Yellow Labrador Retriever in Ohio

17 Labrador retrievers still fighting to recover from antifreeze poisoning

March 5, 2014 – 09:20 am

Mako is a darker yellow

One of the dogs, an adult chocolate Labrador retriever named Faith, is down 15 pounds from the 80 she weighed seven days ago. Another, a 4-year-old chocolate Lab named Bella, is breathing shallowly and moving slowly.

“We might have to take her back to the vet, ” said Don Butts, who runs the kennel, Blue Ribbon Labradors. “None of these dogs is out of the woods yet.”

Butts and his family operate Blue Ribbon Labradors out of their home, on 4 acres along a rural road about 45 miles east of Columbus.

They sell some of the puppies they breed to families and have donated or sold about 75 others to Pilot Dogs Inc., a Columbus nonprofit group that trains dogs to help lead people who have trouble seeing.

“He’s doing it for love of the breed, not to make money, ” said Ray Byers, training director of Pilot Dogs. “He’s really doing it right.”

The road the Butts family lives on doesn’t get a lot of traffic, and the neighbors are mostly spread out. The Licking County sheriff’s office and the county’s humane society said this week that they have no leads and no suspects.

Butts’ 16-year-old grandson, Jordyn Wood, found the first sick dog. Last Thursday, around 6 p.m., Wood went to the kennels to feed the dogs and saw one, an 8½-year-old male named Storm, lying on the concrete floor instead of greeting him at the gate as he normally would.

Wood opened the gate, went inside and saw that Storm’s eyes had clouded over. The dog wasn’t breathing normally. Wood tried to help the dog up. Storm took a few steps and then fell. Wood went for help, and the family took Storm to a veterinarian in Somerset, about 12 miles away.

Members of the family went back to the kennels to clean up, worried that Storm had a virus. While they were cleaning, another dog had a seizure. A third started staggering. A fourth vomited. In 30 minutes, seven dogs had showed signs of sickness.

“They were going down basically like dominoes, ” said Wood’s mother, Michelle Wood. “A virus doesn’t knock them down that way.”

The family took all the dogs to the vet, where technicians already were testing Storm’s blood and urine. Those tests showed that Storm had consumed antifreeze.

Butts’ family and the veterinarians treated all 18 dogs, using an old-school remedy — intravenous vodka — to counteract the effects of the antifreeze.

Storm’s kidneys already had started to fail, and he didn’t survive. But the other 17 all have returned to Butts’ home.

Butts has been sleeping on the floor of his basement so he can be near them.

“The way that he is with these dogs, they’re his life, ” said Kim Busby, office manager at Mastersons Veterinary Clinic, which treated the dogs. “It just breaks my heart.”


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She's a labrador retriever then?

That's not exactly rare. She's technically a "yellow" labrador retriever though some refer to them as "vanilla"
From the AKC standard: Yellow--Yellows may range in color from fox-red to light cream, with variations in shading on the ears, back, and underparts of the dog.
So light cream.
I'm sure she's beautiful though :-)

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