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Gypsy from Washington was our 2013 calendar cover girl.
Luke from Washington was the first dog from the West Coast to be on the cover. 
Woody from New York had the employees at a company rooting for him.
Zoe and Willis from Rhode Island were on the cover of the first calendar.

Calendar Closeup

We're in the final days of  voting for the cover dog for the 2014  Happy Endings Calendar. Three dogs --  Kaiser, Gypsy and  Bijou are in the lead, although things could change at any time. This is the fifth year of the contest and at midnight EDT next Saturday, August 31, the  contest closes and we will know who will be the 2014 calendar cover dog. Click here to see the entries and cast a vote for your favorite.

There are nearly 90 entries so far. It's not too late to submit a photo of your dog for the calendar and contest. Every contest dollar equals one point and the dog with the highest number of points will be our calendar cover dog. Calendar contest donations to the dogs are tax-deductible. 

The money raised goes to help rescue dogs across the country. We make a serious effort to get the photos of all  the dogs submitted into the calendar, so this year we have increased the calendar size to a generous 12" x 12" inches and added a extra large feature dog photo for each month. It's important to send a large photo with the the highest resolution, 2400 x 1800 pixels. Camera phone photos can be blurry and that old photo you have hanging around on your computer may not have a high enough resolution, especially if you would like your dog to be considered for a feature dog position.
 

In the past five years, we've had  two calendar covers featuring Top Dogs from the East Coast.  Zoe and Willis from Rhode Island were our first cover dogs in 2010 followed by Woody from New York in 2011.   Then in 2012 and 2013, the action shifted to the West Coast dogs who were being relocated from Texas to the Northwest by the Great Pyrenees Rescue Society.   Luke from Washington was Top Dog in 2012  followed by Gypsy from Washington in 2013. Right now, it's anyone's guess as to what state the next Top Dog will come from.  
 
The deadline for submitting photos for the calendar and voting for Top Dog is midnight EDT August 31.  But don't wait for the last minute.  You'll be doggone unhappy if you miss it! 

Rocking Out Again 

The  Pet Rock Festival on Sunday, September 8, noon to 5 p.m. in Worcester, MA has become an annual event for us. It's one of the largest animal expos on the East Coast. Pet Rock Fest features live music, a vegetarian food court, games for kids, contests for dogs, a cat photo contest, pet photos, doggie massages, a doggie water park, demonstrations, exhibits, vendors and hundreds of nonprofit groups (like us!) devoted to animal welfare. Tickets: $12 adults, $5 kids. Contact Sue to volunteer at the NGPR booth.



Lollypop Farm in Rochester, NY is having its free Barktober Fest on Sunday, September 23, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Doggie Day Spa, contests, 5k run, pet portraits, live music, vendors and food court. 


Love Letters to Rescue

Here's an update from one of our adopters. Some of you may remember Ander who was Trooper; dumped on the road in Arkansas, picked up as a stray in very poor condition and scared of the world around him. Today, Ander is a different dog. He lives in upstate New York, goes to doggy daycare two days a week, has been on two vacations and sleeps in bed with his Mom and Dad.

His new family writes: "I know we've said it already, but I just want to say yet again how glad we are that we went through rescue and got our Ander. We got home from a weekend away where strangers on the street were struck by Ander's looks and sweetness and my sister-in-law was sad to see him go because she's fallen in love with him. I'm still in shock that anyone could abandon such a gentle-natured dog who is so attentive to his family...but he must have always been ours anyway."

Saving Sweet Sage

Sage is the Pyr found wandering in the desolate Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in Idaho. Thanks to our generous donors, in 48 hours we reached our goal of funding Sage's  X-rays, his ulna fracture repair surgery, and the physical therapy necessary to help him walk again. We are happy to report that Sweet Sage has had his surgery to repair his elbow fracture!  He is tolerating his medications well and his appetite improves every day. Sage is a model patient and has not even required the dreaded cone of shame! He even felt frisky enough to let out his first barks since being in foster...at 4 am and directed at an unwelcome pack of noisy coyotes. It will be a slow 3-4 month recovery and he will start physical therapy after his stitches are removed. Thanks so much for caring enough to help Sage. We will continue to provide updates on his progress! 
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