LABMED Board Members:
Deb Hamele, President
Dranda Whaley, Secretary
Pat Kolb, Treasurer
3rd Quarter, 2001:
4th Quarter, 2001:
1st Quarter 2002:
2nd Quarter 2002
Fatty, Specks and Semi
ON A LABMED DOG
A Message from
Skip, a young black male
Lab, was a stray; he was brought to a Michigan shelter with his leg
already injured beyond repair, probably due to a run-in with a car.
Skip's leg needed to be amputated, as his limp and dragging paw left
him vulnerable to infections. With help from LABMED, Skip received the
surgery he needed to restore him to good health. Here is the heartwarming
thank you note that we received from Skip's rescuer:
"THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK
YOU!!! What joy you bring me with your generous support!!! I have tears
in my eyes as I write, as this has been a challenging situation, but
clearly WORTHWHILE!!! 'Skip', as we call him, is an incredibly happy
dog, RUNNING through the woods this morning with a zest for life that
is admirable and inspiring!!! Everyone loves him, and, God willing,
we will soon have a permanent home for him. Until we find that home,
we will love watching him drink up life with an enthusiasm that convinces
me that second chances are a blessing. When I was so torn as to whether
to adopt him and save him from being put down, your phrase from the
bottom of the web page kept coming back to me --'Do you believe in second
chances? We do.'
And great praise must be
given to the vet who agreed to do the surgery at a reduced fee, a man
who lives what he believes, caring so professionally and lovingly for
animals and saving lives with his genuine commitment to their needs.
I am SO grateful to your
organization. I cannot put my thanks properly into words, except to
say God bless you all and the work you do. I look at 'Skip' often and
say, 'I'm glad you're alive'. Thank you, LABMED."
FUN with your Lab!
There are a myriad of activities to enjoy with your Lab in the summer.
Even watching a good movie can be fun when there's a warm snuggler
at your feet! Use your imagination - and common sense - to include
your Lab in as many family activities as you can. The ones below may
require a bit of extra preparation or thought, but can bring hours
of summer fun for you and your Lab.
If you are going to run or jog with your dog, there are a few things
to keep in mind. It is a GREAT way of ensuring that your dog is getting
enough regular exercise. But Rover may not be in the best shape after
a winter of lounging around the house. To start with, try jogging
around the block, and then walking, gradually working up to jogging
or running the distances you would normally run. Keep in mind that
Rover needs to be on a leash at all times; it's a safety issue for
you and your Lab.
Before you start your morning or evening routine (avoiding the hottest
midday hours), allow enough time for a potty break so your pooch isn't
running "full." If he or she is in the habit of eliminating
in a specific area of your yard before exercising, that will alleviate
the need to scoop mid-run and then carry the baggy to the nearest
One other important factor to running with your dog is his or her
age. Labs under a year to a year and a half shouldn't go running great
distances with you. Until they are physically mature, it puts great
strain on their muscles, bones and joints, which can potentially have
lasting detrimental effects. Instead, use the time while puppies are
growing to train good street manners like heeling and "leave
it." Exercise Rover in the park or backyard, and take lots of
walks around the neighborhood. This will help in the long run, too,
because you'll already have created a routine and some familiarity
which should help ease the transition to running with you. Be sure
to check with your vet before starting any new exercise routine, too.
Labs are excellent companions
for all sort of outings, but there are a few
precautions and preparations necessary to make them go smoothly. First,
if you are contemplating taking a hike with Rover, think about how
physically fit he or she really is. Honestly, does he spend most of
the time on the couch? If you want eventually to be able to hike for
several days with the dog, consider working up to it gradually with
a few shorter day trips. Not only will it help the dog's (and your)
endurance, but it will help identify kinks to work on before heading
out for a long trip.
Going on a camping trip? Take your Lab, IF the camp site allows dogs.
Not all sites will. And if you're heading out into the back country,
follow all laws regarding dogs. Dogs are not allowed more than 100
feet off the road in all National Parks; they cannot be off-leash
at all, and they cannot stay over night. Some National Parks have
kennel arrangements, but reservations are required and very difficult
to procure in the summer. Still, with a little planning, camping with
dogs is a blast. Just be sure ahead of time that your tent is big
enough to accommodate the extra body!
Boating with your Lab can be a lot of fun, but remember that Labs
are water dogs! A flotation vest for the dog to wear at all times
is a MUST in "dog overboard." Whatever activity you choose
for summer fun with your Lab, there are some absolute basics as far
as equipment goes.
- Fresh water and a bowl. Remember that Rover needs a supply of drinking
water to stay healthy and keep his temperature regulated, just as
humans do. There are dog backpacks sold in pet stores and mail-order
catalogs so the dog can carry his own supplies.
- Food, enough for all meals during the time you will be gone, plus
enough for an extra meal if you decide to stay a little longer. Especially
if you are hiking or camping, keep in mind that your Lab will be working,
too, and therefore needs a slightly higher than usual caloric intake.
- Bags for picking up waste. This is a MUST! It is not optional. If
dog owners are not responsible about cleaning up after their dogs,
there will be fewer areas open to dogs in the future. Pack it in,
pack it out!
- A leash. Also a MUST. Be fair to other hikers and campers, who might
not share your enthusiasm for dogs...or your dog's enthusiasm! Consider
investing in a harness for hiking or running rather than using a buckle
collar, since constant pulling around the neck can cause injury. If
you do use a harness, leave you dog's buckle collar on for identification
in the unlikely event that the dog gets lost. Proper collar identification
is a necessity; a microchip gives added protection, too.
- A first aid kit. Consult with your veterinarian as to what to include.
There are ready-made first aid kits for sale in pet stores and mail-order
catalogs, too. A good item to add to the first aid kit is a protective
paw boot, in case your dog steps on a stick or piece of glass and
cuts a pad. The paw boot will help protect the injured foot until
you can reach medical help.
Here's wishing you and your Lab a great summer of fun together!
By Allison Williamson Copyright 1998 Puget Sound Labrador Retriever
Lab Lovers Find a Unique Way to Help LABMED!
We are a small group
of Labrador Retriever Lovers who live in Ohio and Indiana. Each
of us owns at least two Labrador Retrievers; with at least one
of them being a rescued lab.
Saturday, May 11, in honor of Be Kind to Animals Week, we participated
in a small pet fair in Granville, Ohio. Dr. Laurinda Morris was
the Mastermind behind this pet fair, and she scheduled a number
of pet-related booths, rescue groups and pet demonstrations such
as obedience and agility. Dr. Morris had lined up a group to provide
food at the pet fair, but at the last minute; the group was unable
to participate. The Labrador Retriever Lovers came to the rescue
(so to speak) and in less than a week put together a small (but
tasty) food booth for the pet fair.
The menu included:
- Rob's Grilled to
Perfection Hot Dogs
- Marj's Famous Sloppy
- Home Made Lemon
Bars, Brownies, Cookies provided by Sarah, Gina, Karen, Kate
and Deb's Mom
- Beverages (Water
and soft drinks) and Pretzels provided by Gina and Doug
- Condiments (including
Chopped Onions and Pickle Relish) and Baby Carrots provided
by Deb and Rob
- Dog Treats and
everything else - provided by Callie and Keith
Mascots for the day were Frannie (rescued at age 8 with mammary
tumors) and Polk (rescued at age 9 with heartworm and blind from
cataracts). Both dogs proved that you CAN teach an old dog new
tricks by passing their Canine Good Citizen test!
It is our great pleasure
to present LABMED with a donation of $150 from the proceeds of
the Pet Fair. Another rescue organization is receiving an equal
Please use these funds
to help even MORE dogs in need!
The Labrador Lovers:
Deb and Rob - parents of Grover (Black), Winnie (Black) and Snuggles
Gina and Doug - parents of - Tia (Yellow), Mocha (Chocolate) and
Marj, Paul and Sarah - parents of Tasha (Black) and Bailey (Chocolate)
Callie and Keith - parents of Maggie (Yellow), Barkleigh, Cinnamon
and Nutmeg (Chocolate), Polk (Black) and Sadie Mae (Black Foster
Karen, Mark, and Kate - parents of Random (Yellow) and Madison
Dr. Laurinda Morris - parent of BeBe (Black) and Libby (Yellow)
Labrador Retriever Lovers
RECIPE CORNER - Meat
Loaf - for Dogs!
1 lb ground chicken
1 Cup Brown rice (cooked)
3 T parsley
2 T minced garlic
2T wheatgerm (you can also use flour)
2 Cups sliced carrots
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. salt
Mix it all together and bake it for 30 minutes at 350.
It is like a meat loaf.
Submitted by Pat Kolb, approved by Rhino
July - September, 2002
July 4 - Independence
July 14-28 - LABMED's 2nd 'Famous Basket Maker' Fund Raiser
July 20 - LABMED Donation Drive and Sale Kickoff
August 15 - LABMED's
6th Anniversary and Buddy's 7th Birthday
August 23-24 - LABMED
Booth at PSLRA Specialty Show, Langley WA
September 2 - Labor
September 15 - 2003 Calendars Kickoff
September 8 - Grandparents Day
September 15 - LABMED's Auction Donations Close
September 23 - Autumn Begins
The search continues for Lab-related merchandise for our 2002
Last year we had hotly contested bidding for such items as
quilts and pillows, Labrador china and crystal, Lab-themed
jewelry and wearables,
and our popular gift baskets filled with cookies, toys and
treats! If you'd like
to donate to the 2002 Bash, please use our on-line auction
Quilt project update
Our latest quilt project honoring Labrador heroes is well
underway! The"Friendship Star" pattern quilt will
be composed of red and blue quilt blocks, each with a white
star containing a personal tribute to one of ourcherished
This beautiful quilt
will be raffled off at the National Specialty on October 11,
2002. You need not be present to win. Visit our special quilt
page to purchase your raffle tickets:
of the funds raised will support our mission of providing
medical care and treatment for rescued Labs and Lab-mixes.
What better way to honor the special Labs in your life?