November 2013                                                                                  

No.47    

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NOVEMBER

 NEWSLETTER

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Happy Turkey Day!!

A big, big THANK YOU from me -- GSP Rescue's calendar guru Janice Gregory -- to everyone who took the time to send their favorite pictures of their best four-legged friends for GSP Rescue NE's 2014 calendar.

Almost every photograph was accompanied by a story of that particular dog. Many were so touching that they had me in tears, others so funny that I was laughing out loud!

 I saw so many pictures and read so many stories of dogs that I wish I could have met, like Petey Joe Casello (whose mom called him "the greatest love of my life,") and Jasper Koch ("MY Jasper," as his mom referred to him), whose energy and happiness leapt from their pictures; like Rusty Ahern, the gorgeous beach dog; like Holly Scherb and Demijen Michell-Young and Ben St. George who radiated the grace and peacefulness that comes from well-lived, well-loved lives.

And then there were the pictures and stories of dogs that I've been lucky enough TO have met, like silly Gunnar Russo, and his brother Eli Russo, a dog who was rejected by FOUR families before he found his perfect forever home, and who his mom and dad call "a huge joy" in their lives; like the very handsome Jerry Macleod, who found the perfect forever home just in time to end his days, and whose "lovely face," said his mom and dad, "shows that special resiliency and ability to love that fine German Shorthaired Pointers possess"; like Forrest Hallett, a dog who lets neither disease nor disability hold him back; and like Max Morris and Diesel Dionne and foster dog Tonka, the hunters, who now, thanks to great forever moms and foster dads, have the opportunity to do what GSPs are designed to do.

To all those who grace the pages of the 2014 calendar, it's been a privilege to hear the personal stories and share the wonderful pictures of these precious dogs, and for that, I thank you all.

Enjoy the calendar!

Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving!
Janice
and Celeste,Audrey and Michele                          GSP Rescue NE Board of Directors 
November: Adopt A Senior Dog Month

 

GSP Rescue NE and Petfinder.com are celebrating November as Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month. 
 
"Think of a pet that is already trained and doesn't chew or scratch everything in sight -- a pet who will love you unconditionally," said Kim Saunders, Petfinder.com's Vice President of Shelter Outreach and Public Relations. "That's what you get when you adopt a senior pet." 
 
Some people worry that a senior pet comes with problems, but according to Hazel Blumberg-McKee of Tallahassee, FL, there are no disadvantages. "In most cases they've had a home and they want one again." She adopted eight-and-a-half-year old Sadie, and has never regretted it. "An older animal is easier to deal with. And Sadie is still playful. She plays fetch and gallops all over the place."

At animal shelters and rescue groups everywhere, there are loving, healthy senior pets like Sadie, looking for that one special home to cherish them for the rest of their life, and they don't ask for much: just a warm place to sleep, good meals and plenty of love. 
 
During Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month, take the opportunity to get acquainted with the older dogs available at GSP Rescue NE. You won't regret it!  
 
"My Sweet Ben"

This is a love letter to Ben written by his owner. Ben was adopted as a senior dog. Those of you who are on the fence about adopting a senior . . . well . . . maybe this will help you decide. 
 
 "I adopted Ben in March 2010. It is a long and beautiful story. One I play over in bits and captions reminding me of what we were doing last year at this time or when we went here or there. You know. 

Celeste noted that when the time was right, I may want to write something on behalf of older GSP and senior GSP adoption. 

My Sweet Ben. He was my best man! Regal, honest, a true gentleman. He was not pushy, nor flashy. Unsure at first, but that probably had more to do with his feeling displaced and confused. 

During the pre-adoption phase, I visited with Ben a few times at Schultze's Guesthouse, in Needham. We'd walk around the grounds and often head off grounds up the drievway's entrance to a small stream bordered by a stonewall. We'd talk, catch up on some woodsy smells, and I'd sing, usually "How much is that doggie in the window?" After our walk, we'd head back to the paddock where I'd unleash Ben and leave him. He would sit so still and watch me leave and I'd remind him, "I'll be right back!" On one of our last visits together I decided to go inside the paddock with him and he leapt for joy. He wanted me to follow him around the nooks and crannies of the arena. A woodpile here, a stump there, a rock pile with smelly things like chipmunks or mice hiding inside, a little bridge for running over, a small stream... Ben was so thrilled to be showing me his spot and it was just like touring an unknown village with a tour guide. So Ben, to find delight in every outdoor wonder. And want to share that delight.

I still miss running outside at night with him and watching his shiny white coat glisten in the moonlight. When I first adopted him, his head was bald and his coat was bristly. Good lovin' and good food contributed to him getting a nice head of hair, as soft as suede (people used to comment on the silky softness), and a buttery coat that I could keep my arms wrapped around forever. Comical too! "Woo-woo-woo" he'd call to me or others upon arriving home, or when we'd be outside playing and he'd want me follow. I'd echo back the same call and off we'd go. 

As with all new transplants I knew it would take a couple of weeks for us to adjust to one another. Fortunately, I had 2 weeks spring break off from my teaching post and was able to do 24/7 with Ben to get him adjusted to our home, our ailing Chocolate lab, Barney and our cat, Ms. Pi. And the most telling thing about Ben is that I think he knew before I did that we'd work it out. There was just something in those eyes that made me feel like he'd eventually relax Into trusting he was home. And perhaps I'd relax enough too and trust that time would reveal his settling in at a pace that might be beyond my initial hopes. It took 3 weeks of working with him to get him in a down stay. Perhaps a tad stubborn some folks might say, but I tend to think it had more to do with trust. The joy on both of our faces when we accomplished that task was stellar. We both recognized something pretty neat.

 Walking the bog was part of our daily routine. Run, sing, jump, smell stuff, look for birds, ducks, ospreys, and other raptors. No matter the weather, we'd be out in it. But those first few weeks after Ben's arrival his bare, hairless head would get so hot, and if the weather was rainy or damp I'd fashion one of my hats on his head to keep the raw March wind from chilling him to the bone.

 March was followed by April and we all seemed to settle as Spring was arrived on the Cape. One of the best days Ben and I ever shared was the day he had his first venture to Long Beach with me in early April of that year. A long massive stretch of Nantucket Sound, only the two of us with not a soul in sight. I unclipped his leash and let him walk to the shore. He turned and looked at me, leapt in the air and did a sweet side jump with the biggest grin as if to say "Are you kidding me? We can do this?" Long Beach takes a good hour to walk on the ocean side before you come to where the spit ends along Centerville River. Then one gets to walk back along the marsh side. Another beautiful stroll along a trail through dune and marsh grasses, cedar trees bedecked with moon snails and dog whelks. Ben and I, as with all my previous dogs, loved this place. And somehow being with Ben that day made me realize why adopting a boy of his age was so important. 
 
I adore the GSPs, and other sporting breeds too, but especially GSPs. Experiencing an older dog was and still is important to me. Sure, people say dogs rescue us and vice versa, but I think there is just a sweeter tolerance and knowing about what is really important for mid-later years in both species. I know I don't have the energy for puppies any more than I have the energy to teach middle school science. But I sure do like to sleep out in my tent with a 4-legged creature, howl at a full moon during a nighttime hike, go to Jolly Joy for a soft serve, lay by a roaring fire with my beasts, and raise a brood of Monarch butterflies each summer. Fortunately for me, Ben liked to do those things too. My Sweet Ben."
Top 10 Tips For Feeding Pets Thanksgiving Leftovers
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With the holidays approaching, your dog will inevitably be begging to partake in the big turkey dinner. Most people readily admit to sharing Thanksgiving table scraps with their pets. While this can be a wonderful way to add lean protein and fresh veggies to your pet's diet, there are also hidden dangers in holiday fare. This year, before you go preparing a heaping plateful for your pet, consider these 10 tips to keep Thanksgiving a safe, healthful holiday for your dog.

 

#10 Yes to Turkey

Turkey can be a wonderful lean protein to share with your pet. You will just want to be sure to remove any excess skin or fat, stick with white meat, and make sure there are no bones.

 

#9 No to Alliums

Nothing with alliums (i.e., onions, garlic, leeks, scallions) should be ingested by your pet. While it is true that small, well-cooked portions of these foods can be okay if your pet is used to it, ingesting these foods in large quantities can lead to toxic anemia.

 

#8 Yes to Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes are a great, filling vegetable to share with your pet. However even though the potatoes themselves are not harmful to pets, be aware of additional ingredients used to make mashed potatoes. Cheese, sour cream, butter, onions, and gravies are no-no's in a pet's diet.

 

Grapes

#7 No to Grapes

Many people are unaware that grapes, and subsequently raisins, can be toxic to pets. The fruit has been shown to cause kidney failure in dogs.

 

#6 Yes to Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is just fine for pets but watch the amount of sugar in it. It is probably best to only provide a small helping to your pet's plate.

 

#5 No to Xylitol

While you may be making the healthier choice by cooking with artificial sweeteners over the real thing, sweeteners containingXylitol are poisonous to animals, and potentially deadly to dogs.

  
#4 Yes to Macaroni and Cheese

If you know your pet's stomach handles dairy alright, macaroni and cheese is a safe leftover to share. If you are unsure though, it may be best to just give plain macaroni. Cats often develop lactose intolerance when they become adults.

 

#3 No to Chocolate

Chocolate is a well known off limits indulgence for pets. During the holidays however, baking chocolate is used in recipes and sometimes forgotten about by the time the dishes hit the table. Make sure this holiday season that your pet does not ingest any chocolate, especially the baking kind.

 

Green beans #2 Yes to Green Beans

Plain green beans are a wonderful treat for pets. Fresh vegetables are a great addition to any diet. If the green beans are included in a green bean casserole though, be conscious of the other ingredients in it.

 

#1 No to Alcohol

Alcohol is definitely a big no for pets. What we people may consider a small amount can be toxic for a smaller animal. Also, keep in mind that alcohol poisoning can occur in pets from atypical items like fruit cake (the recipe may have called for rum or other liquor), as well as unbaked bread.

In This Issue
NOVEMBER: SENIOR DOG MONTH
"MY SWEET BEN"
FEEDING T-GIVING LEFTOVERS
HELLO? HELLOOO?!
BLACK FRIDAY AUCTION
COOKBOOK'S ON ITS WAY!
... SO'S THE CALENDAR!
PHOTOS WITH SANTA!
ADOPTIONS!
DONATIONS!
HELP FROM BISSELL
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REMINDER: Make no mistake about it. The folks answering the phones at GSP Rescue New England LOVE hearing from people!
 
However, they'd love it even more if non-emergency calls to their personal phones were made only during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
The toll-free number -- (888) 450-2519 -- is always available and is monitored 24/7.

 

Emergency calls, of course, may be made at any time.

Thanks! 
Black Friday Online Auction! 
 
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.

Cookbook Is On The Way ... !
Our cookbook has been sent to the publisher and will be available any day now. 

It is awesome! 200 of your favorite recipes compiled all in one place.

We'll let you know as soon as it arrives!
... And So's The Calendar!

GSP Rescue NE's 2014 calendar is due to arrive shortly. To order now, click HERE.
Photos With Santa!

 
Muddy Creek Animal Care Center, 993 Haverhill St., Rowley, Mass., is holding a Photos with Santa day on Sunday, Dec. 1, from noon to 3 p.m. 
 
 Bring your favorite furry family members for a photo shoot with Santa!
 
Cookies and hot chocolate will be available. :-) And for a $10 donation (cash or check accepted), you'll receive one 5x7 photo along with your photo emailed to you.
 
Proceeds will benefit GSP Rescue New England and Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society, a nationally recognized, nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization committed to ensuring the health and welfare of feral and domestic cats and kittens by promoting proactive, compassionate, no-kill programs.
 
Visit Muddy Creek on Facebook or at www.muddycreekanimalcare.com 

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

Look Who's Been Adopted!

More GSPs have found their forever homes!

 

They are: Chloe, Windsor and Zoey.

  

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

Donations

Donations have gratefully been accepted this month from: Gail O'Shaughnessy, on behalf of Brigit Robinson; Sue Tenuta, on behalf of Lady; Tracy Landauer, and Richard Giuliano. 

 

Employer Matching Funds: Gannett, Welsh and Kotler, on behalf of Cristi DeCotisFM Global, on behalf of Larry Snediker; and Agilent Tech, on behalf of Bob Klepach.

 

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. :-)

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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  

 

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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