Carolina Poodle Rescue Newsletter
December 2017
Vol. 12, No. 12

In this issue:
  1. A Winter's Tail and Tour in Review
  2. Happy Tails
  3. Twelve Dogs of Christmas
  4. Feature Pets: Curly
  5. Ongoing Fundraisers
  6. Holiday Photo Gallery
  7. Rainbow Bridge
  8. Upcoming Events
"One by one until there are none."
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A Winter's Tail and Tour in Review

It was a perfect late winter afternoon when we gathered for a Winter's Tail and Tour at the beautiful home of Dr. Patrick and Lynn Mornane. The house smelled of cinnamon and other holiday spices and was beautifully decorated for Christmas. Lynn Mornane herself does all of the decorations with themed trees in nearly every room in the house.

The dining room was laden with heavy hors d'oerves and wine was available by the glass. The silent auction items were displayed in several locations on the first floor so that attendees could browse them in person as well as online through Facebook. The auction raised over $1,400 for Carolina Poodle Rescue!

CPR adopters and community members gathered to see old friends and meet some face to face for the first time. Luna Ezzell -- official spokesdog for CPR -- attended with Donna and Wayne Ezzell. Everyone was dressed in holiday best and guests wandered through the first floor rooms eating and chatting or took a guided tour through the house to learn its history and admire the twelve Christmas trees.

A special thank you to the Mornanes for opening their home and being such gracious hosts. Thank you also to Debbie Poston and Deana Moore for catering the event and providing such delicious food. Another thank you to Karen Martin for coordinating the silent auction to help raise money for Carolina Poodle Rescue. It was a lovely, relaxing evening among friends and in a magnificent old home.

Happy Tails

Tiff has come a long way since her feral puppy-hood and adolescent years in Oklahoma. She was originally part of the Dirty Dozen that came out of a hoarding situation. After years of neglect, she has learned to be a part of a family--to play, to snuggle, to drink water from a shiny bowl, to love and be loved.

She used to curl up as small as she could to hide from the world. We kept her in her harness night and day and used two leashes when we walked her because she was such a flight risk. She startled easily. She always seemed to be expecting the worst, ready to bolt, to flee at the slightest indication of danger. We were warned she'd probably never be like other dogs.

Now, years later, she sprawls on the sofa or spreads out between us on the bed. She nuzzles my hand to be petted and drops a paw on my arm to prompt affection. If I sit next to her holding a cup, she'll -- POOM! -- knock the coffee all over my lap. She wants my attention. I should give it to her. It happened this morning.

Tiff is always so serious, even when she's playing or doing zoomies. It cracks me up, but it sometimes scares the other dogs. She's a Big among Littles.

At one point, Tiff would slink away if I merely stood up and, now, she greets me at the door and follows me into the living room for cuddle time.

For a long while, Tiff was a no-human kinda gal. She soon became a one-human gal. Trina remains the center of her world, but Tiff has learned to open herself up to all of us.

Last night she slept between us. This morning she leapt on the bed, grabbed the corner of the blanket in her mouth, and leapt back out of the room. Cole and I watched, amazed, as she disappeared back downstairs having stolen my covers. It was time, according to Tiff, for me to get out of bed.

Tiff's journey to her new life began when the Carolina Poodle Rescue (CPR) community pitched in to sponsor her. Members of the CPR staff drove in a van all the way to Oklahoma to rescue her and her 11 pack-mates. Tiff arrived covered in 30 pounds of matted hair, dirt, fleas, and ticks. Kennel staff nurtured her and volunteers worked with her and we all smothered her in love and reassurance.

But she was one of the shyest of the Dirty Dozen and the last to find a home. She had a long, long way to go.

On the day we met her, Tiff hid under a trailer and Trina sat with her until Tiff got the courage to come out. Whatever Trina and Tiff talked about out there in the Bigs Field as dusk turned to night and the kennel fell silent nearby, it must've been just what Tiff needed--something kind and gentle and filled with hope--a life line in the sea of fear. Promises were made, I am sure. And kept.

After that, Tiff stood by Trina, literally and figuratively, and Trina has stood by Tiff.

Tiff is one of CPR's success stories. I know not every dog has a happy life and not every rescue works out. But, maybe, if we all pitch in, if we all sit by a trailer and speak gently to a scared dog, if we have the patience to listen to the needs of each dog we meet, if we send sponsorship money when we can, if we participate in local transports or drive across the country, if we nurture and work with however many animals we can, if we do these things, then maybe there will be more Tiffs and more success stories. More Tiffs! And more love in the world. That's the important thing. More love in the world. More love.

If you were there with me earlier today, listening to Tiff snore gently, safe and secure and stretched out on her back, I'm certain you'd want to reach out and pet her.

Yes. Tiff has come a long way and I'm grateful she has let all of us join her on her journey.

Who will be the Twelve Dogs of Christmas for 2017?

For the past 7 years, Carolina Poodle Rescue has featured the Twelve Dogs of Christmas during the holiday season. Staring on December 12th, we will introduce you to one of the twelve dogs, leading up to Christmas eve when the twelfth dog will be announced. These dogs are very special--for various reasons, they have had difficulty finding their perfect home. Some are older, some are young, some are poodles, and some are not poodles. What they all have in common is that all they want for Christmas is a home!

Carolina Poodle Rescue does not charge an adoption fee for these companions. They are priceless and they come with many blessings to the people who give them a much needed home.

So get ready to meet these 12 wonderful dogs. We will keep you up to date as they find homes so that we can celebrate together.

Feature Pet of the Month

Sweet Curly was found as a stray in South Carolina. We believe she is a lab/poodle mix and she is around 10 years old. Curly has lots of love to give--she is a very affectionate girl who easily rolls over to get her belly rubbed. She loves to play in the grass and take naps in the sunshine. She is looking for a laid back home where she can retire. She would love to be a couch potato, especially if she had someone she could sit with. She likes to be around people and sticks close by them.

When she meets someone new, she is friendly and acts as if she has known them forever. She is good with other dogs and ignores cats. She does enjoy a nice walk on a leash so would be a good companion for someone who likes a daily stroll.

Curlyis heartworm positive (HW+). She will be sent home with a year supply of heartworm medication. She is being treated with a method called the slow kill treatment. She takes a monthly Ivermectin based heartworm preventative and needs to be re-tested for heartworms every 6 months. Once she tests negative, then she can take any kind of heartworm preventative; she will not be restricted to Ivermectin based only. PLEASE NOTE our heartworm positive dogs MUST be kept on this method of treatment. Make sure to talk with your vet about this method before submitting an application.

If Curly sounds like a good match for your home,
please visit our adoption application page.

2018 Carolina Poodle Rescue Calendar Available!

We held our annual Calendar Photo Contest this year. The top 12 winners are in the "calendar monthly spread". We had some wonderful pictures of dogs to choose from. It was really difficult for our judges! Every photo submitted is in the calendar either as a winner for the month or in a thumbnail located throughout the calendar. They make wonderful holiday gifts. You can order online and they will also be available at the Reunion.

Ongoing Fundraisers

Triangle area CPR folks! As a fundraiser for Luna's Legacy, Sharon Durham and Mark Beckett are selling the GoPlaySave 2018 coupon books. We hope you will consider purchasing one of these books for yourself or as a gift. Perhaps you know someone who would like to purchase one?

CPR gets $12 on one Raleigh book and $10 on one Durham/Chapel Hill book, so this is an amazing deal for everyone!

For example, one coupon is for up to $25 off an entree at Bonefish Grill. That coupon alone almost covers the cost! Raleigh books are $30 and the Durham/Chapel Hill books are $25. Here are more details on the coupons.

Please contact Sharon Durham (919-264-7262) or Mark Beckett (803-467-5008) if you are interested. Thank you!

Fred and Jeri Abrams have adopted multiple rescue dogs and are advocates and supporters of Carolina Poodle Rescue where they adopted their current dogs. Their goal is to connect with young people and convince them that adopting a rescue is preferable to buying a pet shop or puppy mill dog. This is their second book about a CPR dog. The first is Rusty--the Little Red Dog.

Pogo--the Puppy Mill Dog (A Rescue Tale) is the true story of a cock-a-poo rescued from a puppy mill by a rescue shelter and adopted into her forever home. Pogo had serious health problems that were overcome by the rescue shelter. The book follows Pogo's experiences at the puppy mill, at the rescue shelter, and in her forever home. The authors hope that the book will encourage parents and children to adopt a rescue dog rather than buy a puppy mill or pet shop dog. All profits from sales go to Carolina Poodle Rescue ( who rescued her and arranged for her heart surgery.

CPR on YouTube!

Want to get to know CPR better? Wish you could see our adoptable dogs in action? Check out our YouTube channel! We regularly upload videos featuring adoptable dogs plus other fun content as time allows. But don't just keep these videos to yourself - make sure to share them with other dog loving families and friends. More and more of our dogs are finding their forever homes thanks to the power of social media. One by one until there are none!

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.

Jessie Morgan, Union SC

Laura Beth Karas, Chesnee SC
Laura Beth Karas, Chesnee SC

Bama and Jack Scheffler
Holiday Photo Gallery

Sophie, Pippa, and Zoey Smith

Bucky Bronco (a cataract kid)

Lila and Tilly Kerman with their mom

Boo and Oliver Wickens

Hugo and Casper Brantley

Emmit and Otis Carney

Hero and Huxley Ali

Kirby Smith

Sadie Rose Lavender

Jude and Lucy Vertullo

Shiloh McLaughlin

Remy, Lulu, and Sophie Narde

Lilly Wright

Pepper Sweet and family

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!

CPR Giftwrapping Event

December 16
Barnes and Noble, 4020 Sharon Road
1:30 pm to 6 pm

CPR Giftwrapping Event

December 23
Barnes and Noble, 4020 Sharon Road
1:30 pm to 6 pm

Carolina Poodle Rescue's MACKenzie RV Adoption Event
December 23
1901 S.
Miami Blvd, Durham NC
Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm
Volunteers welcome to help with all of the dogs!
Contact: Debbie Bennett -- or 919-880-4406

Petsmart Information Event
December 23
Petsmart, 8111 Brier Creek Pkwy
10am to 4pm

Contact: Debbie Bennett -- or 919-880-4406

Petsmart Information Event
December 16
Petsmart, 1462 Jeffreys Road Rocky Mount
10am to 3pm

To see events as they are updated, please visit our Facebook page!

  • 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