2016-11 Blind Dog Rescue Fund Raiser

DESIGN A TEA

It is the perfect time of year to stock up on tea! Nothing better than a cup of tea . I love this fundraiser because it is different than most. 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 Oct 17th- Nov 1st. 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.
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Tons of Fun

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. For your convenience we have added links to the products that we like to use, and or are featured here in the article. Use these links to find the product to purchase or to research.
Today’s session is about Obesity in Dogs.

It seems since the 1980’s the human population has been steadily growing in size (I don’t mean an increase in the number of people, I mean the increase in the size of people), and it seems that dogs are also getting bigger. Many people think that a fat dog is a happy dog. This is simply not true. Many people also believe that just because a dog will eat that he or she is constantly hungry, again this is simply not true. Dogs suffer the same effects from being over weight as humans do. These effects can be joint pain, diabetes, muscle atrophy, poor cardio health, kidney problem and shortness of breath just to name a few. The reality is that obesity in dogs can be prevented 100%. As with most problems with dogs, its the humans that cause the problem with obesity. Dogs don’t go to the store and buy there own food, nor do they feed themselves, humans do.

So, we know how dogs get fat, lets work on how we can get them thin again. The obvious answer is simple, FEED THEM LESS! Thats it. I feed my  dogs based on their waist size. My Chihuahua Maggie gets an 1/8th of a cup of food (Orijen Puppy), she weights 7 pounds. When we first found her she weighted 6 pounds and we fed her a 1/4 cup twice a day and she ballooned up to a whopping 8 pounds. Little Maggie was very quickly losing her girlish figure, so we had to step in and help her get het figure back. We dropped her to an 1/8th of a cup and now she maintains her 7 pounds and has a great hourglass figure.Maggie Mayhem

See how Maggie’s waist goes up from her chest? She is in prime condition.

Maggie looking cute

We like Orijen Puppy because it has small kibble and it has the highest amount of glucosamine and chondroitin of all the Orijen food formulas. When we can’t get the Puppy formula, we buy Orijen Adult , it’s basically the same formula only larger kibble and slightly less chondroitin and glucosamine. When we have dogs that have allergies, we use Orijen 6 Fish . The fish formula is grain free as is all Orijen foods, but it is just fish protein. Some dogs are allergic to birds, so feeding them a food that does not have turkey or chicken is important.

Daisy is a 17 pound girl and we feed her Orijen Puppy as well. We fed her a 1/4 cup twice a day and she maintains her hour glass girlish figure.

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Daisy has her big chest and a small waist, she is looking great. This photo was when she was at her foster Mom’s right before we adopted her.

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This is Daisy telling you to feed your dogs the correct amount!

We recently took in Buster a handsome Beagle boy. When we got him he was 50 pounds! He was huge and on a diet of cheap food. Right away he went on Orijen Puppy, and given smaller controlled portions and he lost weight! He is now down to 35 pounds. We give him 1/3 cup twice a day.

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Buster has a nice waist now.

Buster the handsome boy.

Buster is such a handsome boy.

Another way dogs get fat is treats! We feed our dogs healthy natural treats that are naturally low calorie! My dogs get a baby carrot just before they go to bed and they get just as excited as if I was giving them steak! Baby carrots are a lot less calories too. My treats are grain free, contain no sugars and no added colors or cancer causing preservatives. Read labels, I can stress this enough. READ LABELS! Any treat or food with grain, digest, sugar, molasses, color, by products, BHT, BHA, BPA, ethoxyquin, these are ALL BAD!

Here are some low calories healthy treats! Baby carrots, frozen green beans, dehydrated sweet potatoes, romaine lettuce, peas, dehydrated turkey, dehydrated beef, dehydrated pork, I dehydrate all my treats myself.

Lets talk about diet dog food and low calorie dog food that you can buy at the pet food store or from your vets. This type of food is a marketing ploy by dog food companies to make money. The food is no better for your dog than regular food, in fact it may actually be worse as it may contain fillers and additives that your dog does not need. You will find that most “diet” foods are more expensive than regular food. So the pet food companies prey on your feeling bad for over feeding your dog, they don’t tell you to feed less, but buy more expensive, lower quality food to help your dog slim down! What I have found by talking to people buying “diet” food at vets offices, is that the dog doesn’t lose weight, because the humans still over feed them. The vets are making more money and the pet food companies are making a mint!

So do the right thing and just feed your dog less until his or her waist comes back, this can be a little at a time, just like humans. No need to starve your dog, just feed him based on his waist.

We love the Orijen dog food, we think it is the best dry food on the market. If you want to try it please click on the links in this article.

Go here to see Orijen food

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2016 Blind Dog Rescue Alliance April Monthly News Letter

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

In this issue:

Top Paw Volunteer
Happy Tails
Fundraiser Focus
Upcoming Events
Rainbow Bridge

Volunteer Extraordinaire: Gladys DiCanio

Congratulations to Gladys DiCanio, the new BDRA Top Paw Volunteer. Gladys received multiple nominations and nominators wrote that “Gladys does a ton of events all year round. Between April and Oct she can do upwards of 20 events. She does a monthly event at her local pet store all year round. Gladys also handles event items and gets them out to whomever needs them.”

‘’Gladys is a wonderful representative of BDRA at the meets and greets at various pet stores. Gladys shares information and stories about her experiences with dogs both blind and sighted, making people feel comfortable to ask questions as well as  donate or purchase BDRA items (t-shirts, calendars, etc.) for sale on her table.”

Gladys has fostered and adopted Luna and is currently fostering puppy Muffin. Thank you for everything you do!

Happy Tails

By Dena Desantis

Petey
Adopted in September 2015, Petey (below) has quickly settled into his “fur”ever home. His “paw”rents report he’s “doing awesome” and lament, “He’s growing up so fast!” He’s become one of the pack and enjoys playing ball with his sisters in the field. He’s also been enjoying playing in the snow, jumping in as if he didn’t have a care in the world! Recently neutered, Petey rebounded from his surgery without incident. A happy, healthy boy he was up to his usual shenanigans within hours. Continuing to learn signs, commands, and expectations, Petey is proud to represent BDRA. Do you have room for a young boy who’s eager to please? If so, please visit our adoptable dogs…

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Seger
A picture is worth a thousand words! Seger (below) is being cradled by his dad and is surrounded by his furry siblings. Can you feel the love? THREE dogs in this picture are BDRA alumni. Could you see yourself in this setting? If you have time and love to give, please visit our adoptable dogs.

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Adoptable Dogs
Fundraiser Focus
Treat Me Right

Treat Me Right has a special fundraiser for BDRA from April 1 to 12. You can support us by purchasing special BDRA treats, or any of the other tasty treats they make. All treats are made from human-grade, high protein, low fat, all natural and/or organic USA-sourced ingredients. There frosting is sugar-free, fat-free, all natural yogurt (reduced to powder form) and is colored with natural fo​od coloring with no artificial ingredients. ​Check it out at Treatmeright.org.

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Thank you, Tamara!

The BDRA newsletter team would like to thank Tamara Miller-Kain for her dedication to coordinating the newsletter since its inception. With Tamara retiring from the newsletter, we will do our best to keep up her amazing work. Thank you, Tamara!

Do you have doggie updates to share? Would you like to join the BDRA newsletter team? Let us know!
Contact Us

Upcoming Events

For a list of all upcoming events check us out on facebook!

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

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

SATURDAY, APRIL 9: Volunteers Needed
Pets Plus Supply
700 Nutt Rd.
Phoenixville, PA
10am – 2pm
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys

SATURDAY APRIL 16, 2016: Volunteers Needed
Boardwaddle
6th & the Boardwalk
Ocean City, NJ
12noon – 4pm
CONTACT: TSBHR, Amy Allen tsbr_allen@yahoo.com
Registration Deadline – Saturday, April 9, 2016

SATURDAY, APRIL 16: Volunteers Needed
Bark for Life
Memorial Park
Pottstown, PA
9am – 1pm
SET UP: 7am
CONTACT: Katie Schultz, 484-366-1735
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys & Ron

SUNDAY, April 17: Volunteers Needed
Hanover PetCo
11am – 2pm
VOLUNTEERS: Deb

SAT-SUN, APRIL 23-24: Volunteers Needed
Pet Appreciation Weekend
Pet Valu
1034 2nd Street PK
Richboro, PA 18951
10am – 2pm
CONTACT: Kathy Cannon, 215-355-3362
VOLUNTEERS: Rose

SATURDAY APRIL 30: Volunteers Needed
May Day in York
John Rudy Park
10am – 2pm
VOLUNTEERS: Deb

SATURDAY APRIL 30: Confirmed
Wet Nose Fair
Warminster Community Park
300 Veterans Way
Warminster, PA
10am – 4pm
CONTACT: Steve Leslie, 267-684-6187
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys & Ron

Events Contact

Rainbow Bridge

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BRDA adopters recently said goodbye to these beloved dogs.

This feature is not available this month, we are sorry, this feature will be available again next month. Thank you for your understanding.
Copyright © 2015 Blind Dog Rescue Alliance, All rights reserved.

Our email address is:newsletter@blinddogrescue.com

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2016 Blind Dog Rescue Alliance March Newsletter

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March 2016 Newsletter

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

In this issue:

Educating the public on how to approach your blind dog
Meet Forever Foster Zara
Fundraiser Focus
Foster Spotlight
Rainbow Bridge
Upcoming events and recently adopted dogs

Educating the Public: How to approach a Blind Dog

by Charlie Mozitis

When you initially look at a blind dog, you may think “poor thing, how does he get around?”. But if you look at dogs as a whole, blind dogs aren’t that different then dogs with sight. Dogs use their nose more than their eyes, it sounds crazy but it is true. Watch a dog interact with their environment and you will see the dog sniff everything. Last night I was sitting on the couch with my Daisy sitting next to me. I went to pet her and even though she could see that my hand was empty, she sniffed my hand looking for treats. If you have ever watched Cesar Milan on TV, you will see him talking about how he wants dogs to use their noses when greeting other dogs and not their eyes. Having said all this, there are some differences with blind dogs.

Because blind dogs can’t see, they rely on their noses even more. So when we approach a blind dog, we need to give the dog some space and some time for them to “pick up” our scents. So, as you approach the dog, speak, so he can hear you before he can smell you. Let him pick up your smell and then put out your hand near his nose so he can sense that you are close, then you can pet him being gentle so you do startle him.

If you are lucky enough to have a blind dog as part of your family, you probably have your dog trained with “warning cues”. These “cues” may include “step up” when approaching a curb or steps etc. Another “warning cue” that could be added is “pet”, so when someone wants to pet your dog, he won’t be startled.

Some things to remember is that since blind dogs can’t see, you don’t want to startle them by sneaking up on them and touching them without warning. Also, don’t disturb a blind dog when he is sleeping. With a sighted dog, if you wake them, they can instantly see you, with a blind dog, they have to sniff and hear to become oriented to where they are.

So, remember always approach your blind dog while talking to him and allowing him to recognize you by allowing him to sniff you. Don’t forget to use the “pet cue” before you touch him. By following these simple suggestions, your blind dog can be confident and have a happy stress free life.

Please remember to respect your dog and any other dog you may encounter. No dog should be obligated to be petted. If your dog is showing signs of not wanting to be petted, respect him and don’t allow anyone to pet him. The same goes if you meet a dog, if they do not want to be petted, respect that and give them the space they are asking for.

Meet Zara

By Dena Desantis

This beautiful girl became part of the BDRA family 5 years ago. Initially reported to be 1-2 years old and blind, it soon became apparent that Zara did have some sight and was likely to be closer to 3 or 4. It also became apparent that Zara suffered with some type of neurological issue. Shortly after arriving to her experienced foster mom (Cheri, a dedicated volunteer who has the proud distinction of being BDRA’s first foster mom), Zara began to have severe seizures. She would sit in her crate for hours on end with the door open and didn’t respond to encouragement to join the family. She began a medication regimen but became more confused and began to have accidents in the house. She would look in your direction if you called her name but didn’t seem to understand that you wanted her to come to you.

While Zara could enjoy a quality life, it was difficult to find a family interested in taking on the huge commitment for her care. One potential adopter found she did not have ability to provide for Zara’s many needs and returned her after just a few days, causing Zara to become more confused and disoriented.

With love and patience, Cheri and her family helped Zara to regain confidence. Unfortunately, Zara had a setback this summer when she became completely blind, leaving her unable to find her way back inside. However, after having been seizure free for two years, the veterinarian recommended discontinuing the prescribed seizure medication. This, along with continued love, support, and positive reinforcement from her forever foster family, contributed to a positive change for Zara and she’s achieved more mental clarity and alertness. Zara has re-learned coming in and out of the house on her own but she continues to experience the circling behavior associated with neurological impairment. Although she is easily stressed by new people, car rides, and unfamiliar situations, she has settled in to the home that she will know forever with a Scottish Terrier to be her best friend and eyes.

Zara is a content girl who enjoys the company of her foster mother and grandfather. She makes herself comfortable on the rug and will lie there for hours accepting treats, kisses, and hugs from her family. Zara loves treats, back rubs, and affection. She’s an amazing example of the time and effort BDRA’s foster families give to the dogs they eagerly welcome into their homes. Passionate about BDRA’s mission to better the lives of sight impaired fur children but unmistakably humble about her integral role in helping Zara, Cheri expressed, “We’ve given her love. That’s not really a lot of work.”

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Support a Forever Foster
Fundraiser Focus

Help Blind Dog Rescue raise much needed funds through our partner Whip City Candle Company!!!

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.

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Foster spotlight

Are YOU ready to meet the love of your life?

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Duncan our handsome senior

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Olaf the adorable

There are SO many more!! Go check out our adoptable dogs and fill our an application today!

Adopt Me

Rainbow Bridge

BRDA adopters recently said goodbye to these beautiful dogs.

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Virgil:

Virgil had a wonderful life with his adoptive mom, Gigi, who adored him. Sadly, he passed away on February 9. Adopted several years ago, he will also be greatly missed by his family and his long-term foster, Cheri. Rest in peace little Virgil.

Olive:

Olive, was a sweet and gentle senior who was both deaf and blind, she passed away on February 16. Olive was fortunate to know the love of her forever mom, Priscilla, following the loving foster care given by Carol in 2014. Olive was both deaf and blind but as Priscilla recalls, “She filled my world with a special love. She never saw my face…she never heard my voice, though I spoke to her all day. My scent and my touch was how she knew me, and when she connected to it her tail would slowly wag and pick up speed as I got closer.”

Priscilla is grateful to have had the opportunity to love Olive at the end of her life, “Olive fulfilled what she was meant to do for me, and I fulfilled what I was meant to do for her.”

Upcoming Events

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

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

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

PENNSYLVANIA EVENTS for 2016

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

SUNDAYMARCH 13, 2016 – Confirmed– Volunteers Needed
EVENT: Hanover PetCo
PLACE:
TIME: 11am – 2pm

NEED VOLUNTEERS

NEW JERSEY EVENTS

SATURDAY APRIL 16, 2016– Volunteers Needed
EVENT: Boardwaddle
PLACE: 6th & the Boardwalk
Ocean City, NJ
(on the field behind the Civic Center, next to the High School Football Field)
TIME: 12noon – 4pm
SET UP: after 9am
RAINDATE:
CONTACT INFO: TSBHR, Amy Allen, Box 24, Pennsville, NJ 08070. tsbr_allen@yahoo.com
VOLUNTEERS:
NEED VOLUNTEERS

Events Contact

Look Who Got Adopted!

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Our puppies Seger and ZIMBA!!
shown here playing with their foster sister

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Congratulations on your furever homes!

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Our email address is:
newsletter@blinddogrescue.com

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2016 Blind Dog Rescue Alliance February Monthly News Letter

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

In this issue:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Transport: Transport@BlindDogRescue.com

Volunteer Application

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Fundraiser Focus

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

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

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

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

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

Rocky, who was a forever foster passed away in his sleep, January 2016. Barb, will miss you. 42997018-684f-40b3-af07-4871fbf2a795

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

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Upcoming Events

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

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

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

PENNSYLVANIA EVENTS for 2016

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

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

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

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

Events Contact

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Look Who Got Adopted!

December 2015

Rosabelle 26c05389-84c4-4b9d-8db2-a929352ce678

Lucy 92de5e48-274d-4982-827b-2c4c829b7f16

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

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

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

Congratulations on your furever homes!

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Grover A Very Special Soul

Meet Grover

grover enjoying the sunshine

Original Description:

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

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

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

Grover just after surgery.
Grover just after surgery.

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

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

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

Grover enjoying his yard.
Grover enjoying his yard.

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

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

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

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

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

Daisy.

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2016 BlindDog Rescue Alliance January News Letter

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

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

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

by Kate Naito, CDT-KA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Volunteer Application

FUND RAISER FOCUS!

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

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Foster spotlight
By: Dena Desantis

Meet LEVI!

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

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

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

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

To apply to adopt Levi, please click here…

Adopt Me

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Rainbow Bridge

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

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

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

Look Who Got Adopted!
December 2015

Joey 10809478-ed6d-45ac-a6c6-34f22ae7fd2c

Lucy 7f916697-351f-45f4-b0d1-fe8f7aff483d

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

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

Olaf a7c3536d-9cef-4951-b6e5-5c92bff918b5

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

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

Sinatra (sorry no picture)

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

Congratulations on your furever homes!

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