Saturday, October 31, 2009

Does this bother anyone else?

I gravitate to ads for animals. I don't know if it is the years I spent in the newspaper business building classified ads, or simply trying to figure out why people think by charging money for their "baby" they guarantee a good home.
The always popular craigslist is notorious for this. Ad after ad states, "Small rehoming fee to guarantee good home". What price can you put on your pet's head which will make you sure the pet is going to a good home? $25, $50, $75?
The ads which say $100.00 to recoup the vet bills, dog treats or food are just as bad. Do you think pets don't have to be fed, groomed or taken to the vet?
I am sure lots of people who peruse these ads will provide a good home. I am just as sure there are nefarious people who peruse these ads who may sell your "baby" to a laboratory for research. Maybe they will use the small, cute puppy as a bait dog for a fighting ring.
If you are naive enough to believe that everyone who reads craigslist has the well-being of the animal in mind, please think twice.

Labrador available for adoption

Mikey here! I am a handsome 4 year old, black male who is as sweet as can least that is what my foster mom tells me! I also am well mannered, good on a leash, good with other dogs, trustworthy in the house and what more can I say besides I may be perfect!
My foster family says I am an all around great boy ! I love to go to the beach and swim, play ball, and talk long walks with my family. I am with a foster family and they are wonderful but I really would like a family of my own for the upcoming holiday would be wonderful to have my own stocking this year or a present under the tree.
Please come visit me and I know you will want to go for a walk...who knows we may make a perfect couple.
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 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).

The best intentions

I am always sad to see a story like this one which happened in Hernando County. A couple, with the best intentions I am sure, had all the animals in their care taken away due to neglect. This was an animal rescue which got out of hand.
Animals need care and it is costly to run any kind of shelter or rescue. If you do not have the support of the public in your area, you can fail miserably. Then, as in this case, all the animals are taken away. Over 200 will now have to be placed elsewhere, if they make it out of Animal Services alive.
Please support the animal welfare group you care about. One bag of dog treats or a soft comforter, One dose of heartworm medication or $5.00 can make all the difference in the world.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

How empty would your life be?

I am a dog person but I have lots of friends who are cat people. I also have friends who are dog and cat people, with birds or fish, gerbils or hamsters mixed in.
I know people who have no pets at all. Not even a fish tank to watch. A friend brought this to my attention as I was speaking to her on the phone as she arrived home to her 4 dogs. You could hear a thump, thump thump in the phone as she said, "I just love the sound of Kia's tail hitting the dryer as she greets me coming in the door."
How could you not miss that unbridled enthusiasm upon entering your house? Have you ever had another human be so happy to see you? Even the rodents will come to the edge of their cages to greet you when you walk in their room. The cats will wrap themselves around your legs and purr.
In your pet's eyes, you are life itself. No matter how big or how small the pet, try getting another human to consistently love you that way. I know my life would be empty if I had no pets. How about yours?

Labradors available for adoption

Hi everyone, we are Missy and Chance, fun-loving, happy pair of yellow labs. We have always lived together, but our mom is moving to a new city and can't take us along, so we want to find a home where we can give our family lots of affection. We love to be around people and we love kids of all ages.
We will both be 8 years old this year and we have beautiful yellow coats. Our house manners are wonderful, because we live in an apartment now and everyone says that we are the greatest. We enjoy going for rides and walks, romping outside in the fresh air. Missy is a gal and Chance is a guy. Come meet us and I am sure you will agree we are the pair for you.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Missy and Chance 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)

Unselfish friends

"The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog. . . .He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer; he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the world. . . .When all other friends desert, he remains." - George G Vest

The poem above always comes to mind when I see people 'rehoming' their beloved pet because he needs more attention, more room, more exercise or any of the other things humans decide their dogs need more of and cannot provide.
I saw an interesting ad on craigslist for a herding dog puppy. I found it interesting because they were charging a small fee but the dog needed an active family due to his breed. Now, if you are getting a new pup, and you know the breed is a herding breed, why would you adopt it if you couldn't provide the activity it needed to flourish?
So another dog comes into the system, to be passed around and around until he doesn't know where he belongs because a human thinks they need more of something.
I know circumstances sometimes cause people to give up their pets. I just think the excuses people use make them look really dumb. How much do you want to bet in three month's time they will be at another shelter, or looking on craigslist at another animal, who may be perfect for them this time around. The problem is, most times it won't be and then the newest animal will be sent from place to place with no idea who he is supposed to love. I wonder sometimes what the dogs think, as they are passed from home to home, shelter to shelter. They are the most unselfish creatures I know who belong to some of the planet's most selfish ones.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Labrador available for adoption

Hi, I'm Luna, a young 2 year old gal with a shiny black coat, looking for a friend and family. I love other dogs and I love people too! I enjoy snuggling and playing, plus taking walks and riding in the car. I'd like to be your best friend.
My foster family is very nice but I am looking for a family of my own. Please come visit and take a walk together. Who knows...we may just be the perfect match!
If you are interested in meeting or adopting LUNA 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)

Halloween party for you and your dog

K9 Korral is having a halloween party for us and our pets.

K9-Korral, 2239 15th Street, Sarasota on Friday, October 30, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Free Admission PRIZES for Best Trick, Best Dog Costume..., Best Dressed Duo (Owner/Dog Costume)
Activities: Doggie Dive - Smooch-da-Pooch Booth – Games - Raffle & More. Lots of fun for you and your dog !
As a courtesy to others, please make sure your dog is on a leash. Bring a friend and get $5.00 off your next class.
Michelle Donner photography will be available for pictures of you & your k9 partner. Be sure to check our class schedule. Lots of fun, new classes forming.

For more information, call: (941) 915-8181 or visit our Website: K9KOTC.COM

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Shooting the Breeze by Baxter

Hello friends and fans. Hope everyone had a great week. I, on the other hand, had a fabulous one, just in case you were wondering. The great weather, which means cools in my book, didn't last as long as I had hoped, but this morning it was cool once again, so here is hoping it lasts for a while.
It was another exciting week where I live. It was hustle and bustle all week with people coming and going. I wish I could say the same about the dogs who live here. We did have one go home, but he was such a nice neighbor, I hated for him to leave. There is another dog in Samson's kennel now. His name is Buckshot and he is a hound. When I say hound, I mean loud. Of course, kennels can get pretty loud on occasion, but with Jake on one side of me barking all the time, it was a nice change when Samson moved in. I am glad he got a home, but I will miss his quiet, gentlemanly behavior.
I also got to meet a nice lady who came to take our pictures. It takes me a while to warm up, you know, I am a Sharpei, but she was alright. She said my coat, better than anyone else's caught the sunlight just right and brought out the gorgeous colors in my fur. Get that? Better than anyone else's? She is okay now in my book. She can come and visit any time she wants.
Last night we had a surprise. Cocoanuts. Real ones to chew on. Of course, I am so not interested in chewing on a cocoanut, but the rest of the kennel went nuts for them. Even Buddy, who is older than I am and just kinda hangs around. Not to mention Mitch and Jordie. They thought they hit the jackpot. Even Libby was having fun and chasing it around. Sherman was like me except he was scared of the cocoanut. He is such a strong dog, they thought he would love one, but he didn't. Ceco on the other hand, loved hers. She is the girl I told you about who had to have surgery on her leg. She is doing much better now.
I heard lots of noise yesterday, but I think that was the windows going in the next building. I heard they needed more light. We have big doors to let the air flow through, so we get plenty of fresh air and sunlight.
I was going to ask you if you read my column last week? You see, I mentioned in there I really liked soft treats. No one brought me any and I was sure I would get a ton of them. What's up with that? Do you not realize what a special boy I am? Treats, people, not cocoanuts. That is what this guy likes. I didn't get any soft, squeeky toys either. I guess I am going to have to up my readership to some folks who take an old man's feelings into consideration.
Well, it is time for the afternoon siesta, so you take it easy and have a good week. I will be back next week with more of the happenings at home, Satchel's Last Resort. Until then I will remain,
The eyes and ears of Satchel's,

Labrador available for adoption

I am Princess, a sweet and pretty 6 1/2 year old, chocolate girl. My coat was thin, but is growing in nicely with good nutrition and flea control. My favorite thing is spending time with my family, I am totally dependable in the house. I am a mellow girl, I like my walks but I can relax with you also.
You will not believe how sweet I am just like chocolate......please come visit and lets walk to see if we make a perfect couple....I know you will want "s'more".
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Princess or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website or call 1-866-464-LABS.
LRROF has all our Labs microchipped, spayed or neutered, up to date on shots and each adoption comes with a 30 day pre-paid pet health insurance plan. All applicants will have a home inspection and vet reference (if applicable)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Horribly inhumane

For anyone who has grown up in the deep south or rural midwest, confronting the accepted killing of hundreds of dog due to illiterate people or financially strapped county animal facilities is a fact that is hard to get past.
Many uneducated and poor people do not see the value in spaying or neutering and the result is an overabundance of unwanted dogs and cats. Put that in a poorer region of the country where money is tight and homeless animal care not high on the list of where to spend the money, and you have massive numbers of dogs and cats killed on a daily basis.
This is not the euthanasia of a doctor's office where the animal gets a shot and goes to sleep, but a place where animals are sent to a gas chamber, or in some spots, placed in an animal control truck with a hose running from the exhaust to the truck to kill the animals from carbon monoxide poisoning. I cannot imagine a more horrible death.
I was interested to read the news story out of North Carolina, where an gas chamber blew up and injured the worker operating it. It put off the killing of hundreds until they could get it fixed. This was why I got the email. Folks in that area were trying to save as many of the animals as they could, until the gas chamber was operational again.
North Caroline, a very wealthy state in some areas, still using a gas chamber to kill unwanted animals is simply not humane to me. It does happen all over the south and midwest. Now we have laws to prevent cruelty to animals, but is this any better?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

People who inspire

People who work or volunteer in animal rescue in any capacity are heroes in my eyes. Animal people are some of the most giving of time and money to help animals in need. This ranges from foster homes for rescues to kids who donate pennies to the local animal shelter.
There is always one in the group who gives a little more. I know someone like that. She is the first to raise her hand when something is needed for the animals. She isn't rich, in fact, she has been unemployed for the past 7 months, but her heart is as big as the Grand Canyon when it comes to helping animals.
The email I got today which had been distributed to many animal welfare groups from a vet in Riverview was to the point. A man lost his house and brought his 19 year old cat to the vet to have it euthanized. He couldn't care for it any longer. The thing is, there is nothing wrong with the cat except it is a senior. The vet ask if anyone out there could give the cat a comfortable home for as long as it has left.
This person, who would give her last dime to help animals, stepped up and volunteered to give this senior a home for as long as she needed to.
This is inspirational for me, so to her I say, "You inspire me to do better, to work harder and to know there is a home for them all." I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Prince of a dog

Everyone knows of my love of senior animals. Prince is one of those who I can't speak about enough. He is a senior and a beautiful purebred Doberman on top of that.
He was placed in rescue along with his sister and both quickly found a home in separate quarters.
Prince was then returned and adopted right back out. Now he has been returned again and none of the reasons are because of him.
He is housebroken, obedience trained and simply a huge lovebug. He is lonely in his kennel and anyone who knows Doberman characteristics, knows they need a family and people to bond with.
He wants to do nothing more than lay at your feet and be with you, wherever you are. He would be great for an older couple who could lavish attention on him, but not well in a home where he would spend the majority of time by himself.
Please don't let this beautiful senior animal, who has done nothing but give love to the people in his life, spend the rest of it in a kennel in a shelter.
Contact Satchel's Last Resort at and ask them about Prince, but only if you can give him the forever home he so richly deserves.

Rescue wish list

Satchel's Last Resort has a list of things it could sure use right now if anyone wants to donate to a very worthy cause.
The top of of the list features old blankets and comforters. You know the nights are going to get chilly and the dogs need a little homey comfort on the cold nights. So if you have any, or know of anyone who has any, please contact me and I will come and get them, or you can drop them off at the book sale at Sarasota High School on November 7th.
Dog treats: Crunch milk bones or soft treats like chewy treats fromMilk Bone or Pupperoni.
Bleach, fabric softener and laundry detergent. garbage bags
Kongs and dog toys and cat toys. Medicated dog shampoo. Dog and cat beds
A metal desk and office supplies. A printer and/or fax machine. Stainless steel dog bowls and the list goes on. (Cash is always an acceptable gift)
Please contact Satchel's Last Resort with any questions you may have at and they will get back to you soon. Thanks from me and all the four-leggeds at Satchel's Last Resort.

Samson needs a home

Hi all. My name is Samson. As you can see by my photo, I am a black lab mix, although more black lab than anything. I just have a feathery tail, so the people here think I may have a little border collie in me.
I am about 3 years old and was found in a warehouse in Chicago where someone abandoned me. The family who took me ended up bringing me to Florida with their two other dogs. The other boy didn't like me, so I ended up in a shelter here. I was rescued by a nice lady who had met me before and thought I was a pretty nice guy.
I am housebroken and obedience trained and know the meaning of "no." I love people and am a snuggle bug. I also love, love, love the water and used to hang out in the pool at the other family's house where I lived
It isn't that I don't appreciate where I am at, it is just I want a family back. The people here who take care of me say I am a very calm labrador, do well with most other dogs and simply get overlooked because I am so nice.
If you want an all around nice dog, I am just what you are looking for. Remember, my name is Samson and I am in the first kennel of the first row at Satchel's Last Resort. You can contact them at and they can tell you all about me. But. you better hurry, with a deal like me, I may not be here very long.

Monday, October 19, 2009

When you just want to smack someone

You know, sometimes I have a temper. Most times I keep it under control. After all, you can't go around smacking people just because you don't like something they said. As an animal rescue person, I get lots, and I mean lots of email from different groups around the country trying to rescue and save more animals. The appeal to anyone and everyone who may open the email is always heartbreaking and sad and some days I can't open the emails I get because it would just bring me down.
Today was not one of those days. So when the email came and I saw rotti in the headline, I knew I had to open it. Not one, but two rotties, both terribly neglected. One had a broken leg which needed amputation and one was very emaciated on top of being very pregnant. Unfortunately, these dogs are in Ohio and I know of no one is Ohio to pull these dogs and nurse them back to health. Florida might be a different story, but once I save them, if it was possible, then I want to go to Ohio and find the jerks who dumped them out.
I then want to smack them. Just haul off and punch their nose in. Now I know that is not possible, but I hope someone can save these dogs. The unfortunate part is there will always be two or three or four more to take their place. There are still alot of jerks left in this country and not enough people willing to smack them.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Shooting the Breeze by Baxter

Whoo hoo! I am excited. Oh yeah, hi, Baxter here. Whoo hoo! I am excited. Have you been outside? What fabulous weather. I am so frisky I can hardly contain myself. I was so full of energy last night and this morning, I played like a much younger dog. I love this time of year. When the heat finally goes away, it is a relief to us dogs who live in a kennel. We don't have the creature comforts like animals with a home do. I heard some dogs have air conditioning for the hot months, but we haven't reached that level yet.
So, what has been going on this week I can tell you about? Let's see. We didn't get any new dogs in, but I did hear we got a cat in who is quite angry. I didn't meet her, which is just a well. She lives in the cat house across the way. It is also kinda good we didn't get any new guests since we are bursting at the seams. No one got to go home either, which was quite disappointing for us old timers. It is quite exciting when someone leaves. I do know the cute brindle boxer mix, Elsa may go home today, but she is still here while I am writing this.
I have decided I like having my kennel close to the front. I don't miss anything at all being here. I get to see who is coming, who is going, who is visiting and who is doing laundry. Did I tell you I like soft, squeeky toys? Not those rubbery things so much, but the stuffed ones with squeekers. I think it irritates Jake who lives in the next kennel, but I don't care. I have seniority over him. It also doesn't bother Samson, who lives on the other side of me. Dru and Jilly, who live across from me could care less, so Jake is in the minority.
Just so you know, in case you were thinking about getting me a present, you know, just in case, I like soft treats. I thought I would put the word out there while we were talking. I will eat the crunchy ones, but my palate prefers the soft kind. They are easier on this old man's teeth.
I also have an elevated bed. Those are good for old dogs like me. Well, actually they are good for young dogs, too. It keeps them up off the concrete floors. I heard people can now donate Kuranda Beds through our website. I am clueless as to what a Kuranda Bed is, but I am sure if one gets donated, I will be one of the first dogs to get one. On account of my crippled leg. (It is a great selling point when I want something.)
Well, I wonder what this next week will bring? Hope we find homes for our adoptables. That way we can help some more animals. Until then when I bring you the newest developments, I remain happy and healthy.
P.S. I forgot to leave you with another adoptable. This is Mitch. Mitch is a young boxer/pitbull mix who is on his second time at Satchel's. I guess his family fell on hard times and couldn't afford him any longer, so he came back. The first time he was rescued when he ran out in front of a car. He is young, under a year and full of energy. Like most pups, he needs some training but should make someone a wonderful pet. Check him out on the website.

Labrador available for adoption

Hi folks! My name is Annie. I am a beautiful, 3 year old, black female approximately. 65 pounds. Everyone says I am very smart and active. I love to go on walks and I am excellent on the leash. I am housebroken and like lots of attention from my human companions. I also love to play fetch and LOVE squeaky toys. I am also a great catcher.
Presently, I am with Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida and my foster family is wonderful but I would love to find a "furever" home. If you want a loving, active, smart woman in your home I am your gal! Come visit and lets take a walk together and see if you and I are the perfect match.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Annie 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, October 16, 2009

Entering the 21st Century

Wow, it finally happened. Sarasota County finally put the antiquated feral cat law to bed this week and gave the rescuers something to cheer about.
While I was still at the paper, I did an article on feral cats. Until then, I did not know much about them or the programs in place to deal with them. I had no idea how opposed some are to maintaining colonies or even how many people work in the area to provide for these most neglected of the animal kingdom.
When I found it was against the law to care for a feral colony in Sarasota County, I was appalled such an educated population who helped govern such an animal-loving community, could be so backward in their thinking, even though research and science had proven killing feral cats did not make the problem go away.
There was a collective cheer in Sarasota County this week when the county commissioners finally woke up. Kudos to the Animal Rescue Coalition, Dr. Laurie Walmsley and all the rescuers who I don't know, for fighting the good fight until the law was changed.

Huge book sale: save the date

Satchel's Last Resort is having a huge book sale on Saturday, November 7th in the parking lot of Sarasota High School.
There are books of every kind from mystery, to romance, how-to to biographies. We have paperbacks and hardbacks, bestsellers and textbooks. All have been donated to help raise money for the rescue/sanctuary. Right now over 40 dogs and 30 cats call Satchel's home.
Please join us at the Garage Sale held at Sarasota High School and look for the boxes of books around the big ,white pickup truck.
Thanks, and we will be looking for you.

A night with the gang

Animal lovers are all brought together because they love animals. They can talk about animals at the drop of a pin. Anytime, anywhere, it simply doesn't matter. The trick it to give yourself a night to talk about the animals without actually having them around.
Everyone who loves animals and works with animals still needs to have some down time with humans. It simply makes it better down time when the humans are also animal lovers and you are discussing all the wild and crazy things that happen with you and/or your animals, but they are not there for you to worry about.
I had a great night like that last night. Five fabulous friends who love animals and I had dinner out and guess what we talked about? Good food, good friends and lots of laughs. Thanks to them all. Nothing beats it for recharging the batteries and helping keep everything in perspective.

Labrador available for adoption

Kale is approximately a 15 month old male black lab. He weighs in at 70 pounds with lots of puppy energy! His favorite pastime is swimming and lounging on the pool deck! Also Kale is a cuddle bunny.....he loves to be close to you. He would do best with an active family that will give him the exercise he needs.
He knows how to give his paw but needs to learn his basic obedience commands. He is okay on a leash if he has had exercise, otherwise he pulls. He is very playful with other dogs and okay with cats and birds that are in a cage. He likes to ride in the car and is crate trained. Kale is a young fun loving lab. If you are looking for a young guy that wants to make a commitment then he is your boy....come visit and see if you are the perfect family for this loving boy.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Kale 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)

Tampa Bay Beagle Rescue needs your help

Tampa Bay Beagle Rescue has been selected to participate in Rachael Ray's Mutt Madness contest. Sixty four rescues have been chosen and will be paired up with the one receiving the most votes moving on to the next week's bracket. We shall receive $1,000 for each week that we can remain in the contest.
For the first week we are pitted against Michigan Animal Rescue League.
So please go to the following link and cast your vote for TBBR. (You may have to copy and paste the link in your browser) TBBR is located on the left side, 6th from the bottom. You can also vote for any of the other pairings if you wish. You will have to register the first time you login.

We are at a small disadvantage as the password they provided, so we could post information about TBBR on their web site, did not work. I hope to have the correct password Thursday and get our information online.
Don't be shy! Please forward this email to all your friends and family and everyone you know. With our donations down over 30% this year we would love to survive as long as possible. Any funds we receive from this contest will be earmarked to help Beagle owners with medical expenses so they can keep their Beagles and not have to relinquish them to the pound , where they would have little chance to survive, or even worse have them euthanized because of a lack of funds.
Please remember it will be important to visit the Mutt Madness web site and vote again for TBBR each week.
Thanks in advance for your support for our Beagles!

Jack Novoselski
Tampa Bay Beagle Rescue

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hope for the Homeless

Reprinted from October, 2009 Just as relevent a year later.

I am asked all the time why I dedicate so much time and effort into rescued animals. People say, "There are so many other worthwhile groups out there and you give your time to animals."I say to them, "There are lots of groups for humans, children and adults alike. There are groups for artists, and art students; groups for alternate lifestyles; groups for addicts, and the list goes on." These groups are not sentenced to death by the system. Homeless animals are.
They are sentenced to death every day in this country, because of breed, or temperment or age. They are hauled off to gas chambers in some parts of the rural south. Many are given a shot they never wake up from.They are then hauled to a county landfill somewhere, or dumped in a crematorium. When was the last time you visited a county dump and saw the mound of animals piled eight or ten feet high with companion animals no one wants? It is easier to pretend this doesn't happen.
Dinner conversations don't revolve around homeless animals.It is easier to put your head in the sand and say it is not your problem. Therein lies the problem. You give that control to other people because you don't want to be bothered with it. You don't spay and neuter your pets. You don't keep your animals contained to your home. You don't have to hear them cry at night after you have left them. You don't have to see the look on their face as they are given a death sentence or hold their bodies while life goes away. You have made it someone else's problem.These are the reasons I do what I do. These are the reasons most animal welfare workers go to work every day for little pay. You won't receive a death sentence if someone doesn't want you. These animals don't have a choice. It has already been made for them.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Beauty is in the eye

I was out walking Buzz tonight and stopped to speak to my neighbor who lives across the road. Chuck is an old Florida cowboy and he commented on what a fine looking dog Buzz was and how he thought he would have made a great cow dog.
Chuck is the first person ever to tell me what a great looking dog Buzz is. You see, he is just an old Florida brown dog, of which there are thousands in the state of Florida.
It was a different story when I was walking one of my rottis. More people stopped me to tell me what a gorgeous dog Junior was from the time I adopted him. Junior was a purebred, but his personality was much like Buzz's. It doesn't hurt they both adored me, since I was Mom.
Isn't it funny because I think Buzz is as beautiful as Junior was, just in a different way. I guess the old saying is true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Labrador available for adoption

Hi I am Datsy.....yes I am a lab....they call me a Silver Lab. If you look you will see that I have beautiful clear blue eyes. My family really loved me but they could not take care of me anymore and called Labrador Retriever Rescue for help. I am lucky. LRROF found a foster for me and now I lounge by the pool and swim all the time. I just LOVE to swim!!!! I am active and for a female I am very strong. So I am looking for an active family that will help me exercise and teach me the manners I really want to learn.
There is one thing that I should tell you...I am overweight. My new family must have the will power to make sure I regain my figure and keep the weight off. Please come visit and lets see if we like to swim, walk and just like to play together......who knows we make perfect training partners.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Datsy 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, October 10, 2009

Shooting the Breeze by Baxter

Hello again. Another week has come and gone. Can you believe it? I hope everyone had a nice week. Mine has been pretty hectic. Well, actually mine hasn't been hectic but things have been hopping around here. Before I forget, (that's an age thing you know), I wanted to say even though I have a crippled leg it doesn't stop me from playing, running and all that other stuff dogs do. I also am very healthy. I don't have the normal skin or ear problems a lot of Sharpeis have. I have a buddy here at Satchel's. His name is Wooly Bully or Wooly B. for short. He is a little, black cocker spaniel. We don't live in the same kennel. They say I am kind of a crotchty old man and like my own space, but we go out in the yard together. He is kind of funny looking compared to me. I have wrinkled skin. He has wrinkled fur. Go figure.
So, we have some new arrivals. We have Elsa, Samson and Mitch. Elsa is a pretty boxer/catahoula mix, Samson is a black lab and Mitch is a boxer/pit mix. Elsa was rescued from the woods, Samson from another shelter and Mitch came back because he was hungry. They all seem pretty nice. Samson lives right next door to me and wags his tail when I walk by. He seems pretty friendly. Elsa is too young for this old man, but she likes to play. She is not even a year old. I heard she would do great with a family, even kids. Mitch is young, too. Not even a year old.
Ceco tore her ACL so she has to have surgery. I feel really bad. I know what a leg injury will do and how much pain they can cause. At least they figured it out and can fix it. She just looks very sad.
I had my kennel moved to the front so I didn't have too far to walk to go outside. I think I kind of like that. It is a little quieter up front, especially since Samson moved in. Well, except for Jake, who barks alot. I like it when he is sleeping.
We also are getting lots of visitors which makes for an exciting day. Do you know how boring it can get watching the same dogs do the same thing day in and day out. Someone told me once variety is the spice of life. I think I agree with that.
Well, I am going to close for now. Take care and I will talk to you again real soon. Don't forget my kennel either. It is the second one, first row. Until then, this old gentleman will be taking it easy.


P.S. Speaking of seniors, we have this guest who would really like to go home with someone. She doesn't like other dogs for the most part, and has crooked back legs. Her name is Libby and she is a yellow lab mix, about 9 years old. I heard she had a real home and then lost it when her family lost theirs. So if you don't like the looks of my handsome profile, check out Libby. She is pretty. You can read about her at Thanks for reading. I will be back next week.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Marines enlist ASPCA to test dogs

After blasting the U.S. military for a breed ban on post for military families with pets, I was excited to see the Marines had enlisted the help of the ASPCA. Out of 100 dogs they identified 2 with a problem and one of those will be working with a trainer and one will be neutered. Read the story here: and then write the Marine Corp. and let them know how happy you are they aren't going to split up families and send some dogs to certain death, simply based on their breed.

Labrador available for adoption

Molly is a fun, 1 year old, energetic puppy with loads of puppy tricks. Molly is very smart and she is learning her basic commands. She is housebroken and crate trained but prefers to be out and about with her foster family.
She loves to play and is fun to be with in the yard. While she loves other dogs, playing chase is a big tease to her. She is very gentle when taking treats from your hand. An active family would be best for her. Molly is in a Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida foster home now but is looking for the "furever" family that will play, love and give her the skills and security she will need for the rest of her life. Molly is AKC and has her papers for the new family. Please come, visit and see if you might be the loving family that Molly is looking for.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Molly or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website or call 1-866-464-LABS.
LRROF has all our Labs microchipped, spayed or neutered, up to date on shots and each adoption comes with a 30 day pre-paid pet health insurance plan. All applicants will have a home inspection and vet reference (if applicable)

A horrible case of cruelty

I know lots of people who are not fond of animals. That's okay. I know more who love their pets. That's okay, too! We are, after all, a nation of individuals. I do know even people who don't own pets are appalled when a cruelty act is discovered and the drowning of some puppies in Jacksonville is one of these cases.
The judge on the case made a strong decision, which may not be so popular, to keep the juvenile in dentention because of the link between animal cruelty and horrific crimes. The accused not only broke into a house, trashed it, stole things but then took two puppies in their crates and threw them in the pool to drown.
I am glad the judge kept him locked up. You can read the story here.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Letter from Dixie: Farewell

Hi all. It is with much happiness I am writing this letter to you. There is a touch of sadness here, but only because I have left the only life I have known for 6 years to a greater adventure: my own home.
I belong to someone who loves me, just me and I don't have to share him with any other animals or people. He picked me. Out of all the homeless dogs in this area, he saw my photo and wanted me. I get to go on long walks every morning and we are the best of buddies.
I am still adjusting to living in a real home. I have had some accidents in the house, but am working very hard to ask to go outside. I still want to chase squirrels and rabbits, but have a great trainer showing me how to behave myself.
I wanted to say goodbye to all my friends at Satchel's Last Resort and tell them to not give up hope. There were times when I thought no one would want me and look what happened. Despite my little quirks, my new Dad thinks I am great and he would never give me up. Sometimes, when you least expect it, dreams really do come true.
I also wanted to thank all the humans who took care of me before my new Dad came along. I give him kisses now, but I will never forget you. You believe in the forgotten dogs and we get another chance at life. I will miss each and every one of you, especially Phillip, who played with me in the yard for hours and everyone who kept the pool filled with water to splash in and the treat bucket filled with yummies.
I miss you, but I am happy. My Dad told me, "You're stuck with me now."

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Is there a line to be drawn?

The Supreme Court is studing a case now on the legality of dog fight videos. The law was passed 10 years ago and prohibits production and sale of animal cruelty video. The justices appear to agree the law is too broad but whether they will strike it down we will not know until the spring.
The case is U.S. v. Stevens, 08-769.
You can read the article here and send me your views. I would like to hear them.

These poor, sad dogs

They busted another dog fighting ring in rural Hillsborough County yesterday and confiscated 13 adults and 1 puppy. The sad reality is these dogs will never be put up for adoption and will be euthanized as dangerous to the public.
I understand Best Friends in Utah and Bad Rap took in several of the Michael Vick dogs and they have been rehabilitated. Can't Hillsborough County try?
Check out the story here.

Labrador available for adoption

Milk Dud...Hi, yes that is my name, even though I am not chocolate or caramel. I have a video if you would like to see what a beautiful Black Lab I am!
My foster mom says I am as sweet as candy. Yes I am 9 but I love to be with you and to play fetch, walk and just relax at your feet. My family is gone, I don't know where, so I am looking for that family that wants to be with me forever. Come visit and lets take a walk and see if you and I will be forever friends.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Milk Dud 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)

Check out this site

A friend who is developing a television show involving animals and animal people has a great website. She sent me a note today, to let me know she had added the link to my blog and to let her know what I thought.
I think it is a great way to inspire conversation. There are a lot of interesting items on the page.
Check it out here.

What a prize

If I was a research scientist, I would be hunkered down over my microscope, searching for answers.
A billionaire is offering $75million to help end pet overpopulation by finding a way to sterilize dogs and cats without using the normal procedures.
Wow, can we find someone to help the animals already here? You can read the story here.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Pets are property in the eyes of the legal system

I was surprised at the story in the Herald-Tribune this morning on the woman who believes she should be able to sue a veterinarian for emotional distress due to the death of her dog. She claims a shot given by the vet caused her pet to have to be euthanized and made her other one very sick. You can read the story here.
The woman in the story was compensated by the drug company for costs, not emotional stress. I agree with that decision.
There are so many laws on the books now to try and protect animals with what can and cannot be done. Many are not enforced unless it is something blatant, witnessed by others and brought to the authority's attention. Even then it will depend on where in the country you live because the laws are so different.
Veterinarians are special doctors. They cannot talk to their patients and must depend on what they have learned and experienced during their career. There have been many drugs developed over the last few years which may be fine for most dogs, but could cause serious complications for others. The drug Rimadyl comes to mind. When it first came on the market, many dogs did not do well with it and now it is standard to use on dogs with few side effects.
Heartworm treatment for dogs is relatively new in the dog world. The old practice of giving dogs arsenic to kill the worms was the first treatment I remember and I actually had a dog named Bigfoot, who went through the treatment. It was hard on him and he got very sick. Of course, arsenic is a poison, so that was to be expected. Even now the standard Heartgard or Triheart or even Revolution carry the standard warnings. Of course, these are written on the instructions in each box. If some people were to read the warnings, they might choose not to give their dog heartworm treatment.
These are some things dogs can experience with treatment: depression/lethargy, vomiting, anorexia, diarrhea, mydirasis, ataxia, staggering, convulsions and hypersalivation. It also says some dogs, under study, are more sensitive to the ingredient ivermectin especially some collie breeds. Adverse reactions include those above and tremors, recumbancy, excitability, stupor, coma and death.
So, do you take the chance of giving your dog this highly poisonous drug and hope they fall within the range of not sensitive or do you take your chances on the dog getting heartworms in this mosquito-infested state? If your dog dies from the medicine do you have the right to sue the company. Yes, for the cost of the dog. Not for your emotional stress.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Labrador available for adoption

Hi everyone! My name is Teddy, a playful pup, 9 months of age. I have a classic, shiny black lab coat. My brother, Charley and I can go together to our forever homes or we can each go to a different home. We love each other but understand if we have to be separated. We are very adaptable, and adoptable!
I'm trying on my doctor costume that I will wear for Halloween. Everyone says it fits me well because I steal everyone's heart and can cure any case of the blues with my wagging tail and bright smile. I will do best in a family with adults or older children because at times I can play very actively. My foster mom says that I'm very smart and that I know how to relax too. Please come visit, lets walk and play ball and lets see if we are the perfect pair.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Teddy 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)

Shooting the Breeze by Baxter

Hello. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Baxter and I am a Sharpei. I am a sanctuary dog and live at a place called Satchel's Last Resort. I will tell you a little about myself since I have been asked to do a column about the comings and goings at the place where I live.
I used to be a pampered pooch, as many shelter dogs are and until I was about 4 years old, I had a mistress who gave me the world. I loved her, but was not too fond of her family. When the time came for them to move into a new house, she was told either I go, or they would. Can you imagine putting her in that spot? She chose them and not me.
She could not imagine taking me to a shelter, so she left me at the vet's office, where the nice people who run Satchel's came to pick me up.
They noticed I was limping and ask about my rear leg. The vet said it was fine and there was nothing wrong with it. They thought I might be in some pain since I was limping, and maybe the pain was the reason I had been so grouchy with the other family.
So off I went to another vet who pronounced one of my rear legs was shorter than the other and I was in considerable pain. This could not be fixed so I began receiving adequan shots and the difference in my personality was immediate. No pain, no grouchiness. The difference was so great, the people at Satchel's called my old owner and explained to her what had happened. She came to see me. I was so excited to see her. She was excited to see me too, and could not get over how well I was doing. She left with promises to come back the next weekend and get me. She never did. So this is my home now.
I was 10 years old in April. My leg still bothers me sometimes, but I get medicine. I am pretty pampered here, since I have been here 6 years. No one wants to adopt me, so to make sure I never have to be in pain again, I get to live here in my kennel. It isn't quite the same as a home, but they love me and take care of me. Who knows? Maybe someone will see my gorgeous face and decide they want to give this old gentleman a home. Nothing would please me more.
Until next week, when I bring you the lastest and greatest news from Satchel's, please support your local shelter or rescue. Most are overflowing with deserving pets who are not as lucky as I was.


P.S. This is Prince. He is one of those deserving dogs I was talking about. He is a senior and lives in the kennel at the end of my row. He seems nice, is housebroken and wags that little nub they call a tail every time someone comes up to him. I heard his owner didn't have time for him any longer. How much time does a dog take when they have reached their golden years and like to lay around alot? I have never even heard him bark. He is pretty laid back from what I can tell. Someone told me he was between 10 and 12, but I heard a volunteer say he sure had pretty teeth for a senior. You should check him out at Once again, thanks for reading. I will be back next week.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Satchel's needs your vote and the Animal Rescue Site have teamed up again this year for the $100,000.00 shelter makeover.
I am voting and vote every day for Satchel's Last Resort, which is a sanctuary/rescue for the animals others have given up on.
We are small, without a lot of hoopla which goes on at other rescues, so I am asking for your help in voting.
Go to or click on the link at the bottom of this page and cast your vote for Satchel's Last Resort.
Thank you in advance.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Nike doesn't sign Vick

Okay, so now Nike says they didn't sign Michael Vick to an endorsement contract as first reported. Check out the story here.
Keep watching folks. See what happens when they think no one is watching.

Not enough "time"

The excuses people offer when giving up their dogs are the same ones over and over. You really learn to just tune them out because the truth is, you don't really care what excuse they have. The bottom line is they are giving up their dog, their companion, the creature they made a commitment to for an excuse. Some are better than others, but the end result is the same. An animal who you are responsible for ends up in a shelter.
The most vacuous (look it up) excuse is not having enough time. I wonder when people get a pet, if they actually believe the longer they have the pet, the more time they will have. This is not normally the case. You see, many people start out with a puppy, which takes a lot of time, and end up with a nice, well mannered, mature dog, not so much time.
Unfortunately, this always seems to happen when the dog is older, say 6 or 7 and then the dog is desolate when they lose their home. They don't understand what they did wrong.
We have some dogs like that where I volunteer. They are nice dogs but lost their home because of poor judgement by their owner. They don't know about judgement, simply the human they loved isn't around any longer. So they sit and wait.
They wait for some other human to spot the potential in them to be a great friend. Whether it is to be a couch potato while watching television, or to go for a leisurely walk once a day, they wait. They are willing to do what you want them to do to have a family again. Sometimes it is only for a couple of years, but many times it is for 6 or 7 years of companionship.
I love senior dogs and I urge everyone to visit their local shelter to see if you can find the perfect companion who has enough time for you.
Satchel's Last Resort has two which come to mind: Libby, pictured here and Prince, a purebred Doberman. Check them out on the website and then contact Caroline at with any questions. Old dogs make great companions.

Labrador available for adoption

I am Princess, a sweet and pretty 6 1/2 year old chocolate girl. My coat was thin, but is growing in nicely with good nutrition and flea control. My favorite thing is spending time with my family. I am totally dependable in the house. I am a mellow girl, I like my walks but I can relax with you also. You will not believe how sweet I am, just like chocolate......please come visit and lets walk to see if we make a perfect couple....I know you will want "s'more".
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Princess or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website or call 1-866-464-LABS.
LRROF has all our Labs microchipped, spayed or neutered, up to date on shots and each adoption comes with a 30 day pre-paid pet health insurance plan. All applicants will have a home inspection and vet reference (if applicable)

Nike signs Vick

Nike believes all has been forgiven and has signed Michael Vick to another endorsement contract. Despite all the strong words when Vick was arrested, they apparently feel there will be no backlash in signing him now.
I am only one, but they can count me out in buying their products. You can read the story here.