Monday, May 31, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
This would not stop a person from traveling to buy a dog, but it may make more people look at what is available at the local shelters and rescues which have dogs and cats of all kinds, sizes etc. Check out the Pedigree commercial which will tell you there is nothing wrong with these animals that a good home wouldn't fix.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
This lead me to think about what you would do with your dog if you wanted to go up in the mountains and hike, or fish, or just commune with nature and I called my cousin in north Georgia. He just began a business up there of building and renting cabins, in the mountains, for vacationers.
"So Chuck," I said, "are you pet friendly?" He laughed and said many of the cabins allowed dogs as long as they were not chihuahuas or poodles. So I laughed and asked him if he really had any restrictions on dogs. He said no!
As long as your dog is well behaved, bring them on. (He happens to own a pit bull who he adores.)
He is in the process of running a zip line down the mountain which could be fun for all you daredevils, an eco-tour through the trees to bird and critter watch and another line which will run to the waterfall for swimming. (None of these are complete yet, but the first zip line should be finished mid June).
So if you want to get away to the mountains with your dog, check out his website here. If you call him, tell him his cousin said hello.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
But should you read this and think you are going to dump your pet at a shelter or rescue after hours when no one is there or know someone who is, please leave a note with the animal's name on it.
If you love your pet so much you are willing to leave it tied, in a box, in a carrier or some other means of disposal, let the same pet watch you leave them, when you are the only home they have known, at least leave a note with names attached.
These companion animals have lost everything they know and now a complete stranger is calling them by a name they don't recognize. Have some compassion for those of us who take these unwanted animals in and give us their name. You don't have to leave yours. Please?
Monday, May 17, 2010
Many of us in the rescue world come in contact with hundreds of animals and often wonder how their life is after they have left our care.
We are all busy, I know, but please drop a line via email or even snail mail to the place you adopted your family member from, especially if you don't live close enough for a visit and send pictures.
When we have had a really bad day, or week, or month, these little catch up notes sometimes give us the strength to continue this emotional work and find even more homeless animals a permanent place to hang their hats.
It will only take a minute and will bring lots of happiness to the people who were involved in the animals care.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Pamela Jones-Morton, PhD firstname.lastname@example.org (239) 898-5775
As a volunteer for Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida, I ask that you please consider donating to support Labs that have been abandoned and are in need of medical attention. These loving animals would be euthanized if LRRoF did not take them into foster care. Please know that costs average $450 dollars to save each dog. Each dollar we raise is critical....please consider a $50 donation...every dollar counts. You can donate by clicking: Http://www.active.com/donate/labrescue/supportplease
Please look at our web-site and see all those sweet faces!
Thank you for your consideration.
Senior pets have been discarded by their previous owners and most are simply looking for a place to call home again. Dogs and cats alike are left at shelters and even on the side of the road when their owners decided they were no longer a valued member of the family.
Most are already trained, either housebroken or litter box and are past the destructive stage younger pets go through.
Many have lived with kids and other animals and just want to love a human again.
Although puppies and kittens are cute as can be, nothing can replace the love of a senior rescued animal, whether you have them 6 or 7 years, or they are only with you for a short time.
All these animals have ever done is love someone. They simply want the chance to love another. Please allow them to do that and open your home to one. You will not regret it.
Mama Marmalade was found by the side of her road with her then approximately 6 week old puppies. That was her lucky day because she ended up being fostered through Satchel's Last Resort by a staff member.
We are all so very happy she was saved because she is an all around great dog. She gets along with other dogs, cats, and children. She is totally housebroken and behaves very well in the house. When she first came, she was afraid to even walk out the door to go for a walk and now she is the first one out. In the beginning she was weary of the water. Today she will not stop swimming. She is loving life and the person or family who ends up adopting her will be very lucky.
Mama Marmalade’s puppies are still very young but they have already developed very distinct personalities:
Darby, the only girl, is a snuggler but she is not a sissy. We guess growing up with three brothers will toughen you up.
Buckwheat is the biggest snuggler of them all. He is happiest when he gets to sit in your lap.
Spanky & Wally are partners in crime. They are curious, tough and playful. Spanky is the leader but Wally is never far behind.
These little guys are really great. They sleep in a crate at night and will only wake you up if they really need to go to the bathroom. There are not many accidents in the house as they have a doggy door and understand (most of the time) to go out to their business.
Anyone interested in adopting either Mama Marmalade or one of the puppies, please either call Caroline at 941-870-1944 or send an e-mail to: email@example.com
Each Friday, at noon, listen to Heidi's Hounds and see if you can find a new member of your family.
Check WCTQ and Heidi's Hounds here. As the webpage says, "They are saving lives, one dog at a time. This is also sponsored by K-9 Korral Obedience Training who offer one free obedience class for any shelter dog adopted. Check them out here.
- 5 weeks Wednesday, May 19 to June 16 @ 7:15 pmMonday, June 28 to July 26 @ 7:15 pm
- Family Dog I - 6 weeks, Monday, May 17 to June 28 @ 6:00 pm (No class on 5/31)Tuesday, May 25 to June 29 @ 7:15 pm Wednesday, June 16 to July 21 @ 6:00 pm
- Family Dog II Canine Good Citizen - 6 weeks Wednesday, June 23 to July 28 @ 7:15 pm Monday, August 2 to Sept 13 @ 7:15 pm (No class on 9/6)
We have ongoing puppy classes on Tuesdays at 6 pm if you know of anyone with a new pup. If you haven't been in to see the new location please come by. We are located at 2001 Princeton St, two blocks south of 12th just east of 301 - Washington Blvd. The room is a little narrower but longer plus we have a fenced area behind the building which is working great for the recall classes. You can give Mark (953-6700) or Jeff (915-8181) a call or go to the website at http://www.k9korralobediencetrainingcenter.com/.
This is why I question how many of these people are actually in hard times.
You see, I grew up in a military family when we were considered low class. There were people who would not rent to military folks period.
We always, I mean always, had a dog. Sometimes more than one, but always at least one. He was part of our family. He had food and medical care when he needed it and the thought of ever getting rid of him was a foreign idea, at least to my parents. It had to do with responsibility.
My father, God rest his soul, would have never taken on the responsibility of a pet, unless he planned on taking care of the animal the rest of the animal's life.
I have seen my father work two jobs to help support his family. I am sure he didn't want to go to work at the building supply store or the gas station after he left the military base, but he did what was necessary to keep the family together. We didn't own a house, there were 3 kids and we always had a car, one car, for the family. He always found a place to live, we always made to where we needed to be, there was always food on the table, and as kids, we never worried about the family not being together, dog included.
So the next time someone tells me they HAVE to give up there cherished? pet, because they can't find a place to live, or they can't afford it, or the simply can't whatever, remind me to bite my tongue and smile. I am simply not buying that excuse any longer.
It has been a little over 2 years since that day we discovered Bubba was killed. If you are a new reader to my blog, you don't know Bubba, so let me tell you about this wonderful, obnoxious, young, loving, pain in the ass, Mr. personality pitbull who stole our hearts.
When he was brought to the previous rescue I volunteered at, it was determined he would be killed. He believed everything which swung, whether it be arms, a ponytail, or a rope should be grabbed with his mouth and then would not let go. We thought he had been kept in a barn as part of a training program for fighting dogs and the only time any attention had been paid to him, was when he grabbed and didn't let go. But, Bubba wasn't a fighter and whoever owned him couldn't make him one, so he ended up in a shelter and certain death.
A volunteer, wise in the ways of dogs, made him a project dog. This was to show people training would work and Bubba could be a productive member of society. So, despite many bruises and scratches during this period, we all worked towards this goal.
Guess what? It worked. He was extremely smart and loving and after a couple of weeks, he improved. As his training improved, he got even better. He was fearless of the agility or any other game you could invent. Martina Navratilova even took him through his paces.
He was adopted and unfortunately, left in a backyard, chained to a tree, with little interaction with people. He ended up getting into trouble by chewing all the wires under the motor home so he was returned. We think he may have been hit, because he cowered and was afraid, like his spirit had been broken.
We went to work again and Bubba was once again adopted to a nice young man and his girlfriend. When we saw him several weeks later, it was obvious he was loved and he adored his new owner. Enter a new puppy into the mix, and Bubba was put on the back burner because the puppy got all the attention. So he once again began eating clothes and destroying things in the house and was returned.
The problem was he was not returned to us and went to a different shelter. They did not know Bubba's history and he was a pit bull, so he was euthanized before we got the note he had been taken to this shelter. No one checked his microchip to get him back to us.
Bubba convinced more of us than any dog I know, to keep fighting to stop the needless killing of shelter pets for preconceived notions about breeds and temprament.
In memory of Bubba, please continue to speak out for the animals. They have no voice except for the humans who loved them. Please volunteer your time if you can. Donate goods and services and help us all in our mission to stop the overcrowding and needless killing of companion animals. Please do it for Bubba's memory.
Check out the article here and then let the reporter know how much you appreciate positve press like this.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Sarasota County, are you reading this? What a great idea and cooperation between departments.
I hope to have someone to talk to within the next week so keep your eyes peeled to the column.