Lila

On June 9, 2019 we had the pleasure of transporting sweet Lila for Pointer Rescue, Org to help her get to her foster home in Vermont.

Lila is a 3 year old Pointer who was found near a plantation in Georgia. She is very timid in new situations and afraid of loud noises. She is good with calm dogs, but does not appreciate hyper dogs. Lila is heart worm negative.

Lila was super sweet and had an adorable spot on the top of her head!

Lila fell fast asleep and used her stuffed monkey as a pillow!

To find out more about Lila or other adoptable PRO Pointers, please visit pointerrescue.org for adoption information to fill out an application. PRO is always looking for foster homes or transport volunteers too!

Welcome to your new life, Lila!

Sport

Meet our Pointer Rescue, Org transport buddy, Sport!

We transported this cutie patootie on May 25, 2019.  Sport is 6.5 yr old blind Pointer and belonged to a huge hunting preserve in NC. He suffered an infection, which caused him to lose sight in one eye then the other. His owner was going to just euthanize him but an employee convinced him to let him find a home for Sport. Although he has never lived inside, Sport loves people, and craves attention. Sport is Heartworm negative.

Sport was an absolute doll during our 1 hour ride.

He loved to cuddle!

I am thrilled we were lucky enough to spend some time with this sweet soul!

Scooby

Scooby is a 9-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer.

His owner contacted GSP Rescue of NJ because he wanted to surrender him.  Scooby’s owner no longer could dedicate the proper time to him after he and his wife had a child.

Brian visited Scooby at his home and did the initial evaluation for the rescue.  Brian also drove back to the home to pick up Scooby to take him to the vet so that Scooby could get neutered and receive necessary shots and veterinary care before he could join the rescue.

Brian and I then went to the vet to pick Scooby up after he was ready to be discharged.  Here he is leaving the vet office.

Scooby is as sweet as can be! We got to spend some time with him at the vet while we were waiting for his discharge papers.

Brian drove the first let of Scooby’s transport.  I couldn’t go since the drive-time would be longer than we are comfortable leaving our dogs without a potty break.  I was glad I got to meet Scooby and wish him well in his new adventures!

Brian left to drive Scooby up to North Jersey, where another GSP Rescue of NJ volunteer would do the second leg of his transport.

Brian said Scooby was a great passenger!

Scooby was handed off to our fellow rescue friend, Michele, who drove him into NYC so he could meet his Foster Mom!

Here is Scooby meeting his foster mom in The Big Apple!

Welcome to the start of your new life, Scooby!

Maxeen: GSP Rescue of NJ Foster

On Friday night, October 26, 2018, Brian and I were on our way out the door to go to dinner when we got a call about someone in our area who wanted to surrender their German Shorthaired Pointer, and wanted the dog out of the home as soon as possible.  GSP Rescue of NJ had a foster family who quickly stepped up to foster, so all we needed to do was pick up the dog and have her as our guest for the weekend until the foster family could pick her up.

We contacted the owner, and postponed our dinner plans.

We met Maxeen in the owners home.  Her owner told us that Maxeen is 15 months old, and was purchased as a hunting dog.  Maxeen did not have any interest in hunting, and spent a lot of time in her crate.  Since her owner was avid hunter, and knew he could not give Maxeen the time she needed, he thought it was best to re-home her.  After proper paperwork was filled out, we brought Maxeen back home with us.

 We weighed her in on the antique scale, as we do with all of our fosters…

Maxeen was amazing.  Super affectionate, crate trained, house trained, and very eager to please!

Maxeen went with her foster family on Sunday.  In a few days, that family decided they were interested in adopting her.  Before the adoption was official, however, Maxeen and the foster family’s resident dog had a few issues with getting along.  It was determined that Maxeen was not a good fit for the foster family to adopt – and in everyone’s best interest, it was determined that the ideal situation was to find Maxeen another foster. Rather than have Maxeen go through another adjustment getting used to another family, we decided to take Maxeen back to our house until she found a forever home.

On November 27th, we picked Maxeen up again to take her in as our longer-term foster.

Maxeen is smart, full of energy, and willing to please!

GSP Rescue of NJ had many approved applicants waiting to add a fur-kid to their family.  However, that list was greatly narrowed down knowing that Maxeen was best fit to be an only-dog.

When we spoke to the family we thought was the best match for Maxeen, we knew immediately that they’d love her like we would!  They drove 3 hours to come meet her on December 8, 2018 , and as soon as they came through the door, Maxeen greeted them both with lots of kisses.

We all knew immediately that Maxeen’s forever family had been found, and Maxeen’s Christmas wish had come true!  Her family took her home with them that day.

Merry Christmas, Maxeen and family!

 

Flex It Pink’s 2017 Run for the Rescues

On August 24th, 2017 Margarita and I did a Virtual 5K race, Run for the Rescues, to help benefit dogs in need!

Double Nickel Brewing Company; Pennsauken, NJ

Double Nickel is a craft brewery located in Pennsauken, NJ, and is super dog friendly!  This brewery is located in the town I grew up in, so I was very excited to visit and do a tasting!

We enjoyed all the beer we tasted!

This brewery was definitely worth visiting – we will be back for sure!

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’t officially adopt her until April, We picked March 4th – the day we met her – as Rita’s “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 – 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’t 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’s and Lowe’s. 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’s children’s 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’t 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 – who have never met her – 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, Señorita 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:

Registered R.E.A.D. Team

Not long after Margarita and I passed our test to become a registered Therapy Dog Team with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, I learned about a great program called R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs). I decided this would be an excellent opportunity for us, so I began to study for the written test.  One day before Margarita’s 1st Gotcha Day / 7th-ish Birthday, we received the great news that I passed, and we are now officially a registered R.E.A.D. team!

“The mission of the R.E.A.D. program is to improve the literacy skills of children through the assistance of registered therapy teams as “literacy mentors.”

The Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to an animal. But not just any animal. R.E.A.D. companions are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their owner/handlers as a team, going to schools, libraries and many other settings as reading companions for children.

R.E.A.D. is the first and foremost program that utilizes therapy animals to help kids improve their reading and communication skills and also teaches them to love books and reading. It’s been growing around the world since November of 1999 when ITA launched it here in Salt Lake City. More than 3,500 therapy teams have trained and registered with the program and are going strong!

Today, thousands of registered R.E.A.D. teams work throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, Finland, France, Sweden, South Africa, Slovenia, Spain, Netherlands, Norway and beyond. “

~Intermountain Therapy Animals

We are very excited to be a part of this wonderful program!

Rescuing Rocco

Brian and I had just started to decorate for Christmas when we received a group email from one of the rescues we volunteer for.  A fellow German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue of NJ volunteer has a friend who runs Min Pins and More Rescue.  They had a dog who needed to be sprung from a shelter ASAP, and were looking for someone who was available to pull the dog and transport him to his foster.   The shelter where “Rocco” was is not far from us, so we dropped the decorations, and started on our way to the shelter!

Meeting Rocco:

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Rocco was quickly attached to Brian!

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Rocco was surrendered by his owner for being “untrainable.” (Don’t even get me started).  He mastered a “sit” before we even left the shelter grounds!

We let Rocco stretch his legs a bit, then headed on our way to drive him to his foster mom.

Freedom Selfie:

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Freedom Ride:

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Welcome to your new life, Rocco!

We received an update about Rocco just a few days later – he met his FURever family and was adopted!

Margarita and Mr. Spock Get Engaged at the Old Oar House, Millville, NJ

Each Thursday during June through October, The Old Oar House Irish Pub hosts a “Doggie Date Night, ” where dogs are welcomed to join you as you dine in their outdoor seating area.  A portion of the proceeds from your food bill goes to the Cumberland County SPCA. This particular Doggie Date Night was a very special (and rainy!) one… Margarita and her heart-throb and fellow English Pointer, Mr. Spock, helped out the Cumberland County SPCA, and got engaged!

Margarita got Mr. Spock some special engagement gifts!

 

And Mr. Spock had a good friend make Margarita the most perfect and beautiful engagement necklace!

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There were lots of party decorations and favors!

 All our 4-legged friends go dressed up for the PAWty!

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We’re Engaged!

Margarita showing off her new necklace:

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The happy couple enjoying some of their engagement cake together:

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What a fun night with good food, friends and pups! Best of all, we were able to help out the Cumberland County SPCA!

 

Margarita’s Therapy Dog Workshop: WonderDogs in Berlin, NJ

Brian and I think Margarita would make a great Therapy Dog, but we were unsure of the requirements, OR if Rita would truly make a good candidate for this type of work.

Last night we took her to a Therapy Dog workshop at WonderDogs in Berlin, NJ, where we have taken both Limoncello and Hooch for obedience training when they were young pups. (Click HERE to see Limoncello’s graduation from Puppy Head Start class at WonderDogs, click HERE to see Hooch’s graduation from Puppy Head Start class, and click HERE to see Hooch’s graduation from the Terrible Teens class at WonderDogs!)

Jenny and Rita getting ready to start the first activity at the Therapy Dog Workshop:

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Margarita lovers her “place” mat, and was a well-behaved, attentive student:

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The instructor, Judith Azaren, focused on a variety of skills, including:

  • Greeting/Disengaging on cue
  • Working calmly around other dogs
  • Handler engagement techniques
  • Moving exercises
  • Distraction work including dogs, people, wheelchair, walker, etc
  • Physical handling
  • Stress signals

We feel as though Margarita did very well for her first time being presented with the tasks that were covered in this workshop.

Margarita quickly learned to look at me to earn a reward when she discovers staged piles of treats on the floor.  Therapy dogs come across many items on a floor, such as medication/pills accidentally dropped on the floor.  It is imperative that the dogs look to the handler rather than ingest what they find:

Here is Margarita weaving past other dogs, and not engaging:

Rita practiced loose-leash walking:

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Margarita did well working around distractions such as crutches, wheel chairs, walkers, and a vacuum cleaner:

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Margarita picked up on the “touch” game very quickly!  Each time she touched my hand with her snout, she earned a treat.  That was a fun game for her!

Here she is working on “touch” while not engaging with other dogs as they walk by:

Working on “touch:”

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We have already contacted several Therapy Pet Registering organizations in order to start the process of Margarita’s evaluation and registration.  We are hoping that with some additional training and practice, we will be able to have Margarita certified as a Therapy Dog so that she can help provide affection and comfort to those in need!

Do you think  your dog or pet may be a good candidate for becoming a Therapy Dog?  Each organization has different requirements, so be sure to do your research.  Here are some of the most well-known for therapy pets (click on the names below to be directed to the organizations’ website):

Señorita 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 Señorita 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 Señorita Margarita!

Share the Light

Cello won a contest, and we are proud to announce that she is now helping to “share the light” with Charity Wick Candles!

Cello Candle

Cello’s 16 oz Candle, “Red Hot Cello,”  has the aroma of fresh-cut granny smith apples, smothered in butter and topped with cinnamon… YUM! 

The candle is made with all natural, kosher 100% soy wax with a lead and zinc-free self trimming cotton wick. The burn time for this candle is approximately 150 hours.

…The best part of this candle?  $6 of the purchase price benefits the German Shorthair Pointer Rescue of NJ !

All Charity Wick’s candles are produced from vegan friendly, kosher certified, soy beans grown in the USA.  All candles are free of any dyes or coloring, and feature lead free, self trimming cotton wicks,  as well as environmentally conscious fragrance oils.

Even more reasons to buy a Cello candle:

  • Lasts up to 50% longer
  • Burns slower and cooler which helps to better distribute the fragrance of the candle
  • Melted soy wax will not cause severe burns
  • Non-toxic
  • Less likely to trigger allergies
  • Clean up off of fabric and carpet with soap and water
  • Produces very little soot compared to paraffin wax based candles.
  • Made from American-grown soybeans, so it supports the U.S. economy instead of foreign oil conglomerates
  • Biodegradable
  • Manufactured here in the USA!

The positive attributes of Charity Wicks soy candles, combined with the fact that your purchase benefits the GSP Rescue of NJ, makes any

Shorthair Candle the best choice for any candle friendly household!

Help “Share the Light,”for the GSP Rescue of NJ,  and order your Shorthair Candle Company candle today by visiting Charity Wicks website!

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Charity Wicks is sharing the light on Facebook too! Visit their page by clicking HERE.

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’t hunt, or they may be “gun-shy.”   We have fallen in love with this often misunderstood breed. ..So…Cello, 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 “working the crowd” 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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Working Dog Winery, Hair of the Dog 5k and Chesterfest Wine Festival, East Windsor, NJ

We made it out this Sunday to Working Dog Winery in East Windsor, NJ, for the Hair of the Dog 5k / Chesterfest Wine Festival!

Proceeds from the 5k race benefit local animal rescues. The Chesterfest Wine Festival immediately followed the race.  $10 got us entrance to the festival, and a souvenir wine glass.  Award winning wines from Working Dog Winery were available to buy by the glass or bottle.  Flying Fish Beer had a tent set up to purchase their beer as well.  Food carts from Nomad Pizza, and Zinna’s Bistro provided yummy food choices. Live music was also provided by Vic Della Pello.

Everyone brings blankets and chairs, and spends the day enjoying delicious wine and good music…all while supporting local shelters!

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Located in Mercer County, NJ, and formerly known as Silver Decoy Winery, Working Dog Winery recently changed their name in honor of their hard-working good-natured dogs!

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Originally our schedule did not allow us to make this event, but when plans changed, we jumped in the car and headed to the Festival!  We missed the 5k by the time we got there, but Cello was able to volunteer as a donation dog to help raise funds for the GSP Rescue of NJ.

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The owners of the winery have a German Shorthaired Pointer as well.  We just love the winery’s name – and the wine labels!

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It was a beautiful day, and we got to meet some fellow volunteers of the GSP Rescue of NJ that we have only known at this point through email.  It was great to meet the other volunteers in person…and to meet their rescued GSPs.

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While we were at the festival, Brian noticed that there was a woman selling some jewelry.  I am not a big jewelry person, so I hadn’t even noticed the table of jewelry – but Brian told me that I “HAD” to go look at this woman’s jewelry.  What I didn’t realize, is that this lady was selling jewelry made from sea glass. Brian knew that as a child, I would collect sea glass at the beach each year my family stayed at the Jersey Shore.  Brian spotted this, and knew I would just love it! He bought me a necklace made from sea glass, with a charm attached that was shaped like a heart with paw prints on it. Brian is such a thoughtful husband…and I’m a lucky gal. 🙂

photo 2 (2)Visit Phyllis at  PK’s Kreations to see some of her really cool jewelry made from sea glass!

Margarita visited this winery on July 24, 2016!

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Lager visited here on November 11, 2017

 

 

 

Think There Is No Way You Can Help? Think Again!

If you can’t adopt….foster.

If you can’t foster…sponsor.

If you can’t sponsor…volunteer.

If you can’t volunteer…donate or transport an animal to safety.

If you can’t donate or transport…educate, network, and cross-post.

Everyone can do something, large or small, to help save a life.

~Pit Crew, IL

 

I often hear people say they can’t help because “It’s too upsetting,”  “I don’t have the money,”  “I don’t have the time,” …etc, etc, etc…. well – you CAN help – in many different ways, regardless of your time, level of involvement, or financial situation.  The purpose of this post is to show you that there are many different ways, and numerous levels of participation you can involve yourself in to help save an animal’s life – both with little time, or little/no money!

There are also many people out there who really want to help, but not sure what they can do to assist.  There are plenty of different ways to help either at a local shelter – or a rescue organization.  Remember…Just a few hours can make such a difference for an animal in need!

Contact a local shelter or rescue organization today, and ask how YOU can contribute…there are MANY ways to assist! Here are just some ways how you volunteer to help change the life of a homeless animal:

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LOCAL SHELTERS:

  • Walking and exercising the dogs: Get some exercise yourself while giving a shelter dog a break from the kennel! Walking and playing with shelter dogs can be very rewarding, and provide much-needed exercise and stress-relief for shelter animals.
  • Cleaning kennels: Help keep kennel, walking areas, and play spaces tidy, and help wash kennel bedding to help shelter animals’ stay a more enjoyable one.
  • Donating food, toys, newspapers, old towels and sheets: Have you ever heard the saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure?”  Many items you may normally throw out could be used by shelter pets to provide stimulation, reduce stress, or provide bedding. There are MANY toys, household items, pet care supplies, medical supplies, and even office supplies that shelters could use. Contact the specific shelter to find out what items they could use most.
  • Donating money to the shelter: Most shelters even have an online donation option.
  • Planned Giving: Remember a favorite local shelter in your will.  Making a lifetime gift by bequest is easy.  Simply direct your attorney to include the shelter in your will when it is drafted.  You can designate a specific dollar amount, or percentage of your estate.  You can also bequeath specific assets to the shelter or organization.
  • Sponsoring a shelter animal:  You can sponsor a specific shelter animal by donating monthly to that animal until they find their forever home.  You can decide on the level of support to which you would like to commit, select a shelter pet to designate that support to, and receive updates on that supported shelter animal.
  • Memorial and tribute gifts:  Honor a loved one – human or pet – by making a memorial or tribute donation.  Most shelters and organizations will send a card to whomever you wish to honor with your donation.
  • Get involved at shelter events: Volunteer to help set up, break down, or run a table (sell merchandise, educate people who stop at the table by telling them about the organization, accept donations, etc) for the rescue at events.
  • Foster a pet to free up space at the shelter: Fostering a shelter pet frees up space in the shelter for other incoming animals.  It is also a very rewarding experience, and a personal way to get involved in saving an animal’s life. Fostering increases the number of animals a shelter can save, and plays a huge part in the shelter’s ability to find homes for homeless animals.  Most shelters will provide veterinary care, supplies, advice, and more while the animal is in your care. Contact a local shelter for specific details.

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RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Become a foster: Fostering is a critical part of an organization’s success.  Fostering provides a loving a stable environment for an animal until they can be adopted into their forever home.
  • Transport animals to their foster or adoptive homes: Drive a “leg” or two of a transport!  Most legs are only an hour or so long, and just an hour’s drive can help get a homeless animal closer to their foster or adoptive family.
  • Be a coordinator: Help coordinate or monitor transports, or help by working with shelters and other groups who need assistance with animals in need. Coordinators receive information about dogs in need, and work with the shelter and rescue to place dogs in foster homes.
  • Perform home visits/inspections for  potential adopters: Visit homes of nearby potential adopters and evaluate the home, property, and family for rescues in order for decisions to be made for adoption approvals.
  • Make phone calls: Call potential adopters to review applications, and applicants’ veterinarians for background checks in order for decisions to be made for adoption approvals.
  • Evaluate a animal in a shelter: Visit a specific animal in a shelter to analyze it’s temperament, overall health, etc.
  • Get involved in a fundraising event for the organization: Volunteer to help set up, break down, or run a table (sell merchandise, educate people who stop at the table by telling them about the organization, accept donations) for the rescue at events.  There are even more opportunities for fundraising, or participating in the event itself.   Some events you can even bring your dog – have them participate as a donation dog!
  • Donate: Rescue organizations depend greatly on donations from supporters.  Most rescues are all-volunteer non-profit organizations. Monies donated go directly to the care (spay, neuter/vaccines/heartworm testing, treatment, and preventative/and other general vetting of the animals in the program)… there are no offices, shelter, or paid staff to support.
  • Donate supplies: Food, treats, collars, leads, toys, bedding, crates…and much more!
  • Shop Online and at Sites that Support the Organization: Many rescues now have sites that will donate a portion of sales to the rescue.  It does not cost you any additional money, and really adds up for the rescue organization.
  • Buy rescue merchandise: Show off your love of animals and your passion of saving animals lives by buying merchandise from a rescue.  Rescues often sell hats, shirts, magnets, and more.  Proceeds will help fund your favorite rescue or organization.
  • Educate: Get the word out of animal-related events happening in your area.  Rescues always need volunteers to help spread the word about the work they do.  Often rescues have brochures and other materials available to help publicize their organization and the work they do.

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I’m sure there are even more ways to assist a local shelter or a rescue organization – contact one today to see how YOU can help save the lives of animals!

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“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever”

~Karen Davison

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!”   😉

 

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 – or 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 🙂  …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!
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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.

Meet Bob!

Meet Bob!

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Today we did a transport for Pointer Rescue, Org (PRO).  We picked up an English Pointer named Bob in South Jersey, and drove him to an airport in North Jersey for a private flight! Bob started out in Tennessee and is in transport to his foster home in Maine!  

We had the pleasure of spending an hour with him in the car as we drove him to an airport in North Jersey, to meet Sam the Pilot.  During our ride, Bob was an absolute angel…he played with his chew toys, enjoyed looking out the window, and snoozed on my lap for over a half-hour! 

We picked up Bob from PRO volunteer, Kelsey:

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Look at this face!…

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Catching a snooze…

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PRO volunteers Sam and Jaya offered to do a leg of this transport by AIR in Sam’s plane! (How cool is that?!)  Sam and Jaya flew Bob to Connecticut, for Bob to catch his next car ride closer to his foster home.

Bob going out to the plane with Sam and Jaya:

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Sam boarding the plane (look closely – Sam is lifting Bob in to the plane in this picture):

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Bye Bye, Bob, Jaya, and Sam! (Video of Bob taking flight!)

Views from Bob’s flight:

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…and thanks to Sam and Jaya, Bob safely landed in Connecticut:

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Best wishes to Sam on the rest of his car rides to Maine…and to finding a forever home and family to start his new life with !

Unfortunately, English Pointers end up as strays, abandoned, or (if lucky) in rescue because like German Shorthaired Pointers, they are very active. The English Pointer is also bred to be a hunting dog who can work in the field ALL day long. If not properly exercised, these beautiful pups can be a bit too much for people who have not researched the breed before getting that cute little puppy they fell in love with.  Sometimes pointers are given up by hunters because they don’t hunt well or are gun-shy. Pointers are extremely sweet and loving and are sure to charm their way into your heart!

Thinking of a pointer?  Think rescue!  the Pointer Rescue, Org (PRO) is a non-profit group of coordinators and volunteers across the United States dedicated to the rescue of purebred Pointers (sometimes called English or American Field Pointers). Contact them to inquire about Bob, Pointers in general, or to find out how you can volunteer to help this wonderful breed!

English Pointer Transport

Last Sunday, Brian and I drove out to Allentown, PA, to pick up one of 2 English  Pointers pulled from a high-kill shelter in Kansas.  The rescue in their area was full and had no foster homes available, so the German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue of NJ volunteered to help out. The female English Pointer, Amira, was being picked up by her foster parents. This is Amira:Amira However, Max, the male pointer, need to be transported closer to his foster dad in Southern NJ – so that’s where Brian and I helped out. Meet Max… isn’t he stunning?!?

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Max was a very excitable boy, and was alert for most of his 2 hour ride to Southern NJ.

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After some nice ear rubs, Max finally felt comfortable “giving in” and taking a nap!

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Brian and I took Max to our house, where his foster dad was picking him up.  Max’s foster dad wound up staying at our house for a good 2.5 hours while Max and Cello played their hearts out – bot inside the house and in the snow outside in the yard!  I regret not taking pictures during that time to share…but I was too overwhelmed with joy watching the two play so well together, and thinking about how this wonderful dog, once discarded, is about to begin the best part of his life!

Cello was worn out from all of Max’s energy and slept like a baby that night!

It took many volunteers to transport these two English Pointer pups from Kansas to New Jersey… Thanks to everyone who helped these two cuties on their way to a better life and a forever home!  If you are interested in Max or Amira, please email the German Shorthaired Rescue of New Jersey at GSPrescueNJ@hotmail.com .

UPDATE: MARCH 2014: BOTH MAX AND AMIRA HAVE BEEN ADOPTED!

Thinking of a GSP but don’t live near NJ?  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!

Santa’s Three Reindeer, and (Christmas) “Eve”

Rescue mission #2… 4 dogs in Kentucky in awful situations…

This past Saturday Brian and I took another road trip to pick up one of 4 German Shorthaired Pointers found abandoned in Kentucky.

The first, and eldest, “Eve” (Christmas Eve).  Eve was found wandering, and thought to be a discarded puppy-mill dog.  It was very obvious that she had been bred over and over again.  Another volunteer from the GSP Rescue of NJ, Ally, kindly adopted this loving senior (assumed to be about 9 years old).

“The Three Reindeer”, “Prancer, Vixen, and Blitzen” , are three 1 year old litter mates, also abandoned in Kentucky.  They were transported as well.  Prancer and Vixen were picked up and being fostered by two other rescue volunteers, and we picked up Blitzen to foster.

Prancer has already been matched up with an approved adopter, has been renamed Belle, and will be moving into her new forever home!

Vixen is at her foster home and awaiting a forever home.

Blitzen (now referred to as Whiskey) came home with us, and will stay with us until tomorrow morning, when I will drive him to another volunteer’s home to be fostered closer to where the approved potential adopters they have for him reside.  This will make it easier for meet-and-greets to be sure that Whiskey is matched up with the right family.

Whiskey has been such a joy to foster these few days.  Despite his past, he is an affectionate boy who enjoys to give and receive love! He is just adorable!

Here are the “Three Reindeer” at our pick-up spot:

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Here is Whiskey:

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Both Vixen and Whiskey need some basic training, but are two beautiful and affectionate German Shorthaired Pointers.   They are now in their foster homes, and up for adoption through the GSP Rescue of NJ.  Pray that these wonderful dogs find their forever homes quickly!!

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!

 

UPDATE: ALL DOGS IN THIS POST HAVE BEEN ADOPTED!! YAY!

Cello’s First Foster-Bud, “Perry”

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’t hunt, or they may be “gun-shy.”   We have fallen in love with this sometimes misunderstood breed. ..So…Cello, 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 to go over their application, and have done home inspections for potential adopters.  Cello has even volunteered as a donation dog, wearing a donation vest and “working the crowd” with her cuteness at events such as the Ocean County Gunning and Decoy Show in Tuckerton, NJ.  We recently decided we could help out a bit more…so we signed up to pick up and/or transport GSPs to their foster homes, and to foster a dog if needed.  This past weekend, we were able to help two GSPs who were on the “urgent” list in Kentucky …they were scheduled to be euthanized.  Here is the story of the rescue of Penny and Perry…

Meet Penny and Perry…

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About two weeks ago, A regional GSP rescue group in the Kentucky area contacted the GSP Rescue of NJ about Penny and Perry because the rescue’s foster homes were full,  and they would not have been able to save Penny and Perry from a kill shelter in Kentucky. Penny and Perry were found roaming in Perryville Battlefield State Park,  in Perryville, Kentucky.

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Penny and Perry were brought to a kill-shelter, and held for the required amount of days to see if their owners would come forward.  No one claimed them after the hold-period was over, and they were placed on the euthanization list.  We received an email from  the GSP Rescue of NJ to see if anyone could foster these two sweethearts, or to help pick them up from transport. Two members quickly offered to foster.  When I had seen the email, no one had responded to do the pick up and transporting, so Brian and I volunteered to do this.  Just after the regional GSP Rescue group in the Kentucky area contacted the GSP Rescue of NJ, a woman in Kentucky came in to the shelter and adopted both Perry and Penny.

…But not even two days later, the woman returned Penny and Perry to the kill shelter because they were “too hyper.” The regional GSP rescue in the Kentucky area got back in touch with the GSP Rescue of NJ, and foster homes in NJ and pick-up and transport was again set.

Early this past Saturday morning, Brian and I took an 1hr and 45 minute road trip to pick Penny and Perry up from their Kentucky transport. I cried as soon as I saw them – – both were skin and bones, and severely dehydrated..but as Brian brought each one out of their crate to put a slip-lead on them, each dog stood up on their hind legs, put their front paws up to Brian’s chest, and kissed Brian with appreciation.  These two dogs were so sweet loving!! It was heart-wrenching to me that no one claimed them in the first place, that they were returned to a kill-shelter by someone who didn’t understand the breed – -and that these two loving dogs were close to being euthanized!

Brian and I had no crates to transport them with , so I rode in the back of our truck with Penny and Perry…for an hour and 45 minutes, these dogs smothered me in love and puppy kisses.  Here are some  pictures from the ride home… and then when Perry got to our house.

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We arrived back to our house with Penny and Perry, and walked them around the yard and provided plenty of water for them both.  Penny’s foster family picked her up right away (I bawled my eyes out, as I had already became attached to these two wonderful dogs!!)  Perry’s foster parents could not pick him up until Sunday, so Cello was going to have her first sleep-over!

We bathed Perry, gave him plenty of access to water, and fed him.  Although extremely affectionate, Perry knew no basic commands, and did not have leash or house manners.  Brian took Perry out on the street in front of our house, and I brought Cello out to meet Perry… both Cello and Perry were very happy to see each other!  We walked them together down the street, and then back to our yard.  When we were back inside our fenced-in yard, we let Cello off her leash…but Perry had already tried to leap our fence while on his leash, so we were unable to let him wander the yard off-lead. Luckily we had beautiful weather and were able to spend the day and most of the night outdoors. (Perry was not house trained, and had a bad case of diarrhea!) While outside, Perry saw other dogs, people, bikes, and cars go by our yard, and he did not once bark – he was such a good boy!!  My aunt and uncle came to visit, and Perry greeted them gently, without jumping, barking, or being rough.  Perry’s tail did not stop wagging from the time we picked him up from transport, until we saw him leave with his foster family!!

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Perry finally settled down and took a nap out by the lake!

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When we came inside, Perry got a visit from my mom, who brought him over some nice treats to enjoy.

Perry immediately became attached to Brian – and became upset if Brian was out of his sight. …So Brain loaded up a crate with nice soft fluffy quilts and blankets, and put the crate right in front of our couch.  Brian slept on the couch so that Perry would not be upset or alone.  Perry did very well throughout the night.  He was very content sleeping next to Brian, and whimpered each time he was about to have an accident (Brian ran him outside about 6 times that night due to his loose bowl movements).  Overall, Perry did great!

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Cello was a polite hostess, and Perry was a great house guest.  Perry’s foster family came to pick him up Sunday morning (more tears and sobbing on my part…!)

Both Penny and Perry need some basic training, but are two beautiful and affectionate German Shorthaired Pointers, and are now in their foster homes and up for adoption through the GSP Rescue of NJ.  Penny has been renamed Casey by her foster family, and Perry is now referred to as Chester (short for Winchester) by his foster family.  Pray that these wonderful dogs find their forever homes quickly!!

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! 

UPDATE: BOTH PENNY AND PERRY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED!! YAY!

UPDATE ON “PERRY” (NOW CHESTER) on 02/20/2014:  Here are some pictures of a very happy and healthy Chester at his forever home sent to me by his loving family!

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2013 Ocean County Gunning and Decoy Festival, Tuckerton, NJ, Hosted by Delmarva Dock Dogs

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Well, we’re hooked!  Contest #2 was hosted by Delmarva Dock Dogs at the Ocean County Gunning and Decoy Festival in Tuckerton, NJ.  We camped for the weekend at Atlantic City North Family Campground, just down the road… what a fun weekend we all had! Cello’s “boyfriend,” Nemo, a Boykin Spaniel, also competed in this event, and even camped overnight one night with us.

Brian and I recently signed up to volunteer for the GSP rescue of NJ.  The organization had a booth set up at this event, so we were able to have Cello “work the crowd” in between dives, working as a donation dog. We were able to raise some money for the GSP Rescue of NJ… we were very happy!

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Dock Dogs had their long dock set up for this event (40 ft in length). Dock Dogs Divisions are s follows:

  • Novice 0 – 9’11″​
  • Junior  10′ – 14’11”
  • Senior  15′ – 19’11”
  • Master  20′ – 22’11”
  • Elite      23′ – 24’11”
  • Super Elite   25′ +

Dock Dogs awards a ribbon or medal for each “wave” of jumps (A wave consists of 2 jumps, and the best of the 2 jumps is compared to the other dogs’ best jumps).  Cello won (2) Masters 3rd Place medals, (1) 2nd Place medal! Then she qualified for the finals,  and placed 2nd in the Masters Division Finals, winning a big ribbon, gift basket, and $50!

Cello jumped in 4 waves… here are her results:

  • 18’2″
  • 18’2″
  • 18’11
  • 20’8″
  • 3rd Place Masters Division Medal
  • 21’4″
  • 20’7″
  • 3rd Place Masters Division Medal
  • 18’3″
  • 21’8″
  • 2nd Place Masters Division Medal

FINALS RESULTS:

  • 22’7″
  • 22’2″
  • 2nd Place Masters Division Ribbon, gift basket, and $50

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Brian was VERY proud of his little girl!

Boyfriend Nemo competed in this event also, and did great!

Cello’s “Grandmom” Pat, “Grandmom” Jan, “Aunt” Dana, and “Cousin” Norm all came to cheer her on! Thanks so much for cheering Cello on!