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Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County Third Annual Auction

Most people that know my mother and I know that we are huge supporters of the Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County. In fact, I adopted one of my dogs from the shelter.  

The Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County is having its Third Annual Auction Saturday, February 24th, 2007 

It will be held at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association Center, 2001 Shreve St, Punta Gorda, FL.

  • Silent Auction and Preview 2-4 p.m.
  • Live Auction 4-6 p.m.    
  • A buffet will be provided by Skyview Café.
  • Quality items now being accepted
  • Gift certificates, antiques, new and collectible items, Services, etc.
  • Admission, $12.50 in advance or $15.00 at the door

For more information, call (941)-625-6720 or visit

Below is the story of our pooch and how we acquired him from the Charlotte Animal Shelter.




Zero came to us from the Charlotte County Animal Shelter (a wonderful organization). He is a cross between a basset and a lab. He looks just like a lab with short legs.

While running on Venice Beach, a friend of my husbands', found a little dog. She brought him home and called us and asked us if we wanted a Jack Russell Terrier. We had discussed getting a dog a few months earlier so we told her we would come get him. We brought him home got him a collar, leash, dog food and bowls. I started thinking about where he was found and wondering if he was just lost and not abandon. I called all of the local shelters and gave them a description of the dog. They had no report of a missing dog fitting my description. They took my name and phone number down and said they would call me if they get any reports that fit that description.

I then placed an ad in the local paper trying to locate the dogs owner. After having him for about a week we a got call from the Englewood Animal Shelter saying that they had someone call in that had a missing Jack Russell Terrier.  We called the animal shelter and got the number of the person who called in.

We had really become attached to him and so had the kids, but we made the call. We called the number and a young guy picked up on the other end and said I can't believe you found my Pete. He was surprised to hear that Pete was at our home in North Port since Venice is about 15 miles away. We explained how we ended up with him and he was very grateful that we took him in.

When we got off the phone we looked at Pete and called his name and he immediately came running. We knew then that we had found his owner.

The next morning we met Pete's owner at the 7-Eleven in Venice and handed him over his dog.

We were all sad to see him go, especially our 2 year old and 7 year old girls. My husbands birthday was coming up the next week and I thought what a great present it would be to go to the local shelter and have the kids pick out a new dog.

Willow, our 2 year old at the time, went with me to pick out the new dog and her older sister was in school. We got to the shelter and began walking up and down the rows of dogs. Willow stopped in front the cage of the most odd looking dog. He was all white with brown speckles on his ears. He looked just like a Labrador but his legs were short like a basset. He looked kind of like something you would see in a Dr. Seuss book. She stuck her hand through the hole in the chain link cage and the dog began licking her.

We asked to take the dog out for a run and Willow and the dog got along great. We had found our dog!

My husband and older daughter were a bit surprised when we showed up with this strange looking white pup, but they were both overjoyed that we found a new Pete.

Then came the process of naming him, right off the bat he seemed a little lacking in the brain department, so we came up with the name Zero. In short meaning zero IQ.

Here's Zero and Iris, my littlest one, taking a siesta on the couch this afternoon.

Comment balloon 7 commentsShannon Moore • January 30 2007 07:04PM


Holly Komoly, how much does this dog weigh....both are adorable.  Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Bob Sloop, Consultant, Indianapolis, IN (RS Mortgage Consulting) about 13 years ago
That picture is priceless! Talk about comfy!
Posted by Borino - The Real Estate Coach (Borino Productions) about 13 years ago

I love it! Wwhat a nice story...and I apprecaiate you going thru the trouble to be sure that he wasnt lost. Poor Petey! I am glad he is back home safe and that you took good care of him,..I one lost a dog when I was in high school, tore me up- she just ran off ! She ened up finding me at my workplace ( I took her there alot in the car) many months later! Never knew where she was all that time but she came back!

I am a dog lover and consider my pets family. If you havent read any of my blogs, I sprinkle them in as often as I can!

Heres my boys-

The large dog is Brutus- almost 12, a rescue dog and certainly the best I have ever had -Half golden Retriever half black lab. Mother was a Golden and they bred her. Unfortunately they dumped the litter because they werent "purebreads".  My other is a purebred but a breed not to good at mixing - English Bulldog. His name is Meatball and he is now 10 weeks..He has been with us 2 weeks and has become my 2nd best dog ever.

   Meatball and Brutus yesterday...getting into the laundry basket.

Posted by Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor (The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County) about 13 years ago

Bob-I think Zero weighs about 65 pounds now!

Borino-I had to include the nappy time picture, it was just too cute!

Michele-I just love dog pictures.  The older doggie looks so sweet and the little guy is just adorable!

Posted by Shannon Moore, Realtor, Sarasota & Charlotte (Green Lion Realty) about 13 years ago
That is a well fed dog.  I recently lost a kitty cat we had had for almost 14 years.  He spent most of his life obese.  He is my all time favorite pet.  He was family and I will always miss him.
Posted by Vicky Poe, Realtor/ Auctioneer (Good Ole Rocky Top) about 13 years ago

Locally the rescue leage did a fantastic calendar. ..  Crystal Coast Women and their rescue pet for each month.

If you ever start one in your area you can bet the photo with Zero and is priceless!

Posted by Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor (The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County) about 13 years ago

Roxanne & Shannon (M&M),that is such a nice story. I can imagine that the pain you feels giving up Pete was parallel and offset by the prior owner's joy!! That is so nice you to go as far as putting an ad in the paper! congrats on having a heart! The photo of Zero is just toooo cute. how sweet. :))

Michelle, Brutus and Meatball are precious!!

Posted by Nick M., Realtor-Appraiser in West Palm-South Florida Real Estate Appraiser (Certified Residential Appraiser- West Palm Beach Real Estate) about 13 years ago