Hi there. Thanks for the 5th
anniversary card! I can’t believe the time went
by so fast. Sonny & Cher are the sweetest,
most loving BTs. We feel so lucky to have
them. They easily blended into our family with
Deke and even accepted Quincey when my mom
passed away a few years ago. So now there are 3
boys and a girl. She runs the show! It is rare
that I can get all of them into one photo but my
son needed a shot of his family for school so he
took this one!
Thanks for all the great work you do. If there
is ever anything I can do to help please let me know…
Deke, Qunicey, Rob, Sonny & Cher! (that’s the order in the
photo as well!)
THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS FOSTER DOG INTO MY LIFE
Had I not made the decision to participate in rescue, I would never have had the chance to meet him. If I had sat here comfortably in my home and said "I already have four dogs and I know that I couldn't take in another - even on a temporary basis," I would never have met this dog.
Yes, it takes time to rescue and foster... but who gave me time in the first place? And why or what was the reason I was given Time? To fill my own needs?
Or was there another reason ever so small and seemingly insignificant, like rescuing this one dog that could make a difference in another's life? Perhaps to add joy, hope, help and companionship to another who is in need?
With great sadness, I sat down on a footstool in my kitchen this morning and watched as this foster dog bounced back into the house and skidded across the floor to sit ever so perfectly in front of me. He was the picture of health, finally. He was all smiles for me...and I smiled back at his happy face. Deep in his eyes, the storm clouds of illness and generalized poor health had blown away, and the clear light of his perfection radiated out from his beautiful soul.
He holds no ill will toward man. He forgives us all. I thought to myself as I impressed this one last long look of him into my heart, what a very fine creature you have created.
Tears slowly pooled and spilled over my cheekbones as the deeper realization of how wonderful this dog is sank into my internal file cabinet of Needful Things to Remember.
Lord, he's a dog - but he's a better human being than I am. He has forgiven quickly. Would I do the same? He passionately enjoys the simple things in life, and I have often overlooked them. He accepts change and gets on with his life! I fuss and worry about change.
He lives today and loves today. And I often dwell in the past or worry about the future. He loves no matter what. I am not that free.
This very lovely dog has gone to his new home today and already I miss him. Thank you for bringing this dog into my life.
And thank you for the beautiful and tender lesson on how to be a better human.
Omar, who was born on May, 28, 2002, was adopted by Diane Danker on March 25, 2008. Unfortunately, he recently died in his sleep. He had been crashing into walls for 3 weeks and was not eating well. Although he was blind, he normally navigated well around her house. Diane took this blind, special needs boy and gave him her love and care for the remaining years of his life. We want to send our deepest sympathy to her and to Linda Antonelli, Omar's foster mom. I know he will always have a special place in their hearts.
Diane adopted Omar from NEBTR 5 years ago. Linda Antonelli was his wonderful foster Mom and she and Diane have shared their love of Omar for those years. Her love is expressed so poignantly in her tribute to him. Linda asked that it be shared with all of NEBTR to remind us of the wonderful people who come to us wanting to give our Bostons a second chance. She did that for OMAR and we all send our deep condolences.
You opened your heart and your home to your beloved Omar. How fortunate were both of you to have found each other. It is a terrible heartache to lose a loving friend, it's not easy. He will always live in your heart, in your memories. From wherever he is be sure he is smiling and looking down at you, thankful for the loving experience you gave him.
Our sweet and loving Omar passed away unexpectedly on Thursday January 17, 2013. Noah and I are heartsick and devastated.
I know that if you are not a dog person you don’t understand this heartbreak at all. To you he was just a dog. To us he was a warm sweet bundle of energy who loved us unconditionally.
Omar was our rescue dog. He had been surrendered by his owners because they could no longer care for him. I think this is why he hated being left home. If Omar sensed we were leaving the house and not taking him, he would hide. His first hiding place was under my blanket. I found him there a few times and he figured he needed a new place and thought hiding behind the coffee table in the living room was a good idea. When that failed he tried hiding under my bed. His last place was also under my bed on the opposite side, behind the rolling drawers. He finally realized that it was a lost cause and just went to my room and laid on his bed until I came up to carry him down. I needed to allot an extra 15 minutes to get out of the house because of him. He hated the separation and cried even though he had Shi for company. Whether we were gone for 15 minutes or 6 hours, he greeted our return with insane joy. You’d think we’d left him for days; this was the love Omar gave and needed.
He was completely blind and Shi took care of him when we went out together. Shi would grab onto his leash near the collar so he wouldn't walk into things.
Of all the dogs I've had, Omar was the most affectionate and needy. At least once a day he’d come to me for a back rub. I knew, because he’d sit on my chest and lick my face until I started. After that he had to sit with me for a while. If I got up to do something, he followed me all over the house going up and down the stairs as many times as I did. If I was working in the kitchen he would lay on the floor waiting for me; wherever I went Omar followed. At some point every day when he sat with me he put his paw on my arm or leg; he didn't want to be alone. If I was giving Shi any attention he would push in front of her; he had to make sure she didn't get any of his portion of affection. Every night before bed he needed his cuddling.
Shi is grieving as well. During the day they slept with their bodies touching on their dog bed. Omar “backed up” onto the bed because he couldn't see and this way he didn't bang his head. Often, he ended up sitting on her face. Shi now goes to “his” places in the yard. She’s started coming to cradle in my arm and has such a sad look about her. She’s never been without a brother and she’s lonely.
Dogs will creep into your heart. They read your signals (and know when you’re leaving); they burst with joy when you return home and the only thing they want from you is kindness. They give and give and give. They never take.They steal your heart and treat it like gold. So that’s how it is for dog people.
He was ours for 5 years. It felt like a minute.
Omar: May 28, 2002 – January 17, 2013
10 years, 7 months, 21 days
Eddie is doing great! He is out with my guys now and doing well.
He really likes my BT and is getting used to my Golden Ret. I don't
think he's been around big dogs because he just seems unsure at times
and doesn't know how to play with him. He enjoys playing with my BT and
follows him around. But most of all Eddie wants to be right with me.
It's so sweet :-)
He had a big day today and I am very proud of him.
The weather was great so we went to the park. Attached pic of him and
I. He seemed to really enjoy himself!
Then we went to Petco's
vaccine day for his final shot needed and I didn't know what to expect.
We had to stand in line with a hyper husky in front of us and Eddie did
awesome! Even got 2 compliments on how calm he was! He greeted people
and dogs he saw nicely! Even gave kisses to a man!!! This is big for
Eddie only a month out of a PM breeder life. He's coming along great!
And here is Eddie with his new toy Cindy sent with him for his Birthday! He loves it Cindy! He enjoyed some prime rib with dinner! Happy Second Birthday Eddie!
We had an amazingly successful Meet & Greet this morning...that led to an immediate adoption!!
Bandit's new Mom, Merri, instantly fell in love with our handsome little gentleman!! He even gains a cutie older sister, Coco, who is a 12
yo Cairn Terrier.
Merri is going to be the perfect loving Mom and let Bandit sleep in bed with her. This is his most favorite thing and he is going to love her a lot!!!
His new Mom came prepared - she brought him a brand new harness to match his sister's leash. He hopped right into their car and headed off to his new home near Philly!!
I did my 24 hour check up w Merri and it's a total love fest. She's madly in love with him and is so very happy. She said Bandit acts like he's lived there forever and they are going to have a great life together. Coco and Bandit were lying together in the sun...everyone is great!!
I'm so pleased with this match. It's perfect!!!
Such a happy ending!! It's a beautiful day - everyone enjoy it!!
Thanks especially to Jenn for being the awesome foster mom to Bandit. What an amazing success story! So rewarding!
I handed them Penguin and I drove away!
The Careys are such sweet dog loving people! They brought their 'bug' Stella to meet penguin and everyone got along.
The Careys live on 4 acres and love their doggies. They are retired and are home a lot. Penguin will be surrounded by attention all day and have plenty of room to run off his energy.
I cried. I will miss him dearly.He is a true gem. But so are the Careys.
Big giant SIGH!!
A great job from start to finish, Jerrilyn. Congratulations.
Once again I wish to thank everyone that made Bruiser now Gizmo's arrival possible. He is progressing rapidly. Paper work indicated not housebroken but he has not had one accident. He has graduated from his giant crate to joining the pack. He is eliminating his whip and hook worms, sleeping soundly in his night night crate by mama's bed and gaining weight before his neutering, dental and shots next week. He is incredibly sweet! He needs some basic manners. For now his health and feeling secure comes first. Once recovered from surgery we will get busy training this precious little boy. He is an awesome new addition to our family! This Boglin - Beagle/Boston Mix howl's and tracks the ground like a beagle but snores and cuddles like a boston. Click on photos check out our album and Gizmo says, "thanks bunches"!
Most of all, thank you Maria for all that you are doing for this boy, and for all the love you are showering him with!
Bailey Joy, now Hailey Joy, was adopted recently. She will have the life, and still get all the
medical attention she will need. Her new Mom is a vet tech for a Veterinary
orthopedic surgeon and is very close to a Physical therapy center and will still
get the acupuncture that has been helping her. Lucky little Girl... Of course I
am very sad to see her go. Would have loved to call her my own but this is such
a better situation for her. And for those who got to meet her... Look how she
And special thanks to Elly for taking care of this precious angel and for finding her the family that will take care of all her needs. Elly truly gave this baby the start she needed to develop as much as she will be able to. We know it was hard handing her to another family, but it was certainly a labor of love. Because of the chip in funds, she will be able to go for hydrotherapy and for all the other care she will need. This will make a big difference to Hailey Joy, and thanks to everyone who made this possible.
I can't express my gratitude. She's sleeping on my lap right now. She slept with us in the bed last night :) And by us I mean in between my husband and I so we knew where she was all night and with the other 3 bostons and the 3 legged cat as well. She went right under the covers and I think she knew if she didn't make a peep she could stay. She is going to get an exam this week to start her up on her vaccines and check a fecal, she starts physical therapy this week also and they will recommend an acupuncturist place right away.