October 2012                                                                           

No. 34 

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Witches   Happy Halloween!



Happy October! And Happy Halloween! 

Is this your dog's favorite time or year? A time when he LOVES getting dressed up and going out trick-or-treating, eating up the praise AND the extra dog treats? Or is this for him the most dreaded night of the year. One whole evening when he has to suffer the embarassment of being dressed up in a cutesy outfit and being paraded in front of the neighbors? 

And speaking of dog treats, don't forget that chocolate, another favorite at this time of year, isn't for dogs. Chocolate can make them very ill. When you put the candy bowl next to the front door for the two-legged trick-or-treaters, why not put a bowl of dog treats next to it for those trick-or-treaters' four-legged buddies?

Remember, don't dress up Spot in anything you wouldn't want him to put on you. And when it comes to chocolate? Keep it all for yourself!

Have a great rest-of-the-month!
Celeste,Audrey and Michele

Halloween And The Dog: 10 Safety Tips

Attention, GSP lovers, it's almost the spookiest night of the year!


The ASPCA recommends taking some common sense precautions this Halloween to keep you and your dog saying "trick or treat!" all the way to Nov. 1.


candy bowl 1. No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Spot. Chocolate in all forms-especially dark or baking chocolate-can be very dangerous for dogs. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.


2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them.


3. Much like Christmas, wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.




4. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. 



5. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don't put your dog in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer their "birthday suits," however, wearing a costume may cause undue stress.


6. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn't annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal's movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe or bark. Also, be sure to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go au naturale or donning a festive bandana.


7. Take a closer look at your pet's costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.


8. All but the most social dogs should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.


9. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your dog doesn't dart outside.


10. IDs, please! Always make sure your dog has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increasing the chances that he or she will be returned to you.

lf Tournament 


GSP Rescue New England's first annual golf tournament, that was set for Oct. 13, 2012, was cancelled due to lack on interest. And we think we're safe in saying "BOO!" since it's the right month for that sort of thing.


Anyway, we're going to give it another shot! We're planning for a date late next spring which hopefully will draw out more of the duffers among us. 

Calendar Contest!
Calendar cover Holy mackeral, was THIS fundraiser an awesome success! The 2013 calendars look great, we have literally hundreds ordered, and for each one we sell, we'll be taking in money for our needy GSP Rescue NE pups. 
Here's Mr. Fonda, above, gracing the calendar cover.  Who else could be our cover boy besides that rascal. And take a look at January! See anybody you know?
We had 13 full-page winners and used virtually every photograph of every dog that was entered in the competition. 
We'll let you know when these 2013 calendars become available. We're so excited for you to see them!
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Acorns And Dogs Don't Mix

What?  Acorns are poisonous?!
Acorns and oak leaves. Keep 'em away from the dogs.

Keep puppies and dogs from eating acorns
 or drinking water with oak leaves in it.

By Jon Geller, DVM

Many people do not realize that acorns are toxic to dogs. The toxic principle is unknown, but they do contain gallotanins, a combination of gallic acid and tanic acid. 
Oak trees are very common and most people don't have problems, but they are not the trees of choice to have in a backyard full of pets. Acorns, oak buds, leaves, and drinking water that acorns and oak leaves have soaked in, have all caused symptoms of oak poisoning. 

Dogs have been poisoned by drinking water that oak leaves have soaked in. Two Chihuahua puppies were seen chewing on a couple of acorns. They developed a bloody diarrhea and their kidney values became markedly elevated. In spite of emergency treatment, they died of renal failure. 

Acorns could potentially cause an obstruction of the intestines, but this would probably occur in a smaller dog. 

If possible, minimize your dogs' exposure to acorns, and be especially careful that their water bowl is not contaminated.
Recalls, Recalls, Recalls
Kasel Associated Industries of Denver, CO has annouced a voluntary recall of its Boots and Barkley American Beef Bully Sticks product, sold at Target stores, because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The affected American Beef Bully Sticks were distributed nationwide through Target retail stores from April through September 2012.


What Products Are Being Recalled?

The product is sold in a clear plastic bag containing six bully sticks each and are marked with bar code number 647263899189.

The manufacturer is recalling all lot numbers because the following lot codes tested positive through analysis by the State of Colorado Department of Agriculture:


No illnesses have been reported to date in animals or humans in connection with this problem.


What to Do?

Consumers are urged to return the recalled product to the place of purchase for a full refund. 





Kasel Associated Industries of Denver, CO is voluntarily recalling its Boots and Barkley Roasted American Pig Ears and American Variety Pack Dog Treats product because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.


What Products Are Being Recalled?


The recalled Roasted Pig Ears product comes in a clear plastic bag containing 12 pig ears marked with UPC bar code 647263899158.


The Variety Pack Dog Treats product also comes in a clear plastic bag weighing 32oz and marked with UPC bar code 490830400086.


Kasel Industries is recalling lot number BESTBY 13SEP2014DEN for both products because this lot code tested positive for the Salmonella bacteria through analysis by the Colorado Department Of Agriculture.


No illnesses have been reported to date in animals or humans in connection with this problem.



Sunland, Inc. has announced the voluntary recall of some of its human food products has now been expanded to include a pet food product, Dogsbutter RUC with Flax PB, due to possible contamination with Salmonella.


The recall appears to include the 16 ounce jars of Dogsbutter RUC with Flax PB.


The recalled product has a Best-If-Used-By date of between May 1, 2013 and September 24, 2013. This information is stamped on the side of the jar's label just below the lid.


What Caused the Recall?

According to the FDA bulletin...

The voluntary recall was initiated after learning that between June 11, 2012 and September 2, 2012, twenty-nine people reported Salmonella Bredeney PFGE matching illnesses in approximately 18 states, including Washington, California, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut, New Jersey and Maryland, according to a report issued on September 22, 2012 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What to Do?

Consumers are urged to discard the recalled product immediately. 





bag Nature's Recipe has announced a voluntary recall involving one of its dog treats products due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.


The recall includes Nature's Recipe Oven Baked Biscuits with Real Chicken made at one of the company's US production facilities.




What Products Are Being Recalled?

Nature's Recipe Oven Baked Biscuits with Real Chicken is sold in 19-ounce resealable pouches. The affected products include lot codes 2199TP and 2200TP with a "Best If Used By" date of either October 11, 2013 or October 12, 2013.



Product and product lots that do not appear on the list above are not subject to this recall.


Where Were the Recalled Products Sold?

The potentially affected lots of Nature's Recipe Oven Baked Biscuits with Real Chicken were distributed nationally, primarily through pet specialty retailers.


What to Do?

If you can confirm your package of treats is one of the products being recalled, stop feeding or handling it immediately.

If you've already discarded the packaging -- or you're in any way in doubt -- do not take chances. Be safe. Stop feeding the product anyway.


In This Issue

Quick Links

Help Us Help Them
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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: Bailey, Charlie,Levi, Boomer, Winnie, Bella,Pixie, Pearl, Pepper, Dobbie, Remy, Kanga and Mark.


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


Donations have gratefully been accepted this month from:

Drummond, Woodsum and McMahon, Jessica Scherb and Frank Straccia.


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 Year-Round 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 donations needed

   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 paper
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.

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