A New Beginning
August 9th 2010 7:50 am
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I went to an animal sanctuary with mom and dad yesterday! Some friends of mom and dad run it in Upton, MA. They are very nice people and love all animals just like mom and dad do. Their names are Patrick and Claudine. At first I wasn't quite sure of what to make of it. There were animals there that I have never seen before. There were goats, cows, chickens, ducks, sheep and something called guinea fowl. I have seen goats before. One of our neighbors is a goat named Spring. He tried to head butt me through the fence. Mom says he wanted to play with me but I don't play like that! Patrick told mom and dad that I could be off leash because we were in a fenced in area. Mom didn't think it was a good idea but they took my leash off. Of course I immediately started chasing the goats! That's how I play!! They were scared of me. I actually caused a stampede and some of the ducks almost got trampled by the herd of goats. Before I knew it, I was back on the leash again. Patrick had an exercise pen, so I had to go in it. They gave me a bowl of water to drink. Mom and dad petted all the strange animals including the chickens. They made sure I could see them. A little while later daddy and Patrick left to go play ping pong. They met each other playing. I'm not sure exactly what ping pong is, but daddy likes it. Mom and Claudine stayed at the sanctuary with me. They sat in chairs near my pen and talked. After awhile I felt I needed to go to the bathroom. I didn't want to soil my pen. It is hard communicating to humans sometime. I started to dig the dirt with my front paws and whine. Mom and Claudine decided to give me another chance out side the pen. Mom let me out and I did my duty. I started to run at the goats again but mom told me to "Leave It". I did! I was trying hard to be good but I so wanted to chase things that ran. A while later I tried to chase a guinea fowl. Mom told me to "Leave it" and the bird flew over the coop to the other side. After that I was good and didn't try to chase anything any more. I still went for another run, but I made sure i wasn't close to the goats. I knew mom didn't want me to chase them. I also smelled rats at the sanctuary. They had holes all over the place and I was sniffing into them. I saw a couple but couldn't catch them. When dad and Patrick came back they were surprised I was out of the pen. I was very good so I never had to go back in. I had fun and so did mom and dad. Patrick and Claudine pay out of their pockets to keep the sanctuary going. They had to spend thousands of dollars for surgery on one of their calves. She is doing well now but still had "hardware" on both sides of her lower jaw. Mom wants to have a fund raiser to help with their financial issues. Here is their web site if any of my pup pals want to help as well. http://www.cloark.com/ Daddy might be helping Patrick to make the web site better. Mom says we will go back again. That will be fun.