Carolina Poodle Rescue Newsletter
January 2018
Vol. 13, No. 1a

In this issue:
  1. Dreamweaver Farms Benefits from Two Eagle Scout Projects
  2. The SOS Program 2018 Kick-off
  3. Feature Pet: Abbie
  4. Check out the New CPR Website
  5. Ongoing Fundraisers
  6. Photo Gallery
  7. Rainbow Bridge
  8. Upcoming Events
"One by one until there are none."
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Dreamweaver Farms Benefits from Two Eagle Scout Projects

Last year, two boy scouts chose to make Dreamweaver Farms, home to Carolina Poodle Rescue, the focus of their service projects. To become an Eagle Scout, a scout must develop and implement a service project that demonstrates leadership of others while performing a project for the benefit of his community.

20 Elevated Beds to Keep Dogs Warm and Dry
Boy Scout Adam Nowokunski knew he wanted to do something for animal rescue that would improve the lives of the animals for his Eagle Scout Project. Working with Boy Scout Troop 119 from South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC, Adam planned the construction of elevated dog beds out of PVC pipe that would be donated to Dreamweaver Farms. He had around 25 scouts helping him put together 20 beds. The photos show the scouts working together to build the beds and the final photo shows the stacked, finished beds--ready to go to Dreamweaver Farms to be used by the dogs!

Covered Porch for the Main Kennel Building

Boy Scout Josh Chapman was inspired to do a project to help Dreamweaver Farms as a result of his family's adoption of a standard poodle, Penny. The Chapmans could tell that Penny had been through a lot but at the farm she had been loved and well taken care of. Josh had so much appreciation for the caregivers at the farm and all that they do for the dogs. He wanted a way to give back, so he was thrilled when he was given the okay to move forward with the project!

Josh worked with Boy Scout Troop 715 from the Weddington Ward and three friends from his school (Ardey Kell High School)--Matthew Rodriguez, Albert and Chris Garay to construct a covered porch to the main entrance to the largest building at Dreamweaver Farms. This building also has a patio area where dogs are frequently outside. With the cover, the entrance to the kennel stays dry and it also helps to provide the patio with shade during the summer heat.

This was a huge project. The photos show the porch cover in the process of construction and Josh standing before the final structure.

Dreamweaver Farms is incredibly grateful that these two young men chose projects to help improve the lives of the dogs at the farm. They set a wonderful example of what ingenuity, thoughtfulness, and dedication can contribute to a community like Dreamweaver Farms.

Feature Pet of the Month

just loves people and is such a sweetheart! She came to CPR from a local shelter, where she had been picked up as a stray. She is a Chihuahua and terrier mix with a long coat and she is all kinds of cute!

Although we estimate she is about three years old, Abbie is still very puppy-like. She is looking for a home where people are home a good amount of the time. She needs to continue learning and socializing and would do great with someone who could work on training her. She's a smart little cookie and is definitely food motivated so would do well with focused effort at training.

Abbie does well with other dogs but she is not a fan of cats--so no cats for her future home. She would love someone who would play with her and take her for walks. She has a good amount of energy so being active will be important for her!

Abbie has been attending several of the information and adoption events in Durham and Raleigh over the past several months. She has been a favorite for volunteers and visitors to get to know her spunk personality and playful manner. She would make a fantastic addition to the right family.

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

Check out the New Carolina Poodle Rescue Website!

Thanks to Jennifer and Michael Reel--CPR board members, volunteers, supporters, and foster parents--Carolina Poodle Rescue launched an updated website in January! This was a multi-year project to get the site created done in collaboration with Donna Ezzell and Catherine Covington. The new site is built on a more flexible platform that will allow CPR to keep our community easily updated and add new features and functionality as needed.

We hope you will take a look and appreciate all of the hard work and effort that went into it.

Many thanks to our first web mistress, Beth Jansce, who originally got CPR up and visible on the web and maintained the CPR presence there for many  years.

Last Call 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. You can order online.

Ongoing Fundraisers

Carolina Poodle Rescue is looking ahead to improving the lives of 8 special dogs with cataracts. With this fundraiser, donors have the chance to see how your generosity and kindness helps these dogs to see again! And watch how it changes their lives for the better.

With your help, we've done this for other cataract dogs in the past few years. Restored sight gave these dogs a new chance not only to see but to find homes--and now we hope to do the same for these dogs.

In total, our goal is $17,000 for these dogs--and, thanks to you, we are almost half way to our goal!

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.

If you would like to have your dog (or another animal) remembered in the Rainbow Bridge section of the Carolina Poodle Rescue newsletter, please send your pet's name, the names of the pet's family you would like included, and a photo of your dog to

Sam Scheffler
Photo Gallery

Max Shanahan, therapy dog

Will Kaufman and his ball

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!

Auction for a Kaws 2018
February 3
Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center
670 Verdae Blvd
6:30 to 11 PM
Ticket Information

PetSmart Information Event
Petsmart Brier Creek
February 17-18
Saturday, 10am to 4pm
Sunday, 11am to 3pm
Contact: Debbie Bennett -- or 919-880-4406

Jennifer Smith's 50th Birthday Party at Brixx Pizza

February 22
Brixx Pizza, Brier Creek Pkwy
Join Jennifer Smith--CPR adopter, volunteer, foster mom, event coordinator, and CPR board member--for her 50th birthday the evening of February 22nd and raise money for Carolina Poodle Rescue. If you can't come for dinner, you can use the flyer any time on the day of February 22nd and it will benefit CPR!

Petsmart Information Event
February 17
10am to 2pm
Petsmart, 1462 Jeffreys Road Rocky Mount


April 14
Southern Bleachery
6pm to 10pm
Proceeds will benefit several rescues including Carolina Poodle Rescue!

PetSmart Information Event
February 17-18
Saturday, 10am to 4pm
Friday, 11am to 3pm
PetSmart, 4715 New Centre Dr.

Healthy Kids Day at Empie Park
April 29
9am to 1pm
3405 Park Ave

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

Jennifer Smith
Jennifer Martin Reel
Michael Reel
Cason Lynley
Lynette Hodges

Newsletter Coordinator
Cason Lynley
Carolina Poodle Rescue