Thursday, December 15, 2016

News and Updates

Been very busy lately.

Pete needed eyelid surgery for Entropion.  
Entropion is a genetic condition in which a portion of the eyelid is inverted or folded inward. This can cause an eyelash or hair to irritate and scratch the surface of the eye, leading to corneal ulceration or perforation. It can also cause dark-colored scar tissue to build up over the wound (pigmentary keratitis). These factors may cause a decrease or loss of vision.

Basically, his eyelids were partly curled in on the bottom, and the lashes were rubbing his eyes, which made them weepy.  The corrective surgery is pretty straight forward, and aside from him needing the cone of shame for a while, and looking REALLY sad, he's fine.

Pete was cared for by the EXCELLENT staff and Veterinarians at the Decatur Pet Health Center.  They are my go-to for all dog health needs, and always take the time to dumb-down the explanations so I can understand them. 😊  


First dog accepted for service dog training.
Our beloved Fuzzy Butt is off to enter service dog training!  In keeping with our mission to produce quality Labradors for service dogs for wounded warriors, yesterday we were paid a visit by Cheryl from Patriot Paws. She assessed Fuzzy and was very impressed with his focus, and his aptitude seemed perfect for the job.  Fuzzy was donated directly to Patriot Paws and will hopefully complete his training in a year or so and become a service dog.

Fuzzy (right) shows his focus

Formed Hero Labradors in TX
I filed our formation documents as a State NonProfit.  This document lays out the purpose of Hero Labradors and our Board.  Once I hear back from the Texas Secretary of State, I can then apply for an EIN and file with the IRS for 501(c)3 recognition.  You'd think this is an easy process, but I've needed several emails and calls to a very trusted lawyer friend who basically told me "I love the concept, but let me do the paperwork."  (Which is a nice way of saying "You have no idea what you're doing, go color while the experts deal with the laws."  I'm down with that.  Part of being a good leader is knowing when you are way out of your depth, asking for and accepting help from experts.  He also mentioned that 'Now I can tell people I've had a conversation with Chuck Ziegenfuss about dog semen."  To which I replied "Well, that pool isn't as small as you'd think!"  

That's all for this update, more to come, and more puppy pictures soon!

--Chuck