Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Shooting the Breeze by Baxter: A farewell

Okay, so don't get your hopes up. I didn't find my forever home this week. Well, maybe in a way I did. I crossed the Rainbow Bridge today and this may be the best spot I could have ended up in.
Now, don't go all teary-eyed on me. Please? I always conducted myself in a most regal manner and would expect you will do the same. It is actually quite nice here. I really didn't know what to expect, but my leg doesn't hurt any longer. (you remember I had that crippled leg?)
Oh, and treats? Remember how I loved those soft treats? Well let me tell you. There are dog bowls up here simply overflowing with every treat imaginable. No animal will every go hungry in this place.
The beds are as soft as clouds and no one is grouchy because they didn't get a good night's sleep.
I have also run into several old friends. I did speak to Care Bear, who is simply enjoying his time and relishing the food. He always did like to eat. He is also enjoying not having to take pills any longer. I never minded that.
Do you remember that pretty little girl, Diamond? She and I have been talking since I got here. She wanted to send her thanks to everyone at Satchel's for all the love they gave her while she was there. Who knows? This could be the start of a budding romance? I think the old man still has a spark left.
I would like for you to get word to my Mom, Page, and my Dad, Michael, that I am doing well. Please let them know how much I appreciate all the love and care they gave me over the years. I know what it was like to have someone love me, which some of these dogs here have never known.
Last but not least, could you spread the word at the shelter, the other resident's need to be on their best behavior because someone has to take over this column for me. But tell Flaps it won't be him. I already made that known to my friend. He is simply too sarcastic to write a column. I gave her some other suggestions, but she wasn't listening right now. I guess she is quite upset at my leaving.
Tell Winter I am so sorry his home didn't work out. We used to be kennel mates, you know? I had high hopes it would, but maybe it is for the best. Please let Wooly Bully know I am okay. I heard he was missing me. Don't tell him about the treats though, because then he might be in a rush to get here and I am not sure if anyone could handle that so soon after me leaving.
I also heard there is a new dog, Dodger, in my kennel who is more noisy than Jake. Tell those workers they better nip that in the bud or I will have to make an appearance to speak to him about that. Just because I am no longer there, doesn't mean he can disregard how he needs to act in my kennel. I will be keeping an eye on him.
Well, time to go frolic around. I had forgetton what it was like to have 4 perfect legs. It feels pretty good. So don't cry any more tears for me. I am in a good place, with good friends and I will be back to visit. You won't see me, but I will be there.
Love,
Baxter

Labrador available for adoption

Sammi is a 2 year old chocolate female about 60 pounds who came in with her littermate sister Natti. She also enjoys chasing cats. She is more laid back than her sister Natti. She has lived with older children and gets along with other dogs. She takes a few minutes to warm up but once she does she will stick by your side.
She is housebroken, knows her basic commands, and enjoys riding in the car. We would love to see her get adopted with her sister Natti but it is not a requirement. A home with another dog may be best since she has never lived without a doggie friend. Sammi is with LRROF but she is looking forward to having a loving family all her own real soon.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Sammi or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website 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).

Adoptathon at Sarasota County Animal Services

Please join ARC in helping Sarasota County Animal Services find loving and forever homes for their shelter animals.
Where: Sarasota County Animal Services, 8451 Bee Ridge Rd
When: May 1, 2010 from 10 am-3 pm
Come on down to support the cause and tell all your family and friends. There will be Raffle Items, Door Prizes and food. Thanks for your support and we hope to see you there!!!

Labrador available for adoption

Daisy here, a 6 year old female lab who is working on slimming down. She was surrendered by her owners to the shelter and the good folks at the shelter called LRROF right away.
Daisy loves to be with people. She gets along with other dogs and seems okay with cats. She has NO child history. Daisy is housebroken and very sweet. She is a calm lab and is looking for that family that will love her forever. So come visit and and see if you and Daisy make the perfect couple.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Daisy 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).

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Do you know her?

Do you know her? Perhaps you have seen her tied to a tree in your neighbor's yard. You would be able to recognize her. Her teats hang low because she had a couple of litters of puppies before she was 18 months old. They all died.
She is skinny because she has never been fed enough and her coat is dull. She is covered with fleas and ticks and doesn't have enough meat on her bones to support herself, much less a litter of pups.
She has never seen a vet, has every known worm a vet could diagnose and yet you say nothing. You say nothing because she is just another dog. She isn't yours. You would never treat one of your pets that way. You walk by every day and see her, laying in the dirt with a sad expression in her brown eyes.
Well, she died today. She died, not because no one said anything. She died because no one said anything soon enough. You see, she had the nastiest kind of worm; heartworm.
She was rescued several months ago from abysmal conditions in north Florida. She was stick thin and had just had a litter of puppies. She was high positive for heartworm. So we took her in and loved her.
She had the most gentle of dispositions, despite her luck in life and she was nursed back to health by very dedicated and caring people. Her name was Diamond. A diamond in the rough if you will and I loved her. She was so scared when I first met her and it took several visits for her tail to begin to wag when she saw me. She was hand shy and always scared she was going to be hit, but she only knew gentleness by our hands.
She was treated for heartworm and we thought the worst was past. We are admonished by people who know, to not exert dogs after heartworm treatment. Short walks, no excitement, and a calm environment. Diamond made it past that. The problem was the filariasis, which are the dead worm larvae. They can cause embolisms or simply shock when they are passing through the blood system and the dog can die.
So, despite all the love and care in the world, Diamond died today. Did you know her?

Footnote: Please use heartworm preventative and educate those who you know who do not. There is no reason any dog should die from this disease except for irresponsible people who simply don't give a damn about the animals.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Labrador available for adoption

My name is Beau, I am a beautiful big yellow boy and I love people.
I am in rescue because my family got a divorce and I ended up the victim of their issues. I was given away and I landed in a shelter. I am a healthy happy boy that gets along well with other dogs. I love to retrieve and swim. I also love to walk and be with you.
I miss having a home....and family. My foster family is nice but I really would like a loving permanent home. You may think I am old at 8 but I will surprise you with my energy and zest for life. Come visit and lets play and I am sure I will change your mind.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Beau 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).

A year in the life

A whole year has passed since I adopted my last dog, Buzz. The time has flown so fast, it doesn't seem possible I brought this skinny, balding, neglected, toothless Florida Brown dog home with me a year ago.
Today, Buzz thinks he hit the doggie lotto. He has a beautiful brown coat, is not skinny, and has the run of a backyard full of critters for him to chase. He gets as many treats and hugs as he will allow me to give, although treats are much better in his mind than hugs.
With the passing of Gypsy, my old coon hound, he now has two orthopedic beds to rest on, although he prefers to sleep in my chair when I am not looking.
He is still missing his front teeth and must stay on a maintenance of antibiotics for his skin issues, but he is basically healthy, happy and contented.
To say he could have been destroyed with no thought to the kind of pet he would make would be putting it mildly. He had many, many strikes against him. There are a few people who believed in Buzz. To Michal VanderWoude I say thank you. Thank you for seeing what Buzz could become and making sure you fought for him to be saved. To Dr. Robin, who treated all his ailments and made him as good as possible before he came home and to Rys Miller, who lavished her special love on him during his recuperation and to Marti , who helped me with his thyroid medicine when that was my one concern about adopting him.
To you all I send a special thank you. He is the love of my life and has turned out to be just as special as you all thought he would be. Come and see him sometime. He would enjoy playing with you.

Shooting the Breeze by Baxter

Hello to all my fans.
I know I am a few days late on the posting of my blog, but I have had a pretty sad week so far and was simply trying to gather my thoughts about what I was going to write this week. You see, sometimes this can be a sad place even though the humans try to make it as homey as possible. It isn't a home where we have a real family. We live in kennels for 24 hours a day. Most of the time, this doesn't bother us because we are taken care of very well, but this week it seems to be a little more sad than normal. You see, there are lots of us here. Some of us have been here for years and will always live here. Simply because a human discarded us like trash. They didn't think we were worth their time or effort and left us. Some were brought here. Some were rescued from other shelters. Some were picked up as strays or dumped at a vet's office somewhere. Some were adopted out and returned, not because they are bad, but because a human made a choice to not put forth the effort to make the adoption work. The point is humans sentenced us to living in a shelter. This is not by our choice.
We lost one of our own this week. He had lived here a long time and he was an old man. He died at 17. I have been told this is old for a dog but any time one of us leaves for the Rainbow Bridge, the kennel grows strangely quiet.
Care Bear was a grumpy old man sometimes. It was if he was the grandpa of the kennels and you had better respect him or he would let you know you were nothing but a young pup. Even me, and I am middle aged. He left here well-loved. He did not have a typical family, but he had a Mom and Dad who loved him, an large group of dogs who respected him, and an extended family of humans who cared for him over the years and made sure he got treats, a soft, comfortable bed and lots of love. So just know, we will all miss you Care Bear and will see you when we arrive at the Bridge.
We had one adoption this week. Jules got to go home and is doing well from what I understand. River, who was supposed to go home, had to wait a few more days because of those nasty things called heartworms. I am not sure exactly what they are, but I don't have them because I get my treatment once a month. I wish all the dogs got their medicine for this. It sure would save a lot of heartache for the dogs who are sick.
I also heard one of our old guests is returning. I am sad this is happening, but he was an old kennel mate of mine so it is good he is coming back here, and not dumped off somewhere they don't understand him.
Well, I will close for now. As a final word to one of the other dogs: Back off Flaps. I am the writer for Satchel's, not you. Shooting the Breeze by Flaps simply doesn't have the same pizazz as my title.
Love,
Baxter

Message from the ASPCA

We all know that pet overpopulation causes needless animal pain and suffering. Homeless animals are forced to live in fear and scrounge for food and water, do not receive medical care, and almost always lead short, difficult lives. Florida’s shelters are inundated with too many animals to adopt out, and euthanasia rates are higher than any of us can tolerate. Part of the solution to this problem is to increase spay and neuter efforts statewide.
Now pending in the Florida General Assembly, Senate Bill 2372 and House Bill 1221 would allow counties to raise the surcharge (from $5 to $15) they impose on those who violate local animal control ordinances. This additional money will be used by counties to finance their spay/neuter efforts.
By reducing the number of accidental litters born in Florida, we will prevent animal suffering as well as lessen the financial burden on the state’s public and private animal shelters. The best part is that this is not a tax, so it will not take money out of your pockets or the state’s budget!
What You Can DoPlease urge your elected officials to support SB 2372 and HB 1221 and move them quickly through the legislative process. Visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center today to email your state senator and representative. www.aspca.org

Labrador available for adoption

Hi there, they call me Stevie. I'm a sweet young lady of five years. My one special trait is that I don't see so well. It takes me a little while to find my way around the house, but once I've figured it out, I'm good to go.
Even though I have partial blindness, I'm full of energy. I will do best in a house where there is someone home a lot of the time so I don't have to be in a crate all day. Unfortunately I have those nasty heart-worms. Once they're treated, I'll be ready to go to my forever home. Hopefully that'll be in May. Don't let the wait stop you from considering me though, they say good things are worth waiting for.
Please come visit and lets see if we are a match!!!! and then when May comes I can go to my forever home!
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Stevie 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, April 5, 2010

Shooting the Breeze by Baxter

Oh happy day! I am so excited I can hardly contain myself. The weather is back. The glorious cool morning, warm afternoon weather. Is this perfect or what? Did we not have one of the worst winters I can remember? Just to be outside and sniff the air is such a treat when we have weather like the last few days.
Okay, now back to the regular stuff. I just had to get that joy out of my system before I burst.
So, my play buddy, Wooly B. got a haircut and I didn't even recognize him. I had to go sniff him several times to make sure he was who he was supposed to be. I think he really likes his new do but I don't understand what the big deal is. I don't have to have all my hair cut off, but then, I am a SharPei and not a Cocker Spaniel. I guess it is a popular thing to do with that breed of dog.
Easter; what is that? I heard some humans talking about it and about a bunny. Will someone explain it to me so I can understand? I thought we were supposed to chase bunnies. I heard something about baskets with treats, but I didn't get a basket. Do dogs get bunny baskets? Do they have bunnies or treats in them?
We do have a new guest. He is a little runt of a dog, something called a dachshund. He is older than I am. I heard he was 12 and his face is a little gray. He seems to be an okay little guy but you can tell his heart is broken because his family is gone. I have been here long enough so I don't really even care about the people who used to own me. They didn't really care about me so I am better off here. His name is Mel if you want to ask anyone here about him. My name is Baxter and you could ask about me if I am more your type of dog.
Did I tell you what a peaceful week I had on the noise level? Ahhhhh, poor Jake got sick and had to go to see Dr. Luke for 4 days. It was so quiet around here. I am sorry he was sick but not sorry for the peacefulness of the kennels. Of course, he came home on Saturday and just started all over again. I swear, I don't know what is up with that dog.
We had a new little human helping with us last week, too. She is a little thing, not much bigger than I am but she sure loves us. You can tell when people really care about what they are doing and she is a keeper. I hope I get to see more of her. (it doesn't seem to bother her I have a crippled leg, or anything)
Well, I will close for now. You guys get out with your dogs and enjoy this wonderful weather we are having. If you need a dog, please come and see us. We are all looking for homes where we will be loved and cherished the rest of our lives. We won't disappoint you. All of us, down to the very last one, promise.
Love,
Baxter

Our little, old man

Young dogs are more easily place than seniors. Many people mistakenly believe a young dog will be with them longer than a senior dog. That is true in some cases, but the love and affection a senior dog can bring into your home makes the joy of adopting a senior that much sweeter.
Mel is a little old man. He is 12 years old, lived with the same family the whole time and was given to Satchel's a little over a week ago to find a new home for.
He is the sweetest little doxie you would ever want to meet. He is housebroken, walks well on a leash, seems to to well with other dogs and is simply full of life.
He is sad right now, and continues to wonder what he did wrong, but with a new loving home that sadness would go away.
If you could offer Mel a permanent spot where he could continue to live out his golden years please contact Satchel's Last Resort at comments@satchelslastresort.com or call Iris Eastman at 365-4330.

Labrador available for adoption

Clifford here - or as I'm also known - Clifford the Big Red Dog. I'm a happy go lucky Golden Retriever/Hound/Lab boy who came from a shelter on the east coast of Florida. The staff at the shelter liked me so much they kept as long as they could and when they couldn't keep me any longer, a nice lady came and got me and turned me over to Lab Rescue.
I'm about 10 years of age, a very handsome boy, if I do say so myself, and just love to hang with you. I like a gentle walk around the block so I can sniff everything out and get downright perky when I see a squirrel in the back yard. I like to roust the feline that I live with but I'm all bark (a big, deep bark) and just want to let her know I'm there and would love to make her acquaintance.. I have arthritis and also large callouses on my front elbows, but I can still climb stairs with the best of them. I'm heart worm negative, up to date on all my vaccinations, neutered and house trained.
If you'd like a special boy to hang with, come and see me. Please, no children under 7, I am very large and may accidentally knock them over with my happy moves.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Clifford 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).