May 2011

No. 18

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GSP rose

Spring has sprung! 



GSP Rescue New England is in desperate need of foster homes. If 1/8 of the folks on our mailing list would foster one dog a year, that'd be 50 dogs we could directly help.


What are the benefits of fostering?


Outgoing board of directors member Jami Barrett explains:


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Jami and foster dog Bonnie.

Fostering is to love a dog who needs more than just a home. Fostering is to bring out the potential of the dog.


Fostering is to give the gift of love to the adopting family. Fostering is learning more about this breed than you could imagine.

Fostering is saving as many lives as possible.

My first foster dog, Jude, was an experiment to help my husband and I decide if we wanted to own three
dogs. Interestingly, we decided that owning three dogs was too much, but that we could foster back to
back for two years. For the last three years we have essentially owned three dogs.


When people ask me who/why I foster I say this: I figure that I could adopt, and thereby save, one dog . . . or save dozens by fostering. When people ask me how I can let them go to an adoptive home my answer is more complicated. Letting go of a dog is bittersweet: You are going to miss having the dog around to laugh at and love, but you know that a new family is getting a wonderful companion and their excitement is always obvious. You have to focus on the happiness of that adoptive family and know that you've made a difference in both that family's life as well as the dog's. When people ask me if it's hard on the dog, I always tell them: dogs live in the moment.


Every foster dog I've ever had has happily jumped in the car with their new owner; even the one foster dog who was terrified of riding in the car!


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Justin and foster dog Jude.

When my first foster dog went to its adoptive home, my husband and I returned inside, let the cats out of the basement where they'd been living for a month (he was very cat sharp), and just stood there looking at each other and feeling the silence. I had tears in my eyes both because I

missed Jude already and because the family who adopted him was so very happy. I still hear from Jude's family (he's now called Junior) once in a while and it warms my heart to hear that he's doing well. The updates from adopters always make me feel warm and fuzzy...

We have grown to enjoy the silence between foster dogs (though it's usually short) and often are impatient for another if several weeks have gone by without a foster coming to us. These last few months, not being able to foster while we raise our daughter and get ready for a cross-country move, have been a struggle for me. We fostered one boy - wonderful dog - and I realized that yes, it is a lot of
work, and more than I can do right now with everything going on. But I know that once we get settled in California, it will only be a matter of time before I return to serial fostering!

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What are the benefits of fostering? Healing dogs who need healing. Bringing out a dogs potential through basic training so that a previously unadoptable dog is suddenly adoptable. Getting to know more about this lively breed. Gaining knowledge on vet care, training, behavioral problems, and pack behavior. The joy of knowing you've helped save a dog's life. A feeling of accomplishment and pride watching a dog go to his forever home. The happiness of the adoptive family.

The list is incomplete because the benefits are infinite. 


If you're interested in being a foster home to a needy GSP, please contact Celeste.  

Whisker Walk 


 GSP Rescue New England is participating in the Whisker Walk again this year! 

Whisker walk is a fun and FREE outdoor event for people and their dogs!  Plus, it includes a dog walk-a-thon fundraiser!!  100+ groups including animal rescuWhisper Walk logo 2e groups and pet related vendors/manufacturers participate each year. In addition, pet owners and animal lovers can WALK to lend a paw for the rescues/animal organizations they love.
The event will be held Sunday, June 5 at the  Lancaster Fairground (home of the Bolton Fair), Rt. 117 in Lancaster, Mass.
The walk starts at noon and the event ends at 3 p.m.  Booth set up starts at 8 a.m. 
In addition to the walk itself there will be activities galore!  There will be exibits, demonstrations, educational programs, product giveaways, raffles and fun things for adults, kids and pets alike.  And of course, there will be food!
To read more visit the Whisker Walk web site.  
We are forming a team to walk in the 2011 Whisker Walk with the purpose of raising funds and raising awareness for German Shorthaired Pointers.  We would love to see a group of 10 or more band together to walk for this wonderful breed. 

If you can walk with us, please email Jen or Inna.

 ***You do not have to raise money to join in the walk!***

We need volunteers to help us at the booth.  Help educate the public about German Shorthaired Pointers and our rescue group and meet new people. 


We will need help setting up the booth (8 a.m.) and taking down the booth (3 p.m.) as well.  Any help you can provide will be much appreciated! 


If you can help us run the booth, please email Jen or Inna

Even if you cannot help run the booth or walk in the walk-a-thon, swing by our booth to say hello!  We love to meet alumni and their owners. 
We will be selling GSP Rescue New England merchandise at the booth - skip the shipping costs and pick up a t-shirt or coffee mug!  
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GSP Rescue NE's booth at the 2010 Whisker Walk.

  Looking for a reason to donate to GSP Rescue New England?  Here's your reason - the 2011 Whisker Walk!  The Whisker Walk is our chance to raise funds for our organization.  We don't conduct many general fundraisers throughout the year, most fundraisers go to cover specific costs for specific dogs.  All money raised through the Whisker Walk will go towards vet, transportation, and quarantine costs. 
There are three ways to donate:


  Visit our ChipIn page and help us by pledging a donation.  We are trying to raise at least $500 through this event. 

**Please note: this donation method is done via PayPal**       


You can donate to our Whisker Walk fund through our website by visiting our donation site; click on the yellow "donate" button.  Please include a note indicating that the donation is for Whisker Walk.   

Donate Online 



Mail a Check:

  We always honor and appreciate checks.  If you decide to donate by mailing a check, please include the words "Whisker Walk" under the "For" section on your check.  You can mail a check donation to:

GSP Rescue New England
                      P.O. Box 5731

Wakefield, RI 02880

Thank you in advance for your support!

We greatly appreciate your support and help!!

Rescued Detroit GSP Needs Your Help


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Preston the GSP on his way to the vet thanks to Detroit Dog Rescue.


Many of you may have been watching NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams on Friday, May 13, when their weekly Making A Difference segment featured Detroit Dog Rescue by reporter Kevin Tibbles.

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Many of us watching had expected another report on pitbulls in the inner city. What a surprise to see a GSP (named Preston after the NBC cameraman shooting the segment) being rescued by the DDR group after the dog had been hit by a car!  

 Take a look at this video about Preston. The GSP had been picked up in Detroit wandering along the highway. The poor boy had been hit by a car, leaving his right rear leg badly broken in two places. WARNING: The video is graphic.   


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Poor Preston immediately after rescue. 

Detroit Dog Rescue has started a ChipIn page to help pay for his more than $7,000 surgery bill. If you contribute, please make sure to mention that you're from GSP Rescue NE!  


If you haven't seen the story on Dateline about Detroit Dog Rescue, take a look here. What an amazing group of people! 


 Thank you for any help you can give this boy! Hats off to Detroit Dog Rescue! 


Morgan Knows


The following words of GSP wisdom were submitted by a volunteer:


Morgan was a great dog.  She taught me many lessons during her 14 1/2 years of life.  The last lesson I learned was while she was eating biscuits on her death bed. 


Morgan knows that there is never a bad time to treat yourself.  Morgan knows.


Morgan knows that when you need someone, lightly graze them with the softest part of your muzzle.  Morgan knows.


Morgan knows that someone might be younger, quicker and stronger but it is fearlessness that wins every time.  Morgan knows.


Morgan knows that it is best to be kind and gentle, but when you or your loved ones are threatened, fight hard.  Morgan knows.  


Morgan knows that a walk in the woods or a swim in the ocean is appropriate at any time of year.  Morgan knows.


Morgan knows that one should wake up with vigor each morning.  Morgan knows.


WindowMorgan knows that it's the little things in life; like sticking your head out the window and letting your ears flap in the breeze.  Morgan knows.


Morgan knows that barking is not necessary when a simple growl will do.  Morgan knows.


Morgan knows that if you don't like something, you should ma

ke it known.  Morgan knows.


Morgan knows that it is best to stay close to your loved ones at night.  Morgan knows.


Morgan knows that if you find a nice looking blanket, you should snuggle up in it.  Morgan knows.


Take Morgan knows that if you see something you want, you should take it.  Morgan knows.


Morgan knows that a nap in a sun puddle is good for the soul.  Morgan knows.


Morgan knows that when a loved one is upset you should lick their face and wipe away their tears.  Morgan knows. 


Morgan knows that everything you need is right inside your own back yard; but it's good to make a run for it at least twice in your life.  Morgan knows.


Morgan knows that no matter what happens, those who really love you will stick by.  Morgan knows.   


Morgan knows that you shouldn't go out in the rain unless you have to.  Morgan knows. 


 Morgan knows that things don't have to be perfect to be comfortable.  Morgan knows.   


 Morgan knows that when confronted by a bully, don't be afraid to bark back.  Morgan knows.  


Morgan knows that someone else's lunch always smells better than your own.  Morgan knows.   


 Morgan knows that it's okay to introduce yourself to new people, particularly when they're serving food.  Morgan knows.


Morgan knows that it's okay to rely on the kindness of strangers, as long as they've passed the sniff test.  Morgan knows.


 Morgan knows that when you are anxious you should take deep breaths.  Morgan knows.  


 Morgan knows that sometimes it's okay to hide when something scares you.  Morgan knows.     


 Dog popcornMorgan knows that if you think there is something suspicious on the other side of the door, dig like heck.  Morgan knows.  


Morgan knows that digging around  in the trash might seem like a good idea at first, but it will eventually get you in trouble.  Morgan knows. 


Morgan knows that even if you came from the pound, you should your head up high and prance through life.  Morgan knows.  


Morgan knows that her family loves her.  Morgan knows.       

Get Your Dog Ready For Spring


Spring is finally here!  It's time to get outside and take advantage of all the season has to offer and do things that the cold winter may have prevented you from doing.  To help you and your dog get ready for spring, American Kennel Club Canine Partners offers the following fun tips.


     VetGet a clean bill

of health.

  It's good to take your dog for a checkup after being cooped up in the house for the winter.  This will ensure he is healthy and ready to start springtime activities.  


    Drop the winter weight.  Many of us pack on a few pounds during the cold winter months, and chances are our dogs have too.  If your dog is looking a little fuller these days it's time to talk to your veterinarian about a safe weight loss regimen for Fido.  Try cutting back on treats that add calories to your dog's diet.  Instead, try giving him baby carrots.  


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 Play outside.  Now that the weather is warming up, take the opportunity to get outside with your dog.  Start slowly if your dog hasn't exercised much over the winter.  Try taking a walk to the local dog park, or playing fetch in your yard.  You can even begin training for agility by teaching your dog navigate through weave poles, run through tunnels and over jumps! 




     Beware of the grass.  Your dog will finally be able to run and play on the grass, but be careful where you let Fido go.  The chemicals used on lawns don't belong on your dog's paws.  Make sure you clean his pads after playing on grass.


     Groom the coat. Shedding increases in the springtime as dogs lose their winter coats.  Bathe when warranted, and make sure to brush your dog regularly.  This will help keep the shedding under control, as brushing loosens and removes dead hair and dandruff from Fido's coat.


For more information on how to have fun with your dog, visit the AKC Canine Partners website at

In This Issue

Quick Links


GSP Rescue New England now has a presence on Facebook. Go to:

Attention Frontline Users!

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Did you know that Walmart is carrying a generic to Frontline at a reduced price?
 PetArmor Plus Flea & Tick Protection for Dogs is comparable to Frontline and sells for less.
GSP Rescue NE is not promoting this product, but encourages everyone to check out the information to see if it may be suitable for their personal situation.

Look who's been adopted!

Some more GSPs have found their forever homes!


They are: Heidi, Patches, Cash and Trapper,


Hooray for the dogs! Hooray for their new families!! :-)

 Donations :-) 

Many thanks to those who have donated to GSP Rescue New England this month.


They are: Sarah Yale, Edith Douglass, Julie Doucette, Betsey Hallihan, and the Locke Family in memory of Howie Barss.


Flower Power flowers And thanks to the many people who bought spring flowers through the Flower Power fundraiser. More than $300 was raised and everyone got some beautiful flowers to boot!


From GSP Rescue, a heart-felt thank you to you all. :-)

Calendar dogs wanted!

Mid-Atlantic GSP Rescue's 2011 Calendar Cover


Mid-Atlantic German Shorthair Rescue which covers Maryland, Virginia, and surrounding areas, is about to start its 2012 calendar contest/fundraiser and is looking for GSP pictures from all around the country.


All picture submissions must be made by May 31, 2011 to Picture Submissions. 


Mid-Atlantic Rescue will have them posted by the first week of June.


Voting will begin in mid-June. $1 gets you 2 votes, 1 vote for your dollar and 1 vote via rescue for other dogs in the contest.



You can only vote half of your votes for one dog. The rest of the votes you have to distribute to other pictures you would love to see in the 2012 GSP Rescue calendar.



Calendar rules will be posted with the pictures. Remember to send your pictures as large as you can so they are a high enough resolution to be posted at the top of each month.   


Send them your beautiful GSP pictures asap!!! 

AKC Offers Advice

to Allergy Sufferers 



Do you suffer from allergies but have kids that are just begging for a dog?  If so then rest assured, you can still have a dog! 


May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and in recognition of the month, the American Kennel Club (AKC) wants you to know that there are a number of ways you can live comfortably with a dog in the house. 


Dander, which is attached to the hair, is what causes most pet allergies in humans.  In addition to these wonderful hypoallergenic breeds, there are lifestyle changes you can make at home to help ease symptoms for allergy sufferers.  The AKC offers the following advice for those allergic to dogs. 

     Keep your house clean.  Keeping the environment you live in clean is an important part of easing allergy symptoms.  Make the bedroom a dog-free area.  This will limit the amount of exposure the allergy sufferer actually has to the dog.  Next, you should try and vacuum daily, as well as mop hard floors and dust with a damp cloth.  This will help prevent you from stirring up settled allergens.

      Reconsider fabrics.  Certain fabrics in the home may be more or less likely to hold pet hair and dander.  For example, wood or tile floors and leather or vinyl furniture will be easier to clean and less likely to hold onto hair and allergens than carpeting and upholstered furniture.  You should also try and avoid fabric curtains.

      Groom the dog frequently.  Keeping up with grooming your dog with controlling allergies in mind can really help ease reactions.


     For more information on the hypoallergenic breeds, including characteristics, visit the AKC website at

Grant writer needed

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The Pedigree Foundation ( has grant money to offer and GSP Rescue New England is looking for a volunteer familiar with grant writing to help in the effort to procure some of those funds.
The Pedigree Foundation, a major sponsor of the Westminster Dog Show in New York City, is offering two types of grants: 
A) Innovation Grants - $10,000-25,000 (They list only 10 recipients and all are Humane Societies or SPCAs)
B) Operation Grants: Facility/structure, Medical, Transportation, Spay/Neuter, etc.  Amounts are not specified and are dependent on factors such as donations and number of applications. Hundreds of shelters, breed-specific rescue programs, all-breed rescue programs  have received grants in the past.  All are listed on the Pedigree website.
If anyone is interested in helping GSP Rescue NE apply for these grants, please contact Celeste.

Dog door discount!

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GSP Rescue New England is listed among rescue groups and shelters that have participated in Hale Pet Door's Rescue Rewards program. 
The Rescue Rewards works this way:  When  customers let Hale know that they adopted a pet (either recently or in the past), they receive a 10 percent discount on the cost of their Hale Pet Door.  And then Hale makes a donation for that same 10 percent amount to the organization that the customer tells them about.
In 2010, Hale donated more than $20,000 to rescues and shelters all over the country.  
For more information on Hale pet doors, go to

Pet Photography

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Wouldn't it be nice to show off your pets in imaginative, personalized cards?  Our full line of pet cards featuring YOUR pet is one-of-a-kind, because it's your pet(s), your text, your thoughts personally conveyed!  


For more information, visit Creative Pawtography   


Partners for Pets Program  

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Bissell's Partners for Pets program supports pet adoption and homeless pets. When you buy selected pet products on, you save 10% (with free shipping) and BISSELL will donate 10% of your purchase price to a pet shelter of your choice. For more information, click here.

Use the code ADOPT at the BISSELL checkout to receive the discount. 

Click here to view eligible products.






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