Keeping Seniors Pain Free.

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Today’s session is about Cold Laser Therapy.

I love the seniors, as they get older it becomes harder to maintain their quality of life. One of the main detractors to a quality of life is pain. Often, treating pain becomes a juggling act of reducing pain and not turning your senior into a drug induced zombie. One of the options to help with pain that is regularly overlooked and routinely under used is laser therapy.

Laser therapy is a great way to reduce pain and inflammation in both humans and dogs without the side effects associated with medication. Laser therapy uses light to penetrate tissue and and excite the cells, this causes blood to go to the effected area, reducing inflammation and pain, as well as accelerating the healing process. The laser light actually penetrates about 2 inches deep into tissue. When the light hits the cells, the cells produce more energy. When the cells produce more energy that brings more blood supply to the effected area, which in turn causes wounds to heal faster, swelling to go down and pain is reduced. It is hard to believe that light can do all this, but it does.

Many veterinarian offices offer Cold Laser Therapy for their patients. If it works, why isn’t this main stream and widely used on humans? My answer is short and simple, main stream medicine is controlled by drug companies, doctors get their post med school education from drug companies. Drug companies control or at least have an influence on government regulators like the FDA and the USDA. Drug companies won’t make any money from wide spread use of lasers for treating wounds and pain. Drug companies squash information on lasers.

My experience with Cold Laser therapy has been a good one. I have two fosters with the BDRA, Taffy a 14 year old Dachshund that has severe arthritis, compressed discs in her spine and over all IVDD, and Penelope a 10 year old pit bull that we ere told had severe arthritis and trouble seeing. I will discus both dogs in detail, starting with Taffy.

Taffy, started to become restless and short tempered. We were very afraid that Taffy’s quality of life was becoming harder to maintain. We were very worried that she was close to the end. We took her to the vets and got her on steroids and started Cold Laser Therapy. I bought a unit myself for around $700. Taffy had treatments every day for about 30 minutes a treatment for two weeks and then she had treatments every other day for a few weeks and now its a few times a week or when she looks painful. Here is Taffy playing with Moose a bloodhound puppy.

Penelope came to us, she was picked up as a stray and was being held at a vets office. Penelope has suffered some sort of major trauma, probably a car accident! She has damage to her brain stem, which causes her to tilt her head to the left. She has multiple healed wounds on her legs and she had partial paralysis to her rear legs! It’s amazing that she lived. When we received Penelope, she was partially paralyzed in the rear. We immediately put Penny on crate rest and put her on muscle relaxers, steroids and Cold Laser Therapy. We were giving Penny 45 minute treatments everyday. We used a sling to hold Penny’s rear up while she walked. In about 4 days Penny was able to walk on her own with help from the sling. We just used the sling for balance. We talked to our vet. and he was amazed that Penny was able to walk as well as she did, because on his exam, she had no deep pain sensation and now she was walking. He felt that this was a far a she would get, so we took her off crate rest. We continued the Cold Laser Therapy treatments and we are tapering off the steroids. Penelope amazed us again! Now she is walking on her own without any help. She walks around the yard and is building muscle in her legs again. Every time we think Penny has plateaued, she amazes us again!

Here Penelope is dragging herself the first day we brought her home.

Here Penelope is walking 4 days later. Another video of Penelope walking.

While both girls have had medicine in addition to the laser therapy, I really feel that the laser has helped immensely and that both girls greatly benefitted from the therapy. The laser’s work so well, I use them on our own aches and pains.

I use a class 3, 808nm infrared laser that is 300mw in power, for deep penetrating therapy. The 808nm goes about 2 inches deep into tissue. The 808nm is described as the “sweet spot” for pain management. You really can’t feel anything while getting a treatment, maybe you may feel the warmth of the light, but thats it. I just run the laser over the area for 15 to 45 minutes, I will stop at an area for a minute or so if I feel that the area is particularly painful or swollen.

I really feel that the laser is a great tool to have in rescue, especially if you take in very sick, injured or old dogs. So the next time you are faced with an injury or pain, please remember to consider Cold Laser Therapy.

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Bringing Dog and Kids Together.

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Today’s session is about

Bringing dogs and kids together

By Gabriella Diesendorf

I grew up with dogs. Ever since I can remember there were at least two dogs running around our back yard in my family house. Unfortunately, after leaving for college, and later while living on my own, I was just never able to get a dog on my own, it was either the matter of space or, of course, money. But I’ve made it my life mission, if I ever had kids; they were going to grow up with a dog.

 

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It’s never the right time
Unfortunately, having a mission doesn’t mean you’re going to easily accomplish it. Luckily, when my boy turned five and we moved into a nice house with a spacious back yard I decided it was time to get a pet. I started doing some research, trying to find what breed would be the best to get when you have a young child in the house but my friends started telling me to check out some shelters and find a dog there. I also read a lot of comments on the Internet how rescue dogs are sometimes much better pets than purebred dogs; so, I decided, why not?
My son’s companion

It wasn’t just about me wanting to have a dog and my belief that my son should grow up with one, it was about teaching my son early on about responsibilities and more importantly loving someone unconditionally. So after a trip to a pet store and setting up the house, we got back from a shelter and we had Tobo with us. The newest member of our family was one and a half years old, he was a mixed breed and he had the most soulful eyes I have ever seen in an animal. He was rescued from the street and wasn’t in the shelter for long. He was a bit cautious and jumpy but was eager to be petted. This little guy needed love and we had plenty to give him. Soon, my little boy and his new friend became inseparable.

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Doing everything together

Before actually doing all the necessary preparations before getting a dog and going to pick it up, I had a conversation with my son and I explained to him that having a dog is a serious obligation and he also had to make an effort, help and participate in taking care of our new pet. After five days of Tobo living with us, there was a set routine and I was happy to see that my son took his responsibilities to heart. My son would change his water, give him food, take him for a walk with me even early in the morning when he would rather stay in bed.

I wanted my son to have a new friend but I soon realized that Tobo needed one even more. He got used to our routine fairly quickly and soon I couldn’t speak to my son without looking at his doggie friend as well. I soon noticed that my son would climb into the dog house with Tobo and that Tobo got used to jumping into the bed with my son even though this was a no-no. I was trying to find a solution to this little problem when a friend suggested checking out the teepee selection from Cattywampus and suggested we could make it their ‘common area’. So we made a compromise: bed was for the boy, dog house was for the dog and the teepee was a place where they could hang out together.

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No regrets

Not a single day goes by when I don’t find myself happy that I got my son a dog. My son learned how to take care of someone else, he learned patience, compassion and he learned how to control his emotions better since he didn’t want to scare Tobo. I don’t know if our yellow fur ball would have been adopted or possibly put down, but I do know how much he means to our family and how much he has taught us. And I also know how much he loves us and how much he’s grateful that we took him. 

So if you’re wondering whether it’s the right time to get a dog, if you have the means and the time, just do it. It will not only make your life more fulfilled but you will also possibly save a life, and that has no price.

Thank you Gabby.

Here is Gabby’s Byline: Gabriella Diesendorf is a freelance writer from Australia and a devoted mother. She loves badgering about beauty, green lifestyle choices and parenting techniques, and if you mention attachment parenting or natural makeup she will bore you to death. You can email Gabby Gabriella@highstylfe.com

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Happy Kids Happy Pets

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Hello animal lovers and compassionate people,

There are a lot of us out there working on helping animals.

My company, Happy Kids-Happy Pets, teaches children about compassion, self-respect, respect of others. and humane treatment of animals. http://www.happykids-happypets.com
Then you have the rescuers in the movie SMART, who go way beyond compassion and respect. This is such a big dangerous job but will do wherever they need to do to save an animal. I have never seen anything like this before. The rescuers will go where nobody else will go. They are some of the bravest people that I have ever seen. They do this because of their love for animals and to help these defenseless animals in the situation that they are in.
Justin Zimmerman says,”We put 3+ years into the making of SMART on our own time and dime. We’re proud of it and we want it to do well. Not only for us, but for the SMART team!!!” The movie is a must see.

SMART is available for free to Amazon Prime members right NOW! It’s also for rent or to buy streaming and on DVD from Amazon. And don’t forget Vimeo, CLS and other outlets. There are TONS of ways to see SMART.

They can go to www.SMARTMovieDoc.com to see everything in one place.

Send them to www.SMARTMovieDoc.com and tell them to say hi.
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“SMART is a most welcomed documentary about the selfless work of people who put animals in need first and foremost. Rescue and rehabilitation are essential parts of …
Or here are all the individual outlets so far:

https://www.amazon.com/SMART-Specialized-Mobile-Animal-Rescue/dp/B01N414EJO/

https://www.amazon.com/SMART-Specialized-Mobile-Animal-Rescue/dp/B01M6WKILV/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1481051773&sr=8-1&keywords=SMART+specialized

http://store.cinemalibrestore.com/smart-dvd-cls1248.html

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/smart

There are also multiple ways to bring the film to your local theater:

http://gathr.us/films/smart

http://store.cinemalibrestore.com/smart-ppu-cls1248.html
The more SMART is shared, the more it shows how important animals are in our lives. Please see the movie and spread the word.

Thanks to everyone who was involved in making the movie SMART!

Betty Delman
Happy Kids-Happy Pets

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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.
http://www.designatea.com/products.php?cat=7

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Tons of Fun

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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.

Daisy Talking

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.

Buster

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.
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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!

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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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