April 2013                                                                                  

No.40  

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APRIL

 NEWSLETTER  

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Happy Spring!!  
Greetings!
 My gosh, we've been busy! We've come up with places to go and things to do that should interest just about everyone involved in Rescue -- and help us raise some much needed money in the meantime!

There's only about a week left until GSP Rescue NE's bird dog seminar (set for April 27, info below) in Rhode Island. Have you signed up? Deadline is April 20! Not only will you get to test your GSP on live quail to see if your dog has any pointing ability, but all money raised goes directly to Rescue.

We're also currently running our annual Flower Power fundraiser (see info below); on Saturday, June 1, we're holding our first charity golf tournament at the Woods of Westminster in Westminster, Mass. (more to come on that), and soon we'll begin work on our very first Rescue cookbook

The fundraisers are coming fast and furious -- and we need them. If you've seen the Adoptable Dogs page on the Rescue website, or if you're a friend on Facebook, you know the large number of dogs we've taken in recently. One hundred percent of the money we raise goes directly to the care of those dogs -- and right now we need every penny.

So if you see something that interests you -- whether it's a birddog seminar, some nice spring flowers or a day on the links -- sign up! The dogs (and WE!) will thank you for your support!

Happy, happy spring!
Celeste,Audrey and Michele                         GSP Rescue NE Board of Directors 
  
We Get Letters ...
 Hi Celeste,

     At times it is just necessary to acknowledge your newsletter articles.  Some are just informative, some make 'your tummy smile' (as a friend's daughter called it once), others make you reach for your handkerchief. 
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Mr. Fonda

 What a wonderful memorial you wrote about Mr. Fonda!  I agree, there are rescue dogs you may not know well or never meet but they just have a way to touch your heart - and to take part of it with them. Mr. Fonda was one.  We just loved his antics and stories, his fund raising assistance -- and shared them with many friends and family members.  We could so well relate to some of his habits as we have Ace (16), another counter surfer, bread bag opener, paper shredder, you name it.  

 
    Mr. Fonda will always be around us through association and I know I will think of him every time I drive through our local 'Fonda.'  And much like you, I'll always be grateful to all these foster homes out there who open their hearts to seniors.  Having had a number of them myself, I know how endearing and loving they are and how much they enrich our lives but also how bitter-sweet an experience it is.
 
God speed, dear Mr. Fonda.  You'll be truly missed.
Affectionately,
Helga
And MORE Letters ...   
 
Scott dog
Scott the GSP!
 From Scott's adopter: "Just wanted to touch base with an update on Scott. He is adjusting very very well, is just about housebroken and is learning commands well. He loves car rides, and successfully rode to VT with the cat in the car. We've been hiking and running with him and does both very well. Please find attached some pictures. Sarah and I couldn't be happier with the outcome, he is a truly wonderful dog."

And from Ursula's new family: "Thank you for letting me experience such an amazing dog i feel like she was exactly what was missing in my life i can't thank you enough!"

It doesn't get any better than this for a rescuer! Thank you to everyone who helps give the gift of life to all of our dogs.
Hunter The Hero
   Hunter  Hunter, a German shorthaired pointer from Redmond, Ore., was inducted posthumously into Oregon Animal Hall of Fame for an act of heroism just a week after passing away with a fast-growing, incurable cancerous tumor.
Read about this wonderful dog at GSPHERO.
Paralyzed Pup On A Roll!
   This is a wonderful story. For those of you not familiar with our out-of-area program, we accept dogs from several high kill shelters in North Carolina. Our NC dogs are always landed with Courtney McLawhorn, who is a vet tech at Care First Animal Hospitals in Raleigh and the surrounding area. Our dogs get the best of the best and we've had so many successful adoptions thanks to Courtney and crew.

Click on Paralyzed Dog Has New Wheels! 

Another part of the GSP Rescue NE family...long distance!
Bird Dog Seminar
   aef  A birddog seminar and family fun day will be held rain or shine on Saturday, April 27, at Addieville East Farm, 200 Pheasant Drive, Mapleville, RI. Reservations must be made by Saturday, April 20. 

GSP hunt Dog trainers will be on hand to evaluate novice dogs to see if they can point birds; we'll have fishing for the kids, and contests including Spottiest Dog and Biggest Fish Caught.

Cost is $10 per person, and $25 per family, and includes lunch.

For more information, contact Janice Gregory.
Flower Power Fundraiser
   Spring has finally arrived which has started us thinking of lovely summer flowers, so we've launched our online fundraising campaign of spring flowers and bulbs.
Anemone
Anemones mixture $12

    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. Flower 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.  
   
Rock garden
Spring Rock Garden $18
To start supporting our group today just click here and follow the instructions. 
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 at 
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.
Springtime Toxins 
Spring is here and plant bulbs are breaking through the ground!

 Here is a list of some of the most common spring plants and their toxicities... so you know how to pet-proof your garden and keep your pet safe.

Tulips and Hyacinth
Tulips and Hyacinth
Tulips contain allergenic lactones while hyacinths contain similar alkaloids. The toxic principle of these plants is very concentrated in the bulbs versus the leaf or flower), so make sure your dog is not digging up the bulbs in the garden. When the plant parts or bulbs are chewed or ingested, it can result in tissue irritation to the mouth and esophagus. Typical signs include profuse drooling, vomiting, or even diarrhea, depending on the amount consumed. There is no specific antidote, but with supportive care from the veterinarian (including rinsing the mouth, anti-vomiting medication, and possibly subcutaneous fluids), animals do quite well. With large ingestions of the bulb, more severe symptoms such as an increase in heart rate and changes in respiration can be seen, and should be treated by a veterinarian. These more severe signs are seen in cattle or our overzealous, chow hound Labradors.
 
Daffodils
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Daffodil
These flowers contain lycorine, an alkaloid with strong emetic properties (something that triggers
vomiting). Ingestion of the bulb, plant or flower can cause severe vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and even possible cardiac arrhythmias or respiratory depression. Crystals are found in the outer layer of the bulbs, similar to hyacinths, which cause severe tissue irritation and secondary drooling. Daffodil ingestions can result in more severe symptoms so if an exposure is witnessed or symptoms are seen, we recommend seeking veterinary care for further supportive care.

Lilies
Day lily
There are dangerous and benign lilies out there, and it is important to know the difference. Peace, Peruvian, and Calla lilies contain oxalate crystals that cause minor signs, such as tissue irritation to the mouth, tongue, pharynx, and esophagus -- these result in minor drooling. The more dangerous, potentially fatal lilies are true lilies, and these include Tiger, Day, Asiatic, Easter and
Japanese Show lilies. Decontamination (like inducing vomiting and giving binders like activated charcoal) are imperative in the early toxic stage, while aggressive intravenous fluid therapy, kidney function monitoring tests, and supportive care can greatly improve the prognosis.

Crocus
Autumn Crocus
There are two Crocus plants: one that blooms in the spring (Crocus species) and the other in the autumn (Colchicum autumnale). The spring plants are more common and are part of the Iridaceae
family. These ingestions can cause general gastrointestinal upset including vomiting and diarrhea. These should not be mistaken for Autumn Crocus, part of the Liliaceae family, which contain colchicine. The Autumn Crocus,also known as Meadow Saffron, is highly toxic and can cause severe vomiting, gastrointestinal bleeding, liver and kidney damage, and respiratory failure. If you are not sure what plant it is, bring your pet to their veterinarian immediately for care. Signs may be seen immediately but can be delayed for days.
 
Lily of the Valley
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Lily of the valley
The Convallaria majalis plant contains cardiac glycosides, which will cause symptoms similar to digitalis (foxglove) ingestion. These symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, a drop in heart rate, severe cardiac arrhythmias, and possibly seizures. Pets with any known exposure to this plant should be examined and evaluated by a veterinarian and treated symptomatically. 

In addition...Fertilizers
As we gardeners work on our rose garden, be  aware of those fertilizers. While most are not very toxic (resulting in minor gastrointestinal irritation when consumed), some fertilizers can be fatal without treatment. Here are a few ingredients to be aware of so you know what toxin s and symptoms to watch out for:
*Blood Meal 
 This is dried, ground, and flash-frozen blood and contains 12% nitrogen. While it's a great organic fertilizer, if ingested, it can cause vomiting and diarrhea. More importantly, it can result in severe pancreatitis, which is  inflammation of the pancreas. Some types of blood meal are also fortified with iron, resulting in iron toxicity, so make sure to know what is in your bag of blood!
 
*Bone Meal
This is made up of defatted, dried, and flash-frozen animal bones that are ground to a powder. This "bone" is also what makes it so palatable to your dog so make sure to keep your pet from digging in it and ingesting the soil. While this also makes a great organic fertilizer, it can become a problem when consumed in large amounts as the bone meal forms a large cement -- like bowling ball foreign body in the stomach -- which can cause an obstruction in the gastrointestinal tract -- resulting in possible surgery to remove it!

*Rose and plant fertilizers
Some of these fertilizers contain disulfoton or other types of organophosphates (OP). As little as
one teaspoon of 1% disulfoton can kill a 55 pound dog, so be careful! Organophosphates, while less commonly used, can result in severe symptoms [including SLUD signs (which abbreviate for salivation, lacrimation, urination, and defecation), seizures, difficulty
breathing, hyperthermia, etc. In some cases, it can be fatal.  
 
*Pesticides/Insecticides
Most pesticides or insecticides (typically those that come in a spray can) are basic irritants to the pet and are usually not a huge concern unless a pet's symptoms be come persistent. Some may contain an organophosphate which can be life threatening when consumed in large quantities. It is always best to speak to a trained medical   professional if there are any questions.
 
*Iron
This is commonly added to fertilizers, and can result in iron toxicity (from ingestion of elemental iron). This is different from "total" iron ingestion, and can be confusing to differentiate. When in doubt, have a medical professional at Pet Poison Helpline assist you with finding out if the amount ingested was toxic or not. Large ingestions can result in vomiting, bloody diarrhea,
and potential cardiac and liver effects. The best thing any pet owner can do is to be educated on the household toxins (both inside the house and out in the garden!), that way you make sure how to pet-proof your house appropriately. Make sure to keep all gardening and lawn products in labeled, tightly sealed containers out of your pet's reach. 

If you think your pet has been poisoned, contact your veterinarian.
In This Issue
WE GET LETTERS
AND MORE LETTERS!
HUNTER THE HERO
PARALYZED PUP ON A ROLL
BIRDDOG SEMINAR
FLOWER POWER FUNDRAISER
SPRINGTIME TOXINS
GOLF TOURNAMENT IS ON!
GIRL NEEDS A FOSTER HOME
RECALLS
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Golf Tournament June 1st 2013!
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June 1st, 2013

9 am start, dinner at 1 PM

 

Woods of Westminster

Westminster MA

 

$99: Golf (18 holes, cart) and buffet dinner  (chicken or roast beef, dessert, drink and gratuities)

$29:  Dinner only.

 

Sponsorships Needed! 

 

Do you own a business or know someone who does who might be willing to sponsor a green or tee? Perhaps your vet, the place where you buy dog food and supplies, your groomer, dog walker, doggie day care? Or even your local hardware store, grocery, handyman etc. The possibilities are endless!  All sponsors will have a sign on "their" green or tee plus will be mentioned on special page on our website and Facebook.

 

Please contact Larry Snediker (978 660 2071) for more information.

 

Sign Up For:

Green Sponsor $100

Tee Sponsor: $50

 

19th Hole Sponsor: $250

donation _____________

 

Are you willing to donate a gift basket for our silent auction?  Or perhaps a bottle of wine, dog supplies, beauty products? Please contact Celeste for more information.

 

Please RSVP to Celeste by: May 25th, 2013 with the names of your foursome

or call: 888 450 2519

 GOLF DOG

 

Help Us Help Them
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Fosters needed!
Girl
Sweet Girl
Girl (that's her name) was dumped in a shelter in NC. She's a senior but does not act like a nine year old dog and has a good energy level, keeps her run clean, hasn't barked very much.  Has a wiggle butt when you go to say hello to her =)   She is very food motivated.  The vet was helping Courtney get a pic of her and she wouldn't sit.  Once they gave her some food, she sat and then she kept following the vet around.  Suddenly she was his best friend! No cats or small dogs in the house for Girl!  Girl will be arriving in New England next week on the 25th. If you're interested in fostering sweet Girl please contact Celeste

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: Bolton, Scott, Pete, Kia, Duke1, Duke2,Ursula, Jack, and Dixie.  

  

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

Donations

Donations have gratefully been accepted this month from:

Sharon Tassinari,Donna Bannecke, Frank Straccia, Kathleen O'Shaughnessey in memory of Boomer, Diane Thomas, Frank Straccia, Sujata Varadharajan in memory of beloved Gino.

   

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. :-)

Recalls

 Recall Natura Pet Products has announced it is recalling four of its most popular brands of dry dog, cat and ferret foods due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

Brands being recalled include:
  • EVO
  • Innova
  • California Natural
  • HealthWise
For more information, go to RECALLS.

 Help Us With

Our Year-Round Fundraisers

 

Zeppp

   

Zeppa Studios designs and produces unique gifts for dog and other animal lovers. 

 

Their Project Rescue was specifically created to help rescue groups earn money and for customers to save money!

 

Enter the coupon code for German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue New England (GSPRNE) during your online check-out or mention it to the customer service rep when ordering by phone. Customers get 10 percent off their order, GSP Rescue NE will get 20 percent. 

 

For information or to see their product line, go to ZeppaStudios 

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.  

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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