Monday, May 31, 2010

Honoring our military even the four-legged ones

Every Memorial Day, I offer up a prayer to all the soldiers who have given their lives for our country. As the daughter of a veteran, it took many years for me to understand the importance of this holiday. In fact, it was probably not until my father died that I realized what it meant. You see, he was not killed in combat but instead from his exposure to Agent Orange during Vietnam. I know he would want me to also honor the animals which served so faithfully with the troops and that is what I do today. Honor all the heroes, human and not, who served our military and are no longer on this earth.
I honor the many, many trained dogs who were sent to Southeast Asia and then killed when their service was no longer needed. Unfortunately, this happened before Vietnam and will happen again. The horses of the 1st Cavalry, who took their soldiers into battle long before tanks and jeeps were used. The animals were many, the survivors few.
Last but not least, I must honor Stubby, the pit bull mix who was decorated for valor by General John Pershing in 1917. He went overseas with the 102nd Infantry Regiment during World War I and saved a whole regiment from a surprise mustard gas attack and then located wounded soldiers. I am sure the men he saved did not question the loyalty of his breed and would probably be appalled at the disparagement being reaped upon this breed, even to the extent of banning them permanently in today's society.
It was an honor to know many veterans of both human and animal variety. Please say a prayer for them all today.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Finally, something is working

A friend sent me this wonderful story about banning retail dog and cat sales in cities. What a wonderful story it is. She wants us all to put our thinking caps on and figure out how we can do this in Sarasota. Read the story here and then send me your comments or suggestions. I am all for finding homes for all these unwanted companion animals in our county who end up in the landfill because they are killed due to lack of homes.
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.

Shelter Makeover

The time has come once again to vote for your shelter on the animal rescue site. There are weekly winners along with the grand prize winner. It is unfortunate the larger and more well known shelters seem to always win, but it is for a great cause and ALL shelters need money so please visit the site here and vote. While you are there sign up for the daily reminder to click to donate food to the shelters on Petfinder. It is a very worthy cause.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Room with a view by Boris and Natasha


Hi to all you dog fans out there. Natasha here. This week it is my turn to speak and have I got a lot to say.
First to Boris. Speaking of my weight, buddy, is like the pot calling the kettle black. You are also on the mature weight side. Everyone can simply look at your photo and see that. I have also had no complaints from you during cold weather about snuggling up to this body. You even like to snuggle up in this heat, so I would advise you to zip those lips of yours and speak about the shelter, not about my size. Plus, I don't have an allergy to grass like you do, so I can run and play more while all you want to do is stand on the catwalk and survey the land. I always thought we complimented each other very well, but maybe I was mistaken.
Anway, back to the shelter news. You know we call this column a room with a view and it is a very nice view. In the late afternoon, the sun comes in our window and it can get pretty warm so last week we got a roll up shade put on. This way we can still see out, the breeze can still come in but the shade blocks the sun. Just like you might have at home. Why didn't I think of that?
We had several adoptions last week but have already filled their kennels. Don't you just know it seems we have an ever abundant supply of dogs needing homes? Daryl, a black lab mix, Coco, another black lab mix and River, the Weimaraner mix who was in last week's column all found homes.
Of course, we got in a cute little 4 month old puppy named M.J. I guess her owner could only have a dog who weighed 35 pounds and it is obvious she will be a little bigger. She is a gorgeous Florida Brown Dog who some are saying is a purebred. She looks like a brown lab mix to me, but what do I know? I also heard we got in a little, teeny Chihuahua who only weighed 6 pounds. I guess someone left him in crate on the side of the road. Why do people do that? Don't they realize with as many hawks and eagles we have in the area, a little dog like that could be considered dinner. I, on the other hand, am to smart enough not to allow some bird to pick me up and carry me off. Plus it would have to be a big bird.
Ty, another one of our adoptables tried to get a new dove who was learning to fly. The humans who were out in the yard thought it was hurt, but they took it to Venice Wildlife Center where I heard it was going to do just fine. Then these people brought in a barn owl who had been hit by a car, so off to Venice Wildlife the humans went again. That must be a very busy place. I guess they take care of birds like Satchel's takes care of dogs.
I believe summer is upon us. The heat for the next several months will keep us pretty low-keyed since a lot of us are a little older. It zaps the energy right out of us. We like laying on the cool concrete, but I heard Emmitt, another newbie was teaching the new pup, MJ, how to dig in the dirt to create a cool spot for your belly. That is, after all, what dogs did around here before air conditioning. So this is a good time to remind you folks not to try and walk or exercise your dogs during the heat of the day. They can suffer heat stroke just like a human. Also, keep lots of cool, fresh water around and don't walk them on the asphalt. You know dogs sweat through panting and the pads of their feet so don't let yours get overheated. If you have one of those kind who gets all his hair cut, remember they can get sunburned, too, since the hair normally protects their skin and acts as insulation.
If you are thinking about adding a new best friend to your family, please check out Satchel's Last Resort and remember us. We have lots of nice, adoptable dogs who could really use a home. (Of course, we can always use treats and stuff, too, but homes come first)
That is all for now folks. Next week is Boris' turn again, so no telling what he will come up with. I will talk to you in a couple of weeks.
Love,
Natasha


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Pet friendly (no breed restrictions) in the mountains

So, I was conversing with some friends the other evening and one of them had just come back from the east coast and she had been confronted with a pet-friendly lodging which would not allow her to stay there because her dog is part rottweiler. Arrrghhhhh!!!!! This happens to be more common than you could realize. These places are pet friendly if you happen to have a small breed dog or a dog which is not on the banned list: Rottis, pits, shepherds, huskies and there are several others.
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

Anonymous dumping

Okay, this post is not to advise people to dump their pets after hours at any rescue. If a rescue cannot take your beloved pet, (and I use that term loosely), you can always go to animal services in whatever county you live in. That is why you pay taxes.
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

Keep in touch

After hearing from Handsome Harry, I thought I would offer this gentle reminder to all who have adopted a rescued animal from a shelter or rescue. Please keep in touch.
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.

Handsome Harry sends an update

Hello!It's me Handsome Harry!!! I know it has been a few months since we talked (three whole months my mom keeps telling me with a big smile!) so I thought I should let you know what I have been up to and boy have I got a lot to tell you!
At first I wasn't sure where exactly I was supposed to go potty, and my parents seemed to disapprove of the kitchen corner that I thought looked like a good place. Since they gave me so many kisses and treats when I went outside, I figured that was probably the right place, and after the first few weeks of "experimenting" back and forth, and several boxes of treats, we have had a clean kitchen for two months!
Every day we go for lots and lots of walks, I made really good friends with some cows that share my yard, and I have even been caught "cat napping" with my Siamese brother. My other kitty brother still is a bit wary of me, but I find that if he sleeps up by my moms face and I sleep by her feet, we can have a really good nap together. You can see my king size bed in some of my pictures, and I even let my dad squeeze in with me sometimes. That huge bed just isn't big enough for all five of us so after a few weeks of sleeping with mom and dad while I got comfy here, I found the best place on a big cushioned couch to sleep at night. As soon as mom and dad go to work in the morning, I jump right in that bed though!!
They promise we're going to come visit really, really soon, but you might not even recognize me! I run around like a puppy, I have SO many favorite toys and I absolutely love to run around with my tennis ball. You can see my favorite camel in one of the pictures, I carry it around all day long and then bring it to mom and dad when they go to bed so they will keep it safe while I sleep. When I first got here, I had no idea what I was supposed to do with all these toys they kept giving me, but I got the hang of it now.
See that picture with my eyes half closed? That's me on the way home from Robinson's Preserve, where we walked over three miles in nature with my Aunt's Lab/boxer mix and mixed breed Leo and Lucky. We're friends now, even though they wanted to know why I had to stop and mark every single bush and branch and leaf we walked past. My mom laughed at all the funny things I did, and we had so much fun! I marched all around like a champ and didn't even give a mean look to the hundreds of other dogs and people I met, although I did sniff lots of hands and butts. By the time we got to the car, I was pooped, so that's why you see me half asleep in that picture. My mom wants me to tell you that her and dad love me so so much they can't imagine being without me because I make them so happy. Of course that doesn't keep me from running away for a high speed romp once in a while, but I always make it back home. Now we have a new trick, where I sit and stay and don't even move my tail until they say APPLE and then I know I am allowed to go running and I love this game! OH you should see the happy look on my mom's face when I sit, stay, lay down and up up up!! We're working on shake now. She loves it!
Dad got me a present last month, a doggie water fountain that we both think is SO cool, and mom brought me a little lamb toy that we call lambie and I will do ANYTHING to get lambie and camel at the same time! Anyway, it's getting late and school starts again in the morning so mom says we have to go to bed so she can get up in time to get to Tampa.
Thanks for taking care of me for so many years while my forever home was getting ready for me, I love it here!!
Harry

Note from Harry's Mom: (JP and I love Harry SO much! He is just the best dog I can imagine and for all the little naughty habits we had to really try hard to work around we love him even more. Thank you so much, I can't say it enough, for taking care of him until we could find him!! And a special thank you to Iris who has given us so much patience and so many clues as to how we should best handle each situation with our baby...yes he is our 7 year old baby. He is SO good, especially considering that at first he was determined to pee in my kitchen, and now has not had an accident, or even been impatient to go out, in months. He has blossomed into such a wonderful dog, he is so incredibly playful and loving, he adores cuddling, gets jealous when anyone else gets attention, and nuzzles constantly if he doesn't get enough attention while we sit on the couch!!! He is still shy with strangers, but with us, he is a whole new dog. Thank you a million times!!)
My heart is bursting with happiness for Harry. There is a home for them all. Every single one. It may take a while, but they are out there so please don't give up on hard to place dogs. Just look at what happened with Harry!
Jean

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Room with a view by Boris and Natasha


Greetings from Boris and Natasha,

We are the new bloggers from Satchel's Last Resort and due to the recent departure of one of our friends, Baxter, have been signed to take over the writings of the comings and goings here.
A little about us first. Boris, that's me, and Natasha, that's her, are very bonded and can never leave here without the other. That being said, no one wants to take on both of us so we have lived here ever since we were found, running down Main Street in Sarasota, by a volunteer at the Pelican Man Bird Sanctuary.
He took us in and got us all fixed up with vet care and then we came to live here. We were born in 2003, which makes us about 7 years old. It seems every time someone was interested in adopting us, we couldn't make up our minds. If I liked them, Natasha had reservations. If she liked them, I just wanted them gone.
We live together, play together, sleep together, switch bowls at dinner time and generally don't want to be around anyone else but each other.
I love to run up the agility cat walk and survey the field especially if someone will scratch my butt. Natasha is more girly and simply wants kisses and hugs. I never understood that. I have a nub tail and hers is natural. I still maintain my good looks but she is suffering a little from middle-aged spread. (sorry, sometimes the truth hurts)
We are crowded, crowded, crowded with dogs right now. I don't believe in all the years I have lived here I have seen so many. Some of us who have been here a while are more mature dogs, but we have some newer young ones who are looking for good homes.
Betty Boop, who was a cute little thing and less than a year old, got adopted on Saturday and went home with a 9 year old cocker spaniel. She was a typical puppy, though and most people want those.
We also have a beautiful Weimaraner mix named River who is only 3. He is a big boy, probably 3 times my size and very strong so maybe a body builder is looking for a buddy.
All the old regulars are here. Libby is still looking and she is a yellow labrador so the mix is good of available dogs. She lives in the kennel right next to ours. Ours has a big window. Or maybe it is a door, but whatever it is we have a great view of the back acreage and get to watch all the critters cavorting through the pasture. There are no cows back there now, but in our younger days Natasha and I loved to torment them. Now we watch the deer and the sandhill cranes walking around. We always bark just to let them know we are there, but can't get to them. One person here calls it "doggie TV " and it does keep us mentally alert to our surroundings.
Well, that is our introduction in the world of computers. Let us know if you like it and we will keep sending our thoughts your way. Next week will be Natasha's turn to talk and heaven only knows what she will come up with. Being a girl and everything.

Until then keep smiling,
The Turbos,
Boris and Natasha

LRROF needs foster families

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 about 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 foster families in SW Flroida. You can be a short term, emergency or long term foster family. For complete details on fostering responsibilities and to apply to be a foster family please check the L.R.R.O.F. website. www.labradorrescue.net 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.
Pamela Jones-Morton, PhD pjonesmorton@mac.com (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.

Please step up and adopt a senior companion animal

One of my goals in animal rescue is to convince people who are looking to adopt a new family pet is the adoption of senior animals.
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.

The Little Rascals along with Mama Marmalade are now available for adoption

Because I am these pups' honorary godmother, I must feature them here in the hopes we can find them all good homes. They were named after the Little Rascals and except for Alfalfa, many live up to their names. (we were minus one puppy for the name Alfalfa and none of their hair stuck up) Please read about them and let's get the word out. We need to place these guys in permanent, loving homes.

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: comments@satchelslastresort.com

Heidi's Hounds on WCTQ 106.5

All of the rescues in the area appreciate what WCTQ is doing for them.
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.

Upcoming classes at K-9 Korral

Really Reliable Recall -
  1. 5 weeks Wednesday, May 19 to June 16 @ 7:15 pmMonday, June 28 to July 26 @ 7:15 pm
  2. 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
  3. 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/.

Labrador available for adoption

Natti is a 2 year old black female lab about 60 pounds who came in with her littermate sister Sammi.
Natti is more outgoing than her sister Sammi. Chasing cats is one of her favorite hobbies so no cats for her. She has lived with older children and gets along with other dogs. She is housebroken, knows her basic commands, and enjoys riding in the car.
We would love to see her get adopted with her sister Sammi but it is not a requirement. A home with another dog may be best since she has never lived without a doggie best friend. Natti is with LRROF but is looking forward to having a loving family once again.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Natti 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).

Giving up cherished pets

It seems lately, more and more people are giving up their pets and use the current economic troubles as the reason. I cannot claim to know what is really going on with these people, but I do know we have had economic hard times before, as individuals and as a country. The flood of pets coming into the system now has never been seen before.
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.

Labrador available for adoption

Sammy is a 7 year old yellow male, approximately 70 pounds who was raised with children. His family had to make the difficult decision to give him up due to financial hardship. Sammy is good with cats and other dogs.
He is a well mannered boy, trustworthy in the house, housebroken, and LOVES attention from his human companions. Sammy is hanging out with Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida. Come visit and see what a sweetheart Sammy really is.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Sammy 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).

In memory of Bubba

There is a small, Hallmark tree ornament which sits on my desk at work. When you flip the switch, it plays "Bad to the Bone." It was given to me the Christmas after Bubba was euthanized, by another volunteer. She would leave red lip prints on his white coat from loving kisses. That was the kind of dog Bubba was.
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.

Labrador available for adoption

Hi 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 with Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida and they are taking great care of me but I really want to find my "furever" home.
If you want a loving friend by your side I am you boy! Come visit and lets see if we make the perfect couple.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Dutch or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting ourwebsitewww.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).

Excellent article worth reading

I am glad to see there are other like-minded individuals running around the state who work for the media and are willing to write a balanced article about the breed known as pit bulls. Of course, in my hometown of Lakeland and Polk County, this breed has been around for over 100 years and even my mother used to have one.
Check out the article here and then let the reporter know how much you appreciate positve press like this.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Labrador available for adoption

Cocoa, here. I am a 7 year old yellow female surrendered because my owner had to move. I miss them but LRROF is taking care of me and my foster home is wonderful.
I am an active girl that has lived with cats and small dogs. I am a good girl inside and outside the home and I just love people. I will be your best exercise buddy ---I want to be with you alllll the time. Please come and visit and lets play and walk together and see if we make a perfect match!!! I know you will love me once we meet!
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Cocoa or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting ourwebsitewww.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).

Great idea! Anyone in this area reading?

In my daily perusal of newspapers online, I come across many interesting things about animals. I also notice stores about cops, probably because I am dating one, so this blog item from the Orlando Sentinal really caught my eye. Cops working with Animal Services (they are a part of the Sheriff's Departmant in most counties) to stop abuse. Check out the story here.
Sarasota County, are you reading this? What a great idea and cooperation between departments.

Labrador available for adoption

My name is Daisy. I am a beautiful, sweet 5 year old black lab. I was found tied to a bench near the Humane Society. I love people and can really use my nose to get attention. I get along really well with other dogs, but I would not be good with cats or other little critters.
I have an out of shape left rear leg from an old injury. It does not keep me down, I love to run and play. But my favorite thing of all is relaxing on a bed or being your best buddy. Please call LRROF and come visit. Lets walk or sit and get to know each other.....I know we would become best pals!!
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Daisy or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting ourwebsitewww.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).

This was one lucky dog

After the torrential rain experienced in the south last weekend, I am surprised this is the first story I have seen on an animal who was rescued. This pup got lucky and now the family who found him and the vet caring for him are trying to find him a home. Check it out here.

Labrador available for adoption

Hi I am Brayzin, a 7 year old, sweet yellow girl with a lot of love to give. I was surrendered to the rescue by my previous owner who could no longer keep me when he lost his home. I have had several litters of puppies, but I recently was spayed so now I am ready to relax and enjoy the good life in my forever home.
I am a mellow, low maintenance girl who loves to be around people, and I enjoy cuddling and belly rubs. I have great house manners and get along well with other dogs, but am not sure about cats. Some of my favorite things to do are: swim in the pool, chase after my tennis ball, and go for a car ride. I'm always up for a road trip.
I am happy and healthy and ready to go, I just need to lose some weight. You see, like most labs, I love to eat. If you want to take me home and spoil me rotten I am currently hanging out with Labrador Rescue of Florida. Please come visit and lets get together.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Brayzin 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).

Stay tuned

With the passing of Baxter, my blogging companion, I am on the hunt for a new blogger. Many of the dogs at Satchel's are being considered and I am narrowing it down with every hour.
I hope to have someone to talk to within the next week so keep your eyes peeled to the column.

Labrador available for adoption

Natti is a 2 year old black female lab about 60 pounds who came in with her littermate sister Sammi.
Natti is more outgoing than her sister Sammi. Chasing cats is one of her favorite hobbies so no cats for her. She has lived with older children and gets along with other dogs. She is housebroken, knows her basic commands, and enjoys riding in the car. We would love to see her get adopted with her sister Sammi but it is not a requirement. A home with another dog may be best since she has never lived without a doggie best friend. Natti is with LRROF but is looking forward to having a loving family once again.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Natti 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).