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Puppy Rescue Van Crash In Portsmouth, N.H. — Kind Of Close To Home.

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by Anura Guruge

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>> Braxton 1 year birthday.

>> Braxton at play.
>> Getting Braxton.
>> Method to my madness.

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Click to access WMUR news report of puppy rescue van overturn from May 28, 2015.

The van that Braxton came in — to Kittery, Maine, just north of Portsmouth, NH.

Different outfits BUT we got Braxton (who we thought was a Beagle but has proved to be a Harrier) from a rescue van, in Kittery, Maine — just north of Portsmouth, N.H.

Yes, as far as we can tell, there are numerous such vans making the trek north, with rescue animals from the south, weekly. Yes, it is ‘big’ business — though it is worthwhile. We would not have got Braxton IF not for a rescue service like that.

The accident would have been ADDED trauma for the animals, especially the dogs. It took Braxton a YEAR to recover from being a rescue dog who had spent much of his life in a crate — and he, like all our dogs, was pampered and spoilt once we got our hands on him. So I feel bad for these animals. Shame.

Kind of upset me. 

Today Is ‘Braxton’, Our Rascal Rescue Beagle’s Official 1 Year Birthday.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



by Anura Guruge

Related posts:
>> Braxton at play —
>> Nov. 6, 2013.
>> Getting Braxton
>> — Sep. 28, 2013.

>> The name ‘Braxton’ —
>> Sep. 21, 2013.
>> Method to my madness

>>Sep. 23, 2013.
>> We are getting a Beagle
>>Sep. 21, 2013.

>> Goodbye to ‘Ulysses’
Sep. 16, 2013.

We got him, as a rescue, on September 28, 2013. He was 10 or 11 weeks old at the time. They didn’t know when he was born. So Deanna decided to make ‘July 20’ his ‘official’ birthday — that being her now deceased father’s birthday. So, Braxton, a joyfully playful beagle, as mischievous as they come, is one year old today.

Teischan made him a birthday cake and later today, per the family custom, he and Maya will go to McDonald’s for a burger each. That, for the last 7 years, has been a family tradition. The dogs go to McDonald’s for burgers on their birthday. Did it with Ulysses, then Maya and now Braxton. Yes, we take them to McDonald’s when it is not there birthday also because they like their burgers. Maya knows McDonald’s. As soon as we pull in she sits up and waits for me to come back with the burgers. Braxton has yet to figure it out — but he is young.

He is about 3 times as big as when we got him. I, purposefully, feed him slightly more than what he should get. He actually now eats MORE than Maya! But, that is OK. He loves his food and gets MORE exercise than most dogs. He runs at least 2.5 miles with me 5 to 6 times a day, in addition to all his other walks, romps around the yard and playing in the house. He is a very healthy and happy dog. Such a ‘little boy’ — though he is fixed. A bundle of joy.

He is the first beagle I have ever had. I am a ‘Golden’ person. I have had Goldens, with no interruption, since 1988. I really didn’t know anything about beagles until we brought Benny/Braxton home. Then we started hearing and reading about the horror stories. How they take off, how they howl etc. etc. The running away is NOT a problem. He runs, off leash, with me and has been doing so for over 8 months. That Maya runs, off leash, too is, of course, a big factor. But given that I have run with dogs, near daily, for 20 years, I have worked out many things — a key among them being that running as a pack is very IMPRINTING to a dog. It has to be running as opposed to walking. They know the difference. The running is a pack thing.

We are glad we got him. As Deanna loves to tease me he was everything I had always said “I don’t want”. I like my puppies as early as I can get them. Maya was 8 weeks old when we got her and I thought that was old! Braxton was 10 or 11 weeks old. Prior to that anytime somebody mentioned a puppy that was even 9 weeks old, I would say “Nah, too old”. Plus it was a little dog and everybody knows that I like big dogs, the bigger the better. But, Braxton makes my day. Though he will steal food, destroy anything he can get his snout at and generally only does 40% of what we ask him to do, he has this wonderful personality! When we got him, having lived in a crate for much of his life, he was very thin and nervous. Now he is a very confident dog. That makes me happy.

So, happy birthday Braxton, my rascal boy that Deanna spoils like there is no tomorrow and is Teischan’s plaything.

Braxton, July 20, 2014 his official 1 year birthday.

The day we got him, September 28, 2013 — 9 months and 3 weeks ago.

Braxton, July 20, 2014 with his sister who takes care of him like it was her own son.

We Got Our Rescue Puppy From Kentucky, Braxton, The Beagle, Today. Very Slick & Smooth Operation. Kudos.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


 .by Anura Guruge

Related posts:
>> The name ‘Braxton’ —
>> Sep. 21, 2013.
>> Method to my madness

>>Sep. 23, 2013.
>> We are getting a Beagle
>>Sep. 21, 2013.

>> Goodbye to ‘Ulysses’ — Sep. 16, 2013.

We picked him up in Kittery, Maine, at the ‘Welcome to Maine’ visitor center, off I-95, at noon — as promised and as hoped. No hitches. Very smooth. We were very impressed. Very slick, professional operation. More in a minute.

Sure is a beagle. Paperwork says ‘mixed’ — but they also say they don’t know exact date of birth of breed. I weighed him a few minutes ago (after he had his dinner at 4:30 pm). 5.6 pounds! He is LITTLE. Smallest dog I have ever had. Having had Goldens for 25 years I am not used to such a small dog. But, sure is cute.

Ate his dog food, mixed with warm skim milk. But prefers chicken and cheese. Likes yogurt too. All our dogs get yogurt at night (to match my yogurt eating habit, though I eat Greek, plain, low-fat). He will get chicken and cheese.

So here is the first set of pictures. Suffice to say all are delighted. Deanna will probably be taking 50 pictures a day.

Click on any of the pictures to ENLARGE them.

I found him on ‘Adopt-a-Pet‘ (via Petfinder) online, as I posted here, and spent 36 hours making sure I got him.

The NH contact and ‘Foster Home’ was Janice Berry, in Rochester. She was very good. Yes, I pestered her near daily, including this morning at 10:30, to make sure the puppy would arrive today. We highly recommend her. Phone number: 603-332-2965.

The actual agency appears to be ‘Butler County Animal Shelter’ in Kentucky.

The delivery operation by bus was very smooth. Very impressed.

This was so good that I am already talking about getting another one!

Some pictures of the dog drop off this noon in Kittery, Maine.

The ladies that drive the delivery bus take pictures of each puppy as it is handed over and then posts it on their Facebook page (quite quickly). Very impressive.

This is the picture they took of us.

Sept 28, 2013 Picking up Braxton our resue - adopted doggie

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