stories about them.
There are several different reasons why they are in danger: no money to care for them, not as many people adopting them, in-breeding which is causing more medical problems and finally space. The BLM (Bureau of Land Management) estimates they are holding as many animals as are running loose. No one wants to cull these herds because people get upset if you speak of killing. So what do you do?
The BLM is now going to wait to make a decision. On one hand, they have too many horses and on the other hand, they don't want the animal rights activists to protest. What do you do then?
Read the story here.

2,000 miles on horseback

Several years ago, I visited a guest ranch in Colorado and took an overnight trip up in the Rockies on horseback. We rode for about 4 hours up the mountain, set up camp, ate dinner and watched the sky, where the stars were so close you felt you could reach out and grab one.
My overnight trip was one of the highlights of my travel experiences and my horse was a wonderful companion.
Our trip was only 4 hours so when I read this story about a guy who traveled from Oklahoma to Washington State on horseback, I was impressed and a little jealous. What a great adventure that would be. Take off on horseback, with a pack mule and your dog. Just think of all the people you would meet and the things you would experience.
Check out the story here.

If you're going to New York...

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A travel guide's list of the best places in the world to be entombed includes a cemetery for animals in a New York City suburb. Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2009 includes the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery with the Taj Mahal and the Great Pyramids among the 10 “best places of rest.” A spokesman for Hartsdale says it's “delighted to be in such esteemed company.” The guide says the headstones at the pet cemetery are fascinating to read. One says, “Sport: Born a dog, died a gentleman.” There are 70,000 creatures and several bereaved humans in the 112-year-old pet cemetery, which is 20 miles north of New York City. A spokeswoman for the publisher says the book tries to include “a variety of travel experiences.”

Mutt Mutterings: beauty is in the eye

Hi! It's Lady here and I am back again.

Bet you thought I would be gone by now, I am such a nice girl. Well, I struck out again but I am maintaining hope.

I wonder why people pass me by. I am a nice girl, housebroken, beautiful brindle coat and great age, not too young but not too old.

Then I hear the people talk about my weight. It is my weight, isn't it? Do they have any idea how hard I am working on getting my girlish figure back? Do they have any idea how hard it is? The thing that gets me is most of these people who won't look at me because I am heavy, aren't the skinny, model types. Of course, if someone called them fat they would be insulted. So, do you think it doesn't hurt my feelings?

Oh well, maybe this week will be the lucky one for me. The problem is, there are two other females here who look like they could be my sisters. They are thin, but...I am housebroken. I really think that should account for something in my favor.

I sometimes wonder why humans chose the dog they do. To me, a dog is a dog. Some are nice, and some are not. Pretty much like I have found humans to be. Some are skinny, some are fat. Many have short hair, but some have long hair. Some are active, while others are couch potatoes. Is it color of hair? Is it weight? Could someone explain the difference?

We had two dogs find homes yesterday. Black Jack, who wasn't exactly on the thin side, went with a nice family and two kids. They looked at me, too, but decided on her. She is lucky and got to sleep in a real home last night. Then Dynamite got to go home with another nice family. They didn't even look my way. They thought I was too old. I hope they are forever homes and I never see them again.

Eventually, someone is going to look at me and fall in love. Statistically speaking, the odds are in my favor. I have a feeling, deep in my soul, it is coming soon.

Keep your fingers crossed. I want my own family.

With a wag of my tail,


Special dog in Sarasota

Dot is a beautiful 5 year old female Shepherd/Ridgeback mix. She was adopted from our shelter when she was just a puppy now 5 years later her owner has found they can no longer afford her care. She is a small girl though. No large size here.

She has lived most of her life as an outdoor dog. She has lived with other dogs and with children. She is smart and eager to learn new things. She loves to spend time in the yards with the dog walkers and coaches getting personal attention instead of just being by herself.

This beautiful girl is ready to begin a new chapter in her life. Dot is ready learn about living inside and being a part of the family. We know she can do it and we hope that you will feel the same when you meet this beautiful gal.
Dot deserves another chance at happiness.

Please stop by our shelter located at 2331 15th Street in Sarasota and ask to meet Dot. See if you are the one to make her holiday wish come true. She would love to be Home 4 the Holidays!

Questions? Call 955-4131 or check out all her friends here.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Obtaining a sister shelter

I have a friend who vacations in New England and volunteers her time up there in the summer. In the winter, she resides here and volunteers with me.
The shelter she volunteers at up there never has any dogs. Many spay/neuter programs have become so successful, shelters will contact another shelter with an overabundance of dogs and have the animals transported to save their lives.
This is the business we are in. Saving lives. We don't seem to be having the same luck in decreasing our unwanted dogs and cats in Florida. Many animals die each week in this state due to lack of kennel space. I believe we must utilize our space at all the shelters to the best of our ability, and if that means pulling animals from an overcrowed shelter, we should do that.
Hillsborough County has one of the highest euthanasia rates in the country. The ASPCA has begun their "Mission Orange" program to try and decrease the number of deaths in the county. Of course, Hillsborough is a high visibility county so more people are aware of the problem.
Desoto County, to our east, has the same problem with overcrowding. Put that together with the ruralness and low income status of many residents, and the problems increase.
Isn't it sad we don't pull more animals from shelters like this when kennel space is available and instead just let more animals die? I think all shelters should have sister shelters. I think we could save more animals this way.

Another shelter fire

16 animals died in another fire at a shelter in Kentucky. An apparent electrical fire caused total destruction.
Fire is the number one fear at most shelters and many have housing onsite to help prevent this from happening. You can read the story here.

The unfortunate truths

I came across this article which took place in North Dakota. It seems some animal rescue groups are upset because the county had to euthanize 22 animals for space. I wonder sometimes where these animals are supposed to be housed when there is no room at the inn.
I would love to think we all had room for all the unwanted animals but until people stop treating their pets as disposable goods, this is the end result.

Rescued pigs are coming to Florida

For anyone who remembers the stranded pigs, sitting on a levee after the midwest flooding last summer, this is good news. 6 of the rescued pigs are coming to sanctuaries in Florida.
You can read the story here.

Your choice of special fabrics

Cashmere, Denim, and Khaki are 9 week old kittens.

When you meet this litter you will understand their names. It is like walking into a fabric store and seeing all of the different types of fabric. There are three females and three males who were born on 9/9/08. Tortie, torbie, tabby, and solids. Six different types to choose from. Cashmere, Lace, and Madras are the females. Denim, Couduroy, and Khaki are the boys.
They are currently residents of the Woodie's Wing Nursery.
If you adopt two the adoption is only $85 for the pair. The individual adoption fee of $65 includes, spay or neuter, rabies, vaccination, micro-chip, FVRCP booster, and they have tested negative for parasites, Feline Leukemia and Feline Aids.

These adorable little ones are everything you want in a kitten – friendly, playful, active, loving, and just fun to watch!! They are litter box trained too!!

Come on by the shelter located at 2331 15th Street in Sarasota and meet this adorable litter (not that all kittens aren't adorable) today!
It is the annual Iams Home 4 the Holidays campaign time. These special babies are hoping that their adoptions will be counted towards the goal of 1 Million shelter and rescue animals finding homes in 2008’s campaign. We hope you can make their holiday dreams come true!

You can call 955-4131 and ask about our selection or check out all the needy pets here.

Weekend tidbits

I talk to a lot of people in the course of my day. That's okay, though. Talking to people with different thoughts and ideas helps broaden my scope of the world and sometimes, though very seldom, changes my mind.
I spoke to a family who was considering adopting a dog. A family dog and although we have many family dogs, they were looking for smaller than the dogs we had available. Then they walked past Dynamite, who is a Catahoula Leopard Hound puppy. (I call him chocolate chip because of his coloring.) He is a great puppy with lots of energy and striking good looks. Catahoulas are the Louisiana state dog and were originally bred in the 1800's to round up cattle in the swamps. They have webbed feet, much like a Labrador and are great working dogs.
The family was nice and after meeting Dynamite the gentleman ask me the question, "Are your dogs spayed and neutered? I don't want an animal like that. It ruins their personality." When I tried to explain this was not a true fact, nicely of course, he didn't want to hear it.
Although they may be back to adopt the dog after the children meet him, I wonder if our educational programs to teach people about the benefits of spay/neuter are working fast enough.
The next family I came in contact with were the exact opposite. Mom and Dad were very dog savvy, knew exactly the kind of family dog they were looking for. They met several older, housebroken dogs available and chose the one they like the best. Because of the time, the animal went on hold and they will also, hopefully be back today to adopt.
I like to wonder how each came to the understanding they have of animals, especially since I am sending them home together.
I then got to see a dog being put through some behavior modification. Her new owner realizes she is a great dog, and simply has some issues when someone walks in his front door. She has to be taught it is okay for him to have company and it is not appropriate to lunge or growl when guests come calling. Within 15 minutes she had changed her behavior and although she is far from perfect, her new owner is willing to continue to work with her to help her overcome this issue.
You know, dogs are dogs, not people. The communication process with dogs is different and sometimes what we expect out of our pets is perfection. Of course, none of us are perfect as much as we would like to think we are. Then when pets fail at that perfection, people toss them away and make them someone else's problem. We need to work on changing that.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Special dog in Sarasota

Lady Godvia is a 3 year old tan/black brindle female
labrador mix who weighs 48 pounds.

She was surrendered to the HSSC on 10/14/08 because they could not afford to care for her. They had found her two months earlier. Lady Godiva was tested for heartworm upon her surrender. She tested positive. So while she has been with us we have brought her up to date with all of her vaccinations, micro-chipped her, spayed her, and treated her for heartworm. She is on exercise restrictions until 11/30/08 – leash walking only and will be retested on December 30.

Lady Godiva is good riding in the car and walking on a leash. She did live with cats with the family that found her. There were also young children in the home and she was great with them. She came in with another dog and seems okay with the dogs at the shelter.
She is gentle, playful, affectionate and friendly. She loves greeting everyone when she is out for her walks. Whoever adopts this girl is going to be very happy to have her as part of their family.

Please come by the shelter at 2331 15th Street in Sarasota and meet the lovely Lady Godiva. You can also check her and all her friends out here or call 955-4131 with any questions.

The Gorgeous Gee Girls

These kittens are 15 weeks old, Domestic Short Hair tabbies. Geneva is tan, black and white and Genie is tan and black.
Geneva and Genie arrived at our shelter along with their famous brother Garth! These three little kittens were found as strays - without their mom. Their rescuer cared for them for two weeks before bringing the adorable trio to us. They were born on approximately 7/23/08. All three are short hair tabbies. Garth is the strapping young male while Geneva and Genie are the sweet little females.
They were all brought up to date with their vaccinations, tested for feline leukemia and feline aids – all three are negative plus they were micro-chipped. Garth was neutered and the girls were spayed. All of this is done as part of the $65 kitten adoption fee.
Well, the handsome Garth found his new home this past weekend and the Gorgeous Gee Girls are both still here just hoping that they will be next to leave Woodie’s Wing Nursery Room. We would love to see the girls be able to stay together so if you adopt them as a pair the adoption fee is only $85. We are sure that this lovely duo will also be able to bring sweet music to your home just like their famous brother Garth!
Please stop by our shelter at 2331 15th Street in Sarasota to meet Geneva and Genie – The Gorgeous Gee Girls. You can also check them out here, along with all their friends.

Mutt Mutterings: the new girl

Hi! Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Lady and I am your new mutt mutterer.

With the adoption of Cappy on Thursday, I specifically ask my friend yesterday if I could take over from him. It seems she usually goes with the guys, but due to my length of stay here, I have become one of the longest residents, so she said okay.

My story is kind of the same as most of the guests of the shelter. My former owner couldn't take care of me or my housemate any longer so we came here to live. My housemate got adopted very quickly, but I have been here since July 1. I have heard people walking and talking in the kennels and they say it is because I am fat. I am not fat. I am a mature plump and am working on regaining my slim and trim girlish figure.

I am on a diet and have a friend who takes me for a power walk along with several other volunteers. I have lost 5 pounds and am working on taking off more. I think the problem is I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to eat. Does anyone else out there have that problem?

I also love people and other dogs, but prefer to not live with cats. I don't like them very much. I love a good soft bed and soft toys although I will rip the squeeker out of them. Cocoanuts are also fun for me to rip up so if you have a cocoanut palm in your yard, I would love it. I only do that to allowable things though, not furniture or carpet. I am also very housebroken. I never mess up my kennel and the staff loves me for that.

You see, live in back of the puppy kennels. Most of them have not been trained, so there is usually a big mess in their kennels but not in mine.

I also have a playmate here. His name is Droopy. He is a year old, wild child but I keep him in line. Although I am 5 years old, he still must respect me and I let him know it. I can still play as much as him.

We had a pretty good day yesterday and someone looked at me. The decided on Black Jack though. They looked at several dogs but Black Jack is not as hefty as I am, so that is why I think I lost out. Another senior, who didn't like me very much, Deva Raja got adopted at an offsite event. I have never been on one of those. Perhaps I may get to go now.

The guy who lived next to me, Buddy Holly also got to go home, along with a little beagle named Blue Belle. They both hit the jackpot. I hope I am as lucky soon.

Well, that is my introduction and the goings on at the shelter where I live. I will write more as more things come up. Don't forget when you come to look at me, I am in the 3rd row, 1st kennel and Lady is the name. NOT Lady Godiva, who lives a couple of kennels down. She looks just like me but skinnier. You want me, the more mature dog. You can also call 955-4131 or check me out here. I will be waiting for your visit.



Saturday, November 15, 2008

Paws on the Catwalk: After Dark, part 2

Paws on the Catwalk: After Dark

As promised, here are some photos from last night at Michael's on East. Paws on the Catwalk: After Dark was a fun-filled evening with lots of animal lovers and animals. I apologize in advance for the photos. I am still learning how to use it.


Special Labrador for adoption


There are some things that money can't buy like my wet nose kisses at 6 am, my big brown soulful eyes looking at you when realize that I have stolen another sock, and my silly dances at dinner time. For whatever it is worth my foster family feels I am priceless. I have the fancy paperwork that says AKC. I turned 5 last May. I am fairly well trained- I know the basics sit, down and shake. I am crate trained but also trustworthy in the house.

I like children of all ages. I am a Frisbee freak and I love to carry my "baby" around the house. I have been in rescue for awhile now and am looking for that special adopter who does not mind all my little quirks like my fear of large male dogs so dog parks are out of the question, my allergies which are preventing me from being a swimmer and my love for eating socks. Got some quirks? Come meet me and we can share stories & wet nose kisses. Let's see if we are a match!

If you are interested in meeting or adopting Bo or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website or call 1-866-464-LABS.

LRROF has all our Labs microchipped, spayed or neutered, up to date on shots and each adoption comes with a 30 day pre-paid pet health insurance plan. All applicants will have a home inspection and vet reference (if applicable)

Friday, November 14, 2008's it taste?

This is an interesting story about wine. It seems a small winemaker in California, got together with one of the founders of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah, who happens to be an artist and created a boutique wine featuring the Michael Vick dogs. Each bottle contains a portrait of one of the dogs.

A percentage of the money raised will go to Best Friends. You can read the story here. My only question, as someone who loves good wine is, "How does it taste?"

Fundraiser for Puffy Paws

Puffy Paws Kitty Haven is proud to present an awesome fund raising Gem & Jewelry Show at the Braemar British Pub in Englewood located at 2440 S McCall Rd. in Englewood, a 1/4 mile north of San Casa.
Come on out and find the purrfect Christmas gift from Jewels from Park Lane at affordable prices from as low as $12.00. There will be a raffle and lots of fun, so join us on Friday, November 21st between 5.00pm to
Why not make it a date for buying those presents for the holidays and help the Puffy Paws kitties at the same time? For more information please call 941-473-5406. or go On-line to

I rescued a human today

I received this in one of the groups I belong to. I will be more than happy to credit whomever is responsible for it. It is a great thought.

I rescued a human today

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.
I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldnʼt be afraid.
As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldnʼt feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someoneʼs life.
She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.
Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.
I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who havenʼt walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

Red, the dog pictured here would love to save you. Call 955-4131 and ask about him. Or check out all the available animals for adoption here.

The value of microchips

Hurricane Katrina brought many people in to the animal welfare field, myself included, and was responsible for much more progessive action in caring for homeless and unwanted pets.
To many people, shelters have always existed, and were cold, dark and depressing places where no one wanted to go, especially to find a new pet. Shelters have changed over the years and most try to become more pleasant and friendly, with bright paint colors and photos of happy new owners with their new pets.
Another positive outcome was the microchipping of pets. These chips include your personal information and emergency contact information, plus the issuing shelter or veterinarian. The reasoning behind all this information is in case of a lost pet, you can prove which dog or cat is yours, and if found, any shelter or veterinarian's office can identify the owner.
When people relinquish an animal, most shelters require a driver's license or some form of identification. The animal is then scanned to see if there is a microchip. This is so the adoption shelter can be notified. Many shelters want their animals returned to them. They keep a detailed history and medical on the animal and may be able to place it in a new home with this information. Some agencies don't want their adopted animals returned and will let you know when you place a call to let them know the animal has been turned in.
Although I hope all shelters will do this, experience has taught me, at the cost of an animal's life, all shelters don't. I have his picture on my computer and it used to hang in my cubicle at work. He was a much-loved challenging dog, impossible to forget, pain in the you know what, but he loved each of us in his own way and I still miss him. The agency he was turned over to did not bother to notify us when he was turned in. His owner had contacted us and told us he had relinquished the dog but that he was a good dog and he knew we would find him a better home. We began trying to locate him but it was too late. He was euthanized before we found him.
To anyone who works at any office where there is a microchip scanner, please don't forget to check on the issuing agency. Without realizing it, you may save a life.

Special kitten in Englewood

Meet Sonny. He is a male kitten that loves to lounge and play.
He justs wants someone to love! You can meet him and all the other kitties up for adoption at Puffy paws Kitty Haven. They have Open House every Saturday between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. They are located at 270 Lakeview Lane in Englewood. You can check them out here or call 941-473-5406.

Cappy and his new Mom

My Mutt Mutterer finally had his day yesterday and couldn't wait to get out of the door. Here are a couple of photos taken with his new Mom.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Paws on the Catwalk: After Dark

I will be attending the HSSC's big fundraiser tomorrow night at Michael's On East and hope to bring back lots of photos to post of the people who support the shelter.
There will be a fantastic fashion show by Saks, lots of people and animals, an auction and a fabulous dinner.
Tickets were going fast and I am not sure if there are any more available, but if you are interested, please call Cherie at 955-4131 and ask if they can fit you in. If you are attending, stop by my table and say hello. This should be a fun event and will help raise much needed funds for the animals of Sarasota.
You can also check it out here.

Cappy is alive and well

My reporter from the HSSC gave his final report last night. He is okay, is not sick, is still the happy-go-lucky dog he was when he first came to the shelter in March.

I have received a couple of inquiries about his health and well-being. His, hopefully, new owner will be in today to adopt him.

She met him on the internet while she was out of town. Sent some friends in to meet him to see what they thought. (They reported he was simply a nice, big lug.) She received her landlord's approval on Monday and is supposed to come in today and take him home.

Any time an animal is held for more than a day, rumors begin to fly about what is happening to them. Cappy is a shelter favorite, and should he have gotten sick, you would have read it here first. He is like a big teddy bear and will cuddle and lay his head on your shoulder.

He is the longest, oldest resident of the HSSC and our hearts are close to bursting with happiness because he has found a home. He is getting a special grooming today from one of our special volunteers so he will really impress his new mom. Congratulations Cappy.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Mutt Mutterings: The end of the road

Good evening,

I thought I would post my last muttering since the folks here tell me I am leaving tomorrow. I guess this is the end of my journey with the shelter and tomorrow I will be starting a new life.

Of course, forgive me if I am skeptical. I have seen this happen way too many times to too many of my friends so I am being cautiously optimistic.

I have not met my new owner yet but she says she likes big, lug dogs and I remind her of one she used to have. I hope I pass muster tomorrow, but will hold my head high. I am a nice, older dog and hope I have finally found my special someone. I will leave here knowing each human is doing their best for us and hope many of the other long-timers will soon find their own special person.

I realize I have not been as flashy as some of the other mutterers that have help write this, but hope I have brought you interesting stuff. I have no idea who will replace me, maybe one of the other special seniors.

Adios, au revoir et salut , auf wiedersehen, and finally, Zai Jain (Zay je-an) which is Chinese for goodbye.