Carolina Poodle Rescue Newsletter
April 2017
Vol. 12, No. 4b

In this issue:
  1. SOS Party at the Farm
  2. CPR Receives Petsmart Charities Grant
  3. Feature Pet: Marco Paco
  4. Happy Tails
  5. Rusty, the Little Red Dog
  6. Ongoing Fundraisers and Updates
  7. Rainbow Bridge
  8. Upcoming Events
"One by one until there are none."
QUICK LINKS: CPR Website | Available Dogs | Sponsorship Dogs | CPR Newsletter Archives
S.O.S. Program--We're having an SOS Party

When: Saturday, May 6
Time: 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Dreamweaver Farms

We are excited to announce our first annual SOS Day At The Farm -- an event designed to bring SOS dogs and program supporters together for a day to celebrate senior and special needs dogs. This event will be simple -- no registration required. Our goal is to create more personal connections to the dogs and ultimately generate more awareness of our program and efforts.

Our SOS Day At The Farm will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 1:30pm - 4:30pm. Attendees are asked to bring one gift (any size/price) for the SOS dog(s) they are sponsoring. Don't have an SOS dog you are sponsoring -- no problem. We have plenty for you to show some love to.

The afternoon will include a parade to introduce some of our newer SOS dogs, photos with your SOS dog, select CPR and SOS merchandise available for purchase, and light refreshments and snacks.

Check out to learn more about our program, and make plans to join us on May 6th!

CPR Receives a Petsmart Charities Grant for 34 New Dogs!

As many of you already know, a couple of weeks ago we were contacted by a breeder in the lower part of the state had already been visited once by animal control for having too many dogs and thanks to complaints by the neighbors. Her own health was failing and so when she heard about CPR and our adult rehoming program, she asked us if we could help find homes for her babies. Thirty-four adult toy poodles, yorkies, malti-poos and a few other cuties made their way to us and are now up for adoption. The youngest is 5 months old. The oldest is 6 years old.

We could do it but needed some help. Petsmart Charities graciously approved Carolina Poodle Rescue as an emergency grant recipient. Petsmart Charities is facilitating the spay/neuter and medical work (vaccines, heartworm testing, fecals, microchips) for these 34 new dogs we took in this month!

Additionally, we needed more space. CPR Director Donna came across the perfect building on Craigslist that we could use for an intake cottage. She realized that such a building would make a huge difference. We only had 2 days to raise $6750. With your help, we raised that money and the first residents of the building has been the 34! In the future, it will be used as the intake building. Donna captured its arrival of on video.

CPR is grateful for the support that Petsmart Charities has shown in the past and today with this grant. And we are so grateful for the amazing and continued support of this community!

Some of the 34 have already been adopted and others are getting the medical care and socialization that they need before going up for adoption. Together we are saving lives!

Feature Pet of the Month

Marco Paco is a little timid or skittish at times, but once he warms up he is his playful, friendly little self. Although he is a little cautious of visitors at first he has no problem being held by them. And did we mention that he is playful? Because he is! Once he gets in your lap get ready for a very affectionate little guy. He gives lots of kisses.

Marco is a young athletic guy looking for an active home that will involve him in various activities. He would not do well with someone seeking a couch potato or strictly lap dog. He is working on his leash training and is eager to continue learning new things.

He's great with other dogs (LOVES to play with them), could live with a cat with proper introductions, and would be fine with children.

Marco Paco warms up quickly to people and wants to cuddle and love and play! He just has a really terrific little personality. H

He is mostly house-trained and probably just needs a stable environment. If he goes outside on a regular schedule he does not seem to have issues.

If you are interested in Marco Paco, please visit our adoption application page.

Happy Tails!

Here is an update on Dewey, now known as Dash. We adopted him on March 18, 2017. My fiance, Nate, and I decided right off the bat that we may have adopted the smartest dog out there. Not only did Dash pretty much house train himself, but he also learned how to sit on Day 1!

Since then he has learned to stay, fetch, and shake! He loves to hide bones, and is quite good at it. Sometimes we can't even find where he put them! He loves to cuddle, run, and ride shotgun in the car.

Though we have only had him for a month and a half, we now could not imagine doing life without him! -- Jessica Johnson

Rusty--the Little Red Dog (A Rescue Tale)

Rusty--the Little Red Dog
is a wonderful children's book about a Carolina Poodle Rescue dog, Rusty that tells his story. It is a great educational tale about rescues and puppy mills for young children (and for adults who don't know). All profits of the sales for this book go to CPR to help other rescue dogs!

This book would make a wonderful gift to any young children you know, and grandchildren and a great donation to your favorite elementary school, church, hospital, day care, Boy's Club, Girl's Club or any other organization for children. Please consider buying several and sharing them throughout your community. The younger the kids are when they learn about rescue and puppy mills, the more progress we can make toward supporting rescues and stopping puppy mills!

Share the Amazon link with all your friends and on Nextdoor!

Luna's Legacy

On May 1, 2017, Carolina Poodle Rescue turn 17 years old. Luna, the official spokesdog for CPR and the dog of my own heart, says Happy Anniversary to us! So what's Luna doing to celebrate? Luna wants to start an official medical fund and she wants to call it Luna's Legacy. Luna's Legacy will help those who can't help themselves. Her fund will help with the medical bills of the dogs we take in.

Luna and I are putting ourselves on the line to start this fund in a most dramatic way. We've signed up to run a 5k Canine Biathalon. It's a grueling obstacle course with woman and dog pitting ourselves against all kinds of challenges. The race is May 20, 2017 in Anniston, Alabama. Luna and I are asking for your help to get across that finish line. We're asking you to pledge $ 5 for our 5k of work. $ 5 that you will only be obligated to send if we get across that finish line.

For more information on the US Canine Biathalon and to see what Luna and I will be doing, isit the official biathalon webpage at: or find them on Facebook at

Send no money now - to pledge, please email me at or Melinda Johnson-Peeler ( or call 864-4879-3559 and leave a message. We'll be tracking our progress with pledges on our Facebook page and on our webpage. For complete information about this event, please go to this web page.

Thanks for your support!
Donna Ezzell, Director, Carolina Poodle Rescue

Please Stay in Touch

If you have moved or plan to move in the near feature, please drop a line to CPR and let us know! We don't want to lose touch. Just send an email with your new mailing address and/or email address to We always love hearing from the CPR community!

And if you have a story about your CPR dog (or cat), we'd love for you to share it--happy homecomings, travel adventures, training achievements, or simply a story that you'd like to share about your CPR family member. Please send it to

The Rainbow Bridge

Dedicated to those who have passed over.

Angela and Michael Rudd, Mooresville, NC
Dreamweaver Farms, Pacolet SC

Melinda and Austen Peeler, Gaffney, SC

Nancy Mertel and Bobby Norris, Powhatan VA
Dreamweaver Farms, Pacolet SC

Sarah and Frank Krauss, Monroe NC

Angela and Michael Rudd, Mooresville, NC
Dreamweaver Farms, Pacolet SC

Carol Henderson, Teachy NC

Carter and Fozzie Romar snuggle up
Photo Gallery

"This is Sophie (formerly Jayme) She is our dream dog…so well behaved and loving. We are so lucky that she picked us!" Grace Armstrong

Dallas Cannon

Upcoming Events

Come out and support Carolina Poodle Rescue and tell all your friends, too! Even if you can help out for just a few hours at one event, it is a tremendous help!! And spread the word about Carolina Poodle Rescue!!

Volunteers are needed to help educate people about Carolina Poodle Rescue and the adoption of pets. If you have a CPR foster dog, this is a great opportunity for your foster to browse potential forever families and find the best one for them! Many people think "rescue" dogs were given up because they are "bad" or damaged dogs. They don't always realize how much difference a good home can make and that a lot of the dogs have just had bad luck (perhaps an owner became sick, lost job, etc.). We can show them what wonderful companions are available through rescue. All you need to bring is a chair and a great attitude to share with others!! Come prepared for inside or outside depending on the event you are attending.

Please contact the event coordinator if you would like to volunteer or have a foster or two or more to bring!

Bark in the Park
April 29
Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Rd., Huntersville, NC

Paws in the Park
May 13
Chestnut Square Park, 320 Chestnut Parkway, Indian Trail, NC

Pet Smart Information Event
April 8
Pet Smart, 8111 Brier Creek Pkwy
10 am to 4 pm
Contact: Debbie Bennett -- or 919-880-4406

Pet Smart Information Event

May 6-7
Pet Smart, 8111 Brier Creek Pkwy
10 am to 4 pm on both days
Contact: Debbie Bennett -- or 919-880-4406

Paint Your Pet to Support Carolina Poodle Rescue

May 20
Pinot's Palette, 10410 Moncreiffe Road, Raleigh
7 pm to 10 pm
Tickets available through Pinot's Palette

Spring Fling
April 28-30
Street Festival
Each year Spring Fling includes a wide variety of food and market vendors, special attractions like the Disc Connected K-9s, the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Criterium cycling race, and our Family Fun Zone for the kids.
Contact -

Spring Carolina Poodle Rescue Reunion and Fundraiser Paw-ty
April 23
1276 Dillingham Road, Barnardsville, NC 28709
10 am to 2 pm
A $5 donation is requested per human attendee payable at registration; all funds directly donated to Carolina Poodle Rescue. RSVP including your email and phone # to Kim Lee at Reserve before April 16th to receive a FREE cookie from Well Bred Bakery in Weaverville (gluten-free and vegan cookies available)!

Paws in the Park
April 29
1 Battleship Rd. NE
8:30 am to 5 pm
Contact John: 910-616-6294

Healthy Kids Day at Empie Park

April 29
3405 Park Ave
10 am to 4 pm
Contact John: 910-616-6294

PetSense Adoption Event
May 6
4310 Shipyard Blvd. #103
9 am to 5 pm
John: 910-616-6294

PetSmart Adoption Event
May 5 through May 7
New Centre Market, 4715 New Centre Drive
10 am to 4 pm each day
Contact John: 910-616-6294

To see events as they are updated, please visit our web site!

  • Pedigree canned dog food (all kinds)
  • Lowe's or Home Depot gift cards (there's always something that needs to be fixed at the Farm)

Or please visit our Wishlist on Amazon to see more items needed for Dreamweaver Farms. We appreciate all of your help!

Do you have a story about a Carolina Poodle Rescue dog that you'd like us to publish? Have you read a book or watched a movie about dogs or dog training that you'd like to review or share?

Please send your stories and/or reviews to as well as a photo or photos to go with the story.

If you don't have a story but have a photo you'd like to share of your CPR rescue, we'd love to feature that too!

Tell 5 friends!
Check Carolina Poodle Rescue out on our Facebook page.

Can you tell 5 friends about CPR? Can you Facebook or Twitter a link to our web page? The power of networking is unlimited. Telling 5 friends, and asking them to tell 5 friends, is the best way to reach many people and tell them about the animal rescue, small but determined to make a difference.
 Thank you!

Patrons are our lifeline -- our patrons keep CPR going. Patrons are not only assisting CPR, they are assisting themselves by earning money off their next adoption. For more information on how to become a patron, please email

When you shop on Amazon, you can also help CPR. Amazon Smile operates EXACTLY like including using the same userid and password. You can designate CPR as your charity and Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchases, behind the scenes, to CPR. It does not change your purchase price.

The site says: "Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice", that is the purchase price you pay, excluding taxes. It's a really easy way for your regular shopping to help CPR!

One of the best ways to help poodles in need that lets you do it from home is to be an adoption counselor. Do you have 2 to 4 hours per week to give? Do you have an unlimited phone plan? Do you have Word? Do you enjoy talking to other dog-friendly people on the phone? Do you have good instincts about people? If so - adoption counselor work may be for you. For more information, email Sherry Wilson at

With pet health care quality now approaching the same level as human care, there are more options available for the pet owner than ever before. Unfortunately, those options can be expensive. Who wants to make the decision between a few dollars and their beloved companion?

Trupanion offers the only 90% coverage plan for covered items. That's right - 90% coverage with no limit after your deductible is met. 90%. That is the most comprehensive health care plan in the industry.

Carolina Poodle Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible.

Our Mission:
To rescue, rehabilitate, offer permanent sanctuary and, when appropriate, rehome needy poodles and small dogs.

To encourage the human-animal bond by promoting activities that serve to bring animals and their people closer together.

To support the efforts of those in the animal rescue community seeking to end euthanasia as a means of population control.

CPR Board Of Directors
Donna Ezzell, Chair
Wayne Ezzell, Vice-Chair
Beth Jancse, Interim Treasurer
Dennis Horn, Secretary

Sherry Wilson
Don Wilson

Anne Raduns
Melinda Horn

Jennifer Smith
Jennifer Martin Reel
Michael Reel
Cason Lynley
Lynette Hodges

Newsletter Editor
Cason Lynley
Carolina Poodle Rescue