January 2015                                                                        


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     Happy, Happy New Year!!


     As 2015 dawns bright and new, and we're sitting around the fire with our best doggie friends, we think this might be a good time to plan. 


     Have you given much thought to what would happen if your beloved dog ran away and got lost. A horrible thought in itself, but should it happen, a to-do list is invaluable.


     We've included one below -- just in case. It's not a list you want to make up on the fly. Read it, print it out, keep it handy. Every minute wasted when a dog gets lost is a minute you won't get back.


     "Be prepared" is our motto. We're hoping it will be yours, too.


Very best wishes for a wonderful 2015!


and Michele
GSP Rescue NE Board of Directors 




 Founder, Missing Pet Partnership


Want to find lost pets? Whether you're a shelter worker trying to help a guardian find a missing pet or you've lost a pet yourself, the first step to successfully locating a lost pet is to understand how they behave.


Lost pets do not behave like pets in their own homes. They demonstrate distinct patterns of behavior, often so different from their usual behaviors that their guardians fail to find them even when nearby.


Missing Pet Partnership (MPP), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reuniting people with their lost pets, has studied the issue of lost companion animals and discovered that understanding those patterns of behavior can dramatically increase the chances that a lost dog or cat will be recovered.


They've also put together a program based on those traits that can give shelter workers another tool to help pet owners find their lost pets, preventing those dogs and cats from ending up in shelters or being injured, stolen, or killed.


How Lost Pets Behave

Since 1997, Missing Pet Partnership volunteers have conducted thousands of physical searches and/or lost pet consultations, and identified these lost pet behaviors that can be used to more effectively search for lost pets.


Gregarious Dogs

Wiggly-butt, friendly dogs are more inclined to go directly up to the first person who calls them. These dogs are at risk of self adoption because they end up with well-meaning rescuers who don't want to turn them into an animal shelter for fear they'll lose their lives there. Depending on the terrain and population density where the dog was lost, these dogs will generally be found fairly close to home or will be picked up by someone close to the escape point.


Aloof Dogs

Dogs with aloof temperaments are wary of strangers and will initially avoid human contact. Eventually, they will be inclined to accept human contact once they have overcome fear issues and become hungry enough. The wariness of these dogs can be easily misinterpreted as "abuse," since many will cower in fear. In addition, these dogs are often not recovered for weeks or months after their escape, giving them the physical appearance (thinness, injuries, stickers, ticks, etc.) that they're stray and homeless rather than someone's lost pet.


Skittish Dogs

Dogs with timid, skittish temperaments (due to genetics and/or puppyhood experiences) are more inclined to travel farther and are at a higher risk of being hit by cars. Due to their cowering, fearful behavior, people assume these dogs were "abused," making them reluctant to search for an owner. It may be necessary to use "magnet" dogs with a snappy snare, baited humane dog traps, or "lost dog calming signals" (see below) to capture a skittish dog.


How Humans Looking For Lost Pets Behave

Dog and cat caregivers often behave in ways that actually reduce their chances of recovering their lost pet.

Some develop "tunnel vision" and fail to find their pet because they focus on wrong theories. They assume their dog was "stolen and sold to research" when in fact their dog might have been rescued and put up for adoption through a local adoption event.


Cat caregivers are often discouraged by others who tell them "your cat was probably killed by a coyote," when in fact their cat is hiding under the neighbor's deck.


Alone and discouraged, both dog and cat caregivers experience "grief avoidance" and quickly give up search efforts because they really believe they will never see their pet again.


Sometimes rescuers who find lost dogs and cats behave in ways that reduce the chances that the animal will be reunited with their owners. Those who find skittish dogs assume that the cowering, fearful behavior means that the dog was "abused," when in fact the dog was simply born with a fearful temperament and has been shy and fearful since it was a puppy.


People who see a skittish cat darting under a deck automatically assume that the cat is "feral," when in fact the cat could be a tame housecat born with a fearful temperament and has been shy since it was a kitten. Some people who find a stray dog who does not have a collar automatically assume it is "homeless" and therefore immediately work to place the dog rather than attempt to find the dog's owner. In addition, the first place the caregiver of a lost dog will search for his or her dog -- the local shelter -- is typically the last place that someone who finds a loose dog will take it, for fear the animal will be killed.


Tailor the Search to the Situation

One of the biggest mistakes related to advising pet caregivers how to search for a lost pet is to provide "one type fits all" lost pet recovery advice.


Lost dog incidents require different sets of advice from lost cat incidents because dogs behave very differently than cats do when lost. In general, dogs run and cats hide.

In addition, how people perceive loose dogs is very different from how people perceive loose cats. People pull over and rescue dogs, but most people ignore cats. Thus the search for a lost cat truly involves searching for the cat.


The search for a lost dog, on the other hand, usually involves searching for the person who has self-adopted/rescued the "homeless stray" (lost) dog that they found. In addition, the most effective methods that should be used to search for a missing outdoor-access cat are very different than those that should be used to search for an indoor-only cat who escaped outside.


Neon Posters

Based on knowledge of the effects of "inattentional blindness" and the poor visibility of most lost pet signs, Missing Pet Partnership has discovered a creative and highly effective tool for recovering lost pets.


When it comes to marketing a lost dog to people driving in cars who typically don't pay attention to signs, you have only five seconds using five words to get a message across to drivers who are traveling at 55 miles per hour. Most pet owners make the mistake of posting flyers (8 1/2" x 11" white pieces of paper) instead of posters. Flyers are too small and very few people passing by notice them. People notice neon posters.


Humane Traps and Wildlife Cameras

If the owner/guardian says that their dog is skittish and is running loose and they can't catch him, or if the owner/guardian of a missing cat says she is an indoor-only cat that escaped outside, suggest that they utilize feeding stations with baited humane traps and wildlife cameras to help recover their pet.


Missing Pet Partnership offers detailed information on this topic on their website, along with lost pet consultations to instruct dog and cat owners in how to use humane traps and/or wildlife cameras to help recover panicked dogs and displaced cats.


Window Tagging 



"Tagging" a car is when owners use neon window markers to write their lost pet information (most often used for lost dog cases) on the back window of their car. This is a fantastic way of "marketing" a lost pet while the family drives through their neighborhood and community.


Intersection Alerts 

An intersection alert is where the owner/guardian uses four giant, florescent "REWARD LOST DOG" posters to "market" their lost dog by standing on a street corner, holding the sign just like sign twirlers.


In the past, MPP instructed 43 families to do this and 14 of them got their lost dogs back by using this technique.


While the most effective method for finding cats is searching neighbor's properties, making a scene and "protesting" a lost dog is a highly effective method for recovering lost dogs.


House as a Trap 

This is a unique lost pet recovery technique that Missing Pet Partnership advises some pet owners to use to capture skittish dogs and cats. The concept is that when someone has a skittish pet who bolts outside and then returns to the home but won't allow anyone to approach and keeps darting away in fear whenever the owner/guardian opens or approaches the door, they can effect a capture by hiding behind the door, enticing the animal into the house, and slamming the door closed.


Lost Dog Calming Signals

Dogs with skittish temperaments that become lost are difficult to recover, primarily because they run from rescuers and often from their own guardians. By the time a guardian sees their skittish lost dog, it is probable that several would-be-rescuers already tried to capture him, sending the dog into a blind panic.


It is also important to understand that the olfactory portion of a dog's brain closes down during the "fight or flight" process and that a panicked dog likely won't recognize their guardian's scent. Guardians should be prepared that their timid lost dog may run from them.

Guardians should be instructed that if they should see their dog, they should not call or chase or even look at their dog.


Instead, they should remain calm and do the following:

  • Carry a bag that can make noise when squeezed and is filled with soft treats, such as a crinkly potato chip bag filled with moist pieces of hotdog.
  • Resist all urges to look directly at the dog.
  • Resist all urges to move toward the dog in any way.
  • Kneel down and pretend to accidentally drop food on the ground while looking away from the dog or looking at the ground, watching the dog out of the corner of the eye.
  • Make lip smacking noises along with "nummy, nummy" sounds while crinkling the bag of treats. This non-threatening gesture will typically entice a dog to believe the person doesn't even notice them but instead is eating food.
  • If kneeling and dropping food on the ground doesn't work, try lying flat on the ground while making whining sounds. This is yet another way to lessen the threat to a panicked dog and encourage it to come to a human.
  • Remain calm, patient, and allow the dog to come up to you. Only take hold of the collar slowly once the dog shows recognition or is calm.

The biggest enemy that dog and cat owner/guardians will have is their desire to give up too soon. This behavior is called "grief avoidance" and is natural. In times of grief, people want closure and an end to their emotional pain.

However, people who give up too soon typically don't find their lost pets. The most critical and effective tool that you can give to someone who's lost a dog or cat is encouragement. Refer families to Missing Pet Partnership's website and advise and encourage them to not give up hope.





Meet Bila, the German Shorthaired Pointer. She's a 4-year-old police dog at Los Angeles International Airport!

The officer said that two other officers "passed" on her because they wanted tougher, more intimidating dogs and because of that she had gotten a reputation for being a problem canine -- she's a serious love bug. He fell in love with her and he said she's the fastest learner he's ever seen and can teach her tricks/commands often times after just one lesson.

 She's such a great partner the other officers are regretful that they they didn't get her, and there is now a second GSP on the force! 


Hopefully, none of us will ever need this information, but in case there are trappers in your area, you might want to take a look ...

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Support GSP Rescue New England simply by walking your dog! Check out this app at http://www.wooftrax.com/ and use it each time you grab for the leash. It's healthy for you, your dog, and GSP Rescue NE!






Exposure to winter's dry, cold air and chilly rain, sleet and snow can cause chapped paws and itchy, flaking skin, but these aren't the only discomforts pets can suffer. Winter walks can become downright dangerous if chemicals from ice-melting agents are licked off of bare paws.


Says Dr. Louise Murray, Vice President of the ASPCA Animal Hospital, "During the winter, products used as de-icers on sidewalks and other areas can lead to trouble for our animal companions, potentially causing problems ranging from sore feet to internal toxicity. Pet parents should take precautions to minimize their furry friends' exposure to such agents."


Some tips to help prevent cold weather dangers from affecting your pet's paws and skin:


*REPEATEDLY coming out of the cold into the dry heat can cause itchy, flaking skin. Keep your home humidified and towel dry your pet as soon as he comes inside, paying special attention to his feet and in between the toes.

Trim long-haired dogs to minimize the clinging of ice balls, salt crystals and de-icing chemicals that can dry on the skin. (Don't neglect the hair between the toes!)

Bring a towel on long walks to clean off stinging, irritated paws. After each walk, wash and dry your pet's feet to remove ice, salt and chemicals-and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes.


*BATHE YOUR PETS as little as possible during cold spells. Washing too often can remove essential oils and increase the chance of developing dry, flaky skin. If your pooch must be bathed, ask your vet to recommend a moisturizing shampoo and/or rinse.


*DRESSING YOUR PET in a sweater or coat will help to retain body heat and prevent skin from getting dry.


*BOOTIES HELP minimize contact with painful salt crystals, poisonous anti-freeze and chemical ice-melting agents. They can also help prevent sand and salt from getting lodged in between bare toes, causing irritation. Use pet-friendly ice melts whenever possible.


*MASSAGING petroleum jelly into paw pads before going outside helps to protect from salt and chemical agents. And moisturizing after a good toweling off helps to heal chapped paws.


*BRUSHING your pet regularly not only gets rid of dead hair, but also stimulates blood circulation, improving the skin's overall condition.


*PETS BURN EXTRA energy by trying to stay warm in wintertime, sometimes causing dehydration. Feeding your pet a little bit more during the cold weather and making sure she has plenty of water to drink will help to keep her well-hydrated, and her skin less dry.


Remember, if the weather's too cold for you, it's probably too cold for your pet. Animal companions should remain indoors as much as possible during the winter months and never be left alone in vehicles when the mercury drops. 

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

How 'bout some home cookin' for January?  


Get yourself a copy of "Point to the Pantry," a cookbook full of recipes by the GSP Rescue family. Cost? $10 per copy, plus shipping.

To purchase, go to the Rescue Store at www.GSPRescueNE.org

Look Who's Been Adopted!

More GSPs have found their forever homes!


They are:  Stewie and Gabby. 


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


Donations have gratefully been accepted this month from: Bill Crawford, Christina Trichero, Catherine Parmentier, Chris and Jenny Hart, Susan Wagner, Kathryn Cordeiro, Karin Pomerantz, The Traggorth Company (Dave Traggorth), Christine Voss (in memory of Moses), Doug Voss (in memory of his mom, Christine's dog, Moses), Larissa O'Donnell, Patricia Cross, Bill Crawford, Jon Bennett, Lisa Freedman (for Kris), Clifford Kenyon, Shari Owens, Lucy Cobos, Lauren Bailey, Julie Doucette, Alan Goff, Christina Trichero

Charles, Sean, Cara and Claudia Sullivan, in memory of their beloved GSPs Jaegar and Playful, Ray LaFazia, Cynthia Cook, Margaret Reidy and  RJ Delmonico. 


Thank you, thank you, thank you all for your generosity!


Recurring Donations

Thank you to these donors who have set up recurring monthly donations -- an easy process that can be set up on PayPal.

Donors are: Frank StracciaJeff Adams, Bill Crawford and Emilie Knisley


Thank you 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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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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