I just found Cassie's Club, and would like to tell you
about my dog, Buddy. He is a yellow lab, probably about
two years old, who was found on a farm in Iowa
in August, 1996. His left front leg was shattered,
and he had buckshot wounds in his face. He had been
on the farm several days, but wouldn't let anyone
near him. He was rescued by Becky Loyd and Kathy Coy,
who arranged for the local animal shelter to take him
in while they tried to raise the funds to treat him.
Upset and concerned about him, Becky turned to the
labrador list on the internet, telling the members
about the "sad little man." Those on the list began
writing Becky, offering to donate funds for his treatment.
Within the next couple of days, there was enough money
to pay for his surgery, and he went home with Becky
and Kathy to recuperate. The money kept coming in,
though, and that was the beginning of LABMED, the Labrador
Emergency Medical Fund, which is a non-profit organization,
run entirely over the internet, for the purpose of
raising funds to assist rescued labradors who need
medical treatment. In its first year, LABMED has
assisted eight other rescued labs, all in need of
medical treatment that the local rescue organization
could not afford.
In March, 1997, LABMED held its first major fund-raiser,
an auction carried out over the internet. During that time,
I found out that Buddy was still available for adoption,
and my husband and I decided to add him to our family,
which already included Clay, my husband's Seeing Eye dog, a
5-year old chocolate lab. We also have two other dogs,
both rescues: Daisy, a 6-year old mixed breed, and Barney,
a 2-year old Beagle.
Buddy came to us in late March, and has found his way into
our hearts as well as our home. He goes with me to work often,
and we are working on his obedience training. I'd like to
eventually do pet therapy with him. We were so happy to
find out about Cassie and the other members of her club,
and Buddy would be honored to become a member. Thanks for
the opportunity to join!
I'm sending you two pictures of Buddy, and one of Buddy and Clay.
For more information about Buddy or about LABMED, I can be reached at:
Friday September 26, 1997
Hessi (the yellow dog now at rest)
Clay (the chocolate dog who melts in your heart, not in your hands)
Buddy (the yellow dog who went from Bullet to bouncy)