Helen and I were called upon to help transport two yellow Lab pups from someplace north of Valdosta, Georgia to a spot east of Brooksville. Our normal mode of transportation is the Jeep with a crate in the back. I’ve been having a problem with a small leak in the radiator, but figured that I could make the run by leaving the radiator cap loose and carrying five gallons of water. I was sorely mistaken. I only got three miles into my trip when the car overheated. Apparently the radiator problem is a byproduct of a stuck thermostat. I tried to call home, but of course there was no signal. I also could not call ahead to let others know I’d be late. I used the water to cool the engine and went back home where we put some stuff in the Lincoln and headed to Gainesville.
Another LRROF (Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida) volunteer, Cindy, brought the two pups from the place in Georgia to Gainesville. We have made this run before on several occasions. In short order we got to within about 7 miles of the meeting place, then hit a massive traffic jam. The last 7 miles took over an hour. A torrential downpour hours before had caused several accidents. There was a tractor-trailer jack knifed on the side of Route 75 and a little further along there was a car with the whole rear seriously bashed in. When we drove by, there was nothing to really gawk at, but it still slowed traffic to a crawl. On the way back we found that the backup had increased to about 10 miles.
Here are the two pups, a male on the right and a female on the left. Cindy told us that when she pulled them from their crate, it was the first time that they were out of it. They have had no shots, but appear to be in good shape.
There is no such animal as a Lab that doesn’t like attention, and this guy is Mr. Personality.
Around March 17th you might see people wearing pins saying “Kiss me, I’m Irish”. There should be one for Labs saying “Scratch my belly, I’m a Labrador Retriever”.
WOW!!!! First time out of the cage and what do we have here? Nice, soft green stuff. My life is getting better by the minute.
This is the male and he seemed enthralled by the sights outside the car window. He and his sister were both very well behaved and quiet. The required no special care and it was a very easy transport.
We met June, another LRROF volunteer at the McDonalds in Hernando County and she was going to take them to her house. It is my understanding that she will adopt the male and foster the female until adopted. They are both real cuties and I doubt that she will be fostering the female for very long.
At a time where charities in Florida are under increasing scrutiny due to the huge amounts of money taken in and the very small percent actually spent on the charity, it’s nice to work with LRROF. Our time and gas money goes to rescue dogs. Money donated to LRROF goes to spaying, neutering, heartworm treatment and more.
Again, it is a privilege to help these pups in need.