Rescue Reader 1st Qrt 2014

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Carolina ACD R&R's quarterly newsletter is back! We hope you enjoy!

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  • R&R Rescue ReaderVolume 6, Number 1 1st Quarter 2014

    Most people consider the hardest part of fostering to be letting the dog go when that special forever home is found. Although foster families do bond with their dog, many foster parents have said it was easier to see them adopted than they thought. They knew when the dog came to them, he was staying just until his special forever family was found; it was the foster homes job to get him ready. Seeing the joy on the faces of new adopters as they meet their special dog and the tail-wagging dog meet his/her new owners wipes away any question about the value of the work of a foster home. Those foster home parents also know without them there to take the foster dog, that dog would not have been saved. And since we check in on our adoptive dogs and their owners, if they request it, a foster home may hear from their doggie kids in future updates. As one foster parent said, Its easier for me to see my dog leave for his new home than for me to look at his picture and know he was lost because there was no foster home to save him. We agree.

    If a foster home does indeed bond so well with their dog that they want to keep him, there is always a possibility they can adopt their foster dog. When that happens, the foster dog and home becomes a failed foster, however the word fail is hardly the case because the foster family adopts their dog and becomes the dogs forever family. Those foster homes have worn the words failed foster with pride.

    Fostering saves lives, it provides the means for rescue organi-zations to grow and give dogs a new chance or last chance for life. All it takes is a home willing to provide care, training and a secure, warm hospitable home for a dog while they wait for that special adopter to find them. Consider fostering, contact us for a Foster Application and give a dog an opportunity for a new life.

    If fostering isnt something you are able to do, there are many other ways you can help! Visit our website to learn more or to download a Foster Application: Email:

    How Important are Foster Homes to

    a Rescue? Without them,

    we're a sinking ship!

    Foster homes keep our rescue ship afloat! Without them, we are SUNK and so are the needy dogs in shelters awaiting rescue.

    Foster homes are the life-blood for any rescue really they are the most critical step in rescuing a dog. When our rescue com-mits to take a dog: 1) the shelter is contacted and the dog is pulled, 2) the rescue transports the dog to a vet for shots, a well-ness checkup, heartworm testing, fecal testing and any needed supportive meds, then, 3) its off to the rescues foster home.

    But if there is no foster home ready for the new dog, the rescue is unable to pull him/her theres no home waiting for the dog after the vetting so even though the foster home is #3 on this list, its really #1 first there must be a foster home waiting for that dog. Without it, he/she cannot be pulled, no matter how urgent or how much time the dog has left in the shelter. It becomes a life and death situation for that dog and can be his last chance. The clarion call from a foster home ILL TAKE HIM/HER is the vital first step, then the process is underway. Foster homes are essential to the success of any rescue organization; they not only enable the rescue to pull an urgent dog but also provide the means for a rescue to grow and expand to help other deserving dogs. More foster homes = more saved dogs.

    When we consider which dog to pull, we look through our foster homes list to find the best fit between that dog and our available foster homes. In order to know the best place for a rescued (soon to be foster) dog, our foster home applicants begin the foster home process by filling out our Foster Application providing in-formation about their home, other two- and four-legged family members there and the type of dog the foster home thinks would best fit their situation. We dont overload a foster home with too many foster dogs since fostering and training takes time; we want it to be a good experience for both the foster dog and the foster home. Our rescue covers all vet and medical needs of the dog as well as providing monthly flea and heartworm preventa-tives as long as the dog is in the foster home.

  • How to Teach a No Fail RecallBy Kristie Allen, CPDT , The Learning Canine

    The Learning CanineKristie Riche Allen CPDT Summerville, SC

    Kristie Allen with The Learning Canine is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer based out of a Summerville, SC, certified in Animal Behavior, Learning Theory, Behavior Modification, Obedience, and The Power of Positive Reinforcement, among other things. In addition to being very knowledge-able and successful at what she does, Kristie is also a true friend of rescues and rescue dogs. Over the years, she has graciously allowed several R&R foster dogs to attend her Lucky Dog U classes in an effort to help them become stel-lar canine citizens! If you live in the Tri-County area, please look her up!

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    I have been working with dogs and their owners for many years and there is nothing which satisfies me more than to see a happy dog and a happy owner! My mission is to help you and your dog enjoy many happy years together. - Kristie Riche Allen, Certified Pet Dog Trainer

    several weeks, and you cannot take any shortcuts, or stray away from the program.

    You will need a long leash (30-foot tracking leashes are available at pet stores) or clothesline for weeks 3-6. Measure and mark off each foot with a magic marker on the leash or line. If your dog is over 1 year of age use Here Now instead of Come in the following instructions.

    Weeks 1 & 2: The Learning PeriodSay (Your dogs name), COME to your dog no more and no less than 3 times per day each day and only when all of the following applies:

    1. You are 100% certain your dog will come to you:

    You are inside your house and the dog is no more than 3-6 feet away, or

    You are inside your house and the dog is on leash for you to reel him in if necessary, no more than 5-10 feet away from you, or

    You are inside your house and your dog happens to already be heading toward you.

    2. You are prepared to IMMEDIATELY reward him with 3 huge rewards EACH TIME when he gets to you.

    Example 1: A small bowl of macaroni & cheese + then a 5 minute game of fetch + then a new peanut butter stuffed Kong toy

    Example 2: 10 dime-sized pieces of hot dog given one right after the other + then a 3 minute tug-o-war game + then an immediate walk around the block

    Example 3: A small pop-top can of cat food + then a dog biscuit in small pieces given one at a time in quick succession + then a new smoked bone or bully stick

    Having a reliable recall on your dog is arguably the most important command you can teach him or her. It could literally be a lifesaver. But it can also be one of the most difficult things to teach. It takes a lot of patience, con-sistency, determination...and patience! This article is for those of you with the patience and the determination to work on your dogs recall. Its a program that takes

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    Welcome the Newest Members of the R&R Board of Directors!Please welcome the newest mem-bers of the Carolina ACD R&R Board of Directors. Scott Campbell and Bar-bara Pierce both joined us in Octo-ber 2013 and we are so grateful to have them on Board! Scott and Bar-bara have been long-time support-ers of R&R, fostering, transporting, and helping in other ways as well.

    Our 2013 2014 Board of Directors: Ellen Beasley, PresidentAdoption Coordinator Janet Broome, Vice PresidentFoster Coordinator, IntakeLaurey McElroy, TreasurerDogs in Need, Intake, TransportLeah Scarborogh, SecretaryFundraising CoordinatorScott Campbell, DirectorFoster Home CoordinatorBarbara Pierce, DirectorAdoption Follow-up Coordinator

    Join the R&R Team!If you know us, you know were always on the hunt for volunteers to help us in our efforts to rescue and place our

    ACDs, most often with things like call-ing references, doing home visits,

    transporting, and of course fostering! But there are many other jobs going on behind the scenes that most people dont realize. And

    we could sure use your help! If youve always wanted to put your special tal-ents to good use, and have some time to spare for a good cause, let us know!FundraisingOur standard adoption fee is $175, but the average cost to R&R for each foster dog is much higher than that. In addi-tion, we have operating expenses like insurance, website hosting, and office supplies. How do we make up the dif-ference? Fundraising, of course! Here are just a few ways you can help:Craft and jewelry making, writing grant requests, soliciting corporate donations, online store assistance, help manning our booth at events.Creative/Graphic DesignWebsite maintenance, graphic design (quarterly newsletter, merchandise design), copywriting (quarterly news-letter, Petfinder write-ups)

    If youre interested in helping us out with any of these tasks, email us at

    Raleigh Pet and Horse ExpoCarolina ACD R&R participated in Raleighs second Pet and Horse Expo at the NC State Fairgrounds in March. Our booth was filled with our usual fundraising wares such as Lupine col-lars and leashes, crate blankets, party

    collars, treats and chews, as well as an information board about Australian Cattle Dogs and our rescue. Our weekend was successful, raising