Blind Dog Rescue Fund Raiser June 19 – 25th, 2015

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Blind Dog Rescue Fundraiser
June 19-25th

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!

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

2015-06 Blind Dog Rescue June News Letter

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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.

BECOME A FOSTER PARENT- CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER

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

HAPPY TAILS
Dogs That recently found their Forever Home2b8f8bf5-b110-4e76-b61a-4b96bdc64989

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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Click here for a listing of all our available dogs

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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Click here to see a video of our available dogs

HAPPY TAILS

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Dogs That recently found their Forever Home

Wallace

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HOPE!!!

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Trixie

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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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