GSP Rescue New England Newsletter
February 2010
In This Issue
Lost Dog Success Story
Meet Edel and Beau!
Adoption Updates!
Volunteer Spotlight
A Lost Dog Success Story
Quick Links
Good News!!!!
~ Buddy found a foster home! Thanks to all who offered to foster him.  We always need foster homes for needy GSPs so if you are still interested in fostering please fill out our volunteer application at:
GSP Rescue NE thanks:
~The Gallo family for their donation in memory of Simon Furrow
~ Terry and Mike Young for their donation in memory of their GSP Tucker
Success Story?
If you've adopted a dog from us, we want to hear from you!  Send us an update about your successful adoption along with a picture and we will feature your story in a future newsletter!  Send updates to:
 Lost Dog Tips and Resources
 ~Let us know! We have a mailing list of over 300 people who each have networks of GSP/dog lovers too! We'll get the word out! We have sample flyers for you to use and helpful timelines for you to follow.
If your dog was adopted from us this is part of your adoption contract.   We're here to help!
~Immediately contact local animal control to alert them to your lost pet.  Keep calling every shift change to let them know your dog is still missing.  If you still do not locate your dog after several days, visit local animal control/shelter facilities to see if your dog is there. 
~ www.findtoto.com  This is a service that will place a call to up to 10,000 homes in the vicinity where your dog was lost.  It does cost money, but it has been proven effective.   
~ If your dog is microchipped, contact the company and alert them to your lost pet.  Some companies send out emails and fliers to local residents and vet offices.  It's a good idea to keep your dog's picture on file with your microchip company in the event that your dog is ever lost.
~ Keep pre-made lost dog fliers printed and in your vehicle or backpack.  The fliers should include a picture of your dog, your dog's name, the date and location in which he was lost, microchip information, and at least one phone number where you can be reached.  You can leave location and date blank and carry a sharpie with the fliers to fill in the information when needed.
~ Contact local breed specific rescues, shelters, and vets.  Give them a description of your dog, where she was last seen, and your contact information.  If possible, send them a photo right away. 
~ Leave something that smells like you at the last site where you saw the dogs.  An article I recently read in a Versitle Hunting Dog Journal said that GSPs (and other hunting dogs) tend to use thier nose to retrace thier steps back to where they were originally lost.  The dog will likely stay with your clothes or blanket if it is left out for them. 
~ Some poeple may opt to contact an alternative resource such as a pet psychic.  Contact Celeste (clong@gsprescuene.org) or conduct a web search to find local help. 
Consider adopting Edel and Beau! 
edel and beau  
A Pair of Pups Looking for a Permanent Home!
Edel and Beau spent their whole lives chained to a dog house before being surrendered to GSP Rescue NE.  The closest they ever got to living inside was when they were allowed to spend the night in the garage when the weather was too severe to be left outside. 
Since they have never lived inside we suspect that neither dog is house trained and both dogs are in need of obedience training.  However, these dogs are sweet as can be and are eager to please, so these tasks should be easy to accomplish! 
Edel and Beau are reported to be great with children and are just looking for someone who can give them a warm bed, love, and some training. Before coming into foster care they were never afforded the chance to run and play so they are in need of physical exercise, structure, and routine.
To read more about Edel and Beau or to view other adoptable dogs, visit our adoptables page:
Issue: #3 Feb. 2010
Dear Friends,
In addition to featuring a dog and a board member, this month's newsletter is full of helpful information on what to do in the event that you lose your dog or dogs.  Unfortunately, this is a feeling most of us have endured before.  Hopefully the strategies included in this newsletter will help you take the right steps to be quickly reunited with your dog in the unfortunate event that he or she becomes lost.        
GSP Rescue Board Members:
Celeste Long, Audrey Carmosino, and Jami Barrett
Adoption Updates!
RubyRuby - a year later!   

Ruby has adapted to her new life really well!  She is more than loved in this house.  We start everyday with a 6 am walk (Ruby NEVER lets me forget about it!) another walk after work followed by dinner and then much anticipated couch time!  As long as she has had a good walk, all she wants is for both her mom and dad to be sitting on the couch with her, and she is content.


We have gone on many adventures this year. several hiking trips, mountain climbing, camping, canoeing, to the beach, and most recently apple picking.  Ruby gets so excited when she hears that we are about to go for a car ride; she knows we are going somewhere fun! 


When she first came to us, Ruby was skittish and shut down in most situations.  it seems that her insecurities disappeared over time, and to look at her now, you would think she was a different dog!


Ruby has been a great addition to our family.  I can't imagine being with out her now.  She is constantly making us smile, and keeping us on our toes at the same time. 


Thank you so much for bringing this wonderful dog into our lives!


Laurie and Jeff

To see dogs available for adoption, please visit:  www.gsprescuene.org/adoptables.htm
If you have a success story you wish to share, please email Jami at: jbarrett@gsprescuene.org 
Volunteer Spotlight
AudreyAudrey - Secretary/Treasurer and Board Member 

In 2004 I was looking to volunteer for a cause where I could feel like I made a difference in the world. I owned two GSP's at the time (then 9 and 7), so GSP Rescue NE seemed like the perfect fit. It was a small group then, run by an amazing woman named Michelle (Burgess). I helped out at my first dog show and did some screenings. In spring 2005, I lost one of my GSP's unexpectedly, and little did I know it would start me on a path that would change my life. Two months later, I took a risk and adopted an (approx) 9 year old named Bobby. Two months after that, Michelle announced she was moving to VA, and asked me take over GSP Rescue NE. I was honored and terrified at the same time. How could I fill her shoes? I took the job head-on and did my best to juggle a full time job as a teacher and all this new responsibility of handling ALL areas of rescue. By January 2006 I enrolled the help of Michele Spooner, and then Celeste Long. We guided the organization as it grew and Michele and I handled the arduous task of making us a corporation in MA and an official non-profit. I then became a Board Member and Treasurer, which I still hold today, along with the full time job, and also a part time job at an emergency vet hospital. Since then, we've all worked together to make GSP Rescue NE the organization it is today. I also attend multiple fundraisers, including the one that pulled me in, the Bay Colony Dog Show in December.
Of course, none of it would be possible without Michele and Celeste AND our AMAZING volunteers!! Over the course of my 6 years with Rescue, I've lost my original two GSP's but gained two new ones and a Weimaraner. Bobby is about 13, Rocky is 4 and Jasper (the Weim) is 10. I've met some of the most wonderful people and dogs in this organization and I can't tell you how many times it's renewed my spirit to see these worthy dogs get a second chance at life. I count myself lucky to have walked this path and I am sure it will continue to lead me to wonderful places and of course, GSP's!

A Lost Dog Success Story
Max and BenMax and Ben's Great Adventure by Tom Yukna 

On Christmas Day I took our two German Short Haired Pointers, Max and Ben to Charlestown Beach for a run. GSP's love to run.

After they got out of the truck they were off. As always, they returned for treats and headed out again. But after their second return I didn't see them again that day.

Three hours later it was completely dark. My partner Marcia and I had been searching and calling along the beach from the breach way to the houses on Green Hill beach. No dogs.

Early Saturday morning we posted flyers at Charlestown Beach, Green Hill Beach and even further north at the access to Thurston's Pond. We also notified the Environmental Police, Police and Animal Control Officers in Charlestown and South Kingston. We searched and called again. No dogs.

Sunday was a repeat of Saturday without any signs of Max and Ben.

The weather to this point had been tolerable. But the forecast now was for single digit temperatures, high winds that would drive the mercury to temperatures below zero and freezing rain.

Desperate, at 7:30 on Monday morning I sent an e-mail to Celeste Long, GSP Rescue of New England in Wakefield asking for help and advice. She posted a notice on Facebook, immediately e-mailed the entire GSP volunteer network and suggested I contact a website called findtoto.com which is an "Amber Alert" for pets. They create a recording and place telephone calls to homes within a selected radius based on the street address. We choose to have 2,500 homes called.

Calling began at 9:00 AM and within 15 minutes I received at least 10 calls to my cell phone. Each caller was reporting noises in the night or sightings of similar dogs.

John Harrington of Charlestown reported that on Saturday around noon he and his wife Eileen had seen two dogs on a little spit of land across the water from their home on Green Hill Pond. He didn't think anything of it until he got the call from findtoto.com.

When I arrived the Harrington's, John pointed out the spot where he had seen the dogs on Saturday. It was at the end of an over grown brush covered peninsula that extends into Green Hill Pond. He directed me to the point where the peninsula connects to the mainland and I started working through the high brush out to the small sandy area where he had seen the dogs.

As I was walking through the brush I began to call for the dogs, not really thinking that they could be out there. Suddenly I heard a noise behind me and turned and there they were. Both of them. Tails wagging and looking at me as if to say, "ah.....and where have you been? We've been waiting." This was right around 10:00A. We had our dogs back in less than an hour after the calls began!!

The insides of their ears were bloodied and their faces and bodies were scratched and cut. Ben had lost over seven pounds but otherwise they were both OK. The only way I can think they could have gotten out on this piece of land is to have walked across the frozen part of the pond from the beach.

We did continue to receive calls throughout the week. Some from folks who were simply concerned about lost dogs and wondering how it turned out.

Now, Max and Ben are back by the fire, putting on weight and getting into mischief just like nothing ever happened. We humans however are beginning practice on new training regime so that this does not ever happen again.

 Tom and his partner Marcia live in Charlestown, RI and are GSP Rescue NE volunteers.