Above & Beyond English Setter Rescue 2018 Star Search

2018 Star Search closes on July 16, 2017 at 10:00 PM (EST) – so don’t miss out! Enter or vote »

Welcome to the Above & Beyond English Setter Calendar Star Search. We all love our Setters and each one is a Star in our own eyes. Here is your chance to go viral, enter your best photos, and share your setter’s story! Send the links to all your family, friends, co-workers, and well everyone! Build your Star’s fan club! The fans will vote for their favorite Stars! The 12 favorite Stars will receive a larger picture in our 2018 calendar and the top Fan Favorite will win the coveted Calendar Cover spot!

But this is much more than a fun Calendar Contest. It’s an opportunity to promote the rescue and raise some much needed funds for our dogs. These are the real lifetime dramas of setters in need who depend on our help to have a chance at a real life in a forever home! Many dogs come to us abused and neglected with significant medical needs. Each vote will help raise funds to get the medical help they need. This is the real Star Power!

So come on all you “Puparazzies” out there…start submitting your best shots!

Submitting your Star Search entry is free! Once your entry is confirmed, send the “share” links to all the “fans” you know. Votes cost $1.00 each and a minimum purchase of 5 votes ($5.00) is required. Above & Beyond English Setter Rescue is a 501( c) 3 non-profit organization. Your purchase of votes is actually a tax deduction and the printable receipt is your proof of donation. Purchased votes can be cast all on a single Star or split among your favorites! And you can vote as often as you want! The tally of votes is viewable real-time and everyone can track their Star’s progress. Enter early and vote frequently for the best chances of winning. And use those share buttons to share your Star’s link to all your fans on FB, email, Twitter, Instagram, etc…..

If you prefer, you can email your image to Eileen using this link »

Don’t have a photo to submit? No problem. Just browse all the photos submitted and vote for your favorites! If you intend to purchase a calendar, remember the top 13 Stars chosen here will be featured in prominent spots in the 2018 calendar. So make the top 13 – Your Favorite Stars!

And don’t forget to preorder your calendars. $22 each and $5 for shipping up to 3 calendars – any quantity over 3 is a flat $10. Checks can be mailed to Above & Beyond 60 Molleystown Rd Pine Grove PA 17963

GO – GO – GO (before it’s gone)!

Black Dog Coffee Fundraiser

Support Above and Beyond English Setter Rescue by treating yourself to some great coffee.  During the months of April and May, Black Dog Coffee Traders will generously make a donation to A&B ESR for every bag of their specially-labeled coffee sold to our supporters.

Black Dog Coffee Traders is dedicated to selling superbly roasted coffee blends from the best coffee regions in the world. Since their beginning, they have donated 5% of their profits to the AKC’s Canine Health Foundation for the purpose of canine cancer research. They also periodically further support their goal of “celebrating the canines that we spend our lives with” through donations to a limited number of other dog-related charities based on sales of coffee to the charities’ supporters. A&B ESR is lucky to be one of those charities.

Please help A&B ESR by buying setter-themed bags of coffee from Black Dog Coffee Traders this month.  Click on this link to go directly to the website»

Following are pictures of the coffee labels, each featuring one of A&B ESR’s alumni. (Thor’s, Lewie’s and Sweet Brinkley’s blends are available in either a caffeinated or decaffeinated variety.) 

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This generous donation and the opportunity to have these special setters cheering you when you make your coffee will only be available between April 1 and May 31 so do not delay placing your orders.

Thank you for supporting our English Setters.

Tastefully Simple Fundraiser

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Hello A&B volunteers and adopters,

I have been a volunteer with A&B for 11 years.   My favorite thing is raising a litter of puppies!   Who can resist puppy breath?  So when I saw the little pup who was found on the streets in Greece, I wanted to foster him.  After emailing Jennifer and learning the costs of getting the foreigners here, I decided to try a fundraiser to help cover some of the costs of flights. I enjoy food and Tastefully Simple products too so here are the details.

Below is a link to A&B’s fundraiser. You can place an order on the web site, pay by credit card and have itBaby Puppy3 shipped to your home. If you would be willing to take a catalog to work or ask friends to help our cause, I can send you catalogs and order forms. You can then send the orders and checks to me and I will submit. The fundraiser is closing Saturday, April 1.  Products will arrive before Easter. A spice shaker could be put in an Easter basket for someone on a diet or a diabetic. The drink buckets make a nice gift too!

Shop a little and raise some funds for Duke and the crew. For every $100 in sales (not including shipping), A&B will earn $25.  So if our fundraiser totals $2000, A&B will earn $500 for air fare or vet bills for the Greeks!

Thanks so much for all you do for the setters.

Here is the party link  https://www.tastefullysimple.com/p/11152902  to place orders. 

Any questions, email or call 717-580-5715. Feel free to forward to your friends.  

Happy Selling!

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hART Sense Design and Smiling Setter Shop present Holiday Fundraiser

Now through January 31, 2018 all profits go to support the mission of Above & Beyond English Setter Rescue.

Shop pet tags and matching accessories for humans at http://www.smilingsetter.com or get yourself, or a loved one, some unique fashion jewelry at http://www.hartsensedesign.com

When you use coupon SETTER2SETTER30 at checkout, all profits from your entire order will go to Above & Beyond, and you will also receive 30% off your order total.

Quantities are limited, so shop early for best selection.

Yankee Candle Fundraiser

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Please support our annual Above & Beyond Yankee Candle Fundraiser. Remember when we used to have Yankee Candle parties in our homes or get invited to them? Sadly, because we are spread out nationwide, it’s impossible to do the sales by having a party. The great thing is that you can order online, have your items shipped directly to you, and have your purchase benefit Above & Beyond English Setter Rescue. Some wonderful stuff in the online catalog just in time to start your Christmas shopping Our rescue receives 40% of every purchase to let us help more rescues. Shop on line at www.yankeecandlefundraising.com. If you don’t see the Above and Beyond page, sign on as a seller using this very important number 990027206 (this is what gives A&B the profit on the sale).















You are about to meet some amazing English Setters! Whether you are searching for your next best friend or just looking for information, we are here to help.

Above & Beyond English Setter Rescue (A&BESR) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit charitable organization committed to saving English Setters. Since 2004, our efforts enabled over 1,500 homeless English Setters and English setter mixes to find their way into loving forever homes. Our adopted dogs reside in 49 of our 50 states, DC, and Canada. There are A&B foster homes in every geographic region of the country.

The English setters rescued by A&BESR are often found in shelters, as strays, no longer wanted because they do not hunt, or turned in by families who are no longer able to care for their setter. Once in rescue, our foster homes work with each dog to determine temperament, personality, and best type of home situation for their foster’s needs. All dogs receive basic vetting: spay/neuter, vaccines, and parasite testing /treatment. Many rescued setters have significant medical needs which require advanced medical care for heartworm disease, tumors, untreated breaks or fractures, etc. A&BESR provides for all medical care. Once restored to health, our setters are available for adoption.

Thank You for visiting. Before you go, would you consider making a donation to help us save another life?

Monthly News Letter January


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BRRRR – Baby It’s Cold Out There!

We care deeply about the health and welfare of setters everywhere! Ours newsletters will share helpful information on many aspects of care: Grooming, health, training, aging, holistic care, diet, etc. If you have a suggestion for a newsletter topic, please contact us with your suggestions.

Winter 2016

Above & Beyond English Setter Rescue wishes all our feathered setter friends, family, and visitors all the best in 2016.

Many of us were spoiled by the warm weather in late December and took advantage by getting our setters groomed and clipped – looking spectacular for the holidays! And now in January we are bundling up in frigid single digit temps!

Now that Ol’ man Winter is finally here – please pay close attention to your setter’s needs!

Not all setters grow a good undercoat.  And many of our adopters in geographic climate areas that experience cold winters have actually adopted setters from the south.  Many of these new additions may need some extra gear to help them make it through.  Even dogs that are used to cold winters may not grow enough coat to keep them warm.  And if you have your dog groomed where the undercoat is thinned or coat is clipped short, these kids also may find themselves shivering in the cold.  In these situations, think about purchasing a weather proof warm coat to help them retain their body heat and stay dry even on the coldest of snowy days!  Puppies and older infirmed dogs especially need to be protected.

Did you know a dog’s paw has hundreds of blood vessels?  These, plus lots of fatty tissue, help to keep dogs paws from freezing as they pad around in the ice and snow.  Did you know these same blood vessels can also absorb toxins and chemicals from the environment? Please please do NOT use chemical ice melts in dog areas or walkways and driveways where your dogs frequent.  These chemicals can be absorbed through the blood vessels and cause harm.  If a dog eats these ice melts or licks their paws after walking through it, they can burn their mouth or esophagus.  If enough is ingested, these chemicals can even be fatal.  There are animal friendly alternative ice melts that are perfectly safe for the fur family and are very effective in melting ice and snow.  Safe step and Safe Paw are two of these alternative products.

Have you heard of Mushers Wax or Paw Wax?  These are all natural products which can be rubbed on the bottom of paw pads to help dogs have traction on ice.  It also is great for dogs who live in homes which have slippery flooring – especially when they have wet feet.  The wax would also help on indoor floors.  If you have an older dog who struggles when getting up on slippery flooring,  the paw wax would be a great benefit for their mobility and prevent them from splaying out their hind legs.  It also helps heal dry cracked paw pads.  Paw wax is available online and price ranges from $4.95 – $12.00.  You can also find Snout Wax for dry cracked noses!

Diets also need to be “winterized”.  Does your fur kid prefer to spend most of his/her time out of doors running, playing, hunting birds regardless of the temperature?  If this sounds like your baby and you live in a colder winter climate, your baby will need more calories to maintain his/her weight.  Their body will burn more calories to stay warm and unless their diet provides these additional calories, weight loss could result.  If your dog has a full coat and unless you handle you dogs on a regular basis this weight loss could go unnoticed resulting in a ribby underweight dog come spring.  On the opposite end of the spectrum, if your baby takes one sniff of that frigid polar air and wants only to be outside long enough for nature’s call and then spend the rest of the day laying on the couch or dog bed, then your baby will need less calories to maintain his/her optimum body weight.  Not adjusting the diet will result in packing on some winter weight!

Making sure your dogs are staying hydrated is just as important as making sure they are getting enough calories.  When the weather turns cold you may find your dog is drinking less – especially if they are  spending a great deal of time outside and their outside water supply is extremely cold or may even be frozen making it impossible to get a drink.  Make sure your dog always has fresh clean water.  Maybe an electric water bowl is an option.  If dogs spend a significant amount of time outside in very cold weather, you may want to consider supplementing with electrolytes.  Electrolytes provide energy , nutrients, and supplements which help keep your dog hydrated in times of high physical activity or stress.  Extremes in temperature would be considered stress to the body.  This is equivalent to your dog drinking a sports drink or Gatorade.  Electrolytes are typically mixed in with the water or some can be mixed in with moistened food.  Electrolytes will encourage your dogs to keep hydrated.

Cold weather brings snow.  Most dogs love to run and play in the snow.  Stop! Wait! Is your dog’s playground safe and snow ready?  Pick up the yard and put away flower pots, decorative rocks, or statuary which could be buried in the snow and become a hidden hazard.  Dogs can trip and fall sustaining significant injuries running into these buried hazards.  Dogs can be impaled or sustain cuts or even broken bones.   Let them have fun but it is your responsibility to keep them safe!

Now that you have the ground cleared of hazards –  look up!  Take a look a where your dog is playing and what dangers may exist.  Are branches and limbs heavy with ice and snow to the point they can snap and fall on your dogs?  Is there a snow load on the roof of your home, garage, or outbuildings?  If the answer is yes, does your dog’s play ground bring him into the vicinity where he could get caught if the snow slides off the roof?  I know, paranoid, but bad things do happen.  If a dog hears something start to slide he or she will likely run from the sound.  If your dog is older or infirmed or a young pup, the snow it generally not as high close to a building due to overhangs.  They will travel in these lower areas – which puts them in the path of a slide.  An older dog may not be able to move quickly or worse yet may be deaf or hard of hearing and never know what’s coming.  Watch the roof tops. You can generally see the snow inching over the edge before a slide starts to happen.  If you see this sign, keep the kids and fur kids away from these areas until the snow is off the roof.

Dogs are highly intelligent creatures who can make some very bad decisions.   Every winter we hear stories of heroic efforts to rescue a dog who broke through the ice into the frigid waters below.  Do not let your dogs out unsupervised in areas in which they can get out on a frozen body of water or jump into flowing water regardless of depth.  If a dog would go into the water and manage to get out, he/she could easily succumb to hyperthermia, shock, frostbite, or even death.  If the worst would happen and your dog decides to join the polar bear club, get him/her out of the water immediately.  Take off your coat and wrap it around your dog.  Get them into the house immediately.  Rub them dry and wrap them up in some warm blankets.  Offer some broth.  Make sure the gums are a healthy pink.  If at anytime your dog doesn’t seem alert or is out of character,  get him/her to the vet for supportive care.  If your are not close to home when this happens, get your dog into your vehicle and blast the heater.  It is a good idea to keep some towels and a blanket in your vehicle.  Dry him/her off, wrap in the blanket and home and into a warm environment.

Many dogs are die hards and will play in the snow as long as you let them.  Don’t let them over  do it – especially older dogs with mobility issues.  They may suffer from sore muscles or strains the following day and show lameness from the over exertion.  Make sure your dogs have a warm bed to keep them off the cold floors.  And if you get a really deep snow – make sure to shovel a dog relief area – especially if you have seniors!

Remember to take some great winter photos of your fur kids in the snow!  You can submit them for our 2017 Calendar and calendar contest!

Stay safe and warm everyone!

                                                                                                                                                               Author: Eileen Gibson