Stop the Madness
Operation: Peanut's Holiday of Hope
This is a continuation of the Stop The Madness campaign and rescue of Labradors from a backyard "breeder". We are in the final stretch and we have had 23 Labradors come in who have no human socialization.
Peanut was one of the Labs rescued in Operation Sunday Labs. Peanut arrived in very poor medical condition. He was extremely malnourished and suffering from parasites and tick-borne illnesses. Sadly, despite exceptional foster home and Vet care, Peanut survived only a few days. L.E.A.R.N. has dedicated subsequent efforts to rescue the remaining Labs at that breeder's in Peanut's honor: Operation Peanut's Promise and now the finale of Peanut's Holiday of Hope Labs.
We already have confirmation of pregnancies, mammary tumors, Lymes', Analpamosis, Lung Worm, and Whip Worm. None of the dogs are fixed, which we will see to once it is safe to do so.
Operation Peanut's Promise
You likely remember well and continue to follow Stop The Madness - Operation Sunday Labs, L.E.A.R.N.’s effort to rescue and re-home 11 Labradors from a retiring breeder. All of the breeder's Labs lived outside 24-7 with only some barrels and small dog houses for shelter and cheap dog food and bread for food. The area where the dogs lived was filled with garbage and excrement. They are all unsocialized and had never seen a Vet.
This is where we need your help.
We estimate that Vet costs will average $750 per Lab
(The vetting for 4 of Operation Sunday Labs was well over $1,000 each), and our adoption fees and donations are applied strictly to our veterinary costs. Consider sponsoring one of our Peanut’s Promise Labs in honor or memory of a loved one Please visit http://www.labadoption.org/info/donate to donate to our Stop the Madness Campaign.
Meet Peanut’s Promise Labs:
Binkee, 1 year old black male, started out as a “statue dog” and fearful of new situations, but he is now wagging his tail and learning all sorts of fun behaviors, including chewing up his cone after his neuter surgery, necessitating a trip back to the Vet for his incision to be re-sutured.
Booboo, is 1 year old black male. This timid boy who wouldn’t come out of his crate is now a tail-wagging, prancing, toy-holding guy. He began retrieving a ball and loves it. Despite being an outside dog, Booboo has never had an accident in the house but would make a good thief. He has tried to take shoes, a remote control, and items from table tops. He is very easy to correct and stops undesirable behaviors immediately. Booboo gets along well with a 12 yr old Chocolate Lab, a 5 year-old Boston Terrier and the sneaky cat.
Bowser, a 1 year old black male, is described as “perfection” and everything that could be wanted in a dog. He’s tall with a gorgeous coat. While he can be timid and nervous, he’s eager to please, very affectionate, and would enjoy a canine friend. He’s been adjusting to the more temperate climate of indoor life and didn’t need any house training. Bowser loves couches and is learning to play fetch and now knows what a squeaky toy is. So far, he’s noticed a cat but has neither pursued nor sought her out. He’s been figuring out how to use stairs.
Bravo, a 13 month-old yellow male, gets along well with the 8 year-old Lab in his foster home. He’s very sweet and has only had one accident . .our fault because he didn’t get outside in time.
Bucky, a 13 month old black male, has been neutered and is not happy with the Vet's instructions not to play hard; he misses his fun time. He is completely housebroken and goes to the door and waits. He’s learning to ring the bells on the door but hasn’t quite caught on yet. He surprised his foster home when a friend came over. Bucky barked, something he hadn’t done previously, but he calmed right down. He’s learning to sit before he eats; to avoid inhaling his food, he eats his dinner in two parts.
Frosty is a 13 months old yellow male (pictured), and Skipper, a yellow male, is 6 years old.
Jack, a 13 month old black male, has gained a few pounds in his first weeks at his foster home. Jack initially was quite timid and tucked his tail between his legs and never wagged it. Now he wags his tail constantly. He eats and drinks like he hasn't eaten in days! He inhales his food and then tries to eat the other dog’s food but without success. Jack sleeps quietly at night in his crate and keeps it very clean. His potty training has been going very well, and he stands by the door when he needs to go out. He walks nicely on his leash and sometimes holds his leash in his mouth and prances as if taking himself for a walk. He’s learning not to jump on the counter. Jack enjoys cuddling with the other two Labs at his foster home despite plenty of available dog beds.
Ruger, 4 month old yellow male, has been doing well and has much puppy energy. He loves toys. He likes to fetch something and then play 'keep away.' He’s aspiring to keep up with the “big dogs” in the yard, but when he can’t, he struts around with a toy in his mouth. He now knows how to go upstairs, and his potty training is going well. He keeps his crate clean. His obedience training has been progressing well despite his love of stealing shoes by the door. He still has that puppy craziness!
Ladybug aka Lady, is approximately 1 year old yellow female. Her personality has begun to shine through and seems to smile when she's happy. She loves to play with toys and fetch them — but not bring them back and drop. Sudden noises frighten her, but only temporarily, and the vacuum doesn’t bother her. She raced away the first time she heard a blender but, by the third time, did not react at all. Ladybug’s potty training has been going well, and she keeps her crate clean. She’s learned “sit” and “down” quickly. She does need to slow down at the food bowl.
Luke, 1 year-old yellow male, has been settling in nicely. He's very sweet, curious, and very brave for treats. He has learned “sit” and loves running around with his foster home’s Lab in the yard. He likes the noise that squeaky toys make, but balls still perplex him somewhat.
Zach and Pushkin are brothers, 5-6 years old and both have many excellent qualities. They keep their kennels clean and know to chew only their bones and toys. They are very quiet and walk well on the leash. They will start classes as soon as they’ve adjusted more and had their health issues resolved. They are quite wary of new things, but their foster mom knows two happy dogs reside inside these frightened boys, and soon they will emerge.
Rusty, 8-12 months old yellow male. Rusty is a sweet little boy. He is very nervous around unfamiliar people, but he is beginning to make great strides and becoming more secure everyday. He is very sweet and affectionate and loves to be with you. He learns very quickly and knows "sit," "off," and "come." He also loves being an inside dog and laying on the furniture. He has started to play with my dogs and loves to play tug and fetch.
Please watch L.E.A.R.N.’s website and Facebook page for updates on these guys and all their other friends and consider helping us with their Vet expenses. And, please watch for our next issue of The Retriever which will include more good news about L.E.A.R.N.
Operation Sunday Labs
On November 16th took in eleven (yes, 11) Labradors. We are working with Pets in Crisis to assist in re-homing Labradors from a retiring breeder.
L.E.A.R.N. volunteers came together to help out these Labs. These Labs lived outside 24-7 with only some barrels and small dog houses for shelter and cheap dog food and bread for food. The area the dogs were kept in was filled with garbage and excrement. During Operation Sunday, 11 of these Labs were transported to Sponge Spa Car Washes in Janesville, WI who were kind enough to let us use their location to transfer and bathe all of the Labs. All Lab, which had a dog wash attached, were dirty and in need of a bath on arrival. This was a new situation for all of them, and they were petrified. We were surprised by the small size of the Labs, seven of the Labs were 1 year old and not one was over 30 lbs. We took our time and bathed all but Macy, the small pup. After baths the Labs enjoyed love, cuddles and treats from our volunteers, except for Goldie who had an open wound on his side. Two volunteers took him to the animal ER for x-rays and staples. Two hours later, these 11 dogs headed off to their warm foster homes where they would begin living as "man's best friend" should and start learning to trust humans.
This is where we need your help. In the first week these Labs have been diagnosed with malnourishment, whipworm infestations, Lyme’s disease, Anaplasmosis, broken teeth, and a tumor that will need to be removed. In addition to treatment for various ailments, all of our Operation Sunday Labs need to be microchipped, neutered/spayed, vaccinated, and put on heartworm preventative. Please visit http://www.labadoption.org/info/donate to donate to our Operation Sunday Labs Fund.
That’s not all! We have just learned that the breeder has agreed to surrender 10 more Labs shortly. :-) This is great news for those Labs. However, this increases our need for foster homes and funds to help these dogs. We need people willing to open their homes and their hearts, and we need funds to cover their Vetting needs.
Here's how you can help:
Become a foster home, if only for 1 time.
Make a donation to help pay for Vet expenses and help get these Labs on the road to a health and vitality.
This holiday season, consider offering a priceless gift to the ones you love - sponsor one of our Operation Sunday Labs in honor or memory of your loved one. In addition to knowing you helped put these dogs on the path to a good, healthy future, we will send you a certificate with their photo and biography in time for the holidays. For example:
The group of Labs arriving shortly will be in Peanut’s memory; Operations Peanut’s Promise.
Please visit www.labadoption.org/info/donate to donate to our Stop the Madness Fund. If you would like to donate in honor or memory of someone, please email our Financial Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide their name(s).
If you would like to help by fostering, please complete a Volunteer Application.
These 11 Labs and all of our L.E.A.R.N. volunteers sincerely thank you for whatever help you can give to support our Operation Sunday Labs Rescue and allow us to help rescue more Stop the Madness Labs later this month.
(If you are interested in learning more about the various parasites and health conditions listed above, please visit: http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_the_pet_web_library.html )
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