Dedicated to Bob January
A mixed bag of the
LATEST NEWS !
Words of remembrance by Marge Silverthorn
My Bob was a very
special friend with whom I shared countless phone conversations over a period of
about 15 years.
Bob January and his
wife Betsy, along with their Springer Spaniel, Duncan, entered my life on a cool
spring day in the middle of a field among hunting enthusiasts and Springer
Spaniel lovers. Neither Bob, nor I wanted to hunt with our Springers, I
was there because it was a Springer Club event and I was the President, and Bob
and Betsy traveled over 2 hours to meet other Springer owners. Only a couple of
hours passed and Bob and Betsy were ready to jump in and help Springer Rescue, a
program to help Springers in need of new and loving homes. Hearing of a
Springer in a local shelter, they left the event early to stop at the shelter
and bail out that dog and therein began the commitment to our Springer Rescue
Program. Countless dogs over the years were fostered by Bob and Betsy until new
homes for them could be found. While under Bob’s care, each dog learned the joy
of the freedom of long hikes on the Appalachian Trail, and the responsibility
that comes with such freedom, that is listening to, and staying with Bob.
Meanwhile the phone
conversations began to give me updates on each dog’s progress but then we
digressed and each and every conversation was an education for me, Bob was an
unending wealth of information and I, a most willing listener and learner. For
this tone deaf third grade teacher, the other love of Bob, his music, was a
complete unknown, but Bob never gave up on enriching and broadening my knowledge
of music, even if it was to sing to me on the phone. The highlight of my
musical “lessons” took place after Bob suffered a stroke. He was to play at the
Plaza hotel at the Cotillion Ball and Betsy could not be there for the rehearsal
and Bob worried that he would not be able to clearly communicate his needs with
strangers. I joined him for the afternoon, discovered that I could enjoy music
and was awed by his talent as a musician and as a conductor. It was a most
special afternoon with Bob, and another memory of him which will always be with
Bob brought ESSCLI-Rescue
into the 21st century by creating our first web site, I didn’t even
own a computer, Bob created the page, answered the inquiries and kept me
informed via phone or copies sent in the mail. That web page can still be found
My Bob was my friend,
my teacher, my inspiration especially after his stroke, showing me that nothing
can stop a person from accomplishing what they want to do. My Bob will live in
my heart and mind forever and I can only hope that we will meet again, across
that Rainbow Bridge in God’s Garden where our beloved Springers are after they
have left this earthly life. And when we do meet again, Bob will make me laugh,
Bob will sing to me, maybe even teach me to dance, and we will be surrounded by
our dogs, our friends, and Bob’s music.
Many of our volunteers
in the early years of rescue came to know Bob. Brooks Parrott told me of her
meeting Bob at a vet’s office with a rescue dog. Bob began to sing to her and
kneel in front of her to tie her shoe lace, while another time at his home as
they were awaiting the arrival of another volunteer; Bob played a recording of
his own big band music and whisked her around the dance floor (open spaces) in
his very large home. Upon hearing that I recall thinking it is good it was not
I, as he would have very sore feet if he danced with his friend Marge with 3
left feet and no coordination!
of NH shared the following recently:
I can see him crossing
that Rainbow Bridge to follow all those old Springers into happiness!
My story about Bob has
to do with one of those midnight Springer Spaniel pickup moments that we know so
well....I was to meet Bob in Rensselaer, NY to pick up Toby, who he was bringing
to me for adoption. He was in town for a music thing at a little
church-turned-studio. I'd never been to Rensselaer and he e-mailed me
instructions on how to get there. I arrived at the appointed hour and realized
that it was nothing short of miraculous, since the place was in the middle of a
neighborhood far off the beaten path! The directions were to a T! And then there
was my first impression of the larger-than-life Bob January: he greeted me like
a long lost friend, even if I was only just another Springer lover gone mad.
That meeting was enough to put me on his e-mail address list and keep me
checking on him for years to come!
Oppenheimer from NJ, summed it all up with:
Good souls come to
peace and eternal love of family and friends.
When Jon met
Highland Charlie, no one foresaw the trials that lay
ahead for both of them.
a liver-and- white Springer, was lucky to be alive. For all his nine years he had lived with an owner who had
never trained him to walk on a leash. As the owner
grew older and shakier, he found Charlie too hard to
handle on icy sidewalks, took him to a veterinarian ,
and said, "I want you to put this dog down." The
veterinarian refused: "he's too nice a dog." That
was stroke of luck #1. And the owner's son brought
#2: he called the ESSCLI Rescue.
Read more about Charlie and see how you can help!
Charlie and others need your help!
lucky dog - almost put down and very sick Charlie was in dire need of love and medical
care. Because of a few caring and generous people, Charlie is
getting the care he needs to give his story a happy ending. Please help
Charlie and other dogs like him by supporting rescue.
We asked for Highland
Charlie's genealogy (both his grandparents were show dogs), a
photo, and medical records. Jon, who was looking for a dog, met
Charlie at his owner's house and agreed to adopt him and take
him home to the Bronx.
That was stroke of luck #3.
And in Charlie's case it's three strikes and you're in .
. . in good hands.
The vet’s records had
mentioned a hernia, but the photo hadn’t shown it. When Jon first saw the hernia, it didn’t strike him as
serious either. He had had another Springer who had been
operated on for a hernia. “It
was 10 days all up all in, and he was good as new. When I saw
Charlie out in Jersey, I didn’t have any idea it was as bad as
Still, despite the owner’s
assurances – “A vet has told me the hernia doesn’t hurt
the dog” – Jon and his friend Kira, who had come along with
him, quickly realized that Highland Charlie was in pain.
He needed medical care – and he needed to get away from
his owner and his son. “Kira
and I were afraid that they were going to do him in if we
didn’t take him that day.”
Jon quickly arranged for his
own veterinarian to examine Charlie. By the time they reached
the clinic, Charlie’s plight was obvious: the hernia had
pushed his bladder outside his body.
“The entire clinic,” Jon said, “was shocked,
appalled, and amazed.”
Surgery was mandatory
. . . and major: the incision was almost eight inches
long. Charlie had
to stay at the clinic for two weeks so that his condition could
be observed. Complications
did arise: trouble urinating, the need for catheterization,
bloody urine, risk of damage to the bladder, pain, and “quite
a cocktail of pain meds including a dermal-path-based narcotic.
For several days he had essentially no control of his
diarrhea irritated his skin.”
When Charlie was well enough
to leave the clinic, he still wasn’t able, Jon said, “to pee
properly. But my
vet thinks that if we just let nature take its course and if I
have him at home where I can give him some really long walks,
the pipes may start working.”
Then Jon got the
veterinarian’s bill for the intensive care Charlie had needed:
A small fortune!
ESSCLI - Rescue has offered
to help with some of the horrendous expenses and is trying to
raise funds to do so.
But Charlie’s (and
Jon’s) problems aren’t over yet.
“He’s much happier now,” Jon says.
“Now that the hernia’s fixed, he can sit down without
the pain he was feeling before.
He actually looked confused the first dozen or so times
he sat down without pain. He
would sit down gingerly, expecting to have it hurt; and when it
didn’t, he had the funniest look on his face—sort of like
‘Hey, what’s going on here?’”
Charlie finds city life
explains that word: “Charlie pulls like a tractor, but I’m
working on that.” Charlie
has lost a lot of weight, but his appetite is reviving.
“He pretty much has
relearned how to poop although he’s a bit messy still,” Jon
says. “A week ago
the poop was just leaking out. What a mess, let me tell you!
If he saw me approaching with anything remotely
resembling a paper towel, a baby wipe, or Kleenex, he would leap
up, spin around, and lift his tail.
“Peeing is still a
problem. He has
largely no control over his bladder and doesn’t pee without
helper drugs. And when they really get the pipes flowing, the pee just
leaks out. He’ll
go to sleep and wake up in a puddle.
He doesn’t seem to be aware of what’s happening.
I’ve dedicated a futon to him.
I’m getting very good at mopping and dog-washing.”
Jon is adjusting Charlie’s
medicines to normalize his urination.
“Charlie and I continue to
muddle on,” Jon says. “He’s
still got a lot of healing to do, but there is a night-and-day
difference between two weeks ago and now.
His spirits are high, and he seems to enjoy it here.”
are asking any one who can contribute even the smallest amount
to let us know. Your donation will be met with sloppy Springer
kisses and unconditional love and gratitude.
you can help, please send your donation marked "For
Highland Charlie" to:
Springer Spaniel Club of Long Island - Rescue
163 Academy Street
Bayport, NY 11705
Checks should be
made out to ESSCLI - Rescue
you for supporting our wonderful breed !
LOOK WHAT'S NEW THIS YEAR AT GSA
Once again this year ESSCLI-Rescue will be raffling
off a number of items at the Garden State
Specialties at The Meadowlands in February, 2008.
This year we have some VERY special items.
We are pleased to offer another handmade quilt. This quilt is a dog
motif in subtle browns and black.
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If you would like to purchase raffle tickets for
this quilt, click here, for a printable copy of the tickets. (tickets)
Our second raffle is a
Top Performance rolling tack box.
If you would like to purchase raffle
tickets for this tack box, click here, for a printable copy of the
We would like to make
these raffles available to all of our supporters. The raffle
tickets are $1.00 each, 6/$5.00, 12/$10.00 & 25/$20.00. The
minimum order from the site is $5.00.
Alternately you can just use plain paper and include all info required
on the ticket. Send your checks made payable to ESSCLI-Rescue
along with the completed tickets (or information on plain paper) to:
163 Academy St.
Bayport, NY 11705
Checks MUST be received by February 6th.
year we have some super auction items.
As many of you know we have a number of
“Silent” Auction items each year. This
year is no exception. But THIS year we
have some very new and different items that
you might want to bid on. Each of
these items can be shipped, so you may bid
on them “from afar”.
Our first item for Friday is:
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A framed liver and white springer limited edition
lithograph entitled The Excitement of an English Springer Spaniel
by Heidi Choquette. It is #45 of 700 and was originally published
in 1993. It measures 16 x 20 plus framing and has a certificate of
authenticity inside. We will be starting the bidding at $100.00.
This will be auctioned off on Friday, February 8th.
Second, to be auctioned
off on Saturday, February 9th is
an original oil:
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This is a vinatge portrait of a Pembroke boy
named Tucker by Connie LeMonde and the
original photo with name and DOB is
attached. It measures 16x20 plus framing.
This is framed with no glass. This is
not a print, but the actual oil painting.
This also starts at $100.00.
(click picture to enlarge)
And last but not least.
Taking bids BOTH days is a Rob Sataloe original cartoon.
Rob drew this cartoon for ESSCLI-Rescue
to use on our website and then donated it to be auctioned off
with the proceeds to go to rescue.
have put it in a temporary glass frame as it is not only signed,
but has a special note on the back. It is NOT however
professionally framed or matted just waiting for YOUR special
will start the bidding at $40.00 for Rob’s original cartoon.
If you wish to email your bid in advance,
please email it to
Ndana101@aol.com. Please include your name, item you wish to
bid on, the amount of your bid and a phone number where you can be
reached if need be. We will keep the bidders updated (kinda like
EBAY!). If you are the winner and you are not at the show, you
will be asked to send a check to rescue for the amount of your winning
bid. If we do not receive it by March 1st , the auction
will go the second highest bidder.
We will be able to take bids until 10 PM
est Tuesday February 5th via email. But certainly if you are there
in person, it will be even more fun. We might not be able to keep
people updated on the bidding during judging, but we will do our best!
Have fun and happy bidding!
again from the "dog house". And boy am I in the dog house with Rolex.
I made a clerical error on my entry to Westminister and he was rejected
because of me… No matter how much steak or expensive toys I give him, I
still don't think he will ever forgive me. You see, he knows James (the
Best in Show winner) and I think secretly he wanted to be there to
congratulate him in person. So anyway, the next time your furkid acts
like he's mad at you, you can feel comforted in knowing that you aren't
the only one!
And now on to more important things. I am just back from the GSA shows
in Secaucus, New Jersey where English Springer Spaniel Club of Long
Island sponsored two specialties. We were able to have a rescue
boutique and the volunteers helped Marge and I put on the hospitality
tailgate party for the exhibitors. The two days were a huge success…
not in the least because of our dedicated volunteers. I would be lost
without you folks these days. Thank you to Diane and Doug Richardson,
Joy Sarnelli, Lori and Jesse Miller, Beckie, Nathaniel and Abie Hansell,
Jon Webster and Kira , Becky Stowe, Julie Ruth, Cathy Brooks and
Rosemarie Fugit (who helped set up on Thursday night).
23 & 24, 2006, ESSCLI - Rescue manned a boutique table at the
Eastern English Springer Spaniel Specialties in Warwick, Rhode
Island. A number of people from our organization helped staff
the table throughout the weekend, helping to make it a very
successful event. Our new rescue apron made its debut there and
was a big success. You can now see the apron on the boutique
page of this website.
their support for rescue (and doing double duty at the Eastern
raffle table) were Beckie Hansell, of Ambler, and Carol Ziegler of
Huntingdon Valley, PA
accompanied by Penny, Carol Pinkans of Colonie, NY with Will and
Grace; Jim LaMarque and Whoppa of North Yarmouth, Maine; Jim
Hamilton, a supporter of rescue from Middletown, NJ; Diane and
Doug Richardson and Guiness (always supporting us !), Wil
Pelchat, his wife, his daughter Wendy and her husband, Chad
Brinkman. Will was an invaluable help to Nanci LaMarque and
Carol Hamilton while they were preparing their Springers to
compete in the breed competition on Saturday.
number of the volunteers spent the night at the show and joined
the dog show participants at the Friday night banquet. It was a
very nice night for rescue. Whoppa Gillespie of Bordeaux,
Maine's rescue representative, received an award for achieving
his Canine Good Citizen award (CGC). Whoppa's mom is Nanci
LaMarque, our adoption/surrender coordinator.
Gilliland's, Charles, received an award for completing his rally
title. Charles was adopted from ESSCLI-Rescue on June 21 1998.
Charles, is the most titled adopted rescue dog in ESSCLI. AND
our newest member of the volunteer staff, Becky Hansell won the
evening's raffle… A lovely Springer afghan.
thank you all for helping out… this has recently become an
annual event and the bigger it has gotten, the more help we have
needed. You all helped make the weekend fun and profitable for
rescue. Thanks !
A Special Donation
On October 27, 2006 Benita McMullen & Sally
McCadden delivered a quilt to Portland, Maine as a donation to English
Springer Spaniel Club of Long Island - Rescue.
Sally and Benni adopted Eeyore on October 19,
2002. Eeyore crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2006. They wanted
to donate something in her memory. Benni lovingly made a quilt
in Eeyore's honor. read
ESSCLI Rescue will be raffling this quilt off at
the Garden State Specialties at The Meadowlands in February, 2007.
The quilt is a doghouse motif in wonderful primary
colors. It is sized to fit a double bed and the backing is white with
pastel dogs cavorting over it.
Attached with ribbons to the front are wonderful
stuffed dogs (yes those are black tri-colored Springers!) They can be
removed if needed, but make a wonderful addition to the quilt.
We would like to make this raffle available to all
of our supporters. The raffle tickets are $1.00 each, 6/$5.00,
12/$10.00 & 25/$20.00.
minimum order from the site is $5.00. If you would like to purchase
raffle tickets for this quilt, click here, for a printable copy of
the tickets. (tickets)
Alternately you can just use plain paper and
include all info required on the ticket. Send your checks made payable
to ESSCLI-Rescue along with the completed tickets (or information on
plain paper) to:
163 Academy St.
Bayport, NY 11705
Remember, you do not need to be present to win!
Hurry... your raffle tickets must be received by Thursday,
February 8th !!!!!!!!!!!!
Our Newest Volunteer
All of us here at ESSCLI-Rescue would like
to welcome Beckie Hansell to our volunteer staff.
Beckie and her family, husband Al,
daughters Leah and Abie, and son Nathanael, adopted Penny in
November of 2005. Their family lives in Ambler, PA.
In February, Beckie and the girls joined us
at Garden State Specialties in Secaucus, NJ where we sponsor a
boutique table and put on a tailgate party for the exhibitors
each year. They sold more raffle tickets than anyone in current
history. In fact, we EVEN ran out of tickets!!!
Beckie and her friend Carol also joined us
at the Eastern English Springer Spaniel Specialties in Warwick,
Rhode Island; once again, working the crowd with a smile!
Although at this point Beckie doesn't have
a specific job title here at rescue, you will find her doing
many different things. When one of our volunteers is away, or
needs a hand, Beckie is our "Gal Friday", taking over their
job. She is also the contact person for our latest program,
Anne's Choice Adoptions, a program designed to help place
dogs with residents of a local senior community in Warminster,
PA. This program was setup by another of our volunteers, Drew
We welcome Beckie to our midst knowing that
she will continue to add invaluable skills for years to come.