Your Car…The Oven

How Long Does It Take For A Car to Get Hot?

Outside Temperature compared to inside a car with time table

Outside Temp Inside a car Time it takes
75 100 10 minutes
75 120 30 minutes
85 90 5 minutes
85 10 7-10 minutes
85 120 30 minutes
100 140 15 minutes
Every summer, animals left in unattended cars suffer brain damage and die from heatstroke:
On mild or cloudy days, with windows open, a parked vehicle quickly becomes a furnace.If you think your companion is suffering from heatstroke, immediately remove him or her to a cool, shady area.
• Try to slowly lower the animal’s temperature by placing in cool, not cold, water.
• Apply ice to the head and neck.
• Get to a veterinarian as soon as possible as follow-up care will be critical to his survival.Your companions are as vulnerable to sunburn and skin cancer as you are and may require sunscreen on their nose and
ears. Light-colored animals are particularly sensitive to the sun.

Other breeds:
Take special precautions with old or overweight animals, or those with heart or lung diseases, in hot weather. Snub-nosed dogs (bulldogs, Pekingese, Boston terriers, Lhasa apsos, Pugs, Shih Tzus, etc.) have compromised respiratory systems and must be kept in air-conditioning.

Install shade blinds on car windows and never leave animals unattended. A car can quickly
become an oven. Also, animals left alone are vulnerable to theft.

Heat Stroke in Dogs/Cats
Stroke is a dangerous condition that takes the lives of many animals every year. A dog’s normal body temp is 99.5~102.5º.

At 105~106º, the pet is at risk for developing heat exhaustion.
If the body temperature rises to 107º, your pet has entered the critical zone of heat stroke.
With heat stroke, irreversible damage and death can occur.
At Highest Risk: puppies to 6 months; older (large breeds 7+ years, small breeds 14+); short muzzle/snout;
snort/wide head; ill~overweight~over-exerted; black or thick coats; dehydrated; ANY existing medical conditions.

• rapid panting
• bright red tongue
• red or pale gums
• thick, sticky saliva
• weak/dizzy
• vomiting/diarrhea
• shock
• coma

An overheating dog may appear sluggish, unresponsive or disorientated… probably panting hard.
Gums, tongue and conjunctiva of the eyes may be bright red. He may even start vomiting.

Eventually he/she will collapse, suffer a seizure and may go into a coma.

Car windows act to both absorb the sun’s rays and insulate your vehicle: The inside of a car can heat up to 110
degrees Fahrenheit in only ten minutes on an 80º day

A heat-stricken animal can die in minutes but proper care may save its life.

Please share this information. You could be saving a life by doing so!

2014 Spring Newsletter

Part 1

It’s been a while…

Perhaps you noticed a lack of Newsletters over the past seven years. Please accept my apologies. I will explain below. Some of you may have even forgotten you signed up for the newsletter. (We DO NOT send spam, so if you are receiving this, it can only be from your sign up). emerges from the Black HoleI am very happy to report that seven years of pure heck has just come to an end for We are off and running again as of April 4th. There are so many new and exciting items to report that I will have to spread them out over the next few Newsletters.

How did and the Wood Family end up with a seven year challenge? Let me briefly explain.

After many years of building our business, our neighborhood took in one of those individuals that makes life more interesting. On his move in day, I walked over and invited him to our upcoming Lab Jamboree. His response? If I want to get to know my %$!!@ neighbors, I’ll knock on your %$!@# door! As it turns out, this individual was and still is a City of Charlotte employee. He very quickly turned in dozens of challenges to our Grandfathered property status, which led to Code Enforcement nearly shuttering our operations. This was odd, since it was the City of Charlotte that located and moved us to our current location, after taking our original farm for the new runway by Eminent Domain procedures. But government is government. Very little actually makes sense. We now live in a world where a single activist can cause great and extended misery.

After nearly $400,000 of infrastructure investment over the years, moving was just not an option, especially in the economic condition our country was enduring.

Almost all our programs disappeared – the Foster program, the Day Boarding program, our exercise field, our Canine Last Chance Flight Program. Along with that, our electricity and running water disappeared. Hundreds of Labradors that we normally would have accepted for Rescue and Rehabilitation undoubtedly were euthanized, as we operated the Last Chance Program. I am saddened that one individual’s actions could be responsible for the death of so many beautiful Labradors. On a personal level, my family lost peace of mind, security, and the ability to add to our family.

Every moment of our days was spent trying to survive, and thousands of hours were spent in rezoning, while the same neighbor launched attack after attack through numerous government agencies. The fact that many of these attacks were launched during his normal working hours for the City of Charlotte was pure irony. (He’s a maintenance man). He attempted to recruit other neighbors to move against us, but he remained the sole opposition to the end.

We were forced to hire veterinarians to prove that our dogs and horses were in good condition, and fell under approximately 60 inspections by various agencies over the seven year period. There was not a single finding of fault from any agency – in fact, we received wonderful letters from Animal Control, veterinarians, and other inspectors.

There was just not time nor heart for many newsletters.

So how do you fight City Hall with no money? Enter attorney Collin Brown, a man we will never forget. He took our case Pro Bono. There were still expenses, filing fees of thousands of dollars, etc. but no more attorney fees. And enter City Councilman James Mitchell. He championed our case, meeting with our neighbors numerous times. Enter our close neighbors, who began a letter writing and phone call campaign on our behalf for years. The entire Coulwood Board signed petitions asking the city to let us stay. (Click Here). Enter Mark Ballestra, head of Animal Care and Control, who penned a wonderful letter of support (Click Here) and made phone calls on our behalf. Thanks to Mark and his staff for their dozens of visits to our establishment. And enter some of our customers and friends who knew what was going on, for their letters, phone calls and personal appearances at our televised zoning meetings. Thanks to all of them, and their undying support, for our being here today.

City Council voted unanimously August 17th, 2014, to grant our petition requesting a new zoning status. Not only did they give us protection from the activist neighbor, they gave us permission to greatly expand!

So we restarted our business August 18th. But our challenges were not over.

November 22nd, Code Enforcement came calling out of the blue. As it turns out, our lovely neighbor/City Employee turned in technical complaints regarding our already approved zoning petition. And so we spent the next 133 days and $48,000 more defending ourselves.

As of April 4th, we are once again in the clear, with a letter from Code Enforcement stating they are satisfied with us, and do not plan to bother us again. Now we can begin rebuilding the wonderful programs that will serve both our customers and their Labradors.

THANK YOU EVERYONE that participated in saving our family business. We will always be grateful for your willingness to make a difference.

Available puppies

Chocolate Lab Puppies Available – BORN: February 20, 2014
RELEASE: April, 10thChocko & Joanna have two chocolate males, one chocolate female and one black female. These puppies are precious! You have to meet them in person!Call/text us today (704) 975-2726 to arrange a visit or discuss further.Availability: One chocolate male. one chocolate female.Deposit: $600.00
Price: $1,549.00


Captain – Making of a Sled Dog

Cappy, as we call him, has found a new thrilling sport, other than chewing our wires and pet beds. Pulling a sled (or a wheeled cart when there’s no snow). He loves it!For training, we teamed him up with a friend’s lead dog in the mountains and let him pull on a dirt road. He couldn’t get enough! (Click here for video). His next lesson? Left and Right instructions (Gee and Haw, in dog language). Oh, yes – and the all important “Stop!”.We are planning to offer scooter and bicycle pulling training in the future. Is your Lab a potential candidate? We will provide a demo and explanation at Lab Jamboree this coming October.WATCH ON YOUTUBE




Flopping Fresh – Alaskan Seafood

I’ve had numerous inquiries as to this year’s Prawn (big cold water shrimp) availability. In order to keep this newsletter Labrador related, I will send out a special announcement to those that are interested in ordering. We open for orders at 5:00 pm on April 8th, and can only sell a small amount.

While most Prawn are sold whole, our Prawn are sold by Tail Weight alone. There is no waste! (In a normal grocery store situation, you would pay about $24 a pound for Whole Weight, and then toss ½ of it in the trash). With these, you are paying for edible product only!

Subscribe to Flopping Fresh Seafood news [click here] For more information or to order: Contact Tripp Wood, Sr (704) 975-2598 or email




 AKC Papers

We are currently in process of mailing out numerous AKC papers, as well as ordering for the latest litters. If you have not received your AKC papers AND have moved to a new address since receiving your puppy, please click here to let us know.








 Deadly Mushrooms

Every year we receive reports of Labrador deaths from mushrooms. The dog takes a taste of Death Cap or other poisonous fungi and usually spits it out, but sometimes it’s too late.Fall presents another mushroom challenge when the little devils release their spores. A bump of the dog’s nose to the Amanita accompanied by a sniff imports toxic spores to the airway of the dog. It takes nine tiny spores to destroy the liver.It is important to remove poisonous mushrooms from your yard BEFORE spore season, as handling them during can also be harmful to humans. (Don’t kick them!)Some of most plain looking mushrooms can be deadly as well. We have a policy of total elimination at the farm.


Ear infections

Has your dog ever developed an ear infection that just won’t go away, or comes back after treatment? We may just have a permanent solution. Your canine may have developed itchy, smelly (yeasty) and perhaps even painful ears. Many veterinarians attempt switching dog foods and administer yeast control medicines, but they never quite do the job. (This condition is NOT caused by allergies!) We have three Labs that suffered this fate for years. It pained me to see them in such permanent discomfort. We tried special washes, anti yeast medicines, and a host of other recommended procedures. This went on for over 8 years, costing a ton of money with no positive results. Besol may be the answer. It cured all three of our cases within days. After a month, all ears are still perfect, with no yeasty smell. They are much happier and more playful. Besol is a special antibiotic made up in the veterinarian’s office. It costs between $12 and $24 for enough to treat a Lab. I was informed it probably wouldn’t work because it does not have anti yeast properties, but work it did! If your dog is experiencing similar ear conditions, please e-mail and let me know. We will tabulate the results of those pursuing treatment with Besol versus other methods, and make the results known in a future newsletter.


What’s upcoming at Labpups?

With the unanimous consent of City Council, we are now able to construct some pretty neat items. Here’s just a few.

  1. Indoor 100 bay boarding facility, complete with bathing and grooming stations.
  2. Additional outside kennels, with brick and stainless steel dog houses.
  3. Veterinarian’s offices.
  4. Pavilion, with picnic tables. (This should be great for Lab Jamboree)
  5. Gazebo for puppy selection.
  6. New building for JaxMax storage, to replace the trailers.


 Next newsletter

If you read the first article, you know we have a lot of catch up work to do, including making interesting and necessary information available to you. There will be a Spring Part Two newsletter following shortly.