Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Matilda Update

Here is an update on Matilda in her new home.

Hey Elly,
I have been meaning to email you, however life has been busy especially when you are adding something to it!! SHE IS GREAT!!!! I love her SO much! We are a perfect match I am pretty sure. She has been meeting a lot of new friends, anywhere from babies to the elderly and puppies to old hounds! And she is great with everyone. The first day with her I realized what you meant about she loves everyone and not everyone loves her! She can be a bit forward even though she means well. Introductions work well on a leash. I'd say her best friend so far (other then her mommy) is a 6 mo. old mastiff puppy named Koda. They will romp for hours and what's funny, is that I think he is more afraid of her then she is of him! But yeah she's doing great. I had no trouble with stress from switching to a new home. The first night I couldn't stand to put her in a crate so she slept with me and has ever since! And I must say she is not always a morning girl, which is fine by me, except when I have to get up for work, sometimes I actually have to wake her. She spends her day when I'm at work in her crate and my landlord/neighbor says they never hear her. She's quiet unless provoked. She's a good guard dog too, very alert and always at attention when she needs to be. Everyone loves her, especially me. I am so glad I gave her a chance, she's just wonderful. I feel like a mom because if I have somewhere to go in the evening or I got out with friends for a little, I sit and think about her and worry. Haha. I attached some pictures. Sometimes we do photo sessions with my computer when we're bored! One of them is her morning grumpy face when I wake her up and she's just not ready!!! Anyway, I'll keep you posted! Thanks so much!!


Monday, July 20, 2009

Parker Update

See below the latest Parker update! I am so excited : ) He's doing really well and everyone is so pleased! Go Parker : )


"We are so pleased with Parker's progress. He is happy and relaxed. He is playing with us, jumping and running. Last night he wanted to go for a walk even though he had two walks already, so he went and got his leash and put it in front of the door. He lets us know what ever he wants. He doesn't always get it. He is eating well and sleeping in his crate with no problem. He sat on my husband's lap yesterday when my husband was sitting on the floor. Today he got up on my chair, but got off as soon as I saw him. I am thanking you again for the good job you did with him.

Anne Swain"

Hatboro Rescue Fair

Well, it was a long day, but Barb, Emmett, Cal and I had a great time at the Rescue Fair. There were over 20 rescue groups there. The weather was beautiful. We raised $85! Given the number of rescues there, I'm very happy with how well we did. We sold alot of the toys, collars, leashes, dog-clothes, etc. that were donated to us by the Philadelphia Boston Terrier Meet Up group last winter. Barb still has a TON of stuff, so we're good to go for awhile.
Next Saturday is Pabby's Petcare Open House. This is always a great venue for us, so join us if you can. We will be inside, so we don't have to worry about the heat.
Barb, thank you SO much! If you ever want to see a true 'event pro' in action, do a couple with Barb!


Puppy Size

This is one of the neatest stories you will ever hear. You will know
precisely what this little girl is talking about at the end (you'll
want to share this one with your loved ones and special friends)!

'Danielle keeps repeating it over and over again. We've been back to
This animal shelter at least five times. It has been weeks now since
we started all of this,' the mother told the volunteer.

'What is it she keeps asking for?' the volunteer asked.

'Puppy size!' replied the mother.

'Well, we have plenty of puppies, if that's what she's looking for.'

'I know... we have seen most of them, ' the mom said in frustration...

Just then Danielle came walking into the office

'Well, did you find one?' asked her mom. 'No, not this time,'
Danielle said with sadness in her voice. 'Can we come back on the

The two women looked at each other, shook their heads and laughed

'You never know when we will get more dogs. Unfortunately, there's
always a supply,' the volunteer said.

Danielle took her mother by the hand and headed to the door. 'Don't
worry, I'll find one this weekend,' she said.

Over the next few days both Mom and Dad had long conversations with her.

They both felt she was being too particular. 'It's this weekend or
we're not looking any more,' Dad finally said in frustration.

'We don't want to hear anything more about puppy size, either,' Mom added.

Sure enough, they were the first ones in the shelter on Saturday
morning. By now Danielle knew her way around, so she ran right for the
section that housed the smaller dogs.

Tired of the routine, mom sat in the small waiting room at the end of
the first row of cages. There was an observation window so you could
see the animals during times when visitors weren't permitted.

Danielle walked slowly from cage to cage, kneeling periodically to
take a closer look. One by one the dogs were brought out and she held
each one.

One by one she said, 'Sorry, but you're not the one.'

It was the last cage on this last day in search of the perfect pup.

The volunteer opened the cage door and the child carefully picked up
the dog and held it closely. This time she took a little longer.

'Mom, that's it! I found the right puppy! He's the one! I know it!'
She screamed with joy. 'It's the puppy size!'

'But it's the same size as all the other puppies you held over the
last few weeks,' Mom said.

'No not size... The sighs. When I held him in my arms, he sighed,' she said.

'Don't you remember? When I asked you one day what love is, you told me love depends on the sighs of your heart. The more you love, the bigger the sigh!'

The two women looked at each other for a moment. Mom didn't know
whether to laugh or cry. As she stooped down to hug the child, she did
a little of both.

'Mom, every time you hold me, I sigh. When you and Daddy come home
from work and hug each other, you both sigh. I knew I would find the
right puppy if it sighed when I held it in my arms,' she said.

Then, holding the puppy up close to her face, she said, 'Mom, he loves
me. I heard the sighs of his heart!'

Close your eyes for a moment and think about the love that makes you
sigh. I not only find it in the arms of my loved ones, but in the
caress of a sunset, the kiss of the moonlight and the gentle brush of
cool air on a hot day.

They are the sighs of God Take the time to stop and listen; you will
be surprised at what you hear. 'Life is not measured by the breaths we
take, but by the moments that take our breath away.'

-- Contributed by Cindy Ruffino