March 2012                                                                    

No. 27

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Hunting for that lucky
 4-leaf clover.  :-)

Irish glitter 




If you're not a fan of Rescue's Facebook page, maybe you didn't see this picture from last October of this handsome, but in serious trouble, liver GSP.

Charlie tail

If you are a fan, you likely remember the picture clearly and probably thought "how could someone do that to a dog" when you found out that poor Charlie was suffering not only from heartworm and a myriad other health issues, but also from a tail bone broken when someone tried to dock his tail with pinking shears.

Or how about this post on Rescue's Facebook page in January about a poor little no-name, skin and bones GSP that caught the attention of a caring neighbor who wrote:


I am writing you today in regards to a poorly [cared for] GSP puppy. The pup is male and I am guessing between 6-8 months old. He is tied to a short 5 foot yellow rope and is extremely skinny. He has no shelter when tied to the rope, which is all day everyday. I contacted the SPCA a couple months ago and the owners now throw the dog in a crate, in a shed late at night. The puppy's fur is stained yellow from urine and often has feces caked to his fur as well. The pup is also skin and bones with no muscle tone at all. The owners girlfriend says that her boyfriend doesn't want the dog, but when I asked to have him and to place him with a new owner the owner said no. I am at a loss as to what to do, I don't know how to help this dog. Your feedback and suggestions would be greatly appreciated."

We'll start with Charlie. The liver shorthair suffering from the botched tail-docking, was discovered in a shelter in North Carolina. It was determined he would be shipped to Dianne Ries, GSP Rescue NE's midwest liason, in Missouri for initial evaluation and medical treatment.

Because Charlie was in so much pain and was having so much trouble adjusting to the shelter, it was decided that transport had to happen immediately.

Martha Chandler, coordinator of the group, Martha's Mutt Movers, on which Rescue relies so heavily, was up until 3 a.m. coordinating this rescue trip.  This amazing group of people - all volunteers - drove Charlie from North Carolina to Missouri on a trip that turned out to be the transport from hell.

Poor Charlie kept attacking his tail for the duration of the trip, upsetting not only himself, but his many drivers who were at their wits end trying to bring him comfort.

When he finally landed in Missouri and got to the vet, X-rays of Charlie's tail were taken and they revealed what a mangled mess it was. Along with the broken bone, the pseudo-surgery had caused severe nerve damage which was causing Charlie extreme pain.

The tail was operated on the correct way and Charlie was put on pain meds and allowed to heal. At the same time, he was being treated for heartworm and his other ailments, including anxiety. (Well, who wouldn't be anxious after all that?)

Finally, finally, it was determined he was well enough to go to a foster home. He was sent to Trudy Van Houten in  Carlisle MA in late February.
Trudy has fostered the happy boy and along with his foster sister Noel, announced on Saturday, March 17, that Charlie would be staying with them for the rest of his life making them a member of Rescue's Failed Foster Club. ;-) 

Trudy writes: "Charlie's tail is nicely healed and his hips look good on x-ray. No musculoskeletal pain in either area. So with heroic help from GSP rescue and excellent fostering and nursing from Dianne, Charlie has come through these woes very nicely...Meanwhile I wish you could see Charlie basking in the sun, rolling in the leaves, demolishing buckets, and running with Noel.  I think he is enjoying his new life and first real days of spring. This is your gift to him. And to Noel and me."

Rescue was able to help this boy with a LOT of donations from all over the country and, gosh, is this a happy ending!

Charlie is pain free, joyful, and going to have the best life ever!

Thank you to everyone who donated, followed his story and of course to Dianne who showed Charlie what it was like to be loved.

And Charlie, as you can see, couldn't be happier about it!



Chance skinnyChance, the little 6 month old GSP pup who was found starving in western Massachusetts, was brought to Celeste's attention by caring Good Samaritan Jamie Marie.
  Celeste immediately contacted the area Animal Control Officer Wendy LeSage who investigated and proceeded to have the dog removed from its "owner" and surrendered to rescue.


Dubbed "Chance" by the Facebook group, this skinny little waif of a dog was sent to New Hampshire to be fostered by Cheryl Martin.


Cheryl doted on this little dog for months, putting him on a slow but steady refeeding program, bringing him up to date with his shots, teaching him manners and socializing him.


We all got to watch Chance blossom through pictures posted on-line.  He gained weight, he gained personality - we were constantly entertained by Cheryl's postings about what Chance had done on any particular day, whether it was standing on the kitchen table drinking her coffee, or having enough strength to pull a plastic sled over the snow.



 Chance is now staying with Mike Dionne to continue his obedience training and he soon will be available for adoption.


Why do we mention these two dogs in particular? Because they're success stories. Success stories that everyone involved with Rescue, from the people directly in charge of the operation to those who care enough to spend time reading this newsletter, can be proud of and think "I had a hand in this." Because you did. Help on any level - financial, volunteer, even good wishes - is critical to keeping a rescue on course and growing. And it's thanks to you that we can continue to do that.


Very best wishes for a beautiful spring,

Celeste, Audrey, Wendy  

and the Gang at GSP Rescue New England  

Can You Help With Our Fundraiser?
GSP Rescue NE is joining with Got Books? as a new means of fundraising. Got Books? works by placing bins for recycled books in parking lots. If you have a parking lot with one extra space for a bin please contact Celeste. This is a one year committment. All you have to do is donate the space and call Got Books? to empty the bins when they're full. Rescue gets paid per pound of books.
Got Books? will work for rescue through active participation by the GSP Rescue organization and the community.

Book bin
Requirements are:
1.      Safety - The bin must be placed in a safe location for drivers, pedestrians and participants
2.      Location - The Got Books? container should be visible to your members as well as the surrounding community
Successful programs establish a plan for getting books from the community.  Posting information in the weekly program and bulletins, posting information on your website, and alerting local papers about the Got Books? program and what Rescue is raising the money for. Every organization is unique and there is more than one way to accomplish the task of getting the books in to the Got Books? container.

Got Books? is a great way to increase recycling and earn extra money for programs within Rescue. 

For more information on Got Books? or if you have room at your business to house a collection bin, contact Celeste.


A Flowery Fundraiser

Spring has arrived early which made us think of lovely summer flowers so we've launched our online fundraising campaign of Spring flowers and bulbs.
GSP Rescue NE has partnered with Flower Power Fundraising to give you an opportunity to spruce up your garden and raise funds for your favorite cause at the same time. For every purchase you, your friends or family make GSP Rescue New England will receive 50% of the total sale. 
DecalFlower Power Fundraising gives us a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Plants and bulbs are shipped directly to you in time for planting in your area's growing season.
To start supporting our group today just click here and follow the instructions once you're there.
You may also add the email addresses of the friends and family members you think will want to support us as well. It's completely safe and any email address you enter into the site will only be used for our fundraiser. Flower Power will not sell or use the names for any other purpose.

For any questions please get in touch with Celeste, or, for technical questions related to the site call Flower Power Fundraising 1-877-605-3185.
Visit Flower Power! to place your order. As always, thank you for your support which allows us to carry on our work to help homeless and needy GSPs. 
Is Your Dog Overweight? 

How do you determine if your four-legged friend needs to shed a few pounds? There are several things you can take into consideration when trying to answer this question.  


Veterinarians often use a 9-point scoring system to evaluate the body condition of pets. A point value of 1 means the dog is extremely thin to the point of emaciation. A score of 9 means the pet is grossly overweight. A score of 5 is "just right."


To determine body score, there are several specific areas of the dog to consider. Remember these are general guidelines.

Fat Dogs tag 

Areas to observe on your dog: 


 Ribs: Feel your dogs ribs. You should be able to quite easily feel the ribs. There should be a slight amount of fat over them, but each rib should be distinct. If you can see the ribs, the pet is too thin. If you can't feel them at all, the pet is very overweight.


Base of the tail: There should be a slight amount of fat covering over this area and it should feel smooth. If the bones protrude, the pet is too thin; if you can't feel any bones at all, the pet is very overweight.


Spine, Shoulder and Hips: These are considered the bony prominences on your dog; again you should be able to feel a small amount of fat over these areas. If these bones are easily felt or visible, the dog is too thin. If you can't feel the bones beneath the layer of fat, the animal is obviously overweight.


Glance down at your dog from above: Your dog should have a definite waist behind the ribs. If the waist is extreme, or again, bony prominences are visible, the animal is too thin. If there is no waist, or worse yet, the area between the ribs and hips is wider than the hips or ribs, your dog is grossly overweight.


The chart below may help: 

Dog chart


A Dog's Purpose
           (A dog story from the Internet)
"Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a 10-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

"I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for him, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

"As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for 6-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though he mig
ht learn something from the experience.

"The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker 's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

"The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.

"Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, 'I know why.'

"Startled, we all turned to him, and I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.
boy and dog

"He said, 'People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?'

" 'Well,'  said
Shane, 'dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.'"

Well put, Shane.
In This Issue

Quick Links


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

Look who's been adopted!

Several GSPs have found their forever homes!


They are:  Jones, Mocha, Crosby, Allison, Prince and Charlie!


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


Donations have been gratefully accepted this month from:

Carol Walsh

Helga Wilson in memory of Brooke

Susan Wagner

Catherine Parmentier

Paul Schottler in memory of Lucy

Jane Hersey



Thank you all for your generosity.

Thank you, donors!

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. :-)

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Free first-aid class!


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Basic first aid classes for pet owners, with an emphasis on what you should include in your pet's first-aid kit are held on the first Tuesday of each month at Vetcision, 293 Second Ave., Waltham, Mass.


 Classes alternate each month between basic first aid classes and other topics.


 Please call or email for details and to RSVP.


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

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.

Chicken Jerky Recall 

fdaOn Nov. 18, 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) again cautioned consumers that chicken jerky products for dogs (also sold as chicken tenders, strips or treats) may be associated with illness in dogs.



IJerkynternal FDA documents obtained by MSNBC by way of a public records request contain references to three popular brands of chicken jerky treats through a log of complaints collected from pet owners and veterinary doctors.  


The brands indicated in the complaints are Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treats or tenders, both produced by Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and Milo's Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats, produced by the Del Monte Corp.


The FDA is under pressure to take more action on the matter from pet owners, vets and legislators, including Ohio Democrats Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Dennis Kucinich.  


Read the article from MSNBC by clicking here.


In the last 12 months, FDA has seen an increase in the number of complaints it received of dog illnesses associated with consumption of chicken jerky products imported from China. These complaints have been reported to FDA by dog owners and veterinarians.


CautionFDA issued a cautionary warning regarding chicken jerky products to consumers in September 2007 and a Preliminary Animal Health Notification in December of 2008. After seeing the number of complaints received drop off during the latter part of 2009 and most of 2010, the FDA is once again seeing the number of complaints rise to the levels of concern that prompted release of our earlier warnings.


Chicken jerky products should not be substituted for a balanced diet and are intended to be fed occasionally in small quantities.


FDA is advising consumers who choose to feed their dogs chicken jerky products to watch their dogs closely for any or all of the following signs that may occur within hours to days of feeding the products: decreased appetite; decreased activity; vomiting; diarrhea, sometimes with blood; increased water consumption and/or increased urination. If the dog shows any of these signs, stop feeding the chicken jerky product. Owners should consult their veterinarian if signs are severe or persist for more than 24 hours. Blood tests may indicate kidney failure (increased urea nitrogen and creatinine). Urine tests may indicate Fanconi syndrome (increased glucose). Although most dogs appear to recover, some reports to the FDA have involved dogs that have died.


FDA, in addition to several animal health diagnostic laboratories in the U.S., is working to determine why these products are associated with illness in dogs. FDA's Veterinary Laboratory Response Network (VLRN) is now available to support these animal health diagnostic laboratories. To date, scientists have not been able to determine a definitive cause for the reported illnesses. FDA continues extensive chemical and microbial testing but has not identified a contaminant.


The FDA continues to actively investigate the problem and its origin. Many of the illnesses reported may be the result of causes other than eating chicken jerky. Veterinarians and consumers alike should report cases of animal illness associated with pet foods to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their state or go to  


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