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Eskie Rescuers United American Eskimo Dog Rescue Inc
Eskie Scoops
The Official Newsletter for Eskie Rescuers United (ERU)
Issue No. 6 October 2008
Eskie

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 Ask the Eskie
Dear Gus,  
I have had many dogs throughout my life and rescued my first Eskie from Eskie Rescue last year.  I have noticed a big difference in him compared to my other dogs in that he attached himself to me and has no interest whatsoever in anyone else in my household.  Is this common behavior for the breed, or is it just this particular dog?  
New Eskie Mom
 
Dear New Eskie Mom, 
As a matter of fact, this is very typical behavior for the American Eskimo breed!  We Eskies tend to designate "our person" and cling to them!  Sometimes you will hear us referred to as the Velcro dog, since we like to cling right to your side and do whatever it is YOU are doing.  This doesn't necessarily mean that we don't like the other people in the house, just that we have our favorite person picked out.  You must be an exceptional person and your Eskie realizes that!
 
Joe wrote in response to last month's question regarding how to clean Eskie fur from the car and other objects.  He suggested another option that sounds like a fantastic idea:
 
First, put down sheets/towels/etc. Cover it! Your washcloth suggestion is good. But aside from a really good shop vac, the best way to get the fuzz out is to get a cheap roll of duct tape (like from Marc's or Best Buy or Big Lots) and use strips of it to lift out the fuzz. The best part about this method is that it's insanely cheap and will pick up the big stuff, but also make the fuzz that's deep in the carpet (that a vac might not get) stand up and super easy to pull out. In no time it's ALL gone.
 
Thanks for the suggestion, Joe!!
 
Woof!
 
If you have questions you would like to ask the Eskie, send an e-mail to AskTheEskie@eskierescuers.org.  
In This Issue
Fundraising Update
ERU Volunteer of the Month
Quedo's Story
Are you Ready to Become a Foster? Part 2 of 3
Memorials

ERU thanks the following vets for their commitment to rescue and for providing us with discounted  (10% or greater)   veterinary services!

September 2008

Animal Eye Clinic
Jacksonville FL

Cherry Knolls
               Veterinary Clinic
Dr Meghan Shannon
Centennial CO

Community Animal Hospital
Randallstown MD

Dakota Pet Hospital
Lakeville MN

Falls Road Animal Hospital
Baltimore MD

Mann Memorial
               Veterinary Clinic
Kennebunk ME

Petsound Animal Clinic
Cary NC

Spring Harbor
               Animal Hospital
Madison WI


29 Eskies received vet care in September costing ERU $7,797.  
Adoptable Eskies in the Spotlight
For more information on these dogs, click on their picture to visit their complete profile. Or, visit  www.eskierescuers.org  to see many more.
Wiley
Wiley Hi, my name is Wiley and I'm a young boy with lots of energy!  I'm currently staying in Indianapolis, IN.  I'm looking for a home that has time and energy for a sporting dog like myself!  My foster family thinks I would do best with an experienced Eskie owner since I tend to like to be in charge, but what can I say!  I'm ready to live life to the fullest and have a great time, so if you are in the market for a happy, playful boy, I'm your man!
Bradley
Bradley Hello, I'm Bradley and I lost my way home and was found running around the city!  I was rescued from a shelter and I'm so happy about that!  But I really want to find a home that I can call my own.  I had a few medical issues, but I'm doing fantastic now and ready to be your new best friend!  My foster home is in Randallstown, MD.  Would you consider giving me a chance to be a loving part of your family?
Fundraising Update
 
I am Joan O'Keefe (Indiana) and I am pleased to be the Fundraiser Coordinator for ERU.  My goal is to be a resourceful person for ERU's fundraising projects.  I am compiling a database of art, logos, flyers, etc. that will be helpful with events.  If you have anything you can share, please send it my way so that I can forward it to others in the group.  I will also advertise events online so remember to send me detailed information of your event, such as the name, location, dates, times, etc.  I also welcome any ideas you have for group-wide fundraisers.  My email address is joanok2000@yahoo.com.      
 
 
I followed up with Helen Hines (Michigan), the winner of the Furever Luvved Quilt raffle.  Helen displays the quilt on the bed in her downstairs bedroom.  She said it looks beautiful there!  What she likes best about the quilt are the colors and how good the pictures of the pups turned out. Helen's only regret is that she wishes she had submitted photos of her own furkids so that they were on the quilt too!  ERU grossed $2,655 and sold 531 raffle tickets for the Furever Luvved Quilt and the Pet Portrait by Pamela Jaffe.  Thanks to everyone who purchased raffle tickets and donated items for these raffles!
 
This year ERU is selling Christmas cards featuring Eskies in sets of 12 (3 each of 4 different designs).  Heidi Ortmeyer (Maryland) is handling this project.  Steffi, a talented graphic artist, is designing the artwork for the cards.  We are in the process of getting estimates for printing, and will have the finished product soon so watch the website for availability.  If you normally send Christmas cards, please purchase yours from ERU this year and help us make this fundraiser a big success!
 
ERU Volunteer of the Month 
Cheryl Brookman
 

I am honored to be the volunteer of the month for October.  My name is Cheryl Brookman and I live in Edgewater, Maryland.  I started fostering about 3.5 years ago and two years was asked if I would be the Maryland State Rep. (I blame Gina for this one, LOL) 

 

I am a single mom and have a wonderful daughter named Taylor who is 15 years old .  When my daughter turned 11 we talked about getting a dog.  I had a sheltie growing up and missed having a pet.  Together, Taylor and I started to look at the different breeds of dogs and Taylor liked the cute little cottonball known as the Eskie.  We contacted a Breeder (yes, I know) from New York and we got Hailee when she was about 4 months old.  She came to me almost completely housebroken and completely crate-trained.  I was amazed at how fast Hailee learned things!  When Hailee was about 2, we decided she needed a playmate.  I was worried that she was bored and lonely while I was at work. One night while I was at the computer, I started playing around and came across the ERU website and thought, "WOW! Why did I not think about adopting an Eskie the first time?"

 

So I submitted an application to adopt and got a phone call later that night.  I was asked if I would consider fostering, and I thought that was a great way to find the perfect fit for Hailee. Within a couple days I got my first rescue named Layla.  She was a little spitfire and she and Hailee ran and ran and ran - I almost failed fostering 101!  I have loved all my fosters but have been glad to see some of them leave.  After about a year, I adopted Faith who was being fostered in Tennessee.  I thought about not fostering after this, but could not bring myself to quit.  After a year of taking in these little furbutts and seeing the joy they brought to me every time I came home from work, all I could think of was the joy that they could bring to other people. 

 

A few months ago I officially adopted Buddy, a senior dog that I have had for almost 2.5 years. I am now the proud owner of 3 Eskies!  I volunteer, foster and adopt because I believe these dogs deserve a good home and a good life.  It is not their fault that they were brought into this world and then tossed aside.  I wish we could help them all but I know realistically we will never be able to do this.  We do the best we can though and that makes me proud to be a part of this group.  I think we all work hard and have the same goal in mind at the end of the day.  As far as I am concerned we are all volunteers of the month!

 
Julie nominated Cheryl and had a few words about Cheryl's involvement:
Cheryl is a big asset to ERU.  She always has foster dogs while taking care of her own 3 American Eskimos.  Cheryl always makes sure her foster dogs get to vet to be vetted as well as her own.  She does of alot of transports and always looking out for the best interest in her American Eskimos.  Cheryl never seems to take a well deserved break, she justs keeps on going.  ERU would be lost with out her.
Quedo's Story
Told by Roxanne Goeltz 
 

Quedo originally came to ERU off the streets of Baltimore.  She was adopted and spent 3 years with her family before she was returned to ERU because the family would be traveling and staying for months at a time in places that would not allow pets.

 

Quedo was supposedly dog aggressive but the truth is, she is just a senior who wants her own space.  Can you blame her?  She gives a little warning snap if another dogs gets into her space, but she doesn't have too many teeth so it is not very threatening!

 

Quedo's goal in life is to eat!  She vacuums the floor continuously looking for that stray morsel of food.  Unfortunately she picks up a lot that is not food!

 

Recently, I came home from work and found that she had thrown up all over the house - and she was pretty weak.  I rushed her to the vet and they founds that she was severely dehydrated.  They put her on IV fluids and anti-nausea drugs.

 

Because of her obsessive thirst and hunger, I started researching what might be wrong with her.  Everything I read pointed to Cushings Disease, so Quedo was tested.  The test indicated a possible pituitary tumor, so Quedo is scheduled for an ultrasound to verify this diagnosis.  The treatment for this, if that is what it is, will run $600 or more.  There is also a possible surgery that could be done which is just as expensive.

 

Some would say why spend such money on a Senior dog?  But Quedo is so full of life and energy!If she is out in the yard and sees me head for the door, and it is anywhere near feeding time, she sprints across the yard with speed that is unbelievable for someone her age!

 

I found out how fast she is a few days ago.  With her need to eat all the time she has picked up a bad habit of eating  poo!  She did not do this when she first arrived and when I caught her the first time, I was horribly grossed out.  Now that I understand what is behind it , I just feel so bad for her.  To constantly feel ravenous and thirsty, to the point that it takes over your life, must be an awful sensation!

 

I have now begun taking her out into the yard with a leash, and she finds all the places I need to clean up - which is pretty neat, especially with all the leaves on the ground.  One afternoon after cleaning up all the poo Quedo found, as well as her own, I let her off leash.  Quedo and I were on one side of the yard, about 20 feet apart, when I noticed one of the other Eskies, Hero, on the other side of the yard circling.  He does this when he gets ready to go poo.  Quedo saw this at the exact same time I did and we both looked at each other.  I suddenly realized she knew what Hero was about to do and also that I would not want her to get to it first!  She started running towards him and the race was on!  Who could get there first?  Unfortunately, Quedo did!

 

I have been giving supplements to all my dogs so their poo does not taste so great and it has been helping to keep her from eating it.

 

This sweet senior girl deserves a peaceful and relaxing life free of these obsessive feelings she has.  We will need help to take care of her medical needs so we can give her the life she so deserves.  Quedo is under the Sponsor Eskies tab on the ERU website, and if you can help out with her costs, we can make sure she gets the medical attention she deserves and desperately needs!

Are you Ready to Become a Foster? - Part 2 in a 3 part article
Part 1 of this article ran in September's edition, Part 3 will be in November's edition
Written by Melissa Bahleda, M.A.T, C.B.C
 
What kind of foster animal would be best for your family?
If you and your family feel you have the time and ability to provide a dog or cat with the socialization, exercise, positive stimulation, supplies, regular feedings, heath care, vet care, and training she needs to become a happy, heathy addition to someone's home, you next need to ask yourself, "Who do I want to foster and why?"
 
Any animal considered for fostering should be healthy, fully vaccinated, behaviorally sound, and disease-free (unless you are specifically fostering heartworm-positive dogs, feline leukemia-positive cats, or other "special needs" animals.)  But those are not the only considerations. 
 
These were some of mine: Although I love cats, my husband is severely allergic, so I needed to accept the fact that I could not foster cats.  Because I am a certified canine trainer and behavior counselor, I decided that it would make sense to primarily foster dogs.
 
In addition to caring for three of my own dogs, I also care for an assortment of other four-legged and winged creatures, and I continuously have people of all shapes, sizes, and ages coming in and out of my home.  Because of this, I knew I could only foster dogs who are known to be non-aggressive with other animals or children, and who do not possess a high prey drive.  (In general, this is the type of dog I recommend other fosters as well.  Minor behavior problems such as separation anxiety and housetraining issues can usually be addressed with a little time, effort, and knowledge, but aggression issues should be left to the experts.)
 
Also, because most of the shelters and rescue organizations I work with can easily find homes for purebred and small dogs - and even have waiting lists of people eager to adopt them - I have chosen to foster medium to large mixed-breed dogs instead.  (You might want to talk to your shelter or rescue organization about which sorts of dogs are most likely to get passed over.)  I specifically look for those with wonderful temperaments who have excelled on their behavior evaluations but might otherwise be passed by due to looks, breed, or color.  Hence, many of my foster dogs tend to be Lab or shepherd mixes between one and three years old - the period when they are most likely to be surrendered.
 
Other foster families I have worked with prefer to take in specific breeds or certain kinds of animals - female cats, orange tabbies, or whatever seems to work best for them, their human families, and the pets they already have.  It's important to do the research before your bring an animal into your home.  For instance, if your family is not very active, a young, energetic border collie probably isn't the dog for you.
 
Remember, fostering does not work if it's stressful for anyone involved, including other pets.  If bringing a young puppy or kitten into your home stresses out your animal family members or puts any of them in danger, you many need to reconsider what types of animals you foster - or even reconsider fostering altogether.  Saving one animal's life while jeopardizing or reducing the quality of another's isn't justified.
 
Next month we'll take a look at the question, "Are you prepared to say goodbye?"
 

THANK YOU

[Author Unknown]

Thank You for bringing this foster dog into my life.

Had I not made the decision to participate in rescue, I would never have had the chance to meet him.  If I had sat here comfortably in my home and said "I already have four dogs and I know that I couldn't take in another - even on a temporary basis," I would never have met this dog.

Yes, it takes time to rescue and foster... but who gave me Time in the first place?  And why or what was the reason I was given Time?  To fill my own needs?  Or was there another reason ever so small and seemingly insignificant, like rescuing this one dog, that could make a difference in another's life? Perhaps to add joy, hope, help and companionship to another who is in need?

With great sadness, I sat down on a footstool in my kitchen this morning and watched as this foster dog bounced back into the house and skidded across the floor to sit ever so perfectly in front of me.  He was the picture of health, finally.  He was all smiles for me.... and I smiled back at his happy face.  Deep in his eyes, the storm clouds of illness and generalized poor health had blown away, and the clear light of his perfection radiated out from his beautiful soul.  He holds no ill will toward man.  He forgives us all.

I thought to myself as I impressed this one last long look of him into my heart, what a very fine creature you have created.  Tears slowly pooled and spilled over my cheekbones as the deeper realization of how wonderful this dog is sank into my internal file cabinet of Needful Things to Remember.  Lord, he's a dog - but he's a better human being than I am.

He forgives quickly. Would I do the same?
He passionately enjoys the simple things in life.  And I have often overlooked them.
He accepts change and gets on with his life.  I fuss and worry about change.
He lives today and loves today.  And I often dwell in the past or worry about the future.
He loves no matter what.  I am not that free.

This very lovely dog has gone to his new home today and already I miss him. Thank You for bringing this dog into my life.  And thank You for the beautiful and tender lesson on how to be a better human.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Look for our stories and how you can help us at www.eskierescuers.org under the Sponsor Eskies tab!
   
            Apple                        Julia                    Quedo
Apple    Julia   
           Heidee                     Jewel              Buddy of IL
   Jewel    Buddy of IL
             Sadie                     Sam the Man                 Hero
Sadie    Sam The Man    Hero
 
            Baylor                      Sasha                     Mitzie
Baylor    Sasha    Mitzie
 
Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween

Halloween can be a fun time for people, but your pets probably don't share your fondness for the holiday.  The following tips should help to keep your pets safe and happy during the Halloween holiday.

Give your Pet a Save Haven that he can retreat to if he gets frightened.  Make sure it is away from the Halloween action in a quiet location.  Your pet won't understand all the new noises and activity at your door or home.  In addition,  your pet will not understand the children in costumes, and will very likely be frightened by them.  Let your pet go to his safe place to get away from those scary noises and people!  Having a safe place to go will also prevent your pet from running out the front door when it is opened. 
 
Resist the urge to take your dog trick-or-treating with you and the kids.  As mentioned above, your dog will not understand all the unusual activity and costumes as being "fun".  Many dogs will make a run for it to get away from the unusual activity.  Also, children that are trick-or-treating may be frightened by your dog creating a potentially dangerous situation for your dog and the trick-or-treaters, as your dog may become so scared that he could bite someone.   
 
Keep candy and treats out of your pets reach.  Many types of candy can be fatal to a dog, especially chocolate!  Make sure to keep your treats in a place where your pets cannot get to it.  Watch for stray wrappers as well, they will smell good to your pet even if the candy is gone!  While pumpkins and gourds are not toxic to pets, they can cause intestinal upset if your pet does get a hold of these items.  If you feel like you need to give your pet a special treat, give them one of his favorite pet treats.
 
Watch those flames!   Keep your pet away from the candles you have lit for your jack-o-lantern, or any other type of holiday candle you have burning.   If you have other types of decorations up, make sure that cords, streamers, hanging spiders or witches, skeletons, etc., are all out of your pet's reach.  Not only could they chew or eat these things, they also run the risk of getting tangled up in them.  Either way, your pet could be seriously injured.
 
Think hard about whether to dress your pet in a costume.  While this may be very cute, your pet is not likely to view it in the same manner.  Animals that are not used to wearing clothing can get very stressed out when dressed up.  If you decide to put a costume on your pet, make sure that your pet has enough room to move around comfortably without being restrained.  And make sure there are no dangling items that your pet might chew on or swallow.   
 
Keep your cat indoors particularly if he is all black or all white.  Those people that are superstitious, or just plain mean, may try to harm or scare your cat.  Play it safe and keep your cat indoors for the weeks prior to Halloween as well as the week afterwards!
 
Make sure your pet has his collar and tags on.   In case your pet does get frightened and runs away, you will want to make sure that he is properly ID'd so he can be returned home if someone finds him.
 
As you are planning your festivities this Halloween, make sure to keep in mind how you plan to keep your pet as safe and happy as possible.  Remember that you can have fun with all the scary events, but your pet doesn't have to suffer or be frightened! 
Memorials to Those Who Will Live in Our Hearts Forever
  
If you know of a dog that has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge, and would like them to be featured in this column, please contact mailto:ChrisB@eskierescuers.org.
DONATIONS * MEMORIALS * SPECIAL GIFTS
Please consider making a contribution to Eskies Rescuers United (ERU) rescue group.  Contributions can be made to commemorate an occasion, in memory of an individual or pet, or to sponsor a pet, please complete the fields below and mail to ERU, P.O. Box 8652, Cedar Rapids, IA  52408.  You can also simply click on the PayPal link and make your donation and special request there.  Your contributions are essential to allow the rescue group to continue saving the dogs!
This gift is:
___In Memory of (Animal) ______________________  (Human) __________________________
___In Honor of (Animal ) _______________________  (Human) __________________________
___For the special occasion of ___________________________
___Sponsor a pet (Pet name) _____________________________
___Enclosed is my Monthly Pledge _________________________
 
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We would love to have your contributions to the newsletter!  If you have an article (or an idea for an article) you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact Chris at mailto:ChrisB@eskierescuers.org  
Eskie Rescuers United American Eskimo Dog Rescue Inc | P O Box 8652 | Cedar Rapids | IA | 52408-8652