June 2016                                                                        


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Ever wonder how you can help rescue dogs without a huge time commitment? Volunteer for Martha's Mutt Movers! Click HERE to see how volunteer drivers make a difference the lives of dogs. This transport is part of the same group of which Martha's is a member. And it's a very necessary part of rescue! 

Interested? Click HERE to connect with Martha's Mutt Movers. One hour out of your life will save numerous dogs' lives. What could be easier or better than that? 

Best wishes for a beautiful June,


and Michele
GSP Rescue NE Board of Directors 

Frankie and Lucky were rescued from deplorable outdoor living conditions in Albany, NY. They're now with a loving foster family learning all about living indoors. We think they're getting the hang of it.  lol !

Frankie and Lucky in their "before" home. :-/ 



6-year-old Oakley has come into our program having been surrendered to us because of separation anxiety. Oakley is a purebred, solid liver GSP.

Oakley is a very typical GSP in most ways. He's a velcro guy and very attached to his person. Oakley is house trained, remote collar trained and invisible fence trained. He is not a super high energy boy but does need a daily run. He gets along with other dogs, kids, all people, but no cats. Super nice dog that loves to play!

Oakley is crate trained and his foster home has been working with him successfully to increase the time period he can tolerate being in his crate. We have him on anxiety meds and are starting him on behavioral modification. He has made great strides! We will provide the support of our trainer for continued guidance to his adoptive family.

Oakley weighs 55 pounds. He's a great family dog and would make a wonderful companion for someone home most of the time. Other than his separation anxiety, he's the ideal GSP companion!

Oakley loves being outside, going new places and meeting new people. He is extremely social! He rides well in the car and will enjoy doing whatever activities his people chose! This dog has so much to offer his forever family! You won't regret giving this guy a chance to wiggle his way onto your couch and into your heart.

If you're interested in adopting Oakley or any of our other dogs please click HERE to go to our site and complete an adoption application. New England residents only please.


Spring has sprung and with it a variety of plants and bushes that are poisonous to dogs. Here's a list for you: 




For any practicing veterinarian, paw licking and chewing is a very common complaint and often, even with holistic approaches can be difficult to treat. Conventionally, this is considered an allergic response.

Most dogs are taken through a battery of tests, put on hypoallergenic and elimination diets, and repeated and long term antibiotics. Many end up on corticosteroids. Unfortunately, many of these dogs continue licking.

For years, I cringed every time I saw a dog that excessively licked his paws. I agree that allergies should be on the differential diagnosis list. However, we all know that many affected dogs improve only marginally when they are treated for allergies.

For the longest time, I tried different diets, homeopathy, herbal supplements and detox protocols, but the results were not as good as I hoped for. I asked myself if I was missing something important and started looking at these patients with fresh eyes.

Then it dawned on me. Could it be that "paw lickers" paid attention to their feet because of an abnormal neurologic sensation or referred pain originating from the neck? I started to look closer at the patterns I was seeing, and began examining the neck and spine for discomfort, muscle spasm, inflammation and tightness.

Surprisingly, most of the patients that licked their front feet had signs of lower cervical inflammation and discomfort. The dogs that licked their forearms had muscle spasms and inflammation in the inter-scapular region. Those that were licking their hind feet often had signs of injury in the lumbar spine - the origin of nerves supplying the hind feet.

I also noticed that front paw lickers often pulled on the leash or their guardians used a collar attached to a retractable leash. The dogs with hind foot licking were often sprinters and ball retrievers, and frequently had signs of para-spinal muscle injuries and strain of the lumbar spine.

This made sense from an anatomical and neurological point of view. Nerve and energy meridian pathways are affected or "impinged" by tight muscles, collars or leash jerks.

Looking at the position of the collar itself, it is logical that it could cause neck and nerve injury in a dog that is prone to pulling. When it comes to dogs on retractable leashes, the spring of the leash develops a continuous pull that generates a degree of stress in the cervical region. In addition, when a dog gets to the end of the retractable leash, the sudden stop and jerk causes additional force.

Based on this observation, I started addressing the injuries and tightness I was observing. To my surprise, a large majority of these dogs recovered completely or improved significantly, depending on the severity of the injury and the chronicity of the condition.

If you are interested in trying this approach, here is what I suggest, assuming that the dog has already been examined by a veterinarian, that blood work has been done, and he is being fed a wholesome natural diet and essential vitamins, minerals and Omega oils.

1. Use a front clip harness such as Walk In Sync or similar to reduce stress on the cervical spine.

2. Never attach the leash to a collar, especially when a dog pulls frequently.

3. If the dog licks his hind feet, prevent him from sprinting, jumping, leaping in the water, or retrieving balls for at least a month. This will reduce the muscle tightness that usually affects nerve and energy pathways to the hind feet.

4. Chiropractic, physiotherapy or osteopathic adjustment or therapy is an essential part of the treatment.

5. Don't play tug-of-war with the dog, or if you do, let the rope or leash gently slide through their hands. Don't lift the dog in the air when tugging.

6. Feed a species appropriate diet and supplement the dog's food with whole food-based supplements. 

7. If you suspect the dog's liver has been stressed and needs to detox, consider Livton by Standard Process.

8.  Zyflamend, an all-natural turmeric-based anti-inflammatory, is also suggested.  

Using this treatment protocol, changes should be evident within one to eight weeks, depending on the severity of the case.



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
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 www.GSPRescueNE.org

Look Who's Been Adopted!

More GSPs have found their forever homes!


They are: Wyatt, Rosie, Belle,Bill,Otto,Lucy, Star. 


Hooray for the dogs!! Hooray for their new families!! :-) 
     Donations have gratefully been accepted this month from: Gail O'Shaughnessy and Cheryl Martin, in memory of Georgia Robinson; John Conley, Rachel Ullrich and Catherine Iacopelli, Patty Sheekey, Jan Budnick, Osvaldo Miranda and Tom Barks. 

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.

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.
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 www.halepetdoor.com