October 2015                                                                        


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You've seen our "Adoptable Dogs" page. We usually have several good-looking, recently vetted and very healthy GSP's available for adoption. We know those dogs will find their forever homes in no time.

But what about our special-needs dogs? Those like Sallie, who is suffering from terminal oral melanoma, or Star, who is heartworm positive. Like Tilly, who lost an eye after a run-in with a porcupine, and Baron, a very needy Addisonian dog.

We have foster folks who excel in and thrive on providing hospice and long term care. There are others fosters for whom no medical issue is too big. And those folks allow us to turn away no dog -- unless it is aggressive -- from our program. 

These are the dogs and fosters you don't hear much about. The really needy dogs whose foster families are quietly toiling behind the scenes to keep them comfortable, safe and sane while medical issues take their toll.

It is likely that these particular dogs -- Sallie, Star, Tilly and Baron -- will spend the rest of their lives -- short or long -- in our program, with loving caretakers.

These are the dogs that get no fanfare. The dogs that we take in because it's just the right thing to do. 

And that's what we're all about. Doing right by the dogs.

Hope your October is bright and beautiful!

and Michele
GSP Rescue NE Board of Directors 

GSP Rescue New England is holding its annual calendar contest!

All the pictures are in hand, and now it's TIME TO VOTE!!


Two votes will cost $1. Voting guidelines are posted with the pictures.
If you have any questions about the contest, please
Vote early and vote often! 

To vote, click HERE


Halloween is lots of fun for kids, but many dogs will be confused or upset by kids in strange costumes and by lots of people coming to the door, but never being invited in. 

Here's some tips for dog owners, kids and parents:

Dog owners:
  1. Secure your dog behind a closed door or in a crate in a room away from the front door or the party if children are meeting at your house.
  2. Give him a stuffed Kong or other long-lasting chew.
  3. Play music or leave a TV or radio playing in the dog's room to help mask the sounds of the activity at the front door.
  4. Close drapes so that the dog does not see people coming and going through the window.
  5. If you have a dog that barks at the sound of the doorbell, disconnect it or watch for trick-or-treaters so that they do not have to ring or knock.
  6. Puppies and dogs that like to chase can get overly excited by costumes with dangly bits or streaming material. Supervise very carefully if you have a dog that may try to play with your children's costumes while they are wearing them. Teach kids to Be a Tree and stand still if the dog does start nipping at their costume since the more they move, the more exited the dog will get.
  7. Keep your dogs (and cats) indoors around Halloween time. Pets have been stolen, injured or poisoned as part of Halloween pranks or other rituals.
  8. Dogs don't like to be dressed up! It makes them anxious and uncomfortable and adds to the stress of an already stressful time. If your dog, licks his chops, yawns,  shows a half moon of white in his eye, turns away, doesn't co-operate, tries to escape, growls, puts his teeth on you or the costume, then you know that he doesn't want to wear the costume. Try a fancy collar or bandanna instead, or just leave the dog out of Halloween if he'd rather not participate.
 Kids and Parents:
  1. Avoid houses if you can hear a dog barking behind the door, you can see a dog behind a screen door or you see a dog tied up in the yard or barking behind a fence.
  2. Never approach any dog, even if you know him. He may not recognize you in your costume.
  3. If an owner opens the door and there is a dog there, just stay still and wait for the dog owner to put the dog away. You can tell them you do not want to come near the dog. Do not move toward the person and dog. Wait for them to come to you to give you your candy. Wait for them to close the door before you turn and leave.
  4. If a dog escapes just stand still and Be a Tree (hands folded in front, watching your feet). He will just sniff you and then move on. Wait for the owner to come and get the dog before you turn away.
  5. If you meet a loose dog, Be a Tree and wait until it goes away.
  6. It is best to ignore other people's dogs on Halloween if you meet them out walking. The dog may be worried about all the strange creatures that are out and about. Even if you know the dog, he may not recognize you in your costume.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Are your dogs playing or fighting? Some telltale signs/tips from the ASPCA.

Learning to understand how dogs interact with each other is like learning a new language. It takes time, patience and lots of practice. Take, for example, when things appear to heat up when two dogs get together-it's not always easy to tell if they're playing or fighting. Don't be a gambler if you're not sure! 

ASPCA behavior experts share this list of signs to look for when determining if you should intervene:
  • One dog continually chases another with no role reversal
  • Bared teeth, ears forward
  • Head or tail remains high and stiff
  • Body is stiff, not loose and wiggly
  • Escape, avoidance or hiding behaviors
If you're not sure whether both dogs are having fun, try leading the more excited dog away, and see if the other dog follows playfully.

Fundraisers are a necessity in the world of dog rescue.

Without fundraisers, we won't have the financial support to keep our rescue dogs safe and healthy.  

We've got some fun fundraisers lined up for the end of the year.

In November, we'll hold our annual wreath sale. Orders will start being accepted on Nov. 1. Closing date for orders will be Nov. 15. 

Wreaths will be delivered the week of Dec. 1. They can be shipped anywhere in the country and are packaged in a gift box with a card, if you'd like. Price will include shipping. That's a pretty good deal!

In December, we'll hold an online auction, and for this we'll need your help. We're seeking donations of gift cards, gift baskets, interesting items that we can sell online to generate funds for rescue. 

We will continue to take care of the dogs in our program and accept dogs in need but we need your help to make it happen.

 So, buy a wreath to make your home pretty this winter season. Check out our online auction and maybe do your Christmas shopping early. Either way, you'll get to donate to GSP Rescue NE at the same time! It's a win-win, and it doesn't get better than that!



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

Quick Links

Help Us Help Them
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GSP Rescue New England has a presence on Facebook. Go to: Facebook.com/GSPRescueNE
Still Missing!

Tigger disappeared last  December in the Lenox, Mass., area. 
We are still waiting for him to come home. 
If you have any information as to his whereabouts,
 please call our toll-free number above.

Cookbooks Still Available!

How 'bout some home cookin' for October?  


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: Buddy and Remington.


Hooray for the dogs!! Hooray for their new families!! :-) 
Donations have gratefully been accepted this month from: Linda and Kevin Flynn, in memory of Dimple; Margaret Bennett, Paul Looney, Denise SheridanLynn TaylorMargaret Farone, Gail O'Shaugnessey, John Conley, 
Maureen Foley and Drasco LLC, in memory of Mark Toomey, Kristal Pooler, on behalf of Sallie; Sandra Collins and Enrique and Judith Margalejo, on behalf of Star; and Patricia Meara and Jeanne Cox, in  honor of Phoenix.

 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.

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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

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