Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My Adventures with Sawyer...

Sawyer, formally known as "Peter", came into my life all the way from Missouri on April 5th, 2013 with a hardy case of roundworm and other parasites. Since then, life with Sawyer has been nothing but an adventure.

When I adopted Sawyer he was a 4 month old puppy who adjusted well and quickly to his new home. Immediately, Sawyer showed me how smart he was and learned many commands in a short amount of time. Sawyer also showed me how loving of a Brittany he is, when at the beginning of May my father was given just two months to live with terminal cancer. Sawyer became our source of relief with endless smiles, kisses and cuddles. The summer of 2013 was a rough one for everyone. In late May, at only 5 months old, Sawyer developed a mysterious abscess in his neck. It swelled so large in such a short amount of time, it complicated his breathing and I almost lost him. After emergency surgery and a four inch scar, Sawyer was on the mend and returned completely to his healthy and fun loving self. During his recovery, I packed up my bags and Sawyer's toys and moved in with my parents to help out with my father's illness. In late June, we lost our beloved 14 year old yellow lab Jolie, and Sawyer lost his first true friend. Then in early September, my father passed away with Sawyer right there as part of the family unit. At only 9 months old Sawyer had already experienced a life-time.

Now Sawyer is 16 months old and is a very happy, active, healthy little guy. He attends doggy daycare every week day while I'm at work and then when we get home we play together and then go for a long walk in the snow, rain or shine! Sawyer is a very social boy and must meet every man, women, child and K9 we encounter on our walks. And then every morning, when we drive back to doggy daycare, he whines uncontrollably the minute we turn down the street; he loves going to "work".

Before my father passed away he told me that Sawyer and I were meant to be together, and that we have a special bond created by love. And it's true. Sawyer makes me laugh with his goofiness, keeps me on my toes with his high-jinks, and melts my heart with his sweet and cuddly ways. We were meant for each other. I know my adventures with Sawyer will continue, and I look forward to the next one.

Thank you Christine, Karen and all the NEBR volunteers who helped unite me with Sawyer. Thank you for all the hard work and dedication it takes to match these wonderfully intelligent and unique dogs with their forever humans.

- P. Nadeau


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Lifes Mysteries...


Life has so many mysteries. 

Anyone that knew me knew of my Hudson. Hudson lived his life to the fullest… he loved his family, meeting other dogs, his yard, and his car rides especially the ones to New Hampshire. He loved his two recliner chairs, he loved to swim in the lake and the party boat. 
I have so many happy memories with my Hudsy.

 I wish I could tell the person who Hudson lived with before us that he had a great life.
 How old was he?,,,,  His birthday?....What was his family like?.......Did he get himself lost? ..... Did the people love him?.....How long was he on the lam?
It's all a mystery, as it will remain that way.

Who would figure that a stray dog found in Ohio with two other Brittanys was brought to the shelter.  When rescue was called to pick up the three Brittanys one had been reclaimed, one had been adopted (Hudson) and the other was put into foster. A few days later Hudson was returned to the shelter.  The foster mom was called went back to the shelter to pick up and place Hudson in her foster care. What were the odds of him being 777 miles from me to end up in my home?    

God gave me such a special gift of having had Hudson in my life, not many people get to experience the bond and unconditional love we had. Those that have been given this special gift to experience the love of a dog in their journey through life are "Dog People" we have been blessed.

 

I guess I have to remind myself:   Don't cry because it's over........Smile because it happened.
We will all be together again some day, love you baby boy.
Lorraine Perella

 

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Our NEBR rescue Butterscotch was the light of our lives. When she passed suddenly of a rare spinal stroke, I knew there would never be another dog like her. She was the town "mayor", well loved by all and always anxious to share her love of life and her joy.


Christine at NEBR contacted me and wrote that she knew we were not ready to adopt another dog, BUT, there was a dog in foster I really needed to meet. She emailed the dog's photo, and I was a goner.


I went over to meet Cody, who greeted me by climbing up on his Brittany foster sibling to give me a kiss. That was all I needed to see, and my husband and I adopted Cody.


Despite his initial greeting, Cody was a very fearful dog who vomited with fear everytime he was in a new situation. He initially needed a lot of space, and did not seek out much interaction. It was a tremendous adjustment after living with a dog who lived for intimacy and physical contact.


Fast forward to two years later. Cody channels Butterscotch's spirit, and is a joyful and playful boy. He loves to snuggle, and insists on goodnight and good morning play time. He is the only dog I have ever had who I trust 100% off leash when hiking; he never leaves our side.


Cody even got to meet Governor Hassan during NH PetSave week, although he feel asleep during her speech. There will never be another Cody and we are so thankful to NEBR for bringing this amazing little dog into our lives. We could not have adopted a better dog.

Anita Burroughs

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Rescue in NH


Meet Remington and Lady....both are 12 year old Brittanys rescued from a breeder in New Hampshire.  New England Brittany Rescue along with NBRAN and ABR helped by rescuing 43 dogs.  The dogs have significant teeth problems but are heartworm- and fully vaccinated.  They have lived their lives in outdoor kennels and are not all socialized.  NEBR is asking for your help with fostering.  Lets give these brittanys a warm bed and comfort for their remaining years.

Anniversary!

Today is the one year anniversary of the day that Sam arrived in our lives. I remember in vivid detail waiting for him to arrive at a coffee shop parking lot after his two day trip from Arkansas. We were so excited to meet him and to take him to our house to give him a new home. It would not have been possible without all of you. A huge thank you for all that you did for Sam and for us and for all that you do everyday, year after year, on behalf on New England Brittany Rescue. Sam is a very special guy who has adjusted very well to us and his new home. We cannot imagine life without him. I imagine that this October weekend, you are also moving dogs to their new homes and soon to be new owners are sitting in coffee shop parking lots anxiously waiting for their dogs to arrive. It is good and important work that you do......so from all of us.....Catherine, Ian and Sam....our very heartfelt thanks for bringing us together one year ago.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Life after Rescue


Willow (top) and Marlo (bottom) were both fosters in my home. 
     Marlo was adopted and returned in the same 3 days and came to stay with us.  He was such a great boy that when he was adopted by his current family it was love at first sight on both fronts!  Marlo and his adoptive mom are inseparable.  He is "just the best dog" and "we love him" are the words that make me smile and know he is in the right spot with the right family.
    Willow was so shy and when she did realize she was safe and we loved her, was the best dog ever. It was so hard to even think of saying goodbye to her....In the sea of brittanys here in the house, she was just one of the girls!  Hopping, jumping, sitting for a treat, etc....She was still uneasy around men but the men in our house...just kept at it and soon she was fine!  When we were contacted by an adoptive family, we tried to tell them she was shy...didn't like men at first....and when they arrived, she hid and it took 2 hours for her to take a treat....but Jeff and Kathy saw the potential in Willow and took her home.  Her foster dad Jeff writes...."Willow is my shadow....she has bonded with me and we are so very happy"....I must confess....tears are in my eyes as I am writing this.
    Two very special dogs touched my heart and have moved on to find their forever homes with folks that will love them just as much as I did while they were here. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Meet our trio….


We consider ourselves blessed to have three cute, adorable and wonderful pups. Each very special in their own way and all so different.


Lexis, the orange and white Britt on the right was our first rescue. We adopted after we lost our 15 year old Brittany Blend, Justice. She’s an Arkansas gal who we adopted in December of 2009 at the age of 3 ½. We are still trying to figure out how she is able to stay up right on all fours, seeing as how she is always wiggling. She is so easy going and always happy, but she’s a runner. So, Christmas came early for her this year, we recently had a beautiful fence installed, we told her it was just for her, and she acts like it is too. She is now free to run and run and run. I’m not sure who is happier, her or myself. It’s an awesome sight.


Next came Maggie, the liver and white Britt on the left. We got so much pleasure out of adopting Lexis we went for number two. Maggie came to us in October of 2010 at the age of 8. She’s a Jersey girl. Her elderly owner died and it was four days before they were discovered. I can’t even imagine, her life was turned upside down. She’s my favorite (but we won’t tell the other two that). I think it’s because we have so much in common, bad hair days, until she gets her summer cut, totally food motivated and loves to nap. But we know that we have to keep up with our exercise routine, so we are out walking every day. And at 10 ½ she can still keep up with the young ones.


And then there is Raeven. We are still trying to figure out how this happened (Maggie and Lexis are also a little perplexed, really a puppy?). And we are still saying, “what were we thinking”? We lost our German Shepherd, Guinness in September and wanted another. We couldn’t bring ourselves to spend a heap of money with a breeder when there are so many dogs out there just yearning for a loving forever home. So in March we adopted our purebred mutt, we have no idea what she is. Everyone we meet has their own idea, but nothing conclusive. She’s a Tennessean, she and her brother were on their way to the shelter when a co-worker stepped in and fostered until they were adopted. We were given a newspaper article from a Nashville newspaper shortly after adopting regarding the kill rate in shelters in TN being 78 percent. Hard to comprehend, but forever grateful that there are so many rescue groups going above and beyond to find these gorgeous pups their forever homes. She is so funny, and such personality. She literally makes us laugh out loud. She loves to hug and at 50 lbs. and 7 months, thinks she’s a lap dog. I tell her she’s a bit of bully, she does not like to share the toys, which were there long before her.


People think we are crazy having three pups but we wouldn’t have it any other way. They bring constant smiles to our faces and love to our hearts.


Thanks again for all that you do.


Cyndi and Scot