Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland

Winter 2018 Newsletter
Box 6
Great Mills, MD 20634

President’s Corner
There are no words that can express the depth of my appreciation towards all of you who have supported Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland during 2018. Whether you have adopted, fostered, transported, volunteered, supported fundraisers, made donations of crafts or money, I am grateful for you all.  Because of your support, encouraging words, compassion, and generous donations we are able to continue our mission. We can help those that are lost, alone, and don’t have a voice. From the bottom of my heart, I Thank You.  I am looking forward to what we can accomplish in 2019.
Wishing you and yours lots of laughter, belly rubs, wet nose kisses and love this holiday season.
Kim Adams

Upcoming Events

December 8th 
Craft Fair at Northern High School in Calvert County.

December 15th
GRRSM Holiday Potluck at the Charlotte Hall Library 12:30 - 3:30.  Please bring a dish, a $20-$25 gift for the Chinese Elephant game (if you want to play) and your Holiday Spirit.

February 23rd
GRRSM Annual Meeting at the Charlotte Hall Library 12:30 - 3:30

The end of the year is the time to renew your membership for 2019.

Membership is $30 per family and covers the administrative costs of running the rescue.

Additional donations go directly to caring for our golden fur-friends.

Membership renewals and donations can be sent via Paypal to: or via regular mail to: GRRSM PO BOX 6,Great Mills, MD 20634. Acknowledgements for your records will be sent via regular mail.

Membership renewals will be included in the February 2019 newsletter.

Holiday Dangers for your Pups
The holiday season can be a dangerous time for our pets. Their usual home environment is filled with trees, unusual flowers and other decorations and cupboards are jam-packed with lots of tempting but potentially toxic food and drink. Vet emergency call volumes increase by 40% over the festive season, and it’s often a result of dogs swallowing or chewing some of these unfamiliar things.
To avoid a trip to the vet here are a few reminders to keep an eye on: chocolate; Christmas pudding and mince pies that contain grapes, raisins, currants; macadamia nuts, onions, alcohol, artificial sweeteners, blue cheese and cooked bones. Fresh trees and pine needles, glass ornaments, tinsel, lights, candles and salt dough ornaments.  Poinsettia, mistletoe, ivy, lilies and potpourri. Toys, batteries, wrapping paper and silica gel.
Winter Care Tips
Many dog owners live with the misconception that because their pets have a coat of fur, they can tolerate the cold better than humans. This isn’t necessarily the case. Like us, these fur-coated creatures are used to the warmth of indoor shelter and cold weather can be as hard on them as it is on us humans. Whatever your viewpoint on winter, one thing remains certain: it’s a time when our beloved pets need a little extra care.
The body automatically pulls blood from the extremities to the center of the body to stay warm. The dog’s ears, paws or tail can get so cold that ice crystals can form in the tissue and damage it. Watch for signs of pale or grey skin; the skin may also turn hard and cold. As frostbitten areas warm, they can be extremely painful. Severely frostbitten skin will eventually turn black and slough off.

Hypothermia occurs when a dog spends too much time in the cold, gets wet in cold temperatures or when dogs with poor health or circulation are exposed to cold. Severe hypothermia is life threatening. Protecting your dog from frostbite and hypothermia is essential, so learn how to recognize the signs that your dog needs to come indoors to warm up.
Go outside when the sun shines
If your dog feels the cold, try to walk her in the late morning or early afternoon hours when temperatures are a little warmer, and avoid early morning or late evening walks. Spend time playing outdoors while it’s sunny; sunshine brings the added benefit of providing both you and your pet with vitamin D.

Cozy bedding
In addition to limiting your dog’s time outdoors on cold days, don’t let your pooch sleep on a cold floor in winter. Choosing the right bedding is vital to ensure your dog stays warm. Warm blankets can create a snug environment; raised beds can keep your dog off cold tiles or concrete, and heated pet beds can help keep the stiffness out of aging joints.

No overfeeding please!
Although dogs may need an extra layer in winter, make sure it comes from a coat and not a layer of fat. Cold temperatures may even bring on lazy behavior and the need for fewer calories. Be attentive to your dog’s activity level and adjust her calories accordingly.
Keep your dog hydrated
Dogs can dehydrate just as quickly in winter as summer. Although many dogs eat snow, it’s not an adequate substitute for fresh water.
Groom your dog
Your dog needs a clean, well-groomed coat to keep her properly insulated. This is especially important if your dog spends a lot of time outdoors. After bathing, dry your dog thoroughly, especially before allowing her outside.
Paw care is a must
Just as we tend to develop foot cracks in winter, dogs can also suffer from cracked pads. If your dog has furry feet, trim the hair that grows between her pads to prevent ice buildup between the pads. Winter salt on city sidewalks can also burn your dog’s pads and is toxic, so after walks around the neighborhood, rinse or wipe your dog’s paws to remove any salt.
Special care for seniors
Cold weather will often aggravate existing medical conditions in dogs, particularly arthritis. It’s very important to maintain an exercise regimen with your arthritic dog, but be mindful of slippery surfaces and make sure your dog has a warm soft rest area to recuperate after activity.
Harsh winter weather brings a wide variety of concerns to responsible dog owners. Bitter cold, numbing wetness or biting winds can cause discomfort for that special dog in your life. Paying special attention to your loyal friend’s wellbeing during the winter season will ensure that you both enjoy the season to the fullest.
Dear Santa Paws, Define Naughty…
Here are a few recommended brands GRRSM Members will be giving their pups for the holidays:

Upcountry dog collar and leash
Best Bully Sticks
Earth Animal No-Hide Chews
KONG Air Dog Squeakair Tennis Balls
Tempurpedic Dog Bed
Dog Mom Bakery Treats
ZippyPaws Hide and Seek Toys
Chuck It!
Tuffy Toys

Pet Insurance
By Pat Johnson, Foster & Adoption Coordinator
I like pet insurance. I know some people are disciplined enough to have substantial savings accounts for each of their pups and cats, but I’m not one of them. I don’t get insurance for annual check-ups as I figure if I can’t afford that I probably shouldn’t have a cat or dog, and I have six.
I have pet insurance in case two of my pups come down with a major illness at the same time. I use Healthy Paws. The younger your dog is when you enroll the lower the premium. Menia’s monthly premium is $41.
When I signed up my dogs over the age six had to have been seen by a vet within 30 days.
I chose a $500 deductible and most years I don’t get close to that for non routine vet care, but my pups are getting older and this year Keagan had a surgery that  was $502 and has an echocardiogram appointment this week which will be $650 so his insurance should kick in.
Some things to look for when selecting an insurance company are:
  • Does the company have an annual deductible (preferred) or per illness deductible?
  • Is there a cap on annual benefits? Some cancer treatments can cost over $10,000 so make sure your insurance coverage doesn’t run out at $8,000.
  • Does the premium go up as your dog gets older?
  • Do you need coverage for routine vet care as it adds to the cost of your premium, but may be worth it if you have a puppy that will need to be spay or neutered.
  • What is the waiting period before your policy begins to cover your pup? (Usually two weeks)
  • Are congenital conditions like hip dysplasia and heart diseases covered? Is there a waiting period? (often one year if covered at all)
Here’s a link to a good site with pet insurance reviews:
Brush Their Little Teeth
By Pat Johnson, Foster & Adoption Coordinator
Brush your little teeth.
Brush your little teeth.
Keep them clean and bright everyday.
Brush them up and down.
Brush them all around.
Keep tooth decay away.
I’m your tooth fairy and I’ll be brushing every day.
Forty years ago my daughter had a battery operated tooth brush that looked like a fairy and sang this song. It still sticks in my head and every night I brush five sets of dog teeth as I sing this song for each dog.
The vet has only recommended one of my dog’s ever have her teeth cleaned and that was because she was getting one extracted that she had cracked.
Each of my foster pups has left our house knowing that everyone gets their teeth cleaned before bedtime, so even if you don’t brush now, it’s not too late to start. You can use a regular human tooth brush and my pups like beef or poultry flavored tooth paste.
It’s a lot cheaper than $300+ most vets want for a professional cleaning; and, like in people, dental health is important for overall health.
So….brush their little teeth!

International Rescue
By Pat Johnson, Foster & Adoption Coordinator
Last newsletter I shared about taking pups who were left homeless from the hurricane on Puerto Rico. We were all set to bring a handful this fall when the weather cooled and pups could fly; however, the rescue POC in PR has had some significant health issues and pups remain on the island mostly with foster homes so I expect it will be late winter or spring before we see PR pups.
The five beautiful goldens we brought over from China this year have been such great ambassadors that we continue to get asked about when we plan to bring some more to Maryland.
We have to go get dogs who are in China and bring them back. One person can bring five dogs back on EVA Airlines. We are working with Golden Bond in Oregon as the need continues to be great. Recently over 20 goldens were slaughtered and there are currently 49 in a shelter awaiting flights to the USA.
Time difference, distance, communication, paperwork, coordination and costs are all challenges. We are working on these challenges and will keep you posted as we learn more.