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TheBridge Volume 13 Issue Winter 2011 www.sfsr.org San Francisco Samoyed Rescue A non-profit organization President’s Message Since 1976, SFSR has continued to rescue, foster, offer vet care and adopt out these wonderful dogs to loving homes. It could not have been done without the generosity, both in time and resources, of our members. Most of you, our supporters and Sammie owners, may not see the condition of some of the dogs who come to our attention. Many of these dogs come to us abused, neglected, and in ill health. Many of them are seniors, having been subjected to awful conditions for years. This is the primary reason our organization is dedicated to making sure the Sams, Sam mixes and Northern breeds that we rescue find the proper care, love and stable homes that they deserve. Given the economic times, asking for donations when a number of families are just trying to make ends meet may be a difficult request to fulfill. However, we only ask that those of you who can, please make a donation of any amount you can afford to renew your membership in SFSR. Our annual membership fee is $25.00 and the renewal or new application forms can be found in this issue of The Bridge. Having said that, I wanted to give a big “shout Vinyl enjoying the snow at Mono Lake out” to the many SFSR members and supporters who have given generously. Thank you! Bob Wackerman, President of SFSR JOIN US: 2011 San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Walk-a-thon Fundraiser Bring your Samoyeds and come walk with us in the Dublin St. Patricks Day Parade on March 12, 2011. Help us raise funds for Samoyeds looking for their forever homes. For those of you unable to attend the parade, you can still donate via PayPal on www.SFSR. org or pledge your support/donation via emails to us at Rescue@SFSR.org How you can help and make a difference Use Amazon for your next Important - please update your emails Fun in the Sun The SFSR Annual Picnics are our biggest fundraisers of the year, and we are proud to say this year we were able to bring in an purchase Members, please update your email information in order to at the Annual outstanding record of over $3700. With this, we are able to pay for costs of rescuing Sammies out of shelters and cover their receive our e-newletters and event announcements/invites. When you purchase items from Amazon via the search box located on the home Lots of fun happenings coming! Send to Rescue@SFSR.org. SFSR Picnic health rehabilitation, grooming, transportation and miscellaneous dog supply costs. page of www.sfsr.org, a small percentage of the sales will go towards saving. We truly appreciate our members’ support and dedication. SFSR Fostering - we need you! would not be able to save and help as many dogs without your help and contributions. We are in critical need for foster homes. It is very easy. To get started, fill out the foster application in our Forms section of our Here are the numbers for the picnic. website, www.sfsr.org. Fostering a dog can last from one week to three months. Each situation is different. Raised $3700, ~70 people attended and ~35 dogs romped in the grass with wagging tails. Mark your calendars For more information on events check our events page on www.sfsr.org or Facebook. SFSR logoed items like hats, T-shirts and other goodies will be available for purchase at each of the events. March 12 St. Patrick’s Day Parade/Walk-a-thon Fundraiser Dublin, CA April 24 Easter Parade on Union St. San Francisco, CA May 13 Barbary Coast Samoyed Club Annual Specialty Dog Show Woodland, CA May 15 ARF Animals on Broadway Walnut Creek, CA June 9&10 NorCal Samoyeds Fanciers Speciality Dog Show Vallejo, CA June Norsled Fun Day in the Park Danville, CA October 10-15 Samoyed Club of America 80th National Speciality Farmington, Utah October SFSR Picnic Redwood City, CA Fall eBay Auction 2 Volume 13 Issue 5 Winter 2011 The Bridge www.sfsr.org 3 Volume 13 Issue 5 Winter 2011 The Bridge www.sfsr.org Cupcake - look ma no clothes 2010 Success Stories My name is Cupcake and I was adopted by Barbara and Bob of Groveland, CA (near Yosemite), my new dad and mom! When SFSR rescued me I was so matted and full of sores, I Joey, a three legged boy had to be shaved. My new Mom took me to the doctor and Jack, or Jackson as his new mom is leg made Jackson one scared dog. In the they put me on thyroid pills and started feeding me high now calling him, was as close to go- beginning, if you approached him he protein (eggs, cottage cheese, etc) with my dog food and look ing to the Rainbow Bridge as could would run and hide in a corner and if at me now! I still have a few bald spots but Mom does a be. Having spent two miserable you attempted to put a leash on him or comb-over pretty well these days. I am so soft and warm now. weeks in a Southern California shelter even touch him he would shake and cry Mom had sweaters for me last winter because I had no fur and with a left rear broken leg (unbe- out in literal fear. He also had a definite it gets pretty cold here - sometimes it even snows - so I was knownst to the shelter), our Southern issue with males, cowering and running really cold with no fur. I looked so cute in my sweaters but After: Cupcake with her new coat California affiliate SRSC (Samoyed away whenever Bob approached him. I am very happy to have my own “coat” now. Hope it keeps Rescue of Southern California) called Long time SFSR member Julie Vejmola growing. I am a happy girl these days. us to see if we could find him a foster volunteered to work with him as he was home as they had no more room to much calmer with females. After some take one more dog. Board member time and many loving hugs and care, Jacqueline Wong volunteered to drive Jackson became more and more trustful. Joey - with three legs to Coalinga and meet the SRSC per- Today, he bounces around at the sight son who was driving Jackson up from of his leash, knowing he is going for a Downey in Southern Calif. Jacqueline walk. He even lets Bob walk and hold Big Boy - with a drove Jack that same night to SFSR secretary Cari Baldwin’s home and him now and because of that bond, Julie and Bob adopted Jackson and he is now heart to match Before: Cupcake shaved to remove all of her matted fur she brought him to Bishop Ranch part of the clan of Bob and Julie’s other Veterinary Hospital the next day. SFSR rescues, Sophia, Keegan, Serena Unfortunately, the vet told Cari that and Cojack. because Jackson’s leg had been bro- Joey - no room at the inn Dutchess - a frisky friend This was a collaboration of many Samo- ken for so long, the bone had calci- yed volunteers in saving the life of this Joey’s story is becoming all too This bio was written by Dutchess’s new fam- fied and needed to be removed. After 15 month old puppy. Please contact familiar to us. Because of the ily: Because of a previous wonderful experi- his surgery he was fostered by SFSR us at firstname.lastname@example.org to help transport, economic downturn and people ence with SFSR, we adopted Dutchess, a president Bob Wackerman. foster or donate to SFSR. losing their homes, dogs by the sweet 4-year old female Samoyed, about 5 To say the least, the trauma of those thousands are being brought months ago. She was undersized for her age two weeks and the removal of his rear to the shelters by their own- and in need of a loving home. Because of the ers. The shelters have become generosity of the SFSR vet program, she had Balu - saved by an angel so overcrowded that dogs are a shoulder cyst removed and a number of being euthanized for no other broken teeth removed, which had been the Balu is a beautiful Sammy, and was rescued Big Boy reason then, there is lack of Einstein - full of energy! source of her being so underweight. at the last minute before he was put to be put space. Joey is very lucky as down because of overcrowding in a shelter. Big Boy (BB) is an eight year old Since then, she has grown into a beautiful, Einstein is a Sammy mix who was SFSR learned about him at the The SFSR volunteer who rescued Balu did Samoyed, maybe mixed with a bit happy, and frisky companion. Dutchess loves on death row before SFSR rescued last minute and pulled him. He miracles to save him. For many months Balu of Great Pyrenees. He is an 85lb to go for long walks, rides in the car, prances him. He was adopted by a mem- is now living a happy life in Los was in constant pain. With love, patience, bundle of love who came to us with when she walks, and gives us an adorable ber but brought back because he Gatos. Without your donations, time and money, Balu now lives in a lovely a bout of Vestibular, which is similar “arrooo” in the morning. We love Samoyeds, this would not have happened. has too much prankster in him. home and brings much joy. to vertigo in humans vestibular and Dutchess now completes our family. In He is now with board member causes a dog to feel as if the room short, she is a very sweet, loving dog and we is spinning and they can experience Terri’s pack and provides hours of couldn’t be happier with her. laughter with clown-like antics. Nikki - a casualty of divorce nausea as well. It was a little difficult for Big Boy to get up at first, but Nikki came from a family with 3 children in now he is running around the yard, Snowball - very sweet Anya - a close call Brentwood, CA. She was a casualty of a although he does lean a little to the divorce. The surrender form just said that they left, and happy. Snowball came to us from Anya comes to us from Southern California. When could not care for her anymore. She celebrated Sonoma County with very SFSR heard she had only one day left before she her 10th birthday in September. She was little information, stressed would be put down because of overcrowding in the originally 102 lbs when she came to SFSR and out and dirty. After a good shelter, a volunteer jumped in her car and drove from rub in the tub he was good San Francisco to Los Angles and brought Anya to is now down to 75 lbs. She should weigh no more than 50 lbs. She is now on as new and soon adopted SFSR, all in one day. Fostered by Julie of Pampered medicine for hypothyroidism after testing showed her thyroid levels were a bit by a school teacher and her Pets she was given time and space to reassure her she low, contributing to her weight and lethargy. husband. was in safe hands. Anya is now living the good life in Antioch, CA. 4 Volume 13 Issue 5 Winter 2011 5 Volume 13Issue Winter 2011 The Bridge www.sfsr.org Barney - always ready to help Barney is a 7 year old Samoyed/German Shepherd mix who came to SFSR as a Have a piece of SFSR that benefits SFSR puppy with his siblings and Samoyed To order these and other items, please go to: www.cafepress.com.Type ‘SFSR’ into the search bar, then pick the item mother. He was brought back to our of your choice from the column in the left. You can pay by credit card or PayPal. rescue because his previous family could You can also access CafePress thru our website www.sfsr.org. not keep him due to health reasons. He is a gallant, outdoors dog who was lucky enough to be adopted by a loving woman who licensed Barney as a service dog. His new mom says: “I feel so very, very lucky Yukon - larger than life to have Barney!” Yukon is a gorgeous, very large Samoyed mix - a combination that made it difficult to find him the right home. But when the Kellys met him, Casper - a striking lad it was love at first site, and Yukon joined his Casper is a 2 year old Samoyed who was Siberian Husky mix brother (rescued from rescued from Martinez Shelter. Casper is a Norsled and also named Yukon) in his new striking lad and is very playful and sweet. forever home. He was renamed Barney and Baseball Cap Mug T-shirt His San Francisco foster family quickly fell showed us all how happy and confident he is at Adjustable size, brushed cotton. 12oz. Dishwasher and 100% cotton, pre-shrunk, three in love with him and adopted him. They the 2010 picnic. Available in khaki or white. $17. microwave safe. $15. color selections. $22. are quoted as saying, “He loves us and we love him. I think he is very happy.” Welcome to our new board members In Memory Pat Enslen an Original SFSR Board Member Pat Enslen sadly passed away this year at the age of 80. A true northern breed lover, she owned Alaskan Malamutes before falling in love with Jodie Rothhouse Judy Mansfield Jayne Kruse Amy Mason Samoyeds, and becoming one of the premier female dog sledders in After volunteering at I am involved in Samoyed Samoyed’s have been a big Currently a “Stay-at-home- America. She was affiliated with SFSR and Sierra Nevada Dog Drivers. a variety of non-profit rescue, due entirely to my part of my life for over 25 dog-Mom”, but previously organizations, I realized Sammy, Sarah. I have previ- years. I currently show in worked 15 years in Human Luna, You are loved and missed I wanted to put emphasis ously been a volunteer for confirmation, rally, obedi- Resources specializing in where my heart is; animals. the local shelters and have ence, herding, and do skijor- Compensation and Employ- Salty and Oso - Sadness to Sammy Thanks to all of you who donated to SFSR and Since then, I became been a long time member ing with my Samoyeds. I am ee Relations. Worked years Smiles helped support Luna. You made three happy years a licensed veterinary of several animal welfare a member of the Samoyed volunteering weekly as a possible for her. technician and concentrated groups. My belief, is that Club of America and the computer docent. We have With heavy hearts we announce the pass- my volunteer efforts on the we have an ethical duty to Barbary Coast Samoyed Club. three wonderful Samoyed ing of long time SFSR member and Sammy Abandoned by her previous owners, first in their yard, then at the shelter, Luna came to SFSR in Oakland SPCA, the Lindsay improve the condition of I was the past President/ “fur-kids” Chica, Sage and lover Marcia Hopkins, who left behind Wildlife Museum, and now, homeless and neglected Chairman of two success- Sammy. Fell in love with her beloved Salty and Oso. Beautiful full October 2007 at 11 years old. She had bald patches and skin infections, was lethargic and overweight. SFSR. My involvement animals. As Edward Everett ful fundraising events called Samoyeds over 17 years bred, Salty was the most recent addition with SFSR brings a whole Hale said, “I am only one, Air Expo and The Wings for ago, and decided it was im- to the Hopkins home. Oso, a Sammy mix After many tests and x-rays, we learned that Luna had epilepsy, megaesophagus, hypothyroidism, different level of satisfaction. but I am one. I cannot do Charity Airshows. In coming portant to get involved with (with freckles!) came to Marcia under more I enjoy focusing on everything, but I can do to SFSR, I wanted to help the the “rescue” end. Since urgent circumstances, finding love, food, alopecia, and autoimmune lung infections. Her hind legs couldn’t carry her more than 20 feet fundraising which proves something. And I will not breed that has brought me so then we have adopted two shelter, and companionship with Marcia to be both challenging and let what I cannot do inter- much joy. rescues and have fostered after being abandoned at a foreclosed before she’d fall down. She showed little interest in the humans around her. Six months at best, we rewarding. fere with what I can do.” others. Feels great knowing home. A concerned agent notified SFSR, that we have helped a dog who rescued Oso and placed him that day thought. We’ll give her a home and make her com- fortable for a few months until she’s ready to cross find his/her forever home. with Marcia. the rainbow bridge. But Luna fooled us all. “I think Pat Hughes Thank you to the generosity of members I’ll stick around and see what it’s like to be loved Sammies are my favorite dog because of their disposition, life expectancy, who sent well wishes and money, and a before I leave this world,” she must have thought. and they get along with cats. The two I now have are both rescues. Just from special thank you to Julie Reichenbach for Loved she was. And love she did--food and walks walking my dogs, I’ve learned that many Sammy owners I have met know fostering Salty and Oso. We are pleased to and belly rubs. And life. nothing about SFSR. I wanted to get involved to get the word out. share they were adopted in June. - Bev and Ron, Luna’s family. 6 Volume 13 Issue 5 Winter 2011 The Bridge www.sfsr.org 7 Volume 13 Issue 5 Winter 2011 The Bridge www.sfsr.org Gratitude and Blessings In addition to all members and their generous donations we sincerely thank the veterinarians, rescue organizations who help care for these dogs in transit to their new homes, often providing the basics that save or restore their lives. Among these are: Veterinary Services Rescue Organizations Adobe Animal Hospital Bayside Animal Hospital Norsled 4470 El Camino Real 6957 Douglas Boulevard Northern California Sled Dog Rescue Los Altos, Ca 94022 Granite Bay, CA 800-471-5822 650-948-9661 916-791-8387 www.norsled.org www.adobe-animal.com www.baysideanimalhospital.vetsuite.com Samoyed Rescue of Southern Pets Unlimited San Mateo Animal Hospital California 2342 Fillmore Street 2320 Palm Ave 714-956-6180 San Francisco, CA San Ramon, CA www.socalsamoyedrescue.org 415-563-6700 650-345-1655 www.petsunlimited.org www.sanmateovet.com Bishop Ranch Veterinary Silicon Valley Pet Clinic 2000 Bishop Dr. 3100 El Camino Real #A San Ramon, CA Santa Clara, CA 925-866-8387 408-248-3844 www.webvets.com www.siliconvalleypet.com/ San Francisco Samoyed Rescue P.O. Box 6852 San Carlos, CA 94070
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