Monday, March 30, 2009

Upcoming benefits for Puffy Paws Kitty Haven

Puffy Paws Kitty Haven would like to announce two upcoming benefits. On Fri April 3, there will be the 1st annual Spring Fling to benefit Puffy Paws Kitty Haven.
It will be from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Bealls Outlet Plaza in Englewood, located north of Beach Road on 776. The individual stores will have a unique event or offer. There will be a bake sale, goody bags, and much more.
There will be plenty of kitties to adopt, and all are welcome to attend this event for fun and to benefit the kitties.
Also, on April 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. there will be the Island Art Days. This event consists of two days of classic art and fine craft exhibits on Boca Grande, and proceeds will help the Puffy Paws Kitty Haven. The event will be located at Special Effects, 431 Park Ave, on Boca Grande.
There will be plenty of kitties to adopt. For more information on these events, call 473 - 5406.

Labrador puppy mix available for adoption

Hi there, my name is Blade and I am a Lab-Pei (Labrador/SharPei Mix). I was born on December 24th with my sister Autumn. I am one lovable pup but I am all boy....I like to PLAY.
I should be around 55 pounds and currently weigh 13 pounds. I am working on my house training skills and some good manners...but remember I am still a puppy. I am not as timid as my sister Autumn - mater of fact I love to explore!
I spent my first 6 weeks living outside under a porch with my momma and 3 other pups. Autumn, my younger and smaller sister made it to rescue with me and we are happy to be inside learning to be loved and inside dogs. Come visit and see if we make a match.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Blade or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website http://www.labradorrescue.net/ 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)

Mutt Mutterings: coming into my own

From where I sit, I have a pretty good life. At least, it is much, much better here than where I came from. I am disease free, parasite free, plenty of groceries and a nice bed to sleep on every night. I am a favorite of the volunteers. I can tell because I get lots of walks and affection. So how come I am complaining?
Well, not really complaining but just questioning. I would really like my own humans. My own bed, my own yard, maybe a playmate or two and my own toys I wouldn't have to share. That is not too much for a dog like me to ask for, is it? My life now is so much better than it was a few short months ago I really shouldn't be asking for more, but day in and day out I see all these other dogs get seen and then adopted and I still sit here, waiting. I think that is the hardest.
So if you know anyone who just wants a good dog, nothing flashy or showy, to be their companion and faithful friend for the rest of my life, please send them to see me. I really will appreciate it.
We have had lots of dogs get adopted in the last week and now I am faced with listening to those puppies bark. I am hoping they leave quickly, which normally happens with puppies. I still don't have a playmate, but I know they are waiting on just the perfect dog for me to play with. I am not so picky, but some of these females around here are.
The 2nd Row Club, which Slimmer, one of the past Mutt Mutterers named, is not so full of dogs right now and the big boy, Wagner went home today with a nice young man and his family. I am happy for him but that leaves Ziggy, a boxer/pointer mix without a playmate. He and Wagner were perfect together. Then there is Rose, who is a senior like me. She is also a Florida Brown Dog. Sally is a little brindle something, not quite sure what, who only has a half tail and then Heidi, who is a gorgeous female, but she doesn't like me.
My row has a multitude of different dogs, even Savannah who is our oldest resident is picky about her playmates.
Coach, who is really a girl has been playing with Sophie sometimes, but now Sophie has a new playmate. He is not up for adoption yet, so I don't know his name. He is yellow.
The weather is getting warmer and I suspect before too long it will be quite warm in the kennels. I would so love a backyard where I could lay under a tree to stay cool. Even better would be a home with an air conditioner, but I know that is just my own personal dream.
I will sign off for now and go back to dreaming. Don't forget, I am an easy dog. Just in case anyone you know is looking. They can call 955-4131 and ask about me. The name is Buzz.

Take Care,
Buzz

Special cat in Englewood

Meet Mr Beans.
He is one tubby little kitty. He would love you to take him home and love him forever.
If you would like to meet him and all the kitties up for adoption, come out to our Open House every Saturday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. We are located at 270 Lakeview Lane in Englewood.
You can also go online at http://www.puffypawskittyhaven.com/ or call 941-473 - 5406 for more information.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Labrador available for adoption

Hi, my name is Katie. I am 5 years old and weigh about 75 pounds. I love to sit by my foster Mom while she is on the computer... or at my foster Dad's feet while he watches TV.
I also really love to run and play "fetch" with a ball and I am a strong swimmer, too. I don't get on furniture and don't beg for food. I know how to follow commands like "sit" and "stay" and most importantly "No." My foster Mom and Dad say that I am very smart as I learn new commands easily.
I am a big, strong dog, but my foster family is teaching me how to walk gently on a lead. I need a loving home with new parents that will give me plenty of exercise and who will appreciate a dog that has a heart of gold and who loves to run and play. I enjoy LRROF but really would love to find my forever family...come visit and see if we are that perfect pair.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Katie or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website http://www.labradorrescue.net/ 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)

Changing the mood of the day

It seems when you are involved with animals, what starts off as a bad day can change quickly and become a fabulous one.
Yesterday was one of those days for me.
The first time I saw her, she was no bigger than a minute, with ears that took up most of her body and eyes of different colors, one blue and one brown. She was white with black spots so I knew she had Dalmation in her, but she had a pitbull wiggle she couldn't control.
Her name was Isabella and she had just been brought in from a rescue in Texas after Hurricane Ike. She was still a puppy and so full of life and energy it was a week or so after she arrived I discovered she was deaf.
She became what is known in the business as a boomerang dog. She was adopted out twice and brought back twice, not because of anything she did, but due to human problems. One of her homes did get her housebroken and one taught her several hand commands, but she came back from the last home pretty traumatized and would submissively pee when you attempted to pet her.
I was beginning to wonder if we would ever find her a home who would actually keep her and help her become the dog I knew she could be when a very nice family came in specifically to see her.
They had to have their dog, who was also deaf, put down several months earlier and were ready for another family member. They had seen her picture on the website and wanted to meet her. The young lady of the house also had a unique name: Isabella, just like the dog.
It was love at first sight between the daughter and the dog and as I spoke to Mom and Dad I realized this family was willing to make the commitment Isabella needed to thrive, prosper and be happy.
The family stopped by on Saturday to bring Isabella and to let me see how well she was doing. They have changed her name to Billy JEAN and she is very happy and well taken care of. They thanked me once again for loving her before she became theirs and for all the hard work we did to find her the perfect home. She knows lots of commands now and in their words, "Doing great."
These visits are the highlight of why we do what we do. In some areas of the country, a hurricane survivor who is deaf and a pitbull mix on top of that, has no chance of survival. I am so glad I live in a county where things like that are not insurmountable problems.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Misdemeanor versus felony

With all the advancements being made toward prosecuting animal abusers, when I receive a note like the following, it tends to make me think we just went two steps back.
Please read the following note I got and if it angers you as much as it does me, please send an appropriate response to the person in charge.
This is the note I got:

Hello Everyone,
http://floridatoday.com/article/20090321/NEWS01/903210323/1086
On Feb 10th, a 12 week old beagle puppy was found still alive in a trash bin in Melbourne. His owner, Daniel Ham, reportedly stuck a sock in his mouth and placed him in a garbage bag. Police originally charged Ham with felony animal cruelty, which was a good move on their part. However, the State Attorney, Norman Wolfinger, has decided to only file a misdemeanor charge of animal abandonment. "We cannot in good faith file a charge we cannot prove," Assistant State Attorney Wayne Holmes said to the Florida Today. **This brings back memories of what his office told us in the Abrams case. It was the same justification for charging Abrams with only a misdemeanor instead of a felony. According to the Fl Today: "But prosecutors said witnesses could not provide evidence to support the felony charge, which requires evidence of unnecessary pain and suffering or excessive and repeated infliction of such treatment."AND:"There's no showing that he intentionally inflicted any harm, but you can make the argument that he abandoned it," said Doug Reynolds, misdemeanor supervisor at the Brevard public defender's office. "So I guess they're (prosecutors) believing part of his statement but not all of it."If this bothers you, or if you feel the People of Brevard deserve a better explanation as to why this is being charged as a misdemeanor instead of a felony, please write or call Mr. Wolfinger at:State Attorney's OfficeBrevard Government Center Complex2725 Judge Fran Jamieson WayBuilding DViera, Florida 32940(321) 617-7510(on a side note, Judge McKibben is presiding over this case. She is the same Judge from the Ella case.)Together, We Can Make a Difference.....Be a Voice Against Cruelty.HollyFounder, "Voices"www.VoicesForElla.org

Two adorable lab mix pups available

Hi there, my name is Autumn and I am a Lab-Pei (Labrador Retriever/SharPei Mix) I was born on December 24th...Christmas Eve! If you want to meet a lovable pup that would be ME! I should get to 40-50 pounds but currently I weigh 8 pounds.
I am currently working on my house training skills and some good manners....I am doing well but remember I am still just a puppy! New things make me timid at first as I spent my first 6 weeks living outside under a porch with my momma and 3 other pups.
Blade, my large brother made it to rescue with me and we are happy to be inside learning to be loved and inside dogs. Come visit and see if we make a match.
Hi there, my name is Blade and I am Autumn's brother. I am one lovable pup but I am all boy....I like to PLAY. I should be around 55 pounds and currently weigh 13 pounds. I am working on my house training skills and some good manners...but remember I am still a puppy. I am not as timid as my sister Autumn - matter of fact I love to explore!
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Blade and/or Autumn or perhaps one of our other labs, contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website http://www.labradorrescue.net/ 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)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Dogs with jobs

I remember reading an article several months ago which talked about how humans had changed the relationship they had with their dogs. Dogs had become more members of the family and less workers. Many breeds of dogs continue to do both, like herding dogs such as the border collie.
A friend sent me the following article from MSNBC about dogs which are now guarding a state prison. These dogs would have been euthanized in a shelter environment because they were judged to be mean, and a threat to public safety. Now they live in a kennel and guard the prison.
It is an interesting story and although I would like to think we all treat our animals like members of the family, I know this is not the case in many instances.
So I think using these dogs in this way makes a lot of sense, and it saves the dog's life in the process.
What do you think?

Frisky Felines of Fame: a busy week

Hi! It's Toots and Maggie May again,we are still waiting for our forever home please.
381 days at shelter for me, Toots and Maggie May has 377 days at the shelter.
We would like to welcome our newest shelter guests, Weasily and Zippy.
This weeks event include the Tour for Life. Check it out here: www.nsalamerica.org/how_we_help/tour_for_life
North Shore Animal Leagues 2009 tour for life is coming our way. This Friday from 1 to 6 p.m come meet and adopt your newest family member. They are trying to find homes for 100's of homeless pets. Please come and join us. Humane Society of Sarasota County, Inc.,2331 15th Street (East of Lime Avenue)Sarasota, FL Location: Pet Smart, 4942 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231 1p.m. until 6p.m.
Spotlighted kitty of the week
by Toots
Meet M.C. She is a 1 year old, domestic short hair who is black in color. She has been at the shelter over a year and really needs a forever home. M.C was 8 months old when she was brought to the shelter pregnant. M.C.'s kittens have all found homes. Now she is looking for that forever home. M.C has been here 337 days so it's time to find that special loving home. Could you open your home and heart to M.C., please? Tell them Toots sent you and if you adopt M.C., I will pay 10.00 toward the adoption fee
Mature Kitty
by Maggie May
Fey is almost 8 years old. She is a domestic shorthair, gray and white in color. She has lived with other cats, dogs and children. Her adoption fee is sponsored by Jessie's Fund. Fey sure would like to be a couch potato in a forever home. Fey has been at the shelter for 344 days so now is time. Please come adopt her today.
Diana is a spry 11 year old, domestic shorthair. She is black in color. She has lived around
dogs and other cats. Being 11, she is a little more laid back than a 2 month old kitten. She sure would like a forever home. You see she has been at the shelter 324 days. Diana's adoption fee is sponsored by Jessie's Fund.
We have a club at the shelter for those who has been here 200 days or more. You really do not
want to belong, but sometime that special forever home takes time. Please come adopt one of
our club members. Brighten your life and let us feel the love of a family once again. Additional members of the over 200 day club: Mia- 5 year old female -domestic short hair - black and white in color-310 days, Macy 7 year old female- domestic medium hair- black and white in color -299 days, Minnie 5 year old female-dometic short hair -black and white in color -253 days Shadow 6 year old male- domestic short hair- black in color - 247 days, Chewy- 2 year old female-domestic short hair- black in color -232 days
Latest gossip- We have been so swamped getting ready for all our special events, we forgot to take notes on the gossip. Check in next week when we will have all the latest and greatest.

Till then,
Toots and Maggie May

Labrador available for adoption

Hi, I am Cory, an active 10 month old labrador retriever mix.
I had a rough start with a broken leg that was not taken care of properly. Luckily the vet has said I healed very well.
In my foster home, I live with an older dog and cat but I would probably be better with young pals that would want to play a lot more...I do like to play. I am going to obedience classes and will graduate soon. I am looking for a new family that will continue to work with me so I can be that perfect dog I know I can be.
Come visit and I can show you what a good girl I am. If you are interested in meeting or adopting Cory or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website http://www.labradorrescue.net/ 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, March 22, 2009

Mutt Mutterings: It almost happened

Hi y'all! Buzz here.

The news from last week is kinda good and kinda bad. We have some new guests at the shelter. Of course, some of them only lasted a day or so. I got matched up with a pretty little pointer mix named Carmellia. I proved to be too much of a dog for her to play with though, so we just sniff through the fence.
The big dude, Clutch came back. It seems he doesn't want to share his food, or anyone else's for that matter so he is looking for a home again. Snickers is so happy to have her play buddy back.
Our resident dieter, Savannah, is down to 102 pounds. She is walking with a little more pep in her step with her weight loss. She still has a way to go, but is making good progress.
Abigal is sort of like me. She is still waiting for that perfect home to come along. I almost found a home. The thing is, I have something called hypothyroidism. Now I have to take a pill a day. The man who wanted to adopt me was kinda old, and said he didn't think he could remember to give me a pill. It is for the best and I am sure the perfect home will surface soon.
Little Sophie came back, too. Seems she wanted to play with the cat but the cat didn't want to play with her. The cat got sick all over the carpet and the people said now they had to replace the carpet. Why didn't they just clean it up? She is orange and white and likes to have her belly rubbed.
One of the "W" puppies is back, too! His name is Wagner. He is black and white and seems like a monster dog to me because he is so big. I can't imagine what the little dogs think of him.
Tyson, who is a rottweiler mix was on hold a couple of times but is still in his kennel so I guess his new home didn't work out. I heard my friend who talks to you lost her dog after 11 years. She was kinda sad this week and I wondered what was going on. I have never lost a best friend before, since I was pretty neglected when I got here. I bet it hurts alot.
We also have a new resident who the humans say reminds them of Ethan. I didn't know Ethan, but apparently he was quite the character. His name is Ziggy. I wonder if he was named after Ziggy Pop? (Bet you didn't know I knew about Ziggy Pop)
Well, I am going to sign off for now. I will keep you posted on the new arrivals and also the new homes. I am telling ya, mine is right around the corner. I can sense these things, ya know?

Love,
Buzz

When all the stars align

One of the most rewarding jobs I do is matchmaking people with the perfect pet for them. I loved it when I was a volunteer and still do it as much as possible as an employee.
You get to meet and interact with some very nice people and help them find the perfect pet for them.
Many people come into a shelter looking for a specific animal. It could be a breed, a size, a cat-friendly dog and the wish list can be long. Sometimes we have just the dog they are looking for, but sometimes we don't. When that happens I always tell them to just keep looking because the perfect pet is just around the corner and could show up on our doorstep at any time.
On Saturday a nice woman and her son came in the shelter just looking. They had in their mind a Benji type dog who would be medium-sized and good with the family. We, unfortunately didn't have any Benji type dogs left in the shelter but we did have one small, terrier mix puppy who no one had adopted.
She was so good in the room with the young boy and all he kept saying was, "Mom, she is pefect. I love her." When Mom explained that Dad and sister must also love her, the young man assured Mom they would.
The puppy went on hold for Dad and sister to come back on Monday. The last thing the Mom said to me was, "Well, she is not like what I thought we would adopt or what we were even searching for, so I don't think we found her. I think she found us."
What a perfect ending to the day. All the stars lined up and a puppy found a new family.

Special Labrador available for adoption

My name is Calvin. Everyone who has met me, cared for me or worked on me has fallen in love with me.
I have dysplastic kidneys, which means my kidneys are special. The cells grow in an atypical pattern and the kidneys don't work exactly right. Right now my kidneys are pretty healthy and are a good size, so my prognosis is good. The specialist feels I can live for years with proper love and care.
My only downfall is my bladder, which leaks when I sleep. So I need a special home who understands my needs and perhaps a chance to have access to the outside with a doggy door. If you have a big heart and lots of love for a special needs puppy like me ...come visit and lets see if we make that perfect couple.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Calvin or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website at www.labradorrescue.net 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 Note: Many rescue groups, including LRRoF depend on the generosity of the public to continue caring for the animals they receive. Many animals come into rescue much like Calvin. In these trying economic times, every dollar donated is appreciated. If you can't adopt a sponsor a special dog, please consider a monetary donation to keep them going.

Special cat in Englewood

Bo Bo is a great big love.
He needs TLC and lots of fishy snacks.
If you would like to meet him and all the kitties up for adoption come to our open house every Saturday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at 270 Lakeview Lane in Englewood.
You can also go online at http://www.puffypawskittyhaven.com/ or call 941-473 - 5406 for more information.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Labrador available for adoption

Meet Quincy, a young 2 year old yellow male who may have some Golden in him.
He likes other dogs, walks well on a leash and is very affectionate. He is house and crate trained. We are not sure how he is with cats and do not know his history with children.
If you would like to meet this handsome blonde, he is hanging out with Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida. Come and visit and see if you are the perfect match for this beautiful blond!
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Quincy or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website www.labradorrescue.net 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)

Frisky Felines of Fame: We are the cat's meow



It's Toots and Maggie May again. We are here and still looking for that forever home.
We would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest shelter guests: Chica, Chloe and Timmy.
This weeks featured guest

by Toots
Ben is a 2 year old black and white male who has lived around other cats, dogs and young children. Won't you consider making Ben a member of your family ?

Mature Cats
by Maggie May
Meet Jeckle and Hyde. They are 7 year old Russian Blue Mixes and are front declawed. Russian Blues can be a little on the shy side like Hyde is. Their adoption fee is sponsored by Jessie's Fund.
History of the Russian Blue goes back to the 1800's. They are descendants of ship cats brought from Russia to Great Britain. Modern Russian Blues are mixed with Siamese and British Blues. They are a gentle breed and somewhat shy until they get to know you.

Latest Gossip
by Toots
It has been a long week here with lots of events going on. However, cat adoptions are kind of slow. We had our St Catrick's Day Dance late Saturday night after everyone left. Hot Mama was supposed to sing; however she fell ill and had to go to the doctors instead. M.C and her band were wonderful. Rumor has it, Epic Cat record maybe calling them.
Ben stayed home that night. You see he got a phone call from Cinder. She told him the day had finally come, after 200 plus days in the shelter, she was going to her forever home. Ben was very happy for her, but sad, too. He never told her he was going to ask for her paw. He took back the rhinestone collar he had bought for her.

Each day as we sit in the shelter, folks come and go and we wonder will they take me? Each morning with great care, the kennels are cleaned, fresh water, food, litter boxes, blankets and towels are provided. Cat Cuddlers come in and help us pass the time by passing out treats and petting us. Staff is on top of any of our medical needs we may have and even take special requests like: HOW ABOUT SOME TUNA TO MAGGIE MAY'S ROOM, PLEASE?

Then it happens. The doors open and in come potential adopters. "Over here, over here."
we all meow. "Please take me!" Sometime we get to go in the viewing room to meet the potential adopter hoping they will pick us. WE are ready to go but maybe they decided today was not the right day. We hope they decided on someone in the shelter. We even root for the dogs, hamsters and rabbits to find homes. However once again the door closes, the lights go off and tomorrow is another day. As we lay our head down to sleep and pray the prayer in hopes that tomorrow our family will come. Please come and adopt your new family member. If you cannot adopt, consider sponsoring one.
Wish List:
We are very low on unscented, clay litter. Not clumping litter, please. Drop off some if you can to 2331 15th Street, Sarasota. Tell them it is for Maggie May and Toots.

Till next, week stay safe,
Toots and Maggie May

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Labrador available for adoption

Hi all! My name is Blondie, a cordial yellow gal, 4.5 years of age.
I love to please people of all ages and to cuddle with them. I get along with other big dogs after I get to know them, and I have excellent house manners. I'm getting rid of some heartworms, but I would enjoy a visit from you now, because I can go to a quiet home soon.
I am looking for that loving family that will play, walk and just love me for the rest of my life. If you think you might want a beautiful, blond gal in your home that would be me!
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Blondie or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website http://www.labradorrescue.net/ 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)

Saying goodbye to my best friend

He came to me as an 8 week old puppy, full of kisses and puppy breath. He was the first dog I owned who was totally and truly mine.
The first time he rolled on his back and screamed in pain, my heart broke. He was diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia at 9 weeks old. I was told he would suffer his whole life and should be humanely euthanized then. But I wouldn't listen. He had to have different drugs his whole life to have a quality of life, but he had a great life.
For the past 11 years he has been my constant companion. He was with me through all the highs and lows in my life. He was my sounding board and always tried to do everything I ask of him even up to the very end.
He would wag his little nub of a tail and rub his face all over you. I taught him to pull the dead palm fronds off the trees so I didn't have to hire someone to cut them. Every day I ask him to guard the house and not let any bad people in. He was subjected to my bad moods and varying animals and people who came to my house, but never once complained.
On Tuesday night when I arrived home from work, he didn't greet me at the door. He could not get up from his bed. His legs were not working. It took me a while to get him up and outside to potty, but when he did he breathed a huge sigh of relief. I gave him 3 times his normal dose of pain medicine but even that amount didn't help.
By Wednesday morning, he wouldn't rise at all and his soulful brown eyes looked at me as if to say, "I am trying Mom, but the legs just aren't cooperating."
I made the decision then and Junior was laid to rest yesterday. He went very easily with me holding his head and sobbing all the while.
Of course the tears of flowing as I type this, but at some point my heart will open up to another homeless animal and I will become a 2 dog household again. Until then, my fat old hound dog, Gypsy, will keep me company and be my companion.
Rest easy Junior. You were so very loved.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Labrador available for adoption

Rusty here, I am a big yellow boy, between 1 and 2 years old. I am full of energy and ready to play.
I like other dogs, and my foster mom has a little boy that is a great playmate. My leash manners are not real good, but I am trying hard to learn proper walking behaviors. I am house trained and love people.
If you want an active, energetic buddy, come see me and let's practice walking and then play catch together!
If you are interested in meeting or adopting RUSTY or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website http://www.labradorrescue.net/ 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)

Standing on the soapbox

I watch a lot of detective shows. Some, like "48 Hours" on A&E, are real, some aren't. I find them interesting now because of one fact. The use of DNA to find criminals years after the fact. Many criminals have been charged for crimes that 20 years ago, seemed unsolvable.
On the other hand, DNA can clear a suspected criminal and they can be released from jail.
The availability of DNA for dogs has come a long way in the last couple of years. Many people send off their dog's swab simply to satisfy their curiosity of the breed of their particular mutt. I think this is a great idea.
Dogs are mislabled every day in this country. Many times this results in a death sentence for the dog, simply because of the way the dog looks. The breed most often identified incorrectly is the pit bull. Looks can be deceiving. Ask anyone who has a mutt.
Every dog of medium or large size who comes in the shelter and is black with gold or tan markings is a rottweiler mix. Every dog who comes in the shelter with a big head and short stocky body is a pit mix. Any hairy, little dog is a shih tzu and any small, short hair dog is a chihuahua or min pin mix.
Wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to test for DNA for shelter dogs so we would know what the dominant breed is? We could stop the senseless killing of many animals who have been incorrectly labeled. We would have proof to show our insurance companies that our dog is acceptable. (although this does not deter me from owning any breed of dog. You guys know how I feel about insurance companies)
Are there any animal loving, rich people out there who like this idea? You can start with one shelter and move up. What a concept; actually knowing your dog and not caring. You could be surprised.
Affordable DNA testing for dogs. Just think how many lives could be saved.

The dogs who made a difference

In the 5 or so years I have been involved in animal welfare, I have met too many dogs and cats to remember them all.
Many crossed my path quickly, only to find a home and never to be seen again. Others became long term residents and after months of trying, found a home. Many, because of their looks, got adopted, came back, got adopted and sometimes came back again and again because of one issue or another until a permanent home was found.
Then there are the ones who made a difference in my life. Duke was the first. I loved him tremendously but could not adopt him and his kennel stress enacted a toll on his mental stability. He was finally euthanized due to aggression because it had to be done. His neon yellow collar hangs on my rearview mirrow to remind me every day why I believe in training. He seemed to be fine in his first home, but subsequent homes proved he possessed a dominate streak that got worse the longer he was in a shelter environment and he became a threat to people.
The dog who impacted my thoughts on training and behavior more so than any other, was named Bubba. It has been almost a year since he lost his life and the thought of how he died, alone, with no one who cared for him around can still bring tears to my eyes.
He entered the shelter as an incorrigible dog. No one would have anything to do with him except another volunteer and myself. We worked for a solid month with him and he blossomed under guidance. He became a star at agility, loved people, was okay with other dogs and cats and we finally thought he was ready to go home.
He did, and the people tied him up to a tree where he promptly crawled under their RV and chewed all the wires so they returned him.
When he came back, he was submissively urinating and cowering in a corner until he saw us. He was not treated well and it showed. Not only was he scared, but was covered in fire ant bites with scabs all over his underside. The look of trust in his eyes, which had always been there, was now guarded, as if he was not sure he could still trust us because of the home he had been put in.
Once again, we went to work and he blossomed and got adopted. He loved his new owner and seemed to be doing fine until a new puppy came along. He was then banished to his crate where he proceeded to destroy everything in the room. He had been displaced by a puppy although he was still a young dog himself. He was bored and unloved.
The people returned him, not to us, but to another shelter. When we found out he had been returned, we searched for him for two days. It was too late. The shelter he was taken to determined he was unadoptable and was he euthanized before we could find him. He died thinking he was all alone.
This can still bring tears to my eyes but I realize this happens every day, all over the country, to many animals. Shelters can be inundated on a daily basis with more animals than they can handle.
These two examples are why I continue to try and educate. They are why I fight for the behavior evaluations to be done in all shelters. Why I believe all shelters should scan each and every dog coming in the door for a microchip to make sure the owner has not lied and shelters have their dogs returned to them.
Ethanasia is the easy way out. Working with the dogs can sometimes be discouraging. But we cannot simply kill those with behavior problems and say they can't be fixed. We have to try.
There will be some who can't be fixed and all the time and money won't change that. Those are hard decisions that must be made for the safety of the public.
Unfortunately, the line is a fine one, and some people are prone to make snap judgements before all the information is gathered. If one more person can become educated and one more dog saved, then maybe Duke and Bubba didn't die for no reason. I sure would like to think so.
These two dogs made a difference in how I feel about the process. There have been many more. Training and behavior programs are a start, but educating shelter staff and volunteers is also an important aspect of saving lives. We all love the animals. Let's see if we can concentrate on saving more.

Dealing with a daily pill

One of my dogs from years past was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. This required me to give him a little blue pill every day for the rest of his life. The pills were not expensive, only about $9.00 a month and Jasper took them with no problem.
Hypothyroidism is more common in dogs than you would think. You can check out the description, signs and treatment here.
The reason I am writing about it now is a situation with a shelter dog who was recently diagnosed with the disease. He was about to be adopted when the man found out he would be responsible for giving the dog a pill every day. He was not concerned with the cost but was concerned because he had problems taking his own pills and now he would have to remember to do the same for this new dog. He wanted to be fair to the dog and left to think about whether he could handle the situation, along with printed information about the disease for him to read.
Although I was very disappointed, I understand his first thought was for the dog. If he ultimately decides this particular dog is not for him, I will be okay with that. He is 85 and seems pretty responsible. On the other hand, if he decides to adopt this dog, I feel pretty good about that too, because he has made a rational, informed decision and I am sure the pill will be given out every day.
Here's to crossed fingers.

The Asilomar Accords

Many shelters use the guidance of the Asilomar Accords in determining adoptability of their animals. These accords were developed as a guideline to help end euthanasia in animal shelters. If you read the whole thing, you will see there are parts which are vague and left to individual interpretation. It reads in part:
"Healthy
The term “healthy” means and includes all dogs and cats eight weeks of age or older that, at or
subsequent to the time the animal is taken into possession, have manifested no sign of a behavioral or temperamental characteristic that could pose a health or safety risk or otherwise make the animal unsuitable for placement as a pet, and have manifested no sign of disease, injury, a congenital or hereditary condition that adversely affects the health of the animal or that is likely to adversely affect the animal’s health in the future.
Treatable The term “treatable” means and includes all dogs and cats who are “rehabilitatable” and all dogs and cats who are “manageable.”
Rehabilitatable: The term “rehabilitatable” means and includes all dogs and cats who are not
“healthy,” but who are likely to become “healthy,” if given medical, foster, behavioral, or other care equivalent to the care typically provided to pets by reasonable and caring pet owners/guardians in the community.
Manageable: The term “manageable” means and includes all dogs and cats who are not
“healthy” and who are not likely to become “healthy,” regardless of the care provided; but who
would likely maintain a satisfactory quality of life, if given medical, foster, behavioral, or other
care, including long-term care, equivalent to the care typically provided to pets by reasonable and caring owners/guardians in the community; provided, however, that the term “manageable” does not include any dog or cat who is determined to pose a significant risk to human health or safety or to the health or safety of other animals.
Unhealthy and Untreatable The term “unhealthy and untreatable” means and includes all dogs and cats who, at or subsequent to the time they are taken into possession, (1)have a behavioral or temperamental characteristic that poses a health or safety risk or otherwise makes the animal unsuitable for placement as a pet, and are not likely to become “healthy” or “treatable” even if provided the care typically provided to pets by reasonable and caring pet owners/guardians in the community; or (2)are suffering from a disease, injury, or congenital or hereditary condition that adversely affects the animal’s health or is likely to adversely affect the animal’s health in the future, and are not likely to become “healthy” or “treatable” even if provided the care typically provided to pets by reasonable and caring pet owners/guardians in the community; or (3)are under the age of eight weeks and are not likely to become “healthy” or “treatable,” even if provided the care typically provided to pets by reasonable and caring pet owners/guardians in the community."
If you want to educate yourself and find out just what the Assilomar Accords say, please check out their website at http://www.asilomaraccords.org/read.html and form your own opinion. Then make sure the people responsible for making these decisions is truly responsible.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Food aggression in dogs

I have read tons of information on food aggression in dogs and began when my dogs were very young, to make sure they did not possess this bad habit.
They don't, but many dogs do. When I was a child, my parents taught me to leave animals alone while they were eating because you never know if a dog is food aggressive or not. Sometimes when we were visiting other families with dogs (which happens a lot when you are on a military base), the dogs were fed in a separate room from the kids, just to make there were no bite problems.
Shelter dogs can pose a whole new array of issues with food aggression. Sometimes they have been neglected to the point of emaciation. If a person or other animal comes near their food, they growl or snap because they were starved before.
Food aggression can be corrected with patience and care, but many people who want to adopt shelter dogs are not willing to take on this problem, especially if they have small children in the home. The chance of a bite is much higher with a toddler, than a teen, since you can explain to a teen the issues the animal has.
If you would like to learn more about food aggression and how to correct it please check out this website or consult with a local trainer or behaviorist or your local humane society.

Labrador available for adoption

Hi, I am Cory, an active 10 month old girl that is a labrador retriever mix.
I had a rough start in life, I had a broken leg that was not treated properly. Luckily the vet has said I healed very well. I live with an older dog and cat, we get along, but I am probably better with young pals that want to play....I LOVE TO PLAY!
I am going to obedience classes and my foster mom says I am trying very hard to learn it all. Please come visit so I can show you what a good girl I am.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Cory or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website http://www.labradorrescue.net/ 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)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Mutt Mutterings: I'm baaaaack!

Hi y'all. I'm back from my little visit to the isolation room. What? You didn't miss me? Are you nuts or what? You must be waiting by your typing machine every week just to hear the latest news and gossip from the dog side of the Humane Society of Sarasota County. You're not? Well, why not?
Anyway, it seems I had a cold. You know, the kind where your nose runs and your eyes get kinda goopy. Well, that is what happened to me. So I got moved to a special room where I couldn't be around any other dogs. It was kind of dark and lonely in there. I did get to go outside, but couldn't leave this little fenced-in area and I cried. I even held my paw up as people came by to try and get someone to take me out and let me run. The vet kept saying no. I don't understand why I couldn't go outside and run, but what she says, goes. She has brought me this far so I know not to argue with her.
Tomorrow begins my new hunt. You know, the one for my forever home. I have been here for longer than any other dog and my time is now. I just feel it. It will start with the volunteers taking me out and letting me run and then a nice family will come in and say I am just the dog they have been looking for.
What? It could happen. You have to remain positive and I still have my great attitude.
Well, I am tired and this is my first foray back into the work scene so I am going to close for now. Come see me, or call 955-4131 and ask once for me and someone will be sure I am available. I will be waiting for you,

Buzz

Frisky Felines of Fame: another day older

Hi! It's Toots and I am introducing Maggie May. She will be helping me now that my sister has found her forever home.
Maggie May is 9 and is looking for a forever home, too. She loves to be petted and talked to. She is a domestic short hair who is gray and tan in color. Her adoption fee is sponsored by Jessie's Fund.
This weekend will be a busy one, so let's get started.
Mark your calendars to come on out on:
Friday 13th 6-9 p.m Smooch a Pooch Stroll- Hillview and Osprey - bring your pooch and stroll. Lots of venders and more; donations accepted: cat and dog food, treats, blankets and cash.

Saturday 14th St Catricks Day- adoptions specials 10-5

Sunday 15th St Patty Day Poker Run- Hogs at the shelter- ok motorcycles- all to benefit
the Humane Society of Sarasota. The fun starts at 11 a.m. For more information call 941-749-1778 or visit http://www.rossiterharleydavidson.com/ and click on HOG.
Please check out http://www.hssc.org/ or call 955-4131 for more information on any of these events.
This week we would like to welcome Asher,Ghadi,Jeckle,Pooty,Shadow Boxer and Sollie
and last but not least Hot Moma. (my paws are now tired from typing)

This weeks featured mature kitty is:
Tyler - he is an 11 year old Male Siamese and his owner recently passed away. Tyler would be best in an quiet adult only household. LADIES, here is that special cat you have been looking for.
He will need patiences and understanding since he is on shy side. His owner really spoiled him with great food and brushed him everyday. His adoption fee is sponsored by Jessie's Fund.

This weeks featured youngsters:
Cinder- almost 2 years old- she is a domestic short hair black in color. This little sweetheart would love to come home with you. This little one has a lot of personality just waiting to shine. She has been at the shelter over 200 days, but has not given up hope because she knows her forever family is out there. Won't you come visit her today?

Benatar- is 2 years old domestic medium hair black and gray in color. Check out her gorgeous face. She has a beauty mark(dark fur)on each side of her face that is very unique. She is friendly and gentle and has been around older children.

Latest Gossip:
We are having a dance St. Catrick's night after everyone leaves. Once again, K.C.'s band will be
playing. Hot Mama is going to sing. Does anyone know if she can sing or not ? We are not sure.
Doc and Buddy are hosting the party so it should be a lot of fun.We are even going to do some
line dancing. I like the watermelon crawl myself.
Ben has a surprise for Cinders. Do you think he will pop the question? He is hiding something in the corner of his kennel. Will there be a wedding in June? Can I have a motorcycle to ride on Sunday? (oh well, it was worth a try). Please come and visit us at the shelter and adopt your loving new family member. Tell them Toots and Maggie May sent you, please.

Toots and Maggie May

Labrador available for adoption

Hi! I am Mocha. Things happen and my family had to surrender me to LRROF. They are helping to find me a new and loving family.
I have lots of toys, a bed, crate and a huge stack of papers with all my history. Vet says I am in PERFECT health and that I am one of the most active 9 year olds ever seen. My foster home has 2 small dogs and one large one and we all are getting along well. I am enjoying my new friends but what I really want and need is a loving family that will take care of me forever and love me just as much as my original family..... I miss them very much.
If you want a real sweet slice of chocolate come visit me..... lets walk and sit together and we may be a perfect couple. If you are interested in meeting or adopting MOCHA or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website http://www.labradorrescue.net/ 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 Englewood

Tux is a very mellow lap kitty. He loves to sleep, eat and sleep some more.

It's tough being a cat at Puffy Paws. If you want to meet him and all the kitties up for adoption come out to one of our Open Houses which are held every Monday and Wednesday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at 270 Lakeview Lane in Englewood.

You can also go online at http://www.puffypawskittyhaven.com/ or call 941-473-5406 for more information.


Monday, March 9, 2009

SOTC Agility Trials March 21 and 22

Sarasota Obedience Training Club will be holding their agility trials at the Manatee County Fair Grounds in Palmetto on March 21 and 22.
They start around 8:00 a.m. and go until 5 to 6 p.m.
The event is free. The club runs two different rings throughout the day so there is plenty of action. The runs start with the smallest dogs and move up in height during the day to the larger dogs. Drop by and watch the action.

Special cat in Englewood

Sly is a very smart orange kitty.
He loves to sleep with side by side and with you and he loves to play all day long.
If you want to see him and the kitties up for adoption at Puffy Paws Kitty Haven our Open Houses are held, every Monday and Wednesday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at 270 Lakeview Lane in Englewood.
You can also go online at http://www.puffypawskittyhaven.com/ or call 941-473-5406 for more information.

Labrador available for adoption


Hi everyone! My name is Annabelle. I am a friendly, loving lady but I like to play too.
You would have no idea that I am 6.5 years old. I enjoy being around other dogs but being with people is my favorite thing in the whole world. Cuddling and snuggling are lots of fun for me and I also enjoy just being with my foster family. I like to play ball, go on rides in the car and talk walks.....my foster mom says I am a lady in the house and that I have a very sweet personality.
If you're looking for a fun, loving companion, I'm your gal. Come visit and I'll give you a guided tour of the back yard or we can play catch. I sure would like to meet you....maybe we could be friends!
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Annabelle or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website at http://www.labradorrescue.net/ 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, March 6, 2009

Save the date for the "Smooch a Pooch Stroll"

On Friday, March 13, from 6p.m. until 9 p.m., bring your dog and come stroll through Southside Village for the "Smooch A Pooch Stroll" to benefit the Humane Society of Sarasota County.
Offerings include fabulous shopping, a multi-store raffle, refreshments and pictures with your pets. Many different groups will be there including dog trainers, a pet psychic and masseuse, the ARC spay/neuter van, the HSSC's Adoption Van and the HSSC's Pet Therapy Group plus the kissing booth.
All proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Sarasota County so come out and support the deserving organization. You might just find your new best friend.
Please call 955-4131 ext.121 for more information.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Frisky Felines of Fame: All by myself



Greetings: this is Toots,
I am still a little down since my sister's departure, but our favorite song "I'll Stand by You" keeps me going. I do have some new neighbors. They are a little on the rowdy side, but I guess that is ok.
I am still looking for that forever home, PLEASE, someone who will love and take care of ME. There are also special treats for Me just above my kennel since I am on a special diet.
Next week, Maggie May will be helping me with my article. There is just too much work involved for just one kitty.
Adoption Events at the HSSC with Special Adoption Fees: St. Catrick's Day - Saturday, March 14 - so please stop by.
Welcome to our newest shelter guests: SPOTLIGHTED Cats: Lucky, Mandy, Charlie, Snickerdoodle, Copperfield, Doc, Haas, Tyler, Copperfield, Brigit, Blue, Domino, and Itty Bitty
If you like Pina Colada's we have just the cat for you. Pina Colada is a 4 year old female who is gray and white with long hair. I almost forgot to mention our shelter pals all come with 30 days prepaid shelter insurance. Check it out here: http://www.sheltercare.com/.
Smokey Bear wants to remind everyone on March 8th we go to daylight savings time(spring forward). Please change your smoke detector batteries. If you need assistance or cannot afford a smoke detector please call you local fire department; they maybe able to help you.
Smokey Bear would also like to remind you to clear any dry brush from around your house. Have your escape plan ready and practice it so everyone knows what to do. There are also new window clingers are available to let the fire department know just how many animals are in the house in an emergency. $1.00 to benefit Jessie's Fund and available at the shelter.
Smokey Bear is also looking for a home. He is a 7 year old male, domestic short hair and his adoption fee is sponsored by Jessie's Fund. What wonderful markings this guy has on him. He has lived with dogs and male cats.
Hey LADIES, we also have just the perfect cat for you. Barry is 11 years old and a little on the big boned size(large side). Barry is a domestic short hair, black in color and would love to be your companion. He even comes when you call his name. His owner recently passed away. If you have room in your heart and home, he is ready and waiting for you.
Latest gossip: the barbeque was a blast. Lou Lou is very good at flipping and eating burgers. Finally Whisker had to take over or there would have been no food left. The cats on Woodie's Wing really like ham pieces. K.C even helped herself and put her head in the treat bag. Cally has now become the queen on Woodie's Wing. What she says goes. Charlie voices his opinion but she just ignores him and walks away.
As much fun as we have here we still would like that forever home. PLEASE, if you cannot adopt consider sponsoring one of our shelter guests. Call 955-4131 for more information or visit us all at 2331 15th Street in Sarasota.
Until next week, stay safe.

Toots

Next week we will preview "Hogs" at the shelter

Labrador available for adoption

Hi everyone, I am Duchess.
My foster mom says I am a friendly and playful Chocolate gal that is 5 years of age. I have a really easy going personality and my favorite thing of all is my plush bear. If you come visit me you will see me carry my bear from room to room. Other things that I love are walks, rides and best of all snuggling with people!
Everyone says that I'm soooo friendly.....all I want to do is please my family. Of course, I'm always a lady in the house and crate. I love my foster family very much but would really like to find my new forever home. If you want a partner that is loyal and likes to cuddle come visit and lets see if we make the perfect pair.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Duchess or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our websitewww.labradorrescue.net 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)

Meatball finds her spaghetti

Sometimes, when you meet new animals coming into the shelter, you connect with them before you even get to know their personality. Meatball was one of those dogs for me.
She came in with her housemate, a small black lab mix named Ebony, and she was so full of life and kisses you simply had to love her.
They were both covered in fleas and were pretty itchy, but seemed in great health otherwise. They had been adopted from our shelter originally, so were returned to us when their owner could no longer care for them.
I knew Ebony would find a home quickly. She was small and a lab mix and only 6 years old, but Meatball was another story. She was 9 and listed as a pit bull mix, although I believe she had more of something else, just not sure what.
I figured she would sit in her kennel for several weeks or months due to her age and her listed breed, but was I in for a huge surprise.
On Monday, which was my day off, a young woman came in with her father to meet Meatball. She loved her, but left to go home to think about it. She had also visited a local pet store to look at the puppies there.
On Tuesday, I was introduced to the young woman and her father who wanted to meet Meatball again. Y'all know the place seniors have in my heart and when I saw the reaction the dog and the young woman had to each other, I knew Meatball had found a home. She was adopted on Tuesday and the shelter received a note from the young woman about Meatball's first two days in her new home.
If young people like this young woman are soon to be in charge of this country, I have all the confidence in the world things will turn out okay. This is the note we received from this exceptional young lady.

"Hello,
I just wanted to send you an update on Meatball. She is doing absolutely WONDERFUL!!! She is loving life in her new home and has made many new friends. She loves her bed and going on walks around the neighborhood. She is very energetic and loves to play with her new toys (Which are also all pink, like her collar) and she loves to play with the hose and in water. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to have this wonderful girl in our home. Even though she's older she is just like a puppy in her personality. I hope other people realize that older doesn't always mean they won't be as energetic and fun, because this older girl always keeps us moving!Thanks again for everything you guys do,

Kaitlyn"

Thank you Kaitlyn, for being a very mature young lady and seeing the beauty in a senior dog and giving her a second chance for a new, wonderful life.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Good Samaritans Save Dying Labrador Retriever

I received this from Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida. You can watch the video of this wonderful dog here and then read the story. It is heartwarming to know people still care.

By Pamela Jones-Morton, PhD
Times are tough and most people will just keep walking or will ignore those in need regardless of species. But several good Samaritans could not. Wade and Cristine Browne have dogs and know dog behavior so when a black lab showed up near their home they watched and watched and watched. They watched as he patiently sat by the roadside near their home for almost a week as if waiting for his owner to return. The assumption was that he was dumped off and the owners left. But this lovely boy now named Marley waited. Waited for his family to come back, why not they loved him right? Well wrong. Marley sat there and the Brown’s brought him food and water. They tried to bring him into their home but their Great Danes would not accept him.
Marley sat patiently for a week waiting then one day the family didn't see him. They went looking and that is when Marley was found lying in a ditch seriously injured. He had a 2-3" deep gash on the back of his head, a deep gash near his eye, and what appeared to be burns on the right side of his head/face. Marley was in shock and dying. He was in trouble and needed help fast. Wade and Cristine took him to Riverside Animal Hospital in Jacksonville where he was treated by Dr Rossi. The couple and Dr Rossi paid for his initial treatment. The Browne’s contacted Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida (LRROF) and last Tuesday Marley was picked up from Dr. Rossi’s and transported to San Jose-Beauclerc Animal Hospital where Dr. McMillian and Dr. Nash continued with Marley’s extensive treatment. With support from the Browne’s, two local Animal Clinics and LRROF, Marley is on the mend. He has a long road but with love and treatment he has a second chance at a wonderful life.
Marley presently has stitches and a drain in head and his burns are being treated. Amazingly, he still loves people. Marley has wonderful inside manners. His is already house trained and knows his basic commands. He does have heartworms so when his wounds heal he will begin that treatment.
Marley is a loving Labrador and has captured the hearts of volunteers in Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida. He will be treated and loved to full recovery but we need your help and support. His treatment is expensive. Donations for Marley’s treatment can be sent to:
Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida
c/o Horowitz & Knoch CPA
481 E. Hillsboro Blvd, #100A
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Special cat in Englewood

Bandit is the boss of the Haven.
He loves to go where no kitty has gone before.
If you want to meet him and all the kitties up for adoption come out to one of our Open Houses which are held every Monday and Wednesday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at 270 Lakeview Lane in Englewood.
You can also check out all our kitties online at http://www.puffypawskittyhaven.com/ or call 941-473 - 5406 for more information.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Good news on the legal front

Pitbull fighting rings exist all over the state of Florida. Anyone who does not believe this should talk to people who live in rural areas or inner city areas of the big cities. I was very pleased when they actually passed legislation to punish this horrific deed, and become angry when the violators are punished with suspended sentences or 6 months in the county jail. We must keep this atrocity in the forefront and keep demanding the offenders are punished to the fullest extent of the law.
This happened in Miami last week, when a man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the organizing of a fight and the death of at least 7 dogs. Contrary to the pleas of his family he was an animal lover, the evidence was irrefutable.
You can read the story here and make sure people know and understand the state is finally getting serious. This can only be good for the dogs.

Labrador available for adoption

Hi, my name is Robbie! I am a 4 year old chocolate male who loves to go on walks, fetch, and swim. I am house trained, crate trained, and only like to chew my dog toys. I am loyal and want a family to love.
Oh, I forgot. I enjoy car rides, too. I am not sure about cats or small kids as I have not been around them. I would probably do best as an only dog. I am working on my leash walking skills but my foster family says I am a quick learner!
The only thing I miss is a loving forever home.....come visit and lets see if we are a perfect pair.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Robbie or one of our other labs, contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website http://www.labradorrescue.net/ 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)

We keep pushing forward, but the truth just isn't sinking in

In the last several years, information about the pit bull breed, or any bully breed for that matter, has been the main topic of conversation among many animal welfare people. The reason for this is the mass amount of disinformation which is passed back and forth, through the internet and other venues on a daily basis.
The number of people who own and love bully breeds is vast and growing. On the other hand, the number of people who disparage the breeds are not educated and believe everything they read online.
Two situations which happened in the past several weeks come to mind along with two, very special dogs who are looking for homes.
The first involved a snappy, small papillon who had to be removed from a car wrapped in towel to avoid hurting the dog or a person. The owner said the dog was biting and simply vicious. About the same time, a man was bringing in a dog he could not longer care for. the dog was happy and wagging his tail. When the woman ask the gentleman what kind of dog he was, the gentleman replied, "A pitbull." The woman then wrinkled her nose, sniffed and said, "How on earth could you own a dog like that?"
My question would have been to her: "A dog like what?" A happy, tail-wagging dog who has been well cared for, loves people, is not scared of his own shadow and loves belly rubs, or a dog who has never been socialized, is scared of humans and snaps at everything? You tell me, what would your choice be?
Leroy, pictured here, is the dog who is looking for a home. He is 4.5 years old, loves, loves, loves people and is missing his family right now. He has a scar on his back from a poisonous spider bite when he was a puppy. He is very housebroken, a tad chubby, and would love to be your new best friend. He would love to ride shotgun in your car, go hiking in the woods, or simply lay by your side while you watched television.
All these dogs need homes. If we, as the American public, do not educate ourselves on dogs and continue to allow the prejudice against any breed to perpetuate, we are just as guilty as those who disparage the breed. The education is out there. It is up to us to keep it moving forward.