Tuesday, June 20, 2017

ABE! Garden Party raises funds for RLRR

"Please join Red Lake 'Crumpet' and little 'Sneffie' at the 
Red Lake Rosie's Rescue Benefit-Garden Party!"

Susan and her beloved Clumber Spaniel named ABE! raised funds for animal shelters for years with benefit parties. In 2009, when he passed away, the ABE! Fund was created in his memory.

A birthday party for 17-year-old, Bramber, the Sussex spaniel, was the special occasion for the fundraiser in 2010.

A little homeless dog wandered the streets of the Reservation, until he was rescued by Red Lake Rosie's Rescue. In December of 2010, Susan adopted Crumpet, so he was the guest of honor in 2011.

In 2012, Crumpet was joined in hosting duties by Caity, his new sister, a 7-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel rescue dog. 

The two happily co-hosted the event for some years.

We were thrilled when Susan made the long trip to Red Lake in 2015 to finally see the shelter and meet Karen.

She also had the opportunity to help at a clinic. For years, Susan and her friend Cele made blankets for the animals of RLRR and she got to put them to good use.

We appreciate that Crumpet has been willing to share :-)

We were so sorry to hear that Caity passed away. Rest in Peace, dear Caity.

Over the years, the ABE! Fund has donated straw for the kennels in winter and shelter supplies. This year the funds will benefit the October Spay/Neuter Clinic.

Red Lake Rosie's Rescue has received thousands of dollars from the ABE! Fund and we can't thank Susan enough for her loyal friendship and support. We welcome Sneferu to the family!

Love from Karen
and RLRR

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wildlife of Red Lake Nation

 Red Lake Nation gets a A + for protection of habitat for wildlife.

As we travel around the reservation we see many species of wildlife and birds of prey living in a non-intrusive environment.

The lakeshore is not developed with septic systems putting sewage into the lake; our leadership and residents of Red Lake deserve much credit for not developing the land, draining our many wetlands, and building resorts on our lake.

 I am very proud of this standard and the example we set for the world to see.

Learn more about Red Lake Reservation below.

Sincerely, Karen Good RLRR

The Red Lake Indian Reservation (Miskwaagamiiwi-zaaga'igan) covers 1,258.62 square miles in parts of nine counties in northwestern Minnesota. The largest section is an area around Red Lake which is the largest lake entirely within Minnesota. The second-largest section is much farther north, in the Northwest Angle of Lake of the Woods County near the Canada–United States border. It has no permanent residents. Between these two largest sections are hundreds of mostly small, non-contiguous reservation exclaves in the counties of Beltrami, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, Koochiching, Roseau, Pennington, Marshall, Red Lake, and Polk.

Home to the federally recognized Red Lake Band of Chippewa, it is unique as the only "closed reservation" in Minnesota. In a closed reservation, all land is held in common by the tribe and there is no private property. The tribe claims the land by right of conquest and aboriginal title; they were not reassigned to it by the United States government. The Red Lake Band of Chippewa refused to join with six other bands in organizing as the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe in the mid-1930s; at the time, its people wanted to preserve their traditional system of hereditary chiefs, rather than forming an electoral government. As of 2011, the Ojibwe language is the official language of Red Lake.

THANKS TO E. JOURDAIN, JR. PHOTOGRAPHY FOR THESE PHOTOS. See more from this local native photographer on his Facebook page.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dear Deer, Danny & Dandelion

On Memorial Day, it was cold and rainy. Red Lake Rosie's Rescue got a call from Justin and Susan, our dedicated drivers that rescue in Red Lake and the surrounding area. They had been driving near the outlet on the reservation when they saw grass on the side of the road moving suspiciously. They stopped to find an injured whitetail fawn about a week old on the side of the road. Danny’s front leg was twisted and he could not walk. He also had scraped on his midsection.

Justin called and, in questioning him, there was no mother deer around and the fawn was clearly injured. We do not want anyone to pick up baby deer unless they are injured and no mother deer is around. We only take those whose life is in danger.

Before Danny got to the RLRR shelter, we contacted Wild and Free Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Garrison and they agreed to meet Danny in Motley the next day and take him to the vet for his injuries. Wild and Free provides medical care for injured and orphaned wildlife and introduces them back into the refuge after rehabilitation. We do not condone nor practice domesticating wildlife.

Danny arrived and was given dog milk replacer in a syringe as that’s all that was available. We tucked Danny in a dry kennel and would give multiple feedings until the next day when he would be transferred to Wild and Free.

The next morning at feeding time, I was amazed to see that Danny's right leg had straightened out. It had been dislocated -- not broken! Danny has a bright future as soon as his leg is strong and his wound on his midsection is healed. He will be nurtured at Wild and Free until he can fend for himself. He should be able to be released back to the wild in the fall.

We want to especially thank Justin and Susan for noticing the fawn in distress. And, also, thank you to Nancy and Jenny our faithful transporters who always give a ride to those in need!

Much to our surprise, about a week later, we got a call about another fawn that was down, severely dehydrated and malnourished with no mother in sight. RLRR took in the orphan fawn, who we called Dandelion, and transferred her the next day to Wild and Free Rehabilitation Center in Garrison, MN, too. She was so sweet, but in very weak condition. She is pictured with Shannon, a volunteer, who spent the weekend with her husband Mike at the shelter.

RLRR has sent two other fawns in previous years to Wild and Free, as well as many other species. Thank you to Wild and Free for immediately responding to the needs of injured and orphaned wildlife.


Monday, June 12, 2017

Buckwheat's Brush with Death

The call came late on a Saturday evening from a lady who said her dog was in serious condition. She reluctantly decided to surrender her dog to Red Lake Rosie’s so he could get medical care. The dog, who Dr. Bob named Buckwheat, was 75 miles from the shelter and another 24 miles from the vet. Paul and Phyllis answered the call and brought the bloody dog to the shelter and we called the emergency vet to come in and help Buckwheat.

Not only was Buckwheat covered with blood but also with mud.

Buckwheat had never been neutered and was chasing a female dog in heat and was attacked by a group of other intact males. His right leg was badly chewed and his neck. Buckwheat had bites all over his rear flanks.

The vet did the best he could to clean the wounds and shave the affected parts. There was no way to stitch the animal as pieces of flesh had been chewed off.

Buckwheat lingered between life and death at the vet hospital and after the weekend came to the RLRR shelter. The vet was unsure if he would live or die. Buckwheat ate nothing for a whole week.

Finally, he began to eat small amounts with the hidden antibiotic and pain medication.

Ten days later, he is walking on leash and definitely is on the mend. We are hoping for a full recovery and healing. As soon as Buckwheat is well enough, he will be neutered.

Had Buckwheat been neutered. this would never have happened to him. We try and impress on the community the need to get all pets neutered and spayed. We see many injured male intact dogs mauled by other dogs.

Please bring your animals to our neuter/spay clinics to prevent critical and many times fatal injury. 

Thank you to our donors who support RLRR animal clinics and medical for the injured.


Saturday, June 10, 2017


Dates: June 10 & 11, 2017
Hours: Saturday 10-5, Sunday 11-4
Place: Minneapolis Convention Center
Address: 1301 Second Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minnesota
Phone: 612-335-6000
Website: minnesotapetexpo.com

Bring your dog (see rules & tips on website minnesotapetexpo.com)

This event has been a great fundraiser and a way for people to learn more about RLRR. We also like to meet and thank people who have adopted Red Lake dogs! We will have RLRR t-shirts!!

 We have many hand made items this year including Kuranda style dog and cat beds, dog and cat couch potato pads, dog hoodies, cat and dog fabric tote bags, dog toys, quilt patterned knitted dish cloths, pillowcases, fabric purses, fabric tissue holders, fleece pads and throws, fabric trivets and many other things for sale. Our tables will be packed and ALL proceeds go to RLRR!

Minnesota Pet Expo includes 100 exhibitors, an adoption event, prizes, agility, lure racing, pet/owner musical chairs, pet talent contest, pet costume contest, veterinarians, groomers, and trainers. See Pet Expo website minnesotapetexpo.com for more information.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Woodticks, Mosquitos & Fleas, Oh My!!

In the summer, the north woods surrounding Red Lake Rosie's Rescue are infested with insects and parasites that attack people and animals causing misery and illness. We desperately need Frontline Plus for all sizes of dogs and cats.  It can be ordered on our Amazon.com Wishlist and sent directly to us. Here is the link to the list:

Junebug is a stray juvenile shepherd mix in our care. She is very  beautiful, but severely infected with wood ticks. The wood tick season is particularly bad this year and ticks carry serious diseases such as Lymes, Anaplasma, Erlichia and more.

Animals infested ticks or fleas can get skin infections from scratching and, smaller dogs and cats -- especially puppies and kittens, can become anemic from losing so much blood.

Randi came to RLRR with two other cats and all were loaded with fleas.  Some animals are allergic to flea bites and have very severe reactions. Randi has scratched herself so that her bedding is bloody.

Mosquitos give heartworm to dogs and both prevention and treatment are expensive and require a prescription from a veterinarian. Cats come in with ear mites that can be treated with another prescription medication, Revolution. NexGard is a chewable flea and tick treatment for dogs, but it is also a prescription medication.  If you are a veterinarian that could help us acquire these prescription medications, please contact us.

Anyone can send us Frontline products that treat fleas, ticks, and lice through an application on the skin. We need Frontline for all sizes of dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens.

Won't you help today and send products to give these precious animals relief?  If you don't use Amazon.com, you may mail any donations to Red Lake Rosie's Rescue, 23880 South Good Road, Trail, MN 56684.

Thank you on behalf of the animals,

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

May Spay/Neuter Clinic was a HUGE success!

Just about a month ago, Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue held our first spay/neuter clinic of the season. We were fortunate to have a great mix of ‘veteran’ volunteers and some first timers as well. Mother Nature cooperated and sent us beautiful sunny days.

Within an hour of opening each day, all our surgery slots were filled. Dr. Lisa and her MNSNAP team were outstanding. All-in-all they performed extra spay neuter surgeries for a grand total of 112 animals spayed or neutered (41 female dogs, 22 male dogs, 25 female cats, and 24 male cats).

WOW, WOW, WOW Here is why these numbers are phenomenal:

· 1 female dog and her offspring could produce 67,000 puppies in 7 years. We spayed 41 female dogs, thus preventing approximately 2,747,000 puppies!

· 1 female cat and her offspring could produce 420,000 kittens in 7 years. We spayed 25 female cats, thus preventing up to 10,500,000 kitties!

Spay and neuter clinics are working to improve companion animal lives on the Red Lake Reservation by decreasing the overpopulation of cats and dogs. We promise to keep running Spay/Neuter clinics as long as we can to assist all companion animals and their owners on the Red Lake Reservation.

Not only did we have a record number of spay/neuter surgeries. Our wellness vet, Dr. Katie was inundated with wellness and medical visits too. Dr Katie was constantly on the move for the entire 2 ½ day clinic. Dr. Katie saw 79 animals (64 dogs and 15 cats) for wellness and vaccination visits. Dr Katie also saw 15 animals with medical conditions/injuries. By the end of our clinic, Dr. Katie had administered 63 PRC (distemper vaccination for cats). PRC helps prevent the spread of feline leukemia and 2 other viral illnesses. 127 DHPP vaccinations (for dogs). DHPP helps prevent distemper and parvovirus, along with other illnesses. Dr. Katie also gave total of 176 rabies vaccinations.

Often, people assume grooming is an optional or vanity process for dogs. This however, could not be further from the truth. We were so fortunate to have 2 outstanding young groomers from the Twin Cities at our clinic. They were also assisted for part of a day by a local groomer. After all the hair settled, these young women groomed a total of 28 dogs! Several of whom were so matted, they could hardly move. When an animal’s hair becomes matted, it becomes quite painful, as the mats start pulling and pinching. Additionally, the mats are a great hiding place for fleas and ticks. In addition to grooming, surgeries, and vaccinations we distributed bottles of diatomaceous earth to pet owners to help control flea and ticks on their pets.

Jackie, one of our volunteers, frequently and regularly updated our Facebook page during the clinic. She shared information about surgery openings, grooming openings, and our hours of operation. With the additional frequent updates on Facebook, we saw our ‘touches’ reach an all-time high of 17,000 touches! We also saw younger residents bringing in their pets for surgery or vaccinations! Well done Jackie!!! Frequent FaceBook posts was a huge part of our success this year, in addition to the great marketing created and posted in the local newspaper by board members Carol and Jo.

Last, but not least, we also take in surrender animals at our clinics. May was definitely dominated by cat and kitten surrenders. We had a total of 18 cats and kittens surrendered (which included several littersof kittens). 2 dogs were surrendered, and 1 rabbit. All 21 animals were transported to various Humane Societies within the state or to foster based rescue groups in the Twin Cities.

May 2017 RLRR Spay/Neuter Clinic is record setting on all fronts. Thank you to the tireless volunteers who made the clinic so successful. I want to also thank the Nancy K, Nancy H, Desirae and Kay our local volunteers who help Karen start setting things up before the Twin Cities volunteers arrive. It makes set-up so much easier! Thanks all around to everyone who had a hand in making this clinic the best ever! The biggest bonus…no major traumas, no parvo, and no euthanasias! Well done everyone, well done.

RLRR Board of Directors


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