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4th Quarter Newsletter, 2015
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To the Volunteers of True Heart Pinscher Rescue:

Wow! This year has really flown by; it's hard to believe we're already entering the holiday season. It has definitely been a year of great highs and devastating lows, but through it all each and every one of you have been incredible. Through your efforts you have made a difference in the life of a dog in need, and for that I want to extend my sincerest thank you, and remind you that it's through these continued efforts of fostering, outreach and your tireless dedication to sharing the message of True Heart that we can keep this going.

As we continue into the New Year, we will work to improve the service we provide in finding quality, loving homes for our foster dogs. We also hope that as we make a few changes along the way, we are making things easier for you as volunteers. We know we could not do any of this without each and every one of you opening your homes and hearts to a dog, helping with transport, helping to plan events, fundraising or just spreading the word about one of our foster dogs. 

Keep up the great work and please know your efforts are deeply appreciated and your feedback for ways to improve the efficiency of THPR will be met with eager ears and an open mind. I offer the warmest wishes this holiday season to you, and your family both 2- and 4-legged.

Happy Holidays

Kari Stringer
Rescue Coordinator
Upcoming Events

October 1 - November 5th
Auction Drive for
True Heart Pinscher Rescue Support Auction
In November we will host an auction to raise money for True Heart Pinscher Rescue. Visit the Facebook Group to view the auction rules, and to learn how to donate items to the au
ction. If you have questions, please contact trueheartrescue@gmail.com.

October 17th - October 18th
Mega Adoption Event
Animal House Adoption Center, 3516 Newberg Rd, Louisville KY
Join us as we participate in the Louisville Metro Animal Services and ASPCA Mega Match-a-thon October 17th and 18th from 11:00am to 6:00pm. This is a great way to get the word out about adoptable dogs, and also make connections for new fosters or volunteers. Sheryl Rainey has worked a deal with a photographer to take pictures of any dogs that can make it to the event. The photographer will also be donating partial proceeds from photos taken on-site to the rescue!

November 6th - November 15th
True Heart Pinscher Rescue Auction
Join us on the True Heart Pinscher Rescue Support Auction facebook group to bid on some great items, and help raise funds for the rescue. Help us spread the word by inviting your friends, or others that love Doberman, German and MinPins to the group!

Navigating the Holidays with your Dog.

With the holiday season quickly approaching, it's important to to think about our pets while we make plans. Between Halloween and New Year's Day, make sure that you're also taking the time to think about your pet, and keeping them safe. Here are some tips to keep your holidays jolly, and your furry friends happy and healthy as well.
  • Keep the chocolate locked away. Chocolate is often lethal to dogs, especially smaller ones. If you have chocolate in the house, make sure to keep it away from your dogs.
  • Watch out for artificial sweeteners. Many people are switching from sugar to sugar-substitutes for baking or for making treats. Xylitol, a common sweetener, is very poisonous to dogs. A small amount can send even large dogs into a coma. Keep artificial sweeteners away from your pets.
  • Turkey skin, turkey fat, and turkey bones should never be given to your pets. Bird bones can splinter and puncture the stomach or intestines.
  • If you're hosting a party, make sure to give your pets a safe and comfortable place to get away from the crowds. You may want to set up a spare bedroom or basement area where they can go to rest, relax and eat.
  • It may be cold, but many people use fireworks on New Years. Make sure to keep your pets indoors and protected from loud sounds.
If you'd like to learn more tips to keep your pets safe during the holidays, please read this article.

Blu's Bakery - Favorite Recipe

Wheat-free Peanut Butter Pumpkin Treats
2 cups White Rice Flour
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
1 cup Pumpkin Puree
2 Eggs
1 teaspoon Cinnamon

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
2. In a large bowl mix all ingredients one at a time, kneading well after each addition.
3. Knead dough into ball and roll onto a floured surface 1/4 inch thick. Cut with the cookie cutter of your choice.
4. Place on your prepared cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Cool and refrigerate.


Recipe and images made available from www.doggydessertchef.com
Ask Dobias DoRight
Dobias DoRight. The Dogtor is in.Dogtor Dobias Doright is one of the founding dogs from True Heart Rescue, and is a seasoned expert at answering any questions that you may have. If you have a question for Dogtor DoRight, send an email to trueheartrescue@gmail.com, and you might be featured in our quarterly newsletter.


Dogtor DoRight, 
I want to foster dogs in my home, but my dog doesn't get along well with other dogs. What should I do?
Signed,
Timid Foster


Dear Timid Foster,
Initial introductions between new dogs aren't always as easy as what you may see on TV or in a movie. Sometimes it can take several hours, or even days before dogs can be comfortable around each other. That doesn't mean that you can't introduce new dogs into your home. There are some tips that I've used with other families that have helped reactive or aggressive dogs to be more comfortable with a new housemate.

First, have someone there to help you with both dogs. Doing an introduction alone can be stressful, and that stress is going to stress your dog. Ask a friend, neighbor, or a member of True Heart to be there with you for the introduction. You can either introduce your dog in a neutral environment, or you can do it in your home. If you do it in your home, have your dog exit, and bring in the new dog. Let the new dog sniff around and investigate. Once the new dog is  comfortable, bring your dog back into the home, but keep it separated from the new dog with a barrier such as a baby gate  or door. Many people try to use a leash to control both dogs, but sometimes a leash on a reactive dog can increase the activity, not curb it. Let the two dogs sniff and view each other through the barrier until they seem comfortable with each other.

If you have multiple dogs in your home, and some are better with new introductions, let the more easy-spirited dogs to meet the newcomer first. Sometimes a reactive dog seeing others having no problem is all it takes. Make sure you pay attention to body language when introducing your reactive dog. Praise them when they are calm, and use a stern no when they are acting up. Do not try to introduce food, toys or other "resources" during the meet-and-greet, as it may lead to additional issues.

Once the dogs are introduced, you can give them greater roam together, but make sure that you keep a close eye on them. Scuffles, small fights or disagreements may still happen, but they're to be expected. Each dog is learning the boundaries of the other. As long as no one gets hurt, and you're there to break up the disagreement, it's ok. Just like humans that get upset and fight on occasion, dogs can do the same thing.

The important thing about introductions is to not rush them. Pushing dogs together can lead to even more trouble. And if your introduction doesn't go well, it's ok. You can work on teaching your dog to trust new animals and trying to foster again at a later date. There are still plenty of volunteer opportunities with True Heart that don't involve fostering, like transport, event coordination and application processing.

Hugs and Paws,
Dobias
We are in need of additional foster homes for our rescues. The number of dogs that we can save is influenced by the number of homes we have available for placement. If you know of someone that would like to open their home to a rescue pet on a temporary or permanent basis, please have them visit our website to fill out a foster, or adoption application.

If you have local businesses, pet stores, or community message boards within your area, please consider printing some of our marketing materials to distribute at these locations. We have built a single "Call to Foster" page now, located
here. Additional marketing materials will be added over time on the Marketing page.
Happy Tails
Please visit the Happy Tails page on our website to view more stories and pictures of our recent adoptions.
Do you have content that you'd like to see in our next quarterly newsletter? We'd love to post your adoption success stories, rescue photos,  recipes, or other articles! Send your information to trueheartrescue@gmail.com and we'll work to get your info included in the next publication.
Our cover model for Autumn 2015 is Pablo. You can read more about Pablo, and our other successful adoptions by visiting our website.
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