Carolina Poodle Rescue Newsletter
September 2017
Vol. 12, No. 9b

In this issue:
  1. A Look Behind the Curtains: SOS Program
  2. Irma Orphan Update
  3. Feature Pets: Bella
  4. Barkwells Raffle Tickets and RSVP to the Annual Reunion
  5. Pogo--the Puppy Mill Dog: A Rescue Tale
  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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A Look Behind The Curtains

You have all seen our posts - a senior or special needs dog needs our help. He or she is losing their family or has landed in a shelter. Carolina Poodle Rescue wants to help, but we cannot without donations and support. We ask you to commit to financial support for the duration of the dog's life, no matter how long it may be. Because of you we say yes.

You see our posts celebrating the adventures of the SOS dogs that are fortunate enough to live in a foster home and that are ultimately adopted. Mr. Chip in the kissing booth on any given weekend. Pepper and Pepper-of-Georgia enjoying an afternoon out at a brewery. Smudge learning to walk without her wheelchair. Lily Rose celebrating her birthday in princess style. Lennox finding his forever home after years at the farm.

But what happens between a sad arrival at the farm and the happy tails we love to watch? Quite simply, magic. Behind the curtains is the patience, nurturing, compassion, tenacity, and care that makes our magical SOS program work. Behind the scenes is the one-of-a-kind staff who gently rock these babies, make up special songs that are unique to each dog, clean dirty play pens while big smiling, wash dog faces and feet, and anything else needed to make sure our SOS babies know they are safe and they are home.

On any given day, you will find Misty cradling Peyton and teasing Shorty as she rocks out to some country tunes. You will find Jessie taking Gio out for a wagon ride around the farm or loving on Coco Rex (a treat that no one else gets to enjoy). You will watch Dinky dance wildly and get ready to snuggle when he hears Melinda's voice. You will see Jamie sharing snacks with Kora and Stella while Amanda is patiently washing Kane or Sam. Amidst all this you will find the Fairy Dogmother, Donna Ezzell, cradling her special Ben, while Unco trails never letting her far from her sight.

These are the happy sights. On any given day, you will also see our incredible staff doing the hard work. This awesome team sits patiently on the floor, working to earn the trust of a dog who has no reason to trust a human ever again. Their days are not without growls and bites that come from deeply rooted fear or pain. They handle the special needs of these dogs as though they were second nature. And when it is time, they rock and love on our SOS babies as they cross the rainbow bridge. This work is not for the faint of heart.

So much happens behind the scenes of our SOS program, work that allows Carolina Poodle Rescue to be a loving home for more than 60 senior and special needs dogs - and we're continuing to grow. If you ever wonder what our team is doing, please ask, we are happy to share.

If you aren't involved with our SOS program but would like to be, we would love to have you!! Please check out our website ( and read the stories of our SOS babies. If one speaks to your heart, please email to say YES to supporting one of our dogs. $20/month helps us save precious lives and say YES to seniors and special needs dogs in need!

Feature Pet of the Month

Bella, the Cockapoo, was turned in to a southern shelter because her owners said she had become aggressive with the grandkids. She was adopted and returned because she was possessive over food. However, in the shelter and at the poodle farm, Bella has had no issues whatsoever. Please note, we feed Bella in her crate so she knows her safe place and her food can't be stolen from her.

With no history of aggression, we placed Bella but sadly her food aggression returned. We're now looking for a dog savvy owner who can work with food/resource guarding and understands that this is an ongoing management issue. If someone is willing to work with her, this type of issue can be managed or resolved. Other than this, she is a sweet and loving dog. She would make someone a devoted companion. Because of Bella's history, she will not be placed in a home with children under 18.

Bella is currently on a diet but that means there is more of her to love. She is good in the car and makes a great companion when running errands. We estimate that she is between 5 to 6 years old.

 If you are interested in Bella, please visit our adoption application page.

RSVP for the Annual Reunion and
Get Your Barkwells Raffle Tickets!

Don't miss your opportunity to 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.

Plan ahead this year and save the date for the CPR Reunion! 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! If you RSVP before October 11th, you may also order t-shirts!

Pogo--the Puppy Mill Dog (A Rescue Tale)

  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.

Ongoing Fundraisers

The Petco Foundation wants to know all the ways, big and small, that the love of your adopted pet has changed your life for the better. Share your story, along with photos and/or video, illustrating how your pet brings more joy to your life each day.

In a prior year, you submitted a story about your adopted pet to our Holiday Wishes campaign. If your story was not selected, we hope you will consider revising your story and submitting again. Click here to check out last year's finalists stories to see what makes a great submission! HINT: quality photos and/or video make a big difference!

Submit your story by September 30, 2017!

Thank you to everyone who has donated to give us a healthy down payment for the RV. You have helped us get CPR on the road. We hope to pick up the RV this Wednesday

For the last several months, we have 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've watched the events unfolding in Houston and now with Florida, we keep thinking how much good we could do with an RV outfitted as a mobile dog kennel. We have us 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 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.

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.

Poppy Brooks with a big smile
Photo Gallery

Duke Gasque playing with a new toy

Teddy Bromar has found a soft spot

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!

Rescue Me 5k Charlotte NC
October 14
McAlpine Creek Park, 8711 Monroe Road
Donna Ezzell (director of CPR) and Jen Reel (SOS coordinator and CPR board member) will be running with Luna and Brownie.
Suzi Brantley is organizing a booth.

PetSmart Information Table
October 14
9515 South Blvd
11am to 3pm

Panera Bread Fundraiswer
September 26
1126 Woodruff Rd
4pm to 8pm

Petsense Forever Home Fall Adoption
September 30
Petsense Lake Wylie, 221 Latitude Lane, Suite 105
9 am to 5pm

Carolina Poodle Rescue Reunion--Mark your calendars!
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 Information Event
October  28
Petsmart, 8111 Brier Creek Pkwy
10am to 4pm
Contact: Debbie Bennett -- or 919-880-4406

Petsmart Information Event
October 7
1462 Jeffreys Road
10 am to 2 pm

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

Winter's Tail and Tour
November 18, 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