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					                    The Shorthaired Point
                from the volunteers of Mid-Atlantic German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue, Inc.


                                                                          August/September 2002


    Mid-Atlantic German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue

          In This Issue

Letter from the Editor….....2

Rescue Wish List……..….....3

Heartworms: A Curable
 but Preventable
 Disease.…………….......4, 5
                                                       A Father‟s Day To Remember…
Dealing With Those                                     Tramp, Amber, Beau, Baron, Heidi, and
 Pesky Ticks......................6, 7                 Amber ―signed‖ a tee-shirt for their daddy.
                                                       Perhaps never to be worn outside of the
                                                       house, it’s the thought that counts, right?
Thanks to Our
 GSP Friends………………..7                                  Send us your dog-related “creations”
                                                         to share with other GSP lovers.
Budgeting for Pet
 Ownership…………..…….8                                           Mid-Atlantic GSP Rescue
                                                                  Board of Directors
GSP Mom Shares Reunion                                 Faith Summers                President and
 Experience …….…..…9, 10                                                            Treasurer
                                                       Andrea Smith                 Vice President
                                                       Mary Voytek                  Asst Secretary
Call for Foster Moms &                                 Julie Kirstein               Asst Secretary
 Dads……………..………..11                                    Karen Pratzner               Secretary and
                                                                                    Newsletter Editor


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                   The Shorthaired Point
               from the volunteers of Mid-Atlantic German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue, Inc.


Letter from the Editor:
H    appy Summer!

             We are off to another year of one rescue after another. To date, 33 GSPs
have been assisted and/or fostered by our Rescue. See the article on becoming a foster
parent or family on page 11. Please note that we are seeing an increasing number of
heartworm- and Lyme-positive GSPs, so please ensure that your dog is protected with
year-round heartworm preventive medication and flea and tick medication. We
recommend you ―hound‖ your neighbors about doing the same for their dogs, invoking
awareness on these issues can lesson their occurrence. Please help us reduce the number
of dogs with these diseases.

        Our Rescue has held four microchip clinics so far this year. Remember, if your
GSP slips by or finds a way to escape from your yard, a microchipped dog makes it easier
for shelters to reunite dog and owner. Check our web page for upcoming clinics.

        The reunion held in Sykesville, Maryland (on the Summers’s estate!) was great
fun. See the story submitted by a GSP mom on pp. 9-10 that sums up all the fun and love
at these reunions. To our VA adopters: let us know if you would be interested in having
a reunion in the No. VA area. Suggestions for fenced locations are welcome.

       Our calendar picture contest was a BIG success! I think it’s safe to say that
everyone had fun selecting the cutest picture or voting for them all! Thanks to all who
contributed to help us save a few more GSPs. The picture calendar will be available for
purchase this fall via our web page and at some local dog events, which will be posted to
the web page @ www.mdgsprescue.org

                                                              Karen

                                                               Abbey Now Kissed by
                                                                More Than the Sun.
                                                      When Abbey came into Rescue, she
                                                      barely knew her name, had no
                                                      vocabulary, and didn’t know what a
                                                      kiss was! Her owners provided no
                                                      training but expected her to behave
                                                      anyway. The result was a high-energy
                                                      GSP tied inside a garage 24 hours a
                                                      day. Today, Abbey loves having access
                                                      to outdoors and enjoys playing with
                                                      other dogs and kids and checks in
                                                      regularly for kisses from her humans!

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                            Rescue Wish List
                     Large crates, wire or plastic
                              Crate pads
                     Sheets, blankets for bedding
                      Dell or Gateway desktop
                         Computer or laptop
                     Adobe software packages
                         Color laser printer
                                Paper
                           Collars, leashes
                                Treats
                     More foster homes (see p.11)
Only One Thing Missing: At our January 2002 (really, our annual 2001
wrap-up meeting) Rescue meeting, new officers were announced, new
volunteers recognized, new protocols approved. The one thing missing?
Our GSPs, of course! Clockwise from foreground: Julie Kirstein, David
Saybolt, Scot Smith, Andrea Smith (VP), Faith Summers (President), Mary
Voytek, and Jean Holz. Photograph taken by Karen Pratzner (Secretary).




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                        The Shorthaired Point
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Heartworm Disease: Don’t Let Your Pet Get Caught
Unprotected
by Karen Pratzner



S   o far this year, Rescue volunteers have worked with area veterinarians to treat and
    cure six GSPs of heartworm disease…that’s 20 percent of incoming dogs.! Providing
year-round heartworm prevention is a MUST in our area.
A new and better drug, called Immitricide, is being used for Heartworm disease is
heartworm-positive dogs. It has fewer side effects than the    100 percent curable.
previously used drug, and it completely cures the dog.

How Do They Get Heartworms? An infected
mosquito transmits heartworms. A dog can be
infected from a single mosquito that has bitten
an infected animal and then bites your pet. That
is why cases are more prevalent in areas where
there is an abundance of mosquitoes, like ours
with a warm, moist climate.

The Infection. When an infected mosquito
bites an animal—say, your dog—it injects larva
(the early stage of heartworms) into the dog’s                    Heartworm Success Story: Some of you
skin. After that, it takes about six months for                   might remember Justin, above. When he
the larva to turn into adult heartworms, which                    arrived into foster care (from the Fairfax
then get into the heart and often the lungs.                      County Animal Shelter) at about one year
                                                                  old, he was diagnosed with early stage
Once the adult heartworms are hosted in your                      heartworm disease. (Early because of
dog, they produce baby heartworms, known as                       his age, he could not have been infected
microfilaria (the pre-larval stage), which                        for long.) He is now a very healthy and
circulate in the dog’s bloodstream. These now                     active fellow.
can be injected by a mosquito and passed to yet another dog; if this dog is unprotected by
heartworm preventive, the dog will now become infected with the heartworms.

What Does It Look Like? Adult heartworms in the bloodstream can result in significant
damage to the heart and lungs, blocking normal flow. A dog in the advanced stages of
the disease may be emaciated and, because the lungs are obstructed, its breathing can be
labored, even from mild exercise. An adult heartworm can reach 14 inches in length!


Treatment Today. If a dog has heartworms, standard protocol calls for two to three
injections of Immitricide followed by one injection of Ivermectin six weeks later to kill



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any baby microfilaria left in the bloodstream. The first injections are given over several
days, and the dog must be monitored for the day by trained professionals.

During the treatment, and for two months after, the dog must be kept quiet. In Justin’s
case—a one-year-old pup—this was quite a challenge. The vet who treated him
emphasized absolutely no activity; that is, leash walks in a small area and return indoors,
preferably to a crate, immediately afterwards. That meant no ball playing, fetching,
tugging, or wrestling for two months. Why no activity? The Immitricide works in the
blood vessels to dissolve the heartworms. Any of the above-mentioned activities could
cause a piece of a heartworm to travel into the heart and block the flow of blood and
killing the dog.

Prognosis? The disease is totally curable if protocol is following strictly and the dog is
not in the advanced stages of the disease. This disease is avoidable if you keep your
dog on preventive medication.

Protecting Your Dog. There are daily, monthly, and bi-yearly treatments; whatever you
chose, though, you must be diligent with administration. Also, dogs must be tested prior
to beginning the preventive, since the medication can be harmful if the dog already has
heartworms in its system. A blood sample is drawn by your veterinarian and tested to
verify the presence of heartworms.

                      Heartworm, Flea, and Tick Treatments
                         Frequency of                   Delivery                   Additional
Brand                    Treatment                      Method                     Benefits
Heartgard Plus           Monthly            Tablet orally                          Prevents hookworms,
                                                                                   roundworms, and
                                                                                   whipworms.

Interceptor              Monthly            Tablet orally                          Prevents hooks,
                                                                                   whips, and roundworms.

Sentinel                 Monthly            Tablet orally                          Control fleas;
                                                                                   Prevents hooks,
                                                                                   whips, and round-
                                                                                   worms.


Revolution               Monthly            Applied topically                      Kills fleas, earmites,
                                                                                   sarcoptic mange and
                                                                                   tick infestation

ProHeart                 6 months           Injection                              Treats hookworms




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Lyme Disease: „Tis the Season To Think About
Those Pesky Ticks
by Dr. Lanny Rhymes, Parkway Veterinary Clinic


L    yme disease is a tickborne disease
     caused by a bacterium called
Borrelia burgdorferi. It is primarily a
disease of humans and dogs, but
infections in cats have been recorded.
The primary tick species to transmit
Borreliosis are the Ixodes species of
ticks, but other tick species also can
harbor the bacterium. These other
species, however, may or may not be
able to transmit the disease.

        The signs of Borreliosis in the
dog include loss of appetite, lethargy,
fever, joint pain, lameness, and lymph
node enlargement. Other signs that have        Dr. Lanny Rhymes examines Mickey, who was
been associated with the Borreliosis           fostered by Jean Holz.
infection are renal disease and heart
disease.
                                                         The second testing procedure is
Testing, Testing, 1-2-3.                        the Western Blot test. This is a blood
There are two tests primarily used to           test that is sent to specific laboratories to
verify Lyme disease. The first is an in-        differentiate between the naturally
house test that combines testing for            infected animal and the vaccinated
Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, a disease           animal with fewer false-positive results.
caused by the brown dog tick, and
heartworm disease. This test can                Treatment
differentiate between the naturally             The treatment of Borreliosis-positive
infected animal and the previously              animals should be broken into two
vaccinated animal. The controversy              groups: the clinically normal animal and
with this test is that first; some feel that    the clinically abnormal animal. The
dogs can be chronically infected, which         clinically abnormal animal is easy. If an
would cause chronically high antibody           animal is showing signs consistent with
levels. This would result in consistently       Borreliosis and has a positive test, this
positive test results. This is complicated      animal should be treated. The antibiotic
by the fact that a high percentage of dogs      Doxycycline is the most commonly used
exposed to Borreliosis may never show           medication, but Ampicillin and
clinical signs of the disease.                  Erythromycin may also be used.
                                                Treatment should be continued for 3-4
                                                weeks on these patients.



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                                                       To Vaccinate or Not
               The clinically normal positive                  The first vaccine created is used
       animal presents a different challenge.          sparingly because of side effects. A
       The medical and veterinary professions          newer Lyme vaccine has fewer side
       have been criticized in the past for            effects and shows promise. Consult with
       indiscriminate use of antibiotics. Taking       your veterinarian to determine if your
       into account that 95 percent of infected        pet should be vaccinated. Factors such
       animals never show clinical disease and         as prevalence of the disease in your area
       may carry chronic infections for a              and the likelihood of exposure to ticks as
       lifetime with or without treatment, the         well as the overall health of your dog,
       question begging to be answered is,             should factor into your decision to
       should we treat animals without signs of        vaccinate or not.
       the clincial disease?
                                                              So, now you know that the
              Although there are no clear              Borreliosis bacterium and the Lyme
       answers to this question, some believe          vaccine are complicated technically.
       these pets should be treated. Can we            Discuss the best approach to take for
       prevent worsening disease with                  your pet with your veterinarian who can
       treatment? The answer is not clear.             help you make the right decision based
       Perhaps time will clear this up.                on knowledge of your pet’s history and
                                                       environment to which it is exposed.



                        Special Thanks for Gifts to GSP Rescue
                                 From Special Friends
                              Without YOU, we would not be able to rescue GSPs
                          so we and the GSPs thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Carl & MaryAnn Mayer
Scot Stark                   Faith & Doug Summers         Laurie Parks           Anne Waliczek
Christy Carrano              Cathy & Carl Rulis           Julie Kirshtein        Maria Stadlmayer
Nina Impagliazzo             Lutheran Brotherhood         Mary Voytek            William Finnerty
Shirley Massey               Lara Polyak                  Kim O'Neal             Theresa Travis
Charles Wehland              Lauren Crooke                Mercedes Cadiz         Andrea Bruce-Smith
Carol Hunt                   Diana Miles                  Joyce Harrison         Francis Maidens
Jean Holz                    Mary Deppa                   Joyce Stoner           Carol Schleicher
Sarah Lang                   Amy & Simon Fowler           Joy Smith              Stephanie Dumont
Renaud Houyoux               Victor & Alison Wallace      Greg Maidens           Alicia Lyter
Terry Hutson                 Jan Adams                    Andy Altman            Deanna Lyter
Dennis & Tonia Conroy        Jenny & Tom Manning          Adam Levine            Bill & Betsy Harrigan
Robert & Cindy Cook          Jeff Stonge                  David &Wendy Smith     Angela Bruce
Tracy & Greg Tougas          Jennifer Piorko              Karen Pratzner         Philip Shaikun
Robert Karsch & Sara Agan    Bruce Harrison




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 How Much IS That Doggie in the Window?
 Budgeting for Expected & Unexpected Expenses Pays Off
 by Karen Pratzner

 P   eople often purchase a pet without calculating the cost of caring for an animal—in
     the short or the long term. Unfortunately, and all too frequently, pets are
 euthanized because medical expenses (usually unexpected) exceed what’s in the
 budget. To avoid ever being in such a situation, please remember that budgeting
 before you buy or adopt an animal is a must. Why?

    Heartworm disease can be contracted from a single mosquito bite. Unless treated,
       infected dogs eventually die from the worms choking off their blood circulation.
       Cost to prevent: about $7 per month. Testing: $20-40.
    Airborne viruses such as parvo and distemper can be picked up anywhere. Cost to
       prevent: about $20 per year. Contact your local animal shelter for sponsored clinics.
    About one out of every four unspayed females will contract breast cancer (known as
       mammary adinocarcinoma). Cost to prevent: from $80 to $200. Alternately,
       contact Spay, Inc at www.spay.org, Friends of Animals at www.friendsofanimals.org.
       or SNAP, Inc. for reduced neutering rates in your area.
    Poor quality dog food lacks the nutritional content that dogs need for longer lives.
       Purchase a quality dog food. Check the primary ingredient on the feed bag and
       discuss diet with your vet to see if it meets the requirements for your particular dog.
       Cost: about $25-30 for dry food.
    Overweight dogs are prone to heart disease, diabetes, and joint problems. Diet and
       exercise will keep a lean, trim physique. Cost: $0.
    Gum disease or an abscessed tooth that go undetected can cause severe health
       problems. Cost of routine cleaning: Ask your vet, as this depends on the dog’s
       weight and health.
    Obedience training is strongly recommended. Cost: $70 and up, depending if public
       or private lessons. Check trainers’ credentials and methods through references.
    Pets escape, and car accidents happen every day. So, be sure your pet is
       microchipped, tattoed, and/or wears ID tags. Cost of microchipping is $30-45. Other
       options to consider to help with expenses: Veterinary Pet Insurance at 1/800/USA-
       PETS or www.petinsurance.org and ShelterCare at 1/866/375-PETS or
       www.sheltercare.com.
Other costs:
    Annual veterinary exam. Cost: about $25-35.
    Annual fecal and urinanalysis (optional, based on symptoms or signs). Cost: about $40.
    Rabies – state law that dogs are vaccinated by four months of age. Cost: $9.00-15.00 for
       first year, then once every three years.
Bottom line: THINK, PLAN, and SAVE for your pets.




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Impressions of a Rescue Reunion…
From the Eyes and Heart of a GSP Mom
The following story was submitted by GSP owner Kathy Drake, who adopted Siena in
January 2002. We added few photos to capture the fun. Oh, we did let one Vishla join
in the fun!

              First GSP Reunion of 2002, April 27th
Wow…what an awesome experience!

       If you haven’t attended a GSP Reunion, you are truly missing
something special. This year’s first GSP Reunion, held on April 27th in
Sykesville, Maryland and hosted by Faith Summers (President of the Mid-
Atlantic GSP Rescue) was an incredible experience. If you are a GSP lover
or even if you don’t own one YET but are going along for the ride…you can’t
help walking out from this reunion completely awestruck. It is an obvious
result of countless hours of caring and nurturing…evidence of an adoption
process that works.

       When I arrived at the reunion site, there were cars, SUVs, and trucks
parked out front of the house. I parked my car, got my dog, and headed for
the six-foot wood gate that led to the backyard. But, what I could never
have envisioned was what awaited me in the backyard. Beyond the gate, the
backyard was two acres of GSP heaven. The yard was full of them! I
couldn’t believe my eyes. It was a land of beautiful, handsome, GSPs. They
were chasing tennis balls, swinging rope toys in the air, sitting or laying in
owners’ laps, or sometimes just any available lap. They were even standing or
sitting in the swimming pool set up so they could cool off after romping
around. One GSP named Gem took a running leap and ended up in his owner’s
(I think!) arms…what a good catch. Snap! I got a picture because who would
believe it otherwise?!!

      I have never been in one location with so many nice folks and dogs.
Everyone was having a good time and swapping stories and looking at the


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dogs they have seen on the web site under ”Successes” and “Available.” For
a few moments, some of us wished we could have them all. We could now see
many of them in real life. There was little Dallas recovering from his leg
surgery…getting around just fine and what a handsome man…I think Faith is
going to miss this little guy if she lets him go. There also was a sweet little
Lady, who only months ago was afraid and untrusting of people. She now was
confident enough to walk up to me and let me pet her. I heard lots of
wonderful stories, and I told mine, too.

       However, the real story that needs to be told and thanks need to go
out is to the folks that made this possible for all of us to enjoy. To all of us
lucky GSP owners…I want to thank the Rescue workers from all of us for all
the wonderful work you do as volunteers with the Mid-Atlantic GSP Rescue
and your counterparts. Thank you for letting me adopt one wonderful girl,
my Siena, and inviting me to enjoy in the first reunion of 2002. I am so glad
I attended and had a chance to experience a reunion first hand.
                                                           Kathy




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                              Calling for Foster Homes
  by Karen Pratzner


          B   ecause the number of homeless GSPs has increased, we need more people
              and/or families who can temporarily (usually 3-4 weeks) house and care for a
  GSP. Below, volunteer Mary McElhaney finishes an eight-hour transport to rescue Holly
  and meet another volunteer. Through rain, sleet, and snow we rescue these wonderful
  dogs because they deserve a chance at happiness and a good life in a loving home. Can
  you help a GSP in need?
                                                                                    Rewards:
Requirements:                                                                        The company of an
 Must be at least 21                                                                  adoring companion.
   years of age.                                                                     Food, medications,
 Dog must not be left                                                                 heartworm
   unattended for more                                                                 prevention, and flea
   than 9 hours per day.                                                               control paid by
 Must provide adequate                                                                rescue.
   exercise for dog.                                                                 Vet fees paid or
 Give and receive lots of                                                             reimbursed.
   affection.                                                                        Incentive to exercise
 Knowledge of the                                                                     regularly.
   breed desirable.                                                                  Short-term
                                                                                       commitment (dogs
                                                                                       usually placed in 3-4
                                                                                       weeks).




  How to Submit Items to The Shorthaired Point:

         Articles, letters to the editor, and suggestions are invited and may be
  submitted to Karen T. Pratzner via e-mail at GSPfan@msn.com. Letters to
  the editor must be signed, but names will be withheld from publication upon
  request. We reserve the right to edit for clarity and space considerations.
  Readers also may phone in their comments at 703/590-7785.




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