AMERICAN BRITTANY NEWSLETTER - OCTOBER 2019
SWEET DREAMS
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
ROXY (AKA FOXY)
A PUPPYMILL DOG: SAFE LOVED & MAKING STRIDES
As a smart girl, Roxy had learned ways of coping with her former life at the puppy mill. Accustomed to being fed sporadically, for example, Roxy would eat a few bites of her meal, then hoard the remainder of it. When staying with her foster family, Roxy realized plenty of food was available. Now there was no longer a need to hide it under her blanket.
Roxy and three other puppy mill Britts were fostered by Robin Flood, a long-time ABR volunteer with extensive experience in dog’s emotional issues. All were buoyed by Robin’s belief that they were capable of leaving the past behind them. To help Roxy and the others move forward, Robin consistently exposed them to different stimuli. 

Roxy and up to 12 other dogs walked as a pack each day. Prior to that, none of the puppy mill Britts had ever walked on a leash or even worn a collar. During these five-mile daily walks, Roxy encountered humans as well as horses, alpacas, ducks, chickens, cows, and cats. 

This helped to prepare Roxy for a new life with Collen Pfaff. As a first-time adopter, Collen says there was a learning curve from the very beginning. Unable to relax during the entire 40-minute drive to her new home, Roxy continuously jumped from the front seat to the back seat. After they arrived, she immediately found the farthest corner of the house to hide. At their first meeting, she was overwhelmed by the high energy of Storm, the resident Brittany.
Roxy warmed up to Storm within a few days, but still wanted to hide from people, including members of her new family. Collen kept her on a leash inside the house for nearly two weeks to force her to remain nearby. When Roxy was finally permitted off-leash, she would stretch out in the doorway to keep an eye on Collen. Eventually, she summoned enough courage to curl up on the opposite end of the couch from her new mom. 

As a way of building trust and establishing a bond, Collen spent time alone with Roxy each day. They started with leash training around the neighborhood. The short walks progressed from a six-foot leash to a 20-feet leash and then eventually a 50-foot check cord. This ultimately enabled Roxy to find the confidence to run freely around the yard with no desire to escape. 

Roxy has been a part of the Pfaff family since April. With lots of love and attention, Roxy has worked through most of her issues. She returns the affection to her humans. Rather than hiding from visitors, she now stays in the same room and occasionally allows them to pet her. Sometimes she even seeks their attention. No longer bogged down by fears, she enjoys increased energy. This enables her to play more vigorously with Storm. They are true fur siblings now.

But perhaps most telling of all, Roxy now boasts a healthy appetite. Rather than hoarding her food, she gobbles it so enthusiastically that Collen recently bought her a slow-feed bowl.

Note: Roxy’s name was originally Foxy. During the adoption process, a bit of confusion ensued until paperwork revealed Roxy was really Foxy. By that time, however, Collen already thought of her girl as Roxy, so the name stuck. We will follow the progress of the ‘original’ Roxy in an upcoming issue.

Look for Cabella’s story in our November issue. She was fostered by Robin Flood and adopted by the Wheeler-Vickery family.
  
SUCCESS STORY
MOMMIE

Mommie’s early years prove somewhat of a mystery. She came to ABR as an overfed and overbred five-year-old. She was found wandering the streets of Delaware with a severely stretched and saggy ‘lady region’, a bare hind-end and weighing 70 pounds. It’s assumed she was used as a puppy mill breeder and then abandoned after her perceived usefulness ended. 

Jen and Mike Mostello provided plenty of TLC and some medical intervention when they adopted Mommie in 2012. After a year of exercise, healthy diet and love, Mommie’s weight dropped to 46 fit pounds. Jen says the sweet girl is up for anything now, as long as it involves family. Thrilled to welcome her human brother Michael into her life in 2016, the two immediately became best friends. They team up in Halloween costumes and visits with Santa and the Easter Bunny. Mommie enjoys her own special day each July when the family celebrates her birthday. “And most importantly” says Jen, “Mommie is included in our bedtime snuggles and has never lost her spot between us.”
FEATURED BRITTANYS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION
Cali is a petite young pup (estimate 1 year old, 19 lbs) being fostered in Massachusetts. Cali came as a shy little thing from Serbia but quickly adapted and now she shines and thrives. Don't let her size fool you! Big things come in small packages and that describes Cali's personality in a nutshell. Cali is currently being fostered in a home with another young Brittany as well as two small children, ages 3 months and an active toddler 2.5 years. She has adapted AMAZINGLY. She is very good with both the other dog and the kids. Cali would do best in a home with another dog as she enjoys the canine companionship and must have a secure physically fenced yard. 
She's smart as a whip and her confidence continues to build. She responds proudly to her good girl praise and is eager to please. With continued patience, TLC and training, she's well on her way to living her BEST life. Her history is unknown, but it seems like she might have a been a street dog. She can be a little guarded about her food but not aggressive. She will growl from time to time about food or over a toy but will share her food bowl with our other dog (begrudgingly and a little vocal) but without any actual issue. She is an absolute love bug so if you’re prepared to have your heart stolen, fill out our adoption application and mention Cali.
Ryder is a very sweet, extremely handsome 2-year-old boy who just loves to play! His mother was a Brittany and his father was a German Short Hair Pointer. He looks like your typical Britt, just bigger. Who doesn’t like more to love? He also has gorgeous tail feathers. Ryder loves playing fetch and getting tummy rubs. He is very affection, and good with other dogs. Ryder is currently living in Utah where his foster family has been quite impressed at his beauty, affection and stamina. Ryder needs to live in a home with a secure, tall fence, as he can be an escape artist. If given a chance, he will jump onto anything and over the fence. What a clever boy he is! He’s full of love and energy so he’s a fantastic choice for an active family. If you think you’d be a good fit for this lovable boy, please fill out an adoption application and mention Ryder.
Brothers Ben (black and white) and David (brown and white) have come all the way from Spain to live in Maryland while waiting for their forever home. They were scared to come out of the crate at first, but now they like to explore the house. They are especially frightened of men; they clearly didn’t have a good experience with them in Spain. Their foster dad has been super patient and they are getting less afraid of him a bit more each day. They love to run together in the big fenced yard, and they love walks—always on the lookout for birds and scurrying creatures. Ben loves rolling in the grass especially after it rains - it feels so goooood! He’s learned to hold his own when playing with the three other dogs of the house. When it comes to humans, he’s very gentle and is a great candidate for a home with small children. David also likes to play with all of the dogs, but at times he lingers behind to observe rather than join the crazy chaos. He tends to be a bit rougher in play and sometimes needs to have the energy diverted to playing outside where all the dogs can rip and run. Hands down, David’s favorite place to be is outside playing and rolling in the grass. David still has moments of panic and tends to tear out of the room when startled. Individual adoptions will be considered for these boys. If you have love and patience in your heart and life for David and/or Ben, please submit an adoption application and mention one or both dogs.
SEASON OF GIVING
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The drawing will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at the ABC Nationals.

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ABOUT THE AMERICAN BRITTANY RESCUE

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.

THE AMERICAN BRITTANY RESCUE MISSION

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.  
 
 
ABR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Terry Mixdorf, President
Terrie Johnson, Vice President
Cheri Wilson - Chair
Michelle Falkinburg, Secretary
Diana Doiron, Treasurer
Tiffany Dexter
Nancy Hensley
Sandra Oelschlegel
 
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