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Posted on 08/10/2003 7:03:01 PM PDT by CedarDave
Friday, August 8, 2003
Dog Ranch Gives Labradors Another Chance
By Rozanna M. Martinez
Of the Journal
Down on their luck Labradors may now have a chance at finding a loving home after being abused or neglected by their previous owners.
Lodestar Dog Ranch, created by Tijeras resident Tom Payne, focuses on saving Labradors and Labrador mixes.
Payne rescues the animals from shelters and from owners who no longer want them. He also takes in strays that have been dumped.
Lodestar Dog Ranch has been in operation about 10 months and has already placed 70 of its Labradors in homes, Payne said.
The organization also runs Web site www.lodestarlabs.com, which lists adoptable dogs, those that have been placed in homes and those that have been euthanized at local animal shelters.
"(Lodestar) can't physically adopt all of them," Payne said about posting euthanized Labradors. "I want people to realize what's really going on, and I don't want them to wait to get their dog."
Dogs adopted from Lodestar carry a fee of $95 to $125. The money benefits the organization, which operates from donations. Some dogs listed on the Lodestar Web site may be adopted directly from their current owner, and those do not carry an adoption fee.
Payne said the goal of a rescue group is to make sure a dog never winds up in a shelter again.
Lodestar recently rescued a Labrador and five newborn puppies from Artesia. They had been dumped by their owner and placed in a shed that reached temperatures of 150 degrees, Payne said. Two puppies died as a result, but the mother and her remaining litter are up for adoption through Lodestar.
A dog by the name of Cosmo was adopted from Lodestar by Placitas residents Charlie Young and his wife, Lucy Fox.
Cosmo, a 1 1/2-year-old male yellow Labrador, was found in his previous owner's yard restrained by an 8-foot-long chain. Coyotes also frequented the area at night, Young said.
Young said those interested in adopting a Lab should be aware of their distinct characteristics.
Labradors need room to run, are energetic and loyal, and do not make good guard dogs, Young said.
He said every Labrador thinks they are lap dogs despite their large frame. They also continue to act as puppies until they are about 3 but calm down around age 5, he said. Most Labradors rarely live past 12.
"I encourage people to contribute to a rescue in memory of their animal," Young said. "They will be doing a whole bunch of good for a lot of other animals."
To donate or to learn more about Lodestar, call 286-3729.
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Always there will be a soft spot for Labradors in my heart. A couple of them helped me grow up, and I have rarely been without one.
Logan, my last, lived to be purdy close to 16, and his heart would have gone on longer! His back went out and he ended up paralyzed one day, completely without pain.... Most honest dog I ever saw.
Less than a week before he had to be put down, bandaged for a toe surgery he was scheduled for. I lost his lifelong friend there a month later. They didn't want to be apart.
FRetriever Logan at 4 years old.
Rest in Peace Logan, Nov 1988-March 25, 2003
"The day after Mic died, my friends from the ranch in Cloudcroft stopped by, not knowing anything about what had happened. They were shocked to hear about Mic. Gloria said that I should bring him up to the ranch and bury him in the meadow across the canyon from the ranch house. That way, as she said, "she could keep an eye on him". I did that this morning. It is a beautiful spot. Flowers will bloom in the spring and summer, and the tall pines and fir trees will shade it from the summer heat. Just a couple of weeks ago, he was chasing me down the hill in the meadow as we went sledding. It's a perfect spot for him to rest! "
The vet sent me a card that sums up things perfectly:
"We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached. Unable to accept its awful gaps, we stll would live no other way. We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan... "The Once Again Prince" from "Separate Life Times" by Irving Towsend
I love that quote at the bottom... I am going to save that indeed!
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