Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Michael Vick speaks and removes all doubt: no remorse here

"Who knows what could have happened at 3 in the morning when you're fighting dogs?" he said. "It's almost like being involved in the streets, dealing drugs, in criminal life."

Almost is such a word. You can tell by this statement, Michael Vick still doesn't get it. He is spouting the words with no reality behind them. This story on the AP wires just shows how remorseful Michael Vick is and how many people will actually show up to listen to him. It pays to keep watch. I am not going anywhere.

Suncoast Humane doesn't renew Charlotte County contract

Effective October 1, Suncoast Humane Society is ending their sheltering contract with Charlotte County, which called for them to shelter stray animals brought in by the county’s animal control officers. This included the quarantine of animals which had bitten people, dangerous dogs and feral cats.
People reporting lost, found or stray animals in Charlotte County are to continue to contact the Charlotte County Animal Control. These include animals that may be lost or are creating a public health, safety or nuisance issue. Charlotte County does continue to contract with Animal Welfare League in Port Charlotte.
A similar agreement between Suncoast Humane Society and Sarasota County was not renewed a year ago. Stray animals in that county are taken to Sarasota Animal Services on Bee Ridge in Sarasota.
Suncoast Humane Society will continue to operate as an open admissions shelter, accepting all animals brought in and released by the public. The sheltering of animal control animals, plus the sagging economy has put a tremendous strain on the society’s operating budget.
This change involves the sheltering of less than 30 animals per month, however, these animals, by law, had to be held for extended periods of time. Many, due to bad health or temperament, were deemed unadoptable. The ending of this contract allows the Society to better focus on their mission to reduce the number of homeless animals and to improve the quality of both human and animal life.
In addition the Society has developed a cooperative transfer program with other shelters and rescue groups, burdened by the pet overpopulation problem. More adoptable pets are now finding homes in our communities.

Labrador available for adoption

Dutchess here. A pretty girl, about five years old with a thick yellow coat and sparkling brown eyes, weighing in at about 70 pounds. I get along and play well with my foster sister, but I probably would be at my best as an only dog.
I follow my foster Mom around everywhere in the house but as soon as she sits down, I lie down and go to sleep...sound asleep with little snores, Mom says. I listen well, know some commands, and walk very nicely on a leash. Walking is one of my favorite things to do. I also love to play outside chasing tennis balls and exploring, but when it's time to be in the house, I settle right down.
If you are interested in a loving, beautiful blond, I am your girl. Come visit and lets play ball and see if we make that perfect couple!
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Dutchess 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)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Breed discrimination: here we go again

How disappointed was I in reading Tom Lyon's column in today's Herald-Tribune about Dr. Kate Cole's doberman? Pretty damn disappointed. You see, I know Tom and enjoy his writing, but I also know Kate, and to even have it suggested she remove her dog from her front yard because some of her neighbors think the dog is vicious is such a ludicrous idea, I can't believe it was even suggested.
This is the reason breeds get a bad name. This dog has done nothing but do what dogs do. The simple fact of the breed is the problem. If this was a 10 pound pug, who was barking and growling, no one would pay attention. The dog is doing her job. Protecting Kate's house and the children who live there. Period. No history of anything bad, except some neighbors who obviously have way too much time on their hands. As the previous owner of a dog breed, the rottweiler, who also suffers from this disinformation, I can sympathize.
Give me a real column about a real dog issues like backyard breeders who continue to swamp our shelters and rescues with animals who have to be cared for. How about a column on the reported 80,000 feral cats who live in Sarasota County which increases every time someone drops off a cat who has not been fixed? Maybe we can talk about the fairness of the new raise in rates for licenses. Why can't they fine those who own animals and do not have a license?
A dog who barks or growls while in a fenced yard, albeit an electric fence since regular fencing is not allowed, is not a story. The thousands of unwanted animals who people dump on a continuous basis or do not care for properly could be addressed and people could be educated.
What a concept.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Labrador available for adoption

Jake is an adorable 6 year old male black lab. He is approximately 78 pounds and medium build. Jake is a lab who loves to go for walks...he picks up his leash and gets very excited....that is his way of telling you I am ready lets go!
Jake is great with other dogs, likes children of all ages and he does not appear to have any problems with cats. He is well behaved, quiet and friendly - the perfect Lab! There is only one issue....he has no permanent family. Jake is looking for that loving home that will provide him safety and love "furever". Come and take a walk with Jake and lets see if you two make the perfect couple!
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Jake 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 kitten in Englewood

Meet Tiger. He is fun, outgoing, friendly and loves to be the boss.
He is 6 month old and ready to be a part of your family.
Puffy Paws has waived their adoption fee for the all the kitties but not their adoption guidelines. If you want to meet Tiger, please call Stinky Link to find out when you can meet him at Mike's Pet Store.
Puffy Paws needs volunteers. We are located at 270 Lakeview Lane in Englewood. You can go online at http://www.puffypawskittyhaven.comor call 941- 623 - 8904 for more information. Thank you for all you do.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Critter Classic golf scramble

Suncoast Humane Society’s and the Gulf Coast State Farm Agents first annual Critter Classic Golf Scramble will be held Saturday, October 3, at the prestigious Riverwood Golf Club, located on SR 776 in Port Charlotte. The 18 hole event will feature “hole in one prizes” of $10,000 in cash, golf equipment, stereo equipment, and a $500 visa card coupon.
There will also be a raffle for a 3day/2night package at the TradeWinds Island Resort, on St. Pete Beach, along with other great prizes.
The green fees are $85 and includes a continental breakfast, a great lunch, and many other perks. There will be opportunities to purchase mulligans, and even grass skirt tickets where men get to tee off from the ladies tees. (We won’t tell anyone).
Executive Director Phil Snyder says, “This is a fun filled event with plenty of opportunities for sponsorships. We are looking for sponsors for greens and tees, plus breakfast and lunch. We are also hoping to fill the course with golfers. The programs of Suncoast Humane Society which help people as well as animals, desperately need your help.”
For more information or to download an entry form please visit www.humane.org and click on the Suncoast Humane Society logo on the upper right of the screen or call 941-474-7884.

Sarasota County tags are going up

I realize when the economy is bad, government looks where it can for money. I have a hard time with them raising the cost of a county tag for your pet. Not that I think they should not all be licensed, but there are so many out there which are not. Think of all the money which could be raised if all the unlicensed pet owners were found and fined. Oh, Yeah, that would require hiring more people, which would cost more money, so why not just raise the cost to the responsible pet owners and let them shoulder the burden. It just doesn't seem quite right to me.

You can read the story here.

Lab Fest this weekend




Another goodbye

Losing one beloved dog in a year is a lot. Losing two, just makes the year even worse than it would be.
Gypsy had nothing going for her when she was dropped off at the HSSC except the sweetest disposition and a constantly wagging tail.
She was listed as a rottweiler/ridegeback mix, 12 years old, covered in fleas, not spayed with a thin coat and horrible breath.
She came in February, and after two weeks of watching her lay in her kennel, I simply could not allow her to not live the rest of her life in a cage. Every time you spoke to her, the tail would go thump, thump, thump and she would raise her head and look at you to see if you were going to take her outside.
Being that I have a thing for discarded senior dogs, she came home with me after an introduction to the king of the household, Junior. She quickly showed him she would be queen and took over his bed, his couch and anything else he laid claim to.
She was a lazy dog, as many hounds are unless they are working, and loved to lay on her bed and watch the world go by out the window.
After Junior died, she has tolerated Buzz for the past 6 months and even attempted to play a tad bit, but you could tell she was slowing down. When she stopped eating last week, I knew something was wrong. Then she swelled up like a balloon and the vet took x-rays. He sent them off and the wait began. On Tuesday, the news was all bad. She had a huge tumor in her stomach which had metastasized to her lungs. She was not in any pain yet, but was more and more uncomfortable with the swelling. The decision to have a beloved pet put to sleep in anything but easy. I had a friend tell me something which made a lot of sense to me. "I would rather have them go easy a week too early, than suffer for one day to long." Go easy my beautiful, old, fat hound dog. I will miss you.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Loving,senior Labrador mix needs a permanent home

Libby is a 9 year old Labrador retriever mix who was found as a stray by another rescue. They had a lot of small dogs and Libby prefers to be the only dog in the household, so she came to live at Satchel's.
She is a beautiful golden color, with patches of white and grey and loves to be around people. She is housebroken, loves to be brushed and have a game of ball in the yard. Her coat is thick and soft and she loves to lay on her bed and look regal, then jump up and sit for a treat with her tail wagging the whole time.
She is not as active as a young dog, but still loves to go for walks and play outside. She would adore having a comfy bed in an air conditioned corner of your house to rest on after a nice evening stroll. For someone who is looking for a more mature female, Libby may be just the dog for you.
Please contact Caroline at comments@satchelslastresort for more information.

Labrador available for adoption

Mikey here, a handsome 4 year old black male who is as sweet as can be! He is well mannered, good on a leash, good with other dogs, trustworthy in the house and generally an all round lover..... what more can be said ..he is a Labrador Retriever! He is an all around great boy!
Mikey is hanging out with LRROF till he finds his new loving family. Mikey is happy and would love to learn new things with his new friends. Come meet Mikey and see if you are the one that will be his new best friend.....who knows you maybe future tennis ball buddies!
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Mikey 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)

Outside cats

I don't own a cat. I used to own cats, but I was a kid and seemed to develop allergies to them in my thirties. I work with cats and as long as I don't pick them up, I am okay and the hives don't show up.
I know a lot of people who own cats and are divided on if they should be inside or outside. Some people insist the cats need to go outside to hunt and explore. Things which they can really do inside, people just don't want to admit that.
Before I go any further, I am not talking about feral cats, which in many cases were pets which were dumped outside because some idiot thought they could survive. The average lifespan of a feral cat is 3 years, just for your information. The average lifespan of a domestic cat kept inside can be 16 to 18 years.
Several days ago, as my dogs were going ballistic at the window, I opened my front door and there he was. A sweet little tuxedo cat with a collar that had a bell on it but no tags. My first inclination as he was wrapping himself around my legs, was to pick him up and bring him inside. He seemed to be well taken care of, was not skinny or anything like that, and I figured he belonged to someone in the neighborhood.
So I closed the door in hopes he would go on home. Then I began thinking about how irresponsible people are with their cats. I could have stolen that young cat, and he would be gone. I could have picked him up and taken him to Animal Services in hopes he found a good home, or even tried to sweet talk the rescue I volunteer at into taking him in.
I did none of those things, but maybe I should have. The problem with the "maybe I should have" is if the cat went missing, they would simply go get another one. The one thing we have in abundance in Sarasota County are cats. (dogs, too, for that matter)
So I am imploring anyone who owns a cat, knows someone who owns a cat or is even thinking about getting a cat to keep them inside. Don't let them roam the neighborhood and become a statistic. There is a leash law in Sarasota County for cats as well as dogs. Be a responsible owner. Your cat should then be able to live a long and pampered life and not persish on the streets.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Cool weather is just around the corner; bedding needed

Okay, I know I am dreaming a tad bit, but, the dogs are Satchel's are in need of new bedding. New to them, that is. Cooler weather is just around the corner and we need beds.
If you are cleaning out the linen closet and have any old comforters, blankets, afghans, or quilts, please consider donating them to Satchel's Last Resort to use for bedding for our dogs. They don't care what color it is, or if it matches their fur, they just need a little cushion for the concrete floors. Their bedding is becoming a little worn and tattered.
Satchel's is located at 8101 Coash Road in Sarasota and donations can be dropped off there.
Thanks in advance from all the the 4 leggeds, Benson, Patches, Jordie, Wesley, Sherman, Ceco, Boris&Natasha, Elmo, Buddy, Care Bear, Nala, Jilly, Dru, Anson, Libby, Jake, Glunky, Winter, Baxter, Wolly B., Nitro, Pepper, Harry, Flaps, Brody, Penny, Indiana, Spike, Goober, Pookie, Missy and Drummer.

Labrador available for adoption

Shadow is a loving, mellow, 10 year old black male who is good with kids and other dogs. His family is going thru a financially draining divorce, losing their home and can no longer keep him. This is a painful experience for Shadow and his family.
Shadow likes to play ball and is still young at heart. He likes people very much and is looking for that family that will love and care for him forever.
Come visit and lets see if you are that special family. If you are interested in meeting or adopting Shadow 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

Meet Hans. He is great, orange kitty who loves to purr. He will put a smile on your face every day.
Puffy Paws has waived their adoption fee for the all the kitties but not their adoption guidelines. If you want to meet, please call Stinky Link to find out when you can meet him at Mike's Pet Store.
Puffy Paws needs volunteers. We are located at 270 Lakeview Lane in Englewood. You can go online at http://www.puffypawskittyhaven.com or call 941-623-8904 for more information.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Open House at Heron Plaza

Suncoast Humane Society’s Thrift Store will be taking part in an Open House at Heron Plaza, in Englewood, on Saturday, September 19.
The Thrift Store will open at 9:00 am and feature a 51% off sale on everything from furniture to household goods. The Plaza Open House will be from 1:00 – 4:00 PM and will feature chances to win prizes and gift certificates good at various merchants within the plaza.
Suncoast Humane Society’s pet therapy team will be on hand along with a few felines available for adoption. A fun time is promised along with munchies and beverages. All proceeds from the thrift store benefit the Society’s programs and most importantly, the animals at their animal care center.
Heron Plaza is located at 2670 S. McCall Rd., in Englewood, directly across from the Blue Dolphin Car Wash. Suncoast Humane Society’s Thrift Store, along with all of the Plaza’s merchants; invite everyone to attend for an afternoon of fun and bargains
For more information, please contact Suncoast Humane Society at 941-474-7884.

Shelter Makeover

The Animal Rescue Site along with Petfinder sponsors a Shelter Makeover where you can go and vote for your favorite shelter to help them win money. Lab Rescue sent me this this week so I am passing it on to you and then voting for my favorite shelter. You can also one click to donate food for shelters and rescues. It is a good cause. Check it out.

Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida could potentially win some funds for our animals through a contest being held by The Animal Rescue site. But we need votes...each person can vote everyday till December 20th. PLEASE sign up for a daily reminder and vote for Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida....it is easy and costs you nothing but a few minutes....and it would mean the world to LRROF if we win. Thank you in advance for your help.....Pam
Here are directions on how to access the site and to vote: VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE HERE'S HOW: go to the site www.theanimalrescuesite.com Go to Purple box on right hand side where it says: Click here to give It's Free.... click on this - this is providing animals in need with free food Next page will have a Vote Today at top of page right hand side - Click here to vote. Purple box will come up for you to fill in Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida - choose State as Florida and search and it will pull us up and you will then hit vote. On the left hand side of the page there is a choice of Daily Click Reminders - If you choose this it will allow you to receive a daily reminder to vote - this is very important as it will take us ALL voting each day for this to happen. Voting actually started yesterday but everyone can still vote today and get this circulated to your e-mail friends, family, col-workers, families who have adopted etc. Voting runs this campaign through 12/20/09.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Dealing with pitbulls in today's society

One fabulous thing about the internet is when you want to find a story which was written online, you can, if you know where to look and then just post a link.
Because of the continued abuse the American Pitbull Terrier takes in the media, both print and broadcast, I am running a link to the original column I wrote while at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. It is just as true today as when I wrote it in May of 2008.
Please read it and enjoy.

Research facilities in Florida

It only stands to reason with as many universities we have in Florida, some of them would use animals in their research. It is something I had not thought of before, since many universities with medical schools do just that.
I was interested to read this blog item about a lawsuit filed by the HSUS to have those facilities post what they do.
Anyone who has ever had to deal with facts and numbers from a facility which doesn't want to give them up, knows it can be a pain in the butt. Because of the Animal Welfare Act and the Sunshine Laws in Florida, it shouldn't be this way but it is.
I found it interesting, the biggest research facilities had not posted their numbers yet.
If you want to make people sit up and take notice, ask them why they are using animals instead of finding other options.
Just some interesting reading from the Animal Rights people in Florida.

Doing what you know

One of the most disturbing facets of journalism in relationship to animal welfare is the disinformation which can be spread from people who do not write for a living. I remember writing a blog column when I first began writing a blog for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune about the embarrassment I felt when reading news stories which were so slanted against an animal, I could not believe a journalist even wrote it. You can check it out here.
It was written and discusses sensationalized journalism, or shock journalism, in this instance, pertaining to the breed of dog known as a pit bull. I also believe just as much damage can be done using "soft" journalism and believe the happy medium can be found, but not around most places in this day and age.
I would like to know why journalists can't simply tell the story? The story is, after all, what people want to know.

Sarasota area foster homes needed for Labradors

Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida (L.R.R.O.F.) is an all volunteer organization that is fostered based. The rescued Labs are placed in homes of families that treat them as their own. We hear about and see more dogs each day that need our help and support but because of the lack of foster homes we are not able to take in these loving animals.
L.R.R.O.F. is seeking more foster families in Charlotte, Sarasota, DeSoto and Manatee Counties. You can be a short term, emergency or long term foster family.
For complete details on fostering responsibilities and to apply to be a foster family please check the L.R.R.O.F. website. www.labradorrescue.net
Also while at the website, you can check and see the dogs that are presently in foster care and up for adoption. Please consider fostering a labrador. By opening your home you can save a life.

Lettter from Dixie

Hi everyone. I am back, or should I say, I am still here.
This weekend was a really boring one around the kennels. You see, it rained all weekend. Now, I love the water but it was coming down in buckets so many of us elected to not be excited this weekend so we wouldn't be disappointed when our time got cut short. We are now looking forward to this week when the sun will hopefully shine, and we can run and play as normal.
Our Bassett Hound got adopted this weekend. Not that I will miss her. Have you ever been roused from a good nap by a baying hound? Let me tell you it is not a nice way to wake up.
I didn't get to do the agility this weekend. I am a little disappointed since I would have jumped them in the rain, but I opted to go for a car ride and stayed a little dryer than if I had been jumping hurdles. I will save up my energy for Saturday and then, watch out, the hurdles will be tackled. I also heard we were getting something called a catwalk. I don't know what that is about but am sure I will figure it out. Do I get to chase something on that walk? Cats maybe? Squirrels? Why is it called a cat walk? Do I wear my leash and collar? So many questions to figure out.
We have a new dog named Nitro. He is a big baby. I think I remember him being here before but I am not sure. He is also up for adoption but I think I should be next. Don't you? I have been waiting longer than he has.
Well, this is a short week for reporting. There is not too much going on. I hope to have a more comprehensive report next week. Until then I will remain,
Faithfully yours,
Dixie

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Heartworms are killers

I have lots of contact with rescue groups and with the influx of dogs due to the economy, the most prevelant problem they are facing is the number of dogs coming in heartworm positive.
Florida, like Texas, has an abundance of heartworm diagnoses because of the mosquito population. We all know how many mosquitoes we have and heartworms in dogs are transmitted by a mosquito. the mosquito bites the dog, the larvae travels through the dog's bloodstream to the heart where they begin to grow.
This can cause heart failure and many other things to the dogs who have heartworm. They can swell with fluid and eventually will die.
Heartworms are preventable now with medication. You can treat your dog once a month and the cost, depending on your dog's size, is reasonable.
If your dog gets heartworm disease, it is very expensive to treat, very hard on the dog's heart, and may cut into the longevity of your dog's life.
If you love your pet, please keep up with their monthly preventative. Let's keep them around as long as possible. They all deserve that chance when it is something we can provide.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Where does your "baby" end up?

I read everything I can online about pets, especially in the local area. I read ads and articles, browse websites and press releases. The more you know about the area and the pets available, the better prepared you are to help people looking for pets and pets looking for a family and a suitable home.
When I read these free ads on craigslist, I wonder sometimes if the folks who are "rehoming" their dog or cat, bird or snake for a reasonable fee of $100.00 really believe they will find the best home based on how much they charge for the animal? My first inclination is no.
Now, before all you craigslist people get your underwear twisted, let me explain. Humans lie. It is a sad but true fact. They lie to get what they want, when they want it. If you have a pet for sale, or for that matter, for free, and someone wants it, they will lie to get it. They will also pay money to buy animals from craigslist to sell to labratories and fight rings. Now you can believe your cute little baby, who you simply must rehome because of _____________(you fill in the blank) is going to the best home because you are only charging a little fee of $25 or $50 or $100, but you are only kidding yourself. Money does not guarantee a good home. Good people guarantee a good home, and that has nothing to do with money.
The ads which irritate me the most are the ones for puppies. Puppies, small rehoming fee of $50.00 to cover costs of first shots and vet visit. Please call xxx-xxx. We want the best possible home for our babies.
Now, if these folks had actually been responsible adults, they would not have had a dog who had not been altered, hence, no puppies. Then the people who cruise craigslist for nefarious purposes wouldn't have a reason to call them and they wouldn't have to worry about their "babies"getting a good home.
If you ever wonder about how much money there is to be made off of dogs who are bought on craigslist or stolen out of neighborhoods and sold to the highest bidder, watch the video, "Dealing Dogs: The betrayal of man's best friend" which was partly filmed in Florida and is a documentary produced by HBO. You will need a strong stomach and it will still make you sick. Then talk to me about a rehoming fee to make sure your "baby" finds the right home. You may just change your mind about selling your dog.

Special cat in Englewood

Meet Johnny Paws
He is like a bad boyfriend. He sits around all day long and eats and watches TV. But he will love you when he has time for you.
Puffy Paws has waived their adoption fee for the all the kitties but not their adoption guidelines. If you want to meet Johnny Paws, please call Stinky Link to find out when you can meet him at Mike's Pet Store.
Puffy Paws needs volunteers & pet food for their Pet Food Bank. For more information go online at http://www.puffypawskittyhaven.com%c2%a0or/ call 941-623-8904.

Labrador puppy available for adoption

HI there! I'm one of Angel's babies, Sasha, a loving gal who enjoys being cuddled. Everyone says that my tan coat is so pretty. I play well with my brothers and sisters. I was born on July 5th and will be able to go to my forever home at 8 weeks of age.
I'd love to meet you now and then we could see if you want to adopt me. I love you! I love everyone!!! Come see me soon. Take a look at my mommy Angel under the listing "Puppies - Angel" on the Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida website.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Sasha 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).

Thursday, September 10, 2009

BSL hits the military (undercover)

I subscribe to many different newsletters concerning pets and was dismayed to read in Florida Pets newsletter about the Marines possibly following behind the other miltary services and banning certain breeds from government housing. This was the statement which caught my eye: Poll question: The U.S. Marines have just announced they may follow the Army and outlaw pit bulls, Rottweilers, Dobermans, wolf hybrids, and mixes of those breeds, at any installation. Some cities in Florida have already done so. Do you agree with breed-specific bans? Give us your opinion by going here. You can also read and receive this valuable newsletter at www.floridapets.net.

I am so angry at what the armed services are doing to the soldiers and their families with this inane decision I simply had to speak out about it. If you read this blog item, you can check out what happened when they passed this in Ft. Bragg, NC and Ft. Hood, TX.
My father, SSGT J.L. Watkins served this country for 20 years. My father died from cancer in 1991. The determining factor was his exposure to Agent Orange during his tour of Vietnam. My father loved dogs. I inheirited my love of animals and the respect I had for them from my Dad. We lived on Army bases with a lot of other families and we had dogs. All kinds of dogs. We knew which dog belonged to which family and in reality, depending on the size of the base, were an extended family, delineated only by rank, either officer or enlisted.
At our house, Daddy was the pack leader in the dog world and the dog was at the bottom of the chain. We only had problems with one dog the whole time growing up and his name was Butchie. Butchie apparently loved everyone in the family, but bit everyone else. Butchie went to live on a farm where he was not around a multitude of kids and adults all the time. He wasn't killed and no one got sued. Daddy took a leadership role and took care of it. That is what military people do. It did not take a CO sitting behind a desk to say all dogs of his breed should not be allowed on this base. (he was a mixed breed). It took a responsible parent and soldier to say our home was not the best place for Butchie to live so we will find him another home. We got another dog who was better suited to live with us.
Sgt. Stubby, a pit bull terrier who is the most decorated dog in military history, would be banned by today's rulings. You can read his story here.
If this bothers you, if you want to support your troops and soldiers, please write to your congressmen today and let them know you are against BSL. The fighting men and women of this great country deserve to be able to have the dog of their dream, regardless of breed. They can't speak out against the government, but we can. I am sure Daddy would be proud of me for speaking my mind.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Labrador puppy available for adoption

Hi everyone! My name is Mindy, a playful puppy girl, born on July 5th. I will be able to go to my forever home when I'm 8 weeks of age.
I enjoy playing with my brothers and sisters and cuddling with people. Everyone says that I'm gentle and cuddly. I'd love to have you pick me up and carry me. Come visit and let me know that you want to adopt me. You can see my momma's photo under the listing "Puppies - Angel." You can also see me in those photos when I was only a day old. I hope to see you soon.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Mindy 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).

Puffy Paws Kitty Haven Pet Food Bank

Puffy Paws is asking for donations of cat and dog food, toys and supplies for their Pet Food Bank
They will be handing the donated items out on a first come, first served basis at Puffy Paws Kitty Haven Donation Center as supplies and food comes in.
Puffy Paws Kitty Haven is introducing the Pet Food Bank because people should not have to go hungry to fee their pets and we know people will feed their pets before they feed themselves in this day and age.
They may not consider surrendering their companion animal due to lack of food and supplies if they know they can take care of their pet's needs.
Drop off locations in Englewood: Puffy Paws Kitty Haven, Puffy Paw's Donation Center, Mike's Pet Store, D & R Customs, All In The Clip and Big Lots - Englewood and Loving Care Animal Hospital. In North Port - The Ultimate Clip and Louie’s Bicycle.

Loving your dog to death

Reprinted from January, 2009

I have seen this situation happen over and over again. A dog gets adopted, goes home, is the perfect dog for a couple of months and is then returned.The reason is the people can't control the dog. Now, I don't know about you, but my dogs don't pay my mortgage, or the light bill, or even buy their own food. I do. So guess who the leader of the pack is in my home? You're right, me.
When families take home dogs, regardless of what they are like in a shelter environment, it takes them several months to settle in. Once they settle in, they are a lot like a two year old child, and must be taught how to behave. If you give a command to a dog, you must make them mind what you say. If you don't, the dog begins moving up in the heirarchy of the pack.
Now, before you start giving me all the excuses we have heard before: but I love him, but she is a shelter dog, but she had a horrible life before she came here, read what I said. Moving up the heirarchy of the pack. If you don't believe me, watch Cesar Milan, read any book on dog training, or speak to any professional dog person.
Once they move up, they, in their mind, become the leader and as leader, get to make the rules. Unfortunately, the rules they want to follow, may not be the rules of society. Dogs cannot bite people, even when in their mind they are being protective. They should not jump on people, no matter how happy they are. They need to be taught not to do these things.
The reasons are very simple. If you don't control your pet, and the pet hurts someone, regardless of intent, the pet will die. That's right. It will, in most cases, be euthanized. People will talk about what a horrible dog it was and how uncontrollable it became and how it is not their fault. The dog was great to begin with.
The reason I write about things like this is so maybe, just maybe, one person will read this and save their dog. In one person's mind, the lightbulb will go off and they will realize what they are doing or have done to their pet.
Dogs are not toys to be put on a shelf after the new wears off. They must be taught and the teaching must be reinforced on a daily basis. If you take care of the bills in your household, don't allow your pet to be the leader. It is a sure way to end your dog's life.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Understanding man's inhumanity

We adopted out a young dog a couple of weeks ago. His name was Mitch. Mitch's owner called us after he had taken Mitch home. Some unknown person had thrown a 10 month old puppy over his fence and he couldn't have two dogs. Could we take the young dog in? We, as most rescue groups in this area, are full to the max but our secret weapon, Caroline, agreed to foster the dog she is now calling Pluto until we can find him a great home.
Pluto looks like he could be a purebred chocolate labrador. He is estimated to be about 10 months old. He came to us loaded with worms and fleas and a tail that looks as if someone tried to cut it off. He is missing hair from the fleas, as you can see in the photo and he was not neutered. He was simply skin and bones.
So off to the vet he went and then to live at Caroline's for a while. He is the sweetest dog despite what humans have done to him. I observed him giving kisses to one of the workers and he gets along with other dogs. He is slightly afraid of the cats but he loves water.
He will make someone a great addition to their family because he, unlike me, doesn't have to figure out why humans have treated him so badly. He simply loves them.
If you think you could provide Pluto with the perfect home, please contact Caroline at comments@satchelslastresort.com or call (941)870-1944 with any questions.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Update on Winter

The more I volunteer with rescued animals, the more I believe this is what I should have been doing all along.
Winter and I have been working on his shy issues and he still has them. Sometimes he seems to be making great strides and other times it feels time is dragging and he will never come out of his shell.
sweekend, the big breakthrough was a walk. Not a walk with me, but one with a big, strong man who had never walked him before. Winter did not want to go at first, but we made him with happy words and a little coaxing after he plopped his butt in the grass and refused to move. Once moving, he walked fine until he got spooked at the end of the driveway.
I decided to try some different things last weekend and carried them over to this one. We have play time in the big yard. I walk away and see if he will come when called. He does. He is very curious as to why you are walking away from him and before you know it, he comes galloping past, tail held high and ears a-flapping. It is a joyous thing to experience, seeing this dog who was so scared and unsocialized finally coming out of his shell.
He loves hugs and having his butt scratched, but then, what dog doesn't? He has put on some weight and is not as thin as before, which I think was simply stress. He loves Kongs stuffed with small milk bones and frozen with peanut butter on the top, but doesn't care for popcicles.
He waits until he is outside to potty unless his next door neighbors, Harry and Brody are acting up and then he has to mark his kennel.
I tried today, despite my stomach ache, to get him to jump over a small agility pole, but he was not cooperating. We will try again tomorrow since he did get some exposure to the jumps today.
I wish I could show potential adopters what a great dog he is when he trusts, but strangers are still foreign beings and not to be trusted. It will come, slowly, but it will come.
It is with dogs like this I wish I had money. Two dogs are all I can afford. I would adopt him in a heartbeat and have a friend and protector for life. I hope his family comes soon. He will blossom much quicker in a home environment.
Now, about the cars......

Special cat in Englewood

Meet Bashful.
He is a 8 year old, sweet boy who loves to cuddle.
Puffy Paws has waived their adoption fee for the all the kitties but not their adoption guidelines. If you want to see Bashfull, please call Stinky Link to find out when you can meet him at Mike's Pet Store.
Puffy Paws needs volunteers. We are located at 270 Lakeview Lane in Englewood. You can go online at http://www.puffypawskittyhaven.com call 941-623-8904 for more information.

Breed characteristics

Knowing the breed of dog you are interested in always helps to further the adoption process along the way. Even if you adopt a mixed breed dog, there are certain characteristics who are inherent within the breed.
You can check out breed characteristics online on several different web pages, but the AKC has the best one in my opinion. You can check them out here.
Now at the moment, I have two mixed breed dogs living in my house. Buzz, my FBD and Gypsy, my hound. Both were listed as a breed totally different than what they actually are. Gypsy was listed as a Rottweiler/ridgeback which she has no part of any of those breeds and Buzz was listed as a black mouth cur. Buzz is part black mouth, a dog native to the south, but since his hair has grown back in, I know notice the ridge along his back, like a ridgeback. So he is a cur/ridgeback and Gypsy, a hound. I don't care about the breeding of these dogs. They are seniors, their tails wag incessantly, and they are simply my dogs who I love.
I think when you are looking for a purebred, you should make sure you know the characteristics of the breed. This is not to say they cannot be different from those listed traits, but simply a guideline on some things you can expect from certain breeds.
The reason I speak about these traits is a special dog we have at Satchel's. His name is Benson and he is a rottweiler. The reason he is special to me is because he reminds me so much of a dog I had for a short period of time, Carmella. He is dominant. He doesn't do well with other dogs. He is a pushy, strong, young rottweiler who never had to mind anyone. If he can push you around he will.
These traits might turn off lots of people due to horror stories about the breed. These traits are one of the reasons I love the breed. These are smart, smart dogs and will find a way around most anything if you don't put the time and training into them. One of Benson's favorite things is trying to grab the leash out of your hand while you are walking him. We began working on that, and now it simply depends on who he is with. We caught him the other day going to bite the leash and stopping just shy to see if he got a treat. He is a bright dog.
Unfortunately, bright, smart, big dogs are not the way to go this year. But there are always people like me, who love the breed, understand the breed and want a rescue dog. If you are one of those people, please contact Satchel's Last Resort at comments@satchelslastresort.com and see if you could meet him. He is a wonderful dog.

Labrador puppy available for adoption

Hi Folks! My name is Jedi, a handsome pup with a dashing grey coat.
Everyone says that I'm so cute and they say that I'm a silver lab mix. I love to play and cuddle. Angel is my momma and you can see a photo of her under the Angel-puppies listing.
I get along well with my brothers and sisters and would love to snuggle with you. I was born on July 5th and can go home at 8 weeks of age. Come play with me and let's see if we make a perfect family.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Jedi 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).

Barry the black cat

Sometimes when I feature a cat or a dog on this blog, they get adopted quickly and I never hear a word about them again. Other times, they continue to be available for adoption, but I still never hear anything about them, so in Barry's case, I decided to ask.
Barry came to my attention months ago by some nice women whose friend had just suddenly died. She left her cat, Barry, without a home and they could not take him in. Barry ended up at the Humane Society of Sarasota County in a kennel and I kept an eye on him and reported from time to time about what was going on. Since I am no longer associated with that humane society, I thought I would check in and see how Barry was doing and then give you a little update.
Barry has left his kennel, where he hid under his cat mat and meowed, to Woodie's Wing, the free roaming cat room. From all report I got, he is doing fabulous. He gets along well with the cats in the room and all the humans who come through. They were concerned at first, but he allayed all their fears.
So the news on Barry is partially good. He is doing well but still homeless. He is a black cat who is 10 years or so, but could make someone a fabulous pet. If you are in the market for a senior cat, please stop by the HSSC on 15th Street in Sarasota or call 955-4131. Tell them Jean sent you to meet Barry.

Letter from Dixie

Hi all you Dixie fans. It's me, the one, the only Dixie Doodle reporting to you live from Satchel's Last Resort. A rescue, rehabilitation and rehome spot for wayward dogs.
I happen to be one of the wayward dogs but found myself here and now it seems I am unable to leave. Well, I mean I could leave if the right humans came forward and wanted to adopt me. It is the luck of the draw and so far, no humans have picked my number.
It will happen. I am sure of it so today's letter is going to full of happy news. No downers here. The reason is because even though I am sad, I have it so much better than many other shelter dogs do. I know. I have heard the stories and seen some of the dogs we take in. I have a nice, roomy kennel. I get plenty to eat and everyone here spends as much time as possible with me.
My friend came in yesterday to work with me. You see, I still have that jumping thing going on so she thought I might do well working on the agility. I was really looking forward to that again, but she didn't feel well today, so she left early.
Yesterday she was having me do these jump things. They are little poles and I have to jump across three of them and then into the pool of water. What fun! I had it down the first time she had me do it. The secret is the treat at the end. I have told you how I do love treats. I am willing to do just about anything for one. Then to end up in a splash pool on a hot day? That is heaven to me. I did tell you how much I love water, didn't I?
Last week I worked with some different ladies. They are trying to teach me high 5. I am learning it since I am a very smart girl. I just have to remember the difference between high 5 and over since one is for the paw thing and one is the splash pool trick.
Our big boy, Hunk, got to go home. He lived in a kennel with Gracie. She is the one I wrote about last week who was so shy. Maybe that is a lucky kennel and they would move me to it. Anyway, Hunk lives in Bradenton now in something called a rehab house. You will have to ask another human what a house like that is, because it is beyond my scope of things. I heard he was very happy there and getting lots of attention.
The dog in the kennel now is named Wesley. He seems nice enough, if you like other dogs, which I don't. I am not sure what his issues are, but I am sure he has them. We also have a new dog named Sugar. She is solid white almost with blue eyes. She lives in a kennel with another dog named Handsome. He is a small Florida Brown dog of indeterminate parentage.
Everything else is still the same here. It is still infernally hot, but we have been getting popcicles which I find irresistible. They taste like chicken. I have no idea how the humans do that, but I am all for it.
Well, I guess I better close for now. Feeding time will be coming around soon and y'all know how much I love to eat. Of course, if I keep up with this agility thing, I may lose a few pounds. I say, all the better to eat more.
Love,
Dixie

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Clowns don't sell puppies

Sometimes, in the course of my day, I see something that so thoroughly irritates me, I have to come home and write about it immediately, while the passion for what I do is at the forefront of my mind.
On Saturdays, my mornings are spent with throwaway dogs. These dogs and sometimes cats, have been thrown away, dumped if you will, on shelters and rescues in the tri county area. Many of these dogs are purebred of one kind or another and many are mixes. We treat them all the same and they receive all the love and attention one group of people and volunteers can lavish on them. Most have been saved from death due to one issue or another. I have made it my goal to educate about the horrors of backyard breeding and puppy mills to help decrease the number of animals entering shelters. I have a friend in the shelter business who likes to tell people, "Put me out of business. I would love it if all these animals had a home." Many backyard breeder dogs along with puppy mill puppies keep the flow in shelters and rescues all over this country.
After I left the shelter, I went to Petsmart where the racing greyhounds were being featured. Once again, purebred dogs, bred to race to satisfy man's craving to gamble, then destroyed when the career they were bred for doesn't want or need them any longer.
So I thought to myself, how great is this. The morning is working out great. I left Petsmart and went to have my hair cut and then it was on to the grocery store.
Then I saw it. The clown with the sign. The clown with the sign in front of Puppy Town. The sign which said, "Honk if you love puppies". I thought as I drove past how this irritated me. Of course people love puppies. That is why puppies live to adulthood, because they are so cute. It is the ones who have been discarded I worry about. Discarded by their owners because they aren't cute any longer, or they don't match the sofa. Maybe the kids outgrew them, or Mom and Dady think they are too busy to have time to care for them. Where do people think adult dogs come from? Heaven? Do they just drop out of the sky fully grown with all their issues because that is how it is?
How about a sign that says, "Honk if you love puppy mills?" Or maybe, "Honk if you support shelters?" I can think of a lot of things to go on a sign in front of a puppy store, but they wouldn't be carried by a clown and you wouldn't smile if you read them.

Special kitten in Englewood

Meet Midnight.. He is everything you want in a kitten.
This guy has a great personality and will follow you like a little dog all day long.
Puffy Paws has waived their adoption fee for the all the kitties but not their adoption guidelines. If you want to meet Midnight, please call Stinky Link to find out when you can meet him at Mike's Pet Store.
Puffy Paws needs volunteers. We are located at 270 Lakeview Lane in Englewood. You can go online at http://www.puffypawskittyhaven.com/ or call 941-623-8904 for more information.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Labrador available for adoption

Greetings, folks. My name is Bella, which means "beautiful lady." Everyone loves my pretty yellow coat and sparking eyes. My ears like to stand up and give me a great appearance. I'm a very friendly gal with a great smile! I am about 2 years of age and just love to be around people and other dogs. I enjoy playing and I get along well with with everyone including kitties. I love to run, play and take walks. If you live the active Florida life, I'd love to join you for that walk, run or hike. Come visit and lets see if we make the perfect couple.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Bella or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website 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).

Pamela Jones-Morton, PhD pjonesmorton@mac.com : As a volunteer for Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida, I ask that you please consider donating to support Labs that have been abandoned and are in need of medical attention. These loving animals would be euthanized if LRRoF did not take them into foster care. Please know that costs average $450 dollars to save each dog. Each dollar we raise is critical....please consider a $50 donation...every dollar counts. You can donate by clicking: Http://www.active.com/donate/labrescue/supportplease Please look at our web-site and see all those sweet faces! http://www.labradorrescue.net/ Thank you for your consideration.

Chained dogs

As part of my daily ritual at work to help keep me from thinking about smoking, I take a walk every morning on my break. It has been working so far and I walk several blocks, burn some calories and don't light up.
I have seen several "Beware of Dog" signs posted in this walk, but have never seen a dog, dangerous or otherwise in any of the yards, nor have I heard any barking. That changed this morning.
I changed my route and walked past a house where I had seen a sign when a female pitbull, obviously a new mom, came barreling out from under an old car growling and lunging at me. The only thing which stopped her was a thick chain around her neck which was bolted to the car. I, of course, simply spoke softly and told her she was fine and I wouldn't hurt her and kept walking, so she stopped growling and went back to lay in the dirt.
As I rounded the next corner, the same thing happened only this time with a golden retriever who was chained to a partial fence. I don't know if she was alerted to me from the barking of the pit bull, but she growled and lunged in the same way.
I believe either one of those dog would have bitten me. This is the reason why. They were chained.
I mistakenly believed we were making inroads in educating people about chaining or tying out dogs. We are apparently not doing a good enough job. These dogs do not live in the country but right off Fruitville Road and U.S. 301. We are also apparently not doing enough on educating people about spaying and neutering, as witnessed by both these dogs.
Just so you know, tying or chaining your dog outside is not illegal. It is sad, but you can still do it as long as your animal has shelter and food/water. Dogs don't have to be inside pets like many of us own.
There is a movement going on right now to make the chaining of dogs illegal which it is in several states. If you are interested in this and would like to find out more, check out this website. The thing is, don't depend on others to do it. If things like this bother you, talk to people. Explain why you feel the way you do. Explain what it does to the animals. Help if you can. Are you going to change everyone's way of thinking? Probably not but plant the seed anyway. You would be surprised how one voice can make a difference.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Judge will determine wolf hunting in Idaho, Montana

"After attending Monday’s meeting, Missoula hunter Mac McLaughlin told the Associated Press he was going directly to a sporting goods shop to purchase his tag because he is annoyed with the wolves attacking elk. He said he plans to use an elk call to lure the wolves, but doesn’t think it will be effective."

This hunter is "annoyed" with the wolves attacking elk. Is he annoyed because the wolves are hunting, which is natural for them? Or is he annoyed because he is a poor hunter and cannot get an elk even with a gun?
It is these hunters who really irritate me about the wolves. These magnificent creatures were almost wiped off the continent because of man, finally put on the endangered list and are now off the list. Their fate in Idaho and Montana rests in a United States District Judge. You can read the story here and read more about what is happening to the grey wolves here.

Labrador available for adoption

Hi! My name is Romeo. I am approximately 5 years old with beautiful hazel eyes and a spunky personality. I am great with kids, cats and especially other dogs! I’m shy around people, until I get to know you. Once we’re friends, I’m a big goofball!
I bounce like “Tigger” when I get really excited and LOVE to play with other dogs. Having another dog to run around with would be ideal but honestly I would love to have my own "person" to love. Please come visit and let's play ball, take a walk and see if we make a perfect pair.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Romeo or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website 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).

Vets separate conjoined rattlesnakes

This is not my usual pet news, but I found it interesting in the vet who did the surgery had experience with separating tortoises. One of the snakes died, but they were able to save the remaining one and will use it to educate people about the Western Diamondback Rattler.
You can read the story here.

Pet food and supplies drive; Englewood

Puffy Paws is asking for donations of cat and dog food, toys and supplies.
They will be handing the donated items out on a first come, first served basis at Puffy Paws Kitty Haven Donation Center as supplies and food comes in.
Puffy Paws Kitty Haven is introducing this program because people won't have to go hungry, people will feed their pets before they feed themselves in this economy.
They may not consider surrendering their companion animal due to lack of food and supplies.
Drop off locations in Englewood: Puffy Paws Kitty Haven, Puffy Paw's Donation Center, Mike's Pet Store, D & R Customs, All In The Clip, Big Lots - Englewood and Loving Care Animal Hospital.
In North Port: The Ultimate Clip and Louie’s Bicycle.
If you would like more information or would like to make a donation (either item or monetary), call 623 - 8904 or visit www.puffypawskittyhaven.com.