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Volume 2, Issue 4 November 2009

Your Dog and Bloat
By Kelly Martin Picture this: you’ve just finished Thanksgiving dinner, and after second helpings of mashed potatoes, stuffing and a healthy portion of pumpkin pie, your pants are snug and you’re uncomfortable – you’re bloated. It’s nothing time, maybe a light snooze on the couch or a walk around the block won’t fix. But if your dog develops bloat, there is no time for snoozing - you need to spring into action. What is Bloat? Bloat, or Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV), is a life threatening condition requiring immediate veterinary treatment. It is a medical emergency that can be fatal in as a little as 1 to 2 hours. Bloat occurs when the stomach expands (dilation) - due to excessive gas or air – compressing both ends so that the gases can’t escape. With nowhere to go, the gases continue to expand the stomach, which can press on major arteries and veins in the abdominal cavity causing reduced blood flow to the heart and reduced blood pressure. The expanding stomach may also press on the diaphragm, causing difficult and labored breathing. Once expanded, the stomach may rotate on itself (volvulus), effectively blocking the passage of anything. Bloat leads to death from shock or cardiac arrhythmia. How do you know if your dog has bloat? Signs of bloat include:
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Elevated heart and respiratory rates (as bloat progresses).


What to do if you think your dog has bloat? If you think your dog may have developed bloat, immediately take them to the nearest emergency veterinary clinic equipped to perform surgery; there is no athome remedy, and no effective treatment short of surgery. The vet will likely perform several tests, including a complete blood count (CBC), serum chemistry, and urinalysis. Radiographs may also be performed to confirm the diagnosis and determine whether or not the stomach has twisted. You should insist on radiographs if your vet attempts to dismiss your concerns of bloat. Bloat requires surgery to replace the stomach to its original position, and remove any damaged sections (reduced blood flow can lead to the death of stomach tissue) or organs (the spleen
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Restlessness. Continuous pacing. Acting like s/he can’t get comfortable. Acting agitated. Excessive drooling. Unproductive vomiting. Swelling of the abdomen which may or may not be noticeable. Stomach that feels hard to the touch. Looking at the stomach. Panting.

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Congratulations to the following dogs who have recently found their furever homes:

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Emma adopted by her foster family the Ridpaths. Jake adopted by the Raphaels. Spice adopted by her foster family Anthony and Barb Baratta. Barrett adopted by the Speer family. Angel adopted by Bill and Geni Stevenson.

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Foster Families
Welcome to our newest foster families…some who have not yet had a dog:
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Carol Boyd. Janell Stringer. Janis Paulson. Norm Bleakley. Richard Holden.

is often also a victim of bloat). At that time, the vet may perform a gastropexy, which attaches the stomach to the abdominal wall. Dogs that have had one episode of bloat are virtually guaranteed to bloat again, but the gastropexy essentially eliminates the chance of the stomach rotating. A recurrence of bloat in a dog that has had a gastropexy should still be treated as a medical emergency. For high risk breeds or dogs, a gastropexy can be performed as a preventative measure when the dog is spayed or neutered. What causes bloat? Golden retrievers are not high on the list of breeds

predisposed to bloat (Great Danes top the list), but the exact causes are unknown. Several contributing factors may put your dog at a higher risk of developing bloat, including:
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Eating a dry dog food with oils (i.e. sunflower oils, animal fat) among the first four ingredients . Eating from a raised food bowl.


Having a deep, narrow chest. Being lean or underweight. Older than 5. Eating one large meal per day. Being a fast eater. Stress. Having an aggressive personality. Having a relative who has had bloat. Exercising before or after eating.

Conclusion Bloat is a true medical emergency; 30% of dogs who develop bloat will die. Hopefully you and your golden retriever never have to deal with bloat. But by recognizing the symptoms and risk factors – which may change with further study – you can take the appropriate action if necessary. Note: This article is in memory of Marty and Bob Parker’s golden “Duke” who recently passed away from bloat.

Big, wet, sloppy golden kisses to two exceptional foster families who are caring for senior goldens, both have terminal cancer. Bear is enjoying almost daily trips to the dog park with his foster mom and dad Jean and Al Huey. Cheyenne is enjoying her foster golden sister and cat and walks with her foster mom and dad, Gail and Norm Bleakley.

Maryland Votes for Animals
Pennsylvania, a short drive to our north, and North Carolina, to our south, are states known to have a number of puppy mills. Pennsylvania’s Governor is a golden retriever lover; in fact, he adopted a puppy mill dog from Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue. Laws are being enacted to improve animal welfare in PA. There is some concern that breeders will move their operations to Maryland. When Maryland has tried to strengthen animal welfare laws, groups such as the AKC lobby their representatives against legislation, but no local group has been active in advocating for animals until recently. Maryland Votes for Animals (MVFA) is an organization with one overriding mission: To create an ever-growing voting bloc of animal advocates who will elect representatives willing to champion and vote for animal protection legislation, and to hold politicians accountable to their constituents. To learn more go to


Volume 2, Issue 4
Have Fun with Fundraising
The rescue has spent over $22,000 in medical expenses so far this year. Dogs taken in this year have been in worse physical shape than previous years. Two leg surgeries, tumor removals, heartworm treatment for eight dogs, plus two pups who have terminal cancer in addition to routine vet care is expensive even with the 20 – 30% break we get from our local vets (St Mary’s, Tidewater, Dunkirk and Solomons.) To support our pup’s medical needs a few fundraisers are scheduled. Look for a combined annual membership reminder with a request for help to establish a new “Angel” fund whose sole use will be to fund medical treatment of our dogs. The Angel fund is inspired by one of our own rescued goldens.

Dog Park
As the weather gets colder and it gets dark earlier, it can be more challenging to get your golden pup the exercise he or she needs. Bundle up all winter long and meet for an hour of fun the first Saturday of the month at Lancaster Park in Lexington Park at 10 a.m. This is also a good place to talk with other golden lovers, bring food and toys your golden won’t eat or play with to offer to others who may. This spring we plan to meet a few times at the dog parks in Charles and Calvert counties to ease the drive for you folks. More info on dates/times will be in the spring newsletter.

Craft Show
Bandana, biscuits, toys, magnets, wind chimes, collar covers, bracelets are just some of the clever items being crafted to sell at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station 32nd annual craft show on December 5th from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. 100% of the proceeds will go to the rescue’s coffers. If you have items you would like to donate please contact the following people to arrange for drop off: Mechanicsville area: Kelly at 301.290.1255 or Lusby area: Barb Baratta at 410.394.1377 or Lexington Park area: Pat Johnson at 301.994.0132 or It’s a great place to shop for handmade gifts for family

and friends. There’s a park and ride into the base for those who do not have a base sticker for your car. Stop by the booth and say “hi”.

Wrapping at Borders
Volunteers are needed to wrap holiday presents at Borders Book Store in Waldorf from 8 a.m. until midnight on Saturday December 12 and 19. We’ve done this the past two years and “earn” donations for wrapping, meet other golden lovers, share information about the rescue and have fun! Borders provides the material. Trust me, you don’t have to be a good wrapper! If you can take a 3/4hour shift, contact Kelly at 301.290.1255 or

Lia Sophia Jewelry Party
Buy babbles as holiday gifts and support Golden Retriever Rescue! Stephanie Waikart is having a Lia Sophia jewelry party at her home on Sunday, November 15th at 2 p.m. at 44783 Hotel Cove Lane, Piney Point, 20674. 30% of the profits of the party will go to the rescue. Call Stephanie at 301.994.0061 for more info.


Why do Golden Retrievers Have Such Long Coats?
retriever breed. The wavy coated retriever fell out of favor in the late 1800s and was replaced by the flat coated retriever. What made Nous unique, apart from his sterling qualities as a gun dog, is that he was yellow, not black, which is the normal color for wavy or flat coated retrievers. Lord Tweedmouth, the original golden breeder, added some bloodhound to the mix to improve tracking abilities. Nous and the rest of the dogs that built the golden retriever breed, including the now extinct Tweed water spaniel and an Irish Setter, all had long hair. The short answer to the question, then, is that goldens have always had long coats. They’re definitely longer now than they were originally. That is because a long, luxuriant coat is such an eye-catcher that breeder, those on the “show” side in particular, have selectively emphasized this trait. Beauty has its price, of course: Can you say burr magnet?

A wavy-coated retriever named Nous was the foundation for the line that eventually became the golden

A stranger took this picture of Millie Huey at the dog park and forwarded to the rescue.


Volume 2, Issue 4
Golden Updates

Annie, Judy and Bill Sherman’s golden pup, is ready to go home after agility. (Photo taken by Lori Ennis.)

Jake and Ross It has been a year since Jake has come into our lives, and what a special boy he loving, and what a personality. As you know he loves his toys, and TV. We really like the way that he has interacted with Ross, very much the pack leader, but that is OK. I don't think that Ross would have adjusted so well if it had not been for Jake. Both boys are so comfortable with the play group, they come back happy, ready for a rest. Our dog walkers really love both of them. The long and short is that Pat and I are so happy with these boys, and every day is a treasure that they are a part of our lives. What a great job you all have done. Thanks. - Jan & Pat

Angel Angel's great (above). What a nice dog! Everybody loves her. Sutures out. All well. Looking for a second dog. She needs a playmate. - Bill and Geni

Jake THANK YOU!!!! We love Jake - he is so sweet. Please keep us in mind - we very much would like a second Golden - probably in a few months - after Jake is adjusted. So if another young guy or girl comes along - please let us know. He is doing great - listens great, loves the pool, and all the soccer balls my children have in the back yard :) He did INSIST on sleeping in our bed last night - he is a joy to have in our home - I hope (he seems) he is as happy as we are. I have forwarded your info to a wonderful family that we are very close with - they have been looking to adopt a dog for some time now. Thank you again - remember to let us know of future Goldens. The Raphael Family - Charlie, Carrie, Emma and Noah

Josie, with her dad’s sock in her mouth. Josie’s dad, Chris, is in Afghanistan and her mom Christy will soon have their first human baby.


Rainbow Bridge
Farewell” to three of our golden family members as they crossed the rainbow bridge. Duke Marty and Bob Parker sent a picture (right) of their new pup, “Rex” with a note, “Your good advice about not waiting and letting the sadness hurt so badly was well taken,” after their very handsome boy, Duke, died. Bella Judy and Rick Manarin lost their golden girl Bella. Judy reports, “She loved her family, other dogs, people, life in general and like all goldens, her meals. She chased balls, swam in the bay and would just comfort you with her presence.” “There is a story I would like to share. Rick had just brought Bella’s remains home and I was in tears, as usual, just so glad to have her back. I was outside and all of a sudden felt this nudging on my hand - it was my neighbor's two goldens. One is eight months and the other eight years. Their owner had them locked inside their tennis court that afternoon as they were remodeling their kitchen. We played for a few minutes and, before I had a chance
Rex and his proud papa, Bob Parker.

Bella enjoys the sunshine.

to call and let her know they with us, she pulled into the driveway and got out of the car, throwing her hands in the air, claiming, "This is a mystery! There is no way they could have gotten out!" I told

her we had just gotten Bella back and I felt it had been the wings of our angel swooping down to unlock her gate. Bella knew seeing them would make us feel better and it did! - Judy


Volume 2, Issue 4
Rainbow Bridge More Golden Updates

Bear Ridge Geni and Bill Stevenson adopted Ridge from the rescue a couple of years ago. Sad news. Ridge crossed the bridge. Took a very quick turn for the worse and became immobile over a 48 hour period. Losing our kids is always hard on us. But we do love our goldens, so would like to meet Angel. “Bear” aka “Betty” adopted by Gail and Norm Bleakley earlier this year. Gail and Norm are hospice fostering Cheyenne, and Bear is sharing nicely.

Top Ten Holiday Gifts for Dogs
1. Treats (Homemade or healthy). 2. Comfy memory foam bed. 3. New collar/lead. 4. Large size Air Kong tennis ball. (No chance of swallowing.) 5. Wholesome Hide rawhide. 6. Bully Stick. 7. Nice long walk at Myrtle Point or St Mary’s City. 8. Trip to the dog park. 9. “Spa” day with Anne at Indian Bridge Kennels. 10. Belly rub, love and kisses from YOU!
Daisy at a swimming hole near Sequoia National Park, Calif.

Daisy We have made our big move to Canada and would love to continue receiving the newsletter. Quick update on Daisy as she adapts beautifully to being a "Canadian Girl". She drove all the way across country with us from MD to Victoria, British Columbia. (6,000 miles!) I'm attaching a few pictures of her travels. Of course, her favorite moments were those spent in the water! Thanks so much to GRRSM for making a perfect match when you brought Daisy to us! - Carolyn, Travor, Rachel & Erica Campbell


Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland’s mission is to find homes for golden retrievers in need in St. Mary’s, Calvert and Charles counties.

Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland 19202 Nelson Court, Valley Lee, MD 20692-3006 Phone: 301.994.0132 Fax: 301.994.0132 E-mail: contact@goldenretrieverrescue

President’s Note
When we founded the rescue over two and a half years ago, we decided we did not want to be a group that only focused on fundraising. Then and now, we want our focus to be on what’s best for the dogs. We use that as our mantra. We fundraise as we need to have enough money so that we are never unable to take in a golden or provide necessary medical care. The rescue’s bylaws say we will sponsor a fundraiser anytime the bank account slips below $10,000 which it did last week. That sounds like a lot of money, but in a recent two week period we had $5,000 in medical expenses. We know there are lots of groups you could donate your hard earned money to. We’re glad that you choose to support your local golden family. I assure you we are good stewards of your money. With the exception of expenses for liability insurance, a post office box and very minor administrative costs, all money goes to medical care and supplies such as collars, leashes, tags, Frontline, Interceptor and food for our golden pups. The 28 goldens taken in so far this year, the 28 we took in last year, and the 18 we took in our first year enthusiastically say “WOOF YOU”! I want to say “Thank you” to the following golden lovers who have contributed funds in addition to their annual membership.
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Larry Bles Roxanne& Harry Burgers Clippers Canine Café Jennifer & Roland Cochran Elizabeth Daly Barbara & Bob Davis Lori & John Ennis Maxine Ennis Golden Retriever Foundation Golden Retriever Rescue Education & Training Inc. Bonnie & Coleman Hampton

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Robert & Karol Hickman Al & Jean Huey James Iagnemmo Joe & Pat Johnson Kathy & James Jefferies Indian Bridge Kennels Judith & Enrico Manarin Kelly & Jim Martin Michael & Mary Oritt The Oritt Foundation Lisa & David Orton Martha & Robert Parker PETCO Foundation Michele & Anthony Pink Carl Potter Jeff & Barb Saylor

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Stephanie & William Saylor Debbie Schallock Tammy & Richard Smith Glenda & Thomas Spragg Betty & Robert Trautman Trails End PetSitting LLC Jacquelyn & Wayne Walters Lori & Christopher White Gabriele & Robert Wirt Jillian Wood

Facebook Group
Would you like to “talk” with other local “golden” people? The rescue has a Facebook Group. Event information is posted. You can post pictures of your pups, ask questions and share information with other golden retriever lovers. See you online at


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