October 2013                                                                                  


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Happy Howl-o-ween!

Wow! What a success our calendar contest fundraiser is becoming! After successfully producing our first GSP Rescue New England calendar last year -- and receiving a huge outpouring of support (and pictures!) -- we decided to try again this year. To date, we've gotten the same response. Huge amounts of interest, tons of pictures and lots and lots of people voting!

For those of you who can't wait ;-) here's a preview of the cover. It's the very handsome -- and recently adopted -- Forrest Hallett of Maine, following in the footsteps of his late step-brother Mr. Fonda Hallett, who was last year's calendar cover dog.

2013 Calendar cover

Voting for the monthly calendar pictures ends at midnight on Sunday, Oct. 20. Click HERE to go to the GSP Rescue NE website and view the directions and photographs. And remember to VOTE, VOTE, VOTE! All money raised goes directly to the care and rehoming of our needy dogs. As always, the dogs thank you and WE thank you!
Happy Halloween!!

Celeste,Audrey and Michele                         GSP Rescue NE Board of Directors 

Ohio GSP Needs Help


 This handsome devil is 6-year-old Mickey, and he is in need of a special home.


 Mickey has been under the care of Ohio Shorthair Rescue for the past year, and they recently discovered that he has some noise fears that won't allow them to place him in just any adoptive home. Specifically, he is afraid of shrill or high-pitched noises and squeaks. Whistles and squeaky toys are the main culprits that they have witnessed.


They have asked GSP Rescue NE for help in finding this lovely dog a soft place to land.  


 Mickey has been evaluated by a professional dog trainer, and the good news is that he does not react aggressively when he is afraid, and he does still seek out comfort from people quickly after being frightened by a noise. The folks at Ohio Rescue don't know what occurred in the past that would cause this fear in him, but they are committed to finding a family willing to work with him to move beyond his fears.


Because of his noise fears, Mickey will not be placed in a foster or permanent home with children. Only homes either without other dogs or with calm/mellow dogs will be considered. Obviously, squeaky toys will be off limits, but hopefully, the foster family can work closely with a trainer to slowly desensitize Mickey to those as well. 


According to Ohio Rescue, Mickey is a sweetheart who craves attention and is pretty calm indoors. He will make a wonderful companion for the right family, but he needs a home with a gentle touch willing to help him overcome some of his fears. 


If you're interested in Mickey as a foster/project dog, or as a long-term commitment, please contact CELESTE.


Halloween Pet Tips
Halloween can be a traumatic and even dangerous time for your pets. The ASPCA would like to offer some common-sense tips to help you protect them:
  • Don't leave your pets out in the yard on Halloween: there are plenty of stories of vicious pranksters who have teased, injured, stolen, even killed pets on this night.
  • Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets: chocolate is poisonous to a lot of animals, and tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed.
  • Be careful of pets around a lit pumpkin: pets may knock it over and cause a fire.
  • Don't dress the dog in costume unless you know he loves it. Otherwise, it puts a lot of stress on the animal.
  • If you do dress up your dog, make sure the costume isn't constricting, annoying or unsafe.
  • Be careful not to obstruct his or her vision; even the sweetest dogs can get snappy when they can't see what's going on around them.
  • All but the most social dogs should be kept in a separate room during trick-or-treat visiting hours; too many strangers in strange garb can be scary for a dog.
  • Be careful your dog doesn't dart out through an open door.

While this can be a fun time for people and pets alike, remember that your pets are depending on you to keep them safe from the more dangerous goblins and ghouls that this holiday brings.

Fit Fido or Fat Fido?
 Are you having a hard time telling if your dog is at his optimal weight? Some good tips are offered in the following story . . . 
Is this dog too thin or just right?
"About two years ago I had Shayne at a park hiking when I was approached by a woman and her lab.  As she approached I began shoveling food in Shayne's face to keep her from being too concerned about the lab.  Out of absolutely nowhere, this woman began yelling at me and berating me about starving Shayne (yeah, I know, ironic since I was shoveling hot dogs in her face).  She threatened to call the humane society and report me for abuse/neglect.  Pointing toward Shayne, she said, "She is absolutely too skinny!" 
 When is thin too thin? Click HERE to read more...   
Dog Harnesses Fail Safety Tests
How sad is this... they tell you to restrain your dog, to harness them in as you would a child but when the harnesses were actually tested, many of them failed and failed dramatically! 

Even harnesses advertised as tested, failed. Were they actually even tested? Yup... just like they advertise, but what they don't advertise, obviously, is that they failed the test!

There are reasons not to allow your dog to travel loose in a vehicle. According to BarkBuckleUp.com, a 60-pound dog traveling at 35 mph can turn into a 2,700-pound missile in an accident. A loose animal can distract a driver, causing a crash. You also hear stories all the time about dogs thrown free and although they weren't killed, they have been injured and then get lost.
Read the rest HERE

Another opinion:The focus of this pilot study is to determine the general effectiveness of canine automotive restraints.  Do they prevent injury of the pet?  Do they prevent secondary injury to humans in an automobile accident? Click HERE


Dogs And Kids - Recognizing Stress
Too often a child gets bitten by a dog because the dog's warning signs went unrecognized. 
Check out these classic signals that a dog gives when it is NOT comfortable. 
  Note all four signs in these pictures indicating that the dog is NOT enjoying this situation: 1. Licking the lips; 2. Showing the whites of his eyes; 3. Panting when not overheated; 4. Turning his head away.
It's not always the dog's fault when a child is bitten. Recognize your dog's signs of stress. 
In This Issue

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Online Auction On Tap for Black Friday!
Our first Holiday Auction is in the planning stages!  We have some wonderful items up for grabs including this original watercolor painting of a GSP pup by artist Anna Lisa Quinn.  We also have some beautiful jewelry by Three Scoops of Vanilla, a Karma custom dog collar, a Bissell steam vac, and a lot more!  
If you'd like to donate a new item to the auction to make it more interesting, we'd love to have it! There may even be a special auctioneer! Stay tuned!

Email Celeste if you'd like to donate items to the auction.

Help Us Help Them
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Our 1st Cookbook is in Production!

Our cookbook has been sent to the publisher and will be available in November. It is awesome! 200 of your favorite recipes complied all in one place.  Stay tuned for more info!


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: Gunner, Dexter, Jake2, Chisel, Jake, Forrest, Mandy and Hunter.


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


Donations have gratefully been accepted this month from: 


For Rosie: Marsha Jane Causton, Julie Doucette, Michael Doyle, Sujata Varadharajan, Cindy Cossuto in memory of Danny Boy, Cynthia Cook, Sheila Dregne, Barbara Seal, Deborah Williams, Roseanne O'Neill, Cristina Gigon, Bill Crawford, Danelle Gatcombe, Arthur Berry, Barry Trudeau, Maurice and Margaret Bennett, Arliss Paddock, Heather Cipolla, Janice Robinson, Peter Bueti, Valerie Brachet, Michelle Michaels, Alyssa Fedorchak, Kevin Broderick, Mia Unson, Christiane and Pieter Williams, Tom and Cristi DeCotis, Nirit and Hanan Cohen, Janet Zwirko, Joan B. Lucas, Lola Hupp-Wilkins, Mike and Terri Young, Weston and Kelly Kenney, Cowboy  Parmentier, Nick Rosenberg, Deb and Paul Schottler, Nancy and Greg Reagan,

Gilbert and Susan Rifkin, Enrique and Judith Margalejo, Frank Straccia 

Larry Snediker, Sue Tenuta, Al Gerheim, Jonnie and Peter Hallett.


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




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

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Happy Halloween Dog Story - Busy Bee Dogs
Happy Halloween Dog Story - Busy Bee Dogs