Carolina Poodle Rescue Newsletter
March 2018
Vol. 13, No. 3

In this issue:
  1. A Pearl of a Girl
  2. Feature Pet: Jasper
  3. SOS Day at the Farm: Save the Date!
  4. Walk for a Dog
  5. Rainbow Bridge
  6. Highlighted Events - Spring Paw-ty in Barnardsville April 8
"One by one until there are none."
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A Pearl of a Girl
When you're a caregiver at the poodle farm, you just don't always know what will happen next.

So imagine the look of horror on one young caregiver's face when she came running into my office declaring that Merida's insides were on the outside. And could I please come quick?

Meet Merida. The name means pearl and since Merida is a solid white maltese, we felt it fit her perfectly. But pearls are made by something being where it shouldn't and unknown to us, Merida had a lot of things that did not belong in her insides when we got her. Merida is one of the commercial breeder dogs we received with the 37 dogs from 3 hoarder cases a few weeks ago. She is sweet and happy, a bit timid around people, but loving and playful with other dogs. When she arrived, she peed approximately every 30 to 60 seconds but nothing came out.

It turns out Merida had a mummified fetus in her uterus--most likely a malformed pup that never reached viability. The mass was definitely doing a number on her bladder. It was removed when she was spayed and we thought she was on the mend. But she continued the relentless squatting and peeing, so back to the vet. We discovered the mass had been hiding a bladder stone. So that came out.

This leads us to a young caregiver finding out that insides of a dog being on the outside of a dog is a frightening thing to see in your first month of work! I took one look at solid white Merida with the bright red body parts hanging out, texted a photo to our wonderful vet and two words, "Help Merida." He responded within one minute to get on the road and to make sure someone was holding her on her back to keep things as stable as possible. Two surgeries in two weeks had been too much for her fragile skin. Merida had popped her stitches!

Two more young caregivers shoved themselves into my vehicle. One held the white dog on her back with a very large piece of bright red intestine hanging out of her and a rather green look on our caregiver's face. I give her credit. She never flinched.

Meanwhile the designated driver asked if it was okay to run flashers and rush to the hospital. I had to explain that while I definitely appreciated the thought, dogs were not people and so no, he could not pretend to be an ambulance driver even though--at that moment--he was exactly that. And also no, I would not pay a ticket he got taking her in. Instead I told him to take a deep breath, drive safely and quickly but within the speed limit and to go NOW. 

He beat doc to the clinic and didn't get a ticket.

Merida is fine thanks to three young people doing their jobs and doing it well. My hat is off to all three.

Merida still pees a lot but not as much. We're waiting on the results of the bladder stone analysis and for her bladder to heal before putting her up for adoption. She's taken on the role of mama to Marlin, another young Maltese pup from the breeder dogs who has demodex from stress. He is now experiencing a true puppyhood with Merida as his playmate, surrogate mama, and best friend. I am hoping they can find a home together. You can see them together in this video.

Feature Pet of the Month

Jasper is looking for a home with an experienced owner who knows standard Poodles. At 9 years old, Jasper is still full of energy and needs an active lifestyle! He would be a great walking or running companion because this boy needs a work out. He was released by his former owner because they could not give him the exercise and training that Jasper needs to reach his full potential. He also needs a home where his person or people are home more than they are away.

At the farm, Jasper has gotten along great with other large dogs. His prey drive is high so he needs a home without cats. He is crate trained and does great in the car. When Jasper sees people he doesn't know he barks at them but someone could work with him on that. He does come around treats. Once Jasper gets acclimated to someone he is a complete sweetheart and wants nothing more than to be shown affection.

As the featured adoptable, Jasper's adoption fee is discounted by 10%. He will also come with 6 months of both heart worm preventative and flea and tick preventative.

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

SOS Day at the Farm: Save the Date! 

Spring is in the air and, with it, the reminder for our 2nd annual SOS Day@The Farm. What is SOS Day@The Farm? An afternoon of celebration for our SOS babies and the donors and volunteers that make caring for them possible!

Carolina Poodle Rescue's SOS program has grown by leaps and bounds over the past 2 years. Today, we are proud to support 90 dogs through our sanctuary programs. Some of these dogs are living in supported foster homes. For the majority of these dogs, the cottages and fields of Dreamweaver Farms are home.

On Saturday, May 12th, poodle lovers from across the Eastern seaboard will convene in Pacolet, SC for an afternoon to celebrate and love our SOS babies. We'll have updates on our programming and what we're doing with our SOS babies, a kickoff to our 2018 Change 4 Life fundraising campaign (including an opportunity to pick up your own branded collection jar), plenty of "shops" where you can purchase branded swag and support our programs, and of course lots of opportunities to love on SOS dogs.

The SOS team will be hosting tours of our facilities and meet and greets with your favorite SOS dogs. Though not all of our SOS babies will support being petted, they will ALL appreciate the extra love and affection of caring volunteers and donors. We'll even have a designated area where you can have your photo taken with your favorite SOS dog.

This year, we are also thrilled to announce that at our SOS Day@The Farm we will pick a raffle winner for a custom stained-glass art piece of the poodle of your choice. That's right - a custom piece of art to celebrate the dog of your choice. You can pick one of your SOS babies, or one of your own babies. Details will be coming out this week on how to participate in the raffle. All proceeds go to support our SOS programs.

If you have seniors or special needs dogs, please bring them. If you are currently fostering an SOS dog, please bring them so their donors and supporters can visit with them. There is no charge for this fun-filled afternoon. Donations of treats, toys, or food are greatly appreciated for our SOS babies!

Please RSVP to our event.

We look forward to seeing you on May 12th at 1pm at Dreamweaver Farms!

Your SOS Team

"Walk for a Dog" App Pays Off for CPR

Did you know that just by using the free phone app called Walk for a Dog that you can earn donations for Carolina Poodle Rescue? In addition to earning donations through miles walked, there is also a weekly winner.

Doug and Becky Smith are two time adopters from Carolina Poodle Rescue and they both use the Walk for a Dog app every time they walk their three standard poodles. Doug Smith had the winning walk for the week of March 15th which means an instant donation of $25 to Carolina Poodle Rescue. All of these donations add up!
Users of the app got an email alert with a photo of the Smith's beautiful three standard poodles--Pippa, Sophie, and Zoey--are featured in the email. Many thanks to those who regularly use this app to support CPR! Your walking might just bring in unexpected prizes for the farm this spring!

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.

Erin Vertullo, Charlotte NC

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

Highlighted Events

These are just a few of the many events coming up for Carolina Poodle Rescue across the southeast. To see a full list of our events, which are updated regularly, please visit our website.

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

Whiskeys for Whiskers
April 14

Saturday, 6pm to 9pm
Southern Bleachery, 250 Mill Street, Dock No. 3

  • 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