Monday, March 29, 2010

Shooting the Breeze by Baxter

Hi all you Baxter fans. I am coming to you this week a little damp and a little irritated. What is going on with this weather? I am so ready for it to stay one way or another. I have this great bed, very soft and comfy and when the weather it as unpredictible as it has been the last week, I really don't want to leave it. Of course, it could be moved to a new home. That is always a possibility. But if the humans who are looking to adopt a dog are feeling the same way I am about the weather, they won't be searching for one until this rain and cold goes away.
So, the big news this week is....oh yeah, there really isn't any big news this week. We still have lots and lots of dogs on the floor. We did have a couple of ones go home. Beau and Mason both found what we hope are their forever spots. Of course, we already have some who are taking their spots. Darrell, who is a black lab mix and another one whose name I can't recall. All the old regulars are still here and available. I will make a deal with you. I will help you find the perfect dog for your home if you will call and come to visit. We love visitors, but sometimes there isn't anyone here to introduce you to us and we want to make sure that doesn't happen.
Jake is still barking away and now we have another guest, her name is Marley and she is almost as bad as Jake. Her kennel is away from mine and she is barking because she is lonesome. She is still wondering why her family gave her up. I don't know, so I can't help her. I did see a family looking at her last weekend so maybe her luck is going to change.
Of course, the rottie brothers, Tempo and Argus are still here. Those are some big boys but seem really nice. I hope they can find a home together.
We have had quite a few volunteers come out and I am having a hard time keeping all of them organized in my mind. Some of them still do not realize my love of soft treats so maybe they will read this and remember to bring me some.
I heard we got an update from Doug the Dog and his new family says he is doing well. I wish everyone would let us know who is doing what and how it is going.
I also heard they are having a Flyball Tournament in Bradenton on the weekend of April 17th. I don't know exactly what flyball is, but they run after a ball and it sounds like a good time. I bet some of our adoptables would make great flyball dogs. Not me of course, because I have this bad leg, but some of the younger ones love to chase balls.
I heard from Brody's owner who is having problems trimming his nails. I will have to mention it to some of the staff around here and see if they can help her out. Body has a perfect home now with this really nice lady, but he was found at first tied to a dumpster. Can you imagine?
Well, it is time to close for now. Remember, we always need money out here to help us keep operating. So if you don't have a favorite animal charity, or even if you do, we sure could use your help. You can mail any donations to 8101 Coash Road, Sarasota, Fl. 34241 and I will make sure the people who do that stuff get it. We really appreciate it.
Until next week I will remain,
Faithfully your reporter dog,
Baxter

Senior Labrador available for adoption

Rocky Sr here. I am a sweet, 10 year old yellow male who loves to be with everyone. I have arthritis, which makes me move a little slow. But my foster dad says I am a gentle soul who would love to find a place to call home for my remaining years. I am also a little hard of hearing, so I love to be by your side.
I love the beach and hanging out with my foster brother and sister. I love walks, I love to cuddle right next to you and I am looking for that family that will love me as much as I will love them! I am house broken, and very trustworthy in the home. If you would like to meet me....and why wouldn't you since I am so handsome....please make and appointment and lets walk the beach together and see if we make the perfect couple!
If you are interested in meeting or adopting ROCKY or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our websitewww.labradorrescue.net or call 1-866-464-LABS.
LRROF has all our Labs microchipped, spayed or neutered, up to date on shots and each adoption comes with a 30 day pre-paid pet health insurance plan. All applicants will have a home inspection and vet reference (if applicable).

They don't make them like they used to

If you haven't seen this video of the dog ripping the bumper off the police car, check it out here.
Kudos to the police officer for not freaking out and running over the dog. The dog's name is Winston, and he has to go to obedience school now to prevent him from tearing off anyone else's bumper.

Labrador available for adoption

Hi Folks, Nanook here...I am a 3.5 year old blocky black Lab...just as handsome as I can be. Or I will be as soon as I lose a few pounds. You see my thyroid is a little sluggish so I will need to take medication for the rest of my life. Now that I have started on the meds I feel a lot better and am losing some of the extra weight.
I have a shiny black coat, sparkling dark eyes and a very calm temperament. My house manners are excellent and I know some commands. I love to play outside with my foster sisters but settle right down in the house. Walking is one of my favorite things to do and I am great on the leash. I am crate trained and I like hanging out in my crate. Mom leaves the door open and I sleep in there at night. I'll be ready for my forever home in April, but if you would like to meet a very handsome boy with a great personality now, call LRROF and let my foster mom know. She will love to have you over so we can meet, walk and play together......and who knows we may be the perfect match!
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Nanook or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our websitewww.labradorrescue.net or call 1-866-464-LABS.
LRROF has all our Labs microchipped, spayed or neutered, up to date on shots and each adoption comes with a 30 day pre-paid pet health insurance plan. All applicants will have a home inspection and vet reference (if applicable).

Please keep your owned cats inside

I have written about this before, but like all advice, it is not welcome in most corners where they disagree with what I am saying. That's okay. I will never be able to change everyone's mind, but if I can get just one person, just one, to stop letting their cats roam freely, I would write about this on a weekly basis.
I like cats, I do, but am allergic to most cat dander so I don't own one. I have so many allergies to other things, sneezing and itchy eyes are no big deal, but I have a hard time with hives. That being said, I think cats are beautiful and mysterious creatures and everyone who can, should have one.
I don't think everyone who has a cat should allow them to roam freely. I don't care if they have rabies tags, or any other identifying collar. There are things which will catch a cat and kill it. In a moment's notice while you turn your back. One of those things is my dog Buzz. I never thought Buzz would be that kind of dog. I have watched him chase birds, squirrels, rabbits and moles in my yard just until they reach the fence and then veer off and let them go. It is like he wants them off his property and once they leave, he is fine.
Today, there were two cats in my backyard. Not one, but two. A grey tabby and a tuxedo. If Buzz had of been a little bit faster, one or both of those cats would have been dead. He was in full attack mode with snarling teeth and all. I have NEVER seen him react to anything like that before.
So, if you value your cat. If you like having it around, you might want to think about keeping it inside instead of letting it wander, to use your neighbors' backyards as litter boxes or as hunting grounds for birds. I can tell you if they wander into my backyard and Buzz is out, it may be the last trip outside your house they make.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Labrador available for adoption

Hi everyone! My name is Duke, I am a fun-loving, young boy who wants to be your best friend. My foster mom says I am a field style lab, which means I am thin in the face not blocky. I am a young boy, about 3 years old and 75 pounds and with all young labs that means I have LOTS of energy!!!! I am looking for an active family who would like to play, walk, run and just keep me active. I am not sure about pools but always willing to learn new things.
Oh yes I would love to learn some basic commands. My family is working with me now but as with all youngsters we need a lot of training. I am great in the car, and love to play with other dogs. I am your your typical happy-go-lucky kind of guy, and definitely like to please! If you would like to come over and visit I would love to meet you. Lets play ball, or take a walk. Who knows; we maybe the perfect match.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Duke or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our websitewww.labradorrescue.net or call 1-866-464-LABS.
LRROF has all our Labs microchipped, spayed or neutered, up to date on shots and each adoption comes with a 30 day pre-paid pet health insurance plan. All applicants will have a home inspection and vet reference (if applicable).

Monday, March 22, 2010

Shooting the Breeze by Baxter

Hello once again. Baxter here. I have returned for yet another wise column on the happenings at Satchel's Last Resort.
The reason my column is going to be wise this week, is due to someone telling me the other day I reminded them of Confucius. Now I have no idea who he is, but I guess he was Chinese like me and had wise words about everything. He was a teacher and although I am not a teacher, I sure would like to teach some of these young pups here a thing or two about being calm.
He said, “Mankind differs from the animals only by a little and most people throw that away.” Now I am not sure what he meant by that, but it sounds wise and I guess a human might know what it means.
Now on to stuff I do know about. We had an up and down weather week. Some days were nice and other days I would have prefered to stay in my kennel all day and sleep. What is up with this craziness? I admit I don't like the cold, due to my leg being achy, but this cold, warm, rainy, cold, rainy and over and over is really getting to this old man.
Jake was on pretty good behavior this week, but we had some new visitors and I got to bark. Just to show Jake this old man still has it in him. I don't bark much, but I still can and I proved it this week.
We still have lots and lots of dogs for adoption. We had one adoption last weekend. Doug the Dog went home with a Rottweiler and a man who looks just like him. Not the rottie but the man. They both have grey chin whiskers. I heard he was doing well and settling in nicely. Someone came in and looked at Jules and Mason, but I haven't heard either of them leaving yet, so am not sure what happened.
The nice lady who comes on Saturday wasn't there this week. I hope she is okay. I miss her when she doesn't come through. She has been working on Betty Boop's manners. Betty is a puppy and still needs training to make a good pet. She is our resident fast girl. She walks pretty good on a leash though.
Elsa, our one blue and one brown eyed girl loves cocoanuts. You should have seen the way her kennel looked after chewing on one all afternoon. She was having the best time. Her kennel mate, Buckeye thinks she is nuts. I noticed how much fun she was having. He wasn't interested.
Marley, a cute little girl came back to us. I guess her family was moving to somewhere that didn't allow dogs. I am still trying to wrap my doggie brain around why someone wouldn't like to have a dog living with them. Oh well, that is beyond my scope of brain power. I will leave that for the humans to talk about.
Okay, I will close for now. My writer apparently has lots to write tonight so she told me to keep it short and sweet. (I am always sweet, I have no idea why she would tell me that)
Don't forget, check us out online at http://www.satchellastresort.com/. Drop by for a visit, just call before you come and you can meet me. I am still looking for a home.
Love,
Baxter


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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 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).

Kids and dogs

As someone who grew up around dogs, I am a huge proponent of families with kids having dogs. That being said, families are different now with their pets than when I was a kid. Dog bites are on the rise and many people always blame the dog, but in many instances, it is the child's parents fault for not teaching their children about animals in the first place.
Then you have a tragedy, which is what I am talking about today. A young child south of us was killed while playing with the family dog. It was not an attack, but a tragic accident which cost the parents a child and a dog its' life.
I heard about this from another rescue group which sent me the story. The child was a nephew of one of their volunteers and they asked would I run the story. The family is trying to turn the tragedy into something positive for parents and dogs alike.
Please read this link and see how this family is trying to move forward in honor of a kid being a kid playing with his family dog.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Shooting the Breeze by Baxter

Hello to all my fans and welcome back. I know, it has only been a week but sometimes I am just busting out with news and can't wait to talk to you.
This, of course, is not one of those weeks. I will tell you it has been kind of slow in the shelter world. Slow for adoptions that is. We try to present ourselves in the best possible light, but sometimes there aren't any homes available and so we sit. And wait. And then wait some more. It can be a little depressing when you are a shelter dog because you simply don't understand why outsiders can't see what the insiders do. But, it is a new week and we never know what the next week will bring, so here is what I do know went on last week.
I have told you before I am a more mature dog with a crippled leg but have you ever had one of those days when you just felt like being a puppy again? Well, being human, maybe not, but I had one on Saturday and it was a glorious feeling.
The weather was great and after all that rain we had on Friday, the sun was a welcome sight on Saturday. The one thing the rain did was provide us with puddles. Lots and lots of puddles and I got to splash in the water and get muddy along with my buddy, Wooly B. and then romp through the yard and splash some more. Just like when I was a puppy. I know some of the staff thought I was crazy, but it took me back to the days before I had a crippled leg and no one wanted me. I had a home and could get a little crazy now and then. I then got to go back to my kennel and chew on my soft toy and just chill. It was warm and comfortable and all that would have taken to make the day complete was a new owner.
I heard someone was really interested in me, but were looking for a playmate for their other dog and I simply didn't fit the bill. I would have been a great match if they had only wanted one dog or their dog was a little older like me. They chose someone else who I guess is going home this weekend, but I believe that is the only dog who was looked at this week.
On the other hand, we have a surplus of guests right now and simply no room for anyone else. I really wish people would quit having puppies. Or I should say, letting their dogs have puppies. It makes it so much harder for us to find that perfect spot.
Several of us have had to double up and although I have had to do that before, I have a little seniority now, which doesn't count for much, but I get to keep a kennel to myself.
We also had some new volunteers come out to meet us. That is always fun and games. I can schmooze with the best of them when they have treats and toys. You should come visit and watch me sometimes.
Jake wasn't quite as annoying this week as last. I wish he could go home. Then would would not only have a free kennel, but I could sleep without him barking at every Tom, Dick and Harry who walked by.
The senior border collie mix, Bear, who was here a few weeks ago is doing well in his new home. Some people have a soft spot in their hearts for us more mature creatures. I am still hoping to find my spot.
Well, that is it for a pretty uneventful week. Hope you had exciting things happen in yours. Please come visit us and bring some treats. We would love to see you. Until then, don't forget to act like a puppy if you get the chance.
Love,
Baxter

Monday, March 15, 2010

The story of Hank

For every happy ending like Spirit's story in my previous post, there is a gut-wrenching sad story to balance it out. It is why we in rescue must keep speaking for the animals. That one of the richest counties in the state of Florida can allow this to happen to a helpless creature is beyond my comprehension. Please read the story of Hank and get your tissues out. The letter is written by Michelle Sampson, who does a lot for the homeless animals in our area with "Gimme Shelter". Once again, if you can help any rescue group with time, moneyor a home, please consider keeping it local. We have so many animals in need in our area right now who just need a chance.
The story of Hank
This past Saturday many folks were enjoying one of the most gorgeous days we've seen in a while; unfortunately I was not one of those people. I got the pleasure of deciding whether or not to put down an amazing dog that had clearly been neglected the majority of his life. This was seriously one of the most difficult decisions I've ever had to make since being involved in animal rescue.
I received an e-mail about a dog that had been found wondering down a major State Road. This very lovely woman pulled over and removed him safely from oncoming traffic. She immediately got on the Internet to look for a Rescue Organization that may be willing to take the dog. She was unable to keep him for more than one night due to the rules of her lease. I received the e-mail the next day. She said he was an older Pit Bull with a bit of a limp. She said he was super sweet and quiet. I told her I was more than happy to help could she please drive him to my Vet for boarding; she agreed and even paid for his rabies vaccination.
I asked a friend of mine from another Rescue Organization if he would be willing to take an older Pit Bull with a bit of a limp, and he was more than happy to help. I woke up Saturday morning very excited to pick up the boy from my Vet and bring him to his new abode. You could not imagine the horror I felt when the kennel worker brought him out. This dog has to be one of the worst neglect cases that I have ever witnessed. I just wanted to cry. I knew that the chance of my fellow rescue friend taking him would be slim to none.
This poor baby had demodex mange, infected ears, bad teeth, a severe limp; which was clearly hip dysplasia, and his underbelly was raw and calloused from most likely living and sleeping on pavement his whole life. I got him in my car and we made the long journey to what I was hoping would be a new start. I had the sun roof open and as I looked in the rear view mirror I could see the sun beaming off his handsome face. He was absolutely loving it.
We finally arrived to our destination. The boy jumped out and was ready to check out the new place. As I suspected my friend took one look at the boy and said "NO WAY"; I was crushed. He basically pointed out everything that was wrong and of course given his age, which was estimated to being about 10ish. He said not only would it cost a fortune to get him even close to being right, but that it would be very painful for him to have to go through all of the procedures. I was just beside myself, I honestly have never been in this particular position. I felt like his life was in my hands. I just sat there holding him and telling him I loved him and everything was going to be OK.
I finally looked in his eyes and said I just don't know what to do, I don't want to do this. And just as I said that he looked me dead in my eyes and licked my face. He was telling me it was time and he was OK with my decision. I'm not sure I'll ever feel resolve for my decision, but I did what I thought was best for Hank. My friend looked at him and said you know you look like a HANK, so that is what we decided we would name him, only minutes before his death.
This is a sad story that could have had a much happier outcome if only his owners would have given him the most basic of care. How dare someone treat Hank like this for 10 years, and then dump him off like yesterdays trash. I got to be the one to clean up their mess. I'm the one that had to decide if Hank would live or die. For that I say to Hank's owners, there's a special place in hell for monsters like you.
Hank..I'm glad I got to hang out with you for a couple of hours, I wish it could have been longer sweet boy..
I love you always,
Michelle

Thursday, March 11, 2010

An enduring "Spirit"

Being in rescue means we see the best of the best. It also means we are confronted sometimes with cruelty and neglect so horrific, it is hard to talk about.
We are bombarded with emails about last chance animals. Animals which have reached the end of their life cycle unless someone can step up and save them. Some of these animals are perfectly healthy, young and adoptable and have simply run out of time. Others are of a breed, like a pit bull, who is so disparaged, the rescues who will take them in simply have no more room and then there are the old, sick and abused ones, who many believe should simply be put out of their misery.
We hear all the time that we should use our time and money to save the most adoptable ones. I say they all matter, each and every one. Dead is still dead, whether they are young or old and we should do all we can for each and every one.
When I first met Spirit, he was a sad excuse for a living animal. He was so emaciated he looked like a skeleton with skin. He had pressure sores on his hind quarters with no muscles in his back end. They had all been eaten by his body in trying to stay alive. He could not walk, but had to be lifted to go outside and potty and even then, could not hold it long enough to even make it outside.
He was found in Miami on a pallet truck, underneath a load of pallets. There is no telling how long he had been wedged in there and when inquiries were being made about pulling another dog from the rescue in Miami, we were asked would we consider this poor, old Dalmation, who probably did not have long to live.
He came back to the Gulf Coast and our vet's office, where he was diagnosed with starvation and dehydration. After some extensive rehydration, he regained his appetite and when I met him, he was doing better.
Better, I thought? He must have been really bad a couple of weeks earlier. As we lifted him outside to go potty from his kennel, he fell in the yard. His back legs would simply not support him. As we went to try and get him up again, there was movement and his tail gave the slightest wag. He wanted to get up. He wanted to walk. He was down but he was not out. When it came time to put him back in his kennel, he hopped up the step. It was a small gain, but you could tell this dog wanted to live.
I am happy to report Spirit is now walking on his own. He is still old and still skinny, but he has a great appetite and in spite of the incontinence which old dogs may suffer from, is happy and joyful with a wagging tail. He loves to be cuddled and loves kisses on his head.
He is an inspiration of what can be accomplished if you can see beyond what is in front of you. Please don't give up on the seniors or sick ones. They deserve a good life for as long as they have left. Just ask Spirit.
If you believe, as we do, all the dogs deserve to live, please consider giving a donation to keep our mission going. It doesn't have to be big, every penny counts. You can mail your donation to: Satchel's Last Resort
8101 Coash Road
Sarasota, Florida 34241.

Thank you from Spirit and all the animals we help.

Adopt this pair of labradors

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 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)

And the witchhunt begins

It is with a heavy heart I write this blog item. The reason is because two more dogs were shot to death because they had a stupid, irresponsible owner and the people who are sent to deal with criminals don't understand dogs. You can read the story here and then think about some of the issues I am writing about.
There are two bills in the Florida legislature that will effectively ban any dog breed they deem dangerous in my beloved state. This bill can include pits, rotts, dobies, or any other breed the people who we elected to represent us deem dangerous.
We have a whole generation of people who have never been around dogs so must believe everything they read or hear about as far as behavior goes.
So the witchhunt begins. It begins on the pretext of making my state a safer place to live. If we destroy all the "dangerous" dogs then no one will ever be bitten, or attacked, or threatened. Just who do they think they are kidding? Do they really believe they will be able to tell humans what kind of dog they can have? Do they really believe this will stop all the aggression in the breeds and all will be right with the state?
I get very emotional when thinking about my civil rights, one of which is the right to own property and in Florida, animals are property. As a citizen of the state, I have a right to own any dog breed I want and as long as I am a responsible owner, the government has no right to tell me what breed of dog I can own. Now, if I am irresponsible, then take my animals away and send me to jail. Yeah, right! That is not going to happen.
The legislature thinks it will be easier just to destroy all the dogs than enforce the laws on the books we have now to protect citizens from dangerous dogs.
Now, my next question is: who is going to go and remove all these dogs and then kill them. Will it be your senator or representative? I bet not. I bet it will fall to those who already love animals and will be forced, due to their jobs and keeping their jobs, to do the dirty work.
Makes you proud to be a citizen, doesn't it?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Special Needs Labrador available for adoption

Summer: Very smart and well trained. Arthritic. Urinary incontinence. Pleasantly
confused at times. Still an absolutely beautiful and sweet girl
My foster mom calls me “Princess” Summer, and I would have to agree. I am a
pretty as a princess, 12-year-old, blonde, mature young lady. I must maintain my
amazing figure and weight of 63 pounds, which is quite easy because I am active
and light on my feet. If they ever have a Canine “Dancing With The Stars,” I am
sure I will be invited, given my “royal celebrity” and amazing personality. My
favorite prop is the squeaky toy. I have even created my own steps by modifying
the Lab half hop into a full blown high jump (maybe not so princessy, but sure
is fun.)
I am glad to do anything you want to do, walk, ride, play, rest and
relax. I guess I am highly educated as I have been told I know “everything" and
that I am well trained. I do have to take medication. As happens with mature
ladies sometimes, especially having been spayed, we can develop what you call
urinary incontinence, but the foster mom and the good doctor took care of that
by giving me some medication, which I take without any problem, is very
inexpensive, and does not bother me in any way. I have arthritic joints but at
my age that is expected and now that I am getting on in years my foster mom says
I get "pleasantly confused" at times.
I would love to meet you....I have been looking for my loving forever family for a long time but no one seems to want a Sr Lady....come visit and I know you will love me.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Summer 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).

RED CROSS FIRST AID AND CPR CLASS

K9 Korral, 2001 Princeton Street, Sarasota, will be hosting a class presented by the Red Cross on First Aid and CPR for Dogs. The class will be Saturday, March 20th at 1 pm (lasting 3 - 4 hours).
The cost is $40 per person and everyone is asked to bring a stuffed animal to practice on. Class size will be limited to 20, so register early. If you would like to be put on a waiting list for the next class - which will be determined based on interest - let Jeff or Mark know.
If you are interested please give a call to Mark at 953-6700 or Jeff at 915-8181.

BSL rears its' ugly head. Again!

Please read the email below from American Humane and contact your local state representatives. We must not allow this to go any further.

Keep Breed-Specific Legislation Out of Florida
Many states, counties and municipal governments are turning to legislation targeting specific breeds as an answer to dog attacks. With Senate Bill 1276 and House Bill 543, which would eliminate the prohibition of breed-specific legislation for local governments, Florida is now considering such legislation.
While supporters of this type of provision -- commonly called breed-specific legislation -- argue that the only way to reduce dog bites is to eradicate “dangerous breeds” from the community, there is little evidence that breed-specific legislation works.
It is not specific breeds that are dangerous, but specific situations that create dangerous dogs. All dogs can attack, regardless of their size or breed. Furthermore, many cities have repealed their breed-specific legislation due to enforcement costs, which can be prohibitively high.
To be effective in preventing dog bites, laws must address dangerous behavior, not so-called dangerous breeds!
The state of Florida has recognized this reality, which is why there is currently a prohibition on breed-specific legislation for local governments. Don’t let Florida slide backwards by allowing SB 1276 and HB 543 to pass!
SB 1276 has been scheduled for a committee hearing on Thursday, March 4, so please act fast and contact your representative today.
Learn more about why breed-specific legislation is ineffective, and ask your representative to oppose SB 1276/HB 543!
Help keep breed-specific legislation out of Florida
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Labrador available for adoption

KONG FLYER FRISBEE...$12
LABBIE TOYS...$9
SOCKS... $4.50
ALLERGY MEDs...$10
BO's WET NOSE KISSES...Priceless
There are some things that money can't buy like my wet nose kisses at 6 am, my big brown soulful eyes looking at you when realize that I have stolen another sock, and my silly dances at dinner time. For whatever it is worth my foster family feels I am priceless. I have the fancy paperwork that says AKC. I turned 5 last May.
I am fairly well trained- I know the basics sit, down and shake. I am crate trained but also trustworthy in the house. I like children of all ages. I am a Frisbee freak and I love to carry my "baby" around the house. I have been in rescue for awhile now and am looking for that special adopter who does not mind all my little quirks like my fear of large male dogs so dog parks are out of the question, my allergies which are preventing me from being a swimmer and my love for eating socks.
Got some quirks? Come meet me and we can share stories & wet nose kisses. Let's see if we are a match!If you are interested in meeting or adopting Bo 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, March 8, 2010

A forever home

Here in this house... I will never know the loneliness I hear in the barks of the other dogs 'out there'. I can sleep soundly, assured that when I wake my world will not have changed. I will never know hunger, or the fear of not knowing if I'll eat. I will not shiver in the cold, or grow weary from the heat. I will feel the sun's heat, and the rain's coolness, and be allowed to smell all that can reach my nose. My fur will shine, and never be dirty or matted.
Here in this house... There will be an effort to communicate with me on my level. I will be talked to and, even if I don't understand, I can enjoy the warmth of the words. I will be given a name so that I may know who I am among many. My name will be used in joy, and I will love the sound of it!
Here in this house... I will never be a substitute for anything I am not. I will never be used to improve peoples' images of themselves. I will be loved because I am who I am, not someone's idea of who I should be. I will never suffer for someone's anger, impatience, or stupidity. I will be taught all the things I need to know to be loved by all. If I do not learn my lessons well, they will look to my teacher for blame.
Here in this house... I can trust arms that hold, hands that touch...knowing that, no matter what they do, they do it for the good of me. If Iam ill, I will be doctored. If scared, I will be calmed. If sad, I will be cheered. No matter what I look like, I will be considered beautiful and known to be of value. I will never be cast out because I am too old, too ill, too unruly, or not cute enough. My life is a responsibility, and not an afterthought. Iwill learn that humans can almost, sometimes, be as kind and as fair as dogs.
Here in this house... I will belong. I will be home.
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Labrador mix available for adoption

Big Teddy is a 6 year old black English lab mixed with a touch of New Foundland.
He is about 90 pounds with a big blocky head, very friendly, mild mannered, laid back and most importantly a LOVE BUG ! He is good with other dogs and seems okay with cats as well. If you are looking for a sweetheart of dog then Big Teddy is your guy.
He is hanging out with a foster family with Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida. Come visit and see if Big Teddy is you next best friend.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Big Teddy 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).

LRROF Seniors for Seniors Program

Purpose:
The purpose of the SR 4 SR program is to connect individuals that are 60 or over with a Labrador Retriever that is 8 years or older. It has been shown that people with pets stay healthy by having lower blood pressure, fewer heart attacks and less illness. Both the Labrador and person live happier and longer lives.
Qualifications:
Adopter must be 60 years of age or older
If you or a friend could benefit from this program please contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida and we will find you a very special Labrador friend.
Program Details:
A program for individuals that are 60 + years of age and wish to adopt a Labrador Retriever that is 8 years or older.
This program only applies to the adoptions of dogs over the age of 8 years old to Florida residents age 60 or older.
Approval Process:
Adoption application must be completed on line or sent in by mail.
http://www.labradorrescue.net/index.html
Telephone interview to be conducted by adoption counselor.
Home visit conducted by adoption counselor.
Once approved the following conditions would apply:
Applicants are eligible for a 50% discount on the adoption fee.
Vetting prior to adoption: shots, spay/neuter, HW testing, fecal
Lab will be micro-chipped and carry trial period of pet insurance
Access to Purina Give a Bowl Program
http://giveabowl.com/home.aspx?LI=1
Starter Supplies– toy, 14 days of food, collar, lead and bowls
LRROF will supply 3 months of Tri-Heart and Frontline.
Bonus for the SR Program
If the SR Adopter must go into hospital or nursing facility they may call LRROF and set up free “foster” care for that period. Once the owner is back home the Labrador will be returned to the adopter.
If Lab must be surrendered LRROF is an option. Give us a call if you need us.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Labrador available for adoption

HI! Rolo here, ready to snuggle in front of the fireplace with you.
I love to take walks and cuddle. I'm always a good boy inside the house and my foster mom says that I'm the best listener. I enjoy getting my treats and take them very gently. I enjoy being around people and in order to soak up the all the affection I would like to be the only dog in your home. I'm 4 years of age and ready to meet you. Lab Rescue is very good to me but I sure would like to find my new family soon.
I love to walk, play catch and just sit by your side. Do come and visit and lets walk together and see if we are a perfect couple. If you are interested in meeting or adopting Rolo 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).

Shooting the Breeze by Baxter

Well, well, well. I finally get published. It took me all week to get this thing done and then, just when I think it is ready, I am advised by the human who actually puts this out there her modem was not working. Now, from this dog's point of view, I have no idea what a modem is or whether it works or not, I only know I need to get said, what I need to get said and I don't like waiting on modems, whatever they are.
So they weather has been really back and forth. Speaking from a mature, crippled dog, I am ready for the cold and damp to leave and the warm breezes of spring to take over. What is up with the nastiness we have been having? I have not seen a winter like this my whole life.
Jake is also not making my living conditions any more bearable. He is barking non-stop, for hours and hours. I am not sure what his problem is, but I wish he would put a sock in it. He barks when it is noisy, when it is quiet, when people come in and when people go out. He barks when they are getting our food ready, or simply cleaning a kennel. It is the most annoying thing in the world and I wish someone could make him sush.
On top of the noise, we are crowded. I mean doubled-up crowded. It seems we are trying to save more dogs than ever before. I heard one of the humans say last weekend she wished the other humans would put us out of business, but it seems to be increasing instead of decreasing.
We are getting our dogs homes, but the need is so great, we aren't finding homes, good homes anyway, fast enough. Remember Harry? Handsome Harry? He was a favorite around here and had lived here his whole life with no one looking at him. He is doing well since he went to his new home. I am happy for him, but still want to find my permanent home with a permanent family. I haven't given up and don't plan on it.
We have had new dogs, new volunteers, we got two new brothers in a couple of days ago, and office furniture and it is the hustle and bustle of a very busy place. I have to take cat naps every so often since things are moving by the minute.
Well, the wind is blowing and the rains are coming back so I am going to close this for now. Please keep referring people to check out our adoptable animals at Satchel's Last Resort and drop by and see us. Till next time, hold your honey close and your dog closer,
Love,
Baxter
P.S. This week I am going to feature Mason, a little black pit bull who almost died from pneumonia, after being rescued from a shelter in central Florida. He is black and a pit so he has a couple of strikes, but he loves people and other dogs. His kennel mate is named Brownie. He would do well with an active family, is housebroken and walks well on a leash.