July 2012                                                                               

No. 31

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We say it all the time. What's better than kids with our dogs? Well, we may have come up with something. How about kids who support dogs (and Rescue) and go to great and generous lengths to do just that.

About a month ago, a donation was received from a GSP owner who decided that instead of asking for  presents for herself for her 8th birthday -- that's right, her 8th -- she would ask for money that she could donate to a shelter or rescue.

Young Shaye Labonte of Maine, who has a GSP of her own named Charlie, picked GSP Rescue New England as her charity of choice. 
Read Shaye's extra-special story below and have some of your faith in humanity restored.

Very best wishes for a not-so-hot-and-humid rest of July,


GSP Rescue NE board of directors

Thank You, Shaye Labonte!
Shaye and Charlie
Donor Shaye Labonte of Maine and her BFF Charlie. 
Eight-year-old Shaye Labonte of Eagle Lake, Maine, recently celebrated her 8th birthday. Instead of getting gifts, she asked for donations so she could give to an animal shelter or rescue. The Labontes have a GSP, so Shaye chose to donate all of her birthday gifts to GSP Rescue NE.

Shaye donated ... drum roll please ... ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY dollars! That's enough for vaccines to get one needy dog up to date and healthy!

In way of thanks, Shaye got to name our next rescue dog. She decided on the name "Righteous" for the little GSP/beagle mix that turned up next on our doorstep. 
Erin Labonte, Shaye's mom, writes, "We are very proud of our daughter. Who would of thought saving a life was more important than toys to an 8-year-old.

  "She was reading all the Facebook posts after the little article that was written [about her donation] from the GSP NE site and she was so amazed that people thought that much of her and what she did.  She told me she wants to do this every birthday and raise more money every time."

You rock, Shaye! And heartfelt thanks to mom and dad for raising such a kind and considerate little girl. You've made the world shine a little brighter for us all!

Bookkeeper Still Needed

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 

Dog Food Recalls
Nature's Variety and Pedigree have announced recalls on some of their food.
 On July 12, 2012, Nature's Variety announced a voluntary recall of its Prairie Beef Meal and Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs due to an unusual odor that may develop over time.

  Dog food recall

According to the company, the product is "not contaminated in any way". However, some recipes are not remaining fresh for their expected shelf life.


The products being recalled are: listed below:

  • UPC# 7 69949 60420 4 - Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 5 lb
  • UPC# 7 69949 60425 9 - Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 15 lb
  • UPC# 7 69949 60430 3 - Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 30 lb
  • UPC# 7 69949 60432 7 - Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 3 oz sample

No other Nature's Variety products are affected.


Consumers who have purchased one of the above products can obtain a full refund.


Or they may exchange any recalled item for a different variety by either returning it in its original packaging or bringing a proof of purchase back to their retailer.


Consumers with additional questions are invited to call Nature's Variety Consumer Relations at (888) 519-7387. Or, they maycontact Nature's Variety by email.





On Saturday, June 30, 2012, Mars Petcare US announced a voluntary dog food recall of a limited number of three varieties of Pedigree weight management canned products due to a potential choking risk.


Affected product may contain small pieces of blue plastic - which entered the food during the production process.

The source of the plastic has been identified and the issue resolved.


Consumers who have purchased affected product are advised to discard the food or return it to the retailer for a full refund.


While a small number of consumers have reported finding the plastic pieces, the company claims it has not received any reports of injury or illness associated with the affected product.


Only Pedigree weight management canned dog food varieties with the production codes shown below are included in this voluntary recall.


Can top Each product will have a lot code printed on the end of the can that begins with 209, 210, 211 or 212 and a Best Before date that falls between 2/24/2014 and 3/23/2014.

No other Pedigree products are affected, including any other variety of wet food, dry dog food, or dog treats.


For questions or more information, call (877) 720-3335 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. CST.

Magic Recipe ;-)
Got a dog with tummy troubles? This potato recipe from GSP Rescue NE board member Audrey Carmosino can help firm things up! 


One part white potato
One part sweet potato
1 inch slice of turnip


Sweet potatoes
White potatoes
Peel potatoes and cut into 2 inch pieces (they boil faster this way). The turnip can take longer to cook so might want to cut it even smaller. Boil everything together until soft. Mash together, let cool before feeding.


Withhold all food from the dog for at least 12 hours prior to feeding the potato mixture in order for the dog to be completely empty. 

I usually feed at least a cup of this mixture, depending on the size of the dog. 


Feed NOTHING else until the next feeding time, which in my house is about 12 hrs. Then feed just potato mixture again.


 Honestly, I have never had this fail me. By the second meal, 

it usually has bound them up. Once I see that the stool is more normal, I start adding in a little regular food, and then wean them back onto normal food over a few days. 


I just had to do this a few weeks ago for one of my dogs. I made a HUGE bowl of it and used it all. You can also freeze it to have some ready to go.

Now, if the dog isn't interested in eating this, try cooking the potatoes in chicken broth instead of water to add some flavor. It might make it more palatable, though I won't lie, this stuff tastes great as is. I've even eaten it myself! LOL! 

In This Issue

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

Look who's been adopted!

More GSPs have found their forever homes!


They are: 

Brady,Cole, Mia,Cooper, Teddy and June.


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


Donations have gratefully been accepted this month from:

Brendan Boyle

Katie Natale

Judith Margalejo

Susan Wagner

Paul and Debbie Schottler

Chris Cannon

Carol Walsh

Jen Violette

employee matching funds Agilent Technology/Bob Klepach

Marisa Pollina

Sue Tenuta

Jayne Cline



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

Our Fundraisers





We need your help. We have recently partnered with Alphapooch to help us provide more comfortable living for our pet residents through their Buy a Bed Give a Shelter Bed Program. Alphapooch has agreed to donate a shelter bed to us for our foster dogs for every pet bed you purchase from their site: Alphapooch.com/pfgroups.


    It's pretty simple, for every item you purchase for your family pets, the pets at our foster homes will get a comfortable bed to rest on! Alphapooch uses a wonderfully soft bedding material called Unreal Lambskin® that both cats and dogs just adore. We love the beds too as they are completely machine washable.


    You can find more information on the program as well as their extensive catalogue through the link below (just click  HERE to go directly to their website). 


    Help us make our foster homes  a more relaxing place for our dogs while waiting for their forever home and while also treating your own pet to a luxurious new bed!


 Thank you for the help!




Book bin

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.


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.  


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 www.halepetdoor.com

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.

COMEDY CORNER                                                 


Bird-Brain Bird Dog
Grab the kids and a cup of coffee and watch a cartoon the way they used to be made, in "Bird-Brain Bird Dog!"