2015-10 Blind Dog Rescue Alliance October News Letter

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October 2015 Newsletter

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

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Kinds of Group Classes for Blind Dogs

By Kate Naito

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Forever Friends

By Kimberly Caro

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

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Forever Foster Bones

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

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Forever Foster Kimi

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

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Forever Foster Gretchen

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

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

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

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

By Heather Maher-
Heather currently has two rescue cats.

Tips for dealing with the spooks of Halloween!

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

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

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

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

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

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email us your tips and tricks for next months newsletter

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

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MEET NOOKA

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

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

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

FOSTER HOMES NEEDED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To meet all of our adoptable dogs please click here

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HAPPY TAILS
Dogs That recently found their Forever Home

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DALLAS!

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Darla!

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Huckelberry!
And some updates from Alumni

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

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

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

Nikita continues to do very well.

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

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

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

Hope every dog at BDRA is happy.

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

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

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

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PLEASE click on the link and donate- and dont forget to share it with all your friends and family!
http://de.gofund.me/dc47hbnr

Hello everyone!!! Hope you enjoyed this first weekend of Fall! Everything cozy, pumpkin, warm and yummy are on the horizon which means this is the PERFECT time for our new fundraiser! It starts September 30,2015 so be sure to check it out!

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

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

Thanks for all the support!
BDRA
The Fundraising Team

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

This is an ongoing fundraiser.

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

 

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Yankee Candle Fundraising

Group # 990053323

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

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

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

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

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

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

Link to BLIND DOG ALLIANCE Shopping Page

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

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

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

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Volunteer Spotlight

Meet our special volunteers

By:Dena Desantis

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

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

How can I make a difference?

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

I’m interested… What do I do now?

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

BDRA Mark Your Calendars

BDRA’s Upcoming Events!
NEW JERSEY

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

1 Morning Star Way

Bayville, NJ 08721

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

VOLUNTEERS:

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

PENNSYLVANIA EVENTS for 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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