Click the picture to connect to snoods in our Boutique
Dedicated to Bob January A
mixed bag of the LATEST NEWS !
Welcome to Kibbles "N' Bits. This page is dedicated to Bob
January. Bob began his love affair with the English Springer
Spaniel Club of Long Island’s Rescue Program many years ago. He
touched the lives of countless Springers and people over 16 years.
On October 27, 2006, Bob left us here on earth to continue his work
in God's Garden with all the Springers there.
page will remain on our website and will always be dedicated to
Bob. He started our first website which ultimately brought us to
where we are today.
read more about Bob.
page is designed to serve as a "mini" newsletter for all of you who are
interested in English Springer Spaniel Club of Long Island - Rescue.
The beginning section, entitled "Tidbits" will contain information that
is current about people, dogs, events, awards, fundraisers or whatever
needs to be published. The second section, "The Bones" will introduce
you to one of our volunteers (they are the backbone of the
organization). This section will change periodically. The third
section called "The Gravy" is designed to highlight the gravy on our
mission… the happily adopted Springer and his family. This too
will change periodically as newly adopted Springers get their day in the
spotlight. And of course, we will ALWAYS give you news about those
wonderful adoptees who are already members of our extended family. We
want a place for all of our Springers to show off! We hope you
enjoy this page and find out new and interesting "tidbits" about ESSCLI
This was originally a Holiday card to say thank you to our special rescue volunteers. Every
year you give up your lives, your time and your funds to
help English Springer Spaniels that need a home.
Without you, we couldn't do what we do. So because we
appreciate you everyday of the year, we decided to make it a permanent feature of the Kibbles'N'Bits page. We want you to know that you are special.
Not all of you are pictured here, but that doesn't mean we
don't love you and need you. It just means that we
don't have your picture!
To each and everyone of you, from the bottom of our hearts, thanks for everything that
you do, all year long!
To all of our shining stars
picture to enlarge)
Send us your stories.
expand our website we are always in need of great stories about our
rescued English Springer Spaniels. If you would like to email your
story to us, we might be able to use it on the website or in an
upcoming newsletter. Please include digital photos if possible. All
stories are subject to editing by our “Cracker Jack” editors. You
may email your stories to
MargeSilver@msn.com . We will TRY to email you back and let you
know when your story may be added to either the website or a
newsletter. But remember, every one of us who works on the
newsletter and the website has at least one other job here in rescue
and that doesn’t include the stuff we do to keep our own dogs in
kibble, so as a friend from rescue in California signs her emails,
we move at the speed of molasses! Have faith, no matter
what, your stories ALL matter!
Tons of Fun at the Long Island AKC Canine Experience
and ESSCLI's 21st Match Show
What a glorious day for a dog show! August 10th hailed
the arrival of over 20 dog clubs to converge for a special canine
experience at St. Johnsland Nursing Center in Kings Park, NY. The
event was hosted by the Suffolk County Kennel Club. There were dogs
of every breed at Meet the Breed tents. Everyone could participate
in fun companion events such as obedience, rally, and agility.
There were grooming demonstrations and handling classes. Most fun
to watch were the pee-wee and junior handlers showing their dogs.
It was a great day, and ESSCLI was proud to be a participant and to
hold its annual breed match show at the event. For video coverage
of the event, visit
While viewing, see if you can spot Gail and Marge with Kismet's
Allison Ribbons RA (Alice) walking in front of the ESSCLI tent and
Scott Gillis judging junior ESS handlers.
As always, we rely on our dedicated club members who organize and
keep things running smoothly. Special thanks to Marge Silverthorn
and Gail Schuljan who organized this great event; to Carol and
Kevin Dolan who helped set up and took registrations, and most
importantly, brought along their grandchildren for the pee-wee and
junior showmanship events; to Barbara Czarzasty and Scott Gillis who
did a wonderful job judging our sweepstakes, breed, and junior
classes; to Gini Titterton, Ann Barile and Joyce Rienzo who did a
brisk business at the rescue boutique; to Tracey Monahan who was our
hands-on grooming demonstrator. In true springer fashion, we had as
much fun as our dogs did! Not to mention the delicious tail-gate
that everyone contributed to.
to the winners! We had one of the largest entries in years,
providing lots of viewing pleasure for spectators. Scott presided
over a lovely entry of 12 puppies in sweepstakes. Best in Sweeps
was awarded to Capulet's Royal Vintage from the 12-18 month puppy
dog class. Best of Opposite Sex was Kathy Kirk's Mimi also from the
12-18 month class. Scott and Barbara co-judged an entry of 6
juniors; Lilly, age 11, was Best in Junior Showmanship. Next,
Barbara judged an entry of 15 springers in Breed classes. A hearty
congratulations to the winners of our specialty Match Show!
RESCUE GARAGE SALE A BIG SUCCESS
August 15 was
HOT HOT HOT!!!And so was the
success of the ESSCLI Rescue Garage Sale. The enthusiasm of our
rescue workers was contagious and kept us all going strong all day
long. The location of Tracey Monahan and Don Snyder's kennel
in Deer Park was perfect. Karen and Joe Markiewiez, Gini
Titterton, Gail Schuljan and Scott Gillis brought boxes and
boxes of treasures to the store on Friday. It looked like Don and
Tracey were moving because the entire front of the store was filled
with boxes several feet high! And then on Saturday morning, even
MORE treasures arrived.
the store bright and early so we could set up. Marge Silverthorn
arrived with more treasures and Kevin Dolan arrived with
more tables and the club tent; thank you Kevin for putting them all
up and helping arrange the tables. We were even more thankful when
you came back to take them down, we were way too tuckered out to
take on that task! Karen, Marge, and Gail welcomed Gini and her two
sisters who reside in Massachusetts. It was a pleasure to meet
Marianne Gilardi and Joanne Pavoni, and we're sure they will
always remember their day during the dog days of summer trying to
raise money for our special springers. It seemed Tracey and her
assistants were everywhere all at once! Not only did they seem to
be tending the garage sale, but Tracey got in a few groomings and
the "kids" ran the store, fed dogs, and rarely took a time out to
catch their breath. Anthony and Mary Miracola dropped by
with more treasures, but managed to find new ones to replace them
Karen did a
great job organizing everything, and Don and Tracey were very
generous to let us borrow the store for the day. There is always
one item at a garage sale that just has to get sold: this year,
Karen provided a very spectacular pair of patchwork plaid shoes
circa 1975! Marge modeled them accessorized with a fetching red boa
and flowing silk scarf. Although we had much interest, including a
gentleman who tried them on!, alas, they are still in Karen's
possession. If anyone is in desperate need of a retro pair of
shoes, we know where you can get a pair really cheap!
Greetings to one and all.
Let me update you all on the latest and
greatest happenings at ESSCLI-Rescue. On
our website, you will see some new pages. Diane and I ~ and many of
you ~ have contributed them. First is our Memory page. More than
four years ago, we added stories about our rescued Springers.
Through the years a number of them have crossed into God’s Garden;
and we have added new stories, but not as many as we would have
liked. By putting on a separate page the stories of those who have
crossed over the Rainbow Bridge, we could add new stories to the
Heartwarming Rescue page. But that still left us with a lot of
Springers who didn’t have a story on the website. We still wanted
to honor them and we couldn’t possibly print that many stories. So
we added the “Our Rescued Springers” page. This page is comprised
of photo albums of our adopted Springers throughout the years. It’s
a lot of fun to watch, and the music changes with every page. If
you would like to add your photo to the book(s), please email your photo
firstname.lastname@example.org . Please
make sure to title your photo with your dog’s name (you cannot
imagine how many DSC4007 images I have on my computer…and I have NO
idea who they are; especially those from over 5 years ago!) Diane
and I put the photos on twice a month… around the first and the 15th,
so they will get up as soon as the next round goes in.
And on March 1, 2008 we opened a new storefront. We converted THE
BOUTIQUE to a real online store. Less than 15 days later we got our
first Paypal order. This was a new venture for us, and it
works! You, of course, help it succeed! We have been
adding items throughout the year. Time to take a look AGAIN
and see what new items have been added!
We are also created a new section for Kibbles N Bits.
This will appear in the GRAVY section. In the last few
year a number of our rescued Springers have appeared in
magazines and newspaper articles (and a couple on some
websites). Because we have “newsworthy” adoptees, we created a new section just for them.
And, we have produced a newsletter online for any of our adopter or
club members who want it. This will save us money obviously,
but most importantly it will save Marge a lot of time!!!!!!!!!!!!
The toughest part right now is email addresses. If you have
adopted from us before the year 2000 and haven’t kept in touch via
email, we probably don’t have your email address. If you would like
us to have it so that you can receive the newsletter, please email
it to Marge at
MargeSilver@msn.com . Marge
and I are the only two working on getting this info together right
now, so if you have communicated with us recently via email, we
probably have your email already. Don’t swamp our computers,
PLEASE! And one last thing….Please tell us the NAME that goes with
the email address. I love those ones I get that say… MrsWho has
changed to MrsWhoTWO … the question is WHO?????????
the Dog House
Another year of the Garden State Specialties has come and gone.
This show is put on every year in preparation for The
Westminster Dog Show and we are always there with a big show for
This year was a bit like a marathon for Marge and I as we BOTH
had our dogs entered on Thursday in the show and I had Rolex
entered the other two days. In spite of changing rings and crazy
ring times, we managed some decent fundraising and generated a
lot of awareness for rescue and it’s projects.
As we do every year, we hosted two hospitality “feasts” ~ one on
Friday and one on Saturday. A grand time was had by all who
Helping out at the Rescue table this year were Lori and Jessie
Miller, Cindy and Stephanie Becker and Diane and Doug
(Where would us girls be without the help of Doug?)
An added feature this year was Meet the Breeds. A two hour
event designed to help educate people about our breed. Marge
and I set up a little demo table, and everyone’s favorite ham,
Rolex, managed to get himself interviewed.
As always, Diane took some great photos. Once again, we pulled
off a fun weekend and hopefully next year we will see even more
of you folks joining us as we get everyone spooled up and ready
to help host a National Springer Specialty in 2011 in Rhode
thanks to all of our helpers from Nanci and Marge
Older News from
the Dog House
Once again, this
June, English Springer Spaniel Club of Long Island-Rescue
participated in the Rescue Parade and the Eastern English
Springer Spaniel Specialties in Warwick, Rhode Island. Our
adopted springers made a wonderful showing and had a great
time. This year the weather was stunning, there were no delays,
the parade went off without a hitch!
year from our group were:
Rescue parade participants
~ Becky Stowe ~ Craryville, NY
~ Irwin Family ~ Milford, PA
~ Kate Griese ~ Princeton, NJ
~ Doug & Diane Richardson ~ Haskell, NJ
JAKE ~ George, Jeanne &
Nicole Ross ~Attleboro, MA
~ Irwin Family ~ Milford, PA
~Nanci LaMarque ~ North Yarmouth, ME
~ Susan Hamann ~ Monroe, CT
This was Whoppa’s
last rescue parade and his last performance as Grand Marshal. As
we took our final walk around the ring to the strains of “We are
the Champions”, Whoppa asked Dooley and Kate to join him.
Dooley will take over Whoppa’s duties at Eastern. He and Kate
were very surprised and very proud!
At the end of the
show we held a retirement party for Whoppa where he was able to
show off his career in a poster.
To view a
slideshow of the 2008 Eastern Rescue Parade, click here:
See you all next year!
brought us another year at the Garden State Specialties
circuit in Secaucus, New Jersey where the English
Springer Spaniel Club of Long Island sponsored two
The two days combined were a great success… not in the
least because of our dedicated volunteers and some very
special donations. Thank you to Diane and Doug
Richarson, Joy Sarnelli, Lori and Jesse Miller, Beckie and Abi Hansell, Kate and Kristen Griese, Tim
George, George Billeci and Barbara Bobrowich.
those of you who read “Kibbles ‘N’ Bits” routinely will
probably remember this from last year:
able get in one good day for the rescue boutique and
Marge, my husband, Jim and I put together an abbreviated
day on Thursday. The volunteers helped Marge and I put
on the hospitality tailgate party for the exhibitors on
Without our volunteers, we could NEVER pull these
functions off. And a very special thank you also for
some REALLY nice donation items from Gail Schuljan and
Joyce Direnzo, Cindy Lester, Marie Baglio and Rob Satoloe.
“Greetings 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!”
what folks, this year our very own Rolex made it into
looking forward to a little rest before our next
function in June in Warwick, Rhode Island. Hope to see
you all there.
It has been quite the summer. In June we participated in the first
annual rescue parade at the Eastern English Springer Spaniel Club
Specialty in Rhode Island.
Click here to see our
Rescue Parade slide show.
summer was spent landscaping, talking on the phone to many of you,
placing dogs in new homes and traveling to dog shows. In August I
spent 6 days in Canada with Rolex and Whitney at the New Brunswick
Kennel Club shows where we were continually defeated by a pretty little
bitch named Chloe who donated all of her food that she won to rescue. Oh
and by the way, Rolex donated his winnings also! Then it was off to
Cape Cod for 4 more days with spectacular success. Whitney achieved her
just a couple of weeks we left home for the National English Springer
Spaniel Specialty in Lexington, KY. Whoppa joined us this time.
Though I was now traveling with TWO champions, Whoppa had the most
important task of representing ESSCLI-Rescue in the National Rescue
drove to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania together the first day. On my
way there, I saw signs for many of the places that I have only heard of
from all you New York and Pennsylvania people. Yes, that’s right
folks; I have never traveled any further west than New York State.
our next leg of the journey, we drove straight through to Lexington,
arriving about 5 pm. The green rolling hills of West Virginia were
simply beautiful, and the sprawling horse farms just outside
Lexington were AMAZING! After visiting with some friends at the hotel --
Cheryl DeMarkis, a dear friend and rescue volunteer and supporter, Judy
Manley of English Springer Spaniel Club of America, and with Rolex and
Whitney’s breeder, Carol -- we were off to bed.
The next morning we headed for the show site, The Kentucky Horse Park.
What a great place… We were greeted by the former president of the
Eastern English Springer Spaniel Club wearing his ESSCLI-Rescue polo
shirt! After we set up the tent, it was time to visit. There
was a booth for English Springer Spaniel Rescue of America with
multitudes of rescue items, a booth by Mid-Altantic, and everyone was SO
happy to see Whoppa. We got a chance to watch Whitney’s sister in
the ring and checked out the hats that were made for the derby hat
competition. This is a picture of the one I made. I didn’t mind its not
winning, because all the proceeds went to National springer rescue.
night I attended the ESRA dinner. I cannot tell you how gratifying
it was to see all of the breeders and their friends and spouses come
together in support of English Springer Spaniel Rescue. The
attendance was over and above what ANYONE expected. The auction raised
far more than anyone dreamed, and the camaraderie was phenomenal.
Saturday morning the National rescue parade was scheduled for 9 AM.
Whoppa was beautiful and set to go, when we discovered a power outage.
Everybody had to scramble a bit, but the rescue parade was simply
delightful and quite a hit. The audience heard a story of each of the 20
participants, and each received a lovely rosette and a bag of “goodies”
for both dog and owner. Whoppa won the “long distance” award!
Then it was off to get Rolex and Whitney ready to participate in Best of
Breed. But oh, dear! Rolex had gotten sick while I was in the
rescue parade. I thought he could make it through the competition, as
he’s so spirited he’s done it before. But I was wrong. My poor boy
was just too sick to compete. I did go in the ring with Whitney, and she
made the top 10. That was truly an honor, but I needed to take
care of Rolex and couldn’t savor her triumph for long. Luckily
there was a wonderful Springer breeder/vet at the show who was able to
help Rolex. By night time he was mending.
That night I attended the awards banquet and was able to spend most of
the night chatting with the president of ESRA and her crew. It was a
wonderful experience for all of us, I think. We were able to trade
stories and thoughts on rescue. We were joined by a prominent
breeder from Pennsylvania who chimed her support of ESSCLI-Rescue.
When the roll call of clubs was called, I was so glad I was there to
represent our English Springer Spaniel Club of Long Island.
Sunday morning we started the long trip back to Maine, once again
staying over in Harrisburg, where we were greeted by the people who had
been there the week before to strains of “You’re back!!!!!!!!, did you
win?” It was cute!
Monday should have been an uneventful trip home to Maine, but it was now
Whitney’s turn to catch the bug. We made it home, but there were a
few stops on the way to clean out her crate, if you get my drift.
After a week everyone is feeling fine again. We are staying home
for a while, but we will see you all in Secaucus in February.
2007 ESSFTA NATIONAL SPECIALTY PARADE
OF RESCUES LEXINGTON, KY
22 & 23, 2007, 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 denim rescue apron made its debut
there along with our new baseball cap, mousepad and sports
bottle. All were a big success. You can now see and purchase
all this new “stuff” on the boutique page of this website.
their support for rescue (and doing double duty at the Eastern
raffle table) were Beckie Hansell and daughter, Abbie Hansell,
of Ambler, and Carol Ziegler of Huntingdon Valley, PA
accompanied by Penny; Jim LaMarque and Whoppa of North Yarmouth,
Maine; Diane and Doug Richardson and Guinness from New Jersey
(always there to support us!); Kristen, Kate and Alex Griese,
along with Dooley from Maine, Liz Spagnuolo from Long Island who
brought Alex and Gypsy, Julie Ruth and Helene Rosenblatt of
Connecticut, and Winkie and Dutch Kuyk, with Sherlock from
Western Massachusetts. Hopefully we haven’t missed anyone. If
so, you know who you are and hopefully you know you are
appreciated! Oh wait… Marge Silverthorn made a guest appearance
on Saturday, attempting to surprise us all!
Gillespie of Bordeaux, Maine's rescue representative, was the
grand marshal for the first annual parade(s) of rescue at
Eastern. Whoppa's mom is Nanci LaMarque, our adoption/surrender
coordinator. Two rescue parades were held ~ one on Friday and
one on Saturday. After a couple of delays and some technical
problems, over 25 springers from both ESSCLI-Rescue and NEEESR
participated like “Champions”! We could NOT have been more
proud of our crew. What a delight! They were treated to
certificates signed by Marge Silverthorn, President of ESSCLI-Rescue,
Paul Schmidt, President of NEEESR, Larry Schuster, outgoing
president of EESSC and James (yes, that’s James of
Westminster fame), a booklet with all the participants’ stories
and pictures, a GORGEOUS rosette and a bucket of goodies. Group
and individual photos were taken on Saturday as mementos of the
occasion. Click here
to see our
Rescue Parade slide show.
honored was Cynthia Gilliland's, Charles. Charles was the most
titled adopted rescue dog in ESSCLI-Rescue’s history. He passed
away just before the parade but we honored him in memoriam.
all, it was a delightful event with primarily delightful
weather. A great chance for many rescue people to get together
and bond (dogs too!) Hopefully we will do it again and many more
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
intended to write a lot more for this section this time, but this
Valentine's Day, I was sent this wonderful poem and felt that I needed
to make this my contribution. This goes out to the late great, Charm,
to Bucky, Jewel, Alden, Mackie, Dylan, Buddy, Sam Shepard, Zac, the
infamous Milo, DW, Beau, my beloved Allie (who almost left, but we
couldn't do it) and everyone's favorite Whoppa (whom I would NEVER give
up!) And I bet I forgot somebody too, but they are all in my heart, just
like the rest of you who foster. This says it all! Thank you to all
our volunteers, no matter what you do… without you, our world of rescue
would be nothing !
This is dedicated to Lucky
Buck - (Born - who knows when - Died -March 16, 2007)
A very special boy indeed.
He was my first and he will always live in my heart! Run
free with all your friends over the Rainbow Bridge. We will
TO MY FOSTER MOM (OR
THERE I SAT, ALONE
AND AFRAID, YOU GOT A CALL AND CAME TO MY AID. YOU BUNDLED ME UP WITH BLANKETS AND LOVE. AND, WHEN I NEEDED IT MOST, YOU GAVE ME A HUG.
I LEARNED THAT THE WORLD WAS NOT ALL SCARY AND COLD, THAT SOMETIMES THERE IS
SOMEONE TO HAVE AND TO HOLD. YOU TAUGHT ME WHAT LOVE IS, YOU HELPED ME TO MEND, YOU LOVED ME AND HELPED ME AND BECAME MY GOOD FRIEND.
AND JUST WHEN I THOUGHT YOU'D DONE ALL YOU DO,
THERE CAME ALONG NOT ONE NEW LESSON, BUT TWO. FIRST YOU SAID, "SWEETHEART, YOU'RE READY TO GO, I"VE DONE ALL I CAN, AND YOU'VE LEARNED ALL I KNOW."
THEN YOU BUNDLED ME UP WITH A BLANKET AND KISS,
AND ALONG CAME A NEW FAMILY-- OH WHAT A BLISS. THEY TOOK ME TO THEIR HOME, FOREVER TO STAY.
AT FIRST I THOUGHT YOU HAD SENT ME AWAY, THEN THAT SECOND LESSON BECAME PERFECTLY CLEAR; NO MATTER HOW FAR, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE NEAR.
AND SO, FOSTER MOM, YOU KNOW I'VE MOVED ON, I HAVE A NEW HOME, WITH TOYS AND A LAWN. BUT I'LL NEVER FORGET WHAT I LEARNED THAT FIRST DAY---
YOU NEVER REALLY GIVE YOUR FOSTERS AWAY.
YOU GAVE ME THESE THOUGHTS TO REMEMBER YOU BY, WE MAY NEVER MEET AGAIN, AND NOW I KNOW WHY-- YOU'LL REMEMBER I LIVED WITH YOU FOR A SHORT TIME,
I MAY NOT BE YOURS, BUT YOU'LL ALWAYS BE MINE.
ESSCLI-Rescue has received a total of almost
$1,000.00 in the past from the iGive.com web site. Won’t you please
go to the iGive site at
http://www.igive.com and join, be sure to choose English Springer
Spaniel Club of Long Island-Rescue, as your cause. Then shop at
the almost 700 stores listed and a percentage of your spending will be
given to our Rescue Fund. (link at the bottom of this web page)
All of us involved in ESSCLI-Rescue mourn the loss of one of our
treasured volunteers, Emily Shepard. A fund has been set up in her
honor to help sick or injured English Springer Spaniels as was
Please visit the page we have created in Emily's honor to
donate or express your tributes.Emily's page
Friar Tuck's owner in Maine was moved to assisted living.
Friar Tuck was bereft. He also was elderly, so he was in
danger of being put down. That was when I first met Fred
Pheiffer face-to-face. We rendezvous'd in Concord, NH, and
with tears in his eyes Fred took old Tuck home to Maryellen.
But it was not my first contact with the Pheiffers.
Their first rescue springer, Fallon, had been running stray
in Albany and landed in the Mohawk/Hudson Animal Shelter.
He had many ailments, and Maryellen and Fred drove him all the
way to Springfield to be doctored by experts. He lived for
seven more years! Just as he died, Rescue heard of a
Senior who was slated to be put down in the Atlantic City Animal
Shelter. Brandon was very old, frail, and totally deaf.
Fred sped to Atlantic City and sprung him loose. Maryellen
called him Widget because he was so tiny and always wiggled when
he saw her. They put a bell on his collar so they could
always find him. Widget only live four more months, but
how he lived!
Friar Tuck followed Widget; then came Sam. Sam was soon
diagnosed with a mast cell tumor in his nose and given 3 or 4
months at the most. Again, the Pheiffer mobile went to the
experts at Rowley in Springfield. This time persistent
care gave him 18 months of loving life. The Pheiffers say
he was "the most loving, devoted dog they have ever had the
privilege to know."
Maryellen rescues horses as well as dogs. Her horses
are off-the-track thoroughbreds doomed for the Amish slaughter
auction in Pennsylvania and other horses at risk of being sold
for meat. To help with our rescues, she does the telephone
interviews with applicants from New York state. Maryellen
and Fred are a very special pair. When a dog in their area
needs babysitting, they are there, when I need some research,
they are there. When we need a transport, they are there.
Fred is an especially busy member of our
"underground railroad" transport team. My favorite story
of Fred making a "dog delivery" is what I think was his first.
He delivered TWO dogs to my husband's cousin who lived in
Rochester at the time. She had offered to help deliver
them to their forever home way out there in NY state some place.
Anyway... Fred stopped at a rest stop so the pair could get out
and relieve themselves and realized he didn't have two leashes.
So he took off his belt for the second one. The mental
picture is truly delightful. All three wizzing with Fred's
pants falling down in the dead of an upstate NY winter!
Fred, our "poet laureate," had dedicated a poem
to Maryellen's rescue work. He call the poem by the name
of their refuge, "The Last Stop." Here are its final
Forgotten horses and castoff dogs stand silently at her side.
Voicing soothing words she tells each one to have no fears this is
their new home they will never have to leave
this is the Last Stop.
Recently a number
of our special Springers have been in newspaper
articles, magazines and on some websites. So, we
have decided to give these celebrity Springers their own
section. Click on the picture to read each dog's article. We are very proud of
our canine stars and we hope you are too !
HIS MOM WRITE ABOUT THERAPY WORK
Blaise was the headliner for his
new mom's article about therapy dog work. Blaise's
mom is Becky Stowe and she wrote this article for Our Town a local quarterly
newspaper in New York State.
REGGIE--OUR VERY OWN "COVER BOY" Reggie's mom is our own Joy Sarnelli, the story was
written by none other than our part time foster mon,
Vera Lawlor. And if I am not mistaken, Vera's
husband, Tom was the photographer.
OSCAR (formerly Fleche) SHOWS OFF FOR
"PEOPLE" When asked to join in a photo
shoot for People Magazine, Oscar didn't have much
trouble convincing his parents the Peims to give him a
WINSTON MAKES US ALL PROUD Winston and
his mom Susan Hamann make us proud helping our at a
locat nursing home.
And just in
case you were hoping to see our very own Rolex on TV,
we thought you should know he had four taping sessions!
One for our local TV station, one for Good Morning
America, one for auctionnetwork.com and one for an
Animal Planet pilot. Except for the pilot which
isn't completed yet, in all the rest, he was a face on
the cutting room floor. Guess he just isn't
Savannah Is Gone by Ellen and Anthony Palumbo
The first Savannah is gone. The dog who lives here
now looks a lot like her but is an entirely different
We'd just lost our beloved black-and-white male,
Buddy, and were browsing the Springer Spaniel Rescue
web-pages for a black-and-white male who could touch
our hearts. Up popped a five-year-old liver-and-white
female, who was skittish, shy, dangerously
aggressive and needing an immediate foster home.
Who could resist?
Her owner even offered to deliver her next day.
Savannah wouldn't get out of the car, pooped on our
rug, and took to us immediately. When we met
people or other dogs she had a cute trick of twisting out of her collar and high-tailing it for home.
Still, she had good house manners, when not stressed,
and obedience training, for which I thank her first
family every day. We exercised on a long lead and did
obedience work, with a lot of positive reinforcement
and, yes, sometimes food rewards. (Do I know the way
to a springer's heart!) Gradually, Savannah came to
trust us and seek our company instead of a den. We
couldn't give up this dog who bounds to us so
willingly when called, plays so joyously off lead, and
contentedly sits by our side.
Then came the invasion! Every summer our three
oldest granddaughters take Junior Sailing at our local
club. Savannah just about decided they were an O.K.
source of ear-rubs and treats when the next wave hit:
my daughter and her not-too-welcome border collie
(Intimidations 'R' Us) and her bichon-frisse.
I'm so proud of our girl! She's tolerated the invasion. (I
find them a little stressful at times myself.) We walk all the dogs together and feed them all at the same time. If
she and the border collie won't ever be best buds, they are willing to live together.
The first Savannah is gone, and this new Savannah has
come a long way.
THIS JUST IN !!!!!
qualified as a pet therapy dog and will be participating in a
program at University Hospital in New Jersey. All of us here at
ESSCLI-Rescue are very proud of him and can't wait to see how he
does. You can read all about Timo on our "Heartwarming
Rescue Stories" page.
English Springer Spaniel
Club of Long Island - Rescue is proud to recognize our latest
official therapy dog… Blaise.
Blaise is proudly presented
by his new guardian, Becky Stowe. Here he is at his graduation
ceremony from Good Dog School. We wish him well and hope that
he enjoys his new job as much as his new Mom enjoys him. His
new sister, Emma is also very proud !
A note from Kathleen Savolt: (Oct.24, 2006)
We adopted Dewey (aka Sebastian) in May from a family in NJ.
Here's a cute photo of Dewey taking over the kayak this
summer. He has great balance but is luckily an excellent
He's doing great and we love having him as
part of the family!