Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Puppies

A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups And set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of little boy
'Mister,' he said, 'I want to buy one of your puppies.'
'Well,' said the farmer,
as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, 'These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money.'
The boy dropped his head for a moment.
Then reaching deep into his pocket,
he pulled out a handful of change
and held it up to the farmer.
'I've got thirty-nine cents.
Is that enough to take a look?'

'Sure,' said the farmer.
And with that he let out a whistle.
'Here, Dolly!' he called.
Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur.
The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way to the fence,
the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse.
Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up....
'I want that one,' the little boy said, pointing to the runt. The farmer knelt down at the boy's side and said, 'Son, you don't want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would.'
With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers.
In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe.
Looking back up at the farmer, he said,
'You see sir, I don't run too well myself,
and he will need someone who understands.'
With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup.

Holding it carefully he handed it to the little boy.

'How much?' asked the little boy. 'No charge,' answered the farmer, 'There's no charge for love.'

-- Contributed by Pam Yeates,

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If you are an owner of a dog that belongs to a "dangerous-breed" category
and also have a small child, please take this as a warning. Don't leave your dog with the child unattended under any circumstances.

Only a little moment was enough for the following to happen. See the photo

-- contributed by Joy Honaker

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

ASPCA Success Story of the Week

One very recent success story keeps taking wonderful plot twists—after being rescued this month from a Tennessee puppy mill, Boston terrier mix Yoder found love with first-time adopter Cindy Stout. “Thank goodness Yoder was transferred to the Charleston Animal Society here in South Carolina. It was love at first sight. He looked up at me with his innocent eyes and barked something akin to, ‘Pick me, pick me!’” recalls Cindy.

It’s been two weeks since Yoder officially joined the Stout family, and so far it’s been fun for everyone. “It’s hard to believe he went through life in a puppy mill,” Cindy says. “He does like to walk on the coffee table and run around the house—though he’s learning what ‘No’ means—but for the first time in his life, he has his freedom. It’s amazing to see.”

Sweet and goofy, this peppy pooch keeps the Stouts laughing. “Yoder is a little clown!” Cindy says. “He likes to run off with the TV remote and one day even brought me the cordless phone. He doesn't chew on either of them. I think he’s just trying to get us to play with him.” The newcomer has also made friends with the family’s 15-year-old pug, Angel. “Yoder likes to sit on her head and she just gives him a little nip—they get along great.”

Though Yoder is beginning to understand commands, when it comes to kisses, “No” isn’t in his vocabulary. “If you’re near Yoder, you’re going to get slobbered on,” Cindy says, laughing. “At night he sleeps on our pillows or right up against us. He also has really affectionate puppy dog eyes, but he doesn't have to do much—we’re already head over heels in love.”

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Sparky's Success Follow Up

Here's a recent letter from Sparky's forever Mom:

"Hi Robin;

I was on the NEBTR website and checked out Sparky's "adoption" site and for the first time saw his original pics when he was at the shelter. he looks so scared it nearbreaks my heart, BUT he is safely at home with me now.

We would very much like to be on your successful adoption site. I think it is important that people see that a Boston with a strong personality as sparky can have a successful relationship and life with a new owner.

Sparky has and is going through extensive training & is a sweet, loving & obedient dog. contrary to his writeup, (and with a lot of hard work on both our parts) he is very social with dogs, cats, kids & people, loving and loyal. 99% of the time he is obedient; but Sparky being Sparky with his very strong personality, he does continue to test me the other 1% of the time as he would just love to be pack leader, but he submits to me without a problem any more. I don't think a novice with dogs would have been able to handle him, but after years of owning Bostons (& I've had otherBbostons with strong personalities) I know how to handle him and have not hesitated to get help from a dog trainer also. I expect Sparky and me to have a long and loving relationship. After only two months, he is still not sure this is "it" for him, but time will show him this is home for good. He loves to hang out in the sun with me, ride in the car on errands (dunkin donuts drive thru gives him a munchkin), and he loves to run in the dog park with his "buddies" twice a week.

He dances on his hind legs, gives me a bark when he needs to go out, heels off leash and comes on command outdoors; he responds to all hand signals now without voice.

I can't thank you all enough for matching Sparky with me; I am looking forward to many years of loving companionship with Sparky.

I would also love to do any volunteer work; unfortunately I can only have one dog where I live, but am available for other avenues.

I have attached a few pictures that I don't think I have sent to you. I feel so blessed to have him in my life. He has filled a large void in my heart and home after losing my two elderly Bostons the fall of 2008.

Greatfully, Corinne Freaney