GSP Rescue New England Newsletter
July 2010
In This Issue
Attention Adopters!
Consider Adopting Odie
Heat Stroke and Your Dog
Moses Update
New Merchandise
Adoption Updates!
Pet Product Recall
Lawn Care Safety and Your Pets
Quick Links
Good News!!!!
~ Eight dogs were adopted this month! 
Congratulations to: Albert, Barkley, Bruno, Heidi, Lucky, Ranger, Rubin, and Ziggy! 
GSP Rescue NE Thanks:
~ Thank you to all of the donors to Moses' dental fund! 
~ Frank Staccia for his donation. 
~ Jim Halpin for his continued generous support, both as a foster home and monetary donations to GSP Rescue NE. 
Attention Adopters!!
When you adopted your dog from us, he or she should have been wearing a GSP Rescue New England  identification tag.  If  you still have this tag and are no longer using it, please return it to us by mail at:
GSP Rescue New England
PO Box 5731
Wakefield, RI 02880
We are also interested in any gently used collars that you may be able to send our way.  You may mail them to the above address as well.
Thank you in advance! 
Consider Adopting Odie!
OdieAn Active Boy!


Odie is a 5 1/2 year old owner surrender to rescue.  The owners felt they could no longer give Odie the life he deserved.  Odie is reported to be a "love of a dog" who is very affectionate with people.  This boy desperately wants someone who will play with him and continue his obedience training.  

Good with other dogs, Odie does prefer a dog who will respect his space and not play too rough.  He would likely make a great companion for an older dog.  We suspect that Odie will not do well with cats due to his highly focused nature. 
Food driven, Odie would be an ideal companion for agility and obedience classes.  He is in great shape and has a high endurance for exercise!  He is NOT a couch potato! 
If you can provide an active and loving home for Odie, consider adoption!  Odie has been in foster care for over 6 months now and would love to find his forever home. 
For more information on Odie and to view his video, click here. 
To view other adoptable dogs or to fill out an application, click here.
Heat Stroke and Your Dog
During the hot and humid months of New England summers, it is important to watch your dog for signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  Just like humans, dogs are prone to heat related illnesses which, if left untreated, can lead to death.      
Signs of Heat Stroke 
Heat exhaustion comes before more serious heat stroke.  Signs of heat exhaustion include: heavy panting, hyperventilation, increased salivation followed by dry gums, weakness, confusion, inattention, and vomiting or diarrhea. 
If heat exhaustion goes untreated, then heat stroke will follow.  Signs of heat stroke include: Paleness or graying of gums; shallow, slow, and/or absent breathing; bloody vomit or diarrhea; and finally seizures or coma.   
Stay Safe in the Heat 
Follow these tips to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke. 
  • Allow acclimation to exercise on hot days
  • Make sure your dog has access to water
  • Make sure your dog has access to cool spaces, such as shady areas in the park where you walk or air conditioned rooms in your home
  • NEVER leave your dog alone in the car in the sun on a hot, or warm, day - even with the windows rolled down!
  • Monitor your dog for heat exhaustion when exercising him outside on a hot day
  • On breezy days, pouring water on your dog when outside can help cool her down
  • Leave your dog at home if the temperatures are going to be too high - he will thank you for it!
If you Notice Signs of Heat Exhaustion or Heat Stroke...
  • Cool your dog down immediately by putting cool water on her and blowing on her with a fan
  • Place the cool water in area's where circulation is high, such as the belly and arm pits
  • Bring your dog inside to an air conditioned room
  • Call your vet immediately if you suspect your dog is suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke
Issue: #8July 2010
Dear Friends,
We are focusing this newsletter on summer safety tips for your canine friends.  With the recent heat wave sweeping through New England we thought it was a good idea to review some simple tips to help you and your four legged companion enjoy the summer safely! 
Correction:  Last month we recognized one of our volunteers for her dedication and commitment to GSP Rescue New England.  Unfortunately, I misspelled her name.  The correct spelling is: Leslie Michell-Young.  My sincere apologies to Leslie. 
~ Jami Barrett
Last Chance to Take our Survey!!
We want to hear from you!  This is the last month we will run the survey, so tell us what we are doing right and where we need to improve!  We've gotten some great feedback so far, but only a small percentage of people have responded.  Remember, you do not have to be a volunteer to take the survey. 
The survey takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.  Click here to take our survey.
GSP Rescue Board Members:
Celeste Long, Audrey Carmosino, and Jami Barrett
Thank You from Moses and GSP Rescue NE!
MosesThank you again to everyone who contributed to Moses' dental fund!  Because of your generosity, Moses' dental expenses and some of his routine vet expenses have been covered through your donations.
On July 15th, Moses had a total of 12 teeth removed during surgery.  He will be on a soft diet for the next two weeks while he recovers.  Despite the stress of the surgry, Moses' foster dad reports that he is doing okay.
Over 25 people donated to Moses' dental fund, raising over $1,200.  Most surprisingly, we raised over $1,000 in the first 24 hours.  Our goal of $900 was met within 4 hours of the email being sent out.    
We are honored to have such thoughtful, caring, and dedicated supporters, volunteers, and adopters.  Thank you again to each of you who donated to Moses' dental fund.
Take Your Coffee To-Go!
New Travel Mugs are Here 
 Travel Mug
We are happy to announce that we have added this attractive stainless steel travel mug to our  inventory of merchandise!  
The mug features both a stainless steel outer shell and stainless steel liner. The sliding, leak resistant lid is perfect for keeping your hot beverage warm and preventing messy spills.   
Price: $20.00+shipping and handling.
***This product is not yet offered in our online store.  If you wish to purchase one or more of these georgous travel mugs, please email your request to Jami.*** 
Have a suggestion for merchandise products?  Email us!!
Adoption Updates!
GageWe Love Gage!


We adopted Gage on May 4, 2010. We met him at the Faxon Animal Shelter on April 21st and knew right away that he was a sweet dog and wanted him to be a part of our family. On our way home my daughter, who is 3, said to me: "Mommy can we go back and get Gage and bring him home with us?"


Well that was it for me!  He has been a wonderful addition to our family; he and our daughter are the best of friends! We were so happy to help and rescue one dog out of the many animals that are up for adoption.


~ McHugh Family


Please click here to see current dogs available for adoption!
We need more stories of your adoptions!!  Send your happy ending to Jami with some pictures and we'll feature you in a future newsletter!
Reader Suggestion
Recalled Pet Products!
One of our volunteers became aware of this recall and sent it to us to get the word out.  
If you purchase over the counter supplements for your dog please check out this link to see recalled items.  These items are being recalled due to risk of Salmonella contamination.   
Lawn Care Safety and your Pets
As you try to keep your lawn green this summer, consider these tips to keep your canine companion safe.       
What to Avoid 
Disulfoton is often found in rose-protecting products such as Ortho Rose Pride.  Disulfoton is extremely toxic to dogs, often causing vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and possibly death.  Additionally, disulfoton is very palatable to dogs.  It is often mixed with fertilizers such as blood and bone meal, making it even more appealing to our canine friends. 
If you must use products containing disulfoton, keep your dog out of the treated area and store leftovers in a chew-proof container, locked out of reach.
Slug and snail bait with metaldehyde can cause tremors, seizures, and even death.  Again, this poison tastes good to dogs.  Use something else, such as baits containing ferric phosphate which are less toxic.
What to use with Caution 
Roundup and similar herbicides aren't as dangerous as disulfoton and snail bait, but they can still cause vomiting if eaten. Put your dogs (along with their toys, food, and water dishes) inside when applying herbicides.  Make sure they stay inside until the treated area is good and dry. Once it's dry, the chemical has been taken down to the root of the plant and the lawn is considered dog-safe. 
Alternately, you may use corn gluten meal in place of chemicals; a natural herbicide which is safe for dogs.
Professional Lawn Treatments 
If you use a lawn service, check with them to see what chemicals they use.  Ask about the safety of the chemicals for your pet.  If your lawn service does not use chemicals safe for pets, consider switching to a lawn "green" or pet friendly lawn service. 
When walking your dog through the neighborhood, be alert to signs indicating a recent application of fertilizer by a lawn service.  Keep your dog off of lawns recently treated and do not allow them to drink water off of the sidewalk or road near treated lawns.