June 2015                                                                        


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Happy Summer!


Thank you, thank you, thank you to the many folks who helped with and attended the 2015 Whisker Walk, held June 7 at the Lancaster Fair Grounds in Lancaster, Mass.


We visited with tons of people, got the word out on adopting our cute dogs, and together, we raised $135 for GSP Rescue New England.

Special thanks to Tad Dorry, Denise Sheridan (and special GSP guest Gilbert!) and Michelle Zimmerman for all their help! We LOVE our supporters!!


Very best wishes!


and Michele
GSP Rescue NE Board of Directors 


Tad Dorry, Denise Sheridan and GSP Rescue Dog Gilbert man the booth at the 2015 Whisker Walk.


Our T-shirts were a big hit. They flew off the table!



Some interesting visitors to our Whisker Walk booth. Cutest little guys!  





 With over 1,700 cases of a particularly virulent strain of canine flu ravaging a single county in Illinois, veterinarians at the MSPCA's Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston are preparing for an influx of cases that may strike New England in the coming weeks, the organization has announced.


Angell's Waltham, Mass., facility

Angell has already seen one flu case at its Waltham, Mass., hospital. A 5-year-old female terrier with a hacking cough was brought in on May 3 following a family trip to Chicago.  The hospital is awaiting confirmation of the exact strain, but suspects it is the same strain that has now become an epidemic in the Midwest.  The dog is recovering at home in Watertown, Mass. 


Spreading Fast

There is a vaccine for canine flu but the strain spreading across Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Wisconsin and Texas-dubbed H3N2-may not be held at bay by the existing vaccine. "Chicago has a real outbreak on its hands and we want to do our part to prevent the spread of flu in Massachusetts," said Dr. Virginia Sinnott of Angell's 24-7 Emergency & Critical Care Unit, who has developed the hospital's prevention protocol.


Prevention: The Best Defense

Because dog-to-dog contact is the primary means by which the flu is spread, Dr. Sinnott is urging pet owners to avoid trips to the veterinary hospital if they believe their dog may have been exposed to the virus. 

"It's the same as when we get sick and our doctor says: 'Stay at home, rest and drink lots of water,'" she said.  However, dogs must be brought in if they're experiencing symptoms such as vomiting, hacking cough, fever or nasal discharge.  "In these cases we're asking dog owners to come to the hospital but to keep their pets clear of all other dogs-and immediately inform our staff if their pet has been exposed to dogs in the outbreak states."


Angell's prevention protocol centers on the following recommendations:

1)      If traveling to the outbreak states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Wisconsin, Georgia or Texas), steer clear of all dog parks, veterinary hospitals (save for emergency treatment) or other areas in which dogs assemble

2)      Do not assume your dog is protected if he or she has been vaccinated against canine flu.  H3N2 is a different strain, as yet there is no vaccine for it and prevention is the only surefire way to avoid infection

3)      Know the primary signs of canine flu which generally include coughing, runny nose, decreased activity, decreased appetite, and generally seeming unwell.  If any of these symptoms are present, call you veterinarian immediately

4)      If your dog is sick seek treatment at your veterinarian's office or Angell-but inform staff upon arrival if your dog has traveled to the outbreak states, and keep well clear of all other dogs in the waiting area(s)

Canine flu is not fatal in most cases, nor does it pose a threat to humans, cats or other pets.  However, the odds of dogs contracting the illness after exposure are nearly 100 percent and, according to Dr. Sinnott, it is a miserable experience. 

"Dogs are sick on average for 10 to 20 days and it's extremely uncomfortable for them-on par with how we feel when we get the flu.  No one wants to see their pet suffer through this.  While we should not panic, we should be prepared and do all we can to keep our dogs from contracting the illness."











Coprophagia in Pets
Coprophagia in Pets


In this video, Dr. Karen Becker discusses a really disgusting but very common problem for many dog owners -- coprophagia, also known as the habit of eating poop.





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!


Did you know that the Wooftrax app also has a setting for running and biking? If you enjoy doing either, take a look!


In This Issue

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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 June?  


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: Lindy, Tucker, Sophie, Hunter,Abbey, Lance, Rocky, Kassie (now Madison) Caleb, Ella, Rocky2, and Cooper!


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


Donations have gratefully been accepted this month from: Joseph Lee and Julie King, Lewisboro Land Trust, Donald and Janice Young all in memory of Mike Young; Dana Weir and Shawn Temp, Margaret and Maurice Bennett,Julie White,Fran Mulnick Parker, John Conley,Michelle McMullen Salyers, Three Scoops of Vanilla.  


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. :-)

Help From Our Friends
At Bissell

Click HERE to get to the Bissell website.

 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  


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