Saturday, October 15, 2011
I adopted Piper about 3 years ago, just after she turned 6. In a couple days Piper will be turning 9, although to see her jump up onto our bed (3+ feet high) you might think she was still a puppy. It's been a fantastic 3 years, and we can hardly believe how much her behavior has improved!
For the first year or so, it was a process of teaching Piper to trust us and get used to a calm and stable life. We don't know much at all about her history, but she definitely had some fear-based aggression. She wanted to be loved, but got spooked at snapped if you surprised her from behind or tried to pick her up. She was too scared to relax, too alert for danger to notice I was talking to her half of the time.
These days, Piper is 500% calmer and more trusting. She absolutely LOVES to cuddle! We still respect her space when she's tired and sleeping (she can get cranky at those times, as we all can), but she lets us pick her up, cuddle her, hold her upside-down like a baby, reach for her toy, and even clip her nails (with a some squirming, and a treat afterwards). She's very responsive to commands, obedient even when we're out on the distracting Brooklyn sidewalks, and loves meeting new people and getting attention, especially from women. Piper can still be a bit apprehensive of large men at times (maybe there was a big scary guy in her past), but even with them she does remarkably well now. Anyone who walks through our apartment door gets greeted by a happy dog that wants to lick their face, then bring them her favorite Kong!
Piper is getting old and has had 2 tumors removed, one on her front shoulder a couple years ago, and one on her back ankle a few months ago. Both were cancerous, but unrelated to one another. We got them off with clean margins before the cancer spread, and both times Piper healed very well. Knock on wood-- she's an incredibly healthy dog!
Here are a few pictures... clipping Piper's nails, lounging on her favorite pillow in the sun, and smiling/yawning on our wedding day. Thank you all once again for entrusting Piper to us, she brings so much love and happiness to our lives!
Friday, October 14, 2011
You can now preorder Julie Klam's newest book "Love at First Bark on Amazon. Click here to be taken to the Amazon site.
Following is a conversation between Julie Klam, and J. Courtney Sullivan, best-selling author of Maine and Commencement.
Sullivan: One of my favorite parts of Love at First Bark is when you’re searching for an injured stray puppy in New Orleans and ask yourself a series of questions about how far you’d go to save a dog, which culminates with your jumping under a train to get the puppy. To date, is this the farthest you’ve gone?
Klam: It’s the farthest I’ve gone physically. Mentally, I’ve gone much further . . .totally off the deep end . . .on more than one occasion.
Sullivan: How many dogs do you have now? And how do they help or hurt your writing life? I love having my dog curled up under my desk while I’m working, but he always seems to want to go outside and play just as I’m reaching a critical moment in a scene.
Klam: I had four until last week, when we adopted out a foster. I would say, since I’ve written two books on my dog relationships, they help me quite a bit. In fact, Fiorello actually does a fair bit of copyediting. And Beatrice has consulted on all the dog dialogue. She frequently tells me, “A dog would never say that!” Or “No way--too human!”
Sullivan: I’ve only been a dog owner for nine months. One of the things that has surprised me the most is the way that our neighborhood has suddenly opened up to us—we know so many more people, and they all know us. (They may not know our names, but they know Landon’s!) Have you experienced the same thing? What is it about dogs that brings this out in people?
Klam: I wrote in my first book that when I got my dog Otto, I suddenly developed dog vision—I think the same thing happened when I was pregnant When something is suddenly appearing in your life, you relate to it everywhere. The thing about dogs is that, in most cases, they don’t just walk by a dog on the street. They stop and sniff and maybe play. They are far less boundary- obsessed than we are. I think we can stand behind our dogs, saying hello to other dogs, and be just slightly a part of it. I bring the dogs into the dog run, and they run over and join in the games and bark at a Boxer and chase a Lab. I’ve tried to incorporate that into my own life. When I go to parties now, the first thing I do is sniff the host’s butt, and then I’ll just start chasing the guests.
Sullivan: This is your second book about your relationship with dogs. Do you get flooded all the time with dog-related questions from readers and people you know, the way doctors have people asking for medical advice at backyard barbecues? I confess that when it comes to dog stuff, I often ask myself, WWJD: What Would Julie Do? Any particularly interesting requests or questions that you’ve gotten?
Klam: I get loads of questions—mostly about training issues, and I do try to remind people that I have the worst dogs on the planet. I’ve gotten many heartbreaking questions, too, about the timing in ending a dog’s life. It’s a terrible place many pet owners have to go to, and in those cases, I just say you do the best you can and it’s okay.
J. Courtney Sullivan
Sullivan: Earlier this year, there was a big kerfuffle in the news about allowing dogs to sleep in bed with you--a study found that it could lead you to get the plague, among other things. I do it anyway. WWJD?
Klam: The real secret of why I became an author is that I get to occasionally travel to places alone and sleep by myself in a bed. It’s remarkable. There’s no hair or sticks or ticks. If I eat in the bed, I don’t have to share. The floor is dry because no one has decided that morning is too long to wait to go out. . . .What was the question?
Sullivan: In the book, you talk a bit about using Twitter to get the word out about dogs in need. How has online social networking helped change the landscape of rescue work?
Klam: Oh, it’s HUGE! I compared it to the Twilight Bark in 101 Dalmations. I am constantly hearing about dogs in danger all across the country, and I can post about them and have a very caring national audience respond. A woman posted on my Facebook page that her parents had found an abandoned Boston terrier in Texas and no rescues had room for it. Someone else on the page worked with rescue in Texas and was able to help her (in the end, her parents kept the dog . . .which is the best thing ever).
Thursday, October 13, 2011
NEBTR has partnered with iBostonTerrier.com.
Adam of iBostonTerrier.com says, "The day I started this website I sent an email to over 25 Boston Terrier Rescues all over the world and told them that we were here to help them whenever they needed with whatever they were doing. Today I’d like to announce that we are working with another fine rescue and we have high hopes for what this partnership means to the lives of the Bostons they take care of. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Northeast Boston Terrier Rescue!"
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
We could not be happier with Ella if we wanted to. This delightful dog has brought so much joy and laughter into our family that I honestly cannot imagine why we didn't do this years ago. When we adopted her, her foster mom Molly told us that Ella was very special. Indeed she is.
Thank you for your wonderful work!
James Campbell, Marcos Martins and Ella (photo attached)
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Over the weekend, we welcomed a new addition to the family. When I saw his pics and read his bio a few weeks ago, I knew that he would be perfect fit for us! He us the cutest little guy that I have ever seen. He is for sure a velcro dog. He follows me all over the house. It's just funny to hear his little feet tapping no matter where I go. He is doing much better then I thought with my boyfriend. He has given him kisses and slept on the couch with him...but when he feels like it he will flip a switch and act afraid of him. With a lot of TLC I am convinced that we can show him that it is ok for him to have full trust. I just love this little guy (even though he snores like a freight train)! I again wanted to thank Evette and Kim (the foster mom and dad) for everything that they did to make this possible. I am not sure who else was involved behind the scenes..but thank you to you all as well! Oh and he and Hailey get along well too. I am still keeping my eye on the two of them though because Pjay got a little angry when Hailey jumped up on 'his side" of the couch next to me. So I have learned to make sure that when she jumps up that it needs to be on "her side". Just wanted to share the story with all of you
Monday, October 10, 2011
Daisy May went to her forever home today. She was all dressed up in her fancy coat and "bling" collar with her signature Daisy on it. I won both at our recent fundraiser and since my gang already have so much "stuff" and it fit Daisy May perfectly, it became hers. She came to me with nothing but went to her new home with two collars, a harness, a leash (all sporting daisies), a coat, fleece blanket, toys, her favorite chewy, and anything else I thought she could use. After all, brides used to come with doweries and I did not want my little girl to go empty handed.
Her new Mama, Mary Miller, was so happy to see her and Daisy went right up to her and gave her a kiss. Her new Papa comes home from rehab tomorrow, but Daisy May is going to visit him there this afternoon. Today is Daisy May's new Mama's birth day and she said that this little dog was the best birthday present ever. Since this is the first foster that I have placed, I had to hurry out when the paperwork was done while Mary had her in the other room because the tears were flowing. Daisy May has come such a long way in such a short time and she is such a sweetheart. I would have kept her if I didn't have a full house already. I am attaching pictures - first one is how she looked when she was picked up by Molly at the vet who saved her. The others are from today. I am also going to upload more pictures to the group page of her in her little pumpkin costume and her fancy coat. I can appreciate even more all that the foster parents do for our pups. But it sure is worth it.
Joan Stark Ontario NY
Sunday, October 9, 2011
On Sept. 17th, Wendy Conway and my husband and I represented NEBTR at at local fundraising/rescue awareness event held at the Crackerbox Palace which is a farm animal sanctuary located at a historic Shaker Farm. I have up loaded some pictures in the album named Animal Fair. Wendy had Coco there and I had Daisy May there. I also brought two of my other dogs. it was chilly but our pups were very popular. We sold Boston Terrier kisses and I also had some of the dog beds I had made to sell.
-- Joan Starkey