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July 2015 Newsletter

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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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Hand Targeting 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.

Hand targeting, in which your dog learns to touch his nose to your hand, is extremely useful for maintaining daily doggie manners, and most dogs love learning it. It can come in handy:
in a crowded public space: target to move your dog around you without having to drag him,
on a walk: keep your dog’s attention on you with a series of targets when a distraction like a bicycle zooms by, or as a recall: for some dogs, hand targeting is more fun than the “come” cue.

Whereas the typical cue for hand targeting is the word “touch,” for blind dogs the cue will be a finger snap, which helps the dog locate your hand. Here are the steps to get you started:

Have tasty treats hidden behind your back in the “reward” hand.

Make your other “cue” hand stinky by rubbing it with a treat. (Only do this the first time, to entice the dog to touch your hand.)

Present the cue hand by: a) putting your hand 1-2 inches in front of the dog’s nose, b) gently snapping your fingers, and c) immediately opening your palm so the dog can either see or smell the hand.
When the dog touches your cue hand with his nose, say “Good dog!” and reward from the reward hand.
Repeat until you get four correct touches in a row from 1-2 inches away.
Increase the distance between your cue hand and the dog, a few inches at a time. Get four for four at each distance before proceeding. Your snaps might need to get louder as the distance increases.

Tips:
Hold your hand still and be patient as the dog finds your hand on his own.
It is fine to snap several times if your dog is having trouble finding your hand. Typically, you should only give a cue once, but in this case we want the dog to enjoy targeting rather that get frustrated or confused.
Happy training!

 

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Blind and Deaf dogs can be even more sensitive to fireworks! Be aware and be careful!!!! Your dog is counting on you to keep it safe!
Things to Do When Your Dog Starts Losing His Hearing
Information By Pat Miller, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA

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Owners of deaf dogs frequently relate that their biggest challenge is getting their dogs’ attention, whether at home or out in the world. Here are some tips for getting a deaf dog’s attention (these tips work well with dogs who hear, too.)

Hand signal for his name

Just as you teach a dog to respond to “Max” or “Spot,” you can teach a deaf dog to respond to a signal that means, “I’m talking to you now.” A simple finger point or a wave will each work and are easy to teach, but any signal will do.

To teach that the finger point or wave means “Max,” start by simply pointing or waving at the dog, then offering a reward such as a great treat.

Throughout your daily life, use his “name signal” much as you would a verbal name. If you are about to feed your dog, point or wave in her direction, then walk to the kitchen and prepare his dinner. Before walks, point or wave to your dog, then get out the leash.

Soon the dog will respond to the hand signal just as a hearing dog would respond to the sound of his name spoken verbally.

Taken from whole dog journal- www.whole-dog-journal.com

Consider Volunteering for BDRA as a transport driver
Andrea Smith

How Can One Become A Transport Volunteer?

By Andrea Smith

You may question how else can I volunteer other than a full-time foster? It is possible as a transport volunteer. It is usually an easy ride for the dogs being transported. It is a given that these animals are adorable. They love the attention. Every area is mapped out ahead of time using Google Maps. The volunteer usually drives a leg of a trip for ninety minutes. In some cases a person may do 2 legs and though not mandatory it is greatly appreciated. Sometimes weather conditions may extend the length of a trip. Even the Pilots n Paws organization has stepped in to assist. These are pilots or plane owners. Their discussion board has all the information needed to complete the task and the added benefit of others helping to rescue animals. There are instances when a pilot may fly the dog to remote areas such as West Virginia.

The process goes like this: you fill out a form and email the transport coordinator with this information. The coordinator is the only one who sees your personal info and only your firstname will be used. All are encouraged to become a transportvolunteer. Let us know where you live and which leg you are offering at transport@blinddogrescue.com or visit the Blind Dog Rescue Alliance Facebook page. We look forward to hearing from you.
http://fs8.formsite.com/blinddogrescue/Volunteerapp/index.html

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Pets, Props and the perfect picture

Denise Lynn of Keyhole Photo Studios

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When preparing to take photos of your pets with props this July 4th (or for any holiday for that matter) there are a few tips I always use to make the job a bit easier. Firstly, don’t wait until the day you want to shoot the photos to get those props out. Get them out ahead of time and get your pet acquainted with them and make sure to bring the extra special, super good treats! That way whenever you get that prop out your dog will automatically associate it with super good treats and be more inclined to “sit pretty” for a shot.

I also recommend you practice “wearing” or being around the props several times so that they aren’t anything new of scary to your pet. Get them out or put them on and provide lots of positive reinforcement, praise, and treats.

Next, and above all, “keep it simple, stupid.” Which is a line my photography professor told me and it applies in many ways to this topic. When working with your dog and props, the props become just one more thing you have to wrangle with while trying to get a good photo, so please keep the props simple, minimal, and at all times comfortable.

The photo composition is about your dog, all the balloons and other fluffy props in the world aren’t meant to obscure your subject , so stay focused on the DOG…not the props! It doesn’t take a lot to make a shot look extra cute. Some sunglasses laid in the foreground with a beach ball in the back easily “reads” as summertime without being any nuisance to your pet. So just keep it simple and you can’t go wrong!

Wrangling leads me to my next point, work with a partner. Dogs are the forever moving target second only to children, so have someone else on hand to hold the treats out of frame while you sit ready to snap the shot as soon as “FiFi” is in position.

Shoot at a high ISO or in Action Mode (the running man symbol) on your point and shoot camera. This will assure that as “FiFi” dances around trying to get her treat in front of your camera you will be shooting at a fast enough rate to “stop the action” in the photo, hence getting a clear shot.

Lastly, and a straight simple fact in photography you will shoot over 100 photos to get that “one good shot”. So don’t feel as if you aren’t getting what you want if you haven’t snapped a perfect shot in the first ten tries, nobody, not even the pros can get that shot. Believe me I’ve done the leg work.

Smart tip:
Make the treat size absolutely miniscule with the intent it will disappear in an instant. Otherwise all you will end up with nothing but photos of your dog chewing.

Tech tip:
Always LOOK at your background before you shoot.
Shoot in soft light to get ideal pictures of your pet overcast days are perfect!!! Or end of day in the “Golden Hour” which these days occur around 7 pm (Est). On sunny days shoot in the shade and don’t be afraid to use your flash to bring out the details in your dog’s face especially when shooting an all-black or dark colored dog such as BDRA Foster dog, Taffy.
Here are some great examples!

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Tips and Tricks For living with your amazing dog!!!
By Tamara Miller
Tamara has been involved in rescue for over 15 years and has a special focus on Weimaraner rescue (with tw oof her own rescued weims) and dogs with special needs. She is a foster parent for BDRA.

It’s that time again- I know my weimaraners are swimming every single day in the river and it is hard on their fur! My female Molly Greyce in particular tends to get dry and flaky no matter how much coconut oil I give her- so I came across this and it has been great!!!! Give it a try- tell us what you think!!!

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My weimaraner Finnegan recently injured his leg and was down for about a week- he turned eight this month and it seems like it takes him longer to snap back from the inevitable sprains and strains of an active hound! I was doing some research on what might help him heal more quickly and I came across this article in K-9 instinct and thought it would be a good idea- I made a BIG batch for Finnegan and while I am not sure it helped speed up his healing I would like to think it was as effective as my mommys chicken soup! :-) give it a try….let us know what your dog thinks!

Healing and Nourishing your Dogs with Bone Broth!

A wholefood supplement that is inexpensive and easy to make at home!

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WHAT IS BONE BROTH?

Bone broth is essentially the nutrient-dense stock liquid made from simmering raw or cooked bones at low heat over long periods of time. This oily broth is packed full of amino acids, vitamins and minerals and is considered a nutrition powerhouse for dogs! Bone broth is especially ideal for sick dogs and senior dogs, as it is extremely easy to digest and is soothing for the gut. Although this healthy broth can be given to help dogs heal and stay strong, it also works as an excellent raw multivitamin supplement for any dog at any age!

Packaged and commercially made broth (labeled as “stock”) from the grocery store cannot compare to natural homemade broths. The stock you find in grocery stories is cooked at high heat for a much shorter amount of time, is processed and often contains useless or unhealthy ingredients and chemicals. Homemade broth is slow cooked on low heat (which increases nutrient density and availability), is pure and contains no junk ingredients or artificial chemicals.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BONE BROTH?

Bone broth has many phenomenal benefits. Bone broth has been traditionally used to treat leaky guy and digestive issues, while also supporting good joint health. Bone broth can also benefit dogs with allergies and food sensitives, as it is a phenomenal immune system booster. For healthy dogs, a cup of bone broth once a day with a meal is an excellent whole food multivitamin to provide a boost of nutrition to a balanced diet.

Bone broth is rich in many nutrients, especially amino acids such as arginine, glycine, glutamine and proline. Bone broth also acts as a superior joint supplement, as it contains gelatin (the breakdown of collagen), glucosamine, chondroitin and other nutrients that support good joint health.

Protein rich bone broth and contains vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin K, iron, thiamin, potassium, calcium, silicon, sulfer, magnesium, glucosamine, phosphorus, trace minerals, and glucosamine chondroitin sulfates.

HOW DO I MAKE BONE BROTH?

Making bone broth is extremely easy and inexpensive! All you need is water, a splash of apple cider vinegar, a stock pot and enough raw or cooked bones to cover the bottom of the pot!

While you can use any cooked bones, I strongly believe that RAW bones produce the best results. Raw duck necks, raw turkey necks, beef marrow bones, chicken frames and similar bones are ideal for broths! In the recipe I included below, I used several large chunks of raw elk neck bone with lots of meat, fat and cartilage still attached to the bone.

If you do not have any apple cider vinegar, you can substitute it with regular vinegar or lemon juice. The acid helps draw the nutrients out of the bones and into the broth. The longer you let your broth simmer, the more nutrients will be extracted into the broth.

INGREDIENTS
Water
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw Bones

DIRECTIONS

  1. Fill a large pot, or a stock pot, with water.
  2. Cover the bottom of the pot with a layer of raw bones.
  3. Add a splash of apple cider vinegar.
  4. Bring to a boil.
  5. Once at a boil, reduce heat to lowest setting, cover and let simmer for anywhere between 16 – 48 hours. The longer, the better.
  6. When broth cools, skim the fat off the top. Broth can be frozen!

Optional ingredients like parsley, turmeric, kelp, carrots and raw liver can be added to the pot to increase flavor and additional nutrient value. Make sure any ingredients you use are SAFE for dogs to consume. Do NOT use onion or garlic, and these two foods are known for potentially making dogs sick.

Once your bone broth is done, remove the bones from the pot. If you want to remove the fat, you can skim the top of the broth and dispose of it. Once cooled, the broth broth can be frozen. I like to pick the tender meat off the bones before discarding them, and I either feed the cooked meat with their meals, put it back into the broth, or feed it as treats.
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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 Ebony, a sweet, laid back Border Collie mix who plays well with others and loves to go on walks with her foster family. Ebony arrived to BDRA after she developed ‘dry eyes’ and began to get bullied by other dogs in the Louisiana shelter where she resided for 3 YEARS. It’s a mystery how this calm, smart, obedient, housebroken, affectionate girl didn’t get adopted but after only 2 months with her foster family, Ebony is adapting well to life as a family pet!

It appears that Ebony did not get much attention as a resident at the shelter. She doesn’t play much with toys and, although she is patient with other dogs of various sizes and disabilities in her foster home, she will play with them for only a short time before wandering off on her own. Ebony is happy to get attention and her ears pop up when her foster mom arrives home from work. She eagerly welcomes her foster mom home with wags and kisses every day!

Ebony does not lie on the furniture, even when coaxed. Her foster mom believes this may be due to the extended time she spent in the shelter. Ebony appears equally comfortable on a dog bed or the rug at the foot of the bed at night. She is currently crated during the day while her foster mom is at work but roams the house without incident at night.

Estimated to be 6-8 years old, Ebony arrived to the Louisiana shelter pregnant. She does not demonstrate food or prey aggression with her housemates. Ebony’s foster mom explains that she is kind when the littlest housemate, who is blind, bumps into her. Ebony is described as “trustworthy” and well-behaved when meeting new people. Although she has ‘herded’ guests in her foster home, once she realizes that the guests belong there and she is used to them, she will accept treats and attention from them.

Ebony has recently begun attending events in the hopes of meeting her forever family. At 42 pounds, she is a medium sized dog with a giant heart and lots of love to give. She is fully sighted and only requires eye drops to address her dry eyes. Not at all hyper or high strung, Ebony would be thrilled to while away her days lying at your feet chewing a water buffalo horn while you stroke her beautiful, luscious coat. Is there room in your heart and home for this sweet, adult girl?

New to BDRA this month meet Sammie

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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.

More information to come about Mr. Sammie!!

To meet all of our adoptable dogs please click here

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HAPPY TAILS
Dogs That recently found their Forever Home

Bella

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Greta

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Annie

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Grandpa Jones

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And our two Sanctuary dogs Rocky

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And Shelby

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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.

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.

These Special Logo Candles for BDRA are available in 29 fragrances on Whip City Candle’s website. BDRA will receive 50% of the profits.
The cost is $19.99 per jar . We will receive $10.00 for every candle or BeanTowne Bear sold. Click on the direct link below.
http://www.whipcitycandle.com/index.php?cPath=226_253
Scented dog Bean Towne bears will be added shortly.

Why not check out the Popcorn Factory!!! There’s still time to place an order and help BDRA!!! BDRA’s Rescue Promo code is: 10BDRA

Visit www.thepopcornfactory.com and you will earn 10% off your order when using the above promo code. In addition, BDRA will receive 15% back as a fundraiser!!! This Promotional code is valid January 10, 2015 to January 8, 2016. An entire year of delicious gifts and goodies!!!

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.

Help the BDRA start off the New Year with purchases from Happy Animal Company!!! Happy Animal Co. is dedicated to sourcing and selling animal and earth friendly products from responsible companies, and donating at least 50% of profits to animal rescues. This BDRA partner has some interesting products. Check them out! http://www.happyanimal.co/?affid=5

Favorite us on EBAY and add us as your favorite charity on http://givingworks.ebay.com/

Did you know that BDRA also has Forever Fosters, and you can become a Forever Foster Forever Friend? Please take a look!
http://www.blinddogrescue.com/adopted/bdrasanctuarydogs.html

Our Forever Fosters are the dogs that will live in their foster homes forever. They tend to either suffer from health problems, extreme shyness or are just simply very senior citizens. BDRA will care for these dogs with the best care we can give until it is their time to cross the Rainbow Bridge.

A Forever Foster Forever Friend is someone who sponsors one of our Forever Fosters with a monthly donation. It can be $5, $10, $20, or whatever amount is best for you, with a minimum of a $5 monthly donation. In return for becoming a Forever Friend, you’ll receive monthly updates from your Forever Friend’s foster family. If you prefer to sponsor a Forever Foster using a different amount, please email treasurer@blinddogrescue.com.

BDRA is extremely grateful to each Forever Friend. Without you, we could not continue to rescue these very special seniors and dogs with health problems. Please click here to make your donation and use the link at the top of the page. Don’t forget to specify which Forever Foster you would like to sponsor!http://www.blinddogrescue.com/adopted/bdrasanctuarydogs.html

Forever foster ShelbyShelby

 

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Volunteer Spotlight
Meet our special volunteers
By:Dena Desantis

Foster parenting is never easy. Providing consistent structure, taking the time to help overcome fears and insecurities, re-training to break bad habits or training a dog who never learned how to walk on a leash, housebreaking…the list is endless. Add to this the challenges of visually and neurologically impaired dogs, this task becomes more than a series of responsibilities, it becomes a true labor of love. Ask any BDRA foster parent or the lucky parents who have adopted through BDRA.

Charlie and Denise have, over the course of their rescue volunteer lives, provided guidance for over 15 dogs, taking pains to find just the right forever home for each one! Making a total commitment to any dog who finds him/herself in their care, Charlie and Denise actively seek out the seniors, the ones often over looked at shelters, those with medical maladies, and those who have special needs. Their own pack consists of 4 fur children including a foster failure with spondylitis and arthritis, a puppy mill survivor and a dog found abandoned at a rest stop. Their sweet Doxie girl, Daisy, not only changed their lives but inspired them to change the lives of countless dogs through their work in rescue.

Having learned about rescue after purchasing a Doxie 5 years ago, Charlie and Denise are ardent advocates against puppy mills. From lecturing at conferences to filing complaints against and petitioning for the closure of pet stores selling sick puppies from puppy mills, writing a blog on healthy diets for dogs or an article for the BDRA newsletter, and talking with curious folks on the street when walking their pack, Charlie and Denise make concerted efforts to advocate for dogs and educate people about responsible dog ownership and rescue whenever possible.

Charlie and Denise recount that it was Duchess, their first senior dog who again changed their perspective on adoption and rescue by teaching them about the deep love and incredible rewards in savings senior dogs. She was their first foster failure who suffered with Cushing disease, and would go on to become a hairless dachshund but teaching the greatest knowledge of all, to live live to the fullest everyday. Whereas, Daisy had taught them to rescue, Duchess single handedly inspired their work with seniors and especially those dogs with special needs. It’s Duchess that led Charlie and Denise to become volunteers for BDRA.

Aside from Duchess, Charlie and Denise’s foster dogs have included Ernie, a fear aggressive boy who was completely under socialized and had spent most of his first two years of life in a very small crate. Yet, over the course of 9 months in their care, Ernie learned that it was safe to come out of his crate, to walk on a leash, and to befriend other dogs. They are proud of Ernie and note, “He just needed somebody to give him a chance.” Grover, a blind Tibetan terrier with Hydrocephalus, was returned by his family who could no longer care for him. When Grover arrived to Charlie and Denise, he had muscle atrophy and was unable to walk on a leash. He didn’t have strong skills for ‘normal dog things.’ Describing Grover lovingly as the most interesting and challenging foster they’ve worked with to date, Charlie and Denise hold Grover to the same high expectations they have for their other fosters and put in the effort to help him be successful.

Keeping in touch with former fosters through Instagram, Facebook, old fashioned phone calls and visits, Charlie and Denise take pride in developing relationships with forever families and sincerely hope “to change the world one dog at a time!” Their home is a frequent stop for overnight visits on long transports and they have been known to drive multi-state transports on their own to help dogs in desperate need.
Working as a paramedic for the past 20 years in tough, urban areas, Denise emphatically states that Charlie is “excellent” at what he does. Denise, herself, recently earned her first college degree an Associate Arts degree in Digital Photography and now runs her own photography business. In their spare time, Charlie and Denise have enjoyed riding sport motorcycles, travelling (especially to the Caribbean), scuba diving, snorkeling, and birding. Aside from their pack, Charlie and Denise parent three adult children, the youngest of whom attends college and lives at home helping to care for his foster and fur siblings.

BDRA Mark Your Calendars

BDRA’s Upcoming Events!

N E W Y O R K E V E N T S!!

EVENT: Lancaster Farmer’s Market
http://www.lancastervillagemarket.com
PLACE: 4913 Transit Rd., Depew, NY
DATE/TIME: Sundays, May 24, June 14, July 5, Aug. 23, 9 am to 1 pm
SET UP: 8 am
VOLUNTEERS: Pat
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: Confirmed

EVENT: Canine Carnival 2015
http://www.pmawf.org/
PLACE: Jamesville Beach Park, Jamesville, NY
DATE/TIME: Saturday, August 8, 10:00 – 3:00
SET UP: 9:00 am
VOLUNTEERS: Debbie (and mom)
O T H E R V O L U N T E E R S W E L C O M E!
DOGS: Watson most likely

PENNSYLVANIA EVENTS for 2015

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

SUNDAY JULY 12, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Confirmed
EVENT: Dog Days of Summer
PLACE: 15 E. Southampton Avenue
Philadelphia, Pa
TIME: 11am – 3pm
SET UP: 9am
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO:
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys & Ron
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE:

SATURDAY, JULY 18, 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:

SATURDAY, JULY 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, AUGUST 2, 2015S – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Confirmed
EVENT: 2nd Street Festival
PLACE: 2nd & Fairmount
Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 12noon – 10pm
SET UP: 9am
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: Nicky, admin@2ndstfestival.org
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys & Ron
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE:

SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 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, AUGUST 29, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
EVENT: Wine Tasting in the Park
PLACE: Elickers Grove
511 Roths Church Rd.
Spring grove, PA
TIME: 12noon – 6pm
SET UP: 9am
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO:
VOLUNTEERS:
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE: $25

SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Confirmed
EVENT: York Wine Fest
PLACE: Elickers Grove Park
511 Roths Church Rd.
Spring Grove, PA.
TIME: 12noon – 6pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO:
VOLUNTEERS:
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE: $25

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 6, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Confirmed
EVENT: Hauser Winery 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:

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Confirmed
EVENT: Dog Day in the Park
PLACE: Marge Goodfellow Park
New Freedom, PA 17349
TIME: 10am – 4pm WALK: 9 – 10 am
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO:
VOLUNTEERS:
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE: $15 – Deadline July 1st

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Confirmed
EVENT: Mt. Olive Pet Memorial
PLACE: Hanover, PA
TIME: 2-4pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO:
VOLUNTEERS: Deb
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE:

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Confirmed
EVENT: Pottstown Pet Fair
PLACE: Pottstown Memorial Park
75 W. King Street
Pottstown, PA
TIME: 9am – 3pm
SET UP: before 8:30am
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: Bill Sharon, bsharon@pottstown.org
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys & Ron
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT: Gladys
DOGS:
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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Confirmed
EVENT: September Fest
PLACE: Spring Grove
TIME: 11am – dusk
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO:
VOLUNTEERS: Deb
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
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SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 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:
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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Confirmed
EVENT: Newtown Pet Fair
PLACE: Newtown Veterinary Hospital
107 Penns Trail
Newtown PA 18940
TIME: 12noon – 4pm, Parade at 3:30pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE: Event is rain or shine
CONTACT INFO: Riki Brennan, 215-968-3895
VOLUNTEERS: Rose
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Confirmed
EVENT: Barktoberfest
PLACE: Boyertown Community Park
417 S. Madison St.
Boyertown, PA 19512
TIME: 12noon – 4pm
SET UP: 9:30am
RAINDATE: Sunday, September 27, 2015
CONTACT INFO: 610-256-1327(Michelle), info@barco-pa.com
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys & Ron
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Confirmed
EVENT:Woofstock
PLACE: Harrisburg, PA
TIME: 4 – 11m
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO:
VOLUNTEERS: Deb
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
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SATURDAY OCTOBER 3, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Confirmed
EVENT: Lancaster Mutt Mixer
PLACE:
TIME: 11am – 3pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO:
VOLUNTEERS: Deb
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
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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:
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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: Gladys & Ron
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
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SUNDAY OCTOBER 11, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Confirmed
EVENT: Pet Supply Plus
700 Nutt Rd.
Pheonixville, PA
PLACE:
TIME: 10am – 2pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO:
VOLUNTEERS: Rose
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:
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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:
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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:
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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, 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:

TUESDAY DECEMBER 24, 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:

NEW JERSEY EVENTS

WEDNESDAY JULY 8, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Confirmed
EVENT: Ocean County Fair
PLACE: Robert Miller Airpark
Berkeley Township, NJ
TIME: 5 – 11pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO:
VOLUNTEERS: Steve
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE:

THURSDAY JULY 9, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Confirmed
EVENT: Ocean County Fair
PLACE: Robert Miller Airpark
Berkeley Township, NJ
TIME: 5 – 11pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO:
VOLUNTEERS: Steve
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE:

FRIDAY JULY 10, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Confirmed
EVENT: Ocean County Fair
PLACE: Robert Miller Airpark
Berkeley Township, NJ
TIME:11am – 11pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO:
VOLUNTEERS: Steve
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE:

SATURDAY JULY 11, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Confirmed
EVENT: Ocean County Fair
PLACE: Robert Miller Airpark
Berkeley Township, NJ
TIME: 11am – 11pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO:
VOLUNTEERS: Steve
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE:

SUNDAY JULY 12, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Confirmed
EVENT: Ocean County Fair
PLACE: Robert Miller Airpark
Berkeley Township, NJ
TIME: 11am – 5pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO:
VOLUNTEERS: Steve
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE:

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

 

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Hey there dogs! Check out my Summer Lovin’ gourmet dog treat.

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Yeah, that’s right, it’s mine, all mine and it’s like love for my tummy. Tell your humans they’ve got to get you some. They are DeLIciOus and every bag of Summer Lovin’s or any of the other doggie-licious treats they have on their site helps The Blind Dog Rescue raise money so we can rescue more dogs! WOOF!! If you don’t have a forever friend of your own, you can send these as a gift or you can also choose to donate treats to the dogs in our care waiting for their forever homes (with this we get the treats and the donated dollars – double good).

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Order only!Our website for people to order is www.treatmeright.org or,

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if you’d like to direct them directly to the “Store” page, use http://www.treatmeright.org/#!store/cr6a

Daisy’s Rescue always try’s to help rescues. Please spread the word and help the Blind Dog Rescue save more dogs!

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June 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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How Dogs “SEE” with their noses
By: Andrea Smith- Freelance writer

The expression “dogs see with their noses” has become more and more common,particularly since the release of Alexandra Horowitz‘s 2009 bestseller, Inside of a Dog: What dogs See, Smell, and Know paid homage to their marvelous nose.

A dogs olfactory epithelium is bigger than ours. This allows them to catch and evaluate odor molecules at parts per trillion. Also, dogs’ noses have a vomeronasal organ which has an abundance of receptor cells that optimize their sniffing level. . This is their second olfactory system found in the bottom of their nasal passage. It is suggested that is refined enough to detect pheromones. These chemicals are specific to animal species and alerts them when it is time to mate. These molecules do not send mixed signals because this organ has its own nerves leading to the brain.

The Exhale Process
When dogs exhale the spent air leaves through openings in the side of their noses. This also assists with new odors to enter the nose. This starts a constant sniffing cycle. Another amazing ability is they can wiggle their noses independently. The distance between nostrils also aids them in discovering which nostril picked up a scent.

Smelling Abilities
Now heres where it gets amazing. Dogs smell 40 times greater than us. Their noses also work for two functions. When canines inhale there is a fold of tissue under their nostril that flows into two different paths; one for smelling and one for breathing. Basically, once it enters it goes past that to the pharynx and to the lungs. Once there it sifts through a maze of structures called turbinates that distinguish odor molecules based on different chemicals properties. The olfactory receptors see these odor molecules and send electrical signals to the brain for interpretation.
Check out this wonderful video that illustrates this! https://youtu.be/p7fXa2Occ_U

Yes, they are getting essential information from smelling other canines…but dogs are so amazing they are even being put to the task to determine ovarian cancer samples from benign ones. They can also notice things like a rotten apple in two million barrels. An extraordinary true story as told by a dog expert is about a drug-sniffing dog that discovered a plastic container containing 35 pounds of marijuana buried among gasoline in gasoline tank.
Now we understand how in tune they are with the world and that excited tug on the leash during walks. Dog researchers will continue studies on their incredible abilities to comprehend their behavior.
Sources:
Hecht, J. 2013. Make Sense of scents: how to make your dog happy. Scientific American. http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/dog-spies/make-sense-of-scents-how-to-make-your-dog-happy/
Tyson, P. 2012. Dogs Dazzling Sense of Smell. Nova ScienceNow. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/dogs-sense-of-smell.html

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Tips and Tricks for living with your amazing blind dog!

Dog Treats

Made in China, dog treat recall! Headlines like these are in the news regularly any more. Treats made in China are making dogs sick. Wheat, corn, sugar, dyes, treats made with cheap quality ingredients. Enough! I make my own treats.

For the cost of a few bags of commercial made treats, I bought a dehydrator and now I make my own treats. I know whats in them and my dogs love them!

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I start by buying sweet potato’s. I slice them and if I want them chewy, I boil the slices for 30 seconds in water and then I place them in the dehydrator.

In about 12 hours I have great tasting dog treats! I also cut up turkey and make great tasting dehydrated turkey treats. The dogs LOVE them!

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If you don’t have or want to buy a dehydrator, you can give your dog other great healthy treats. I use frozen green beans, baby carrots, strawberries, watermelon, celery, frozen blue berries, raspberries, apples, bananas and pears. They are healthy, natural and low in calories!

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.

Courtesy of K-9 Instinct newsletter

These Apple and Cheddar pupcakes are grain free, using a mix of coconut flour and arrowroot flour! You will also need applesauce, cottage cheese, cream cheese, yogurt, cheddar cheese and a touch of honey!

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PUPCAKES
1/2 cup of coconut flour
1/2 cup of arrowroot flour
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups of applesauce
1 cup of cottage cheese
2 tablespoons of raw honey
3/4 tsp baking soda

FROSTING
8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
1 tablespoons of honey
3 tablespoons of plain yogurt
1 tablespoon of coconut flour

DIRECTIONS
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit .
Line a muffin pan with paper muffin cups.
In a large bowl mix the applesauce, cottage cheese, cheddar cheese, and honey. Mix in the coconut flour, arrowroot flour and baking soda. Mix well.
Use two spoons to drop dollops of dough into the muffin cups and fill the cups 3/4 of the way.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Let your dogs lick the spoons clean. (Very important step!)
In a small bowl cream together the cream cheese, yogurt, honey and coconut flour.
Place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Let the pupcakes cool then ice the pupcakes and drizzle honey OR shredded cheddar cheese on top.
Serve, and enjoy the delight on their faces as they chow down!

FOSTER!!!!

BDRA is always looking for foster homes for its wonderful babies- its an incredible experience to help these dogs through the transition into their forever loving homes. Being a foster parent is work- but it can be some of the most rewarding work you will ever do! We encourage you to take the chance, open your heart and your home, and commit to taking one of these special dogs and showing it a loving home while we work to find it that special someone to call their own. Fostering takes the entire family- just check out this story below from a foster grandma who has been there through every foster her daughter has taken in.

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Mike and his foster grandma Jan

“Tails” from a foster grandma

by: Jan Miller. Jan has been involved in rescue with her daughter for over 15 years and recently became an avid fan of BDRA when her daughter fostered Mike the standard poodle.

For the last fifteen years it has been my privilege to be a foster grandma to an amazing collection of wayward dogs looking for love, security and guidance. So many babies each with their own story of life. Seniors to puppies, fat to skinny, neurotic to disciplined, shy to aggressive, sighted dogs, deaf dogs and blind dogs. While people foster dogs, it’s the resident pack and the families and friends who help raise them.

How rewarding it has been to watch the transformation and development of a foster baby needing a little or a lot of help to be ready for their “forever home”. As a foster grandma I have loved, baby-sat, worried, bought lot’s of presents, took long walks, cleaned up accidents, played in the yard, and even took them shopping to encourage new experiences. I have supported my daughter and son-in-law as they accepted the challenge to help homeless dogs. I have also supported my grand dogs as they need an extra helping of love and understanding while their parents seem focused on the “new one”. I am so proud of the whole family.

Recently I have had the good fortune of being a foster grandma to Mike the Wonderdog, aka mikeydoodlemommyspoodle, a recently adopted BDRA baby.

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Mike’s experience at my daughter’s home shattered any expectations I had of foster families. I watched as my daughter transformed this scared little blind poodle just by using her instincts and encouraging Mike to overcome each new challenge. I was amazed at how quickly Mike adapted to his new home and his new pack. My grand dogs Molly and Finnegan became wonderful foster siblings gently teaching Mike the rules. I LOVED this baby! He conquered every obstacle that was in his path. What a difference a few weeks made in this poodle’s life. What a difference those few weeks made in my life. When Mike finally went to his wonderful forever home he was a strong and confident happy little boy.

I do love each dog that comes our way and feel privileged to become a part of their journey. The special love only a foster grandma can give pales in comparison to the love I receive from these abandoned angels. Rescues cannot save them all. My heart breaks each time I learn about an abused, starved or abandoned dog enduring horrific circumstances. I thank the many rescue organizations for their efforts. Without rescues there would be no happy stories like Mike’s.

If you are reading this newsletter you are already involved in some way with rescue and love dogs. My experience of being a foster grandma has enriched my life and opened my eyes to possibilities. If you have ever considered fostering I hope you get the chance. Each dog is unique and has her own special needs. There may be a wonderful dog just right for you.

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To vaccinate or not to vaccinate- that is the question
By Tamara Miller

Tamara has been involved in rescue for over 15 years and has a special focus on Weimaraner rescue (with tw oof her own rescued weims) and dogs with special needs. She is a foster parent for BDRA.

While BDRA does not pretend to be a substitute for your veterinarians advice we wanted to share some information on the very hot topic of vaccinations. The idea of whether or not to vaccinate your pets each year is one that has been hotly contested for some time now. Some vets say you absolutely must vaccinate, others are questioning the idea and suggesting that you find out IF your dog NEEDS the vaccinations before giving them. I have complied some information to get you started- ultimately it is up to you and your pet care provider to make an informed decision that is best for your dog!!!

By T. J. Dunn, Jr., DVM
Among pet caretakers few topics are more debated than that regarding the vaccination of dogs (and cats). In years past, vaccinations for all sorts of diseases were recommended to be given annually … year after year. That protocol was followed by veterinarians because they were told to do so by the vaccine manufacturers in order to ensure optimal immunity for as many pets as possible.

If a veterinarian independently decided not to follow the label recommendations on the vaccines, and an animal subsequently developed a disease that the veterinarian decided vaccination for wasn’t needed, the veterinarian was vulnerable to being sued. Ethically and legally the veterinarian must follow label recommendations for the administration of biologicals.

In recent years, the vaccine manufacturers have been under some pressure to show data that truly demonstrates a need for annual vaccinations for dogs (and cats). Part of the drive for reconsideration of vaccine protocols has been coming from Holistic veterinary practitioners, many of whom believe that repeated vaccinations diminish the animal’s immune resources and can actually create disorders such as degenerative joint diseases, immune mediated disorders such as Lupus, and can actually depress the animal’s ability to ward off diseases “naturally”. A few holistic veterinarians believe that all vaccines are harmful.

On the other hand, there are veterinarians — from general practitioners to research scientists with advanced degrees in immunology — who contend that vaccinations are a modern marvel, responsible for saving uncountable animal lives … just as vaccines have helped rid the world of savage human diseases such as smallpox and polio.

So how is today’s dog and cat caretaker going to make an informed decision about their own pet’s vaccine needs?
To find out the answer click this link and read the rest of this article here:
http://www.petmd.com/dog/care/evr_dg_to_vaccinate_or_not_a_vets_perspective

There is also the idea of TITER TESTING….this is my personal choice for my pets but again it is important for you to make your OWN decisions after doing your due diligence.

The Simple Guide To Titer Testing Dogs

by Jessica Peralta in Vaccine Articles and News

If you’re trying to limit the number of vaccines your dog receives (and you should be), then antibody titers are the perfect solution.
While titers offer many benefits to the vaccine-wary pet owner by showing a measurement of antibody levels to a particular virus in the blood, there are some things to keep in mind when titer testing dogs.
Click this link to read the entire article!
http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/the-simple-guide-to-titer-testing-dogs/?inf_contact_key=1958e2ed765b750b4bf8628d196a9abaea923547cd5ea4832e71995d0e47498a

Here are some links to other articles you might find helpful when making your decision
Dr Schultz University of Wisconsin
Dogs Naturally Magazine
Prevention Magazine
Suggested Pet vaccination schedule from WEB MD

Email us your tips and tricks for next months news letter

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AVAILABLE DOGS- CHECK OUT THESE AMAZING BDRA DOGS LOOKING FOR THEIR FOREVER HOMES!

Meet Rayce.

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A testament to the resilience of the canine spirit and willingness to love unconditionally, Rayce lost both her eyes this past August but remains a happy, outgoing dog who loves to snuggle and give kisses! She is estimated to be 3-4 years old and has a lot of love to give her forever family.

A lover of salmon and eggs, Rayce is has an easy going, laid back attitude. Having been in her foster home for approximately 4 months, she is highly trainable. Rayce has learned to give paw and will sit on command. Rayce is housebroken and loves to chomp on bones and play tug with her foster parents. She has favorite toys to share with her forever family but gets “freaked out” by other dogs being in her personal space and is best suited for a home where she will be the only dog. Rayce presently lives in an apartment where she goes for walks and can tolerate other dogs in passing. Her foster mom feels that Rayce has a lot of positive energy and would benefit from a home with a yard but this is not a must for her.

This sweet, playful, funny dog is happiest being close to her people. She is eager to have her people home at the end of the work day and greets them with loving kisses that wash their faces! Rayce’s foster mom explains that Rayce is free to roam the apartment during the day and has never once chewed anything other than her own toys – no shoes, no furniture. She describes Rayce as being able to intuit what is hers and what is appropriate for her to chew on and proudly noted that Rayce’s forever family will be “getting a great dog!” For more information or to apply to adopt Rayce, please visit www.blinddogrescue.org
By Dena Desantis

 

How about our sweet, sweet Bella? She is still looking for her forever home!
http://www.blinddogrescue.com/availabledogs/bella.html

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To meet all of our adoptable dogs please click here

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Chewbacca shown here with his great big sweet new brother!

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UPDATES from some of our alumni

Remember Pharrelly Stephen??? Well here is what his new mommy had to say:

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Pharrelly is doing his exercises daily and we take him for walks in the park. He enjoys walking in water, which helps him to be more aware of where his feet are. We are think of doing water therapy with him, because he trips over his feet a lot. He really had a hard time with steps, however now he flies up the stairs. I have to put my arm under his stomach to give him the security to go down the steps, but I’m sure he will also be able to master that as well.

I do visual exercises, but I think the best visual exercise is when he spots one of the cats and runs all over with him or her. I can throw a toy at eye level about 2 feet away and he will go get it and bring it back to me. He has a long way to go with the command, drop it. I’m not sure if he doesn’t understand it or just likes me to open his mouth to get the toy or object out. I’m starting to think that he made it up as a learning exercise for me, because after I take it out of his mouth, he gives me kisses. It may take Pharrelly Steven a lot longer to learn a task at hand, but once he learns it he is able to retain the information.

Last weekend we were at the Pet expo and a baby cried, Pharrelly Steven look right at the baby, which was about 25 feet away. No one could understand why I was so excited about that, however when Pharrelly Steven first came he did not know where sounds were coming from. He would just look around with a confused look on his face and start running all over trying to find where the sound was coming from. I have been working 3 times a day with learning exercises to make him more aware, so I was so proud of him.
He has a very funny personality and we just love him.

 

This is Beau. Beau was adopted in May 2011 and recently had a double enucleation. It looks like he healed beautifully from the surgery! His family is so happy to have him!

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Here is Pamela and her new pack. Pamela was adopted in May 2013 and her mommy says she is doing GREAT!!!

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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.

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.

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.

Help the BDRA start off the New Year with purchases from Happy Animal Company!!! Happy Animal Co. is dedicated to sourcing and selling animal and earth friendly products from responsible companies, and donating at least 50% of profits to animal rescues. This BDRA partner has some interesting products. Check them out! http://www.happyanimal.co/?affid=5

Favorite us on EBAY and add us as your favorite charity on http://givingworks.ebay.com/

Blind Dog Rescue Alliance is selling Yankee Candles!!! For each order, BDRA gets 40%!!! Time to think SPRING and SUMMER smells like fruits and flowers, ice cream and walks along the beach!!! You can start your shopping and help blind dogs today!!!
Just go to http:// www.yankeecandlefundraising.com and use group number 990053323 in order for BDRA to get credit.

The Blind Dog Rescue Alliance is now an Online Retail Partner with Dog Park Publishing!
The folks at Dog Park Publishing are going to give us 10% of your purchase through our affiliate site, so check out their high-quality holiday gifts, handmade art, calendars, and more than 1000 made-in-the-U.S.A. products.
They also offer jewelry, clothes and decorative items for dog lovers, along with dog clothes, accessories, and natural treats. Click on Link Below.
http://www.dogparkpublishing.com/

The Blind Dog Rescue Alliance Rescue Pack – It’s like a look book of dogs who support BDRA. link http://packdog.com/rescue/blinddogrescue: around to all of your rescue supporters, adopters and friends.
Every dog that joins our Rescue Pack gets his or her own profile page that carries a link to support BDRA.
Ongoing engagement – As more dogs join our Rescue Pack, people will see our rescue efforts and be able to support BDRA.
More donations! – Our Pack Rescue page links directly to our current PayPal donation account

BDRA NEEDS FOREVER FRIENDS FOR OUR FOREVER FOSTERS!!!
THANK YOU to all of our BDRA fans who’ve already become BDRA Forever FRIENDS!!!
PLEASE SPONSOR A BLIND SENIOR OR HOSPICE DOG!!! BDRA has 7 Forever Fosters in need of Forever Friends!!! These are special seniors or dogs in hospice care. BDRA is here to give them all the love they need before they reach the bridge. However, we can’t do it alone! Read their stories and learn more about our Forever Fosters!!!
A Forever Foster Forever Friend is someone who sponsors one of our Forever Fosters with a monthly donation. It can be $5, $10, $20, or whatever amount is best for you, with a minimum of a $5 monthly donation. In return for becoming a Forever Friend, you’ll receive monthly updates from your Forever Friend’s foster family. If you prefer to sponsor a Forever Foster using a different amount, please email treasurer@blinddogrescue.com. Don’t forget to specify which Forever Foster you would like to sponsor! Follow this link: http://www.blinddogrescue.com/adopted/bdrasanctuarydogs.html

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Volunteer Spotlight
Meet our special volunteers
By:Dena Desantis

Dena has owned several dogs throughout her life, including dogs who lost their vision to old age

A passionate and compassionate dog owner, Cherie McCarron owned two litter mates, one who had become blind at age 5 with Progressive Retinal Atrophy. Cherie was self-taught about blind dogs at that time, learning as she went along with her own dog, Mandy. Cherie’s dog no longer wanted to go out when it was dark outside and Cherie watched her temperament change as she lost her sight. The sisters switched roles and the sighted dog, who had been the submissive, became the dominant. Several years later, Cherie found her sighted dog, Morgan, had experienced heart failure. Devastated, months went by with the family mourning their loss. It was a visit to the vet with Mandy, several months later, that led to Cherie discovering BDRA. Although Cherie felt that she could not adopt at that time, she was willing to heed the recommendation of her vet when she encouraged Cherie to look into a rescue that catered to the needs of blind dogs.

After researching BDRA online, she recalls, “I was pretty much hooked!” Having never been involved in rescue before, Cherie eagerly signed up to help with just about every facet of BDRA’s operations. Cherie was living with her family in Ohio at the time and was doing a lot of travelling for both family and work. Volunteering with transport became a regular activity for Cherie and her husband and allowed her to see how much work went into coordinating getting a dog from a shelter to a foster family or a foster family to his/her loving forever home. She joined the Networking Team and also “began to realize you could foster outside of Philadelphia.”

While participating on the Networking Team, which includes posting about dogs in high kill shelters, Cherie found a 1 year old Chow, Eli, who was running short on time. By this time, Cherie and her family had relocated to South Carolina. Travelling in Canada at the time, Cherie quickly sent out a desperate post about this sweet boy inquiring, “Isn’t there something we can do to get him out?” Cherie was not approved to foster at the time, by BDRA or her husband, but quickly convinced her family of dog lovers that this was a special boy who needed their assistance. Colleen Little was able to arrange for a home visit to take place that week to ensure that Cherie could provide Eli with a foster home that lived up to BDRA’s standards. Transport would take a week but Eli was saved 10 minutes before the close of business and what would have been the end of his life. Cherie recalls Eli being “an absolute doll” as a foster dog and being adopted by a couple in New Hampshire who take him for daily walks on the beach.
In the intervening years, Cherie and her family have provided foster homes to an estimated 10-12 dogs for BDRA and is proud to report, “I’ve only adopted 3!” Recently downsizing to a home on a lake, Cherie, her husband, and their 2 sons (ages 20 and 25) live with William, who is blind and deaf and loves to swim in the lake; Razzle, a foster who came to Cherie as her second foster home after having some difficulty getting along with other dogs in the home; and Junior, who loves to soak in the sun. They’re joined by Cheri’s 16 year old cat and Gibson, a BDRA foster, who has “made amazing strides over the last 6 months” and is a ‘happy go lucky’ boy despite having had some brain issues. Cherie is confident this wonderful boy will find his forever home soon!
Recently elected to the position of Vice President, Cherie felt that it was her responsibility to step up to continue to help as many animals as possible. She keeps in contact with several of the families who have adopted her fosters and has had the opportunity to see them again at an annual fundraising event held in Pennsylvania. Each year, Cherie travels from her home in South Carolina to participate in this event where she works with other BDRA volunteers raising over $1,000 for BDRA during the weekend event. Cherie is proud of BDRA’s track record and exclaims “I absolutely love this group and the people in it. They’ve become like a family!”

BDRA Mark Your Calendars

BDRA’s Upcoming Events!

N E W Y O R K E V E N T S!!

EVENT: Pet Expo
PLACE: Monroe Community College, 2700 Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd., Roch., NY
DATE/TIME: Saturday, May 9, 10:00 – 3:00
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

EVENT: The Paw Park 4th Anniversary Bash
PLACE: Paw Park, Williamsville, NY
DATE/TIME: Saturday, June 13, 10:00 – 2:00
SET UP: 9:00 am
VOLUNTEERS: Pat and Chris
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: Confirmed

EVENT: Curtis Lumber’s Pet-a-Palooza
http://www.clpetapalooza.com/
PLACE: Curtis Lumber, Hamilton, NY
DATE/TIME: Saturday, June 20, 10:00 – 3:00
SET UP: 9:00 am
VOLUNTEERS: Debbie (and mom)
O T H E R V O L U N T E E R S W E L C O M E!
DOGS: Watson most likely
REGISTRATION: registration sent

EVENT: Northtown Subaru Dog Days of Kenmore
http://dogdayswny.com
PLACE: Mang Park, Kenmore, NY
DATE/TIME: Sunday, June 21, 2015, 12 to 4 pm
SET UP: 10 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 sent

EVENT: Lancaster Farmer’s Market
http://www.lancastervillagemarket.com
PLACE: 4913 Transit Rd., Depew, NY
DATE/TIME: Sundays, May 24, June 14, July 5, Aug. 23, 9 am to 1 pm
SET UP: 8 am
VOLUNTEERS: Pat
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: Confirmed

EVENT: Canine Carnival 2015
http://www.pmawf.org/
PLACE: Jamesville Beach Park, Jamesville, NY
DATE/TIME: Saturday, August 8, 10:00 – 3:00
SET UP: 9:00 am
VOLUNTEERS: Debbie (and mom)
O T H E R V O L U N T E E R S W E L C O M E!
DOGS: Watson most likely

PENNSYLVANIA EVENTS for 2015

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

SATURDAY MAY 2, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Confirmed

EVENT: May Day in York
PLACE: John Rudy Park
400 Mundis Race Rd.
York, PA 17406
TIME: 10am – 2pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO:
VOLUNTEERS: Deb, Victoria

SATURDAY MAY 2, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Confirmed

EVENT: Reading Pet Expo
PLACE: Reading Fairgrounds
1216 Hilltop Road
Leesport, PA 19533
TIME: 10am – 6pm
SET UP: 8:30am
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: Garri Promotions, 800-677-4677
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys, John & Clara-Jean
NEED VOLUNTEERS

SATURDAY MAY 2, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

EVENT: Tail Wagger’s Strut
PLACE: The Crossings Animal Sanctuary
1083 Taylorsville Rd., Suite 3
Washington Crossing, PA 18973
TIME: 9am – 4pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE: Sunday, May 3
CONTACT INFO: 215-321-4673, TailWaggersStrut@TheCrossingsAnimalSanctuary.org
VOLUNTEERS: NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE: $20 Registration Fee
NOTE: Canopies or tents are recommended – there is no shade

SUNDAY MAY 3, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Confirmed

EVENT: Reading Pet Expo
PLACE: Reading Fairgrounds
1216 Hilltop Road
Leesport, PA 19533
TIME: 10am – 6pm
SET UP: 8:30am
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: Garri Promotions, 800-677-4677
VOLUNTEERS: John & Clara-Jean
NEED VOLUNTEERS

SUNDAY MAY 3, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Confirmed

EVENT: DeBello Dog Walk
PLACE: Green Lane Park (Rts. 29 & 63)
2144 Snyder Rd
Green Lane, PA
TIME:
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: Dan Fein, 610-761-9146.
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys & Ron
NEED VOLUNTEERS

SATURDAY MAY 9, 2015

EVENT: Langhorne Pet Fair
PLACE: Mayor’s Playground
Rts. 413 & 213
Langhorne, PA 19047
TIME: 10am – 2pm
SET UP: 8:30am
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO:
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys & Ron, Rose
NEED VOLUNTEERS

SATURDAY MAY 16, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Confirmed

EVENT: Pottstown Pet Adoption Day
PLACE: Smith Family Plaza
100 E. High St
Pottstown, PA
TIME: 9am – 3pm
SET UP: 7:30am
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: Bill Sharon, bsharon@pottstown.org
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys & Ron
NEED VOLUNTEERS

SATURDAY, MAY 16, 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

SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2014 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

EVENT: Petpalooza
PLACE: Ryerss Museum and Library
Burholme Park
Northeast Philadelphia
TIME: 11am – 2pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: Sharon Doyle, 215-460-5062, penny4150@aol.com
VOLUNTEERS:
NEED VOLUNTEERS

SATURDAY MAY 23, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Confirmed

EVENT: Pet Supply Plus
PLACE: Pet Supply Plus
700 Nutt Road
Phoenixville, PA
TIME: 10am – 2pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: Chris or Paul
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys,
NEED VOLUNTEERS

SUNDAY MAY 24, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Confirmed

EVENT: 36th Annual Chester County Car Show
PLACE: Kimberton Fire Company Fairgrounds
Rte. 113
Kimberton, PA
TIME: 9am – 3pm
SET UP: 7:30am
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: Bob Patton
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys & Ron
NEED VOLUNTEERS

SUNDAY MAY 31, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

EVENT: Sunday Funday
PLACE: 3258 Knights Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
TIME: 10am – 3pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE: Evvent is Rain or Shine
CONTACT INFO:
VOLUNTEERS:
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE: $50 They are asking No Soliciting for donations except for Red Paw. If you would like to sell merchandise vendor fee is $100

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MAY 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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Supplements for your dogs
by Heather Maher- Heather currently has two rescue cats.

Should You Give Your Dog(s) Natural Supplements?

Lots of BDRA members have dogs in their families who need veterinarian-prescribed medications to treat chronic conditions or to prevent complications of existing health issues. But there’s a whole other industry devoted to natural, over-the-counter supplements for dogs that claim to provide health benefits like joint pain relief, immune-system boosting, and digestion improvement.

We’ve gathered information on some of the most touted (in some cases, most marketed) natural supplements for canine health below. Some caveats: Before buying any pet health supplement it’s essential to talk to your veterinarian to make sure that the supplement won’t interfere with medications your dog is currently on and to ensure that the supplement will actually benefit his or her health. That conversation is a must. It’s so important that we sourced our list from petmd.com, a site authored and approved by vets. You might also want to educate yourself by taking a look at this article from Sciencebasedmedicine.org, which contains a lot good information and takes a skeptic’s view about the efficacy of some supplements by looking at the results of clinical studies.

If your vet gives you the green light to give your dog a natural supplement, look for products that carry the USP (United States Pharmacopeia) seal or verified mark. The USP is an independent nonprofit group that sets all the quality standards for prescriptions and over the counter medicines made and sold in the U.S. If you see it, you know that the product contains what it says it does and the ingredients have passed a quality test.

GI PROBIOTICS
Probiotics are mainly used to help your dog’s intestinal track when it is upset (i.e., diarrhea), but they can also help with a variety of ailments affecting the skin, eyes, and nose. Probiotics work by restoring the proper balance of intestinal bugs in your dog’s gut.

FISH OIL
Fish and salmon oils are all important sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids. These can be vital to a dog’s immune and nervous system and can help battle allergies and arthritis. Many veterinarians routinely recommend them for inflamed skin conditions as they can help reduce swelling.

MILK THISTLE
This herbal medicine is known for providing liver function support. It can reduce inflammation and prevent disease in the organ.

FIBER SUPPLEMENTS
If your dog suffers from chronic constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome and other issues of the GI, fiber supplements may be a solution. There are many different kinds of fiber supplements, so talk it over with your vet.

GLUCOSAMINE
Glucosamine is one of the most highly recommended supplements for canines to treat joint disorders such as osteoarthritis and hip dysplasia. Some studies have shown that glucosamine supports overall joint cartilage.

OLIVE OIL
Adding a little bit of olive oil to your dog’s food bowl can do a number of things, including promoting weight loss and overall optimal health. Because of its high level of antioxidants, this natural supplement can defend your canine’s immune system, improve your dog’s cognitive development, improve energy, and beautify your dog’s coat.

CHONDROITIN
Like glucosamine, chondroitin has proven beneficial for some dogs with mobility or joint issues. Many veterinarians encourage senior dogs to take a glucosamine and chondroitin supplement to fortify their overall health.

CURCUMIN
Curcumin is the active ingredient in the common orange kitchen spice known as tumeric. Not only does it provide numerous health benefits for humans, it can also be extremely beneficial for your dog. Studies have shown that it can benefit brain and joint health, and is also showing promise as an anti-cancer nutrient.

COCONUT OIL
Some people call coconut oil a “miracle in a jar.” Like many of the other supplements on this list, coconut oil is known to help support overall health in both humans and dogs. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, a substance that can prevent viral, bacterial and protozoan infections. Coconut oil may also help reduce the risk of cancer, improve digestion, balance metabolism and support a healthy skin and coat.

 

Whats in your dogs food?
how to read dog food labels and make smart choices for your pets
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.
In this article I will discuss your dog’s food and choices you can make to improve them. I can help you better understand the ingredients and labels for the best possible choice for your dog and your budget. I have to tell you right from the beginning that I am a self-proclaimed “dog food snob”! I am not however, a veterinarian or dog food nutritionist. I am simply a guy who is self-taught by reading labels and researching ingredients found in our dog’s food products. Armed with some of this knowledge I am trying to help other pet owners to become better informed shoppers when it comes to the pet food market.

Believe it or not this article was extremely difficult to write as there is just so much information out there and I did not want to simply dictate a specific brand of food to purchase. While I have my favorite food it is my intention for this is not to be an endorsement of that brand, but a learning opportunity so that we may all shop more wisely for our beloved pets. I want you to be able to discern which, is the absolute best food for your dog and that also fits your budget.

Because of the complexity of this topic we have chosen to post the whole article online on our main website (so that even those who–gasp–DON’T get our newsletter can enjoy the benefit of the research done here). Sorry for the delicious teaser folks but please click this link to find the complete seven page article and enjoy!!! We hope it helps!

Whats in your dogs food?

How to Photograph your Pet
Denise Lynn, Owner of Keyhole Photo Studios.com

How to capture a winning adoption photo:

Enclosed are few quick tips to help everyone to improve their photos of the dogs in their life.

Take your time & be friendly towards your intended subject.

This means bring some treats along and give the animal some time to lower his/her energy level before you begin snapping away. Butter them up with some treats and give them attention before you expect them to pose for their centerfold.

Introduce them to your camera.

I have found a lot of my foster dogs and new rescues alike are distrusting or unsure of the camera in general, so I begin with desensitizing them to the camera. Hold the camera out for them to sniff at it and then give them treats & praise so that the camera represents a positive object instead of a negative one.

Take the dog for a walk or a romp in your yard before you begin chasing that elusive “adoption photo”. This goes back to item #1 and is really just common sense when you think about it; try to drain some of the dogs’ energy before you begin shooting photos. Remember a good dog is a tired dog especially when it comes to taking photos.

Get down on the dogs level. Some of my very best photos have come from lying on my lawn and snapping photos at the dogs’ eye level. No, really it is an absolutely fantastic prospective for getting an interesting or attention grabbing shot.

Set your camera for Stop Action. In a point and shoot variety this is the setting usually designated by the running man symbol. Using this setting will help insure you get a crisp photo verses a blurry one.
Photo: Denise Lynn, KeyholePhotoStudios.com of her foster dog, “Fancy” a pit bull mix.

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Here’s How to Introduce Your Blind Dog to a New Pet

By Andrea Smith- Freelance Writer

You have done a wonderful thing by rescuing a blind dog. You are sharing a great life together. Here’s the thing: you may not have knowledge of how to introduce them to a new furry pet in the household. Blind dogs are different; their sense of smell is highly developed to compensate for their lack of vision.

There is still hope. A blind dog will find a way to adjust this disability to his environment. The positive connection you build with this animal takes patience and energy to train and socialize them to become well-mannered.

Now the burning question; how do I introduce other pets to my dog blind? One word: slowly. This is done using a baby gate, cage, crate, leash, or harness until you are confident they are comfortable with other. The sighted pet will sense that dog’s special need and will grow protective of it. An unfamiliar animal to your resident pet can be stressful. The new edition to the family enters the home and the old dog’s territorial instincts kick in. This is why the home should be designed in a way that there is no visual contact.

Let’s discuss the steps involved.

  1. Put two cages in different areas of the home or the option of one cage and the laundry room. This is important for an anxiety free meeting because the cage is a training tool. The pets, during this time gain comfort and security from the cage. During this period it is crucial that they make no eye contact. They need to communicate through their sense of smell. They will learn this by you putting a toy, tug, or a blanket in their cage. These scent items will be switched from one pet to the other to allow this bond to develop.

  2. Let the new guest explore- This step lets him or her to become familiar with the home and its group of humans. The resident dog should be absent and out of danger. The newcomer will be leaving his scent on places. They should be out of the cage for 15-20 minutes, several times a day. This is an adequate time to become acquainted with his surroundings. Then upon entering the cage put the resident dog’s scent items in the cage.

  3. Switch the dogs

Now the new pet is isolated to an area and the resident pet is allowed to roam. The first time this happens the dog will investigate the scent left by the new dog until he is convinced this stranger has left. By this time he will be confused and upset and you should comfort him. This quality time is letting him sit on your lap or by your side watching a TV show with the sound of another dog. It must be a recurring routine.

Then comes the close encounter.

  1. This meeting should not be on your property. Other places to consider; a ball park, a neighbor’s backyard, or another enclosed area. You should still use the leashes but do not grip it or may provoke aggression. Let the dog run around while the other pet is hidden. Then switch and allow the other pet the same opportunity while the resident is gone. The animals will notice the same scent emitted in the home. They are ready to proceed with this introduction without fear of escape. They will happily greet each other with no intention to fight. Success

There you have it. Using the dog’s natural sense of smell to train him to welcome a newcomer.

Sources

http://bestfriends.org/Resources/FAQs-About-Blind-Dogs-And-Cats/

http://www.petmd.com/dog/training/evr_introducing_a_new_dog_to_a_resident_dog

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Tips and Tricks For living with your amazing dog!!!
By Tamara Miller

Tamara has been involved in rescue for over 15 years and has a special focus on Weimaraner rescue (with two of her own rescued weims) and dogs with special needs. She is a foster parent for BDRA.

Even if your dog spends most of his time inside the house, your backyard belongs to him. It should be a pleasant place where he can eat, play with his favorite toys, sleep, bask in the sunshine and even frolic in the rain.

It’s your job to make sure that he can do all this and more in a safe environment, where wild animals that might harm him find it almost impossible to get in, and where plants that might cause him problems are nowhere to be found. Even more importantly, you’ll need to make it difficult for him to find out what lies beyond the boundary you’ve created for him – or eliminate any reasons he might have to dig under or climb over the fence that separates his domain from the rest of the world.

Dogs leave the yard for a lot of reasons,boredom, fear,the opposite sex (spay and neuter your furry friends!)

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so be sure you have the right fence for your breed. It needs to be high enough to not jump over, sturdy enough to not knock down,and low enough to now crawl through- and dont forget about a good secure gate- dogs are smart and will always take the path of least resistance!!

Also,be sure to have somewhere for your pet to get out of the weather and be dry, cool and have access to fresh water at all times!!

Theoretically, your dog should be safe in your yard if he can’t get out and other animals can’t get in. But what about plants and biting (and disease carrying critters)?
Before letting your dog run free, make sure that you reduce the possibility of threats to their health.

Harmful Plants
You certainly don’t want your dog to eat plants that don’t agree with her, causing problems such as vomiting, diarrhea, breathing issues, loss of appetite, depression, lethargy, burning of the mouth and even death.
Although harmful plants and fungi will vary with your climate and geographical location, some of the most notorious offenders include:
Azaleas
Some mushrooms
Lilies
Black walnuts
Daffodils
Sago palms
Dumb cane
Elephant ears

To find a complete list of plants that can harm your dog click here http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants?plant_toxicity=toxic-to-dogs

Insects can be a problem for your dog and for you, because he’ll bring them into the house with him, and getting rid of them can be a costly and toxic process. Keeping the grass trimmed can do a lot to prevent flea and tick proliferation, as well as using non-toxic repellants in your yard and on your dog (some options are available here). Finally, for your dog’s comfort, eliminate standing water to discourage mosquitoes from setting up shop in your yard. The Humane Society has some good tips on types of products to use on your pets and the PetMD has some smart advice on controlling fleas and ticks in your yard. Keeping the yard clean and mowed will also go a long way towards keeping snakes away!!! You never know when one can be poisonous to you or your pet!

Last but not least remember that your yard should be FUN for you and your dog- create play spaces for him or her- consider making tunnels to run through and a special place where its OK for him or her to dig (that way your prize roses don’t bear the brunt of this natural behavior) perhaps a kiddie pool to splash in every once in awhile (be sure no to leave it full all the time due to pests) and lots of fun toys!!! Give them something fun to do other then wander around and you will have a happy, healthy dog and a beautiful yard!!!

special thanks to the dogtipper.com for this information

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AVAILABLE DOGS– CHECK OUT THESE AMAZING BDRA DOGS LOOKING FOR THEIR FOREVER HOMES!

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Looking for a ROCKSTAR??? Well here he is!!!

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When rockstar first came he was not quite ready for his new home- but just look at this update from his foster mommy!!! ”
HE IS awesome! Improved by leaps and bounds. When he came to us ​h​ e couldn’t even lift his back legs to scratch his side. But that is all in the past…he is much more flexible and has lost a lot of excess weight. He does have to stay on weight control food. As soon as you give him regular food, he gains quickly.
He is a bit annoyed with active playful dogs. So, a home with calm and settled mates or a home that allows him to be their one and only would be best.
But more important, a very patient owner is the highest priority. Took me months to establish a great connection with him and it took my family even longer.
Walks great on a leash.
Gives wonderful kisses.

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Loves to lay next to you with your hand on his back.
Loves to eat…always at your side if he hears a cabinet open.
Likes soft places to lay, but is not able to jump up on the furniture. We have a large bed with pillows and comforters for him or I pick him up and place him on the couch. He has no trouble getting down, but can’t seem to figure out how to get up.
He drinks a lot of water and needs to go out a lot. He tends to get urinary infections if he doesn’t drink a lot. Does not understand the difference between hardwood floors and concrete, so if you don’t pay attention he will use the bathroom inside. But if you say let’s go out, he goes and does his business and trots back to you happy. Loves to explore the back yard, but does not like to be left alone out there! ”
If your looking for a wonderful companion and have some patience for this sweet sweet baby please consider checking him out on our website- he is ready to be in his forever home!!!!

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Dogs That recently found their Forever Home

Wallace

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HOPE!!!

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UPDATES from some of our alumni

Natasha is fantastic!!! We love her more and more every day.

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She loves her family and is thriving here. In December we adopted a blind Brittany Spaniel from National Brittany Rescue. Natasha has been excellent at helping our new guy, “Dexter” find his way around our home and yard. I am truly amazed at how quick these dogs pick up on every day things.

Natasha has taught us so much about life and love. Her love is there, unconditionally all of the time. She knows my ups and downs and is an ever constant companion. We play music a lot in our home and many times I will be with Natasha and just sing to her while I hug her – she seems to love it! I am sure she is feeling the vibration against her coat.

She is very receptive to her surroundings. We have a two story home and I can be anywhere in the house and she will always find me – it is never a concern. She has the best sense of smell!

Natasha accompanied us on our annual Walk for Animals, last fall. She usually draws some attention and I love to share her story and inform others as to how wonderful these dogs can be.

One of the pictures I am attaching is of Natasha standing in our breezeway off of our kitchen. She will come in from outside (through the dog door) and push the kitchen door enough to crack it open and then she sits there until she is ready to come into the kitchen. It’s a little game we play. Yes, she has me wrapped around her paw!

I don’t think we could ever thank Blind Dog Rescue enough for bringing this girl into our lives. Blind & deaf dogs are awesome and are anything but “unadoptable.” Natasha is priceless and we are very thankful for all of your efforts.

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.

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.

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.
Help the BDRA start off the New Year with purchases from Happy Animal Company!!! Happy Animal Co. is dedicated to sourcing and selling animal and earth friendly products from responsible companies, and donating at least 50% of profits to animal rescues. This BDRA partner has some interesting products. Check them out! http://www.happyanimal.co/?affid=5

Favorite us on EBAY and add us as your favorite charity on http://givingworks.ebay.com/

BDRA NEEDS YOUR HELP TO HELP BDRA FOSTER, ANNIE!!!

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Annie has been a sick little puppy. She has entropion, which will require eye surgery. Annie is also currently at the University of Pennsylvania’s vet hospital with parvo. BDRA has created a fundraiser link because Annie’s hospitalization will cost $2000-$3000, not including entropion surgery.

Annie Update – Saturday – The vet said Annie is doing much better!!! Annie’s blood work is all back to normal including her white blood cell count. Annie was interested in eating a little more. Annie is “brighter and even more interactive” and no longer needs oxygen. The vet said they are going to try to wean Annie off of IV fluids and medications and switch her to oral meds, and if she remains stable, Annie “may” be able to come home tomorrow evening or Monday!!!
Until Annie is home, let’s keep those prayers and positive healing energy coming her way until she is discharged from the hospital. It has been a long 7 days, but it looks like Annie has been able to beat this horrible disease!!!
BDRA isn’t sure yet of the total for Annie’s bill for the 24 hour a day intensive veterinary care that she required for the past 6 days (7 days if they are able to discharge her tomorrow) and we will be getting a rescue discount, so if you can continue to donate and/or share her chip-in, it would be greatly appreciated. BDRA is a 501(c)3 non-profit, so your donations are tax deductible.
Thank you all so much for surrounding Annie with love and support!!! Please keep those prayers and well wishes coming for Annie because she needs them all!!!
Please help us to help Annie!!! Blind Dog Rescue Alliance has set up a “chip-in” for Annie, to help us cover her mounting medical expenses.
http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-us-with-annie-s-vetwork/338253

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Volunteer Spotlight
Meet our special volunteers
By:Dena Desantis
Dena has owned several dogs throughout her life, including dogs who lost their vision to old age

Gloria Kukan

Raised by her father to respect all animals, Gloria has been an animal enthusiast since childhood. Having been involved in rescue for more than 15 years, Gloria was invited to join BRDA shortly after our formation in 2009. Widely known in rescue circles, founding board members reached out to Gloria to come on board to share both her enthusiasm and expertise. Aside from serving on the BDRA Board of Directors for 5 years, Gloria has also participated in home visits for potential adopters, attends New Jersey events, and is involved with transports as a driver and coordinator. In addition to these responsibilities, Gloria is also a BDRA foster home and adoptive parent to BDRA’s Einstein.

Gloria and her boyfriend, Doug, are adoptive parents not only to Einstein but also to Peppermint and Alaska, 13 year old huskies, Cleo, a 10 year old husky/elkhound mix, and Ringo, a 5 year old border collie. They also provide a loving and supportive foster home to Kadir, a 2 year old BDRA pup who is vision impaired but “super sweet.” Gloria has been a proud foster mom to an estimated 40 dogs over the last 15 years, with a particular focus on dogs with multiple disabilities and medical issues. She has also helped rehabilitate wildlife in her community.

A fan of classic cars and avid pool player, Gloria counts among her best experiences with BDRA are opportunities to share her passion for our special rescues with others. She highlights that everyone involved with BDRA contributes and, as a result, “it’s amazing to see them thrive once they’re out of the shelter.” Gloria loves to watch dogs pulled from shelters become healthy, vibrant members of forever families and get updates from the forever families who have opened their hearts to our dogs. Gloria tips her hat to BDRA’s networking group who work tirelessly to bring as many dogs as possible into the BDRA family and work closely with shelters around the nation to save the lives of blind and sight impaired dogs.

Huge thanks to Gloria and all our BRDA volunteers for everything you do to support the rescue. If you have a volunteer who you’d like to recommend for the Volunteer Spotlight, please contact:Newsletter@blinddogrescue.com

BDRA Mark Your Calendars

BDRA’s Upcoming Events!

New York

EVENT: Pet Expo
PLACE: Monroe Community College, 2700 Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd., Roch., NY
DATE/TIME: Saturday, May 9, 10:00 – 3:00
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

EVENT: The Paw Park 4th Anniversary Bash
PLACE: Paw Park, Williamsville, NY
DATE/TIME: Saturday, June 13, 10:00 – 2:00
SET UP: 9:00 am
VOLUNTEERS: Pat and Chris
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: Confirmed

EVENT: Curtis Lumber’s Pet-a-Palooza
http://www.clpetapalooza.com/
PLACE: Curtis Lumber, Hamilton, NY
DATE/TIME: Saturday, June 20, 10:00 – 3:00
SET UP: 9:00 am
VOLUNTEERS: Debbie (and mom)
O T H E R V O L U N T E E R S W E L C O M E!
DOGS: Watson most likely
REGISTRATION: registration sent

EVENT: Northtown Subaru Dog Days of Kenmore
http://dogdayswny.com
PLACE: Mang Park, Kenmore, NY
DATE/TIME: Sunday, June 21, 2015, 12 to 4 pm
SET UP: 10 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 sent

EVENT: Lancaster Farmer’s Market
http://www.lancastervillagemarket.com
PLACE: 4913 Transit Rd., Depew, NY
DATE/TIME: Sundays, May 24, June 14, July 5, Aug. 23, 9 am to 1 pm
SET UP: 8 am
VOLUNTEERS: Pat
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: Confirmed

EVENT: Canine Carnival 2015
http://www.pmawf.org/
PLACE: Jamesville Beach Park, Jamesville, NY
DATE/TIME: Saturday, August 8, 10:00 – 3:00
SET UP: 9:00 am
VOLUNTEERS: Debbie (and mom)
O T H E R V O L U N T E E R S W E L C O M E!
DOGS: Watson most likely

PENNSYLVANIA EVENTS for 2015

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

SATURDAY MAY 2, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Confirmed

EVENT: May Day in York
PLACE: John Rudy Park
400 Mundis Race Rd.
York, PA 17406
TIME: 10am – 2pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO:
VOLUNTEERS: Deb, Victoria

SATURDAY MAY 2, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Confirmed
EVENT: Reading Pet Expo
PLACE: Reading Fairgrounds
1216 Hilltop Road
Leesport, PA 19533
TIME: 10am – 6pm
SET UP: 8:30am
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: Garri Promotions, 800-677-4677
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys, John & Clara-Jean
NEED VOLUNTEERS
SATURDAY MAY 2, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

EVENT: Tail Wagger’s Strut
PLACE: The Crossings Animal Sanctuary
1083 Taylorsville Rd., Suite 3
Washington Crossing, PA 18973
TIME: 9am – 4pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE: Sunday, May 3
CONTACT INFO: 215-321-4673, TailWaggersStrut@TheCrossingsAnimalSanctuary.org
VOLUNTEERS:
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE: $20 Registration Fee
NOTE: Canopies or tents are recommended – there is no shade
SUNDAY MAY 3, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Confirmed

EVENT: Reading Pet Expo
PLACE: Reading Fairgrounds
1216 Hilltop Road
Leesport, PA 19533
TIME: 10am – 6pm
SET UP: 8:30am
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: Garri Promotions, 800-677-4677
VOLUNTEERS: John & Clara-Jean
NEED VOLUNTEERS

SUNDAY MAY 3, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Confirmed
EVENT: DeBello Dog Walk
PLACE: Green Lane Park (Rts. 29 & 63)
2144 Snyder Rd
Green Lane, PA
TIME:
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: Dan Fein, 610-761-9146.
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys & Ron
NEED VOLUNTEERS
SATURDAY MAY 9, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Confirmed

EVENT: Langhorne Pet Fair
PLACE: Mayor’s Playground
Rts. 413 & 213
Langhorne, PA 19047
TIME: 10am – 2pm
SET UP: 8:30am
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO:
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys & Ron, Rose
NEED VOLUNTEERS

SATURDAY MAY 16, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Confirmed
EVENT: Pottstown Pet Adoption Day
PLACE: Smith Family Plaza
100 E. High St
Pottstown, PA
TIME: 9am – 3pm
SET UP: 7:30am
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: Bill Sharon, bsharon@pottstown.org
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys & Ron
NEED VOLUNTEERS

SATURDAY, MAY 16, 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
SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2014 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

EVENT: Petpalooza
PLACE: Ryerss Museum and Library
Burholme Park
Northeast Philadelphia
TIME: 11am – 2pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: Sharon Doyle, 215-460-5062, penny4150@aol.com
VOLUNTEERS:
NEED VOLUNTEERS

SATURDAY MAY 23, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Confirmed

EVENT: Pet Supply Plus
PLACE: Pet Supply Plus
700 Nutt Road
Phoenixville, PA
TIME: 10am – 2pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: Chris or Paul
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys,
NEED VOLUNTEERS

SUNDAY MAY 24, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Confirmed
EVENT: 36th Annual Chester County Car Show
PLACE: Kimberton Fire Company Fairgrounds
Rte. 113
Kimberton, PA
TIME: 9am – 3pm
SET UP: 7:30am
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: Bob Patton
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys & Ron
NEED VOLUNTEERS

SUNDAY MAY 31, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

EVENT: Sunday Funday
PLACE: 3258 Knights Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
TIME: 10am – 3pm
SET UP:
RAINDATE: Evvent is Rain or Shine
CONTACT INFO:
VOLUNTEERS:
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE: $50 They are asking No Soliciting for donations except for Red Paw. If you would like to sell merchandise vendor fee is $100

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Gilbert: Gilbert belonged to one of our members Linda.Linda shared her memories of Gilbert in an email to the group.

“Gilbert’s mom came into my rescue The Internet Miniature Pinscher Service pregnant. She had been shot and stabbed.
The Ultra sound showed she was riddled with BB’s and stabbed through one of her ribs.
I helped her deliver 5 puppies, 1 of the puppies did not make it as it was born with a cleft pallet and other medical problems. Gilbert’s mom was a red MinPin.The other puppies were Beagle/Minpin mixies. Gilbert we did a DNA test on it came back as Springer Spaniel,MInPin and Westie.
All puppies got adopted except for Gilbert.
2 yrs later we foster failed Gilbert.
The funniest thing Gilbert did was shut his eyes when you would toss a ball to him, if you tossed food he caught it with no problem.
About 2 yrs ago he started having trouble seeing out of his one eye, took him to the vet. You name the scans and tests they did them.They determined that he had a Tumor in his head which was inoperable. Went for a 2nd opinion same thing.
Slowly he started to lose sight in both eyes, he no longer liked to eat his food unless , I softened it and held it for him. We adapt his home for him.
We shook bells by the patio door and called his name for him to go outside. We marked the ends of the step with sticky back velcro, so he would know where the step ended. I got lots of great information from BDRA to help make things a little easier for him.
Gilbert was only 8 yrs old when he passed away in his sleep.”

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Today we are here with Deja Dircks,

Deja is running to raise money to help save dogs. Here is her story.

I have run numerous marathons in the past, but I wanted to make this one different. I have always paid the entry fee and run the race. I’ve seen other people running for charities and always thought that is so awesome. Not only are they doing something they love, but they are helping raise money for something they care about as well!! There are thousands of homeless pets that starve to death each year. There are not enough resources out there to help save, feed and rehabilitate these poor animals. I am raising money to help a shelter in Chicago called TEAM Paws , save as many animals as possible this year! This is one of the most humane, no kill shelters in the country. This year I have decided I’m going to run the Chicago Marathon to raise money for these animals!! My own dog, Tucker will be training all summer long with me!

Having rescued one of the most amazing dogs I’ve ever met ( I might be a little biased) I want to help as many animals find their forever home too! Not only this but allowing so many more people to have the experience that I have had with my dog! The indescribable feeling to have saved an animal is something I think everyone should get to experience at some point in their life! I also think that all of these animals that didn’t deserve to be or have the choice to be homeless deserve a better life!!

I need your help! I want to raise $1500 for these amazing animals! In return Tucker and I will share our journey with you as I train for the Chicago Marathon!

Please donate to this incredible cause! Even the smallest amount can help!!

Deja Dircks
dmdircks@gmail.com

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April 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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Reading your dogs body language
by Andrea Smith, Freelance writer and BDRA volunteer

8 Significant Messages Your Dog is Sending

Is your beloved dog trying to tell you something? The fact is dogs have a language that expresses their emotions and intentions to people in their company. Most of this communication is through body language other than sounds and movements. This is their facial expression and body posture. Once you know the basics of what your canine is saying, you can determine when your pet is scared and anxious or moody and ready to snap at someone. Watching the face and body is the key.

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Keeping this in mind; here is a list of 8 significant messages your dog is sending.

Relaxed– The dog is comfortable and satisfied. This dog is carefree and without fear by anything that is happening in this setting.

Alert– Something has peaked the dog’s interest or an unfamiliar object. This points to him being on alert and remaining vigilant to any danger and if he should act

Dominant/Aggressive– Here is a dominant and confident animal. This means he is establishing his dominance and warning that he will strike if provoked.

Fearful/ Aggressive– He is spooked but not willing to relent and will attack if cornered. A dog is doing this gesture when he is facing the person who is troubling him

Stressed and Distressed– The dog is experiencing social or environment anxiety. This is an indication of his general emotions and not towards any particular person.

Fearful and worried– The canine is a bit frightened and willing to submit. This gesture is to appease the person of a higher status the dog consider a threat and wants to avoid confrontation

Extreme Fear-At this point, the animal will demonstrate submission and surrender. He is telling the individual he accepts the position before an intimidating person and begging to prevent conflict

Playfulness– This one is a signal for play time. Also associated with this, there may be enthusiastic barking or playful assaults and retreats. There is an emphasis to keep in mind that any earlier rough behavior was harmless.

Source

http://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/how-read-your-dogs-body-language/415

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How to train your dog to walk on a leash:

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.
Because all dogs, not just blind dogs can be a challenge to train to walk on a leash we thought it might be a good idea to offer a bit of a primer in taking a walk…instead of being taken for a drag….with your blind dog. One thing we want to remind you is that if your dog is blind,deaf or otherwise challenged it is important to be sure that YOU are as prepared to take him or her out as they are to BE taken out. Progress slowly, start with short walks in areas you know are safe and progress as you grow to trust your dog and they learn to trust you.

It’s important to establish a few new commands to help blind dogs be safe. Some of the new commands are “stop”, this is used to have your dog stop before he bumps into things. You can use whatever word you wish really, but the intention has to be clear to the dog, freeze where you are and do no continue to go forward. This will help keep your dog from hurting itself on common things you will run into on walks outside your own yard, sticks, wires, fences, poles etc…. Another important command to teach is “up”. “UP” is used to tell the dog that there is a step in front of them and that they may need to step up. Another equally import command is “step”, this is used to help the dog know that he is going to need to step down or walk down steps. You can also simply teach up or down for these actions. Another important command is “over here”, this is used to let the dog know where you are and allows them to follow your voice. Another way for them to find you is to place bells on your shoe laces- this gives the dog a constant sound to follow that they are familiar with and can calm them when they are unsure of where you are. All of these commands need to be in place before you ever take your pup out…. imagine tryingto negotiate a whole new world without knowing when there is danger in front of you, or when your about to step off or onto something. You can start to teach these commands inside the house and around your yard, introduce the dogs to a set of stairs in your house or even set up some stairs with stable bricks and wood for the dog to practice on. All dogs like repetition and so it is important to always use the same command and teach the same action with that command. Use your hands to help the dog understand and be patient…these are new and can be frightening…your pup will learn them in time.
Once we have these commands established it is time to, try a test walk. Remember to go slowly,particularly if their blindness is new to you or to your dog. Please remember that your dog picks up on your emotions and can tell if you are stressed, you need to be the pack leader, you need to be calm and assertive, which in turn will give your dog the confidence he or she needs to walk comfortably with you.

To get ready for your walk, put a comfortable harness on your dog and use a short leash. Some dogs like haltis or gentle leaders as well, practice with a few types of collars and styles of harness to see which one makes you and your dog most comfprtable. Start with taking your dog for a short walk inside your house on familiar ground. Please praise your dog often and give him treats. When you are comfortable with the walk in a room, expand the walk to the whole house. Make sure the walk is a positive experience and when you are both feeling comfortable go outside and continue to have a positive experience walking on the leash and praising your dog generously with good treats. Try to choose paths that can become familiar to your dog for the first few weeks, and then you can change up your routes, allow them to become confident before you ask them to continue to challenge themselves.

Soon you will find the both of you will be looking forward to going on walks.

GOOD LUCK! HAVE FUN and always make safety your priority!

While I read many articles on blind dogs to come up with this article,I did not quote any particular one, but here is the list of websites I used. http://www.ehow.com/how_7694837_teach-blind-dog-walk-leash.html
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/living-with-a-blind-dog.html
http://www.scamperingpaws.com/training/trainingblinddog.shtml
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2085&aid=3620
http://www.patrickmahaney.com/guest-blog/special-needs-training-for-owners-of-blind-dogs…

Available Dogs

Check out some of our amazing dogs still looking for forever homes

 

Shelby

Shelby is a bright eyed and bushy tailed blind and diabetic senior Border collie girl rescued by Blind Dog Rescue Alliance. Shelby was found as a stray in NC. Shelby’s hobbies include tap dancing on the hardwood floor and digging. Shelby’s beauty secret is sleeping a lot! We have no information on Shelby’s life before BDRA. Our best guess is that Shelby was an outdoor dog with little socialization. It is suspected that Shelby may have also been abused. Shelby is blind but can hear, so she does scare easily. Shelby would do best in a quiet home as an only dog or with older dogs. Shelby does like to go for walks, but sometimes her fear of strange sounds can be overwhelming for her. With Shelby’s medical needs and personality quirks, Shelby will require a local (NJ or PA) and very experienced dog adopter with no children. Please read more about sweet Shelby http://www.blinddogrescue.com/availabledogs/shelby.html

 

Bella

If you are looking for a Siberian Husky who thinks she is a lap dog –
you found your girl. Bella is a huge snuggle bug. She will not only lay
right next to you, but she will lay right on you if there is no room on
the couch. Bella loves going for car rides and walking in the park – she
has become a huge Civil War fan and has taken many walks in the
Gettysburg National Park. Bella actually has some of the best recall of
any husky that I have seen – although she can never be trusted off
leash, she is still a Sibe and will decide to explore on her own (and
boy is she a fast one!). Bella loves to play, especially with BDRA
alumni KoKo – they can run around the yard for hours non-stop, come in
for a drink of water and go right out again to run some more!

Do you have room in your heart for beautiful petite Siberian Husky?
If so fill out your application today! http://blinddogrescue.com/availabledogs/bella.html

 

Nikki

And here is Niki one of our other stunning Siberian husky’s! This beautiful Husky girl has been with her foster family since June 2014. She was pulled from a shelter with a bulging eye, having suffered an unknown injury. Her eye was subsequently removed and Niki has adapted well to being sighted in only one eye. She is an active dog who is 3-4 years young and has a lifetime of love to give her forever family.

Niki is described by her foster mom as a goofy, sweet girl who loves to give kisses. She is generally quiet in the home but will sometimes make noise if she believes mom is giving her attention to dogs in another part of the house. Niki is crate trained and likes to spend quiet time in her crate. She sometimes has accidents in the crate, however, if she’s not let out in a timely manner. Niki has a positive response to treats and will do best in a home that is experienced with huskies and can provide structure for her. Niki also has been known to ingest items she finds on the floor. For this reason, she is not recommended for a home with small children who may drop things on the floor.

Niki knows commands and enjoys spending time outdoors. She will make a loving companion to the right human. To apply to adopt Niki through BDRA, please click here… http://blinddogrescue.com/availabledogs/niki.html
Click here to go to our website and see more available dogs

Happy Tails
Recently adopted dogs and updates on some of our alumni
Congratulations to our sweet babies Mike

Mike
,Bit O honey,

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Sam

Sam
Mattie

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And beautiful Delilah

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all who got adopted this month!

Mike actually got adopted the last day of last month so we figured we would continue the celebration for him a little longer!!!
And a few happy tails for some alumni who are happily living in their new homes!
Blizzard is doing great. He is an awesome dog and has filled out nicely. He has a blast with his golden brother Yogi and even foster Sammie joins in the play. Blizzard is happy and healthy and I think his vision must be a little better because he has seen the deer in our yard a few times.

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LOKI
Loki is adored by his new parents who cant imagine their home without him!

 

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Tips and Tricks For living with your amazing dog!!!
By: Tamara Miller
Tamara has been involved in rescue for over 15 years and has a special focus on Weimaraner rescue (with tw oof her own rescued weims) and dogs with special needs. She is a foster parent for BDRA.
Spring is in the air, and with that comes the allergies, the bee stings, the constant rolling in, well, who knows what….and so we thought a quick peek at some common household human meds you can use in a pinch if you cant get to a vet right away and you have a dog like mine!!!!!

Recipes:

Grain Free Bad Breath Busting Biscuits for your Dog
Makes about 1 dozen biscuits for large dogs or 2-3 dozen for small dogs.
Preheat the oven to 350 F

2 cups Coconut Flour (or gluten free mix flour works too)
1/2 cup Oats (gluten free)
1/4 tsp Salt (option– will help to preserve the biscuits)
1/4 tsp Cinnamon (do not use pumpkin pie spice because dogs do not tolerate nutmeg)
Substitution: 1 drop cinnamon essential oil
2 Bananas
2 TBSP Peanut/Almond/Sunflower Seed butter
2 TBSP Coconut Oil
3 Eggs
Peppermint Essential Oil
Toy breeds: 3 drops
Small dogs: 4 drops
Medium dogs: 5 drops
Large dogs: 6 drops
X-large dogs: 7 drops
Mix the dry ingredients (flour, oats and cinnamon spice) in a mixing bowl. Set aside. In another bowl mix the bananas, nut butter, coconut oil and eggs until throughly incorporated. Add the essential oil and stir to combine.

Mix the dry ingredients slowly into the wet ingredients until combined. The dough is a bit crumbly– this is fine and to be expected. You can add a bit more banana if you need to get it to hold together better.

Place the dough over floured wax paper and roll out until you get the height you want your dog biscuits to be– roughly 1/4 inch. Use a knife or a cookie cutter to cut the shapes you would like and place them on a cookie sheet.

Put the dog biscuits into the oven for 20-30 minutes (depending on the size of the cutouts). Place them on a cookie rack to cool and they will become even crispier.

These are GREAT! They smell like oatmeal cookies with a twist.

REMEMBER: When ingesting essential oils, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you use high quality brands which are made for ingestion. Essential oil brands meant for aromatherapy or topical use only can damage the health of your dog when ingested. Always read your labels!

These biscuits are perishable so they last about 1 week at room temperature and 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator. If you want to change this a little for fall– you can substitute the 2 bananas for 2/3 cup of pumpkin puree. Yum!!

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Taken from www.overthrownmartha.com

Tips and Tricks for Dog Owners
By Heather Maher-Heather currently has two rescue cats.

Many BDRA members are parents to multiple dogs so any tip or trick that makes exercising, feeding, medicating, grooming or training a little easier helps. We gathered some of the best advice from around the Internet geared toward owners of multiple dogs or dogs who might be a little more high maintenance for health reasons or previous (stressful) life experiences.

  1. Lavender Bandana
    If you have a dog with anxiety or high stress, try putting a few drops of calming lavender oil on a bandana and tie it around your dog’s neck.

  2. Tooth Brushing
    Spread doggie toothpaste on a chew toy or nylon rope so he self-brushes.

  3. Fleas
    Make your own flea shampoo with 1 cup Dawn detergent, 1 cup white vinegar and a quart of warm water. Massage into fur and let sit for 5 minutes, rinse.

  4. Hair Removal
    To clean dog hair off carpets or furniture, drag a shower/windshield squeegee across – Ikea sells them for $2.

  5. Lap Time
    Many dogs but only one lap? Fill an old pair of jeans with stuffing and arrange on a chair/couch with “legs” crossed to simulate a human lap that smells like you.

  6. Homemade Pill Pockets
    Mix 1 T peanut butter, 1 T milk 2 T flour. Form into little pockets and store in freezer or fridge

  7. Easier Medicating
    Put a small amount of peanut butter in each section of an ice cube tray. Put the pill(s) into the peanut butter, then put more PB on top. Freeze and pop one out at pill time. Can also be done with no sugar added applesauce.

  8. Upset Stomach Cure
    Add low-sodium chicken broth to your dog’s drinking water, or make a mash of tender cooked chicken and plain rice.

  9. Constipation Cure
    Mix some pumpkin puree into their food.

  10. Ear Care
    Put a few drops of warm olive oil on a cotton ball and use it to gently massage the inside of your dog’s ears. Never use a Q-tip.
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Fundraisers

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How you can help support Blind Dog Rescue Alliance
APRIL 1- 30th
Ready to do some guilt-free shopping for a great cause? Support blind dog rescue and help us reach our fundraising goals this year. To support us, click here to shop Mixed Bag Designs online and we get 40% of the purchase!

Mixed Bag Designs has tons of colorful and fun products including totes, kitchenware, travel bags, accessories and more. Forward this email on to your friends and family to spread the word about our fundraiser!

How To Order
Shop the Mixed Bag Designs Website
Pay for your order online with a credit card – your order is shipped directly to you!
At checkout on the Review/Submit Order Page double check that 244006 is in the “School/Fundraiser ID#” field. You can also enter the name of the participant that referred you in the “Referred By” field for them to receive credit.
Happy Shopping,
Blind Dog Rescue

BISSELL’s Partners for Pets (ongoing Partner)
Blind Dog Rescue Alliance is proud to be a Partner for Pets! BISSELL and LostPetUSA.net have teamed up to help organizations like ours raise money, and now you can help too! When you purchase pet products on bissell.com and enter the code ADOPT at checkout, a portion of your purchase will be donated to our organization!
It’s simple.
· Shop pet products on www.bissell.com
· Enter the code ADOPT at checkout
· Then select our organization!
Learn more at www.bissell.com/partnersforpets.

April 28th one day event Three scoops of vanilla.
Beautiful handmade Jewelry, apparel,custom bracelets and original art work.
BDRA will receive 20%
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We have another great opportunity to help BDRA get some extra $$
Its HSN 1,000 dollar a day charity give away! Click the link below and put in the info and we have a chance to win!!!
http://click.email.hsn.com/?qs=fbef4e14502a207bfccc8739d3e28ed6ac1b46196690debce9819af46044cfe2769a05855cfcd8d6

All nominations are due no later than April 7, 2015.
This is the information you will need to fill in about BDRA.

Please tell us a little bit about your favorite charity/organization:
Yes for 501(c)3 Charity.

Name of Charity The Blind Dog Rescue Alliance
Contact Person Tara Shepherd
Charity Web address blinddogrescue.org
Charity phone number 203-246-8576
Physical Address 11 Bungay Terr
Seymour,CT 06483

DESIGN A TEA

You can create a custom blend of tea or choose from one of their signature blends! So many delicious options.

The Blind Dog Rescue Alliance is running an on-line FUNDRAISING PROGRAM from March 30th- April 10th What does that mean? This Awesome organization will be getting 25% of all product sales when the code word BDRA is entered in the “Coupon Code” during check out. This will ALSO get you a reduced shipping fee *** If paying via PAYPAL – see the “Details” section for detailed instructions. If ordered below- your canister/packet will come with a BDRA customized label!!! Three sizes to choose from. Don’t stop there- that was 25% of ALL products purchased on this site…so start here and explore Design a Tea for more great holiday gifts!!! :)

Thank you to everyone for supporting this fundraiser and raising $$$ for BDRA!!!! :)

Click on the link below and start shopping.
http://www.designatea.com/products.php?cat=7

Yankee Candles
Blind Dog Rescue Alliance is selling Yankee Candles!!! For each order, BDRA gets 40%!!! Time to think SPRING and SUMMER smells like fruits and flowers, ice cream and walks along the beach!!! You can start your shopping and help blind dogs today!!!
Just go to http://www.yankeecandlefundraising.comand use group number 990053323 in order for BDRA to get credit.

CONGRATULATIONS and many thanks to everyone who participated in our T-shirt photo and calendar contest last month!
Here are the results!

First place goes to: Diello with 1115 votes! Congratulations!

The month pages go to the following dogs in order:

Hero 1113
Gizmo 606
Lincoln & emmett 460
Kimi 290
Hugo 214
China Cat Sunflower 205
Cash 195
Newton 190
Lipton 100
Galileo Schreiber 97
Jasmine 91
Hope 78

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Volunteer Spotlight
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 our special volunteers
With two teenage sons, a husband, a full time job and a gaggle of assorted pets, one would think Linda Sobieski has nary a moment to spare. However, this amazing woman is one of the Illinois/Indiana regional coordinators for IMPS, the Internet Miniature Pinscher Service, and is also the fundraising coordinator for BDRA. Linda takes great pride in being a member of the BDRA family. She recollects finding BDRA in 2010 through a volunteer of IMPS who needed assistance with a home check for a blind dog in her area. Officially joining BDRA as a volunteer in 2011, she was approached to spearhead fundraising efforts for BDRA in 2012. While Linda can’t recall how many fundraisers she has run on behalf of BDRA, she points out that since January 1, BDRA has earned over $1,000 through the efforts of the fundraising team and BDRA supporters!

Daily e-mails, tweets, and Facebook postings help to get the word out about BDRA’s fundraising initiatives while the team investigates new, unique, and innovative ideas to bring in monies to provide the care our dogs desperately need. Linda takes great pride in her involvement with BDRA expressing, “I love this rescue and promote it all over the place.” She does such a great job that her niece was moved to adopt Twizzler from our organization.

Caring for others comes naturally to Linda, a home health and occupational therapist. While her flexible schedule allows her to be at home for her kids and attend their school functions, she also volunteers at a local school one day a week in addition to doing home visits, making follow up phone calls to adoptive families for IMPS, Linda has also been involved with processing volunteer applications and organizing fundraising efforts for BDRA. As a foster mom, Linda takes great pride in spoiling her littlest foster, Ellie, who is just 5 weeks old. Having been weaned from her mother too early, this happy pup lets Linda pick her up and will eat from Linda’s hands. The mother, who was rescued from a puppy mill, also captured Linda’s heart after she was kept from her puppies and fractured her leg trying to get to them. Her own little boy, Gilbert, is losing his eyesight. Linda compensates for this by adapting their living environment including keeping bells by the door and clapping for him to locate her. She caters to him by blending his food with water since he will no longer drink water on his own since losing his sight.

Aside from her involvement with animal rescue, Linda is a ardent supporter of our troops and the Wounded Warrior Foundation, sending care packages to deployed soldiers, crocheting scarves for veterans, and corresponding with soldiers actively on assignment. Her current brood includes three of her own dogs, 4 fosters for IMPS, aquatic turtles, fresh and salt water fish, a gecko, tree frogs, and koi. At one time, her home was the residence of 17 dogs, mostly fosters waiting for their forever home. While Linda credits her ability to juggle the demands on her time to a supportive family, she has a ‘can-do’ attitude that is infectious and inspiring!

Linda looks forward to upcoming opportunities to raise money to ensure that our special dogs can continue to get the care that they need. Current fundraisers include Flower Power and Amazon Smile, where shoppers can donate .5% of their purchase to BDRA at no additional cost to them. She looks forward to hosting a much requested coffee fundraiser as well as Home Shopping Network’s HSN Cares Giveaway where BDRA can win $1,000 to support our mission. Be on the look out for these and other great opportunities to support BDRA!

If you know a BDRA volunteer you’d like to be spotlighted in next month’s newsletter, please contact the newsletter team!
newsletter@blinddogrescue.org
N E W Y O R K E V E N T S!!
EVENT: Syracuse Crunch Pucks for Paws Hockey Game (Syracuse Crunch vs. Rochester Americans)
http://www.syracusecrunch.com/
PLACE: War Memorial at OnCenter, Syracuse, NY
DATE/TIME: Saturday, March 28th, 7:00 pm to ?
SET UP: 6:00 pm
VOLUNTEERS: Needed
ALL V O L U N T E E R S W E L C O M E !
DOGS: None
REGISTRATION: Confirmed

EVENT: Curtis Lumber’s Pet-a-Palooza
http://www.clpetapalooza.com/
PLACE: Curtis Lumber, Hamilton, NY
DATE/TIME: Saturday, June 20, 10:00 – 3:00
SET UP: 9:00 am
VOLUNTEERS: Needed)
ALL V O L U N T E E R S W E L C O M E!
DOGS: Watson most likely
REGISTRATION: registration sent

PA and NJ events!!!!!

SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Confirmed
EVENT: York Pet & Reptile Expo
PLACE: York Expo Center
334 Carlisle Ave
York, PA 17404
TIME: 9am – 5p
NEED VOLUNTEERS

SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Confirmed
EVENT: Bark For Life
PLACE: Pottstown Memorial Park
King & Manatawny Streets
Pottstown, PA
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
SET UP: 7:00/7:30 a.m.
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: Katie Schultz, katieschultz91@gmail.com
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys & Ron, Clara-Jean & John
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT: Gladys
SATURDAY APRIL 18, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Confirmed
EVENT: Pet Supply Plus
PLACE: Pet Supply Plus
700 Nutt Road
Phoenixville, PA
TIME: 10am – 2p
SET UP:
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: Chris or Paul
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys, Kristen
NEED VOLUNTEERS
BDRA CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT:
DOGS:
REGISTRATION FEE:

SATURDAY APRIL 25, 2015 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Confirmed
EVENT: Wet Nose Spring Pet Fair
PLACE: Warminster Community Park
300 Veterans Circle
Warminster, PA 18974
TIME: 10am – 4pm
SET UP: 8am
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: Stephen Leslie, steveleslie25@aol.com
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys & Ron , Rose
NEED VOLUNTEERS
Maryland Events

Saturday April 25
4th Annual Pugs for Pinky Event (rain or shine)
Harford Equestrian Center, 608 N Tollgate Rd, Bel Air, MD 21014
Checking on times. This is the first time doing this event.
Sunday April 26
Baltimore March for the Animals
Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD
10-2 (I will be there at 0730 to set up)

The Rainbow Bridge

Honoring those who wait for us

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Welcome to Daisy’s Rescue. We are all about helping humans and rescue groups learn useful tricks and tips on how to take care of and rescue dogs. Please feel free to leave comments and questions you may have for us. We are here for you.

Today’s session is about :

How to Care for a Blind Dog
By Debbie Marks, Blind Dog Rescue Alliance

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Debbie’s blind Bichon, Frosty

At some point, a dog owner may hear the scary words from their vet that their dog is going blind. That’s what happened to me… and I had no idea what to do. Several years ago, I adopted a senior Bichon named Frosty. About a year after his adoption, our vet noticed that Frosty’s eye pressures were somewhat high, and we saw an ophthalmologist. Frosty was diagnosed with glaucoma. We were able to control his pressures with drops several times a day for quite a while. But the time came when the pressure in one eye was no longer controllable, and Frosty was in continual pain. His eye was removed. A year later, his other eye had to be removed. Frosty was now completely blind.

Frosty began bumping into things in the home he’d been in for years. I didn’t know how to help him. An online search led me to a blind dog owner support group on Yahoo, and they, in turn, led me to the Blind Dog Rescue Alliance (BDRA). BDRA helped me to learn that blind dogs can, and do, have wonderful, active, exciting, and joyful lives, just like sighted dogs. I learned that being blind did not define Frosty, that he was still the same loving little boy he always was. I decided to volunteer. Maybe I could help someone else.

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Tuffy, Debbie’s blind Pomeranian foster

After I joined, I decided I very much wanted to foster a blind dog, and so I went through BDRA’s foster process. I had my personal and vet references checked, and a home visit was completed. I was nervous about getting my first foster dog, but quickly volunteered to foster Tuffy, a completely blind Pomeranian with unregulated diabetes. How would I deal with a blind dog who’s never been here before? How would I “show” Tuffy the house?

While blind dogs adapt very well to almost any home situation, there are some things you can do to make your home safe and comfortable for them. Check your home before bringing in a blind dog, or if your own dog has gone blind. You’ll need to gate the stairs, pool, and any other areas where your dog can fall and injure himself, and you’ll want to pad sharp corners or other obstacles, such as with pipe insulation. When introducing a blind dog into your home, as you would with any dog, be careful with your introductions because a blind dog cannot read another dog’s signals. I introduce a new foster dog to my current dogs through the chain link fence of my back yard.

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Shelby, blind Border Collie available for adoption

I learned not to pick Tuffy up and put him down somewhere else, but to guide him to show him what I wanted him to know, such as where the water was or how to get outside. Otherwise, he had no idea how he arrived there. I learned to keep a new dog’s harness and leash on until he learns the lay of the land and I learn his behavior as well. And I started talking to my dogs – a lot – so they always had a sense of where I was. I also learned that as much as I didn’t like to see a dog bump, bumping is a normal part of a blind dog’s learning, or mapping, his surroundings.

Surprisingly, I also learned that I can move the furniture, although I do keep their water in the same place. There will be some bumping as the dog maps the new layout, but he should be fine within a day or two. And please remember to protect him from sharp corners and other areas where he may get injured!

Some people use different textured mats to designate different areas, or safe areas, that the dogs can feel with their feet. For example, I use the rubber outside welcome mats to designate the “safe” path from the back door of the house to the ramp and then to the lawn. Others prefer to use scent.

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If you have other dogs, you may want to put jingly tags on them so the blind dog knows where they are and is not startled. I also learned to use vocabulary – in addition to the usual SIT and COME commands, etc., I also teach UP, DOWN (for steps up and down, curbs, etc.), and STOP (as an emergency word – a dog needs to stop right away). Some people also teach RIGHT and LEFT and SLOW/EASY, so that the dog knows to go slowly and carefully as something is in his way. Whatever is most comfortable for you will work!

Blind dogs should not be left outside unsupervised, and recently, the BDRA board of directors has voted to prohibit the use of electronic/invisible fences. And even though you might feel badly, a blind dog also needs discipline just like any other dog! But most of all, I learned that a blind dog is a dog first, regardless of his blindness.

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Reprinted with permission from the Blind Dog Rescue Alliance.
Debbie Marks is the Secretary of the Blind Dog Rescue Alliance, a 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 blind dogs. For more information, to donate to the 501(c)(3) organization or to see blind or visually impaired dogs available for adoption, please visit their website at BlindDogRescue.org

To contact the Blind Dog Rescue:

adoption@blinddogrescue.org

volunteer@blinddogrescue.org

fundraising@blinddogrescue.org

info@blinddogrescue.org

 

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