Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Speaking of tragedies

The death of a trainer at Sea World was not the only tragedy with the central Florida communities in the past few days. A young girl also lost her life because of human error. The parents in this death should be charged. As it stands now, only the dogs will be euthanized. Read the story here.

And then there is the guy who killed both his dogs and put them in the dumpster. He was charged. Maybe they will throw the book at him and the woman who left her dog in an apartment when she moved. The dog starved to death. These stories all make me ill.

Tragedy at Sea World

This is a terrible way to have to remind everyone, but animals are animals, even the ones who we believe are gentle. The trainer was killed by an Orca, or killer whale. Read the story here.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Labrador puppy available for adoption

Hi there, I am Rocky. Rocky is a fitting name for me because of my rocky start in life. I am eight weeks old and I have a fractured tibia and femur in the same leg. It sure does hurt but I'll heal up soon!
See, I was abandoned in this condition on the doorstep of a veterinarian. Even though I've not been treated very well, I can assure you I'm a sweet and cute little guy. I'm looking for someone who will treat me well and never abandon me again, and love me forever.
If you're interested in keeping that promise contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida. If you are interested in meeting or adopting Rocky or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website or call 1-866-464-LABS. LRROF has all our Labs microchipped, spayed or neutered, up to date on shots and each adoption comes with a 30 day pre-paid pet health insurance plan. All applicants will have a home inspection and vet reference (if applicable).

Save the date for March 13th

Saturday, March 13, 2010: Ponies for Pups at the Sarasota Polo Club
RSVP now for this charity polo match to benefit Honor Sanctuary Animal Rescue! Festivities begin at 11:30am and Polo Match at 1:00pm. ~ Cost is $25.00 per person for pavilion seating, which includes a gourmet catered lunch from Polo Grill and Fete Catering.
Tailgating seating is only $10.00 per person ~ Bring your own gourmet picnic lunch and participate in our tailgate contest to be judged by a few celebrity judges and maybe a couple of Honor dogs to win a special prize.
This unique event also includes a silent auction…a pooch parade…a chance for a photo on a beautiful polo horse all to benefit Honor Sanctuary Animal Rescue.
Sponsorships available ~ Big Dog and Lap Dog sponsorships available!! For more information regarding sponsorships and the opportunity to sponsor the first annual Ponies for Pups please contact Kimberly Henley, 941-545-8734. To volunteer, ticket information or to RSVP please visit: .

Monday, February 15, 2010

Shooting the Breeze by Baxter

Wowie, wowie, wowie, have I had an exciting time since I spoke to you last.
We have been busy, busy, busy at the shelter with dogs coming and going faster than you can say lickity split.
Harry, do you remember me talking about Handsome Harry? He found a home. Can you believe it? After living here his whole life, he hit the jackpot and gets to go live on 15 acres and be the only dog. Wow, how exciting is that? You see, there is still hope for us long timers. I know this is going to be my year. I keep saying that and I am sure you are beginning to think I don't know what I am talking about, but it is gonna happen. Just you wait and see.
Then, to simply make my week perfect, I was playing and having a good time in the yard last weekend, and lo and behold, I got to leave the shelter. It wasn't even a trip to the vet's office, but a trip to a new place I had never been before. It is called the K-9 Korral and is some kind of dog place. There were lots of people and lots of dogs there and I got to go. Me, Baxter. I am telling you it was fun, fun, fun. I just love to be around people who love dogs, don't you? Of course, some of our other residents also got to go. Bear, Gator, Elsa, and Sheena are the ones I remember. It is such good exposure for us to be around people we don't know and animals who don't live with us. We can work on our social skills and proper behavior. Of course, mine need no work, but some of the younger dogs always need to be exposed to more stuff.
We also have a few new guests with us. Doug, who is a weird looking dog. I have never seen one like him before. Then there is Betty, who is an obnoxious puppy. Whoever thought puppies were cute, should look at us more mature dogs. We have River, who is a beautiful, weimaraner/bulldog mix mix. He came in because the son was busy and the mom didn't want to take care of him any longer. It was a good thing because he was heartworm positive so we got him treated and now just have to keep him calm for the next few weeks. That may be a task since he is only about 3 and is young and strong.
Of course, with the exception of Harry and the two rottweilers, Princess and Junior, we are pretty much crowded and full. You could help us out with that if you are looking for a new family member.
Well, I had best be signing off for now. Jake is raising cain again and I have to try and find a position to stop his barking from keeping me awake. How he goes on for so long is a mystery to me. I can bark with the best of them but he puts me to shame.
See you next week. Come by for a visit. I will be waiting for you.
P.S. Doug, the weird looking dog I was telling you about is a Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen. He is about 4 years old and I guess he and his housemate got into a tiff so his mom took them both to the shelter. Then she came back and got his housemate and left him there. So he came to live with us. He walks great on a leash and all the volunteers love him. He just got neutered and is ready to go to a new home. Oh yeah, and he is housebroken.

Labrador available for adoption

My name is Ally and I am a purebred 10 year old yellow Labrador Retriever. My foster dad says that I am the happiest dog he has ever met. I love to be with other dogs and I have lived with young children without any problems. I walk nicely on a lead and I do not jump on people or other animals. I also stay at the house by myself without a problem.
However, my favorite part of the day is to just hang out with my foster mom and dad. I love too sit by their side and enjoy the head rubs when they come my way. I am 10 years old and I need a home where I can give my love and be loved in return. I have no physical problems although I am a little underweight at the moment. But my foster mom is taking care of that with diet and exercise. Please call LRROF and make and appointment to meet me. I know once we meet you will see that I will be your companion for life.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Ally 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).

Local flyball tournament in April

If anyone is interested in donating for the raffle or participating as a vendor, please contact Stacy using the information below. They have really reasonable vendor rates (but limited spaces). The overall goal is to have a great time with our four legged friends, not have to wash too many dishes at the end of the day to pay the facility rent, and leave everyone wanting to come back next year. We anticipate about 200 people/dogs coming in from all over Florida/Georgia/Carolinas to compete and above that any spectator traffic. The more spectators, the more donations for the local shelters. Thank you for spreading the word!
Stacy Groff

Barkaholics Flyball Team

SOTC Flyball Instructor; Gizmo (HSSC Alumni '05) CGC, FD, FDX, FDCh, FDCh-S, FDCh-G; Jazz (HSSC Alumni '06) CGC, FD, FDX, FDCh, FDCh-S, FDCh-G, FM, FMX (and Rally dog in training)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Saving Labradors throughout Florida

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 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 families throughout Florida to help with the fostering program. You can be a short term, emergency or long term foster family. For complete details, fostering responsibilities and to apply to be a foster family please check the L.R.R.o.F. website: .
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.
A note from Pam: 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:// . Thank you for your consideration.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Shooting the Breeze by Baxter

Hello to all my fans. I hope this week is finding you accomplishing lots and lots and thinking about how best to serve the animals in your care.
I know that is always on my mind. Not the animals but the humans in my care. You cannot believe how hard it is to keep up with them. They flit around like flies sometimes and simply make me dizzy. I think they should all slow down a tad and try to enjoy life a little like I do. Stop and smell the grass.
Of course, this past weekend the grass was quite sloppy and wet, so I can't imagine them sticking their noses to the mud, but I had a good time and so did Woolly B. I do believe all the dogs had fun prancing around in the wet. The days were quite nice, the ground was just a little soggy.
Have I talked lately about people who dump animals at the vet's office? I am not sure if I have and the reason I bring it up today is we have another guest who this happened to. His name is Bear, not to be confused with Care Bear, who is a permanent resident here. Just Bear.
Bear is an Australian Shepherd mix who is really hairy and about 8 years old. Someone took him to the vet and then never came and picked him up. He had lived there since October. Can you imagine what he must be thinking about losing his family that way?
He seems like a nice dog, always wags his tail at me and doesn't growl or anything. I am sure his world is upside down right about now and he is still pretty pleasant to be around. I hope the humans can find him a nice home quickly. He deserves that. (I do too, but we will make this about him today and not me!)
Then there is Sheena, who was also dumped at the vet's office. She had demodectic mange, which everyone knows is not contagious and can be treated. She had no hair. Bald is what she was and now she has a thick, beautiful coat. Not as nice a mine, but pretty nice. She is also available and she is young, under a year.
Then there are the poor dogs who came to us with heartworm and had to be treated. Why don't humans give preventative medicine to their dogs? They get their kids measles vaccinations. I simply don't understand how they think. Heartworm treatment can make a dog really sick and if you don't treat it, it can kill a dog. That's right, kill them. What kind of value does that place on a dog if you are not willing to prevent the disease from the start? Arrrghhhh or Ruuuuffffffff as the case may be, it is irritating to watch this.
Well, I am going to close for now. I featured Bear and Sheena both so won't have anyone else listed today. You can check us all out online here , but I don't think they took any pictures yet of those two, so you will just have to pay us a visit to check them out.

Landmark legislation

A friend of mine who does a a show all about animals had this interesting tidbit on it today. Check it out and let me know what you think. I think it is pretty awesome.

Labrador available for adoption

My name is Dutch because I originally came from The Netherlands (I have a slight accent!!) and I even have my own passport. I am a sweet, gentle, loving, low-energy, 7 year old with a shiny coat and beautiful eyes. I get along with everyone: cats, dogs & kids and am very well behaved. I know my basic commands and walk well on a leash.
I love, love, love being vacuumed and would benefit being in a home where I could get more exercise to strengthen my legs. I have always had other canine companions around but I would do just as well with humans that were home a lot to keep me company. I am hanging with Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida.....but I am looking for that loving family that will be with me forever.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Dutch 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).

K-9 Korral Open House

K9 Korral, the wonderful obedience training center who helps out with adopted dogs, is having an Open House on Saturday, February 13th between 10-4. It should be a fun event and those of you who can make should.
Satchel's Last Resort, has been invited to bring our adoptable dogs in an attempt to get them new homes. Even if they don't get adopted it will be a great social experience for them.
Check out this link and try and join us on Saturday. We will be looking for you.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Michael Vick again

Read this: "Nuff said:
(Crossposted From Andrew Kirschner:
February 2, 2010
Friends, Please e-mail the sponsors of the Michael Vick Reality Show and express your opposition to their financial support of the program. As a result of their advertising, Vick is profiting from a lucrative reality television contract. This show is beyond the pale of depravity and must be cancelled. Please also stop buying these companies' products immediately and tell your friends and family to do the same. Of all the shows on television, these corporation$ made a deci$ion to $upport Michael Vick.
Bally Fitness
From Paris with Love - PLEASE DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE.
Denny's Restaurant
Nationwide Insurance
Pizza Hut
Broadview Security (formerly Brinks Security)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Labrador available for adoption

Greetings everyone! My name is Gracie and everyone says that I'm sweet as sugar.
I have a lovely yellow coat and I'm 5 years of age. I love to play with other dogs and with my toys. I also love to be with people of all ages.
I'm from a rural area so I'm not used to walking with my leash yet, but I would love to go to training and show you how fast I can learn to walk nicely on my leash. I have a distinguished AKC pedigree. Come play with me at my foster's home. Let's get together because I want to be your Valentine!
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Gracie 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

Good morning, Sarasota. Hope this day finds you all doing well, despite the rainy, dreary weather we are experiencing this week. I do not like the wet, and prefer dry and cool, so I am not so playful when the ground is wet. I understand it is going to be rainy all week and I am not sure I like that.
Another busy week last week with even more animals finding homes. The sad story of the week is Libby's story. Libby is a senior Labrador who finally found a home, or so we thought. Then the gentleman who adopted her had to bring her back after only two days because he couldn't breathe due to allergies. That always makes us other dogs sad. We are happy when one of us finds a home and sad when one of us has to come back even when they didn't do anything wrong. So, although I love promoting myself, and I do that with as much frequency as I am allowed, I would really like to see Libby find a home. You will read more about her at the end of the column.
We also have two newbies in the kennels. We have Harley, who is a young, black labrador mix and Sheena, who someone found and took to our vet several months ago. Both of these dogs are young and energetic. Sheena has found a playmate with Patches to help burn off some of her energy. I still have Wooly B. as my playmate and on Saturday, we were playing chase with one of the humans. I think we won, but she wanted to argue with me she had one. So we decided it was a draw.
All in all it was another exciting week for the kennels. Now, if we can just keep it up for the rest of the year, my new family will show up. I know they are coming. I just know it. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
P.S. Okay, Libby is our choice this week. Libby is estimated between 8 and 9 years old with a yellow coat. She is a nice girl but needs to be the only pet in the household. She likes quiet, is dependable to leave alone and would love to take a walk a couple of times a day with a new friend. Please check us both at at Satchel's Last Resort and then call about one of us. We sure would appreciate it.