Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Labrador available for adoption

Ahoy, there! My name is Rocky. I am 9 years young and still a puppy at heart, as you can see in my picture I love to swim! My family fell on hard times and now I need a new home.
I love to be around people and live the active Florida life. I am great around other dogs, cats and I am even use to having a parrot in my life. My foster mom taught me how to ride in a boat...see old labs can learn new tricks! I even wear a life jacket. I love to swim, go for walks and play with tennis balls.
Come throw and lets play catch or take a walk.....I really miss my family and for Christmas would love to meet my new people for the Holiday Season.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Rocky 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).

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Shooting the Breeze by Baxter

Merry Christmas everyone. I know, I am a couple of days late, but the lady who types this for me has been very busy. Last weekend she didn't have time because she had a date. Can you believe she passed up my very important column because she was occupied with another human. I tell you, there is no accounting for taste sometimes. So, here it is. A little late, but here nonetheless.
Christmas week was busy, busy, busy and I expect this coming week to be just as chaotic. You see, we have been meeting new people and adjusting to new things. People are bringing in donations and we have simply been overwhelmed. Boy, do we love that feeling so you guys keep it coming. Then it will feel like Christmas all year long around here.
Buckeye's family came and got him and took him with them for a couple of days. He will be sad when he comes back because I am sure he doesn't understand he is simply staying here until they can get a new place to live. Chesney, as much as the argue back and forth, really misses him when that happens. If he doesn't get adopted soon, when Buckeye leaves for good we will have to find him another kennel mate.
I am feeling quite frisky and have been with the cooler weather. I am not too fond of the rain, it makes my crippled leg a little achy, but this nip in the air has me running and playing like a young dog. Not that I am old, just a little more mature. Even Wolly B. has been hopping around quite happily.
Jake is still barking. I think we should write a song and see can we get it on the radio. He never even loses his voice. I am adjusting though and can sometimes sleep right through it. Of course, now we have Randy who is in a kennel in back of me and he is sometimes just as loud. He has an excuse though. He is a hound and hounds do that. We also have another new guest, Huckleberry. He is a Catahoula Leopard mix who is about, I think. He lives in a crate next to Patches the border collie mix and Romeo, a rottweiler mix who is also a new guest.
I did hear Maggie, our brindle greyhound mix had found a home and will go next week. She is calm and sweet and I heard she went right up to her new dad and put her head in his lap. Talk about selling yourself. That seems to work every time. I wish someone would give me the option. I might do that if it meant a permanent home for me. Listen up guys, head in lap means new home. We need to start keeping a list of things to do to make people fall in love with us quickly. I'll start working on that.
Did I tell you we got chicken with our dog food on Christmas Day. Yep, real chicken. Phillip bought it for us. Just for us and we each got a piece. It was as good as the turkey we got on Thanksgiving.
The volunteers we call the Petsmart girls brought Benson, our rottweiler a new game yesterday. He is so smart he figured it out quickly. I think they should try it with Patches. He needs something to keep him busy in his kennel. He needs a job doing something. He is so bored.
Well, that is my column for this week. I will put the pressure on the lady who types this to get with the program and stop being so late with them. She must not understand how important it is for me to get out to you readers and maybe find some homes. I know you love reading about us. I know you do.
P.S. The featured dog this week is Mitch. Mitch is a young, rambunctious boy who loves, loves, loves to play. He loves to chew on cocoanuts and run with a ball in his mouth. He needs an active family who can keep up with him. Mitch is housebroken, crate trained and needs some more obedience due to his playful nature. Come and meet this nice young dog and see how well he might fit in your family.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Labrador available for adoption

Cisco here. I am 8 year old, sweet, mild mannered, lovable dudley yellow male. I am overweight and my foster mom is getting me into shape. I currently weigh about 134 pounds and the vet said my ideal weight should be about 110 lbs.
I get along great with other dogs and love to be with my humans. I walk okay on a leash, enjoy riding in the car and I am trustworthy in the house. If you think we could be walking partners come visit and lets take a walk together. I do need to stay on an exercise program so if you are willing to exercise with me lets get together and see if we make perfect work out partners.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Cisco 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).

Happy holiday stories

There are always stories at Christmas. Happy stories of animals who have suffered and end up in a permanent home for Christmas. You can read some of the stories here.
Most of the stories aren't published. You can go to any shelter in your area and ask them about adoptions which occurred during the year which simply surprised everyone.
The stories could not happen without you. The loving, caring people who take a rescued animal in are special angels.
Become a special angel to a homeless pet today. Satchel's Last Resort, which is where I am based, has many wonderful dogs who deserve a home with a loving family. They are lucky in they can live at Satchel's forever if it comes to that, but we want our animals to have families who love them.
Check out the adoptables and will be adoptables here. You might just fall in love and become a happy story for next year.

Rescuers help people, not just animals

This is a great story out of the midwest about a rabbit and an abused woman. She had to go and live in a shelter to escape an abusive situation and had to find a spot to take her rabbit, Ruby Angel. The shelter would not take the rabbit in. Read the story here and see how much it warms your heart.
Rescuers help people as much as their pets.

Christmas this year

This morning, Buzz got a Christmas stocking filled with soft toys and bones. He, of course, spent last Christmas in a shelter. A very gentle soul who saves as many animals as possible, saw the potential in this heartworm positive, skinny, hairless, flea and tick ridden old Florida Brown Dog. So my thanks go out to Michal, because if not for her, Buzz would not be with me this year.
Buzz loves his new toys, is not quite sure why I am dancing around the house to new CD's, loves the smell of the turkey in the oven and will be quite happy to see his angel come for a visit today. The love he has brought into my life and the way I have watched him blossom into a one in a million dog, makes the fight to stop the needless killing of hundreds of thousands of companion animals in this country that much easier.
Christmas is a season of hope and caring. People who don't normally smile, do. People who have no time for anyone but themselves, do. People give of themselves and their time more during this season than any other.
If you are looking for a companion in your life, please consider adopting one of the thousands of companion animals residing in our area. You can have your pick of color and size and next Christmas they can share a stocking with you. There is no feeling like it in the world.

Labrador available for adoption

Clifford here - or as I'm also known - Clifford the Big Red Dog. I'm a happy go lucky Golden Retriever/Hound/Lab boy who came from a shelter on the east coast of Florida. The staff at the shelter liked me so much they kept as long as they could and when they couldn't keep me any longer, a nice lady came and got me and turned me over to Lab Rescue.
I'm about 10 years of age, a very handsome boy, if I do say so myself, and just love to hang with you. I like a gentle walk around the block so I can sniff everything out and get downright perky when I see a squirrel in the back yard. I like to roust the feline that I live with but I'm all bark (a big, deep bark) and just want to let her know I'm there and would love to make her acquaintance.. I have arthritis and also large callouses on my front elbows, but I can still climb stairs with the best of them. I'm heart worm negative, up to date on all my vaccinations, neutered and house trained. If you'd like a special boy to hang with, come and see me. Please, no children under 7, I am very large and may accidentally knock them over with my happy moves.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Clifford 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).

Please be a voice

I was having a discussion with a friend a few days ago. We were discussing how great it was to be a kid growing up in Florida 50 odd years ago. We both came to the conclusion it is not that way any longer.
Development, which many believe was the best thing to happen to my beloved state, is continuing to trash the whole makeup of Florida. It began many years ago with the coming of the Army Corp of Engineers to straighten out the Kissimmee Chain, continued on through the draining of the Everglades, sped up with the over-development of the area around Orlando and is now marching down our coast to outside Naples and the other side of the Everglades. We have lost so much. We don't have enough water, enough roadways, or enough money to keep up this destruction and it is destruction in my mind.
There are houses and condos sitting empty and they want to build more. Sometimes more is not better when it comes to the destruction of the Florida panther habitat.
We are overrun now with exotics and creatures which don't belong. We euthanize by the thousands, unwanted companion animals, we have horses which are starving or being stolen to be butchered for food. There are range deputies to protect cattle and now they want to destroy thousands of acres of panther habitat to build more?
Please read this story and then write to the groups involved in trying to stop this fiasco. Ask your friends and neighbors to do the same. Please don't allow the federal or state government to rape our state any longer. There are only an estimated 100 Florida panthers left in the wild. Let's do all we can to protect them.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Labrador available for adoption

Molly is a fun, 1 year old ,energetic puppy with loads of puppy tricks. Molly is very smart and she is learning her basic commands. She is housebroken and crate trained but prefers to be out and about with her foster family. She loves to play and is fun to be with in the yard. While she loves other dogs, playing chase is a big tease to her. She is very gentle when taking treats from your hand. An active family would be best for her.
Molly is in a Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida foster home now but is looking for the "furever" family that will play, love and give her the skills and security she will need for the rest of her life. Molly is AKC and has her papers for the new family.
Please come, visit and see if you might be the loving family that Molly is looking for.If you are interested in meeting or adopting Molly 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).

Old dogs are the best

If you are partial to old dogs, or have an old dog, or have had an old dog, you will enjoy this story in the New York Times. Great read and not too sappy.

Are they kidding me?

Okay, I was actually having a pretty good holiday season. The one downfall, I thought, was not being able to watch football due to the reinstatement of Michael Vick. On principle, I refuse to watch or support an organization who supports people like him. So they give him an award? For courage? Are they kidding?
Read the story here and once again, write someone. This is simply beyond ludicrous, it is insane. Remind me never to visit Philadelphia. I probably wouldn't like the people there.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Dogs will bite

I was sad to read about the police dog in California who was shot to death for biting a police officer and not releasing when given the command.
I have said it before and will say it again, "all dogs will bite in certain situations." It is sad to think this beautiful dog got some command mixed up somewhere and instead of the criminal, bit the other officer. To prevent any further damage to the officer, the dog's handler shot him three times.
You can read the story here and decide if you believe it was justified.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Labrador available for adoption

SOCKS... $4.50
BO's WET NOSE KISSES...Priceless
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 6 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)

Unlikely friends

I can't believe I missed this when it was first broadcast. It is about a dog and an elephant who are friends at a sanctuary in Tennessee. If you haven't read about it, check it out here and be sure and watch the video. It is pretty amazing.

Colorado seizes 100 neglected sled dogs

I keep hoping I won't see any stories like this when I am cruising around the 'net. I guess it is not to be this year. It happens in every state in the Union and it always makes me sad.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Labrador available for adoption

Hi Jack here......I am told that I am a handsome fellow but honestly I do not see that myself. Yes I have a wonderful yellow coat, great soft ears and beautiful brown eyes but that does that make me handsome? My fosters think so!
I am house trained, crate trained and love to be with people. I do like other dogs but prefer to follow you around because I know I will get hugs and loves if I am near you. My favorite thing is to go for a walk or play in the yard with my family. I have lost my home and I am now with Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida. They are wonderful but honestly I would love to have my new family for the Holidays. Come visit and lets take a walk or play ball.....who knows we maybe the perfect match.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Jack 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).

Feel good story

Holiday spirit is alive and well in Chicago, where 50 dogs who were scheduled for death were put on a flight to New York for the holidays in the hopes new homes could be found for them.
I wish we had more of this kind of spirit year round. It takes us all working tirelessly to save as many as possible. Thank you to all involved.

California and the Chihuahua crisis

Animal rescue people groan every time Hollywood bring out a movie featuring a dog or dog breed. Dalmations, Labradors, Beagles, Goldens all come to mind when we think of recent movies which featured dogs.
Hollywood makes them popular and then due to poor breeding and then dumping, animal rescues are stuck trying to find homes for all the unwanted dogs which are no longer popular.
This is the case now in California with Chihuahuas. "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" along with celebrities toting dogs around in purses, have caused the state to be flooded with the breed. Add backyard breeders and puppy mills who produce what the public wants and now they are having to ship these homeless dogs out of state.
Read the story here and see what you think.

Sickening, just sickening

Raids on businesses which import exotics is nothing new. When they find 20,000 exotics dead and starving, something is said. This story is a great example of why we need better regulations concerning exotics. You can bet if it is happening in Texas, it is happening in Florida because their importation laws are as lax as ours are.

Labrador available for adoption

Hi! My name is Romeo. I am approximately 5 years old with beautiful hazel eyes and a spunky personality. I am great with kids, cats and especially other dogs! I’m shy around people, until I get to know you. Once we’re friends, I’m a big goofball!
I bounce like “Tigger” when I get really excited and LOVE to play with other dogs. Having another dog to run around with would be ideal!! I'm staying with Lab Rescue right now but I am looking for that special family that will love me forever. Come visit and lets play ball and take a walk.....who knows we maybe the perfect pair!!!
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Romeo 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).

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Staying positive when confronting cruelty

People who deal with animals every day are sometimes confronted with such cruelty, it continues to amaze me they are capable of keeping a positive outlook towards others and life in general.
I was having a discussion with an old friend who happens to be a homicide detective and he is inundated with the same situations. He told me just when you believe you have seen the worst one human can inflict upon another, you see something worse than before.
Staying positive when you are confronted on a daily basis remains a challenge. Whether it be human/human cruelty or human/animal cruelty it can still have a negative impact on how you feel about the human race overall.
As rescuers, sometimes we need to take a mental health day. We need to find an outlet, which we enjoy, and simply do it. We need to laugh more, socialize more, step away from the day in and day out mental pounding we take and remember, if we cannot leave the negative behind and still smile, if we allow the negative acts we witness to burn us out, the people who commit these acts of cruelty win.

Shooting the Breeze by Baxter

Hello to all my fans out there. Hope you all had a terrific week. As you can see, I am still here as is everyone else. We know something is going on. There is a feeling in the air of something special, but have no idea what. I heard someone say it was the holiday season. Maybe that is the reason everyone is so happy around here. Tired, but happy.
Jake is still yap, yap yapping on one side of me and the hounds are how, how howling on the other. That scenario is probably not going to change any time soon. Then today, oh boy, someone took Woolly B for a walk and left me in the play yard. Excuse me? What about me? Can I not go for a walk the same as that little, hairy, black dog? What is up with that? I am going to have to put the word out: just because I am crippled, doesn't mean I can't walk. The nerve of some people. Just who did that lady think she was? I watched them through the fence and I was a tad miffed. Please remember that the next time you take one dog for a walk and not the other.
Big happenings yesterday. We were busy, busy busy. In fact, all week has been like the Daytona 500 around here. People zooming by; animals zooming by and no one stopping to give me a soft treat.
The big rottweilers I told you about last week left to go to a foster home. I heard they got a little sick. I hope they will be okay. I wish more people would learn about the dangers of heartworm and make sure they protect their dogs. It can do all kinds of nasty things to dogs' insides and the stuff they have to take to make them well can make them sick and even die. Responsibility people, responsibility.
The washers overflowed again. We need a big one, not the two dinky ones we have. They have a hard time keeping up with the dirty laundry and my kennel is close. I sure don't want that water backing up on my bed, especially since I got a new one. The hounds don't mind. They could care less about esthetics but they matter to me.
Someone came to look at Pluto. They may take him home. Someone was supposed to come look at Gator and Prince but they never showed up. Why do people do that? You could call if you can't make it. I will never understand some human behavior.
One of the volunteers brought in a tree to plant today. I saw her taking it in the back field. It will be the perfect tree to pee on when we walk back there. One day it should be big and then it will be shady. I heard it was a ficus and they are shady. The old tree died the last time we had a freeze.
Well, I am going to close for now. It is a short week because I am tired. I think we will be very busy next week so I want to rest up and put my best foot forward. You never know when someone may decided they would like to take me home.
P.S. This week I am going to feature one of the hounds. His name is Chesney and he is a black lab/hound mix. I personally think he is more hound than lab, but I guess that is a matter of opinion. He is under a year old, black with white markings, and they even put a Santa hat on him. (such indignities). He isn't housebroken yet but is super smart and should learn quickly. I would quickly like to find him a home so I could get some rest. He is a great dog who loves people but just needs a little training. Drop Caroline a note at if you have any questions.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Labrador available for adoption

I am Princess, a sweet and pretty 6 1/2 year old chocolate girl. My coat was thin, but is growing in nicely with good nutrition and flea control.
My favorite thing is spending time with my family, I am totally dependable in the house. I am a mellow girl, I like my walks but I can relax with you also. You will not believe how sweet I am just like chocolate......please come visit and lets walk to see if we make a perfect couple....I know you will want "s'more".
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Princess 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)

Foster home found

We have found a foster home for the two Rottweilers with a nice young man and got them all comfortable and installed in their new foster last night.
They will be fostered until they finish their heart worm treatment and are altered. We also have new parents for them, once they complete treatment.
For anyone who loves animals and cannot become a pet parent at this time, fostering a needy animal really helps the rescue out and is so rewarding.
To our new foster dad, thank you. You helped save two wonderful dogs and we appreciate it.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Precious pit needs a forever home

Every time I read about another family have to give up their dog, I pray it is not a pitbull. The reason I offer up this prayer is the routine killing of this breed of dog due to the overwhelming numbers in the area. No one seems to want a shelter full of pitbulls due to the nasty reputation they have gained over the last 10 years. So when the numbers of the breed begin increasing, the number of deaths rises.
Gator was saved from a life in a rumored fighting house. He was starved when he came to the first rescue and only weighed 18 pounds. He is a little guy, black with white markings and reminds me of another pitbull who had a great impact on my life, Bubba.
Champ was his original name but he had been so starved when he got to rescue, he would snap your hand if you had food in it. We changed his name to Gator and are working on his manners to teach him food will always be there. He is about 27 pounds now and cute as a button.
Some trainers have been working on his sit and stay. He is a smart little guy, with personality plus.
Gator needs a home who will work on his training and not allow him to get away with misbehaving because he is so adorable. He would love to become your partner in fun. He seems to like other dogs and all people, but he is a work in progress and training needs to be consistent.
If you would like to meet Gator and are willing to work with this precious pup, please contact Caroline at to inquire.
We also have many other animals right now who would love to go home for the holidays. They come complete with all their shots, spayed or neutered and a big red bow around their necks. Please consider a second chance dog. You will gain a friend for life. Check them out here.

Labrador available for adoption

Hi I am Buck, a very lovable, 5 year old male weighing about 65 pounds. I was picked up as a stray and taken to a dog shelter where Lab Rescue stepped in to help me find a great home.
I am a very happy, friendly boy that loves to hang out with my foster brother and sisters; we get along great. I enjoy chasing a tennis ball, going for car rides, and being spoiled rotten. I am crate trained, housebroken, and I come when you call my name
My foster parents say I am a very smart boy so I'll be ready to learn lots of new things. Not sure about the swimming pool yet, I just got neutered last week so I have to take it easy for a few weeks. Right now I am being treated for heartworms, but I will be finished with my treatment in early December. So if you are lookin' for a cuddly and affectionate fellow come meet me; I'll be waiting with my tail a waggin'.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting BUCK 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)

What the kids learn

Watching a family give up a pet when no other option is available to them can be a gut- wretching experience. I have seen many who are very unconcerned and drag their children out screaming and crying for leaving the child's pet behind. I often wonder what kind of example we are setting for the children. Do they worry they may be the next left on the doorstep? Do they think the pet will eventually come back to them? Are they so emotionally traumatized they never get another one or perhaps they grow up and do the opposite and begin taking in so many animals they become collectors?
I browse Craigslist just to see how many people are selling dogs under the pretense of "rehoming" but truly believe it can do more harm than good. I may be wrong, but free advertising for live animals sometimes does more harm than good.
This morning I read a touching entry on the Sarasota Craigslist from a young woman who was forced to give up their family pets when she was 17. She was old enough to realize the dire straits her family was in financially and has now reached an age where she would like to know what happened to her cherished pets. She doesn't want to take them away from their family, but simply wants to make sure they are happy, if they are still alive. She feels guilty for abandoning them, even though at 17, she had no say in the matter.
There is a good chance they made it to a new home and she realizes they would both be around 10 years old now so may have crossed the Rainbow Bridge; she just wants to know.
They were dropped off at the HSSC about 6 years ago, as best she remembers in January of 2004. They were brothers, Sparky and Happy and were about 4 years old. If you adopted one of these dogs and know what happened to them, please contact (941) 524-2196.
If you are thinking about giving up an animal, for whatever reason, please be aware of the other members of the family. Kids and animals can develop special relationships that will create lifelong bonds like no other. The trauma which affects the dogs given up can be just as hard on the children. If they think the family is relinquishing their beloved dog or cat for no good reason, they may believe this is an okay thing to do. We all know kids learn from their parents. Teach them how to be a pet parent. If a pet must be given up, don't traumatize your kids by making them come with you and then drag them screaming and crying as their cherished pet gets led away.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Desperately seeking foster home

The two Rottweilers in this photo represent the breed better than any I have met lately. They are warm, cuddly love muffins who are high positive for heartworm. They were picked up as strays running loose in Northport and no one came to claim them. They were scheduled to be euthanized because there was no one to foster them. We took them in at Satchel's Last Resort to save their lives.
We are, as most rescues now, overflowing with animals and these two, Samson and Delilah, need a calm, quiet household to recuperate after their heartworm treatment. They must be on leash walk only for the next two months.
All the treatment, food and care will be taken care of if we can find a foster home for them to recouperate in. If you would be willing to take these wonderful dogs in your home and give them some TLC, they would return it 10 times over. If you can't take them but know someone who could, please pass this information along.
Please contact Satchel's Last Resort at or call Iris Eastman at 356-4330 for more information.

Shooting the Breeze by Baxter

Hi everyone. Hope your week was a good one. Mine has been busy. I am talking non-stop fun and games for the past week. They have been coming, and coming and coming and I have no idea where we are going to put any more.
Guests that is. We are filled to the brim and then overflowing. What is it about the holiday season which causes humans to give up their pets? Do they simply run out of time to deal with them and figure they are a dime a dozen so they will get a new one after the holidays? I think that happens quite a bit. It is pretty sad what that says about some humans.
Let's see, all the regulars are still here, but now we have these BIG rottweilers, Samson and Delilah. I heard they were great dogs and a perfect representation of their breed. They were both picked up as strays and have heartworm. They were going to be euthanized because they need a foster home so we are now looking for a foster home for them. Pluto came back. I guess he got into a little tiff with another dog. I don't understand how humans think about dogs fighting. Humans fight and don't get along sometimes. Why are dogs not allowed to? I also heard another dog was coming back, Princess, but she is not here yet and last but not least, the fast girl, Elsa, came back again. They loved her until she broke out of her crate and destroyed some Christmas stuff. They knew she would do that. See, it is people I don't understand, not the dogs. So now she has been returned 3 times. Do you know at a lot of shelters they have a 3 strike rule. If you get returned 3 times, you are killed. Not here though. We can live here until someone wants us. If no one ends up wanting us, it is not such a bad life.
Elsa got all her old playmates back plus they let Harry play with her. He was pretty bossy at first, but I heard they did well once she let him know he could be boss. Maybe they can work it out so Elsa and Harry can play every day.
Oh, and guess what I got? Can you guess? I got a new bed and I look like a king when I lay on it. It is almost brand new and someone donated it to the rescue. I am sitting pretty now. You should drop by and see me sometime. You would be impressed with how handsome I am.
Treats? Did you ask about my treat situation? Well, it is not bad but it could be better. Those nice ladies who bring me a box of soft treats each Saturday were not there last night so I didn't get the special ones. I got soft treats but so did every other dog here.
The volunteers are such a help in this place. They had us all out during the rain yesterday. Of course, I am a little picky and really enjoyed just laying on my bed watching the rain. I heard Mitch, who is a boxer/pit bull mix was jumping up trying to catch the rain in his mouth while Patches, the border collie kept jumping in the pool. They were both soaking wet when they came in. Handsome Harry went on a car ride. He told me he was not too sure about it because he doesn't go on many. When he finally figured out no one was going to dump him off anywhere, he relaxed. That boy just needs to get out more. I tell you, some of these guys have never been anywhere.
Winter got to run through the back fields for a long while Sunday morning. Boris and Natasha told me they were simply watching him run. They also got to watch that tall guy who volunteers work his dog on the long line. It is like having doggy tv outside the back gate. Pretty interesting stuff. At least, for dogs it is.
Volunteers also brought us cocoanuts to chew on. I am not partial to those and prefer the soft treats, but the dogs who have to live in crates stay busy chewing on them. Until we can find some homes, they may be in a crate for a while. It is the whole crowded thing. (I have my own kennel, thank you very much, and I am NOT giving it up to one of these young whippersnappers)
Indiana tried chasing a mole this morning and dug a trench all through the big yard trying to catch it. He got sand up his nose and everything. I also sniffed the mole when I was out there, but I am not sticking my nose in a hole in the ground. How common is that? I am a royal dog, really above that nonsense.
It was great this morning in the yard. I was so frisky I could hardly contain myself. I wanted to stay outside and play even more than my playmate, Wooly B. He wanted to go back in and get on his bed and get treats, but I stayed out longer. I ran and ran, play bowed to my friend and enjoyed the simple life of a dog. I think humans sometimes forget although we love to be around them, we are still dogs at heart and like to romp, dig and roll. It is our nature.
Okay, I have been pretty long-winded today, so I will close for now.
P.S.I am featuring another of our seniors who would so benefit from a good home. He is housebroken, purebred and just needs some loving. His name is Prince and he is a Doberman who loves people. Do you have a soft bed and a warm heart to give him a home this holiday season? He would look great with a big, red ribbon tied around his neck. Please contact Caroline at with questions about this wonderful guy.

TANKS cat rescue needs your help

It is always sad to see a rescue fold especially when it is due to the death of the owner. This is what happened in LaBelle, Florida a week or so ago. A cat rescue closed with over 600 cats and everyone is the rescue world has been working furiously to try and place these cats in other rescues to try and find them a home.
TANKS, which is a very small rescue here in Sarasota took two of the 600 because that was all the room they had available.Both of these cats are up for adoption and should you consider adopting both, the adoption fee for one could be waived.
One is a brown, tiger male, Bruno who is about 4 and one is a black female named Serena. The good thing is they are at TANKS so they have a spot, but they are some of the lucky ones. If a home can be found for one or both, there would be space to take in a couple of others from the closed rescue before their time is up.
If you are looking for some new companions in your life, check out Bruno and Serena. You can contact Cindy at TANKS through this email address. Please help save a life this holiday season.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Labrador available for adoption

Hi, Cassie here. I am a mellow sweet 8-9 year old girl that wants to be your companion. I was taken to animal control when my owner died. Lucky for me Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida saved me.
I am a healthy girl. I like walks and meeting new people. I can also be the perfect mellow girl in the house. I like other dogs and I probably would like cats too, but I have not been around cats in my foster home.
If you are looking for the perfect mellow companion, here I am. Come visit and lets take a walk together. I would love to find my new family before the holidays.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Cassie 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).

Small victories

In the battle to fight the overpopulation of pets, spay/neuter is by far the most successful program to help end the euthanasia of millions of homeless pets each year. The problem is educating people who are not involved in animal welfare on the benefits of having their pet altered.
Eight months ago, I began having a conversation with a woman about her dog, who was not neutered. She wanted to breed him to get a puppy just like him. I knew my work was cut out for me, but I didn't want to come down so heavy handed she totally blew me off so I began educating her, in very small doses about spay/neuter.
It has taken all this time of slowly showing her the benefits of having the procedure done, but next Tuesday, both her male dogs will be neutered. I am helping her to cover the costs because although she doesn't have lots of money, she doesn't qualify for many of the programs available in our area. She does qualify at the Humane Society of Manatee County, which has some of the most reasonable costs in the area.
Two dogs will not be making puppies after next week. They will be better pets and she will be a happier pet owner. It only took me 8 months, but I did it.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Labrador available for adoption

Hi, I am Bella, an 11 month old yellow girl. My name is perfect for me, I am a very pretty girl if I do say so myself. I love all people and dogs. I am not sure about cats yet but I am willing to give them a try.
I am very active, I need someone that will give me a lot of exercise and also consistent training. I am not a girl that can be left peacefully in a crate all day. I need a job! If you think you have the patience and the time for me I would love to meet you. Please come visit and lets play awhile, then take a walk and see if we make the perfect couple. I would love to find my "furever" family for Christmas.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Bella 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).

Special cat in Sarasota

Lars is a gorgeous Siamese mix and is about 3 years old. He is neutered and up to date on his shots.
His injury is healing. He was a stray and apparently got it caught in something. Sarasota Animal Services fixed him and sent him to this rescue.
He is a love. He likes to be on your lap and next to you in bed. Because he is a Siamese, he does a lot of talking.
He is doing well with the other cats at the rescue and tolerates the beagles. Lars is available for adoption thru TANKS and his adoption fee is $65.00. Please contact Cindy at for more information.

"How Could You?"

When I was a puppy, I entertained you with my antics and made you laugh. You called me your child, and despite a number of chewed shoes and a couple of murdered throw pillows, I became your best friend. Whenever I was "bad," you'd shake your finger at me and ask "How could you?"- but then you'd relent and roll me over for a bellyrub.
My housebreaking took a little longer than expected, because you were terribly busy, but we worked on that together. I remember those nights of nuzzling you in bed and listening to your confidences and secret dreams, and I believed that life could not be any more Perfect. We went for long walks and runs in the park, car rides, stops for ice cream (I only got the cone because "ice cream is bad for dogs" you said), and I took long naps in the sun waiting for you to come home at the end of the day
Gradually, you began spending more time at work and on Your career, and more time searching for a human mate. I waited for you patiently, comforted you through heartbreaks and disappointments, never chided you about bad decisions, and romped with glee at your homecomings, and when you fell in love. She, now your wife, is not a "dog person" --still I welcomed her into our home, tried to show her affection, and obeyed her. I was happy because you were happy.
Then the human Babies came along and I shared your excitement. I was fascinated by their pinkness, how they smelled, and I wanted to mother them, too. Only she and you worried that I might hurt them, and I spent most of my time Banished to another room, or to a dog crate. Oh, how I wanted to love them, but I became a "prisoner of Love." As they began to grow, I became their friend. They clung to my fur and pulled themselves up on wobbly legs, poked fingers in my eyes, investigated my ears, and gave me kisses on my nose. I loved everything about them and their touch--because your touch was now so infrequent --and I would've Defended them with my life if need be. I would sneak into their beds and listen to their worries and secret dreams, and together we waited for the sound of Your car in the driveway.
There had been a time, when others asked you if you had a dog, that you produced a photo of me from your wallet and told them stories about me. These past few years, you just answered "yes" and changed the subject. I had gone from being "your dog" to "just a dog," and you resented every expenditure on my behalf.
Now, you have a new career opportunity in another city, and you and they will be moving to an apartment that does not allow pets. You've made the right decision for your "family," but there was a time when I was your only family. I was excited about the car ride until we arrived at the animal shelter. It smelled of dogs and cats, of fear, of hopelessness. You filled out the paperwork and said "I know you will find a good home for her." They shrugged and gave you a pained look. They understand the realities facing a middle-aged dog, even one with "papers." You had to pry your son's fingers loose from my collar as he screamed "No, Daddy! Please don't let them take my Dog!" And I worried for him, and what lessons you had just taught him about friendship and loyalty, about love and responsibility, and about respect for all Life. You gave me a good-bye pat on the head, avoided my eyes, and politely refused to take my collar and leash with you. You had a deadline to meet and now I have one, too.
After you left, the two nice ladies said you probably knew about your upcoming move months ago and made no attempt to find me another good home. They shook their heads and asked "How could you?"
They are as attentive to us here in the shelter as their busy schedules allow. They feed us, of course, but I lost my appetite days ago. At first, whenever anyone passed my pen, I rushed to the front, hoping it was you that you had changed your mind-that this was all a bad dream...or I hoped it would at least be someone who cared, anyone who might save me. When I realized I could not compete with the frolicking for attention of happy puppies, oblivious to their own fate, I retreated to a far corner and waited.
I heard her footsteps as she came for me at the end of the day, and I padded along the aisle after her to a separate room. A blissfully quiet room. She placed me on the table and rubbed my ears, and told me not to worry. My heart pounded in anticipation of what was to come, but there was also a sense of relief. The prisoner of love had run out of days.
As is my nature, I was more concerned about her. The burden which she bears weighs heavily on her, and I know that, the same way I knew your every mood. She gently placed a tourniquet around my foreleg as a tear ran down her cheek. I licked her hand in the same way I used to comfort you so many years ago. She expertly slid the hypodermic needle into my vein. As I felt the sting and the cool liquid coursing through my body, I lay down sleepily, looked into her kind eyes and murmured "How could you?"
Perhaps because she understood my dogspeak, she said "I'm so sorry." She hugged me, and hurriedly explained it was her job to make sure I went to a better place, where I wouldn't be ignored or abused or abandoned, or have to fend for myself--a place of love and light so very different from this earthly place. And with my last bit of energy, I tried to convey to her with a thump of my tail that my "How could you?" Was not directed at her. It was directed at you, My Beloved Master, I was thinking of you. I will think of You and wait for you forever. May everyone in your Life continue to show you so much loyalty.

No excuse for not doing this

Spaying and neutering your pet is one of the best ways to control pet over population. When we are killing 5 to 8 million companion animals in this country each year, why would you insist on producing more puppies and kittens?
In this area, more pit bulls and pit bull mixes are killed than any other breed, simply because of an overabundance in shelters and rescues
Check out this article in the Herald-Tribune this morning on Humane Society in Manatee County. 2 for the price of one on neutering and free spay or neuter for pits or pit mixes. You simply can't go wrong doing this. Please spay and neuter your pet. Aren't you tired of all the killing going on?

Monday, November 30, 2009

The value of volunteers

I have written on this subject before and am simply going to repeat myself here. Volunteers are the most valuable members of any non-profit organization.
I belong to several groups who discuss animal welfare issues concerning shelters, cleaning, training, volunteers and several other topics. This past week, one of the members was asking for help with suggestions on how other shelters get the time to provide outside time for the dogs in their care, while trying to do the daily chores of feeding, laundry, cleaning, etc. This person had 2 or 3 regular volunteers but despite having a coordinator and people who signed up to volunteer, many simply never came back or were very sporadic with their visits.
Volunteers need to feel needed. They want to be productive and do what they can to help the organization they are volunteering with. They are giving of their time. It is one thing to write a check and walk away and another to spend an hour or two, walking dogs or socializing cats.
The importance of keeping enrichment programs going normally falls within a volunteer category. Most shelters simply have no time with day to day operations, to spend the time needed with the animals.
Every minute spent with a shelter animal keeps hope alive for that animal. They look forward to being brushed and petted, walked and having a good game of fetch. It strengthens the human/animal bond and keeps the animal, who really has nothing to look forward to, mentally stimulated.
I have seen animals with no spark in their eyes, come alive once a volunteer begins spending time with them.
To all the volunteers who give so freely of their time for the animals, please don't stop. We appreciate you and love every minute you give to our four legged friends. If you don't volunteer anyplace but would like to, please call your local shelter or rescue. There is a list on the left hand side of this page. If you can't walk a dog or cuddle a cat, you can offer to help with office work or laundry. You can become a poop princess and help clean the play yards. All of this won't seem like work and you will make friends for life.

When you need a push

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
Henry Ford
Many places of business have inspirational photos hanging up with quotes under them to inspire people to keep working.
This quote reminds me of how hard it is when you are beginning a new venture and the steps it takes to stay on track.
Many people who work around animals are not good with people. That is the reason many work with animals. They trust animals much more so than other humans. I don't know if this is because humans have let them down so many times in their lives, they simply don't want to suffer that disappointment again, or they never developed social skills needed to conduct themselves with compassion and interest towards anyone who may have a differing opinion.
For everyone who may be faced with the burden of working with people who lack in social skills and prefer animal companionship to human relationships, simply remember the quote from above. It is a short, succinct way to create success. If you become as successful as Henry Ford, the animals will be the ones to benefit.

Labrador available for adoption

Cisco here. I am 8 year old, sweet, mild mannered, lovable dudley yellow male. I am overweight and my foster mom is getting me into shape. I currently weigh about 134 pounds and the vet said my ideal weight should be about 110 lbs.
I get along great with other dogs and love to be with my humans. I walk okay on a leash, enjoy riding in the car and I am trustworthy in the house. If you think we could be walking partners come visit and lets take a walk together. I do need to stay on an excercise program so if you are willing to exercise with me let's get together and see if we make perfect work out partners.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Cisco 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).

Sunday, November 29, 2009

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Shooting the Breeze by Baxter

Whew! What a busy week we had. We have 3 more guests, Tiga, Maggie and Randy, but Tiga went home yesterday, so we really only have two. But we are crowded still. What is it with the holidays and people dumping dogs? You would think they could stay in their homes, especially during this time of year.
Besides the one adoption yesterday, we seemed to have lots of visitors. I simply love visitors. I heard one say she had a friend who loved Sharpeis. I heard her whisper to someone she was going to find me a home. Wow, wouldn't that be great. When a old, crippled Sharpei finds a home because someone believes in them. Well, I have heard that before, so we shall see. I did get to spend lots of time outside because we had so many volunteers. It was great.
Buckeye, who lives next door to me, got to go off with his family. He has two kids and a mom and dad, but they lost their house, so he is staying with us for a while. Chesney was a little lost without him. They tussle all the time, but it is all in play.
Jake is still barking, but I think yesterday was his best day ever. He was actually a little quieter.
Maggie, who is a newbie, got out of the crate and into a kennel with Wesley. You see, the other newbie, Tiga, got adopted yesterday. She was turning into the fast one of the girls. She played with all the boys. I don't think Maggie is quite as forward. She seems a little shy, but she plays pretty well with Wesley.
The two visitors I told you about also took a shine to Drummer and Missy. Missy got to go on a long walk in the back field and Drummer got a walk around the property. They were so tired they slept well last night.
The weather is so nice I am pretty frisky when I get to go out and play. Wooly B. is also. He is the little black Cocker Spaniel who is my play buddy. I was even tempted to chase a ball, and that is really not my style.
Randy, another new dog had to have surgery on his leg and have pins put in it. We have to keep him quiet until the pins come out next month. He can only go for short walks and no off leash play time. He is a hound. Someone asked last night was he a St. Germain Pointer? I guess a friend has one named Jazz who is also orange and white. She runs flyball, whatever that is. I run to play. I don't chase balls, fly ones or stationary ones.
We had that picture lady come out again to take photos. She keeps having to come back because we have so many dogs.
Treats? Did I hear you ask about the treat situation? Well, those two volunteers who come on the busy day brought more. Did I say all for me? Yeah, well it never turns out to be all for me but I am getting better about sharing. No one shared the grilled cheese sandwich with me like they did with Benson, the rottweiler. Or the hard boiled eggs which were shared with Nala. Of course, it being Thanksgiving and all, we got turkey. This one human brought real turkey out for us. We each got a little piece. I was loving the turkey better than the soft treats. I hope her dog got some. I am sure he did. I can't imagine her not giving her own dog some.
Okay, the morning is young, it is cool, and I need to go romp around the yard for a while. You take care, don't forget about me and all of us at Satchel's. I will be talking to you next week. Until then, keep your nose in the air end your tail to the ground.
P.S. This week we have a cute little dog named Handsome. I personally don't think he is handsome. He simply doesn't have enough wrinkles for my taste, but he is a smaller size and very loving. He has playmates here, but would really flourish in a new home with another dog and a human to teach him not to be scared of new humans. He knows sit and down, is housebroken and just needs a home for the holidays. Can you be the home Handsome needs? If so, please contact Caroline at and ask about him.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Sunday movie worth watching

If you find you are sitting around not doing anything on Sunday night, check out "A Dog Named Christmas," A Hallmark Mall of Fame movie.
"This holiday season, is kicking off the first ever “Foster A Lonely Pet For the Holidays” program in conjunction with this movie. Based on Greg Kincaid's popular novel, it's a touching story about a developmentally challenged young man who names his adopted dog Christmas and sets out to convince the whole town to participate in a local animal shelter's inaugural “Adopt a Dog for Christmas Program.”
Similarly, is working with more than 2,000 shelters and rescue groups across North America to give families a chance to adopt a pet this holiday season. Potential dog and cat owners can visit to learn if their local shelter is participating in the program.
All are encouraged to tune in to the Hallmark Hall of Fame world premiere of A DOG NAMED CHRISTMAS on Sunday, November 29 at 9/8c only on CBS. Learn more about this pet fostering program at the Hallmark Hall of Fame . "

Labrador available for adoption

Hi, my name is Koda. I am a 5 year old yellow lady with excellent manners. I was surrendered to Lab Rescue because my owner was ill. I have lived with small children and with other dogs. I do have some seasonal allergies, but they can be managed with medication.
I need a fitness plan because I am a little overweight. I promise I am great on a leash and I love to swim so fitness with me can be fun. If you would like to have a new loving lady in your home for the holiday's I am your gal! Come visit and lets see if we are a perfect match.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting KODA 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).

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Giving thanks when you don't feel thankful

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love to cook and love to be around family and friends to laugh and talk about all the things we have to be thankful for.
People always start with the big stuff. Being thankful for family always comes first. My small family lost an important member yesterday and it will be hard to stay focused today on being grateful, since she is no longer with us. But I am thankful. I am thankful I knew this wonderful woman who was a part of my family for as long as I can remember. I am thankful she had her kids and husband to help her as much as possible. I am thankful she didn't suffer and went easily to heaven to be with my other family members.
I am thankful for my son and friends who are here to support me in my times of grief. Thankful to Buzz, who always seems to understand when I am sad and lets me cry as I hug him.
I will have enough to eat today, when many in this area won't. I am employed, which help me make a mortgage payment and have power.
I am thankful for so many things and people in my life on this day of thanks. It will just be something I have to keep reminding myself of as the day progresses. Goodbye Aunt Linda. I know you are in a better place.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Is there a spot under the jail?

Just as I am getting into the holiday spirit with the approach of Thanksgiving, another horrifying story of animal abuse. This time, it was a 13 week old pit bull puppy, who got slammed on the sidewalk and kicked down the road like a soccer ball. The puppy died.
The boyfriend of the owner didn't like the dog and was upset the dog was misbehaving before the start of a football game.
Hmmm? I wonder if she will take him back when he bonds out of jail?

Good editoral on charity this time of year

Check out this column in Dogtime magazine. It makes you stop and think and has a lot of valid points.

Christmas wishes

The animals who live where I volunteer made a wish list up for me to give to the humans. They thought if they had someone who would put it out there, all their dreams would come true. Now, there are 45 odd dogs and 30 odd cats where I volunteer, so I had to get them to narrow the list down a tad to make it more manageable.
The list also had to be for the benefit of all the animals, not just individuals. Harry couldn't ask for one Kong just for himself and Mitch couldn't ask for just one cocoanut. You get the idea. This is what they came up with. I think you will enjoy it.
5. They all want more human time. They are stuck in kennels and cat houses every day and when volunteers don't come, they lose out, so more time with humans was important.
4. The cats have requested a bigger outside area to snooze in the sun and watch the world go by. (the dogs ask for something simliar, but there are just too many of them to accomodate that wish right now)
3. They really want more treats. Of course, I explained some needed to go on a diet, but they were having nothing of that. They like treats and want more.
2. They want money. Well, they don't want cash, but they want you to donate cash to the humans so they can keep providing support for us. Between food and medical care, electric bills and stuff like bleach and mops, it costs a lot of money to support us.
1. They want a permanent home. One where they will be loved.

So if you think you could make one or more of these wishes come true, please check out Satchel's here and see what we are all about. Read our mission statement and check out all the animals who call Satchel's home. If you would like to donate cash, we are a 501(c)3 and all your donations are tax deductible. You can mail them to 8101 Coash Road, Sarasota, FL 34241.
From me and all the 4 leggeds at Satchel's Last Resort, have a wonderful holiday season.

Another Michael

One of the disappointments this fall has been the absence of watching football on Sunday afternoons. After the reinstatement of Michael Vick by the NFL, I decided to boycott the game. I know, as one of my friends commented, this won't really make a difference, but it makes me feel better to not support an organization which supports Michael Vick.
It was with great anticipation I went to see the movie, "The Blind Side" which is about another professional football player, Michael Oher.
The two Michaels both grew up in the projects. Although poor, Michael Vick had talent and a somewhat stable home atmosphere. Michael Oher on the other hand, was born to a crack addict mother and was bounced around from the time he was 7 years old until he began living on the street or sleeping on caring peoples' couches as a young man. He was also full of raw talent, but having been passed from school to school, everyone thought him incapable of education. He had never played organized sports of any kind.
Michael Vick went on to become a pro player with lots of fame and fortune. He threw it all away by running an illegal dog fighting operation. Michael Oher on the other hand, made the Dean's list in college, lettered not only in football, but basketball and track. He was the #1 draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens last spring and is a rookie this year, beginning every game.
Only time will tell if his raw talent has been captured or if he will last in the brutal game we call professional football, but if he is anything like he was in the movie, he won't need to depend on torturing and abusing animals to get his jollies. Hats off to you Michael Oher. Go get 'em.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Shooting the Breeze by Baxter

Hi to all my fans. So sorry I didn't get to you last week. It seems my friend decided she needed a weekend away and I cannot type or give dictation to a human who isn't here, so I had to wait until today. Then, as klutzy as this sounds, she tripped in a hole and hurt her ankle yesterday, so she was hobbling around much like I do. She had just told me how wonderful it was to see me active and running through the grass. It was a little funny when she went down, though. I saw the whole thing from my kennel. She hit the dirt and her glasses went flying. Luckily, the tall guy who comes and helps was there. She was walking Indiana at the time, and he is a strong boy so the tall guy helped her with the strong dog.
We have a few more guest here at Satchel's. Maggie and Tiga. They are both brindle greyhound/lab mixes it looks like to me. They seem pretty nice, but Maggie is still a pup and barks because she wants to play. Not as much as Jake, but it can still be annoying. She is next to Patches. I will ask him more about her this week and let you know. Jake has been a little calmer, it seems, this week. Not quite so annoying. Maybe it is simply I am calmer and he is picking up on my quiet demeanor. Nah, probably not.
Of course, Chesney and Buckeye on the other side of me have been hounding up a storm. Nothing like hound dogs to destroy peace and quiet. Although you don't really think of kennels as being quiet places. Some of us more mature dogs would really appreciate it, but have learned to sleep through the noise. I don't know if the humans are quite as lucky.
Yep, and it is working. The treat thing, that is. I had another visitor who told me my fur was soft like velvet and she brought me even more soft treats. I am liking all these soft treats. I have to share these with the other dogs just like the last ones. Mom said and she makes the rules. Do you have a mom who makes rules like sharing?
Ceco's leg is still not good. I heard she had to have surgery again. I feel kinda sad for her. She is going to be really depressed when she has to wear one of those funny looking collars around her neck. Everyone here makes fun of her. She hates it when they make fun of her.
Elsa, the fast girl I was telling you about may be adopted today. I heard she got adopted last week and brought right back. It seems the other dog beat her up. Can you imagine being that scared of a girl? Anyway, her new roomie is named Charlie. I didn't meet him, but the ones who did said he was a nice guy. I wish all of us could be so lucky. Do you think someone out there might like a crippled Sharpei who can be a little cantankerous at times? No? Well you keep asking because I am not going anywhere until I find a great home who will love me. I might even tolerate a brother or sister, as long as they weren't overly rambunctious.
Gator, the new little dog we got in has put on some weight and is not as snappy as he was about food. Still snappy, just not as bad. My mom puts her hand in the food dish and makes him eat around her hand. She is fearless. I wouldn't put my paw in his dish.
Well, I had better close for now. Siesta time is calling. I think this week I will put one of the seniors up for adoption.
P.S. Up this week is Libby. Libby is a senior girl, loves people but doesn't do well with other dogs. She was another dumped dog case which Animal Services picked up. She went to a senior rescue, but because she isn't social with other dogs, she came here to Satchel's. She would love a nice home with a fenced yard and a comfy bed to lay her head on each night. If you think you would be interested in Libby, please drop Caroline a note at You would make Libby a happy dog. Of course, don't forget me. I could go to the right home, but it has to be the perfect one. Keep me posted.

Special cat in Sarasota

Meet Lars. He is a 3 year old, male sealpoint Siamese. Sarasota County Animal Services found him and treated him for a leg wound
He just got his stiches out and his wound is healing well.
He is up to date on shots, neutered and is a loving kitty. His head is a little large but he was not neutered so imagined himself at the top cat.
He is vocal as most Siamese are and is looking for Santa to find him a home for Christmas. Please contact Cindy at TANKS via email at for more information.

Homes for the holidays

This time of year is a little bittersweet for many of us. I love the holidays with the enthusiasm of a 6 year old, but find the loss of so many friends and family this time of year make the holidays a little less happy. The number of animals in our care continues to increase with even less money available.
The animals at rescues and shelters have only one thing to be thankful for. A place to hang their hat for a while until maybe another family falls in love with them. You could change all that.
Non-profits love donations. We love money and blankets, treats and litter but what would really make the season it for all the animals we love so dearly, are permanent homes for the rest of their lives.
If you simply can't take another pet, please consider a donation. Monetary donations are appreciated this time of year. They help us squeak by until January, when most new budgets go into effect and we start the process of shelter work all over.
You can drop off donations at Satchel's Last Resort. Please call Satchel's at 924-5070 for directions. Monetary donations can be sent to 8101 Coash Road, Sarasota, Florida 34241.
Please call if you would like to make an appointment to see one of our special 4-leggeds, or check them out here.
Homes for the holiday season is what we wish most of all.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Oreo's Law

The killing of the dog named Oreo by the ASPCA has riled up many animal lovers including some New York Legislators who are sponsoring Oreo's Law. You can read about it here and voice your opinion.
Although animals are killed on a daily basis under the "unadoptable" tag, many of us in animal welfare believe we can rehabilitate and if we can't, we can provide sanctuary because each life is special.
Many sanctuaries provide lifelong care for dogs and cats who would be destroyed in other traditional shelters. These animals may have a medical problem as simple as being blind, or a behavior problem like jumping.
Some may have suffered such abuse at the hands of a human they will never overcome their fears of most people.
I cannot tell you the number of times I personally know of where an animal could have been saved, but no attempt was even made to place it in a true sanctuary, so the animal died.
It does not say much for the animal welfare community that a law must be enacted when a sanctuary steps up to save an animal from euthanasia, the shelter where the dog or cat resides must be made to do it because of the law, and not simply because of their love of the animal.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Labrador available for adoption

Ellie is a 10 month old black female lab/Cur mix about 60 pounds. She is a playful puppy who likes to do all the puppy stuff including chewing on her toys. She gets along with other dogs and is good with young children. She is an affectionate girl, housebroken, and crate trained
Ellie would benefit from obedience classes and will be ready for visitors in mid-November. If you would like to have a young gal in your life that is full of energy and wants to have fun, then Ellie is your girl. She would love for you to visit and play ball or take a long walk.....she would love to meet her new family before the Holidays.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Ellie 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).

Special cat in Sarasota

This is Tulip. She is a 2 year old, DSH calico with an attitude. She does warm up, but at her speed. She does not like to be petted from her mid section back and will warn you. When she first came to TANKS you could not touch her.
I believe a house with no children and maybe no dogs would be best for Tulip. Previous experience with calicos would be a good match.
She is absolutely beautiful in her markings, spayed and up to date on shots, is not declawed.
She is a bit tempermental at times and would not be a good lap cat but is still a doll.
Please contact Cindy at TANKS at

Monday, November 16, 2009

The ASPCA and Oreo

The death of Oreo, the miracle dog of the ASPCA in New York City, is a tragedy beyond belief. When she made the papers, complete in cast and stitches, I wonder how much money was generated to the ASPCA for saving this dog. She was all over websites and newspapers.
Now that they made the decision to kill her, the backtracking is incredible. But remember, there are as many people who believe she should have been killed as those who believe she should have been allowed to live her life at the sanctuary which offered.
There are still those among us who think a dog without a home has no qaulity of life. They are better off dead, especially if they could pose a threat.
Please read this article and let me know what you think?

Off topic; well, sort of

I just returned from a great 3 day getaway in one of Florida's award-winning state parks. I love to go and visit the different parks and see what unique things each has to offer. It gives you a chance to leave all the stress of your daily life behind and simply enjoy the pleasures the outdoors has to offer.
I visited Alafia State Park. I had not been since it was turned into a state park and now it is full of off road bicycle trails with a great picnic area and equestrian camping. There is also a campground for those without horses. I saw campers with horses and those with bicycles all enjoying themselves. I took an unintentional 12 mile hike but at the end was disappointed to see an empty water bottle someone had discarded laying in one of the creeks which run into the Alafia. I picked it out of the water and discarded it.
The rest of the weekend was spent at my favorite park, Silver River, and the reason for the story.
In Florida you are allowed to bring your dogs to the park for recreation as long as they are leashed and current on vaccinations. Silver River is the only protected clear water river in the state. Being designated that, there is no fishing, swimming and a no-wake for motorized boats. The wild critters are numerous with the alligators being at the top of the list.
A couple approached the canoe launch with a white maltese and a golden doodle on leashes. They walked to the edge of the water with both dogs and several of us advised them not to take the dogs to the water's edge. Most of us knew the gators love small dogs for a meal and they can spring out of the water before you even know they are there.
This couple totally ignored anything we had said and even allowed the Maltese to walk into the water to drink.
I had to leave. I cannot believe how stupid people are when dealing with nature. I hope nothing ever happens to the little dog, but as long as people ignore posted signs, ignore advice from well-meaning bystanders, they will eventually lose a dog to an alligator.
It was a great weekend. Get out and enjoy the parks where you live. Take your dog, go on a hike, have a picnic lunch on a blanket but remember to clean up after yourself and respect the wildlife. After all, it is their home you are visiting.

Friday, November 13, 2009

It happens to horses, too!

Although I write about rescued dogs and cats with a lot of frequency, horses are abandoned, neglected and abused as often as dogs and cats. Horses are also much more expensive to maintain, need more room and generally can be in a neglectful situation for months before anyone reports it.
In this case, the neglect was once again, someone trying to help and getting in over their head. Unfortunately, two horses had to be euthanized because they were so emaciated and starving.
In another case, the owner got 6 months of jail time, 5 years probation and $10,000 in fines.
And in this final news story, someone simply unloaded a horse on a woman's property and drove away.
This is the recommended requirement for a horse from an agricultural extension agent. It is pretty interesting how much land is needed for the horse to actually thrive and be a horse.
The horse requires a minimum level of forage in the diet to maintain normal gastrointestinal function, as well as, normal behavior. There has been little research done on the space requirements of horses. One and one-half to two acres of open land per horse is the recommended starting point to supply adequate acreage for a pasture forage program. The one and one half to two acres is actual pasture area and does not include land for any type of buildings, barns, arenas, etc. One acre of land is 43,560 square feet or approximately 210 feet x 210 feet. Obviously many people keep horses on smaller amounts of land and do not depend on the land to provide any forage. The optimum land amounts per horse then is two acres for pasture and then whatever is desired for barn space, hay and equipment storage and riding area. The next question then is what is the minimum area needed for a horse for a turnout (exercise) paddock. In other words, the horse will be maintained solely on harvested forage (hay) and no pasture land will be provided. Again, little research has been done to determine the minimum area needed for a turnout (exercise) paddock. The Guide For the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Agricultural Research and Teaching recommends a minimum area of 0.1 (one-tenth) of an acre of open land per horse. This is approximately 4500 square feet. In most cases horse owners fall somewhere between the optimum and minimum open land levels for maintaining horses.
John D. Atkins
Extension Agronomy/Livestock
So before you decide you can give a horse a good home, check out how much land you have to work with, how much supplemental food you will need, how many vet visits will be needed. Please don't subject the horse to no pasture, poor food, no vet care etc. Then they end up being euthanized, once again because of a human's inhumanity.
If you would like more information on horse protections, check out this website and see what the Horse Protection Association of Florida does. It is a great group which does great work.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Special Labrador available for adoption

Editor's note: Please consider the reason this beautiful dog needs a special home. Many rescued animals are like Stella and do not do well around other dogs. It is a failing on the part of their previous parents and the dogs are who suffer for it. Let's not punish her for human error.
Hi everyone! My name is Stella, an affectionate gal with a pretty yellow coat, 2 years of age. I LOVE people. I am not friendly with other dogs and I do chase the kitties. In my past no one properly socialized me so I only like being around people. I enjoy offering my paw to folks to show them that I'm friendly and I am great on a leash. I would do best as an only dog in an understanding household.
I don't care for the rowdy, rambunctious dogs and I am not a big fan of dog parks. I would prefer to hang out with my human companions and enjoy all the attention they give me. I do have a habit of jumping up on people but my foster parents are working with me on that. My foster mom says that I am housebroken and trustworthy in the house. Come cuddle with me and let's see if we are a perfect pair.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Stella 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)

Don't shop! Opt to adopt

The headline on this item says it all. Don't go to a pet store, craigslist or the neighborhood backyard breeder if you want to add a new family member. Go to a shelter or rescue in your neighborhood.
Go online to or or rescue911 or any of the numerous search engines which list dogs, cats and other critters who need homes. Put the breed you are looking for in the search field and see how many pop up. then go meet them. Check out their personality. Ask questions of the group doing the adoption. Make sure they are the right fit for your family. Then adopt a pet.
We have a saying in animal rescue work. When you adopt from a rescue or a shelter, you are saving two lives. The life of the animal you are adopting and the animal who will take its' spot. Believe me when I tell you there will always be one more to take that empty spot. Please don't continue to fund puppy mills and vacations for backyard breeders. Let's take care of the ones who are already here.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Who lives and who dies?

I find it interesting when people who are writing for adoption animals use the terms high kill, or low kill or even no kill facility.
The reason most shelters or rescues become known as high kill is because they simply have no other avenues open to them. If you believe the people who work at these places enjoy having to euthanize animals every day, you are living in another world. Low kill facilities also euthanize but their numbers are not quite as high and no kill facilites do the same thing under the guise of either medical problems, behavior problems or other determining factors so John Q. public doesn't get angry at them.
Unless an animal is at a sanctuary, which believes in rehabilitating the whole animal, medically, behaviorally or otherwise, an animal can and does get killed.
I am going to run pictures of two dogs which were sent to me today from out of state. Both these dogs need medical help but otherwise seem to be nice dogs. The chances they will be rescued could be very slim. If one or both of these animals is euthanized it will not be the shelter's fault. It is a county run facility with only so much money and so much space. So why list it as a high kill facility when they are obviously doing the best they can with the resources they have.
Why not instead begin a massive campaign on people who dump their animals at these facilities with all these problems due to neglect and hold them accountable, instead of labeling the shelters and rescues who are doing the best they can under the circumstances.
Although both these animals are out of state, if you do know of anyone who could help them, please use the contact information below. Every one counts.
NAME: Tulip
ANIMAL ID: 9047668
BREED: lab mix
SEX: female
HEALTH: appears healthy except that she has some puncture wounds and is missing an eye, we are not sure what happened
TEMPERAMENT: friendly and very, very sweet

NAME: Splenda
ANIMAL ID: 9083154
BREED: Yorkie mix
SEX: female
HEALTH: healthy except her eye is badly injured and she needs it removed
TEMPERAMENT: very friendly and sweet
RESCUE PULL FEE: $40—we won’t spay her, that can be done when her eye is removed with the rescue’s vet
UPDATE: will be PTS 11/12

If you know of anyone in South Carolina who could pull these dogs and get them a home, should their medical issues be a reason to euthanize? It is a question which must be decided every day all over the country.
Please use this contact information if you are interested.
Please email us at
We may have transport available—just ask
When you reply to confirm dogs, please include in your email what rescue you are with. This saves us a lot of time because we currently work with a TON of rescues. Thanks for making it easier for us!