Carolina Poodle Rescue Newsletter
February 2017
Vol. 12, No. 2

In this issue:
  1. The Reluctant Valentine
  2. How I Found My Valentines
  3. Feature Pet: Bo, a Valentine in Waiting
  4. Our Sweet Ree
  5. SOS Program
  6. A Special Night for Carolina Poodle Rescue
  7. CPR Love Notes
  8. Ongoing Fundraisers and Updates
  9. Rainbow Bridge
  10. Upcoming Events
"One by one until there are none."
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The Reluctant Valentine
Perry here. It's come to my attention that I have a new holiday to celebrate this year: Valentine's Day. Well, the holiday isn't new I guess, but it is for me! See, this time last year my life looked pretty different. I'd been living out my retirement in Columbia, SC with my moms and pops for about 25 dog years, and I admit it -- I was pretty set in my ways. I had them well trained to basically do what I want, when I want. The only problem was mom couldn't stay off that darned Facebook page where she'd see pics of other dogs at the Poodle Farm. And I guess I did hate being left alone -- even for just a few minutes.

Anyways, one day last March we took a family road trip to Pacelot! It was exciting to be back at Dreamweaver, and I was so busy with all of the smells and commotion that I barely noticed this abnormally long-bodied, short-legged, shaggy little girl named Chloe mom and dad were fussing over. I did, however, take a quick moment to admire her impressive eyebrows and adequate beard. Next thing I know I'm settling into the front seat of the car to help papa drive home . . . when I realize she's in the back! Of my car. With my mom. Hmmmmmmm. Maybe she just needed a lift somewhere (probably on account of her stubby legs).

Well, I must've dozed off because next thing I knew we were home and she was following me inside MY HOUSE! She was acting a fool too: drooling everywhere, grinning and panting. And she kept getting tangled up in her leash! Like she'd never even seen one before. When she jumped on the coffee table I admit it, I lost my cool. I mean, who does that?! She had a lot to learn if she was going to be a guest in my house.

Frankly, our early days together were not easy. She really got on my nerves -- first, she was NOT A POODLE! And the worst part is no one cared but me! I got lectures on "keeping an open mind" and "respecting our differences" every time I tried to point out her POODLE IMPOSTER status. It was especially rough when Chloe "found her voice." I'm something called "going deaf," but my gosh, her piercing bark cut straight through my schnoodle soul. And that's not a good thing!

I tried to keep her in her place--even though I begrudgingly noticed that she was considerably bigger, younger and faster than I am.

As the days wore on we dealt with the usual growing pains, like who eats first (me), pees first (also me), and calls the shots in general (you guessed it -- yours truly). I discovered her soulful eyes and expressive ears were just begging to be licked for, oh, 4-6 hours a day. I then discovered that we would have to do something couples call "compromising" on this licking issue.

We weathered her pregnancy scare as a family (I'm serious when I say I had nothing to do with that one) and then nursed her through surgery to ensure there would be no more scares. I'm annoyed just thinking about young pups running around!

By the dog days of summer (get it) she'd come a long way; sitting and shaking hands for treats, begging with aplomb and getting into an appropriate amount of mischief with me. Oh, and she'd also learned to walk on a leash, "place" and "come" on command. On account of my hearing loss, I don't have to worry about those--wink wink. Chloe also developed an affinity for chasing squeaking tennis balls and swimming in the pool. I know, I know, she's crazy and did not learn either of those terrible hobbies from me!

We survived our first Thanksgiving road trip to Ohio together, and we were sharing a seat the entire trip! Then it was time to teach her how to resist wearing a ridiculous Santa suit and sniff out the edible wrapped gifts. Sometime around the first of the year we were left alone together and it hit me: I was glad she was there with me, and couldn't really remember a time when she wasn't with us.

Back to the reason I'm writing this: What should I give her for Valentine's Day, CPR friends? I'm debating between a semi-chewed bone I hid under the sofa last week, the biggest dried worm I can find or my personal favorite: a box of chocolates (complimentary trip to the ER vet included). Report back soon!

Love, Perry

My Two Valentines

When I was thirteen, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and at eighteen with Fibromyalgia. With the stress of my illnesses and college, I decided to apply to adoption at CPR in May. I went to the farm with the hopes of bringing Ellie (formerly Frankie) home with me. When I arrived she jumped into my arms and I knew from that moment that I was her mom.

In the past months since we brought her home, she has flown to Ohio three times while sitting on my lap, she has discovered the dog park, she now has twenty dress harnesses and she entered obedience class, and she learned to play with other dogs. We learned she was diabetic.

In December, Ellie, my boyfriend, and I made the trip back to the farm with the hopes of bringing home Charlie. Her first few days at her new home was hard with Ellie and Charlie learning to be sisters, but now her personality has shined through. Her favorite spot in the house is on my lap. She could lay on me for hours. When my alarm goes off for school, she jumps up and stretches and gives me a kiss. She is my little morning sunshine. She will be making her first trip to Ohio on the airplane on March 9th.

The girls recently had pictures taken on the beach. They got to be off their leashes and run around. They had so much fun.

These two have become the lights in my life. They keep me going everyday even when the pain is just too much. They are my supports, comforters, and bed buddies. I would like to thank everyone at CPR for bringing me my babies.

Feature Pet of the Month

Little Bo is a newcomer to Dreamweaver Farms. His former owner could no longer care for him so he is looking for a new start in life. Bo is a sweetheart! He recently attended multiple adoption events in Raleigh and did beautifully with all other dogs and people. He is a happy little fella who just loves being out and about or snuggling in a lap.

He is around 11 years old and does have some health issues but they are manageable. He has a mild heart murmur 2/6 and an enlarged heart. He is currently taking enalapril and lasix for his heart. Enalapril costs around $10 a month and lasix costs around $9 a month according to 1800petmeds. Bo also has early cataracts but gets around just fine.

Bo isn't hard to please. He only wants a home where he can be loved on and someone that is able to deal with his medical condition. He is a complete love bug as he proved at the Raleigh events where he snuggled with volunteers and visitors and greeted everyone with a smile.  He wants nothing more than to be the center of your attention and giving you thousands of kisses. In addition to getting along with people and other dogs, he also does well with cats. He is trainable because he is highly treat motivated, that boy loves his treats as you can tell by his waistline. But he's on a diet and doing well.

He does well on a leash and comes when he is called. He does know how to sit for a treat and he likes to play with toys, when he's in the mood. He would be a wonderful companion to come home to or to be a day-long side kick. He's personable and friendly, ready to be with the person or people that he loves.

If you are interested in Bo, p
lease visit our adoption application page.

Our Sweet Ree

Ree (CPR 2016) has many Valentines. She loves everyone with whom she comes in contact. She was found as a stray in Tennessee in 2016 and she was blind due to cataracts. We agreed to foster her and transport another cataract dog (Marlene). We picked them both up on Memorial Day weekend 2016. We dropped Marlene off with her foster mom and brought Ree (aka Marianne) home. In June 2016, we travelled to Cary, NC where Dr. English performed cataract surgery on her. We did the cataract follow-up appointments with Dr. Blair in Richmond, which is much closer to our home in Colonial Beach, VA.

She was and is such a love. It seemed that she was meant to be ours and so we became foster failures. I often say that had she been adopted by someone else, she probably would have been returned, as she barks, marks and bites/nips. We are aware of her triggers and continue to work on them with her.

She LOVES her people! She is almost always near one of us. Her vision has once again failed her, but she doesn't seem to mind. She's happy as long as she can sense that one of us is near her. She loves to run and play, though not with her two other poodle siblings. She's a great "help" when we're cleaning up our yard. She's soft and snugly and a great sleeper. We love her a lot!

Do you have a story to share or an update? We'd love to include it in a newsletter! It doesn't have to be long; just a quick update and a photo would be great. Please send it to
S.O.S. Program

At Carolina Poodle, our mission is simple: one by one until there are none. Our Seniors and Special Needs (SOS) program says yes to dogs (and an occasional cat) in need when others cannot.

Since the beginning of our efforts to save Seniors and Special Needs, more than 172 pets have crossed through our program. 37 have "graduated" and gone on to find new furever homes. 58 have crossed over the Bridge with CPR as their final home. We are very proud of these efforts and thankful to our donors and sponsors who have made this possible!

Today, our SOS program is home to more than 75 dogs. And our work is not done! $240/month allows us to offer food, shelter, and medical care for these babies. Learn more about our program at

A Special Night for Carolina Poodle Rescue

In animal rescue, we often find ourselves in dramatic, life altering circumstances. There is laughter and there are tears. There is heart lifting highs and heart wrenching lows. There are moments of enjoyment punctuated by hours of hard work. We do have fun. We often make our own fun, singing and dancing to the dogs as we work. Humans are good about that -- finding the pleasure and the delight in small things.

But an entire evening of nothing but camaraderie among our own kind (humans who feel as we do about our animal friends), laughs and some high jinks in a setting of high glamour, all to benefit the very cause we've dedicated our lives to. That's a very, very rare evening.

We got such an evening early in February when Carolina Poodle Rescue was fortunate enough to be named one of the recipient charities for the Auction for a Kaws, a benefit "bachelor/bachlorette" auction and gala evening designed to raise money and awareness for six Upstate SC animal rescues.

I do not know the final count, but the ballroom we were in showed a maximum capacity of 1,524 people (according to the sign on the wall) and that ballroom was full with people were spilling out into the hallway. The ladies were dressed in their glamourous best with evening gowns everywhere. Our men stepped out in suit and ties, looking downright handsome. Over 25 CPR people attended the event. We clean up well.

The entertainment out did themselves. One bachelorette, representing a local wildlife rescue, made her way up and down the runway with her pet, a rooster named Cooper. One bachelor had a very unique approach to drawing attention to animals. He was outfitted in a traditional Scottish kilt -- and showing a good bit of all male in the process.

Our own dogfather, Wayne Ezzell, chose a more dignified approach. Wearing a custom fit tuxedo, Wayne stepped out to the music of ZZ Top singing "Sharp Dressed Man" and had ladies rushing the stage to receive one of the several dozen long stemmed roses he had ready for all his fans. Once the flowers made their way to eager hands, Dreamweaver's Night Dancer a/k/a Luna, our own stunning white standard poodle, joined her dad on stage to prance and strut her stuff. All for a good cause.

CPR attendees helped make the silent auction a roaring success. There were many beautiful, unique items up for bid and quite a few made their way to CPR homes. CPR donors helped make that success with their own donations to the Kaws.

Auction for a Kaws is now 7 years old. This is CPR's first year as a recipient but it won't be our last. The event this year generated over $100,000 for the six represented animal rescues, it's best year ever. We're already planning to top it next year. The date is set -- mark your calendars now for February 3, 2018. Auction for a Kaws will be even bigger and better and a whole lot of fun.

Love Notes!

I love my Tillman (CPR 7/2014)! He knows just how to comfort me when I'm lonely and can be such a goofball! -- Megan Steele

Oklahoma Cleo is my best buddy and constant companion. He loves to ride in the car and goes everywhere with me. He is the best behaved standard of the five standards that I have had. I have a hobby farm with sheep, goats, chickens and guineas. He is better with my livestock than my two Pyrenees. This is a photo that I took at the Cone Mansion on the NC Blue Ridge Parkway. Thank you CPR for letting me have this wonderful dog. -- Peggy Meyer

Simba is just full of love! He's a sweetie and makes me happy every day. He brings smiles to the faces of complete strangers as well, with his high wagging tail and little strut when he walks. Since he's been with me, I've gotten to know more neighbors and their dogs. And I spend a lot more time outside. Our walks make us both happy. I've seen things I'd probably miss if not for walking with Simba. Like the amazing sunrise in this picture! -- Rose Manzo

My Bentley. He is the first of my many CPR rescues. I adopted him on June 21, 2003. He has valve disease and his heart is getting worse so I have been an emotional wreck. I'm cherishing every minute I can. He is the love of my life. -- Sherry Kelly

Bella's (formerly Nugget) 11th birthday is on Valentine's day. The checkout lady at PetSmart summed her up well "a love baby with a lot of love to share." -- Katie Saur

My boys keep me on my toes, even if I don't have the strength that day! I'm never alone, and I'm always loved! -- Joanne Rendon

CPR Signey (aka Doodlebug) and Banjo (not CPR) have become fast friends. Signey has been such a blessing to our family, it is so hard to believe she has been with us for over 2 months! We love her sweet and curious personality. Thank you CPR, sponsors, and transporters for allowing wonderful dogs like Signey to have a second chance at life. -- Hannah Evans

Sophie and Lulu. Both CPR rescues. I love how CPR was able to match the perfect sister for Lulu! Remy, Lulu and Sophie's big brother! One happy family! -- Vicky Narde

Best snuggles EVER! Sweet Pepper! -- Elizabeth Sweet

For me the story is my husband Joe that now insists that everywhere we go within driving distance is pet friendly so we can bring Charlie, formerly Charlee with us. She goes to bed with him every night and falls asleep between his knees. Our other two dogs have never wanted to sleep in bed, even when we tried so she's got him wrapped around her little paw.--Christina Lundqvist

We love that Raleigh, our cockapoo, is so smart and agreeable. When we say "it's night-night time," Raleigh gallops to his crate as though that's his favorite place on earth. Sometimes when he sees us moving in the direction of going to bed, he just goes on his own! Similarly, he can tell when we're getting ready to leave the house and just sits near the hallway waiting for us to say, "Mommy and Daddy are going bye-bye," and then he runs back to his crate.
Raleigh also knows the names of the various rooms of the house. If he's looking for a toy, for example, we'll tell him, "It's in the kitchen," and he'll trot into the kitchen to find it. Or Daddy will say, "Mommy's upstairs," and Raleigh skedaddles up the stairs to find her. (He's a Momma's boy, you know.) We love our Raleigh. He's a delight! -- Sue Walls

Ongoing Fundraisers and Updates

Wooftrax is offering $1,000 to $3,000 to rescues who collect and donate old shoes for the Spring 2017 WoofTrax Shoes for Shelters & Rescues shoe drive! The shoes will go to help people in developing nations around the world. So your shoes can help people and dogs! Please help spread the word to family and friends as well!
Jennifer Smith collecting for Raleigh, North Carolina area
Jennifer Reel collecting for Raleigh, North Carolina area
Cason Lynley collecting for the Chapel Hill, Carrboro, or Durham, North Carolina area
Kelly Cates-Thornton collecting for Winston-Salem, North Carolina area
Miriam Rockwell collecting for the Charleston, South Carolina area
Linda Rogers LaForgia collecting for the Columbia, South Carolina area
Pam Pelkey Rose collecting in the Gainseville, Florida area
Bring your old shoes to Dreamweaver Farms at 6705 Union Highway Pacolet, SC 29372. If you aren't local, volunteers in different areas have offered to collect donations and get them to the farm. All of tese shoes will be consolidated and shipped by Wooftrax to 25 developing nations around the world.

Please bring us your shoes by April 15, 2017.

Join CPR's Facebook Page for Friends & Family

Why join another Facebook group? Well, this is a group just for Carolina Poodle Rescue adopters and long time supporters! It's a great way to keep in closer touch with the CPR and everything that is going on at the Farm, with the current dogs, with adopted dogs, and with incoming dogs.

Hope to see you there!

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.

Pam and Dennis Leitz--
Aiken, SC

Dreamweaver Farms--Pacolet, SC

Red Fotorny
Photo Gallery

Lizzie Gaines

Cookie Hoy

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 (maybe an owner get sick, lose 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 2 or more to bring!

Pet Smart Meet & Greet
9515 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC
11 am to 3 pm

Auction for a Kaws
February 4
Embassy Suites Golf Resort and Hotel 670 Verdae Blvd.
6:30 pm

Paved Paws, Pet Tender Angels,Upstate Animal Rescue Foundation, Carolina Poodle Rescue, Let em Live Upstate, Izzie's Pond and Precious Paws Small Breed Rescue have worked tirelessly in our community to save thousands of animals in need. This event is a night to celebrate these heroes of our community. We are not just selling the most beautiful eligible people in Greenville, we have amazing silent auction items! These groups rely on this charity to save lives. Please help make a difference! Doors open at 6:30 for meet and greet as well as silent auction items. Auction begins at8pm. Tickets will be $55 at the door. PLEASE print out your tickets and bring them with you to the event!

Advance tickets are $45 and can be purchased at

Doggie Day at the Rec

February 4
24 28th Avenue
9 am to 12 pm
Contact: Dennis Horn --

Pet Fest
March 18-19
Palmetto Islands County Park
10 am to 4 pm both days

Contact: Dennis Horn --

Pet Smart Information Event
March 11
Pet Smart, 8111 Brier Creek Pkwy
10 am to 4 pm
Contact: Debbie Bennett -- or 919-880-4406

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

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

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