January 2018 - In This Issue:
It's Football Mania Time!

We are once again doing Football mania....Whoo hoo!   We are doing this exactly as we did last year with tickets being sold for the Super Bowl in February! 
Last year 810 tickets were sold and ABR made $3,375.00 profit!
The payout is each quarter and if you match all 4 quarters, you would win $5,000.00!  Someone is going to win it... why not you?
IF you would like to sell them (which we would LOVE), please email Julia Thomas at  jathomas26@gmail.com and she would be happy to mail out as many as you like.
Let's have fun and dream big while helping out our Brittanys!

Happy New Year! Don't let this month pass you by without purchasing your ABR 2018 calendar through the ABR Brittany Boutique . Calendars are $20 and you can see the many Brittanys we rescued through your support!.

Adopt a Brittany
 "Rescuing one dog will not change the world.... But for that dog the world will be forever changed."  
These wonderful Brittanys are currently available for adoption.
Click on their name for more information, and if you think your family is a good fit please complete an adoption application here. 
Cash (MO):
Cash is an 11yr old that spent his life in a kennel, but Cash is living the good life now that he is in ABR's care with a backyard, toys, and squirrels to chase. But what Cash loves most about this new life is the love and attention he gets from his people. And what he wants most of all now is a new forever home for 2018.  
Oscar (CA):
This sly fellow has been in and out of prison, because he is a master escape artist. However, Oscar's foster family has done a good job teaching him the "rules" of the house. Yes, you still need to be a savvy owner with Oscar, but he has really flourished with a true human leader and is looking for his commander-in-chief.  
Mary (NC):
Although Mary is now in North Carolina, she was rescued from Spain. This world-traveler is looking for some peace and quiet from her past life. Mary would love to find a laid-back environment for her to chill out and spend some lazy days with her human companion. Are you wanting a slow-paced 2018... then let Mary join you!?!  
Do you have an upcoming ABR or Brittany Gathering?  If so, please complete the following directions to notify the organization and invite others to join you!
Step 1 - Login in as a Volunteer through the ABR website.*
Step 2 - Scroll to the bottom of the Volunteer page (where you submit new dogs to the website)
Step 3 - Click on Submit An ABR Event and complete the online form.     
*If you are not a volunteer, please submit your event to social.networks@americanbrittanyrescue.org.  
American Brittany Rescue is a
501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to provide the leadership and expertise via a network of trained volunteers to take in stray, abandoned, surrendered and/or impounded purebred Brittanys, provide them with foster care, health and temperament screening, an opportunity for any necessary rehabilitation, and to ensure their health and placement into new homes.
Check our website to find more giving opportunities...
We would be honored to share your love and appreciation of our mission through your gift to our general fund, Brittany Buddy fund or a specific fund in keeping with our mission and/or location.
Congratulations to these Brittanys who joined their forever families in the last months of 2017!

Ace, WI
Bailey, PA
Benson, NY
Bingo, NC
Birdie, SC
Blondie, CA
Bloom, VA
Brownie, IL
Brownie, CA
Burt, CA
Charlee, AZ
Chester, MN
Choco, now Buddy, NJ
Cooper, NJ
Cooper, MN
Diego, KS
Doc, GA
Ellie, MN
Griffin, NJ
Griffin, TX
Gunner, NC
Hank, PA 
Hank, TX
Joe, now Rusty, NJ
Indiana Jones (Indy), CA 
Jack, MT
Jonie, now, Emmett, VA
Lady, CA
Liam, WI
Lizzy, NC
Noel, MD
Nolin, NC
Oreo, MN
Pumpkin, WI
Remington, PA
Rocky, MA
Rookie, AZ
Roscoe, CA
Roxy, SC
Ruby, formerly Abby, OR 
Sam, IA
Wesley, A 










We all know that losing weight is the number one "New Year's Resolution," but instead of thinking of your own resolutions... could your pet benefit from setting the goal to lose weight in 2018?
As illustrated below, the number of dogs that are overweight is alarming and have numerous health issues that can be avoided with weight loss. 

Let us know if you are making pet weight loss a goal for 2018.  What are you doing to help your pet lose weight?  It would be great to share progress reports and support one another.  Share your personal stories and pictures at social.networks@americanbrittanyrescue.org.   
Questions and Answers from our ABR Community
Dear Brittany -
The skunk population has evidently experienced an explosion in our area. Curious Brittanys and skittish skunks often make for some exciting and frustrating late-night baths. What should be in our cupboard to resolve a skunk encounter in the most stress-free manner for dogs and humans?
Holding my nose  
Dear Holding my nose,  

ABR received several remedies for those unpleasant encounters with a skunk.  We hope you find the best solution for you and enjoy some of our skunk stories!

We always keep a good supply of Skunk Out made by nature's miracle.  It really is a miracle!! (Cindy)

Wow, have I had experience in the dog vs skunk department. But I am happy to say quite a bit less of it recently. Living in the country with a large fenced yard I used to let my dogs out together after dark to relieve themselves before bed, only to end up washing two sprayed dogs after their night time hunting excursion. First rule- let one dog out at a time after dark, worst case scenario, you only need to follow the rest of my advice on one dog. Second rule- do not get the skunk spray oil on your skin, especially if you are employed working with other people. Many years ago we had our two dogs get sprayed and I washed one, and our Brittany was washed by my son. The following day when my son took off his coat, his 4th period high school teacher had to spray him down with Lysol. I work as a dental hygienist, I had to rinse my hands with scope prior to gloving and seeing patients for several weeks. Plan to throw away anything you get the oil on. We once had a pair of rubber boots hanging in our barn for months that were sprayed, we ended up needing to toss them.
Here is the list:
Heavy rubber gloves
Disposable long sleeve shirt
Dawn dish detergent
Hydrogen peroxide
Vick's vapor rub ointment

Wash your dog in the dawn and hydrogen peroxide and rinse thoroughly. Do not get either near your dogs eyes and do not use peroxide if you show your dog. Peroxide can lighten it's coat. Rule three- your dog will still smell a little, time solves the residual oder, thus the Vick's. One of the nights our two dogs got sprayed was our first cold snap that year. The dogs were still damp from their bath and I couldn't put them out in the garage to sleep. Their beds were put in the guest bath, and every human in the house put Vick's around their nose to get to get through the night. Good luck!
(Sincerely, Been Sprayed in Herald)

Dawn dish washing liquid and baking soda. Let sit on dog as long as possible to soak that smell up. For normal dogs it would be 10 minutes but, as we hunting dog owners know, it's hard to keep those high energy dogs still that long. ;) It will take care of it mostly. Last time I had to treat my dog for skunk, afterwards I only got a very very faint smell of skunk when she got wet and I was very close to her. That lasted about a month. (Jacque)

We had an issue with our old Rosie wanting to assist the local skunks enjoying our compost pile.  It is not very far from the fenced dog pen with a 24/7 doggie door.  The fix was to install four foot high black woven fabric soil filter fencing.  This product is used around construction sites to keep sediment out of the waterways.  We attached it to the pen's fence with tie wraps so surprised skunks can't see the dreaded Brittany and visa versa.  Our fingers are still crossed, but so far "out of sight, out of mind". (Myndy)
There are two effective remedies:
1) There is a product-Nature's Miracle Skunk Odor Remover. I keep two bottles on hand at all times. You can buy it on Amazon. I think it works a little better than the homemade remedy, which is
2) A quart of hydrogen peroxide, mixed with a quarter-cup of baking soda, with a tablespoon of Dawn dish soap.
In both cases you lather up the dog and wait 5-10 minutes before rinsing. If it's a bad one, it may take two or more applications. Whenever the dog gets wet, the smell will arise to a lesser degree. This will last 4-6 weeks until the skunk spray totally oxidizes.
Skunk spray has two chemicals in it, both sulfur-based (hence the smell). The first one, the really stinky one, oxidizes fairly quickly so the smell goes away. The problem is the second chemical. It oxidizes into the first one, so the smell persists. Both remedies are concocted to be chemical oxidizers. (Chas)
- 1 qt bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide
- 1/4 cup liquid dish soap
- 1 cup white vinegar

In a bucket, combine the above ingredients with 3 quarts water. Stir well and use immediately.  Soak and scrub the area most affected by the skunk using the mix, and rinse with lots of fresh water.  If using a brush, rinse well with each scrubbing, If using rags, use once only. Try and avoid spreading the skunk spray.
Repeat!  Wash to whole dog again and again until all the mix is used.
The Hydrogen Peroxide and vinegar react and break down the fatty components in the skunk spray. The dish washing detergent does what soaps are supposed to do, lift and help rinse away the soils and contamination.

Only time will get rid of all the stink, but this is a good start.
My old Brit, Rusti, was very respectful of the local skunks, possums, and raccoons; but one early morning walk we had to wait for a Momma skunk and 3 little kits to clear the trail. It looked like we were safely past each other when Rusti stopped and pointed on a stand of daisies, and SQUIRT!  The well hidden 4th kit got just a few drops of spray on my poor baby.  We backed away and the kit ran to join her mother. We ran home and the prep and bathing began.  The only part of a bath Rusti enjoyed was getting toweled off.

It was a lesson well learned. My daughter's Boxer wouldn't leave skunks alone, and spent most of a year stinking before the skunk moved on! (Nic)
Mix one quart hydrogen peroxide with one-quarter cup baking soda and a small squirt of dish washing liquid, preferably blue Dawn. Wearing protective gloves, if you have them, lather the dog's coat with the mixture. Try to keep the mixture on the dog for as long as possible. Ten to fifteen minutes is good. Rinse well, shampoo with regular dog shampoo and dry. Repeat if needed. This solution works on collars and clothing and humans as well.

P.S. The only use for tomato juice is to make a large Bloody Mary before or after you have washed the dog.
If you have a question for our Dear Brittany section, please submit it to social.networks@americanbrittanyrescue.org   
Submitted by Lisa
Credit for Formula: Paul Krebaum
Skunk Wash Formula
1 quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
1/2 cup of Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)
1-2 teaspoon of liquid soap 

  • For very large pets one quart of tepid tap water may be added to enable complete coverage.
  • Wash pet promptly and thoroughly, work the solution deep into the fur. Let your nose guide you, leave the solution on about 5 minutes or until the odor is gone. Some heavily oiled areas may require a "rinse and repeat" washing.
  • Skunks usually aim for the face, but try to keep the solution out of the eyes - it stings. If you have any cuts on your hands you might want to wear latex gloves for the same reason.
  • After treatment, thoroughly rinse your pet with tepid tap water.
  • Pour the spent solution down the drain with running water.
  • NEVER, ever, store mixed solution in a closed bottle, sprayer, etc. Pressure will build up until the container bursts. This can cause severe injury.

Other tips and notes from Lisa regarding de-skunking:

Clean plastic mixing containers and utensils are preferred. Metals encourage auto-decomposition of the peroxide.
Hydrogen Peroxide 3% solution is usually sold in pint (500ml) bottles, so you'll need two. The 3% grade is often marked "U.S.P.", meaning that it meets the standards for medical use and purity as set forth in the United States Pharmacopoeia.
The use of other strengths/grades is not recommended unless you're a chemist, and even then a trip to the 24-hour drugstore is much better than a trip to the emergency room.
Use baking soda, not baking powder. "Arm and Hammer" is one popular brand. Baking soda is also called: Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate, U.S.P., Bicarbonate of Soda, and Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate. Do not confuse any of the above with Washing Soda, which is Sodium Carbonate. Washing Soda is about 100 times more alkaline than Baking Soda and can cause skin burns to both you and your pet.
Two preferred brands are "Softsoap" and "Ivory Liquid". As far as auto-decomposition of the peroxide is concerned, the surfactant package in these two is fairly inert. Heavy-duty grease-cutting brands such as "Dawn" are less inert, and hair shampoo is probably the worst.
Once mixed, the peroxide slowly breaks down into water and oxygen gas. Thus it gets weaker with time and so it should be used promptly. The exact rate depends on temperature, pH, and catalysts such as trace amounts of metals (iron,etc.) in the soap and/or tap water.
How much pressure will the complete decomposition of 3% hydrogen peroxide produce in a closed container ??? It depends on how full the container is. Assuming negligible solubility of Oxygen in water, a bottle half-full of peroxide will develop about 140 psi. A bottle 3/4 full would develop 420 psi. This can do a lot of damage.
Highly pure hydrogen peroxide decomposes very slowly if kept cool and in a dark place, a few percent a year. The more dilute solutions usually decompose faster (due to impurities in the dilution water) and have a trace of stabilizer added. So why aren't the bottles in the store bloated or bursting ? Look carefully inside the cap... you'll see some
very tiny holes in the cap liner to let the oxygen gas escape. A good reason to always store bottles upright.
Look for an expiration date on your peroxide. If you're using stuff which has been sitting around in your medicine cabinet for years, buy fresh peroxide.
Tepid: lukewarm.
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American Brittany Rescue, Inc. is an organization that was formed in 1991 as a cooperative effort of Brittany owners, breeders, trainers, and fanciers who ABR believes have a responsibility not only for their own dogs and the dogs they produce, but for the breed as a whole.


ABR's mission is to provide the leadership and expertise via a network of trained volunteers to take in stray, abandoned, surrendered and/or impounded purebred Brittanys, provide them with foster care, health and temperament screening, an opportunity for any necessary rehabilitation and to assure their health and placement into new homes. In order to fulfill this mission, ABR's volunteers remain flexible and adaptable to current and future business environments and they remain dedicated to the organization.

Terry Mixdorf, President
Tina Leone, Vice-President/Co-Treasurer
Michelle Falkinburg, Secretary
Diana Doiron, Co-Treasurer
Robin Egan, Chair
Tiffany Dexter
Terrie Johnson
Nancy Hensley
Monica Rutt
Maria Smith

Jeannine Connors
Patricia Gillogly
Melissa Tapply
Maria Smith