Friday, October 6, 2017

Platinum, Baby!

Great news!

Hero Labradors just earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing these metrics, we’re helping the sector move beyond simplistic financial ratios to assess nonprofit progress.  We chose to display quantitative metrics such as the number of dogs provided to trainers out of the total number of dogs produced to represent how hard Hero Labradors is working toward achieving our mission.


Since we have a pretty unique mission, we had to generate our own metrics, as the standard business and nonprofit metrics simply don't apply. We’re proud to use GuideStar Platinum to share our full and complete story with the world. To reach the Platinum level, we added extensive information to our Nonprofit Profile: basic contact and organizational information; in-depth financial information; quantitative information about goals, strategies, and progress toward our mission. We encourage other nonprofits to take advantage of GuideStar Platinum to share key metrics with the world and highlight the changes you’re making. Updating is free. To learn more about GuideStar Platinum, click here, or go to guidestar.org/platinum. To learn more about guidestar:


And as always, a pupper pic!




Thursday, August 17, 2017

Halia's first litter (Aug 2016)

These little guys were always hungry!

Two have gone on to training programs, and one (Hero Labradors Polar Bear) was kept to build our breeding program.

A good breeding program takes time.  From birth to 2 years, the dogs are kept healthy and socialized, and tested for genetic defects through a DNA screening.

Once they turn two, then they get their hips and elbows screened for dysplasia, and eyes checked annually for canine retinal atrophy.

Polar Bear, being Halia's son, won't breed with her, but SHOULD be able to breed with Hero Labradors Nani.  Polar Bear is VERY calm and focused, like his mom (when she isn't playing.)  He is a BIG lab, currently about 70 lbs at 1 year, and still has to "fill out" his big feet and body.  Nani is more petite than Halia, but full of energy and Very cuddly.  She's the couch ninja who can slide right next to you and you don't even realize she'd gotten on the couch.



Nani is super playful and LOVES to run.  If all goes well, her first litter should be next summer, and between her and Polar Bear I expect happy, calm, sturdy puppies that are right in the target zone for what I am looking for in terms of size and temperament.


--Chuck

Monday, July 31, 2017

Different ways to keep cool

Nani and Polar bear live the fan to cool off.  Halia prefers to swim.  Tonto just pants.  He's... different.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Nani's spot

Nani has a spot.

On the porch, it is directly in front of the fan.

In the house, it's on the same AC register.  Every afternoon/evening, she comes in, gets cool, and then the playing resumes.

I don't think I've ever seen her truly tired.

One more year, then hip/elbow xrays, DNA screening, eye tests, and we can breed her with Polar Bear.

--Chuck

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

New Logo

There it is folks, our new logo.  Thanks to the great work of the students in the Rochester Institute of Technology's Design department.

No, I don't have it in a larger format (yet).
The little rectangle at the bottom says A 501c3 Charity

Still to come:
Hats, patches, shirts, mugs, stickers, etc.

--Chuck


Monday, April 3, 2017

Ways to help

Our gofundme is still going on...

But also consider:

--Setting up a recurring donation
--Honoring or memorializing someone
--Matching your employee's donation
--Pledging for a three-year period
--Conducting a fundraiser
--smile.amazon.com

Emergency Vet trip

Update:  
Polar Bear is home.  Happy and healthy, and no worse for the wear.  Seems he got into a discarded bag of Ortho bug-b-gone and licked the dregs.

Luckily, it was 98% empty. 

$137 for an exam, overnight stay with IV, and catheter  (that'll teach him.)

Polar Bear is weak and shaky.  Unsteady when standing and walking.
No idea what happened/what he got into/what got at him.
No vomiting or diarrhea or fever.  Vet says it fits with a toxin given the sudden onset.  Could be something he ate, (noxious plant) or got into (but just like babies, we keep dangerous stuff up and away.)
They're putting him on IV fluids and keeping him overnight.
Hopefully this doesn't wipe out our bank account.
I'll update when I kniw more.
--Chuck