Sunday, November 28, 2010

Loss of a pet

The holidays are normally a happy time of year but many of us have suffered losses of loved ones this time of year and must remember those who are no longer with us would not want us to dwell on the sadness, but rejoice in the happiness and good feelings which come out this time of year.
The University of Florida Veterinary College has a Pet Loss Support Line which is operated 24 hours a day. The number is 352-392-2235 ext. 4744.
UF Vets and those in training to be are some of the best in the world. Should you suffer a loss of a pet, please use this line if you need to talk to someone. Only animal lovers understand the power of grief when you lose a pet.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Wilbur needs a home

Wilbur is my kind of dog. He is an older guy, but you would never know it by his actions. He loves long hikes, playing fetch until your arm drops off and can focus on catching lizards for hours.
He found himself at Satchel's along with his housemate, Eileen. Wilbur gets along well with most female dogs and has developed quite a fan club of female humans at the shelter.
He is smart, smart, smart. He is housebroken, obedience trained and gives sloppy, wet kisses. He loves to have his back scratched, especially if you have long finger nails. He also loves to stretch out in the dirt and roll around but walks very well on a leash.
Wilbur deserves a place to hang his hat before too much time goes by. After all, it wasn't his fault his owner gave him up. He didn't do anything wrong.
If you think Wilbur would fit in with your family, please contact Caroline at comments@satchelslastresort.com and make his dreams comes true.

Responding to the blog

This is just a reminder to everyone who checks in with the blog on occasion, you can always respond to any subject I post on. You just need to click on the comment button. I will remind everyone, although most of you have no need of this, I see all the comments before they are published.
This blog will not be used to talk badly about people, other animal rescue organizations or anything of that nature.
Although we all may not agree on how to handle the problems which arise in the animal rescue world, we do it for the animals. At least we should. Not for our own egotistical being.
P.S. Since it is my blog, I get to make the rules. Should you disagree with my rules, set up your own blog.

Wild Florida

So, if you look real close in the middle of this photo, you will see an alligator. Notice there is no water around, but lots of sand and sandspurs.
If you are wondering where this was taken at, it was in Orlando right off one of the main highways and though you can't see the water, there is a pond he is headed for.
When Florida is in a drought, like we are now, the gators will find the water, even if they have to travel through what must seem like desert to them.
He was only about 4 foot in length, but notice the photographer didn't try and get too close. That is because he grew up in central Florida and knows how quick gators can move, even on dry land.
I thought you might like to see it.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Birky needs a home

Some dogs just seem to get the short end of the stick. Birky seems to be one of those guys. He had a home and lost it because of a little dog. Then he had a new home. He lost it because of another dog. He just can't seem to find a home who only wants him.
Birky is a people dog. He loves people. His favorite thing is hanging with his humans. He is a cuddle bug and likes nothing better than to snuggle up in your lap and give you kisses.
Birky needs a home where he will be the only dog. He is picky about his playmates and prefers to keep his humans to himself. He is not a dog park dog and simply loves to walk and be with people, not other dogs.
If you would like to make your holidays special and make a homeless pet's holiday the best ever, please contact Satchel's Last Resort at comments@satchelslastresort.com and ask Caroline about Birky. He really needs a home soon. We don't want his health to suffer because of his stress of living in a kennel.

Giving thanks

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. When I was younger, I envisioned having the whole family together to eat too much and then sit around, watch football and talk. My family has become very small in number now, we all live in different areas, but I am so thankful for each of them every day. They are always here for me when I need them and we welcome a new member, born yesterday to my cousin Jeff and his girlfriend in New Orleans, Nicholas Watkins. Although he doesn't know it yet, his family is the best.
So today, it is a very small number who will eat, drink and be merry, but our thoughts will be on all the family, past and present, and we will give thanks for them.
I, like many others, had a trying year. Through it all I had the support and guidance of many friends. They were there when I needed a shoulder, a lunch, or simply a phone call. To them I say thank you. You all know who you are.
To all the people at Satchel's Last Resort, you have allowed me to continue to work within my passion, which is homeless pets and if there is a more wonderful group of people around, I have yet to come in contact with them.
To all the wonderful animals I have had in my life, past and present, I am thankful. To not know the power of a dog's lick or wagging tail or to have a cat wrap themselves around your legs when you come home, is to be missing a whole segment of life and the power of unconditional love.
To my old employer, thank you for allowing me to hold a job, pay my bills, and learn a new area of business for the last year. I will take it and run with it because knowledge is power. You helped me become a little more learned in the ways of the business world.
To my new employer, thank you for giving me the opportunity to use my life's knowledge in a new journey which I hope will prove even more rewarding than the last 50 years.
Finally, to my wonderfully funny, always absent boyfriend, Mark. You have taught me more patience than I ever thought possible. You have supported me in all my endeavors, old and new, you love my critters almost as much as I do and are always here for me, maybe not in body, but in thought.
I have a wonderful life. For that I am very thankful.

Room with a view by Boris and Natasha

Happy Thanksgiving to all our fellow rescuers and rescuees. Natasha here, coming to you this beautiful morning from my home at Satchel's Last Resort.
I am not sure if we will get special treats this morning, since it is Thanksgiving, but I am keeping my toes crossed for good luck.
We have been extra busy here it seems the last couple of weeks. Lots of dogs and a fair amount of adoptions. I am so happy Lincoln got to go home last week. He was one of the dogs we featured in our last column who was very stressed being at the shelter. I am sure he is settling in nicely.
They moved Panda, this big American Bulldog mix next to us now. He is okay being next to us and likes to look out our door so he also has a room with a view. He is the same color as us, only lots bigger. A new dog went in his kennel in the front. Her name is Nika. She is an interesting light brindle color. You should come see her.
We also had a couple of young ladies come out and meet Misty, our little deaf dog. They are both animal trainers. What a perfect home that would be for our little deaf girl. She seems like she is nice enough but will need some training since she can't hear.
Her kennel mate, Plum, also got adopted so both sisters have found new homes. They are some of the lucky ones.
Isn't this weather great? Boris and I just love this cooler weather in the mornings. I love to frolic in the big yard and even jump in the doggie pool. He is much more reserved and just kind of hangs around the agility cat walk so he can survey the grounds.
I understand this time of year people are very giving. They give money and time to all kinds of things. We sure could use some more treats. Anyone willing to drop off a couple of containers of those soft, chewy kind? Maybe in honor of Baxter. He used to be the writer and he loved those soft treats.
Or perhaps you are feeling really generous and would like to adopt one of our dogs. We still have lots who need new homes. They would love to be able to spend the holidays with a new family. How about it? Anyone up for that?
Well, it is time for breakfast and you know how that goes. As Boris is so fond of reminding me, I haven't missed too many meals. Take care, enjoy the holiday and Boris will be back in a week or so with the latest happenings.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Natasha (and Boris)
The Turbos

Pomeranians need new home

A friend from work has 4 dogs, two babies and a husband and is a little overwhelmed. She is trying to rehome 2 of her Pomeranians because she simply cannot spend any time with them. Both need to be spayed, but are in perfect health.
Please read the description below and if you know of someone who could give them a home, please use the contact phone in the description. They don't need to go together, but could if you wanted.
Two purebred, female Pomeranians are looking for new homes. Neither is spayed, but need to be. One is cream, approx. 4 pounds, 3 years. 1 is light brown, approx. 7 pounds, 3 years.
Owner, Cindy, has two small babies at home and 2 other dogs and these are not getting the attention they need.
She can be contacted at 941-565-5886 if anyone is interested in re-homing them.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch opening soon

I am printing this press release so many people who do not support an animal rescue group will have another one to choose from. Don't you think it is sad though, we need so many in this rich, cultural area because so many animals still need help?

Lakewood Ranch, FL November 15, 2010 -- A group of experienced animal rescuers have banded together to create the Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch (HSLWR) that will focus on high risk animals in area local animal service municipalities of Manatee and Sarasota counties. Based on the NO KILL Community philosophy, HSLWR will offer a range of needed programs in a very underserved area.
HSLWR is searching for a location to provide a rescue facility for dogs and cats, puppies and kittens that can provide needed medical treatment, shelter for them, a high volume low cost/free spay and neuter program, education and community outreach and a Last Resort program (for unadoptable animals, a sanctuary or long-term living situation).
"There are so many animals in need right now. Owners are surrendering them due to job loss, home loss, moving and a host of problems. We will do our best to help all owners and their animals. We also see a huge need to transfer out animals from our local animal services municipalities. Too many wonderful dogs and cats are at risk for euthanasia due to overpopulation. We will save as many as possible." stated Autumn Solomon, newly elected Board President.
"We see a huge need and know that our rescue partners are doing everything they can. More is needed and a long term facility that can provide a range of world-class animal shelter programs is what Lakewood Ranch can provide. Our Mission Statement is how we will operate." shared Debbie Rubin, Vice President, Board of Directors, HSLWR.
Recently incorporated and 501c3 application pending, the Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch is poised to step up and help save many more animals; while also offering a high volume spay /neuter program to the surrounding communities. The expertise and experience of the group in animal rescue is extensive and impressive.
The Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch will be looking to the community for more volunteers and help in creating a world class facility and programs.

MISSION STATEMENT
The Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch is a no-kill, not for profit rescue and shelter organization whose goal is to save and rehome at risk animals with emphasis on those targeted for euthanasia due to overpopulation.
VISION AND VALUES Our vision is to be recognized as the regional leader in animal welfare through quality care, humane education and financial stewardship.
We will be a state-of-the-art rescue and shelter organization. We will respect all animals, owners, and caretakers. We will find suitable permanent homes for our animals. We will provide quality medical care to our animals. We will operate a low cost spay and neuter program. We will educate owners and the community on the importance and responsibilities of animal ownership. We will uphold the no-kill philosophy in all we do.
If you would like to volunteer, help build the facility and programs, please email: info@hslwr.org or call, 941.713.8147. For more information or to review our Business Plan, please contact us.
The Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch is a community supported animal rescue and shelter locating in the Lakewood Ranch area. HSLWR is a NO KILL shelter with an open door policy.
All are welcome to join us and save many many more animals.

I am not the only one

So, you know how I feel about Michael Vick. It seems I am not the only one. This is an excellent column in the San Francisco Chronicle about him and dog lovers everwhere.
Read it. You might change your mind about him serving his time and getting on with his life.
And here is one more, this one from the LA Times and it showcases a little black dog named Mel, who will never get past what was done to him by Michael Vick and his cohorts.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Inundated with small dogs

We all know small dogs are among the most requested from shelters and I just received an email about the abundance of small dogs at Miami-Dade animal services. Maltese, Shih-tzu, Silky Terrier, and a Bichon are some of the breeds listed as available.
This is a county facility and the dogs are not given a lot of time before being euthanized for space so they do what they can.
If you or anyone you know is looking for a new companion of the small dog variety and can't seem to find just the right one, please

"Home for the Holidays" Party

Gulf Coast Humane Society's "A Home For The Holidays" party is being held Dec. 4th at the John Marazzi Audi/Jaguar/Landrover dealership in Ft Myers from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
It should be great fun, there will be excellent food with multiple stations catered by Rene's - no sit down, music, open bar, live and silent auction of some really nice things.
Goodie Bags for attendees with people, dog and cat goodies and they will also be launching the limited number raffle ticket sales to win an 2011 Audi A4!
You can order tickets here and help support another great rescue on Florida's Gulf Coast.

Wild critters

I spent a couple of days hanging in the woods around Ocala and simply absorbing the sounds of nature and the peacefulness of the Florida landscape I grew up with.
I wandered down to the river at dawn to watch the mist rising and see the alligators floating along looking for breakfast.
There was a beautiful heron among the many birds wading in the water and the total stillness of the morning reminded me once again why I love this state and how much I hope we continue to take care of the environment by setting aside these wonderful spots to enjoy the outdoors.
On my way back to the cabin I glimpsed a beautiful buck standing under an old water oak, munching on leaves. I was frozen in movement, since the sight is so rare. I am sure he made his way to the state park to avoid the hunters in the Ocala National Forest.
I also viewed a creature I have never seen before. It was crossing the road in the middle of the afternoon as we were coming back from lunch. A fox squirrel, with a long, striped tail who simply stopped and looked at us and then continued on his way. I have heard they are very shy creatures so I feel priviledged to have seen one in the wild. Although this picture looks the most like the one in front of us, according to the notes, this is a Big Cypress Fox Squirrel and inhabits from Lee County south. I was in Marion County so this may have been a Sherman Fox Squirrel instead.
The requisite number of squirrels and armadilloes were making noise all around the cabin and I heard the wild turkeys calling to one another, but did not glimpse any this trip.
I came back refreshed and relaxed and except the the killer sinus headache from the cold front which followed me home, I am back at my regular life again.

I am still boycotting football

I was speaking to a sports dude a week or so ago, and we were discussing the animal rescue world. The subject, of course, let to my feelings about Michael Vick and the whole intro back to the NFL.
When I told him I was boycotting the NFL due to the reinstatement of Vick, he said it must really bother me Vick was rated the number one passer that week in pro football.
My response was it did not bother me. The fact is, Michael Vick is a hell of a football player. That has never been the issue.
The issue is what a despicable human being he is. It does not mean you can't see how talented he is, simply what kind of a man he is.
Michael Vick, being this football genius, having millions of dollars at his disposal along with thousands of fans, knowingly bred, fought, gambled, and tortured animals thinking it would not matter to anyone since they were only dogs.
It may not matter to a lot of people. After all, we knowingly euthanize millions of dogs in this country every year. But it matters to me. It did when it happened and it still does.
In my humble opinion, Michael Vick is a scumbag who dirtied his name beyond repair, sullied the NFL, and continues to look out for Michael Vick.
I am still boycotting the NFL. I am only a voice of one, but I still maintain the right to do that. As the country music song states, "You've got to stand for something, or you'll fall for anything." Think about it.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Orlando Animal Control Senior pet specials

Adopt A Senior Pet Month, a nationally-celebrated event held each November, kicked off at Orange County Animal Services today. Building on the success of last year’s event, the Division is showcasing several new adoption promotions for the month.
“Last year, our efforts at promoting senior pet adoptions resulted in us saving 98 percent of healthy, adoptable seniors during November,” said Katherine Lockett, Division Manager. “We hope this new campaign brings even greater success and more saved lives this year.” This year, multiple adoption promotions make it easy to say “yes” to a senior pet: Seniors for Seniors – FREE adoption of a senior pets aged 6 and up for citizens aged 55 and up!Free Blood Panel Testing – To ensure senior pet adopters have thorough knowledge of their new pet’s health, they will receive a complimentary complete blood diagnostic test to bring to their first vet visit!Senior Cat Mentor Program – Double the love…when you adopt a senior cat, a companion feline of any age is free!Rescue Waivers – All registered rescues may pull senior pets for free during November, which gets them into foster homes and out of the shelter! In addition, volunteers will provide “Senior Pet Spa Session” certificates for shelter visitors. The certificate outlines several things senior pets love, encourages visitors to interact with senior pets, and gives senior pets some special TLC time with caring citizens in the community. “Senior pets make exceptional additions to any family, but they are especially good fits for folks that enjoy a more laid-back pace,” said Lockett. “Whether taking leisurely walks, snuggling on the couch or just enjoying each other’s companionship, senior pets bring a unique kind of joy into people’s lives.” Each adoption includes spay/neuter, initial vaccinations, microchip identification, deworming, heartworm test (dogs) or FLV/FIV test (cats), rabies vaccination, 5-lb. bag of Science Diet food and Adoption Welcome Kit.
Orange County Animal Services is located at 2769 Conroy Road in Orlando near the Mall at Millenia. The facility is open for adoptions Monday–Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, please call (407) 254-9140 or visitwww.ocnetpets.com.

Blog break

Just in case a few days go by and there are no new posts, do not despair. I am taking a few days off to hang with the wild critters in Ocala and the boyfriend I never get to spend time with because he is always chasing bad guys in Orlando. (contrary to popular belief, there are lots of bad guys around Mickey's Kingdom)
I plan on doing a lot of hiking and a lot of relaxing which includes eating and drinking in front of a fireplace with all my worries here, while I am gone.
It is my last relaxing weekend before the holidays, which always tend to be hectic for me. Everything will be back to normal the middle of next week.
Hug your pets, visit your local rescue, adopt a new friend. You can stay busy while I am gone.
Jean

Senior Labrador available for adoption

My name is Chuckie, an 8 year old mellow, yellow lab who is loving the rescue life with my foster parents because they give me so much love and attention.
They are helping me put on some weight and get my skin back in shape. I had a really bad yeast infection and it is on the mend. I am good on a leash, love people and cats are okay, too, as I really do not have much interest in them. I am trustworthy in the house, and good with other dogs.
If you would like to find out more about me or come and hang out, I am with Dale and Gerry in Cape Coral.
To apply to adopt from Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida, please visit our webpage at http://www.labrescuefl.org/ and click on How to Adopt.
All applicants will have a home inspection and vet reference (if applicable) before they are eligible to adopt from Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida. Thank you for your interest in our rescue!

Adopt a senior pet month

The HSUS is great at tagging months. November is "Adopt a Senior Pet" month according to the calendar. As the largest proponent of senior pets I know, I am throwing my suggestion out to all the blog readers.
Senior pets are the best! If you are thinking of adopting a new best friend, please consider adopting a senior.
Our local shelters are full of dogs and cats who simply need a home. Many of these animals will perish because they are not cute and cuddly as puppies and kittens are. Many of our local rescues and shelters also offer special pricing on adopting a senior. I have been featuring many senior labradors from Labrador Rescue of Florida, but the Humane Society of Sarasota County also offers animals adopted through Jessie's Fund, which was set up specifically for senior pets.
Please make it a wonderful month for a senior animal by providing a new place for them to call him. The rewards you receive will be tremendous.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Animal lovers are everywhere

I met a lot of people yesterday in a meeting I had. These were not "rescue" people, but they all had pets and it was clear they adored them. It was fun to talk about animals in a non-rescue environment and the last thing I said before leaving was, "Joan, keep looking. You will find another dog to replace the special one you just lost."
Thanks to everyone, it was my pleasure.

Senior Labrador available for adoption

This gorgeous face belongs to me, Ebony! I am 7 years young (my foster Mom thinks I act more like 2). I am very sweet and well mannered but I sure like to be active - which helps me keep my girlish figure. My favorite pastimes are playing ball, catching a frisbee, playing ball, swimming, playing ball, taking walks, playing ball, prancing around with squeaky toys, and of course, playing ball.
I get along great with everybody (big and little humans and all sizes of dogs too). If you've got a few tennis balls, bring them on by Kim's in Pompano Beach.
To apply to adopt from Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida, please visit our web page at http://www.labradorrescue.net/ and click on How to Adopt.
All applicants will have a home inspection and vet reference (if applicable) before they are eligible to adopt from Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida. Thank you for your interest in our rescue!

32 greyhounds die in Panhandle

Another sad story of the fate of racing greyhounds. How does a legal business, regulated by the state, get away with this?
Read the story here.

Simply unimaginable

I tend to feature homeless pets on my blog. I do occasionally provide a website to go where you can help wild animals, especially those which are endangered.
I am not a vegan or a vegetarian and don't believe hunters are necessarily bad people, unless they hunt for sport only and do not eat what they hunt.
To hunt out west, many states have a lottery, so their herds of elk and deer do not become so thin, they become endangered and certain rules must be followed.
When I read this story in the Orlando paper, I was appalled at what these men were charged with. I then read they are both from Florida and happen to own ranches in Wyoming.
The story about what these men are charged with is disgusting. I hope everyone who lives in The Villages or does business with Rainey Construction, pulls all their support from the men.
It is a sad state when you have enough money to simply buy a ranch to make sure you have enough game animals to torture and kill like these men apparently have.
Sickening, it is simply sickening.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Senior Labrador available for adoption

Hello, My name is Kim and even though I just turned 7 you'd never know it. I love to run around in the back yard and play.
When it's time to relax, I'll lie on the hammock with you, or lie on my dog bed in the sun. I do bark to let you know if someone is outside, otherwise I'm quiet. I'm a very happy girl, who loves to show affection by giving gentle kisses and licking your leg. I get along great with my foster family's cats and other dogs. My tail wags most when you scratch my back. I ride great in a car, and love to go on adventures.
Please give me a call so we can visit. Maybe we're a perfect match. I am with Blanche and Jacques in Port Charlotte.
Lab Rescue is proud to offer special programs to our valued seniors, ages 60 and older. We're currently offering two special programs aimed at our Florida senior community. For more information, email http://www.labradorrescue.net/info@lrrof.org?Subject=Senior%20Programs or mention the program in the comments section of the online application.
LRROF Senior for Seniors Program offers adopters over the age of 60 (only one adopter needs to be over 60, a spouse or partner can be 60 or younger) to receive a 50% discounted adoption rate when they adopt a dog ages 8 and older. As part of this program, adopters will also receive a startup kit (bowl, heartworm flea/tick preventative, toy).
Purina Seniors Program, sponsored by the folks at Purina, will offer a $50 discount on the adoption fee of any adopted animal from LRROF for those aged 60 and older (only one adopter needs to be over 60, a spouse or partner can be 60 or younger). Only 5 of these promotions are available, on a first come, first served basis. Adopter may choose to donate the $50 back to Lab Rescue at their choice.

National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

Today begins National Animal Shelter Appreciate Week. If you have time, please show your local shelter how much you appreciate what they do for the animals in your area.
How about volunteering for an hours, dropping off a gallon of bleach or donating $1.00? Believe me, it all helps towards finding these homeless pets a place to call their own.
Bake some chocolate chip cookies for the staff or call and tell them how much you appreciate them. Even the smallest things matter.
This is also the beginning of "Homes for the Holidays" and there are so many needy animals in our area who are looking for their own special home this holiday season.
Thanks so much for all you do.

The return of Room with a View

Hi everyone! We are back and full of energy after taking the summer off to try and rest in the heat we had. W are happy the cooler weather is back and both of us got to go for a long walk in the back acreage yesterday to celebrate.
We have, of course been very busy with new dogs coming in. There seems to be a never-ending supply of dogs which no one wants. We don't quite understand the whole concept of getting a pet and then getting rid of it. We were found as strays running down Main Street and have lived here ever since. We are very bonded and no one ever wanted to take both of us home. This is a great place for us, but nothing beats having your own family. At least, that is what we have been told.
These two sisters came in and were in the kennel next to us, Plum and Venus. Venus got adopted to this lady with some small dogs, but Plum is still with us. She has a new kennel mate named Misty. Plum is a bull mastiff mix and she is a big girl. She is a beautiful brindle color and now she lives in a different kennel with this little dalmation mix named Misty. Misty is deaf. We heard that happens a lot with dalmations. She seems to be a nice enough young dog. I hope they can find someone who will work with a deaf dog.
Lincoln is now in the kennel next to us. He is a nice sharpei mix. He is very stressed out and needs a home really bad. He cries a whole bunch when we are trying to sleep. I wish a nice family would come in a look at him. We included his picture here, so maybe someone would see it and fall in love.
Of course, we also have a beautiful blue pit bull named Smokey. Or at least, that is what some people are calling him. I think they named him Gunsmoke and it got shortened. His playmate is Mia, who was adopted as a puppy and then brought back. She is a rough and tumble kind of girl, kind of like Natasha is (that's me) so at least they can play together until they can find another home.
Another sad story is Birky. He is a really nice guy but he is picky about who he plays with so he is living by himself now. His old owners got a new dog who was smaller and I guess Birky didn't like him, so they gave Birky to us. We should really concentrate on finding him a nice family who only wants one dog. He is very affectionate and loving.
Our old regulars are still here. They, along with us, will always live here but once in a while, they still do exciting things. Especially now the weather is cooler and we all have so much energy. The only downside of the cooler air is our room with a view. When that big door is open the wind wips through it, so it is closed when it is cold outside and our view outside is blocked. We just snuggle up in our bed and watch what is going on in the kennels.
Well, that is is for this week. We will write more in a while and go back to taking turns. We are happy to be back and able to bring you all the latest news from our home.

Love,
The Turbos
Boris & Natasha

Labrador mix available for adoption

My name's Tank. I'm a stray that was taken in and given a second chance so I'm not sure how old I am, but the vet said I'm under 4.
I've had a rough beginning and will always have some scars to show for it, but I'm a gentle, sweet, and loving boy. I get along great with other dogs and cats. My foster parents are amazed that I haven't found my forever home yet because I have such a great disposition.
Maybe you could be my forever family. Please come to meet me at Blanche and Jacques place in Englewood.
To apply to adopt from Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida, please visit our webpage at http://www.labrescuefl.org/ and click on How to Adopt.

Convenience euthanasia

This is a great column from a vet about convenience euthanasia. If you have no idea what I am talking about, read the blog and then make arrangements for your pet should something happen to you. Don't put the monkey on someone else's back.

Labrador available for adoption

They call me Cosmo, short for Cosmonaut, because my manners and disposition are out of this world!
I am really well trained, get along great with other dogs and cats, and I will even let you know when I want to go outside! I am a perfect gentleman in the house when you are not there. I catch up on my Zs and then I will be waiting with a wagging tail when you come home!
Some of the things I enjoy are taking leisurely strolls, hanging out by my foster parents and playing with my toys. Oh, yeah, swimming is lots of fun too! I am very well behaved on the leash, love to ride in the car and I REALLY like BELLY RUBS! Oh, did I say that really LOUD? I just wanted to make sure you heard that one, because it tickles me pink when I get a belly rub! I sigh this huge contented sigh and just look at you with lots of love. I am a very mild mannered, mellow boy that really wants a forever home.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Cosmo 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).

Bridgette update


Several months ago I brought you the story of the kitten, Bridgette. I received an update from her new Mom and thought you would like to know the ending to what could have been a very sad story.


"Bridgette has found her forever home and has been seen by Dr. Salisbury four times with her next appointment November 5, 2010. She weights 7 pounds and is able to see out of both eyes. Thanks to many rescue groups she will now live out her life safe and loved."