On Thursday, Sept. 6, GSP Rescue New England will have its 15 minutes of fame on national television via NBC's "TODAY" show.
As part of "TODAY" correspondent Jill Rappaport's ongoing segments about animal welfare issues, she and a camera crew from "TODAY" followed our favorite transport, Martha's Mutt Movers, as they carried Cole, a young GSP, from North Carolina to Connecticut.
How did this all come about? Read about it below. And remember to tune in to the "TODAY" show on Thursday, Sept. 6, to see what the rest of the world is about to find out about our rescue, transports and how they work together to save dogs across the country.
Stay cool!Celeste Long, Michele Morris, Audrey Carmosinoand the gang at GSP Rescue New England
|"TODAY" Follows GSP Transport|
|From left, NBC cameraman, Cole (now Monty), Trish (our transporter) and Durrell Dawson, producer/editor NBC News.|
On May 13, the clock was ticking for a young black and white male GSP
surrendered by his owner to the Columbus County Animal Shelter, an active kill shelter in North Carolina.
|Cole, on death row, in North Carolina. |
Calls went out and when Celeste Long, head of GSP Rescue NE, was notified of the dog's plight, she immediately moved to pull him from the shelter.
GSP Rescue NE friend Courtney Diani McLawhorn from Morrisville NC dropped what she was doing and drove to the shelter to pick up the little dog. Courtney
|Cole, in his first foster home with Courtney Diani McLawhorn,|
would be his first foster mom, teaching him what it was like to have consistent human contact, how to live in a house and what it was like to be loved.
Meanwhile, his picture and information had been posted on the GSP Rescue NE Facebook
page. Facebook fans chose his name. Cole. A new name and a new start for this young boy.
Jan Grieco in Maine, a longtime Rescue supporter, saw Cole's picture on Facebook, and knew instantly that this was the dog she needed to adopt.
In the meantime, Celeste and Martha Chandler of Martha's Mutt Movers
were busy behind the scenes
putting together transportation for Cole from North Carolina to New England. Arrangements were made with numerous drivers and Cole would travel the weekend of June 8 -- with Maine, and Jan Grieco, being his final destination. :-)
Meanwhile, in New York City, the "TODAY" show and Jill Rappaport (NBC correspondent and Animal Advocate) had gotten wind of the story through a friend of a friend of a friend (yes, one of those connections :-) who had adopted a dog and received it via Martha's transport. This friend connected with a friend who was a producer at "TODAY" and suggested that dog transport might be a good idea for a story.
|NBC producer/editor Durrell Dawson. |
According to NBC producer/editor Durrell Dawson, who was assigned to coordinate coverage, "The aim of our story is to profile dog transports from the south to north via Martha's Mutt Movers. The story came to us from someone who adopted a dog that was transported on one of Martha's routes."
So, with a "TODAY" show crew in tow, Cole hit the road.
Rappaport, Dawson and a cameraman from "TODAY" were on hand for the transport. Rappaport stayed for a leg; Dawson and his cameraman filmed for the whole day.
|NBC correspondent |
The transport started in Hickory, N.C., picking up a boxer and two senior toy dogs. It traveled to pick up Cole near Columbus County, N.C. Unfortunately, Rappaport didn't get to meet Cole on this trip because of all the rapidly changing logistics. She did meet the two dogs who started out the trip from Hickory, according to Dawson.
"We physically followed the transport from Hickory, N.C. to New Jersey," said Dawson, "and then picked up again the following morning and went with Cole to Danbury, Conn."
Says Dawson, "This story is on par with what Jill Rappaport attempts to bring to the show in her segments. Jill made a big career change from celebrity and red carpet coverage to highlighting the issues facing animals both domestic and wild. She has been honored with multiple Genesis Awards for her efforts."
|Cole, stretching his legs at the Danbury, Conn., stop. |
"The most interesting part of the story for me personally," said Dawson, "is the volunteers who donate their time, energy, and money in the form of gas and car mileage to transport these dogs across state lines. I visited two of the North Carolina shelters that the dogs were coming from and saw firsthand the need these dogs (and cats) have in order to live."
Needless to say it was exciting to have our regular ole drivers driving with cameras mounted on their cars! Cole was transported with another Cole, a boxer, and two senior tiny dogs. All of the dogs were well behaved and pretty much unimpressed by the attention!
To complete the segment, the "Today" show crew will fly out to Ohio to interview Martha. Air date is set for Sept. 6 (and it will be closer to 3 minutes than 15 minutes!). We'll let you know if the date changes.
Many thanks to Jill Rappaport, Durrell Dawson and "TODAY" for taking an interest in a subject so close to all of our hearts. And thanks to all the dedicated transport drivers for putting up with delays to get lighting right, picking correct camera angles, all the things movie stars are used to. ;-)
Hopefully this story will bring attention to the plight of these needy dogs. It's amazing that in this great country we can't take better care of our animal friends.
More to come!
|2012 Whisker Walk|
Audrey Carmosino manning GSP Rescue NE's booth at the Whisker Walk.
New friends were made, old acquaintances were renewed and more than $150 was raised for GSP Rescue New England as we participated in the 2012 Whisker Walk held on Sunday, June 3, in Lancaster, Mass.
A raffle for two beautiful bracelets designed by Three Scoops of Vanilla
and a sterling silver hand-wrapped ring designed and hand-crafted by GSP Rescue supporter Janice Macleod of Rhode Island, was held. Winners were Jen Weston, Christa Duprey and Eden Vincent.
Christa Duprey, her sons, Kenton and Krew,
and their handsome dog, Max
Lots of folks stopped by to visit the booth and it was great to put names with faces of the people we'd previously met only by email.
Mary Simcox Ayres dropped in with Kobie, Denise Albro was there with her trio, Max, Champ and Freckles, Janice Macleod stopped by with Lucy, Tad Dorry and Amy Monastero brought Sassy by, and Jessica Smith, friend of GSP Rescue NE, stopped in to say hello. Also visiting was Denise Albro, her two sons, Kenton and Krew, and their GSP Max.
Whisker Walk brings in over a hundred animal rescue groups, pet related vendors/manufacturers and sponsors and it's an "event not to be missed" for pet lovers.
|Stopping by to visit Audrey Carmosino, second from left, and Jen Weston, right, at the GSP Rescue booth were Mary Simcox Ayres, left, and Kobie, and Denise Albro, second from right, with Max, Champ and Freckles.|
This is an event that offers local shelters and rescues a chance to raise money, recruit volunteers, and spread the word about their organization. While the Sterling (Mass.) Animal Shelter organizes and sponsors the event, any money we raise goes directly to GSP Rescue New England.
|Cookie Time! Champ Albro is first in line for a snack!|
To read more visit the Whisker Walk web site:
|From left, Mary Simcox Ayres with Kobie,Audrey Carmosino, Jen Weston and Janice Gregory with Sassy.|
Buy 1 Dog Bed, Get 1 FREE For Rescue
We need your help.
GSP Rescue NE recently has partnered with Alphapooch to help us provide more comfortable living for our senior dogs through their Buy a Bed Give a Shelter Bed Program.
Alphapooch has agreed to donate a shelter bed to GSP Rescue for every pet bed you purchase from their site.
It's pretty simple. For every item you purchase for your family pets, the dogs at our rescue get a comfortable bed to rest on!
Alphapooch uses a wonderfully soft bedding material called Unreal Lambskin® that dogs just adore.
We love the beds, too, as they are completely machine washable.
For more information, go to Alphapooch
. And thank you for your help!
Are you a bookkeeper or do you know of someone who is?
GSP Rescue NE is in need of a volunteer to take over the position of bookkeeper.
The job duties include: accessing, maintaining and updating financial records using PayPal and Quickbooks, keeping track of inventory and sales, generating reports for spending analysis, filing annual federal tax forms and state tax reports.
If this is a volunteer position that interests you, please contact Celeste.
Reading Body Language
Running With Your GSP
Peter Russo, center with white shirt and dog on his lap, and a few of his running friends.
Recently, an adopter asked for information on how to teach her dog to run with her. She was interested in participating in a half-marathon, and could her new GSP friend accompany her.
Peter Russo, a long-time GSP Rescue NE volunteer, and a runner, says yes, absolutely, any dog who's willing can be taught to be your running companion.
Here's the advice he gives:
"I really only had to teach my first GSP Kona to run. After that she taught Silas how to run and then when she passed away and Gunnar came into our lives Silas taught him how to run. I hope that Gunnar will be as good a teacher as Silas was now that he is gone.
"All three of these dogs loved to run. The minute I put on running clothes and shoes they get excited to have me put the leash on and get going. GSP's are creatures of habit. ... My dogs have always been very prey driven so I never run with them off leash.
"As to how far these dogs can run, they can run farther than you can anytime. I have run my dogs as far as 21 or 22 miles and it makes them sleep a little better at night but it is really not taxing for them at all. When we are running, they are trotting. Now, of course, I have had only 3 GSPs so there may be some out there that do not like to run. I have never met one but there could be some out there.
"Auggie [the new adopter's GSP] could probably go out today and run 20, but of course you wouldn't want to do that, you do want to build up slowly, just as you have started out. I think that it is important that he knows some basic heeling commands to get started with.
"As long as Auggie has no weight or physical issues I think 1 mile runs are very conservative. I think a 25 or 30 minute run is a good place to start. Just build up from there as you would for yourself, a little at a time. I don't think you need to go to every other day running as long as you keep a very close eye on [the pads of his feet].
"Conditioning and endurance are not really big concerns for a 5 year old dog. On an average training run I am in the 7:00 to 7:30 per mile pace. That is a trot for them. If I am doing speed work, I am in the 5:30 to 6:00 per mile pace.
"All the advice I am giving is for an adult dog. Not a puppy. It is very different with a puppy and these rules do not apply. As puppy bones are still growing and you have to go much slower and let them fully develop.
"1. Paws. I have never gotten any of my dogs to run with booties on.
"This is where the run buildup is important. These dogs were born to run, maybe just not on pavement. You need to be very cautious and build up the paws to take the pavement, kind of build up a little like a callus. You will need to keep a close eye on his paws for the first few months or running him. I know there is a product that you can stick little pads his pads, but I have never tried them and do not know how effective they are. Some of my runs are on dirt, but still more than 60% of all running is on the road. The paws will build up, like I said, just keep an eye on them.
"2. Heat. This is probably the biggest issue you will have, especially coming into summer. I usually don't run really early or really late so I go by a bunch of rules that involve temperature and how sunny it is. A 70 degree cloudy day is not the same as a 70 degree very sunny more humid day. If you don't run in the sunshine much then you need to go more with just temperatures. If you do both you, will have to keep both in mind. Anytime it starts getting in that 75ish degree range I usually hose the dogs down really well before I get started to get their body temperature way down before I start the run. I have a house or business or school about every 25 or 30 minutes on my running routes so I can stop and re-hose them if they are getting warm.
"The first 2 dogs had a very heavy undercoat. That made them a little warmer, but once they were hosed down they held that water better.
"Anytime I am over 6 miles on a run I carry water [for the dogs]. I use a Fuelbelt. All my dogs learned to drink right from the water bottle.
I have never had an issue with their paws being too hot on a run. You are running, so their pads are really not resting on the ground. If I stop for drinking or whatever I always do so in a shady spot so they are not standing on the hot pavement.
When it starts getting really hot and humid, above 85 degrees I usually hose them first and then keep their part of the run to 30 min or so and then just drop them back at the house and go out for some more if I am scheduled to do that.
"If you are ever out and running and Auggie just sits down or looks too hot, just stop and find a hose and hose him down for a long time. They are very resilient and will bounce back.
"Most people out there are happy to let you use their hose for the dog. I also run by some lakes or reservoirs and let them jump in if they are hot.
"3. Bloat. I never let any dog run within 2 hours of eating. Look up bloat and know the signs and know what to do. Eating and running can possibly cause bloat and you want nothing to do with that.
"4. Rain. My dogs always ran in the rain with me. It is really not an issue for them. It will make them filthy and need a bath but other than that, not a problem. If it is a cold rain, I had rain jackets for them. It has to be pretty cool though because the jacket can make them a little too warm. Again, some of this comes down to the individual dog. My dogs have always been very thin. A dog with a bit more meat on him will do better in the cold and worse in the heat. You have to know your dog.
"5. Cold. It has to be pretty cold for the dogs not to run. Again, based on individual dog. I have jackets for them and I have to say unless wind chill is way below 0 they always run with me. Snow is not a problem either. My dogs have always loved to run in the snow, it makes them crazy, they love it. Now the problem becomes when it has snowed, sidewalks are impassible and you are running in the road and the salt is down, it is slushy. This is bad for the paws. The salt is bad for their paws and the salt in the slush actually takes the temp of the water well below the freezing point. Salty/slushy roads are one of the few things that I don't let them run in. A little bit is fine, but that day or so right after a snow storm when it is all slush they usually stay home, or I drive to a path or some place I can just run in the snow.
"6. Age. This is really [determined] by the dog.
"7. Running in the dark: I have a very reflective leash and a light that flashes that attaches to his collar. There are also reflective collars that I use. Most of this is available online or at your local running store.
I hope this is helpful and not too long and involved. Auggie and any other GSP you own will be the best running partner you will EVER have. They are always happy to go, they never show up late, and they don't care if you are late. You never have to make idle chit chat with them if you are tired and don't want to talk. They are just the best there is."
Treat Recipes! YUM!!!
GSP Rescue volunteer Jan Grieco writes:
After our experience with colon cancer with our Chanel and some skin allergies that the vet attributed to wheat and corn, we became more vigilant about what our pups ate, including treats. We went on a search for goodies we could make at home and found several that the dogs love and that are healthy for them.
Treats? Did someone say TREATS?!!
Although we don't eliminate all wheat-based flours, we have cut back, substituting oat, potato and rice flour for a portion or all of the wheat. Home-baked treats and biscuits require a bit more work, but the dogs love them, and we know what's in them.
These yummies aren't cheap to make, so we use them for special treats, and we stock up on chicken when it's on sale so we can make and freeze batches.
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I use about a 1-1 ½ pounds per batch
Garlic powder (not salt!)
Preheat oven to 200 degrees and lightly grease a baking sheet with canola or olive oil.
Rinse chicken and remove all fat. Using a sharp knife, slice the chicken with the grain into VERY thin slices - 1/8 to ¼ inch thick. This is easier to do if you partially freeze the breasts first.
Put the slices into a bowl and lightly toss with a tablespoon of garlic powder.
Put on cookie sheet in a single layer and bake 2 hours. Cool and cut into pieces. I cut mine in half, and one half is a perfect nibble for our GSPs, although they always beg for more.
Store these for about three weeks in a plastic bag in the fridge or freeze them for up to six months!
PUMPKIN PUP BISCUITS
Our dogs LOVE pumpkin, so I make these in the fall when we are overrun with pumpkins from the garden. The original recipe came from a gluten-free website, but I can't remember which one, and I have modified it just a tad.
2 1/2 cups brown rice flour (from an organic or health food store)
2 tablespoons flax meal (from an organic or health food store)
2 extra large eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/4 cup cold water or enough to make dough stick
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Combine brown rice flour and flax meal in a large bowl. Mix eggs and pumpkin together in a separate bowl until smooth. Add pumpkin mixture to brown rice mixture in two parts, stirring with a wooden spoon or spatula. This dough doesn't quite stick together, so add water, a teaspoon or two at a time until it comes together. Briefly knead the dough until it comes together in a nice ball.
Now, roll out the dough between two pieces of waxed or parchment paper to desired thickness (¼ - ½ inch thick, depending on dog size). Remove the top piece of paper and flip the dough onto a rice floured board. Using a cookie or biscuit cutter, cut out the biscuits. I have a bone-shaped cutter and a small donut-shaped cutter that both work well. Re-roll and re-cut scraps until you've used all the dough possible.
Put the biscuits on the baking sheets. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, until the tops of the biscuits have dried out completely. Remove from oven and flip the biscuits over. Return to oven, rotating
cookie sheet, and bake for another 20 - 25 minutes until biscuits are completely dry. Remove from sheet and cool on wire racks. Pack in an airtight container. These make great Christmas
BEST! BEEFY BONES
These are a huge hit in our house year round, and all things considered are fairly inexpensive to make. I have a set of dog bone biscuit cutters, so I make the small size for quick bites. I get about six dozen out of the batch.
1 lb. lean ground beef
2 eggs, beaten
3 c. oat flour (from an organic or health food store)
1 c. quick oats
1 c. water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a food processor, combine the eggs and beef until well blended. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine flour and rolled oats. Gradually add in the beef mixture using your hands to mix until well blended. Now add water and stir to form a sticky dough.
Divide the dough into two balls; one large ball is hard to work with! Knead each ball on a surface well-dusted with oat-flour, adding flour until the dough isn't sticky.
Using a rolling pin, roll dough to ¼ to ½ inch thick, depending on your dog.
Either cut with a dog bone biscuit cutter (or with a sharp knife cut in strips about 1-inch wide and then cut again to desired length). Place the biscuits on well-greased baking sheets and bake for
My dogs LOVE these, maybe because they don't get them often because these are the only biscuits I make using whole wheat flour, or maybe because they are so darned good. One year, I made a batch early Christmas morning and had them cooling on drying racks when a friend arrived for the day. She strolled into the kitchen and saw these golden, heavenly smelling treats and helped herself to one. She was startled by a chorus of hubby and me shrieking, "NO! NO!"
When we explained, she laughed and argued that they still smelled good enough to eat.
3 c. whole wheat flour
2 tsps. garlic powder (not salt!)
½ c oil (canola or olive)
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 egg beaten
1 c. milk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine flour and garlic powder. Make a well in the mixture and gradually add in oil, cheese, egg, and milk. Blend well.
Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead about 3-4 minutes. Now roll out with a rolling pin to about ½ inch thick. Cut to desired size and shape with a cookie or biscuit cutter or in strips
using a sharp knife. Arrange on a lightly greased baking sheet, and bake 25 minutes. Keep an eye on these as they can be quick to burn.
Remove to a rack and store at room temp in a container with a loosely fitting lid.
REALLY HEALTHY DOG BISCUITS
This last recipe comes from a blog titled Dog Nutrition Naturally
. They aren't always neat and pretty, but boy, do the dogs
snap to when offered one of these.Ingredients:
1 lb ground meat ( lamb, beef, chicken, turkey ) Lamb and beef tend to be higher in fat. Chicken and turkey might be a better choice for an overweight dog.
1 large sweet potato, cooked and mashed (I bake them in the oven)
1 large egg, beaten 1/4 tsp garlic powder (not garlic salt ) or one large clove pressed 5 tbsp. large flake rolled oats (organic if possible) or 4 tbsp. ground flax seed meal (I prefer the
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mixing up very well, sort of like making meat loaf.
Lightly grease a cookie sheet with olive oil. ( very slightly )
Dump ingredients on cookie sheet and spread evenly and flatly to the sides of pan. This should be about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
Bake for one hour.
Remove pan from oven and use your cookie cutter at this time, if you want. If you don't have a cookie cutter, just score the dough with a knife or pizza cutter into squares.
Put back into the oven and bake for another hour at 250 degrees.
This will dry these healthy dog treats out. Keep an eye on your oven. The time could be more or less, depending on how hot your oven runs. These dog treats should be fairly dry and a little crispy, but not burned.
Help Us Help Them
Look who's been adopted!
Several GSPs have found their forever homes!
They are: Toshi, Jordi, Toli, Coco, Chip, Gunner, Kobie, Leah, Luna, Buster, Sherman, Grace and Willy.
Hooray for the dogs!! Hooray for their new families!! :-)
Donations have gratefully been accepted this month from:
Scamp, Rusty and Marie Hart
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. :-)
Help Us With
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 commitment. 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.
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
Free first-aid class!
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!
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.
Partners for Pets Program
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.
to view eligible products.