Sunday, May 1, 2016

It is with such a very heavy heart that I bring you news of our little Birdie's passing on Tuesday, April 26.  For three weeks prior to that we began a fight which sadly she just couldn't win...  We learned that her time was short due to congestive heart failure but hoped that medication might ease symptoms and help sustain her happiness. Sadly, pneumonia set in and sonograms/bloodwork also showed that her liver wasn't looking well at all.  We could see her happiness and spirit fading and knew that even with further testing, poking and prodding that we had little chance of keeping her comfortable.  My husband and I worked tirelessly to ensure we weren't cutting her life short before making the most difficult decision of our lives.  It has rocked our household and I think it will be quite a long time before the aftershocks are gone.

Birdie was able to be with us for her final moments, in her home, in her little bed feeling safe and loved.  

I want to thank you all for being so helpful and supportive when we brought Birdie home.  She was the matriarch of our home for the past two and half years.  Not only was she a rescue, but she also rescued us.  Yes, one of THOSE...she was life altering.  Wonderful.  Wise.  Simply happy.  Therapeutic.  Larger than life.  We miss her dearly and will continue to love her beyond all boundaries of time and worlds.  

Thank you for making it all possible for us.

Many hugs to you!


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

It is with extreme sadness that I write to tell you that our wonderful Brittany, Charlie (you knew him as Sammy), passed away this morning.  Charlie started limping badly last week and when we brought him to the vet on Saturday we found out that had advanced osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in his front right leg.

Charlie had a hard life before NEBR found him.  From the story we had been told, it was chance that NEBR came across him and a complete happy accident that we found him.  From the moment we adopted him, on June 16th, 2012, we tried to make sure that he had a full and happy life, in part, to make up for the life he started out with.  We think he did.  We hope he did.  Although he was only with us for three and half years, he brought immeasurable joy and happiness to our family.  He was happy and goofy and sweet and loving and playful, all the time.

We can’t thank you enough for the work you do, and for allowing us to bring Charlie into our lives.  I’ve included a couple of pictures so that you can see the love and happiness we felt having Charlie with us.

He is a sweet boy, and we miss him.

Matt, Cindy and David Cedor
and Fern too

Saturday, January 9, 2016

The Christmas countdown is definitely upon us...with baking to do, shopping to finish, gifts to wrap and plenty of entertaining ahead of us (all good stuff), we have a little confession to make. We have already received our Christmas gift.

 As many of you know, Hampton was diagnosed in October with lymphoma. After shedding many tears and contemplating a treatment plan with our vet, we made the decision to start Hampton on chemotherapy. We are thrilled to report that after two full rounds of chemo, he is in remission.  An added bonus was that he did not get sick from the treatments, he hasn’t lost any weight (in fact the added venison, treats and table scraps have added a few extra pounds but the vet says that’s a good thing) and he hasn’t shown any signs of lethargy or slowing down at all. That news is the best gift we could receive and we have no regrets that we didn’t wait until Christmas to get it!       Here’s to Christmas miracles.

So, many of our reflections and thanks this holiday season center on things that Hampton has taught us through his actions. We’d like to share those with you…

  • Wake up each morning filled with happiness and share that with all of the people around you. 
  • Be thankful for all of the great food you get to eat. Cherish it when people spoil you with tasty treats and a home cooked meal.
  • Play.  Be sure to get out and enjoy each day with your family and friends (furry and human). Hike, play ball, swim and wrestle with your buddies if that suits you.
  • Give and receive hugs and kisses often.  They help you heal and they just plain feel good, like a nice belly rub.
  • Be loyal and faithful. That’s what your best friends do.
  • Take naps.  When you are feeling physically or mentally tired or if that little patch of sunshine looks like a nice place to lie down… indulge. It will refresh you and brighten your perspective.
  • There’s no place like home. That’s where you are safe, have a warm bed and are surrounded by people who love you.
  • Make the best of every day since no one knows how many days you will get. 

So we present Hampton’s list of dog wisdom as words to live by. And we wish you all the best for a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and Happy New Year.  

With love, hugs and kisses,

Hampton, Russ and Sue        2015

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Hunter is home!

Hunter was an 8 year old brittany that lost his family.....the owner passed away and he unexpectedly found himself in a shelter.....thanks to the folks at New England Brittany Rescue, Hunter has found his new family.  Today, Hunter the Pack 47 Brittany is sleeping in his own bed, in his own home, with his own people!  Look at the smile on everyone's face!

Hunter is going home!

Hunter, the Pack 47 brittany, has arrived in Maine.  He was met by Cub Scout Jordan Sheppard whose dad and mom drove the transport from New Hampshire to Maine.  Welcome to Maine Hunter!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Dixie had a marvelous time at the pack meeting!  She was happy to have head pats and belly rubs AND to share her journey from beginning to adoption with the Cub Scouts!  Thanks to all who participated in the bake sale and are donating on behalf of New England Brittany Rescue.  We are so excited to share our passion with you!
Here are some additional pictures of Hunter!  He loves to play with his foster sister Jazzy and looking for squirrels!!!