by Rebecca Sweet

There are undeniably many challenges when it comes to the last word in our organization’s name: American Brittany Rescue. Rescue involves initially learning of a need, whether through Facebook, websites, shelters, concerned neighbors, or a family in need of rehoming a Brittany. Sometime between that initial contact and finding a forever home, transport, obviously, must be involved. While transport is a huge task for our state volunteer coordinators (who often drive many miles themselves!), there are times when ground travel must be assisted by something of a long-haul nature. Fortunately, volunteers from the non-profit organization Pilots N Paws frequently lend us a hand– and a wingspan– to ensure faster transport from point A to point B (or even points C and D, depending on the length of the trip!).

Dan Langhout of Huntsville, Alabama is one such volunteer. Retired from the federal government as a computer engineer, Dan has also been a private pilot for over 38 years. He built his Vans RV-7 Experimental aircraft in his basement over a period of seven years and ultimately assembled it at a local airport. He’s been flying it for almost nine years. After retiring and searching for “a mission,” a friend suggested he look into volunteer pet rescue. Working with Pilots N Paws, he started doing animal rescue flights in 2020 and has logged 39 flights rescuing 103 dogs, 2 cats, and even a few rabbits and chickens!  His flights total over 27,000 statute miles and 177 flight hours. His average flight covers a total of 700 statute miles, about 4 ½ hours in flight.  Most rescue flights involve at least two or three legs with each pilot flying one leg.

To arrange a flight, requesting organizations visit the Pilots N Paws website and complete a form which requires as much information about the animal being transported as is known. Pilots check the request board frequently for points of origin and destination to see if their plane’s location would be capable of handling the transport or a portion of it.  Obviously, communication among all parties is tantamount to a successful rescue. 


It's incredible to think what these pilots do to help our furry friends on a completely volunteer basis. All expenses, including aircraft fuel, maintenance, airport or runway fees, and their own travel expenses to and from the aircraft’s home hangar, are paid out of pocket. No money can be accepted by any pilot, as is the case in all non-commercial aircraft transit.  

These photos show Dan in action on two of his ABR transport missions.

Top: Ollie flew the second leg of his rescue journey with Dan on March 4, 2022.

Upper left: Pete was escorted by Dan for the first leg of his travels to his forever home on February 4, 2023.

Thank you, Dan, for giving so much to help our fosters !


In last month’s eNews we celebrated those funny and quirky things our Brittanys do that make us love them extra. We continue to receive these awesome photos! Be sure to check back next month for even more. Keep us smiling and submit your Quirky Britt photos to:


Jackson the Brittany Cat

Now Where Did that Silly Rabbit Go?

Sophie Relaxing with the Classics



Corey at Red Rocks, Colorado

Theo and Pepper at the Jersey Shore

Asher at Pike's Peak

Chet at Lake Tahoe

Stella at the Outer Banks

Valley in Newport, Oregon

Red and Bull at National Dog of the Year Amo, Indiana

July at Bodega Bay

Megan on Lake Michigan

Kona and Yadi, Arkansas River

Buena Vista, Colorado

Jackson at McAfee Knob, Catawba, Virginia

Gwennie at DC Capitol Riverfront Trail

Buster (and friends!) at Silver Beach County Park, Lake Michigan

Indy at the top of Black Bear Pass, Ouray, Colorado

Sandy at Canyon Lake, Arizona

Jasper at Park Point Beach

Duluth, Minnesota




Don't forget to include your dog's name!




What is Cushing’s disease?

Cushing’s disease is a condition where the body produces excess cortisol. It is generally caused by a tumor on either the pituitary gland or the adrenal gland. It can also be caused by excessive steroid use.

Cushing’s is more common than we realize. It is underdiagnosed, as symptoms are often mistaken for common signs of aging, and diagnostic testing is complex.

Cushing’s most often occurs in dogs eight years or older.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms often develop slowly, so they can be easy to miss at first. They include:

  • Increased thirst, urination, and appetite
  • Reduced activity
  • Hair loss and recurrent skin infections
  • "Potbellied” look due to enlargement of the abdomen

How is it diagnosed?

There is no single test that will diagnose 100% of cases. Some combination of the following tests may be used:

  • Baseline blood work 
  • Urinalysis
  • ACTH stimulation test 
  • Low-dose dexamethasone suppression test 
  • High-dose dexamethasone suppression test
  • Urine cortisol to creatinine ratio      
  • Ultrasound
  • MRI (can detect pituitary tumors)

How is Cushing’s treated?

The underlying cause of Cushing’s will dictate the type of treatment, which can include medication (most common) and surgery.

For more information: 

Treating Cushing's Disease in Dogs

AKC - Cushing's Disease in Dogs


Buddy (#10810) - TX - 5 mos.:

Buddy is a sweet, happy, active and social boy – Brittany puppy through and through! He’s about 85% housebroken and learning fast from his foster fur-siblings. He’s learning sit and shake, and he’s trying really, really hard not to jump on people! Buddy has a skin and eye condition (both genetic) that require him to be in a warmer climate (no snow), wear sunscreen, and have daily eye drops. His perfect home will be one where his family is active, vigilant about protecting his skin, and committed to continuing his training so he can grow up to be a happy, healthy and well-behaved guy. It would be awesome if he had another dog to hang out with and a person who enjoys fetch as much as he does!

Adopt Buddy

Dexter (#10830) - IL - 2 y/o:

Looking for a companion to give agility trials a try or perhaps a hunting buddy to add to the party? Dexter’s your guy! Dexter is a gorgeous young boy looking for an active family who will keep him busy. He has ENERGY to burn! He’s still learning leash manners (he’s strong!) and he needs slow intros to other dogs because he enjoys rough-housing. (Do you get the idea?!) Dexter is very smart and also a great cuddler once he gets to know you. If you have a 5-foot fence and some time to spend with this awesome kid, complete an adoption application to set up a meet and greet! 

Adopt Dexter

Ollie (#10699) - CT - 4 y/o:

Ollie is such a great boy! He needs an active family that can keep up with his Brittany energy. He would do great with agility or scent work. Ollie needs a job to keep him busy! He is learning to be a good boy on a leash. Ollie’s loves include: people, sleeping with his humans, daily car rides to the local dog park, and the canine companionship of the resident Brittanys in his foster home. A home with another dog would be best!

Adopt Ollie

Lucy (#10817) - MO - 3 y/o:

Lucy is your typical Brittany-- full of energy and inquisitiveness, with plenty of time to cuddle at the end of the day. We don't know anything about her past, but she has proven to be quite a clever girl. She is house broken and learned basic commands fast. She also knows how to climb a chain link fence! So her perfect home will have a wooden fence to keep her safe, and someone who will love her dearly (it's easy!).

Adopt Lucy

Dusty (#10822) - GA - 8 y/o:

Dusty is just so... LOVABLE! Don't be fooled by his age! He was a Plantation Dog, and he has years of hunting- and teaching others to hunt- on his resume. He still has a drive and loves to be active, but he also loves to nap and get belly rubs. He was almost always around men and never turns down the chance for a car ride! Open the door and he'll hop right in. He needs a physical fence because the moment he catches a scent.... well, you know! He would really love to find a forever family that would show him love and kindness in his golden years, but also maybe let him do his job and "work" for you a little!

Adopt Dusty

Chubby (#10865) - WA - 13 y/o:

Chubby is a sweet old man who is so deserving of a happy ending. He came to ABR when his mom went to hospice. Chubby is deaf and has some difficulty with stairs, so his ideal home will have no stairs. Chubby gets along with everyone he meets. He does love his walkies, and he enjoys interacting with the neighborhood dogs, especially the smaller ones. Given his age, he sleeps a lot. With all he has been through, he is just looking for a family who will love, love, love him for the rest of his days. 

Adopt Chubby

Are you looking to adopt a Brittany but don't see one available in your area?
We welcome you to complete an adoption application to start the approval process, so you will be ready to adopt when the time comes!


Shiloh, June 12, 2023

Kona, June 22, 2023


I am writing to give you an update on ARI that you helped us adopt a few years back. The only thing I can say is, what a dog. He has given so much joy to all of us as well as our other Britts. We both have slowed down some, but we get out most days. Time has passed fast, but he still goes with me whenever he can, and on days he can’t he is allowed to sit in my chair. I have had 15 to 18 Britts from 1960 to present and most were my best dog, but ARI has a bit of all of them put together. This will be my last dog, and I can’t or even imagine a better dog the last one. Thank You for allowing us to be part of your organization.


-Mike F., New York


The ABR Merchandise Store team is looking for some suggestions of new items to be made available for sale.  What Brittany-themed items would you be interested in purchasing from our website?  Hats, home items, toys, blankets, beds or other things for your Britts, jewelry, clothing, other fun or useful things?  If you’ve purchased similar items from other websites and would like to see them available from ABR to help support all of our efforts, we would LOVE to know what you bought.  Please send your ideas or suggestions to the following e-mail address:

We will review your submissions and work on updating our store items prior to the holiday season.  Thank you so much! 


Dogs need dental care, too! Not only does it keep them smiling, but it also helps to prevent serious health issues down the road. Check out this list of products approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council that will help you give your pup the dental care they need!


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Volunteering with ABR can take shape in many ways...

Arrange pick-ups from shelters

Call prospective adopters

Transport Brittanys closer to their foster or forever homes

Foster to help a Brittany learn what it means to be a member of a family

Provide outreach so ABR can help even more Brittanys

Each and every role not only fulfills a need, but fills a heart!



American Brittany Rescue, Inc. is an organization that was formed in 1991 as a cooperative effort of Brittany owners, breeders, trainers, and fanciers who ABR believes have a responsibility not only for their own dogs and the dogs they produce, but for the breed as a whole.


ABR's mission is to provide the leadership and expertise via a network of trained volunteers to take in stray, abandoned, surrendered and/or impounded purebred Brittanys, provide them with foster care, health and temperament screening, an opportunity for any necessary rehabilitation and to assure their health and placement into new homes. In order to fulfill this mission, ABR's volunteers remain flexible and adaptable to current and future business environments and they remain dedicated to the organization.  




Terry Mixdorf, President

Michelle Falkinburg, Vice President

Joe Herslip, Secretary

Terrie Johnson, Treasurer

Sandra Oelschlegel, Chair

Deb Grove

Melissa Tapply DiLello

Wendy Boyce

Becca Whitley




Brittany Boler

Jeannine Connors

Judie Cutting

Kristin Davis

Rebecca Sweet

Melissa Tapply DiLello

Debra White

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