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John Mills, owner of Innovative Detection Concepts, and trainer Lourdes Edlin of Action Pack Performing Dogs, use their dogs Cobra, front, and Vinnie to sniff out the laurel wilt fungus and locate infected avocado trees. The dogs were being trained at the University of Florida Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead.
Ambrosia beetles are spreading laurel wilt, a fungal virus, which is responsible for killing more than 12,000 commercial avocado trees in South Florida since 2012.
Miami Herald, Pedro Portal / firstname.lastname@example.org, Jul 29, 2016
Friends of our Veterans,
Redland Ahead and the Florida International University are hosting the Stars and Stripes Charity Auction where the proceeds will go to the non-profit 501(c)3 www.redlandahead.org to support the Veterans to Farmers program and to the 1916 Redland Farm Life School renovation project.
In addition to auctioning antique furniture, high quality Oriental Carpets, unique artwork and exquisite jewelry, we will also have local vendors, food trucks and a K-9 demonstration during the weekend.
Shadow, a beautiful German Shepherd and her canine buddy, Barney, appeared at our training facility November of 2014. Both dogs were thin and hoping for a handout. Immediately they were taken in, vetted and cared for. Shadow was extremely friendly with people; however, the only dog she would befriend was Barney. It was clear that the two relied on each other for survival.
After attempts to locate her previous owners failed, the decision was made to find her a new home. Shadow was intelligent, kind and ready to offer many years of love and companionship. Through the assistance of a rescue group her new family were located. Mike possessed experience with the breed and had no other animals. A perfect match!
“Shadow came from the streets in the Redlands. Having lost my last dog after several months we decided to adopt an abandoned dog, we met Shadow. Some training treats, leash time and now a couple weeks short of a year, Shadow is the most affectionate, smartest dog I have owned. .Give these abandoned dogs a home, some love and they ARE great pets and companions.” -Mike Blackstock
On a stormy day in November of 2014, a dog was found running on Krome Ave, a very busy road. A purebred Pekingese. Efforts to locate his previous owners were taken; however, he was most likely discarded due to the poor condition he was in.
The initial evaluation of the Pekingese indicated that he was visually impaired labeling him unadoptable by most rescue organizations. Fortunately, a breed rescue group offered assistance with this special case and provided the support needed to change Oliver’s life. This little guy had so much to offer, it became our mission to find him the perfect home. After many days of coordination, Oliver was on his way to Texas. To the delight of the Second Chance Canines team, his new family has exceeded all expectations.
“My husband and I adopted Oliver in February 2015. I saw him listed for adoption with a rescue and fell in love instantly. My first dog, when I was five years old, was a Pekingese. Through the years my life has been filled with many wonderful dogs of other breeds but not a Pekingese until we adopted Oliver. I’m so happy to have another because we adore him!
I flew a day trip from Houston, TX to Florida to pick him up. Oliver joined our family of five other rescue dogs of different sizes and breeds. Oliver is very laid back and overall adjusted beautifully considering it can get a bit crazy sometimes in the Nuzzo household. My husband and I own our own consulting company and work in our home so we are there all the time to oversee the doggie ‘madness’. Oliver is quite a character and funny, playful, friendly and affectionate. He brings us joy every day and we are so happy we adopted him into our family. -Kim Nuzzo
The Redland is a rural area of southwest Miami sadly too often utilized as the dumping grounds of unwanted dogs. Many of them wander in hopes of finding a kind person that will offer them the necessities of life. To them….a home with a warm bed, gentle hand and an opportunity to love is “icing on the cake”. Cooper (aka Coco) is a Chocolate Lab that was one of those dogs.
He was found in a fruit grove looking for food from any source. He was taken in by Second Chance Canines during the summer of 2014. His temperament test indicated that he possessed attributes of a potential detector dog; however, his need for a home was much greater. In preparation of life in a home it was decided to place Cooper with a foster family. Great supporters of rescue dogs, Marci and Ken, reached out to offer their assistance. They were what Cooper needed to complete the cycle that Second Chance canines started. The cycle that included a warm bed, gentle hand and an opportunity to love. Through their hard work they located the ideal family for him. Finally, Cooper can have his cake and eat it too….icing and all.
“Cooper……Sweet from the very beginning, yet a little “lost.” He found love in every room of our house and hearts…..and daily has planted his stamp on it all with his cuddles and kisses, patience and obedience, playfulness and exuberance. He doesn’t have to look over his shoulder any more. He knows he is “found.” We’re all in love!!!” -Mike and Roseanne Carbo
“Already involved with the local farm community, Bhat and Jayachandran, in collaboration with retired U.S. Army Col. John Mills, who now serves as president of non-profit Redland Ahead, debuted the Veterans and Small Farmers Outreach Program at FIU in early 2015. The initiative caters to former soldiers and new or aspiring minority farmers.”
Florida’s avocado groves are under attack
Fox News, July 2, 2015
On 6/12, Thursday a young male Rottweiler was picked up from the Ag-Center. Apparently this Redland roamer showed up at their location earlier in the week looking for a hand-out. Although he looked fully grown, he was still quite young. He appeared to be a result of neglect and physical abuse. When leashed he would cower in fear and his neck was severely irritated from a tightly worn collar.
Once the Rottie (temp named Charlie) arrived under the care of Kelley, K9 Handler and Lourdes, K9 Trainer he was given a thorough evaluation. It was decided that he needed to be fostered with a family that understood his needs and the breed.
Fortunately, Donna from the Ag-Center was able to initiate a conversation with Southern States Rescue Rottweilers (SSRR) who provided us a contact person in WPB. Once Suzanne from SSRR was contacted she was eager to assist in any way. After a bath, grooming and 3 days of TLC, Charlie responded extremely well to the gentle handling.
Today, Sunday morning, Charlie, our Rottie was placed with Suzanne (rescue person) in WPB that owns 3 Rotties. He was immediately taken to a vet for a quick medical exam and was found heartworm negative. The photos below are Charlie’s before (pick-up day) and after (with his foster family, dog on right) photos.