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Buddies of LABMED

BuddyEverybody who is familiar with LABMED knows about Buddy, formerly known as Bullet or the "Sad Little Man" - he's the dog who started it all. But maybe you didn't know that LABMED has lots of buddies - friends and supporters of LABMED who generously give of their time and talent, and money, in ways that mean so much to us. LABMED's Board of Directors is completely made up of volunteers, and while we all work long hours and give the time and money we can, we can't do it all. On this page, we want to recognize those wonderful "Buddies of LABMED" and thank them for what they have done for us.

This page is - and always will be - a work in progress. There have been many Buddies of LABMED in the past and new ones come to offer their support often. If you know of a Buddy who has not been added yet, please let us know by writing to info@labmed.org.

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From The Beginning

These are the people who were there to help LABMED from the very start.

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Becky Loyd and Kathy Coy - Bullet's Legacy. These two women rescued Bullet and posted about him so eloquently that even folks who had never been involved in rescue before just had to help out. They not only saved his life, because of their actions and their words, but they kept right on working to save other labs' lives even after Bullet's was no longer in danger. They have since founded The Rainbow Farms Project, a place for those special animals who are not yet ready for the Rainbow Bridge
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Jack Arnold, of Virginia. Jack is someone who deserves the gratitude of every single person and dog who has been touched by LABMED in any way. Even though he was leaving town, he wrote Becky Loyd and said, "Don't let them put this dog down for a lack of funds." His $100 pledge that night in 1996 inspired Becky and Kathy Coy to go forward with their plans to help the "Sad Little Man" despite his terrible injuries. As we all know, Bullet was given the chance to be rescued and treated because of pledges from folks like Jack, and the money left over from that effort is how LABMED got started. It probably would have still happened, eventually - LABMED is a wonderful idea and much-needed. But Jack's immediate response was crucial. Over the years, he has remained a true friend of LABMED - with financial and moral support. He is truly one of our very special Buddies of LABMED.
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Labrador-L e-mail List: Without the Lab-L mailing list, there would be no LABMED today. The camaraderie and generous spirit of the folks on that list during the latter part of 1996 was the fertile ground from which LABMED grew. The founders/early Board Members of LABMED came from that list; the money that poured in for Bullet and that became the seed money for LABMED came from those list members, and from folks contacted by those list members. The founding of LABMED is an example of the positive power of the Internet, so we must include those folks who were behind us from the very first night.

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Cindy Tittle-Moore and Liza Lee Miller, as co-owners of Lab-L, deserve credit for, first of all, hosting a list that is such a powerful resource for lab-lovers, and for fostering the attitude that allowed Bullet to be saved and for LABMED to thrive. They also have been supporters in other ways: They co-wrote a Labrador Retriever Handbook and donated some to us to sell in our very early days.

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Early LABMED Board Members: Deb Hamele and Tom Gaffigan were the first to ask, "Why don't we start a fund for other dogs like Bullet?" They were quickly joined by other enthusiastic and devoted individuals: Becky Loyd, Laurie McDonough, Pat Gonser, Heather Bowden, Anne O'Mahony, Ron Mandsager, Diana Stevens, Jan Brown, Lisa Corricello, Pat Crockett, Kurt Gough, Mindy Gough, Jill Jean, Janyne Kizer, Christine Stuart, Mary Kelso, Paul Lenthen, Cathy Tweedale, Doug Walker, Susan Wing, Debby Berry and Kathy Marr. These hard-working individuals plotted the course LABMED now follows - and set high standards for the Board Members who followed.
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Family Members and Friends of LABMED's Board Members: these folks deserve a round of applause for all they do to allow and encourage LABMED's Board Members to do all *we* do! Volunteering with LABMED takes time away from our loved ones and we think it's only appropriate that we thank them here.
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Donated Items from our Wish List

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Cookin' Campers, A Division of Berlyn Enterprises, LLC - for their very generous donation of a 10 x 10 Quik Shade canopy.
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Greg and Leslie Jevyak, of Missouri, read of our wish for new show banners, and donated not one, not two, not even three - but seven (!) banners. We received them in the fall of 1999. They are beautiful, and by having so many, it eliminates the need for us to ship them around the country for all our appearances. You can see our new banner - with Buddy - in the picture above.
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Anna Brown, of Florida. Anna donated a digital camera after our wish was made known in 1998. Our largest fund raising event each year is our on-line auction, and having the digital camera allows us to make sure we have the highest quality pictures possible. The camera has been used not only during our auction, but also during our quilt raffle this year. The lovely pictures of each individual quilt square came from this camera!
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Lisa Auen, of Missouri, was the first donor of an item from our wish list - she donated the funds for a Badg-a-Minit maker, and supplies, in 1997. We first put it to use at the National in St. Louis in 1998; how many of you have a button that says, "SomeBuddy kissed me!"?
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Greg and Leslie Jevyak, fulfilled another of our wishes. We are very grateful for their generous donation toward the cost of our new stationery.
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Judith Wolff, of Massachusetts, also generously donated toward LABMED's new stationery.
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Madame Anne Melinda Tobias, of Switzerland, read of our need for an independent audit so we may start seeking grants and made a generous donation toward that purpose.
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Donated Services

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Jeanne Kilmer donated many hours of her time in helping to prepare the hundreds of items in the 2002 auction for entry into the auction software. Her incredible attention to detail has ensured that the 2002 auction can proceed smoothly. We greatly appreciate her help!
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Cenci Hardee, of Texas - Cenci is an Independent Consultant with the Longaberger® Company of Ohio. She helped LABMED with our August Fundraiser, enabling us to earn credits toward some lovely baskets which we will use to raise more funds for LABMED. Thanks to Cenci - and several other supporters who helped spread the word about this fundraiser - it was very successful.
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Cathy Dold, of Colorado, wrote an article about LABMED for "The Bark" magazine. Thank you Cathy for helping to spread the word and get LABMED known beyond the Internet.
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Thanks to Jim at "the agency" for the wonderful design work on our magazine ad.
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David Bryan - an attorney in New York City. David was volunteered by his mother, LABMED Board Member Edith Bryan, when LABMED was contacted by the American Red Cross with the news that our former logo was in violation of a federal statute. David provided Pro Bono legal assistance which enabled us to negotiate with them while developing our new logo. We would never have been able to justify spending LABMED funds on attorney's fees; fortunately, we didn't have to. David was a huge help to us.
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Daryl Jones, San Mateo Regional Network. Providing no-cost web-hosting, e-mail, smartlist e-mail list hosting, and occasional technical assistance relating to these services to our organization.
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Brian Kupiec - Data extraction, manipulation and formatting program used to process our 2000 Auction winners information. Brian not only saved us an incredible amount of time but enabled us to do the job more accurately.
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Susan Bruning, Strasburger & Price. Susan wrote our original contract for the publishing of Labrador Tales: A Celebration of America's Favorite Dog.
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Lisa and Pat Trainor, Aren't They Cute Productions. Providing no-cost e-mail list hosting, and the occasional technical assistance relating to these services to our organization.
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Lisa Tynan, International Labrador Review - Donated free ad space for auction advertising and has published several articles about LABMED.
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John Arrington - wrote stories and donated them to LABMED for Labrador Tales: A Celebration of America's Favorite Dog.
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Walt Zientek - wrote stories and donated them to LABMED for Labrador Tales: A Celebration of America's Favorite Dog. Walt also supports LABMED with contributions of funds from sales of "Heart Dog Diaries".
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Terry Albert - illustrated the stories and donated them to LABMED for Labrador Tales: A Celebration of America's Favorite Dog. Terry has also generously donated her artwork to help LABMED raise funds.
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Robert Servranckx - Helped us to improve the auction software.
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Out of the Blue

These are things that came out of the blue - we had no idea we were getting them - just from the goodness of these folks' hearts.

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Lissa Kaplan, of the Miami Valley Labrador Retriever Club. Wrote a 1998 article for her local newspaper publicizing LABMED and our recently released LABMED Cookbook. The article resulted in numerous orders for our cookbook.
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Karen Dowell - Two Dog Press. In November of 1999, LABMED was contacted by Karen, who offered to raffle off a holiday basket over her web site, donating the proceeds to LABMED.
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Richard Halstead, of Minnesota. In May of 2000, Richard let LABMED know that he had a copy of the much-sought-after book "Advanced Labrador Breeding" by Mary Roslin Williams that he wanted to donate to us. Someone on the lab-l list suggested that he instead place it for auction on eBay, where it would attract a much larger audience. Richard then donated the proceeds from the sale to LABMED. In February of 2001 he obtained another copy of this book, and repeated his generous act.
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Di Holman, of California, has donated wooden signs that she has created. The first ones, in 1999, were "Lab Crossing" signs - in all three colors, of course! For 2000 the signs were "Welcome" signs - again, in each color. Di generously donates the signs to us, which we sell at Specialty booths.
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Amy Dobbs - LabAdored Products. In addition to donating items for auctions and raffles, Amy also generously donates a percentage of proceeds from all of her booth sales to local rescues and to LABMED.
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Debbie Penrod, of Amen Labradors and Daisy Maize Products. Debbie's wonderful creations are big sellers at Lab Specialties and other events; imagine our delight when she first handed us a check for a portion of her proceeds when LABMED was at the same show. She has continued to do that over the years. She met Buddy at *his* first show appearance (the Potomac, in April of 1997); we think he inspired her!
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The April Fund: In March of 2000, LABMED was approached by "The April Fund". The fund - named after a Golden Retriever rescued from a puppy mill - was established to provide emergency funding for the necessary care of the dogs involved in the legal closing of a puppy mill. It offered information, networking, publicity, and financial help to the loving families that end up adopting these dogs and find themselves with vet bills of their own for major surgeries required to make their new dogs healthy and sound. The Fund decided to move away from the grant part of the mission and focus on the information and networking part, and as a result donated a sizable amount to LABMED to be used towards funding medical treatment for rescued labs who came from puppy mills, or a puppy mill-type situation. LABMED gratefully accepted their donation, and we have since funded 4 dogs with the money generously provided by The April Fund.
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Jared S., of New York, ran an obstacle course to help LABMED. He wrote:

Recently I read an article in BARK magazine about your non-for-profit organization LABMED. I said to myself "Hey! I have a lab myself. I'll do all I can for these great loving dogs". I really do not like anyone that abuses or doesn't take care of any dog. I thought that your organization was doing a wonderful thing.

That's beside the point. I have written to tell you that at a Mitzvah Day (a place where my temple gets together and does good deeds for the temple and other charities) I ran an obstacle course to raise money for LABMED. This was very successful. Not only did I finish the community service required for my Bar Mitzvah, but also I got $100 for your organization.

Enclosed is the $100 from my obstacle course. I think if other people do what you are doing the world would be a better place. My dog and I are grateful.

Sincerely,
Jared S.

But that's not all. Just a few months later, LABMED received another letter from Jared. This amazing young man told us that he had asked the guests at his Bar Mitzvah to make donations to three charities of his choice instead of gifts. LABMED was one of those charities and Jared sent us 17 checks, totalling over $1,000! Jared's generosity in giving up his personal gifts to help rescued Labs is an inspiration to us all.

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Jeanna Brushwood, of California - Jeanna is donating part of every stud fee she receives for her Lab Hooper to LABMED. Jeanna is also advertising in several Labrador magazines and has included in her ads that she is donating to LABMED, hoping to inspire others to do the same.
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We would like to thank the Labrador Retriever Bulletin Board and the Labrador Cybershow show committee and judges for putting together a cybershow to benefit LABMED. The cybershow was entertaining fun for all who participated, and the funds raised will go a long way to giving some wonderful rescued Labs a second chance for a happy, healthy life.

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Karen Derrico for donating two custom digitally painted pet portraits that helped us raise almost $1,000 in the Spring of 2004 in a special raffle.

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Vets Who Have Taken Care of LABMED Dogs

We are grateful to all the vets who have taken care of "our" dogs. Some of those vets have discounted their services considerably in an effort to help rescued dogs.

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Affiliates, Vendors and Auction Donors

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LABMED's Affiliates, vendors and individuals who give all or part of the proceeds from sales of their items to LABMED.
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Auction Donors - The people and vendors who help make the annual Bullet's Benefit Bash one of the major fundraisers for LABMED.
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LABMED's Veterinary Advisory Board

The following individuals have agreed to provide consultation in the event that Board Members have questions or concerns about any potential dog's medical condition, proposed treatment, or prognosis.

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Adrienne Hudson-Willett

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