June 2011

No. 19

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Father's Day!!






One of the mascots of GSP Rescue NE - Chanterelle - crossed the Rainbow Bridge last week and we wanted you to know all about her.
Chan sweater
Chan's picture graces the cover page of the GSP Rescue NE website. She was one of the first GSPs that would be seen by those who went to the website looking to give a needy shorthair its forever home.

Rescues come and go in all of our lives, and there is something special about all of them.

Here is this very special dog's story ...


Passages: Chanterelle 

Chanterelle in Truck

A tribute to a little girl who loved to sleep in cars ...


Last week, the GSP Rescue NE Board of Directors and DJ Knoedler, Chanterelle's foster dad, had to make the sad decision to put Chanterelle to sleep.  Chan suffered from seizures all her life but in the last several weeks they became much more frequent, severe and Chan was injuring herself.   


After a long night of one seizure after another, Chan had a stroke and at that point it was time to end her suffering.  Chan was put to sleep, lovingly at home, with DJ at her side.


Chanterelle came to us a little over a year and a half ago.  Ten years old at that time, she was being surrendered by her owner who had her since she was a pup. Often times I'm asked "how can a person do that?" meaning surrender a dog you've had for its whole life.  There's lots of answers to that question, but in Chan's case it was because life had gotten too complicated for her owner.  She loved Chan so much, knew she couldn't give her what she needed any longer, and asked for our help.


GSP Rescue NE never turns away any non-aggressive dog,  regardless of age, so we gladly accepted Chan into our program.  We knew there would be issues placing her but as a lover of seniors I knew there was a kindred soul out there somewhere who would accept Chan as she was and provide her with a loving home where she could live out her days peacefully.  


(I would have taken Chan into my own home as a foster but Chan had a penchant for eating cats and I sort of wanted to keep my cat around a little longer. ;-)  


 Chan clothes basket

Chan eventually went to live in Ohio with DJ, another lover of senior dogs who can also deal with health issues.  When DJ's career changed, involving a move to Texas, we decided it was in Chan's best interest for her to go along. She had become a part of his household and DJ loved her.  We loved hearing stories of the girl who would sleep in any car with an open door, sunning and basking in the warmth.  Or the girl who loved to sleep in the laundry basket in winter.  She made the transition to Texas easily and it seemed the Texas heat agreed with her.  Still running in the fields, sniffing out critters even though she had begun to lose her hearing, life was good for Chan. 


Chanterelles rough life 

There came a time that as a Board of Directors, we decided, due to Chan's advancing age, that we would no longer consider her for adoption and that she would stay with DJ. Chan, at that point, had become our mascot. In all this time, Chan's former owner stayed in touch with both DJ and me and she followed Chan's life closely. Pauline, Chan's former owner, contributed frequently and generously to Chan's increasing medical costs.


As I said, I knew there was a kindred soul out there who shared my love of seniors but I didn't know it would be DJ who would become Chan's forever home.  The three humans in Chan's life became friends, rejoicing in her triumphs and saddened with her decline. Chan was a girl who never lost her zest for life even when her health began to fail.  She was spunky and energetic in spite of her seizures and had a will to live that was stronger than most.


Rescue is a funny thing at times. It brings out the very worst and the very best of people. But this is a happy story. This story begins with but doesn't end with the passing of a little girl who loved to sleep in cars and who touched the three lives of her humans.  We all loved her and wished as we do with all of our four-legged friends that they could live forever. We humans will be forever connected with sweet Chanterelle as the common thread.   



I will end with these beautiful words as a fitting tribute to our girl:


My dear friend,


You have guided me through this long and difficult process so lovingly. But now we have come to this very sad end. I couldn't write to you earlier as my grief is deep.


Chanterelle was a very special dog and a great friend to me, my employees, my xhusband, clearly D.J., and you, perhaps her greatest cheerleader of all.


I am so sad that her last night was such a difficult one for her and for D.J.


I wished she could have passed on in a quieter way but then she was never a quiet dog, except asleep the front seat of a car ... any car, or in any spot of the sun.


Thank you for the wonderful gift of her photograph.

I think we will be in touch.


 With love and gratefulness for all that you did for me and for my warm and loving friend Chanterelle,




Godspeed sweet Chan.  You were loved.



Update on Preston

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Preston the GSP being rescued by members of Detroit Dog Rescue. 


Last month, on Friday, May 13, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams featured Detroit Dog Rescue in their weekly Making A Difference segment by reporter Kevin Tibbles.

 In that feature, a GSP named Preston had just been rescued by members of DDR, who pulled him from the side of a Detroit highway where he was found wandering with a badly broken right rear leg after having been hit by a car.


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Poor Preston on the day he was rescued.

DDR has incurred more than $8,000 in vet fees for Preston and has a ChipIn page where donors can contribute to his care. (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 the amazing group of people that make up Detroit Dog Rescue, take a look here. (WARNING: The video is graphic.)  

GSP Rescue NE was the first of many GSP rescues around the country to repond to DDR and offer help and advice on Preston. Monica Martino, one of the founders of DDR, has been staying and touch with GSP Rescue NE and in her most recent email she writes:


Just wanted to let everyone at GSP NE know that Preston is doing well.  He had a few setbacks and we are only just now looking into the best home for his adoption.  As you know, since his medical bills were so extraordinarily high (now approaching $8,000), we wanted to make sure he had a clean bill of health before placing him so that his new family was not hit with thousand-dollar payments. 

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His most recent setback was an infection at the surgical site, which doctors are monitoring closely.  We currently get his wounds re-dressed every three days.  Doctors also detected a heart murmur during a recent checkup.  They are not terribly concerned about it at this point, but he will need to be monitored for heart disease down the line.


But everything else is going well.  He is healing up and you can tell he is ready to RUN.  In the month that we have had him, I have done a lot of research on GSPs and I'm confident that we will be able to place him in a perfect home.  I also got a lot of help and advice from Missy Neal (from GSP National Rescue).  Preston has had so many applicants who want him, which is wonderful. 


We are going through a rigorous screening process for Preston as well as for all of our other adoptions, including checking bank statements, personal references, vet references and records and completing home follows. I think we have an amazing home lined up for him with a gentleman who has extensive GSP experience -- he has had five pointers in the past and has extensive bird-dog / pointer experience. He also has an ideal living situation -- lives on a huge, 1-acre fenced in yard and also works from home doing commercial real estate. He seems very promising so far.  He'll be meeting Preston in a few weeks and we will take it from there.


Anyway, just figured you'd want an update. I'll let you know where he goes once we finally send him on his way and will send photos as well so you can see how far he's come. It's going to be really tough to say goodbye but this really will be such a great new life for him."


Hope you are well.



Preston update

A happier and healthier Preston

 awaiting his forever home.


Sweet Biscuit Needs Help


Old, blind, almost deaf, with bad hips and after having led a very difficult life, poor sweet Biscuit, a GSP mix, has had insult added to injury and now finds himself abandoned by his owners at an animal shelter in Billerica, Mass.
In the time that he's been at the shelter, despite his many infirmaties, he's acclimated quite nicely. When he first arrived, he spent a lot of walking into the fencing but now that's he's more accustomed to his surroundings, he's getting around better.
Biscuit is a sweet, sweet dog, says GSP Rescue NE's Kim Giardina, who went to visit and evaluate him.  "He still has some pup left in him. He got all excited and was wanting to play,'' says Kim, after her visit.
Biscuit's reportedly great with other dogs and is currently kenneled near a pitbull and a very crazy boxer, both of whom he ignores, says Kim. The shelter has all his paperwork and he's ready to go if a home can be found.
However, if a home can't be found, says Dee Dee, a worker at the shelter, Biscuit ultimately will be euthanized.
So if you've been looking to open your home to a very needy senior, Biscuit is your man. Help restore his faith in humanity in his final few years, let him play like a pup in the yard and feel the grass under his feet a few more times.
Adopt Biscuit. There may be no needier dog on the planet. 


(For more information on Biscuit, please contact Celeste.)

Behavior seminar set


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Friends at Aussie Rescue and Placement Helpline have recommended to us a fall weekend seminar in Connecticut with noted animal behaviorist Sue Sternberg.
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Sue Sternberg

Sternberg will hold a two-day seminar at Tails-U-Win dog training center, 175 Adams St., Manchester, Conn., on Sept. 17-18.  The seminar will focus on, among other things, dog behavior as it pertains to observation of dogs in a shelter/rescue environment.

Participants will learn how to apply certain shelter dog assessments during a behavior consultation to better evaluate, diagnosis and treat behavior problems in owned dogs, looking specifically at resource guarding (edibles, non-edibles, owners, resting places, property, etc) and aggression thresholds with children, cats and other dogs).

  Sternberg is the founder and director of Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption, a local not-for-profit open admission animal shelter in upstate New York.
Her website describes her as an expert in dog aggression and an innovator in the field of shelter dog welfare. She develops programs to prevent pet relinquishment and overpopulation, to match families with safe pets, and to help shelters attend to the mental health of the animals in their care. Training Wheels®, a mobile community outreach program, and Assess-a-Pet™, a method to evaluate animal temperament, are two popular programs developed by Sternberg. 
For more information, click here
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Whisker Walk A Success!! 

Close to $1,000 was raised for GSP Rescue NE during the recent Whisker Walk fundraiser held Sunday, June 5, in Lancaster, Mass.

The event was chaired by Jen Weston and Inna Zinger who  did an amazing job lining up volunteers to man the booth, walkers to raise funds on behalf of Rescue, and who answered any and all questions pertaining to GSPs from passersby at the Walk.

Many thanks go out to the following folks who made donations to Rescue: 

Debbie Cserhalmi

Jennifer Weston

Natasha Dube

Arthur Berry

Above the Dam Jam, LLC

Clifford Kenyon

Gail Bartlett

Jeffrey Adams

Dorothy Palladino Liberis

Jill Jesso-White

Doreen & Brad Wright

Melissa West

Karl & Mary Militzer

Susan Lebel

Inna Zinger

Katherine Meierdiericks

Betsey Hallihan

Michelle Koch

Danelle Gatcombe

PJ and Shari Owens 

If you've made a donation and would like a receipt, please contact Celeste.

Attention Foster Folks!

If you're fostering a dog for GSP Rescue NE, now's the time to check to make sure the animal is on heartworm, flea and tick preventatives.

All of these medications are provided free of charge to foster homes by Rescue.

If you need any of these items or more information, please contact Celeste.

Attention Adopters!

If you've adopted a dog from GSP Rescue NE, don't forget to update their microchip information.

Rescue has more than 80 dogs on its Home Again account and wants to make sure that if a dog goes missing, it doesn't stay that way.

Contact Celeste to update any information.

Seizure Meds Available 

If you're fostering or have adopted a dog from GSP Rescue NE that is prone to seizures, Rescue has a limited supply of medications available for free.

They are: Zonisamide, Phenobarbital, and Levetiracetam (Keppra).

For more information, contact Celeste


GSP Rescue New England is on Facebook!  Go to: Facebook.com/GSPRescueNE

Look Who's Been Adopted!

Some more GSPs have found their forever homes!


They are:  Blake, Maci, Georgia, Dulcie, Rangle, Pearl, Moxie, Nora and Wendy.


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

Thank You, Donors!

 Numerous donations have come in this month and GSP Rescue New England sends its wholehearted thanks to:

Floral Artistry

Andrew MacQueen

Julie Doucette

Susan Wagner

Tracy Landauer


For those who have graciously made donations to GSP Rescue NE and would like a receipt, please contact Celeste.


And, once again, a big THANK YOU to you all. :-)

Calendar Contest!

Mid-Atlantic GSP Rescue's 2011 Calendar Cover


Mid-Atlantic German Shorthair Rescue is holding its 2012 calendar contest to choose which pictures will be included in its upcoming rescue calendar.


All picture submissions have been made and posted and you may now vote for the picture(s) you'd most like to see in the calendar.


To view the pictures and vote, click here 

Free Classes!


On the first Tuesday of each month, Vetcision, at 293 Second Ave., Waltham, Mass., offers a free pet classes to the public.

Classes alternate between first aid and a variety of other topics.


For more information, go to Vetcision.

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 www.halepetdoor.com

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 bissell.com, 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.



The Run Away German Shorthaired Pointer Train

The Runaway German Shorthaired Pointer Train!!


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