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 If I didn’t have a dog or cat …

I could walk around the yard barefoot in safety.

My house could be carpeted instead of tiled and laminated.

All flat surfaces, clothing, furniture, and cars would be free of hair.

When the doorbell rings, it wouldn’t sound like a kennel.

When the doorbell rings, I could get to the door without wading through fuzzy bodies who beat me there.

I could sit on the couch and my bed the way I wanted, with out taking into consideration how much space several fur bodies would need to get comfortable.

I would have money, and no guilt to go on a real vacation.

I would not be on a first-name basis with 6 veterinarians, as I put their yet unborn grandkids through college.

The most used words in my vocabulary would not be: out, sit, down, come, no, stay, and leave it ALONE.

My house would not be cordoned off into zones with baby gates or barriers.

I would not talk ‘baby talk’.  ‘Eat your din din’.  ‘Yummy yummy for the tummy’…

My house would not look like a day care center, toys everywhere.

My pockets would not contain things like poop bags, treats and an extra leash.

I would no longer have to spell the words B-A-L-L,, W-A-L-K,, T-R-E-A-T,, O-U-T,, G-O,, R-I-D-E,, C-O-O-K-

I would not have as many leaves INSIDE my house as outside.

I would not look strangely at people who think having ONE dog/cat ties them down too much.

I’d look forward to spring and the rainy season instead of dreading ‘mud’ season.

I would not have to answer the question ‘Why do you have so many animals?’ from people who will never have the joy in their lives of knowing they are loved unconditionally by someone as close to an angel as they will ever get.

How EMPTY my life would be!!!

 

 

Are You A Labrador Person?

  1. Do you need a dog that steps on your feet all the time?
  2. Do you need a dog that covets every bite that goes in your mouth?
  3. Do you wish to go everywhere with dog hair on your clothes?
  4. Do you need a dog that goes with you every time you go to the bathroom?
  5. Do you need a sloppy wet lick every morning the minute the alarm clock goes off?
  6. Do your guest need to be smelled from end to end the minute they come in your house?
  7. Do you need a dog that is smart enough to step on the mechanism on the trash can and help themselves to all the garbage they want?
  8. Do you need dog nose prints on the inside of the windows of your car and house all the time?
  9. Do you need a dog that knows if you have a glass of wine or a cup of coffee in your hand that a quick flip of the elbow with their nose will cause you to share whatever it is that you are drinking?
  10. Do you need a dog whose gas can send you and the family running from the room at a moments notice?
  11. Do you need a dog that gets so excited when you are running and playing in the yard that they tackle you below the knees and lay you out flat on your back?

I guess I must be a Labrador person. These are just a few of the behaviors

 

Until you have held a tiny puppy in your arms as it kissed your face with it’s slobbery puppy breath and felt the love.

Until you have held an injured or severely ill dog in your
arms and felt their pain

Until you have looked into the eyes of a tired aging senior dog and felt their wisdom

And until you have seen and understood the look in your dogs eyes that tell you their time on Earth with you is over…….and you humanely let them go
 
You will never understand the life of a rescuer

We find beauty in the most incomprehensible places and the otherwise homely faces.

 It is our gift to see beyond the dirt, terror, sadness and defeat and find the true soul that lies within.
 
We are rescue.
 
 – Kathie Sullivan

 

I Found Your Dog Today I found your dog today. No, he has not been adopted by anyone. Most of us who live out here own as many dogs as we want, those who do not own dogs do so because they choose not to. I know you hoped he would find a good home when you left him out here, but he did not. When I first saw him he was miles from the nearest house and he was alone, thirsty, thin and limping from a burr in his paw. How I wish I could have been you as I stood before him. To see his tail wag and his eyes brighten as he bounded into your arms, knowing you would find him, knowing you had not forgotten him. To see the forgiveness in his eyes for the suffering and pain he had known in his never-ending quest to find you… but I was not you. And despite all my persuasion, his eyes see a stranger. He did not trust. He would not come. He turned and continued his journey; one he was sure would bring him to you. He does not understand you are not looking for him. He only knows you are not there, he only knows he must find you. This is more important than food or water or the stranger who can give him these things. Persuasion and pursuit seemed futile; I did not even know his name. I drove home, filled a bucket with water and a bowl with food and returned to where we had met. I could see no sign of him, but I left my offering under the tree where he had sought shelter from the sun and a chance to rest. You see, he is not of the desert. When you domesticated him, you took away any instinct of survival out here. His purpose demands that he travel during the day. He doesn’t know that the sun and heat will claim his life. He only knows that he has to find you. I waited hoping he would return to the tree; hoping my gift would build an element of trust so I might bring him home, remove the burr from his paw, give him a cool place to lie and help him understand that the part of his life with you is now over. He did not return that morning and at dusk the water and food were still there untouched. And I worried. You must understand that many people would not attempt to help your dog. Some would run him off, others would call the county and the fate you thought you saved him from would be preempted by his suffering for days without food or water. I returned again before dark. I did not see him. I went again early the next morning only to find the food and water still untouched. If only you were here to call his name. Your voice is so familiar to him. I began pursuit in the direction he had taken yesterday, doubt overshadowing my hope of finding him. His search for you was desperate, it could take him many miles in 24 hours. It is hours later and a good distance from where we first met, but I have found your dog. His thirst has stopped, it is no longer a torment to him. His hunger has disappeared, he no longer aches. The burrs in his paws bother him no more. Your dog has been set free from his burdens, you see, your dog has died. I kneel next to him and I curse you for not being here yesterday so I could see the glow, if just for a moment, in those now vacant eyes. I pray that his journey has taken him to that place I think you hoped he would find. If only you knew what he went through to reach it… and I agonize, for I know, that were he to awaken at this moment, and (if) I were to be you, his eyes would sparkle with recognition and his tail would wag with forgiveness. -unknown

By: Animal Rescue Volunteers, Inc.


Poison to Dogs!

Please  tell  every dog or cat owner you know. Even if  you don’t have a pet, please pass this to those  who do. Over the weekend,   the doting owner of two young lab mixes  purchased Cocoa Mulch  from Target to  use in their garden. The dogs loved the way   it smelled and it was advertised to  keep cats away from  their garden. Their dog  (Calypso) decided the mulch smelled good enough  to eat and devoured a large  helping.  She vomited a few  times which was typical  when she eats something  new but wasn’t acting lethargic in any way.  The  next day, Mom woke up and took   Calypso out for her morning walk . Half way through the walk, she had a seizure and died instantly.
Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label,   upon further investigation on the company’s web site, this product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs  and cats. Cocoa Mulch is manufactured by Hershey’s,  and they claim that “It is true that studies have shown that 50%  of the dogs that eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer  physical  harm  to a variety of  degrees (depending on each individual dog).   However, 98% of all dogs won’t eat   it.” Cocoa Mulch,  which is sold by Home Depot, Foreman’s   Garden Supply and other Garden supply stores contains a  lethal ingredient called ‘Theobromine’. It  is lethal to dogs and  cats. It smells li ke  chocolate and it really  attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff  and  die. Several deaths already occurred in the last  2-3 weeks. Theobromine is in   all chocolate, especially dark or baker’s  chocolate which is  toxic to dogs. Cocoa bean  shells contain potentially toxic  quantities of theobromine,   a xanthine compound   similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline.  A dog that  ingested a lethal quantity of garden  mulch made from cacao bean  shells  developed severe convulsions   and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach  contents and  the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal  amounts of theobromine.
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The best Lab video I have ever seen!!
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Labs playing in the snow!

 

Another problem caused by deforestation!


 

Zeb was on our site and adopted under the name Scout!

from his dad … “a lab is such a good friend, and can do almost anything with you!”

 

 

 

This has to be one of the best singles ads ever printed.
It is reported to have been listed in the Atlanta Journal.

“SINGLE BLACK FEMALE seeks male companionship, ethnicity unimportant. I’m a very good girl who LOVES to play. I love long walks in the woods, riding in your pickup truck, hunting, camping and fishing trips, cozy winter nights lying by the fire. Candlelight dinners will have me eating out of your hand. I’ll be at the front door when you get home from work, wearing only what nature gave me… Call (404) 875-6420 and ask for Annie, I’ll be waiting…..”

 

Excerpt from the book Kindred Spirits by Allen M. Shoen, D.V.M., M.S., a wonderful, enlightened book about the bond that we all can share and how we truly are kindred spirits …”Whether I’m out on the lecture circuit or treating patients at a barn or in the office, I often hear the question ‘Dr Shoen, what is the best way I can personally help a kindred spirit?’   Here’s my answer:  Find an abandoned or a homeless or an abused animal friend and bring him or her into your life.  Share your home with your new companion and provide as much love and nurturance as you can.  Receive the same love and affection back and allow the two of you to grow together. Your life — and the life of your friend — will never be the same.  Your joy will be great and your souls will flourish.  Their cup and yours will truly runneth over with love!”

Email from Dr. Shoen … “Dear Colleen and Marita:  Congratulations on having such a wonderful website to help our kindred spirits!  Yes, indeed, you may use quotes from the book for your website. Just please reference the book so all the copyright issues are correct.  I am so glad you enjoyed the book.  I am so grateful that it continues to be of benefit to all beings throughout the world!  I am working on a new book/ blog, online community to assist in awakening consciousness throughout the world through animal lovers. Stay tuned to my website and hopefully that will be showing up within the next 6
months.
Blessings from a kindred spirit,
Allen Schoen, DVM