Thursday, July 22, 2010

Goodbye, temporarily

It is with tears and a heavy heart I must inform all the blog readers I am suspending this blog for the next several months.
After two years of being able to bring you all the news and homeless animals in this area who need your time and attention, I need to take a break for a while and refresh my brain cells.
Given my schedule, I am finding it harder and harder to find the time to devote what is needed to this endeavor and I don't want to give the animals a half-assed product. They all deserve better than that.
So Buzz and I are going to take a couple of mental health months off and see can we recharge our creativeness and we will come back, stronger and better than ever.
Until then, thanks for reading and adopting, thanks for caring and supporting, and we will see you again in the fall.
Jean

Room with a view by Boris and Natasha

Hello to all our fans out there. Natasha here, coming to you from Satchel's Last Resort. The place where Boris and I, affectionately known as the Turbos, call home.
Before I go any further, I heard from my friend this will be the final column we will dictate for a while. She has lost something called her mojo for writing and needs to take a break and try to find it again. I am sure she will recover it soon. I have a really good nose and wonder if it is something Boris and I could sniff around and find? Nah, probably not. I think it is one of those human things which are simply too complicated for the canine companions.
New around here is there is nothing new. I know Boris said I told a story about liking the water, but it wasn't really a story. I don't like to roll around in it or anything like that. I just jump in, get wet, cool off, and then jump out. Simple. Some of our guests actually dunk their heads under like they can hold their breath or something. This has always seemed kind of silly to me, but who am I to change their minds?
We, of course, still have lots and lots of available dogs who would love to find a new home. Some of these guests have been here for quite a while and are still looking for the perfect spot to call their own. Dodger, who was a black and white hound mix found a really good home last weekend. He was very happy and didn't even look back when he left. Mia, his kennel mate was a little sad since she really wants a home, too, but she will get one. She is a nice girl. We had some people looking at Cinder, she is a German Shepherd mix who was left in a house to starve. She is putting on some weight now and is a sweet girl.
Of course, Libby, our senior lab mix is still here. We keep hoping someone will give her a home in her last 6 or 7 years, but no one has stepped forward to do that.
The thunderstorms we have had have made it pretty nasty to walk and play. The heat has also been unbearable and we like to lay on the concrete of our floors in front of the fans and expend as little energy as possible.
Well, I know this is short for the last column for a while, but we are in the dog days of summer and there isn't a whole lot going on in our world. So, until our human finds her mojo, we will be here, chillin' and waiting to come back with some new stories and adventures. We love you guys and will miss our time with you. So from me, Natasha and Boris, we will say "till we meet again."
Love
Natasha and Boris
The Turbos

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Labrador available for adoption

Hi my name is Buster Brown. They call me that because I am a 5 year old sleek, handsome chocolate lab.
I am very gentle and have a loving disposition. I am very personable and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to be around people. I give the very best kisses! I also love to go for walks and car rides. I like dogs and cats of all sizes and shapes. I am looking for my furever home. Come meet me at my LRROF foster and I promise you will fall in love with my happy-go-lucky personality. See you soon!
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Buster Brown 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).

Despite all odds, a survivor is doing well

We all hear the stories of unwanted pets. Sometimes we actually are involved in the rescue and care of one. This is the story of a little Persian cat named Brigette and the people who saved her when she could have easily become a statistic.
She was found wandering the streets of Bradenton, covered in dirt and sandspurs. Her long coat was matted and the little, three pound cat had never been spayed. She was picked up by Animal Services in Palmetto and was rescued by TANKS, a cat rescue in Sarasota. They were hoping to transfer her to Persian Rescue. Unfortunately, Bridgette was rejected for adoption due to her condition and became the poster cat for thrown away animals. She was taken to a veterinary clinic where she was given a haircut and was treated for fleas and terribly infected eyes and placed in a foster home.
Her eyes did not respond to treatment and the veterinarians thought she should be taken to Dr. Salisbury with Animal Eye Care but as with most rescued animals money was an issue. Her bill so far $300.00 mark.
Then ARC, the Animal Rescue Coalition stepped in. They made the appointment and Bridgette got to see the eye expert. She weighed in at 5.8 pounds and was diagnosed with eye herpes which can be treated with antibiotics and eye cleansings.
Bridgette is just one of thousands of animals who get kicked to the curb every day. A Special Thanks goes out to ARC, TANKS, West Coast Veterinary Clinic, Animal Services Palmetto, Dr. Salisbury and her foster mom for helping to save a little cat who did nothing wrong but try and survive the streets.

Room with a view by Boris and Natasha

Hi to all our faithful readers. Boris here, coming to you from the best place on earth. At least it is the best place if you don't have a forever home. Satchel's Last Resort and have I got news, news, and more news. Well....some of it may be a little gossipy, but it will be news to you.
First, Natasha told a little white lie last week. She likes water and she likes to jump in the doggie pools to cool off just like the youngsters do. I, on the other hand, like to simply perch, like a statue, on the cat walk and watch the world go by. She thought no one saw her jump in the water, but I did. See, I know her better than anyone else so I know the kind of games she plays. She is quite the trickster.
I also heard that Junior, one of the young Rottweilers we have, has a new girl. Her name is Kiki and she used to play with Dodger, but he hooked up with Mia so now Junior and Kiki get to play. It is good for Junior. He is lonesome since his kennel mate and sister, Princess got adopted.
Emmitt, who simply likes everyone, really enjoys playing with Jack. Did anyone tell you the story about Jack? Jack was laying in the middle of the road very sick when one of our volunteers almost ran over him. She picked him up and took him to the doctor and he had something called Parvo. It is a pretty nasty disease I guess and no one knew if he would make it or not, but he did. He is a Black Mouth Cur and maybe hound or pit mix and he loves everyone. He especially loves Emmitt and rolls around playing with him. Of course, puppies just do that. I used to do that, too, until I got a little more mature.
I also understand Flaps got to go for a car ride and acted like a vacuum cleaner in picking up all the crumbs from my friend's truck. She told us she would love to take us, but both of us and her will not fit in the cab, since it is a regular one and not a big one. We will have to depend on others to take us. You know, those who have a backseat. We do love to go for car rides and hope to get in as many as possible every week.
We now have two new sisters who are wild and crazy. I am not sure anyone ever taught them any manners so the staff out here got to work almost immediately and now they are beginning to sit for treats. They are both less than a year old but these are big girls. I wonder if they would get along with the brothers who are big boys. Maybe I will suggest someone try that. It might work. Then the boys could teach the girls some manners.
What about all this rain we have been having? Is this crazy or what? Well, I guess not since it is summer. There are many dogs who are terrified when it thunders. Natasha and I are not, but we feel bad for the dogs who are. There is simply nowhere to hide in these kennels. Others aren't scared of the thunder but don't like to get their feet wet. Can you imagine? We are dogs after all.
We have two dogs who are looking for a home together. Their mom fell and had to go somewhere and couldn't take them. They seem like nice girls. One is older and one is a little younger. You could ask about them if you are interested.
I have also noticed this big green thing out in front where the feral cats stay. It is full of stuff and it used to be empty. I was wondering if the cats were going to get a new building to live in. That is a pretty big building and it had a lot of useless stuff in it. No one has shown me what it looks like now. Maybe I will ask if I can see inside.
Well, Natasha is napping and I can hear her snores so I think I will join her to wait out the next storm which is fast approaching. Next week Natasha will bring you news of the dogs who live here with us and all the happenings from the week. Stay dry!
Love,
Boris
1/2 of the Turbos

Labrador available for adoption

Bark is my name. I am a 8 year old, chocolate lab and I had a home but my family decided they just didn't want me any more. LRROF opened their doors and I am now in foster care with them. Oh, I want a family back....I miss a home. Don't get me wrong I like my foster family but want a furever home too.
I am a boy who gets along well with cats and dogs but my favorite thing is to be with people! I still pull on a leash but my foster mom has had no problems with me and I am working on that with her. I am very friendly and quiet, I can be trusted in the home alone. Please come visit and let's take a walk or sit and get to know each other....who knows you maybe my special new family!
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Bark 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).

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Special needs pup in Gainesville area needs a home


Stevie is a loving 10 week old Australian Shepherd who was born both entirely blind AND deaf. We may see this as a "dis"ability, but Stevie sure doesn't!
She runs freely in the yard, while walking more cautiously in the house, but is always the happiest little pup you will ever meet! She is great with kids, cats, and LOVES to play with other dogs! She's coming along well on her crate training and house training.
Although this will take a much longer commitment, the return in love will be that much greater! We are looking for that special family that will commit to her health and well being.
It would be best that she have another canine companion as she relies heavily on her foster sister to play and lead the way!
If you are interested in learning more about or meeting Stevie please contact Erin Hoeft at the following email: erin2004@ufl.edu

Ray Ray and what happens

In what seems and feels like a lifetime ago, I knew a blind dog, actually he could see shadows, and his name was Ray Ray (probably named after Ray Charles). He was picked from a group of dogs being transported back to the shelter I was with because I just knew the people in Sarasota would and could adopt a dog like Ray Ray and give him a home for the rest of his life.
Ray Ray was 90% blind and his only fault was lunging at shadows. He could do everything else a seeing dog could do and I adored him. He would sit for treats, play with other dogs and loved to be petted and played with. He loved the water like a duck and would splash around for hours. If you did not know he was blind, you couldn't tell by watching him play.
Then one day, through stupid human error, he lunged at a person and the decision was made to put him to sleep as unadoptable. Many tears were cried by many people over the unfairness of this decision and when I hung his collar on the rearview mirror of my truck, I told him I would always push for all dogs, regardless of their inabilities, to find homes. You see, I am the one who picked him to come to Sarasota so have always felt responsible for his death.
I continue to do push this every day and will not stop until people understand special needs dogs are just as loving and make just as good a companion, as long as you are willing to put in the time.
So please read the next blog item on the special needs puppy I have listed. A friend sent him to me, and I would love for someone who knew and loved Ray Ray to be able to take this precious one home and make sure they could have a full and long life.