2016 Blind Dog Rescue Alliance February Monthly News Letter

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February 2016 Newsletter
We are a 501 (c) 3 group of volunteers spread throughout the United States and Canada dedicated to helping blind and visually impaired dogs.

In this issue:

Whats that smell? Dedicated to our new puppies at BDRA!
Join a Team! This months spotlight : Transport….Meet Rose!
Fundraising: Check out our new cookbook and Have a heart fundraisers
Rainbow Bridge
Check out our upcoming events
Look who got adopted this month!

Many thanks to our contributor Charlie Mozitis who also writes for his own blog “Daisy’s Rescue”

We all want to have our dogs house broken, but from time to time our dogs have an accident. Whether we were away from the house too long, or maybe our dog is older and has a problem holding their bladder until we can take them out side, accidents do happen. We are going to look at what causes the smell and how we can clean up the mess. I will say that some breeds of dogs are much harder to train then others.

Having said all that, I wanted to get some good information that actually works on those stubborn, smelling dog pee stains. After spending some time on the web, I found that the same 4 ingredients kept coming up: Baking Soda, Vinegar, Dish Soap, and Hydrogen peroxide. So basically you have 3 options to clean those stains.

1. There is the “Home Made Pee Spray” method. 2. The commercially available enzyme / oxy clean pee spray. 3. The use of a carpet cleaning machine.
Regardless of the method you choose the key to keeping the pup from destroying your favorite flooring is to clean the mess right away- and of course- KEEP TRAINING!

Check out the entire step by step process complete with pictures and ideas here!
http://daisysrescue.com/whats-that-smell-how-to-clear-those-accidents/

Here is our Happy 2016 video- please enjoy!
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Join BDRA’s Team!

There are so many ways to help BDRA and the many dogs we save each year! Throughout 2016 we will focus on many of our teams and how they make what we do possible! Without volunteers we can not achieve anything!

Meet Rose one of our amazing transport volunteers (by Dena Desantis).
Rose Abrams

A life-long dog lover, Rose Abrams was “lucky enough to find someone as crazy as I am when it comes to animals” in her husband and soul-mate. How’s that for a perfect match?

Rose got her first dog at only 6 months of age from a loving mother who wanted her to grow up with a fur-ever friend. The Chow puppy grew up with Rose and lived the life of a cherished friend until passing away at 17 years old. Since then, Rose has raised many dogs well into their teen years including Sparky, Brutus, and Amanda. However, it was Scruffie, dog Rose loved until her passing at 21, that led Rose to learn more about blind dogs and ultimately find BDRA. Diagnosed with glaucoma at age 10, Rose investigated every possibility to aid Scruffie until she went blind at 15. Living the last 6 years of her life completely blind, Rose found that she took the change in sight worse than Scruffie. Dedicating herself to providing for whatever Scruffie needed, Rose was very much prepared to jump in with both feet when she stumbled upon BDRA after the dog’s passing.

With a long history of providing a loving home for rescues, Rose and her husband are foster failures to a 14 year old blind Poodle, Gigi. Abandoned in an apartment for 3 days before Saint Francis led Rose to her, Gigi was left without food or water and with all the windows closed during the heat of the summer. Although Rose’s aforementioned adoring husband initially said that he didn’t want another dog, a late night trip to the vet led Rose to bring Gigi home for the night, at which time said husband immediately fell madly in love with this very special 10 year old girl. That was 4 years ago. Gigi is currently one of 4 in their pack.

A self described ‘Shepherd person,’ there’s not a shepherd to be found in Rose’s pack. With three dogs weighing in between 12 – 14 lbs., Rose and her husband eagerly open their home to dogs in need. While manning the BDRA booth at an event, Rose’s husband uncharactistically asked her to walk up a hill with him. There they found a Beagle, Buddy, who melted his heart and joined their family the very next day. With her husband having a penchant for Beagles, he and Rose set off to the local SPCA after a neighbor mentioned there were Beagles for adoption. Although there weren’t any Beagles at the shelter that day, Rose couldn’t turn away from Gidget, a Chihuaua/American Eskimo mix. Rose proudly pointed out, “She’s MY dog.” And then there’s Squirt, a Yorkie who was previously owned by a neighbor who could no longer care for him after having a baby. Although he wasn’t up to date on his shots and hadn’t been neutered, Rose and her husband decided he was a good fit for their family and invested in the necessary care for him. Over the last 6 months, Squirt has settled in as the newest member of the family. He’s loved by his fur siblings and is enjoying being spoiled beyond his wildest dreams.

Rose’s fur kids hold a very special place in her heart. Although Rose and her husband planned to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with human family, they made sure to have a special turkey dinner ready for their fur-children for Thanksgiving. Thankful every day for her pack, Rose is quick to point out that she and her husband “love them very much.”

A doting mom and grandmother to her children and grandchildren, Rose passed her love of animals on to her family. Aside from having human grandchildren, Rose is also a proud and loving grandmother to Stella, a Pit Bull Terrier. Rose notes, “There is no such thing as a bad dog!”

Living in the greater Philadelphia area, Rose works full time as a property manager. Rose is active with BDRA at events, including the monthly meet and greet in Concord, PA. She assists with transports along the I95 corridor, processes applications volunteer applications (including yours truly’s), and supports BDRA fundraisers. Knowing that she’d continue to be a foster failure for BDRA, Rose supports BDRA in many other ways. Thank you for all that you do, Rose! You’re not “just a volunteer,” your passion is what makes BDRA a strong rescue organization and a great family!
Join us and lets all get these dogs HOME!

Transport: Transport@BlindDogRescue.com

Volunteer Application

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Fundraiser Focus

I don’t know about you but I have been sitting knee deep in snow here at the end of January and all I can think about is comfort food! Tis the time of year to cook up all our delicious favorites- and what better way to create new memories AND please your loved ones then with new recipes! Available now- THE BDRA COOKBOOK!!!
The cookbook features recipes for PEOPLE and PETS!!! The back cover features BDRA foster, Hero. Hero is available for adoption and to be your cooking assistant!!!! The cookbooks are $10 plus $5 for shipping.

Also- don’t forget about our February have a heart fundraiser!!! Show your love!

BDRA’s 2016 Valentines Fundraiser – The BDRA Have a Heart fundraiser is back!!! This fundraiser benefits the blind foster dogs of BDRA!!! Show and share your love for your favorite pup with a virtual valentine you can print or share on social media. Use this link to make your donation, upload your pet picture and create your virtual valentine:https://fs8.formsite.com/blinddogrescue/Heart2016/index.html
For the next two weeks, BDRA will post completed virtual valentines in our facebook album and you can share, tag, and print them for friends and family!!!
Thank you for having a heart and helping BDRA!!!

Buy Now

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Foster spotlight
Are YOU ready to meet the love of your life?
Puppies, puppies puppies…BDRA has been invaded by the puppy parade…. check out some of these adorable babies who will be ready soon!
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Adopt Me

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BRDA adopters recently said goodbye to these beautiful dogs.
We recently learned that Aggie passed away in August 2015 of advancing heart disease. Aggie was fostered by Jessica Jameson and then went to her forever home in January of 2013. Aggie was a sweet little girl who was very much loved by her mom, Helene, and also by her foster mom, Jessica Jameson.

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Pebbles, has passed away. Her last day was spent doing one of her favorite things, walking outside on a grassy field. She was adopted in January, 2012, and will be missed by her family who loved her and felt fortunate to have had her in their lives.b33df619-6267-460b-95ad-bf173c60d6cb

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Upcoming Events

For a list of all upcoming events check us out on facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/blinddogrescue/?fref=ts

You do not need to sign up for an entire day. Even a couple hours helps.

To sign up to volunteer at an event, please email dkmaialetti@verizon.net. Thank you!

PENNSYLVANIA EVENTS for 2016

SATURDAY, JANUARY 23, 2016 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Confirmed
EVENT: Canine Learning Experience
PLACE: Allentown Agri Complex
302 N 17th St.
Allentown, PA
TIME: 9:30am – 4pm
SET UP: 6am
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: Jean Theman, 610-868-9031

SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2016
EVENT: Canine Learning Experience
PLACE: Allentown Agri Complex
302 N. 17th St
Allentown, PA
TIME: 9:30am – 4pm
SET UP: 6am
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: Jean Theman, 610-868-9031

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2016
EVENT: Pets Plus Supply
PLACE: 700 Nutt Rd.
Phoenixville, PA
TIME: 10am – 2pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: Chris or Paul at the store

SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2016
EVENT: Pets Plus Supply
PLACE: 700 Nutt Rd.
Phoenixville, PA
TIME: 10am – 2pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: Chris or Paul at the store

Events Contact

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Look Who Got Adopted!

December 2015

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Jasper and his brother Stuart! 0162c014-713d-4b28-a3fc-9cade46ef76f
Olaf 2da9905f-f986-40f1-9bf6-05e1447affbb
Joey d21596ca-82b2-4d95-85c8-ad92d41b32fe10809478-ed6d-45ac-a6c6-34f22ae7fd2c

Edgar f69428ce-9f09-4368-8a97-e96758fc7b3b

Dori a11a7d55-7851-4ab9-b1a2-4f90819d7189

Congratulations on your furever homes!

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Our mailing address is:
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Grover A Very Special Soul

Meet Grover

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We have a precious, sweet, 5 year old, blind, little boy, Grover, a Tibetan Terrier X with neurological issues in our care and to give him the best chance to walk, to have a long and happy life, it is imperative he have an MRI. If everyone who sees this would donate just $5.00 or $10.00 we will reach our goal quickly! He will be seeing a Neurologist at Tufts Animal Hospital, associated with Tuft Veterinary School, and have the MRI there. We need your help, please!!! We estimate the total cost to be around $3,000. Please help us give this sweet and gentle soul the best life he can possibly have. If there is any monies left over they will be set aside for Grover’s ongoing care.

Grover's first night with his new foster Mom.
Grover’s first night with his new foster Mom.

It is believed that Grover has Hydrocephalus (water on the brain) and Vertigo, perhaps caused by a malformed inner ear. There is no way to know for certain, or to know the best way to treat his symptoms without the MRI. Grover struggles to stand and then walk without falling over. It is heartbreaking to see and know he wants to be able to run and play like every other dog, and right now, although greatly improved since coming into our rescue, cannot! We believe he is very bright and can lead a long and happy life with the right treatment. Our hope is he will be able to stand, walk and run without losing his balance and falling over! Since coming into our rescue Grover has been brought utd on all vaccines, has started on some meds to help him with his balance, and had a bilateral eye enucleation (eye removal). He was blind and had been suffering with very painful eyes! He loves to cuddle and sit in the sun! Please help Grover! No donation is too small and all are very much appreciated! This little Sweetheart is so worth it! Thank you!

Grover just after surgery.
Grover just after surgery.

Blind Dog Rescue Alliance is a 501 c3 non profit rescue. We are an all-volunteer, foster based rescue and all contributions are tax deductible! Our website is at http://www.blinddogrescue.com/. Since being created 6 years ago we have taken in over 400 dogs with vision issues, and helped save at least another 7,000 or more thru our networking!

Grover all healed from eye surgery.
Grover all healed from eye surgery. Grover is such a handsome boy!

UPDATE 8/29/2015! – It is with a broken heart we have to update that when Grover had the MRI it showed about 80% of his brain had been destroyed by the untreated Hydrocephalus. The MRI showed us what Grover needed, it was just not the answer we wanted. We brought Grover home, gave him the best day we possibly could then gave him the peace he would never find this side of heaven. He was set free while he was resting in his favorite place to sit in the sun. RIP our precious boy! Run with the Angels! A piece of our heart went with you, you did not go alone, and you will be in our hearts forever!

Grover enjoying his yard.
Grover enjoying his yard.

The total cost for the MRI & consultations etc for Grover will be around $2500. We are increasing this fund raiser to $5,000. The $2500 to help cover the costs for Grover, and another $2500 to go into a special neurological fund here, so the next time we learn of a dog with neurological issues we will be able to save that dog too, and very quickly give them an MRI if necessary. We have named this fund The Grover Project, in his memory.

We appreciate your donations. Please share this fundraiser and donate if you can. If everyone who shared this donated just $5, we would be at our goal. Thank you!

To donate money to The Grover Fund, please click on this link

https://www.youcaring.com/grover-wonderful-blind-5-year-old-tibetan-terrier-415828

As one of his foster parents, I can attest to how sweet and gentle Grover was. He is truly a very special soul. We were heart broken to hear the news of his passing. We were very happy that he was with his other foster Mom Marilyn. We know how much she loved him and was at his side comforting him when he pasted. Grover has taken a piece of many hearts with him. There is a little comfort knowing he is at piece and no longer has any disabilities or pain. Please help us raise money to help other dogs. Thank you.

Daisy.

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2016 BlindDog Rescue Alliance January News Letter

New year, new newsletter! See what’s happening at BDRA in 2016!

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January 2016 Newsletter
We are a 501 (c) 3 group of volunteers spread throughout the United States and Canada dedicated to helping blind and visually impaired dogs.

In this issue:
Five Ways to Engage Your Dog in 2016
Join a BDRA Team
Fundraiser Focus
Foster Spotlight: Meet Levi
Rainbow Bridge

Five Ways to Engage Your Dog in 2016

by Kate Naito, CDT-KA

Kate is a positive dog trainer with Doggie Academy in Brooklyn, NY. She has a soft spot for dogs with special needs and currently has two visually impaired dogs.

This is the perfect time to implement new good habits to start the year off right for you and your dog. Here are some suggestions to keep your dog engaged year-round.

Set aside time every day to play with your dog. For dogs that don’t care for fetching or chasing toys, try a “find it” game, in which you hide toys or treats around the room, and then invite your dog to “find it!”

Turn meal times into a game. Stuff your dog’s dry food into a Kong, puzzle toy (Nina Ottosson makes great ones), or Busy Buddy… or even make your own with an empty jar. Kongs are great for wet food, too.

If your New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight, include your pup! Take one long walk a day, and use the walk as a time to reinforce your training. Ask for a “sit” or “down” at crosswalks, and occasionally reward your dog when he is walking politely alongside you.

Rotate your dog’s toys, so he has access to about three at a time. After a few days, pick those up and give him three “new” ones. Keep rotating, so the toys never get boring.

Teach your dog a new trick. Calm dogs might like a “play dead” or “sit pretty,” while excited dogs would enjoy a paw target (touching his paw to a certain object, like a light switch). The possibilities are endless!

 

Join BDRA’s Team!
There are so many ways to help BDRA and the many dogs we save each year! Throughout 2016 we will focus on many of our teams and how they make what we do possible! Without volunteers we can not achieve anything!
We currently have NO VOLUNTEERS for our Public Relations team; we could really use some help getting out the word — please if you’re interested contact us!
http://fs8.formsite.com/blinddogrescue/Volunteerapp/index.html
Below is a list of the current teams we have; feel free to fill out our volunteer form or email the team for more specific info and keep your eyes peeled for our spotlights!
JOIN US! Make a DIFFERENCE!

Application/Adoption: Adoption@BlindDogRescue.com
Events: events@BlindDogRescue.com
Foster: foster@BlindDogRescue.com
Fundraising: Fundraising@BlindDogRescue.com
Intake: Intake@BlindDogRescue.com
Internet: webmaster@BlindDogRescue.com
Networking: networking@blinddogrescue.com
Newsletter: newsletter@blinddogrescue.org
Owner Surrender: OS@BlindDogRescue.com
Transport: Transport@BlindDogRescue.com
Volunteer: Volunteer@BlindDogRescue.com

Volunteer Application

FUND RAISER FOCUS!

It’s 2016 and EVERYBODY needs a new calendar to start the year, right? May we suggest a BDRA calendar? Great photos and an even better cause! Order yours today!

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Foster spotlight
By: Dena Desantis

Meet LEVI!

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This incredibly handsome Miniature Pinscher by was surrendered by his owner to a high kill shelter at 10 years of age. At that time, he was not housebroken and was suffering from retinal keratosis. This condition has been easily treated with eye drops by his foster family. As a result, Levi is 90% sighted. During his two years in foster care with BDRA, Levi has been housebroken with only the occasional accident, when he tinkles on his bed. At 19 pounds, he’s up to date on his shots and has no medical issues, although he doesn’t like his nails touched.

Levi has developed into a quite the snuggler and eagerly gives kisses. He does well with other dogs and enjoys the company of his housemate, an English Bulldog puppy. Levi’s foster mother believes that a younger dog, up to 40 pounds or so, will be a good match for Levi, as he enjoy s rough housing and chasing cats in the house. He is not food aggressive with other dogs although he continues to work on responding to commands and being patient to take treats gently.

A true MinPin, Levi will not always come when his foster mom calls his name. Characteristically quirky, Levi loves car rides and loves to snooze in a laundry basket or burrow under the covers. He is crated during the day while his foster mom is at work and is happy once he’s in his crate but getting him into the crate can be a challenge. Levi can be startled by quick movement and may defensively nip when frightened, although he’s never bitten anyone in his foster home. He was recently boarded when his foster family was on vacation and did exceedingly well there, getting a glowing A+ report at the end of the week!

At 12, Levi gets around well for his age. He loves to play with balls or a stick and will try to bring them back. He walks well on the leash and does not dig in the yard. It’s felt that he will do well in a home with older children who are experienced with dogs.

To apply to adopt Levi, please click here…

Adopt Me

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BRDA adopters recently said goodbye to these beautiful dogs.
Rose Abrams recently lost her beloved Stella, who passed away in her sleep.
Six year old Yara, who was adopted in 2010, passed away due to bone cancer.
Marley was adopted in May of 2013; she passed away peacefully in her loving mother’s arms.
Peggy Davis lost her beloved Bones this month.

Upcoming Events
For a list of all upcoming events check us out on facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/blinddogrescue/?fref=ts

SATURDAY, JANUARY 23, 2016
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED –
Canine Learning Experience
PLACE: Allentown Agri Complex, 302 N 17th St., Allentown, PA
TIME: 9:30am – 4pm
SET UP: 6am
SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2016
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
EVENT: Canine Learning Experience
PLACE: Allentown Agri Complex, 302 N. 17th St, Allentown, PA
TIME: 9:30am – 4pm
SET UP: 6am
To volunteer for these or any other events please contact us Events Contact

Look Who Got Adopted!
December 2015

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Magpie 3a7d6095-4c27-4bb7-a69f-490183152fe0

Penn 95ef339e-6055-4049-b6f8-010b6a5f2a55

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Kosmo 145f683e-f2e5-49bf-a3b6-b15e87695e85

Sakari 867f5405-18ad-475a-a531-3e1bf9c0c833

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And our sweet Lilli who was adopted just at the end of November.

Congratulations on your furever homes!

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Happy Holidays!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

We would like to Thank all of our visitors and followers. You are the reason we are here and you are making us successful.

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We would like to wish everyone a Happy Hanukkah! 

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We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

Please don’t forget to get your favorite little friend a gift for the holidays!


Get Orijen Adult Dog Food Here       Get your dog toys: click here

You can do all your shopping thru us @ Shop Daisy

 

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2015-12 Blind Dog Rescue Alliance December News Letter

 

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Blind Dog Rescue Alliance is a not for profit 501 (c) (3) group of volunteers spread throughout the United States and Canada dedicated to helping blind and visually impaired dogs by: rescuing dogs in shelters, assisting blind dog owners, and educating the public about these wonderful dogs.

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Forever Fosters Are Looking For Forever Friends

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Meet ZARA

She is a very sweet gentle girl who likes to sleep in her crate with the door open. That is her bed. She picked that place for her own.

Zara has had two clusters of seizures since she has been here. First time was the last week of April 2011.

The second time was the last week of August 2011 and that was the last time. Her seizures are now managed with Potassium Bromide 30 mg. taken every 12 hours. She does sleep a lot during the day, but enjoys going next door to get her treats with the rest of the dogs in her foster home. She gets along well with all the pets in her foster home, dogs and cats. She is just a very sweet gentle girl

Sponser Zara 

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Tips and Tricks For living with your amazing dog!!!

Teaching Your Dog to Love Winter Booties
By Kate Naito, CPDT-KA

Kate is a positive dog trainer with Doggie Academy in Brooklyn, NY. She has a soft spot for dogs with special needs and currently has two visually impaired dogs.

‘Tis the season for youtube videos of dogs awkwardly clomping around in winter booties. To avoid having videos of your own to share, now is the time to get your dog accustomed to booties before winter really gets rolling. While blind dogs require a little more patience and a gentler touch, acclimating them to booties is no different than for sighted dogs.

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What you’ll need to get started:
• Booties that are appropriately sized and appear easy to put on and remove
• The best rewards money can buy: boiled chicken, deli meat, string cheese, or something else your dog almost never gets
• Patience

Depending on your dog’s comfort level with having his paws touched, the steps will vary. Here is a general outline for the “average” dog:
1. Gently pick up and briefly hold the front left paw in your hand. Give an amazing treat.

  1. If that goes well, repeat handling with all four paws. Treat after each paw.

  2. Repeat as many times as needed until the dog is totally comfortable with this.

  3. Next time, briefly slip the bootie on the from left paw (or the most comfortable paw). Don’t fasten it. Immediately remove it and treat generously.

  4. For the next few sessions, follow Step 4 for each paw individually, until the dog is comfortable with the sensation.

  5. Continue this conditioning, but now fasten the bootie(s) and then remove.

  6. Slowly work your way up to putting all the booties on in one sitting, and removing them before the dog gets uncomfortable.

  7. When it’s time to start walking, choose a place in your home that is free of obstacles and not too slippery.
    If treats aren’t doing the trick, or if your dog gets mouthy when you manipulate his paws, you can give him a rawhide chewy or bully stick instead, which will keep his mouth busy while you practice. It helps to have another person hold one end of the chewy, to keep the dog still while you work on the paws.

Happy holidays, and happy training!
email us your tips and tricks for next months newsletter

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Buyer Beware

By: Charlie Mozitis
I started in rescue 5 years ago when my wife and I adopted our Daisy, a long haired dachshund who survived living in a puppy mill for 4 1/2 years. We got into rescue to give back and pay forward to everyone who helped get Daisy to us. Because I have about 30 years experience in human healthcare with 20 years working as a paramedic, I like to help those dogs that really need the most help. When we fostered failed with our first Sr Duchess, she taught us the joys of Sr’s and to live each day to its fullest and never let anything stand in your way! I joined the BDRA to help blind dogs. I host a web site dedicated to helping humans help dogs, it’s an informational site to provides tips and tricks on dog care and rescue.

 

Do you know where your dog food really comes from? The answer is not as simple as one might think. Do you to understand where your dog food is produced, the origin of the ingredients, or who the real manufacturers are when it comes to the final product? Did you know many brand name dog foods are made by the exact same manufacturer or wonder why a dog food recall effects so many brands? If you have, then you certainly aren’t the only one. Below is a list of examples as to precisely why that is.

One of the major dog food manufacturers is Diamond, they make many of the top brand name foods we all see at the pet store. Diamond makes the following foods (http://truthaboutpetfood.com/who-makes-what-in-pet-food/): 4Health, Apex, Canidae* (recently purchased their own manufacturing plant – it is not known when they will or if they will move all manufacturing to their own plant) Chicken Soup, Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Kirkland, Natural Balance dry, Nature’s Domain, Premium Edge, Professional, Solid Gold, Taste of the Wild, and Wellness (one variety).

Simmons, on the other hand makes a lot of canned food varieties such as: Blue Buffalo can, Canidae can, Castor Pollux Can, Life’s Abundance Can, Nature’s Logic Can, Ol’ Roy Can, Dogswell can, Evolve can, Petcurean can, and Nature’s Variety can.

The up side to “farming out” the food production to a manufacturer is it becomes low cost to produce it. Someone else has the cost of having the machinery, storage of ingredients, etc. The down side is, you can’t control the quality of the food when it is produced this way. For example, Blue Buffalo advertises that they are an all grain free food that never uses by-products. Purina initiated a third party lab analysis of Blue Buffalo and found grains and by-products in the food. Blue Buffalo has since admitted to using grains and by-products in its grain free foods. Blue Buffalo has blamed their subcontracted manufacturer for adding ingredients that were not approved of.

Another problem with of not knowing where your dog food is coming from is understanding who actually owns the brand. Many times large corporations will buy smaller better quality dog foods to capture that market, then they will change the dog food ingredients to create a bigger profit margin for themselves. Purina has just bought Merrick Dog Food. I would watch the ingredients of Merrick dog food closely going forward to see if it changes. Historically, companies wait about 6 months to a year before they change the food. Usually just long enough to gain customer confidence that the quality will not change, then they change it.

Rumors are out that Mars (M&Ms), is also looking to buy Blue Buffalo. Mars also owns these brands: PEDIGREE, IAMS, WHISKAS, ROYAL CANIN, BANFIELD., CESAR, NUTRO, SHEBA, CHAPPI, CATSAN, FROLIC, PERFECT FIT, GREENIES, EUKANUBA, CALIFORNIA NATURALS, INNOVA and EVO.

Purina is owned by Nestle, these are some brands they own: ALPO, Beggin’, Beneful, Chef Michael’s, Deli-Cat, Fancy Feast, Felix, Friskies, Gourmet, Just Right, Mighty Dog, Purina Beyond, Purina Cat Chow, Purina Dog Chow, Purina ONE, Purina Pro Plan, Purina Veterinary Diets, Secondnature, and T Bonz.

I find that the larger corporations are worried about profits and not quality, so they tend to use cheap ingredients that are often frozen or preserved. I like small independent dog food makers. My favorite is Orijen, it is owned and produced by the same company who controls all aspects of the food; from raw ingredients to storage of the final product.

The bottom line of this article is to ask you to please do your homework and research your dog food before you purchase it. Please buy the best quality dog food you can afford. Your four legged friend deserves the very best.

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AVAILABLE DOGS- CHECK OUT THESE AMAZING BDRA DOGS LOOKING FOR THEIR FOREVER HOMES!
BY:Dena Desantis

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Missy Angel

Due to inverted eyelashes, this fluffy sweet Bichon/Poodle mix has no sight in one eye and minimal vision in the other. Missy Angel, estimated to be 5 years young, was surrendered due to her elderly owner’s inability to care for her. Having been with BDRA in foster care for 2 months, this happy and playful girl is seeking a forever home to call her own.

Missy Angel was trained on wee wee pads by her previous owner and is working on learning to potty outside. Her foster mom is proud to report that Missy Angel loves to walk outside and responds well to praise when she does her business outside.

A snuggler by nature, Missy Angel enjoys sitting close to her foster mom on the couch, nuzzling close to her. Missy Angel was able to quickly learn the layout of the house and follows her foster mom around to make sure she’s always where the action is! Missy Angel does well with other dogs in her foster home and allows ‘snout to snout’ contact.

Always up for a robust game of tug of war with her foster mom, Missy Angel is an interested and alert young lady who knows commands and is obedient. Her foster mom points out that Missy Angel does require to be led on walks and will be close to her side. Described as ‘a love,’ Missy Angel is untested with children and cats at this time.

Are you the right fit for this adorable girl? Could you see yourself snuggled up on the couch with a forever friend who will give you all the love she has to give? If so, please apply to adopt this wonderful little lady.

To meet all of our adoptable dogs please click here

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HAPPY TAILS

Dogs That recently found their Forever Home

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Kosmo

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Magpie

And some updates from our Alumni

 

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Freedom
Freedom was adopted last November and is doing great and is loved tremendously

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Frappe

Adopted in Nov 2011 and doing fantastic!!!

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BudBud
Bud bud was adopted last November, and he has done a lot of traveling! And is doing well!

Hi,
Sweet Potato previously Skunk (Onyx) was rescued in January 2015 from ACCT in Philadelphia by my husband John through BDRA. We took him to Dr. Glickstein who helped him greatly with his eye problems. Evan Silverstein adopted Sweet Potato in March. At a Doctor’s appt. one day she said I think I see his sibling. She then produced a photo and they even had the same eye condition! Well the two brothers finally met! It’s amazing how things work. We cannot be happier!
Sincerely,
John & Teresa Riley
Fosters

BDRA Fund Raiser

Fundraisers- How you can help support Blind Dog Rescue Alliance
BDRA has many ways to help support the cause- here is a short list of some of our upcoming and current fundraisers…..
BDRA fundraising is a very important part of rescuing, fostering, and providing fur ever homes for our puppies and older dogs. Many dogs come to us with medical problems and fundraising provides the money to cover these costs.

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BDRA FANS!!! The 2016 BDRA calendars featuring Diello are in production!
We expect the calendars will arrive the 3rd week of October and ship by October 30th to those who have already ordered their calendars. If you haven’t ordered your calendar yet you can do so at,https://fs8.formsite.com/blinddogrescue/form31/index.html.

 

Here is another great way to support BDRA and get artistic renditions of your favorite pet photo. CBarber-Art creates pet portraits which make wonderful, unique Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzza presents!!! For information on ordering your gift for that someone special, go to www.cbarber-art.com or email me at cbarber_art@yahoo.com. Thanks for supporting BDRA!!! And remember, in honor of CBarber-Art’s sweet Muffin, 10% of all portraits ordered now will go to Blind Dog Rescue Alliance to help other blind dogs find loving homes.This event goes from now until Jan 2016.

Blind Dog Rescue Alliance excited to announce a new fundraiser to help our blind foster dogs!!!

United Pet Nation Fundraisers has joined forces with BDRA to raise money for our dogs in medical needs.
For every all natural pet treat you purchase they are giving 40%, YES, 40% to BDRA for the next 60 days!!
All treats are manufactured and sourced in the US and made to order! Next time you buy your bag of dehydrated chicken, pigs ears or any dehydrated treats….remember to shop here and help our dogs! The link is www.upnfundraisers.com
ALSO, if anyone would like a PDF catalog to order through he mail, Please email fundraising@blinddogrescue.org
Thanks for supporting this and all our fundraisers!!! Together, we are making a difference for the dogs of BDRA!!!

As always thank you for your continuing support.
The Fundraising Team.

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Volunteer Spotlight

Meet our special volunteers

By:Dena Desantis

Rose Abrams

A life-long dog lover, Rose Abrams was “lucky enough to find someone as crazy as I am when it comes to animals” in her husband and soul-mate. How’s that for a perfect match?

Rose got her first dog at only 6 months of age from a loving mother who wanted her to grow up with a fur-ever friend. The Chow puppy grew up with Rose and lived the life of a cherished friend until passing away at 17 years old. Since then, Rose has raised many dogs well into their teen years including Sparky, Brutus, and Amanda. However, it was Scruffie, dog Rose loved until her passing at 21, that led Rose to learn more about blind dogs and ultimately find BDRA. Diagnosed with glaucoma at age 10, Rose investigated every possibility to aid Scruffie until she went blind at 15. Living the last 6 years of her life completely blind, Rose found that she took the change in sight worse than Scruffie. Dedicating herself to providing for whatever Scruffie needed, Rose was very much prepared to jump in with both feet when she stumbled upon BDRA after the dog’s passing.

With a long history of providing a loving home for rescues, Rose and her husband are foster failures to a 14 year old blind Poodle, Gigi. Abandoned in an apartment for 3 days before Saint Francis led Rose to her, Gigi was left without food or water and with all the windows closed during the heat of the summer. Although Rose’s aforementioned adoring husband initially said that he didn’t want another dog, a late night trip to the vet led Rose to bring Gigi home for the night, at which time said husband immediately fell madly in love with this very special 10 year old girl. That was 4 years ago. Gigi is currently one of 4 in their pack.

A self described ‘Shepherd person,’ there’s not a shepherd to be found in Rose’s pack. With three dogs weighing in between 12 – 14 lbs., Rose and her husband eagerly open their home to dogs in need. While manning the BDRA booth at an event, Rose’s husband uncharactistically asked her to walk up a hill with him. There they found a Beagle, Buddy, who melted his heart and joined their family the very next day. With her husband having a penchant for Beagles, he and Rose set off to the local SPCA after a neighbor mentioned there were Beagles for adoption. Although there weren’t any Beagles at the shelter that day, Rose couldn’t turn away from Gidget, a Chihuaua/American Eskimo mix. Rose proudly pointed out, “She’s MY dog.” And then there’s Squirt, a Yorkie who was previously owned by a neighbor who could no longer care for him after having a baby. Although he wasn’t up to date on his shots and hadn’t been neutered, Rose and her husband decided he was a good fit for their family and invested in the necessary care for him. Over the last 6 months, Squirt has settled in as the newest member of the family. He’s loved by his fur siblings and is enjoying being spoiled beyond his wildest dreams.

Rose’s fur kids hold a very special place in her heart. Although Rose and her husband planned to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with human family, they made sure to have a special turkey dinner ready for their fur-children for Thanksgiving. Thankful every day for her pack, Rose is quick to point out that she and her husband “love them very much.”

A doting mom and grandmother to her children and grandchildren, Rose passed her love of animals on to her family. Aside from having human grandchildren, Rose is also a proud and loving grandmother to Stella, a Pit Bull Terrier. Rose notes, “There is no such thing as a bad dog!”

Living in the greater Philadelphia area, Rose works full time as a property manager. Rose is active with BDRA at events, including the monthly meet and greet in Concord, PA. She assists with transports along the I95 corridor, processes applications volunteer applications (including yours truly’s), and supports BDRA fundraisers. Knowing that she’d continue to be a foster failure for BDRA, Rose supports BDRA in many other ways. Thank you for all that you do, Rose! You’re not “just a volunteer,” your passion is what makes BDRA a strong rescue organization and a great family!

BDRA Mark Your Calendars

BDRA’s Upcoming Events!

Pennsylvania

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Confirmed
EVENT: Pet Supply Plus
700 Nutt Rd.
Pheonixville, PA
PLACE:
TIME: 10am – 2pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO:
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE:
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Confirmed
EVENT: Concord Pet Foods (formerly Cutter’s Mills)
PLACE: 4275 County Line Road
(County Line & 202)
Chalfont, PA 18914
TIME: 11am – 3pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: 215-997-5052
VOLUNTEERS: Rose
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE:

TUESDAY DECEMBER 24, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Confirmed
EVENT: Pet Supply Plus
700 Nutt Rd.
Pheonixville, PA
PLACE:
TIME: 10am – 4pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO:
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE:

NEW JERSEY EVENTS

SUNDAY OCTOBER 11, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
EVENT: Canine Carnival
PLACE: Morning Star Presbyterian Church
1 Morning Star Way
Bayville, NJ 08721
TIME: 12noon – 4pm
SET UP: 11am, no earlier church services will be in session – breakdown after 4pm
RAINDATE: No raindate
CONTACT INFO: Karen, 1-732-779-4968, karen99lyn@aol.com
VOLUNTEERS:
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE: $25

SATURDAY OCTOBER 17, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
EVENT: Petoberfest
PLACE: 1623 Whitesville Rd.
Toms River, NJ 08755
TIME: 11am – 3pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: Jersey Shore Animal Foundation, Kim@JerseyShoreAnimalFoundation.org
VOLUNTEERS:
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE:

Rainbow Bridge- Remembering those who have gone before us…..

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Marley– adopted in May of 2013 passed away in the loving arms of her family this month.

Yara– Diagnosed with bone cancer six months ago, laid to rest October 31st, 2015, when the pain was too much.
Eleanor– her mommy wrote:
When I brought Eleanor home four years ago, she made a bed of leaves outside and thought that’s all she would get. She became a spoiled princess with six dog beds to choose from, including one that Jeremy made just for her. Today, we had to say goodbye to Eleanor, and we are heartbroken

Windsor– His mommy wrote:
I lost my Windsor last night. He was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma 2 weeks ago. We decided to go homeopathic and try to keep him comfortable but only got 2 weeks. His 7th birthday is December 5, but we celebrated it last week and I am so glad we did. My Windsor was rehomed to me 5 1/2 years ago at the age of 1 1/2. He was a BIG boy weighing in at 134 pounds. He was very shy and panicked easily, and my Timber became his mentor and I mean whatever Timber did, Windsor would mimic. It really is a good thing to have more than 1 dog, in my case 8 more. Timber has been sick for over 2 years, and never in my life did I think I would lose another dog before him.
I am lost, devastated, heartbroken. He was my “momma’s boy”. He slept either in my bed or at the foot of the bed on the left side on the floor. He drank massive amounts of water that I thought he would float away. He had a huge water bowl in my bathroom, one in his kennel and of course the 2 bowls in the kitchen.
I am finding it very hard to sleep. I don’t know what to do. RIP Windsor, my sweet boy. Mommy loves you and I hope you cross over the Bridge to be whole again.

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2015-11 Blind Dog Rescue Alliance November News Letter

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November 2015 Newsletter
Blind Dog Rescue Alliance is a not for profit 501 (c) (3) group of volunteers spread throughout the United States and Canada dedicated to helping blind and visually impaired dogs by: rescuing dogs in shelters, assisting blind dog owners, and educating the public about these wonderful dogs.

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Animal Communicators

By Charlie Mozitis
I started in rescue 5 years ago when my wife and I adopted our Daisy, a long haired dachshund who survived living in a puppy mill for 4 1/2 years. We got into rescue to give back and pay forward to everyone who helped get Daisy to us. Because I have about 30 years experience in human healthcare with 20 years working as a paramedic, I like to help those dogs that really need the most help. When we fostered failed with our first Sr Duchess, she taught us the joys of Sr’s and to live each day to its fullest and never let anything stand in your way! I joined the BDRA to help blind dogs. I host a web site dedicated to helping humans help dogs, it’s an informational site to provides tips and tricks on dog care and rescue.

Animal Communication

An often over looked tool or asset to dog rescuer’s and pet owners alike, is the Animal Communicator. I know what you’re thinking… “is this legit and what exactly is an Animal Communicator”? I’m glad you asked. Animal communication is a special bond and awareness that certain humans have developed with animals. In reality, it is actually “animal listening”, as we all talk to our animals, we just rarely listen to them.

Let’s look at Animal Communication. When you go to a communicator, the Communicator will initially ask to speak with the animal. Most animals are more than happy to talk. Once the Communicator has created a bond, the owner can ask the communicator questions to relay to the animal. When the animal responds, the Communicator interprets the answer and relays it to the owner.

This is a great way to find answers to problems and/or to see if the animal is lacking anything. I routinely use Emerald DuCoeur (http://heartscontent.net). I first learned about Emerald from Cutter’s Mill pet food stores (which has since been bought by Concord pet foods http://concordpetfoods.com ), in the Philedelphia area. Emerald does 10 minute free “readings” on the weekends at various Concord pet food stores. I thought, “great, what a good way to see if she is good without, spending money”.

Well, let me tell you she is awesome! I believe that some people have the gift of “psychic” powers or the ability to “talk to animals” but I don’t know if everyone who claims to have this gift is legitimate. Emerald is simply amazing. She has a very calming way about her and she genuinely enjoys working with animals. She has been able to accurately describe the inside of my home through communicating with my dogs and she has been able to help us solve some problems. Our first dog Tucker is a mini Dachshund with a big dog attitude, he kept peeing in the bathroom. We saw Emerald and she talked to Tucker and besides describing our house, found out that Tucker saw the humans use the bathroom and so he figured that was where he was supposed to go to the bathroom too. Emerald said that Tucker needed help in remembering not to use the bathroom, so Tucker told her to have us place two small boxes on either side of the bathroom door. Tucker has been very good about not using the bathroom ever since.

Maggie, my Chihuahua would always find a hole in our fence and then go into the neighbor’s yard. Once on the other side of the fence, she couldn’t get back over. Emerald found out that Maggie likes bread, the neighbors throw bread out for the birds, Maggie would go over for the bread. Emerald told us that if we gave Maggie a tiny treat of bread every so often, Maggie agreed to stay in the years. Maggie has not left our yard since.

When we bring in a new foster dog, we typically take them to see Emerald so she can tell them that we are going to find them the perfect forever home; where they will have their own Mommy and Daddy that will love them forever. We ask if we can do anything for the foster dog. We found out that our Daisy likes tomato sauce, Ernie was tormented in his crate, Pops had a burning pain (probably a nerve pain) and Duchess was the “Strong Heart” and she regarded her mommy, Denise as being the “Wild Thing”. Of course Denise, Emerald and I had a good laugh at this.

I feel so strongly about Animal Communication, that I have taken a class that Emerald gives and I plan to take more. The class is pretty straight forward. You meet with Emerald and she explains that we all have the ability to communicate with animals, we just have to open ourselves up to allowing it to happen. We learn how to relax and get into a “receptive” state of mind. We look at a picture of an animal and we “ask” it if we can talk with them, when we get permission we can start talking. When the owner asks a question, we ask the animal and we wait for a response. Because this is intuitive, the reply or answer just appears in our heads. It may be a vision, word, sound, taste, smell, or feeling. We have to trust, that this is the correct answer and relay this “feeling” or intuition back to the owner. This is how “intuitive communicators” work ((https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyAR_PveN7E).

In the class, we work with animals that Emerald knows intimately and she would ask us questions that she knew the answer to in order to validate our answers. To my surprise, it was easy to “talk” to animals and just as easy to listen and get the correct responses back. The key to success is practice. The more you get into the correct state of mind, the easier it is to get there. The more you talk to animals, the more confidence you have in your answers and ability.

Since taking Emerald’s class, I am always looking for practice to expand my own ability to listen and communicate with animals. If you would like me to read your animal, please email me at seniorhaven@comcast.net . I have to say that if you have a questions about your dog please go see or contact Emerald. If you want to give me practice email me and I would be happy for the chance to practice.

One important thing that I learned from my pets; talk to them. They listen and understand what you say. Please when you go to name them, please give them complementary names. Your pets have feelings and they want to feel special. My Pops, thought we named him Pops because he was old, we had to explain to him that Pops was a term of endearment, that we respected his wisdom and that we honored him with that name to show his status within our pack. He want to be called “Sweet Darling”, so we would also call him Sweet Darling when we cuddled him. Our Chihuahua Maggie wanted to feel pretty, so she asked us to call her Princess Margaret and she likes to be dressed up in dresses, so we do. I’ve seen a picture of a little dog that was a puppy mill survivor that had no hair and was emaciated and it was named “Shrimp”, I feel so bad for that dog, because she must be embarrassed by such a name, why would you insult this dog? I would have named it a very beautiful name to make it feel loved and cherished. So please take into consideration how your pet will feel about it’s name. I hope this was helpful.

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Forever Fosters Are Looking ForForever Friends

Since the formation of Blind Dog Rescue Alliance in 2009, BDRA has rescued more than 400 visually impaired dogs. However, there are times when dogs looking for their forever home end up as a forever foster. Due to their age, health problems, or extreme shyness, these dogs will live the rest of their lives with dedicated, brave foster parents who make sacrifices everyday for them. This month we wanted to highlight our forever foster Claire.

Meet Claire

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Claire is a special little girl with a sad history. Claire, with 22 other small dogs, was rescued from a Kentucky hoarder in mid-September. For her entire life, she lived in two rooms in knee-deep feces. She likely had litter after litter and was never vetted.

Claire is a 14 year old Chihuahua who had moderate renal failure (her bloodwork now is much better) and one tooth in the back. She can barely walk and some of her nails are completely upside down. She may also have an immune disorder. She was severely infested with Demodex mange (she had no hair) and had several skin infections, as well as eye infections. She had to be kept isolated for several weeks after she first arrived.

In spite of everything she has gone through, Claire is a sweetheart who loves to be cuddled in a blanket and rocked. She loves to be talked to and sung to. She loves sleeping in a soft bed and making a nest, especially when her blankets are right out of the dryer. She loves to eat! And she is very vocal when I come home from school! She also has a wonderfully feisty side, and whether this is a result of her history or has always been part of her personality, I’m sure this served her well given where she came from. Her first tail wag brought tears to my eyes.

A wonderful rescue, STAR, saved her and the other dogs, although unfortunately, Heaven, the most senior, did not survive. Claire is the second oldest who was rescued from the hoarder, and so far, she’s holding her own. Claire has been here since October 5th, and is now into her long road towards “health”. Her hair is growing back, but it is very patchy (it’s a beautiful red!), and w e work very closely with our vet. We’ve come a very long way but still have a ways to go.

Claire is sunshine and love rainbows and everything good. She will be treated like the treasure she is for the rest of her life!

While many adopters turn away from older, sick dogs our Forever Foster Parents are their own breed. Their priorities are second to these dogs and it shows through their dedication and loyalty. To quote one of our Forever Foster Parents, “the reward in knowing you saved a life and gave them a new beginning with a family that will love them till the end is priceless.”

BDRA is always looking for Forever Friends, someone who sponsors one of the organizations Forever Fosters with a monthly donation. In return for becoming a Forever Friend, you will receive monthly updates from the foster family. If you are interested in becoming a Forever Friend or learning more about our Forever Fosters, please click here http://www.blinddogrescue.com/adopted/bdrasanctuarydogs.html

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Tips and Tricks For living with your amazing dog!!!

By:Heather Maher
Tips and Tricks For BDRA Moms and Dads

Without question, there is enormous joy in giving dogs with special needs a loving, safe home where they are cared for emotionally and physically. But it can also be stressful: there are medicines to dispense, vet trips to make, health conditions to monitor, new members of the family to train and integrate, and bills to pay. So this month, our Tips and Tricks column focuses on YOU, not your amazing dogs, because you can’t take care of them unless you’re taking care of yourself, too. We’ve pulled together a brief list of things that studies prove will help you de-stress, regroup, and regain a sense of calm when life gets a little overwhelming.

1. Write out your thoughts. Quiet your busy mind by closing your computer for a bit and organizing your thoughts on paper – it can help you problem-solve and reduce the stress of negative thoughts and troubling situations. Writing about the ups and downs of your daily life can help you to get perspective on your experiences and find lessons in them. Try writing for a few minutes before bed, which can help you sleep better.

2. Slow down your speech. Whenever you feel overwhelmed by stress, speaking more slowly than usual (even to your dogs!) can help you think more clearly and react more reasonably to stressful situations.

3. Breathe. The same is true of breathing. Breathe slowly and deeply. When you feel like everything’s going wrong, take three deep breaths that you hold for a few seconds before slowly breathing out.

4. Walk in nature (with your dogs!). Head to the woods or a green park or water. It’s been proven that walking through nature instead of on pavement along streets where cars and trucks are passing triggers positive changes in your brain.

5. Reward yourself. Plan something nice for the end of your day, even just a relaxing bath or half an hour with a good book. (Don’t surf the web, which increases stress!) Carve out as much time as you can away from distractions and don’t spend it planning tomorrow’s schedule. Doing something you enjoy will help you recharge to face another day.

 

Thanksgiving Turkey Dog Treats

1 ¾ cup garbanzo flour

3 – 4oz. jars of turkey baby food

Preheat oven to 350°. Mix garbanzo flour and baby food in a large bowl until you get a hard ball of dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough until you get a thin layer approximated ½ to ¼ inch thick. Cut dough with cookie cutters of your choice. Place cut outs on a parchment paper covered baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
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AVAILABLE DOGS- CHECK OUT THESE AMAZING BDRA DOGS LOOKING FOR THEIR FOREVER HOMES!
BY:Dena Desantis

Fiona

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A gorgeous 10 year old Australian Terrier Mix, Fiona has been with BDRA a few short months. Found as an emaciated stray, after approximately 5 months under the loving care of her foster families, this “great little dog” is ready for her furever home. Fiona has cataracts in both eyes and is able to see shadows.

Fiona is great with all people, including folks at the veterinarian’s office. She is described by her foster mom as “a lap dog” who eagerly rolls over for belly rubs and will sit up and beg for food. This isn’t something she was taught by her foster family and it appears her prior family may have trained her for this behavior. She is happy to sit and snuggle while you watch TV and is fully housebroken. Her foster mom reports that Fiona is happy to go out in the yard, do her business and sniff around a bit but quickly returns to be let in for more snuggles. She is a relatively low activity dog but is leash trained and will go on walks with her person. Fiona doesn’t mind being pampered with a bath and pawticure followed by some one on one time with her human.

This sweet senior is diabetic and requires insulin injections every 12 hours. Her diabetes is under control with diet and medication. Fiona doesn’t complain about her shots, which she receives in her hind quarters. Despite being diabetic, Fiona has had no accidents in her foster home and can be left alone for 10-12 hours at this time. Fiona’s diabetes is easily managed, even if you haven’t cared for a diabetic dog before, and information on this condition is widely available. Fiona has no other medical conditions.

All personality, this 10 lb bundle of love does well with cats but doesn’t appear to like other dogs at present. She would do best as an only dog, where she can receive her human’s full attention and retirees would be a great fit to adopt this sweet, loving girl who would be thrilled to be your companion. Her foster mom notes that the more comfortable she is with her human(s), the less willing she will be to tolerate other dogs vying for your time and attention.

Able to entertain herself with toys, Fiona is a beautiful, playful and happy girl with a great smile who is seeking a family to call her own. If you’re interested in learning more about this beautiful dog, please see our adoptable dogs link .http://www.blinddogrescue.com/availabledogs.html

To meet all of our adoptable dogs please click here

 

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HAPPY TAILS
Dogs That recently found their Forever Home

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And a few updates from our alumni!

 

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Britney is doing well. Though rather independent, she makes time for affection towards us. She is very much into seeking attention from our cats, but is extremely interested in our new kitten which Jean McConnell found in her backyard.

Britney is suffering from a small amount of pain from arthritis. That is she was having a limp walking. We are giving her pain medication and working on her losing some weight. Her lipomas have not changed in shape or size, but they do contribute to her weight.

 

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Penny was adopted last November. I took this picture of Penny yesterday afternoon. Our AC has been broken and so we are using fans. Penny discovered that mama’s bed is right in front of a fan, so a great place to cool down and relax.
Penny is about 3 years old and is a happy and healthy girl. She is still working on her bravery and now will leash walk to the edge of our neighborhood. This is a great accomplishment as she had been afraid to go to the edge of our building.
Penny and Robin, my shih tzu mix, love to chase around the house. They share a bedroom when I am out, and do so very well. Penny likes to chew on boxes so that is a bit of a puzzle for me.
She continues to be my 22 month old granddaughters best buddy. Amelia loves to hand feed Penny and Penny is so gentle with her. They are never alone and always closely supervised. Still love each other.

 

Kris Kringle

085949ca-3996-42ea-86c7-53e18dc76f61Kris is doing great! Little by little he has finally learned his manners. :) Jumping up and nipping when he was really excited during play time was an issue for a little while, but it hasn’t happened in a long while now. He has not destroyed a blanket or dog bed in over a year :) We still have to buy him super durable toys though! He did great at his check up this year. Everyone at the vets office loves him. One of the techs there has a dog with the same condition, so he gets a little extra loving from the staff.

It amazes me that Kris knows when my husband gets home before he opens the door. He will start doing the excited spinning towards the door :)

BDRA Fund Raiser

Fundraisers- How you can help support Blind Dog Rescue Alliance
BDRA has many ways to help support the cause- here is a short list of some of our upcoming and current fundraisers…..
BDRA fundraising is a very important part of rescuing, fostering, and providing fur ever homes for our puppies and older dogs. Many dogs come to us with medical problems and fundraising provides the money to cover these costs.

BDRA FANS!!! The 2016 BDRA calendars featuring Diello are in production! We expect the calendars will arrive the 3rd week of October and ship by October 30th to those who have already ordered their calendars. If you haven’t ordered your calendar yet you can do so at,https://fs8.formsite.com/blinddogrescue/form31/index.html.

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Watch out Olive Garden!!!    3a980a92-78c4-40e9-a6d8-95b0d163e24d            The Blind Dog Rescue Alliance is raising money with Fun Pasta Fundraising!!! We are excited to sell Fun Pasta because there is a large selection of items, great price points, and fun products for everyone!!! Sharing the Fun with Pasta webpage (https://www.funpastafundraising.com/) will earn more profit for BDRA and help BDRA reach our goal! of $500.00 to help our blind foster dogs!!! Our fundraiser starts October 26th ends November 30th. Please share this post with out of town friends & family and help us get the word out!!!
With each online order placed, 40% of the sale (excluding shipping)
will directly support BDRA’s fundraising efforts!!! Plus Free Shipping on orders over $50!

 

Here is another great way to support BDRA and get artistic renditions of your favorite pet photo. CBarber-Art creates pet portraits which make wonderful, unique Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzza presents!!! For information on ordering your gift for that someone special, go towww.cbarber-art.com or email me at cbarber_art@yahoo.com. Thanks for supporting BDRA!!! And remember, in honor of CBarber-Art’s sweet Muffin, 10% of all portraits ordered now will go to Blind Dog Rescue Alliance to help other blind dogs find loving homes.This event goes from now until Jan 2016.

b59d60e9-e4b1-4b95-8563-902dfbe19de6Would you support Blind Dog Rescue Alliance with your next coffee or tea purchase? Every little bean and tea leaf helps because BDRA receives 25% from each sale!!! Giving Bean – Great Coffee and Tea for Great Causes is same-day Roast-and-Ship, so it’s fresh as can be!!! Affordable artisan teas too!!! Our BDRA fundraiser starts Monday September 28th to November 6th!!! To our coffee an tea loving fans – Thanks you for supporting BDRA!!! Please visit the Giving Bean website here and enjoy!
www.givingbean.com/store/home.php?partner=6ffc

Blind Dog Rescue Alliance excited to announce a new fundraiser to help our blind foster dogs!!! United Pet Nation Fundraisers has joined forces with BDRA to raise money for our dogs in medical needs.
For every all natural pet treat you purchase they are giving 40%, YES, 40% to BDRA for the next 60 days!!
All treats are manufactured and sourced in the US and made to order! Next time you buy your bag of dehydrated chicken, pigs ears or any dehydrated treats….remember to shop here and help our dogs! The link iswww.upnfundraisers.com
ALSO, if anyone would like a PDF catalog to order through he mail, Please email fundraising@blinddogrescue.org
Thanks for supporting this and all our fundraisers!!! Together, we are making a difference for the dogs of BDRA!!!

As always thank you for your continuing support.
The Fundraising Team.

 

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Volunteer Spotlight

Meet our special volunteers

By:Dena Desantis

Steve and Joanne Marsh

Steve and Joanne Marsh have volunteered with BDRA almost since its’ inception. Formerly involved with Harnessed to Hope Northern Breed Rescue, Steve and Joanne had a strong belief in Eric and Karen’s mission to provide care and adoption opportunities for blind dogs. Although Steve and Joanne had no prior experience with blind dogs, they jumped in to help in a number of capacities.

Over the years, Steve and Joanne have spearheaded the newsletter, coordinated fundraising, and served on the Board of Directors as Member at Large. Steve currently is the Volunteer Coordinator, working with a team to check applications of persons interested in joining the BDRA family. On a day to day basis, Steve and Joanne give back to BDRA as foster parents. During their time with BDRA, Steve and Joanne have fostered at least 9 vision impaired dogs, one of whom (Duke) was adopted to their neighbor. When asked about giving up foster dogs to an adoptive family, they acknowledge that while it’s hard, the “can give one up…to save another life.”

With four dogs in their household, Koko, Pono, Leilani, and Fiji, Steve and Joanne enjoy taking their pack for walks in the woods and frequently travel with them to their vacation home in Gettysburg, PA. Having been involved with other rescue organizations prior to BDRA, they point out “no other rescues will put money into a dog that BDRA does.” They take great pride in being part of the team that goes the extra mile to re-home and care for dogs others may see as unadoptable and continue to believe strongly in our mission.

Thank you to Steve and Joanne as well as all our volunteers! If you would like to recommend a volunteer for the Volunteer Spotlight, please e-mail newsletter@blinddogrescue.com

BDRA Mark Your Calendars
BDRA’s Upcoming Events!

Pennsylvania

PENNSYLVANIA EVENTS for 2015

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 14, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Confirmed
EVENT: York Pet Expo
PLACE: York, PA
TIME: 9am – 4pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO:
VOLUNTEERS: Deb
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE:

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 21, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Confirmed
EVENT: Pet Supply Plus
700 Nutt Rd.
Pheonixville, PA
PLACE:
TIME: 10am – 2pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO:
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE:

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Confirmed
EVENT: Concord Pet Foods (formerly Cutter’s Mills)
PLACE: 4275 County Line Road
(County Line & 202)
Chalfont, PA 18914
TIME: 11am – 3pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: 215-997-5052
VOLUNTEERS: Rose
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE:

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Thank you for joining us today at Daisy’s Rescue (www.daisysrescue.com), we hope that you enjoyed todays article and that you found it helpful. Please remember to visit and like our Face Book page at www.facebook.com/daisysrescue . You can email Daisy at daisysrescue@comcast.net . You can download Daisy’s Rescue podcasts at ITunes.com or www.daisysrescue.com/podcast/

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October 2015 Newsletter

Blind Dog Rescue Alliance is a not for profit 501 (c) (3) group of volunteers spread throughout the United States and Canada dedicated to helping blind and visually impaired dogs by: rescuing dogs in shelters, assisting blind dog owners, and educating the public about these wonderful dogs.

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Kinds of Group Classes for Blind Dogs

By Kate Naito

Kate is a positive dog trainer with Doggie Academy in Brooklyn, NY. She has a soft spot for dogs with special needs and currently has two visually impaired dogs.

Just like other dogs, blind dogs can benefit from the structure, excitement, and, of course, treats in a group training class. But what class fits your pup?

1. Manners/Obedience: From beginner to advanced, manners classes are a great fit for blind dogs of all ages and abilities. As always, look for a positive trainer who uses rewards rather than punishment. Training should be fun!

2. CGC: Canine Good Citizen is an AKC-run certification test that evaluates a dog’s comfort and manners in social settings, and dogs with impairments are welcome to participate. Dogs are asked to perform tasks like walk past another dog and sit politely for petting from a stranger. Look for a 4-6 week course that helps you prepare for the test. If your dog passes, he gets a certificate and ribbon from AKC (plus bragging rights), and may be eligible to do more advanced obedience, therapy, or sports endeavors.

3. Scent Games/Nosework: Get your dog to use his strongest sense, his nose! I’d recommend starting with a fun class, focusing on games, and take it from there.

4. Tricks: How fun would it be for a blind dog to learn how to spin, roll over, and high five? A trainer can help you modify your cues to teach a blind dog any number of cute tricks.
Forever Fosters Are Looking For

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Forever Friends

By Kimberly Caro

Since the formation of Blind Dog Rescue Alliance in 2009, BDRA has rescued more than 400 visually impaired dogs. However, there are times when dogs looking for their forever home end up as a forever foster. Due to their age, health problems, or extreme shyness, these dogs will live the rest of their lives with dedicated, brave foster parents who make sacrifices everyday for them. This month we wanted to highlight a few of our forever fosters and their incredible parents.

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Forever Foster Bones

Bones, a black lab mix, became a forever foster in 2013 at the age of 14. Her original owner became terminally ill and surrendered Bones to the rescue knowing she would be well taken care of. Bones has diabetes and her forever foster mom Peggy gives her insulin twice a day, measures her food down to the ounce, tests her blood glucose level before each meal and ensures that she eats every 12 hours. Peggy is committed to making sure Bones know she is loved, has enough food, water, ear rubs, hugs, kisses, and comfortable beds to sleep on.

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Forever Foster Kimi

Kimi was found in the streets of Philadelphia and ended up in a shelter before being pulled one day later by BDRA. Kimi’s foster mom Debbie dedicates her time to keeping Kimi comfortable and providing her with a lot of love. Due to her age and illnesses, Kimi is fed three or four smaller sized meals every day, given medication every 12 hours, and Debbie plans her daily schedule around when Kimi will need to use the bathroom. Despite the hard work Debbie would not trade her forever foster status for anything!

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Forever Foster Gretchen

Gretchen was brought to a Philadelphia shelter after being hit by a car. She was placed with one foster family before finding her forever foster mom, Deb. As a result of her car accident Gretchen was extremely frightened when arriving at her new home and spent her time outside looking for ways to escape. After having surgery, Gretchen needed about one week before she started to open up to Deb. Fast forward to today, Gretchen is her mom’s shadow and help’s other fosters adjust to Deb’s household.

While many adopters turn away from older, sick dogs our Forever Foster Parents are their own breed. Their priorities are second to these dogs and it shows through their dedication and loyalty. To quote one of our Forever Foster Parents, “the reward in knowing you saved a life and gave them a new beginning with a family that will love them till the end is priceless.”

BDRA is always looking for Forever Friends, someone who sponsors one of the organizations Forever Fosters with a monthly donation. In return for becoming a Forever Friend, you will receive monthly updates from the foster family. If you are interested in becoming a Forever Friend or learning more about our Forever Fosters, please click here http://www.blinddogrescue.com/adopted/bdrasanctuarydogs.html

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Tips and Tricks For living with your amazing dog!!!

By Heather Maher-
Heather currently has two rescue cats.

Tips for dealing with the spooks of Halloween!

Be careful to keep candy away from where your pets can find it! Chocolate can be deadly and xylitol artificial sweetener can also cause seizures and death!

Trick or Treaters can be scary for your pup! Don’t expect your pup to be prepared to greet the many new visitors with open arms.

Don’t leave you dog outside during the haunting hour and be sure he or she can’t escape out into the madness.

Be sure not to keep lit pumpkins anywhere around your dog! They can easily bump into it and cause all sorts of crazy problems!

As cute as you pet may look to you as superman- its not a “normal” outfit for your dog! Be sure he or she is comfortable in the costume and that there is no way they can injure themselves while wearing it. Keep an eye on the dog while it is dressed up and be sure to take the costume off if you are not going to be supervising your pet!

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email us your tips and tricks for next months newsletter

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AVAILABLE DOGS- CHECK OUT THESE AMAZING BDRA DOGS LOOKING FOR THEIR FOREVER HOMES!
By:Dena Desantis
Dena has owned several dogs throughout her life, including dogs who lost their vision to old age

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MEET NOOKA

Nooka, BDRA’s newest foster, came to us a few short weeks ago from a high kill shelter in Alabama. Although Nooka, a blue merle Australian Cattle Dog, has some sight, he is pending a full optometric evaluation to rule out central blindness. A sweet, happy, handsome boy, Nooka (aboriginal meaning “to give”) loves being around humans and other dogs. He has been friendly with people at the vet but is presently untested with cats and children.

At 8 months, Nooka knows some commands and is housebroken up to 8 hours. Nooka’s history is unknown and he is submissive to other dogs in his foster home. He can be skittish at times but does well having run of the living room/dining room/kitchen during the day while his foster mother is at work. Nooka is not destructive to furniture when left alone and his foster mom feels that he is a mature puppy with an “amazingly distinguished look about him.”

Nooka’s foster mom feels that he would do well with other dogs in his forever home where he would have companionship and will be happiest with a forever mom or dad who’s frequently home to snuggle with.

FOSTER HOMES NEEDED

We have two sweet, sweet BDRA dogs who are in need of a foster home (or of COURSE a forever home). Would you PLEASE consider opening your hearts and your homes for these special babies? Please don’t let them be alone during the upcoming holiday season- just think of how CUTE these guys would look in their Halloween costumes sitting on your lap!!!!

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Meet Kadir– our beautiful boxer mix:
Kadir is a very happy vision impaired Boxer mix. He meets people swell, not so much with other dogs. He enjoys rope toys and searching for squeaky balls which he chews on until they no longer squeak. He is house broken and sits nicely for car rides.
He now comes when called, except when someone is at the door, then his duties as official dog greeter take over. We are working on not jumping on people, as this is how he greets most everyone, as well as not mouthing his friends while playing or excited. He will sometimes sit on command, if he feels like sitting.
He does have some dominance traits, so a first time dog owner who could be intimidated by a muscular 50 pound bundle of love might not be a good match. He enjoys spending time with people, he will follow you around from room to room, so someone who works from home or is home a lot will be a plus. If you would like to foster or adopt Kadir please fill out the application and we will contact you! THANK YOU!!!

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Meet Sammie– the CUTEST australian Shepard ever! Look at that face!

Sammie is a 4-year old Australian Shepherd that has microphthlamia in both eyes. He is an absolute doll with his people and loves to be on the couch with you, having his face rubbed.

Because Sammie is blind, he is also needs to know you are nearby. He does have some separation anxiety and will try to push out a door to follow you.

Currently we are working on crate-training him and he is slowly getting use to it. He does cry and scratch at the crate but will settle down with a really good treat. Having the TV on helps him adjust to being crated.

Here is our adoption application link
http://www.blinddogrescue.com/adoptionapplication.html

Please if you can’t adopt then consider offering to foster one of these wonderful babies!!! Here is the link for our volunteer application!
http://fs8.formsite.com/blinddogrescue/Volunteerapp/index.html

To meet all of our adoptable dogs please click here

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HAPPY TAILS
Dogs That recently found their Forever Home

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DALLAS!

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Darla!

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Huckelberry!
And some updates from Alumni

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Sam –
Sam is doing very well :) He is a very good boy.
He likes to go to the beach and hang out with his friends, my Dad’s dogs. He seems very happy, went to the vet the other day for a check up and everything was good! He had little scabs when I got him, they think he was allergic to something, but those are all healed up now and he doesnt itch anymore. His parents love him very much.

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Bella- Bella was our April spotlight dog – we were thrilled when she got adopted s few weeks later- her new parents just let us know she is doing GREAT!
Look how happy she looks on her new deck!

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Here is beautiful Nikitas update- she was adopted 5 years ago and is living the good life for sure!!!

Nikita continues to do very well.

Her eye is still good. We have the eye pressure checked every three months and continue the Timolol twice daily.

She is a very happy and funny dog and makes us laugh every day. She is by far the most comical dog we have ever had. Her energy level is high and she is ready at a moment’s notice to go. She very much enjoys her car rides the best………better than going on a walk if you can believe that. She barks at every pedestrian we pass.

Nikita, Laser and Delilah have now been together five years and have grown very close over the years. Where one goes, all go.

Hope every dog at BDRA is happy.

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Fundraisers– How you can help support Blind Dog Rescue Alliance
BDRA has many ways to help support the cause- here is a short list of some of our upcoming and current fundraisers…..
BDRA fundraising is a very important part of rescuing, fostering, and providing fur ever homes for our puppies and older dogs. Many dogs come to us with medical problems and fundraising provides the money to cover these costs.

There are several ways to keep funds rolling in. You can go to the BDRA web site (www.blinddogrescue.com) and click on the Shop tab. There you will find a long list of partners who will give a percentage of all purchases back to BDRA. Just make sure to use the code provided when you make your purchase. You can also help by supporting the Internet fundraisers that are ongoing. AND you can help by sharing all information with family and friends through social media sites.

We have a new GOFUND that has been set up for our wonderful BDRA miracle dog Hero to get the Cataracts surgery he so desperately deserves.

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PLEASE click on the link and donate- and dont forget to share it with all your friends and family!
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Hello everyone!!! Hope you enjoyed this first weekend of Fall! Everything cozy, pumpkin, warm and yummy are on the horizon which means this is the PERFECT time for our new fundraiser! It starts September 30,2015 so be sure to check it out!

What if you could support Blind Dog Rescue Alliance just by buying coffee? Well, you can! Every little bean and tea leaf helps. Giving Bean coffee is same-day Roast-and-Ship, so it’s fresh as can be! Affordable artisan teas too! our fundraiser starts Monday Sept 28th- Nov 6th

Please visit them here and enjoy!
http://www.givingbean.com/store/home.php?partner=6ffc

Thanks for all the support!
BDRA
The Fundraising Team

When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Blind Dog Rescue Alliance. http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-0526851 support us every time you shop.

This is an ongoing fundraiser.

Bartley’s has partnered with Blind Dog Rescue Alliance to sponsor Grayson. Grayson is a sweet, completely blind senior Australian Shepherd mix who was found wandering the streets in Louisiana.
Grayson is in a temporary foster home, where he is getting the medical care he needs. He will be up for adoption shortly.
Your Bartley’s purchase helps pay for his care- thank you! www.bartleysfordogs.com

 

BLIND DOG ALLIANCE

Yankee Candle Fundraising

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We are very excited to partner with Yankee Candle Fundraising, by offering premium products from the world’s #1 candle brand. It is our hope that we will reach or exceed our fundraising goals and present our supporters with brand name product they actually use and want.

There are three ways you can easily help support our organization:

1.Click on our personalized link below to access our very own Yankee Candle shopping page and place an order.

  1. Create a Seller’s Login to enlist friends and family from near and far to help our organization reach its goals. Once on the site, www.yankeecandlefundraising.com click on the Seller login TAB and Sign up to be a Seller, follow the simple instructions and list email addresses of friends and family.

3.NEW! Check out our new MOBILE APP below. Use social media such as Facebook and Twitter to increase sales!

Yankee Candle products are perfect for the upcoming fall holidays and special occasions: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Housewarming Gifts, and Teacher/Coach gifts.

Link to BLIND DOG ALLIANCE Shopping Page

At checkout you can even insert your name or member’s name for credit or recognition.
United Pet Nations Fundraisers
Blind Dog Rescue Alliance excited to announce a new fundraiser to help our blind foster dogs!!! United Pet Nation Fundraisers has joined forces with BDRA to raise money for our dogs in medical needs.
For every all natural pet treat you purchase they are giving 40%, YES, 40% to BDRA for the next 60 days!!
All treats are manufactured and sourced in the US and made to order! Next time you buy your bag of dehydrated chicken, pigs ears or any dehydrated treats….remember to shop here and help our dogs! The link is http://www.upnfundraisers.com
ALSO, if anyone would like a PDF catalog to order through he mail, Please email fundraising@blinddogrescue.org
Thanks for supporting this and all our fundraisers!!! Together, we are making a difference for the dogs of BDRA!!!

If you would like to help out with these fundraising efforts or have an idea for something we have not tried, contact Linda (Smartnik@comcast.net) or Pat (pamalinowski@yahoo.com).

As always thank you for your continuing support.
The Fundraising Team.

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Volunteer Spotlight

Meet our special volunteers

By:Dena Desantis

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Could you be the next Volunteer of the month???
BDRA is looking for you!
Why volunteer for BDRA?

Volunteering is more than just doing a good deed. Volunteering can help you to learn new skills, keep skills sharp, or use existing skills in new ways. Volunteering can be an excellent way to learn more about a particular role or sector and can also provide opportunities to network with and get to know like-minded people. BDRA volunteers come from all walks of life and contribute unique skills, experiences and perspectives. BDRA volunteers are valued members of an extended family who support, educate, and celebrate the lives of sight impaired dogs.

How can I make a difference?

Do you like to talk with people? Are you able to open your home to a foster dog? Do you know how to navigate social media? Do you have a knack for fundraising? Are you free on the occasional weekend? BDRA has 14 different teams that work together to help sight impaired dogs. Our teams include transportation, events, networking, public relations, adoptions, and events. Your expertise and skill set will be a valuable addition to BDRA and will be based on the time you have available. We don’t make demands of our volunteers and welcome everyone to be involved to the extent they are comfortable with.

I’m interested… What do I do now?

Please visit our website http://www.blinddogrescue.org/volunteer.html. Here you’ll find more information about the various teams and have the opportunity to learn more about why our volunteers are passionate about what BDRA is doing. We hope you’ll consider joining our family.

BDRA Mark Your Calendars

BDRA’s Upcoming Events!
NEW JERSEY

Petoberfest
October 17th
11-3
1623 Whitesville Rd.
Toms River, NJ 08755
SUNDAY OCTOBER 11, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
EVENT: Canine Carnival
PLACE: Morning Star Presbyterian Church

1 Morning Star Way

Bayville, NJ 08721

TIME: 12noon – 4pm
SET UP: 11am, no earlier church services will be in session – breakdown after 4pm
RAINDATE: No raindate
CONTACT INFO: Karen, 1-732-779-4968, karen99lyn@aol.com

VOLUNTEERS:

NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE: $25
Pennsylvania

PENNSYLVANIA EVENTS for 2015

SATURDAY OCTOBER 3, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Confirmed
EVENT: Macungie Pet Fair
PLACE: Macungie Memorial Park
50 N. Poplar Street
Macungie, PA
TIME: 11am – 3pm
SET UP: 9:30am
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: Roberta Moyer, 610-217-0850
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys & Ron
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE:

SATURDAY OCTOBER 3, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
EVENT: Bensalem Fall Festival
PLACE: TD Bank Ampitheater
2400 Byberry Rd.
Bensalem, PA 19020
TIME: 11am – 8pm??
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: Vendor Registration: 215-633-3604
VOLUNTEERS: Bev,
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE:

SUNDAY OCTOBER 4, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Confirmed
EVENT: Woofapalooza
PLACE: Knights of Columbus
1492 Woodbourne Rd.
Levittown, PA 19057
TIME: 12noon – 4pm
SET UP: 11am
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: Taylor Kreiling (woofapalooza@gmail.com)
VOLUNTEERS: Rose
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE:

SUNDAY OCTOBER 4, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
EVENT: Blessing of the Animals
PLACE: Church of the Holy Spirit
Harleysville, PA
TIME: After 10:15 Service
SET UP: After 9:30am
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO:
VOLUNTEERS:
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE:

SATURDAY OCTOBER 10, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
EVENT: Save the Mums & Mutts
PLACE: Burke Playgrpund
Corner of 2nd & Jackson Sts
Philadelphia, PA 19148
TIME: 12noon – 4pm
SET UP: 9:30am
RAINDATE: Sunday, October 11, 2015
CONTACT INFO: Megan West-McFarland, 267-716-9191
VOLUNTEERS:
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE:

SATURDAY OCTOBER 17, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Confirmed
EVENT: Quakertown Alive
PLACE: Quakertown, PA
TIME: 10am – 4pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO:
VOLUNTEERS: Deb
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE:

SATURDAY OCTOBER 17, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Pending
EVENT: Barktoberfest
PLACE: Animals’ Hospital of Levittown
2230 Bristol Oxford Valley Road
Levittown, PA
TIME: 12noon – 4pm
SET UP: 10am
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO:
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys, Ron & Rose
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Confirmed
EVENT: Concord Pet Foods (formerly Cutter’s Mills)
PLACE: 4275 County Line Road
(County Line & 202)
Chalfont, PA 18914
TIME: 11am – 3pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: 215-997-5052
VOLUNTEERS: Rose
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE:

SUNDAY OCTOBER 18, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Confirmed
EVENT: Pet Supply Plus
700 Nutt Rd.
Pheonixville, PA
PLACE:
TIME: 10am – 2pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO:
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE:

SUNDAY OCTOBER 18, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Confirmed
EVENT: Hauser Wiery Event
PLACE: Hauser Winery
410 Cashtown Rd
Biglerville, PA 17307
TIME: 12noon – 5pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO:
VOLUNTEERS: Deb
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE:

SUNDAY OCTOBER 18, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
EVENT: Paws for a Cause at Fox Chase
PLACE: Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Ave.
Phila., PA 19111
TIME: 9am – 12noon
SET UP: 7:30 – 8:30am, must arrive no later than 8am
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: 215-728-2441
VOLUNTEERS:
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE:

New York Events
EVENT: Hilton Apple Festival
PLACE: Hilton, NY
DATE/TIME: Saturday, Oct. 3, 10:00 – 5:00; Sunday, Oct. 4, 10 – 4:30
SET UP: 9:00 am
VOLUNTEERS: Pat and Len
O T H E R V O L U N T E E R S W E L C O M E!
DOGS: None
REGISTRATION: registration confirmed

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Rainbow Bridge- Remembering those who have gone before us…..

It is with a heavy heart that BDRA learned that BDRA alumni, Seth, crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Seth was an Aussie mix and adopted almost 5 years ago. Seth was an Ohio State fan who loved playing in the leaves. Sethy was even chosen Mr. March in the 2014 Blind dog Rescue Alliance calendar!!! Seth was very loved by his forever family and they will miss him greatly…
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