May 2016                                                                        


GSP logo



May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. 

Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-transmitted diseases in the world but only causes symptoms in 5-10% of affected dogs. It is caused by a spirochete (bacteria) species of the Borrelia burgdorferi group. When infection leads to disease in dogs, the dominant clinical feature is recurrent lameness due to inflammation of the joints. There may also be a lack of appetite and depression. 

If possible, avoid allowing your dog to roam in tick-infested environments where Lyme disease is common. Check your dog's coat and skin daily and remove ticks by hand. Your veterinarian can also recommend a variety of sprays, collars, and spot-on topical products that kill and repel ticks. Such products should be used under a veterinarian's supervision and according to the label's directions. Lyme vaccines are available, but their use is somewhat controversial. Talk to your veterinarian to see if Lyme vaccination is right for your dog.

And despite all the talk of ticks, enjoy these early days of spring by getting your dog out and about. Summer and warm weather are just around the corner!


and Michele
GSP Rescue NE Board of Directors 

... For Our Volunteers.    

There are many Facebook groups that pertain to German Shorthaired Pointers. Please remember that work as a GSP Rescue NE volunteer is confidential. Comments shouldn't be made on-line about surrendering owners, applicants, other volunteers, etc., because the very person who's being commented about may also be a member of the same group.

Remember: We're here to help the dogs, not to judge. :-)


Thanks to Daisy the GSP and her people JoAnn and Todd Stevelos  in Albany, N.Y., GSP Rescue NE has more money to spend on the care and rehoming of our needy dogs.

Daisy raised a whopping $200 at her dad, Todd's, birthday party. As party-goers arrived, they dropped donations in a basket left by the door.  Todd's granddaughter helped make the donation sign and decorated the basket. 

Daisy's folks want to let everyone know that Daisy was a real joy at the party. She was calm and interested in greeting everyone and left them alone while they ate. (A huge accomplishment for any GSP, as most of us know. :-) They tell us she has very nice manners and as she gets older is more relaxed.

Daisy, the dogs of GSP Rescue New England thank you, and WE thank you! :-)

The Other End of the Leash
By Patricia McConnell

Have you ever needed to stop an unwanted approach from an unfamiliar dog? 

Here's a familiar story to everyone who has had a dog-dog reactive dog: You're out walking in the neighborhood, your own dog responsibly on leash, when you look up and there is a ___________ (pick one: Golden Retriever, Jack Russell Terrier, Black Lab, trio of Dachshunds) charging toward you and your reactive dog. Many yards behind the oncoming bundle of doom, the owner waves and smiles, shouting, "It's okay!!! He loves other dogs!!" Meanwhile, you're not fine at all. You know your dog is not going to react well, and you know the other owner has no control over his/her own dogs, who are running toward you.

This is when you want to employ the "Emergency Sit-Stay" in which you ask your dog to sit and stay behind you while you step forward and throw a handful of treats into the charging dog's face. I learned this simple method from Trish King (don't miss a chance to see her in a seminar, she rocks.) Even if your dog isn't on a stay, the shower of treats in a dog's face often stops them in their tracks. If you've tossed a fistful of treats, the dog(s) will spend several minutes searching them out in the grass while you and your dog slide away. This is described in detail in the booklet Feisty Fido and the Dog-Dog Reactive DVD, but here's a video to illustrate the effectiveness of the treat tossing.

I made this video for two reasons: One, I wanted to convince people of its effectiveness. In my experience, folks are extremely skeptical that this would ever work, and I have to add, understandably so. Until you've done it yourself, it's hard to imagine it really working. Second, I've used this method myself only a few times, and wanted to test it out with a variety of dogs. You can see it worked well with all four dogs. (Note that Tootsie was at the farm as a 'visitor,' just a day before we decided that she would indeed be a happy camper living with us.)

Important Caveat: This method would never stop a highly motivated, hard-charging dog who is laser focused on attacking you or you dog. In that case you need something a lot more powerful. But as you'll see, it worked beautifully on the 4 dogs in the video, from tiny Tootsie,  to medium-sized (Nasta, a neighbor's Siberian,) to the downright huge Dogo named Lily) and a friend's galumpfy who-knows-what.)




Support GSP Rescue New England simply by walking your dog! Check out this app at 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
foster logo


GSP Rescue New England has a presence on Facebook. Go to:
Still Missing!

Tigger disappeared in December 2015 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!


Get yourself a copy of "Point to the Pantry," a cookbook full of recipes by the GSP Rescue family. Cost? $15.50 per copy, which includes shipping.

To purchase, go to the Rescue Store at

Look Who's Been Adopted!

More GSPs have found their forever homes!


They are:  Bill and Addie


Hooray for the dogs!! Hooray for their new families!! :-) 
     Donations have gratefully been accepted this month from: Trisha Torres, in memory of Lucie Morgano; Stephen, Kim, Bella and Lena Zalla, Catherine Parmentier, Katherine Bilos, Joann and Todd Stevelos, Maria and Jeff Sohn, Caryl Johnson, Christine Haile, Tom Naughton, Julie Doucette, Heidi Atkinson, Alan Goff, Kristy Ritter, Lisa Casello.  

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, Robert Klepach (with employer matching funds from Keysight
Technologies), Emilie Knisley and Tom Barks.


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!
 Hale Pet Door logo
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.
Hale Pet Door celebrates having 2,000 pet rescues and humane societies participating in their Rescue Rewards program.
For more information on Hale pet doors, go to