Friday, December 2, 2011

Absent but not Absent-minded

I have been far away from blogging these days.  I haven't even had time to read many of my favorite blogs either and I love to stay on top of what's going on in those worlds!   

There is a reason though, I can explain.  I certainly haven't been absent-minded, more like I've been overwhelmed-minded!  You see, about a month and a half ago I took on a new challenge.  I stepped up to become the Interim Rescue Chairman for the National English Cocker Spaniel Club Rescue.  It could be worse, English Cocker Spaniels are still fairly uncommon in the USA so thankfully, when I took over we only had about 14 dogs under our care.  But has been difficult because these dogs are spread out all over the US.  Sometimes there just aren't enough resources to help a specific dog in need.  The most challenging job seems to be finding foster homes.   A foster home is someone who takes in the dog and cares for it like one of their own until the dog is adopted.  

Not only are foster homes in short supply so is our funding.  It doesn't take long to run through our money when many of the dogs we take in have significant medical issues.  One dog had 26 teeth pulled, several others came in heartworm positive.  All need to be vaccinated and/or spayed or neutered.  

Recently we took in this adorable young boy from the San Bernardino, CA shelter.  
He was found wandering the streets, emaciated, scared and weighing only 15 lbs when he should weigh at least 25.  Thankfully a foster parent was found here in Phoenix, AZ and he is doing better but he was seriously ill due to stress and being so hungry.  He required a visit to the emergency dog hospital where ECSCA (English Cocker Spaniel Club of America) incurred a bill for over $400.  We will still have additional costs as he, Westley, must be neutered and vaccinated once he is feeling better.  

My role as Chair is volunteer and challenging without a doubt, but the rewards are awesome.  I am excited to share that some of Westley's medical bills are being 'sponsored' by a fourth and fifth grade class in Knoxville, TN.  Their teacher is a member of our National Club and her class is selling school supplies to other students and donating 40% of the proceeds to Rescue in Westley's honor!  WOW!!  The students will be receiving pictures of Westley and communications from his foster mom as well. 

Of course, you don't have to be a club member to sponsor one of our Rescue furkids.  If you are interested in coordinating a project like this for your students, friends or group, please let me know and I can set you up.   Or should you just feel inclined to make a donation that can be done at:  Scroll down the page to 'Rescue' and make a Paypal donation.  

You can also go to this page, to see some of the other dogs we have in Rescue that are ready to be adopted by a 'furever' home, could that be you???

So, now you know....that's why I have been absent lately! 



  1. Westley is extremely handsome and extremely lucky to have been found by you all!

  2. You have been a very busy (and good) girl. Maybe Santa will be extra good to you this year!

  3. Karen,
    It's just so heartbreaking that these wonderful dogs are left to fend for themselves. Thank goodness for your kind heart and hard work to take part and operate a rescue effort. What a wonderful thing for the class to do to help with Wesley's expenses.
    Cathy G

  4. Hi Karen,
    I commend you and anyone who takes on this cause...there are just too many animals that are left to the world so to speak...your photos are so sweet of the dogs...makes me want to reach in and hug them.
    Bless you for what you are doing.

  5. Karen ~
    God love you! There will be a special place in heaven for you!
    Westley sure is a cutie. I know how quickly bills add up. Last month expenses for Ohio Pug Rescue were just over $10k ~ and only 8K was brought in. It is a constant struggle. Good luck to you.
    Pug hugs :)

  6. My friend just adopted an elderly Cocker Spaniel from a rescue group that had to close somewhere in the valley. Her name is Lilly and she is really sweet.

  7. Oh I'm so glad Lilly got a home!! There are so many that don't :-(

  8. I guess her name is actually Ivy. :-) I saw her last night and she is doing great.


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