Rita’s 1st “Gotcha” Day / Rita’s 7th-ish Birthday!

Today is a very special day, as this date marks one year since we met Margarita, and brought her home as “Penelope / Penny,” our GSP Rescue of New Jersey foster dog.¬† Although we didn‚Äôt officially adopt her until April, We picked March 4th – the day we met her – as Rita‚Äôs “Gotcha Day /Bday.” During her initial evaluation last year, it was estimated that Rita was 6 years old, which makes her approximately 7 years¬†old now!
Unfortunately, Rita, found as a stray, had a bit of a rough start to life. She went through some health issues and operations during her first month with us ‚Äď she was underweight, had to have 9 teeth pulled, a lumpectomy, was spayed, had “happy tail” from being in a crate, and treatment for Anaplasmosis. However, Rita was a trooper, and has had quite a healthy and active first year with us!
I promised myself that because Rita didn‚Äôt have great experiences in the first part of her life, I would introduce her to as many good things as possible, finding what activities make her most happy, and continuing to have her participate in those events. During our first year with Rita, she has been on 15 camping trips, and visited 8 new states including, DE, IN, IA, MD, NH, NY, OH, PA, and VA. Rita has even been out of the country (Canada) as well! She has visited 4 wineries, 5 breweries, 3 restaurants/bars, stayed overnight in 2 hotels, and shopped at Cabela‚Äôs and Lowe‚Äôs. Margarita has participated in 5k races, Barn Hunt, Nose Work, Lure Coursing, swim lessons, and agility. Margarita also completed training and is a registered Therapy Dog with The Alliance of Therapy Dogs, and has begun her “official” Therapy Dog visits at assisted living facilities and a local library‚Äôs children‚Äôs reading program. Most recently, Rita and I have earned our registration as a Reading ¬†EducationAssistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) team!
Brian and I were quite content with the size of our pack before meeting Margarita. However, Rita has filled an emptiness that we didn‚Äôt even know our family had. Not only has she been a great playmate for Hooch (who often was excluded by Cello and Lager during their play sessions), she has brought the utmost joy and love to Brian and I, as well as everyone she meets. People stop us continually and ask to meet her everywhere we go. My students at school ‚Äď who have never met her ‚Äď love her and talk about her constantly just from looking at her picture in my classroom. There is definitely something very special about this sweet soul, and we are extremely honored to have her as a family member!
Thank you to all of you who love and support Margarita both in-person, and from afar – we can’t say enough how much we appreciate it!!
Happy Gotcha Day, Se√Īorita Margarita, we love you!!
Link to the public photo album of Rita’s first couple of weeks with us:
Link to the public photo album from Rita’s 1st Gotcha Day/7th-ish Birthday:

Se√Īorita Margarita: Our First English Pointer

Well, we are proud to admit we are complete failures. ¬†Foster failures that is! Remember Penelope our foster-kid? (If not, click HERE to read her story)¬†Well, she quickly ingrained herself into our hearts and home…and we could not imagine our pack without her! ¬†We have officially adopted her, and her¬†new name is¬†Se√Īorita Margarita (“Rita” for short!)

Welcome to your forever home, Rita! 

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Penelope, The English Pointer

The rescue we volunteer for, GSP Rescue of NJ, covers all of New Jersey, parts of New York, and assist other recognized out-of-state GSP rescues in urgent situations. In addition to rehoming GSPs, they also work with owners to help them with any issues they may have with them.  In emergency situations, the rescue will also reach out to help English Pointers.

GSP Rescue of NJ offered to help a female English Pointer, known as Penelope. ¬†Although the rescue was willing to help this poor girl who was found as a stray, our foster homes were full, and there was no one available to foster her. ¬†This meant that Penelope could find herself in a shelter. ¬†Although we do not usually foster, we decided that we just couldn’t let this skinny pretty girl end up in a shelter. On March 3, 2016, we committed to fostering Penelope so that she could begin her road to recovery.

She was transported to the rescue’s vet, and was examined. ¬†Penelope was emaciated, appeared to have had many litters, had a lump on her neck, and severely damaged and rotted teeth. ¬†She also had a cut on her tail and her belly. ¬†While at the vet, she was supposed to have dental work done, and also be spayed. ¬†The dental work took so long, that not all needed teeth could be pulled, and the spay could not be performed due to the length of time she was under anesthesia. ¬†She had a total of 6 teeth pulled. ¬†The vet set her up with a future appointment for continuation of dental, her spay, and removal and biopsy of the lump on her neck.

Another rescue volunteer, Mandy, was nice enough to pick Penelope up from the vet and meet me half way to cut down on my 2 hour drive-time.

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Penelope was a great passenger, and rested calmly for her ride to our home.

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Once home, we introduced her to each of our fur-kids individually on lead by meeting out on the street and taking a short walk together.  After the initial greetings were over, we gave her some time to explore the yard on her own before we settled her down in a crate.

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In just the first night and day that we spent with Penelope, we got her to sit for a treat, and sit-stay for a picture.  She does not appear to know basic commands, but is very food-driven and eager to please.  She did wonderfully in her crate, ate well, and slept soundly.

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We introduced her to our cat, Loki, and she seemed to be just fine with him.

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We also introduced her to fellow¬†rescue friends Jen and Grace’s male English Pointer (Penelope LOVED him!) as well as our friends’ two GSP puppies. ¬†She did amazing with all the dogs, and had a very fun-filled, exhausting day!

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We will be fostering Penelope until she has her vetting complete, and can be adopted.

Click HERE to view a public photo album of Penelope!

 

Update!¬† Penelope has been adopted – by US!¬† Meet Se√Īorita Margarita!

Beautiful Bella, the German Shorthaired Pointer Puppy

We received a post from the GSP Rescue of NJ about an owner-surrender situation.  Someone had purchased a GSP puppy from Tennesee, not having researched the breed very well.  The puppy arrived to NJ at 8 weeks of age, and 8 weeks later, the owner was in over their head.  They could not provide this pup with an appropriate amount of exercise to diminish the GSP puppy craziness, so they decided to surrender the puppy to our rescue.  As soon as I read 16 week old female puppy, I could not help myself!  We agreed to foster this baby until a forever family was found for her.

On October 17th we picked Bella up from her home.

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We immediately fell in love with Bella!  She was loving, playful, and got along with Cello and Hooch so well!  We actually gave thought to adopting her ourselves!

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…having fun and being a happy puppy!
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In just 6 short days, Bella was adopted by a family that lives not too far from us.  We hope to get all our pups together for play-dates often!

Bella is now known as Pepper, and is just loving her new life!! She is living with an AMAZING family who just adores her, has a HUGE yard to run all that GSP energy off, and has (2) very beautiful¬†and loving 2-legged sisters, and (1) 4-legged sister named Mocha. ¬†Mocha is a Viszla/Weimaraner mix who looks like Cello’s twin!

Mocha and Pepper:

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Pepper is a very lucky gal to have found such an awesome home, and we are so thankful for having met her new wonderful forever family! We are SO happy for Pepper!

German Shorthaired Pointers are often discarded, given up, abandoned, and returned due to their high energy level and strong hunting drive. ¬†Some are discarded by hunters because ¬†they won‚Äôt hunt, or they may be ‚Äúgun-shy.‚ÄĚ ¬† We have fallen in love with this often¬†misunderstood breed. ..So‚ĶCello, Hooch, Brian, and I have been volunteering for the GSP Rescue of NJ. ¬†We have made phone calls to vets for background checks and references, visited GSPs in shelters to evaluate them and offer the help of the GSP rescue, called potential adopters for initial screening and application review, transported GSPs to their foster homes, temporarily fostered, and have done home inspections for potential adopters. ¬†Cello and Hooch have even volunteered as donation dogs, wearing a donation vests and ‚Äúworking the crowd‚ÄĚ with their¬†cuteness at events such as the Ocean County Gunning and Decoy Show in Tuckerton, NJ.

Live in the NJ/NY area and want to help GSPs in need?  Contact our rescue today!

Want to help dogs in your area but don’t know how? Click HERE to see just some of the ways you can help!

Thinking of a GSP?  Think rescue! The National GSP Rescue lists regional GSP rescue groups across the United States and Canada. If you are interested in adoption, volunteering, or would like information on how to surrender your dog to rescue (Please do not surrender GSPs to a shelter or abandon them!!!!), please contact the group that covers your state or region.  If there is no contact listed for your state, you can email the National GSP Rescue at rescue@gspca.org .

A GSP rescue will help match you up with the perfect GSP for your family!

GSP Rescue of NJ at Doggie Appreciation Day

Yesterday Brian, Cello, Hooch, and I¬†volunteered for the GSP Rescue of NJ at Doggie Appreciation Day, held on the grounds of¬†L’Oreal¬†in Cranbury, NJ. ¬†This was a free, dog-friendly event.

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Just some of the great activities going on were:

  • Puppy stadium races
  • 10th annual NJ State Puppy Limbo Championship
  • NJ State Dog Bone Stacking Contest
  • Rescue Bingo all day (great prizes to benefit our Rescue friends)
  • Raffles
  • Doggie Swimming Pools
  • Over 75 Rescue Groups and Pet Vendors

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This event was an opportunity to talk to people about German Shorthaired Pointers¬†and rescue/adoption. ¬† It’s important as a rescue to “get the word out” of animal-related events happening in the¬†area, and spread the word about the work rescues¬†do. ¬†Brochures and other materials were available to help publicize our¬†organization, rescued GSPs were present, and adoptable GSPs were displayed on a information board.

Hooch won over the heart of fellow rescue friend, Jen:

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And Rescued GSP Eve welcomed Hooch to the event:

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Overall, it was a great day spent education people about the breed and rescue!

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Meet the Pointer Sisters

“I”m so excited, and I just can’t hide it…”

…Well, ok, not the ACTUAL pointer sisters, …more like “sistas-from-otha-mistas!” ¬† ūüėČ

 

Another Pointer Rescue, Org (PRO) transport led us to meet Mollie and Emmie, two beautiful and sweet female English Pointers.

We picked up the two gals from another PRO volunteer, Kirk.  He told us how well-behaved the two ladies were on his drive!

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Emmie is already adopted, and this transport was taking Emmie to her forever  home!  She was an absolute joy to ride with in the car, and was so loving the entire ride!  Her forever family is very lucky to be adding Emmie into their lives!

 

Meet Emmie:

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“Sista” number 2, Mollie, ¬†was fresh out of rescue and on her way to her foster home. ¬†Once Mollie is settled in with her foster family, she will be available for adoption through PRO. ¬†Mollie was also quite the sweetheart – full of love and affection!

 

Meet Mollie:

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It truly amazes me with each transport we do – and each rescue dog we meet – -that even though these gentle, innocent beings have been wronged – often abandoned or¬†abused – or both, they still want nothing but to be loved by humans, and will still also show so much affection and love toward humans, even after all that they have been through… ¬†Dogs are truly astonishing creatures.

 

There are many different ways to help either at a local shelter Рor a rescue organization.  Just a few hours can make such a difference for a dog in need! Want to assist, but not sure how?  Click HERE !

 

People who say “Money can’t buy you happiness” have never paid an adoption fee ūüôā ¬†…Don’t shop adopt!

Clarabelle’s Journey

Meet Clarabelle!

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Clarabelle was Cello’s house guest for 5 days while she was in between foster homes. ¬†Clarabelle was rescued from a high-kill shelter in North Carolina, and is a (approx) 9 month old Hound-mix. ¬†She is a sweet southern belle with ice-blue eyes (no filter on those baby-blues – they are truly THAT blue!).

She is spayed, up to date on shots, and has been to the vet this week. ¬†We took her to the vet while she was with us because I suspected that she had ear infections (she did)…and while we were at the vet, it was discovered that she has an umbilical hernia – which is common – and ¬†is not harmful to her at the moment, but would have to be watched for possible repair.
In the Jeep on the way to the vet, enjoying a bully stick:
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She is a very happy and affectionate dog despite her unfortunate past. ¬†After being abandoned in a kill-shelter, Clarabelle was then unfortunately placed in a foster home that was found to be not adequate. ¬†That’s when we took her for a few days, so that she would be out of yet another unfortunate environment. ¬†She came to us with a broken harness, un-bathed, and I immediately could “smell” ear infections (if you’ve ever had a dog with a bad ear infection, you know what I mean!!) ¬† It was also suspected that Clara was made to stay in a crate for long hours at her first foster home.
We went to a local pet store and bought Clara a new harness and martingale collar asap.
We made sure to provide her with lots of running and play time so that she could release some of her pent-up energy!
Clarabelle after much running decided it was time to rest!
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Clara was SO good during her clean-up and let me bathe her, clean her ears and teeth, and brush her after her bath.  It was great to see her all cleaned-up and smelling good!
She was so sweet… she “hugged” me gently with her paws and nuzzled in for kisses for as long as I would¬†let her. ¬†All she wanted to do was to¬†be around people and dogs, and be petted, kissed, and loved – and OUT of her crate. ¬†As far as we had seen, she had shown no aggression toward people, children, or other dogs. ¬†She had seen my cat, Loki, from afar/through a gate – and just stood there watching – no barking or aggression – just curiously watched. ¬†We did¬†not truly introduce her to Loki, so I can’t verify if she is completely cat-friendly.
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Clara has an amazing jumping ability, and can easily jump over gates and fences and onto tables and counter tops.  A high, physical fence is necessary, as she can easily jump a 4ft+ fence.
Originally, we were only supposed to have Clara for a night or two. ¬†During her move to us, her next lined-up foster home fell through. ¬†She wound up being with us for 5 days. ¬†Although she immediately stole our hearts, we knew our home was not the right fit for Clara to be fostered. ¬†Cello was NOT happy with Clara’s puppy behaviors, and was acting-out. ¬†Clara also continuously tried to jump our 4ft fence. ¬†We did our best in our short time with Clara to love and care for her. ¬†We were happy to have gotten her out of her unfortunate situation, and to have been able to provide Clara¬†with a temporary stay in a gentle, loving, and caring environment. ¬†Clara’s has moved to another foster home, and is still looking for a long-term foster, or better yet – a forever home!
Here is a FB link with her pictures
Also, pictures and video of her can be viewed on New Life Rescue’s FB page ¬†https://www.facebook.com/NewLifeAnimalRescue
New Life Animal Rescue’s website ¬†http://www.newlifeanimalrescue.org/¬†¬† …¬†as well as on Cello’s FB page, and Cello’s Instagram and Twitter pages (all easily accessed here on¬†Cello’s Corner).
Help Clarabelle’s Journey end, and give¬†her a forever-home! …To find out more details on¬†Clara, to volunteer to foster her, or to apply for adoption, please visit New Life Animal Rescue’s website ¬†http://www.newlifeanimalrescue.org/¬† or email them at¬†newlifeanimalrescue@gmail.com.