December 2012                                                                                  

No.36 

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 DECEMBER

 NEWSLETTER 

  

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Merry Christmas to all! 

  

Greetings!
Welcome to our final newsletter of 2012!

 

We've had a VERY productive year. We were able to save and re-home 75 dogs -- up from 55 in 2011! We had four senior dogs in long-term foster care (Hunter, Kobie, Fonda and Lola . Sadly, Hunter and Kobie passed away earlier in the year. ) Four other GSPs also are in long-term foster care as we try to help owners who are suffering from debilitating health issues. 

 

Many of our rescues were owner turn-ins, some were strays, others came from different parts of the United States, where there are more stray dogs than we ever could imagine here in New England. But our most heartening moments came when we were able to reach out and help some local dogs in desperate need -- Penny, the runaway; Chance, the neglected and emaciated puppy; Flyer, who is blind; and most recently, Lincoln, afflicted with a terrible case of mange.

 

As GSP Rescue New England grows, we find we're able to expand our services from strictly a dog rescue to a greater humanitarian effort where we can also fill a need for owners who've fallen on hard times. We have the financial wherewithall and the volunteer foster home base to be able to take in their precious dogs, care for them on a temporary basis, and return them when the owner is able to take them back. What can be better than helping a person in their time of need with their most valuable and loved possession? 

 

And how can we do all of this? Because of YOUR support.

 

Our rescue network is stronger because of YOU. Our bank account finishes the year in the black because of YOU. Our dogs are enjoying the Christmases they deserve with new homes and loving families because of YOU.

 

And all of us here at GSP Rescue New England, and every dog that has passed through our hands on its way to a better life , THANK YOU and send VERY BEST WISHES for a MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS!! 

  

Holiday cheer from 
Celeste,Audrey and Michele
Christmas Presents!
There's still time to order fun GSP Rescue NE gifts from the website's store!   Where's that, you ask? Click HERE to see all our fab items!shirt back We've included some new stuff, like gray T-shirts, a color that will hide those dirty paw prints ;-) (in Medium only) and some really nice new hats in 2 tones of orange, tan and sage green.
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We've still got lots of stuffed GSP dogs in both black and liver, stainless travel mugs, and tote bags in both brown and black.
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See something you like? Click HERE to visit GSP Rescue NE's store. 
Keeping Dogs Safe At Christmas

stairway The holiday season is a magical time to reconnect with family and friends, deck the halls, and celebrate the spirit of giving. Most dogs seem to enjoy the holidays, too, and some are lucky enough to get their own stocking stuffed with new toys and treats. But fun times can quickly turn to tragedy when pets are exposed to potentially poisonous holiday foods, certain yuletide plants, and some common holiday decorations.

 

"Many dogs and cats simply cannot resist the smell and taste of new things, sometimes causing them to ingest items that can land them at the emergency veterinary clinic on Christmas eve," said Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS, DABT and assistant director at Pet Poison Helpline. "During the holidays, our homes are filled with new and interesting items, but some can pose a potential poison threat to dogs and cats when ingested."

 

Keeping pets safe during the holidays involves first knowing what items are dangerous and then keeping them out of the reach of pets. Pet Poison Helpline shares the top holiday danger threats that can cause physical harm or poison dogs and cats during the holidays:

 

Holiday Foods and Alcohol

fruitcake The holidays bring delicious baked goods, confections and other rich, fattening foods. People love them, but they can be very harmful to pets. Some of the most common dangerous holiday foods are chocolate and cocoa, sugarless gum and candy containing xylitol, leftover fatty meat scraps, yeast bread dough and fruit cake. Particularly dangerous, fruit cake often contains raisins and currants, which can result in kidney failure if ingested by a dog. Some fruitcakes are also soaked in rum, resulting in alcohol poisoning; when ingested by a dog, it can cause a dangerous drop in blood sugar, blood pressure and body temperature, potentially leading to seizures and respiratory failure.

 

During the holidays, it is best to keep pets on their regular diets, and it is perfectly acceptable to discourage holiday guests from feeding them any human food.

 

Yuletide plants

Often misinterpreted as poisonous, the relative toxicity of poinsettias has been quite exaggerated -- the sticky white sap of poinsettias usually causes only minor mouth or stomach irritation if ingested by a dog. 

 

Like poinsettias, American mistletoe has been rumored toxic. This is likely because its cousin, European mistletoe, can be toxic to pets. Ingestion of American mistletoe leaves or berries may cause mild stomach upset, but not serious poisoning. 

 

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Dogs can also experience vomiting and diarrhea after ingesting Christmas cactus. Likewise, the spiny and leathery leaves of the Christmas or English holly can result in irritation and damage to the stomach and intestines of dogs. The holly's berries have mildly toxic properties, but are fairly tolerable in most pets. While death is not likely, it's best to keep these plants out of pets' reach. 

 

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Tinsel and Liquid Potpourri

 

Avoid using tinsel for decorating trees. For households with cats, tinsel should be in one place only -- the garbage. Tinsel looks like a shiny toy, but it can be deadly. If ingested, it can result in a severe linear foreign body, meaning the stringy tinsel can wrap around the base of the tongue or anchor itself in the stomach, making it impossible to pass through the intestines. As the intestines contract and move, tinsel can slowly saw through the tissue, resulting in severe damage to your pet's intestinal tract. Treatment involves expensive abdominal surgery. It's best to keep tinsel, as well as ribbon, yarn and thread out of your pet's reach.

 

 

pup in bag Beware of Handbags

When guests arrive, be sure to stow handbags safety out of pets' reach. Dogs can find handbags and their contents incredibly interesting, which can lead to trouble. Handbags are reservoirs for things toxic to dogs and cats. The most common worrisome purse items include prescription medications, pain medications (e.g., Tylenol, Advil, Aleve), sugarless chewing gum (with xylitol), asthma inhalers, cigarettes, coins, and hand sanitizers.

SAFETY IS ALWAYS IN STYLE

With colder days approaching, it's becoming increasingly common for even pets to bundle up before heading outdoors. 

 

While the figure-friendly argyle sweater may seem like a good fit for Fido, dog parents are reminded to keep comfort and safety in mind before stocking the closet with pet clothing and accessories.

 

Don't jeopardize safety for style; while it may seem fun or entertaining to dress Fido in skirts and sweaters, keep in mind that safety and comfort should always be the top priority.

 

Before purchasing a sweater, rain coat or stylish studded collar, be sure to consider these tips:

  • Respect the Pet: If your pet isn't interested in wearing that sweet little sweater, you'll know. He or she will use non-verbal communication like never before! Respect your pet and don't force him or her into an outfit. Doing so will only cause stress and other unhappy emotions.
  • hat  Only if the Shirt Fits: If your pet is willing to wear clothing, be sure it's not limiting mobility. The item should fit comfortably and should not be too tight or too baggy.
  • Hold the Bells and Whistles: The holiday sweater with glitter and bells may look cute-but keep in mind, the extra accessories could pose a risk to your pet pal's health. Avoid pet clothing with added accessories, when in doubt; remember that simple is generally better. 

When it comes time to select a collar for your dog, measure his neck and add one to two inches of room, to ensure the collar will fit comfortably. As a guideline, the measurement from the buckle of a collar to the last hole should be as close as possible to the measurement of the dog's neck.

 

Remember to monitor Fido as they sport their new looks. As pets adjust to clothing or new accessories, it's important to be sure they are comfortable and safe as they strut their stuff.

In This Issue
FACEBOOK
ADOPTIONS!
DONATIONS!
GET YOUR CALENDARS!
FUNDRAISERS
COMEDY CORNER

Quick Links

Help Us Help Them
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Facebook

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: Remy, Rigby, Kenai, and Magas

   

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

Donations

Donations have gratefully been accepted this month from: 

Sujata Varadharajan

Jamie Page

Janet McMillan

Karen Walsh

Bill Ziolkowski, in memory of Rusty Ziolkowski 

Bryan Sexauer

Emilie Knisley

Julie Nicholson

Danelle Gatcombe

Lynn Alexander, on behalf of Lincoln 

Bill Crawford 

Scott Hiestand 

Cat Lamy, on behalf of Lincoln

Cliff Kenyon

Cindy Peregolise and Bikers Against Animal Cruelty, on behalf of Lincoln 

Brian Belanger

  

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. :-)

Calendars and more...oh my!
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We still have 2013 calendars featuring our rescue dogs available but they're selling like hotcakes! Go here to order yours before they're gone! 
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Bobo's Playland Fundraiser
Hit the Road Zac
There's still time to order merchandise from Bobo's Playland and have it arrive in time for Christmas. Cards, a wonderful children's book featuring GSP Rescue NE dog Zac and a whole lot more!

Remember, GSP Rescue NE gets 50% of all orders between now and January 4th 2013!
 

 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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MERRY CHRISTMAS to YOU from US
 (and these cute little dogs!)