Busy time and I did not fancy a 40-minute (each-way) run to our usual (and trusted) vets in Pembroke. Though we do not travel that stretch of Rte 11 often we had seen ‘Cocheco Veterinary Hospital’ a few times on the rare occasions we do sail by. Definitely closer. So, we called and made an appointment.
Sure glad we did. Very positive, uplifting experience from start-to-finish. Very friendly, very professional, very caring. All good. Decent (not outlandish) prices too. That was a bonus. I am sold. No reason to hike to Pembroke — and they, when required, will make house calls. That is good to know.
Very impressed with Dr. Ring. The epitome of what you expect a dream vet to be! She took her time. Let Braxton get used to her.
Braxton LIKED the place. Did not growl. Let them touch him. Never seen him that mellow and trusting with strangers. The place has good vibes. You can see that they have thought things out. The reception area is HUGE — very open and uncluttered. Puts dogs at ease. They can look around and see empty, unthreatening space. Very clever.
Well, you probably worked it out. Definitely two thumbs and two paws up. We will be going back — but, hopefully, not too soon and not too often.
But, if you need a local vet, sure give them a try. You will not regret it.
This is the 3rd dramatic elephant rescue
by Sri Lankans in the last 5 months!
Yes, we have a lot of elephants and water ….
But …. Hhhmmm.
At least this time they didn’t use firecrackers to frighten the ‘poor’ pachyderm!
So we will go to great lengths to save an elephant, PLUS elephants are valuable and precious commodities whether domesticated or wild.
I am proud. We did good again.
Few things of note here.
The second thing to take away is that we are very fond of fireworks and will find any excuse to use them.
This story captures all of that in one neat package.
This is the 2nd dramatic elephant rescue
by Sri Lankans in the last 4 months!
Click pictures to ENLARGE.
This was at the ‘Wolfeboro Craft Fair’, at around 1:15pm, on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the height of the quite powerful storm that rolled through. [That one picture, taken early on doesn’t tell the full story of the severity of that storm that lasted about 40 minutes.]
We were staying dry inside one of the three large tents when suddenly these two kids (in their late teens I reckon) burst in with two very soaked and pitifully bleating alpacas. It was quite dramatic and you could tell, immediately, that the alpacas were in distress. One flopped onto the ground the refused to budge. They were not happy.
Appears that the tent that they were under collapsed on top of the two alpacas which scared them no end — on top of the lightning, thunder and heavy rain. The ‘boy’ in charge (in the blue T-shirt in the above pictures) was ‘upset’ and doing his best to take good care of the alpacas and his drenched female helper. He was continually running out, into the storm, back to his mangled tent to retrieve sweatshirts for his companion, hay for the alpacas and towels.
He needed someone to hold onto the two alpacas while he rushed out and his helper was trying to get into her sweatshirt.
That is where I came in. He gave me very specific instructions that I must hold tight — hence why the reins are wrapped around my hand. They didn’t give me any trouble. Good as gold. They were scared. Reminded me of doctors in distress. Teischan took the three pictures of me with my Sony a6500. She did a good job.
When the rain abated they took them out and put them in a portable pen next to the collapsed tent. They were still soaked and not happy.
They took them home, to Belmont, in a trailer shortly after they managed to untangle and dismantle the tent. So, these two pictures are after the storm and you can see what happened to the tent. Despite the heavy winds and rain this was the only tent that collapsed. Others leaked, swayed and looked all set to get blown away but, in the end, stood their ground.
WMUR TV Coverage.
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Location of the crime.
Person: Christina Fay (60-years of age)
Name of business: De La Sang Monde Great Danes
Address: 149 Warren Sands Road, Wolfeboro, NH
They have a Facebook page that is still up
— though people have started leaving appropriate comments!
At least 8 dogs are already ready for adoption.
Use ‘Humane Society’ link above for details.
This suffice to say is extremely distressing and aggravating even if you are not a dog person (as we are). Deanna saw this earlier today and was most upset and wanted me to cover it ASAP.
It is hard to fathom how this could have gone on for this long, in affluent Wolfeboro — the ‘Oldest Summer Resort in America’ and home to celebrities like Mitt Romney NOT to mention the world capital of heated driveways to avoid shoveling snow. Yes, to be fair the mansion is on a back road in a very secluded part of town.
I am very fond of Wolfeboro and my association with Wolfeboro goes back 26 years. Wolfeboro is a beautiful town and some of the nicest people I know either live or work there. So, I hate seeing stuff like this associated with Wolfeboro. There was a move to boycott Wolfeboro in 2014 because of its then openly racist police chief. But, that, luckily, is behind us now. But, there is still a dark cloud over Wolfeboro — the ‘unsolved’ murder of local mother Stacey Burns over 8 years ago! This horror as such is another black eye for Wolfeboro.
The police and all the associated agencies appear to have done well in terms of the rescue and the arrest. But, that still begs the question as to how this could have gone on for this long without anybody suspecting anything.
This sorry incident raises a number of issues and the need for some New Hampshire laws to be changed:
- Appears that the perpetrator of this evil, Christina Fay, despite her apparent wealth, will NOT be on the hook to pay for ANY of the huge costs that will be associated with taking care of these 84 dogs! That is wrong, wrong, wrong. The law should be changed, at once, to make sure that perpetrators are fully liable for all costs and that the State can go after all of their property.
- It appears that she managed to skirt the requirements for a Commercial Breeder License. That too is wrong. How can you have 84 dogs and still claim not to be a Commercial Breeder, That has to be looked into.
- Right now she has only been charged with two misdemeanors! 84-dogs and only two misdemeanors. That is NOT right.
by Anura Guruge
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.