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Summer 2017

Give Local 757 • The Breezy Process: Part 2 • Car Heat Dangers

CONTENTS GRREAT Times is a quarterly publication of SEVA GRREAT, Inc., an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to finding homes for homeless Golden Retrievers.

3 .. President’s Message

For more information, call our Hotline at 757-827-8561 or visit our web site at

4 .. Adoptions

To contact the newsletter editor with suggestions, comments, or send materials and photos for inclusion, send an e-mail to, or write Attn.: Newsletter Editor, PO Box 8014, Yorktown, VA 23693.


SEVA GRREAT disclaims all responsibility for omissions or errors.

Submitting Stories and Photos


We have decided to make “homecoming” a feature in each newsletter to feature dogs that have been adopted from us over the years. Send us a picture (identify everyone in it, please) with your dog’s name, when you adopted it, your name and a few words or more about your dog. Full length stories are welcomed, too! When you submit your pictures for publication in print, please submit an original digital image of no less than 300 dpi. If you aren’t sure of the dpi, send the original and we’ll check the possibility for use. We can make pictures smaller but we can not make them larger. Don’t worry about the file size; if you can send it, we can receive it. If you can’t send it, let us know. We’ll show you a way that it can be sent.

6 .. A Thank You! 8 .. The Breezy Process - Part 2 12 .. Home Coming 14 .. Ice Cubes 16 .. Beach Tips & Water Safety


17 .. Car Heat Dangers 18 .. Yappy Hour at Keswick Vineyards

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20 .. A Most Difficult Event 21 .. Rainbow Bridge 22 .. Contributions

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23 .. Membership Application

ON THE COVER: That’s Nina enjoying the fresh air at the Keswick Vineyards outing, page 18.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR September 23 Glen Allen Day Richmond September 29 thru October 1 Neptune Festival Virginia Beach October 1 Yappy Hour Keswick October 14 Homecoming Picnic Newport News

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President’s Message

Welcome to the “Dog Days of Summer” I

t’s Lucy and Lacey again here, the “First Dogs” . . . since our mom doesn’t particularly love writing, we are trying to help again with the president’s message. Sorry we have slacked off, as we have been very busy chasing rabbits and finding moles in the yard. YES, that is one thing we like to do, even if it doesn’t make mom particularly happy if we catch them. But don’t get us wrong . . . when we are not out patrolling the yard, we are right“ under foot” and helping. It seems that mom and many others at SEVA GRREAT use computers/ tablets/smart phones to do SO many things to help Goldens like us, and we are still learning the ropes. But we pay close attention to what mom and others are saying, and have noticed a few things. Computers and social media have really started to change the way our rescue “works.” In many ways that is great, as it helps all of our board members, volunteers, and supporters communicate. It helps us share everything about the dogs coming in to SEVA GRREAT, so we can set up foster homes, arrange their vet care, and work with adoptive families when they are ready for adoption. And as we saw from the recent Give Local 757 campaign, it is particularly helpful for raising funds for the dogs in our care. So a big WOOF of thanks to all of you that donated to help dogs like Mattie, Raife, Finn and Sadie!

But as mom has mentioned before, we are taking in fewer goldens each year (so far only 16 in 2017). Maybe that is a good thing that fewer need new homes, but we can’t help but think that social media and sites like Craigslist are having a big impact as well. There are also a growing number of animal advocates and all-breed rescues in our area that are willing to help goldens in need. We continue to reach out whenever we are aware of a golden or golden-mix, and thank you for sharing the information with our intake team. Unfortunately, most people that advertise on Craigslist do not even respond to our offers to help. And with the power of Facebook “tags” and “shares” – some goldens are “rehomed” before we are even contacted. So here is a question from our mom . . . what suggestions do you have for increasing our outreach and continuing to help as many goldens as possible? Are there ways to network with others in our coverage area to ensure they are aware of SEVA GRREAT? Do we consider rescuing a few more goldens from Turkey? We have such an amazing group of supporters that can accomplish pretty much anything we put our minds to! If you have suggestions or ideas, please contact or any other board member listed on the final page of this magazine. As always, we are so grateful for your dedication and support!!





Dodge Diana Schetzka

Rosie Patricia Owens



Reese Karsh Family

Chance Adam & Suzanne Britt

Thank You! O

n May 9th, SEVA GRREAT competed with 212 nonprofits in the 4th Annual GIVE LOCAL 757 twenty-four hour on line fundraising event. By the end of the twentyfour hours SEVA GRREAT had received $14,519 from 274 donors. We had earned 3 prizes totaling $4514.:

• Best in Show, $757.00 awarded to the

nonprofit having the most donors in the Animal category.

• A Golden Ticket (how appropriate for us)

• Raife, a year old family give-up was attacked • Sadie, a 3 year old with nerve damage in by another dog at three months old. He suffered severe wounds to his skull and nasal area. He underwent a complicated surgery which saved his life.

• Mattie, a 10 year old rescued from a shelter

has mobility issues caused by injuries that had not been treated: fractured pelvis, hips, and back leg. Surgery is no longer an option for Mattie. She requires pain medication, therapy and massage.

her right rear leg wears a brace. She has tingling/neuropathy that causes her to chew at her leg. Her doctors are still working to help eliminate her discomfort in the hopes of saving her leg.

• Finn, a 4 month old family give-up has

a liver shunt that required surgery. He is currently recovering but is still being monitored to ensure there is no long term liver damage.

$757.00 awarded randomly to a nonprofit with 25 plus donors.

• Grand Prize of $3000.00 awarded to the

nonprofit with second highest number of unique donors.

We finished in second place overall in the event with a grand total of $19,033! An amazing feat. Even those of us closely involved with this event could not have imagined such success when we began at midnight on May 9th. We owe our success to you! Our friends, members, volunteers, and Facebook followers. We could not have done this without each and every one of you. Your dedication to SEVA GRREAT is what keeps us going. This year we placed an increased emphasis on reaching people through social media in particular Facebook and we believe that made a tremendous difference. Special thanks to Debbie Morris and Sharon Leeman for their dedication to our Facebook page and for continually updating our status in the event, posting all those wonderful Golden photographs and encouraging people to donate throughout the 24 hours. As most of you know many of our recently rescued dogs are coming to SEVA GRREAT with serious medical issues. This year we selected four dogs to highlight in the GIVE LOCAL 757 fundraising campaign. All of their stories are compelling and touched people wanting to help us help them.

The GIVE LOCAL 757 fundraiser gives nonprofits like SEVA GRREAT an opportunity to raise a significant amount of funds in a 24 hour period. Only because of YOU and your generosity and commitment to SEVA GRREAT could we have raised close to $20,000 so quickly.

Our gracious contributors are listed on the following pages. Thank you all for your continued support. We are grateful for everything you do for SEVA GRREAT, for helping us help those that cannot help themselves.



Contributors Donor

This donation is in honor or in memory of

Gene Velez Benjie, Max and Chandler Holland Beiler Sherry Wright Becky Minnich Christina Accordino Case’s Birthday Di Hayes Crystal Manuel the Beland Family they are such a blessing for these special animals. Susan Costello Linda Dockeray Honor of Nina Julie Harshaw Taylor Lynn Leeman Mandy and Bear Scott Beland Cheney, Hollis, Macie and Lucy Sheri Anderson Kimberly Beland James Sturgis Jennifer Dauzier Patricia Aldredge Max Giselle Oliver Karen Harris Honor of Carly Hussein Karsh Mary Ann Packer Brenda Penca Ed and Betty Stock Lorie Manfre Lulu Stephanie Weeks Melissa Blane Raife Jane Myers Mae Belle Sarah Gresham Blakeley Gresham Joseph Penca Jennifer Muroski Simba Muroski Bernard Strzelecki Bonita Sue Salvatore Megan Thompson & Mario Salvatore Members of The Rainbow Bridge Agility Team Rebecca Schnizler Our sweet Champ Carla Jackson Case Show Lisa Masternak Sammy Debra Doty Ruby, Peanut and Stella Charla Smith-Worley Gus and Charlie Cynthia Kennett Murphy, Stanley Mike Gillikin Chaney, my buddy. RIP James Packer Henley Sheri Zinski Gracie Theresa Day Michele Mayer Deb and Joey Morris and family Charles Day Barbara Thompson Casey and Princess Thompson Martha Pandajis Susan Patterson Barbara Lux Buddyboy Meg Richardson Our Goldens Ann Thomas Benson Jeannine Reynolds Murphy Coleen Hillen Kelsey- a sweet, crazy SEVA GRREAT pup who left us too soon. Patricia Thomas Rocky and Rudy Leslie Horton Colt Dina Patton Max, Roxy, & Tassie Monica Smith Shea Katie Show Theresa Grammer Super Duper Frasier Dog Mary Naegele Keri-Anne West Sassy, Rascal, & Taffy Sydney Mulder Cheney Beland Kathleen Gillerlain Jake Donaldson Edythe Larson Mike Zinski and Barkley Keith Pendleton Lisa Orton Daisy 6



This donation is in honor or in memory of

Johnnie Noles Raife Elizabeth Kara Coco Michelle Behun my Mom, Katherine Behun Patrick Carroll Louie Diane Christiansen Dixie Stephanie Jenkins Cooley Stephanie Beland Bailey Marc Dauzier Susan Morris Copper Kathleen Tatum All my beloved pets who have gone before me. Susan Costello Carl Kruse The Golden Girls Debby Burroughs Randy Rosemond Mary Morris Linda Tolley Honey Michael Brickey Tim Pandajis & Bentley Madeleine Guerin Abby Jacob Kay Cassie, Dailey, Ben & Jake Lisa Masternak Cathryn Duncan K-9 Boomer Sandi Pitini Lincoln Eileen Ball Josie Jennifer Hepler Alvah Moats Sascha Steven Shalin Robert Vignolo Denise Jenkins all the dogs I’ve ever loved! Linda Miller Annie, Sarah and Amber Kathi Kruse All of my Golden Girls Richard Beland Cheney Beland Sharon Cowan Cheryl Taylor Bennett Taylor Emily Schultz Bosun and Miss Julia “Sugah” Barker Robert Redmond Kimberly McGinnis Cole, Honey and Buddy Elizabeth Stone Tammy Lockie Grace and Calypso Renee Hite Brian & Linda Thomson Amanda Upton Buddy Casey SEVA GRREAT & all that they do Abram van Dover Jesse Ruth Ann Wilson Tyler Kristi Packer Cara Waller Brewster Deborah van Dover Raife, Jakey, Mary Tyler Moore, Ms. Honey and Maddie Ann Dunham Duffy Margaret Stockton Carolyn & Bill Hoffman Jan Hanks Cathy Heimer Benji, Rusty & Gus Teresa Albright Buddy Amy Dougher Shelby Judy Dyer Shilo Nancy Rella The Thomson’s Stephen Taylor Dad Lisa Mallory Debra Dear Harley Sherry Kara Honor of Coco Peggy Lane Gracie Sharon Hufton Calypso Smith Lolita Minder Crystal Peggy Main Geraldine Aulisa William Miller


This donation is in honor or in memory of

Dorothy Kozak Robyn Beasley All SEVA GRREAT Volunteers Bass Beasley Riley and Huck Diana Schnetzka Riley Shirley Dimmick Murphy Michael Kahn Shea Carla Faulkner Richard Cole Our two best friends, Samantha and Casey Richanne Sensenig Brody, Pete, Emma, Maui Sandy Anderson In honor of Kennedy Wendy Grigg Sophie and Henri Marilee Glover In memory of Monty. From his siblings Molly and Midas. Alissa Brandt Bailey, Liberty & Sarah Joanne Even G&B who make me smile 365 days a year. Patricia Sturgis Jennifer Dauzier Robert ONeal Sammy the Biscuit Man Jill Smith JJ & Sadie Lorraine Bennett Holly Cathy Hoyt Polly Hoyt Janice Warner Rosario Christine Reed Kevin Zinski Roger, Dakota, Floyd, Stanley and Sweet Gracie. Kimberly Beland Macie Beland Barbara S Smith Calypso Donna Roggmann Chewie and Nadi Ann Czompo Bear, Jazzmin & Zeus Kimberly Reynolds Cheney Dorcilla Johnson Zachary Beland Macie & Allie Kimberly Beland Lucy Beland Cindy Casey Charlie & SEVA GRREAT Linda Lowman Tye Lowman Carol B. Johnson Josh, Justin, and Beau Graham Rose Shea Linda Heimiller Gabby & Micah Cindy Wooten Dusty Rose Fran Duman Ginger Tanya McKeithen Honey & Sam, My Little Bridgett Tracey Hensley Truman, Frankie, Toby & Chance my Golden Boys Adelia Thompson Maggie and Buck Laura Spink Buster and Haley Karen Duggins Jerri Powell Audrey Stephenson Honey Harriet-Sue Barlow Sidney Mordaunt Bigboy Sharon Kastner Sam Sharlene Ghiloni Rocky, Sophie, and Kallie Sandra Pendleton Jennifer Dauzier Cynthia Bruno Pogo and Harley Charles Gresham Raife Sharon Peretti Robyn Beasley my mom Frances Carr. Joanne Bartosik ILinda and Brian Thomson Susan Burton Goldie and Murphy William Buklad the next dog Elizabeth Hendrick Debbie Wood Shadow Wood Angela Schwartz Maggie Helen Noles Blue John Donaldson Tyler


This donation is in honor or in memory of

Veronica Sumner Ally and Giddy Jill Parcell Mary Thomas Sandy Patricia Donaldson Tyler Calli Fulghum Tracy Burns Marianne Opilla Sweet Sandy Christine Walker Holly Allen Elizabeth Watson Jennifer Dauzier Janet Biglin Ivers our black lab Johnnie Noles Dolce Christine Walker Danise Elias Elliott Heather Hatt Avalanche (Lance) who Seva rescued! Sharon Johnson Holi, our sweet Golden Ann Thomas Barkley Julie Mercer Kay Ashbrook Calli Mary Strzelecki Delilah Ronald Teagle Jake Tracy Minnich All the beautiful goldens Deanna P Melroy Quanzhan Li Cynthia Kennett Bella Barbara Raliski Sparky Jack Debra Morris Joseph Morris Brian Thomson Honor of Kennedy James O’Connell Linda Dockeray Sandpiper, jake and Shea Debra Kelly Iour sweet golden Sydney. James Krom Daniel Walker Ken Shewbridge Shadow Janet Hastings Debbie & Joey Morris Janet White Casey Ginger and Raife Beth Rodgers Sandra Kuntzelman Gracie Bernice Matthew Kahn Todd Drashner Riley and Tasha Gabrielle Glatt Shelly and Sugar Margaret Graham Kimberly Cole Indie Cole Jane Krom Lucy and Lacey, my favorite rescued Goldens! Bob and Linda Mandala James O’Connell Jesse and PJ James Mitchell Sharon Leeman

Thanks! SUMMER 2017



2 of a 3 Part Series

STATE LAW IN VIRGINIA Virginia Comprehensive Animal Law Handbook 3.2-6551. § 3.2-6551. Notification by individuals finding companion animals; penalty.


Any individual who finds a companion animal and: (i) provides care or safekeeping; or (ii) retains a companion animal in such a manner as to control its activities shall, within 48 hours:


Make a reasonable attempt to notify the owner of the companion animal, if the owner can be ascertained from any (paraphrasing) identification found on the animal and


Notify the pound that serves the locality where the companion animal was found and provide to the pound contact information including at least a name and a contact telephone number, a description of the animal including information from any (paraphrasing) identification found on the animal, and the location where the companion animal was found.


If an individual finds a companion animal and: (i) provides care or safekeeping; or (ii) retains a companion animal in such a manner as to control its activities, the individual shall comply with the provisions of § 3.2-6503.

C. Any individual who violates this

section may be subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $50 per companion animal.


The Breezy Process by Liz Sumner

WHERE OH WHERE HAS MY LITTLE DOG GONE? You call your dog to come inside. No response. You go out in the yard to find him. He’s not there. The gate is ajar. He’s gone! Who let the dog out?! Don’t start crying and fingerpointing. That can wait for later. There is no time to waste.

INITIAL SEARCH Grab a leash and your phone. Solicit family members, friends, and neighbors to help with a quick search of the neighborhood. Check the route you walk. Talk to people you see, especially the mail carrier, other delivery people, people that work outside or riding around. Someone take the car, others on foot. The quicker, the better.

POSTERS If you have several people helping you, have someone start making a poster. Use a large, clear picture of the pet, preferably with no one else in it. Crop the picture to remove excess background. Put LOST DOG (or cat) at the top with the pet’s name. Include date missing and the main intersection near where your pet was last seen. And, don’t forget, your phone number. If you choose to offer a reward, just put REWARD OFFERED. Don’t give an amount. Add any pertinent information such as description of collar, harness, health/ medications. Buy a cheap package of plastic sheet protectors and insert the posters with the open side down. This will protect your posters in snow or rain. My posters didn’t start fading for 4 months!

DISTRIBUTION As soon as the first printing of posters is made, start posting them on telephone poles using four staples, one in each corner. Place them at


about your shoulder level so they can be seen when cars come to a stop at intersections. You can tape a poster to a larger colored poster board at strategic places such as entrances to neighborhoods to attract attention. Drive around the neighborhood again to check visibility of posters and add more if necessary. Hand out flyers to people you see in their yards or walking. It is even a good idea to go door to door on your street. Tape a poster to the inside window of your car behind the driver’s seat. It sparks conversation everywhere you go. Spread the word!

CALLS As soon as you can, call Animal Control to put them on the alert. If they find your dog, they will likely return it directly to you. Call your local shelter. Call your vet.

YOUR YARD If you have a fenced yard, leave the gate open so your pet can come in. In the evening, leave a bowl of water, some stinky food, a piece of your clothing (for scent), and some treats in case your pet finds his way home. Check the yard frequently at night. Animals are more active at sunrise, sunset and at night.

FACEBOOK Don’t relax just yet. You need to sit down in front of Facebook. Post your pet’s poster and information first on your TIMELINE. Make it public then share with ALL of your friends. Start adding more friends and accept new friend requests. Add more pictures of your pets with your updates. Post the same item on all the local lost and found pet pages. Don’t forget to follow each post so you will get notifications anytime someone posts a comment to it. If you are in Hampton Roads, VA, the first post should be to Gina Highland’s Lost and Found Pets of Hampton Roads. More people follow this page and respond to posts with helpful hints and possible sightings. Gina

An arsenal of information for your lost pet search is very passionate about finding and caring for lost pets. Get her on your team! Keep a list of the pages on which you have posted. At the end of this chapter, I will include a list of pages to be sure to visit.

FOLLOW-UP Check back to pages where you posted and like or react to comments made and comment on the posts of others. Do this several times every day.

INTERNET SERVICES If your pet is chipped go to the chip provider’s website and log your pet as missing. Go to to register him. Pet must be micro-chipped to register, any chip provider. Service is free. Check out offers on sites such as PawBoost. com and Both of these sites require fees for their services but they could tip the scales in your favor by reaching people you can’t and do it quicker. They are in action within an hour or two of you posting your information. PawBoost will notify all vets and shelters in the area ASAP. Check their list and update as necessary. They blast the internet/ Facebook with your post. I was amazed at the 23,000+ views we received in 4 days. Cost for 2 days is about $25. FindToTo also includes phone calls, Google pop-up ads, and tweets to the package. Don’t be turned off by their advertised prices. Inquire about variations, especially if you already have a strong internet presence. They can also adjust the area and density of the calls. Tell them what you have done and what you feel you need including the targeted area and what your budget is. They will make an offer. If you feel you want a larger area, ask how much another $25 will get. Phone calls will reach people that don’t use Facebook or have internet.

Join This is a local neighborhood site where you can post your poster and story with your neighbors and surrounding neighborhoods. You will get messages in your email when someone responds.

say YES! Even if it is only for an hour, it frees you up for something else. There is much to be done and can be very difficult for just one person, especially if you work. (You need to take care of yourself, too. Get as much sleep and eat as regularly as possible.)

I know, not everyone likes CraigsList but you need to post there, too. Check all dogs, lost, found, and for sale, daily. Use the gallery view. Don’t forget to renew your post when it expires. Mark it on your calendar!

Take a bunch of flyers to your local Post Office! Ask them if you can put one in the lobby. Also, ask if they would mind handing the flyers out to the carriers so they can keep a look out on their routes. My Post Office was more than happy to do that.

OTHER MEDIA Consider posting an ad in your local newspaper. Social media and the computer are very important tools but not everyone has or uses them. Try to get an announcement on local TV and radio if possible. If successful in getting through, this could be a real game changer.

DAY 2 AND AFTER If your pet is still missing, it is time to visit your local shelter. This will be a daily (or more frequently) trip the first few weeks and only you can search the shelter. No one is more concerned than you. Your presence will show the shelter employees how much you care. This will keep you and your dog front and foremost in their minds. Share progress and things you have done. Take your flyer with you on your first trip. Take a sheet protector, too. When you fill out the report, give them the flyer and sleeve to hold both back-to-back. It will be easy to spot in their notebook each time you visit! Learn their hours and find out the holding periods for stray pets. As your pet is missing longer and longer, you won’t be able to go every day, but do go at least every 5 to 7 days to keep the report open. Accept help from others! If someone offers to help post flyers or search or anything, just

Walk and drive the neighborhood and location of sightings at different times of the day. If there has been a strong sighting where the pet is seen frequently, set up a feeding station and even a trap. (More in the next chapter.) Consider taking posters door-to-door in a neighborhood where the pet has been seen. Appoint volunteers to take your pet’s poster and story to vet offices, and emergency vets. Visit all local shelters and Humane Societies and take flyers with you. Tell them your story and ask them to keep watch for your pet. Visit parks and museums nearby and ask that they inform their grounds people to be on the lookout. Later you can follow up with each place you have visited by utilizing Facebook’s MESSAGE button. Use “copy/paste” to send the same message to each one without having to type it every time. If a vet doesn’t have a Facebook page, or there is no message button, give them a call. Follow up every month your pet continues to be missing. Take flyers to local stores, including restaurants. If there is no place to post them to the public, at least ask them to post in the employees’ lounge. Take a poster to your local pet stores and groomers. Post flyers in rental offices. Hand out flyers to contractors and city workers



you pass and ask them to help. Post flyers on the bulletin board at local flea markets and take them to junk yards. Cover surrounding cities and counties with Facebook. Someone could have picked up your pet and carried it home with them to another town. They may take it to their vet or even turn it in to their local shelter. Check with vets and shelters in nearby areas. Don’t clean house just yet. You want your pet’s scent to be strong in case you can find someone who has a tracker dog or hunting dog to follow your dog’s scent before it gets too old. Preserve bedding, brushes, collars or harnesses.

DAILY CHORES Each morning, set up your browser with the following tabs: email, Facebook, NextDoor. Widen your support /help group of family and friends and volunteers. Assign different tasks to different people or teams. You can’t do everything yourself. Anyone can post flyers for you. I found it best for me to be at the “command center” to manage posts and leads and direction. Set up a group address in Messenger to keep your team up to date. Organize searches and follow leads.

Check all the Facebook pages where you posted and give an update daily if possible. Make a post on Gina Highfield’s page then copy the text and paste it on each major post including Next Door so that everyone is informed and encouraged to keep looking. Remember to comment on other’s lost and found as well posts and comments. It keeps you current and passionate. It may be hard some days but it will also help keep you focused. Share other lost or found posts. Search FB for pet using built in search features. Keep in contact with Animal Control every few days at first, then weekly or monthly, keeping them abreast of activity. Befriend the officers and maybe you can get an email address. When you have any new information to indicate where you pet might be, don’t forget to update Animal Control with any leads. There are a lot of things to be done. They all need to be done concurrently and immediately to be most effective. I was still learning new things many weeks later and learning the ins and outs of Facebook and Messenger on the fly. I am sure there are things I haven’t covered but I’ve tried to provide enough information to launch a wide-spread search as quickly as humanly possible. Your pet is depending on you. You don’t get “do-overs.”


The next section will be tips for organizing searches, both from my limited experience and things I’ve read along the way. Hopefully, your pet has been found by this time. No one should have to go through this ordeal without the reward of being reunited with their best furry friend.

FACEBOOK PAGES TO POST Lost & Found Pets of Hampton Roads (Gina Highfield’s group) Lost & Found Dogs - Hampton Roads Lost & Found Dogs, Cats and Other Pets of Newport News, VA (PawBoost FB page) Lost & Found Pets of Newport News (PawBoost FB page) Lost & Found Dogs - Hampton Roads, VA Lost & Found Dogs – Virginia Helping Lost Pets Lost Dogs Virginia Unite 2 Reunite - U2R United States Lost And Found Pets (crossposting) Pure Gold Pet Trackers Trash and Treasure / Yard Sale group pages Breed specific pages Neighborhood pages

INTERNET SITES (fee) (fee) CraigsList (tracker dogs available MD) 10


Abbingdon Animal Clinic All Creatures Animal Clinic Anderson’s Corner (Dr. Murphy)* Animal Clinic & Wellness Center* Animal Medical Center Armistead Veterinary Hospital* Banfield (PetSmart) VCA Boulevard Veterinary Hospital Colony Animal Hospital* Colonial Veterinary Hospital Deer Park Animal Hospital* Denbigh Animal Hospital Emergency Veterinary Clinic Freed Veterinary Hospital Ft Eustis Vet Gloucester Veterinary Clinic Gloucester Point Vet Clinic Godspeed Animal Hospital* Grafton Animal Hosital* Hampton Veterinary Clinic James City Veterinary Clinic* James River Veterinary Hospital Jolly Pond Veterinary Hospital* Kiln Creek Animal Care* Langley AFB Vet Treatment Facility Magruder-Tabb Animal Clinic Mercury Animal Hospital Peninsula SPCA* Heritage Humane Society*

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Newport News Animal Hospital* Noah’s Ark Veterinary Hospital Oak’s Veterinary Clinic Pembroke Animal Hospital* Pine Meadow Veterinary Hospital* Poquoson Veterinary Hospital* Rogers Animal Hospital Salty Paws Veterinary Hospital* Saluda Veterinary Clinic Seaford Veterinary Medical Center Smithfield Animal Hospital* Tidewater Equine Clinic Toano Animal Clinic* VCA Todds Lane Veterinary Hospital* Warwick Animal Hospital* Woodland Veterinary Hospital* York Veterinary Hospital* Yorktown Animal Hospital* Hilton Animal Hospital* Isle of Wight Shelter* Animal Emergency Center* Four Paws Mobile Veterinary* Animal Care of Gloucester* Suffolk Animal Care* Gloucester Matthews Humane Soc* Animal Eye Care* Portsmouth Animal Hospital* Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter* Animal Aid Society*

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Eli is always ready for a good Tea Party ! –Linda Grieneisen

This is Lileigh. She came to Seva Grreat with her sister 6 years ago. They were rescued in Petersburg. Sadly they were split up, but Nichole Tyson and I have been so lucky to have her. –Zach Mickle

Here is a picture of our GRREAT dog Copper! He has been such a wonderful addition to our family! –Debbie Morris



Buddy & Sophie. We can’t imagine life without our GRREAT doggies. We adopted Buddy first, then 6 months later, we decided he needed a friend, and Sophie came into our lives. –April Knowles

Bernie has been with us since December 2010. Here he celebrates his baby sister’s first Christmas. –Brittany Hencken

My sweet Bella, who I adopted in 2014. I had just signed up to foster but skipped right to adoption! Can’t imagine life without her! –Cindy Kennett

Homecoming Share your pictures and stories by sending them to They will be featured in coming newsletters, right here under Homecoming.

We foster-failed and adopted our sweet baby Maggie 2 years ago! She is the perfect dog and it was her 6th birthday last Thursday so of course we had to celebrate with hats and treats! –Sarah Jessica

This is Kenna, snoozing on her bed. She was a “foster failure” for us and we have laughed every day for years since adopting her. Can’t imagine life without her! –Kathy Gierlak



What’s Up Doc?

Are Ice Cubes Good for Dogs? Dr. Jerry Klein, Chief Veterinary Officer of AKC


Reportedly, the veterinarian in charge felt the cause of the bloat was due to the dog ingesting ice cubes.

As any mixologist will tell you, an ice cube is only as good as the water you freeze to make it.

Bloat, or gastric dilation volvulus, is a dangerous, life-threatening condition that occurs acutely when the stomach fills with gas and then rotates within the abdomen. There has been much study into potential causes of bloat: genetics, diet, environment, exercise/ activity have all been studied, and all may be potential factors in the development of bloat. Drinking too much water too fast or feeding large amounts of food immediately after exercise is never recommended, as this may make it more likely that a dog will gulp a lot of air along with water and/or food.

And that is exactly what ice is: frozen water. When I first heard the question: Are ice cubes dangerous?, my first response was: “only if someone throws an ice cube at a dog’s eye,” but this question seemed to linger, gaining momentum due to a post online. There was the reported case of a dog ingesting ice cubes and winding up at a veterinary emergency hospital requiring surgery to alleviate “bloat.”


Dogs should always be allowed to cool down after they exert a lot of energy and excitement


prior to being offered free access to food and to water, much like racing horses are walked and cooled down after a race. You can offer them water, but only small amounts at a time until the dog is calmer and rested, at which time free access can be allowed. Ice cubes can actually be used to slow down the rate of ingestion of water by overly excited dogs. Offering ice cubes is a way of adjusting the rate and amount of water a dog takes in. Veterinarians recommend offering ice cubes as a way to slowly introduce water to dogs recovering from surgeries or as a tryout after vomiting episodes associated with gastroenteritis, to see if they are able to hold fluids down.

I personally have placed ice cubes in my dogs’ water bowls when we are traveling, in an effort to encourage them to drink more water. Ice has also been discussed in relation to dogs overheating (heat stroke). Like everything in life, there are wrong ways and right ways to handle heat stroke: First, prevention is the best cure. NEVER leave dogs unattended in any situation where they can overheat, such as a parked car, even with

windows open. Dogs should also be monitored during excessive exercise, as certain dogs or breeds will continue to play hard, despite their bodies telling them to stop. Owners should be constantly aware of an excessively panting dog and/or sounds of harsh labored panting and breathing. These are sign that an immediate time-out period is needed, preferably in a cool, shaded, or air-conditioned area. Even for those dogs that do not appear to be cooling down, it is never a good idea to douse

them in an ice bath. Too much too soon can cause a potentially dangerous cascading chain of events. It is better to use cool water-soaked cloths or towels, along with fans or air conditioning. A trip to the veterinarian is always indicated for dogs exhibiting signs of heat stroke, as some signs may develop after the event. Finally, ice cubes are not dangerous to dogs, per se. So, if you’re thinking about offering an ice cube . . . chill. It’s OK.



Beach Tips & Water Safety Make sure your dog has a shady spot to rest in and plenty of fresh water. Dogs, especially those with short hair, white fur, and pink skin, can sunburn. Limit your dog's exposure during the day and apply sunblock to his ears and nose 30 minutes before going outside. Check with a lifeguard for daily water conditions. Dogs are easy targets for sea lice and jellyfish. Running on the sand is strenuous exercise. A dog that is out of shape can easily pull a tendon or ligament, so keep a check on your dog's activity. Do not let your dog drink seawater; the salt will make him sick. Salt and other minerals in ocean water can damage your dog's coat, so rinse him off at the end of the day. Not all beaches permit dogs; check local ordinances before heading out. 747 Scotland Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185 747 Scotland Street Williamsburg, VA 23185 757.229.8610 757.229.8610

Most dogs enjoy swimming, but some cannot swim, and others may hate the water. Be conscious of your dog's preferences and skills before trying to make him swim. If you're swimming for the first time with your dog, start in shallow water and coax him in by calling his name. Encourage him with toys or treats. Or, let him follow another experienced dog he is friendly with. Never throw your dog into the water. If your dog begins to paddle with his front legs, lift his hind legs and help him float. He should quickly catch on and keep his back end up. Don't let your dog overdo it; swimming is very hard work and he may tire quickly. If swimming at the ocean, be careful of strong tides. If you have your own pool, make sure your dog knows where the stairs or ladder are located. Be sure that pool covers are firmly in place; dogs have been known to slip in under openings in the covers and drown. Never leave your dog unattended in water.



You Wouldn’t Let Yourself Overheat, Don’t Let Me! H

ot weather is here! You wouldn’t sit in a car with the windows rolled up (Or even cracked open) with the temperatures rising. So don’t put our furry friends in a similar situation. Even on a 70 degree day, within 30 minutes, the interior of a vehicle can reach OVER 100 degrees! You wouldn’t sit in a 100 degree car, would you? With that in mind, as the temps get warmer and warmer, on a 85 degree day, it will only take 10 minutes to reach over 100 degrees in the car. Pets die every day due to lack of care and concern, from leaving them unattended in a hot vehicle. Don’t let your pet become a statistic. If you see a pet left unattended in a vehicle on a warm day, do not hesitate to call your local police department or call 911 to be connected to your local authority.

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Jan Null, CCM: Department of Geosciences, San Francisco State University



Yappy Hour at Keswick Vineyards



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njoy some photos from our most recent Yappy Hour at Keswick Vineyards. This is a family oriented event where guests are always encouraged to bring their own dogs. We did! The new dog park makes for a great space to let animals run free and get exercise. You can enjoy Virginia wine and have a picnic at the outdoor tables, all while enjoying the view. A portion of sales in the tasting room from that day will be donated to SEVA GREAT. Thanks to all who came out!



Why Your Dog’s Death May Be The Most Difficult Event Of Your Life Compiled by Dr Siew from his experience of the loss of his first dog, Nugget.


ll dog owners will have to face the inescapable – of saying goodbye to their canine companions one day – With a lifespan of 10- 20 years, it is very likely that they will leave this earth before we do. The grief of losing your pet is something which only pet owners can understand. For people who have not owned a pet, witnessing the intense emotions which pet owners go through when their pets pass on is often bewildering. “It is only a dog”, they would say. But as dog owners, we know it is more than that.

Many of us buy or adopt our canine friends as puppies – 2-4 months old. We watched them as they grew up, became a defiant adolescent, mellow down with age, then eventually, grow old, and die. We learn the entire life cycle of birth, old age, sickness and death through them. They are our windows to the realities of life, of impermanence. These realities, while universal, are extremely difficult to deal with. They evoke intense emotions from us – including grief, guilt, regret. 3) You Taught Them Life Lessons

It is not uncommon to hear dog owners tell you, that they are even sadder when their dog died, compared to their human relative. This is not to say that dog owners are unfeeling monsters detached from other humans. On the contrary, pet owners are some of the most empathetic people I have come across – towards both animals and humans. I believe that there are very logical and scientific reasons why dog owners feel the intense grief that they do, when they canine friends leave them.

You had to teach your puppy how to pee and poo in the right place; how to sit before a meal; how to walk on a leash. We are our dogs’ mentors and teachers, and we watched them blossom from clueless puppy to excellent canine citizen. Although we do not always say it, we are always proud of our dogs – their achievements are as much theirs and they are ours. It is no wonder that we love them as much as we do.

The 10 reasons why dog owners feel the intense grief that they do, when their canine friends leave them.

Dogs are like little children, from the day they come into our lives as a puppy, till their death in old age. Researchers have found that a dog’s intelligence is comparable to a 2 year old human’s, making them childlike, even in old age. From the day they come into our lives, to the day they leave, they act like toddlers. More often than not, we see them as our children. It is said that no parent should have to bury their children; but with pet owners, it will almost always happen – The day we adopt or buy our canine friend, we know that we will one day have to face our dog’s death.

1) You See Your Dogs Much More Than Your Friends or Relatives Besides your spouse (and colleagues), there is probably no one else you see everyday. You move out from your parents’ place, your children move out. Our dogs are different. They are there waiting when we open our eyes; they are at home waiting for us excitedly when we return home everyday. We take for granted having them around; and when they are no longer there, the home environment changes. 2) You Were There From The Beginning Till The End 20

4) Dogs Are Like Our Little Children

5) Scientific Proof: Love Grows with Dogs Studies have shown that when we look into a dog’s eyes, the levels of oxytocin increases


in our blood. Oxytocin promotes “pro-social” behaviors such as relaxation, trust, improved psychological stability, and altruism in humans. It is thought that oxytocin in both mother an infant is increased when a mother gazes into her baby’s eyes, and when the baby gazes back. For these reasons, oxytocin is also sometimes called the “love hormone.” In owners and dogs, oxytocin levels rose by up to 300% when they gazed at each other, supporting the existence of a self-perpetuating oxytocin-mediated positive feedback loop in human-dog relationships that is similar to that of human mother-infant relations. In other words – our love grows with our canine companions, the longer we spend with them (and watch them beg for food). 6) You Learned Unconditional Love Through Your Dog With dogs, the bond is special, and very different. We can be ourselves, with no fear of being judged. We can love without restrain or abandon – and that is what we do with our canine friends. This intense love is precisely the reason our dog’s death is so difficult to come to terms with. Through our dogs, we learn to love, unconditionally. 7) We Are Their World There is nowhere our dogs would rather be than to be next to us – whether awake or sleeping. We are their world. We have our work, friends, family. But our dogs only have us. We are cognisant of this at the back of our minds, and hence, we take extra care to make sure that their needs are met. We feel guilty when we go on holidays, or when we spend too much time away from home. We are their world, and in the process, they become a very large part of ours. Following our dog’s death, a part of us dies as well.

Rainbow Bridge 8) Dogs Express Themselves, And Taught You How To as Well Dogs always express themselves freely – whether they are angry, happy or sad Dogs are not like humans. They show it when they are happy. They jump in joy when you are home, sulk when you leave the house. They growl when another dog is trying to snatch their bone. They express their emotions with wild abandon. It rubs off us- their owners as well. That is why, the grief is so raw and real, when they leave us. They never held back when they were alive – and when they are gone, our grief is just as powerful. 9) Dogs are Full of Personality No two dogs are alike. Even if they look the same, they would have different personalities, quirks, and things which define them. Indeed, After our dog’s death, we will never be able to find another dog who is exactly the same again. This makes us miss them even more after they are gone. 10) They Were Always There When You Needed Someone Dogs are nature’s most wonderful healers. That is why, after a long day, all we want to do is go home to see our dogs. When we are feeling low, we may not want to meet other people, yet, our dogs will make us feel better.



Today we lost our first SEVA golden; in fact, she was our first golden ever! She was five years old when she captured our hearts and opened up a world of intense love. Over the years she trained to become a therapy dog, did advanced obedience work, and even participated in a dog dancing class! Everyone who met her loved her, and so it went until June 2 when at the age of 11.7 the lung cancer that was lurking within her claimed her. Roxy, foxy Roxy as the vets called her, set the bar high for every other golden that has come into our home. She was the diva who was respected by all, and her presence will always be missed. She has earned her angel wings and now is pain free adding joy to others in heaven. We love you, Roxy!

On May 20, 2017, we said goodbye to Lady for the last time. While her physical health had not been good for some time, her personality remained remarkably unchanged since the day we met her. We welcomed her to our home and our hearts a little more than 6 years ago when we adopted her from SEVA GRREAT. A kinder and more gentle dog would be hard to find. Our grandchildren loved her and looked forward to visiting her. She was a wonderful daily companion to us. Her personality kept us entertained and amused particularly when she explored the garden and ate tomatoes! Lady was glad to have adopted us and truly enjoyed her retirement years at our home!

–Deborah Parrott

–Roni and John Sumner We give our dogs food, water and shelter. But what they give us back in return, are experiences and lessons in life which no amount of money can buy. And when they finally leave us, it is as if this spring of limitless positivity has finally dried up. That is why it so difficult, to grapple with our dog’s death. They are not just a dog. They are our best friends, our children, our family. And even if you have many dogs, like I do, losing any one of them, is just as painful. SUMMER 2017


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