Bringing Bunny Home

So it all started when I shared a photo the  ARL Boston posted on their facebook page with my friends, seen below:

Shared from the ARL Boston's Facebook page

Shared from the ARL Boston’s Facebook page

I was more than thrilled when my Aunt responded to the post asking questions about the bunny and the adoption process.  Since the shelter is closed on Mondays she waited till they reopened Tuesday afternoon and inquired about paying the adoption fee for little Bugs for my birthday present.  We found out that this would indeed be feasible so the next day I drove into Boston with pictures of his new home.

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Playing with Bugs at the ARL Boston

Playing with Bugs at the ARL Boston

We visited each other for a while and he seemed like a sweet little bunny.  He was very curious and friendly hopping all over the visiting room and coming over to hop on my lap.  After out visit I knew he was going to be a new furry friend of mine; so I filled out some paper work, had interview with the shelter staff and was ready to bring my new friend home.

About to be buckled in for the drive home

About to be buckled in for the drive home

Bugs seems happy in his new home so far and enjoys hopping around and exploring his new place, his favorite place so far would be under my bed (adventures in rabbit proofing will be in full force soon).  He is now named Charleston Chew, Charlie or Chewy for short since he certainly is a chewer!!

Happy in his new home!

Happy in his new home!

Who would have thought that the simple share of a photo would bring this little guy into my life.  Possibly on of the Best (and cutest) birthday gifts ever!!

Charleston Chew!

Charleston Chew!

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Remembering 9/11

On this day 11 years ago I was sitting in my eighth grade English class when we got word of what was happening in New York City.

On the 11th anniversary of September 11th I hope everyone keeps the men and women in uniform who help keep us safe in the forefront of their minds.  So many lives were lost or forever changed for both humans and animals alike.

The following is being reblogged from the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

“On the anniversary of 9/11 it seems appropriate to reflect upon the role of animals at the World Trade Center tragedy, and the part that pets play in our daily lives to support us.  The painting above, by noted artist Ron Burns, depicts Sirius, a 4 ½ year old yellow Labrador Retriever, an explosives detection dog whose life was lost when Tower II collapsed.

Siruis’s partner was Port Authority Officer David Lim.  Together, they were responsible for searching all vehicles that entered the World Trade Center as well as unattended packages & vehicles.  Sirius was found in the rubble of the  tower. The Port Authority has listed 37 of its police officers as missing or dead as a result of the attack. Lim believes that number should be 38.  “I grieve for those I knew. I grieve for those I never knew. But I grieve the most for the best partner a cop ever had. Sirius is still waiting for me,” said Lim.

Dogs played  many official roles during the crisis and after the tragedy.  Michael Hingson’s guide dog Roselle “led myself along with the others on our floor, down the darkened stairwell (that consisted of 1,463 steps) to safety moments before the building collapsed. She remained poised and calm through the entire day.”

In the aftermath, nearly 100 loyal search and rescue dogs and their brave owners worked the scenes in New York City and Washington DC to help discover human remains. Skyraider was a black lab who helped search the Pentagon. His handler, Bob Sessions said, “If these dogs only knew what a difference they make. Certainly, there’s nothing that can replace precision of a dog’s nose – and absolutely nothing that can replace a dog’s heart.”

Annie –  a Cavalier King Charles pet therapy dog –  made over 20 visits to the site.  “Some dogs retrieve tennis balls, Annie retrieves trust; some dogs herd sheep, Annie herds hope” said her handler, Liz Teal.  Annie, and so many other therapy dogs generously share love for those needing a way to escape tragedy.

In times of duress whether on the unfathomably enormous scale of 9/11, or at the end of a tough day at work, our pets are there for us through thick and thin.  They patiently listen to our tales of woe, absorb our grief and offer playful distraction.  So today, a time for reverence and reflection, let us also remember and be grateful for the working and companion animals in our lives.” – Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, DVM

Painting of Sirius by Ron Burns courtesy of A Tribute to the Dogs of 9/11.  Please visithttp://www.ronburns.com/thedogsof911/ for more stories on the Dogs of 9/11.

Original Post: Please Visit http://home.arlboston.org/2012/09/11/never-forget/

Meet my mutt…..Watson

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Happy Belated National Mutt Day!!!!  (Which was apparently July 31, who knew?)

I figured this would be as good of a time as any to finally introduce the newest member of the family Watson!

He is a one and a half year old Jack Russel mix and was adopted a little over two months ago from the Medfield Animal shelter and has been keep us entertained since then.  This lil guy was found tied to a tree out in western Mass and was so skinny and covered with ticks.

Blatantly mistreated Watson should a bit territorial of toys and food, but has come a long way since first arriving home.  He will provide hours of entertainment chasing around balls the size of him in the backyard, and will become the sweetest little snuggle buddy after he has worn himself out.

Watson is the little brother to 10 year old Tibetan Terrier Toby, and they get along better than any of us in the family expected.  Dog siblings are just like human ones, they fight over toys, they don’t like to share, and Watson follows Toby around and will mimic what he is doing.  There is rarely a dull moment at parents house with these two pups around.

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Toby and his new little brother Watson.