Sunday, May 31, 2009

Grabbing your heartstrings

Anyone who tells you they are immune to falling in love while working with rescued animals is lying. All you must do is talk to anyone involved and most have multiple animals. There are always ones who grab at your heartstrings and refuse to let go.
When I met Winter, a little over a month ago, he would run growling and barking at his kennel. Then he would run hide in his crate and peek out, just to see if you had left.
I do not know if the reason I liked him was because I have a nephew named Winter, who used to be a shy little boy, or if it is because he reminds me so much of another of my rescues who was named Bigfoot.
I decided he would be my next conquer. I needed to gain his trust, which I don't have yet. I did make a breakthrough with him and he took a treat from me. I also got to walk him a little ways, but the president of Satchel's was right by my side and after a few minutes, it was obvious he was much more comfortable with her than me. It will come though, this trust. It is just not something I want to push.
Winter was adopted from Manatee County Animal Services when he was just a pup. With his whole life ahead of him, he was returned at 1 year old, unsocialized and terrified. They worked with him to try and make him more adoptable, but after a year of trying, he ended up at Satchel's as his last hope.
I believe Winter is adoptable. In fact, I know he is adoptable. If I didn't already have two, I would adopt him. Which means as many like-minded people as there are in this area, someone else out there will also see the potential in this dog.
So now the journey begins. We must begin to work on getting Winter to see all humans are not bad. All experiences are not terrifying events. It will be slow, and sometimes I may get discouraged. I believe Winter can be a wonderful pet for someone. I just have to break down the barriers and find a family who will help work on keeping those barriers down. I will keep you posted.

Labrador available for adoption

Simon is full of fun and loves to swim. We believe he is from 7 to 9 months old, with plenty of puppy playfulness in his personality. He is very willing to learn and would make a great dock diver or splash dog. We are working on his potty training, with Simon getting more consistent each day. He loves people and other dogs, both large and small. He is being exposed to little kittens, but is not trustworthy with the babies, yet.
Simon is small, 34 pounds, and shouldn't get much bigger. He's built like a seal and loves to jump into the pool to retrieve. He has been exposed to children of all ages and handles them fairly well. We are working on mouthing as he likes to grab your arm (not hard) but as if he wants to lead you somewhere. This, too, is getting better. He would be the perfect dog for someone who can't handle a larger Lab or has a smaller home that can't accommodate a large dog. He would do better with someone who is home most of the time - he's not the best in his crate, and has time to finish his basic training. Simon is fostered in Cape Coral.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Simon 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)

Bambi needs a home

Hi everyone. My name is Bambi. I am a cute, little girl with soft brown eyes and a small body. I had a rough start in life when my brother and I were abandoned on a lanai with no food or water. We were almost at the point of no return when a kind neighbor discovered us and called the police.
We came to Satchel's together, were nursed back to health and my brother got adopted. I haven't been so lucky. I have been with a couple of people and it just didn't work out. Not their fault and surely not mine. I am a rough-and-tumble sort of girl, who loves playing with other dogs but can be pretty bossy. I have a typical tomboy attitude when playing with the boys and I just don't like them being bossy, so I boss first.
I am young, just at a year old and I love to play. Balls are my favorite and the people here are working on that whole fetch thing. The chase part I have down, it is the release part I am having problems with, but I am smart, so I know I will learn it. I am smart that way.
I have something they call separation anxiety. I am not quite sure what that means but it has something to do with me being abandoned. If someone left you to starve, you might have this condition, too. They tell me with the right human, we can work through that.
My dream would be to adopt a human who would take me with them everywhere. I know that probably isn't going to happen, but a girl can dream. Dog parks would be good so I could have lots of playmates and a nice bed or maybe even with a human. I need someone who will keep up with my training so I don't forget everything I am learning here at Satchel's. Oh yeah, food; make sure you can feed me. Not having food and water is a big thing with me.
So, if you could give a tomgirl a home, make sure she has food and water, give me some consistent training and satisfy her you will always come home, you may be just the human for me. I would, of course, have to see if you passed my test. (bet you didn't know dogs had tests for humans) Then if you passed my test, you could try and pass Satchel's test. If all that went well, they would allow me to adopt you. But remember, only if you pass the tests.
So drop a line to Satchel's at and make an appointment. (and don't worry, the tests aren't real hard for humans I don't think) I will be waiting, probably a little impatiently, but I know you will show up and fall in love with me. After all, I have these gorgeous, soft brown eyes.


Saturday, May 30, 2009

Letter from Dixie

Hi folks.
It is siesta time at Satchel's so I thought it would be a good time to catch you up on the latest happenings.
We got in a kitten and everyone was making a big to do about it. I guess a ranger found it in Myakka State Park and brought it here. It is a little boy, I hear, and the ranger kept it from getting eaten by a snake. What is so great about an orange kitten with a bob tail? I have no idea. I , for one, am not facinated by the feline species, but I guess to each his own.
We had some visitors today and from what I understand they are actually going to come back and spend time with us forgotten dogs. I, in me, myself and I, got to go for a fabulous walk today for a long period of time. I just love to walk. I am pretty good on the leash and walked right by those other dogs like they were not even there. That made me feel pretty special I can tell you. I can also tell you the other dogs were jealous. I am surprised they didn't turn green. Of course, if they had turned green I bet people would be more interested in adopting them.
They say, they being the humans who run this place, McDreamy is going to a new home on Tuesday. With 2 acres to run and play in and a new family. Doesn't that just beat all? I simply cannot understand humans sometimes. I mean, I am the perfect dog and they didn't even ask about me. I am housebroken and loveable, I smile and how many dogs can say that? I would love a new family but am trying to keep my chin up and hopes alive.
Now, don't get me wrong, I love this place. They are very good to us here, but nothing beats your own home.
You may want some clarification of the statement about us being "forgotten dogs." The reason I call us forgotten is we fall into the category of average. Most of us are not flashy. We aren't small. Almost all of us have issues, but wouldn't you if your family dumped you off when you were young and even when you waited and waited, they never came back? (well, I don't really have any issues except jumping, but for some reason humans don't exhibit happiness the same way dogs do.)
When I dream, I imagine laying at my new human's feet and catching the crumbs as they fall from the treat. (especially if it is cheese. I really like cheese) Maybe a walk in the evening or a nice backyard to hang out in when my humans are outside. I am a pretty mellow dog and would fit in just about anywhere.
Well, it is almost time for the humans to be back to let us out to play for a while before we go to bed. Handsome Harry, Libby, Patches, Bambi, Sunny, Winter and Indiana Jones all join me in inviting you to come out and meet us. Now, since I am the only perfect one here, you might need to ask lots of questions about the other dogs, because I sure don't want to let them go to a home and humans who don't understand them. I am their voice for the time being, and I can be protective of those I care about. I would gladly give up this spokesman position though, if I could find the right family to adopt. (so just ask for me first and give me a chance)
Until next time, if there is one. Maybe I will get lucky and find a home before then. You can email Satchel's at or check us adoptables out on the website at and maybe, just maybe you will fall in love.

Oh yeah, if you decide you can't take any of us, could you donate some spare beds? We like big soft comforters and we go through them pretty fast.

SHS helps with the rescue of dogs and puppies

23 puppies are available for adoption at Suncoast Humane Society after being rescued by volunteers from the Macon County Humane Society in Alabama. Suncoast Humane Society responded to calls for help by accepting all 23 puppies. They have been cleaned up, tended to by the medical staff and are now awaiting new, loving homes.
4 of the puppies were found left in a box next to a dumpster, 4 were abandoned alongside a county road and 4 were surrendered by an individual, financially unable to provide for them. Others were rescued from being euthanized at an animal shelter that does not have an adoption program.
In addition, Suncoast Humane Society is also looking for homes for 2 Chinese Crested (hairless) dogs that were victims of a neglect case in an undisclosed area. They were rescued following the investigation and trial process. The 5 year old male and 6 year old female are both eager to find that special family. If you are considering a special addition to your family, now is the time to visit Suncoast Humane Society.
The adoption fee is $75.00. All pets adopted from Suncoast Humane Society have been evaluated for health and temperament, spayed or neutered, microchipped for identification and are up to date on vaccinations.
Executive Director Phil Snyder, states, “Many of these puppies required special medical procedures. If you are unable to adopt a pet at this time, please consider a contribution to Suncoast Humane Society to help with their care. Only the support of the public allows us to help these animals in need.”
Suncoast Humane Society is open for pet adoptions seven days a week. Adoption hours are Monday thru Friday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and Saturday and Sunday 11:00 – 2:00 PM.

Labrador(s) available for adoption

Luke and Little Gull
Luke, a 5 year old male black Lab, and Little Gull, a 4 year old female chocolate Lab must find new homes. Their owner is very sick and can no longer take care of Little Gull and her father, Luke. Both are sweet, active dogs that like everybody. They have lived with cats and dogs but not children. Come and visit in Sarasota and see how nice we are.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Luke, Little Gull or one of our other Labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website or call 1-866-464-LABS.
LRROF has all our Labs microchipped, spayed or neutered, up to date on shots and each adoption comes with a 30 day pre-paid pet health insurance plan. All applicants will have a home inspection and vet reference (if applicable).

Friday, May 29, 2009

A "perfect" home

Since there has been much discussion about animals and the homes they either live in or came from, I thought a discussion about what is a perfect home in order for the day.
In my home, my dogs are alone for at least 8 hours while I work. This is necessary so I can continue to provide for the rest of their needs, like shelter, food and vet care.
My dogs are allowed on the furniture, but not my bed. They must sit for everything they get from me, but are also brushed, hugged and loved on each day. Their tails wag from the time my feet his the floor in the morning until they crawl back in bed each night. They don't have to stay in a yard, on a chain, but sleep during the day in relative comfort on orthopedic beds in air conditioning.
I think my home is a pretty good one. Some people may disagree. I know dogs who live in a small house, no yard, never allowed on furniture and get the cheapest dog food known to man. They see the vet once a year if they are lucky.
Now the discussion begins when someone says they don't have a good home. Why? The dogs don't realize their home is small, or their backyard not fenced. They have no perception of going to the vet, or even sleeping in a house. Are they sad? Probably not.
You see, dogs simply want to be with the people they love. They don't care how much money you have or how big your house is. They could care less about beds or furniture or any of those other material things humans put a price on.
How we treat our pets is attaching how we feel about "stuff" to the animals, when in all actuality, the animals really don't care.
People who love animals will love animals regardless of their personal circumstances. The good thing about animals is they will love you regardless of your personal circumstances.
So a perfect home will always be in the eye of the beholder, but as far as the pet goes, as long as they are loved, the home they have is perfect for them.

Footnote: Today is Friday, a perfect time to begin your search for a pet for your family. Don't stop looking. Keep on until you find the animal which fits your family's needs. They are out there and will consider your home perfect for them.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Libby needs a home

Senior animals are the strongest of my rescue passion. I am distraught about the number of senior animals who are dumped in shelters and rescues on a daily basis by owners who cannot imagine what their former pets must be thinking.
The only family they have ever known, is gone. They aren't coming back. They dropped the animal off and left someone else to pick up the pieces.
Libby is one of those animals. Luckily, she found a spot at Satchel's. She is well-loved, but nothing beats a home.
Libby is 8 years old and was turned in because of the economy. After 8 years her family could not find a way to keep her. She is housebroken and loves people. She loves to go for walks with her humans.
Can you find a spot for this beautiful, sad senior lab mix in your home? She would be forever grateful to find a family to love her again. To not give up on her simply because of the economy. A family who would find a way to keep her no matter what. Could your family be that family?
If you would like to meet Libby, or have any questions, please contact Satchel's at . You may be surprised at how quickly you could fall in love.

Boomerang dogs

Anyone who works in the animal welfare field knows what a boomerang dog is. These are dogs which are adopted and then brought back, adopted out again, and brought back again. This can go on through several families until the dog either finds the perfect one, or is placed in a sanctuary where they will live the rest of their lives, or is euthanized.
Boomerang dogs tend to be euthanized more in shelters than any other dog, even a dog with behavior issues. Many shelters have a three strike rule. If a dog comes back three times, they are killed to make room for another more "adoptable" dog.
The issue that bothers me about this whole scenario is the dog has no choice. A human makes the choice for the dog and the dog has to live with it. I have watched people try and force animals on adopters because they were so anxious to make more room for another animal, they gave no thought to what it may do to the dog. I don't think these are necessarily bad people, they are just not looking at the big picture.
Think about this scenario: A family comes in to adopt a dog. Your favorite of 30 animals seems like the perfect match for the family. You don't pay attention to how they shy away from the kids, or how when Dad laughs, the hair stands up on the dog's back. All you can see is happy. This is because you want the dog to find a home. You want them out of the shelter. So the family adopts the dog and leaves. After a month, the honeymoon period some call it, the dog begins acting up. He snapped at Dad or the kids, he demolished the bedroom. He chased after the cat. He did all those things which he warned you he would do with his actions and reactions while you knew him. He became comfortable in his new home and began acting like he would in any home. Guess what? He is now coming back to the shelter because he didn't act that way when the family first met him. He was wonderful on the 45 minute visit the first time around. Whose fault is it?
I challenge anyone who works in the adoption field to ask questions, watch the animal's behavior when around a potential family. Don't gloss over the dog's issues. Be honest with people.
You will always have animals returned. That is human nature. What you don't want are the boomerang dogs. They might not be lucky enough to go back to a shelter who will value them and may end up dead.

Labrador available for adoption

Hi, I am Princess. I am a sweet and pretty 6 1/2 year old chocolate girl. I have had a hard life lately, so I'm not feeling like a princess but more like Cinderella; my coat is thin and I'm being treated for flea dermatitis.

With good nutrition and flea control I should be great in no time. I'm well behaved and love spending time with my foster family. I am a mellow girl, I like my walks but I can relax with you also. Come see me at my foster home in Sarasota.
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).

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Letter from Dixie

Hi everyone. I am back again. I know, I know, I was just here a couple of days ago, but c'mon, I am homeless and am desperately seeking a new family.
I heard, this is strickly kennel gossip you understand, next weekend we were going to get some very special people coming in who were going to help us become even better dogs than we are now. Of course, as I told you before, I am perfect. Well....except for the little habit of jumping I have. That is an excitement issue and I don't mean any harm by it.
So, anyway, the whispers are traveling pretty durn fast and I am one who is so very excited. Humans; humans who are going to come and spend time with me. I can smile, ya know. Really, I can. Maybe they will stay for 30 minutes or so. Wow, a playmate for that long a time.
Regardless of what you might think, I have lots of energy. Lots and lots and I love, love, love people. That of course, causes the jumping thing. But maybe I can learn how not to do that anyone. Well, of course I can learn that. I am a smart girl. Just because I am homeless doesn't mean I can't learn new things.
I heard another guest went home today. His name was Jiggy. I want it to be my turn. I wonder who gets to arrange that?
Well, I am closing this letter for now, but promise to return in a few days or so and give you an update. I don't know how much info I can get in just a couple of days, but I will do my best.
Oh yeah, if you know someone who needs a dog, I would love to adopt a human. I am looking forward to not sharing my time with any other dogs. What a dream. Can ya help me out with that? If you can, please contact Satchel's Last Resort at and ask about me. If you come on Saturday, my friend Jean would love to introduce us. Just let me know.

Smiles and Wiggles,

Labrador available for adoption

My name is Angus. I am about 4 years old, but am not sure exactly because I was found as a stray. I act younger than four. I am very active and friendly.
I am housetrained and get along with other dogs. However, I should not be around cats. I find them too tempting to leave alone. If you are active and want a pal to play with come see me in Sarasota.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Angus 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).

Monday, May 25, 2009

Having a really fun day

Some days can be real downers when you have to deal with rescue animals and humans. Emotionally you can run the gamut from extreme highs to extreme lows.
Today was not one of those kind of days. Today was a day which reaffirmed my belief there are many, many people who do not fall into the mode of some rescue workers for which their job is an 8-5, leave and go home and never think about the job again until the next time you go to work.
I had the pleasure of taking an unwanted dog from a good situation, to the best situation for him. Shelters are saving places for many dogs and cats. The problems lie, not so much with the shelters, but with the breed of dog being housed there. Several breeds do not do well in kennel situations. GSD's, Dobermans, Great Danes and Rottweilers are the main breeds but it can really be any dog.
The best thing for these breeds is to be able to get the animal in a rescue situation, with people who know and understand the breed they are dealing with. Right now many rescues are so overcrowded, there is simply no room, and the dog must remain in the only spot available to him.
I have some very good friends who run a Rottweiler rescue, so when I met Benson, I told his mom we could probably get him placed. His behavior was deteriorating, not to the point of being a bad dog, but you could tell he was not a happy camper when he had to be in his kennel.
Today was the road trip to take him to his new temporary home. All I had to do was call and tell my friends I needed them, and Benson found a spot.
The trip up was having him hunt for treats hidden in the cup holders, because he thought his place was in the human's laps. Driving while having a rotti with is butt in your face is not a particularly pleasant thing to try and do, and safety is always a factor, so his temporary mom played games in the back with him while I drove.
Traffic was light, the state troopers were out pulling over drivers and we had a nice trip up. Benson sprang out of the vehicle, let my friend walk him around, he went into an outdoor kennel to chill before the got him on a schedule. I am sure by tomorrow, he will be going everywhere with Walt. He will be taking obedience classes, he will be introduced to the house dogs, which include a beautiful female rotti named Leibchen and a young Boxer named Sarge. They will gauge his temperment with dogs and other creatures and after a time, hopefully will find him a new forever home.
Then I was taken out to a great lunch at a little tavern and drove home. It is a productive and fun day getting away and also doing what I love, which is helping animals. I am sure my Dad, who was a veteran, knows how much the day means to me. I am glad I got to share it with like minded people.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Loveable mutts

"Yes, he's got all them different kinds of thoroughbred blood in him, and he's got other kinds you ain't mentioned and that you ain't slick enough to see."
Don Marquis
I want to begin this conversation by saying I have nothing against purebred dogs. I have owned several rottis who were purebred and support many purebred rescues who need to find homes for abandoned and neglected animals. The thing is, these animals, despite being purebred, are also abandoned and neglected in record numbers. Left to die on the street or in an animal control shelter because there aren't enough homes. This happens even when people want a purebred over a mutt.
But, oh those mutts! As the proud owner of two very special mutts, I can tell you they are the best. I believe the above quote by Don Marquis. The best of the breed comes out so you have fabulous traits all mixed up. Mutts can have a wide mixture of many different breeds and come out looking like one kind of dog, when in truth, they are something altogether different.
It also amazes me how uneducated people are when telling you the breed of a dog. Especially a mixed breed dog. There are over a hundred AKC registered breed dogs and I don't know how many UKC. If any of those dogs escaped and bred with another dog, you have a mutt. Not a designer breed, but a plain and simple mutt.
Some are small, some are medium, but many are large. They can have block heads, skinny heads, long hair or short. They can be thin or chunky, short ears or long ones. I met a dog a couple of days ago who was black with long hair. They said he was a labrador mix, but his head says rottweiler all the way. Labrador may be the dominant breed, but a rotti was loose somewhere down the line.
That can bring us to the discussion of pit bulls, the most disparaged breed of the time. Pit bulls are mutts, but now, at least in this day and time, any dog who is blocky and with a large mouth is deemed a pit. This is really sad because many wonderful mutts are euthanized in this country every single day simply because of their breed, when in truth, these mutts are one of the most popular dogs in the country, and not by nefarious people who are cruel, but by families and couples, young men and young women, who simple know and love the breed.
If you are looking for a special pet, consider a mutt. Please don't make the decision quickly but talk it over with the family and decide you are willing to give this animal a home for life. Check with your local rescue group or shelter and see what is available. Decide on size and activity level. Don't rule out one of the largest groups of dogs who need so much help. The mutts are here to stay. Let's make sure they have homes to go to.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Delightful Dixie needs a home

Okay, so I live with a bunch of other dogs and I am still trying to wrap my mind around why I am still in a shelter environment.
I am a nice lab mix who is housebroken and simply loves people. I do well by myself, but also love to take car rides and go for walks. I could be termed a low maintenance dog at this point in my life. I don't require much, but do require a human family who will love me as I will love them.
I would really like to adopt a family who would make me a permanent member. I would remain loyal and true to them, and would promise to always make sure they were taken care of.
I wouldn't get in the garbage, pee on the floor, chew up the couch or any the other multitude of things young dogs have been known to do.
I was very, very sick when I came to Satchel's, but have made such a great recovery and it hasn't affected me one bit. I still love people.
I watch as time and time again, other dogs leave here and never come back. Why don't they look at me? What is it about me that makes me invisible? Is it because I am so good I wouldn't be a project for anyone?
I could be a project. A really good project. I could make you exercise by walking me every day. I could make you learn to manage better by giving me commands. (who knows, if I listen well maybe the kids would pick it up) You could take me swimming because I just love the water. I could keep you laughing as you watched me try and bury my toys in the pool.
I am sure you could think of lots of things I could help you do. I could help you finish up all the leftovers after dinner; wow, would you like more ideas?
Anyway, I am still hanging out at Satchels's, still dreaming of a home. Could you make that dream come true? Please contact Satchel's at and ask to meet me. I promise I will be a good girl and I guarantee you will fall in love with me. What's not to love? I AM the perfect dog.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Special cat in Englewood

Hi, my name is Simon. I am a 3 year old neutered male Domestic short hair.
I am a white cat with black spots. I am also front declawed.
I am very friendly and am good with children. I sound like a little motor when you are petting me - I purr like crazy.
I LOVE attention. My previous owners didn't appreciate what a great cat I am and gave me away with a piece of furniture at a garage sale. After that, I found my way here.
People here say I'm as sweet as can be. I'm a big huggable teddy bear who loves to sit on your lap. I'm 20 lbs of LOVE!!
I am currently in FOSTER but if you are interested in adopting me please contact the shelter. Simon's photo was taken by Erica Kasper.
If you would make a good human for Simon to adopt, please contact Suncoast Humane Society for more information.

GSD needs a home

This is urgent. Bruno is a gorgeous German Shepherd an amazing rescuer with a heart of gold, rescued at the brink of death from Miami-Dade Animal Control.
The plan was another rescue had a foster for him, but it ended up not happening.
Bruno has been staying at a neighbor's home for two weeks, but this is it.
He has to find a home or another foster like.....yesterday!
He is housebroken and so well behaved in the home that he doesn't even follow his foster mom up the stairs. He is not a barker and appears never to have known human love before.
If you give him kisses he just cries with happiness! He is a beautiful boy with a wounded spirit that is healing with love. Please, any questions or inquiries, contact Marcia at 1-305-653-6531

Giving where it does the most good

With the backdrop of financial ruin for many people in the past year, it continues to amaze me how giving people are. When people are flush, which most of us aren't these days, they give freely. (at least most do) One of the things I have found out, even in a bad economy, people still give. Maybe not as much as normal, but the thought behind philanthropy is still there.
When you give an animal a toy, the joy the animal experiences is wonderful to watch, yet a new toy for most of us costs very little. When you watch a shelter cat or dog eat good food, which was bought with money donated, or purchased specifically for them, you realize just how big many people's hearts are.
Many who donate do so anonymously, but many don't. Either is okay in my book, because I think you are all great, for whatever reason you donate. Whether it is time, or money, food or toys, the animals who cannot speak for themselves do have people who speak for them. I am one of those people. So from the animals, who this community supports, please accept my thanks.
One more thing, if you are feeling a little generous, please drop a check in the mail to my favorite animal organization. It doesn't have to be much, but it all goes for the care of animals to
Satchel's Last Resort
8101 Coash Road
Sarasota, Fl 34241

PS The dogs and cats always love treats and toys so those would also be accepted gladly.

When the inn is full

I wonder sometimes if people ever think about what happens to the litter of puppies or kittens they allowed their female pet to have because they were either too ignorant, or uneducated to have her spayed.
Do they ever think about where those cute little bundles of fur, who should be living in a good home with a nice family, ended up.
Did they end up dumped in the woods when their new owner couldn't care for them any longer, starved to death or eaten by a predator? Did they end up in a household where they were relegated to the back yard, tied to a tree where they never have any interaction with people? Maybe they ended up in a shelter, if they were lucky, only to have their fate decided by an unknown number, or a misread growl or hiss.
The only way, even with all the good shelters and rescues do, to stop the killing and cruelty of companion animals is to have them fixed. Period. End of story.

SHS offers spay/neuter & preventive health care

Generous grants awarded by Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice and Charlotte Community Foundation, has resulted in the completion of Suncoast Humane Society’s expanded veterinary clinic. They are now offering spay and neuter services along with vaccination and preventive health care for pets belonging to the general public. The purpose of the clinic is to assist people on a limited budget to care for their pets, to provide education about proper pet care and to reduce pet overpopulation.
A low-cost spay/neuter program is available to qualifying families on low, fixed or subsidized income. Federal Poverty Level Guidelines are used to determine eligibility. If approved, the cost is $25 for canine and feline spays and neuters.
In addition, the Society’s new affordable Spay/Neuter & Preventive Health Care Clinic is now accepting appointments from the general public. Clients are not screened on financial needs; however, the Society’s desire is to help those with limited finances.
The Preventive Health Care Clinic provides canine and feline vaccinations against deadly contagious diseases such as distemper, parvo-virus and rabies. Flea, tick and heartworm prevention is also available for purchase.
“We are not a full-service veterinary clinic and do not provide services such as
x-rays, extensive lab work or surgeries, other than spay/neutering,” says Executive Director, Phil Snyder. He adds, “We recommend that you establish a relationship with a full-service veterinary clinic for diagnosis and treatments of injuries and illnesses. Our intent is not to compete with or replace full-service clinics, but to make it possible for people on tight budgets to provide veterinary care for their pets.”
Suncoast Humane Society’s Low-Cost Spay/Neuter & Preventive Health Care Clinic services are by “appointment only.” For information, pricing or to make an appointment, contact the humane society at 941-474-7884 or

Special dog in Englewood

Okay guys, you know what a rotti lover I am. this girl sounds like a perfect dog.

Hi I'm Emma. I'm a 6 year old, female Rottweiler. I'm a laid back sweet girl.
I listen well and love lots of attention. I was given up because my family lost their home.
I'm housebroken and used to staying home alone for 8 hours during the day while my family was at work. I have lived with children ages 6 and up.
I really love to play with tennis balls. I know how to sit, down and stay. Emma's photo was taken by Ingrid Simke.
If you think Emma might be the one for you, please check out Suncoast Humane Society here.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

How fast time flies for criminals

Can you believe it has been 19 months since Michael Vick was convicted and slapped in prison for his atrocities? I can't. It really seems a small price to pay for all the animals who were brutalized under his watch.
He would like to get back into football, but is on house arrest until July. You can read the story here.
I hope the powers that be, the brokers of modern sports icons and the commissioner of professional football think long and hard about allowing Vick to climb back up the ladder of fame and fortune. I have yet to see any real remorse or emotion come from this man after the atrocities he took part in. I have seen the tears and read his words, but as with all criminals who get caught, he is sorry.
He was on top of the world in popularity and money but gave it all up to participate in a dispicable practise which caused the deaths of many dogs and the physical and emotional scarring of many others.
Many people I have talked to felt it was a just punishement he received. After all, they are only dogs.
I will say to them, if we continue to allow humans to denigrate animals, with no thought or remorse about the acts which cause pain and suffering, this country is in worse shape than I thought it was.

Special cat in Englewood

Hi my name is Sugar. I am a 12 year old, female Maine Coon.
I am brown and white. I am front and back declawed. I am a beautiful girl who would make a wonderful lap cat.
My owner could no longer care for me so I'm here just waiting for a new home. Do you have room in your home and heart for me?
I am very, very sweet. I do not jump on anything. I am social and like to be around people. I love to lie in your arms. I am responsive to my name and will talk back to you by meowing or purring!
I'm very neat and clean and I am litter box trained. I do not get along with other animals, and prefer to be your only animal companion! I am currently in a foster home, but if you are interested in adopting me please contact the shelter. Sugar's photo was taken by Erica Kasper.

Check out Suncoast Humane here if you can give Sugar that forever home.
Hi my name is Sugar. I am a 12 year old spayedfemale Maine Coon. I am brown and white. I am front and back declawed. I ama beautiful girl who would make a wonderful lap cat. My owner could nolonger care for me so I'm here just waiting for a new home. Do you have roomin your home and heart for me? I am very, very sweet. I do not jump onanything. I am social and like to be around people. I love to lie in yourarms. I am responsive to my name and will talk back to you by meowing orpurring! I'm very neat and clean and I am litter box trained. I do not getalong with other animals, I want to be your only animal companion! I amcurrently in FOSTER but if you are interested in adopting me please contactthe shelter. Sugar's photo was taken by Erica Kasper.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Special labradors available for adoption

Cody, 2 years old, Patrick, 4 years old, and Kandy, 5 years old were surrendered to a local shelter when their owner became ill. They're all very affectionate and active, but very confused and anxious in their current situation.
They are looking for owners to love, and can go to separate homes but would probably do better with families who have other dogs. Kandy loves the water and would be a great pool partner. She could lose a few pounds, so would be a great walking buddy, too.
Cody, Patrick and Kandy just want to please and are real "people" dogs. Their coats are a little shabby but with good nutrition and flea control they will be beautiful again in no time. They are all crate trained and housebroken, Chew on toys not things they aren't supposed to, just all around nice Labs.
If you would enjoy being loved and appreciated one of these great Labs could be the one.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Cody, Patrick, Kandy 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 dog in Englewood

Hi I'm Bella.
I am a 42 pound, 3 year old spayed Shepherd/Pit Bull mix.
My coloring is brindle. I am a medium sized fun girl. I am looking for a family who can give me lots of love and attention.
My previous family kept me chained up outside a lot and I would get very lonely. I would like to be your only animal companion so I can get all the attention. Bella's photo was taken by Ingrid Simke.
If you would like to check out Bella, contact Suncoast Humane Society in Englewood here.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Homeless Handsome Harry

Last week I posted Handsome Harry. You see, Harry is approaching what many shelters consider old age. He is 6 years old and in many people's minds, he doesn't have much time left.
But.....let me tell you about Harry. He has so much energy, the first time I met him I thought he was a year old pup. He was running and chasing a ball and coming up to sit for treats. He was a little shy at first, but once he found out I had treats, he was like putty in my hands.
He is a whippet/pitbull mix and has the cutest face you would ever want to see.
Now Harry can be picky about his friends, but just think about it from his point of view. What if food was hard to come by? Maybe there was only one toy among 5 dogs. He is over 6 years old and not housebroken. What does that tell you about his former humans? (although my Buzz was also listed as not housebroken and spent all his time outside, he has only had one accident in the house and that happened when I first brought him home.)
Now, although Harry has a place to live and a really nice kennel, Harry needs a home. He is just a guest where he is at and would love his own family to run and play with. He is a little timid when he first meets you, but that is the way he is learning to trust again. He doesn't want to go with just anyone, but someone who will love him and not drop him off simply because he is picky about his friends.
If you have a spot in your home and heart for Handsome Harry, please contact Satchel's Last Resort at and make an appointment to meet him. Let's make him Happy Handsome Harry instead of homeless.

Special cat in Englewood

Meet CoCo. She is an 8 year old, declawed, mellow and loving kitty.
She would make a great companion for that person living alone.
She will provide hours of companionship to that special someone who decides she is the cat for them. If you want to meet her and all the kitties up for adoption come out to our open house every Saturday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at 270 Lakeview Lane in Englewood.
You can also check out the kitties online at or call 941-473 - 5406 for more information.

Editors note: Rick is doing a great job but he still has a wish list which is long. Adopters are at the head of his list. If you are looking for the special kitty, he has a multitude to choose from. Please give him a call and see what he can do for you.

The marvelous McDreamy

Ok, I admit it. I have a passion for trash tv. Especially when it involves tear-jerky storylines, good looking doctors and the soap operaesque characters like Grey's Anatomy. I have been hooked since the beginning and watch every time there is a new episode on.
So, how could I not fall seriously and madly in love with a dog named McDreamy. He is just as handsome as the doctor on the television show and his personality just shines. He can rub some other dogs the wrong way, but even Dr. Shepherd does that to his friends.
His name, his personality and how he conducts himself mean dream pet for most people I have met. He did get adopted but then one of the kids developed an allergy so he was returned.
He waits faithfully for his time outside, will sit patiently for a treat and wags his tail with a consistency I have only see in my own dogs.
McDreamy is available for adoption at Satchel's Last Resort. If you would like to make an appointment to meet him, please email He deserves to have a home to call his own, just as Dr. Shepherd has his travel trailer parked on some land with a beautiful view, McDreamy would like to be able to park himself in a home with a view of the family and his own backyard. Every dog deserves a loving home. Will you make a dream come true for McDreamy? (ps: he is one of my beloved hound mixes and they are loyal to a fault. My granddaddy would have loved him.)

Critters of the day

I have had a good critter day today. My morning began with a visit with a friend and her dog, Lucy, plus the twins who are growing so big. Lucy was very happy to see me and rolled over for a belly rub.
After a great cup of coffee (thanks Lauren) I got home in time to listen to my phone messages, greet my dogs and then back out to the dog park to meet some friends. Buzz was disappointed he didn't get to go, but I got to see many shelter friends of mine including Casper, Jack, Maggie, Dolce and Jake & Lexi. All the dogs are doing fabulous, as are their human counterparts.
On my way home, just when I was beginning to think no one every stopped and smelled the roses, the car coming towards me was stopping. When I got close to them I saw a big Florida Box Turtle trying to cross the road and the other car was stopped to let it by. I don't know who they were, but my thanks go out to them.
Upon arriving home, I noticed 3 little creatures at the end of the road I have never seen this close to my house. It was a family of otters, who are apparently living in a drainage canal which flows into Phillippi Creek. They hid very quickly, but there are there still.
The crown of the day was walking in the back yard and seeing a beautiful Osprey washing a frog in my pool. Or maybe the frog was in my pool and the Osprey had just caught it. I have never had that happen before.
The beginning of the summer rains has brought out the critters and I am happy they are back.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Labrador available for adoption

Rosco is a 3 year old chocolate male about 75 lbs who loves the WATER and playing ball. He is an active boy with great house manners, housebroken, crate trained. good with children, and walks okay on a leash.
Rosco was surrendered by a family who could no longer keep him due to family circumstances not because of him. If you would like to come meet this sweet boy he is hanging out in Lehigh Acres just west of Fort Myers.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Rosco 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 Englewood

Meet Topper. Topper would love to be your new best friend.

He will love you to spoil him all day long.

If you want to see him and all the kitties up for adoption come out 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 or call 941-473 - 5406 for more information.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

German Shepherd mix needs home

Hi everybody out there. I am Roscoe, a "Pups just wanna have fun" kind of guy! What else would you expect from an 18 month old Shepherd mix like me? O.K. so you can tell from my picture that I am one beautiful dog, but what you can't tell from the picture is how lucky I am. My original family loved me when I was little, but when their family broke apart, they just could not care less about me. They actually just put me outside without even a fence and hoped I would leave.
I did start to leave, but I really didn't have any where to go, so I wandered a little distance and found this really nice lady who gave me food and water and let me hang outside her house. She wouldn't let me inside because she had a full house. She searched around the neighborhood because she told me that someone must be looking for a gorgeous friendly pup like me.
She found my owner and I didn't want to be disrespectful so I followed her back. The whole time I was trying to tell her that they didn't want me back, but she insisted. So, when I got back, they put me back outside and told me to get lost. I went back to the nice lady's house and she again tried to return me. This time I heard my dad(what kind of dad was he?, tell her that he didn't want me back and to do whatever she wanted with me.
Anyway, here I am being boarded at a shelter until someone comes to adopt me. I am such a friendly, loving guy, but I am getting restless being cooped up in a kennel all day. I want to play with other dogs and people and I love to play with my toys. They took me to the vet so I am all set to go to my new home.
I heard that I am not to be placed in a home with cats though! Older kids would be best, because I am so strong and playful, I am afraid I might get carried away and knock over little children. Oh, and I almost forgot, I have this great obedience trainer named Edel. He is working with me to teach me a few more manners and he will come visit me at my new home to teach my new family everything about my training......So, I will be here waiting!
Please call either Kate 754-366-3669 or Kathy304-401-4693.....or email or and they will get right on it!

and then there are the special ones

Working with rescued animals is very emotional. Most days are up, some days are down. At least, you should be emotional since you are working with live creatures, who depend on you for their care and well-being.
There are always the special ones. The ones you fall in love with and never forget. Years can pass and you can see a picture, or someone can bring up a name in conversation, and you will immediately flash back to that animal and smile.
Copper was one of those animals for me. The first time I met him he was cowering in his kennel, shaking all over and fear coming out of every pore. He was young, not quite a year old, red as a copper penny, and I fell in love instantly.
His original name was Gingo, which in the military is an acronym for "Garbage in, garbage out". His intake card said he knew Spanish, but the first time I observed a man speaking to him in Spanish, I knew he was not comfortable with that language. He was literally trying to crawl through a wall to get away. We changed his name to Copper, took Spanish out of our vocabulary while around him, and set about trying to make him feel more comfortable. One special volunteer, Jay, had him out as often as possible to get him socialized and also loved him as much as I did. When overcrowded conditions had the kennel manager at the time, questioning whether he would ever be adopted, he was tested by a behavior specialist and even then, never snapped.
Week after week went by and finally, a man with his children came in looking for a dog. the young girl fell in love with him instantly, and he even wagged his tail at Dad. He got adopted, went home with the family, and lived happily ever after. At least, that is what we always hope for.
Well today, he came back for a visit and I was sent a picture of him and family. He now lives with two small dogs and their owner who have joined the family. He is happy, happy, happy and that makes my day. I could never ask for anything more. A shy, timid, dog who was never supposed to make it, did.
It gives hope to all the other "unadoptable" animals out there. They only need one person to believe in them. You can make a difference for these animals.

Dumping senior pets

As always, as everyone knows, I have a special place in my heart for senior animals. The reason for this is I believe after animals devote their life to you for 7, 8, or 10 years, they should not be dumped at a shelter or, what is the nicey term they use now, "re-homed" because you and your spouse split, or the kids grew up, or the many other excuses people use when then don't want their senior pet any longer.
These animals have loved you and been with you for their whole lives. They are then discarded like an old toaster, sometimes to be traded in on a younger model. Shelters witness this all the time. New puppy, senior goes. New kittens, seniors traded in so they won't hurt the new babies.
Many times it is done while the people are saying, "This is the best dog/cat/horse/bunny I ever owned. I hate to give it up. I Know you will find another good home for it."
What? The thought process involved here continues to baffle me. I can't imagine what these senior pets think.
Now, I understand there are always circumstances when a senior pet must be placed. Death of a caretaker comes to mind first. So then the animal not only loses the person they love the most, but also the only home they have ever known. It is sad, but it happens.
So when you try and use excuses around me about not having the time, or the kids don't play with them, or you and your significant other split up, don't expect any sympathy. Mine is all reserved for the animals.

When is a dog at fault?

I saw this article in the newspaper and thought about how really, really stupid some people are. Unfortunately, the dog in this story will be the one to suffer if he is declared a dangerous dog.
You can read the story here and tell me what you think.
So, my understanding is the dog can open a door and bites people on his property. ON HIS PROPERTY with posted signs. Now, I don't know about you, but that is one reason many people feel safe in their homes. They have a dog that will protect them. I have two. I don't believe either one of them would bite a strange person, but to protect their home, they could. They are dogs and that is what dogs do.
They cannot tell a census person from a burglar, a social worker from a peeping tom. They only know a strange person is snooping around their house.
We, as the educated public, must quit thinking a dog, any dog, can reason and think the way a human can. Until we try to think logically as humans and not attach that logic to animals, we will continue to have the misconceptions of animal behavior floating around.
Maybe we can concentrate instead on people who allow their dogs to roam freely, poop in other neighbors' yards, and nip at dogs and people walking down the road. Those laws are on the books. Leave people and their dogs, who are living in the privacy of their own homes, alone.

Creatures of habit

Humans are creatures of habit. In the big scheme of things, we are much like the dogs and cats we love and should our schedule be interrupted, our day seems out of sync. Some of us are worse than others and I probably fit in the first category.
I plan everything. When my day gets off kilter, say, I oversleep and get a 15 minute late start, it seems I never catch up on that day.
One habit I began last years, and I do it every single morning, is my daily click to feed the animals. Right now The Animal Rescue site is also sponsoring the $100,000 Shelter Makeover Challenge with Petfinder. Every morning I get a reminder email to click for a bowl of food and then I click to vote for the shelter of my choice.
You can sign up to receive this email at or simply scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the banner ad for the site.
You will be providing food to shelters and also giving your shelter a chance to win a $20,000 grand prize shelter makeover.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Labrador available for adoption

My name is Atlas. I am about 4 years old and weigh 58 pounds. I was found wandering the streets in the rough part of town when the shelter picked me up. Now I have a foster family. I like my new lifestyle and I'm catching on. My dad thinks I was on a rope a lot, and I have a couple of small scars from my early years. Wow, that bath was a new adventure! I am a very mellow boy. I love people and come over to give kisses. Crate training is new for me, but I'm doing pretty good now (treats have helped here). I think I can use some formal dog obedience, but I seem to instinctively know NO and come.
The vets that work with Lab Rescue just found out I have Heartworms, so I'll be going through treatment in a quiet foster's home in Naples. If you can't have Lab but would like to sponsor me, check on my picture on the website. Heartworm treatment always costs a fair bit of money, but I should be good as new when we're done.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Atlas 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)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mea culpa, the mistake is mine

I made a mistake in the address or I should say the zip code associated with the address for Satchel's Last Resort. Totally my fault so if you haven't addressed the snail mail envelope, don't use my zip code, but the one I give you here. (Daddy was a postman, and would be rolling over in his grave right now.)

Satchel's Last Resort, 8101 Coash Road, Sarasota, Florida 34241.

Thanks you guys.

Special Beagle puppy available for adoption

Meet baby Beagle Barnaby. He is not yet housetrained but is ready to be adopted.
Name: Barnaby
Status: Available for Adoption
Species: Dog
Sex: Male (not neutered, but will be before adoption)
General Potential Size: Small
Current Age: 2 Months 1 Day (best estimate)
Activity Level: Highly Active
Indoor or Outdoor: Indoor Only
Good with People: Very Friendly
Good with Dogs: Yes
Please contact for more information.

Looking for a small rescue dog?

This sweet little Manchester terrier is neutered and up to date on shots. He came to our shelter because his owners moved out of their apartment in the middle of the night and left him without looking back.
Thank goodness neighbors heard the cries and left some food and water but no one took him in. He stood shaking and wondering when his owners were coming back. Weeks went past and then a month and someone finally was smart enough to call our rescue and we went and got him right away. He is a little shy at first but once he knows you he is so cute. He is good with other dogs. He seems fine with cats. He is not good with small children.
Everyone at our shelter loves this little guy and I know you will too.
To make an appointment to see this cutie email and we will make time for you to come see this sweet little guy who loves to be held. We ask if you cannot make it or are going to be late, you call us and let us know. Each of our dogs are special and we make special times showing them .
Please be aware that we are a shelter and have other dogs to get out. Thank you for your understanding.
Again the EMAIL- and remember, when you adopt a shelter dog you save two lives, the dog you are adopting and the one who will take the empty kennel.

Beautiful Bella need a home

Bella is one of the new dogs I have been working with and let me tell you how smart she is. She can sit, down, stay, belly crawl and roll over. I had so much fun with her, I hated to put her back in her kennel. This is what the rescue can tell us about her.
"Bella is the cutest 1 year old , up to date on shots, spayed and microchipped. All the volunteers love her. She loves other dogs and likes to play. She has fun rolling over in the water in our kiddy pools. She is so much fun and she really needs a family. She is not doing well at the shelter. She cries everytime we take the others out as to why not her? She is great with kids and she was adopted but the new owners were not allowed to have "Pits".
She is a mutt but now they call them pits. So please come help this sweet dog find a family to love and play with. She really wants a home."
If you want to visit her EMAIL and make an appointment. Please help this sweet, fun, rescue dog. You can also check out the other dogs available for adoption at for a great selection of adoptable dogs who desperately need a home.

Labrador available for adoption

Zack is a 2 year old yellow English Labrador Retriever. (stocky and blocky build) He is approximately 80 pounds. Zack has lived with kids 7 and over and gets along with other dogs. He is housebroken and likes to ride in the car.
Zack is a people lover and of course, loves the water (baths and swimming). Zack will need some obedience training and leash work. If you would like to meet this handsome boy he is hanging out in Englewood ready to play ball with you.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Zack 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, May 10, 2009

Handsome Harry

Harry is a male Pit bull/Whippet mix who was born in March 2003. He weighs 40 pounds.
Harry couldn’t get along with the other dogs in his human’s home, so she brought him to us.
He is really cute and is wonderful with most people. We are slowly introducing him to some four-legged playmates and are working at getting him housebroken. He is a work in progress, but we feel he is ready to be adopted to the right person.
Once he trusts you, he is so much fun. He loves to chase and run around with squeaky toys and he likes hugs and kisses.
Harry is a lucky dog to live at Satchel's, but Harry is like many animals in this area and he needs a home. One that will understand him and be willing to work with him so he can become the dog we all know he can.
If you think Harry may be the dog for you, please contact Satchel's at and set up an appointment to meet him. He may be a little shy at first, but then the tail starts going and he will win your heart.

Donation Center is open

Puffy Paws Kitty Haven Donation Center is open . Items can be dropped off Mon - Sat, from Noon until 7 p.m. The center collects a wide variety of items, such as VHS tapes, CDs, DVDs, electronics, furniture, appliances, and clothing.
The center is located on Woodgate Ct, which is right off of San Casa Drive. It is right next to the Englewood Walmart entrance and is the last storage unit on the left.

Labrador puppy available for adoption

Enzo is 2 1/2 mos old black male lab pup who is undergoing treatment for sarcoptic mange. (notice the hair loss in his photo) He has had several treatments and is well on his way to recovery. Enzo is a sweet little puppy who cannot wait to find his new home.
If you would like to meet Enzo or find out more about him he is hanging out in Naples. If you are unable to adopt Enzo; we're also looking for a foster to see him through his treatment that doesn't have other animals or children.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Enzo or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website or call 1-866-464-LABS.
LRROF has all our Labs microchipped, spayed or neutered, up to date on shots and each adoption comes with a 30 day pre-paid pet health insurance plan. All applicants will have a home inspection and vet reference (if applicable)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

So many good people

Last week I told you I was privileged enough to volunteer at a wonderful sanctuary for dogs and cats. I had a wonderful time and it was a wonderful experience. I enjoyed myself and the company so much, I went back today. The wonderful couple who began Satchel's work very hard and they are very crowded with animals. Many of these are adoptable to the right home, but it must be the right home. You must pass Miss Page's scrutiny to be able to adopt one of her animal's and she can be a tough nut to crack. Just Kidding, Page.
They, like so many other non profits depend on the area in which they live to support them and their cause. Last week, I gave everyone the link to their webpage and have now discovered it is still a work in progress, which means some of the links on the site are not operational yet. The most important one is the PayPal link which allows you to make a donation online from the comfort of your home. It is not operating properly yet, so any donations my readers might have made, they can't.
But, in this day of computer savvy people, there is still a piece of paper called a check. You must use a pen to fill it out, but they still work if dropped in the local mailbox with a stamp. Snail Mail is what it is called now, but it does still work. So, anyone who simply can't wait for the Paypal link to become operational, all checks can be mailed to Satchel's Last Resort, 8101 Coash Road, Sarasota, Florida 34231.
Remember, this is a small sanctuary for last chance animals who, when necessary, can live the remainder of their lives in comfort. It is one of the worthy causes everyone who loves animals should support. They don't have a big budget, or lots of employees, money is scarce sometimes and they work 18 hour days. They need donations, all donations, to stay operational and have never had the exposure many rescue groups do, so if you can spare a check, please send it their way.
Thanks, you guys are the best.

A feel good story

Anytime you adopt a new pet, especially a shy dog, care must be taken when you get the animal home. Most dogs who are shy and timid must learn to trust again and they have no bond with their new family the first day home. The adopters are virtually a stranger.
I know of many instances where a new dog got home, bolted out the door, and the ending was sad.
This week, I heard a story that concerns some local volunteers and the story had a much happier ending.
Last Saturday, a dog was adopted and broke loose when he got home. He never even made it in the house. Many volunteers went to the area where the dog was loose but despite a few sightings, could not catch him. He was scared and would not come to anyone. Every day, at different times, volunteers who knew the dog, and some who didn't, were out calling and searching in the area where he escaped.
After erecting a camouflage hav-a-heart trap, the volunteers were hopeful he would feel comfortable and make a bed inside. Thursday night, after being loose since Saturday, he crawled inside the trap and went to sleep.
Success! He is now home and giving kisses to his new mom and the people who searched diligently for him got a good night's sleep.
Animal welfare people are the best. Thanks you guys.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Dog bites

Have you ever been bitten by a dog? Think back to when you were a kid. Were there dogs in your neighborhood who everyone knew and knew they would bite? Their yards normally had signs posted that said "BAD DOG."
We had dogs like that when I was growing up. I stayed away from those dogs because I knew if I had been bitten, my father would have said it was my fault. He probably would have been right, since the signs always said to keep out and I have been reading since I was 5.
One of the main things children need to be taught is not to run from a strange dog and stand still like a tree. Most are not taught to do that and run like crazy, screaming all the way with the dog right behind them. They are then bitten, hopefully not badly, and their parents sue the owner because the dog bit.
Jeremy, my son who is a grown man now, was bitten once by Ming, my mother's Pekinese. Every night before Jeremy went to bed, they played a game where Jeremy hid under the covers and Ming had to find him. One night the play was pretty escalated and Ming bit Jeremy on the cheek. It drew blood, but did no real damage and from that night on, there was no playing on the bed with the dog. Jeremy loves dogs but is not fond of small ones even today and would rather wrestle with one of the rotti's he grew up with than anything under 80 pounds. None of the rotti's, even Jasper who hated everyone, ever bit him.
I have been bitten 3 times in my life, which isn't a lot considering I work with dogs all the time. A lot of it is body language and watching the dog you are working with. Most of that is common sense, which isn't around a lot today, but should be.
The last time I was bitten wasn't my fault. Or at least, after going over the incident time and time again in my mind, I can't figure out why I was bitten. But I understand, and the dog won't be put in a position to bite me again. Maybe one day I will make friends with him and he will accept me. I don't know, maybe not.
Maybe he is simply a dog who has been so discarded and dumped he will never trust a human again. It happens.
Lucky for him he is in a place where he is safe and they understand animals so he won't be put in a compromising situation. Yeah, maybe it was my fault.

Special cat in Englewood

Meet Silly Kitty! He is such a big, silly feline.
He loves to play poker and lounge around all day.

If you want 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. at 270 Lakeview Lane in Englewood.

You can also go online at or call 941-473 - 5406 for more information.

They all count

A lot of things have been going on with me the past several weeks and I have been busy trying to juggle a new job, a new dog, and a new volunteer training opportunity. One of the habits I follow faithfully is reading a chapter in a book before I go to sleep. I have found myself falling asleep halfway down the first page and at the rate I am going, it will take me 6 months to finish a book which used to take me a week or so. That is how tired I have been.
One of the things I have heard quite frequently in my circle of friends was a person in the animal welfare making a statement about saving too many animals.
So my question to you readers is, do you agree with that? I always figured, in my mind anyway, they should all count. Every rescue animal which comes through the door at every shelter should count. They should matter to the people who are in charge of animal welfare. Even the most timid or aggressive, the most sickly or healthy, are living, breathing creatures and they should matter.
Now, that being said, I understand the aspect of humane euthanization. I know there are animals that are so sick, or so aggressive, the most humane answer is euthanasia. There are simply not enough homes in this country for all the unwanted pets or sanctuaries where the animal can live out the rest of their lives comfortably. It is a sad fact, but true.
In my mind though, they all still count. They matter. Telling someone who works in the animal welfare field they are trying to save too many animals is ludicrous. At least to me, but then I thought that was the reason we went into animal welfare to begin with. To save the animals.

Labrador available for adoption

Simon is perfect for someone who wants the look and personality of a Lab but can't handle a large dog. He's a "pocket Lab" weighing in at 35 lbs. We believe he is about 1 years old but he has a lot of puppy left in him.
He walks nicely on a leash, has a submissive manner, and gets along with dogs large and small. He loves to swim and is real snuggler who wants to please.
He'd like to meet you in Cape Coral at his foster's home.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Simon 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)

Grant a wish this weekend

It is shaping up to be another glorious weekend in southwest Florida. It should be hot and sunny, with only a small chance of rain. What a great time to adopt a new family member.
There are many, many deserving animals in shelters and rescues in this area who are patiently waiting for their new home. They come in many different shapes, sizes and colors and I am sure you will be able to find one who is just right for you.
Please visit your local shelter or rescue today and save a life. The animals are depending on us.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Enter the local photo contest

For the Love of Rescues photo contest for their new calendar is coming up. For all the details, check out this link:

Good luck!

Owens Syndrome

All animal lovers have sad stories to tell about things which happened to dogs or cats who they knew. I received this story about Mable from a Beagle Babe who loves the breed and fosters for Tampa Bay Beagle Rescue. Mabel was one of her foster animals. This is Mable's story.
Mable 02/08/2008 I have to tell you that my beautiful Mable died yesterday; she was bleeding from the mouth last weekend, I took her to the vet on Monday; he thought she had gotten into rat poisoning (which seems improbable, there is no way rat poison would end up in my house), after vitamin K she did not get better so I took her to FVS Hospital; after blood tests they told me that Mable had Owens Syndrome (immune destruction of her red blood cells and platelets); after 2 transfusions, prednisone and an experimental drug treatment (vincristine ) and a lot of love, Mable was losing the blood almost as fast as it was given to her.
She died last night at 8:30, and took a part of my heart with her. Having said that, even if I had known last May I would only have 7 months with her I would still have adopted her, she brought so much to my life. God bless your organization! Sharon Tarbett, beagle-lover Shay Tarbett
There is an interesting paper here you can read and some dogs can recover.

Orlando dog in need

Animal ID: A137518 Room No.: WD34

Hi, my name is Sasha. I am an approximately 7 year old tan spayed female Germ Shepherd-Mix. I have been at Orange County Animal Services since Monday, April 20, 2009.
Orange County Animal Services 2769 Conroy Road, Orlando, FL 32839-2162
Main Number: 407-254-9140 Open till 5 Weekdays, till 2 on Saturday, Closed Sunday. CONTACT Adoption Coordinator DEBRA VILLELLA AT 407-254-9159 CONTACT Program Manager of Clinic & Kennel Operations, David Morton at 407-254-9157

Special Beagle available for adoption

Meet Missy!
Missy is a very happy-go-lucky girl even though her previous owner gave her away and TBBR had to reclaim her.
She is a very smart girl and is eager to please. She loves to play with all kinds of toys and gets along with all of the dogs in her foster home.
After watching her at the dog park, it is apparent that she loves kids. She was part of the welcoming committee and greeted everyone who came to the meet up.
Missy's previous owner allowed her to gain 10 lbs in the past year and she is on a diet to shed that weight. She will make a great addition to any family! Won't you consider adopting? Please contact for more information.

Labrador available for adoption

Hi there, Ranger here; a happy go lucky 8 month old black Lab who loves kids, other dogs, and of course the water!
Ranger loves to swim in the pool and at the beach. He is housebroken, okay on a leash, loves to ride in the car, crate trained, and still very much a pup at 8 months old. Oh, I almost forgot. He weighs about 60 pounds.
If you are looking for that well rounded Labrador Retriever, then look no further. Take a ride to Cape Coral and spend some time with Ranger playing ball.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Ranger 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, May 3, 2009

Yesterday was a good day

I spent some time with some needy rescue dogs yesterday. I was with some very dedicated people who believe, much like I do, the animals entrusted to our care must have a place when society has deemed them useless as companion animals.
What I saw were dogs in many stages of life, some more social than others, but all craving the attention of a human to love them.
They were very wary of me at first, but I began working with several who actually would make great companions once they have a little bit of work. Of course, there are several who will always live in the sanctuary and the alternative to this sanctuary would be certain euthanasia.
This haven for second chance animals is a small non-profit, for which supply donations and money from supporters are their only way to continue to operate.
When I was leaving yesterday, I ask about their greatest need. The answer was dog treats. So if you find yourself at the grocery store and want to make a difference for a second chance animal, pick up some extra dog treats for the animals at Satchel's. Of course, they will take cash donations also. Their web page is here and you can always contact them with any questions you may have about the sanctuary.
One of the highlights of my day was meeting Goober, who reminds me so much of a very special rescue animal who did not make it in a regular shelter. So to Goober I say hello and to Clutch I say goodbye. Your life will not be wasted. I will make sure you are remembered.

Puffy Paws Donation Center still open

Puffy Paws Kitty Haven is keeping its Donation Center for the direct benefit of the kitties.
The Donation Center is located off San Casa Drive on Woodgate Ct , which is the East entrance to Englewood’s Walmart. If you are facing the front entrance to Walmart, turn right and you will see a set of storage units. Puffy Paws is the last one on the left.
You may drop off your items Monday through Sat from 12 Noon until 7 p.m.
Puffy Paws is looking for used VHS tapes, CD's , DVD's, 8-Tracks, Records , electronics - furniture - appliances - clothing - etc. to raise much-needed funds for the community's unwanted kitties.
All donation are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law . If you have any items to donate drop them off or if you would like to become a volunteer, call 941 - 473 -5406 or go to the Web site for more information.

Orlando senior needs home

Okay, okay. You caught me red-handed. This little senior girl really needs a new home. Everyone here knows the place senior dogs and cats have in my heart and when I saw this photo, it saddened me. This girl is about 10 years old and is sitting in an animal control along with hundreds of other dogs and she doesn't deserve this end to her life.
Please look at her photo and if you know of anyone who would love to give a senior another chance, send them to get her. She doesn't even have a name.

Hi, I am an approximately 10 year old white and tricolor female Beagle-Mix. I have been at Orange County Animal Services since Saturday, April 18, 2009.
I am SOO PRECIOUS! Meet me and you'll love me- I act much younger and would LOVE to be YOUR lap dog!! I'm also HW Negative!! so why not love me?

Orange County Animal Services 2769 Conroy Road, Orlando, FL 32839-2162

Main Number: 407-254-9140 Open till 5 Weekdays, till 2 on Saturday,Closed Sunday. CONTACT Adoption Coordinator DEBRA VILLELLA AT 407-254-9159

Special cat in Englewood

Meet Fuzzey. " She Is The Mouth Of The South ". If you want a loveable talker, then she is the one for you.

If you want to meet her and all the kitties up for adoption come out 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 or call 941-473 - 5406 for more information.

Labrador available for adoption

Cotton Emma is a very pretty 8-year old girl. She had a dental recently and had two of her molars taken out. They were absessed and she was in quite a bit of pain. She's feeling much better now and has a nice perky smile.
She's housetrained, doesn't need to be crated, is good around other dogs and cats and really wants to please. She's a real love and will make a great new family member. She came from a shelter as an owner turn-in and is now fostered in the Tampa Bay area.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Cotton Emma 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)