THE LONG & SHORT OF IT - Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia, Inc.

THE LONG & SHORT OF IT
Official Publication of Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia, Inc.
** Please Visit Our Web Site: http://bhrg.org **
Volume 1-15
Winter 2015
Inside This Edition of The Long & Short Of It
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2014 Sherlock Hounds Bash Recap - Held in October, our 20h Annual
Basset Bash was another howling success! Relive all the fun with this story!
2015 Spring Fling Dinner Auction - Our 9th Annual Spring Fling is
almost here! See this page and inside for all the details!
Thank You, BHRG Donors - Turn to page 6 for our annual Treasurer’s report and a
list of donors who have gone above and beyond to help us pay for those expenditures.
Special FUNdraisers - Turn to the back cover of this issue of The Long & Short of It
for a story about some unique fundraisers!
...and Much More!
Special Feature
Come one, come all to our
9th Annual Spring Fling
Dinner Auction!
Our 9th Annual Spring Fling Dinner
Auction is just around the corner and you don’t want to miss it this year!!! The festivities are
scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 6pm at the Marriott Perimeter Center (246 Perimeter Center Pkwy NE). Our wonderful auctioneer, Hugh Miller, will be joining us once again as
we enjoy an evening of fun supporting Georgia’s homeless
basset hounds. Remember that you do not have to be a
basset hound lover or even a dog lover to enjoy the Spring
Fling. We offer items for all types of people from gift cards
to kitchen baskets to vacations! So bring your friends, family, and co-workers and take advantage of special discounts
that will be available for groups of 8 and 10!
If you register before May 1st
1st, your Dinner Auction Reservations are available for just
$55 a person (includes dinner), $430 for a table of 8, or $530 for a table of 10. After May 1st,
reservations are $60 a person, $470 for a table of 8, or $580 for a table of 10. Consider purchasing
a table and bringing your business associates, office friends, fellow animal-loving friends, or
extended family for an exciting, fun-filled evening! Dinner will include your choice of pecancrusted chicken, bistro filet with Jack Daniel’s demi glaze, or vegetarian ravioli. All come with
salad, bread, and dessert.
Stay Overnight After Dinner!
News & Notes
New App Supports BHRG
Don’t just take your dog
for a walk… Take your
walk FOR a dog (or two)!
Go to WoofTrax.com,
download the app, and
support BHRG every time
you walk your dog. We currently only have a
handful of folks walking to support
BHRG. The more supporters we have
download and use the app, the more money
we raise for BHRG! The app is available in
Android and Apple stores - look for Walk
For A Dog.
Without our BHRG Vets...
Acers Mill Veterinary Clinic, All Pets Veterinary Hospital, Animal Hospital of Whitfield
Co., Animal Medical Clinic (2 locations),
Animals First Vet Hospital, Ark Animal
Hospital, Bowden Animal Clinic, Braelinn
Village Animal Hospital, Bullard Animal
Hospital, Chateau Animal Hospital, Colbert
Animal Hospital, Commerce Veterinary
Clinic, Covington Veterinary Clinic, Evans
Animal Hospital, Hamby Road Animal
Hospital, Heart of Georgia Animal Care,
Lake Dow Animal Hospital, North Roswell
Veterinary Clinic, Red Barn Vet Hospital,
Riverside Animal Hospital, Satilla Animal
Hospital, Shallowford Animal Hospital,
Southwood Animal Hospital, Town &
Country Veterinary Clinic (3 locations),
Veterinary Care of Valdosta, and Village Vets
(2 locations)...more of our rescues might
have to pass to the Rainbow Bridge.
The Marriott Perimeter Center has offered BHRG a special overnight rate for May 16th - the group
rate is $90 and deadline for reservations is April 24, 2015. Call 770.394.6500 today.
In Closing
If you’ve ever considered becoming a
We Need Your Donations!
volunteer for BHRG, now is the time! In
We cannot have an Auction without donations! Do you have a timeshare, gift
fact, we REALLY hope you’ll consider
basket, sports tickets, artwork, dog toys, gift card, jewelry, or electronics you
becoming a foster home for a needy Basset!!
can donate? No item is too big or too small for the Auction and we need
Please visit our web site at bhrg.org and
donations of all types. All donations are tax deductible and the money raised
browse through the many opportunities to
will directly benefit the homeless hounds in Georgia. Contact BHRG Events
help, then fill out a volunteer
Coordinator Leslie Crickenberger at [email protected] or 706.207.8449
form. You’ll be glad you did!!
to make a donation to the Auction.
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Help BHRG While
You Surf the Net!
You can find all sorts of goodies online at
bhrg.org (consider the Official BHRG
t-shirt or an embroidered baseball cap),
make a donation through PayPal, check out
our event calendar (and mark your
calendars for our Spring Fling), even access
a copy of this newsletter.
Wait! Before you head to
Amazon.com, swing by bhrg.org and
use the link from our site. Browsing from
our site to Amazon.com and making a
book,
music or
video/
DVD purchase will benefit our rescue
organization. Buy school books, a
computer game or your favorite CD or
DVD...Amazon contributes a percentage
of each item purchased from our link to
their site! (Use your frequent flyer credit
card and make it a double win-win!!)
Another easy way to
help our BHRG
Bassets is through
our partner,
Helping Udders.
Merely indicate BHRG as your rescue group
of choice. Cool dog stuff not found in
stores! 10% to 50% (!) of each purchase
goes to rescue!
Shop with over
600 retailers at the
iGive mall and
BHRG’s hounds will rake in the cash!
Register at http://www.igive.com/
bhrg and choose BHRG as your designated charity. Then, shop via the links on
iGive.com. It’s that easy! New users who
make a purchase within 45 days of
registering generate a $5 bonus for BHRG.
Have you
heard of
Good
Search? Now you can earn funds for
Georgia’s homeless Bassets every time you
search the web! Head to
goodsearch.com and choose Basset
Hound Rescue of Georgia - BHRG as your
charity. GoodSearch uses Yahoo’s search
engine - you’ll find what you’re looking for,
and BHRG earns 1 cent for
every search!
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BHRG is currently accepting donations for our Live & Silent Auctions and gift
cards for our exciting Bidding Frenzy! We need donations now (by May 1st) so we can
preprint our Auction Catalog and create visual displays for the items. Think about your family,
friends, and co-workers…what sort of connections do they have? Could someone you know
get a donation for us? Here are a few ideas...
We’re Looking for LIVE Auction Donations!
Do you own vacation property or know someone who does? Can you
donate a week’s stay at a condo at the beach or a romantic mountain weekend?
Can you donate something each month for a year?
Do you own a restaurant? How about “Lunch for 2 each month
for a year”? Work at a Florist? Why not donate “a seasonal
bouquet each month for a year”?
How about a night out on the town? Pull your connections together to create a fun basket for two. Dinner for 2, 2
theater tickets, a hotel stay in the city, 2 spa certificates. You get
the idea! We all need a relaxing night out every now and then!
Do you work for a vet’s office? Will your veterinarian
donate an annual vaccine package?
Are you crafty, or do you make furniture? Homemade, one-of-a-kind items
are always BIG hits at our Spring Fling. How about a custom BHRG dog bed? What
about a personalized set of dog bowls or cookie jar?
Experiences!! Thing about the things you may never purchase for yourself. A hot
air balloon ride, NASCAR racing experience, zip-lining in the N. GA mountains,
Broadway tickets, or some other once-in-a-lifetime experience?
And SILENT Auction Donations!
Don’t have an item for our Live Auction? We’re also accepting items for our Silent Auction
and Bidding Frenzy - remember, no item is too small!
Attendees browsing the Silent
Auction tables last year!
Coffee Lover’s Delight - How about an
assortment of coffee blends, coffee mugs, a
warm throw for those chilly mornings (or
evenings)?
Through the Grape Vine - Wine is always a
big hit! Create a basket with an assortment of
wines, wine glasses, and wine accessories.
Let’s Get Physical - Let’s face it - we could
ALL use a little exercise. What about a basket
with hand weights, kettle balls, workout DVD,
resistance bands, and a yoga mat and socks?
Themed Dinner - Include some
gourmet food items, cookbooks, utensils,
and provide the lucky winner with a tasty
meal.
Did you receive a holiday or
birthday gift that just isn’t you
or maybe a duplicate gift? How
Donations can be mailed to:
about donating that item for
BHRG
the Silent Auction? As long as
c/o Leslie Crickenberger
it hasn’t been used, that item
148 Fox Hall Trail
could raise money for the
hounds! Think about these items you may have
Athens, GA 30601
put away: Bath products; Purses and other
Deadline for donations to be included
accessories; Household Items - Vases, Framed Prints,
in the Spring Fling is May 1st.
Area Rugs, Decorative Items; Jewelry, Books,
Collectibles; Kitchen Items - Waffle Irons, Blenders, etc.; Electronics - DVD Players, Gaming
Consoles, Printers, etc. No item is too small. We can use smaller items to put together themed
baskets of our own! Or feel free to make a suggestion for a theme based on your donation!
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Bidding Frenzy
A very exciting part of the Spring Fling Dinner Auction is the Bidding Frenzy. During this event,
all gift cards we have acquired will be auctioned off at face value to the first bidder, so you have to
be quick! In just 2 minutes, thousands of dollars can be raised for the hounds! But
we need gift cards to have this exciting feature at our event! All sorts of gift cards are needed, and businesses are happy to support the charitable
organizations supported by their patrons. Most business have funds allocated for their managers to use to support community charities. Think
of the places where you do business: Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Car Washes, Department Stores, Pet
Supply Stores, Groomers, Vets, Spas, Nail Salons, Boutiques, Bookstores, Stores, Grocery Stores, and more. Keep in mind that many
businesses and organizations in our community will donate items or gift cards. All you have to do is ask!
Visit www.bhrg.org/auction.htm for more information and ideas about donation items and to let us know that you have a donation.
(Donations received after May 1st will be saved for the Basset Bash in the fall.) For questions about donation items, contact Leslie
Crickenberger at 706.207.8449 or [email protected] Donations can be mailed to BHRG, c/o Leslie Crickenberger, 148 Fox
Hall Trail, Athens, GA 30601.
Auction Sponsorships
Put your company in the spotlight by becoming an Auction Sponsor. We have set up several levels of sponsorships so you’re sure to find
something that suits your business
Platinum Sponsorship $500 - You will receive a full page color ad, a sign at the Auction, a sign in the middle of every table
featuring your name/logo, and special mention in the Auction Catalog and at the Auction. This is our highest level of sponsorship still
available and is a great way to promote your business.
Gold Sponsorship $200 - You will receive a quarter page color ad, a sign in the middle of every table featuring your name/logo, and
special mention in the Auction Catalog and at the Auction.
Cash Bar Sponsorship $500 - You’ll receive your name/logo on a banner at the Cash Bar during the event, special mention in the
Auction catalog, at the Auction, on our website, and in our newsletter.
Champagne Toast Sponsorship $600 - A favorite part of every Auction is our Champagne Toast. By sponsoring this portion
of our evening, you will receive a sign in the ballroom, special mention in the Auction catalog, at the Auction, on our website, and in our
newsletter.
Catalog Ads
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Memorial Ad - For $30, you receive a business card size ad in
memory of a special hound (or other pet).
Half Page - $65 - Choose between a horizontal (5.5” x 4.25”)
or vertical ($4.25” x 5.5”) ad.
Full Page - $100 - 5.5” x 8.5”
YES! I would like to be an Auction Sponsor
and/or place an ad in the Auction Catalog!
Sponsorship Options
ˆ Platinum $500 ˆ Gold $200 ˆ Cash Bar $500
ˆ Champagne Toast $600
For information on becoming an Auction Sponsor, please fill out a
Sponsor form (at right), or contact our Events Coordinator, Leslie
Crickenberger, at 706.207.8449 or [email protected] You may
also register online at bhrg.org/auction_sponsor.htm.
Advertisement Options
Make Your Reservations Today!
Contact Person _______________________________
You haven’t seen anything like our Auction - don’t miss out on fun
times like the fast-paced Heads N Tails raffle (you could win some cold
hard cash!), the reveal of BHRG’s Vet
of the Year and Volunteer of the Year,
and the friendly competition of BHRG
supporters jockeying for Live and
Silent Auction items. Gather some family or friends and
send in your reservation form today. Get ready for some food, fellowship, and FUNdraising for BHRG’s homeless
hounds...send in your reservations early to take advantage of discounted ticket sales! We look forward to seeing you on May 16th.
Phone Number (_____) ________________________
ˆ Day
ˆ Night ˆ Cell
Email Address _______________________________
Address ____________________________________
ˆ Full Page $100 ˆ Half Page $65 ˆ Memorial $30
Business Name _______________________________
City/State/ZIP ______________________________
Make checks payable to
BHRG
& mail with this form & ad artwork to:
BHRG - Auction Sponsorship
P.O. Box 680322, Marietta, GA 30068-0006
Questions??? Call 706.207.8449 or email [email protected]
Deadline for Sponsorships: May 1, 2015
Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia, Inc.
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Recapping 2014’s Sherlock Hounds Basset Bash!
On Saturday, October 25th, hundreds of BHRG supporters and their hounds
gathered at Fowler Park in Cumming, GA, for our 20th Annual Basset Bash.
Attendees traveled from across the country to participate in this special
Sherlock Hounds-themed Bash. BHRG raised over $20,000, which goes
straight to the rescue and care of homeless Bassets in Georgia. In a new
twist this year, Bash attendees (hounds and humans alike) participated in a
mystery sleuth game called “The Case of the Bungled Beef Bone.” Our
winners, the Battles, were treated to two first-class seats at an Atlanta Falcons
Competing in the
game. From Basset games to our jam-packed raffle table to a Bash photo booth,
Mystery Sleuth Game there was fun to be had for all. The main focus of the Bash, of course, was our adoption tent where our
wonderful Adoptions Coordinator, Lisa Weisenberger, helped our foster hounds find their forever homes - and after all was said and done,
8 lucky hounds were on their way to being the king and queen at their new homes!
There Were Games and Contests!
Nothing says entertainment like a Basset dressed in a tutu, or as a ladybug or bee,
a cheerleader, Sherlock Holmes, or Wonder Woman. Bassets participated in
several games including the super sleuth sniffer game, an agility maze (it’s
amazing what a Basset will do for a treat!) that included a tunnel and hurdles, and
the ever-popular costume contest. 2014 also saw the return of the fan-favorite
longest ears and biggest paws contests. Congratulations to all our winners!!
What Did Ya Say?
Oops! Stuck
Basset!
2014 Basset Royalty Were Crowned
BHRG fosters Sam and Evie were crowned King and Queen of the Bash due to their huge medical accomplishments they made in their foster homes. Sam overcame a severe case of mange that covered the majority of his
body, and Evie struggled with chronic ear infections that were so severe she had to be hospitalized. We are
proud to say Sam has found a wonderful, loving forever home since the Bash! Unfortunately, Evie continues to
struggle with chronic ear infections and will undergo a second surgery soon. She is being looked after by her
Bash Royalty
wonderful foster dad, Keith Gillis.
Raffle Basket...
Fantastic Raffle Prizes Were Awarded
er, Cooler
One of the highlights of every Bash is the “Pawction” tables...and this year’s tables did not
disappoint. Everyone loves a good raffle and the tables were overflowing with items this year.
From hand-crafted items donated by our über-talented BHRG supporters to “baskets” brimming with goodies, deciding which items to choose for your raffle tickets was mind-boggling.
The choices featured everything from jewelry to baskets full of houndie treats, but the most
sought after raffle was a custom Moon Doggie coffee basket with BHRG alums, Sam and Evie,
decorating the packaging.
Cruise Raffle
The biggest raffle of the day was the cruise raffle. The winner
was awarded a $700 Royal Caribbean Cruises gift certificate to be
used on a cruise to any location. BHRG Fosters Melody & Logan
Gray had the lucky ticket and will soon be cruising to an exotic
destination. Congrats, Melody and Logan! We’re all envious,
considering the weather we’ve had in Georgia the past month.
Handmade Bed Fit
For Bash Royalty
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Photo Booth Shenanigans
If you missed the Bash photo booth, you really missed out! Attendees
visited a free photo booth complete with props - silly hats, boas, giant
sunglasses, and even a Basset face mask (we admit that one was a little on
the creepy side). BHRG supporters and their hounds got into the spirit
and took all sorts of crazy pics. We’ve shared a few of the funnier shots
here - including one featuring the BHRG Trustees. The booth was an absolute blast and we
hope to have it back for the next Bash in October.
Extra Special Memories
We finished this year’s Bash with a BHRG alumni group photo. This was the second year
we asked BHRG alums to join us on the Bash stage, and we continue to be touched by our
extended BHRG family.
Bash Photo Booth Craziness
BHRG Alumni GroupPhoto
Annual Memorial Service
Bassets who passed in the last year were also remembered during our annual Memorial Service, led by Monsignor Patrick Bishop. Every year,
we take time at the end of the Bash to remember all of the hounds that we have lost this year. The names of hounds who left us for the
Rainbow Bridge were read aloud to close out the Bash.
2014 Bash Sponsorships and Donors
A huge thanks goes out to our 2014 Bash Sponsors! This year, we added a Park Sponsor (thank you, Raleigh Hound) and DJ Sponsor (In
Memory of Foster, Huck) to help cover costs associated with our new location at Fowler Park. A+ Premium Pet Care, Alliance OB/GYN,
PC., Architectural Accents, Britt & Associates, DEX Industries, Inc., Doc’s Food and Spirits, Gray Hounds, Perk-N-Pooch, Righteous
Hound, Senior Houndsabound, Shallowford Animal Hospital, and Williamsburg
Travel Leaders were all 2014 Bash Sponsors. Thank you so much for your support.
We couldn’t do it without you.
And of course, we couldn’t have been successful without our 2014 Donors who
made our HUGE raffle table a remarkable success! Thank you to Keith Gillis, Josh &
Kristin Echelbarger, Cindy Wilson, Zac & Leslie Crickenberger, Brick & Julie Bills,
Wil & Patty Mullins, Nikki Henderson, Kaelin Broaddus, Donna Farner, Charle &
Marci Thomas, Barbara Heimanson, Erin Fusetti, Michele Welt, Diane Ward, CJ & Patti Nellums, Susan Woodward, Matt & April Foust,
Cindy Peters, Sandra Willis, Gayla Hogan, Ashley Kraynak, Becky Clutter, David & Christine Jones, Shannyn Bowen, Cyndi Hessler, Senior
Houndsabound, Peggy O’Brien, Michelle Salyers, Margaret Lewis, Brian & Kelley Anglin, City Market, Brenda Keefe, Beth Wilson, Jay &
Stacey Harris, and Terri Davis.
And Many More Thank Yous
We would also like to thank the many volunteers that worked hard to
ensure that the Bash was a success. From selling merchandise and raffle
tickets to helping our hounds find forever homes, our volunteers were all
over the Bash making sure all activities ran smoothly. Because BHRG is an
all volunteer organization, we rely heavily on our volunteers to keep us
going. Your support is appreciated and you are a valued piece of our
organization. Thanks for all you do to support BHRG so that we
NEVER have to say no to a homeless hound in Georgia!
Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia, Inc.
See You In October!
We hope everyone enjoyed the Bash as much as we
did and we hope to see all of you and your hounds
at the 2015 Bash - mark your calendars NOW for
October 24th - we’ll be returning to Fowler Park in Cumming.
Organizer’s Note: Do you have comments about the Bash
or suggestions for the next Bash? Contact Events Coordinator, Leslie Crickenberger, at [email protected] or
706.207.8449.
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We Couldn’t Do Anything Without Your Support!
As Always...We
The majority of monies donated (and net proceeds from the sale of BHRG collectibles) is used to pay for
are used for other expenses including hearthworm/
NEED Foster Homes! veterinary expenses. A small amount of donations flea/tick
preventatives as well as tags/collars, crates/
We would like to reiterate
AGAIN that our single greatest
need in addition to monetary
donations is that of FOSTER
HOMES for the Bassets.
As of this writing, we have over 30
dogs in foster care or kennels...
many of our foster homes are doubling and trippling up. Our numbers
might be low but are sure to increase
this spring, when we typically see an
uptick in intake. Here are some facts
that maybe you hadn’t thought of
when considering whether or not you
want to try fostering:
U We have less than 25 full-time
foster homes (we often have nearly
60 dogs in foster care). Of those,
all work full-time jobs outside of
the home and/or are raising young
children.
U DID YOU KNOW??? BHRG has
never turned away a shelter
hound. Last year, that cost us
nearly $37,000 in boarding
fees. This year, we’re already
boarding hounds as we’re out
of space yet again!!!
U As a foster home, you are
responsible for the dog’s basic
daily needs, such as quality food
and shelter. A fenced area large
enough to allow the hound plenty
of room to run and play safely is a
must. Your foster’s basic health
requirements such as shots and
spay/neuter as well as heartworm
and flea preventatives are paid for
and supplied by BHRG.
U In general, foster hounds stay in
your home from one week to
several months.
If you’ve ever considered
becoming a foster home, now’s
the time! What if BHRG was
forced to say no to your hound
in need?!? If you are interested in
more information on fostering a
hound for BHRG, check out our web
site at bhrg.org. Or, call us today at
770.499.1164 or e-mail Laura Diers,
our Foster Home Coordinator, at
[email protected]
It is a truly rewarding
experience to work with these
rescued Basset Hounds!!!
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Treasurer’s Report
supplies, and shelter fees. We also use donations to
cover our outrageous boarding expenses (won’t you
consider becoming a foster home?!?). Administrative
expenses such as insurance, postage, printing,
telephone bills and fees associated with various events
are also covered by donations. BHRG does not have
any paid employees...we are all volunteers who believe
money raised should go to the hounds!
BHRG has an adoption donation of $250*. This helps
defray the cost of spaying/neutering, vaccinations,
heartworm testing and preventative medications. We
are extremely grateful to our veterinarians for the
discounts we receive, especially when a hound needs
special care and/or requires additional medications
and treatments. Your donations and t-shirt, etc.
purchases help offset the difference between the
adoption donations and the extraordinary expenses
that can add up with just a few heartworm positive
hounds (or the expenses of emergency care). Don’t
forget...as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, all
donations to BHRG are 100% tax deductible!
TOTAL EXPENDITURES
$159,994
* Senior hounds (those 8 years and older) may be adopted for a
tax-deductible adoption donation of $100. Previous adopters will have this fee waived. Puppies who have not yet been
altered require a $300 donation; however, per our spay/neuter agreement, $50 is refunded upon receipt of the vet-signed
portion of the agreement. BHRG’S ADOPTION FEES WERE EFFECTIVE September 2008!
(1.1.14 through 12.31.14 - Unaudited)
Auction Expenses
$15,581
Bash Expenses
$5,037
Boarding
$36,674
Computer Expenses
$419
Liability Insurance
$527
Licenses & Fees
$330
Merchandise Expenses
$657
Microchipping Expenses
$1,629
Miscellaneous
$606
Newsletter Expenses
$3,212
Office Expenses
$483
Pet Care (collars, tags, etc.)
$4,047
Postage
$857
Preventatives
$1,933
Shelter Fees
$1,746
Telephone Expenses
$698
Vehicle Expenses
$6,438
Vet Bills
$79,120
Many, Many, MANY Thanks to Our Supporters!
Every year, our biggest thanks goes to the loyal supporters who generously send donations to help defray
our costs! We would also like to thank our Georgia Peach sponsors, as well as the many folks who
sponsor a hound, donate (or solicit) items for, or make a donation at one of our annual events. (We
HOPE we haven’t missed anyone, but we’ve been really busy with all the hounds. Your donations are
ALWAYS appreciated!) Our thanks to: Pam Aiken, All State Giving Campaign (Debra Hatfield),
Charles & Jennifer Ammons, AT&T Employee Giving Campaign (Kevin Pebley, Debra Smith, and Lisa
Sullivan), Shannon Baker, Bank of America United Way Campaign (William Sechrist), Benevity
Community Impact Fund (Russell Clarke and Derek Nixson), Neville Bhada, Ann Brannen (in honor of
Lou), Barry & Cristle Bray (in memory of Steve Johnson), Patricia & David Brooks, Steven Cahill,
Michael & Frances Carey, Stacy Chapman, Clayton County School Foundation (Leighann Moore),
Christine Colborne (in honor of BHRG and in memory of Rufus, Buddy, Blue, Belle, Bessie, Ellie Mae,
Samantha, Jackson, Princess, and Fieldstone), Stephen Couch (in honor of Shane & Alison Boyer),
John & Anne Dickson, Doc’s Food & Spirits (Doc’s Luau/Anniversary Party/Chili Cook-Off) (Ellen
Thompson), Carey Fewox, Suzanne Fitch, Erin Fusetti dba Maggie & Me, LLC, Jason & Lisa Gordon,
Lynn (& Chica, BHRG 2012) Gunerman (Merry Christmas to all the hounds and volunteers of
BHRG), Jean Harris (in memory of Ginger, Chip Fletcher & Nikki Henderson’s dog who shared her
home with many BHRG foster hounds), Mary Beth Hebert, John Hood, Joyce Huang, Donnie Jarrell,
Jimmy & Vicki Johnson (in honor of Rosemary Glennie), Johnson & Johnson Matching Gifts Program
(Suzanne Fitch), Andgelia & Carl Kelly, Chris & Lisa Killingsworth, Robert & Jenna Kopp (in memory
of Joy Johnson Kopp and in honor of Dolly Rosebud and Dixie Diva hounds), Mary & Randal
Kraemer, Kroger, Sabra & Martin Neff (Merry Christmas to Ellen Thompson), Melissa Legg & Rick
Reeves, Lori Lewis (in memory of Nicole Madeline), Elizabeth Magestic, David & Katherine Mason
(in memory of Bob Hunter), Catherine McCloy, Claire McDougall (in memory of Katie Mae), Emilie
Miller, New South Foundation (Sany Walker Catts), OSS/iGive, Mel & Mary Beth Ottum, Nancy
Patterson, Stephen Pirkle, Victoria & Roland Rondeau (in honor of Marci Thomas), Michelle Salyers,
Barbara Shuptrine & Jennifer Ammons (honoring Cooper & Jed), Silicone Valley Community Foundation (Chevron) (Robert Sevin), Marla Smith, Christa Tinsley Spaht (in memory of Savannah Knight),
Mary Ann Spell, Richard & Shirley Sroka (for BHRG Frankie & Stuart), Ryan Stoner (for Sloane’s vet
bills), David & Toni Strawn, LeAnn Sutherland, The Bell Family Foundation (Katherine Bell McClure),
The Clorox Company Foundation-Employee Giving Campaign (George Hay), The Gumbo Foundation
(Tracey Hogan), Marilyn & Charles Thomas (for Mattie’s care), Marci Thomas , J.C. Thomason, Carrie
Thurman (in honor of Marci Thomas’ birthday), TRUist (Chris, Julie, & Abagail Carter), and Cindy
Wilson dba Wilson Reporting. Every person who has considered a donation to our organization
deserves a big, slobbery thank you from the hounds of BHRG (and its volunteers, too)! We definitely
could NOT do anything without your generosity! To say “thank you” doesn’t seem like enough.
Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia, Inc.
Thank You to Our 2014
Georgia Peach Sponsors!
Have you ever been perusing the available hounds section of the BHRG website and wondered
what that little banner that reads “I have a peach!” means? Well, those lucky hounds have
found a generous benefactor who sponsors them each month! We’d like to give a big shout out
to thank our 2014 Georgia Peach sponsors. The following folks sponsor at least one basset
hound each month. Their $25 monthly donation helps cover the cost of vet expenses, collars,
tags, heartworm preventative, and flea and tick preventative.
Extra Special Donors
As a non-profit corporation, BHRG is
always grateful to be on the receiving end of
special gifts that help to offset our extraordinary veterinary bills and expenses. This year,
we were lucky enough to have several
extremely generous folks raise money for
BHRG in unique ways.
“The Five” (Hank, Joshua, Nessie, Gideon & Lyla Miller), Andrea White, Arthur Wilds, Bar- + Thank you to Paige Griffith and Edward
Stephen for asking the guests at their
bara & Russell Robinson, Brenda Keefe, Brian & Kelley Anglin, Brick & Julie Bills, Christine
2014 wedding to donate to BHRG in
Colborne, Clark & Darlene McDonald, Coleman, Knox, and Mae (Mimi a/k/a Gigi Dianne),
lieu of gifts. Congratulations to Paige
Danica Walker, David Bishop, Debbie Young, Doc’s Food & Spirits, Ellen Thompson, Donald
and Edward and many, many thanks to
Lee, Donna Calendine, Doug & Angie Rubel, Elizabeth Brown, Elizabeth Jones, Emilie Miller,
Bill & Alice Garrity, Beth Marshall,
Eric Herrli & Steven Campeau, Fiona Kaplan & Kyle Garwick, Gerard Spell, Gregory D’Avis,
Edward Stephen, Peter & Danielle
Heather & Colin Rochford, Heather Short Moore & Ryan Moore, Jim & Joy Hargus, Jimmy
Stephen, Brenton Teveit & Sandra
Crowder, Karin & Scott Samuel, Kathleen Cannon, Katie Kandalec, Kevin Walker, Kimberly
Griffith, Beverly Trottier, Mary Jane &
Green, Larry & Kathy Johnson, Lauren Gilstrap, Leslie Crickenberger, Lorne & Sheila George,
Terry Turner, and Nelda Wright for their
Marci Thomas & Charles Walker, Mary Ann Spell, Mary E. Smith, Mary Relfe Russell Torrey,
generosity.
Mary Zellers, Matt & Keri James, Meliisa Legg & Rick Reeves, Mike & Missy Headrick, Rita &
+ Thank you to the folks who supported
Alex Bailon, Robert Moore, Sandra & Justin Gardner, Sarah Elder, Scott Robison, Scott Woodard,
Ellie’s Fund (described in the last “The
Sean & Jennifer Gallagher, Sharon Heartley, Sherry Laemmermann, Susan Woodward, Tara
Long & Short Of It”): Donna & Mario
Guffrey, Teresa & John Moffet, The McCaffrey Family, Tom & Stephanie Vickers, Valerie Edwards,
Delaguardia, Therese Francin, James
Wendy Knight, Wesley & Laura Diers, and Whitney Harper
Owens, Hamp & Susan Thorton,
Clifford Walsh, Rhoda WeltIf you’ve always wanted to help a specific basset hound but didn’t know how, our Georgia
Wasserstrom, and Lynn Welt.
Peach program makes it possible for you to “virtually adopt” a hound until he or she finds a
“forever” home. (The only bassets not available for the program are those with an “Adoption + Our thanks also go out to Dr. James &
Pending” label next to their names - those hounds are spoken for and will be joining their
Shelly Barber, Jamin Bercaw, Jo Ann &
forever family soon.) Join our Georgia Peach sponsors and “be a peach” for one of our needy
James Hardegree, Marcia Larson, Kevin
basset hounds. Visit http://bhrg.org/georgia_peach.htm for details.
& Kate Makocy, and Edward & Roberta
Winnicki for donating in memory of
Dan Strawbridge.
Just This Side of Heaven...
by Paul C. Dahm
Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies
that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play
together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine and our friends are warm
and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were
hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams
of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing:
they each miss someone very special, someone who was left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into
the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly, he breaks
from the group, flying over the green grass, faster and faster. You have been spotted, and
when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to
be parted again.
The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look
once more into those trusting eyes, so long gone from your life, but never absent from your
heart. Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together...
To The Bridge
We would like to extend our sympathies to the BHRG families who have had basset friends
pass to the Rainbow Bridge in the last year (there were 34 names on the list during the Bash
Memorial Service this past October). Our sincere condolences to all the BHRG families who
have lost a basset in the past few months. They are with us such a short time in the overall
span of our lives but they can make such an impact on all those around them.
Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia, Inc.
Reward Program
Supports BHRG!
Kroger Community Rewards
Shop at Kroger? Help
BHRG easily by linking
your Kroger Plus card
to our community
rewards account.
Simply register with our
non-profit number (33281) at
www.krogercommunityrewards.com.
U
Use your Kroger Plus card every
time you shop at Kroger.
U
Kroger sends BHRG quarterly
checks. Win-Win!
U
Don’t forget to renew every
year on August 1st!
Have questions? Email Patti
Nellums at
[email protected]
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The Long & Short Of It
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Dedicated to Saving Georgia’s
Abandoned Basset Hounds
Basset Hound Rescue
of Georgia, Inc.
Special FUNdraisers
Holiday Gift Program for BHRG Foster Hounds
The BHRG Trustees want to give a BIG shout out to BHRG
Volunteer Marci Thomas. Marci created and organized a special
holiday project this past fall called the Holiday Hounds.
Thanks to Marci and her dedication to organizing the masses
and soliciting donations, all BHRG
foster hounds received a nice care
package for the holidays. Thanks to
everyone who donated their time,
money, and items so that this was a
success. It was very heartwarming for
our foster families.
Aiken Enjoying His
Holiday
Hounds Bed
Marci & Raleigh Hound
Celebrate at the
2014 BHRG Bash
BHRG Trustees
Julie Bradley, Founder
Rosemary Glennie, President
Leslie Crickenberger
April Foust
Stacey Harris
Lisa Weisenberger
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Spring T-Shirt Sale
After the success of last summer’s BHRG t-shirt
FUNdraiser, Marci Thomas went to work organizing
another amazing t-shirt sale. With support from around
the country (and with far-flung supporters in Canada and
Hungary), the latest t-shirt sale raised over $5,000 for the
hounds. WOW! Thank you, Marci and the Thomas
hounds, for pouring your heart into this labor of love!
Thanks, too, to the talented Kristin Echelbarger for the art
and to Katie Herman for the design that featured a famous
quote from Groucho Marx, “Outside a dog, a book is
man’s best friend. Inside a dog, it’s too dark to read.”
Latest Shirt Design