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Friday, December 31, 2010

Update on Bruno/Lefty






This is a Christmas message from my boy Bruno's family (aka Lefty) that was my and Sheryl's project foster from a puppy mill (he came in with my Ivy). To me, this is what it is all about.

-- Happy holidays, Linda


Merry Christmas Linda,

Just a little Christmas greeting to let you know what a perfect match you made for us. Lefty is the best gift Lynne & I ever received.


Cheers, Bob

Monday, December 27, 2010

Foster Joe




Recently, I got my new foster boy Joe. He is 18 lbs. and very thin, you can see his back bone. He is an all black beauty and 5 yrs. old.

Joe was rescued by Best Friends Animal Society along with 27 other dogs from a puppy mill. They were all slated to be euthanized. The Animal Rescue Fund (a shelter on Long Island) partners with Best Friends and helps them with special medical needs dogs so they had Joe shipped here along with a few others on 08/23. Joe was very dirty, had long nails and was very nervous. He was emaciated. For this reason (and after 2 months in the shelter) he wasn’t thriving and no one wanted to adopt him. They then called NEBTR and asked if we could take him.

Joe will heal slowly but surely, but I’m concerned about his eyes. Only a very special person would adopt him. I’ll cross that bridge when I get there. I’m glad I have him. He likes my dogs and although he doesn’t play or run, he fit right in. He’s ate their stool a couple of times, but we are keeping him separate from the main dog yard until it is cleaned up. He is absorbing all the activity like a child who never experienced fun. I look forward to a new challenge. He is a very sweet boy and does not bark (YET).

-- Linda Antonelli

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Update on Lexington



I was just talking to Lexington and was amazed that it has been a little over a year now that I've had him. It doesn't seem like it could have been that long. This has been quite a year. In the spring I got hurt and spent July and August completely laid up. Lexington went with me to my mother's place and charmed her completely. My mother has never trusted or really loved any other dog, but you should just see her coo to him. She is one of his favorite people, and he is absolutely her favorite dog of all time. We also spent some time in MA with my Godmother, who also fell in love with him, and started to think about possibly getting a dog sometime. With all the different people walking him he acquired some less then ideal on-leash pulling, but we have been working on that since I have gotten up and walking again, and it's improving.

In news Lexington probably thinks is grand, my job got rearranged and so I lost it Sept. 1st. My unemployment insurance has been plenty for our simple needs, including, of course, Lexington's health insurance and his good (Wellness) food. I also have the time to work with training him. In fifteen minutes I taught him to jump over my cane, and to go under it too. This is a dog that was meant for the circus. :)

As I was thinking of the progress that he and I have made in the past year I wanted to also give you an update. He and I are working out really well together, and regardless of whether or not a recent resume I sent in gets accepted, we will be fine financially. I have an amazing ability to make things happen when needed. It's not always pretty, but he will always be taken care of.

GOOD NEWS & OTHER THINGS I KNOW NOW:

* He is now friends with, not only with my neighbor's dog Bertie, but also an adorable French Bulldog puppy, Sam. A couple days ago he met a tiny Boston Terrier puppy, Fig, and it was like they were long lost siblings finally reunited. I have never seen him play so much with another dog. Usually a good interaction is when he sniffs, plays a little and then walks off. With Fig, he was really getting into it and was being really tolerant of puppy behavior like face nipping. It was incredible to see. Just today he met a friendly little Pomeranian and that too was perfectly civilized, but nothing like with Fig.
* He frequently gets walked with other dogs. He also loves his walkers and when I know I have a late night I hire one of them to come hang out with him. I love this dog-walking company and the people that walk for the owner. I know that when they are watching him, it's likely that he's having the best time of his life.
* In this year he has also become extremely affectionate. Besides his adorable cuddling at night, he now will often come up to me, and others, for just affection.
* I can also hug him for extended times between ball playing sessions and he seems to be enjoying it, rather than suffering it.
* He knows Sit, Stay, Touch, Down, Paw (shake), Wave, Leave It, Bring It Closer (the ball), Game Over, and Look At Me. He can also jump over my cane as well as go under it on command. His self control to stay seated while I hide his ball for him to find has also improved a great deal. (He came with some of these, I've just firmed them up.)
* He doesn't mind when I play with or clean his paws now.
* He has developed a new habit of wanting to approach strangers for pets, while on the street. He also wants to actively approach children. This came after he played with a few toddlers and saw that they will throw him the ball a lot. To be honest, a lot of his interest in people is related to who will throw him the ball, but he seems to also be searching out affection at times when he could be harassing people to play, and this seems like a really good step.
* Putting him on the Simple Solutions Wellness Salmon food seems to have solved his allergies as well as his dry skin. It's really nice to snuggle up to a soft and happy hound. It has also made picking up after him far more pleasant.
* I have discovered that while he loves car rides more than anything, it does make his poop a bit soft right after. But at least I now know this.
* I also know that he can swim like a champ, though he does get really cold really fast.
* Wherever we go, people fall in love with him all over the place. "Cat people" love him as well as "Dog people".

THINGS TO STILL WORK ON:

* He seems to have developed further issues with big black dogs, but maybe this worsening is my imagination. It may more be that he's getting better with the smaller dogs and staying the same with the bigger dogs.
* Lately I have been working with his leash walking a little more. I think I have now tried every leash/harness option besides the head halter. Having all sorts of other people walk him while I was laid up led to all sorts of ill behavior to now get rid of.


He's so damn cute, and I am so happy that I have him. Please pass on my thanks again for NEBTR allowing me to adopt Lexington. He is currently curled up in my lap and is happy as can be, if a little chilly from our recent rainy walk.


Love, Kate

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Presence More Important than Presents to Dogs



Recently, my dear friend Jess stopped by for a cup of coconut coffee and to give me a much-needed haircut. We were talking about the arrival of the coming holiday season. We’re both holiday crazies, loving the Christmas season but hating the attitude that so frequently accompanies it. This is supposed to be a season for family, sharing, loving, thankfulness, peace, togetherness, and worship.

Too frequently, it becomes a season for stress (financial and otherwise), competition (”My present’s more fabulous than yours!” “I spent more money than you did!”), cutting people off in traffic, fights over the last Holiday Barbie on the shelves, trampling fellow shoppers in search of the best deal, and griping about waiting in long lines. Sadly, it is often a time when we attempt to demonstrate how much we love our friends, family, and dogs through how much money we spend on them. Something about that is just very yucky to me. Ironically, it just seems to cheapen our relationships.

The economy is not strong. Many people are struggling financially and making difficult decisions. The one decision that doesn’t have to be nearly so difficult for the cash-strapped, hard working family, is wondering what to get the dog for Christmas. I’ll clue you in on what every dog wants for Christmas, and it won’t cost you a dime. Believe it or not, dogs don’t know December 25th is a special day (or any other celebratory day or religious event). They want the same thing on Christmas and every other day of the year – the gift of your time.

When Jess was over the other day, she said to me that “presence” is so much more important than “presents.” I think this is only too true and we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays it’s not uncommon to lose sight of this critical fact. I know that I am very busy and that Mokie would probably prefer to have more of my time in training sessions, adventures, walks, last runs at lure coursing before the snow arrives, or a play date with her friend Leila than a 15th Kong or 6th Nina Ottosson toy.

I understand that the holidays are busy. You likely have dinners to plan, guests to accommodate, decorating, cleaning, and shopping to do. If you have a moment to look at your dog’s wish list, at the top you’ll likely find, “Please spend time with me this Christmas. Let’s do something fun together!” (I know many dogs are also secretly hoping for a fenced in yard this Christmas – I hope you get your wish, puppies!)

Things have been crazy around Maison de Lomonaco recently. I’ve been working hard and averaging about four hours of sleep a day, seven days a week, for some time now. I spend lots of time writing about dogs and training other people’s dogs, and haven’t spent as much training time with my own pups as I’d like. I’ve decided that deadlines are less important than relationships, and am making an effort to reward myself for all this hard work with what is for me a very potent reinforcement – having fun with the two dogs I love best. It’s a gift to all of us.

Someday, I won’t have Mokie or Cuba in my life anymore. I know when that day comes, I would give anything in my world for one more walk, one more training session, one more riotous game of fetch, tug, or hide and seek with my dog. In those painful moments of loss, I will likely never once think, “gee, I wished I bought my dog more stuff.” This sentiment is only too real as I think of celebrating my first Christmas without my dad and without my beautiful angel boy Monte.

Toys, a new bed, expensive cookies, or a fancy collar are nice gestures and certainly will be appreciated by most dogs; but the best gift of all, at the holidays and throughout the year, is your time.

-- from Dogster.com

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve Story






A  Nativity Scene was erected in a church yard.
During  the night the folks came across this scene.
An abandoned dog was  looking for a comfortable, protected place to sleep.
He chose baby Jesus as his comfort.  No one had the heart to send  him away so he was there all  night.

-- Contributed by Tony Ferrarese

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Alicia, now Penny, in Her Fur-Ever Home



Alicia went to her forever home yesterday. And the best part is that she was adopted by one of our newest members, Sara McLaughlin and Chris Ray. In true Alicia fashion, she immediately went over and tried to pee on Chris! I guess she was ready to own her new family.

I've attached a few pictures that Sara shared with me and Sara has reported that Alicia is doing well and in addition to a new family, she has a new name (Penny).

-- Mary Liberty

Sara writes,

"Hi All!
Penny is settling in quite well! We LOVE her! She is a great listener. It is quite clear that she was loved and trained before she was found.

We are trying to keep her off the couch, unless she's invited- she listens when you say NO and when she's sneaky enough to get up there when we are out of the room she gets down (and hangs her head) when we come back and goes right to her bed. But it's hard to say no to her when she looks at me with those eyes...oy those eyes! And she's a snorter! We have lovingly given her the nickname of "little oinker"

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Mojo Goes to His Forever Home


Just in time for Christmas, Mojo has gone to his forever home. His foster mom Carolyn writes, "I have to say his new parents were the nicest people ever. As all of the folks that come to see my fosters normally are and that is no accident."

Congratulations to Mojo and his new family!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Update on Oscar


Oscar was trying to get my attention while I was on the computer..here is his solution! This is the funniest dog I've ever known! I should base a cartoon character on him!




-- Patricia Baxter-Ubellacker

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Belle's New Life



It’s official, Belle started her new life and went to her new forever home today! She was the little girl who had double luxating patella surgery in September. She will be the complete and total center of attention in her new home and they couldn’t be happier with her.  She will even be able to go to work with her new dad to his studio since he is a self employed photographer. Belle absolutely loves meeting new people so she will be in heaven. It was thanks to all the donations we received that we were able to give Belle this new life and pay for her surgery. Even though she is feeling great she will always have two scars on her knees that will always be a reminder of the life changing surgery that NEBTR was able to provide.

-- Jodi Groff

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Boston Finds His Forever Home


Congratulations to Boston, who has found his forever home in time for Christmas with the Nugent family! Thanks especially to Shannon, his foster mom!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Daisy Finds Her Forever Home for Christmas


Here is Daisy with her new family, the Lynch Family. From the looks on their faces,
I think its safe to say, Daisy will be loved very much and just as spoiled :-)

How lucky for Daisy to have found a fur-ever home just before Christmas!!!

And a big thanks to her foster mom, Elly!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Update on Lola






Lola is Terri's first and failed foster. Lola is thriving, earning gold stars in her training classes and generally living large these days! Having lost all 3 of her BT's this year, Lola was a Godsend and we are all so happy they found each other.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Introducing Cliff






Cliff was found wondering the streets of Philly with a Pit Bull friend. We pulled him from the Philly SPCA. He is a sweetheart! He loves cats and dogs. He is very skinny (13.8 lbs) so we will be working on fattening him up. He loves to cuddle with people. He is almost potty trained; hopefully once he is fixed his marking will stop.

Watch this site to see when Cliff will be available for adoption.

Overall he is just a great loving little guy!

-- Lisa Vaughan

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Vinchenzo Saves the Day

Sunday was one of those mornings that those of us with multiple dogs asks WHY? Why do we have these dogs. Saturday night one of our GSDs had us up and down all night with stomach issues; you can use your imagination.

When I woke at 7 am I put a dog out and said oh Sheet we did not get the boy out as many times as needed. Wanna see a man get to work on time - Mark was outta the house with 2 dogs in 5 minutes flat.....and I began cleaning carpets, floors everything. I was on a roll. Even decided to clean the oven which is really a button on the stove but figured what the hell.

It was then time for me to shower. While in the shower I heard Vinchenzo, our forever foster, barking. He is not a barker, only to go to work or get Oscar moving, none of which was happening. I ignored him for 5 more minutes; he was relentless. I was in the shower saying to myself, "I cannot get one second of peace" all the while Vinchenzo was running around like chicken little. I opened the door to a wall of smoke.

YES I had left a butcher block with our knives in it on the stove and it was ablaze big flames - a real fire. Here I am in a towel, wet and making my way to the kitchen, which was glowing with a red hue.
I really did not want to call the fire department and was able to get the block in the sink and get the fire out. My eyes were burning the house was filled with toxic smoke; that wood must have been treated.

So Vinchenzo saved the day and a lot more. Sadly, my dog Oscar and foster Baxter never moved off their pillows. Only when I opened the windows did the smoke detectors go off upstairs; the ones downstairs must be dead.

Lessons Learned - Always have multiple BTS. Never clean the oven and most important CHANGE THE BATTERIES in your smoke detectors.

And Vin got a new bed today at Home Goods!

Carolyn
Little Falls, NJ
PS - our house still stinks today

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Lisa's Pumpkins



NEBTR member Lisa Vaughan made Halloween into a Boston celebration, with these BT carvings that she made. She saw a picture on the Internet, and used that as inspiration for her own.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Man Saved by Dog Who Says Grace

Remember Djaingo, the "grace" saying dog whose video has been making the rounds? Well, Djaingo's story just got much deeper. I think you will be amazed. The link is below.

-- Shela Walton

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/21/man-saved-by-god-and-by-dog-who-says-grace/?hpt=C2

Note: You can see the video by clicking on the "Videos" section on the sidebar at right.

Monday, November 8, 2010

You Had Me at Woof



Congratulations to NEBTR member Julie Klam, on the success of her recently published book "You Had Me at Woof." This is a funny and heartfelt recount of Julie’s experiences adopting and fostering Boston Terriers in New York for the NEBTR. In the November 1 issue of People (on-stands now), Julie received a stellar lead review. The review says: “Without being preachy, each chapter is a lesson in what dogs teach us – about ourselves, but also about community, patience, friendship, and, yes, love.”

NEBRT President Sheryl Trent notes, "Folks, if you buy nothing else for a Holiday present for yourself and friends, you have to buy this extraordinary book, "You Had Me at Woof" by Julie Klam, our own volunteer with NEBTR. This is Julie's second book. Her first "Please Excuse My Daughter" was a riot. She relates her own personal stories of fostering with us, the tragedies and the joys. If you saw the video clip of Julie with her 3 dogs, then you will love to hear the story of how 2 of them became her very own through her fostering with NEBTR. I read this beautiful book on a flight to CA a few months ago (I was privileged to be given a pre-release by Julie). I know it's a cliche, but I laughed and I cried (actually sobbed during one very painful chapter).
I will treasure this book forever. So will you. NEBTR is featured so much throughout so, not only is it a source of pride for us, but will help all of us understand, or relate, to how it can impact you and your family when you volunteer to help rescued animals. This is a huge "Thumbs Up" for Julie and her wonderful book. "

The book was also reviewed and given a glowing review by the New York Times. You can read their review here.

Julie comments, "I'm hoping to bring a huge amount of attention to rescue and NEBTR and all the amazing work we do! You are all so wonderful and my overwhelming admiration for all you do was the inspiration for the book. I am blown away by what everyone does for the pups and the support given to other members. You are all my heroes."

Readers of this blog might also remember the story of Julie's experiences fostering senior Boston Terrier Dahlia, who is also featured in the new book.

Way to go Julie!

Update on Snooks


We are happy to report that our 6 month old foster, Snooks went to her forever home yesterday!!! She is with a furry sister Murphy 3, a mom who volunteers with a local animal rights group and a stay at home dad!!!
Evette Heinle

Friday, November 5, 2010

Deegan the BT Star




A world famous Boston Terrier is Deegan, whose mom posts on the BT bulletin board at woofboard,com.

Deegan was in "Hotel For Dogs" as Georgia. There were actually 3 Bostons who rotated the role in the film. As Deegan's mom tells it, "Nip/Tuck were 2 rescue girls from Florida. They are very timid and would do hardly anything. The did the tech stuff like going and sitting on their mark and holding things in their mouth. Deegan did all the action. The feeding scenes, the bone flying thru the air and running (his favorite part and mine too) the walking scene the dog catcher scene and a whole lot more. I was contracted to go to Dream Works and bring a Boston to represent Boston Terriers when they were picking the breed to play the part. We were there with quite a few other breeds vying for it. Baby my Boston that I took with me won over the big wigs hands down with her Boston antics and that is how the Boston Terrier was picked for the part and Deegan played it, along with Nip/Tuck."

Deegan was called "Nubbins" by his trainers because he always wags his little nubbin tail.

Deegan was also in the Jennifer Lopez movie "the Back-Up Plan" as the wheelchair-bound pup.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

Update on Popeye

Remember Popeye, the pup who was rescued from New York state in the middle of a terrible snowstorm?

Well, here he is now!  He was fostered by Carolyn of Kamp Kanine, and adopted by the Shulman family.  Doesn't he look great!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Update on Magoo

For those of you who remember Magoo, the 10ish something dog who was in foster care with us for a very long time and then finally adopted to my neighbor's mother along with Trigger, a younger one of ours, about 2 years ago.  Pat just emailed me and said Magoo, Trigger and her other dog Polly are all doing just great.  She said Magoo is playing more with the other 2 dogs than he did when he first came to her, and that he loves his meals and has an internal timepiece that allows him to remind her when it's time to eat!

-- Ginny Murphy

Monday, October 11, 2010

I Am an Animal Rescuer

I AM AN ANIMAL RESCUER
by Casey Carter Tyree

I will never bring about world peace. I will not save the rain forest.
I'm not a brain surgeon and I'll never transplant an organ to save a life.
I don't have the ear of a powerful politician or world power.
I can't end world hunger.
I'm not a celebrity, and God knows I'm not glamorous!
I'm not looked up to by millions around the world. Very few people even recognize my name.
I'll never win the Nobel prize.
I'll never save the rain forest or end global warming.
There are a lot of things that I'll never do or become.

But today I placed a dog!
It was a small, scared, bundle of flesh and bones that was dropped off in a shelter by unfeeling people that didn't care what happened to it, but yet who were responsible for it even having existence in the first place.
I found it a home.
It now has contentment and an abundance of love. A warm place to sleep and plenty to eat. A child has a warm fuzzy new friend who will give them unquestioning devotion and teach them about responsibility and love.
A wife and mother has a new spirit to nurture and care for. A husband and a father has a companion to sit at his feet at the end of a hard day of work and help him relax and enjoy life. And a sense of security, that when he is gone all day at work, that there is a protector and a guardian in his home to keep watch over his family.
No, I'm not a rocket scientist but today I saved one of God's precious creatures. Today, I made a difference!

I Am An Animal Rescuer
My job is to assist God's creatures
I was born with the need to fulfill their needs
I take in new family members without plan, thought or selection
I have bought dog food with my last dime
I have patted a mangy head with a bare hand
I have hugged someone vicious and afraid
I have fallen in love a thousand times and I have cried into the fur of a lifeless body
I have Animal Friends and friends who have Animal Friends
I don't often use the word "pet"
I notice those lost at the road side
And my heart aches
I will hand raise a field mouse
And make friends with a vulture
I know of no creature unworthy of my time
I want to live forever if there aren't animals in Heaven
But I believe there are!
Why would God make something so perfect and leave it behind?
We may be master of the animals,
But the animals have mastered themselves
Something people still haven't learned
War and abuse make me hurt for the world
But a rescue that makes the news gives me hope for humankind
We are a quiet but determined army
And making a difference every day

There is nothing more necessary than warming an orphan
Nothing more rewarding than saving a life
No higher recognition than watching them thrive
There is no greater joy than seeing a baby play
who only days ago, was too weak to eat
I am an Animal Rescuer
My work is never done
My home is never quiet
My wallet is always empty
But my heart is always full
In the game of life, I have already won!

-- Contributed by Robin Callinan

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Update on Brady






Brady, the 3rd foster of Beth McFadden was with them for just shy of 3 weeks. He came from a Harrisburg shelter where he spent 2 months. He is now living in Schwenksville with his new sister Molly.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Update on Belle, Joan's Foster







Hi everyone! I have not given you an update on my permanent foster, Belle.  If you remember she is the 14 year old nearly blind girl abandoned in PA back in Jan.  She is doing very well and fits right in with the rest of the gang.  Her hair has grown back nicely except I think her little tail will always be bald.  She has gained weight and is a whopping 14 1/2 pounds now.  She has quickly learned to mooch with the rest of them at dinnertime and runs to greet me when I come home from work.  She has really bonded with my husband though and wants to sit with  him and have him rub her back for hours.  She has turned into a feisty little old lady and I love her dearly already.  I am attaching some pictures of her dressed as Spiderman for a costume contest we entered at a fundraiser for the local Humane Society.  Thee is a picture of me with her and one of the whole gang.  They were my little super heroes. 

Joan Stark, Ontario, NY

Monday, October 4, 2010

Walking Your Dog

http://blogs.dogster.com/dog-training/whos-walk-is-it-anyway/2010/08/

Read this great article from Dogster.Com 

When trainer Casey Lomonaco is out walking her dogs, she often sees fellow dog walkers doing things that make her cringe - mainly, dogs being yanked around on leashes or getting yelled at for, well, being dogs. With our busy schedules, it's easy to head out with the plan of "walking x route in y amount of time" and getting frustrated when Fido isn't down with the agenda. But the next time you leash up your dog, ask yourself who the walk is really for.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Update on Tucker





Thought you might like to see more photos of Tucker in his forever home…  he’s doing SO well!!

Tucker looks like he’s quite happy in his new home! I love the picture of him with his new sister at the window. Looks like his legs are doing really well! He had a little booboo on his paw in the last picture, hence the bandage… we certainly remember that little pouty face! I’m so happy for him – he scored the jackpot of homes!

-- Amy Jansky

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Update on Bizzy





I went and visited Adam, Tasha and Bizzy this past weekend. Mizz Bizzy is doing wonderful!!!! She was happy as could be. I got the happy dance as soon as I arrived. She has calmed down with her obsession with tennis balls and fetch. She enjoys going to the pet store, going to the dog park, and going on walks. She is a favorite with the kids at the apartment complex too. Her knees are wonderful! She was running all over, up and down the steps.

Adam and Tasha love her and spoil her to death. She is also spoiled by her grandparents. Adam and Tasha are planning to come to the Wharton event so hopefully everyone will get to meet Bizzy!

She couldnt have found a better home!!!

Lisa
Allentown PA

Brady From CT Lost in DE and Found


Brady, a 13 pound two year old Boston who lives in Connecticut, went to the NASCAR race at Dover, Delaware with his owners. 

On Saturday, May 15th around 9am, Brady and his owners were at the Nascar races when he got frightened and managed to escape.  He managed to get free from his collar so he had no identification on him.  He was last seen running into a retirement residential area.

Fortunately, he was found, and here's a letter from his owner describing how it happened:

"Dear God.....it's a MIRACLE!!! a true God Given MIRACLE!!!!

I can't stop kissing and holding him and looking at him....the emotions I feel right now are not describable!!!

I just wanted to post really quick to tell everyone he is PERFECT....covered in ticks.....paws a little raw, legs a little scraped up, dirty, hungry but PERFECT!!!

he is so exhausted when the guy handed him over to me his body went limp in my arms and he started to kiss my face....I just collapsed on the side of the road....we never could have done it without these 2 fishermen....they were young and athletic and never gave up....

We got the call about 8:30 a.m. after just coming back from a morning search and feeling so discouraged because the morning was so quiet......the phone rang and I heard Chris shout "YOU SEE HIM?" I grabbed Lucy and my shoes and jumped in the truck before my husband finished talking to the guy.....2 crab fishermen were late for work and they were on the road where he was originally spotted (SO CLOSE TO WHERE WE WERE!) and they saw him but didn't have the number so one of them called their mom to get the number....they remember our flyer and the newspaper story...they said Brady was running so fast away from them....but they KNEW it was him....he stayed on the phone with me while Chris drove and they narrated everything that was happening...they were so out of breath from running... and telling us where to go and how to get to where they were.....Brady ran up to a horse farm but got scared by a big black dog...they lost sight of him when we pulled up so we got out and called for him and the 2 guys continued on and saw him again....they had unhitched their fishing boat and left it in the middle of the road...one guy on foot and the other in the truck.....the one running couldn't believe how fast he was and said he would chase him until he got tired....Brady finally got tired and dove into a ditch and the guy dove in after him.....he tried grabbing him but Brady got away and run under their truck....the guy then dove under the truck and swept Brady's back feet out from under him and that's when he grabbed him.....Chris and I were driving so fast towards the truck when the guy called us and said....DON'T WORRY....WE GOT HIM...HE'S SAFE AND INSIDE OUR TRUCK!" I was hysterical and said to Chris....PLEASE PLEASE LET IT BE HIM!! We got there about 30 seconds later and the guy got out of his truck and when we saw that it really was Brady I nearly collapsed right there in the road....He handed him over to me and Brady's face went from scared to happy when he heard my voice and I was smothering him with kisses....he instantly started licking my face and went limp in my arms with exhaustion.....I sat down in the middle of the road leaning against the truck bawling hysterically and rocking him back and forth.....OMG I still can't believe it....Drew and Mike are HEROES....sent from my Cooper Angel and God and all of your prayers and positive vibes and support....I don't know what I would have done without you all......thank you is not even close to what I possibly could say to express my gratitude....

Brady is laying in my lap as I type this with Lucy exhausted....we are going to shower and pack up and drive home today....WITH MY LIL MAN!!!!

WBOC already came out and interviewed us and Delaware State News came back to the HAPPY ENDING story....

I LOVE ALL OF YOU SO MUCH.....I'LL NEVER FORGET WHAT YOU ALL DID FOR US IN OUR TIME OF NEED.....THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS.....GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!! "

Friday, October 1, 2010

Benny Crosses the Rainbow Bridge





Benny the brown and white Boston had been found as a stray in Atlantic City back in December of 2007.

He was a very handsome boy who so needed the love and care Andrea Giordano, his forever mom, gave to him.
  
We all send you our deep condolences on his death, and a heartfelt thank you for adopting him.  I know Linda, who you brought him to for help, and Maria who got him from the shelter, will be equally sad to hear of his loss.

I hope the memories he left you with will keep you consoled during this awful time of grief, Andrea.


--Sheryl Trent, President, NEBTR

The last three years of his life were the best, and he had a loving home.   Maria, who got him from the shelter, notes,

"Andrea, I'm so sorry. I  know how much you loved Benny. And what a good life you gave him! I remember what a wreck he was at the shelter-, but he still managed to be such a good natured boy. That first day after I took him to the vet he slept under my Christmas tree for a good 18 hours--it was the first time he had some relief from his terrible skin problems.And then he was so lucky to find you.
I remember you've had your share of losses, how painful it must be for you.
You have my sympathy and my thanks for taking such good care of a poor dog who really needed you."