Carolina Poodle Rescue Newsletter
October 2017
Vol. 12, No. 10a

In this issue:
  1. Last Week to RSVP for the CPR Reunion
  2. Happy Tails
  3. Feature Pets: Kay, a Hurricane Irma Orphan
  4. Save the Date--A Winter's Tale
  5. 2018 Carolina Poodle Rescue Calendars Available
  6. Ongoing Fundraisers
  7. Check out CPR on YouTube
  8. Rainbow Bridge
  9. Upcoming Events
"One by one until there are none."
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There's Still Time to RSVP for the CPR Reunion
and Bring Your Old Shoes to Donate!

The CPR Reunion is this weekend but there's still time to RSVP until October 20th and you can still buy tickets for the Barkwells raffle. You and your dog(s) could win two nights at the dog-oriented mountain retreat! The winner will be announced at the Reunion.

The Reunion will start off with the Blessing of the Animals led by Sherry Wilson at 11 am!

This is a chance to clean out your closet and bring shoes that will benefit both CPR and people in need. The shoes go through Funds2org and are distributed in countries where people are in need. The more shoes we bring, the more funding CPR earns from Funds2org--so it benefits everyone. Cleaner closets, helping homeless animals, and helping people in need!

If you haven't come to a reunion in the past, you've been missing out! This event is held at Dreamweaver Farms, so it is dog friendly! Adopters and their family members, human and canine, return to the farm to celebrate with CPR staff, volunteers, and other adopters and their dogs.

When: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Where: Dreamweaver Farms, Pacolet, SC

There will be a delicious lunch, vendors with items for dogs and their people, a silent auction, tours of the farm, and a costume contest for dogs (people can dress up, too). Come meet some fellow adopters, the fantastic staff who provide the care for the CPR dogs, adoption counselors, and many other volunteers who may have helped your dog along his or her way to your home.
So mark your calendars and come join us! RSVP for the reunion today and make sure you (and your four-footed family members) don't miss out!

Happy Tails

This last Labor Day weekend marked three years since my forever Dad and Mom found me at a CPR meet and greet. They came to look at several other dogs -- I was not even available yet, having only been at the Farm for a couple of weeks. But I mustered up enough courage to grab treats from my Dad and stole his heart. I look back and can't believe the changes in my life or myself! When I wrote my update for everyone last year I shared my love of escaping my fenced yard, sometimes with my pack mate Buddy (a miniature poodle from CPR known for daring escapes, too, who also found his forever home a few years before). Mom and Dad even nicknamed me their 'Houdini Dog.' I always came back in less than thirty minutes, but I went over and under the fence and found every gap and weak spot as quick as Mom and Dad blocked my last route. Buddy came back faster and often just helped me rather than escaping with me.

Anyway this year Mom got a new knee in March and in May she started walking me and my pack mates Buddy and Blackie two to four times a day. Blackie will be old enough to get his driver's license after Thanksgiving (not that he cares unless it comes with treats)! Blackie walks slower but he goes as far as we do and enjoys walking A LOT.

Since starting the walks, Buddy and I have cut way back on my break outs. I am also getting to meet a lot of new dogs, new people (some I even let pet me), new smells and sounds. I have gotten over being so leery and afraid of dogs barking at me from their yards, big trucks driving by, and kids running up to greet me. My self-confidence is growing weekly but I doubt I will ever tolerate thunder or unexpected loud noises. Thank goodness Mom and Dad know when to grab the Thunder Shirts for me and Buddy before it gets bad! Blackie just snoozes through it all!

Again I want to thank:
▪ the Fairy Godmother for trusting Mom and Dad with me
▪ the staff and volunteers for giving dogs like me a chance to find and give love,
▪and all the wonderful donors for their support

I ESPECIALLY want to thank the Patrons whose monthly donations that give CPR a steady base of funding so they know how many dogs, cats and even birds (as noted in the recent donation request) they can help each year. You are the greatest and Buddy and I continue to be in YOUR DEBT. You make a difference in so many lives.

Feature Pet of the Month

Kay came to CPR after she lost her home during Hurricane Irma. She is one of the sweetest dogs you will ever meet! She recently attended the Dirty Dog Extravaganza event in Raleigh and was so gentle to everyone--humans and other dogs a like. She just enjoyed the day, greeted all new people and dogs who came by, took walks with volunteers, and then happily loaded back into her crate when it was time to go.

Kay is a laid back girl who we estimate to be around 10 years old. She doesn't seem to need or want much other than to be loved and hang out with the people or person that she loves. She is good with other dogs and with cats.

She loves to be petted and get lots of attention, but she isn't at all demanding. She waits for someone to notice her and then those sweet eyes just melt and she enjoys the attention.

Kay is crate trained, very affectionate, and eager to please. She would make a calm and loving addition to any home.
If you are interested in Kay, please visit our adoption application page.

Save the Date for A Winter's Tale

Please join Carolina Poodle Rescue to begin your holiday season with a relaxing afternoon of fun, food and drink, music, and the warm hospitality of a unique home in the southern countryside, while supporting a cause worth giving to. The Nicholson Mansion at Fairforest Plantation, home of Dr. Patrick and Lynn Mornane, is opening its doors to CPR friends, new and old, for a very special start to the holiday season.

There will also be a silent auction to raise funds for Carolina Poodle Rescue. If you have items that you'd like to donate for the auction, please contact Karen Martin.

Date: Saturday, December 2

More details to come closer to the date but we hope you will mark your calendars and plan to come.

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

Thank you to everyone who has donated to give us a healthy down payment for the RV. We have the RV now--affectionately nicknamed MACKenzie--and we have taken it to two events already. It works perfectly for bringing dogs to events outside of Dreamweaver Farms.

We had quietly been on the lookout for a used class C toy hauler RV to turn into a mobile adoption center. As we looked at our records, we realized that only about 20% of the approved adopters actually come to the farm. The rest apply, go through screening, and are approved but do not adopt from CPR for one big reason--the drive to the farm. For many reasons, they simply can't make it work. These are excellent potential dog owners, and they are looking for dogs like ours.

It's not only for adoption events. As we watched the events unfolding in Houston and now with Florida, we kept thinking how much good we could do with an RV outfitted as a mobile dog kennel. We are now on the list now with Best Friends Animal Society to take in 30 dogs and 2 horses. How much more help could we be if we can provide transport as well as safe harbor for the displaced pets!

 We are over halfway to our goal to pay off the RV. Will you consider a donation to help? We believe it is an investment worth making and will help us save more lives.

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 would 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.

Copies of this book will be available for sale at the Carolina Poodle Rescue Reunion.

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.

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!

PetSmart Information Table
December 9
9515 South Blvd
11am to 3pm

Carolina Poodle Rescue Reunion
October 21
Dreamweaver Farms
The event will include lunch, a silent auction, tours of the farm, meet your adoption counselors, and much more! More details will be posted! Bring your family (human and canine) and join us for a fun day!

Petsmart Event
October  27-28
Petsmart, 8111 Brier Creek Pkwy
Friday afternoon (exact time TBD)
Saturday, 10am to 4pm
Dogs will be coming up from Dreamweaver Farms for this event! We will need volunteers to help!
Contact: Debbie Bennett -- or 919-880-4406

CPR with the RV
October  27-28
1901 S. Miami Blvd, Durham NC
Friday afternoon (exact time TBD)
Saturday, 10am to 4pm
Dogs will be coming up from Dreamweaver Farms for this event! We will need volunteers to help!
Contact: Debbie Bennett -- or 919-880-4406

Petsmart Information Event
November 11-12
Petsmart, 8111 Brier Creek Pkwy
10am to 4pm
Contact: Debbie Bennett -- or 919-880-4406

Pinot's Palette
Project Pet for Carolina Poodle Rescue
Briercreek, 10410 Moncreiffe Road Suite 101
2pm to 5pm
Tickets available

Petsmart Information Event
November 11-12
1462 Jeffreys Road
Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm
Sunday, 1 pm

Best Friends Super Adoption Event
December 9 and 10
CPR will be onsite with adoptable dogs!

Winter's Tail and Tour
December 2, 2017
Nicholson Mansion
Details to come

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