Saturday, September 24, 2011

Update on Mitzy

This is our little Miss Mitzy. We have had her for about a year and a half. She definitely loves her momma (me) and likes her daddy. Her "guy shy"-ness is almost gone. She loves harassing her "brother" Boyd, a shihtzu I inherited from my mom. Thanks again to her foster mom Jodi and of course kudos to NEBTR.

Bj Rutledge

Friday, September 23, 2011

911 Dogs: Do They Remember?

The twelve 9/11 search dogs who are still alive:

Their eyes say everything you need to know about them. Just amazing creatures.

True heroes of 9/11 still with us today...

Moxie, 13, from Winthrop, Massachusetts, arrived with her handler, Mark Aliberti, at the World Trade Center on the evening of September 11 and searched the site for eight days.

Tara, 16, from Ipswich, Massachusetts, arrived at the World Trade Center on the night of the 11th. The dog and her handler Lee Prentiss were there for eight days.

Kaiser, 12, pictured at home in Indianapolis, Indiana, was deployed to the World Trade Center on September 11 and searched tirelessly for people in the rubble.

Bretagne and his owner Denise Corliss from Cypress, Texas, arrived at the site in New York on September 17, remaining there for ten days.

Guinness, 15, from Highland, California, started work at the site with Sheila McKee on the morning of September 13 and was deployed at the site for 11 days.

Merlyn and his handler Matt Claussen were deployed to Ground Zero on September 24, working the night shift for five days.

Red, 11, from Annapolis, Maryland, went with Heather Roche to the Pentagon from September 16 until the 27 as part of the Bay Area Recovery Canines.

Abigail, above, was deployed on the evening of September 17, searching for 10 days while Tuff arrived in New York at 11:00 pm on the day of attack to start working early the next day.

Handler Julie Noyes and Hoke were deployed to the World Trade Center from their home in Denver on September 24 and searched for five days.

Scout and another unknown dog lie among the rubble at Ground Zero, just two of nearly 100 search and rescue animals who helped to search for survivors

During the chaos of the 9/11 attacks, where almost 3,000 people died, nearly 100 loyal search and rescue dogs and their brave owners scoured Ground Zero for survivors.
Now, ten years on, just 12 of these heroic canines survive, and they have been commemorated in a touching series of portraits entitled 'Retrieved'.
The dogs worked tirelessly to search for anyone trapped alive in the rubble, along with countless emergency service workers and members of the public.
Traveling across nine states in the U.S. from Texas to Maryland, Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas, 34, captured the remaining dogs in their twilight years in their homes where they still live with their handlers, a full decade on from 9/11.
Their stories have now been compiled in a book, called Retrieved, which is published on Friday, the tenth anniversary of the attacks. Noted for her touching portraits of animals, especially dogs, Charlotte wanted 'Retrieved' to mark not only the anniversary of the September 2001 attacks, but also as recognition for some of the first responders and their dogs.

'I felt this was a turning point, especially for the dogs, who although are not forgotten, are not as prominent as the human stories involved,' explained Charlotte, who splits her time between New York and Amsterdam. 'They speak to us as a different species and animals are greatly important for our sense of empathy and to put things into perspective.'

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Real Story of Toto

History hounds, perk up your ears! Did you know that Terry, the Cairn Terrier who played Toto in The Wizard of Oz, was once a rug-wetter who wound up being abandoned by her people at a Los Angeles dog training school? This very same pup would go on to make more money a week than the Munchkin actors on set and was so beloved by actress Judy Garland that she tried to make a pet out of the canine superstar.
Bone up on Toto trivia here.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Boston Terrier Pins to Benefit Rescues

Missy makes Boston Terrier pins to benefit Boston rescues.

Let a little Boston flower brighten your day and benefit BT rescue, too! The handmade scrappy fabric flower “pillow” pin is made from my ends/pieces fabric stash. The Boston fabric is my original design, too. The flower is stuffed with polyfil for added puffiness. Available until scraps run out : )

The pin is made to order, please allow a day or two to make. Every unique pin will be different. The pin you will receive may not be the one in the picture, but each one will be just as cute. If you would like a Brown BT (sort of like the brown heart pin in picture #5), just put your request in the "note to seller" section during check out. Sorry, I am not able to take a return on this item.

$10 from each brooch will be donated to a 501(c)3 non-profit Boston Terrier rescue of your choice. Please list your rescue (with the rescue’s website if you have it) in the note to seller section during check out. If a rescue is not chosen, the donation will go to

You can purchase them on Etsy by clicking on this link.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Daisy May is Adopted

Some good news to share - My little foster dog, Daisy May has found a forever home. She has been adopted and will be going home to her new family the end of September. She has come such a long way from the skinny frightened little dog who came to stay with us. I am so happy for her and glad she is being adopted locally so that I may see her from time to time.

Daisy May is very petite and weighs about 13 pounds. She was pretty skinny when I picked her up and I have been feeding her well. She has gained almost two pounds since I got her but needs to put on a bit more weight. She is very loving and quite a cuddler. She will make someone a great companion. When she arrived, she did not know how to play and had to figure out what grass is for. She is very smart, already having learned which is her food dish and where to sit and wait to be fed, what it means when Mom shakes the treat can. I bought her a new collar and harness with daisies on them as fits her name.

She will be a wonderful addition to her new home!

-- Joan Watt Stark

Monday, September 19, 2011

Update on Elena

I've had my NEBTR, Elena, three weeks today and it's hard to imagine my home without her. Here she is, tennis ball at her side, enjoying a game of fetch!

--Krista Dooley

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Update on Chubba Bubba

Here's former foster Chubba Bubba who was adopted Janice and Ray Boyer. Chubba Bubba is deaf, so he is sleeping super soundly!!