July 2017 - In This Issue:
Allene Roberts' Jackson Lee, who has crossed the rainbow bridge

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Links to Health on the Web

There is an abundance of information on the internet about what is healthy for dogs. Many opinions are stated as fact with zero accountability to the health of pets. It is wonderful to be an informed pet parent, and part of that is doing your research. However, it is hard to be certain what you are reading is legitimate or a conspiracy theory.
Consider the source. All writers have an agenda and an intended audience. What is the intention of the article? Are they selling supplements? Links to their book? Also be aware of cognitive dissonance, when confronted with ideas that conflict with our own beliefs we are less likely to see it as truth or only do research that supports our original ideas.
When you do your own research you can be informed and know what to expect with your dog's health. Bring that information along with your concerns to your veterinarian. Internet research is not to be used in place of professional care. Your online research can be a great starting point to have a conversation with your veterinarian. However, be prepared to listen as well. Sometimes the latest health craze for pets is just a fad and not the in the best interest of your dog.
A great place to start when looking for health advice is your own veterinarian's website. Many veterinary clinics have their own original content or links to learn more. Another reliable place to start are professional organizations such as the American Veterinary Association, the ASPCA, and the American Veterinary Dental College. These organizations have consensus statements and the latest research.
It is great to be informed and to question, and ultimately the care of your dog is up to you. A savvy veterinarian will listen to your concerns and partner with you to deliver the best care possible.
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.
Our printed newsletter, Brittany Tales:  For the Love of Brittanys, aims to publish quarterly, but we need your stories to fill the 12 pages!  We love success stories, adventure stories, but also feature challenges and support for Brittany-related issues.  Our team also features tributes within the newsletter for ABR alums that have crossed the rainbow bridge.  

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Adopt a Brittany
By Melissa Tapply
These wonderful Brittanys are currently available for adoption.
Click on their name more information, and if you think your family is a good fit please   complete an adoption application here. 
Kosmo (California): 7-month-old Kosmo is a Brittany mix from Greece. He is settling in well and quickly learning his puppy manners. If you are looking to fill your home with some awesome puppy energy, lovable Kosmo is your guy!
  Gus (California):  Lively and fun, sweet and affectionate all wrapped up in this adorable 7-month-old Brittany mix! Gus was rescued from Greece, and he is looking forward to sharing his happy energy with a forever family. He's great with kids and dogs!  

  Hank (Virginia):  Are you looking for a wonderful companion to share some fun with? Meet Hank, a 6-year-old boy looking for an active family who will accompany him on his adventures!  
Asher (Illinois):   Do you love Brittany kisses? 3-year-old Asher has them for you! He is athletic, social, playful, and affectionate. Asher thrives on canine companion, so he is looking for a home with another dog where can shower you with love.  
by Melissa Tapply

In October of 2014, Gable's life changed forever. The young Brittany had spent his life as an outdoor dog. He took himself on frequent adventures over the fence of the yard which abutted a freeway. These jaunts landed him in a shelter and eventually into the home of Jamie Katz.
At the time, Jamie, was in the process of transitioning her career. Trained in criminal justice, she had been working as a private investigator. But Jamie also has a lifelong passion for animals. She began volunteering in animal welfare at age thirteen, and she worked as a veterinary technician for several years. In May 2014, when her friend's cat went missing, she realized that she could combine her passions and skills to help find missing pets.
It was only a few months later that Gable came into her life. At the time, Gable was a handful. A young Brittany with no training, Gable gave Jamie a challenge. It took her some time to figure out the Brittany breed. She called on ABR's Monica Rutt, who invited her and Gable over to her home to interact with other Brittanys. Monica taught Jamie different ways to walk Gable and work with the breed.
Jamie Gable with Jamie and Fletcher
Gable not only trained well as a family companion, but also soon learned that he would make an excellent business partner-- as a scent-specific tracking dog! He and Jamie were trained together to track missing dogs. Gable learned to follow their scent in the air. He is given a 100% scent article of the missing animal such as a collar that no other animal has worn. He starts at the location the pet went missing and gets the direction of travel. He signals when a scent trail ends, and checks sightings to confirm or eliminate whether they were in fact of the missing pet. This process builds an invisible scent perimeter to help locate the missing animal.
In September of 2015, about a year after Gable came into her life, Jamie opened her own pet detective business: PI, Jamie Katz. Gable and his canine brother Fletcher, a Terrier mix, work by her side to reunite lost pets with their families.
Gable after a long day of work
At three-and-a-half years old now, "goofy Gable" is still high energy and acts like a puppy. But he is sweet and affectionate, Brittany through and through. Jamie can't imagine her life without him.
To learn more about Gable's special talents and the work he does with Jamie, visit her website.  
Dear Brittany
(New Q&A Column, much like Dear Abby)
Dear Brittany,
I have an older incontinent dog and am having difficulty getting my carpet clean.  I feel like I have tried all the store bought cleaners, so I was wondering if there are any home remedies that members of our ABR community use for this issue.
Still Love My Old Dog

Please submit your home remedies to social.networks@americanbrittanyrescue.org.  We will publish entries (with credit) in our August enewsletter.   

Opportunity - Are you an artist or graphic designer?  If so, we would love to have an image for the Dear Brittany section.  Please submit entries to social.networks@americanbrittanyrescue.org for consideration.
Congratulations to these Brittanys who joined their forever families over the last month!

A-Jay, CA
Birdie/Beesly, AL
Bona, WA
Curly, AL
Duke, NJ
Flint, NC
Guinness, MD
Hank, OK
Jack, MI
Jason, CA
Josie, fka Hannah, VA
Lacy, CA
Madison, PA
Maia, CA
Marco, MD
Percy, UT
Rocco, NC
Luke, fka Rusty, NC
Sally, CA
Speckles, PA
Spinner, FL
Just like their humans, sometimes our Britts can become dehydrated due to overexertion, diarrhea or heat and just can't seem to correct the situation with water alone. In those instances, your vet may suggest an electrolyte drink.
Pedialyte© (a specifically formulated drink for dehydration in children) diluted by the same amount of water may be suggested as a short-term supplement. While it may be a staple in many homes, for some of us it is an item we do not have on hand. This recipe is already at the proper dilution. The potassium (salt substitute or fruit juice) may be omitted. As always, be sure to consult your vet about using this or other dehydration drinks.
  • 2 quarts hot water* (does not have to be boiling)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt substitute (made with potassium chloride) OR 1/2 cup of orange or other potassium-rich juice (not grape)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea sale (not iodized)
Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate. Use the mix within 4 days. This can also be frozen into popsicles or ice cubes.
* I like to use 1 cup water and 1 cup organic chicken stock to add flavor.
Social Media is a great place to find Brittany fans and friends.  Below is a list of groups and accounts for you to follow famous Brittanys or swap Brittany stories.  If you have a famous Brittany, especially if it's an ABR Alum, please tell us at social.networks@americanbrittanyrescue.org. 

@americanbrittanyrescue (ABR Official Account)
Check out the Love My Brittany's Facebook Page

*Disclaimer:  ABR is not affiliated nor endorses any of these sites.

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
Heather Kernan, DVM
Melissa Tapply
Maria Smith
Tina Leone