• Marley and Me

    Saturday, December 27, 2008

    “Marley and Me,” a film based on John Grogan’s life with his loveable but unruly Labrador Retriever, is a wonderful example of the depth of the human-animal bond. However, much of Marley’s “bad” behavior was unknowingly created by his well meaning but poorly prepared owners and some of it was an anxiety disorder called storm phobia.

    The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) makes the following recommendations.

    1) Puppies require a great deal of time, attention, and training. Prospective owners should be well educated and prepared to begin teaching good manners from the minute they get the puppy. Waiting until the puppy is so large that he is uncontrollable will make the process much more difficult.

    2) Owners should enroll puppies in puppy classes as soon as possible. This is important for the owner’s education and for socialization of the puppy. This should be arranged before the puppy comes home.

    3) Unruly behaviors such as jumping, pulling on the leash, and chewing household items can be prevented in the adult dog by teaching and rewarding mannerly and appropriate behavior in growing puppies.

    4) At no point was “Marley” trying to be the “alpha male of the pack,” as claimed by the film’s dog trainer. Training does not require “dominance” and harsh corrections. Being a good leader by training and reinforcing desired behavior using positive reinforcement is the safest and most effective way to train puppies. For example, kneeing Marley in the chest to stop jumping up was potentially dangerous, completely ineffective, and unnecessary. Simply teaching him from puppyhood to sit for petting would have eliminated that problem.

    5) Many dogs suffer from behavior problems that are unrelated to traditional training. For example, destruction and vocalization during storms often occurs because of the well-recognized condition of storm phobia. This condition is very treatable by veterinarians with a special interest or certification in animal behavior. “Most veterinarians and veterinary behaviorists see this problem very commonly. Treatment at an early age can alleviate stress experienced by the family and improves the quality of life for the dog itself,” said Dr. John Ciribassi, Immediate Past President of AVSAB and owner of the Chicagoland Veterinary Behavior Consultants.

    6) Viewers should resist the temptation to adopt a puppy or dog based on a movie. What is on the screen is entertainment, not reality—even if it based on a true story. Shelters were filled with Dalmatians purchased after people saw the Disney film “101 Dalmatians” several years ago. Once the adorable little puppies grew up into rambunctious and destructive young adults, many owners simply dumped them.

  • Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida 2008

    Saturday, December 20, 2008

    In 2008, Lab Rescue worked tirelessly to save more than 575 labs. Circumstances such as foreclosure or death of an owner can leave these dogs in helpless situations - being left at a shelter or worse, on the side of a street to fend for themselves.

    Lab Rescue is there for these dogs: to provide the best possible care including a loving home and a chance for a new life.

    The dogs that we rehabilitate come into our care bearing some mark of their former lives. It may be the need for medication to fight a disease or infection. For others, perhaps a limp from a broken leg that healed incorrectly; the scars could be more emotional, evidenced by wariness, neediness or withdrawal.

    No matter the story, the effect on the dog is traumatic. Lab Rescue volunteers are united in their efforts to heal these animals, both physically and emotionally. In the process, we restore their original tail wagging, toothy grinned personalities confirmed by hearing the infamous contented sigh of relief when they curl up at rest.

    Your support of Lab Rescue provides the greatest gift of all - the gift of life for homeless or needy Labrador. As a result of your donations, we will be able to say "Yes!" to the next plea to save a Lab and to provide them with medical care en route to their new loving home.

    Your Friends at Lab Rescue
    Holiday Card 2008

    video of some dogs for adoption


    Foster a dog for the holidays!
    Jet, Lillie, Annabelle.
  • Happy Holidays 2008

    Sunday, December 07, 2008

    A horse of a different color,
    a dog of a different breed.

  • Soldiers adopted dog finally leaves Iraq for US

    Sunday, October 19, 2008

    "An animal rescue group on Sunday picked up a U.S. soldier's adopted dog from Iraq, ending the soldier's weeks-long struggle to send the animal to her Minnesota home."

  • Pennsylvania Cracks Down on Puppy mills

    Monday, October 13, 2008

    With all the negative news in the world today, I thought I would submit a story with a silver lining. Kudos to PA Governor Rendell! ~dfc

    The Humane Society of the United States
    October 10, 2008
    Thanks to calls and emails from animal advocates, last night,
    Governor Rendell signed legislation (H.B. 2525) overhauling
    Pennsylvania's Dog Law and cracking down on abusive puppy mills.

    This legislation was the culmination of months of effort
    spearheaded by Governor Rendell, who has made protecting dogs
    from cruelty one of his priorities. His efforts were supported
    by the Pennsylvania Dog Law Advisory board, The HSUS, The ASPCA,
    Main Line Animal Rescue, Pennsylvania Legislative Animal
    Network, and other animal protection organizations. The August
    shooting of 80 dogs by a Pennsylvania puppy mill operator
    highlighted the urgent need for reform, and while the bill was
    pending, officials in Emmaus, PA, also undertook what may have
    been the largest puppy mill raid in Pennsylvania history.

    Among other provisions, this legislation will double the minimum
    floor space for primary enclosures and prohibit the use of wire
    flooring for dogs over the age of 12 weeks. It requires that
    dogs have access to an exercise area twice the size of their
    primary enclosure, eliminates the stacking of dogs on top of
    each other in cages, and mandates veterinary visits at least
    every six months. While it's a modest step, and there are
    imperfections in the new law that will require continued
    vigilance, it will begin to curb the worst abuses of the puppy
    mill industry and send a message that man's best friend can no
    longer be treated like a cash crop.

    This is a huge step forward for animals in Pennsylvania!
    Unfortunately, despite heroic efforts by Representatives Leach
    and Shimkus, legislation to stop Pennsylvania's pigeon shoots
    (H.B. 2130/S.B. 1150) did not get a vote. It will be a top
    priority in the new legislative session, so we will need your
    continued support. We did it for the puppies, and we can do it
    for the pigeons, too!

    To learn more about The HSUS's work to stop puppy mills and how
    you can help, visit
    Thank you for all you do for animals!


    Mike Markarian
    Executive Vice President
    The Humane Society of the United States
    P.S. You can help secure even more victories for animals by
    telling your friends and family to join our online community.
    The more people we can reach on animal protection issues, the
    better our chances for future successes.
    Copyright (c) 2008 The Humane Society of the United States

  • Shedd Aquarium

    Sunday, October 12, 2008

    "Shedd Aquarium rescues dogs and trains them like a dolphin or whale"

  • Adopt a shelter dog month

    Saturday, October 04, 2008

    Pasco County Library System


    Centennial Branch
    Moog Rd.
    New Port Richey, FL


    For the month of October the display case will hold a dog collection by Maureen Schooley. New and rare books, figurines, stuffed animals, one of a kind artwork and including board games. Promoting Friends of Animal Services and Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida.
  • pet friendly rentals, or pet civil, even

    Thursday, October 02, 2008

    or perhaps pet-barely-tolerant, as i have become jaded + desperate + tired.

    i have been searching for pet-friendly digs; landlords + landladies who view dogs
    with any but narrowed and jaundiced eyes are few on the ground. they are all
    happy to tell me how small the dog must be, or what breeds are anathema,
    but seem unanimously disinterested in my $3-million liability insurance.

    i have seen everything from the gorgeous to the Godawful, + a considerable span
    of the spectrum between; the gorgeous end actually tends to be more tolerant,
    but i cannot afford it. the Godawful end is too-much for me to tolerate,
    but at least i have the ticket price.

    the common theme regarding dogs is often pibbles or other bully-breeds,
    or guarding breeds in general or specific, as being un-wanted or disallowed.
    it seems to me they have got the wrong end of the stick; the most common
    + vociferous complaint about dogs is barking, in cheek-by-jowl burban living.
    but logic does not enter here; perception is all, reality is naught.

    most guarding breeds or just-plain large dogs are quiet, generally -
    a JRT or Chi or mini-Poodle can wreak auditory-havoc in an apt-building,
    while the Great Dane in the next building is un-noticed, except when outdoors -
    or the size of their orphan-stool, if the owner is so crass as to abandon it.
    (livestock-guarding breeds are an exception to the quiet large-dogs; but then,
    LGDs are exceptions to so many general rules, one more is no matter.)

    beyond my liability-coverage, the property-owners and agents are equally
    un-impressed by my decades of experience, history of no claims filed, and
    general competency - they have an air of contemptuous nose-wrinkling,
    as if i had stepped in something before entering the office.
    anyone who consorts with dogs, it seems, is tainted.

    it does not occur to the agents or owners that i myself have no more joy,
    in having my property destroyed, than they do when theirs has been -
    it is in my selfish interest, to ensure that any dog is busy, well-supervised,
    or restrained, contained, or controlled.
    it is only logic, to keep my dainties out of the dogs molars.

    and if i do not allow the dog to eat the wall-to-wall, i also save myself the cost of
    emergency surgery - a considerable expense, i have paid it - as well as the cost of repairs.
    i protect the property, the dog, and my wallet - what could be better?

    more, i save myself from the wroth of the client, having endangered their Precious.
    never under-estimate the devotion of a pet-owner, or their potential for violence
    when their darling is at hazard; they might greet the living dog post-surgery with joy,
    but they might kill me, for having risked their dog.
    my mere existence is as nothing, in the balance against their dear dog.

    just the other day, a Rat Terrierist was saved from the maw of a shark -
    the shark was only doing what all creatures do, trying to make a living;
    and as far as that goes, given the temper of most Terrierists,
    the shark was at risk, more than the dog.
    but the owner leaped in, attacked the poor shark, who was probably already
    sorry for their venture in haute cuisine, + sent the creature off, empty + sore.
    who was this hero - a star at Sea World? no - he is a carpenter.
    maybe carpenters in Florida are a hardier breed - but i doubt it.
    a pet-owner whose pet i endanger, is a danger to me - or to any trainer,
    who might by any wild stretch of imagination have contributed to that risk.
    bear this well in mind, my fellows...

    anyone know of a pet-friendly rental? under $900 a month?
    keep an eye out... i am still looking.
    best regards,
    - terry

    terry pride, APDT-Aus, apdt#1827, CVA, IPDTA, TDF
    'proud member of Treat-Slinging Weenies WorldWide -
    treats slung with abandon, dogs drunk with joy!' - tmp, 5-13-2008

  • Paws in the Park

    Friday, September 26, 2008

    4th Annual Paws in the Park
    Sponsored by San Antonio Animal Hospital

    Four legged fun for pet “parents” and their furry ones!
    Bay Area pet lovers and their leashed, friendly pets are invited!

    Admission is free!

    Join us for pet contests, adoptable pet parade, entertainment, a special blessing of the pets, agility demonstrations, the latest in pet products and services and more!

    Special appearance by Skip Mahaffey of the Skip Mahaffey
    Morning Show on US 103.5 FM

    WHEN: Saturday,September 27, 2008
    9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    WHERE: San Antonio City Park

    12202 Main Street
    San Antonio, FL 33576
    (Pasco County)

    All proceeds from “ San Antonio ’s Paws in the Park” will benefit Spay Pasco, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting low income dog and cat owners with spaying/neutering pets in Pasco County . The Spay Pasco, Inc. mission is to prevent pet overpopulation and euthanasia.

    For more information on Spay Pasco, Inc. visit www.spaypasco.com

    CONTACT: San Antonio Animal Hospital at 352-588-2132

    Brought to you by:
    San Antonio Animal Hospital
    US 103.5 FM
    San Antonio Citizens Federal Credit Union
    Webster Veterinary
    Faithful Friends

  • Leashes and Lunch by the Lake

    Monday, September 22, 2008

    New Port Richey's next event, Founder's Day is drawing closer. Our pet-friendly part of the event, 'Leashes and Lunch by the Lake' will be held at Orange Lake, on the other side of Main Street.

    We are looking to have a number of rescue groups as well.

    We had a great turnout at 'Wags, Whiskers and Wine Tasting' and were able to help out a lot of animals. With your help, we can make this event extra fun as well.