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Saturday, July 13, 2013

What is a Haggerty spot?


A circle of dark hair on top of the Boston's head (smack dab in the middle) is known as a Haggerty dot, spot or star, depending on who you ask. We just call it cute! Dogs with this special marking are descendants of one of the original lines of Boston terriers owned by the Haggerty family in the early 1900's, according to the Boston Terrier Club of America. Highly respected Boston terrier breeder and judge Vincent Perry called this mark "the kiss of God" and considered it a lovely addition to a dog's perfect markings.

Your Talented BT


Walking A New Path


Hello!
Thank you very much for the adoption anniversary card. Just wanted to drop everyone a quick line to let you know how Tucker and Georgie are doing. 

We have had Tucker for 2 years now and Georgie for almost 1: both boys are doing great! Georgie, while initially very nervous, has really started to come out of his shell and has bonded well with our family. Daily ball playing is a must! Tucker has adjusted to having a canine brother and they have even started to play with each other, which shows that old dogs can learn new tricks! Tucker continues to learn how to make friends and be social and we are now able to take him to the dog park with very few incidents of him becoming nervous and upset.

Thanks so very much!
Leslie, Chuck, Tucker, and Georgie


And thank you for choosing to adopt, not shop!  Two rescue pups who have found a loving home.

More on Clarisse

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She is very weary of people but yes we are making progress!

She has let me pet her a few times when she is tired and in a corner. I just stroke her back very gently and she looks the other way like she is waiting for something bad to happen.

Its so sad. I hope she can learn to enjoy the human touch.

Once in her crate, she will allow me to put her eye drops in. The right eye seems to be blind and without feeling. I will get her to an ophthalmologist soon.

She is super sweet and quite happy when she is out in the grass.

She sleeps in our bedroom in a brand new comfy cozy bed in a crate and is very relaxed when she is in there.

Oh and she finally started taking a treat from my hand too!

 

Jerrilyn Walter

Update on Georgie and Tucker

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Hello!

Thank you very much for the adoption anniversary card. Just wanted to drop everyone a quick line to let you know how Tucker and Georgie are doing. 

We have had Tucker for 2 years now and Georgie for almost 1: both boys are doing great! Georgie, while initially very nervous, has really started to come out of his shell and has bonded well with our family. Daily ball playing is a must! Tucker has adjusted to having a canine brother and they have even started to play with each other, which shows that old dogs can learn new tricks! Tucker continues to learn how to make friends and be social and we are now able to take him to the dog park with very few incidents of him becoming nervous and upset. 

Attached are a few pictures of the boys.

Thanks so very much!

Leslie, Chuck, Tucker, and Georgie Archer

Great Idea!


In NY, NJ and eastern Pa. adopt from NEBTR and you really will make dreams come true. 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Greetings!


Any Thoughts?


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Friday Thoughts


Happy Day


More on Porter

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I snapped this photo as he was lounging in my window today!
Look at this handsome sweet boy!!

 

 

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Porter had a super busy weekend. We had a big party here yesterday with lots of guests and tons of little kids. He did so great. Spent quality time sunning himself with his Foster Sister Lola and getting kisses and hugs from his human Foster Cousin Julia!!
He is turning into such a little gentleman!!!

Jennifer Hanly

It's The Weekend!!!


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Celebrate


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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Heat Tolerance


Former Foster Rosie


Rosie is doing great with us! We love her and are so happy to have her as part of our family.


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Rosie is a former mill mama, who is now living a life well loved. What a difference in her life! Thank you Jamie and John!

More on Patsy

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It's been 2 1/2 weeks, and Patsy is feeling so much better.  She is gaining some weight and is more relaxed just hanging out with us.  Her dry skin condition and fur are also improving. She's a very happy and good girl!!!
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Patti Maddamma

 

All thanks, to you and your care, Patti.  It's lovely to read this.

Spike Says Thanks

Spike says thanks for all the wonderful gifts that were purchased for him from his Wish List!  

A special package came today for Spike. He was sooooo excited. He grabbed the first thing out of the box and ran off with it, tags and all! There were toys AND Nylabones in there. 

Thank you so much to those that donated to his wishlist! Thanks to Jennifer Warwick and the others who were so generous!

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Heat Stroke


Spike Loves His Presents!


A special package came today for Spike. He was sooooo excited. He grabbed the first thing out of the box and ran off with it, tags and all! There were toys AND Nylabones in there. Thank you so much to those that donated to his wishlist!

Car Safety

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Hi everyone, I just wanted to share this (i know it is a bad photo!) With you all. This is the Kurgo seatbelt tether. It clips to your dog's car harness with a caribener, and then the other universal end plugs into your female seatbelt end. The length is adjustable, and it works awesomely without having to fiddle with your car's seatbelt strap every time you take the dog in and out of the car! I love it. You can get them on Kurgo's website for under $15. Yay!

Erin

In Memory of Rosie

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Jeanne, we were so sorry to hear this news. I know she was your best friend and that you gave each other so much love. Rest in peace, Rosie.   Our hearts break for you.

Sophia is Adopted

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Congratulations to Sophia, who was adopted by Donna Fath.


And many thanks to her foster Mom Elly Monfett for all her loving care of this beautiful girl!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Goodby, My Beloved Rosie

Rosie died this morning, 9 July, in my arms.  She was 15 yrs and 5 months old, we were together for 14+ years.  
When Rosie came to live with me, I was considered her last, best chance: she had been in several homes, several different rescue groups, and finally we came together, with the proviso that if she did not make it with me (severe behavioral issues), she would have to be put down.
We had a wonderful life together; ultimately, I realized I needed her as much as she needed me.  I loved her absolutely, though we did have some trying times, as all families do.  
Love means making the right decision, this morning I had to make the decision that Rosie should die with dignity, rather than continue her rapidly deteriorating health.
I’ll miss you, my baby girl, I have no doubt that our lives have crossed before and will again in the endless cycle of life and rebirth.  May you have a fortunate rebirth and may I rejoin you again.
Rosie left some final thought she wanted to share with all of you.
jeanne, aka Rosie’s mom, albany ny
SOME FINAL THOUGHTS FROM ROSIE
I know it’s a sad time for you, Mom, but I want you to remember the good times instead, much better for both of us that way.  So think about the wonderful memories we share, the things we did, the adventures we had, and the great people we met along the way.
The mountains we climbed together, the trails we hiked, the timber rattlers we avoided on the summit of Overlook…  Remember when we got caught in a downpour on our way back down from there?  Our hiking buddy Alvin knew I was so cold and wet, when we got to the car, he held me on his nice soft tummy, under his clothes, until I warmed up again.  And the whole day we spent scrambling over rocks in the Catskills, again with our buddy Alvin: I was so tired that when I got home, I slept straight through the next day, didn’t even get up for dinner.
We lived in a great place, miles of trails and woods right out the backdoor; I knew every one of them, you even let me pick the trails I liked best.  My absolute favorite was the Kykuit Kill, nice little stream with a small natural pool, you knew I liked to stop there for a dip and some fresh water.  We did so much trail work together there was even a picture and article about us in the newspaper because of our volunteer work, about time someone recognized me, an energetic Boston Terrier, for my contributions to the natural world.  Chances are you never would have seen some of the critters we encountered without me, the fishers, coyotes, and Karner Blue butterflies.  And that silly hognose snake, tried to scare me with its fake cobra moves; well, I admit I was a bit startled at first until my natural instincts took over, but you reacted too quickly for me to demonstrate why I considered myself top dog in the Preserve.  Too bad, I never did get to taste snake.
I liked it when we moved, just the two of us together, and I could sleep in the bed.  Now, if only I could have trained you better to understand that sleeping in the center was my prerogative and you are not supposed to stir, even slightly, it disturbs my rest.  And blankets and bedspreads are my natural right, I might share a corner of a blanket or the edge of the bed, but it is only out of kindness. Plus, I gave you good reasons to redecorate: if I didn’t like the d├ęcor, I just ripped it up.  By the way, how did you manage to find a bedspread that I couldn’t destroy?  Not fair at all.
The folks we met were great, lots of good advice, and I loved my vet, Dr Snyder, always looked forward to my visits.  Really, how many dogs do you know that consider a trip to the vet a social event?!  The nice lady there who worked in the boarding facility: I was so mad the last time you went on vacation I just sat and stared at the wall, she drew a picture, hung it my space so I would have something to view.  Now that’s service with a smile.
And the nice doggy people you met because of me, the folks in NEBTR and SNORT, always giving sound advice, first when I was an irascible youngster and later when I developed some health problems.  And Dr Haupt at Cornell, she was a big help with my behavior after so many others thought I was a hopeless case.
Altogether my life had been really good, I’m so happy you didn’t give up like the many people and shelters that did while I was in my childhood.  We’ve had a wonderful life, we became a team in our many years together.
I want to leave you with one final thought and request…  I know there will never be another quite like me, accept that and keep me in your heart.  But I want you to share that love with another dog, so please adopt another Boston Terrier, there are so many of us out there who need a home and family of our own.
I know we shall meet again in the endless cycle of death and rebirth.  Thank you for having the kindness and compassion to let me die with dignity, I hope you are as fortunate at the end of your life.
Bless us all, humans and animals, and think good thoughts.
Love, Rosie

Flo Loves to Relax by the Pool

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Hey there, I Need a Job


First War Dog

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Meet America 's first war dog, a stray Pit Bull/Terrier mix, named Stubby. He became Sgt. Stubby, was the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat.
One day he appeared at Yale Field in New Haven, Connecticut; while a group of soldiers were training, stopping to make friends with soldiers as they drilled. One soldier, Corporal Robert Conroy, developed a fondness for the dog. He named him Stubby because of his short legs. When it became time for the outfit to ship out, Conroy hid Stubby on board the troop ship.  to keep the dog, the private taught him to salute his commanding officers warming their hearts to him.

 

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Stubby served with the 102nd Infantry, 26th (Yankee) Division in the trenches in France for 18 months and participated in four offensives and some 18 battles. The loud noise of the bombs and gun fire did not bother him. He was never content to just stay in the trenches but eagerly went out, searched and found wounded soldiers.

 

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Stubby entered combat on February 5, 1918 at Chemin Des Dames, north of Soissons, and was under constant fire, day and night for over a month. In April 1918, during a raid to take Schieprey, Stubby was wounded in the foreleg by the retreating Germans throwing hand grenades. He was sent to the rear for convalescence, and as he had done on the front was able to improve morale. When he recovered from his wounds, Stubby returned to the trenches.

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After being gassed and nearly dying himself, Stubby learned to warn his unit of poison gas attacks, continued to locate wounded soldiers in no man's land, and since he could hear the whine of incoming artillery shells before humans could, he became very adept at letting his unit know when to duck for cover.

 

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He was solely responsible for capturing a German spy in the Argonne. The spy made the mistake of speaking German to him when they were alone. Stubby knew he was no ally and attacked him biting and holding on to him by the seat of his pants until his comrades could secure him.

 

 

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Following the retaking of Chateau-Thierry by the US, the thankful women of the town made Stubby a chamois coat on which were pinned his many medals. There is also a legend that while in Paris with Corporal Conroy, Stubby saved a young girl from being hit by a car. At the end of the war, Conroy smuggled Stubby home.

 

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After returning home, Stubby became a celebrity and marched in and normally led, many parades across the country. He met Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, and Warren G. Harding. Starting in 1921, he attended Georgetown University Law Center with Conroy, and became the Georgetown Hoyas' team mascot. He would be given the football at halftime and would nudge the ball around the field to the amusement of the fans.

 

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Stubby was made a life member of the American Legion, the Red Cross and the YMCA.  In 1921, the Humane Education Society awarded him a special gold metal for his service to his country.  The medal was presented by General John Pershing.

 

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In 1926, Stubby died in Conroy's arms. His remains are featured in "The Price of Freedom: Americans at War" exhibit at the Smithsonian in Washington DC. Stubby was honored with a brick in the Walk of Honor at the United States World War I monument, Liberty Memorial, in Kansas City at a ceremony held on Armistice Day, November 11, 2006.

 


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Update on Madden

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Yesterday we went to the vet to check on Maddie's surgery site. Last time we went, they were only able to remove a few staples because she was not healing quickly enough. The surgery was very deep and the incision was really long, so it has taken a while for her skin to fuse back together. I was convinced that she would need a second incision + sutures to help her heal (the vet was concerned that she wouldn't be able to heal fully with staples alone), so I was shocked and thrilled when the vet called with the news that the y were able to remove all the staples! She's 100% healed and cleared to run and jump all she wants. And she can finally have a bath :)

Look for Maddie on the available list soon. We love her and can't wait to find the perfect home for her!

Bethany Vaughan

 

Thank you so much Bethany for all you have been doing for Maddie!  Her fans will certainly love this update!