Labrador Life Line is currently in need of Lab loving folks to help Labrador Life Line continue to grow and aid more Labradors each year. You see, it not only takes money to keep Labrador Life Line afloat, but people power as well.

All board members are volunteers, who in addition to working hard to help Labs, have families, jobs, and other endeavors that require their time and attention. Our triage cases, online events, ongoing fundraising programs and website maintenance keep us very busy!

 

We have an immediate need for dedicated people with interest in the areas of publicity, fundraising, web llllogoxsmdesign/management, and/or case assessment in order for the board to have enough people-power to keep LLL sailing smoothly. There are many ways that you can help ranging from a one-time donation of a service to becoming a board member. Assistance of any kind is so very needed and would be tremendously appreciated as it could make the difference in saving ten lives versus saving only nine.

 

We coordinate all of our efforts online, so you can live anywhere and participate daily as your schedule allows. All of us here at LLL can honestly tell you that the experience is very rewarding in many ways, too!

 

Please visit www.labradorlifeline.org and read our success stories. Meet the Labs that LLL has helped so you can see first hand that YOU CAN make a difference. If you are interested in joining the LLL team and helping us help Labradors please contact Michelle Brown at michelle@labradorlifeline.org for more information.

LLL Life SaversOnce again on behalf of the LLL board and all of those Labradors whose lives have been saved and those that will be saved, we thank you for your past, present, and future support.

Now that the Labour of Love Auction is over, the board of Labrador Life Line would like to thank all of you who joined our “labour force.” From donors to bidders, your contributions and support will help to ensure LLL’s mission and commitment to help purebred Labs in need of our assistance. llllogoxsm

Thank you all for a “job” well done.

 

Wendy and the Labrador Life Line Board

Are you, or anyone you know, ‘born country’?

If so, Labrador Life Line has the perfect auction items for you!

Best of all, no bids have been placed yet on any of these fantastic items. In other words, your bid could be the first and the last, which means, you’ve won!

Could it be any easier?

Check out these items and be sure to click on the link to place your (hopefully) winning bid now!

Looking for a grand old time? How about this? A gift certificate for a one night stay at the beautiful Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville? LL243 2Want more? How about breakfast for two at the Cascades?

Don’t let the fun (or the music) stop there!

How about a 2014 complimentary certificate for admission for two to the Grand Ole Opry? LL241 2

It’s never to early to start Christmas shopping. The auction also has two great listening experiences! The perfect stocking stuffer for your favorite country music fan!Bid now to win a signed CD from Brad Paisley and/or hot new recording artist Jerrod Niemann! 

Like Paisley says, this is country music (and at its best!And this is the Labrador Life Line Labour of Love auctionthe auction that benefits purebred Labs in need!

Bid often, and win!
Thanks for your support!
 

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Don’t miss out!
Auction ends on September 13th!

Labour of Love defined:

a piece of hard work that you do because you enjoy it,
and not because you will receive money or praise for it, IMG_1443
or because you need to it.

That is how the board members at Labrador Life Line feel
when we put together our annual fundraisers.

If you haven’t done so already, please go and register for
 our upcoming Labour of Love Auction.

The auction starts Friday, August 29th at 5pm central time.

Your support of our annual fundraisers bring happy endings 
and tail wags for purebred Labs who would otherwise go 
without medical care and/or emergency treatment.

???????????????????????????????????????While thinking for a topic to write about for this week’s blog, I looked out the patio door/windows for inspiration. It looked like a storm was on its way. Confirming my suspicions, if on cue, a roll of thunder boomed off in the distance. Soon after, the clouds unleashed and it was pouring, or should I say, it was raining cats and dogs.
While its exact origins are open to much debate, the most commonly accepted version of the phrase, “raining cats and dogs” is believed to be coined by Jonathan Swift. Described as a “satire on the conversations of the upper classes” (Library of Congress), the phrase appears in Swift’s 1738 work the “Complete Collection of Genteel and Ingenious Conversation.” 

In the story, one of the characters fears, “I know Sir John will go, though he was sure it would rain cats and dogs”.

Open to debate is whether or not Swift actually coined the phrase or was using a cliché.

The first recorded use of the phrase (or something similar) dates back to 1651. In Olor Iscanus, a collection of poems by British poet Henry Vaughan, he descibed a roof that was secure when “dogs and cats rained in shower.

However, it was most likely it was Swift’s satire that started the phrase’s popularity and usage in with the common man.

 

 

LabI recently stumbled across this article in the LA Times archives. I know the piece is almost 30 years old is “old news” but I think it will make any Labrador Retriever owner smile.

Klaus was sentenced for what Labs do best–retrieving.

Klaus, a seven-year-old Labrador Retriever and career criminal who spent his days stealing women’s handbags, was finally brought to justice by a German Shepherd.

A German court handed down Klaus’ sentence.

Klaus’ owner received a year’s suspended sentence and was ordered to find Klaus a new home.

His owner’s defense?

The unemployed computer technician, told the judge and court that as a “hobby” he “taught Klaus to steal handbags.”

Klaus was nabbed after his latest robbery attempt was botched by the German Shepherd.

imagesIt’s not just a human problem.

Obesity rates among pets have, according to a recent Washington Post article, led to the creation of “fat farms” for our pets.     
Did you know? “53 percent of dogs are overweight,” says Ernie Ward, veterinarian and founder of the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention. A whopping “45 percent increase from four years ago.”
Like their human best friends, obese dogs can develop several health problems including: diabetes, joint problems, heart disease and a decreased life expectancy
Weight loss techniques to help Fido slim down range from “pawlates” to “doga” and “barko polo.” If these sound vaguely familiar to you, they are the doggy versions of Pilates, yoga, and Marco Polo. The fat camps don’t just employ cutting-edge methods to help the dog lose those excess pounds. Swimming, nature hikes, and treadmill trots, are also used. Activities most dogs already love to do (but just don’t get enough of at home.)
In all activities, “The dogs work for their meals. Debora Montgomery, a spokeswoman for the Morris Animal Inn explained. “We praise and make the sessions fun and interactive.”

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With time and patience, a dog owner from Montana has taught his best friend math 101?
Beau, a twelve-year-old black Labrador Retriever, showed signs of his high intelligence in puppyhood, says his owner David Madsen. According to his proud owner/math teacher, Beau can do a “variety of math skills.”

“He counts, he adds and subtracts, he can do some division and has memorized square roots,” Madsen claims.

Madsen goes on to provide an example for the doubting Thomases out there.

If Madsen tells Beau there are six dogs at the park and three dogs leave, Madsen then asks Beau.

“How many are left?”

Beau replies: “Woof, woof, woof.”

What next?

A dog who can spell?

Until next time…

Wendy

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They often say a picture is worth a thousand words.

All proceeds from every picture you entered in Labrador Life Line’s Cyber Dog Show will go to help purebred Labrador Retrievers in need of medical care or emergency treatment. Since our inception in 1999, Labrador Life Line has assisted hundreds of Labs. If given the opportunity, I know that they would thank you for your support of LLL, and for giving them a second chance.

And so do we.

From the entire Labrador Life Line board. thank you for your continued support and contribution, we couldn’t do this without you.