Past Events and News


Two More Pointer Fundraising T-shirts- LIMITED TIME!!

Tfund has been a great way to make some fun T-shirts that you can wear to support Illinois Birddog Rescue while helping bring in funds. If we sell 25 of each style we can bring in $500 in much needed funding. Show your Pointer Pride by buying a $25 T-shirt!!! This fundraiser ends in ONE WEEK!!!


ORDER HERE JD's Shirt .


ORDER HERE PEACE - LOVE - POINTERS .




In June of 2013, I was contacted by a volunteer from Tazewell County Animal control about a Pointer that was in danger of being put to sleep. Brady was about 7 months old and had chronic diarrhea, and this volunteer stated if his owners brought him to the shelter, he would put him to sleep.

A follow up conversation with his family let me know that he was sold to them by a well known Illinois Pro trainer and breeder. He had flunked field trial training and was sold as pet quality. From the day they brought him home he had health issues and they could not afford his vet bills. I was familiar with this trainer, followed up with the breeder that didn’t care about his life being in danger, but we put him in foster care, found 3 tick borne diseases, immediately started treatment, changed his diet as he was allergic to the Pedigree dog food he was being fed and he recovered and all his natural instincts have returned. You can find out where Brady is competing HERE

THANKS SO MUCH TO THE FOLLOWING SPONSORS:
Tiffanie Andrews-Rost
Leslie Flannagan
Kristy Zelewsky
Susan Ebey
Mark Appleby
Pam Szponer
Randy Folz


For $50 - sponsors will get this beautiful Large Mug featuring our special rescue Brady. Please go to the Donate! section and in the comments section please put Brady sponsorship. We will need several sponsors and addition funds raised will be used for his follow up blood work in May and monthly medication.



Pheasant Photo Shoot and Chocolate Paws

AMAZING adopter and professional life photographer Peggy Morsch is using her talents to help us fund raise once again with 2 wonderful events.

SIGN UP HERE!!!

SIGN UP HERE!!!

Some of Peggy's amazing images from last years event. Eddie, Regal, Chance, Max, Kayla and Aberdeen are all alumni of IBR's tick borne disease testing and treatment program.



Tickets are $10 each and the winners will be drawn Monday, March 17th. CONGRATS Allan Braun and Christy Carrano our big winners. We raised over $600 with this event :O).



HELP ME SAVE MY FOSTER DOGS!!!

I just made front page in the Daily Herald today!!! Buckwheat, Lani, Dantes, Boonie and Gavin could not have been more charming and better behaved except for Buckwheat jumping up on Bev the photographer and putting some muddy paw prints on her clothes- SORRY!!!! Thanks to all with your kind words of support. These are my babies.

UPDATE: 12-16-13 I am happy to report that the City of Wood Dale has decided to let me keep my 5 dogs including my seniors Buckwheat, Lani, Boonie and Dantes. They can live out their lives with me and I am overjoyed and relieved at the same time. No more court appearances either. I want to thank all that gave me so much support especially Carrie and Paula. I want to thank the Daily Herald and Bob Sanchez for your help too. I never gave up hope that this issue would be resolved and my stubborness is what has helped keep this rescue going the past 12 year. Well that and a lot of hard work and so many wonderful benefactors that believe in me and what we do here to make a little difference. YIPPEEEEEEEEEE Lisa


POINTER LOVERS RAFFLE- ENDS FRIDAY AT MIDNIGHT


In an effort to raise funds for the new pups and also to raise funds to help buy medications for some of the pets in our program, we have a pre Christmas Pointer Lovers Raffle. Tickets can be bought HERE . Tickets are $5 each and winner will be pulled early Saturday and once the winner is notified, the set will ship out that day!!! Congrats adopter Eric Sandberg!


FUN PASTA & BUDS FOR BIRDDOGS

In an effort to raise funds for the pets in our program we have brought back an old favorite- Buds for Birddogs and a new fundraiser by FUN PASTA. Please take a look at the links and share on your Facebook pages as the more you share the more successful these events will be to help us by pet food and medications for the foster dogs and cats in our program.

Flower Power BUDS FOR BIRDDOGS

FUN PASTA FUNDRAISING


IBR Xmas in July and Facebook Silent Auction- Ending Soon!

In an effort to raise funds for the pets in our program we have a very fun Facebook Silent Auction (click here) going on through August 21st. We've had some wonderful items donated and we hope to raise some critical funds for the pets in our program. Here are a few offerings and shortcut links to their auction pages.

PEGGY MORSCH GIFT CERTIFICATE

SARA ENGLAND ILLUSTRATIONS

DOUBLE TREE GIFT CERTIFICATE

BIRD DOG WHISKEY, etc.

LISA'S HANDMADE XMAS WREATHS

UPDATE July 2013: Topaz is currently in a foster to adopt home! Three new little birddog babies need your help! Diamond, Ruby and Topaz were in an over crowded shelter near Tuscaloosa Alabama when we were alerted to their need for rescue. We believe they are Pointer, maybe German Shorthair Pointer, Brittany or Setter mixes and ADORABLE!! We love our Birddog Super Mutts!! Here are their new photos on IBR Facebook. Like every adult pet in our program- these 2 girls and boy will benefit from our mandatory Tick borne disease screening but we will need donations to help us with this life saving pre-adoption screening. Average cost per pup is about $160 for the IDEXX 371 and Complete Blood Count and Chemistry and if they are positive they will need many months of antibiotics and follow up testing. Some puppies recover quickly but some need months of medication. Thankfully we do find conscientious adopters that do follow up care but for now they are coming to foster care.

One time gifts can be made via our DONATE link (to the left of your screen) or via our HelpIBR site.

Sponsor a pet in our program.




SPONSOR A PET TO HELP KEEP IBR GOING

Chloe tested positive for Ehrlichia and Lyme disease on May 15, 2013.

Sponsor a pet in our program.
Hi. If you are new to this site- welcome, if you have flown, driven, volunteered, fostered, adopted or donated, welcome back. My name is Lisa Spakowski and I have been trying to make a difference saving dogs (and a few kitties) destined for euthanasia either by lethal injection or suffocation from the gas chamber since 2001. To say this has been a difficult journey would be true and every day I question how long I and this rescue can continue. It comes down to this- we do amazing work here but we need monthly sponsors for the pets in our program because donations are down and funds are scary low. We have learned so much from these dogs and especially about tick borne disease and how to help these dogs and cats but that has been a journey in itself and it has been beyond expensive.

I have been fighting Lyme disease since 1999 and the ignorance of the first medical professional and lack of treatment means I am incurable but it also gives me a better perspective on how this disease feels and because of that I am much more sympathetic to how the animals also infected must suffer and do suffer and often die. I have helped many of the IBR volunteers and recently an adopter- get the correct human testing done based on what we have learned from the dog testing and because of my own struggles. That part of the rescue is gratifying but there are always skeptics and no good deed goes unpunished and because I don't have an MD or DVM behind my name- I have been accused of Practicing Veterinary Medicine simply for trying to spread the word about what we have learned here by suggesting better testing and treatment options but because of that- we have some very happy adoptable dogs and cats, many no longer suffering from their diseases due to long term treatment and follow up testing and many of our homeless hunters are now working back in the field. What we offer here is HOPE and while we know that many infected pets are incurable, with the support of a few open-minded caring vets, we are making a difference and giving these pets the long term help they need and finding the best adoptive homes that continue their care.

After 12 years of rescue- this continual fight to help these pets, and find funding to also pay for the testing, medication and food to continue has been exhausting. I WANT a Birddog Rehabilitation Plantation. I WANT all of IBR's discoveries to be taken seriously and to do that- we need a more serious trial. We need some serious influx of cash and as I thought after 12 years- a ginormous benefactor would have donated a few million to help me realize my dream- that has not happened. Is it possible we can work together to find ways to raise money-ABSOLUTELY- but I can't do it alone and I am very tired. With the summer months come summer mosquitoes and as I can't hide in a plastic bubble, my immune system always takes a major hit with all the new bites and allows the Lyme disease to rebound. I hate the summer.

Please consider a monthly gift to IBR to help us continue our good work! We do need caring foster homes for many of these pets, so please consider opening your home to help us get these pets better and on the road to adoption. The foster care application is on our menu to the left of your screen.

Sponsor a pet in our program.

Sponsor a pet in our program.


Everytime I listed our Hossa on IBR's Facebook page the day of a game against the Boston Bruins during the Stanley Cup Playoffs- the Chicago Blackhawks WON!! That is why he is our Lucky Charm Pointer- but our sweet Hossa has not had a charmed life at all. When he came into our program a few months ago- he was found as a stray in southern Illinois and was going to be put to sleep in an over crowded shelter in Shelbyville, IL. He was so sick when he came into foster care- about 10lbs underweight and as is typical with all the dogs we bring into our program- fighting several tick borne diseases.

Thankfully his foster family has worked hard to put weight on him but as he has suffered some terrible abuse, he will need a special family to help him with his confidence and socialization. I gave him a strong name and we hope he can be as strong and confident as Marian Hossa good old #81 of the Chicago Blackhawks.

A Special thank you to all that helped contribute to his recent dental procedure! Lisa

Wiconi Needs Your Help!

UPDATE July 2013: Coni's surgery was done on June 17th and he is ahead of schedule with his recovery. He has also moved to Kentucky and is in a loving foster to adopt home. If you follow IBR Facebook, you will see all his new photos! Thanks to all that contributed to his care.

Wiconi was rescued from a neglect situation in Missouri where he was left out in the heat last summer. When he was moved to the emergency vet it was discovered that he had a 106 temp and he nearly died. Follow up testing showed he was loaded with intestinal parasites and he also sadly is infected with several tick borne diseases. He was doing well in foster care until he jumped the fence and was hit by a car in February. He will need follow up FHO Femoral Head Ostectomy due to the scar tissue and arthritis. His ER bills ran nearly $1,200 and new estimates for the hip surgery are $1,000. We need your help once again and any donation would be most appreciated. One time gifts can be made via our DONATE link (to the left of your screen) or via our HelpIBR site.

Sponsor a pet in our program.


May is Lyme Disease and Co Infections Awareness Month

BUT this all year round with Illinois Birddog Rescue. Sheldon the Setter came into the rescue with Heartworm and Lyme disease. He was frightened and a little snarky. The IDEXX 371 serology found his low Lyme titer at 1:100 and we are certain he was dumped into a shelter because he lost his natural hunting instincts due to his health. Lani the Pointer came into the rescue with Lyme and Rocky Mountain spotted fever- but was not diagnosed until after 6 foster home changes, 3 destroyed couches, OCD hole digging, OCD fence jumping and no hunting instincts. Three years prior to his positive IDEXX 371 tick panel he had one FALSE Neg Michigan State U tick panel and many NEG 4DX snap tests. FIVE WEEKS after he started on doxycycline he started POINTING birds in my yard!!!!!! Both boys are INCURABLE and Lani is on a maintenance daily dose of amoxi/doxy so that his OCD behaviors are kept in check.

These diseases are EPIDEMIC in our hunting population and sadly our testing shows most dogs are at risk and our cat population is 100% infected. This month I will diligently work on getting some of our data posted on the site.



We would like to thank JD and the organizers of the first Birddog Jamboree for inviting IBR to your event. I also personally want to thank the IBR volunteers that ran the IBR booth while I was home taking care of my senior Setter Thelmalou.


Chicago Cubs Bleacher Seats and Doggie Couture Fundraising Raffle!

Welcome to Illinois Birddog Rescue's Chicago Cubs Bleacher Seat and Doggie Cubs' Couture Fundraising Raffle. Bleacher seats are for Wednesday May 15th against the Colorado Rockies. Should be a very fun night of baseball! Doggie Couture is size XL but as soon as it arrives, I will dress up one of my dogs to get a better idea how it will fit! This raffle will go through May 10th so I can ship out in time for the goods to arrive to the winner. Tickets are $10 each so buy a bunch and good luck!! Click Here to Buy Tickets! .


Yankee Candle Fundraiser

IBR will be participating in a spring Yankee Candle fundraiser through May 14th and IBR will get 40% of all sales- WOO HOO :) Take a look at the Spring Catalog . Here is the online Order Form and Instructions. Please mail order form with check payable to IBR by May 14th to PO Box 364, Wood Dale, Il. 60191.

If you would like a catalog and order forms to help fund raise for IBR, please email Lisa . We would appreciate any additional help to make this a successful fundraiser!!


BIRDDOG BIKER WARRIORS

How about getting on your bike this summer and helping raise much needed funds for Illinois Birddog Rescue while also spreading awareness about Tick borne disease at the same time? IBR proudly announces our BIRDDOG BIKER WARRIORS TEAM. You can set goals for yourself and get friends to sponsor you per month with your accumulated mileage. Some of us will also be roading our dogs off of our bikes and will need sponsors per month for these Teams. We have a T- shirt sponsor ready to donate $500 for Team shirts but we have a limited time to raise funds and only have 5 days left. Here is the link to Mike's HARDER Lemonade Birddog Bikers Facebook Sponsorship .





Mileage Sponsorships


Double Mileage Sponsorship for Roading Dogs


SAVE THE DATE!!

The First Annual Birddog Jamboree!!




Click here to get to the official Birddog Jamboree site! We are honored to be picked as the first Birddog Rescue Group to benefit from proceeds of this exciting event. We'll need to fund raise and we'd like to come prepared with some new informational posters and we also want to have some of our success stories on a new Power Point Slide Show on a BIG Flat Screen TV! It would be great to get one donated too. We'd also like to be able to get the volunteers into some nice new logo T's and it would be great if I could reprint our fun "GOT BIRDS?" T's and Sweats featuring a Pointer, Setter, GSP and Lab. Please donate to help IBR have a successful showing at the first ever Birddog Jamboree!! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!! Email Lisa if you would like to help.

Silent Auction to help with the Birddog Jamboree!

WELCOME to Illinois Birddog Rescue's Birddog Jamboree Framed Art Fundraising Auction! The purpose of this fundraiser is to help us raise funds for the Birddog Jamboree coming up in March. We will need funds for the following reasons: to board some of the foster dogs while we are away, for the RV rental and gas expense, for the purchase of a PC compatible flat screen TV for our slide show, and most especially for NEW volunteer t-shirts!!! Thanks so much to Laurie at the Great Frame Up in Addison, IL for helping us get some of these pieces framed up at bargain pricing to help our cause! Thanks to Bob Bertram for four wonderful pieces and to Sara England for our new wholesale account! Additional photos can be seen in this Facebook Album . ALL pieces will be framed with plexi- glass for safe shipping and I have added estimated shipping cost into the starting bid.

Please go to IBR's Official Auction Site to see all our auctions to help with the expenses for the First Annual Birddog Jamboree. I will include as much information as I can on each auction. HAVE FUN- and thank you in advance for your support!! Lisa




CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS FUNDRAISING RAFFLE!!!


How about an awesome Chicago Blackhawks ticket raffle to help raise some much needed funds for Illinois Birddog Rescue! This raffle includes the following: 36" X 27" Bagel dog bed and hand sewn red tie-dye coverall (sewn by IBR Founder & President Lisa), dog jersey, pair of tickets to the United Center on March 29th to see the Blackhawks take on the Anaheim Ducks and a donated autographed Patrick Kane official hockey stick!!! WOO HOO! This is a $500 value and raffle tickets will be sold for $25 each. Winner will be picked on March 17th- St. Patrick's day- HA!!! Good Luck!!

Click here to get to buy tickets for the official BLACKHAWKS RAFFLE !



CONGRATULATIONS to Jeff Barta- the BIG WINNER of the Blackhawks Raffle. HAVE A GREAT TIME!!!


2013 Fundraising Calendars on Cafe Press

Still plenty of time to order your 2012 IBR Fundraising calendar. There are now 15 to choose from featuring Pointers, Setters, Mutts & Friends. We have so many beautiful professional photos from volunter/adopter Jenni Bidner and so many more contributions by our foster families. Please check out all our products for the birddog lover at our Cafe Press site (click here).


I LOVE POINTERS!

POINTERS & SETTERS!

I LOVE SETTERS!

Two Senior Birddogs Need Your Help!


On October 1st I was emailed the story of Bob a 14 year old English Pointer and Molly his 14 year old English Setter hunting buddy. Their owner was bringing in new dogs and the old dogs had to move out. We scrabbled to pull off a rescue and moved them to the West Rome Animal Hospital where sadly we were told both are heartworm positive. At their age the only safe course of treatment is monthly heartguard and doxycycline. I am sure they are infected with a few tick borne diseases or two but thanks to a good friend in St. Louis-they have a safe place to retire. We still need funds to help with their care as initial expenses and boarding in Georgia were very expensive. Please ChipIn if you can and thanks to all that have helped thus far! Here are Bob and Molly's heartbreaking shelter photos on IBR Facebook.

Please Help Millie's Book Get Published!

Mildred aka Millie is a sweet senior English Setter that came into IBR's program the Spring of 2011 after we saved her from being put to sleep in an over crowded shelter in Southern Illinois. She was is such poor shape- with large mammary tumors and blood work revealed that she was infected with Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. We were so blessed when the Gerry and Jay Hergott contacted me to help her along. Please help get Millie's illustrated book get published.


IBR's Pheasant Phundraiser/Silent Auction!

From now until November 30th, I will be listing items for folks to bid on using their comment button- over 100 so far!! I will give a description of the item as best I can and a starting bid which will include an estimated price to ship. Once bidding ends on November 30th, folks can use IBR's paypal address to pay for their winning item. I want to thank all that have donated and I really hope we have a great fundraiser! Click here to start BIDDING!!





Buds for Birddogs


Please Help IBR with the purchase of some bulbs that can be planted now so that you can have beautiful additions to your flower patch in the Spring. Click on BUDS FOR BIRDDOGS to get to the IBR Flower Power Fundraiser.


KITTENFEST!!


When: Saturday, October 20th, 11-2pm
Where: PETranek's Pharmacy
426 North Milwaukee Avenue
Libertyville, IL 60048
847-362-2005 Web site


IBR Celebrates 1000 Rescues!!

The Buckeye Five- All American cuties!!

Illinois Birddog Rescue is proud to announce our 1000th rescue- well technically the litter is #1000-#1004. In early July I was sent an email from a Perry County Ohio that they had a litter of mixed breed pups that were in danger of being put to sleep. Thankfully a wonderful foster family came on board and the Buckeye Five came to town. Here is their RESCUE BABY BLOG. The kids are nearly 9 weeks old and once they have their 2nd puppy vaccination, they can be adopted! Please go to How to Adopt for more details!

The Dayton Birddog Rescue 75/25 Fundraising Raffle!


Maddie in foster care!

While we have our ChipIn Fundraiser below for the 6 new Setter rescues- we are also doing a 75/25 Raffle to help generate funds for the 3 Dayton, Ohio dogs which include Setters Abby and Dixie (pictured below) and Maddie the Liver and White Pointer that was also saved from being abandoned on the fore closed property. Maddie was a frightened little girl the beginning of April but her foster dad, Archy is working hard to build her confidence. As she is also being treated for Rocky Mountain spotted fever, she is also feeling much better and her happy-go-lucky Pointer silliness is coming back. She did very well scent pointing a chukkar on April 15th :O).

The current vetting and boarding bill in Ohio and New York is over $1200. We are hopeful we can raise $2,000 and the winner of the 75/25 Fundraiser will win 25% of the pot and that is $500!!! Here is the link to the Dayton Birddog Raffle.

Thanks to those that participated in our latest fundraiser! We raised over $1100 and that has certainly helped with the Dayton, OH vetting bills!!



IBR Fundraising Calendars are READY!!!


The Proud Pointer


Trend Setter

Check out IBR's 2012 Fundraising calendars! We are so lucky to have two amazing photographers donate their time and photos to make these possible. IBR President- Lisa (who also contributed a few photos of past foster dogs) worked hours and hours editing to make these wonderful keepsakes. I decided to go with the 11 X 17 and 17 X 11 formats so that folks can save the pictures and maybe even frame them! We only make $10 on every sale- so I hope you find one you like and enjoy it throughout the year!


Ten Years of Compassion

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow
Thank you Pat- for working so hard on this. Only a third of IBR's rescued dogs are represented here. Where's my tissues!!


ChipIn to Help Keep the IBR Dogs Warm!


Gavin looking stylish!

With the colder temps upon us- many of the dogs in IBR's foster care program could use a nice warm snuggly coat. Please help ChipIn so that we can buy a few to keep them warm! Average cost of the Foggy Mountain Dog Coats runs between $50 to $60 for a 30 to 50lbs dog. These coats are beautifully made and are also machine washable.

Raffle Fundraisers!!


Canine Couture Fundraiser

Check out our latest Raffle- Foggy Mountain Snuggler dog coats!! I got these at a discounted price from a friend of the rescue. These coats are the best I've found for Pointers that may need a bit of extra warmth in the winter months. Buckwheat wears his as soon as the temp outside dips below 30. I have also shipped adoptees out of O'Hare Cargo wearing their warmy snuggler coats :O).

These coats normally retail between $56 and $66 plus shipping.

Here are the raffle details: Raffle starts November 17th and tickets are $5 each per ticket per coat. Winners will be picked on December 18th so that I can ship in time for Xmas. You can buy tickets with a credit card via our Firstgiving link and in the comments section please let me know if your ticket purchase is for COAT #1, #2 or #3. You can also snail mail ticket purchases to IBR PO Box 364, Wood Dale, IL 60191.

Here is a SIZE CHART from the Foggy Mountain Web site.

Thanks and Good Luck!!


Foster Pointer Amaryllis


COAT #1- Derby Plaid size 20.


Adopted Pointer Lani.


COAT #2- Black Watch Plaid.


Adopted SUPER MUTT Sandy.


COAT #3- Dexter Plaid.

Lisa's Xmas Wreath EXTRAVAGANZA
Not So Silent Auction Fundraiser on FACEBOOK.

***EXTENDED THRU SUNDAY 11-27***

Here are the details:
All of these wreaths are listed in an album on IBR's Facebook page and also at this XMAS WREATH PAGE. They were designed and constructed by IBR Founder and Presidente Lisa Spakowski and I was surrounded by my adoring dogs and foster dogs during the creative process!! While I have a degree in Commercial Art and am an illustrator, I am also a crafter and one of my favorite things to do is make fun explosive holiday wreaths.

Auction will officially start Monday November 14th and end November 24th (Thanksgiving) at Midnight CST. 10 days for IBR's continued celebration of 10 Years of Compassion :O). I will have a description of the item under each photo and will have a minimun starting bid (which will include shipping costs). During the 10 day period, you may bid at any increment above my minimum listing using your comment button. That way you can watch what the high bid is at before the end of the Auction and sneak in a last bid to win!

Item must then be paid for using IBR's Paypal link which can be found at the IBR home page at www.illinoisbirddogrescue.org or oyu can Paypal directly to info@illinoisbirddogrescue.org no later than Sunday November 27th and wreaths will ship Monday the 28th unless they are paid for sooner.

Money raised at this auction will be used to help pay for the dog food and antibiotics we need for the dogs and puppies in our foster care program. I hope you enjoy this auction as much as I enjoyed putting the wreaths together.

Thanks and Happy Bidding!!!

Email Lisa if you are not on Facebook but would like to bid.

"FOR THE LOVE OF QUAIL"


Santa Paws

Please join us for our annual photos with Santa and your little canine ELF! Photo sessions are by appointment only and last 15 minutes each. You can bring as many pets as you like too!


Buckwheat and Santa Paws :O)

WHEN: Saturday, December 10th.
WHERE: Pam's Humble abode in St. Charles, IL
otherwise known as the North Pole!
COST: $25 Please email Lisa to book your appointment!


Sondra's Scentsy Fundraiser

IBR Adopter Sondra Dewitt is having a Scentsy Fundraiser for IBR. Scentsy makes the perfect Christmas gift plus you help out the dogs of IBR at the same time! Just ask her adopted pup- Winston. He was saved by IBR with his family in 2009 from a shelter in Oklahoma. He loves IBR and Scentsy :). Just click on the SCENTSY LINK to shop. Everything ships direct and usually only takes a week to get.

THANKS SONDRA & WINSTON!


Adopted Pointer mix -- Winston :O)


GREAT GIFTS!

HELP IBR WIN $25,000

Chase Community Giving


Nancy- 4 days before giving birth.

Chase Community Giving is donating over $3 Million dollars to deserving charities that get enough votes via Facebook to be in their top 100. With your vote, IBR could win a part of that and maybe even $25,000!!! Please click on this LINK and VOTE!!! Please then share on your Facebook page and spread the word. This could be your opportunity to help save more English Pointers and Setters, Super Mutts and senior dogs abandoned in shelters across the Midwest.

In the next few days you can help us make a miracle happen and save a dog rescue that has been struggling to keep going. Illinois Birddog Rescue (IBR) just celebrated its 10th year in operation, but this past year we have had some major emergencies and sadly lost a few older dogs and puppies along the way. The testing and retesting of our tick borne disease infected foster dog and puppy program has been expensive but we have learned so much and because of that our special needs Pointer- Louis from Louisiana- is still with us after a year of battling Babesia, Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Puppies Kevin and Jimzie (the only 2 survivors out of a litter of 10) will also have long and happy lives because we found and treated their infections at 3 months old.

PLEASE take the time this week to contact each and every one of your friends on your Facebook page with this message for hope. With a $25,000 grant from the Chase Community Giving Campaign, IBR could pay off our existing debt (over $15,000), besides having funds available for the senior dogs in our hospice program including Pointer Mandi who is in desperate need of chemotherapy for her mast cell cancer. Heartworm positive pointer- Cypress in Texas also needs a partial mastectomy. As we have 3 other senior dogs in hospice care, besides a few other senior dogs in our program, a $25,000 grant would help us have money in the bank for any quality of life decisions.

Illinois Birddog Rescue headquarters (where a large percentage of our special needs foster dogs are homed) is also in need of fence repairs as a portion is falling apart and the estimate to replace it is over $1,000. We are also in desperate need of a new home base computer as the current one is over 6 years old. This is the computer that the IBR President uses for all web site updates and all daily operations.

All we need to be is in the top 100 by November 22nd 2011 to be guaranteed to win $25,000. The Chase link is safe and user friendly. We can’t do this without your help so please take a few hours out of your week and contact as many friends as you can and ask that they do the same. I have included a photo of Nancy our momma Pointer. She was found as a stray in an oil field in Texas this past summer. It was discovered as she was brought to the local shelter that she was also pregnant. Folks rallied and donated to save her and her unborn pups due to my Facebook pleas and thankfully she was pulled 4 days before she delivered her 3 little puppies in August. While Nancy is still in foster care, all of her puppies have been adopted to loving families in the Chicago area. While Nancy is struggling with two tick borne diseases, her pups will be tested when old enough and will benefit from IBR’s treatment protocols. Please attach her photo to your Facebook message as it really is a message of hope because her story is one of many happy endings that was only made possible by the caring folks that support this rescue.

Regards,

Lisa Spakowski
IBR Founder & President

Thanks to all that voted.

Buds for Birddogs Fall Fundraiser!


Buckwheat loves to garden!

Here's a fun and easy way to brighen your home with some lovely flowers that will also brighten the life of a homeless birddog. From now through October 28th, 2011, Flower Power Fundraising is helping IBR raise much needed vetting funds. Please go to our Buds for Birddogs link and check out the beautiful flowers.

Thanks to all that participated in our Spring Fundraiser-we raised over $1100 :O). Thanks to all that bought some fall bulbs, we raised over $200 :O).


IBR's 10 year Anniversary NOT SO SILENT FB Auctions & Fundraiser
Auction #4 EXTENDED thru 10/22.

I am happy to report that our online Auction brought in close to $3,000!! WOW. Thanks to all that participated.

Bird Dog Blackberry Whiskey, T- shirt and Cap

Here are the details:
Facebook Auctions #1, Facebook Auctions#2 , Facebook Auctions #3, Facebook Auctions #4 & JUST ADDED LAST CHANCE Facebook Auctions , will officially start Monday October 10th and end October 19th at Midnight CST except for Auction #4 and the Last Chance Auction which will end 10-22. 10 days for 10 years :O) This auction is a way for those that can't attend our 10 year anniversary still help out the rescue with a feel good auction win.

I will have a description of the item under each photo and will have a minimun starting bid (which will include shipping costs). During the 10 day period, you may bid at any increment above my minimum listing using your comment button. That way you can watch what the high bid is at before the end of the Auction and sneak in a last bid to win!

Item must then be paid for using IBR's Paypal link no later than Thursday October 20th at Midnight. Anything not paid for will go into Sunday's Birddog Balooza Raffle.

Money raised at this auction will be used to pay down Glen Ellyn Animal Hospital's vetting bill so that we can continue the care of our newest Black and White Pointers- Frida, Rico and Cisco and also help pay for Louis' Babesia medication. Dig deep folks!!!

Facebook Auctions #1, Facebook Auctions #2 , Facebook Auctions #3, Facebook Auctions #4, LAST CHANCE Facebook Auctions

Thanks and Happy Bidding!!!


Dogtra 1900NCP Field Training Collar Raffle- ONE WEEK ONLY!!

Dogtra 1900NCP

Dogtra's donation has arrived!!

Thanks to Pete Fischer at Dogtra, we have a wonderful Electronic/Paging collar for our latest Fundraising Raffle. I have been training with Dogtra collars for years with my foster dogs especially since there is the humane vibrating function for training purposes. I have taught my foster dogs solid recalls with the vibration alone. This collar has also helped with nuisance fence jumping and on occasion chronic barking for cage training. I rarely have to use the electronic zap because the vibration is enough of a correction to get the dog's attention.

Here are more details on the collar: "The new Field Star Series Dogtra 1900NCP is Dogtra’s latest 100% waterproof electronic training collar. This new electronic collar is full of Dogtra features including a 1/2 mile range, three different stimulation types; Nick, Constant, and non-stimulating pager/vibration, and the same rheostat stimulation control that has made Dogtra a leader in the industry. In addition to these great features, the Dogtra 1900 NCP Field Star uses rechargeable, user-replaceable Ni-MH batteries. It's designed for entry level dog training, K-9 or sporting dog unit where a ½ mile range is needed. This collar is also available in a two dog system. The 1900 NCP is an excellent multi-purpose electronic collar for mild mannered or stubborn dogs.

The Dogtra 1900NCP Star Series transmitter is compact in shape and weighs just 4.8 oz. which makes it easy to carry in the field on either a lanyard or on your belt clip. All stimulation controls, “Nick, Constant, and Page”, have separate buttons on the single dog unit which makes it easy to the proper correction without the change of wrong stimulation. On the Dogtra 1902NCP Field Star, the two dog unit, the transmitter contains a toggle switch that switches from “Nick” and “Constant” stimulation, and color coded buttons for each of the collars (orange button for the orange collar, and black button for the black collar). Two buttons emit pager stimulation, and two buttons release either a “Nick” or “Constant” stimulation depending on what the toggle switch is set at. Each transmitter contains rechargeable, user-replaceable NiMH batteries, which will provide years of service if serviced with proper care. The transmitter LED indicator light will flash every four seconds when the transmitter is turned on. The color of the light indicates the status of the battery life. When the light flashes green the battery is fully charged, turns amber when the battery is at medium charge, and starts blinking red when the battery needs to be recharged.

The 1900NCP Field Star Series has been designed to fit dogs with up to a 28” neck and comes with a Biothane style collar. The collar weighs 7.9 oz. This fully rechargeable collar has NiMH batteries which should last 3-5 years of service with proper care. The LED light on the collar indicates the currant charge of the collar. When the light flashes green the battery is fully charged, turns amber when the battery is at medium charge, and starts blinking red when the battery needs to be recharged."

I am only about positive training methods with my dogs and foster dogs and my old Dogtra collar has literally saved some of my foster dogs lives when they needed a solid recall in the field. THANK YOU Dogtra for your kind donation!!!

Raffle Details: Mail with check payable to IBR with your ticket request/s to- PO Box 364, Wood Dale, IL 60191, or feel free to purchase tickets via our Firstgiving link. Click on the Blue Button and in the comments section denote how many tickets you are buying. Cost per ticket is $10 each and winner will be picked on Monday October 24th after the 10 year reunion festivities are over. Fund raising goal- $500 or more!!! This collar retails for $249.

COGRATS Keely Lineback our winner!!!


IBR's 10 Year Anniversary Birddog Balooza!!

OFFICIAL INVITE!

WOW- 10 years rescuing Pointer, Setters, senior dogs, puppies, and Super Mutts!! What a journey it has been- such joy and sorrow. Please join us for our BIG 10 year family reunion and fund raiser. Kids and dogs are WELCOME as are any supporters, Facebook friends, etc- but this is invitation only. As in years past we will be having our 100 piece raffle and this year we are also having a 50/50 Raffle. This event will also be catered. We will probably have a pointing demo as well. The theme of the party is 10 YEARS- $10,000 as that is our fund raising goal.

Here are the details:
When: October 23rd, 2011
Where: Hammel Woods Forest Preserve- Crumby Pavilion and Dog Park, Shorewood, IL.
Cost: $100 per family- which includes lunch and 25 raffle tickets.
50/50 Raffle Cost: $100 and winner gets 50% of the pot!! Folks that can't make the event can still contribute to the raffle via our Firstgiving site!
Time: 11am- 4pm


SAVE THE DATE--IBR's 10 Year Anniversary Photo Shoot!!

Adopted Setter Bella and with a nice back by adopted Pointer Lani.

Bella was rescued 4 years ago.

Lani started pointing birds once we treated his Lyme disease.

We try to get together twice a year to take photos of our more talented rescue dogs. The photos of Lani and Bella were actually taken at Fermi lab the fall of 2010. The grounds are lovely and we bring pheasant for the dogs to scent point. Photos are used for the web site, for fund raising items and also for advertising. It is wonderful to see these once discarded dogs rehabbed and working on birds as they were bred to do. We welcome some of our past adopters and foster homes to join us for a pre Birddog Balooza gathering to have your dog work on birds.

Here are the details:
When: October 22nd, 2011
Where: Fermi Lab- Dog Training Area, Batavia IL.
Time: 11am- 4pm
Cost: $15 per bird. All birds will be released on the grounds.


Mandi's 75/25 Surgery Fundraising Raffle

IBR’s Help Save Mandilyn 75/25 Raffle Fundraiser. Mandi’s mast cell tumor on her leg has come back and is inoperable now as it completely surrounding her knee and causing her pain. Instead of putting her to sleep- we are trying to raise funds to have her leg amputated so that she can have a better quality of life. Here is Mandi's Old Blog.

Raffle tickets are $25 each and our goal is $2,000 with the Raffle winnings being 25% of that or $500!! $1,500 should cover her surgery expenses.

To participate- go to our Firstgiving Site Click on the blue DONATE button and follow the instructions to use your credit card. Please put MANDI in the comments section.

Wiinner will be picked on Sunday 9-4 at noon (CST). Date has been extended to get the word out to raise more funds! It is critical that we raise the much needed funs. The tumor is the size of a baseball wrapping around her knee.

Good Luck and Thank You!!!

Mandi this past Spring pointing a pheasant from 10 feet away. No sign of the tumor.

A view of the mast cell tumor.

Post surgery 9-1-11.

Here is some video of special sweet Mandi on You Tube. Surgery is scheduled for 8-30-11. The day of surgery, Mandi was play bowing with me and dancing around in Pointeresque fashion. I am glad she doesn't know what is ahead.

UPDATE 9-2-11: Mandi's leg was saved!! Dr. Hanover at the Animal Hospital of Gurnee did his best to save her leg. Thankfully the tumor had not invaded her bone- but he did have to remove some additional tissue and muscle- but she is doing fine. We will need to fundraise for her chemotherapy- but one step at a time. Here is some video of post surgery You Tube. If you can spare $25 to help us help Mandi- please give to one of our fundraisers.

UPDATE 9-6-11: Thanks to some wonderful folks- we were able to raise $1150 in Mandi's Raffle. Her surgery was $981 with our discount so we almost raised enough. Congrats to Stephanie Spurrier our amazing Pointer Angel out of Texas for winning the Raffle. Stephanie has donated thousands to IBR this past year to help us save more dogs and puppies. XOXO


Bass Pro Shops

Come on out to Bass Pro Shops Fall Hunting Classic at Gurnee Mills and meet some of the wonderful hard working IBR Volunteers and many of our adoptable pets. If you are thinking about fostering- we'd be happy to chat with you too. We could sure use new volunteers that can open their homes to some of our amazing dogs and puppies.

When: Saturday, August 6th, Sunday August 14th & Saturday August 20th / 11am-3pm


Where: Gurnee Mills Location
Email Lisa for more info.


Kristy and Lani


Buckwheat working hard.

More Facebook Highlights.


Fourth of July 75/25 Raffle


We have had several emergencies this past week and our vetting bills are escalating once again. When Loren needed to go back to the Doggie ER- I needed to come up with a quick idea to try and generate cash fast. I came up with the 75/25 Raffle. With a $25 donation via our Firstgiving page- you will be entered into the $$ money. On the 4th of July one winner will win 25% of the total amount raised since Friday the 1st. When you go to the link- hit the blue donate button, fill out the necessary information and use the easy credit card link to donate.

We were able to raise just over $2,000 in 4 days. Thank you all that participated!!!


Rub A Dub III-- Dog Wash & Fundraiser


Where: All Things Woof...and Meow, Too- Pet Market & Spa, 29 E Main St, Roselle, IL 60172-2076

RESCHEDULED!! When: Saturday, June 11th/ 11-5pm Funds raised $300

Call Kathy for any questions at (630) 529-9663


Previous Events and Helpful Volunteers.


Happy IBR volutneers, Anne, Dawn, Tina & John.


Cassandra getting a shampoo.

Check out a video montage of last years event by IBR volunteer Pat Malcor. Hope to see you there!!

Check out the fun from last years event in our Facebook photo album and our Youtube montage.

Thanks to everyone that helped- IBR raised $300 :O).


IBR Welcomes Rescue Dogs 900, 901 & 902!

#901- Lord Tennyson- Senior English Setter from Minnesota that is deaf and has Anaplasma, Lyme disease & Rocky Mountain spotted fever. NEWS! Tenny's foster home is going to adopt him- YAY!!

#900- Arlington- Senior English Pointer from Texas that is Heartworm positive with Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever was nearly killed on 4-12. Estimated expense- $1,000.
#902- Frankie Lee aka Tex- Pointerador (Pointer plus Labrador- SUPER MUTT) from Texas was nearly killed on 4-12.

WOW--April has been so busy! Thanks to many donations we were able to save a few more. We are proud to announce our latest rescues- a Pointer, a Setter and a Super Mutt! While Tex has youth on his side, both Arlington and Lord Tennyson have lived lives of neglect and will need lots of care to get better. Tenny is safe in foster care in Minnesota and has already started on antibiotics to help with his tick borne illnesses. He is very stiff and sore and we do hope that his arthritis will get better in time.

Tex is safe in foster care in Texas but we would like to bring him to the Chicago area with Arlington who also needs a safe foster home as he is currently in boarding in Texas. We still need to get blood work done on both of our Texas boys--but Arlie especially will need special care with his heartworm diagnosis. Please consider a donation to the Heartful of Love ChipIn to help Arlie, Morgana, Sophie, and Lord Byron.

We always need new foster homes especially for Arlie and Tex, and a few others waiting in the wings, so if you'd like to help, please fill out our foster home application.

Buds for Birddogs Spring Fundraiser!


Buckwheat loves to garden!

Here's a fun and easy way to brighen your home with some lovely flowers and also brighten the life of a homeless birddog. From now through April 29th 2011, Flower Power Fundraising is helping IBR raise much needed vetting funds. Please go to our Buds for Birddogs link and check out the beautful flowers.

Thanks to all that participated we raised over $1100 :O).

Nancy Whitehead Framed Print & Autographed Book

Raffle #1: To help the senior Setter polulation in foster care with IBR, we are offering this wonderful raffle prize- Nancy Whitehead's framed print My Turn.

Raffle #2: To help the senior Pointer population we are raffling her autographed Coffe Table book In The Field .

Nancy has been capturing the beauty of American Field Bred Pointers and Setter for years and we became acquaintences a few years ago. The print is framed with plexi glass so it can be shipped anywhere across the country. Please visit Nancy's amazing Web page.

Raffle #1, My Turn framed print.

Original photo.


Raffle #2, In The Field- autographed photo book.

Congratulations winners Carol Malik and Brett Schulze!

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Mega Adopt-A-Thon


Firework's puppy- Cobalt.

Come meet the Fireworks litter on Sunday, March 20th at the Mega Adopt-a-thon Event at the South Suburban Humane Society in Chicago Heights.


Spring Photo Shoot


IBR Adoptee- Ginger.

Please join us for our bi-annual scent point training gathering of some of our newest foster dogs and adopted dogs. Photographer/Volunteer and foster mom, Yukiko McFarling, will be taking digital images of the IBR dogs. This is an opportunity to let the dogs scent point pheasant for the first time while also assessing their progress if they are fighting a tick borne infection. Many hunting dogs are abandonded by their owners because they can't smell birds or have no natural hunting instints. IBR has found that many dogs can't smell the birds because their scenting abilities are compromised most often by Lyme disease. Often times dogs with Rocky Mountain spotted fever can't concentrate and have no hunting focus. Post treatment or while undergoing treatment, their natural instincts return as the brain damage caused by the tick borne illness subsides.

When: Saturday, March 19th--starting around 10am.
Where: Fermi Lab Dog Training Grounds, Batavia, IL MAP and DIRECTIONS.


Happy Birthday My Precious Buckwheat!


My little baby.

Buckwheat came in with 5 of his siblings in early April 2002 from Missouri. He was about 8 weeks old and cute as could be. A week after he arrived he became gravely ill with Parvo- a nasty virus that attacks the lining of the intestinal tract. While he had been vaccinated for Parvo in Missouri, he must have been exposed to the virus and contracted it in less than a week in Illinois. It was touch and go for several days and we weren't sure he was going to make it. As the rescue was only a little over a year old--we did'nt have much experience with Parvo. Thankfully he survived and I couldn't part with him after that.

Valentine's Day is his official birthday and as much as I can figure--pretty close to his birthdate. Nine years goes by very quickly--and he's starting to look a bit like a raccoon, but little Weeters is my third arm and my contant shadow. Buckwheat took over petsitting duties when his big brother Wes passed in 2007 he and also took over his spot under the covers sleeping next to my chest after we all got through the shock of his passing. Happy Birthday my little boy!


Dear Santa-
Over a year ago I was in an over crowded shelter near Ardmore, Oklahoma. There was no hope that I would make it out alive until Illinois Birddog Rescue came to my rescue. Thanks to some wonderful volunteers, I was driven to Illinois where my health was assessed. Due to some terrible neglect, I was found to have Heartworm disease and I also had two co infections of Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) from tick bites. I was in a lot of pain and to add to my suffering, I also had a bad case of mastitis because I was never spayed.

The good folks at IBR really worked hard to raise money to help me get over my issues and so far I am heartworm negative and RMSF negative, but I am still struggling with Lyme disease and that made for a complicated partial mastectomy the end of November. Due to IBR's research, I am now on new medication and I will hopefully kick this awful disease since I need another partial mastectomy in a few months to get rid of more tumors.

Santa--IBR works so hard to save homeless hunters like me and I am hoping with your vast network of friends and contacts that you can put the word out that they still need thousands of dollars to stay afloat and help more dogs in dire need like myself. I am one of the lucky ones but without folks like IBR, so many dogs are going to die. I hope you can help!

Sincerely, Sasparilla aka Sassy

P.S. Please visit my new Barking for a Cure Blog for Doggie Breast Cancer Awareness.


Sassy- Jan/10 upon arrival.


Sassy with Santa- Dec/10.

Sassy's mastectomy recover went well after we switched her from Doxycycline to Ceftin for her Lyme disease infection. Thanks to the outpouring of support, we were able to pay off her first surgery. She will have her follow up partial mastectomy the end of February 2011. We welcome any donations to off set her care.


Marcus of Umbria, Fido Fleece and Therabed Raffle

Marcus of Umbria

Marcus and Justine

We are happy to announce our latest fundraising raffle-- Justine van der Leun's autographed paperback memoir Marcus of Umbria. Justine contacted me back in April about donating two of her books when they came into publication in June. She is a true Pointer rescue hero. We are grateful for her kind donation.

As Marcus lives the good life now (Dolce Vita), we are also raffling two other nice donated Pointer/Setter must haves thanks to Sitstay.com. With the winter season approaching- we are also raffling off a beautiful Fido Fleece, Flower Power dog coat. Winners can choose from size 18, 24 or 26. Also from SitStay.com we are raffling a must have for any dog that needs to keep warm in the winter, a Therabed Heated Pet Bed size 30 X 26 X 8.

We do hope Marcus would approve!!!

Funds will be used to help offset some of our high vetting bills for the dogs and puppies in our foster care program.

Fido Fleece, Flower Power .

Thelmalou modeling the coat in size 24.

Therabed Heated Pet Bed, Dolce Vita indeed!! size 30 X 26 X 8

All 3 pieces are included in this fun raffle!!

Congrats to Christy Carrano--our big winner!

Blackhawks Ticket Fundraising Raffle!

Adopted GSP -Sage.

OK here it is--the Blackhawks Fundraising Raffle-- thanks to Jason (Tyler's new daddy) for donating a night of fun at the Madhouse on Madison on January 5th, 2011. Should be a GREAT TIME!! I also picked up a fun dog jersey and sticker to add to the fun. The raffle is going to be used to help offset the surgery expenses for Mandi and Sassy--our Pointer girls. Raffle tickets are $20 each and you can buy via our Firstgiving link. Winner will be drawn on December 29th so I can ship to the winner via Priority mail in time for the game. Good Luck!!! OK here it is--the Blackhawks Fundraising Raffle-- thanks to Jason for donating a night of fun at the Madhouse on Madison on January 5th, 2011. Should be a GREAT TIME!! I also picked up a fun dog jersey and sticker to add to the fun. The raffle is going to be used to help offset the surgery expenses for Mandi and Sassy--our Pointer girls. Raffle tickets are $20 each and you can buy via our Firstgiving link.

Winner will be drawn on December 29th so I can ship to the winner via Priority mail in time for the game. Good Luck!!!


Tickets for 1-5-11.


Dog Jersey size XL.


Car sticker.

Congrats to Holly Hartley--our big winner!


Santa Paws Photo Shoot Fundraiser


Okie Pointer Winberie

Where: The North Pole/Carol Stream, IL
When: Sunday, December 5th from 9am-5pm
Cost: $25 per dog per 10 minute session.

Photo shoot will be held in the home of IBR Volunteers Paul and Yukiko McFarling. Yukiko is an amateur photographer and does an amazing holiday set up. This is a casual photo opportunity with Santa! Photos will be available for purchase via Yukiko's Smug Mug page. Here are last years hilarious photos.

Please email Lisa the Elf for reservations. Payment must be made prior to the appointment via our Firstgiving Link to reserve your slot.

Maui Vacation!!

Sera Hula

Ashley Hula

We are happy to announce our latest fundraising raffle-- a Maui, Hawaii condo package!!! WOO HOO!! Looking for the perfect place to wear your new grass skirt? Here is the opportunity to spend six nights/seven days in an ocean front condo on the Island of Maui. You will over look Po’olenalena Beach or you can stroll past the nearest pool to Paipu Beach —one of Maui’s largest white sand beaches., The condo is a two bedroom, two bath with a den that can be closed off into a third bedroom. Full kitchen, washer and dryer are in the unit. The property includes two swimming pools and tow sets of tennis courts. This is truly a dream vacation waiting to happen. Must use by March 31st, 2011.

Airfare is not included. This is a $2,700 value and was generously donated by adopted Setter Rory's daddy--Dennis Felton.

Congrats to Sue DePasquale for winning the Maui trip!!


Two Regal Birddogs in Illinois Need Your Help!

Leland- meaning Meadowland, was in danger of being put to sleep in an over crowded shelter near Peoria, IL. Windsor was in an over-crowded shelter in Centralia, IL. We had been trying to find foster homes for them for a while via Facebook and finally our efforts paid off. We will need to board them until arrangements can be made to move them to foster care, but we will need help with their food and initial vetting expenses. These expenses will include the mandatory tick panel for rule out Ehrlichia, Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF). We also need to do heartworm testing and treat if necessary and also deworm. Depending on their health, we will also need to do CBC/Chem blood work. Vetting fees will add up quickly. Please help us if you can--even the smallest donation will help!! We always need foster homes--so if you can help, please fill out this online application.


Leland at the shelter
He is a Tri-color & White English Setter
Here are more photos from Facebook.

Lyme disease confirmed 9/30.

Windsor BEFORE
he is a Lemon & White Pointer

Ehrlichia and RMSF confirmed October 4th. Lyme disease confirmed 11-1-10.

UPDATE 10-30-10: While we are still on a quest to find a foster home for Leland, we did pull him out of boarding to see if his nose was working. Leland did test positive for Lyme disease and I suspect with his skin condition and hyper behavior upon arrival, he has Rocky Mountain spotted fever hiding. It may show up in further testing. In any case, he is doing so much better now that he is on better food and his antibiotics. He also did pretty darn well on his first outing on pheasant. We were pleasantly suprised. My guess is he was dumped because he was not training very well for his past owner due to his infections. After several months on antibiotics, Leland will be one top notch pet/hunting prospect. He is showing so much potential already. This is what IBR is all about. Please help continue support our efforts and ChipIn for his care.


The Ultimate Bears Fan/ Bears-Viking Ticket Raffle!

Thanks to two IBR adopters we have this wonderful Bears and NFL/NCAA Football Fundraiser. This is easily a $600 value.


Buckwheat Tailgate party!


Pair of tickets for November 14th. Map of Stadium

Riddell Official Bears Helmet
NFL Helmets

XBox Madden 10 & NCAA Football 10

All Football items are included in this fun raffle!! Buckwheat--however--is NOT included!!! :O)

TICKET PRICES ARE THE FOLLOWING:
$20 each and must be purchased via our FirstGiving Link.
Winner will be picked November 11th, 2010 so that items can be shipped in time for the game!!
Let's hope we have a great season!!

CONGRATS to Helen Braun for winning the Bears Raffle!!!


Pastel Portrait of your Furbaby

Maris Rose

Christian

We are happy to announce our latest fundraising raffle-- a realistic, single subject, head study portrait of the winner's dog by Charlotte, NC portrait artist Tina M. Morgan. Tina's portraits emphasize true likeness, expression, and vivid detail. She will be working from digital only, in focus, color photos provided by the winner. The portrait medium will be pastel on velour board, sized 16 x 20 or larger (large size dogs) or 10 x 13 up to 16 x 20 (toy, small, medium size dogs), as is appropriate for the dog's actual size, and will be shipped to the winner ready to frame. Allow 2-4 weeks for completion after a suitable "working" photo is agreed upon. To see more of Tina's work, and to compare her portraits to the photos she worked from. THANK YOU TINA for your generous contribution to help the dogs and puppies in IBR's program. We are truly grateful.

Congrats to new foster mom- Marissa for winning this great prize.


IBR Featured in Gun Dog Magazine

We are thrilled to be featured in Gun Dog Magazine's August issue with a few other birddog rescue groups. Writer M.J. Nelson did a great job reviewing a lot of IBR's tick borne illness research and did a thoughtful piece about some of our success stories including IBR's Sweet 17 aka Jules. It's nice to have some recognition for some of our hard work. We are moving mountains--one boulder at a time...--Lisa

You can purchase the August issue HERE.


Dyson Dog Vacuum Fundraiser

Dyson Ball Pet Vacuum

Old Dogs are the best dogs

We are happy to announce our latest fundraising raffle The Dyson Ball Pet Vacuum. Proceeds will be used to help with the vetting costs associated with the care of our special senior dogs fondly called Geezers & Grannies. The raffle also includes a brand new matching purple English Slip Lead and a Wonderful book called "Old Dogs are the Best Dogs". Here is a link to the photos of the raffle prizes on Facebook

BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Brett Schulze of Minnetonka, MN!!!


Bass Pro Shops

Come Meet some of the IBR Volunteers and Pooches.

When: Sunday, August 22nd / 11am-5pm


Where: Gurnee Mills Location
Email Lisa for more info.


Kristy and Lani


Buckwheat working hard.

More Facebook Highlights.


Cabela's Pheasant/Pointing Scene Bench


Facebook Flyer
This gorgeous bench featuring a lovely hunting scene with Pointers and pheasant--was donated to the rescue to help us fundraise for the vetting care of our foster Pointers. This is a $200 value and assembly is required.

We have so many sick Pointers in the rescue right now--many dealing with heartworm disease, many with tick borne illnesses. The average cost to get one of these dogs healthy and ready for adoption is nearly $1,000 a piece.

This raffle is dedicated to our rescue Pointers that have been infected with terrible tick borne illnesses and are fighting valiently. I am hopeful that this will be a great fundraiser and will help offset some of their vetting bills.

TICKET PRICES ARE THE FOLLOWING:
$5 each, 10 for $35, 35 for $100
Winner will be picked July 31st, 2010

Congrats to winner and IBR adopter Christy Carrano for winning the Pointer bench!


The Infamous IBR Fundraising Garage Sale

Garage Sale Funds Raised to date- $3500. Thanks to all that have contributed!

Check out Buckwheat's 2009 Garage Sale Album


Check out Buckwheat's 2010 Garage Sale Highlights!



Springtime in Chicagoland


A view from Lake Michigan with Thelmalou.

AHHHHH buzzy bees, butterflies and petunias blooming everywhere; Spring has finally arrived in Chicagoland. Now is a good time to spring clean out all your old junk and help IBR raise some funds with our upcoming garage sale (details below). Perhaps we'll have to get an IBR group together for the doggie boat ride too. This was a lot of fun and the dogs loved it!!

Happy 11th Birthday Thelmalou!! Here are some highlights on IBR Facebook of her recent romp along side my bike. She did 6 miles!!! At 11!! YOU GO GIRL!!

2010 Spring Newsletter

Check out our Spring Newsletter!


Yankee Candle Fundraiser

IBR will be participating in a spring Yankee Candle fundraiser running from May 1st-May 21st. IBR will get 40% of all sales- WOO HOO :) Take a look at the Spring Catalog . If you are interested in any of the products please Email Keely . There will be product pick ups in Ohio and in the Chicago area. Shipping is also available if needed. Please feel free to cross post for more exposure. If you would like to assist with the sale in your area feel free to email Keely for order forms and catalogs to be sent to you.

As the chairperson of the event I ( Keely) will be offering a $50 Visa gift card to the person that brings in the most profit for the rescue:) Good Luck!!!

Well the total for the Yankee Candle Fundraiser is in and we sold $3000.00 worth.....so that means that IBR will receive $1200.00:) Thanks to all of the sellers:) The top seller was Kristy Zelewsky at $912.00.. Congratulations on winning the $50.00 Visa gift card!--Keely


IBR Golf Raffle and Informational Event at the CBOE


Where: Chicago Board Options Exchange
When: Friday, June 11th/ 8-3pm
Details: Thanks to IBR Adopter and Foster mom Kristy, we will be able to have a Golfing Raffle Fundraiser and IBR informational event at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. We have a gift certificate for Greens fees for 4 players at Maple Meadows Golf Course in Wood Dale, and Greens fees for 2 players at St. Andrews Golf Course in West Chicago, to raffle that day too.

Congrats to the winners of the CBOE Raffles.
Ron Petzke: Maple Meadows Golf Greens Fees Package
Jeff Short: St. Andrews Golf Greens Fees Package
Ray Quirk: 3 Blackhawks T-Shirts; Toews, Kane, & Hossa ($90.00 Value)
Don Urbas: Callaway Golf Balls and Accessories ($60.00 Value)

Thanks so much to the folks that came out to support our cause. What a great time with the Blackhawks celebration going on all over the city too!! Here are some highlights from Kristy's Facebook page.

MARDI PAWS--Vacation Raffle Fundraiser

CONGRATS to Jim Mayer for winning this raffle. We raised $570!!


Facebook Flyer
IBR adopter, Greg Holden is donating a 1 week 1 bedroom TIME SHARE in the Big Easy (New Orleans) as a raffle prize to help us raise some much needed funds. SAWEET!!!

Greg states: "The 1 bedroom usually has an additional hide a bed in the unit. They typically sleep 4. I have always found it best to travel at off peak times to improve the chance of being able to select the resort that you want. The week will have to be booked by me and I will provide a guest certificate for the use of the week. This will be available for all of 2010 and 2011. That's nice, the winners will have 2 years to use the week."

We are hopeful we can raise a few thousand dollars to help with Sasparilla's surgery and Mandi's heartworm treatment.

Greg is on Facebook if you have any questions!!! Thanks Greg!!

TICKET PRICES ARE THE FOLLOWING:
$5 each, 10 for $35, 35 for $100

Winner will be picked May 5, 2010
GOOD LUCK!!!

Disclamer: Winner is responsible for transportation to the resort and being respectful of the accommodations.


Mandi & Ophelia-- Some Tough Ol Bird--dogs!!


Mandilyn and Ophelia


Ophelia Blooming!

Mandilyn and Ophelia have had a tough journey in foster care--but hopefully the worst will be over soon. Mandi was treated for Heartworm disease on March 25th and 26th and Ophie had the last of her mammary tumors removed. We are hopeful this will be her last surgery and that her body will finally also be able to fight off the two tick borne illnesses--Ehrlichia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever that have caused her to struggle for months. XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

Check out Mandi and Ophelia at our recent fundraiser. Also check out Ophelia's new hair do--the shag is gone for the spring.

UPDATE 4-6-10 We've got some great news. Ophelia's biopsies were benign--so she is done with any more boob jobs!! She is bouncing back really well and constantly pawing me and wanting her ears rubbed anytime we snuggle. GOOD GIRL!! Mandi is also doing amazingly well 2 weeks post heartworm treatment. She hasn't missed a beat and is recovering beautifully. Hooray for our special senior girls.

We welcome any donations to off set the medical bills for Miss Mandilyn and Ophelia.


Boat Mountain Rescue Remembered


Serafina in Arkansas--overbred and sickly.

Serafina today--Life is GOOD!

In February of 2006, in one weekend, we brought in 20+ dogs from the Boat Mountain Tragedy. It's hard to believe this was 4 years ago--but I'll never forget all those frightened dogs and puppies arriving off of Erin's truck and running around my garage and backyard. Many are still living the good life--just like Miss Serafina Balerina--that lives 8 blocks from my home now :O).

As a side note--after 4 years of adoption, we realized that Serafina never had an official tick panel done. Over the years she always wore a little dog coat as she used to shiver and she also had some urinary incontinence issues. Lately her momma noticed she wasn't as perky as usual and slept most of the time. While much of this can be attributed to her getting older--Serology testing shows she has antibodies for Ehrlichia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. We started treatment and so far-- the antibody levels for Ehrlichia have decreased quite substantially and coincidentally--Sera no longer wants to wear her pretty pink dog coat. Could she have been fighting these diseases the last 4 years and years before that on the Mountain in Arkansas--most likely.

Further testing on additional Boat Mountain survivors shows Rocky Mountain spotted fever (Ella--formerly Glady Hobbit) and Kimberley is still recovering from Lyme disease, Ehrlichia and RMSF. Sadly--we have lost a few of the Boat Mountain survivors to cancer and we suspect they were also sick for years.

We did test all with 4DX Snap tests and all were apparently negative--but 4 years later and hundreds of dogs tested--we know a 4DX can not catch dogs with low antibody levels and chronic illness.

Here is some recent video of happy Kimberley Hobbit. She is so much more outgoing and happy and healthy now that we caught and started treatment for all her tick borne illnesses. Her incontinence is gone now too!!


Valentine and the Sweathearts!!


Time to eat!!

Naptime!!

Valentine and her Sweathearts (that were born around January 26th) were recently rescued from an overcrowded shelter in Oklahoma. So far Momma and babies are doing well, however tick panel shows Valentine also has Rocky Mountain spotted fever. We will begin her treatment once the pups are weaned. A transport via Pilots and Paws volunteers is in the works and we hope to move our new little family to foster care soon. We believe the puppies are most likely mixed with Border Collie, Australian Shepherd or Australian Cattledog--so Pointing dogs that herd! Mom could also have some herding breed mixed in her--hence long and short haired puppies!! The kids will be available for adoption after their first vaccination at nine weeks--so around the first weekend in April.

Our little Star Wars Sweethearts can be seen in the Dogs for Adoption section.

Here is some recent video of Valentine and her babies now in foster care after their long journey from Oklahoma on 2-25-10. Thanks to Sondra and family keeping them safe in foster care.

UPDATE 4-11-10 The Sweethearts are nearly 11 weeks old now and ready for adoption. So far only Eric and Pat are left and Valentine has moved to her new foster home. Here is some video from when they were younger.

Here is their video upon arrival into foster care after their long journey from Oklahoma 7 weeks ago.


The First Litter of 2010--Five Babies Left


Fannie Mae & the kids photos and on Youtube

We were contacted the week of January 18th about a pregnant Pointer-mix at the Sangamon County Animal Control located in Springfield, IL. As we have been on an incoming dog freeze--we just couldn't stand the thought of this little lady having a litter of puppies on the cold shelter concrete floor. Thankfully my puppy foster home felt rested enough to dive into another litter. On Wednesday, Jan 20th, two volunteers arranged her pull, rescue and transport to Camp Spanbauer. On the way into town, the foster dad brought her to our vet for an exam which included a fecal, tick panel and X-rays to see how babies Fannie Mae was expecting. Films showed 11 skeletons. On Jan 24th at about 12:45am, Fannie started to deliver. She had 11 puppies and 8 survived. They are all black with a few highlights. We do think Fannie is a Pointer maybe mixed with Border Collie and the pups probably have a little Rottweiler in the mix.

So far Momma and babies are doing well, however tick panel shows Fannie Mae has Rocky Mountain spotted fever and giardia. Sadly on January 26th, Fannie lost two more of her babies. She is so malnourished and dealing with so many health issues that she wasn't producing enough milk for all her babies. Attempts to supplemental feed didn't help either and the two littlest ones just weren't strong enough to survive. The foster family is devastated by the sad loss but are doing their best to help Fanny eat round the clock and get better and so far the remaining six puppies are hanging in there. She is a wonderful momma and is attentive as can be. We do welcome any donations to offset her care.

UPDATE 02-28-10 The Chocolate Candy litter is now 5 weeks old and sadly we lost little Truffle. She became ill during the week and while at the doggie ER, she had a seizure and needed to be let go. The foster family is incredibly sad about the loss of another puppy. The rest of the kids are thriving and can be seen in the Dogs for Adoption section.

UPDATE 3-26-10 Fannie's puppies are nearly 9 weeks old now and ready for adoption. So far Heath, Snickers, Pixie and Kit Kat are spoken for leaving baby Rolo as the last one left from this litter for adoption.

As you read about the other urgent dogs in our foster care program, you will read that Rocky Mountain spotted fever is an epidemic problem in Illinois and the Midwest. If only the vetting and rescue community was up to speed on the plague affecting our pets.

GET TO THE POINT!!


Brandon on point.

Donneigh on point.

On Valentine's day, IBR foster families and adopters met at Fermi Lab in Batavia, IL to do some upland bird testing. IBR volunteer and amateur photographer Yukiko McFarling helped get some amazing photos. Both boys featured above have battled some terrible health issues. Brandon, Field Bred Setter, is recovering nicely from Heartworm disease and is still undergoing treatment for Lyme disease. Donneigh, Field bred Pointer, recently completed treatment for Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF).

Both boys suffered neglect and were not protected against ticks with monthly flea and tick preventative. Monthly Heartgard or Interceptor would have prevented Brandon's heartworm disease. Both also had behavior issues due to their illnesses as both Lyme disease and RMSF causes brain damage, OCD behavior and hyperactivity, joint pain, anxiety and many other life threatening issues. Tick borne illnesses also affect dog's sensory capabilities and until treatment, both Brandon and Donneigh probably weren't able to smell the upland birds. We do believe that many infected birddogs are dumped in shelters across the country as they are struggling with tick borne illnesses and can't hunt at no fault of their own.

Sadly, Brandon and Donneigh both would have been euthanized in over-crowded shelters in Illinois had IBR not stepped in. What a waste that would have been...


Spring Fling Dog Wash Fundraiser


Where: All Things Woof...and Meow, Too- Pet Market & Spa, 29 E Main St, Roselle, IL 60172-2076

When: The first day of spring--Saturday, March 20th/ 11-5pm

Call Kathy for any questions at(630) 529-9663

Official Flier featuring Valentine and the Sweethearts!!


Last year's event!


Happy IBR volutneers, Anne, Dawn, Tina & John.


Cassandra getting a shampoo.

Check out a video montage of last years event by IBR volunteer Pat Malcor. Hope to see you there!!

Check out the fun from this years event in our Facebook photo album and our Youtube montage. Thanks to all the participants we were able to raise close to $400.


IBR Featured in The Pointing Dog Journal

We are honored to be featured in February's online issue of the Pointing Dog Journal. Photography from IBR volunteer and foster mom Yukiko Akimoto McFarling will also be featured. We are hopeful that telling a few of our success stories in this wonderful publication will inspire folks to consider adopting a homeless birddog.


Happy Thoughts for Baby Tambie


Sweet Tamborine

"I'm too cute to be sick!"

It's hard enough to see any dog in pain, but seeing a puppy suffer is heartbreaking. Baby Tamborine is the daughter of Mandilyn a pure bred English Pointer. She and her sisters were doing very well post being weaned until she started to develop some sores on her body while her lymph nodes became enlarged. Sadly, further testing shows she has puppy strangles. She is beginning treatment now and we are hopeful that she will make a full recovery--poor baby. While Tambie resembles a German Shorthair Pointer, she is 50% English and 50% Mutt--but a cutie pie for sure. Here are Mandi and her girls Tamborine, Harmonica and Clarinette in their Facebook photo album. We welcome any donations to help off set some of her vetting bills.

UPDATE 02-16-10 Tambie is responding well to treatment and should make a full recovery!!


2009 Another Ruff Year--Stats

Our 9th year of operations posed more fundraising challenges as the sick, injured, neglected and abused dogs and puppies came in one after the other. As we scrambled to find funding to help our current population of dogs and puppies in foster care, we were blessed with new enthusiastic help. Our tick borne illness diagnosis, treatment and research also continued as more and more dogs and puppies came into our care infected with Lyme disease, Ehrlichia, Anaplasma and Rocky Mountain spotted fever or the combination of two or three. At this point, when we don't get a positive serology for a tick borne illness--we are still suspicious. We tested 78 dogs in 2009 and 61 were positive (that's 78% or 8 out of 10) and we suspected a few more with odd behaviors had a false negative and we treated anyways. As most of our heartworm positive dogs also had tick borne coinfections, that posed more challenges for us to help these dog recover and find new forever homes. Sadly the hardest issues were our sweet girls with mammary cancer. Our vets only give these dogs a 50/50 chance of surviving beyond 18 months post surgery, but we feel that is a worth the extra time and expense to let these girls learn about how it is to be loved and cared for. If only they had been spayed...

Here are our statistics for our incoming dogs and puppies for 2009.


  • Dogs & Puppies Saved: 105
  • Dogs & Puppies Adopted: 80
  • Dogs diagnosed and treated for Heartworm disease: 13
  • Dogs & puppies diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease: 8
  • Dogs & puppies diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease and Anaplasma: 1
  • Dogs & puppies diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease and RMSF: 11
  • Dogs & puppies diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease, Ehrlichia & RMSF: 2
  • Dogs & puppies diagnosed and treated for Ehrlichia: 3
  • Dogs & puppies diagnosed and treated for Ehrlichia and RMSF: 5
  • Dogs & puppies diagnosed and treated for RMSF: 25
  • Dogs & puppies diagnosed and treated for Anaplasma: 1
  • Dogs with Mammary cancer: 4
  • Deaf dogs or puppies: 2
  • Cherry eye surgery: 1

  • Poor Sweet Duckie (sleeping setter) is now in hospice care. She came to us in February of 2009 after her back leg had been amputated. Upon arrival she was diagnosed with Heartworm disease, Lyme disease, Ehrlichia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. She also has mammary cancer. After 11 months in foster care and with ongoing treatment, she is heartworm and Lyme negative but she still has chronic Ehrlichia and RMSF. She was too anemic to do any surgery until recently and during her spay it was discovered she needed her spleen removed because of a tumor. This is so sad and the doctor has given her 10 months to live. We are hopeful she will outlive his prognosis. Duckie's story

    Please read our Ticked Off! section to learn about this very important health crisis affecting our pets.



    Every month SitStay.com donates $200 worth of products to five rescue organizations listed in our Dog Rescue Directory. It's their way of supporting rescue.

    Illinois Birddog Rescue was one of the Rescue Organizations selected for the month of December, 2009 and Ohio Birddog Rescue was picked for January of 2010 to receive $200 in product donations from SitStay.com. They have wonderful products and some Human Grade Quality dog food. Thanks a bunch!

    Click on their logo to get to their site!
    SitStay for Dog Supplies



    Dogtra 200NCP Electronic Dog Collar Raffle

    Congratulations to Miss Jan Burroughs of Iowa for winning the Dogtra E Collar!!


    Thanks to 2 wonderful adopters and their generous donations, we are able to raffle off IBR's favorite Electronic Dog Training collar.

    Dogtra 200 NCP Gold Features: • 1/2 Mile Range • Nick & Constant Stimulation • Pager non-electrical stimulation • Waterproof collar • 3/4 inch collar fits up to an 18" neck • Water resistant transmitter • Transmitter Weight: 3.9 oz. • Transmitter Dimensions: 3.6"L x 1"W x 1.7"H • Receiver Weight: 3.2 oz. • Receiver Dimensions: 2.3"L x 1.6"W x 1.2"H • No external antenna • FREE lanyard • Rechargeable Ni-MH batteries • 2 -Year Limited Warranty

    View Dogtra Raffle Flier.

    Tickets are $5 each, 10 for $35 or 35 for $100. Mail ticket requests, checks payable to Illinois Birddog Rescue, P.O. Box 364, Wood Dale, IL, 60191.

    Winning ticket will be drawn February 1st, 2010.

    GOOD LUCK!!





    Foster Home for the Howlidays 2009


    Mandilyn & daughters Harmonica, Tamborine and Clarinette

    Mandilyn is a beautiful Black and White American Field Bred English Pointer that was in danger of being put to sleep in an overcrowded shelter in Southern Illinois. A wonderful rescuer pulled her to safety and gave her a safe place to stay while she had her puppies on November 21st. On December 12th, Mandi with girls in tow, were flown via Pilots and Paws to Ohio for permanent foster care. Sadly, Mandilyn is heartworm positive and is full of tapeworms which is keeping her generally quite dehydrated as they are sucking the life out of her. Unfortunatly nursing momma dogs can't take the dewormer they need until the pups are weaned so her foster mom is doing her best to allow her to drink and eat as much as she can. We ran a CBC/Chem on December 14th and she does have a few red flags--but her foster mom is doing her best to feed iron rich foods to help with the anemia. Considering all she is struggling with, she is taking wonderful care of her three girls Harmonica, Tamborine and Clarinette. After her girls are weaned, we will start getting Mandi ready for her heartworm treatment and get rid of those awful tapeworms!!!

    Mandi is the 12th heartworm positive dog we have rescued in 2009.

    Monica, Tam-B and Clare will be ready for adoption the end of January after they have their first vaccination at about 9 weeks old. Once we have their adoption pages up we will be accepting adoption applications. Candidates MUST have some dog experience as these girls may have high energy needs. Adopters MUST also have safe fenced in yards and be non-smoking homes.

    We welcome any donations to help off set Mandilyn's medical bills.


    2009 Santa Paws Highlights!!




    Pluto's baby album on Facebook and Blog.

    Here is our latest rescue puppy--Pluto. He was pulled from an Ohio shelter on 11-11, Veteran's day, by the wife of an active member of the Navy. When the volunteer went to get Pluto from the shelter, she realized that he was in trouble. He was lethargic, dehydrated and his eyes weren't focused on her. He was also vomiting. She rushed Pluto to our wonderful Lancaster vet--Dr. Libby, and as we ruled out Parvovirus, Pluto was given a bag of IV fluids and further diagnosis found he was loaded with round worms and another parasite called Giardia. Pluto is only 21lbs at about 5-6 months old and his paws are flat like chicken feet due to malnutrition. He also has a slight case of Ringworm (fungus). Treatment seems to be working as he was playing with the volunteer's puppy a few hours later. While Pluto spent most of his young life in the shelter, he is adjusting slowly to the sights and sounds of an active household. We are hopeful that our newest little baby will make a full recovery, build his confidence and find his forever home soon!

    This one vet visit ran close to $250 WITH our rescue discount. Pluto' story is just one of many in 9 years of dog and puppy rescue.

    Please vote for IBR as we need all the help we can get.


    America's Favorite Shelter Contest!

    America's Favorite Animal Shelter Contest - help your animal shelter win $10,000 - vote today!

    Currently IBR is in 24st place--which is amazing considering how many wonderful organizations we are competing with. We need at least 2000 votes in the next few days to catch 5th place and get us back into the $1,000 donation range. As you can see in the paragraphs below--we put our hearts and souls into every rescue dog or puppy we bring in.

    The America’s Favorite Animal Shelter contest, sponsored by Care2 and Adopt-a-Pet.com, is a chance for animal lovers everywhere to raise awareness of the need to adopt shelter and rescue animals while helping their favorite shelter win a much-needed donation.

    The contest launches on Thursday, November 5th at midnight PT and ends on Wednesday, December 16th at 11:59:59 pm PT. Voting is open to anyone 18 or older in the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec for legal reasons). Only one vote per person allowed -- but you can ask everyone you know to vote also!

    This is the third “America's Favorite Animal Shelter” contest sponsored by Care2.com and Adopt-a-Pet.com, who aim to offer hope and help to shelters and rescue groups who work tirelessly to care for homeless animals.

    Care2 will donate a total of $25,000 to animal shelters and rescue groups: The 10 groups with the most votes at the end of the contest will win the following prizes: Grand prize: $10,000, Second place: $5,000, Third place: $3,000, Fourth place: $2,000, Fifth place: $1,000, and the groups that place 6th through 10th will each win $500. Also, every week, a randomly selected participating group (five or more votes that week) will win $500.

    As a bonus, the 20 contest participants who recruit the most friends to vote for their favorite shelter will receive a $50 gift certificate for pet products as special thank-you gifts for them and their beloved companions.

    VOTE HERE

    for Illinois Birddog Rescue!

    We  Support Pet Adoption


    Facebook users--click on the link to vote for IBR in the Community Giving Contest!! Chase is giving 5 Million ($5,000,000)to the non-profit organizations with the most votes. Please help us receive the recognition we need to help us continue our work!!


    Iowa Hunting Fundraiser

    Enter to win a hunting excursion in Iowa. Download the flyer for more details. Download a map.

    Winner can bring his or her own dogs and join IBR volunteer Steve Morgan on a guided tour of some public and private hunting areas near Des Moines Iowa. Winner is responsible for obtaining a valid Iowa Hunting license.

    Congrats to our winners Mike Bytner and Rich Tremblay!!


    October 10th -- Birddog Balooza 5
    Hammel Woods Forest Preserve,Shorewood, IL.
    BB5 Photo Highlights!


    BIRDDOG BALOOZA 4 & Fall Photo Shoot

    View Yukiko's Photos from our Fall 2008 Photo Shoot.

    Photo Shoot: This year we want to give the folks that are coming out of town for BB4 the opportunity to work their dogs adopted or foster dogs on upland birds. Yukiko McFarling will be taking photos and these in turn may be used for Café Press fundraising items or will be added to the WHOA! Doggie. Coffee table book. To off set the cost of the birds- we are asking for a $50 donation per dog and we will be using pheasant, chukkar or both. No fire arms will be used and new dogs will work on the end of a check cord. Event will be held at the DesPlaines Wildlife Conservation area in Wilmington , IL on the 4th. We will start promptly at 11am CST and folks wanting to participate need to contact Lisa Lisa@luckypets.net to reserve their brace or braces. We plan on working many dogs so folks coming in from later in the afternoon should still be able to play.

    Directions to the photo shoot: FROM I-55 North or South- exit Arsenal Rd. (1st Exit just after you go over a fun steel bridge over a river). This is south of 80 also. At the stop sign you turn LEFT and follow that road (curving south) past the Dow Chemical Plant. It’s about a mile or so. We will be on the right side at the first main gravel driveway. We will also have signs.

    Birddog Balooza 4: October 5th will celebrate our 8th year in operation with our infamous family reunion. The event will be held at the Hammel Woods forest preserve. We will be at the Crumby Recreation area. The entrance is right off of Black Road, (east of rte 59, north of Jefferson St). View this map to see the Crumby Rec area at the top and the dog park in the upper right side of the map. The event will start at noon. Folks can come early to let their dogs run at the dog park. This will be catered. As usual, we will have some demos and our big fundraising raffle. Please make your reservations early!! Download the Invitation!

    For hotel information, click here to see a listing of local dog friendly hotels.

    If you can’t attend but would like to contribute an item for the raffle- please contact Lisa. We are always looking for fun Pointer/Setter or dog related items.

    We would like to thank our SmartPak, Gun Dog Supply, and Wet Nose for donating towards our fundraising raffle.



    2009 Newsletter

    View our 2009 Fall Newsletter

    Take a look at our recent newsletter. Highlights include news about Abe's first Hunt Test qualifier!! WOO HOO!

    We also have more information on our very important Tick Panel research including the frightening data on the frequency of incoming infected dogs and puppies and also our latest colaboration with North Carolina State University's Vector Borne research lab.

    Fall 2008 Newsletter

    For all the latest news download Fall Newsletter in Word or Fall Newsletter as PDF file

    Minnesota Garage Sale to help Illinois Birddog Rescue

    Our MN garage sale was a big success. Thank you to all who helped out and shopped!

    The Minnesota group of IBR (Illinois Bird Dog Rescue) is holding a benefit garage sale to support IBR's rescue efforts in Minnesota, and throughout the upper Midwest. 100% of the proceeds will help IBR fund rescues, and medical costs.

    The sale includes many household items, but also many dog related products. Some pet food manufacturers have donated samples.

    Please come out and meet some of our adopted furry friends too!

    Sale Hours:
    Thursday, Sept 11th - 8:00AM to 5:00pm
    Friday, Sept 12th - 8:00AM to 5:00pm
    Saturday Sept 13th - 8:00AM to 3:00PM
    (no early birds please)

    Location:
    19584 Evergreen Trail
    Farmington, MN

    *Follow signs to the Charleswood Neighborhood Sale* The IBR Fundraiser sale is located in the same neighborhood. Contact Bryan at bryan_appel@yahoo.com if you have items to donate.


    Dyson DC14 Animal Upright Vacuum Raffle -- DRAWING JUNE 21st

    Announcing the Sweet Georgia Peach aka Reba and Sir Wallingford from Murfreesboro Dyson Raffle!

    Congratulations to the winner Margaret Alexander of Bloomingdale Illinois. Thank you to everyone who took a chance and helped the dogs!

    Win a Dyson DC14 Animal Upright (Steel/Lavender) NEW Vacuum!

    Brand: Dyson
    Type: Upright
    Classification: Bagless/Cyclonic
    Motor Size: 12 amp
    Cord Length: 37 feet
    Cleaning Width: 13 inches
    Tools On Board: Yes
    Headlight: No
    Weight: 18.6 lbs.
    Bare Floor Selector: Yes
    Filtration: Lifetime HEPA Filtration
    Suggested Retail: $549.00
    Warranty: 5 year warranty
    Allergy Rating (out of 5 stars): 5 stars
    Certified Asthma Friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

    Comments:
    Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner Lifetime HEPA filtration, 12 amps, 0.71 gallon easy empty dust cup, Barefloor selector, 13 inch cleaning path, 18.6 lbs., 17 foot hose, 35.4 foot cord, Easy to reach on-board standard tools, 5 year warranty. Plus: Mini turbo tool, Low Reach floor tool, Zorb cleaning powder, Dysolv cleaning spray.

    This raffle will help with medicals bills generated by Sweet Georgia Peach aka Reba and Sir Wallingford from Murfreesboro. Reba, the pointer, has been diagnosed with mammary cancer and needs an immediate mastectomy. Wally, the setter, has many ailments including heartworm disease, Erlichea (a tick bourne disease), Spondylosis (spinal osteoarthritis), many intestinal parasites, and neurological issues from being kept in a small cage.

    Tickets are $5 each. The drawing will be held the last day of Spring- June 21st (spring cleaning tie in).

    THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK!


    Garage Sale Fundraiser

    Who?: All proceeds benefit Illinois Birddog Rescue

    What?: Annual Spring Garage Sale

    When?: Friday May 16th and Saturday May 17th 9am to 4pm

    Why?: To help raise funds for the medical needs of the many homeless dogs in our organization.

    Download the flyer here!


    2008 IBR Spring Newsletter

    Check out the latest birddog news by downloading the newsletter here.


    3rd Annual Photo Shoot

    On March 15th we hosted our 3rd annual hunt and photo shoot near the Des Plaines Conservation Area off of Arsenal and Blodgett Roads in Wilmington, IL. View photo album 1 and photo album 2. We hope to use photos for the 2009 IBR Calendar and other items created for our Café Press Store. View more photos from previous events featuring the work of Yukiko McFarling.

    Garage Sale Fundraiser

    Who?: All proceeds benefit Illinois Birddog Rescue

    What?: Annual Spring Garage Sale

    When?: Friday May 16th and Saturday May 17th 9am to 4pm

    Why?: To help raise funds for the medical needs of the many homeless dogs in our organization.

    Have items you'd like to donate?:

    Download the flyer here!


    Quilt and Christie Print Raffle to fund Elton's surgery

    Congratulations Sharon Cisna of Maryland, winner of the prints and Nance Ceccareli of Idaho, winner of the quilt! Thank you to everyone who helped us raise funds for Elton!

    We are putting a Raffle together for our wonderful foster boy Elton. Elton is an approximately 6 year old setter boy that has an acute Hiatel Hernia which prevents him from leading the good life he should be. We have tried to alleviate his discomfort with chiropractic adjustments, however, the hernia is so bad that those alone will not take care of the issues. Elton is in constant distress from heartburn, which causes him to drink water excessively, pant constantly, at times throw up his food and due to the excessive drinking causes him to have some accidents in the house. We have sought medical advice from a specialist and Elton is going to need surgery to to restore his quality of life.

    We have been blessed with the opportunity to raffle off two very special Items!

    John Good has graciously donated a hand made quilt to raffle off.

    And the artist Robert Christie donated two of his beautiful English Setter prints. Robert Christie is one of the leading artists who paint wildlife and birddogs. (Please note the frames pictured are not included.Actually photos of the prints will be uploaded soon.)


    "The Runners" by Robert Christie


    "Point and a Dunk" by Robert Christie

    TICKET PRICES ARE AS FOLLOWS!
    1 Ticket FOR $2.00
    6 Ticets FOR $10.00
    12 Tickets FOR $20.00
    20 Tickets FOR $30.00

    YOU WILL NEED TO SPECIFY WHICH ITEM YOU ARE PURCHASING TICKETS FOR! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TRY YOUR HAND AT BOTH ITEMS PLEASE SPECIFY HOW MANY OF EACH TICKET YOU WILL LIKE! ie: FOR $20.00 YOU COULD HAVE 6 OF EACH TICKET!

    IF YOU ARE SENDING FOR YOU TICKETS PLEASE INCLUDE A SELF ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE

    Drawing will be held MAY 5, 2008.

    THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK!


    2008 IBR Spring Newsletter

    Check out the latest birddog news by downloading the newsletter here.


    3rd Annual Photo Shoot

    On March 15th we hosted our 3rd annual hunt and photo shoot near the Des Plaines Conservation Area off of Arsenal and Blodgett Roads in Wilmington, IL. View photo album 1 and photo album 2. We hope to use photos for the 2009 IBR Calendar and other items created for our Café Press Store. View more photos from previous events featuring the work of Yukiko McFarling.


    Bronson's Big Day!

    Bronson, aka IBR's Rugged Vigilante, is on the road to his Junior Hunter Title! He earned his first qualifying ribbon on Labor Day. Bronson came into rescue extremely scared. Read the story of his transition under Rescue Dog Brags and follow his progress by checking out Bronson's Blog. Bronson is still looking for a home! If you are interested in adopting this special boy, please submit an online adoption application.


    Hobbit Family Reunion

    On Sunday, September 16, we held the first annual Hobbit Family Reunion! It was a blast!
    Check out the photos from the event on the Hobbit Family Reunion Blog

    In March of 2006, Illinois Birddog Rescue took in over 20 dogs from The Boat Mountain Tragedy in Arkansas. These dogs became affectionately known as "The Hobbits" because of their smaller stature. We will be holding the first annual Hobbit Family Reunion for our adopters this September.

    View the Hobbit Blog. WARNING**Graphic Photos**


    Serafina Hobbit


    2007 English Setter Association of America National Specialty

    October 6th and 7th, All Breed Dog Agility Trial in Sharonville, Ohio.
    Stop by and visit the Illinois Birddog Rescue informational booth. Also be sure to catch some of our adopted rescue dogs competing in agility at the event.

    View Thelmalou doing agility at the ESA National Specialty in 2005.

    2007 English Setter Association of America National Specialty

    October 8th, English Setter Only Hunt Test in Wilmington Ohio.
    Come out and watch some of our adopted rescue setters show off their bird-finding skills in the ESA National Specialty Hunt Test.
    View Rocky’s Juniors Highlights from 2005.


    Pheasant Fest 2007

    Illinois Birddog Rescue will be attending the 2007 National Pheasant Fest in Des Moines, Iowa January 19 thru 21. Stop by our booth, say hello, shop our promotional merchandise, and meet a couple of our adoptable dogs.


    Birddog Balooza 2 Recap

    Our second annual Birddog Balooza was held on Oct 15. What an awesome event! We had dog park fun, agility and pointing demos, food, raffles, and lots of fun! Many alumni and volunteers turned out to visit. Thanks to all who came out to support our rescue and show off their doggies.

    Check out some of our volunteer photos: Photo Album 1, Photo Album 2, Photo Album 3.

    Special thanks to Brown's Chicken and Catering, Happy Jack, Inc., Dr. Herilhy, Dr. DeStefano, Christy Currano, Pointing the Way dog training, and Dog Wares for their kind donations to our event.


    What's the Point?

    View the Fall/Winter IBR Newsletter for a re-cap of 2004. Click here.


    Garage Sale Success!

    The first annual IBR Garage Sale was a huge success! Thanks to Barb and her family and friends for the fabulous set up! Also thanks to everyone who donated items, came out to help, and shopped for those hidden treasures! All proceeds benefit the dogs in our rescue. If you couldn't make this year's sale...stayed tuned for details about our next sale!


    Petshow Pictures

    < Illinois Birddog Rescue, Inc. was represented at the Chicagoland Family Petshow. Checkout some pictures from the event!


    Warning! ProHeart 6 could be dangerous to your pet!

    If you are using, or plan to use ProHeart 6, please read this news report from CBS 2 Chicago. The FDA addresses concerns about the safety of the 6 month heartworm prevention shot.


    January 4, 2003

    Today we launched our new website! We will be adding more information and features in the weeks to come. Please check back frequently!


    Old News

    Click here to view old news items.