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More Labrador Tales: America's Favorite Dog Revisited

illustration by Terry Albert LABMED was pleased to present Labrador Tales: A Celebration of America's Favorite Dog in August of 1998. We are doubly excited to be able to offer MORE Lab Tales stories in a brand new book. This new production contains many of your favorites from the first book but additionally it will include approximately 38 brand new stories from our favorite storytellers, John Arrington and Walt Zientek - who won the prestigious Maxwell Medallion Award for Labrador Tales. The award was presented to the authors in February, 2000 at the Dog Writer's Association The Maxwell Award of America Awards Banquet in New York City. And once again, this volume is beautifully illustrated by Lab lover and pet portrait artist, Terry Albert!

Get ready to enjoy new stories from John on the antics of a now-adolescent Chamois. And you'll love the new short stories, thought-provoking essays and poignant poems from Walt. Terry Albert's beautiful artwork has appeared on posters, t-shirts and note cards; she has designed several t-shirts and posters for the LRC National Specialty Show! This new Lab Tales rewrite includes many new illustrations like this one of Buddy Whaley, LABMED's ambassador, as well as the new cover artwork shown above.

WHEN WILL IT BE READY?

Book GraphThis is a major production for LABMED, and we're very excited. The book material is ready to go and we know you'll like it. We have the assistance of an excellent publicist/publisher who is ready to start working on producing and publicizing this new book. LABMED needs at least $8000 in hand, in order to start production of this new book; the book graph shows our progress. But LABMED operates on a tight budget -- we have so many dogs needing our help, that we must be careful with every dollar. But we want to get the new book to you as soon as possible. In order to do that, we've worked out the following plan -- and you can help!

  1. Donations can be made to LABMED specifically earmarked to fund this new book rewrite. As always, your donations to LABMED are tax-deductible and very welcome. Please use this form to submit your donation information and amount. These specifically donated funds will enable us to keep more of our currently available funds ready for Labs in need.
  2. Pre-Sales will begin as soon as we have enough money to begin printing this book. Once we raise the money for the book we will have a firm release date and we can start this process. If you'd like for LABMED to contact you personally at that time, you may fill out the following form. This new edition of Labrador Tales will be a limited edition print run of 2000 books. By letting us know that you are interested we will put you on our priority list for sales. There will be something special for each person on our priority list. No money for advance book sales will be accepted at this time, but we do welcome your thoughts and comments.
  3. Our publicist, Denise, will be organizing book days across the country at Barnes and Noble bookstores. If you would like to host a book day to help publicize this book, please fill out this form so we can get you on our list to set up a date and time in the near future. This effort would involve sitting at a table in your local Barnes and Noble Booksellers, chatting with people who stop by the table, handing out pre-order forms, maintaining a sign up sheet for people to sign for additional information/future contact, perhaps talking about Lab rescue or LABMED, but definitely promoting this new book. We'd love to have as many supporters across the country as possible help us with this special effort.

WHY REPRINT THIS BOOK?

That's a really good question but also one easily answered! The material for this book was donated to LABMED by the creators specifically to raise funds for LABMED. LABMED uses these funds to pay the vet bills for rescue dogs in need of medical assistance and educate the general public about the tragic situation that currently exists in this country. Every year thousands of Labrador Retrievers are euthanized due to the lack of available funds needed for medical expenses. Many of these Labradors have very treatable injuries or illnesses but are euthanized solely because the resources do not exist to give the veterinary treatment needed to restore them to good health. It is our hope that this book will reach many more individuals who will, through our educational efforts, realize that these animals can be saved. LABMED stands to raise up to $20,000 from the sales of these books in cold hard cash that will be funneled back into future fundraising projects or medical treatments for rescued Labs. No monetary value can be placed on this effort if more of these worthy animals are saved from certain death. However, in order to reach this huge Lab loving general public we need to gain their attention. We feel this book is a wonderful 'attention getter' and we are sure you'll agree. The other really good reason is...our original print run of books is almost entirely depleted. We would need to reprint the original material anyway at this time. So, instead of doing the same thing over again, we decided to make it even better. We added new material (like the examples above), we chose a new publicist/publisher, asked John and Walt for new stories and Terry for artwork. The result is a fantastic new publication that we feel is much more than a second edition -- it's almost like a new book!

Watch this web page for future updates!

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